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.
It took Belgium 8.1 seconds from kickoff to score against Gibraltar in UEFA World Cup qualifying. Christian Benteke got the goal. Belgium won 0-6. dN
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.
With only three weeks left in the MLS regular season, the pressure is cranking up for a few teams on either side of the red line.
One of several marquee matcheson Saturday features FC Dallas hosting the LA Galaxy. These teams are separated by five points, but the Colorado Rapids have games in hand on both sides, adding more incentive to already heated matchup.
For the first time in 16 years, Sporting Kansas City is returning to Kansas City from San Jose with all three points after a 2-1 win at Avaya Stadium last night. Not since 2000 when a lineup mixed with starters and back ups went to San Jose and won 3-0 has Kansas City been able to get a win on the road in San Jose.
A long-awaited win on the road boosted Sporting KC in the playoff hunt Saturday night in San Jose.
A late corner kick goal from Kevin Ellis proved to bethe winner in the 2-1 win for Sporting KC. A dragged-out, physical match eventually paid off for a Sporting KC team that created few clear-cut chances.
The Portland Timbers did not do themselves any favors in Saturday's 3-1 loss to FC Dallas, failing to bring home a road point for the 14th time this season and losing control of their playoff destiny. Of course, a road loss to the best team in the league comes as no surprise, and looking at the remainder of the Timbers' schedule, reaching the playoffs still looks like a very attainable goal.
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.
Week 31 in Major League Soccer begins early as eight teams are in action on Wednesday.
The match with the most playoff implications is at RFK Stadium where D.C. United hosts the Columbus Crew. If Columbus beats D.C., then the Crew would be two points adrift of the final postseason berth in the Eastern Conference.
Poor results on the field lead to reduced demand at the gate.
When the Sounders take the field Saturday afternoon against Cascadia Cup rivals Vancouver Whitecaps, they'll do so in front of a now-expected 50,000+ bodied crowd. But now in a three-year period of growth stagnation, the era of the Sounders sitting all alone at the top of Major League Soccer's attendance charts may be coming to an end.
After a horrid attempted clearance by Tyrone Mears the ball falls into space where Jordan Stewart could cut it back into the area. Chris Wondolowski finished the simple shot from the center and top of the six.
San Jose Earthquakes have dominated possession early in the match. Seattle is not creating going forward, and their defense is defined by Stefan Frei's dominance defending set-pieces.
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.
It was looking like a night of hard work and nothing to show for it in San Jose for Seattle after they went down a sloppy goal in the first half, but Nicolas Lodeiro saved the day (and a point) again in the end for the Sounders, and the path to the playoffs is still there.
How did the individual players fare in this California trip?
"San Jose is playing for their lives as well, so you have to give them some credit. Dom is a good coach ... It's just can we play a little better soccer at times. Yes they can, and that's what we're going to work on." -Brian Schmetzer
After being thoroughly outplayed to start the match at Avaya Stadium, the Sounders managed to push hard in the second half for another late goal by Nicolas Lodeiro to produce one more road point.
With Clint Dempsey still out due to an irregular heartbeat Brian Schmetzer will need to find a way to create offense against San Jose (7-8-11 -3, 7th in West). The Seattle Sounders (9-13-4 -4, 8th in West) can leapfrog the 'Quakes with a win or a draw. Both of those results would also earn them the Heritage Cup.
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.
Tyrone Mears gets the nod at right back as Brad Evans is out injured.
The good news is that Roman Torres is getting his first Sounders start since his injury, against the San Jose Earthquakes. As Brad Evans is out injured Osvaldo Alonso takes the captain's armband and Tyrone Mears remains the starting right back.
The San Jose Earthquakes failed to win each of their first 12 road matches, but Quincy Amarikwa and Simon Dawkins ensured Friday night would be a successful one for a team still in the thick of a playoff race.
Amarikwa and Dawkins each contributed goals on the night, leading the Quakes to a 2-1 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place.