While other clubs preferred to make headline-grabbing signings this offseason, the Philadelphia Union took their time and for the most part stayed under the radar.
Coming off a season where they finished three points outside of a playoff spot, manager John Hackworth, Union CEONick Sakiewicz, and technical director Rob Vartughian took their time and did their due diligence on re-working their flawed lineup.
The U.S. Men's National Team delivered one of the more forgettable performances of the Jurgen Klinsmann era, and Wednesday's 2-0 loss to Ukraine has surely cost some prospective World Cup roster candidates any chance of making the trip to Brazil.
Episode 119 of The SBI Show takes a look back at the USMNT loss to Ukraine, and breaks down which players hurt their stock the most, and which players helped their stock the most.
All 19 MLS teams have at least one new shirt in 2014, and with the exception of one or two early (DC United) and late (Chivas USA) releases the fans all wait eagerly, desperately searching social media for 'leaked' photos or attending release parties.
Entering the 2013 Major League Soccer season, some fans, experts and pundits pegged D.C. United as the favorites to win the Eastern Conference. Others saw them as legitimate contenders and some just saw them as a team that would be competitive.
The first bit of significant injury news of the season was confirmed by D.C. United yesterday when the club announced that defender Chris Korb had an arthroscopic procedure performed on his left knee to repair cartilage.
Korb, who was pegged to be the team's top reserve at both fullback positions, is expected to miss three to four weeks recovering from the surgery.
In the penultimate B&RU Eastern Conference preview, we take a look at the defending champs. Sporting Kansas City didn't add any big names, but in keeping the band together and content they probably had a good offseason nonetheless. Can they improve on an MLS Cup-winning season?
What happened in 2013: Aside from a couple of poor stretches - a 2W-3D-4L spell a quarter of the way through the season, and losing four of five in late July/early August - Sporting Kansas City kept racking up low-scoring wins.
More than 2,500 people attended Sporting Kansas City's media event this week for the unveiling of Sporting Kansas City's away uniform for the 2014 MLS season, as well as interviews with the press, and a trophy celebration party where fans had a chance to get their photograph taken with the 2013 MLS Cup.
Alright, this is hopefully going to be a weekly thing around these parts this season. I've tossed away the Power Rankings series, as well as the Stock Report type of post that I did each month during the season last year. Neither one really seemed to stick for me. Anyways, it is a new season so it is time to try something new.
The 2014 MLS season is but days away and the North American football punditry industry is in full force. Statistics, depth charts and player profiles are coming thick and fast as some of MLS' brightest minds attempt to predict this season's outcome. Then there is us.
Why buy the milk when the cow is busy making a solid Raivis Hscanovics gag?
With Jersey Week in MLS now in full swing, this week's podcast is getting into the spirit of things by delving into the delights of the highest footballing fashion that 2014 has had to offer so far. We're talking Portland's exquisite third kit, San Jose's 40th anniversary rebrand, as well as the finest kits that will be gracing this summer's World Cup.
Change has been abundant in Seattle this year. With a number of prominent first team members shipped out of Seattle Sounders, it facilitated the arrival of a number of new faces. The home of the Super Bowl champions, the city's soccer team is yet to feature in the show piece occasion of MLS. Regardless, they still had one of the biggest talking points last season when they acquired Clint Dempsey from Tottenham Hotspur.
TONIGHT on World Soccer Radio 9PM ET/6PM PT An eventful day of internationals as we break down the US 2-0 loss to Ukraine and much more. Our MLS previews continue with former MLS goalie Paul Dolan, who is part of the Vancouver Whitecaps broadcast team.
The live broadcast of World Soccer Radio begins at 9pm ET and runs until 10pm ET.
Over the past few years, I've been a critic of Major League Soccer, but I believe much of my criticism has been misconstrued by soccer fans in the United States. It's not that I want MLS to fail. Far from it. I would love to see the league continue to grow in this country, but any criticism of MLS is often misinterpreted as negativity or "an agenda" when it is in fact constructive criticism.
Jersey Week is in full swing in MLS, with more than half the league's teams having already released new kits for 2014.
The New York Red Bulls released their highly anticipated navy blue away kits at an event Tuesday night at Stage 48 in New York City. In addition to a new, larger Red Bulls logo, the shirt features the words "New York" along the lower hem in both the front and in large font.
There was no sophomore slump for Jay Heaps. Instead, in his second year as the coach of the New England Revolution, the former Revs defender ushered the franchise to the playoffs for the first time since 2009. And, to his credit, Heaps did it with a collection of young and exciting players who weren't expected to begin really producing the kinds of performances they put in last year until this season.