Many clubs and fanbases around MLS have had a chance to say a proper farewell to Landon Donovan before seeing him play in person one last time.
His former team, the San Jose Earthquakes, will not be one of them.
The retiring Donovan was down tohaving seven regular season games left in his MLS career, but that number dropped to six after he was shown a controversial yellow card for dissent by referee Hilario Grejeda during the first half of Wednesday night's 2-2 draw against the Montreal Impact.
The MLS Week 24 midweek action is all Western Conference this week, as two of the league's marquee teams take on a pair of squads that need an upset or two to get back into the playoff hunt.
The reeling Colorado Rapids, fresh off the news of Drew Moor's season-ending right knee injury, will try to regain their spirit as they host Landon Donovan for likely the final time at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
FC Dallas forward Tesho Akindele was voted Major League Soccer Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for Week 23 of the 2014 MLS season. Akindele scored a hat trick, the first of his career, in this week's 5-0 versus the San Jose Earthquakes.
Akindele opened his score sheet in the 43rd minutes, making it a 2-0 lead for FCD, with left footed shot off the far post.
There are few players, let alone rookies, that are as hot as Tesho Akindele. Having scored three goals in his previous five games, the FC Dallas rookie put forth his best effortyet in the team's 5-0 destruction of the San Jose EarthquakesSaturday.
The 22-year-old forward scored a hat-trick, the first of his career, with two of his three finishes coming of the poacher variety in displays of positional awareness beyond his years.
Alan Gordon is heading back to the Los Angeles Galaxy - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Alan Gordon will be leaving the San Jose Earthquakes, after a trade was completed between San Jose and the Galaxy on Monday. Sending the Southern California native back home. Photo provided by the San Jose Earthquakes.
Bill Buckner. Chris Webber. Chris Wondolowski. Players with great careers, but defined by an unfortunate moment. For long-time Major League Soccer watchers and supporters, the Wondo addition to the US Men's National Team in Brazil was well deserved. Every US-born MLS MVP in a four-year World Cup cycle shouldhave a.
In a flash, the LA Galaxy completed a trade with the San Jose Earthquakes to bring Alan Gordon back to Southern California. In return, the Galaxy sent an undisclosed amount of allocation money to the Earthquakes.
It was the result that neither team needed, but the one they deserved, as the San Jose Earthquakes and LA Galaxy played to a 1-1 draw in the latest edition of the California Classico Sunday afternoon in front of a crowd of 10,525 at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara.
The Portland Timbers were hoping to build off the positive vibes earned from a big win in Vancouver in their last match to push them above the red line with a home date with the San Jose Earthquakes. While their offense was up to task with three goals, the defense fell apart at inopportune times which allowed the Earthquakes to tally three goals of their own as the teams played to a frenetic, frustrating draw.
Within the craziness of the 2014 schedule is the fact that this will be the first regular season meeting of the year between the San Jose Earthquakes and Portland Timbers. With their varied styles - San Jose playing physical to try and control tempo, Portland with quick passing and movement - the systems couldn't be more different as the teams battle at Providence Park on September 7.
With one team fighting for their playoff lives, and the other looking to maintain their standing, the stage was set for a physical 90 minutes when Real Salt Lake visited Buck Shaw Stadium to take on the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday night.
It is late and made later by the fact I was at the game tonight, so in lieu of a more traditional recap here are quick bullet points on the Union's 4-2 win Sunday evening against the San Jose Earthquakes.
Whatever got into Andrew Wenger this evening, he should do make sure it is in him more often.
We have complete player evaluations from the Portland Timbers 3 all draw versus the San Jose Earthquakes, including marks for each player that appeared, coaches, officiating, opponent, and an overall mark.
You couldn't have blamed FC Dallas one bit if, after traveling from Texas to California following a grueling U.S. Open Cup semifinal loss to the Philadelphia Union, Oscar Pareja's would have shown up at Buck Shaw Stadium tired and lethargic.
Instead of a tired FC Dallas, the San Jose Earthquakes ran into an inspired FC Dallas, which delivered their best performance of the season in a 5-0 blowout win on Saturday night.
The Under-20 U.S. Men's National Team have made a couple of late additions to their roster for this month's training camp.
With the U-20s set to fly to Buenos Aires on Monday, head coach Tab Ramos called in both Columbus Crew midfielder Romain Gall and Chivas de Guadalajara defender Luis Martir as replacements for San Jose Earthquakes forward Tommy Thompson and Orlando City defender Tyler Turner.
Ramon Martin del Campo seems built to be a premier center back. At around 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds, he physically commands the area in front of goal. He has got the personality and voice to match articulate and booming as he shouts orders and organizes the back line.