D.C. United will be playing for a better chance to host MLS Cup, some teams out west will be playing for the final playoff spot, and in Seattle, they're going to invent either winning or losing the Supporters' Shield. There's plenty to watch on this final weekend of regular season MLS action.
Well, sports fans, you've made it through another eight-month MLS regular season.
The top two seeds for the Eastern Conference playoffs are locked in and nothing anyone says, or thinks, or does can change that. The worst to first story of DC United has turned into one of the least inspiring versions of the little engine that could. The disrespect of DCU..
DC United's current season is a case study for the Chicago Fire. After completing one of the worst seasons in MLS history in 2013 with only three wins, DC has bounced back to finish atop the Eastern Conference. By completely revamping their back line and most of the remaining eleven, save Perry Kitchen and Nick DeLeon, DC was able to rebuild in the course of one off season.
This is the ending Major League Soccer was dreaming of when they paired the LA Galaxy and the Seattle Sounders together for the final two weeks of the regular season.
Both teams were locked on 60 points with two games to play. The first game of the home and away series, played at LA Galaxy's stadium, was a tightly contested 2-2 draw that saw the Galaxy, with the league's best defense, give up a two goal lead.
The Seattle Sounders, after their brilliant comeback in Los Angeles last weekend to earn a 2-2 draw with the Galaxy, need only a draw to win the Supporters' Shield this Saturday (live on NBC at 2:30pm ET).
It's a been a long, arduous journey for the Sounders, and they've already added one trophy to their cabinet this season.
The match between Spain's two most illustrious outfits is one of the most hotly anticipated spectacles on the footballing calendar, and all eyes will be on the Santiago Bernabeu this weekend for that one.
Elsewhere, we've got the top two sides in Germany going head-to-head,while the Premier League also boasts a pair of intriguing clashes.
Every week we "Monday Morning Manage" every game with our fellow Union faithful. What could have been done better? What were the missed opportunities? Did that sub really need to happen? We bring all the talking points to you each week right here.
While there were some vital games going on in MLS this weekend (especially that game in LA), the Philadelphia Union had nothing to play for other than pride.
San Jose Earthquakes President Dave Kaval discusses his team's new stadium and hiring Dominic Kinnear. In the second segment, we check back in with LA Galaxy right back Dan Gargan as he prepares for the MLS Cup Playoffs.
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Pele. Franz Beckenbauer. Giorgio Chinaglia. Carlos Alberto. Shep Messing. Legendary players who helped the New York Cosmos version one fill up New Jersey's Giants Stadium in the 1970s. By the early 80s, Mick Jaggerand Henry Kissinger stopped popping in for post-match champagne and the most famous soccer club in American history folded.
MLS is wired. The ingratiation of data collection and management tools have the ability to change the game in ways we haven't even dreamed up yet. Could the dataization of MLS lead world soccer into a Brave New World?
It's not very often that we post something not Union related, but I personally found this immensely interesting on several different levels.
Major League Soccer MVP candidate Lee Nguyen scored both of the New England Revolution's goals to lead the Revs to a 2-1, come-from-behind victory on the road over the Houston Dynamo. Nguyen scored his 16th and 17th goals of the year in the 65th and 87th minutes, respectively, to help New England overcome a 1-0 halftime deficit.