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 […]

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 […]

Fox Soccer Announces Broadcast Team for 2011 Season
Fox Soccer Announces Broadcast Team for 2011 Season

Fresh off the news that JP Dellacamera is making the move from ESPN to Fox Soccer, the network announced its pairings for the upcoming MLS season.  Not surprisingly, Dellacamera is the Friday night play-by-play man, and in my opinion Fox has surrounded him with some quality talent. Your game day […]

MLS ’11 Preview – Should RSL be the Favorites?
MLS ’11 Preview – Should RSL be the Favorites?

Team: Real Salt Lake Coach: Jason Kreis Last Year’s Finish: 15-11-4, 56 points.  Western Conference: 2nd In a sense, RSL’s season has already begun with a 4-1 aggregate victory over Columbus in the CONCACAF Champions League.  In the second of those two matches, we’ve seen a team that looks like […]

MLS ’11 Preview – Stadiums Helping League Finances Stay Healthy
MLS ’11 Preview – Stadiums Helping League Finances Stay Healthy

Fifteen years ago, MLS launched with teams in downright psychedelic uniforms playing on football fields; some of MLS’s earliest highlights look like the two teams are playing on a lacrosse field.  In 2011, the situation has vastly changed, as most MLS franchises have their own soccer specific fields or compounds […]

MLS ’11 Preview – Can New England Reclaim the Glory?
MLS ’11 Preview – Can New England Reclaim the Glory?

Team: New England Revolution Coach: Steve Nicol Last Year’s Finish: 9-5-16, 32 points.  Eastern Conference: 6th The big news this offseason was the recent arrest and suspension of Shalrie Joseph and Kevin Alston.  While the situation is still under investigation, both players just returned to the team but face possible […]

Week in Review – February 22-27, 2011
Week in Review – February 22-27, 2011

Good morning MLS fans!  We are now mere weeks away from the season and, if you’re like me, the previews we have been running on the site have been getting you fired up for an exciting season.  Amidst all the preseason matches and television/playoff drama, here are some stories that […]

New Playoff Format Cements Role of Conferences in MLS
New Playoff Format Cements Role of Conferences in MLS

Just weeks before the beginning of the season, MLS yesterday finally released its playoff format for the 2011 season.  As dreaded, it will include 10 of the 18 MLS teams, and officials acknowledged the number could change as more teams join MLS.  As for the current structure, the playoffs will […]

Red Cards Upset Goals in CONCACAF First Leg
Red Cards Upset Goals in CONCACAF First Leg

Last night was the unofficial start to the MLS season, as Real Salt Lake and Columbus faced off in their first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal.  In a night that was below freezing and in front of a sparse crowd, the two teams grinded out a 0-0 draw […]

MLS ’11 Preview: Can International Signings Spark a Fire Under Chicago?
MLS ’11 Preview: Can International Signings Spark a Fire Under Chicago?

Team: Chicago Fire Coach: Carlos de la Cobos Last Year’s Finish: 4th Eastern Conference, 10th Overall, 9-9-12 Last year’s Chicago Fire were going through a transition regardless of the tumultuous offseason they’ve had.  With the retirement of U.S. legend Brian McBride and MLS veteran C.J. Brown, the team would have […]

MLS and Fox Soccer Channel Announce One Year Deal
MLS and Fox Soccer Channel Announce One Year Deal

It’s official – Major League Soccer and Fox Soccer Channel are back together again, at least for one more year. The two sent out a press release today trumpeting the agreement which will see 31 regular season games and three playoff games (including one conference final) broadcast by the cable […]

Why International Stars Should Consider Destinations Besides NY and LA
Why International Stars Should Consider Destinations Besides NY and LA

The weekly MLS Talk podcast (subscribe via iTunes) discussed this week among other things the newest international star giving “come hither” looks to the American soccer league: AC Milan’s Clarence Seedorf.  Seedorf of course is (reportedly) looking to make one last huge paycheck and expand his media presence, similar to […]

Week in Review: February 8-13, 2011
Week in Review: February 8-13, 2011

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!  With the Egyptian friendly canceled, it was a slow week in American soccer.  MLS clubs are playing pre-season matches against youth clubs, colleges, and each other, and the season is less than one month away.  Besides the schedule release last week, here are some other news […]