When Tim Howard was named to the U.S. Men's National Team roster for the impending World Cup qualifiers, he placed a phone call to the man who convinced Howard at the age of 11 that he had extraordinary potential as a goalkeeper Tim Mulqueen.
While Howard may have surprised some observers, including USMNT head coach Bruce Arena, Mulqueen never doubted that his 38-year-old pupil would be physically fortified following a long term injury.
While Orlando City emerged victorious from Sunday's match against New York City FC, it came at a steep price.
Star DP midfielder Kaka will reportedly miss up to six weeks with a grade 1-2hamstring injury. Kaka was forced off the field early in Sunday's match, just before Cyle Larin put the hosts up in a match they'd eventually win, 1-0.
The Montreal Impact's playoffdreams may include a home match, while Orlando City's hopes of reaching the postseason are officially over.
A single Dominic Oduro goal proved just enough to lead the Impact to a 1-0 victory over the Lions on Sundayat Camping World Stadium. The win vaults the Impact to fourth in the Eastern Conference while sealing the Canadian club's second straight win following a four-game winless skid.
We're down to five undefeated teams in Major League Soccer after Week 3.
The Portland Timbersleads the pack after picking up the club'sthird win of the season on Saturday over previously-perfect Houston Dynamo. FC Dallas and Sporting Kansas City picked up wins at home to also remain without a loss out West.
The most talked about topic heading into Week 2 is the weather, and it will continue to be talked about all weekend as cold slams the Northeast. One match, the New England Revolution's home opener against Orlando City, has already been postponed to September 2, and the games in Philadelphia, New York and Minnesota will be played in frigid conditions.
Inclement weather has forced MLS to alter plans for one of this weekend's matches.
The New England Revolution announced on Friday that Saturday's match against Orlando City at Gillette Stadium has been postponed due to weather conditions. Saturday's forecast is calling forextremely cold temperatures along with wind chills that are expectedto take temperatures below 10 degrees.
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 8, 2017) US Soccer Players - What a scene. A wall of soccer fanatics clad head-to-toe in purple, 4,000-strong, filled one end of stadium built purposely for the sport of soccer in the United States. They stood throughout the match, chanting, singing, and imploring for every second of the 90 minutes between the referee's blows of his whistle as their beloved Lions worked to deliver them the victory they so desperately wanted.
ORLANDO, Fla. — New York City FC was the better side in terms of keeping possession.New York City FC was the better side in terms ofcreating chances. New York City FC was the better side in terms of keepingits players on the field.
None of that was enough to ruin Orlando City's festive night, though.
Very little could've dampened the spirits of Orlando City and its supporters on the opening night of the club's new stadium, but one of the things that could occurred in the 11th minute: an injury to Kaka.
The Brazilian midfielder had to be taken out of the Lions' 1-0 win over New York City FC at Orlando City Stadium with a left hamstring injury.
Orlando City suffered a big blow early on, but refused to let anything ruin its housewarming party.
After losingKaka just 11 minutes into the match, Orlando Citygot a goal from striker Cyle Larin and hung on for a 1-0 victory over New York City FC in the Lions' stadium opener on Sunday night in front of a sold-out crowd of 25,527.
Brek Shea and Giles Barnes were both in need of a change of scenery, and both big-name players received that on Saturday night as Orlando City and the Vancouver Whitecaps swapped the players in a blockbuster trade just one week before the regular season was set to begin.
Shea's career in Orlando started strong under Adrian Heath, but injuries combined with a regime change in central Florida led to less playing time for the former Stoke City and FC Dallas man toward the back end of the 2016 season.
It didn't take long for Josh Saunders to find a new team after being left off the NYCFC preseason roster earlier this week. The much-maligned goalkeeper was shipped off to Orlando City on Friday in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2019 MLS Draft.
"Josh is a veteran MLS goalkeeper that will add championship experience, leadership and depth to our side with 125 appearances in 11 years in the league," Lions general manager Niki Budalic said.
