What to watch out for in the 2016 MLS Cup final

Toronto FC’s BMO Field will be rocking on Saturday night for the MLS Cup final against the Seattle Sounders — with 36,000 plus in attendance — despite the projected cold temperatures. Imagine how Central American players like Roman Torres and Armando Cooper must be feeling having never experienced anything like it before. Anyway, here’s a complete […]

Toronto FC, the Seattle Sounders and the MLS Cup: How did they get here?

We’ve arrived at the final stop of the long, winding road that is the MLS season. Toronto FC play the Seattle Sounders at what will be a packed BMO Field on Saturday at 8:00 et, finishing off a season that included everything from a major Drogba controversy to the ongoing demise of the North American […]

The Seattle Sounders outlast the Colorado Rapids and are off to the MLS Cup Final

After languishing near the bottom of the Western Conference for nearly 2/3 of the MLS regular season, the Seattle Sounders have clinched a berth in the MLS Cup Final following their 3-1 aggregate victory over the Colorado Rapids in the conference final. It’s a remarkable revival fueled by then-interim coach Brian Schmetzer and midseason signing Nicolas […]

Montreal, Toronto, Seattle and Colorado begin the MLS Conference Final

With Jurgen Klinsmann being fired yesterday as US national team manager, the first legs of the MLS conference finals are not necessarily the biggest story in American soccer at the moment. But we’ll watch them anyway. To get you prepared, I give you a tactical preview of both games. Montreal Impact vs. Toronto FC Overview: […]

Three keys for the US in World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica

The United States finish November’s international break with a game in Costa Rica after their horrendous home match against Mexico on Friday. Los Ticos are the third-best side in CONCACAF and traditionally provide a tough atmosphere in World Cup qualifying, so this will be nearly as tough as the Mexico game. All we can hope […]

Mexico defeat US 2-1 with late goal in World Cup qualifier

There will be no Dos A Cero this year, as Mexico defeated the United States in a thrilling 2-1 result in World Cup qualifying action from MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. [link_box id=”23231″ site_id=”158″ layout=”link-box-third” alignment=”alignright”]The US surprisingly came out with a 3-5-2 formation — a look that Jurgen Klinsmann has almost never used — […]

Three keys for the US in crucial World Cup qualifier against Mexico

The first game of the Hex is coming on Friday, and the United States will face Mexico at Columbus’s MAPFRE Stadium, the traditional hosting site for these crucial rivalry games. Perhaps this match can serve as a respite from the hateful and divisive talk that has emanated from this year’s, um, interesting presidential election. Hopefully, […]

Takeaways from the 2016 MLS conference semifinal second legs

A classic Rapids win Did you really expect anything different from the 2016 Colorado Rapids? Pablo Mastroeni’s side did what they have all season in their PK win over the Galaxy in the MLS Western Conference semifinal: hold out as long as possible and win on a flukey goal. The Rapids beat the LA Galaxy […]

Picking the MLS award race and the MLS Best XI for 2016

We’re in the middle of the MLS Cup playoffs now, but we’re also in the middle of award season. MLS released the finalists for their end of year awards and there are fierce debates all over soccer twitter since. Debates about who should win MVP, Coach of the Year, Rookie of the Year, and other […]

Recapping Sunday’s slate of MLS conference semifinal matches

Eight straight hours of MLS playoff action ended with a 3-0 Sounders victory against FC Dallas. All four away teams, and top seeds in the MLS playoffs, failed to score a goal today. Here’s a rundown of those four games: Montreal win with the counter The Montreal Impact beat the New York Red Bulls 1-0 […]

Looking ahead toward Sunday’s MLS quadruple header

New York Red Bulls vs. Montreal Impact The Red Bulls enter this match playing like the team that won the Supporters’ Shield last season. They now have a serviceable backline after injuries decimated it throughout the season, and aside from Alex Muyl stepping in for Lloyd Sam, the starting lineup is identical to 2015’s. Their […]

DC-Montreal and Seattle-KC conclude this year’s MLS Cup knockout round

The MLS Cup Playoffs started Wednesday with the first two of four knockout round games taking place. If you read my preview from yesterday, you will notice that things went mostly to plan. Toronto and LA both won and are heading to the next round. Who is going to join them tonight? D.C. United vs. Montreal […]