January 15, 2014
Lest you think the world of transfers is byzantine in Europe, et cetera, take a look at how complicated it is to try to acquire a player in MLS.
(h/t SB Nation)

Lest you think the world of transfers is byzantine in Europe, et cetera, take a look at how complicated it is to try to acquire a player in MLS.

(h/t SB Nation)

December 5, 2013

This ridiculous volley from Vancouver Whitecaps Camilo Sanvezzo was just named as the MLS Goal Of The Year. Watch and enjoy.

October 28, 2013
The MLS regular season concluded yesterday, and the playoff bracket is now set. (Click the photo for a downloadable bracket, if you are so inclined).
In the East, Houston Dynamo will host Montreal Impact on 31 October, and the winner will move on to face the Supporters Shield (most regular season points) Winners, the New York Red Bulls in one Eastern Conference semifinal. The other Eastern Conference semifinal will pit Sporting Kansas City against the New England Revolution.
In the West, the knockout round features Seattle Sounders hosting the Colorado Rapids on 30 October, with the winner advancing to play the regular season conference champions, the Portland Timbers. The other Western Conference semifinal sees Real Salt Lake do battle with the Los Angeles Galaxy.
The conference semifinals and finals are home and home legs, and the final will be played at the stadium of the team that earned the most regular season points (meaning if the Red Bulls advance all the way to the final, they are guaranteed to host it).
Any predictions on who wins the MLS championship?

The MLS regular season concluded yesterday, and the playoff bracket is now set. (Click the photo for a downloadable bracket, if you are so inclined).

In the East, Houston Dynamo will host Montreal Impact on 31 October, and the winner will move on to face the Supporters Shield (most regular season points) Winners, the New York Red Bulls in one Eastern Conference semifinal. The other Eastern Conference semifinal will pit Sporting Kansas City against the New England Revolution.

In the West, the knockout round features Seattle Sounders hosting the Colorado Rapids on 30 October, with the winner advancing to play the regular season conference champions, the Portland Timbers. The other Western Conference semifinal sees Real Salt Lake do battle with the Los Angeles Galaxy.

The conference semifinals and finals are home and home legs, and the final will be played at the stadium of the team that earned the most regular season points (meaning if the Red Bulls advance all the way to the final, they are guaranteed to host it).

Any predictions on who wins the MLS championship?

August 7, 2013

The Jimmy Fallon show poked a bit of fun at some of the MLS All-Stars last night with his “Late Night Superlatives” segment. Funny stuff.

August 4, 2013
Clint Dempsey back in MLS as the newest Seattle Sounder.

MLS & Seattle unveiled the official move today after rumors surfaced from a chance meeting between the USMNT captain & and a fan in the San Francisco airport and developed into full-blown mania. It seems counter-intuitive to some, but the move makes sense in the sense that Dempsey wants playing time before next year’s World Cup. (It doesn’t make sense in the sense that Dempsey could probably have signed for another EPL team if Tottenham felt like he was surplus to requirements, but in MLS he’s guaranteed first XI time.)

What’s good for the American soccer fan is that Dempsey will be linking up with Eddie Johnson on a regular basis — and considering Johnson looks to be in the national team’s A-squad behind Jozy Altidore at this point, playing more with the captain is a good thing. Clint will play a lot and score frequently. It’s peeving me off as a Timbers fan that our front office couldn’t show such initiative upon rumors of Dempsey’s return to MLS, but maybe only slightly because Deuce probably had a large amount of say in where he went.

What’s really bad — well, maybe more confusing than bad — is how this signing reflects MLS’s confusing allocation rules. The league is saying that if someone signs as a Designated Player, the allocation rules don’t apply — Portland is currently #1 in the allocation rules and if a player returns to the league and an MLS club does not hold his rights, then they have the first shot at him. But DPs skirt that entirely — and in Dempsey’s case, he still does even though he was in MLS because the New England Revolution sold his rights to Fulham. 

It kind of makes sense, but it also feels like MLS is making it up as it goes along even though it cites David Beckham & Thierry Henry as prior examples.

June 2, 2013

This own goal by Mario De Luna of Chivas USA might be one of the worst own goals you’ll ever see. I’ve watched it three times now and I seriously have no idea what he was attempting to do. If he’s heading it out to concede a corner, he’s pointed towards the center of the net. If he’s heading it to his keeper, it’s more than likely going to be called a back pass. If he’s forgotten that he’s playing defense, well…let’s just stop right there.

May 21, 2013
So this just happened.
I assume there are a couple things in play here. One, obviously, is City’s planned visit to play Chelsea at Yankee Stadium on Saturday. Secondly, I think that since there is no current place for this team to actually, you know, play games, they need to figure out a stadium situation as soon as possible. 
Thoughts on this news?

So this just happened.

I assume there are a couple things in play here. One, obviously, is City’s planned visit to play Chelsea at Yankee Stadium on Saturday. Secondly, I think that since there is no current place for this team to actually, you know, play games, they need to figure out a stadium situation as soon as possible. 

Thoughts on this news?

April 24, 2013
USA fans know Herculez Gomez as the USMNT & Santos Laguna regular and know he isn’t afraid of speaking his mind. That goes for Twitter Q&As with MLS commissioner Don Garber, and obviously Gomez is a bit sore that Sporting KC still hold “first rights” to him even though he was out of contract with the then-Wizards and left for Liga MX.
Graham Parker doesn’t just track the Twitter sorta-spat, he explains why MLS remains a weird outlier when it comes to players’ rights ahead of negotiations between the league and the players. 

