KANSAS CITY, Kan. — It's been a good week to be Benny Feilhaber.
The 29-year-old midfielder followed up his midweek dominance over the Columbus Crew with a marvelous free kick in a 2-1 victory over the LA Galaxy Saturday to help Sporting Kansas City see its unbeaten streak move to six matches.
The Galaxy cleanly beat the Revs, 5 to 1, in a game where two Galaxy players – Gyasi Zardes and Robbie Keane – were simply playing at a higher level than he rest of the players on the field. The fact that they each scored two goals, with Keane assisting brilliantly on both of Zardes' goals, is the most obvious indicator.
The rookie will learn to use his head more (photo: Chicago-fire.com)
OTF's Alex White draws some mixed conclusions after the Fire's latest result...
L.A. came to Chicago to play a game with everything on the line, filled with players at the top of their game and a shot at another championship on the line for two of the best-run organizations in the sport.
Another defensive mistake cost them points at home but the Fire didn't seem too broken up about this one. Chris Ritter's errant pass led to a 74th minute game tying goal and a draw against the Los Angeles Galaxy. A shift to a formation that included dual holding midfielders and the return of Gonzalo Segares to the starting line up resulted in the team's best defensive effort in some time.
The reverberations from Jurgen Klinsman's decision that Landon Donovan was somehow not one of the best 23 American soccer player on the planet continue, but on Sunday night Donovan did his talking on the pitch, as he became the all-time scorer in Major League Soccer.
Donovan had been tied at 134 goals with Jeff Cunningham on the all-time goalscoring list all season.
CARSON, Calif. The outcome seemed inevitable as soon as Landon Donovan took the field on Sunday.
Just three days after being a surprise omission from the U.S. World Cup team, Donovan cemented himself in the MLS record books, scoring his 135th regular season goal to become the MLS all-time leading goal scorer, bypassing former record holder Jeff Cunningham.
Republic of Ireland record goalscorer Robbie Keane gives LA Galaxy the lead against Dallas with this brilliant strike with his left foot from just outside the area his control and dribble wasn't to bad either?
The Portland Timbers were able to get their first victory of 2014 in rather dramatic fashion, but their task to jump in the MLS Western Conference standings doesn't get any easier with the Los Angeles Galaxy visiting on Mother's Day. With a high powered, experienced offense and organized defense, the Galaxy have been a consistent winner in MLS but the Timbers have enjoyed some recent successes against them.
Just one week after scoring a game-winner against the Vancouver Whitecaps, it looked like Robbie Keane could repeat the feat once again but alas, his Los Angeles Galaxy had to settle for a 2-2 draw Saturday in Vancouver.
With the score tied at one, Keane gave the Galaxy the lead in the 77th minute, giving Whitecaps supporters feelings of deja vu from last week's matchup.
SANDY, Utah In a top-tier battle of Western conference powers, the Los Angeles Galaxy and Real Salt Lake settled for a 1-1 draw Saturday, with Robbie Keane scoring the equalizer to help the Galaxy earn a road point.
Keane gave the Galaxy the equalizer in the 35th minute, dispossessing RSL defender Chris Wingert in the midfield.
On a night full of outstanding saves, it was Nick Rimando who shined the brightest in the end.
Galaxy goalkeeper Jaime Penedo, and RSL's Rimando, had quite the battle Saturday night with each goalkeeper making multiple highlight-worthy saves. The match seemed destined to be a draw until RSL forward Joao Plata decided to make his mark.
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.
The rich got richer this round, as overall leader In It Toux Wynne It led the round in points, scoring 102. Robbie Keane (LA, $11.0) was captained and scored 52 points over two games with 3 goals and 2 assists. Far behind him were three players with 7 points each -- Toronto teammates Jermain Defoe ($11.
The Portland Timbers and Los Angeles Galaxy have produced some wonderfully fiery matches in their regular season meetings in Portland, and the May 11 match was no exception. After a tightly played, back and forth affair through the first 89 minutes, the teams exchanged goals in stoppage time that eventually led to a 1 all draw in front of another capacity crowd at Providence Park.
While Tim Cahill was busy delivering tackles and hitting passes to teammates on Wednesday, ESPN was busy giving him some recognition.
Cahill was named the winner of the 2014 MLS Best Athlete award at the ESPYS in Los Angeles on Wednesday night for his sterling 2013 season. Cahill led the New York Red Bulls last year to a historic Supporters' Shield win last year, scoring 11 goals and adding five assists while also earning spots in the MLS All-Star Team and MLS Best XI.
The opening week of the 2014 MLS season wasn't kind to the teams considered the top title contenders heading into the new campaign.
The Portland Timbers, Sporting Kansas City and Los Angeles Galaxy all failed in their bids to start the season off with a win, stumbling out of the blocks while at least one title contender started the season in impressive fashion.
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.
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.
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