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Tag Archives: MLS Playoffs

Are the Crew Contenders or Pretenders in ’12? Three Questions for Columbus

Posted on by Robert Hay

The Columbus Crew were certainly a surprise team last season.  After cutting ties with a number of veterans and going with a roster that looked lacking on almost every part of the pitch, head coach Robert Warzycha coaxed a great … Continue reading

Portland Playoff Hopes Stay Alive With 1-1 Draw

Posted on by Robert Hay

The difference between MLS and most other major American sports leagues is that two teams with losing records can play a low scoring game in the rain and have it be one of the most exciting games of the year. … Continue reading

Fire Burn DC With Two Stoppage Time Goals

Posted on by Robert Hay

In the long history between these two teams (winners of the first five MLS Cups), there has never been an ending quite like this.  The Chicago Fired dealt DC United’s playoff chances a major blow while keeping themselves alive for … Continue reading

Is DC United Truly a Playoff Contender?

Posted on by Robert Hay

Those who know my writing know that I have an affinity for DC United and have followed the team, with varying levels of intensity, since its inception. So it should surprise no one that I have been closely following 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

The MLS Talk 2011 Season Predictions

Posted on by Robert Hay

After weeks of previews, discussions, and debates, we are roughly 36 hours away from the beginning of the fifteenth MLS season.  The league has seen an offseason full of drafts, some national team names fleeing to Europe, some old friends … Continue reading

New Playoff Format Cements Role of Conferences in MLS

Posted on by Robert Hay

Just weeks before the beginning of the season, MLS yesterday finally released its playoff format for the 2011 season.  As dreaded, it will include 10 of the 18 MLS teams, and officials acknowledged the number could change as more teams … Continue reading

Could Charlie Davies Make DC United an MLS Cup Contender?

Posted on by Robert Hay

The rumor mill was in full tilt Tuesday with the news that national team member Charlie Davies was sent by his French club Sochaux to train with D.C. United in Florida, with a successful training leading to a year-long loan.  … Continue reading

You Be The Commissioner – What Would You Change?

Posted on by Robert Hay

MLS Talk has been buzzing all week about the proposed changes to the 2011 season and the reaction to the most recent playoffs.  Some of this is spurred by Don Garber’s press conference and MLS Cup halftime show; some by … Continue reading

FC Dallas Solves Rio Tinto and Knocks Off Champs

Posted on by Robert Hay

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 … Continue reading

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

Posted on by Robert Hay

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 … Continue reading

How to Improve The MLS TV Playoff Experience

Posted on by Robert Hay

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 … Continue reading

Pat Onstad: What Were You Thinking?

Posted on by Robert Jonas

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

The West is the Best

Posted on by Robert Jonas

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