2018 mls season

Major League Soccer

Trying to make a run in the East

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Apr 18, 2018) US Soccer Players - Let's start this discussion about the Eastern Conference of Major League Soccer by putting aside three teams: NYCFC, Atlanta United, and Toronto FC.

That's the elite of both the Eastern Conference and MLS. You'd be hard-pressed to find anyone who disagrees that those teams belong at the top.

The uniqueness of San Jose vs Houston

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By Clemente Lisi – SAN JOSE, CA (Apr 16, 2018) US Soccer Players – MLS is loaded with rivalries. Some are intra-city, others regional. For example, the newest one to take the league by storm – LA Galaxy vs LAFC – is certain to entertain given how intense the first edition of "El Trafico" proved to be.

Toronto FC faces its biggest games

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Apr 13, 2018) US Soccer Players - There's a new challenge in front of Toronto FC, a challenge born from the club's remarkable success and a twist of fate. Don't screw it up.

What once was a mote of belief is now a fully formed expectation. Toronto FC plays for the 2018 Concacaf Champions League title as the final favorites.

The referee in the Champions League

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Don't worry, We're not starting the soccer news with a hot take on yesterday's late penalty for Real Madrid in the Champions League quarterfinals. Quick recap, after giving up three goals at home to Juventus, their series was tied until a stoppage time incident. On what we're all going to agree was a 50/50 call for the sake of argument, referee Michael Oliver pointed to the spot.

What the Galaxy can learn from Toronto FC

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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Apr 11, 2018) US Soccer Players - Champions are by nature superior to the competition. Some champions become legendary and even others immortalized. The LA Galaxy teams that won consecutive MLS Cup championships earlier this decade had the look of immortals.

What is the MLS business model?

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Apr 11, 2018) US Soccer Players - MLS is adding at least one new name to its group of investor/operators. Per reports from Bloomberg and Steven Goff of the Washington Post, new investors are stepping in to take over a majority share of original franchise DC United.

Chivas and Toronto advance to the 2018 Concacaf Champions League final

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MLS didn't setup a guaranteed winner for the 2018 Concacaf Champions League final and Liga MX didn't get a clasico. Instead, it's a Liga MX vs MLS matchup. Chivas USA and Toronto FC advanced on Tuesday night to the 2018 Concacaf Champions League final series beginning on April 17 and concluding on the 24.

What can the MLS leaderboard already tell us?

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Apr 9, 2018) US Soccer Players – We may be just over a month into the 2018 MLS season, but it has already produced several milestones. From record-breaking goals to how the league's newcomers are faring, the season is already telling its story.

MLS Week 6: Big shutouts for Revs and Atlanta

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Week 6 of the 2018 MLS season started with two big shutouts. On Friday, New England beat Montreal 4-0 at home. Teal Bunbury put the Revs up in the 10th minute. The Impact's Saphir Taider saw red in the 13th for violent conduct. Diego Fagundez failed to convert a penalty. Andrew Farrell scored six minutes into first-half stoppage time.

Zlatan, Concacaf Champions League, and cult of personality in American soccer

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 6, 2018) US Soccer Players - Soccer in America long ago matured past the point of needing any sort of tipping point, "World Cup bump," superstar arrival, or other external assistance to thrive and grow. Right?

I've grown accustomed to arguing that point over the past several years.

More problems than solutions to start MLS week 6

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Apr 6, 2018) US Soccer Players - We've seen a little bit of many things to start the 2018 MLS season. While the schedule is decidedly uneven, putting some teams well ahead of others both in terms of games played and points earned, teams are filling roles across both conferences.

MLS Power Rankings: NYCFC takes top spot

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By Jeff Rueter – SAINT PAUL, MN (Apr 5, 2018) US Soccer Players - One month in, and the MLS season is just as unpredictable as any other. Teams are still figuring out their identities in the early goings of the 2018 campaign, leading to many an upset through five weeks.

As always, it's good to clarify the role of power rankings.

Is MLS on par with Liga MX?

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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Apr 4, 2018) US Soccer Players - Twice, Liga MX clubs have gone to Toronto's BMO Field in search of a result in CONCACAF Champions League play this year. Twice, Liga MX clubs have left with a difficult result. Toronto FC seems destined for a spot in the Concacaf Champions League final, an accomplishment the club would obtain at Liga MX's expense.

