The new football season may only be a few weeks old but already we are starting to see some movements on the 'Managerial Merry-go-Round'. We are not even in October yet but Paolo Di Canio has already become the first major casualty in the Premier League having been given the sack as manager of Sunderland.
With five games remaining and FC Dallas' playoff hopes remaining just a flicker, it's more than
likely time to start addressing which players have expiring contracts and which don't for FCD. This
is by no means an exhaustive list as this piece was mainly done to show which contracts were
The Philadelphia Union entered this game having not picked up a win in five games. The New
England Revolution entered this game having not picked up a win in nine games. It felt like
something had to give tonight in Foxboro. Only it didn't, and both teams' winless streak
In the first half, the Philadelphia Union played a strong possession game, and while they succeeded
in limiting New England Revolution to chances, the Union did little to generate chances
David Ferreira and FC Dallas are putting pressure on the rest of the Western Conference. (Getty
A few weeks ago the MLS playoff races in both the Eastern and Western Conference looked rather
boring. Both were just a five team race to determine which team was seeded where and no one from
the outside was really threatening to crash the party.
Jay Heaps and Shalrie Joseph chat during a preseason drill. On Monday, Joseph asserted that he
and Heaps had a "rocky relationship" in the weeks leading to his trade to Chivas USA. (Photo: Chris
Happy days they were not for Shalrie Joseph as his time in New England came to a close.
This was by far the worst New England performance of the season as they lost 1-0 to Sporting
Kansas in front of 17,592 fans at Gillette Stadium on Saturday night.
The loss extended New England's (6-11-5, 23 pts.) winless run to five games (0-4-1), while
Sporting KC (12-7-4, 40 pts.) snapped a three-game winless streak and vaulted back into a tie for
first place in the Eastern Conference.
Alencar Junior's division-leading 10 goals were good enough to earn All-PDL honors on Monday.
(Photo: Chris Aduama/aduama.com)
A trio of New England-based players were named to the All-Conference PDL Team for the Eastern
Conference on Monday.
Defender Pat Boucher (CFC Azul), forward Alencar Junior (Worcester Hydra) and midfielder Jason
Massie (GPS Portland Phoenix) were selected through a vote of team management, according to the
league's official release.
Every week the New England Soccer Today crew will look beyond the standings to rank each of
the 19 Major League Soccer (MLS) teams. This week Brian O'Connell and Sean Donahue contributed
rankings. Comments are followed by the ranker's name and the rank they gave that team.
Steve Nicol's coaching style irked me in one very specific way. I first realized it during the
2010 season when the losses started pouring in. Whether due to lack of depth, lack of talent or
sheer unpreparedness--Coach Steve Nicol lacked the ability to adjust his strategy or game plan on
the fly as a match developed or devolved into a loss.
Last season, the New England Revolution finished with the worst record in MLS, winning only five
games all year. The off-season saw a changing-of-the-guard, with longtime manager Steve Nichol
being replaced by former-Revolution great Jay Heaps.
Heaps promised to make the Revolution a 'more difficult' team to play against and preached an
attack-oriented style of play.
Lee Nguyen opens the scoring for the Revs in the 24th minute. (Photo: Walter Silva)
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. Lee Nguyen scored early and Jerry Bengtson added a late insurance goal on his
debut as the New England Revolution grabbed an important 2-0 win over the New York Red Bulls in
front of 14,374 at Gillette Stadium on Saturday night.
I thought coming into this week, we would be talking a little more about how the NASL playoff
picture would be a little clearer. Of course, every team did everything possible to not move away
from each other. Well, thats a bit of an over statement, as the bottom of the table became a little
clearer, but that doesn't help many people.
Last year was a bit of a non event in Thai football. It had plainly been decided before a ball was
even kicked in anger that the teams from a certain city would be allowed to win everything
including American Idol and the Boat Race.
For the rest it meant going through the motions. Yes, they were allowed to win games but, heaven
forbid, not against the favoured teams from the favoured city.
