No real shockers in the 2013 MLS Best XI. The league announced the list of the best players from this past season today during a Google Hangout online.
This year MLS players, club leadership, and media members voted one goalkeeper, three defenders, four midfielders and three forwards to the Best XI, listed below in alphabetical order within each position:
New England Revolution centerback Jose Goncalves has been named Major League Soccer's 2013 Defender of the Year.
In his first season in MLS, Goncalveshelped solidify a back line that featured a rookie and two other un-proven defenders to take the New England Revolution into the MLS Cup playoffs for the first time in four years.
In his first season in Major League Soccer, there's no doubt that Jose Goncalves hit the ground running.
The physically-imposing center back helped solidify a back line that featured a rookie and two other un-proven defenders to take the New England Revolution into the MLS Cup playoffs for the first time in four years.
Major League Soccer today unveiled its 2014 regular-season schedule, a slate that sees each of the 19 teams play 34 games, beginning March 8 and ending on October 26. The league's clubs will play regionally-focused schedules, with each club playing more intra-conference games.
The Revolution will open the 2014 slate at Houston on March 8.
Center back Jose Goncalves, a finalist for MLS Defender of the Year, will be back in 2014 after the Revolution exercised its purchase option in the loan that originally sent him to Foxboro in January. (Photo: Kari Heistad/capturedimages.biz)
Jose Goncalves, the rock of the Revolution back line in 2013, will return for a second season after the club exercised its purchase option on the loan it originally secured for his services in January via loan with Swiss side FC Sion.
The surprising news earlier this week that Juan Agudelo's work permit application was denied has cost him a chance to join Stoke City in the English Premier League in January.
At his pre-match press conference Stoke manager Mark Hughes confirmed his disappointment with the news, saying that due to the decision, the club will continue their search for a new striker in January.
Matt Reis came out of his net in a last-ditch effort to keep the ball in play and keep the New England Revolution's playoff dream alive. But after taking a touch and trying to find a way to play the ball out, the 38-year-old goalkeeper crumpled to the field at Sporting Park clutching his leg.
Late goals from Seth Sinovic and Claudio Bieler conspired to end the Revolution's postseason dreams as Sporting Kansas City claimed a 3-1 win (4-3 on aggregate) in Wednesday's second leg of the Conference semifinals.
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KANSAS CITY, Kansas — In an intense, physical affair, Sporting Kansas City overcame a one-goal deficit from the first leg of their conference semifinal with the New England Revolution to force extra time at Sporting Park.
Claudio Bieler, playing his first match in more than a month, came on as a sub in the 84th minute and scored in the second half of extra time for a 4-3 win on aggregate.
Since his arrival as a Homegrown Player for the New England Revolution, Diego Fagundez has been dubbed a star in the making. Teammates have marveled at the youngster's skills for several seasons, but it wasn't until this year that the rest of the league found out just how special a talent he could be.
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The 2014 New England Revolution roster began to take shape on Friday afterthe club picked up the options on 11 players, while declining the options on nine and waiving three.
"After every season, we have to take a hard look at our roster and make some very difficult decisions, both for personnel and salary budget considerations," Revolution General Manager Michael Burns said in a team release.
The New England Revolution may have gone out of the MLS Playoffs last week, but the club are certainly headed in the right direction. With the likes of USMNT youngster Juan Agudelo and Diego Fagundez leading the front-line, the Revolution made the playoffs for the first time since 2009.
Agudelo will now enter the next phase of his career as he joins Stoke City of the English Premier League in January, but the future of Fagundez is still to be determined.
It might not be the match-ups the suits at MLS HQ and the league's broadcast partners wanted, but we certainly got the four results I wanted to see from the conference semifinals over the last week. Mostly, we got the Not New York Red Bulls, the Not New England Revolution, the Not LA Galaxy and the Not Seattle Sounders, which I think most D.
Sporting Kansas City beat the Revs 3-1 Wednesday night to advance to the conference finals vs Houston. The most surprising aspect of this game was that the Revs were able to stretch it into the tie-breaking 30-minute mini-game, despite being overwhelmed (both statistically and in the run of play) for 90 minutes.
Sporting Kansas City controlled every aspect of the game last night against the New England Revolution, but it took extra time to knock off the Revs and see KC through to their second conference finals in three years where they'll meet their old friends, Houston. The 3-1 score line flattered the Revs in aspects of the game, but it really was a typical Sporting performance at home.
Sporting Kansas City ended the New England Revolution's playoff run on Wednesday night thanks in large part to the contributions of two former Revolution players. Sporting fought back from a 2-1 aggregate deficit to defeat the Revolution 4-3 thanks to a 3-1 home victory.
Aurelien Collin knotted the aggregate at 2-2 just before halftime, but Dimitry Imbongo put the Revolution back in the lead with a 70th minute goal.
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After the first legs, the Eastern Conference semifinals are both wide open. The Houston Dynamo's inspired fightback - or is that the farcical collapse by the New York Red Bulls? - in the second half at BBVA Compass and MLS's allergy to the away goals rule means that the second leg at Red Bull Dumpster Arena is a winner-take-all affair.
Sporting KC have 90 minutes left in their season, unless they get a win against the New England Revolution tomorrow. A one goal win and KC will force extra time. A two goal win and KC advances. Anything else and Kansas City's season is over.
The Revolution took care of business in the home leg, riding second half goals from Andy Dorman and Kelyn Rowe to lift them to a 2-0 lead before Aurelien Collin cut the lead in half.
Now the the 2014 MLS schedule has been released, here's the break down for the Union.
Yes, you heard right. The 2014 MLS Schedule is not late because they released it 2 months earlier than usual.
Saturday March 8th @ Portland Timbers Saturday March 15th vs New England Revolution Saturday March 22nd @ Columbus Crew Saturday March 29th vs Montreal Impact Saturday April 5th @ Chicago Fire Saturday April 12th vs Real Salt Lake Wednesday April 16th @ New York Red Bulls Saturday April 19th vs Houston Dynamo Saturday April 26th @ Montreal Impact Saturday May 3rd @ Seattle Sounders Saturday May 10th vs DC United Wednesday May 14th @ Sporting Kansas City Saturday May 17th vs New England Revolution Sunday May 25th @ LA Galaxy - Univision Saturday May 31st @ Chivas USA Saturday June 7th vs Vancouver Whitecaps Saturday June 28th @ New England Revolution Friday July 4th @ FC Dallas Saturday July 12th vs Colorado Rapids Wednesday July 16th vs New York Red Bulls - ESPN2 Saturday July 19th @ Chicago Fire Friday August 1st @ Sporting Kansas City - NBCSN Saturday August 9th vs Montreal Impact Friday August 15th @ Houston Dynamo - NBCSN Sunday August 24th vs San Jose Earthquakes - Univision Wednesday September 3rd vs Toronto FC Saturday September 6th @ Toronto FC Saturday September 13th vs New York Red Bulls - NBCSN Saturday September 20th vs Houston Dynamo Saturday September 27th @ DC United - NBCSN Thursday October 2nd vs Chicago Fire - ESPN2 Saturday October 11th vs Columbus Crew Saturday October 18th vs Sporting Kansas City Sunday October 26th @ Columbus Crew *Dates subject to change
Now, we'd like to analyze the team matchups - who the Philadelphia Union are facing in what order, and how well it would go - but MLS hasn't even finished the 2013 MLS Cup match yet, and the off-season drafts are only just beginning.
Now that the season is over for the Revs, I want to return to the question of Rev midfield play that I have been harping on in this column throughout the season. Their lack of possession in their final playoff game was little short of embarrassing.