Does Minnesota United get enough respect in MLS?

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Apr 4, 2018) US Soccer Players - On Saturday afternoon, Minnesota United lost to Atlanta United at TCF Bank Stadium by a score of 1-0. The Loons fell to Atlanta despite playing up a man for nearly an hour after defender Leandro Gonzalez-Pirez received two yellow cards in the first half, putting the visitors as a significant deficit.

Club America and Liga MX vs MLS

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Credit Club America coach Miguel Herrera for doing his part to add to the 2018 Concacaf Champions League story. Herrera took time out prior to the semifinal first-leg in Toronto to let anyone interested know his opinion on the Liga MX vs MLS comparison. Not at all surprising, he favors Liga MX across the board, with the belief that the correct Liga MX comparison is with the European leagues.

MLS lessons for the Concacaf Champions League

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Apr 2, 2018) US Soccer Players – The Concacaf Champions League resumes this week with the first-legs of the semifinals. It's also the resumption of the MLS vs Liga MX story, one that almost always favors Mexico. While the other Champions League will be getting most of the attention this week, it's in Concacaf where MLS teams will once again try to stop a Liga MX club from lifting another trophy.

Zlatan arrives, LAFC moves on

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Monday's soccer news starts with Zlatan Ibrahimovic endearing himself to the Galaxy part of Los Angeles. Zlatan started his MLS run with two goals against newest rivals LAFC. He capped that with letting those fans know he "gave them Zlatan" while admitting arriving in LA on Thursday and playing on Saturday too a lot out of him.

MLS Week 5: Zlatan for the Galaxy and shutouts across the league

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Week 5 of the 2018 MLS season couldn't have gone better for the league and the LA Galaxy. In a game shown on national television, the Galaxy's new superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic came up with the equalizer and the late winner in a super sub performance.

Things weren't going the Galaxy's way early in what turned into a 4-3 win over LAFC.

El Trafico and the MLS rivalry game

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Mar 30, 2018) US Soccer Players - As a matter of marketing-led tradition, MLS likes to package its myriad rivalries together into a couple of big blowout weekends. The better to leverage the passion in matches between teams who don't (or shouldn't) like one another based on history, geography, or something more ineffable.

The MLS based USMNT players put in work against Paraguay

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By Jeff Rueter – SAINT PAUL, MN (Mar 29, 2018) US Soccer Players - Four weeks into the 2018 MLS season, and we've already had our first cause for debate about international window etiquette. MLS sides once again had the option to prioritize double-game weeks over playing during the international break.

Making big moves in LA and Minnesota

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The soccer news starts with MLS teams improving their squads a month into the 2018 MLS season. The biggest move is Zlatan Ibrahimovic to the LA Galaxy, one that's drawn a lot of opinions on signing an older European star in the contemporary version of Major League Soccer.

Zlatan finally in LA, bigger questions for the Galaxy

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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Mar 28, 2018) US Soccer Players - The LA Galaxy have long been pursuing Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and now that the club finally landed him the team is trying to get him in the lineup as soon as possible. Ibrahimovic could conceivably arrive in Los Angeles one day and then play in a league game the next.

How does a soccer club keep its identity?

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Mar 28, 2018) US Soccer Players - Club identity is a difficult thing to pin down. Even a wordy description of a club's character is likely to be nebulous and non-specific, especially in areas that go beyond the field.

A club's identity is mostly a function of tactical approach and success.

MLS Week 4: The Red Bulls shutout Minnesota United

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It was a Saturday only schedule for week 4 of the 2018 MLS season with the games coming during the March international break. We start the roundup with the New York Red Bulls shutting out Minnesota United 3-0 at home. Alex Muyl had New York up in the 15th minute.

The Galaxy tries again, this time with Zlatan

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Mar 23, 2018) US Soccer Players - In the pantheon of famous MLS signings, nothing will ever top the LA Galaxy's 2007 capture of David Beckham. It's easy to forget, more than a decade on, just what a coup LA's acquisition of Beckham truly was.

MLS vs Juventus in Atlanta

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The soccer news starts with MLS announcing Juventus as the opponent for the 2018 All-Star game in Atlanta. The game is set for Mercedes Benz Stadium on August 1 at 7:30pm ET on ESPN. MLS is continuing the trend of playing foreign clubs, with the eventual switch to an MLS vs Liga MX All-Star game in the near future.