This time last season, if Wayne Rooney had been ruled out for a month, we would have been
totally gutted. As well as being the glue that holds our team together, showing great vision on the
attack and working tirelessly to help win the ball back, he also scores a huge proportion of our
goals. He scored a goal in each of our opening two games last season against West Brom and Spurs,
before scoring a hattrick against Arsenal in our third game.
It's time for another post to get you, the Dynamo faithful, out of your comfort zone, and into
some Mexican soccer talk. I hope you have been enjoying this addition to the Dynamo Theory website,
and I've sparked an interest in following some of the teams south of the border. Over the last
three weeks we've talked about the history of the league, the name change, offseason moves, team
previews, and some predictions.
For the second time in about a year, the Seattle Sounders have loaned out Michael Tetteh to a
Florida-based lower-division team. This time, he's joining the Ft. Launderdale Strikers of the NASL
as they head into the final stretch of their season. Last year, he played a handful of games for
Orlando City of the USL-Pro.
Tottenham face a tough away trip to St James' to take on Newcastle in the opening fixture of the
new Premiership season, and are a top priced 2.88 withÂ Paddy PowerÂ andÂ Stan JamesÂ to come away
with all three points. The stats are certainly not good as far as the Lilywhites are concerned as
when playing away from home on the opening day of the season they have won just one of their last
eight (one draw) and lost the last three in a row.
CHESTER, Pa. -- Less than a month into the tenure of interim manager John Hackworth, the
Philadelphia Union suddenly look like a whole new team.
Led by some outstanding attacking performances and a rock-solid defense, Philadelphia dominated
possession and dictated the tempo for the duration as they defeated last-place Toronto FC, 3-0, in
front of a near-sellout crowd at PPL Park on Sunday afternoon.
The Chicago Fire will take their three-game winning streak to the nation's capital Wednesday
night to battle a struggling D.C. United side who has one win in their last five games. However,
United have yet to lose a home game since the opening week of the season having logged an 8-1-3
record with a +15 goal differential.
There was no late match heroics for San Jose this time around, as they built themselves too big
of a hole to come back from thanks to a two goal defecit. After falling behind early, Montreal
charged back, scoring three unanswered goals, and winning their fourth consecutive home match 3-1
at Stade Saputo on Saturday.
After their usual dismal defeat down in Houston, DC United and defending League MVP, Dwayne De
Rosario will beÂ looking to get back on track in Columbus against a Crew team that is mired in an
even worse streak with only one win in their past five games. DC should just forfeit the points
rather than [.
FC Edmonton are back in the hunt for the playoffs.
The Eddies brought themselves within four points of sixth place in the NASL standings and the
final playoff spot that comes with it by blanking the Puerto RIco Islanders, 1-0, at Clarke Stadium
Nothing can stop the Charlotte Eagles right now. Not even Mother Nature.
The Eagles extended their winning streak to five games this past Saturday by beating the
Pittsburgh Riverhounds, 2-0, on Saturday night amid wet conditions. Devon Grousis scored the winner
in the first half for Charlotte, and forward Chris Salvaggione came off the bench and added an
insurance goal in stoppage time of a match that extended the Eagles' streak of games without giving
up a goal to three.
Orlando City SC were forced to settle for a pair of somewhat disappointing draws in their two
games in two days this weekend, but the way in which they grabbed a result in the second match was
testament to the team's character.
1. They've just allowed this bloke to sell arguably their best two players over the summer. 2. They've also allowed him to sign more than a dozen players for whom just about the only thing they have in common at the moment is that Paolo Di Canio wanted to sign them. 3. They went to [...]
Stoke striker Peter Crouch's toothless performances in front of goal are because he has three less teeth than at the start of the season. That's according to Potters boss Tony Pulis. He reckons the 6ft 7in striker's collision with Newcastle defender Fabricio Coloccini last November is the cause of his loss of form.
Lukas Podolski has only just ended his on-off 17-year relationship with FC Cologne and he's already plotting a tattoo in honour of his new flame. But the Germany international isn't going to rush any decision to mark his affection for new club Arsenal in ink. Asked whether a Gunners' tattoo to match his Cologne one [.