Monday's soccer news starts with a simple point from San Jose Earthquakes assistant coach John Spencer. It was Spencer on the sideline for the Quakes in their 2-1 loss at Sporting Kansas City. Spencer stepped in with Dom Kinnear unable to coach due to an illness. What Spencer saw from his squad on Saturday night was an ability to control possession.
Sporting Kansas City tasted victory for the first time in 2017, and have David Bingham to thank for it.
The San Jose Earthquakes goalkeeper committed an 89th-minute blunder that gifted Sporting KC an insurance goal it wound up needing on the way to a 2-1 victory at Children's Mercy Park on Saturday night.
The Sounders face a very familiar foe in this year's knockout round match
After their Decision Day victory of Real Salt Lake, the Seattle Sounders face Sporting Kansas City in their first match of the 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs. This is a knockout round, which means there is no second leg, and the winner progresses to the conference semi-finals.
Sporting Kansas City punched their ticket to the MLS Cup playoffs with a convincing 2-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes at Children's Mercy Park. With the way other results went today that slide them into the fifth seed and will now see them travel to Seattle on Thursday for a match up with the Seattle Sounders.
David Bingham lodged a very strong entrant for goalkeeping balls-up of the season at the weekend, with the San Jose Earthquakes' glovesman somehow managing to direct an off-target effort back into his own goal.
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The ricket came late on during San Jose's MLS clash with Sporting Kansas City at a sold-outChildren's Mercy Park.
The cold in the northern half of the United States wasn't enough to stop two of the hottest performances of MLS Week 2. Atlanta United dismantled Minnesota United's back line for six goals, while New York City FC downed D.C. United with ease in frigid temperatures at Yankee Stadium.
Elsewhere, a Western Conference rookie continued to impress and a few unexpected sides extended their perfect records into Week 3.
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.
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 10, 2017) US Soccer Players - San Jose Earthquakes general manager Jesse Fioranelli wasn't a typical choice for the job when his new club hired him to replace John Doyle in January. Fioranelli joined the Quakes from Roma, where he was part of management team that oversaw player scouting, player development, match analysis, and recruitment.
The first CONCACAF Under-20 championship in USMNT history and the opening week of the 2017 MLS season take center stage in the latest episode of The SBI Show.
Host Ives Galarcep looks back at the U.S. Under-20s triumphant tournament in Costa Rica, and is joined by U.S. Under-20 winger and Real Salt Lake loanee Brooks Lennon to discuss his return to the USA and the U-20 CONCACAF triumph.
The opening weekend of the 2017 Major League Soccer season delivered adecent amount of surprises with wins by the Houston Dynao and San Jose Earthquakes over the Seattle Sounders and Montreal Impact, respectively. Some of the league's top franchises also made statements with impressive victories over the last three days.
Real Salt Lake completed a move on Monday that saw the return of a former academy product from Europe.
The team announced the acquisition of former RSL Academy midfielder Brooks Lennon on loan from Liverpool for the 2017 season. Lennon, who previously featured for RSL's U-18 academy team where he scored 31 goals en route to the USSDA championship match, made the move to the Reds after his breakout season and has featured primarily for the Premier League sides' U-23 team.
One of the most reliable center backs in recent MLS history has decided to hang up his boots after 14 seasons in the league. Nat Borchers, who played the last two seasons with the Portland Timbers, announced his retirement on Friday.
"I have given the game everything and will step away extremely grateful to have played 14 professional seasons," Borchers said.
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.
It looks like the San Jose Earthquakes won't be signing Darwin Quintero.
According to ESPN, the Earthquakes have ended their pursuit of Quintero from Club America. IfSan Jose was serious about acquiring the Colombian forward, the Quakeswould have spent around $5 million for a transfer fee and annual wages of $2.
Among all the roster fluctuation taking place at StubHub Center this offseason, one key piece from the 2016 squad is set to receive a new deal for his play since arriving from Belgium. Center back Jelle Van Damme will reportedly start the 2017 season as a Designated Player.
Herculez Gomez just won an MLS Cup crown, and he is riding off into the sunset withit.
ESPN announced on Tuesday afternoon that Gomez has joined its team as a soccer analyst and has retired from professional soccer. The 34-year-old forward's decision to hang up his cleats in order to be in the studio for English and Spanish-language programscomes after he helped the Seattle Sounders win their first MLS Cup last month.
The San Jose Earthquakes officially introduced new general manager Jesse Fioranelli to members of the media, club and some of the supporters at Avaya Stadium on a rainy Tuesday in San Jose, California.
"It's a conscious decision that I chose to come to San Jose," Fioranelli said in his press conference.
Fresh off a second straight trip to MLS Cup, veteran midfielder Will Johnson is ready to join his third team in three seasons.
The Canadian national team midfielder is set to sign with Orlando City, the Orlando Sentinel reported on Wednesday. A free agent, Johnson will join the Lions from Toronto FC, which he helped reach the 2016 MLS Cup final.
With the announcement that Oakland Athletics' managing partner Lew Wolff was stepping down on Thursday, along with team president Mike Crowley, San Jose Earthquakes president Dave Kaval was tapped to expand his role from president of the Quakes, to also president of the A's.
"I am looking forward to taking on this new role with the Athletics and I am equally committed to continuing to build on what we are doing here at the Earthquakes," said Kaval on Thursday.
In their second preseason match in Tucson, the Seattle Sounders came away with a 1-0 loss. There were many positives to take away from the match, including Clint Dempsey's continued progress, Nicolas Lodeiro's free kicks looking as dangerous as ever, and some strong performances from draft picks and homegrown players alike.
San Jose Earthquakes took a 1-0 lead on a Cordell Cato shot in the 57th minute. That was the only goal of the match. Both teams started near first XIs, with Seattle Sounders making a line change in the 60th minute. Clint Dempsey was one of Seattle first XI to only go 45, but that was an expected next step in his recovery.
The Portland Timbers announced their key preseason date this morning, giving us our first glimpse at the 2017 season. Dates for the Desert Friendlies and the returning Simple Invitational were both announced today.
The Timbers will start their preseason in Tucson, AZ on January 25th, taking part in the Desert Friendlies until February 5th, when they will return to Portland.
New York (AFP) Reigning MLS Cup champions the Portland Timbers missed out on a playoff berth as the regular season concluded Sunday with a welter of matches that included a big win for New York City FC.
Portland needed a win against the Vancouver Whitecaps to reach the post-season, but fell 4-1 to their Cascadia Cup rivals at BC Place.
D.C. United is tied for the third-worst odds, at 25/1, to win the 2017 MLS Cup, according to a recently published list by the oddsmakers at Bovada. The Philadelphia Union, New England Revolution, and San Jose Earthquakes come in at 33/1, and the poor Chicago Fire bring up the rear at a whopping 100/1.
An imperfect start doesn't always mean an imperfect finish. The San Jose Earthquakes proved that at Avaya Stadium Saturday night.
The Earthquakes clawed back from an early two-goal deficit, taking full advantage of a David Ousted red card to score three unanswered goals on the way to a 3-2 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps, with their comeback capped off by a long-range winner from Anibal Godoy.
The reigning MLS Cup champs will begin training next week at Starfire
Even though it still feels like the Seattle Sounders just won MLS Cup, the boys will be back in training next week. They will have their first day of training next Tuesday, January 24 at Starfire Sports training facility in Tukwila.