The Portland Timbers announced their key preseason date this morning, giving us our first glimpse at the 2017 season. Dates for the Desert Friendlies and the returning Simple Invitational were both announced today.
The Timbers will start their preseason in Tucson, AZ on January 25th, taking part in the Desert Friendlies until February 5th, when they will return to Portland.
Watch out MLS! The Seattle Sounders have won four in a row to charge up the standings and present a solid argument for top team in the league. After a hard-fought 2-1 win in Vancouver it is apparent we are a resilient club. Missing Dempsey, Lodeiro, Ivanschitz, and losing Fernandez early were only speed bumps as once again Seattle overcame a deficit and persevered to grind out a positive result.
"I've been pretty consistent with the story of, I've given them ownership of the team. That is something that they believe in. I've gotten traction with that." -Brian Schmetzer
This Seattle Sounders team has managed as dramatic and crazy a turnaround as fans could have hoped since July. And this win — on the road, without Clint Dempsey, without Nicolas Lodeiro, on short rest, after giving up the first goal — has really put an exclamation point on an amazing run.
The Seattle Sounders are not out of the woods. Not yet and not by a long shot. But with six games left in the 2016 season, a path to the playoffs has become clear. The Sounders are going to need to win their final three home games and probably pick up a couple more points on the road.
That won't guarantee them a spot in the playoffs, but given that the Portland Timbers and Sporting Kansas City only have one home game apiece and that they've been nothing short of awful on the road, the Sounders' path looks reasonable enough.
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.
SEATTLE With their playoff hopes perhaps on the line, the Seattle Sounders earned a vital three points against the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday afternoon. A goal from Jordan Morris and yet another assist from midsummer signing Nicolas Lodeiro was just enough to lift the Sounders to a 1-0 win in front of 47,111 at CenturyLink Field.
JOEtv has the match locally, while ROOT Sports is showing it regionally. The 1 PM start will feature Seattle sunshine.
If the Seattle Sounders are going to win the Cascadia Cup they have to win big today, and they'll still need help. If the Seattle Sounders are going to make the MLS Cup Playoffs they basically need to win today, and they'll still need help.
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.
Timbers won't admit it, but they want Seattle to pass them for the last playoff spot
Happy Labor Day everyone! While the Sounders took the weekend off, some of the teams around them did not even though Portland played Dallas as if they had. The loss in Portland still stings but with two in hand again on our rivals and only four points back, the playoffs are definitely in reach.
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.
Sounders will host Sporting Kansas City in first round after beating RSL.
A season that saw the Seattle Sounders 10 points out of playoff position at one point will end with their eighth straight season and at least one home game. Alvaro Fernandez and Cristian Roldan each scored first-half goals as the Sounders topped Real Salt Lake 2-1 on Sunday.
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
The result wasn't much of a surprise given the lineup that both Sporting Kansas City and the Vancouver Whitecaps put out on Tuesday night at Children's Mercy Park, but Sporting KC's elimination from the 2016-2017 CCL after a 2-1 loss to the Whitecaps still stung. It didn't help that the inevitable had to wait through a 120 minute weather delay due to weather passing through the Kansas City area, turning an announced crowd of 13,422 to maybe 1,500 by the end of the game.
Sporting Kansas City step back out of league play to begin their home stretch of this year's CONCACAF Champions League. Unfortunately the games probably couldn't have gone much worse for Sporting KC. After the Vancouver Whitecaps started off the group with a win in Trinidad against Central FC, Sporting could only draw their game in Trinidad, already putting KC at a two point disadvantage.
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.
The Houston Dynamo end their 2016 season on the road against Colorado
Sunday might be Decision Day in MLS but the Dynamo's 2016 fate has already been decided - their season ends Sunday. It has been an up and down (okay mostly down) season for the Houston Dynamo. The team has pretty much spent the 2016 MLS regular season sitting in last place in the Western Conference.
As the Portland Timbers' season draws to a close, the club is in dire need of three wins to keep their MLS Playoff and CONCACAF Champions League hopes alive. Facing games against the Colorado Rapids and Saprissa at home and Cascadia Cup rival Vancouver Whitecaps on the road, the Timbers need to piece together three of their best performances of the year in a row if they are going to have a chance to move on in the respective competitions.
The Portland Timbers came to Canada with their sights set on making the MLS Cup Playoffs and bringing back the Cascadia Cup; after their 4-1 loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps, the Timbers come home with nothing.
Things started going south early for the Timbers as the ‘Caps got on the board early, opening the scoring in only the 14th minute.
United must win in Florida to guarantee themselves an MLS playoff game at home
For almost a year and a half, D.C. United went without scoring multiple goals in a road game during MLS regular season play. After a 2-1 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps in April 2015, United began a stretch of 27 games on the road in which they failed to score more than one goal.
Sounders eliminated Vancouver from the MLS Cup Playoffs with 2-1 win. Seattle now in 5th.
Brian Schmetzer's Rave Green Army is on quite a roll. The Seattle Sounders won their third straight and for the seventh time in their past 10, topping the Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 on Sunday. The run of form has allowed the Sounders to move up from ninth to fifth, and just one point behind fourth-place Real Salt Lake.
Brad Evans was unable to make a semi-miraculous recovery and will not be available for Saturday's Cascadia Cup clash with the Vancouver Whitecaps. Joevin Jones and Jordan Morris, both of whom were unable to full participate in training this week, were able to get ready in time for the match.
Long distance shots and Kendall Waston's fouling ability will be the story of this match
Vancouver has played poorly all year, underachieving about as much as Seattle has in 2016. They have been inconsistent on both sides of the ball for much of the season, but their defense has finally started to improve in recent weeks.
After nearly two months, the Vancouver Whitecaps are finally back in the win column.
Led by second half goals from Andrew Jacobson and Eric Hurtado, the Whitecaps toppled the Columbus Crew, 3-1, in a game delayed by inclement weather. The win is the Whitecaps first since July 13, snapping an eight-game winless run.