Years and years ago, I took an MLS coach to task in an article for his playoff strategy - or lack thereof, as I saw it. Though the San Jose Earthquakes were indeed relocated, my worst fears for Dom Kinnear didn't happen. He did learn from his playoff setbacks and went on to win multiple MLS Cups with the Houston Dynamo.
It may be another week or two before the full schedule is released but MLS announced home opening dates for every team this morning. The Fire will feature in the first match of the new season on March 6 as they visit the defending MLS Cup Champion Los Angeles Galaxy. The game will be televised by UniMas as part of a new Friday night "game of the week" program on the network.
San Jose Earthquakes President Dave Kaval discusses his team's new stadium and hiring Dominic Kinnear. In the second segment, we check back in with LA Galaxy right back Dan Gargan as he prepares for the MLS Cup Playoffs.
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There's about a month to go in the MLS season, which will wrap up at the end of October. That means playoff races are reaching their apex, as the field is set for the November tournament that is the best of what the league has to offer.
MLS doesn't have promotion and relegation – and no, it's almost certainly not happening in your lifetime – the playoffs function as the alternative drama to the race against the drop.
Although they've been eliminated from the playoffs, the Montreal Impact are beginning to show positive signs late in the season.
Behind two late goals from Jack McInerney and Dilly Duka, the Impact defeated the San Jose Earthquakes, 2-0, at Stade Saputo on Saturday evening, winning for the second time in a week, including their CONCACAF Champions League victory midweek against the New York Red Bulls.
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.
It's one of the best days within the Major League Soccer calendar - the schedule release date! The Portland Timbers announced their full 34 match slate for 2015, while MLS confirmed national broadcast plans and a revamped playoff schedule that will include six teams from each conference.
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.
We have complete player evaluations for the Portland Timbers in their 3 to 0 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes on October 8 at home. Included are marks for every individual player that appeared, plus composite ratings for the coaches, officials, opponent and entire team.
The Portland Timbers were hoping to make a statement while putting pressure on other teams in the Western Conference playoff chase, and they got the chance versus San Jose, a club they had defeated back on October 4 on the road. With Rodney Wallace scoring his third goal against the Earthquakes of 2014 and Diego Valeri tallying a second half brace, the Timbers secured a 3 to 0 victory to jump into fifth place in the West for now.
With an unfortunate incident in gardening keeping me away from the Blog for a few days, I'm playing catchup before the October 8 battle between Portland and San Jose. Four days earlier, the team earned a huge win in Santa Clara over the Earthquakes behind a brace from Rodney Wallace, but the return trip to Portland could be tough for San Jose as they are missing several key players.
The Portland Timbers fight for their playoff lives on October 4 when they travel to San Jose to face the Earthquakes in MLS league play. The two teams have staged several contentious, close battles over the years, and the stakes for this match are huge for the visitors. They will need to earn the victory without two key components of their attack as well, but the Timbers have rallied against the odds many times before.
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.
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.
MLS held the first phase of this year's Re-Entry Draft. And like most years, there was little movement. The prior four drafts had averaged under three picks in the first phase. Today, three players were taken, none of them going to Kansas City, as Sporting passed on making a selection in the draft. Peter Vermes has still yet to pick someone in the first phase.
Revolution fans traveled to New Jersey in record numbers on Sunday.
While 2014 started off with nothing too out of the ordinary attendance-wise, despite a solid start to the season from the New England Revolution, the regular season finished off in impressive fashion and it has carried over into the playoffs.