Author: Kristan Heneage

New York Red Bulls to Face New York Cosmos In 2014 US Open Cup

“It will be exciting” was how New York Cosmos defender Carlos Mendes described their upcoming fourth round US Open cup tie against the New York Red Bulls. June 14 is when New York looks inwards and watches the first-ever meeting between MLS side New York Red Bulls and NASL side the New York Cosmos. The two have battled each other for over a year, but never on the pitch. For 90 minutes, marketing strategies and social media become obsolete as the two sides battle for supremacy. Mendes is a New York native, and as a former Red Bull will go ... Read more

Our Picks for the US Men’s National Team World Cup Squad

With only 35 days until World Cup 2014, USMNT Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann is getting closer to naming his final 23-man squad for the tournament where the USA will play Ghana, Portugal and Germany. Klinsmann has plenty of difficult choices ahead of him to finalize the list to the 23 best players. Here are our picks of the 23-man squad for Brazil 2014: Goalkeepers (3): Tim Howard, Brad Guzan, Nick Rimando. — The goalkeepers take care of themselves with the USMNT. Howard or Guzan are the country’s best option, and having someone as experienced as Rimando is never a bad ... Read more

Yannick Djalo Seeks Fresh Start in San Jose

The halls of Sporting Club de Portugal’s academy are famed, their graduates plentiful. Over the last two decades wingers have been of consistent emergence. Luis Figo, Simao, Ricardo Quaresma, and Cristiano Ronaldo have all graduated from the academy in Alcochete, Portugal. Anyone who emerges from Sporting’s academy will draw comparisons and some pressure, just ask Yannick Djalo. The striker turned winger is another talent that Sporting fans hoped would bring them success, yet unfortunately for both parties it never worked out. In the beginning he showed much promise for the club. Selected for an end of season friendly by Laszlo ... Read more

Vancouver Whitecaps Striker Darren Mattocks Focused On Achieving Success in MLS

Think Darren Mattocks and the term ‘outspoken’ will often be found in his midst. A confident player, who sometimes falls into the realm of cocky, his explosion onto Major League Soccer started as soon as he was overlooked by the Montreal Impact in the 2012 MLS Superdraft. “They didn’t choose me No. 1 [in the SuperDraft] and I showed them they made a mistake,” the Jamaican striker told after his strike against the Impact in February 2012. An unquestioned talent, the early emergence of his self-confidence would once again rear it’s head last season. With a confident swagger only ... Read more

Clint Dempsey Finding His Form At Just the Right Time For Seattle and USMNT

There was no celebration, no puff of the chest and no over exuberance from Clint Dempsey. The American forward had scored a goal and, much like Mario Balotelli, seemed to view it as no more impressive than a USPS employee delivering the mail. A devilish free kick that kissed the underside of the bar this past weekend against FC Dallas — this was the Clint Dempsey Seattle Sounders fans expected when he was unveiled at Century Link Field in July last year. Arriving off the back of an acceptable showing at Tottenham, the Texan born forward decided he wanted to be ... Read more

Toronto FC Showing Early Potential Under Head Coach Ryan Nelsen

From the moment Jermain Defoe and Michael Bradley were announced as Toronto FC’s new designated players, an air of intrigue enveloped the club. Described as a bloody big deal by the club’s marketing department, it was a fair and accurate evaluation. Here were two players that would significantly improve any roster in Major League Soccer, and they were choosing to join Toronto, a side that had often found itself near the bottom of the Eastern Conference. A significant coup for the Canadian club, it could spell the end of a difficult time in the league. Having seen six managers at the ... Read more

Chicago Fire Missing Mike Magee In Cloud Of Confusion at Club

Twitter is a wonderful tool. It is also a harbinger of rumor mongering. A faceless entity that does not discriminate, that was exemplified by the situation surrounding Mike Magee at Chicago. The Illinois native was delighted to finally make his way home last season, and showed his happiness by collecting the league’s MVP award and taking Chicago to the edge of the playoffs. An arduous off-season saw Magee disappear from the scene, citing a “personal situation.” Many claimed it was frustration that his deal was not being bumped up enough for his liking. Speaking earlier this month, Chicago Fire Technical ... Read more

Promising Start By Jermain Defoe Bodes Well For Toronto FC This Season

Sixteen and a half minutes. That’s all it took for Jermain Defoe to explode onto Major League Soccer. Described by Toronto as a bloody big deal, Defoe certainly made it seem that way with his performance last Saturday. Grabbing a second inside half an hour, the forward showed the kind of  predatory instinct that goes some way to justifying his Designated Player salary. Behind him was “Captain America” Michael Bradley. Gifted man of the match and leading from the middle of the park, Bradley is a massive upgrade for the club’s midfield, and proved that on Saturday against Seattle, giving ... Read more