January 20, 2017 MLS INFORMER
Major League Soccer's second generation
Should the Washington Post report come to pass that MAC Hermann Trophy winner Ian Harkes has agreed to terms with D.C. United and is expected to sign so he can start training camp next week, he would become the fifth son of a former MLS player to join the league and second in less than two years.
January 13, 2017 MLS INFORMER
Coming full circle
When MLS started in 1996, all 10 teams played in stadia where either NFL or college football teams were the primary tenant (if not the building owners). Oversized seating capacity, narrow fields, obtrusive line markings, uneven surfaces and schedule changes necessitated by NFL games – not to mention the exorbitant rents in some cases, restrictions on advertising and the loss of other revenue streams – were among the many reasons MLS teams strived to distance themselves from their American football brethren.
NEW YORK -- Major League Soccer Thursday unveiled the regular season schedule for its 22 clubs, including broadcast coverage across the five national broadcast partners in the U.S. and Canada.
January 12, 2017 HOME SWEET REMATCH
Union set schedule for eighth MLS season
The Philadelphia Union’s only home match of the first month of their eighth MLS season will be a playoff rematch against Toronto FC at Talen Energy Stadium at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 11, the league announced Thursday.
January 6, 2017 MLS INFORMER
Vegas wants back into MLS expansion race
Las Vegas’ hopes of getting an MLS team were put on hold nearly two years ago when Commissioner Don Garber said Sin City wouldn’t be considered “until after 2018." Two years until the start of 2019, Las Vegas is moving to re-enter the race.
January 4, 2017 JANUARY CAMP
Amy Rodriguez returns to USWNT
U.S. Women's National Team coach Jill Ellis has selected six uncapped players, plus FC Kansas City forward Amy Rodriguez, for a training camp roster at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, Calif., Jan. 13-23.
December 23, 2016 MLS INFORMER
Changing the whole guard
Curt Onalfo apparently won’t have to worry about hurting anybody’s feelings to make room for his own assistants at the LA Galaxy. According to one report (albeit on Twitter), Bruce Arena is taking his entire LA Galaxy staff (not counting Onalfo) with him to the U.S. national team.
December 16, 2016 MLS INFORMER
It was the most foreign of teams. It was the most American of teams.The patterns Atlanta and Minnesota have been going about stocking their rosters read like a Charles Dickens novel (OK, that’s a stretch for an analogy).
December 15, 2016 RIVERHOUND ADDITIONS
Pittsburgh signs Arguez, Jamal Jack
PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Riverhounds have signed midfielder Bryan Arguez and Trinidad & Tobago national team defender Jamal Jack to one-year contracts, including an option for the 2018 season, the team announced Thursday.
December 13, 2016 PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
Tobin Heath, Ashley Sanchez earn U.S. Soccer awards
Tobin Heath has been named the U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year for the first time, the U.S. Soccer Federation announced Tuesday. Heath, known for her creativity and skillful style, gained 40 percent of the vote, ahead of Crystal Dunn (34 percent). UCLA-bound Ashley Sanchez (47 percent) finished ahead of Andi Sullivan (27 percent) to win Young Female Player of the Year.
December 12, 2016 ON THE RADAR
Riverhounds sign Jamaican forward
PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Riverhounds have signed Jamaican forward Kenroy Howell to a one-year deal with a team option for the 2018 season, the team announced Monday.
December 10, 2016 THIRD TIME'S THE CHARM
Outplayed Sounders win MLS Cup over Toronto FC in pks
TORONTO -- The third time was the charm for Seattle Sounders FC Saturday night. Despite being outplayed for most of the match, the Sounders won their first Division 1 pro soccer title, outlasting Toronto FC in penalty kicks, 5-4, after playing 120 minutes of scoreless soccer to capture MLS Cup at before a capacity crowd of 36,045 at BMO Field.
December 9, 2016 MLS INFORMER
Safe to return?
With Jurgen Klinsmann no longer making player selections for the U.S. national team, maybe Brad Guzan feels it’s safe to return to Major League Soccer. One report quoting anonymous sources said the backup U.S. national team goalkeeper is “exploring a potential return.”