Stock up and down in MLS

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By Jeff Rueter – SAINT PAUL, MN (Mar 22, 2018) US Soccer Players - Three weeks in and the 2018 MLS campaign looks to be starting off in rare form. Two teams have advanced to the Concacaf Champions League semifinals. One of those, last year's MLS Cup champion, has stumbled to a winless start in the league.

Is this season already in doubt for the LA Galaxy?

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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Mar 21, 2018) US Soccer Players - The LA Galaxy underwent an offseason of change and transformation, making moves that promised a return to playoff contention and grandeur. The front office rebuilt the backline and goalkeeper positions, beefed up the midfield, and transformed the attack.

MLS week 3: DC at the SoccerPlex

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The MLS week 3 roundup starts in an odd location for an MLS regular season game. With DC United's new stadium under construction, they drew 2-2 with Houston in front of 5,128 at the Maryland SoccerPlex. Houston took a two-goal lead with Alberth Elis scoring in the 30th and assisting on Mauro Manotas's goal a minute later.

What will we learn in MLS week 3?

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Mar 16, 2018) US Soccer Players - MLS might be a league of parity, but three weeks into the season not all games are even. A few might have more to teach us than others. Injuries, midweek games for Concacaf Champions League participants, and unusual conditions will play a role in the results and how we parse them.

Two out of three for MLS in the Champions League

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The soccer news starts with the Seattle Sounders crashing out of the 2018 Concacaf Champions League at the semifinal stage. Carrying a 1-0 advantage into the away leg against Chivas, Seattle lost 3-0 on the night with Chivas advancing 3-1 on aggregate.

Derailing an MLS season

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Mar 14, 2018) US Soccer Players - Traditionally speaking, it doesn't take much to derail an MLS season. A decided lack of depth beyond the first 11-14 players on the roster meant that losing even one or two starters for protracted periods of time could lead to a string of bad results.

MLS and Liga MX meet again in the Campeones Cup

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The soccer news starts with MLS and Liga MX announcing the Campeones Cup, the North American version of a super cup. The defending MLS champions will play the winner of the Liga MX Campeon de Campeones, the game between the Apertura and Clausura winners.

Tyler Adams talks about the benefit of January camp and winning with the Red Bulls

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Mar 12, 2018) US Soccer Players – Tyler Adams is turning into an MLS star at just age 19. After his first full season in Major League Soccer, Adams already looks like a veteran player on a New York Red Bulls roster dominated by youth.

Liga MX

Soccer TV: Atlanta United vs NYCFC

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It's a high-profile MLS match-up on the weekend soccer TV schedule with Atlanta United hosting NYCFC on Sunday. There's also Liverpool vs Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday on NBC while Manchester City continues their push for the trophy at Spurs on NBCSN.

How much does the 2018 Concacaf Champions League matter?

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We start the soccer news with a new version of an old question. Thanks to Concacaf revamping the Champions League, for the teams most likely to lift the trophy it's now a short-run knockout tournament. Eight games from late February to mid-April to win the championship, rather than first having to navigate a group stage.

Soccer TV: Manchester City vs Manchester United

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Manchester City could win the Premier League this weekend against their city rivals United on the soccer TV schedule. NBC has that game on Saturday. The Bundesliga title is also at stake with Bayern Munich playing Augsburg on FS2 on Saturday. On Sunday, the US Women play Mexico on Fox and Sporting KC hosts the LA Galaxy on ESPN.

Soccer TV: LA Galaxy vs LAFC

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It's the first edition of the new LA derby in MLS on the weekend soccer TV schedule. The LA Galaxy hosts LAFC with the potential for Zlatan Ibrahimovic to make his debut on national TV on Saturday. Check your local listings to make sure Fox is carrying the game in your area. Also on national TV, NBC has Everton vs Manchester City in the Premier League on Saturday.

Soccer TV: Wigan Athletic vs Southampton

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It's the FA Cup quarterfinals on the weekend soccer TV schedule. Seven of the eight teams involved are from the Premier League, with one chance at a giant killing. Also on the soccer TV schedule, MLS on Univision has NYCFC hosting Orlando City on Saturday and Borussia Dortmund returns to Bundesliga action on Sunday at home to Hannover 96.

The Rest

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