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February 3, 2017
MLS INFORMER
'Bailing out' Detroit

MLS has been very vocal about wanting its teams to have stadia in downtown locales to appeal to its “hip," “urban” and “millennial” fans. The bid by a hopeful Detroit expansion group headed by Pistons’ owner Tom Gores and his Cleveland counterpart Dan Gilbert meets that criterion – with a different flavor to it.


January 31, 2017
MOVING TOWARD 28
MLS receives expansion bids from 12 cities

Major League Soccer announced 12 ownership groups and markets have submitted applications for the league’s next round of expansion. MLS will add four teams, increasing to 28 teams.


January 31, 2017
BIG STAGE
MLS sets All-Star game at Chicago's Soldier Field

The MLS All-Star Game will be played at Soldier Field in Chicago on Wednesday, Aug. 2, the league announced as commissioner Don Garber was joined at the stadium Tuesday by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Fire owner and chairman Andrew Hauptman.


January 30, 2017
'EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED'
MLS Players Union critical of Trump travel ban

The Major League Soccer Players Union Monday said it was "extremely disappointed" by the travel ban ordered by President Trump in his Executive Order Friday.


January 30, 2017
GOOCH IS BACK
Former USMNT defender Onyewu signs with Union

Gooch is back. Former U.S. national team defender Oguchi (Gooch) Onyewu has been signed as a discovery player with the Philadelphia Union, the Major League Soccer club announced Monday morning.


January 27, 2016
MLS INFORMER
Laying out a red carpet for the competition?

With the NFL’s Chargers move to Los Angeles and the LA Galaxy’s StubHub Center, the resulting vacancy at San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium is apparently opening an opportunity for MLS, or prospective MLS club owners.







January 23, 2017
LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON
Ian Harkes, son of John Harkes, signs with D.C.

D.C. United signed midfielder Ian Harkes, son of former United and U.S. national team star John Harkes, the team announced Monday.


January 23, 2017
A RED BULL WHITECAP
Vancouver signs Peruvian from Salzburg

Apparently, the Red Bulls aren't the only Major League Soccer team with dibs on Red Bull Salzburg players. Case in point: The Vancouver Whitecaps announced Monday they had obtained attacking midfielder-forward Yordy Reyna from the Austrian Bundesliga champions.


January 21, 2017
HE'S A KEEPER (COACH)
Tim Mulqueen named Orlando GK coach

Former MetroStars and U.S. youth team goalkeeper coach Tim Mulqueen Saturday was named Orlando City SC goalkeeper coach.


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 18, 2017
A JERMAINE SIGNING
LA Galaxy gets U.S. national team midfielder Jones

CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy have signed U.S. national team midfielder Jermaine Jones, the team announced Wednesday.


January 17, 2017
PUTTING A KAPP ON THE DRAFT
Atlanta United taps Kapp in MLS SuperDraft

Amawalk, N.Y. resident Alex Kapp was selected by Atlanta United Tuesday in the fourth round of the Major League Soccer SuperDraft.


January 17, 2017
MLS SUPERDRAFT
Third and fourth round selctions

The Colorado Rapids selected Pfeiffer University forward Jaime Siaj with the first pick of the third round of the MLS SuperDraft Tuesday.


January 17, 2017
PART II
Rounds 3, 4 of MLS SuperDraft is via conference call today

Rounds three and four of the Major League Soccer SuperDraft will take place via conference call Tuesday.


January 16, 2017
LONG LIVE THE NEW KING OF SEATTLE
Sounders legend Alan Hinton gives Schmetzer his due after final as finally loses his guilt about coach

In low profile coronation last Saturday night, one king anointed another king at BMO Field.


January 16, 2017
HUDSON DERBY IN THE DESERT
Red Bulls meet. NYC FC in Tucson Feb. 15

Are you ready for a pre-season derby? Well, ready or not it's coming your way in another month as the Red Bulls take on New York City FC at Kino North Stadium Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 4 p.m. ET in the Desert Diamond Cup in Tucson, Ariz.


January 14, 2017
GETTING CLOSE
Donovan says he will make a decision soon on whether he will play this season

After he received the Walter Chyzowych Lifetime Achievement Award Saturday night, a reporter asked Landon Donovan whether he would have to put the latest honor of his illustrious career into trust if he decided to return playing for the 2017 Major League Soccer season.