December 3, 2016 MLS INFORMER
While expansion club Atlanta felt it needed to go all the way to Argentina for its coach, the MLS original LA Galaxy seems to think staying closer to home is a better bet.
CALLING IT QUITS
Havertown's Sinead Farrelly retires
SEATTLE – Sinead Farrelly has announced her retirement from professional soccer. The Havertown, Pa., native spent four years in the National Women's Soccer League, but missed the entire 2016 season while on the injured list. She registered three goals and tallied two assists during her four years in the NWSL.
November 30, 2016 MLS PLAYOFF ROUNDUP
Toronto wins East in extra time, will host MLS Cup
TORONTO--Toronto FC scored on three of their four corner kicks in regulation, but needed overtime goals by Benoit Cheyrou and Tosaint Ricketts to pull away from the Montreal Impact and win Wednesday's second-leg Eastern Conference Final at packed and rainswept BMO Field.
November 25, 2016 MLS INFORMER
Life of the playoff party
Not that it will be a major surprise to the suits on Fifth Avenue or other close followers of the league, but if Major League Soccer really wants to make sure its playoff attendance numbers remain high, it needs to assure Seattle and Montreal are invited to the party.
Klinsmann, the former World Cup winner with Germany, was fired as head coach and technical director Monday after the United States dropped its opening two matches of the CONCACAF hexagonal of World Cup qualifying.
November 19, 2016 MLS INFORMER
First Nigel de Jong left. Then Steven Gerrard. Then Robbie Keane. Add eight-year associate head coach Dave Sarachan. And if speculation is right, Bruce Arena could soon follow to replace the as yet-to-be fired Juergen Klinsmann at the U.S. national team.
November 18, 2016 NO REPEAT
Nittany Lions knocked out by Virginia
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Penn State’s defense of its NCAA championship concluded with a 3-0 loss to No. 15-ranked Virginia in the second round of the tournament at Shaw Field Friday.
November 17, 2016 STAYING POWER
Pontius has a career year for Union
There was no magic formula for Chris Pontius which led to the midfielder scoring 12 goals and adding six assists this season. The MLS Comeback Player of the Year started strong, continued that way and ended on a torrid note. His hamstring surgery from 2014 was in the past.
November 17, 2016 DOING ZIP
'Nova knocked out in NCAA debut
AKRON, Ohio -- Villanova’s debut appearance in the NCAA Men’s Championship concluded with a 2-0 loss to No. 24-ranked Akron at FirstEnergy Field Thursday night.
November 15, 2016 MASSACRED
MNT routed at Costa Rica in WCQ
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica -- The United States has endured and experienced more than its share of problems, headaches and struggles in Costa Rica over the years. On Tuesday night, the Americans hit a new low.
November 14, 2016 HOWARD'S END
Colorado, USMNT keeper out for rest of the season
The U.S. national team's loss has turned out to be the Colorado Rapids' as well. The Rapids announced Monday that goalkeeper Tim Howard will miss the rest of the Major League Soccer playoffs due to an injury he suffered in first half of the United States' 2-1 World Cup loss to Mexico Friday night.
November 14, 2016 WOMEN'S COLLEGE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Penn State Nittany Lions' Charlotte Williams
Penn State’s defense of its NCAA Women’s Championship has been facing some difficult obstacles. Among the seniors the Nittany Lions lost were Hermann Trophy winner Raquel Rodriguez and Mallory Weber, who combined on the deciding score in a 1-0 win over Duke in the final, plus five players competing for the U.S. and one for Germany in the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.
November 13, 2016 CHAMPS AGAIN
Cosmos win third NASL title
QUEENS, New York –The New York Cosmos converted on four penalty kicks in the shootout to defeat Indy Eleven and capture the North American Soccer League Championship for the third time in four years, and second straight.
November 13, 2016 MLS INFORMER
Don't blame Trump for THIS anti-Americanism
The anti-Americanism in soccer is rarely uttered in public. The difficulty of U.S. players and coaches getting any respect – just because they're American – is palpable if not quotable. In the past two weeks, it's become far more glaring.