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Author Archives: Robert Jonas

Harry Redknapp Likes What He Sees Of MLS

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Tottenham Hotspur kicks off their U.S. tour with a week of training in San Jose and a friendly with the Earthquakes Saturday afternoon (televised on ESPN). On a sun-splashed field at the Quakes Nutrilite Training Facility — situated adjacent to … Continue reading

MLS Legend Steve Ralston signs with AC St. Louis of the NASL

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Earlier today, AC St. Louis of the new NASL announced the signing of Steve Ralston as a player and assistant coach for their upcoming inaugural season. The former New England Revolution and MLS original decided to leave the Revolution after … Continue reading

MLS Cup Final to Remain at Neutral-Site Stadium for 2010

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With the announcement earlier today that MLS will hold the final of the 2010 MLS Cup Playoffs at a neutral site, it seems a good time to revisit the controversy of whether this is good for the league, the teams, … Continue reading

Winter is Approaching: Time to Get Layered-up for the Cold Weather

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For many of us who still play soccer recreationally, whether as weekend warriors or as part of multiple leagues all week long, the habits formed in the earlier years of training tend to stick with you like Henry’s hand to … Continue reading

Real Salt Lake Championship Caps Off Exciting MLS Cup Final Weekend

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(Seattle, WA) — Would the big local crowds that have filled Qwest Field to watch their Sounders play all season long come out to watch the MLS Cup Final? Would supporters from Los Angeles and Salt Lake City make the … Continue reading

MLS Cup Final Preview Part Two: Coaching and Intangibles

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In the first part of our 2009 MLS Cup Final preview, the Real Salt Lake and Los Angeles Galaxy players were assessed and compared, with a slight advantage being measured for the Galaxy. In this continuation of our analysis, attention … Continue reading

MLS Cup Final Preview: Which Team has the Advantage?

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Before the playoffs began, the consensus was that the teams in the Western Conference were more prepared to the lift the MLS Cup in Seattle on November 22nd. Little did we know then how prophetic that sentiment was, as we … Continue reading

MLS Playoff Results Going According to Plan

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The second round of the MLS Cup Playoffs has the two higher seeds in each conference hosting their opponents from last week’s match-ups. In the four matches from last week, the home teams either tied or won leaving the seeded … Continue reading

DC United and Coach Tom Soehn Part Ways

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Earlier this morning came the news that DC United coach Tom Soehn would not seek to extend his current contract with the team. Set to expire at the end of this year, Soehn will instead leave the club he has … Continue reading

Pat Onstad: What Were You Thinking?

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What was Pat Onstad thinking? How could he lose his cool so suddenly in the most important game in the Dynamo’s season? A dangerous cross came through the penalty area, just out of his reach, and continued over the byline. … Continue reading

Houston Dynamo and Seattle Sounders FC Playoff Preview

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Our reward for enduring through 32 weeks of regular season matches is a fascinating final four in the Western Conference playoffs. While the Chivas USA versus Galaxy doubleheader in Los Angeles stacks up to be a tough defensive struggle for … Continue reading

MLS Coaches on the Hot Seat

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With the not too surprising news this morning that Chris Cummins is out as coach of Toronto FC, let’s look at the rest of the coaching candidates for dismissal in MLS. Starting from the team with the worst record in … Continue reading

The West is the Best

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A thrilling weekend of MLS matches ended Sunday evening with the New England Revolution claiming the final playoff spot after their 1-0 win at the Columbus Crew. Needing only a draw to advance, given the string of events that took … Continue reading

Jeff Cunningham Deserves 2009 MLS Most Valuable Player Award

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The end of the regular season has put me in a contemplative mood. Not only because I am left trying to figure out how the San Jose Earthquakes missed the postseason again, but because I am asked to fill out … Continue reading

CONCACAF Champions League Week 6 in Review

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As the CONCACAF Champions League group stage entered its last week, all three MLS representatives were still with a chance of qualification to the knockout round of the competition. Results through Wednesday night have cleared up the fates of the … Continue reading

Should MLS be Preaching their Financial Parity Model to the World?

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Over the next two days, many of soccer’s most influential executives from around the world will meet in London, England for the annual “Leaders in Football” conference. Included in that group are three representatives from the United States: Don Garber, … Continue reading

CONCACAF Champions League Week 5 in Review

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Week #5 of the CONCACAF Champions League saw all three MLS participants playing at home looking to gain maximum points in their groups. For DC United, it was mission accomplished, as the Black-and-Red punished San Juan Jabloteh 5-1 at RFK … Continue reading

CONCACAF Champions League Week 4 in Review

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Another busy week for the three MLS entrants in the CONCACAF Champions League concluded last night, with DC United earning a convincing 3-0 victory over Marathón of Honduras at RFK Stadium. Following on the heels of the Houston Dynamo’s 5-1 … Continue reading