The MLS Players Union have released the latest salary figures and former Real Madrid and AC Milan star Kaka heads the list, despite never having played for his club.
The 32-year-old Brazilian, who signed for Orlando City in June and was immediately loaned to Sao Paulo, is on a total salary of $7,167,500, making him not only the highest paid in the league, but the highest-paid player in MLS history.
Welcome to this Tuesday edition of Freedom Kicks, in which we talk a lot about player development, a little about some other MLS teams, and even less about rapping, but still some rapping.
The soccer world was not quiet yesterday. And as tempted as I was to find links solely related to Ben Olsen and/or beards (if you don't know me, Ben Olsen and beards are kind of my things), I've got real soccer stuff for you instead this morning.
Having coached Landon Donovan at both the club and international level, LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena has seen the growth of his star forward every step of the way.
Donovan tied the league's all-time assist record in Sunday's 4-0 victory over the New York Red Bulls, but Arena admitted that he didn'tbelieve that the 32-year-old forward was much of a passer until recently.
Real Salt Lake are third in the western standing with 49 points with five games remaining on their schedule; with a win this weekend, Salt Lake can clinch a playoff spot. They seem to have that third place spot locked in and it doesn't seem that FC Dallas will over take the spot, given both the teams schedule down the stretch.
Bruce Arena didn't like how Major League Soccer handled the negotiations with Sasha Kljestan on behalf of the LA Galaxy. Don Garber fined him and then attempted to defend the honor of the league's single-entity structure. Did he actually say anything meaningful?
Major League Soccer and the Major League Soccer Players Union are currently engaged in a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) negotiation that will usher in a new era for soccer in the United States and Canada.
There's about a month to go in the MLS season, which will wrap up at the end of October. That means playoff races are reaching their apex, as the field is set for the November tournament that is the best of what the league has to offer.
MLS doesn't have promotion and relegation – and no, it's almost certainly not happening in your lifetime – the playoffs function as the alternative drama to the race against the drop.
Although they've been eliminated from the playoffs, the Montreal Impact are beginning to show positive signs late in the season.
Behind two late goals from Jack McInerney and Dilly Duka, the Impact defeated the San Jose Earthquakes, 2-0, at Stade Saputo on Saturday evening, winning for the second time in a week, including their CONCACAF Champions League victory midweek against the New York Red Bulls.
It is not a surprise that the MLS league office passed on a hefty fine to Bruce Arena this week for his comments on the strange Sacha Kljestan transfer saga. What is a surprise is how it was handled, and the process by which Arena was told of the fine ironically justifies his comments.
As a refresher Arena and the Galaxy cleared roster space and cap room to acquire Sacha Kljestan from Anderlecht during the simmer transfer window, a move that undoubtedly would have made them favorites in the West.
LA Galaxy homegrown forward Gyasi Zardes on the FIFA '15, playing for an academy vs college, and his team's current form. In the second segment, CSN-Houston and NBCSN soccer analyst Sebastian Salazar helps us break down what's happening around MLS.
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Love it or hate it, the new Major League Soccer logo is here. The famous boot-and-ball logo is out, and a minimalist crest with only the letters "MLS" and three stars is in. MLS Commissioner Don Garber defended the logo on Thursday, saying the crest itself identified it as a soccer logo without the presence of a soccer ball.
It looks like a change of scenery was a good thing for Brek Shea. The U.S Men's National Team pool player notched an assist in his debut with Birmingham City on Saturday. The 24-year-old had left Stoke City in search of more minutes and moved to Birmingham last week on an emergency three-month loan.
As the 2013 MLS season was winding down, one young player was proving to be more than a bit of a handful for opposing teams, so much so that murmurs began about his deserving a chance to prove his worth on the international stage. That call up never materialized, but..
While David Beckham and his team continue to struggle to get a stadium site worked out in Miami, the former LA Galaxy star continues to remain committed to a team in South Florida.
Speaking toBloomberg Television'sMark Crumpton, Beckham underlined his determination to lead MLS's successful return to South Florida despite the recent twists in the hunt for a waterfront site for a new, soccer-specific stadium.
September is here, and that means that Major League Soccer enters that period when the results seem to matter even more. Some teams have surprised thus far, others have followed form, but with a month and change left, teams that haven't risen to the top will be fighting to make the cut.
Let's group these teams into categories, and see how they all shake out:
DC United – A dismal 2013 behind them, their lead should help them withstand a slightly road-heavy backend of schedule.
What if, instead of trying to bring in another David Beckham, Major League Soccer signed more players like Javier Morales? It wasn't a hypothetical, though it was rhetorical. I was among a group of reporters gathered after MLS Cup three years ago when the question was asked by a league official. At the time, Beckham's future was uncertain, and although the league's commercial messiah he would come back for one more year, the post-Beckham world was already taking shape.
Two of the Western Conference's top teams face off on Saturday night in a classic showdown.
These two sides faced off two weeks ago, with FC Dallas coming out on top, 2-1, at Toyota Park. Now, with the venue switching to Rio Tinto Stadium, Luis Giland Real Salt Lake are looking to turn the tables and move well ahead of Tesho Akindele and FC Dallas in the Western Conference standings.
The New York Red Bulls went into the weekend looking for points to secure playoff position, but faced a tough test in the Western Conference-leading Seattle Sounders. But the Sounders, fresh off winning the U.S. Open Cup, were out of gas, it seems, and fell 4-1 on the road against the Red Bulls.
It was the result that neither team needed, but the one they deserved, as the San Jose Earthquakes and LA Galaxy played to a 1-1 draw in the latest edition of the California Classico Sunday afternoon in front of a crowd of 10,525 at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara.
I will start this piece by stating that the term must-win game is one of the most oft-used clichés in sports, but there are times, especially late in the season, where it is appropriate and I feel like Saturday's game with the Vancouver Whitecaps is such an occasion for FC Dallas.
FCD fans see the club's recent two-game dip as nothing more than a blip on the radar, but should Dallas not be able to come away with the full three points on Saturday, something they've done in each of the previous four times Vancouver has visited Toyota Stadium, then that will be a sure sign that Dallas' recent two-game losing streak could be the start of a bigger swoon.