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.
The U.S. Men's National Team knew what they needed to do. Just a draw, or even a not-too-lopsided loss, would earn thema spot in the Hexagonal round. Instead, they dominated a good Trinidad & Tobago team for 90 minutes, entering the next stage of World Cup qualifying on a high.
Bobby Wood owned the first half then substitutes Sacha Kljestan and Christian Pulisic dominated the second frame as the USMNT crushed St. Vincent & the Grenadines in Kingstown, St. Vincent Friday afternoon.
Foreach of the pastseveral tournaments, the U.S. Men's National Team has had to cope without Jozy Altidore. As hamstring injury after hamstring injury knocked the forward out of big game after big game, the U.S. leaned heavily on Clint Dempsey to provide the goals needed to lift the U.S. through major competitions.
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.
USA wins 4-nil and wins their Group. Their next match is in the Hex on Friday November 11th.
Starting wunderkind Cristian Pulisic (youngest ever American with a World Cup Qualifying start) the United States completely dominated Trinidad & Tobago. Jozy Altidore earned a brace taking over the American record for most goals in World Cup Qualifying.
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.
Away trips in CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying can be unusually tough. Travel to the smaller nations in the Caribbean is atypical for athletes used to large jets or custom buses. The fields, in St. Vincent and the Grenadines case a cricket field without adequate lights for night play, have odd patches, or turf, or other quirks.