D.C. United will be playing for a better chance to host MLS Cup, some teams out west will be playing for the final playoff spot, and in Seattle, they're going to invent either winning or losing the Supporters' Shield. There's plenty to watch on this final weekend of regular season MLS action.
Well, sports fans, you've made it through another eight-month MLS regular season.
The Seattle Sounders, after their brilliant comeback in Los Angeles last weekend to earn a 2-2 draw with the Galaxy, need only a draw to win the Supporters' Shield this Saturday (live on NBC at 2:30pm ET).
It's a been a long, arduous journey for the Sounders, and they've already added one trophy to their cabinet this season.
Our readers have already read a few stories about the Klinsmann/Garber mud-slinging affair. Don Garber finally took the bait, as Klinsmann had spent the better part of 6 months goading him into a war of words.
For instance, Klinsmann begrudgingly took a whole host of MLS players to the World Cup, only to watch them put in some of the ugliest performances the side has ever seen.
MLS Commissioner Don Garber went on the offensive Wednesday during a teleconference call with reporters and criticized US Men's National Team Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann's comments as being "detrimental to the league and the sport of soccer in the US" as well as criticizing Klinsmann for his treatment of Landon Donovan.
It's fair to say that Landon Donovan and the US soccer public have always had a complicated relationship.
When he burst onto the scene all those years ago, everything about Donovan screamed insecure. He was talented – very talented – but every time he ripped off his shirt in a goal celebration, showed up with bleached hair, or fled from Europe defeated and craving the comfort of home, US Soccer reeled too.
Joint leaders at every position highlight the week.
Our overall leader is this round's leader, as In It Toux Wynne It earned 90 points. Landon Donovan (LA, $12.0) wore the armband and led the way with 14 points with an assist. Both Robbie Keane (LA, $11.8) and Obafemi Martins (SEA, $9.7) earned 12 points while scoring two goals.
It's not the most important friendly ever, but it is Landon Donovan's final game for the national team. Say goodbye, and hopefully get a look at some of the guys that want to succeed him as the face of the USMNT.
If not for this being Landon Donovan's final USMNT game, I would view tonight's USA vs.
Here's a partial transcript of the media questions for LD on Tuesday about his farewell international match. I didn't post them earlier because I didn't want to post quotes that people needed to write their articles, but most of these have now been published. Landon talked for a while longer, so I might post that later.
Since Landon Donovan's final USMNT game is Friday night in East Hartford, CT, it's time to talk about legacies. Yes, the well will certainly run dry on this topic in short order, but before it goes as bare as the Aral Sea, examining Landon's legacy is important. Whether he is the best player to ever represent the Stars and Stripes is debatable.
Bill Hamid makes his return to the United States men's national team this Friday.
US Soccer announced today that Bill Hamid has been called up to the United States men's national team for the friendly against Ecuador on October 10. This game is also the sendoff for Landon Donovan, and Bill Hamid's first callup to the USMNT since the friendly against Mexico in April.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Charlie Davieswasa 15-year-old growing up in Manchester, N.H. when Landon Donovan burst onto the American soccerscene. And at that moment in time, Davies could only imagine what it would be like to share the pitch with such a talented player.
Landon Donovan came within inches of scoring in his final cap as the U.S. Men's National Team settled fora 1-1 draw against Ecuador at Rentschler Field in Hartford, Ct.
Donovan, whowas left off thesquad that represented the U.S. at the 2014 World Cup,wore the captain's armband and grabbed a backheel from Jozy Altidore inside the box before he fired a shot that that smacked off the far post in the 25th minute.
In just a few days, U.S. soccer fans will witness the end of an era. This Friday, Landon Donovan will step onto the field as a national team player for the very last time, thus concluding one of, if not, the most illustrious career in American soccer history.
For the casual viewer, the friendly match against Ecuador will simply be the inevitable fruition of Donovan's retirement announcement back in August, and possibly a moment to reflect on his many record-breaking accomplishments.