2016 MLS season

News Update

More pressure to fix the Champions League

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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.

Advantage played in MLS

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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.

Will MLS ever win the ratings game?

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The TV ratings turned against MLS on Decision Day, leading to the same old questions without new answers in the soccer news.

Portland doesn’t finish strong

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The only thing Portland won on the final day of the MLS season was biggest disappointment in the soccer news.

FC Dallas plays for the CCL and the Supporters’ Shield

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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.

When is an MLS club in crisis?

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The New England Revolution saw their playoff hopes all but dashed, quickly turning them into a crisis club in Monday's soccer news update.

A new group of USMNT players prepares for New Zealand

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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 Crew tries to avoid what’s already happened to Chicago

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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.

Major League Soccer

5 things from the 2016 MLS season

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With one game remaining in the 2016 MLS season, a look back at the key moments and what might influence 2017.

Jordan Morris wins 2016 MLS Rookie of the Year

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Seattle Sounders forward Jordan Morris won the 2016 MLS Rookie of the Year award, scoring 12 goals in his debut season.

MLS creates a David Villa issue

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MLS not retroactively suspending striker David Villa is now the story in the NYCFC vs Toronto Eastern Conference semifinal series.

Next season is already starting in MLS

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Missing the playoffs and making an early exit only means a jump on the 2017 season for MLS coaches and front office personnel.

Home field advantage counts in the MLS Conference semifinals

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It was the lower-seeded home teams taking advantage in the 2016 MLS Conference semifinals with all four winning by shutouts.

Questions for USMNT players in the MLS playoffs

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There are plenty of USMNT regulars and hopefuls with something to prove during the 2016 MLS Cup playoffs.

Dropping the interim tag in MLS

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t's a tough situation for an interim MLS coach when doing better than their predecessor isn't enough to get the job.

Montreal and Seattle advance from the knockout round

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The Montreal Impact and Seattle Sounders advanced to the MLS Conference semifinals set for Sunday on ESPN and Fox Sports 1.

Toronto and the Galaxy advance in the Knockout Round

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Toronto FC and the LA Galaxy advanced in the knockout round to open the 2016 MLS playoff schedule.

Who’s afraid of the Galaxy?

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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.

MLS TV ratings on Univision increase 1.3% in 2016 regular season

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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.

Hot or not in the MLS Playoffs

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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.

MLS Decision Day 2016

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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.

Patrick Vieira is changing things for NYCFC and MLS

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NYCFC coach Patrick Vieira is doing things differently and that means high risk put potentially great reward for the MLS club.

Sunday is Decision Day for MLS

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MLS tries to raise interest in the regular season finale with Decision Day with the Supporters' Shield and playoff spots on the line.

Playing for next season with a game left in MLS

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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.

The Red Bulls in the playoffs

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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.

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 31 of the 2016 season

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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 takes over at the top of the table

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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.

Major Link Soccer: Diaz done for the season

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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 with two games left in 2016

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MLS has all of its conference teams playing at the same time on Sunday with two games remaining in the 2016 regular season.

Draw in Chicago, win for the Rapids

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The Chicago Fire and Columbus Crew drew at Toyota Park and the Colorado Rapids beat San Jose at home in MLS action.

Consistency is key for Gio dos Santos

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Gio dos Santos made a successful return for Mexico dring the October friendlies, but can he be reliable in games that count?

The Red Bulls and the 2016 MLS MVP

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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.

MLS still has a major league perception problem

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Flying professional athletes in coach class is not something major leagues tend to do and that's a perception problem for Major League Soccer.

The MLS playoff race picks up in week 30

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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.

soccer tv

Soccer TV: DC United vs Montreal Impact

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It's DC United playing Montreal in the East and Seattle hosting Sporting KC in the West on the Thursday soccer TV schedule.

Soccer TV: Seattle Sounders vs Real Salt Lake

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The MLS playoff deciders are on the weekend soccer TV schedule while Manchester United and Chelsea meet in the Premier League.

Soccer TV: Liverpool vs Manchester United

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Liverpool plays Manchester United on Monday at Anfield with soccer options all over the TV schedule this weekend.

Soccer TV: Vancouver vs Seattle

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The Vancouver Whitecaps host the Seattle Sounders on Sunday with both teams trying to salvage their season by making the playoffs.

The Rest

Colorado Rapids aren't as good as their record indicates

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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.

Will Steven Gerrard make the difference for the Galaxy?

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The Galaxy brought in Steven Gerrard as their next former Premier League star turned MLS difference maker. It hasn't worked out that way.