Tag: Major League Soccer

NASL Have Made a Shrewd Move to Keep Atlanta in The League

With a Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise announced to begin play in 2017 and an ownership group looking to leave, many felt that now would have been the perfect time for the North American Soccer League (NASL) to move out of way and let MLS take center stage in Atlanta. Instead, the NASL has elected to run the Atlanta Silverbacks FC club themselves in 2015 while seeking out new ownership. This decision marks an escalation in the competition between the two leagues and I think we will all be better off for it. Yes, it sounds nice in theory to ... Read more

MLS Marginalizes Regular Season By Placing Emphasis On MLS Cup, Not Supporters’ Shield

Sometimes in the world of Major League Soccer, the only real candor you observe comes when the harsh reality of defeat sets in for a well-experienced head coach. Such was the case on Sunday night. Seattle Sounders coach Sigi Schmid, sulking in the shadow of what could have been, vented as the shattered dreams of the greatest campaign in MLS history were evaporating back into the ether. It was short, sweet, and sums up the feelings of many American soccer viewers. Schmid, on winning the Supporters’ Shield being a consolation: “The Supporters’ Shield is nice. It’s great because it’s a ... Read more

Thierry Henry’s MLS Retirement Sees Him Leave Behind an Unfulfilled Legacy

I remember that night like it was yesterday; in April 2012 I had the privilege of doing a post-game interview with Thierry Henry. As a Gunners fan, I was salivating at the chance to put my microphone in front of this legend. Thanks to my then-MLS Talk media pass and a visit to DC for the Red Bulls, I would be getting the chance of a lifetime. Except there was one problem. DC United took New York to the woodshed and beat them 4-1. The visitors’ only goal came from a beautiful free-kick by Henry, a classic example of the ... Read more

MLS Western Conference Finals Preview – LA Galaxy vs. Seattle Sounders

The LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders have been bitter rivals since Seattle was introduced as the leagues newest expansion team in 2007. The Sounders immediately made it known they wanted to be the biggest and most successful soccer team in North America, a designation the Galaxy had adopted when they brought in Landon Donovan and David Beckham and became a legitimate topic of discussion in sports circles around America. The rivalry will add another chapter November 23rd when the two sides meet in the Western Conference Finals 1st leg in Los Angeles. The Galaxy crushed Real Salt Lake in their Semi-Final series, ... Read more

MLS Eastern Conference Finals Preview – New England Revolution vs. New York Red Bulls

Boston versus New York. It’s a rivalry that goes back more than a century. The Patriots, Bruins and Red Sox carry the honor of their city into battle against the Jets, Rangers and Yankees. Its now time for the Revolution and Red Bulls to throw their names into the mix. Both teams earned their way into the Eastern Conference Finals, but did so using different paths. The Revolution beat a lackadaisical Columbus Crew team in the first round of the playoffs, while the Red Bulls had to win a one off wild card game against formidable Sporting KC before moving ... Read more

A Convert’s Journey to MLS: A Review of Dallas ‘Til I Cry

While it most certainly was not the first, Nick Hornby’s Fever Pitch set the tone for the soccer fan autobiography. Launching him to fame (and gaining Arsenal two fans in my household), the famous books details the passion and heartbreak of being an Arsenal fan. Since its publication in 1992, it has launched many imitators as other authors have turned their own soccer experiences into compelling (or not so compelling) novels. For the American fan/author, the field is more open, as unlike their European counterparts most Americans can write about overcoming the inbred American hatred of soccer to embrace the ... Read more

A Guide On How To Build The Perfect MLS Team

Hey there, New York City FC and Orlando City FC. Welcome to the league LA #2. Your teams are the newest members of an exclusive club called MLS, a soccer league that is unique in the world. It is unique because the way to dominate the league is very different than the leagues you’re used to, especially you, NYCFC owners. In almost every European league, if you want to be a serious title contender, you go out and acquire the best talent you can. Some of it you develop and some of it you acquire, but the restrictions you put ... Read more

Orlando City to Host German And Brazilian Giants in Florida Cup

Before the Major League Soccer season begins in March, Orlando City SC and Disney Sports are set to host the Florida Cup, drawing powerhouse teams from Germany and Brazil to the unique tournament. Two-time FIFA World Champion Corinthians, Champions League club Bayer 04 Leverkusen, four-time Brazilian Champion Fluminense and three-time German Champion 1. FC Köln will grace the soccer capital of the South. The round-robin tournament will begin on January 15, 2015, at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort. It is a brilliant coup for the MLS club, especially after the soccer-competitive country hosted the ... Read more