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Tag Archives: Real Salt Lake

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

Red Cards Upset Goals in CONCACAF First Leg

Posted on by Robert Hay

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

Week in Review: February 8-13, 2011

Posted on by Robert Hay

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!  With the Egyptian friendly canceled, it was a slow week in American soccer.  MLS clubs are playing pre-season matches against youth clubs, colleges, and each other, and the season is less than one month away.  Besides … Continue reading

The MLS Schedule is Finally Released!

Posted on by Robert Hay

Our long national nightmare is over.  The MLS schedule is out. About a month before the beginning of the season, MLS finally released the entire schedule for all 18 MLS teams.  Previously, only each team’s first home game was known, … Continue reading

What You Missed in American Soccer Over the Holidays

Posted on by Robert Hay

If you’re like me, the holidays are a time of getting out of your workday routines due to relaxation/travel/stress.  In fact, at times I miss news stories because I tend not to check news sites or Twitter as much as … Continue reading

MLS Unveils First Matches of 2011 Season

Posted on by Robert Hay

The cold days of winter have gotten a little sunlight – MLS today unveiled their schedule for “First Kick 2011″, the first home games for every MLS team in the upcoming season.  The week will be the first week of … Continue reading

Which MLS Star Will be the Next Designated Player?

Posted on by Robert Hay

Overlooked in the American World Cup hype was the move by Seattle to sign their young striker Freddy Montero to an extension which also makes him a designated player.  Montero, 23, becomes Seattle’s third DP, joining Blaise Nkufo and Alvaro … Continue reading

How To Prevent an Upset by a Lower Seed

Posted on by Robert Hay

The story of the MLS playoffs coming into Sunday night was the futility of being a higher seed.  None of the higher seeds had advanced and the playoffs were seemingly wide-open for a new champion.  Then LA took the pitch … 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

Will Wondolowski Get a Call Up to the National Team?

Posted on by Robert Hay

Chris Wondolowski has had a dream season.  He finally broke out this year with a league-leading 18 goals and almost single-handedly led San Jose to the playoffs, where they will try and pull out a win at New York tonight.  … Continue reading

Predicting the MLS Best XI

Posted on by Robert Hay

MLS has already announced its award finalists for the 2010 season and throughout the month will be slowly unveiling the winners of each award (congratulations Andy Najar and Donovan Ricketts).  On November 15, MLS will announce the Best XI for … Continue reading

FC Dallas Pulls Out 2-1 Win Over Real Salt Lake

Posted on by Robert Hay

The defending MLS champions were out-coached and outplayed in today’s first round matchup between the two Western Conference clubs, as FC Dallas got a late goal from Eric Avila to beat Real Salt Lake 2-1. The match saw FC Dallas … Continue reading

Finalists Announced for MLS Awards

Posted on by Robert Hay

On the eve of the beginning of the 2010 playoffs, MLS announced the finalists for the end-of-season awards.  While it does not have the international prestige of the Ballon D’Or, there is always a good lively debate about the nominees, … Continue reading

The L.A. Galaxy – You Win Some, You Draw Some

Posted on by Eric Altshule

No Donovan.  No Buddle.  No Beckham.  No problem. The L.A. Galaxy continued their astounding early season form this evening with a 4-1 bulldozing of the Houston Dynamo this evening at the Home Depot Center.  The Galaxy continued their absolutely torrid … Continue reading

Buddle for the USMNT? A Point/Counter-Point

Posted on by Eric Altshule

After getting off to the most blazing start of a season in MLS history, nobody’s stock has soared faster than Edson Buddle’s.  The Galaxy are 4-0, have out-scored their opponents 7-1 and all seven goals came off the head or … Continue reading

It’s Champions League Time … for Columbus

Posted on by Peter C

The UEFA Champions League(UCL) knockout phase is underway. It’s not an exaggeration to suggest that it attracts a global audience and captivates fans with competition that features many of the greatest players in the game. When I was just beginning … Continue reading

MLS Cup Final Preview Part Two: Coaching and Intangibles

Posted on by Robert Jonas

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