January 13, 2017
MLS SUPERDRAFT
College-by-college selections



January 13, 2017
MLS SUPERDRAFT
Team-by-team selections



January 13, 2017
MLS SUPERDRAFT
First and Second round selections



January 13, 2017
SECOND ROUND
Monmouth's Klenofsky picked No. 34 by United

Monmouth University senior goalkeeper Eric Klenofsky was selected 34th overall by D.C. United in the MLS SuperDraft at the LA Convention Center Friday.


January 13, 2017
HOLLAND TO HOUSTON
Hofstra midfielder 10th overall pick in draft

Hofstra University senior midfielder Joseph Holland Friday was chosen as the seventh overall pick of the MLS SuperDraft at the LA Convention Center.


January 13, 2017
RIGHT TO BE NO. 1
Minnesota United selects UCLA forward Abu Danladi

LOS ANGELES -- Minnesota United FC selected UCLA forward Abu Danladi with the No. 1 pick in the MLS SuperDraft Friday.


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.


January 13, 2017
ONE MEMORABLE MONTH
For Monmouth goalkeeper Klenofsky, caps off 3-week trial with Everton at MLS combine

Not many players can say they prepared for the Major League Soccer combine by participating in a three-week trial with an English Premier League team. But Monmouth University goalkeeper Eric Klenofsky can.


January 13, 2017
MLS DRAFT TRIVIA
Some unusual picks through the years

At the 2006 MLS SuperDraft, MetroStars' top pick Marvell Wynne signs the head of Joe Russo, the Metros' fan of year in 2004.


January 12, 2017
CAUGHT IN THE DRAFT
Gems and busts in MLS SuperDraft

It's 22-years-old as the Major League Soccer SuperDraft -- college draft, player draft, just plain draft or whatever it has been called since 1996 -- already has an interesting history. Among some of the more interesting aspects of the draft:


January 12, 2017
THE BIGGEST SEASON
MLS schedule includes two rivalry weeks, most games, new teams, new stadiums

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 11, 2017
BACK FOR MORE
Chris Wingert re-ups with Real Salt Lake

Veteran defender Chris Wingert isn't ready to hang up his soccer boots just yet. The Babylon, N.Y. native Wednesday has re-signed with Real Salt Lake as he will play with the Major League Soccer club for his 10th season.


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
RETURNING TICO
Roy Miller comes back to MLS with Timbers

Roy Miller is back in Major League Soccer. The former Red Bulls left back was acquired by the Portland Timbers Wednesday via a transfer from Deportivo Saprissa in Costa Rica, the Major League Soccer team said.


January 3, 2017
ARIZONA HERE WE COME
Red Bulls, NYC FC to play preseason in Tucson

Both New York franchises in Major League Soccer will play part of their preseason in Tucson, Arizona in January and February.


December 29, 2016
THE COMEBACK KID 2.0?
Reports: RSL, Eastern Conference team offer Donovan deals

Well, well, well. Landon Donovan has some thinking to do these days. He has been offered not one, but two deals to return to Major League Soccer in 2017, according to reports.


December 28, 2016
TAKING CENTER STAGE
Red Bulls' midfielders Kljestan, Felipe, McCarty get top grades from Soccer America

If you don't have a midfield, a competitive midfield, then you probably won't have a competitive soccer team. The Red Bulls proved that and then some in the positive way in 2016 en route to the Eastern Conference crown.


December 27, 2016
THE YEAR'S BEST - NO. 4
The great race between Wright-Phillips and Villa

While the Red Bulls and New York City FC jockeyed for Eastern Conference supremacy, there was an intriguing sideshow going on between principles on both teams. It was actually a race, a scoring race between Red Bulls striker Bradley Wright-Phillips and City captain and forward David Villa.


December 26, 2016
THE YEAR'S BEST -- NO. 5
The Hudson River Derby gets more interesting, more tension as it adds three more memorable chapters

In only two years, the Hudson River Derby has become the best rivalry in all of Major League Soccer. While the series might not have the history of the other great confrontations throughout the league, which will enter its 22nd season in 2017. But it certainly has the intensity of the great European and South American derbies


December 24, 2016
'THIS IS A NO-BRAINER'
Monarchs welcome Petke as head coach

Real Monarchs have made it official. They have named Mike Petke as their new head coach, Real Salt Lake general manager Craig Waibel announced.


