2016 MLS season
There's not a lot to play for in the final Champions League group stage games and lots of people are noticing in the soccer news.
Give a team home field and they're supposed to use it. That's now the playoff story MLS is telling, with the lower seeds going four for four in the Conference semifinals. Hit the parity button at MLS headquarters, letting the world know that this is a league of competitive balance. That's certainly a story worth telling, considering the score lines.
The TV ratings turned against MLS on Decision Day, leading to the same old questions without new answers in the soccer news.
The only thing Portland won on the final day of the MLS season was biggest disappointment in the soccer news.
It's a tough week for FC Dallas losing their best player and now facing two games with major implications in the CCL and MLS.
The New England Revolution saw their playoff hopes all but dashed, quickly turning them into a crisis club in Monday's soccer news update.
The USMNT plans for New Zealand with several changes to the squad and Houston won't make the playoffs after the only game in MLS.
The Columbus Crew still have an outside shot at making the playoffs, but they'll need to take six against Chicago in the soccer news.
With one game remaining in the 2016 MLS season, a look back at the key moments and what might influence 2017.
Seattle Sounders forward Jordan Morris won the 2016 MLS Rookie of the Year award, scoring 12 goals in his debut season.
MLS not retroactively suspending striker David Villa is now the story in the NYCFC vs Toronto Eastern Conference semifinal series.
Missing the playoffs and making an early exit only means a jump on the 2017 season for MLS coaches and front office personnel.
It was the lower-seeded home teams taking advantage in the 2016 MLS Conference semifinals with all four winning by shutouts.
There are plenty of USMNT regulars and hopefuls with something to prove during the 2016 MLS Cup playoffs.
t's a tough situation for an interim MLS coach when doing better than their predecessor isn't enough to get the job.
The Montreal Impact and Seattle Sounders advanced to the MLS Conference semifinals set for Sunday on ESPN and Fox Sports 1.
Toronto FC and the LA Galaxy advanced in the knockout round to open the 2016 MLS playoff schedule.
Facing the Galaxy in the MLS playoffs isn't the same challenge anymore and that needs to change for one of the best clubs in league history.
EPL Talk at Oct 25, 2016 @ 8:43pm UTC
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MLS TV viewership numbers on Univision increased 1.3% for the entire 2016 regular season compared to 2015, according to research conducted by Sports TV Ratings and World Soccer Talk.
The fact that Univision was able to increase their average viewing number in its second year of broadcasting MLS under the new TV deal is impressive.
The MLS playoffs are set with three teams clearly in contention and three others not so much in the race for the 2016 MLS Cup.
The 2016 MLS regular season ended on Sunday with FC Dallas winning the Supporters' Shield ahead of the Colorado Rapids and New York Red Bulls.
NYCFC coach Patrick Vieira is doing things differently and that means high risk put potentially great reward for the MLS club.
MLS tries to raise interest in the regular season finale with Decision Day with the Supporters' Shield and playoff spots on the line.
Game 34 of the 2016 MLS season means different things for clubs already focusing on what they need to do for better results in 2017.
Whether or not it's the 'Curse of Caricola" it's hard to argue that the New York Red Bulls are ever a playoff favorite in MLS.
EPL Talk at Oct 17, 2016 @ 1:32pm UTC
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Here are the ten things we learned from the penultimate week of the 2016 MLS season.
1. Who Would You Want To Be In The West?
We will enter the final day of the MLS regular season next weekend with four teams vying for the final three Western Conference playoff spots.
FC Dallas passed Colorado in the Supporters' Shield standings with a week remaining in the MLS season and controversy for the Impact in week 33.
Also, the first and second draft picks for the Expansion draft and MLS SuperDraft have been established.
Despite a short distance between them, Seattle and Vancouver don't have many tangible links. That may change after the leaders of Washington and British Columbia came together to create the "Cascadia Innovation Corridor.
MLS has all of its conference teams playing at the same time on Sunday with two games remaining in the 2016 regular season.
The Chicago Fire and Columbus Crew drew at Toyota Park and the Colorado Rapids beat San Jose at home in MLS action.
Gio dos Santos made a successful return for Mexico dring the October friendlies, but can he be reliable in games that count?
Sacha Kljestan and Bradley Wright-Phillips are both strong candidates for MLS MVP, but the Red Bulls teammates may push the award to David Villa.
Flying professional athletes in coach class is not something major leagues tend to do and that's a perception problem for Major League Soccer.
Both New York teams, DC United, and Seattle picked up wins in week 30, keeping the pressure on in the playoff races in both conferences.
It's DC United playing Montreal in the East and Seattle hosting Sporting KC in the West on the Thursday soccer TV schedule.
The MLS playoff deciders are on the weekend soccer TV schedule while Manchester United and Chelsea meet in the Premier League.
Liverpool plays Manchester United on Monday at Anfield with soccer options all over the TV schedule this weekend.
The Vancouver Whitecaps host the Seattle Sounders on Sunday with both teams trying to salvage their season by making the playoffs.
The 2016 Colorado Rapids under Pablo Mastroeni are either really good or really lucky, or both. It's probably not both though.
Heading into the 2016 MLS season, not a lot of people had the Colorado Rapids on their "teams to watch" list. Much of this can be attributed to their 2015 season that saw the team earn a Western Conference worst 37 points while scoring the fewest goals in the league.
The Galaxy brought in Steven Gerrard as their next former Premier League star turned MLS difference maker. It hasn't worked out that way.