After a run of Wednesday games, week 12 of the 2017 MLS season resumed on Friday. New York and Toronto drew 1-1 at Red Bull Arena. Bradley Wright-Phillips put New York up in the 38th minute with Benoit Cheyrou equalizing in the 70th.
"Obviously, it's positive we didn't lose the game," Toronto forward Jozy Altidore said.
Week 10 of the 2017 MLS season saw Toronto get the better of Seattle at CenturyLink Field. In a rematch of the 2016 MLS Cup, Toronto won 1-0 on the road. Jozy Altidore converted a 23rd minute penalty for the game's only goal. Clint Irwin kept the clean sheet with two saves.
"Two weeks ago, a lot of people were concerned because we weren't necessarily turning some of those games into wins," Toronto coach Greg Vanney said.
Major League Soccer wastes no time packing the heavy hitters after the end of the international break, as allfour teams set to play on Friday night arepegged to contend for the postseason. Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey will be among the stars on display during Friday night's national TV doubleheader.
And, once again, it was Jozy Altidore he was robbing.
Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei has a knack for make exceptional saves against Toronto FC. During MLS Cup, it was "The Save" against Jozy Altidore that kept them in the game and eventually led to the Sounders first ever MLS Cup.
Last week, Frei made yet another exceptional save on Altidore.
Who gets the blame for this disappointing home loss?
This whole thing is more fun when you get to give credit for all the great plays in a match that lead to a satisfying home win for the Seattle Sounders. Instead, we're stuck spreading the blame around in number form after a defeat to Toronto FC that was thoroughly frustrating.
Referee Jair Marrufo said that Jozy Altidore was fouled in the box. Was he?
The MLS Cup final rematch against Toronto FC started pretty positively for the Seattle Sounders, but bad luck kept what looked like their opening goal from getting them on the scoresheet. Bad luck (or bad refereeing?
How to cut off Giovinco and Altidore and more on how the Dynamo can beat Toronto.
The Houston Dynamo home-heavy schedule for the opening two months of the season will be coming to an end soon. They're in Toronto this weekend, and then after two more home games, they enter a stretch in which five of their six matches will be on the road.
Who does lineups right, and why does Toronto FC always start Jozy Altidore in net?
Not all social media lineup cards are created equal. At minimum, they're supposed to tell a viewer at a glance who is playing that day. Some of them do a very good job of this, while others barely meet that requirement.
Bad weather gave the Union the opportunity to grab three points against the Eastern Conference champions, but Mark Geiger wasn't having it. Post-match analysis of a promising performance in Philly's home opener.
These are the things that will need to happen for the Union to get a good result.
1.) Watch for the mismatch: Last year, Toronto FC had a field day against the Union. They lined Sebastian Giovinco up on their left (the Philadelphia Union's right) and Jozy Altidore on their right (Union's left).
• De estar casi eliminados en agosto a la cima de la MLS en diciembre • Sin goles en 120 minutos, la final de la Copa MLS se decidió en tiros a penal • Stefan FREI le quitó un gol a Jozy ALTIDORE en el minuto 108 (video) • Román TORRES en el partido de su vida hizo el penal de la victoria (video) Hace .
The USMNT teammates had many nice things to say about each other
Among the many storylines that have popped up ahead of Saturday's MLS Cup final, one that is of particular interest beyond just Seattle and Toronto is the matchup of the three US national team regulars expected to start. Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore are expected to start for Toronto FC, while 2016 Rookie of the Year Jordan Morris should start for the Seattle Sounders.
Led by head coach Brian Schmetzer the Seattle Sounders (14-14-6 +1) travel to Toronto, Canada to try to win their first ever MLS Cup. TFC (14-9-11 +12) are also trying to take their first MLS hardware. Toronto FC joined the league in 2007 and first made the playoffs in 2015. They have five Canadian Championships.
Michael Bradley generally remains calm, stoic, composed. His game on the field very much reflects his attitude off of it, as the Toronto FC midfielder looks to remain level-headed through the soaring highs and resounding lows. However, on Sunday, even the unflappable Bradley was forced to admit that something just feels right for both himself and teammate Jozy Altidore.
Ken Tribbett will have nightmares for years about Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore, but there was more to the Union's playoff loss than that, PSP's Dan Walsh writes. Also, a note on the retiring Conor Casey.
Toronto FC and the Philadelphia Union enter the 2016 MLS Cup playoffs with two completely different sets of expectations, and in different form.
The goal for the Reds isn't just to win their first playoff game in franchise history, it's to hoist MLS Cup on December 10. The star-studded squad led by Jozy Altidore, Sebastian Giovinco and Michael Bradley have the capability to do that, but they can't afford a slip-up against a sputtering Union side.
D.C. United was going up to Canada to play a Toronto FC side that had been looking not as good as they normally would (thanks to the absence of Sebastian Giovinco), but still among the East leaders. Dressing an A-minus/B-plus side that was definitely leggy from the work they'd put in over the last two and a half weeks, their 2-1 win may have been as impressive as the ones which have given them all this goalscoring over the last two months.
The U.S. Men's National Team needed some positive news this weekend after Fabian Johnson and Bobby Wood were removed from the roster for the upcoming CONCACAF World Cup qualifying matches with Honduras and Panama due to injuries.
The good news came from in front of nets worldwide, as some of the players headed to California this week struck the back of the net in their respective club matches.
Bruce Arena is taking the Seattle Sounders attack with him to face Honduras and Panama.
With World Cup qualifying a bit in doubt, USMNT coach Bruce Arena is turning to the Seattle Sounders for offense. He called both Jordan Morris and Clint Dempsey into the 23-man roster that will be available to face Honduras on March 24 and Panama on March 28.
A full list of the 55 players in the USMNT's current player pool, plus 32 others in contention.
Bruce Arena has officially been named new US national team head coach, and one of his first actions since replacing Jurgen Klinsmann was compiling a massive player pool of 50 or more players. We don't know who is on that list, but we have a pretty good idea of the players in consideration.
The Hex begins again, from the fortress known as Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.
The United States Men's National Team has enjoyed a bit of a renaissance after an up-and-down/borderline disappointing Copa America campaign this summer.
Sacha Kljestan has become the new defacto playmaker in the midfield for the USMNT, Christian Pulisic has seemingly entrenched himself in the starting lineup as a teenager and other young players like DeAndre Yedlin, John Brooks and Bobby Wood have all had solid performances for club and country.