December 24, 2016
IN THE RUNNING
Report: Ramos candidate for Quakes GM post

U.S. Under-20 national head coach Tab Ramos reportedly is one of the finalists for the San Jose Earthquakes' general manager position. ESPN FC's Jeff Carlisle reported Friday that the former MetroStars and U.S. national team standout is the fourth candidate on the Quakes' list of five finalists.


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 22, 2016
BACK FOR MORE
Chris Wingert re-ups with Real Salt Lake for 14th season

Former New York City FC defender Chris Wingert is poised to return for his 14th season as a pro soccer player. The 34-year-old veteran signed a Major League Soccer contract to play for Real Salt Lake in 2017.


December 21, 2016
KICKING IT OFF
Red Bulls open at Atlanta March 5, welcome Colorado March 11; NYC FC plays at Orlando. March 5, hosts D.C. March 12

Both New York entries in Major League Soccer open their 2017 season on the road Sunday, March 4 while the Red Bulls and New York City FC will welcome teams for their home opener the next weekend.


December 16, 2016
LONG LIVE THE NEW KING OF SEATTLE
Sounders legend Alan Hinton gives Schmetzer his due after final as finally loses his guilt about coach

In low profile coronation last Saturday night, one king anointed another king at BMO Field. Long-time Seattle soccer legend and fan favorite Alan Hinton, considered the king of soccer in the Pacific Northwest, performed the ceremony for Brian Schmetzer after the Seattle Sounders won their very first big-time soccer title.


December 17, 2016
BRYAN'S SONG
Ex-Monmouth GK Meredith returns to Seattle after re-entry draft

Former Monmouth University goalkeeper Bryan Meredith was selected by the Seattle Sounders in Stage One of the MLS Re-Entry Draft Friday.


December 16, 2016
MLS INFORMER
Two tracks

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 16, 2016
READY FOR RE-ENTRY
Ouimette, Taylor eligible for today's MLS draft

Red Bulls center back Karl Ouimette and New York City FC forward Tony Taylor are eligible for Major League Soccer's Re-Entry Process, the league announced Friday.


December 15, 2016
EXPANSION PLAN SET
MLS to grow to 28 teams; fee $150M for next 2 clubs

Major League Soccer seemingly has an insatiable appetite for growth. Following a board of governors meeting on Thursday, the league announced a timetable to grow to 28 teams, after announcing a year ago that was where the league was heading.


December 14, 2016
GO WEST, YOUNG MEN
Monmouth's Klenofsky, Hofstra's Holland invited to MLS combine

Monmouth University goalkeeper Eric Klenofsky and Hofstra University midfielder Joseph Holland have been invited to the Major League Soccer combine in Los Angeles from Jan. 8-14.


December 14, 2016
WAIVING GOODBYE
Shaun Wright-Phillips, 3 NYC FC players in waiver draft

Red Bulls midfielder-forward Shaun Wright-Phillips leads a list of four players from the two New York clubs that are eligible for the Major League Soccer waiver draft.


December 13, 2016
MLS EXPANSION PICKS
Minnesota, Atlanta select five each

Atlanta United and Minnesota United FC conducted the 2016 MLS Expansion Draft Tuesday, with each team selecting five players.


December 13, 2016
MORE HONORS
Donovan to receive Chyzowych distinguished playing career award

Landon Donovan, considered to be the best player wear a U.S. men’s national team jersey, will be honored by the Walt Chyzowych Fund next month with its first Distinguished Playing Career Award.


December 10, 2016
GREATEST SAVING GRACE OF THEM ALL
Frei's big stop on Altidore in extratime helps Sounders reach shootout, where he excels again

Simply put, it forever will be known as "The Save." Goalkeeper Stefan Frei's magnificent save on Jozy Altidore allowed the Seattle Sounders to reach the shootout at MLS Cup.


December 10, 2016
HITTING THEIR TARGET
Sounders win their 1st MLS Cup crown after outlasting Toronto FC in PKs, 5-4

For the first time in MLS Cup history, a team failed to put a single shot on target. Yet, the Seattle Sounders managed to hit their target to win the coveted Philip F. Anschutz trophy for the first time in their eight-year history.


December 10, 2016
NO CUP COMPETITION FOR THEM
Toronto loses, NYC FC loses out on CONCACAF Champions League

New York City FC suffered a loss Saturday night even though the team were not participants at MLS Cup. With Toronto FC losing to the Seattle Sounders in the Major League Soccer championship game at BMO Field, City lost an opportunity to compete in the 2017-2018 CONCACAF Champions League.


