Major League Soccer is bringing a little bit of the World Cup to North America
Starting next March, MLS will be using the official 2014 FIFA World Cup ball, the Brazuca, as their official game ball for the 2014 season. According to MLSSoccer.com, MLS will become the first league in the world to use the Brazuca in an official match.
Satire can be a fantastic way to stimulate discussion about real issues; often, it can be more revelatory than straight discourse. Laughing at a joke compels understanding and examining why the joke was funny and in satire, the humor is derived from revealing precisely how ridiculous certain serious subjects truly are.
MLS Real Salt Lake met Sporting KC for the MLS Cup on a frigid afternoon today at Kansas City's Sporting Park. The temperature was the coldest ever for anMLS final, at 20 degrees F(the second coldest, in Toronto 2010, was over twice as "warm" at 43 degrees).Sporting KC lined up in a 4-3-3(Nielsen; Sinovic, Besler, Collin, Myers; Feilhaber, Rosell, Nagamura; Zusi, Dwyer,Sapong)while RSL
KANSAS CITY, Kan. Real Salt Lake could very well be at full health on Saturday.
Set to take on Sporting Kansas City at Sporting Park in the 2013 MLS Cup Final, RSL head coach Jason Kreis will have most if not all of his players available. Forward Alvaro Saborio (hip flexor) and left back Chris Wingert (fractured rib and pneumothorax) have recovered from their injuries, have practiced with the club the last couple of weeks and should be available for the championship match on Saturday afternoon.
Hello and Welcome to the Soccer by Ives Fantasy Corner – now with more snow on the pitch! Every week I dig through statistics, news, and rumors to provide the reader with the kind of fantasy advice that only the last MLS fan paying attention can provide.
Well back in my younger days there were these MLS playoffs and as I recall four teams played for the right to play in the MLS Championship game.
As the MLS Cup Final crawls closes, coach-vs-coach, position-vs-position, and style-vs-style breakdowns are appearing. It was, however, a piece way back on November 25th by Grantland writer Graham Parker that began a two-week long journey into a tactical rabbit hole. The trigger was the description of this Cup final as a "referendum.
Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando claimed his second-straight MLS Save of the Year award today.
The 33-year-old goalkeeper won the award for his double save against the Colorado Rapids in Week 23 that denied Jaime Castrillón's snap header before sprawling the other way to tip the rebound away before the ball could go in off an Real Salt Lake player.
Donovan Ricketts resumes his reign as top goalkeeper in Major League Soccer.
With the edge in club votes and player votes, respect from his colleagues has earned Ricketts his second MLS Goalkeeper of the Year award, the league announced Wednesday.
The Jamaican international guided a still-developing Portland Timbers back line under first-year coach Caleb Porter with poise, displaying the leadership of a veteran and making big saves along the way.
The anticipation and excitement among Kansas City and Real Salt Lake fans is building, to find out who will eventually become the 2013 champion of MLS today in front of a sold-out crowd in Kansas City.
Weather will be a factor at Sporting Park today where the temperatures are currently 14F, and may drop later.
In what will be weather more suited to playing ice hockey on a backyard pond (Saturday's forecast high is 24), Sporting Kansas City will try to win their franchise's second MLS Cup, having won their first in 2000.
This time, however, they will be playing in front of their home fans, in what will be the club's 36th consecutive sellout.
KANSAS CITY Mike Magee found out about a week ago over a phone call that he was the 2013 MLS MVP.
He still found it surreal on Thursday.
Standing in front of family and media members on Thursday evening ahead of Saturday's MLS Cup Final between Sporting Kansas City and Real Salt Lake, Magee joined a distinguished group of players by being named the league's best player for the 2013 campaign.
For Mike Magee, returning home made all the difference.
Major League Soccer announced on Thursday morning that Magee has been named the league' Most Valuable Player, taking home the award for the first time in his 11-year professional career. The Chicago Fire forward won in a landslide over former Los Angeles Galaxy teammate Robbie Keane, Marco Di Vaio, and Tim Cahill.
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THE OPPONENT: PORTLAND TIMBERSJELD-WEN FIELD - Portland, Oregon THE TOWN: Long before being the hippest town in America was popular, Portland, Oregon was "America's Hippest Town".
Saturday night saw a thrilling end to the 2013 MLS season, with Sporting topping RSL after 10 rounds of penalties. After a first half punctuated by injuries, stoppages and poor play, the teams turned in a riveting final 45 minutes, overtime and spot kicks. A standing room only sellout at Sporting Park provided the backdrop to the Final, and the fans stayed through to the end to create a raucous environment that came through clear on the television.
While Manchester United were recently protecting a precious one goal lead against Southampton, manager David Moyes made the most negative change in his short United career thus far. He took off the energetic Wayne Rooney, and replaced him with Chris Smalling. Two minutes later, a defensive lapse in concentration saw Southampton level, and the game ended 1-1.