Crew SC are unique among MLS clubs in terms of their tactical approach.
The majority of MLS teams play either a 4-2-3-1 or a 4-3-3. Just four of the 22 clubs — D.C. United, New England Revolution, San Jose Earthquakes, and Toronto FC — use something other than one of those formations as their main look.
The New York Red Bulls partnership synergy is off the charts, as another player is set to arrive from a European partner team.
Norwegian forward Fredrik Gulbrandsen is reportedly set to join the New York teamon loan from Red Bull Salzburg, after being forced to wait for three weeks while formalities of the transfer were wrapped up, reports VG Sporten.
The Eastern Conference playoff participants were pretty much decided before Sunday's Decision Day showdowns, but that didn't stop the New York Red Bulls from sending one more statement of intent as the conference's top team.
The Red Bulls ran their unbeaten streak to 16 matches after beating the Philadelphia Union, 2-0, to secure first place in the East.
HARRISON, N.J. Hindsight is 20/20, but the New York Red Bulls may have been better off knocking the ball around and keeping possession rather than attacking relentlessly en route to blowing another lead.
Regardless, the Red Bulls had little to no qualms about their approach late in the game.
Months from now, what transpired in Saturday's Revolution-Red Bulls preseason finale will largely be forgotten by many. But the match itself may have a lasting effect on the victors according to one of its key actors.
Revolution midfielder Kelyn Rowe, who scored the opening goal in the 52nd minute, was far from impressed by the way his team operated in the first 45 minutes against a reserve-laden Red Bulls squad.
Fielding a lineup that should bear a strong resemblance to the one seen next week in Colorado, the Revolution staked a 2-0 win over the Red Bulls in Saturday's preseason finale at Kino Veterans Stadium in Tucson, Ariz.
Kelyn Rowe opened the scoring in the 52nd minute when he latched onto a Diego Fagundez through ball and beat Luis Robles for the cool finish.
It's not that Saturday's preseason finale against the Red Bulls is more important thanany match the Revolution have played in the desert to date. Actually, that's a totallie: it's probably the most meaningful 90 minutes of the winter.
After five weeks of training, six preseason games, and no fewer than a dozen different lineup combinations, the Revolution will get onelast opportunity to tie any loose ends before the regular season kicks off in Colorado on Mar.
Two U.S. Men's National Team midfielders will return to their clubs ahead of the upcoming friendly against Jamaica.
New Los Angeles Galaxy signing Jermaine Jones and Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan will return to their clubs after playing in Sunday's0-0 draw with Serbia, United States coach Bruce Arena announced at the postgame press conference.
Saturday's 5:30 PM game will be the first action for Seattle since winning MLS Cup 2016.
The Arizona phase of the Seattle Sounders preseason continues with a friendly against the Portland Timbers. This is Seattle's first match since winning MLS Cup. The Timbers already lost to Red Bulls and NK Istra 1961 in their earlier preseason friendlies.
Minnesota United 1 TRADED: Chris Duvall - Red Bulls - $63k 2 Collen Warner - Houston - $177k 3 Mohammed Saied - Columbus - $120k 4 Jeff Attinella - Salt Lake - $95k 5 Femi Hollinger-Janzen - New England - $52k
Atlanta United: 1 TRADED: Danny Toia - Montreal - $68k 2 Zach Loyd - Dallas - $222k 3 TRADED: Clint Irwin - Toronto - $107k 4 Mikey Ambrose - Orlando - $52k 5 Alec Kann - KC - $63k
Minn United immediately traded its Chris Duvall and $GAM to Montreal Impact for 28 year old Costa Rican Johan Venegas.
Red Bulls II emerged as the USL's best team during the regular season, and on Sunday, they cemented their spot as USL champions.
Led by a Brandon Allen hat-trick, Red Bulls II toppled Swope Park Rangers, 5-1, at Red Bull Arena in Sunday's USL final. The win sees Red Bulls II end the season on a14-game unbeaten streak to secure the championship trophy in the club's secondseason.
What started with the MLS Cup banner reveal ended with a second-half full of goals.
Anyone still harboring concerns over the potency of the Seattle Sounders offense in this early part of the season can breathe a bit easier. An early penalty by Clint Dempsey was followed by second-half goals from Jordan Morris and Harry Shipp, as the Sounders earned a 3-1 victory over the previously undefeated New York Red Bulls on Sunday.
Two of the goals Sounders have allowed this year came directly from turnovers.
Sunday's game against the New York Red Bulls will start with a championship celebration. But that's only going to be part of the Seattle Sounders' focus. "We have to win against New York. It's going to be a difficult game," Christian Roldan told media after Thursday's practice session.
Torres' kick out was deemed "violent conduct" by MLS Disciplinary Committee.
The Seattle Sounders will be without center back Roman Torres after the MLS Disciplinary Committee suspended the center back one match and fined him an undisclosed amount for "violent conduct" in Saturday's 2-2 tie with the Montreal Impact.
Freedom Kicks are having a hard time transitioning to the offseason, just like the staff and you are, I assume. We will get to drowning our pain in delight at David Beckham's misfortune, but first, the MLS Cup Playoff links.
Impact gets important 1-0 win over the Red Bulls thx to Matteo Mancosu - Mount Royal Soccer: If D.
The Rhinos traveled to Red Bull Arena and lost for the first time against the Red Bulls II. Steevan dos Santos had a brace in regular time but missed his penalty in the shootout as Rochester is eliminated from the 2016 USL Playoffs.
The Rochester Rhinos battled back twice to draw level with a Steevan dos Santos brace on the road in the playoffs and force extra time.