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.
Notorious for his dark arts on the pitch, Pérez will miss the Whitecaps' next match against San Jose
The MLS Disciplinary Committee announced on Wednesday that Vancouver Whitecaps striker Blas Pérez has been suspended for one match and issued an undisclosed fine for violent conduct against Seattle Sounders forward Herculez Gomez in the 78th minute of their match on Sunday.
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.
Decision Day in Major League Soccer is finally here, and it promises to be even more exciting than last year.
TheWestern Conference will be especially hectic as four teams vie for three playoff spots. The Seattle Sounders will try to solidify a berth and a home playoff game againstReal Salt Lake, whichis one point above the Sounders entering Sunday's clash.
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.
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.
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.
Sporting Kansas City's season has all come down to this, one game at Children's Mercy Park against the San Jose Earthquakes, a win and their in the playoffs, a draw or a loss and the club puts themselves in the position where they need help to qualify. All the games tomorrow will take place at the same time as MLS completely embraces the final day drama with Decision Day.
Even as the 2016 season marches on, Seattle Sounders FC are making plans to begin their 2017 campaign. They will once again head down to Tucson for a portion of their 2017 preseason to take part in the Desert Friendlies as one of seven MLS clubs participating, along with Portland Timbers, Sporting Kansas City, San Jose Earthquakes, New England Revolution, Real Salt Lake, and a final team to be announced later.
If MLS referees were in charge of other aspects of your daily life, you'd probably be dead.
On Sunday, the Seattle Sounders traveled to Texas to play the FC Dallas of Frisco, and in doing so they lost in agonizing fashion. It was a loss where the Sounders were once winning. It was a loss where questionable refereeing dominated the post-game headlines.
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USA Mens National Team friendly: -Tue Oct 11 USA v New Zealand - RFK Stadium, Washington DC - 7:00pm CT on on ESPN + UniMas
Here is the Roster for the Cuba game:
G: David Bingham - San Jose Earthquakes, Bill Hamid - DC United, William Yarbrough - Leon
D: Kellyn Acosta - Dallas, Matt Besler - Sporting Kansas City, Steve Birnbaum - DC United, Omar Gonzalez - Pachuca, Michael Orozco - Tijuana, Tim Parker - Vancouver Whitecaps, DeAndre Yedlin - Newcastle
M: Paul Arriola - Tijuana, Michael Bradley - Toronto, Lynden Gooch - Sunderland, Perry Kitchen - Heart Of Midlothian, Sacha Kljestan - New York Red Bulls, Danny Williams - Reading
F: Juan Agudelo - New England Revolution, Jozy Altidore - Toronto, Terrence Boyd - RB Leipzig, Julian Green - Bayern Munich, Jordan Morris - Seattle Sounders
We have some changes to the USMNT squad ahead of Tuesday's friendly with New Zealand. The most notable addition? How does Terrence Boyd grab ya?The end result roster? Here ya go...G - David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), William Yarbrough (León)D - Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Matt Besler (Sporting KC), Steve Birnbaum (D.
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.
Birdbomb among 23 players called in to face Cuba and New Zealand
Earlier today U.S. Soccer announced the list of 23 players that will comprised the United States team for friendlies in the upcoming international break. The U.S. plays Cuba in Havana Friday afternoon at 4pm Eastern before coming to RFK to host New Zealand on Tuesday, October 11.