The mess in the Chicago Fire midfield got worse on Wednesday, as the club announced central midfielder John Goossens will undergo surgery on Friday for a defect of a deltoid ligament sprain in his right ankle. He is expected to miss five to six months because of the surgery.
"John's injury is cruel, particularly given the effort he was making on the play in added time,"said Fire general manager Nelson Rodríguez.
While not a flashy new player, Real Salt Lake completed the re-signing of a key component of its roster, locking Joao Plata up with a new multi-year DP deal.
The 24-year old winger has been a boon for RSL since his trade from Toronto FC in 2013, as he's notched 30 goals and 30 assists in regular season play, leaving him fifth and third respectively in club history.
Brek Shea and Giles Barnes were both in need of a change of scenery, and both big-name players received that on Saturday night as Orlando City and the Vancouver Whitecaps swapped the players in a blockbuster trade just one week before the regular season was set to begin.
Shea's career in Orlando started strong under Adrian Heath, but injuries combined with a regime change in central Florida led to less playing time for the former Stoke City and FC Dallas man toward the back end of the 2016 season.
One of the more drastic declines in 2016 occurred in Vancouver when the Whitecaps went from second place in the Western Conference in 2015 to eighth place the next season. Thanks to a couple of astute acquisitions, the Whitecaps are hoping to rekindle their form from two years ago.
The 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League semifinal didn't go Vancouver's way. The Whitecaps lost 2-0 at Tigres to open the series. Tigres benefited from a 66th-minute own goal. Eduardo Vargas doubled the lead in the 87th. Tigres goalkeeper Nahuel Guzman didn't have to make a save to keep the clean sheet.
It's the Vancouver Whitecaps' turn to see if they can get past a Liga MX team in the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals. Two weeks into the MLS season, Vancouver will once again switch focus to the regional tournament, at Tigres tonight (10pm ET - Facebook Live). Not losing in Mexico is another old and not exactly flattering story for MLS.
The first 90 minutes of Derrick Jones' Philadelphia Union career couldn't have gone any better. The 20-year-old defensive midfielder churned out an impressive performance in the club's 0-0 draw with the Vancouver Whitecaps in Week 1.
Week 2 presents a different challenge for the homegrown player as Toronto FC comes to Talen Energy Stadium for the Union home opener on Saturday.
The Union put in a strong performance that indicates they can find success on the road, but their lack of big chances leaves questions about the attack unanswered. Adam Cann dives in with about as thorough an analysis as you're ever going to read.
Derrick Jones debuts for the Union in a scoreless draw in British Columbia.
It wasn't the prettiest of matches, and it certainly did not produce any breathtaking highlights to be gawked at years to come, but the Philadelphia Union played a brand of effective soccer that netted them a nice 0-0 draw on the road against the Vancouver Whitecaps, a result many Union fans will gladly take.
The Union come away with a point from the Pacific Northwest
The Philadelphia Union opened up the 2017 season with a 0-0 draw with the Vancouver Whitecaps. Fans got a good look at many of the Union's offseason additions with Jay Simpson, Oguchi Onyewu, Haris Medunjanin, and Derrick Jones making the starting XI, with Fafa Picault being substituted into the game in the 71st minute for Chris Pontius.
One of the speediest attacks in MLS was held scoreless at home by a team with questions in defense on Sunday night to conclude Week 1. The fast core of the Vancouver Whitecaps could not get past the stout back line of the Philadelphia Union, which led to a 0-0 draw at BC Place.
The Whitecaps were the brighter of the two sides in the opening 45 minutes, as they used a few strategies to work around the Union back line.
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Union scrimmage Orlando City SC as second Clearwater camp opens The Union arrived in Clearwater, Florida to open their second Sunshine State preseason camp yesterday, February 14. Following an evening training session, the team got back on the field Wednesday afternoon in a closed-door scrimmage against Orlando City SC.
Theoffseason acquisition everyone has been talking about and the youngster ready to captivate a league powered the Vancouver Whitecaps into the semifinals of the CONCACAF Champions League on Thursday night, with a 2-0 (3-1 aggregate) win over the New York Red Bulls at BC Place.
Sixteen-year-old phenom Alphonso Davies, who looked like a player with years of experience under his belt out on the field, handed the home side an early lead in the fifth minute on a shot from close range.
The New York Red Bulls may have had the edge on the Vancouver Whitecaps in possession, and shots, and good scoring chances, but by the end of Wednesday's CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal first leg, but it was the Whitecaps who left Red Bull Arena with control of the series after grabbing a 1-1 draw.
Montero also defends himself against Brad Evans' tweet.
Opinions have been pretty well split over Fredy Montero's signing with the Vancouver Whitecaps.
On one side, there's people — frankly, like myself — who think Montero has a right to return to MLS and be close to his family. Plus, the Whitecaps are not the Portland Timbers, or even the LA Galaxy, in terms of the intensity of the rivalry.
His mouth may have been saying one thing, but his heart was saying another.
Fredy Montero loves Seattle, there's no question about that. He married a local woman, moved his family here and even continues to own a home in Bellevue. In the past, he's indicated that he'd like to play for the Seattle Sounders again, someday.
Caleb Porter tried on Wednesday night. He tried hard.
For eight-and-a-half minutes of his ten-minute press conference Porter qualified every bit of praise. He found every nit that there was to pick. He insisted that he still wanted more out of his team — more fitness, more goalscoring, more sharpness on the ball, more defensive discipline.
World Cup qualifiers are just around the corner as several Americans take the field for midweek action.
In Germany, Christian Pulisic and Fabian Johnson take the field as they look to advance their side in non-league competitions. Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund face DFB-Pokal action on Tuesday against Sportfreunde Lotte while Thursday brings Johnson's Europa League clash with Schalke.
An imperfect start doesn't always mean an imperfect finish. The San Jose Earthquakes proved that at Avaya Stadium Saturday night.
The Earthquakes clawed back from an early two-goal deficit, taking full advantage of a David Ousted red card to score three unanswered goals on the way to a 3-2 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps, with their comeback capped off by a long-range winner from Anibal Godoy.