Week in Review April 4-8, 2011
Week in Review April 4-8, 2011

Our week of action has already kicked off with the, ahem, controversial draw between New England and Vancouver.  But there is a full slate of intriguing games this weekend, so please vote in the poll at the end of this post.  Before doing that, however, let’s take a look at […]

MLS is a Joke Unless it Addresses Toledo
MLS is a Joke Unless it Addresses Toledo

MLS has a major problem with Toledo.  No, not the city in Ohio but the referee Baldomero Toledo.  The MLS midweek game last night was excellent – it had drama, a touch of irony, and a late goal leading to a 1-1 draw between the Whitecaps and Revolution.  What the […]

Andy Najar Chooses Honduras Over The U.S.
Andy Najar Chooses Honduras Over The U.S.

The United States lost a promising national team player today when Andy Najar officially announced he would represent Honduras in the 2011 Gold Cup and thus be eligible to play for their national team.  Najar, the 2010 Rookie of the Year in MLS, comes from the Central American country but […]

Preview: Can RSL Advance to CCL Finals?
Preview: Can RSL Advance to CCL Finals?

Real Salt Lake has landed in Costa Rica and are prepared for tonight’s kickoff.  Tonight RSL will take on FC Saprissa on their home turf with the aggregate winner advancing to the CONCACAF Champions League Final.  Kickoff is 10 PM Eastern time.  RSL holds a 2-0 aggregate lead thanks to their victory […]

Goals Fly in this Weekend’s MLS Action
Goals Fly in this Weekend’s MLS Action

Goals were not at a premium this weekend as a total of 24 goals were scored in the eight matches, including some high scoring affairs.  Only two teams (Dallas and Philly) failed to notch a goal and Sporting KC and Vancouver combined for a shoot out in their match.  Balancing […]

MLS Week Three Open Thread
MLS Week Three Open Thread

Columbus opened the weekend with a 2-0 victory last night over a ten-man FC Dallas team.  But today has a full slate of intriguing match-ups.  Storylines to watch include: Can the Union grab an eye-opening point or three and get a result on the road against LA? Will New England be […]

Week in Review, March 28 – April 1 2011
Week in Review, March 28 – April 1 2011

Real Salt Lake established itself as the Supporters Shield front runner, Seattle is still struggling to score goals but New York shows how to gain points without them, and are the Union the East team to beat?  The national team members return from Team Bradley while some of the youth […]

MLS ’11 Round Two Open Thread
MLS ’11 Round Two Open Thread

After Seattle and Houston kicked off the week’s action last night, we have a full slate of matches today that will mostly be regionally broadcast.  Even this early in the season, there are some interesting story lines. In Canada, Toronto looks to put their embarrassing first match behind them and hosts a […]

Week in Review, March 21-25 2011
Week in Review, March 21-25 2011

After the shine of the first weekend has worn off, MLS gets into the grind with some of its biggest names missing for international duty.  Some teams have a second chance to show they’ve improved, while some have another chance to prove they aren’t bottom feeders.  Make sure you vote […]

DC United Lines Up Quality Friendlies
DC United Lines Up Quality Friendlies

I will be the first to admit that my proximity to RFK Stadium may color my biases a little bit.  But after seeing DC United’s press release on their latest friendly, I have to be impressed with this club.  Despite playing in less than stellar facilities and finishing last in […]

MLS First Kick ’11 is as Good as Advertised
MLS First Kick ’11 is as Good as Advertised

MLS could not have asked for a better opening weekend of soccer than this weekend.  After a somewhat pedestrian first match between the Galaxy and Sounders, there were a ton of story lines to follow in this weekend’s games.  While it may be a lot to ask for every weekend […]

Snowed Under: A Review of ‘The Blizzard’ Football Magazine
Snowed Under: A Review of ‘The Blizzard’ Football Magazine

Without a doubt, the writers for The Guardian are some of the best soccer writers in the world. Their podcast is first class. And even for an American like myself their writers and collaborators are well known: Sid Lowe, Jonathan Wilson, Raphael Honigstein, and others. So the fact that they […]

Davies Shines in D.C. United Win Over Crew
Davies Shines in D.C. United Win Over Crew

DC United and the Columbus Crew are two of the MLS’s original franchises and two that are going through the reboot phase.  For DC United, the rock bottom came last year with a last place finish, a porous defense, and an offense that at times wouldn’t scare a high school […]

Week in Review, March 14-18 2011
Week in Review, March 14-18 2011

Good evening everyone, and happy MLS First Matchday Eve. As promised, our week in review feature is shifting to Friday to cover the week’s news and items that flew under the radar. As expected, most of these involve preparations for tomorrow’s matches. Make sure you take our poll at the end of the […]

Timbers Supporters Ratcheting Up Rivalry with Seattle
Timbers Supporters Ratcheting Up Rivalry with Seattle

On the same day Seattle set an attendance record for an MLS match, the rival Portland Timbers sent out a press release designed to show that their fans too can pack a stadium for a soccer match.  This was another tactic in their strategy to prove to the soccer world that maybe […]

MLS First Kick 2011 Live Chat
MLS First Kick 2011 Live Chat

Join us here at 9:30 PM Eastern as we kick off the season with MLS’s First Kick, a game featuring two MLS Cup hopefuls with the Galaxy visiting the Sounders.  Bring your analysis, thoughts, and witty banter as we celebrate the beginning of the soccer season. MLS First Kick 2011

The MLS Talk 2011 Season Predictions
The MLS Talk 2011 Season Predictions

After weeks of previews, discussions, and debates, we are roughly 36 hours away from the beginning of the fifteenth MLS season.  The league has seen an offseason full of drafts, some national team names fleeing to Europe, some old friends returning to the league, some of the league’s first faces […]

MLS ’11 Preview – Is Toronto the League’s Worst Team?
MLS ’11 Preview – Is Toronto the League’s Worst Team?

Team: Toronto FC Coach: Aron Winter Last Year’s Finish: 9-8-15, 35 points.  Eastern Conference: 5th Toronto’s offseason can be described in one word – tumultuous.  The team couldn’t win the media cycle because every time it had a positive offseason development, it took a step back.  They brought on Jurgen […]