This week's Major League Soccer round doesn't offer the most exciting matches. Most of the games are between a team that is sure to make the playoffs and another team that is sure to miss them. However, who knows what all can happen on any given day in football.
D.C. United are surprisingly in last place of the Eastern Conference table.
Red Bulls manager Mike Petke foreshadowed it last week on his weekly media teleconference, and the news was eventually released on late Wednesday night that midfielder Tim Cahill had been selected for Australia's upcoming World Cup qualifying matches.
With the FIFA international dates coming closer, and national teams in the CONCACAF region preparing for either Hexagonal play, friendly matches, or both, numerous Major League Soccer players have been chosen to take part.
Jamaica has called up Portland Timbers duo Donovan Ricketts and Ryan Johnson along with Vancouver Whitecaps forward Darren Mattocks to a 12-day training camp, where the Jamaican side will play Tottenham Hotspurs in a friendly match on Wednesday and then The Bahamas on May 31, before three World Cup qualifiers in June.
In a back-and-forth match that saw Matteo Ferrari play both the goat and the hero, the Montreal Impact were able to dig a little deeper and scored twice in the final ten minutes to secure the 3-2 win against RSL.
After deflecting a Lovel Palmer strike up and over goalkeeper Troy Perkins into the back of the net in just the 7th minute of the match, Ferrari found himself with one last chance to put his earlier blunder behind him.
Any hope for Jeff Larentowicz and Brad Davis to see the field in the next game was dashed Wednesday afternoon.
Both midfielders appealed red card they received for transgressions on the weekend. Unable to get a unanimous vote from an independent referee panel, both red cards were upheld and both Larentowicz and Davis will be made to serve their one-game suspensions.
Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber was in Columbus on Thursday to announce the next host of the MLS Business Summit.
At a press conference held at Crew Stadium, Garber and Columbus Crew President and G.M. Marc McCullers jointly announced that Ohio's capital city would be hosting this year's business summit from September 10-12.
It's hardly a secret that the AFR team has a growing affection for the ever-evolving football culture emerging in Montréal. It is hard to believe that we were up in Quebec only about a month ago, when we captured the gorgeous Stade Saputo covered in snow ahead of the stadium's opener.
Toronto FC may be struggling to win games in Major League Soccer, but on Wednesday night they continued their winning ways in the Canadian Championships, earning a victory with a lineup made up mostly of reserve players.
TFC defeated the Montreal Impact, 2-0, on Wednesday night, with Doniel Henry and Andrew Wiedeman providing the second-half strikes to give the defending Canadian champions the first-leg victory in their semifinal series.
Porterball is starting to show its way in MLS. (Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports)
It seems as though with each passing season in Major League Soccer we get a new crop of coaches in the league. Last year we got a couple new coaches and this season was no different with five new managers roaming the sidelines.
The match was as cold as the pitch beneath the 22 players running on it. That was until a four-minute second half stretch when both Marco Di Vaio and Dominic Oduro scored spectacular goals for their clubs.
The result was that the Montreal Impact drew with the Columbus Crew 1-1 on Sunday afternoon at Stade Saputo, with the match being played 24 hours after it's originally scheduled time due to snowfall in Montreal.
It may still be early in the MLS campaign, and as such clubs' records must be taken with a grain of salt. But there's no denying the Los Angeles Galaxy and FC Dallas have already established themselves as teams to beat.
On Saturday, the two sides' meeting should provide a little more clarity to the tight Western Conference table.
You know it's a bad injury when the opposing player is calling for help.
Houston Dynamo forward Giles Barnes was involved in an innocuous challenge in the box with Portland Timbers' defender David Horst that saw the latter fall to the ground in agony, clutching his right knee in the 15th minute of Saturday's 2-0 win.
Another game, another stoppage-time equalizer for San Jose.
Despite a brace from MLS veteran Justin Mapp, the Montreal Impact were unable to hold on as the San Jose Earthquakes roared back to earn another tie thanks to some late-game heroics from reigning MLS Supporters Shield winners.
Goodbye old friend MONTREAL VS. TORONTO VOYAGEURS CUP SEMI-FINAL 2nd LEGSTADE SAPUTOFIRST HALF: KICK OFF - In Toronto there is no sporting event bigger than this Amway Canadian Championship Semi-Final tonight.
New scarves from the Yorkies Collection... ok, they're not, but I wish they were. I had a whole "prediction" bit, but since most of those could not occur, including one where Bitchy takes off again, but gets caught in the north end goal netting, this had to be removed. Pity, really.
Thierry Henry is The King! He's a magician and the best player that our League has ever had (sorry Becks). What else can be said? His two goals were enough to win this game and the second of those two goals was certainly worth the price of an RBNY season ticket. The great Dan Dickinson has a fantastic match report, with the Good & the Bad and some great quotes from the players after the game.
I am not in the mood for much writing tonight. I can say that I watched the tv broadcast from beginning to end. Sometimes being a fan means suffering. It is hard to find anything other than negatives in tonight's disaster of a performance.
OTF's Stephen Mangat brings you the intel on le foot La Métropole du Québec...
Canadians...a polite, hockey-loving folk who seem to be the perfect neighbors. But take a look beneath the Canadian surface (which requires digging through snow and ice) and you'll see the Great White North is a powder-keg of madness that could explode at any minute!