Major League Soccer

2012 MLS Playoff Race: East Heats Up, West Less Complicated

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Chicago and New York are battling for playoff positioning in the East. (Getty Images)

The MLS Playoff race is hot folks. As we head into the final two months of the season, both conferences have different but good races going on as we try to figure out who will be the ten clubs that go to the post season dance.

Are The Playoffs Possible For The Philadelphia Union?

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With the recent run of good form under interim head coach John Hackworth, talks have re-emerged of the possibility of the Philadelphia Union making the playoffs. However, there may be some doubt in the back of people's mind that the poor run of form under the now departed Peter Nowak may have put the Union in too big of a hole to bounce back.

Toronto Plays Against Parity

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (May 7, 2012) US Soccer Players -- There won't be a magical moment when talking about the Major League Soccer table starts to make sense. The unbalanced schedule, the staggered games, and the off weeks make comparisons within and across conferences difficult. Yet there are some not exactly hasty conclusions that can already be made courtesy of the team with the worst record in the League.

MLS reserve league returns...barely...

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Major League Soccer will again operate its Reserve League in 2012 season. The 19 clubs will be divided into three conferences and play only 10 matches per team.

The league will give clubs an opportunity to use players who aren't getting first-team minutes, trialists and notably academy players whose amateur eligibility won't be jeopardized by playing alongside older pros.

2012 Dynamo Reserve League Schedule Announced

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Just in case you didn't hear, the MLS reinstated the Reserve League last season as part of the new collective bargaining agreement signed between the league and the player's union. If you'd like to check out all the rules and regulations associated with the Reserve League, you can enjoy them here.

Moaning about the unbalanced schedule

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Sounder at Heart reacted immediately yesterday to the MLS schedule announcement, posting an analysis of strength of schedule. They did a great job collecting the data, and concluded that "Seattle's getting it about as good as you can get it in the West, but of course the league bends over backwards for the Galaxy once again.

So, Uh, You Busy Next Year?

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So now we enter into that long, dark, cold, lonely time that the more cavalier among us call the "offseason". Basically, we won't be seeing any real MLS action until March. Granted, there's the Superdraft and some other small events in between, but for the most part we're now adrift in an MLS-less winter.

Sacrifice Three Lions and Call Me In the Morning

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More from Grant v. Garb... Is it possible you may have some teams not playing each other at all in the regular season next year?

Garber: Yeah. Just by the fact it'll be unbalanced. That's possible. That sounds like a bummer.

2012 MLS SuperDraft: Pre-NCAA Tournament Watch List

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Duke's Andrew Wenger stands to be one of the top prospects in this year's SuperDraft. (Photo via Duke Athletic Department)

I know I've been slacking on my college coverage as of late. But have no fear, my SuperDraft items will really start to kick up in the coming weeks with the start of the NCAA tournament next week.

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Gonzalo Segares (left) -- Associated PressBy Charlie Corr

The Chicago Fire struggled mightily against Major League Soccer's expansion clubs this season. And unless there is a miraculous stretch somewhere within this Fire roster, Sunday's effort against the Vancouver Whitecaps likely spelled the end toward any playoff aspirations.

Colorado 0 - Houston 0

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Major League Soccer's Sunday game ended scoreless at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Though the Rapids had more opportunities, putting 8 shots on goal to Houston's 2, neither team could find the back of the net. Splitting the points leaves both teams 5th in their respective conferences.

Match Thread: Colorado Rapids @ Portland Timbers [7:30 PM]

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Two and a half months ago, the Portland Timbers kicked off their inaugural MLS season with a defeat. Not just any defeat, mind you, with a harrowing 3-1 loss where the opposing team dominated almost every aspect of the pitch. That team was tonight's foe, the Colorado Rapids.

It was a harrowing experience for those of us who thought that the pre-season would be indicative of the regular season.

College Soccer

Union swap Mwanga for Timbers' Perlaza

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Two teams near the bottom of their respective conferences have made a trade involving a pair of talented forwards.

The Portland Timbers and Philadelphia Union finalized a deal that will send Danny Mwanga to Portland and Jorge Perlaza to Philadelphia, the clubs announced on Wednesday.

College Soccer Attendance Continues to Grow in the US

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Paul Kennedy of Soccer America reports of the growing attendance within College Soccer in the United States.

With five weeks to go before the men's regular season ends, seven teams, led by UC San Barbara (5,033), are averaging more than 3,000 fans a game, 12 teams, including four from the ACC, are averaging more than 2,000 a game, and five conferences, led by the ACC (1,844), are averaging more than 1,000 fans a game.

Seattle Sounders

Sounders FC vs Houston Dynamo Scouting Report: Danger From the East

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You've probably read a hundred times by now that the MLS Western Conference is 9-2 versus the East so far this season. It's been less remarked that the two wins are by the Houston Dynamo and that Houston is a pretty tenuous Eastern Conference team. They're the westernmost team in the conference, are only a few miles east of the Western Conference's FC Dallas and they were in the West up until last season, when the MLS head office made the perverse decision to 'balance' the conferences by giving them an equal number of teams for exactly one season before the addition of Montreal unbalanced it again in favor of the East.

Seattle Sounders Transfer Rumors: Lack Of Immediate Action Nothing To Fret Over

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With the opening of the international transfer window about to open on Friday, there's a distinct possibility the Seattle Sounders will not be announcing a new Designated Player before then. As best as we can tell, the rumored African DP who is supposedly set to be announced this week, is not someone being tied to the Sounders.


