I have been a reader ofWorld Soccer Talk (formerly EPLTalk) for around the last 4-5 years and during that time have been one of a privileged minority. As a season ticket holder to Stoke City, I am on the British side of the pond, from a footballing perspective. I've learnt over this time that culturally we consume our sport relatively differently, have come to the conclusion that neither way is better or worse than the other.
As soccer has become a truly global sport, it's no surprise that so many celebrities have gotten in on the fun. For some celebrities, their fandom isn't surprising, especially those from countries in which soccer is a huge deal. Some are also so vocal about their clubs that it's common knowledge (*cough* Piers Morgan).
The question was only asked because there was nothing else to talk about. The press conference lasted all of 50 seconds.
The Portland Timbers had just crushed Guyanese side Alpha United 6-0 in front of one of their smallest home crowds ever since joining MLS in a midweek CONCACAF Champions League respite from the furious MLS playoff race with a team of backups.
The MLS Players Union have released the latest salary figures and former Real Madrid and AC Milan star Kaka heads the list, despite never having played for his club.
The 32-year-old Brazilian, who signed for Orlando City in June and was immediately loaned to Sao Paulo, is on a total salary of $7,167,500, making him not only the highest paid in the league, but the highest-paid player in MLS history.
Real Salt Lake are third in the western standing with 49 points with five games remaining on their schedule; with a win this weekend, Salt Lake can clinch a playoff spot. They seem to have that third place spot locked in and it doesn't seem that FC Dallas will over take the spot, given both the teams schedule down the stretch.
The energy at Red Bull Arena Saturday night was fueled by old-fashioned passion and alcohol. The passion not to fight the foes on the field, but rather those across the Hudson River and Atlantic Ocean. What may not have been understood by some of those in attendance solely present to..
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.
Many know that while I am a huge soccer fan and a fan of my local Philadelphia Union, I am not a fan of MLS at all. While the quality of play leaves a lot to be desired, my main complaint with the league is the way it (for me) sucks the soul out of the game, with all of its complex rules for signing players, parity mechanisms such as player lotteries and drafts, as well as the fact that many games mean really nothing at all since over half the teams make the play-offs and there is no relegation.
Ex-Revolution scorers Clint Dempsey and Chad Barrett both tallied to send the Seattle Sounders to their fourth U.S. Open Cup title following Tuesday's 3-1 extra time win over the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park.
Barrett, who played for the Revolution in 2013, canceled out Maurice Edu's 38th minute opener in the 47th minute, which sent the match into extra time.
FRISCO, TX - APRIL 12: Clint Dempsey #2 of the Seattle Sounders FC brings the ball up field against the FC Dallas on April 12, 2014 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)
FRISCO — At the beginning of the season, one of FC Dallas' goals was to make Toyota Stadium a fortress — and so far, FCD has done exactly that.
When FC Dallas beat Real Salt Lake 2-1 at Toyota Stadium on August 22, it was all sunshine and lollipops for the Frisco-based club. Fans had visions of FCD winning the first Supporter's Shield in franchise history and being the top seed in the Western Conference heading into their first playoff berth in some three seasons.
The top 100 clubs in the United States and Canada. Rankings are current as of September 22, 2014.
The past month saw some movement in the top 100 rankings, although the Seattle Sounders were able to hold on to the top thanks in part to their US Open Cup win over the Philadelphia Union. Sporting Kansas City - last month's number two - fell six spots to number eight.
The Union came up second best in the U.S. Open Cup. Now, the question is: Will they pout about it and collapse, or will they keep up their great play and drive into the playoffs? PSP's Dan Walsh explores.
It took extra time, but the Union eventually fell in a hard-fought match
A couple months ago, the United States found themselves deadlocked with Belgium with time expiring in the second half. With a chance to win the game, Chris Wondolowski was given a perfect opportunity to score a goal that would surely send the United States to the World Cup quarter-finals.
The Union's magical run to the U.S. Open Cup Final ended on Tuesday with a 3-1 loss in extra time to the Seattle Sounders. The Philadelphia Union kept it close but despite their best efforts and many second half near misses, none of it was not enough to defeat an extremely talented Seattle Sounders side this evening.
The Philadelphia Union play for their first trophy and host MLS' best team, the Seattle Sounders, in the 101st Final of the U.S. Open Cup. It feels like Christmas in September as we approach the game that even a Scrooge has to love.
The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is alive: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that.
The Union and Seattle had a press conference party.
With the US Open Cup Final tomorrow night, the Seattle Sounders were in town to discuss the final with the Philadelphia Union during today's press conference. Typically Jim Curtin takes center stage but Kenny Cooper and Sebastien Le Toux, brothers from another mother, were the ones with the spotlight.
HANOVER, N.J. As the New York Red Bulls warmed up for their match against the Seattle Sounders this past Saturday, Eric Alexanderwas informed of something neat by teammate Dax McCarty. It turned out Alexander was just moments away from earning his 100th career start in MLS, an admirable achievement and one that speaks to his durability and versatility.
Real Madrid's defense of their UEFA Champions League title begins on Tuesday afternoon.
Los Blancos host FC Basel with their two new midfield additions, Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez, each being handed starts, while the famed BBC of (Karim) Benzema, (Gareth) Bale, and Cristiano Ronaldo start in the forward three.