One of U.S. Soccer's most perseverant players has played his last game.
Jay DeMerit has announced his retirement in an open letter to Vancouver Whitecaps fans. DeMerit's decision comes after two injury-plagued seasons in Vancouver in which the centerback suffered a torn Achilles tendon in the season opener in 2013 and another torn tendon in his left ankle this past June.
Despite a Jermain Defoe penalty finish, Toronto FC was forced to settle for the team's third draw in five games.
TFC and the visiting Vancouver Whitecaps played to a 1-1 draw Wednesday night, as Defoe's 64th minute equalizer canceled Darren Mattocks' early second half finish, earning the two Canadian sides a share of the points.
Major League Soccer is in full swing again following the World Cup and will take center stage Wednesday with four matches involving teams needing results.
The action kicks off with the New York Red Bulls and Philadelphia Union at PPL Park. The Red Bulls haven't lost a league fixture in five matches and will be looking to extend that statistic to six against a laboring Union squad led by interim head managerJim Curtin.
Chivas USA haven't lost this year when Erick "Cubo" Torres has scored.
With Chivas USA up a man late in the match, Torres arrived like a thief in the night at the back post and calmly headed home the game-winning-goal, before Chivas USA finished off the Vancouver Whitecaps, 3-1, to stun the crowd at BC Place on Saturday evening.
The Vancouver Whitecaps went to Colorado on Saturday tied with the Rapids for the fourth spot on the Major League Soccer Western Conference table. They leave bumped down in the playoff race after a performance unbecoming of a postseason hopeful.
The Rapids laid siege to the Whitecaps, out-shooting them by a whopping 19-to-5 with Dillon Powers and Vicente Sanchez breaking through for a 2-0 win and snapping an eight-game unbeaten streak for Vancouver.
It's no secret that Major League Soccer is looking for a new ownership group for Chivas USA, but the league is adamant that David Beckham has never been a part of those plans.
In response to Miami Mayor Tomás Regaladonixing Beckham's second stadium proposal, a report in Yahoo Sports stated that Beckham had been contacted by a group of Asian investors to see if he'd be interested in joining their group to purchase Chivas USA.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. Plenty of New England Revolution players have received recognition for the team's early success in 2014, but their unheralded early hero might be 31-year-old Daigo Kobayashi, a technical maestro and one of only four Revolution players to appear in all 14 games so far.
After a 3-0 shutout on the road against a depleted Chivas USA side, the Philadelphia Union return home to play one of the hottest clubs in MLS - the dangerous Vancouver Whitecaps, led by midfield maestro Pedro Morales.
Philadelphia Union vs. Vancouver Whitecaps
PPL Park - Chester, PA
June 7th, 2014
7PM EST - The Comcast Network, TSN, MLS Live
Last Saturday the Union played a Chivas USA side that was content with a bunker and counterattack gameplan (minus the counterattack).
PORTLAND, Ore. Since the Whitecaps and Timbers joined MLS in 2011, Vancouver has searched for its first victory over its Cascadia Cup rival for more than three seasons. Sunday in Portland, the Whitecaps finally got over the hump defeating the Timbers by the score of 4-3.
COLUMBUS, Ohio Major League Soccer's next budding young star needs only three strides to get to full speed, gliding past defenders as though they were stationary traffic cones, before approaching the opposing goal at light speed.
Poetry Corner Kicks ignores the bad and stays positive.
A tie with the Vancouver Whitecaps ain't bad. Unfortunately, the Philadelphia Union are still only gaining 0.94 points per game, which at this point in the season, is only better than Montreal and Chivas. On the plus side, Conor Casey.
Every week we "Monday Morning Manage" every game with our fellow Union faithful. What could have been done better? What were the missed opportunities? Did that sub really need to happen? We bring all the talking points to you each week right here.
Having been ably deputized by the fantastic RohnJossi last week, I'm returning for this week's discussion of the game-changing moments from the Philadelphia Union's 3-3 draw with the Vancouver Whitecaps.
The Union fell behind 2-0 but this time mounted a furious rally only to see it all fall to pieces on an 80th minute penalty.
After sending out another different starting XI, John Hackworth's Philadelphia Union found themselves in a similar situation. Poor play, missed opportunities, and opposition goals all led everyone to believe the Union would enter the World Cup break with another feckless loss.
Philadelphia heads back to PPL Park to face the red-hot Vancouver Whitecaps before going on hiatus for the World Cup. Can the Union build on the momentum of a 3-1 thrashing of Chivas USA, or will this be the final nail in the Union's playoff aspirations? Get The Whole Story from match preview to post match analysis all in one place.
We have complete player evaluations from June 1's Cascadia Cup battle between the Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps, including a few new categories. We still have marks for each player plus coaches and team, but a few new ratings that will pop up on a regular basis.
The Portland Timbers were hoping to continue their unbeaten streak going into a home match with the Vancouver Whitecaps, a team they had not lost to in the MLS era. However, Portland couldn't overcome two penalty kick calls against them in the first half nor could they find a way to consistently stop Caps forward Erik Hurtado.
The Portland Timbers finish a busy stretch of matches when they battle their Cascadian rivals from Canada, the Vancouver Whitecaps. With both teams coming into the battle with long unbeaten streaks, there likely won't be much that could separate a team from extending their streak from being disappointed with a loss.
Well the later than usual kickoff on a very nice summer night blended with the incredible Wednesday night game gave us the hope of three points tonight, but that was not the case. Vancouver scored early in the second half, scoring on a counter in the 50th minute, Teibert puts a wonderful ball through four red shirts, and Mattocks buries it from 6 yds out.
Sporting KC fans have been waiting for reinforcements to be announced this summer to assist Sporting down the stretch this season. Today Sporting KC announced their first addition, Michael Kafari. Kafari is a 22 year old midfielder originally from Ghana. He graduated from the University of New Mexico and was taken by the Vancouver Whitecaps in the third round of the Superdraft.
Wash the stink off... VANCOUVER VS. TORONTO (1-2 AGG.) CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI FINAL 2ND LEG BC PLACE FIRST HALF: 1' - BC Place roof is open this evening. Perfect for a localized tornado strike if Vancouver grabs a lead.