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Tag Archives: CONCACAF Champions League

MLS ’13 – Accepting MLS as a Feeder League

Posted on by Robert Hay

In the United States, we are used to the best.  The best cars, the best electronics, the best TV shows, everything we have is the best.  Even if we did not make it or create it, we still want it … Continue reading

Why MLS is Not Immune From Match Fixing

Posted on by Robert Hay

Joe Thomas is a (fictional) 23 year old defender who is in his second year playing in MLS.  He was drafted out of a local university in the second round.  He is from a blue collar family and his father … Continue reading

MLS Preview ’12 – Seattle Sounders

Posted on by Robert Hay

Name: Seattle Sounders Coach: Sigi Schmid Last Year: 18-7-9, 2nd Western Conference, 2nd Overall Hashtag: #Sounders Are Sounders fans too demanding?  In its current iteration, the club is entering its fourth MLS season and has made three consecutive conference semifinals. They own … Continue reading

Retooling or Rebuilding? Three Questions for the Seattle Sounders

Posted on by Robert Hay

Last year was a good year for one of MLS’s premier franchises.  The Sounders won yet another U.S. Open Cup and advanced past the group stage of the CONCACAF Champions League.  While they could not vanquish their nemesis Galaxy in … Continue reading

New Look Reds Marching In? 3 Questions for Toronto FC

Posted on by Robert Hay

In my 2011 season preview, I predicted that Toronto would struggle for the first few months under its newest leadership structure (new general manager and head coach) but toward the end of the year start to look like a promising … Continue reading

Who Will Win Tonight: New York or Dallas?

Posted on by Robert Hay

Tonight MLS shifts from the regular season to the postseason as two teams that could have entries in the DSM-IV face off on Fox Soccer Channel at 9 PM ET.  The New York Red Bulls will try to advance to face … Continue reading

Report: MLS 2012 Season to Start Week of March 4

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A report out of Toronto indicates that MLS fans had better get their overcoats ready for First Kick 2012. Duane Rollins reports that Toronto FC executives told a fan gathering that they expect the MLS season to begin Saturday, March … Continue reading

Why Tonight’s MLS Games are Critical to the Playoff Race

Posted on by Robert Hay

It’s catch-up time.  In both games in hand and playoff positioning. In the shadow of the CONCACAF Champions League matches six MLS clubs will take the pitch tonight in critical games for playoff positioning.  One of the matches is a … Continue reading

Wednesday Recap: A Night of Soccer Not to Miss

Posted on by Robert Hay

Going into the MLS regular season and CONCACAF Champions League games last night, American soccer fans knew it was going to be an interesting night.  The CCL matches would determine who would advance to the group stage while the three … Continue reading

Toronto Making a Move in the Eastern Conference

Posted on by Robert Hay

No road wins this season.  A minus 22 goal differential.  Six games lost where they gave up three goals or more, including a 4-0 loss and a 6-2 loss.  Nineteen points, the third lowest in the league.  More trades than … Continue reading

The Hot Seat is on for These Coaches

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Seven or eight games into the season and teams begin to take a hard look at their position at the table.  It’s still too early to declare teams out of the race especially with a 34 game schedule, but the … Continue reading

How Legit are the Columbus Crew?

Posted on by Robert Hay

On March 19, the Columbus Crew dejectedly walked out of RFK Stadium in Washington on the wrong side of a 3-1 game.  The team allowed two Charlie Davies goals (one a penalty kick) and looked outclassed, out played, and in … Continue reading

Will Jason Kreis be the First American Coach to Make the European Jump?

Posted on by Robert Hay

In his short but impressive coaching career, Jason Kreis may be approaching heights unseen by an MLS coach.  This weekend he essentially fielded a backup squad that handled an undefeated Revolution squad.  RSL is in the CONCACAF Champions League final … Continue reading

Preview: Can RSL Advance to CCL Finals?

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Real Salt Lake has landed in Costa Rica and are prepared for tonight’s kickoff.  Tonight RSL will take on FC Saprissa on their home turf with the aggregate winner advancing to the CONCACAF Champions League Final.  Kickoff is 10 PM … Continue reading

MLS ’11 Preview – Should RSL be the Favorites?

Posted on by Robert Hay

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 … Continue reading

Red Cards Upset Goals in CONCACAF First Leg

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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 … Continue reading

Take Me Out to the Playoffs – Final

Posted on by Peter C

The playoff numbers look like this… 5 year comparison Quarterfinals Totals(both legs)   Avg +/- Teams  2006   12,736   NA  CHI, COL, CHV, DAL, DCU, HOU, NE, RBNY  2007   17,041   33.81%   CHI, CHV, DAL, DCU, HOU, KC, NE, RBNY  2008   14,960  … Continue reading

Don Garber Addresses the Nation

Posted on by Robert Hay

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 … Continue reading