MLS Eastern Conference Preview

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MLS' Eastern Conference is generally thought of as the weaker of the two conferences and with the schedule/play-off overall for this year they no longer have to worry as much about playing against the tougher teams from the West. Even with all the changes the East has 2 great teams 6 middle of the pack teams and 2 not so good (I am trying to be nice) teams.

A Crazy Idea for Better Playoffs

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So the playoffs are impending, and it hasn't escaped notice that the way it worked out this year is just plain wrong. Playoffs, however, are here to stay and especially because schedules are likely to become unbalanced. So how do we set up playoffs so that playing better is always rewarded?

In my opinion, the biggest problem with the playoff system as it stands is what this year's playoffs highlight: the possibility that superior teams will face off prematurely, thereby eliminating better teams while inferior teams skate by against equally inferior opposition.

Top of the East

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I'd been asked this question both via text and on Twitter, so I figured I'd add it here for those of you that A) don't have Twitter, and B) don't have my phone number.

With the way that results went today, Sporting KC sits tied for first place in the Eastern Conference with the Columbus Crew.

Were We Wrong to Doubt the New Playoff Structure?

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The MLS cup is up for grabs

During the 2010 MLS Cup game, Commissioner Don Garber went on the ESPN halftime show to answer some questions about the state of the league.  The major issue circulating in the media was the playoff structure - a team from Colorado had just been named the Eastern Conference champion and, with two more teams entering the league next year, fewer than half of the teams playing in MLS would qualify for the playoffs under the existing format.

Were We Wrong to Doubt the New Playoff Structure?

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During the 2010 MLS Cup game, Commissioner Don Garber went on the ESPN halftime show to answer some questions about the state of the league.  The major issue circulating in the media was the playoff structure – a team from Colorado ...

The Rest

Sporting KC is Headed Back West

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The long rumored demise of Chivas USA was finally confirmed today by MLS. The team has ceased operations and their players will be dispersed via a draft. The team folding and the addition of New York City FC and Orlando City SC means that the Eastern Conference has 12 teams and the West has only 8, meaning realignment has taken place as well.

Development Academy Touts New Logo Heading into 2012-13 Season

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With the 2012-13 Development Academy season on the horizon, the program has a fresh look as the Academy has designed a new logo heading into its sixth campaign.

The two stars represent the two Academy mixed-age groups at the U-15/16 and U-17/18 levels. The four stripes – two white and two red – represent the four pillars of the Development Academy: Excellence, Pride, Tradition and Education.

A Black Cat Darkens Our Path (MLSTalk Podcast)

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The last August episode of the MajorLeagueSoccerTalk podcast is devoted to taking stock of both Conferences in depth. Every match matters this week, with no real battle of the doormats. The Eastern Conference goes first, and Earl Reed, Daniel Feuerstein, ...

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56ers in Cleveland for NPSL Midwest final

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The Madison 56ers shoot for their fourth National Premier Soccer League Midwest Region championship, and a berth in the national semifinals, when they take on host AFC Cleveland on Sunday afternoon.

Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School in Cleveland.

The 56ers (14-6-0 overall, 9-3-0 NPSL Midwest Central) previously won regional titles in 2006, '07 and '10, but this is the first season the Midwest was split into two conferences with a playoff to determine the regional champion.

A Tale of Two Teams

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The Revolution will be counting upon Benny Feilhaber to deliver against the red-hot Whitecaps on Saturday. (Photo: Tony Biscaia/RevsNet)

After falling short of the playoffs two years in a row, the Revolution scrapped the old and embraced the new during the offseason. And that new approach has yielded a new coach and a fresher style of play that has made the Revolution competitive in each of their matches so far this season.

WSCA girls state polls: April 6, 2012

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Cedarburg, Waukesha Catholic Memorial and Menasha St. Mary Central start the 2012 season atop the three divisions in the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association state girls polls.

Seven of the 10 teams in the Division 1 rankings hail from two Milwaukee-area conferences – four play in the North Shore Conference and three are in the Greater Metro Conference.

Around The League Extra with Ted Meyer & Chris Ballard now available @ CSRN

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Chris and Ted close out the preseason by giving their thoughts on last night's CONCACAF Champions League clashes and take a look ahead at all three MLS teams chances in the next round. Also, the tables get turned and both the hosts try their best to predict where each team will finish in their respective conferences.

Highlights From Today’s Press Conferences – Video

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The day before a match is the media's time to meet with players and managers to ask questions and talk about team news. For most reporters this is their only opportunity to ask the manager a question. Here are some video's from today's conferences involving Roberto Mancini, Andre Villas-Boas, Landon Donovan and Steve Kean:

Roberto Mancini

Andre Villas-Boas

Landon Donovan

Steve Kean

Bring Back Nurdin!

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It was widely believed that nothing could out incompetence the previous regime at the Indonesian FA but the new mob are doing their damnedest. Days after announcing clubs like Persis were among the most professionally run in the country they decided to keep the league as it began last season, promote the four clubs who got promoted, reinstate the three clubs who quit mid season, promote the only team who got relegated and promote two other teams because they were big clubs!

2011 MIAC Men’s Soccer Preview

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Once again this year IMSoccer News brings you the MIAC Men's Soccer Preview. The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference or as it known to many, MIAC, is one of the strongest D3 conferences in the nation. Most seasons, Minnesota sends several teams to the year-end NCAA Tournament and some years MIAC teams have gone deep into the playoffs.

Why the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup is Important for America

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Tonight kicks off what I would consider to be the second most important international soccer competition outside of the World Cup for the United States, and, yes, I'm including the Summer Olympics in that statement. The Summer Olympics are fun, but largely resides outside the world of FIFA.