Even without one of their attacking stars, this other United poses a major challenge for the Black-and-Red
Atlanta United has quickly drawn plenty of praise, and it's not hard to figure out why. Expensive attacking signings have panned out, Tata Martino has looked as smart as expected, and their only-in-MLS acquisitions have been useful starters.
The best game of week six was Toronto versus Atlanta. Draws can be fun, especially when they involve other teams.
Toronto FC and Atlanta United had all the action, even if their match ended in a 2-2 draw. Giovinco is back to MVP form with a goal on his seven shots. The ATL continue to look like an East contender, plus they are fun to watch.
Key results, highlights, and standings from around the league.
Welcome to the world where Seattle Sounders discovery list players dominate for teams that are not called the Seattle Sounders. Miguel Almiron had an assist in Atlanta United's 4-nil win over the Chicago Fire. Sebastian Blanco went 90, but it was Adi and Valeri who powered the Portland Timbers in their come-from-behind 4-2 win over the Houston Dynamo.
The CB's trophies are stacking up. The Revs lose out on their latest Boston stadium location. Plus, more FIFA investigations!
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The Kraft Group has hit a big roadblock in their search for a more Boston-y home for the New England Revolution. Talks have broken down on moving to a site on the UMass Boston campus, so the Rev's will keep looking.
Atlanta United hasmade plenty of statements in their first year in Major League Soccer, but their most important may have come at the end of their four-game road swing.
Tata Martino's men ended the road trip with a 3-1 win over Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday. United picked up five points during their current swing, and already have eight overall road points in 2017 in a league where positive results on the road are hard to come by.
Week six of the MLS regular season is in the books, and it brought some shakeups to this week's power rankings.
Several teams at the top struggled, as just three of the top ten managed to earn victories this weekend, while the likes of New York City FC, the New York Red Bulls, the Houston Dynamo, and the Columbus Crew all lost to lower-ranked opposition.
Orlando City may have lost a few players to injury, but it could be nearing a deal to bolster its midfield.
According to ESPN, Orlando is close to signing midfielder Luis Gil from Queretaro on a loan deal. The Lions will also reportedly send $50,000 in targeted allocation money to Real Salt Lake for Gil's rights and RSL could reportedly receive another $50,000 in TAM if the 23-year-old midfielder is signed permanently.
In a first for the MLS expansion team, Minnesota United got three points from a game. Minnesota came back to beat Real Salt Lake 4-2 at home in week 5. Luke Mulholland put RSL up in the 4th minute with Kevin Molino equalizing in the 16th. Molino assisted on Christian Ramirez's goal in the 52nd with Ramirez scoring again in the 62nd.
Photo by Greg Bartram-USA TODAY SportsWith most teams having been off for the international break, there isn't much movement in this week's power rankings, but a few teams in action earned some solid points for themselves.
The New England Revolution are the big winners of the weekend, as their 5-2 dismantling of Minnesota United will bump them up the standings while leaving the Loons stranded at the bottom.
Ever since Mike Petke accepted the managerial position with Real Salt Lake's USL affiliate, Real Monarchs, speculation brewed that RSL might be his next coaching destination.
What started as speculation when Jeff Cassar was still in charge of the club has turned into the truth, asFourFourTwois reporting Petke will be installed as Cassar's permanent replacement on Wednesday.
In preparation for their trip to Red Bull Arena this weekend, Real Salt Lake faced an extra hurdle. They were the first team in MLS to fire their head coach this season, dismissing Jeff Cassar from his post after just three matches in charge. Despite that, the team, now headed by the promoted Director of Goalkeeping, Daryl Shore, kept out an aggressive New York Red Bulls attack to record a point and a clean sheet.
Armchair Analyst: Deluge of goals continues vs. MNUFC & more from Week 4 Thanks to the international date Week 4 was an abbreviated, limited week. There was still, however, enough happening for us to divine a few truths from 270 minutes of MLS action.
It didn't get any better for Minnesota United in week 4 of the 2017 MLS season. With most of the league taking the international weekend off, Minnesota United didn't get a break. Instead, it was another lopsided loss, this time on the road at New England. The Revolution opened their home schedule with a 5-2 win.
Gordon Wild and Amar Sejdic trained with the first team this week
Two college soccer stars from the University of Maryland spent their spring break training with the Philadelphia Union.
Gordon Wild, who turned down an offer from Major League Soccer to return to College Park for his junior year, and former Real Salt Lake Academy midfielder Amar Sejdic both returned to the area for the week after playing a friendly for Maryland against a reserve-heavy Union side on March 12.
Once again, New York Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch has been linked with Europe, but this time it's just for a coaching course.
Marsch will miss the team's training sessions on Wednesday and Thursday this week as he begins a UEFA coaching course, the team announced. Though Marsch is expected back for this weekend's match against Real Salt Lake at Red Bull Arena, assistant coach Chris Armas will run the training sessions he is expected to miss.
By J Hutcherson (Mar 21, 2017) US Soccer Players - Real Salt Lake decided it was time for a coaching change three weeks into the 2017 MLS season. The international break had barely started when RSL announced the club had dismissed Jeff Cassar. Credit the management with using "dismisses" rather than "parted ways", since the scenario is almost always the club telling the coach it's time for him to go.
Real Salt Lake jolted the MLS landscape on Monday night with the announcement of the dismissal of head coach Jeff Cassar after three matches. A season-opening draw with Toronto FC and losses to the Chicago Fire and LA Galaxy extended the club's regular-season winless run to 10 games, tied with the Philadelphia Union for longest streak in MLS.
The Portland Timbers were knocked for a loop by the physical defense of Sporting Kansas City last weekend, but now the side have a big opportunity to bounce back in their first Cascadia Cup match of the year when the Vancouver Whitecaps come to town tomorrow.
While the Timbers remain at the top of the West on points earned, the Whitecaps are working their way up the table after a slow start to the season that saw the side bounced from the CONCACAF Champions League and landing below the red line in MLS.
Mike Petke's Real Salt Lake debut couldn't have gone much better.
In the team's first match under the former New York Red Bulls head coach, Real Salt Lake cruised to a 3-0 thrashing of the Vancouver Whitecaps at Rio Tinto Stadium. The win, played through tremendously snowy conditions, was RSL's first of the season and first since Aug.
Sporting Kansas City's attacking stars shone bright in yet another home match on Saturday night, as they jumped back on track in the Western Conference with a 3-0 win over Real Salt Lake at Children's Mercy Park.
Benny Feilhaber, Dom Dwyer and Gerso Fernandes all scored a goal each in the club's third home win of the season.
The U.S. Men's National Team has reportedly lined up a pair of competitive friendlies for the summer.
ESPN reported Friday that the U.S. will take on Venezuela on June 3 before facing off with World Cup nemesis Ghana on July 1. The match against Venezuela, which comes five days ahead of a vital World Cup qualifier against Trinidad & Tobago, is set for Rio Tinto Stadium, home of Real Salt Lake.
Just a little over a week after the dismissal of Jeff Cassar, Real Salt Lake has found its new head coach.
The team announced Wednesday that it has promoted Mike Petke, formerly head coach of the team's USL affiliate Real Monarchs, into their vacant head coaching position. Petke has former head coaching experience with the New York Red Bulls, where he held the role for the 2013 and 2014 seasons, winning the team's first ever trophy by capturing the 2013 Supporters' Shield.