December 10, 2016
THIRD TIME IS THE CHARM
Despite being outplayed, Sounders win MLS Cup, outlast Toronto FC in PKs after scoreless draw

The third time was the charm for the Seattle Sounders 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 BMO Field.


December 10, 2016
NO CHANGES
MLS playoff system will remain the same for 2017

Sorry soccer fans. If you want to see changes made to the Major League Soccer playoffs, you won't wait until next year, but until 2018.


December 10, 2016
SMALL IN STATURE, BIG IN IMPACT
Players like the Atomic Ant and El Topolino cast a giant shadow despite their height

They might be small in stature, but they're big in impact. In soccer, bigger isn't always better. Sometimes that adage is spot on -- as big things do come from small packages and can cause some big headaches for opposing players.


December 10, 2016
CANCER FREE
MLS boss Garber says he is in great shape

Don Garber says he feels great. Two years after he was diagnosed with prostate cancer, the Major League Soccer commissioner says he is cancer free.


December 9, 2016
IT'S ONLY NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Garber: 'We're not going to have a third team' in New York

If the Cosmos somehow make a miracle comeback from their demise, don't expect them to perform in Major League Soccer. During his state of the league speech Friday at the Intercontinental Hotel, MLS commissioner Don Garber said that the New York area already has plenty on its plate with two teams.


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 6, 2016
THEY WANT IN
Tampa Bay, Carolina to seek MLS franchises

While the North American Soccer League teeters on the brink of extinction, the Tampa Bay Rowdies and the newly re-branded North Carolina Football Club hope to join Major League Soccer in the future.


December 5, 2016
GONE IN 180 SECONDS
MLS Cup final tickets sell out in 3 minutes

Major League Soccer announced Monday that tickets for MLS Cup sold out three minutes after going on sale to the general public.


December 5, 2016
NO SURPRISE, NO SURPRISE
NYC FC's Villa, Red Bulls' Kljestan, Wright-Phillips named to MLS Best XI

In what should be no surprise to fans, the three Major League Soccer MVP finalists from the area were named to the MLS Best XI by the league Monday. They were New York City FC striker David Villa and Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan and forward Bradley Wright-Phillips.


December 3, 2016
NEW YORK, NEW YORK, NEW YORK
MLS MVP will be announced Tuesday

Major League Soccer cannot be criticized for picking New York City as the venue of its Landon Donovan MLS MVP award Tuesday because all three finalists come from New York teams.


December 2, 2016
MLS INFORMER
Buying local

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.


November 30, 2016
A GAME FOR THE AGES
In one of the greatest MLS playoff games, Toronto outlasts Montreal in extratime; will host MLS Cup

In one of the league's most memorable playoff games, Toronto FC managed to survive a classic confrontation with the Montreal Impact to reach its first MLS Cup Wednesday night.


November 27, 2016
MLS PLAYOFF ROUNDUP
Morris powers Seattle to Western Conference crown, into MLS Cup

MLS rookie of the year Jordan Morris scored the only goal Seattle Sounders FC needed to defeat the Colorado Rapids 1-0 Sunday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park and sail through to the MLS Cup by a 3-1 aggregate score.


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.


November 24, 2016
GONE FOR GOOD
Ex-Galaxy star Gerrard retires from soccer

Former Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard, who left the LA Galaxy last week, is now leaving the game. On Thursday he announced his retirement from soccer.


November 23, 2016
SOME KEY DATES
In MLS post-season

Here are some key dates in the Major League Soccer post-season over the next two months.


November 22, 2016
MLS PLAYOFF ROUNDUP
Impact, Sounders seize advantage in conference finals

Just when it looked like the Montreal Impact was going to run away with the first league of the Eastern Conference championship, Toronto FC came up with two late road goals and trim the Impact's lead to 3-2 Tuesday night at sold-out Stade Olympique.


November 22, 2016
NOT SO PERFECT PITCH
Centaurs had a similar field problem in ’95 as MLS conference final did in Montreal

The field snafu that delayed the kickoff of the Montreal Impact-Toronto FC game in the first leg of the MLS Eastern Conference final at Olympic Stadium Tuesday certainly was not a first in North American soccer.


