Now into mid-September Dallas holds onto that fourth spot in the Western Conference. If anyone's being honest, just getting into the playoffs should make them happy. It's something they've missed since 2012 and only seen twice in the last seven seasons. But that 4th place spot is the smelly one.
I will start this piece by stating that the term must-win game is one of the most oft-used clichés in sports, but there are times, especially late in the season, where it is appropriate and I feel like Saturday's game with the Vancouver Whitecaps is such an occasion for FC Dallas.
FCD fans see the club's recent two-game dip as nothing more than a blip on the radar, but should Dallas not be able to come away with the full three points on Saturday, something they've done in each of the previous four times Vancouver has visited Toyota Stadium, then that will be a sure sign that Dallas' recent two-game losing streak could be the start of a bigger swoon.
The MLS Disciplinary Committee dished out fines to players on both D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls for their part in a mid-game fracas, but it was one move they didn't make that is stealing the headlines on Monday evening.
Giuseppe Rossi, the American-born forward who opted to play for Italy's national team, continues to struggle with injury. He had surgery on Friday and is expected to miss another four to five months. He has battled injury since tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in 2011 and was left off Italy's World Cup squad this summer amid concerns he hadn't fully recovered from his previous surgery in January.
Two of the Western Conference's top teams face off on Saturday night in a classic showdown.
These two sides faced off two weeks ago, with FC Dallas coming out on top, 2-1, at Toyota Park. Now, with the venue switching to Rio Tinto Stadium, Luis Giland Real Salt Lake are looking to turn the tables and move well ahead of Tesho Akindele and FC Dallas in the Western Conference standings.
Robbie Keane is certainly enjoying himself in MLS and judging by this 'assist' even the Irishman's mistakes end up reaping rewards.
Here, an appalling airshot ends up setting up Keane's LA Galaxy team-mateMarcelo Sarvas who fired home. Either this was the cleverest assist in the history of football (it wasn't) or a very amusing bit of luck.
CARSON, Calif. The LA Galaxy didn't wait for their opponents tonight. After surrendering the first goal in five of their last six matches,the Galaxy returned to fearsome form with a earlysurge Wednesday night to manhandle the Vancouver Whitecaps, 2-0.
With aims of making a playoff push, the Vancouver Whitecaps have made a move to acquire one of the league's top playmakers.
The Whitecaps, who currently maintain the fifth and final playoff position in the crowded Western Conference, have acquired midfielder Mauro Rosales from Chivas USA in exchange for fellow midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker.
Knowing that Sporting KC hadwon five straightroad contests, theVancouver Whitecaps recognized thatit would take a special effort to avoid becoming the latest team to fall to the reigning MLS Cup champions in front of their home supporters.
Count D.C. United as the latest MLS sideto find a European counterpart.
D.C. United announced Friday that they have partnered with Premier League side Sunderland in an effort to expand the two side's global fan base. Sunderland, who features U.S. Men's National Team striker Jozy Altidore, finished 14th in the Premier League last season.
It wasn't a pretty game, it was probably one of the worst games KC has played in a while, and there have been some bad ones (Toronto on the road a few weeks ago, Philadelphia at home the first time this year, and last year). KC looked out of sorts from the start of the game and the Whitecaps would eventually make them pay as they would end Kansas City's eight game unbeaten run and five game road winning streak, losing 2-0.
The tie in Vancouver got the job done for D.C. United, and they now find themselves settling into their position in the table while their opponents are fighting for every point they can get.
Trips to the west coast are always a challenge for Eastern Conference teams, so D.C. United's 0-0 draw against the Vancouver Whitecaps was a solid result, especially given the motivation the Whitecaps brought to the game, desperately needing points toclimb above the red line.
In what turned out to be a harried, frenetic game, D.C. United and the Vancouver Whitecaps found it hard to create chances and settled for a 0-0 draw at BC Place.