The Portland Timbers have been among the most tight-lipped franchises in Major League Soccer this offseason, holding off as long as possible before announcing their end of year cuts and re-signings. Not every team is as patient, however, and as a result we have our first confirmed departure of the season.
United's MLS playoff dress rehearsal is in Florida against a team building towards 2017
D.C. United is playing the most effective soccer in MLS right now. It's been so long since we've been able to say it that it almost feels weird. The Black-and-Red, with a win over Orlando City SC today, would be charging into the playoffs with the only five-game winning streak the league has seen this year.
Looking Ahead to Orlando City It's time to pivot and start turning our attention to this weekend's game and what it could mean for the Union.
Union's Bedoya to play on Sunday Union midfielder Alejandro Bedoya, who left the last game with a rib injury and withdrew from playing in two friendlies with the United States National Team, will return to the lineup for Sundays' crucial Major League Soccer game against visiting Orlando City.
Despite being overmatched and outplayed on the road, the Philadelphia Union nearly stole a road point from Orlando City.
This is not what the Philadelphia Union had hoped for when they made the trip to Orlando this weekend. Their first win of the season would have been euphoric, and a road draw against an as yet undefeated team would have been satisfying.
In a very physical match, the Philadelphia Union are down a goal to Orlando City SC at the half.
The Union started out pretty well with a couple of good runs forward, however it was Andre Blake's sliding saves that set the tone early. The first was in the box in the eighth minute, and the second was at eleven minutes outside of his box where a sliding tackle upended Jose Rivas.
Four second half goals sparked the U16s to a 4-1 win
Seth Kuhn broke open a scoreless tie with his second goal of the tournament and the Philadelphia Union U16 offense exploded for three more second half goals to pick up a crucial three points in the second leg of Generation adidas Cup qualifying on Friday.
The Union fumbled a chance to clinch a spot in the playoffs on Sunday.
Through no action of their own, the Philadelphia Union have effectively earned a spot in the playoffs. With a chance to clinch a playoff berth at home, the Union stumbled, falling 2-0 to already-eliminated Orlando City SC.
It's been 35 days since the Philadelphia Union played a home match and 50 since their last win, but the Union have the opportunity to punch their tickets to the playoffs - something they haven't done in 1828 days. The Union will need to be able to beat an Orlando City team that is well below the red line but still has world class players in Kaka and Cyle Larin.
Both teams are looking to make up for disappointing opening weekends—so which one will?
All right, so the first game of the season didn't go exactly as hoped, did it? And now D.C. United have hit the road to take on New York City FC. NYCFC lost their first game (away to Orlando City), so they'll be looking to wrap up three points at home, while DCU will be aiming to make the statement they'd wanted to make last weekend.
Ahead of MLS's "Decision Day," we checked up on United's next opponent
Ahead of D.C. United's visit to Florida to take on Orlando City SC, we found ourselves with some questions about the Lions. What do you do when you have some questions? You go ask somebody! So we checked in with The Mane Land (the OCSC version of what we do here), and the site's managing editor Michael Citro filled us in:
Since Orlando City has been eliminated from the playoffs, what do you want to see Jason Kreis do with this final game of the 2016 season?
After shoveling snow last week, New England is ready for their second MLS game of the year.
Hey! There's a soccer game this week!
The New England Revolution will play just their second MLS match of 2017 after a postponing their home opener against Orlando City last week. The Revs travel to FC Dallas to take on the defending US Open Cup and Supporter's Shield champions.
Who: Revolution (0-1-0, 0 points) vs. Orlando City SC (1-0-0, 3 points) What: Week 2 of the MLS regular season; Home Opener for the Revolution Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, Massachusetts When: Saturday, Mar.
Orlando City B announced the signing of the 22 year old midfielder earlier today.
Jordan Schweitzer, the once Seattle Sounders FC Homegrown player, signed with Orlando City FC's USL affiliate. Schweitzer spent the 2016 season as a regular starter for S2 providing four goals and two assists in 1685 minutes.