Photo credit: USA Today Sports MLS’ Discovery Rule is attracting plenty of attention because of the dispute between Orlando City and DC United over the dealings with Milan midfielder Antonio Nocerino. DC United has a discovery claim on the player and were attempting to negotiate with him until it emerged that Orlando City had offered him a contract worth about 22% more annually. Orlando City had already been fined when Adrian Heath made public overtures about wanting to sign Sporting Kansas City’s forward Dom Dwyer, and if they are found guilty of tampering, more fines and other penalties could be ... Read more
Photo credit: AFP. DC United goalkeeper Bill Hamid will be sidelined for the next four to six months after undergoing right knee surgery to repair an injury suffered preparing for US national team training camp, the MLS club announced Thursday. The 25-year-old American, who was the 2014 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year, will miss 2018 Russia World Cup qualifying matches against Guatemala in March but should be available for concluding penultimate round matches in September against Trinidad and Tobago as well as St. Vincent and the Grenadines. SEE MORE: Morris will face more pressure in Seattle than at Werder Bremen. ... Read more
An artist’s rendition of the DC United home jersey for the 2016 MLS season has been released on the Internet. The design, courtesy of FootyHeadlines, features black and charcoal hoops down the front of the shirt, as well as a red and trim on the cuffs and the back of the neck. The new DC United jersey also features black sleeves as well as the new DC United team crest. Last but not least, the shirt features the three adidas stripes down the side of the shirt.
It may be hard to imagine now, but at one time the New York MetroStars and Red Bulls were the underdogs in their rivalry with DC United. While DC won trophies and became a model franchise in MLS, New York rebranded, cycled through high-profile coaches and players, and continuously underachieved considering the wealth and marketplace it was afforded. Fast-forward to Sunday, where DC United meekly bowed out of the playoffs behind a 1-0 loss to the Red Bulls. The game was progress over the previous 1-0 loss – DC had two shots on target as opposed to the none they ... Read more
Tim Howard was the United States’ goalkeeper, then he took a year off and Brad Guzan became the man between the sticks for Jurgen Klinsmann. Now Howard is back and, after the Confederations Cup final, the two goalkeepers will have a Battle of the Bald for the job. But that competition comes with a hole – it excludes arguably the best American goalkeeper. While Howard has kept playing for Everton — usually adequately, but with some bad goals mixed in — and Guzan got demoted at Aston Villa only to win the starting job back, Bill Hamid has been the ... Read more
Here are the 10 things we learned from the 21st week of the MLS season. 1. Pirlo! Andrea Pirlo is royalty. There is no other way to explain why opposing players refuse to tackle him, refuse to harass him, refuse, really, to even look threateningly at him. Pirlo played just a shade over 30 minutes in his NYCFC debut on Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium, and he was absolutely magnificent. He looked the part and played the part of the international icon he is, starting two-goal sequences with brilliant passes, and lifting his entire team with his mere presence on the ... Read more
Here are the 10 things we learned from week 20 of the MLS season. 1. The Galaxy Raise The Stakes A fair number in MLS would tell you that the 2014 LA Galaxy was the league’s best attacking team ever. The front six – Juninho, Marcelo Sarvas, Stefan Ishizaki, Landon Donovan, Gyasi Zardes, and Robbie Keane – combined for 68 goals in the regular season, and added nine more in the postseason en route to the team’s fifth MLS Cup. It wasn’t just the numbers. The 2014 Galaxy had style too, dominating possession in most matches and carving out goals ... Read more