This is something that has not occurred since the third time I voted for Landon Donovan to win nearly a decade ago. The official release...--Jozy Altidore, a forward for the US National Team, has won the "2013 Player of the Year Award", presented by Fútbol de Primera for the last 23 years and chosen by journalists from across the nation from all platforms.
The U.S. Men's National Team is in Scotland ahead of Friday's international friendly, and while the lasting memories of the most recent meeting between these teams was that of a blowout, the return leg in Glasgow should be a significantly tougher challenge for Jurgen Klinsmann's side.
Rather than pretend to understand the mind set of MLS award voters, I am developing my own awards that I believe will best tell the story of the 2013 MLS regular season. These awards aren't necessarily achievements but rather reference points that give more depth than the Golden Boot or Defender of the Year.
Statistics can speak truth and at the same time misguide the masses. They can provide understanding to the greater story and support impressive claims. However, in soccer simply reviewing the leader board at the end of the season does not convey the whole story. And in the case of the 2013 MLS MVP race the goal tally alone fails to give life to one of the most fascinating narratives in years.
Landon Donovan's ankle and Jermaine Jones' knee got both sent home early from camp. "Landon is still struggling with the ankle injury from a couple weeks ago, so he will go back to Los Angeles and try to get back to 100 percent," Jurgen Klinsmann said in a U.S. Soccer release. "Jermaine's case is more of a concern.
And so it begins: Aron "Alabama Ice" Johannsson's first start for USMNT. (photo: soccer.si.com)
OTF's Austin Fido offers his take on USMNT's home finale in the Hex...
USMNT's last competitive home fixture before Brazil 2014 delivered the expected result: a win over Jamaica, confirming first place in the Hex for Jürgen Klinsmann's Yanks and a basement finish for the Reggae Boyz.
Union will appeal Fabinho's red card, who will play fullback absent both Fabinho and Sheanon Williams, River Cup raises over $35,000 for charity, 3 local colleges in national top 25, anti-FIFA protests in Brazil, and more in today's news roundup.
For the fourth time in a row, the U.S. Men's National Team went to Columbus, Ohio and posted a 2-0 victory against Mexico and the team's latest triumph is owed to the efforts of several key contributors.
OTF's Austin Fido reflects on events in Columbus and Costa Rica, looking for what might be on offer in Brazil...
There are three recurring elements of a USMNT World Cup qualifying campaign: the Yanks will lose in Costa Rica, they will beat Mexico in Columbus, and they will make it to FIFA's quadrennial big dance.
Photo: Courtesy of the Philadelphia Union Philadelphia Union I got nothing. Local Former Union Academy goalkeeper Zack Steffen was huge between the posts in University of Maryland's 1-0 win over UC Irvine to advance to the NCAA tournament quarterfinals. Ranked No. 5, the Terrapins travel to face No. 4 ranked [.
In an open letter to season ticket holders, Sakiewicz and Hackworth say resources have been allocated to bring in "final key pieces." Slight drop in Union attendance average. Playoff schedule change? More news.
For Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Landon Donovan, having a longer than usual offseason may be just what he needs.
According to a report at the Galaxy's last media availability of the season, Donovan plans to use the entire offseason to rehabilitate his ailing left ankle, an injury that has kept him at less than 100 percent for the last month and a half.
With a total of 92 points, My Ferrari Soares soared to the top of the round's leaderboard. Landon Donovan (LA, $10.3M) wore the armband and scored 34 points with 2 goals and an assist. His Galaxy teammates Gyasi Zardes ($5.6M) and Robbie Keane ($11.2M) scored 14 and 11 points respectively -- Zardes with a goal and an assist, and Keane with 2 goals.
The Portland Timbers continue their home stand and playoff push by hosting the Los Angeles Galaxy on September 29 in a nationally televised match that will appear on NBC. With the Timbers sitting in third place in the West and the Galaxy just a point behind in fourth, the match has significant playoff implications for both teams in their quest to qualify for the postseason.
The dearth of attacking options on display on Saturday night at the Home Depot Center could be the strongest ever seen in one game in Major League Soccer history.
Clint Dempsey, Obafemi Martins, Eddie Johnson, and the Seattle Sounders looks to retain their place atop the Western Conference, but they'll have to face Robbie Keane, Landon Donovan, and a Los Angeles Galaxy side that has only lost twice at home.
Bruce Arena will be hoping that a short turnaround is just what the Los Angeles Galaxy need after two straight sub-par performances.
After losing at home to the Colorado Rapids on September 7 without their three designated players (Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane, and Omar Gonzalez) and goalkeeper Jaime Penedo, the four players returned to the lineup last Saturday, only to draw with the worst team in Major League Soccer, 2-2.
"Give me consistency or give me death." The new battle cry of MLS viewers.
MLS Stretching to get any ratings points...
The second half of the 2013 Major League Soccer season has seen the arrival of Clint Dempsey, more homegrown players and more Designated Players giving every MLS team a DP for the first time in league history.
After a marathon of exciting matches from this past weekend, there's no rest for soccer fans as we have a ton of UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League matches in store this week.
Programming note: U.S. Men's National Team and LA Galaxy forward Landon Donovan joins FOX Sports' lead soccer studio team – Rob Stone, Eric Wynalda, Warren Barton and Brian McBride – as a guest analyst for Match Day 5 of the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Landon Donovan has been finally included as part of the roster by manager Jurgen Klinsmann, as he attempts to guide the US national team into the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The US is actually in a very good position to qualify for the World Cup. They are currently top of their qualifying group with 13 points on board after having played six matches.
The US men's national team recorded a decisive victory against Mexico, which has hindered Mexico's chances of featuring in next summer's World Cup.
Jurgen Klinsmann was forced to make several changes to the side that lost to Costa Rica, Friday night. Eddie Johnson led the line in Klinsmann's 4-2-3-1 with Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey and Alejandro Bedoya behind him.
The United States Men's National Team showed little offensively until late in the match as they played out a sloppy scoreless draw in Scotland on Friday. The draw leaves the U.S. at 16-3-3 in 2013 with one match left to play.
The United States entered the match without several key contributors thanks to injuries to Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey and Fabian Johnson.
The MLS 'Don't Cross the Line' campaign began earlier this year. In a public service announcement to proclaim soccer above discrimination and harassment of any kind, several of MLS' best players, including Landon Donovan, Kyle Beckerman and Dwayne De Rosario, openly show their support for the ideals of tolerance.