The Fire's failure to qualify for the playoffs in 2013 didn't hurt Mike Magee after all. Some voters in the media felt that the Most Valuable Player in the league had to come from a playoff club and apparently switched their votes but that didn't stop the remaining voters from overwhelmingly supporting Magee as their choice.
Major League Soccer revealed their Best XI on Tuesday afternoon, and it features a number of familiar faces who put up big numbers during the 2013 season.
Only Graham Zusi, Robbie Keane, and Matt Besler return from the 2012 MLS Best XI as a number of players, including Mike Magee, Tim Cahill, and Diego Valeri, had breakout seasons to propel them into this year's version.
Photo: Courtesy of the Philadelphia Union Philadelphia Union I got nothing. Local Former Union Academy goalkeeper Zack Steffen was huge between the posts in University of Maryland's 1-0 win over UC Irvine to advance to the NCAA tournament quarterfinals. Ranked No. 5, the Terrapins travel to face No. 4 ranked [.
Our second place overall team is first in scoring this week, as cvIMPACT scored 85 points. Sean Johnson (CHI, $5.1M) wore the captain's armband and scored 16 points over two games to lead the team. Both Robbie Keane (LA, $11.0M) and Mike Magee (CHI, $9.8M) scored 11 points, though Keane did it in just one game to Magee's two.
Hackworth says it is "most Likely" that Roger Torres will not return in 2014. La Salle's Jason Plumhoff named A-10 Offensive Player of the Year. Dempsey and Johnson out of USMNT squad with injuries. More.
Union will appeal Fabinho's red card, who will play fullback absent both Fabinho and Sheanon Williams, River Cup raises over $35,000 for charity, 3 local colleges in national top 25, anti-FIFA protests in Brazil, and more in today's news roundup.
MLS has named Mike Magee as one of the three finalists for the league's Most Valuable Player award. Voters made up of three categories (players, clubs, and media) determined that trio of Magee, Marco Di Vaio, and Robbie Keane were the top candidates for the honor. The winner will be announced on December 5, two days before the MLS Cup Final.
A thunderous Sean Franklin strike from 25 yards out in the 48th minute helped give the LA Galaxy a 1-0 victory against Real Salt Lake on Sunday night in the first leg of their Western Conference semifinal series.
As the series shifts from the StubHub Center in Carson, California to Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, the Galaxy will be frustrated with the result while RSL will have to consider the 1-0 scoreline an acceptable result.
Rather than pretend to understand the mind set of MLS award voters, I am developing my own awards that I believe will best tell the story of the 2013 MLS regular season. These awards aren't necessarily achievements but rather reference points that give more depth than the Golden Boot or Defender of the Year.
After the knockout round victories by the Seattle Sounders over Colorado Rapids and Houston Dynamo over the Montreal Impact, all the MLS Conference Semifinals home and home series are set. Each of them is an intriguing match up making this year's playoffs a highly anticipated one.
What will make this year's run for MLS Cup so intriguing to watch is the mixture of talent and atmosphere.
With a total of 92 points, My Ferrari Soares soared to the top of the round's leaderboard. Landon Donovan (LA, $10.3M) wore the armband and scored 34 points with 2 goals and an assist. His Galaxy teammates Gyasi Zardes ($5.6M) and Robbie Keane ($11.2M) scored 14 and 11 points respectively -- Zardes with a goal and an assist, and Keane with 2 goals.
Being Robbie Keane must be fairly easy when you can just pull off goals like this in training.
The LA Galaxy's attacking journeyman has had a bit of an injury-plagued season this season, but has managed to top the scoring charts for the Galaxy in the 19 games he's featured in, contributing 13 goals.
The dearth of attacking options on display on Saturday night at the Home Depot Center could be the strongest ever seen in one game in Major League Soccer history.
Clint Dempsey, Obafemi Martins, Eddie Johnson, and the Seattle Sounders looks to retain their place atop the Western Conference, but they'll have to face Robbie Keane, Landon Donovan, and a Los Angeles Galaxy side that has only lost twice at home.
Bruce Arena will be hoping that a short turnaround is just what the Los Angeles Galaxy need after two straight sub-par performances.
After losing at home to the Colorado Rapids on September 7 without their three designated players (Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane, and Omar Gonzalez) and goalkeeper Jaime Penedo, the four players returned to the lineup last Saturday, only to draw with the worst team in Major League Soccer, 2-2.
Kyle Porter's 84th minute headed goal earned D.C. United a well deserved but still unsatisfying 2-2 draw against the Los Angeles Galaxy this afternoon at sunny RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. Twice United fell behind the star studded Galaxy lineup but unlike any other time this season, United found the equalizing goal.
The Los Angeles Galaxy are missing their top three players to international duty, but that won't stop the defending champions from trying to make a statement tonight in a key Western Conference showdown vs. the Colorado Rapids (10:30pm, MLS Direct Kick).
Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane and Omar Gonzalez won't be suiting up for the Galaxy, but Bruce Arena still has enough weapons to give the Galaxy a fighting chance.
A year ago, at around this same time, Robbie Keane began a run of form that dominated MLS and helped propel the Los Angeles Galaxy to the MLS Cup title. The Irish striker appears to be right back at it again, playing so well that opposing defenses just can't deal with him.
According to Grant Wahl at SI.com, Landon Donovan has reached an agreement on a new multi-year contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy. The Galaxy is expected to make an official announcement on Wednesday.
Donovan's extension also means the Galaxy has the maximum allotment of three Designated Players, and all three (Donovan, González, Robbie Keane) are signed to long-term deals.
Following the departure of David Beckham at the close of last season's successful MLS Cup run-in, speculation was rife in the U.S. soccer world about who would take the former England captain's place at the LA Galaxy. Beckham, along with U.S. international Landon Donovan and all-time leading Irish national team goal-scorer Robbie Keane, occupied one of the Galaxy's coveted designated player, or "DP" slots.
With 100 points, n00bius led the league and nearly notched the top mark in all of MLS Fantasy (109 points.) Federico Higuain's (CLB, $9.8M) vice captaincy and two goals helped him to 28 points when captain (?!?) Erick Torres from Chivas was on bye. Robbie Keane (LA, $10.6M) scored a hat trick and 18 points, while Galaxy teammates Omar Gonzalez ($5.
There's always something a little extra special whenever the Los Angeles Galaxy and Real Salt Lake get together.
The two teams have been the standard bearers in the Western Conference for the last five years and have faced each other twice in the playoffs, the first time for the MLS Cup in 2009 and the second time in a classic Western Conference two years ago.
Imagine this - it's 1-1 the 90th minute in the final game of the MLS season and the New York Red Bulls somehow, someway, are in last place in the Eastern Conference. Despite the high profile names of Thierry Henry and Tim Cahill in the squad, a heartbreak is in store.
Disaster strikes. Robbie Keane delivers the dagger to send the Red Bulls to a last place finish in the dying moments of the match.
YouTube channel Football Daily has put together a top 10 list of the worst transfers ever featuring some of the biggest names in world football. Despite being in form for one club prior to their transfers, things just didn't seem to work out at their new club.
The likes of former Manchester United man Juan Sebastian Veron, former Liverpool man Robbie Keane, and current Chelsea striker Fernando Torres all make the list with several other big names peppered in as well.
With 87 points, n00bius led all teams in scoring this week. Robbie Keane (LA, $11.0M) was the vice captain and (Mauro Diaz?!) notched 2 goals and an assist for 30 points. Both Erick Torres (CHV, $7.4M) and Javier Morales (RSL, $9.3M) scored 12 points - Torres with 2 goals, and Morales with 1 goal and 1 assist.