Yes, that includes the Sounders, but the field is also ripe for an upstart.
One of the longtime explanations for the Seattle Sounders' repeated inability to advance to the MLS Cup final has been the strength of the competition. The West has been the power conference in MLS over the past decade-plus, producing 9 of 11 champions.
For the 2016 MLS regular season, the average attendance was 21,690, which is an 0.66% increase compared to last season.
The 21,690 number is the third year in a row that Major League Soccer has broken its own attendance record. And it means that the league now has a greater average attendance than Argentina's Primera Division, France's Ligue Un and the Netherlands' Eredivisie.
With only three weeks left in the MLS regular season, the pressure is cranking up for a few teams on either side of the red line.
One of several marquee matcheson Saturday features FC Dallas hosting the LA Galaxy. These teams are separated by five points, but the Colorado Rapids have games in hand on both sides, adding more incentive to already heated matchup.
Several teams are still jockeying for playoff positioning, and a few of those sides will face each other during a pivotal Week 30 in MLS.
The headliner pits the LA Galaxy against the Seattle Sounders on Sunday afternoon. The Galaxy have not lost in their last six matches, while the Sounders, who are five points adrift of the playoffs, have earnedpoints in seven of their last eight games.
New York (AFP) Former Chelsea and England star Frank Lampard limped out of New York City FC's 2-2 MLS draw with FC Dallas with an apparent left calf injury.
With the playoffs four weeks away it could be a serious blow for City and Lampard, who missed the first 12 matches of the season with an injury to the same leg but has become an increasingly influential force for a club challenging Toronto FC for the top spot in the Eastern Conference standings.
Just days after winning the U.S. Open Cup, FC Dallas has added a veteran forward with quite the MLS reputation.
FC Dallas announced on Thursday that the club has signed Guatemalan international Carlos Ruiz. The 37-year-old forward played three seasons for FC Dallas after joining the club in 2005, amassing 31 regular season goals in 68 appearances to go withfive goals in six playoff games.
There was some talk that the Disciplinary Committee could add games to his suspension, but Alonso says that he's available against Real Salt Lake
After a tussle with Houston Dynamo's Will Bruin last week, Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Osvaldo Alonso was sent off for violent conduct. Alonso served the automatic punishment for such an offense, a one-match ban, against FC Dallas last Sunday.
After predicting a road win in Dallas, I looked pretty smart for almost 80 minutes. Unfortunately, a combination of poor play, missing players, and some suspect refereeing combined to see the mighty Sounders drop points in a game that they led, a first for the Schmetzer era. A resilient Dallas team that demonstrated, in the second half, why they are in the driver's seat for the Supporters shield, earned the 1-2 final score.
Carlos Ruiz was bound to make his mark on the MLS Playoff race at some point.
The veteran forward fired a late winner, earning FC Dallas a 2-1 home winoverthe Seattle Sounders. With the wins, FC Dallas moves abovethe Colorado Rapids atop the Supporters' Shield standings, while the Sounders head into the final week having missed a chance to clincha postseason spot.
With a win Seattle (13-13-5) advances to playoffs for their eighth straight year. With a win FC Dallas (16-8-8) keeps their hopes of the Supporters' Shield alive. JOEtv and Univision-Seattle are broadcasting the 2 PM match.
The hamstring (also known as the biceps femoris, semitendinosus, and semimembranosus muscles if you want to sound fancy) is notorious for its variability in how injuries affect players.
Real Salt Lake's attack has gone cold at the worst possible time.
For the third straight match, RSL was held scoreless as the Western Conference contender settled for a 0-0 draw with league-leaders FC Dallas at Rio Tinto Stadium. With the draw, FC Dallas maintains a five-point cushion atop the conference while RSL sits eight points back in fourth place.
The New York Red Bulls and FC Dallas are both teams in the thick of the MLS Supporters' Shield race, but they each have another task in focus this week: securing a place in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals.
The Red Bulls need just a draw against Salvadoran side Alianza on the road on Tuesday night to secure their place in the knockout rounds, and to extend an MLS-best 16-match unbeaten streak in all competitions.
There's one more week left...who will step up in the Power Rankings?
The playoff line is as red as ever, as we draw to the final week of the season. Week 33 saw a couple teams finally squander their chances to make the playoffs, while in the Western Conference, 4 teams will fight it out for the final 3 spots above that red line.
It certainly wasn't the prettiest of performances, but it was enough to keep the Portland Timbers alive.
A Fanendo Adi penalty kick was all that was needed Sunday, as the Timbers topped the Colorado Rapids, 1-0. The win keeps the Portland Timbers in the playoff chase heading into the final week, while the loss sees the Colorado Rapids head into their final match still in pursuit of a Supporters Shield.
FC Dallas may be one of the favorites heading into the upcoming MLS playoffs, but the U.S. Open Cup champions will have to overcome the loss of their biggest star if they hope to claim more trophies this season.
Goal is reporting that Mauro Diaz suffered a possible torn Achilles in Sunday's 2-1 come-from-behind win over FC Dallas.
We have some changes to the USMNT squad ahead of Tuesday's friendly with New Zealand. The most notable addition? How does Terrence Boyd grab ya?The end result roster? Here ya go...G - David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), William Yarbrough (León)D - Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Matt Besler (Sporting KC), Steve Birnbaum (D.
On the surface, the cities of Kingstown and Frisco have little in common. The former, the capital of St. Vincent & The Grenadines, is known much more for its tourism than its soccer, its beaches rather than the cricket pitch that the local national team calls home.
Rowe could make history tonight and two more things to know.
The New England Revolution have the opportunity to hoist their first U.S. Open Cup trophy since 2007 on Tuesday when they travel to FC Dallas. Here are three things you need to know ahead of the 10 PM kickoff.
1. Tuesday's game might bring on a case of déj vu.
Even though it's no surprise, Osvaldo Alonso's return to the Sounders' starting XI for the final match of the regular season is absolutely crucial. His red card against the Houston Dynamo meant that he served a one match suspension against FC Dallas last weekend. Other than Alonso, the rest of the starting lineup is the same as it was in Dallas.
An unlikely goalscorer led the way, but FC Dallas emerged from Toyota Stadium one step closer to the Supporters' Shield.
Walker Zimmerman scored the game's lone goal in the first half to lift FC Dallas to a 1-0 win over the LA Galaxy. The win gives FC Dallas a five-point lead in the Supporters' Shield race with just two games left to play.
Through the first 78 minutes of Saturday's match, FC Dallas looked like a team that was having little issue with a post-U.S. Open Cup hangover. However, after a mostly dominant performance, a late goal saw the Western Conference contender drop two road points against New York City FC.