Twenty-eight months had transpired between D.C. United's last visit to BC Place to take on the Vancouver Whitecaps. Judging from the mostly frazzled gameplay both sides mustered on the night, it might be for the best if that long break is repeated.
D.C. United picked up a valuable point with their 0-0 draw in Vancouver, British Columbia last night and extended their lead in the Eastern Conference to five points over second-place Sporting Kansas City who fell 2-1 to New York Red Bulls earlier in the day. Bill Hamid picked up his eighth shutout of the season [.
Playing on the Pacific coast on turf is never an easy assignment, but there are good reasons to believe that D.C. United can go to BC Place and get a result of some sort against a Vancouver Whitecaps side that is drifting out of the playoff race.
D.C. United kicks off a four game road trip with a trip to Canada.
Fresh off of an Atlantic Cup clinching victory, D.C. United gets a week of rest before flying to Canada and taking on the Vancouver Whitecaps. The 'Caps have been maddeningly inconsistent this season, and despite accolades early in the season they are hovering right around the Red Line of Playoffs.
On tap tonight: Bee's Knees, Flying Dog Dogtoberfest, Jynnan Tonnyx
We have the Atlantic Cup, and the Filibuster crew is not giving it up. Adam, Jason, and Ben are back to talk about all things D.C. United 2-0 New York Red Bulls, including talking about Bill Hamid and how he has improved even more this season, even in the things at which he was already good.
We have complete player evaluations from the Portland Timbers' 3 to 0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps back on August 30. There are ratings for every Timbers player that appeared plus composite ratings for the coaches, team, opponent and officials.
The Portland Timbers were hoping to vault into the playoff picture, but they would have to beat their Canadian rivals, the Vancouver Whitecaps, up in Canada in order to do it. After an evenly played first half, the Timbers exploded for three goals while their defense held up very well after being reorganized by the coaches.
A key battle will occur this weekend in Vancouver, British Columbia as the Portland Timbers visit the Vancouver Whitecaps. The Caps currently sit in fifth place in the West, just points ahead of the Timbers, so a Portland win could push them over the red line. Vancouver won't be an easy out, though, as they have designs to avoid a late season swoon while trying to keep the Cascadia Cup in Canada for the 2015 season.
When the Portland Timbers began the year on an eight-match winless streak, there were very real doubts about whether they would be able to climb out of that early-season hole and still be a factor in the playoff race in the tough MLS Western Conference.
On Saturday, the Timbers completed their climb from the West basement into a playoff position after posting a 3-0 drubbing of the Vancouver Whitecaps on the road at BC Place.
It's fair to say that Cruz Azul aren't living up to expectations.
Coming off an impressive Clausura campaign where they finished on top of the table, Cruz Azul have decisively taken a step back in the Liga MX Apertura. The club brought in Mexican National Team defender Francisco "Maza" Rodriguez as well as former Montreal Impact midfielder Hernan Bernardello, but the new signings coupled with established starters such as Marco Fabian and Mauro Formica hasn't translated into success.
Chivas USA have relied quite a bit on the scoring prowess of Erick Torres this season, but they look to have gotten him some help.
Chivas USA announced on Thursday that they have acquired forward Felix Borja on loan from LDU Quito. The move for Borja was completed before the transfer window closed last week,andtheformer Ecuadorian international will be available for the Goats' match against the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday.
Sporting KC are back on the road as they continue through the second half of the season. They'll look to continue their club record five game road winning streak tomorrow when they take on the Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place. This will be only the fifth meeting between the two clubs, and the third in Vancouver since the Whitecaps entered the league in 2011.
It is quite a cozy camp for now, but of course there are several European-based players and some others with Mexican clubs that will later swell these ranks.G - Cody Cropper (Southampton), Zack Steffen (University of Maryland)D - A.J. Cochran (Houston Dynamo), Christian Dean (Vancouver Whitecaps), Ramon Martin del Campo (San Jose Earthquakes), Bryan Gallego (Arizona United), Juan Pablo Ocegueda (