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Tag Archives: MLS

Are the Fire Playoff Bound? Three Questions for Chicago

Posted on by Robert Hay

Chicago ended the year as potentially the best non-playoff team in MLS.  They caught “fire” and had a winning record for the final third of the season, almost stealing the tenth playoff spot from New York.  The same team that … 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

Heaps of Trouble? Three Questions for NE Revolution

Posted on by Robert Hay

The New England Revolution are a team in transition this offseason.  Long-time coach Steve Nicol has been fired and replaced by a man familiar to Revs fans: former player Jay Heaps.  The new head man comes in at a time … Continue reading

Whitecaps Looking Up for 2012

Posted on by Robert Hay

The Vancouver Whitecaps’ first season in MLS ended as so many other “expansion” teams’ season have ended in U.S. leagues throughout the years: basement and struggling to build for the future.*  After the near immediate success of recent MLS additions … Continue reading

Are the 2011 Galaxy the best MLS team ever?

Posted on by Robert Hay

With their 1-0 victory over the Houston Dynamo yesterday, the Galaxy reached their season-long goal of winning an MLS Cup and certain high-profile players notched their first North American championship.  Anytime a team wins a championship, writers and bloggers take … Continue reading

Au Revoir? Intriguing Expansion Draft Options

Posted on by Robert Hay

Undoubtedly, expansion is an exciting time for MLS fans, as it allows them to see and experience a “new” market, a new potential rival, and the possibility of the next great soccer city.  With the success of recent expansion clubs … Continue reading

MLS Blows it Badly With Comeback, Coach of the Year Awards

Posted on by Robert Hay

Leave it to MLS to miss a slam dunk.  As part of their daily unveiling of award winners leading up to the MLS Cup (an idea that I like that they do), the league announced the winners of the Comeback … Continue reading

State of the Union: Garber Talks Cosmos, Baltimore, and World Domination

Posted on by Robert Hay

The annual MLS State of the League audio conference, held prior to the MLS Cup, is usually good for some news and gossip from the MLS league office.  This year’s conference was no different, as The Commish touched on the … Continue reading

How Your Team Can Win Or Lose This Weekend, Part 1

Posted on by Robert Hay

The question I wrestled with in my head last night was this: if there were no playoffs or a playoffs with just four teams instead of 10, would this weekend be as exciting?  Regardless of how you feel about the … 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

Bob Bradley Hired to Coach Egyptian National Team

Posted on by Robert Hay

Former MLS and U.S. men’s national team coach Bob Bradley was appointed today by the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) to coach their senior men’s national team.  Bradley, fired by the USMNT this summer, had been rumored for months to be … Continue reading

Do You Want Eddie Johnson on Your Team?

Posted on by Robert Hay

Many times on this site, I’ve bemoaned that fact that American internationals face hurdles to return to MLS when their career in Europe has either stagnated or are failing to provide them with growth opportunities.  This year there has been … Continue reading

Was Brian Mullan’s Punishment Too Harsh?

Posted on by Robert Hay

MLS has handed down the punishment for last weekend’s tackle by Brian Mullan that broke Steve Zakuani’s leg, and it’s a doosy.  The league suspended the veteran midfielder for an additional 9 games on top of his one game red … Continue reading

My Proposal: No Yellows for Celebrations

Posted on by Robert Hay

This weekend, Tony Tchani became the latest victim of one of the dumbest soccer rules on the books.  After scoring his goal for a Toronto franchise that is probably at its lowest point, he ran off the pitch and jumped … 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

MLS ’11 Preview : Can the Black and Red Unite Under the Fiery Olsen?

Posted on by Chris Riordan

Team: DC United Coach: Ben Olsen Last Year’s Finish: 8th Eastern Conference, 16th Overall, 6-20-4 This year’s seemingly annual retooling of DC United carries much more weight than usual.  After finishing not only the worst season in club history, but likely … Continue reading

MLS and Fox Soccer Channel Announce One Year Deal

Posted on by Robert Hay

It’s official – Major League Soccer and Fox Soccer Channel are back together again, at least for one more year. The two sent out a press release today trumpeting the agreement which will see 31 regular season games and three … Continue reading

Could The Window Be Cracked For American Soccer?

Posted on by Earl Reed

Mid-July 2011. What is the significance of this date? That’s when training camps for the 2011-12 NFL season would open. For the first time since 1987 however, the National Football League may experience a work stoppage due to the expiration … Continue reading