USA fans know Herculez Gomez as the USMNT & Santos Laguna regular and know he isn’t afraid of speaking his mind. That goes for Twitter Q&As with MLS commissioner Don Garber, and obviously Gomez is a bit sore that Sporting KC still hold “first rights” to him even though he was out of contract with the then-Wizards and left for Liga MX.

Graham Parker doesn’t just track the Twitter sorta-spat, he explains why MLS remains a weird outlier when it comes to players’ rights ahead of negotiations between the league and the players. 

March 26, 2013
The internet is just loaded with good news today. Landon Donovan has emerged from the wilderness and rejoined the Los Angeles Galaxy for training this morning. This shot was posted to the official team Instagram account.

The internet is just loaded with good news today. Landon Donovan has emerged from the wilderness and rejoined the Los Angeles Galaxy for training this morning. This shot was posted to the official team Instagram account.

November 19, 2012

The announcement has just come out that David Beckham will be retiring from professional soccer after the MLS Cup on December 1, 2012. He will lead the Los Angeles Galaxy that night against the visiting Houston Dynamo.

August 8, 2012
Sporting KC fans have no love for Seattle Sounder fans. (via @MLS_insider)

Sporting KC fans have no love for Seattle Sounder fans. (via @MLS_insider)

August 5, 2012
Columbus Crew MF Kirk Urso passes away suddenly

Kirk Urso was 22 years old and had recently undergone surgery for tendonitis. From the Crew’s website this morning:

The Columbus Crew has learned that midfielder Kirk Urso has passed away on Saturday night.

While the circumstances of Urso’s passing are still being determined, no further comments will be made at this time.

The thoughts and prayers of the entire Columbus Crew and Hunt Sports Group are with the Urso family in this time of need.

July 15, 2012
bend it like Beckham, indeed.

The header of “DAVID FREAKING BECKHAM" that GIFULMINATION provided with this GIF also sums it up nicely.

(sobs in corner as a Timbers fan)

July 5, 2012
Football: Coming to America

meninblazers:

This summer, top football/soccer clubs from across Europe will invade America’s shores to work into preseason form, play a few friendlies, and sell loads of kits. Below is a full schedule of those games. Do your best to attend one and report back. Come on you Ventura County Fusion!

JULY 18

  • Seattle Sounders v. Chelsea — CenturyLink Field (Seattle, WA)
  • Philadelphia Union v. Aston Villa — PPL Park (Philadelphia, PA)

JULY 21

  • Toronto FC v. Liverpool — Rogers Centre (Toronto, ON)
  • Chicago Fire v. Aston Villa — Toyota Park (Chicago, IL)
  • Orlando City v. Nottingham Forest — Florida Citrus Bowl (Orlando, FL)

JULY 22

  • AS Roma v. Zaglebie Lubin — Wrigley Field (Chicago, IL)
  • Chelsea v. Paris Saint-Germain — Yankee Stadium (New York, NY)

JULY 24

  • Columbus Crew v. Stoke City — Crew Stadium (Columbus, OH)
  • Colorado Rapids v. Swansea City — Dick’s Sporting Goods Park (Denver, CO)
  • Sporting Kansas City v. Montpellier — Livestrong Park (Kansas City, MO)
  • LA Galaxy v. Tottenham — Home Depot Center (Carson, CA)
  • Montreal Impact v. Lyon — Stade Saputo (Montreal, QC)
  • Portland Timbers v. Aston Villa — JELD-WEN Field (Portland, OR)

JULY 25

  • Chelsea v. MLS All Stars — PPL Park (Philadelphia, PA)
  • AS Roma v. Liverpool — Fenway Park (Boston, MA)

JULY 27

  • AS Roma v. El Salvador — Red Bull Arena (Harrison, NJ)

JULY 28

  • Chelsea vs. AC Milan — Sun Life Stadium (Miami, FL)
  • Montpellier v. Lyon — Red Bull Arena (Harrison, NJ)
  • Orlando City v. Stoke City — Florida Citrus Bowl (Orlando, FL)
  • DC United v. Paris Saint-Germain — RFK Stadium (Washington, DC)
  • Liverpool v. Tottenham — M&T Bank Stadium (Baltimore, MD)
  • Ventura County Fusion v. Swansea City — Oxnard College Stadium (Oxnard, CA)

JULY 31

  • Juventus v. Paris Saint-Germain — Stade Olympique (Montreal, QC)
  • New York Red Bulls v. Tottenham — Red Bull Arena (Harrison, NJ)
  • San Jose Earthquakes v. Swansea City — Buck Shaw Stadium (San Jose, CA)

AUGUST 1

  • Sporting Kansas City v. Stoke City — Livestrong Park (Kansas City, MO)

AUGUST 2

  • LA Galaxy v. Real Madrid — Home Depot Center (Carson, CA)

AUGUST 5

  • Real Madrid v. Santos Laguna — Sam Boyd Stadium (Las Vegas, NV)

AUGUST 8

  • Real Madrid v. AC Milan — Yankee Stadium (New York, NY)

AUGUST 11

  • Real Madrid vs. Celtic FC — Lincoln Financial Field (Philadelphia, PA)

Important information for all our American readers.

July 1, 2012
A trio of Goldenballs GIFs.

David Beckham, scoring a glorious free kick:

David Beckham, trolling by kicking the ball at a downed player and the ref:

David Beckham, fighting with the opposing mascot after his team lost 4-3:

All GIFs via GIFULMINATION.