Making predictions is hard. And it becomeseven harder when the information you are workingwith is, well... noisy. In Nate Silver's book, "The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail But Some Don't," he connects our ineptabilityto make accurate predictions (humans, not Fire fans)as an evolutionary problemidentifying the truthfrom nonsense.
Both the Chicago Fire and Columbus Crew come into 2017 looking to turn a page and forget about their respective dismal 2016 campaigns. They squared off on Saturday at MAPFRE Stadium in the season opener on a chilly afternoon and battled to a 1:1 draw. Based on the soccer on display it's unlikely that either side learned much about whether 2017 will bring more joy than 2016 did, but both teams have a lot of work ahead if they want to be competitive.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. In the mind of Red Bulls coach Jesse Marsch, there's an unwritten code that all soccer players are supposed to follow. And part of that code is to kick the ball out of play when an opposing player is down due to injury.
So when he saw center back Kemar Lawrence was on the ground after feeling a pop in his knee, Marsch expected the Revolution, who were in possession, to hit the pause button on their advance.
HERE IT IS! du Nord Futbol 2015 MLS Best XI G: Bill Hamid FB: Tony Beltran + Kemar Lawrence CB: Damien Perrinelle + Laurent Ciman M: Ethan Finlay, Dax McCarty, Matias Laba + Fabian Castillo F: Kei Kamara + Sebastian Giovinco
Dax McCarty's long injury layoff could end as soon as this weekend.
Ahead of the New York Red Bulls' match on Saturday against the Columbus Crew, head coach Mike Petke teased to reporters that the 27-year-old midfielder could be back in the starting lineup after missing more than a month with a knee injury.
No one has had an offseason quite like Dax McCarty. The midfielder received a call-up to the U.S. Men's National Team January camp, got married and was unexpectedly traded by the New York Red Bulls to the Chicago Fire on Monday.
The whirlwind weekend, one which started with getting married and ended with his first training session in California with the USMNT, is something McCarty is still adjusting to.
The Union didn't dominate the opening 15 minutes, NY just had the wrong approach. Philly was in control for a bit after going ahead, but Josh Yaro's injury gave the home side a chance to regroup and dominate.
Through only three matches this season, the New York Red Bulls have already undergone significant adversity. After the team lost their first two games against Canadian sides Toronto FC and the Montreal Impact, the Red Bulls pulled off an improbable comeback vs.
I can hardly believe it myself, but somehow I came in 2nd in the voting to David Beckham for People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive! Damn you Beckman. Even my own Mom voted for him.
Corinthians are the new Brazilian Champions. Huge congrats to them.
du Nord Futbol 2015 MLS Best XI G: Bill Hamid FB: Tony Beltran + Kemar Lawrence CB: Damien Perrinelle + Laurent Ciman M: Ethan Finlay, Dax McCarty, Matias Laba + Fabian Castillo F: Kei Kamara + Sebastian Giovinco
And my 2nd Team G: David Oustad FB: Harrison Afful + Robby Rogers CB: Nat Borchers + Kendall Waston M: Benny Feilhaber, Wil Trapp, Diego Charra + Mauro Diaz F: Obafemi Martins + Robbie Keane
The New York Red Bulls have hardly done it the easy way, but they eventually found their way into the 2014 MLS Playoffs, thanks to a combination of their 3-1 victory over Toronto FC on Saturday night at Red Bull Arena and DC United's victory over Houston Dynamo on Sunday.
The Chicago Fire won't win awards for stylish soccer after their first two matches of the 2017 campaign, but there are plenty of indications that they are on the right path. Their 2:0 win on Saturday over Real Salt Lake at Toyota Park was built on pragmatism, hard work, and taking advantage of opportunity.
Jim Curtin on scrimmage against U-17 USMNT: "Today was good preparation as we move forward into preseason" Here's some words from Jim Curtin on today's scrimmage.
PRO hire Howard Webb to manage Video Assistant Referee operations With MLS introducing the testing of Video Assistant Referees (VARs) this season, the Professional Referee Organization announced on Tuesday the appointment of retired FIFA referee Howard Webb as Manager of VAR Operations.
This past winter, Fire General Manager Nelson Rodriguez spoke several times about the need for a leader or "boss" in the locker room. A player with that reputation is exactly what the team is getting in newly arrived Dax McCarty. The veteran midfielder joined the team in Fort Myers, Florida last night before participating in his first training session this morning.
This is one crowded scene, and I even considered listing Dax McCarty and/or Daniel Williams here. Michael BradleyDarlington NagbeSacha KljestanIn the frame: Alfredo MoralesUnder watch: Wil Trapp, Tony Tchani, Kellyn AcostaGet a job: Jermaine JonesMikey is still the clear-cut and obvious choice. Beyond that, I spent a lot of time shuffling guys on this list, as well as to and from other midfield