Why I Am Still Avoiding the MLS All Star Game
Why I Am Still Avoiding the MLS All Star Game

About a year ago on this site, I wrote an article about why I would not be watching the MLS All Stars face off against Manchester United at Red Bull Arena.  In essence, I felt that another meaningless friendly, but this time with a collection of MLS talent instead of […]

Hope(less): Does Hope Solo Hurt the U.S. National Team?
Hope(less): Does Hope Solo Hurt the U.S. National Team?

The summer games in London are right around the corner, but for the U.S. women’s national team the tournament is about more than a gold medal.  It is a chance to put behind them the disappointing loss in last year’s Women’s World Cup and try to reclaim the mantle of […]

Best Goal: Henry, Nguyen or Villareal?
Best Goal: Henry, Nguyen or Villareal?

Last night’s games certainly did not lack offense.  Excluding the Seattle friendly, eighteen goals were scored in the seven MLS games and only two teams (not coincidentally, both playing midday) failed to score a goal on Wednesday.  And anytime you have close, exciting games with a number of goals, there […]

MLS Must Show Spine and Suspend Beckham
MLS Must Show Spine and Suspend Beckham

It’s finally come.  After a few years of dangerous tackles and public outbursts against officials, MLS finally has a very public example of poor behavior by David Beckham that will either lead to a suspension or a discrediting of league management.  Saturday night saw the best and worst of Beckham: […]

Olsen’s Tactics Carry the Day: DCU 3, Montreal 0
Olsen’s Tactics Carry the Day: DCU 3, Montreal 0

Tonight’s DC United and Montreal game saw an occurrence that is become more common in MLS – both teams coached by two long-time MLS players. For the home team, that coach is legendary player Ben Olsen, who as a player was known for his passion, his on-the-field smarts, and his […]

Seattle’s Defensive Gaffs Dragging Down Team
Seattle’s Defensive Gaffs Dragging Down Team

In their last seven MLS games, Seattle has lost four matches and drawn three, falling from near the top of the Western Conference to fourth in the conference, a point behind Cascadia rivals Vancouver but with the Galaxy in their rear view mirror.  What’s the reason for this mess?  Is […]

Why The LA Galaxy Are Not Contenders… Yet
Why The LA Galaxy Are Not Contenders… Yet

The Los Angeles Galaxy’s come-from-behind 3-2 win at Rio Tinto Stadium this week sent the MLS crowd into a frenzy, proclaiming “The Galaxy are back!” and “they are who we thought they were!”.  To be honest, some of this was occurring as early as last Sunday on the heels of […]

New Coaches and Same Results for MLS Teams
New Coaches and Same Results for MLS Teams

For Toronto and Philadelphia, the “international break” was an opportunity for renewal and revival.  Both teams had miserable starts to the season but both still were in shouting distance of fifth place in the Eastern Conference.  For the Union, the Nowak era was loudly coming to an end as popular […]

How the U.S. Can Really Win Their First Qualifier
How the U.S. Can Really Win Their First Qualifier

To be blunt, the U.S. national team will probably face a stiffer challenge from the weather than from their opponents in their opening match of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers.  Antigua & Barbuda has a population small enough to fit inside the venue for the match, Raymond James Stadium in […]

DC Inching Closer to New Stadium and Funding
DC Inching Closer to New Stadium and Funding

Longtime MLS watchers and DC sports fans know that every year a hot rumor about DC United’s stadium situation begins to make the rounds, only for that rumor to fall apart and the team move ever closer to leaving the nation’s capital.  Last year, it was Upper Marlboro and the […]

DC United Moves Into First With 3-2 Win Over Revs
DC United Moves Into First With 3-2 Win Over Revs

For at least the next three weeks, a new team will be sitting in first place in the Eastern Conference, as DC United took down the New England Revolution 3-2 tonight at RFK Stadium.  The win moves DC a point ahead of New York and, with MLS taking a break […]

Lots of Dollars, No Sense: Players Union Releases Salaries
Lots of Dollars, No Sense: Players Union Releases Salaries

The MLS Players Union today released their annual list of players’ salaries for the current contract year.  You can see the team-by-team breakdown here and Steven Goff lists the top 25 base salaried players here.  Salaries on the union site are broken down into base salary and compensation, which includes […]

Making Goats Out of the Galaxy – Monday Morning Sweeper
Making Goats Out of the Galaxy – Monday Morning Sweeper

Please enjoy a slightly late and abbreviated Monday Morning Sweeper……… Chivas rules SuperClasico The “SuperClasico” has never been a real rivalry, but more of a grudge match where the “younger brother” constantly falls to the older, more successful brother on their shared home field.  Home Depot Center feels more like […]

The Best MLS Goals of the Weekend, May 12-13
The Best MLS Goals of the Weekend, May 12-13

Apologies, folks, but Monday Morning Sweeper has to take another week off.  But fear not, because to try and make it up to you, here are the top fives goals of the weekend that was in MLS. 5. David Beckham does what he does best to draw the Galaxy even […]

MLS Landmarks in Canada – Monday Morning Sweeper
MLS Landmarks in Canada – Monday Morning Sweeper

Canadian Teams Setting New Milestones, Both Good and Bad Canada is the center of the MLS world this week after the results by Montreal and Toronto on Saturday.  The Impact continued to add to the team’s MLS history with their first shutout by defeating the visiting Portland Timbers 2-0.  While […]

A “Scary” Weekend – Monday Morning Sweeper
A “Scary” Weekend – Monday Morning Sweeper

New York Defense Reaches New Lows After his team’s 4-1 thrashing of the New York Red Bull, Ben Olsen called Chris Pontius’ potential as a forward “scary”.  You can’t blame him for his word choice as Pontius, just coming back from a broken leg suffered last season, has now scored […]

Streaks Continue for Two MLS Teams on Wednesday Night
Streaks Continue for Two MLS Teams on Wednesday Night

There were only two Wednesday MLS games this week and they seemingly had little in common.  The results, however, were all about streaks that were on the line in the games.  Both streaks are amazing in their own way and both are continuing at least through the weekend. The early […]

Under Further Review – Monday Morning Sweeper
Under Further Review – Monday Morning Sweeper

MLS Review Policy to be Tested this Week Over the past few weeks, MLS players midweek have been issued suspensions or fines by the league for actions that occurred in the past.  The league’s new policy of reviewing harsh fouls and plays have led to the main office retroactively punishing […]