What Defines Success in South Africa?
What Defines Success in South Africa?

Today, the US returns to the country where four months ago they experienced greatness and disappointment, and are once again being led there by Bob Bradley.  This time the stakes are much lower, as the team is playing a midweek friendly with their B- or C-team.  On its face, this […]

Don Garber Addresses the Nation
Don Garber Addresses the Nation

Prior to the MLS Cup Final on Sunday, Don Garber held court today to discuss the good, the bad, and the future of MLS.  Much of what he said is in no way surprising, but he did shed some light on some hot topics in the American soccer world – […]

What’s Next for the LA Galaxy?
What’s Next for the LA Galaxy?

The LA Galaxy are MLS’s most glamorous team in its second largest market.  It is coached by the most successful American soccer coach of all time, is captained by the most famous American soccer player today, and employs if not the most famous soccer player in the world, certainly the […]

FC Dallas Advances to First MLS Cup
FC Dallas Advances to First MLS Cup

In the end, what was most impressive about the LA Galaxy against the Seattle Sounders was also their undoing in the Western Conference finals.  The home team’s back line were spectators for an impressive Dallas attack, the LA superstars played a poor match overall, and the winningest coach in MLS […]

Ambitious Predictions for the Eastern Conference Final
Ambitious Predictions for the Eastern Conference Final

Tonight the Eastern Conference final will kick off in Colorado at 9:30 Eastern on Fox Soccer Channel.  In a playoff full of upsets, this matchup epitomizes the postseason so far: the visitors are the lowest playoff seed who were led by the Golden Boot winner who provided almost all of […]

Is the US Finally Winning the Foreign Player Battle?
Is the US Finally Winning the Foreign Player Battle?

Bob Bradley went against conventional wisdom with his squad for the South Africa match next week and picked a good number of young players to make the squad.  Three young MLS players and three international professionals will have the chance to earn their first international cap next week in Cape […]

MLS Free Agents Get A Little More Freedom
MLS Free Agents Get A Little More Freedom

Remember back in the scary days of March when this MLS season was on the brink due to the expired collective bargaining agreement?  And at the almost last second the two sides agreed to a new CBA, which would include more rights for the players and a re-entry draft for […]

Who Will Make the US Roster for the South Africa Friendly?
Who Will Make the US Roster for the South Africa Friendly?

One week from today, the US Men’s National Team will play South Africa in a friendly in Cape Town, and Bob Bradley has yet to release his squad for the match.  The friendly comes at a bad time for most players – it is right in the middle of the […]

Five US Players I Want to See in MLS
Five US Players I Want to See in MLS

The news that Wolves and U.S. national team keeper Marcus Hahnemann is open to retuning to MLS in 2011 got me thinking about other Americans abroad.  As the MLS has matured in a good and competitive soccer league, it is no longer absurd to think a world-class player could play […]

How To Prevent an Upset by a Lower Seed
How To Prevent an Upset by a Lower Seed

The story of the MLS playoffs coming into Sunday night was the futility of being a higher seed.  None of the higher seeds had advanced and the playoffs were seemingly wide-open for a new champion.  Then LA took the pitch against Seattle, and they showed the league who should be […]

FC Dallas Solves Rio Tinto and Knocks Off Champs
FC Dallas Solves Rio Tinto and Knocks Off Champs

Soccer fans in the U.S. have long debated whether playoffs should be part of the beautiful game.  Yesterday’s Real Salt Lake/FC Dallas match showed exactly why the MLS playoffs can be special, as the lower-seeded Dallas knocked off the defending MLS champions with a 1-1 draw, 3-2 win on aggregate.  […]

Which Team(s) Will Pull the Upset This Weekend?
Which Team(s) Will Pull the Upset This Weekend?

With San Jose’s dramatic victory last night, they will await this weekend’s slate of matches to see who their next round opponent will be.  Their upset victory has set the stage for an interest weekend of matches where we could conceivably see three more lower seeds win their playoff matches […]

Will Wondolowski Get a Call Up to the National Team?
Will Wondolowski Get a Call Up to the National Team?

Chris Wondolowski has had a dream season.  He finally broke out this year with a league-leading 18 goals and almost single-handedly led San Jose to the playoffs, where they will try and pull out a win at New York tonight.  He has shown the ability to score and lead a […]

Predicting the MLS Best XI
Predicting the MLS Best XI

MLS has already announced its award finalists for the 2010 season and throughout the month will be slowly unveiling the winners of each award (congratulations Andy Najar and Donovan Ricketts).  On November 15, MLS will announce the Best XI for the year, and few things get soccer fans as excited […]

How to Improve The MLS TV Playoff Experience
How to Improve The MLS TV Playoff Experience

I want to begin by stating that I am a fan of the current MLS playoffs and in general I enjoy the way Major League Soccer organizes them.  Like all MLS fans, I have things I love and things I hate about the current format, style of play, and presentation.  […]

Buddle’s Goal Lifts Galaxy Past Sounders
Buddle’s Goal Lifts Galaxy Past Sounders

For all the talk of the LA Galaxy slumping towards the playoffs, Bruce Arena’s club showed no signs of rust as they dominated a resilient Sounders team in the first leg of the Galaxy/Sounders playoff matchup.  The difference in the match was an amazing and surprising Edson Buddle goal in […]

FC Dallas Pulls Out 2-1 Win Over Real Salt Lake
FC Dallas Pulls Out 2-1 Win Over Real Salt Lake

The defending MLS champions were out-coached and outplayed in today’s first round matchup between the two Western Conference clubs, as FC Dallas got a late goal from Eric Avila to beat Real Salt Lake 2-1. The match saw FC Dallas frantically try and win outright as they knew winning in […]

Colorado Kicks Off MLS Playoffs with a Win
Colorado Kicks Off MLS Playoffs with a Win

The quest for the MLS Cup began last night with a late arriving crowd, an ironic “One Goal” MLS playoff video, and a match of two teams with vastly different playoff histories and playing styles.  The end result was a slightly disjointed match that put the Colorado Rapids up 1-0 […]