FIFA is mulling a significant expansion of the Club World Cup, the annual tournament that pits the winners of the CONCACAF Champions League against the champions of the world’s other five continental confederations plus the host nation’s league winner, a member of FIFA’s ruling council said on Monday. A seven-team event founded in 2000 and
Our sport can be a heartless, vicious place. Many in it see victory as its only objective value, and believe all is fair in its pursuit. Yet in the grand scheme, fans’ constant cascades of boos and pointed, profane cursing of players on the visiting team doesn’t meet the measure of a felony offense. Jozy Altidore
HOUSTON – Add another name to the long list of soccer players who’ve missed games owing to unusual injuries. Portland Timbers winger Sebastian Blanco was absent from Monday’s Western Conference Semifinal first leg at BBVA Compass Stadium because he suffered second-degree burns over much of his right foot when he spilt boiling water in a
Plenty of breathless hype swirled around this first leg of the Eastern Conference Semifinal series at Red Bull Arena on Monday night. Could anyone actually knock off Supporters’ Shield winners Toronto FC, a record-setting team that many are tipping as the best side in league history? Well, for much of the evening’s proceedings, it looked like the
TORONTO – Toronto FC find themselves in a different position than last year as they begin their Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs campaign. In 2016, TFC finished the season ranked third in the Eastern Conference. They dispatched the Philadelphia Union in the Knockout Round before picking up steam as they reached the MLS Cup final,
HOUSTON—Wilmer Cabrera hasn’t been shy about making multiple changes to his Houston Dynamo starting XI this season. In 34 regular-season games, Cabrera utilized 32 different starting lineups. That trend continued in the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs Knockout Round, where the Dynamo defeated Sporting KC 1-0 in a grueling 120-minute showdown. The win propelled La
The win-or-else Knockout Round is in the past, and the two-legged segment of the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs is upon us. If you managed to forget that reality, the Vancouver Whitecaps and Seattle Sounders provided a sobering reminder at BC Place on Sunday night. On Thursday Atlanta United and Columbus Crew SC gave us a stirring reminder
VANCOUVER, B.C. – Vancouver Whitecaps FC head coach Carl Robinson said in the buildup to his side’s Western Conference Semifinal first leg clash with the Seattle Sounders that he was “expecting a chess match” at BC Place on Sunday evening. That’s what he got. The Cascadian rivals played out a scoreless draw that seemed to leave
Was he serious or was it tongue-in-cheek? That’s what Vancouver Whitecaps fans will be asking themselves when they listen to the response provided by Seattle Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer regarding his message to the Sounders defense to stop Vancouver striker Fredy Montero. Listen to it for yourself in the video above (at the 1:55
TORONTO – Jesse Marsch’s New York Red Bulls side have earned themselves a reputation for high pressure that is known league-wide. And it’s an approach that the 2017 Supporters’ Shield winners Toronto FC know they must be aware of as they prepare to open their 2017 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs at Red Bull Arena Monday in the first leg of
TUKWILA, Wash. – For the Seattle Sounders, the Western Conference bracket for the 2017 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs is littered with familiar foes. They’ll take on the first of those on Sunday, making the trip across the border for the first leg of their semifinal with the Vancouver Whitecaps (8:30 pm ET | ESPN, TSN 1/4, TVAS2).
Sometimes great #soccer content comes from just giving players a camera and getting out of their way. Aaron Long has had a breakout season at the heart of the New York Red Bulls‘ back line after rising from their USL side RBNY II, and besides his play, the center back has also been noticeable for his
TORONTO – New York may not be the place that booed Santa Claus (that honor goes to Philadelphia), but its reputation for brusque welcomes is well-known. So when two US internationals, native sons of New Jersey and former New York Red Bulls/MetroStars players, make their return to town on Monday with Toronto FC to kick
OBETZ, Ohio – Federico Higuain stepped up to the penalty spot in a gigantic moment in Thursday’s epic Knockout Round match between Columbus Crew SC and Atlanta United. His goalkeeper, Zack Steffen, had just saved a Julian Gressel shot to give Columbus an early edge in the penalty-kick shootout that would decide the 0-0 match.
VANCOUVER, B.C. – It’s been a “dream” rookie season for Vancouver Whitecaps defender Jake Nerwinski. The former UConn standout was selected 7th overall by the Whitecaps in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft. At the time, Whitecaps head coach Carl Robinson said he felt Nerwinski was MLS-ready. That soon became evident. After playing in the knockout stages
One of FC Barcelona’s key veterans is ready to trade life at one of the world’s biggest clubs for a taste of Major League Soccer, according to a Spanish media report. Argentinean international Javier Mascherano would like to join an MLS team at the conclusion of Barça’s current season, Barcelona-based publication Sport reported on Friday.
ATLANTA – After Thursday night’s upset on the road at Atlanta United, Columbus Crew SC will look to carry the momentum built from the team’s penalty shootout victory in the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs into their Eastern Conference Semifinal series against NYCFC. It won’t be an easy task for Gregg Berhalter’s Columbus side, who only took one point from
Houston Dynamo vs. Portland TimbersAudi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs – Western Conference SemifinalsBBVA Compass Stadium – Houston, Tex. 9:30 pm ET – Oct. 30, 2017WATCH: FS1 (USA) | TVAS, TSN GO (CAN) The top seed in the Western Conference, the Portland Timbers, kick off their Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs campaign against the hottest team in the
Two days after their sporting director said the Colorado Rapids were “very close” to hiring their next head coach, one of the many names connected with the position has come to light. Goal.com’s Ives Galarcep, citing multiple unnamed sources, reported on Friday afternoon that the Rapids are close to hiring current New Zealand national team
TORONTO – With most eyes focused on the cavalcade of MLS stars that will grace the pitch when Toronto FC travel to New York on Monday, some of the TFC stars will be having a close look at a player who could have a bright future with the US national team. Sebastian Giovinco, Jozy Altidore,
First, an anecdote: He stared at me for a second, got real pissed and said “they’re meaningless to you. To you.” Then he got up and left. — Pablo Maurer (@MLSist) August 14, 2017 At the time I’m kicking this column off, the season’s kinda done for eight of the 22 MLS teams. That does
Who does Michael Bradley think is the best (or should we say, The Best) in the world? The Toronto FC and US national team captain got to vote for FIFA’s annual awards, currently known as The Best, which were unveiled earlier this week, and his votes matched the winners. Bradley picked the best men’s player award winner,
HOUSTON—The Houston Dynamo are loaded with young attacking talent, but in Thursday’s Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs Knockout Round match against Sporting Kansas City, it was 37-year-old their 1-0 victory at BBVA Compass Stadium. Sanchez entered the match in the 87th minute, but took the reins in extra time. Sanchez then linked up with 21-year-old
NEW YORK (October 27, 2017) – Major League Soccer this morning announced the Eastern Conference matchups and comprehensive coverage for all Conference Semifinals Leg One matches. Consisting of a two-game, aggregate-goal series, the Conference Semifinals pit the conference top seed against the lowest seeded Knockout Round winner, and the conference No. 2 seed against the highest
Boston City FC has signed an agreement with global athletic leader New Balance to be the club’s official outfitter and apparel supplier. New Balance, which has its global headquarters in Boston, will supply uniforms and apparel to Boston City FC. The National Premier Soccer League club will kick off its third season wearing jerseys designed
It was one of the most talked about plays from Thursday’s Eastern Conference Knockout Round match between Atlanta United and Columbus Crew SC. In the 40th minute Crew SC’s Justin Meram threaded an attacking through ball to teammate Pedro Santos. Assistant referee Andrew Bigelow raised his flag, indicating an offside position by Santos. Despite the
OBETZ, Ohio – At halftime of Columbus Crew SC’s MLS regular season finale against New York City FC, the club found themselves in the most unfamiliar of situations. Not only were they trailing NYCFC 2-1 after blowing an early lead – an uncommon situation during more than two months of a now 10-game unbeaten run –
PURCHASE, N.Y. – According to the playoff seeds, the sixth-seeded New York Red Bulls‘ 4-0 win over the third-seeded Chicago Fire in an Eastern Conference Knockout Round game on Wednesday was an upset. Not according to New York City FC manager Patrick Vieira, however. “Sixth seed or fifth seed, it doesn’t mean anything,” Vieira said.
Much has written about Atlanta United‘s attacking quartet during their inaugural season. The kind of praise they have been receiving is mostly deserved, as they have helped lead an attack that scored the second-most goals in MLS this season. On Thursday, Josef Martinez, Miguel Almiron, Hector Villalba and Yamil Asad will face off against Columbus Crew
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. – On what proved to be a wholly miserable 4-0 loss of a night for the Chicago Fire, it was perhaps a telling moment that Bastian Schweinsteiger evoked the most vocal reaction from a largely shell-shocked and subdued crowd at Toyota Park. The German’s arrival in place of the injured Djordje Mihailovic in