November 19, 2016
MLS INFORMER
LA Supernova

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 17, 2016
HE'S KEANE TO LEAVE
Robbie departs after leading Galaxy to three MLS Cup titles

Forward Robbie Keane will depart the LA Galaxy after helping the team win three MLS Cup titles, the team announced Thursday.


November 15, 2016
LEAVING LA
Galaxy announce Gerrard's departure

A day after his former national team teammate Frank Lampard announced he was not going to return to New York City FC, midfielder Steven Gerrard said that he not return to the LA Galaxy, the Major League Soccer team announced Tuesday.


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.


November 6, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Canadian teams KO New Yorkers; Rapids, Sounders advance

FC Dallas went all out in attack in producing a 2-1 victory over the Seattle Sounders at Toyota Stadium Sunday night. But FC Dallas, attempting to rally from a three-goal first-leg deficit, fell short, falling, 4-2 on aggregate, despite headers from Tesho Akindele in the 25th minute and Maxi Urruti in the 56th minute. The Sounders, who will meet the Colorado Rapids in the Western Conference finals, weathered a first-half storm.


November 3, 2016
MLS INFORMER
Experience, experience, experience

For those old enough to remember, there used to be an old TV sitcom called Taxi. In one episode, the taxi drivers had to pick a shop steward to negotiate with the dispatcher/administrator, Louie (Danny DeVito).


November 1, 2016
NEW YORK, NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Red Bulls' Kljestan and Wright-Phillips and NYC FC's Villa named MLS MVP finalists

One thing is certain: the Major League Soccer MVP will come from New York. Whether it is from the Red Bulls or New York City FC, it remains to be seen. Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan and striker Bradley Wright-Phillips and NYC FC forward and captain David Villa were named finalists.


October 31, 2016
HONORARY ALL-AMERICA
NSCAA to honor Rapids goalkeeper Tim Howard

U.S. national team and Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Tim Howard has been selected by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America as the 2016 recipient of its Honorary All-America award, it was announced Monday.


October 30, 2016
BACK-TO-BACK
Red Bulls to play at RBA at 4 p.m. Sunday, followed by NYC FC at Yankee Stadium at 6:30 p.m.

If you're a soccer fan who wants to watch the second leg of the Red Bulls and New York City FC Eastern Conference semifinals in person, you probably are out of luck.


October 30, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Underdogs rule in conference semis

MONTREAL--The Montreal Impact seized the early advantage in their Eastern Conference semifinal series with a 1-0 win over the top-seeded New York Red Bulls Sunday at Stade Saputo.


October 28, 2016
IT'S OFFICIAL
Dynamo names Cabrera head coach

The Houston Dynamo Friday named former Colombian international and ex-Long Island Rough Rider Wilmer Cabrera as its fourth head coach in team history.


October 28, 2016
SUNDAY SCHEDULE
Red Bulls at 3 p.m., NYC FC at 7 p.m.

Well, metropolitan area soccer fans, you know when you have to be in front of your television for the MLS Cup playoffs Sunday.


October 27, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Impact, Sounders round out semifinal field

WASHINGTON, DC--If the Montreal Impact missed disgruntled star forward Didier Drogba during Thursday's Eastern Conference knockout round match against DC United at RFK Stadium, they didn't show it. Laurent Ciman scored in the fourth minute and the Impact ran up a 4-0 lead on their way to a 4-2 win that set them up for a two-game semifinal against top seeds the New York Red Bulls starting Sunday at Stade Saputo.


October 27, 2016
HOUSTON, WE HAVE A COACH
Reports: ex-Rider Cabrera to coach Dynamo

Former Long Island Rough Rider and Colombian international Wilmer Cabrera will be unveiled as the new coach of the Houston Dynamo Friday, according to several reports.


October 27, 2016
CASEY DOESN'T STRIKE OUT
Repost: Rapids forward rises to the occasion

Just what were the odds of Conor Casey winding up as the scoring hero of the U.S.'s 3-2 victory over Honduras that clinched another World Cup berth Saturday? A 100-1? 1,000-1? 10,000-1?


October 27, 2016
GOODBYE, COLUMBUS
Conor Casey retires from pro soccer

olumbus Crew SC forward and 10-year Major League Soccer veteran Conor Casey Thursday announced his retirement from professional soccer.


October 26, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Reds, Galaxy advance to semifinals

TORONTO--Toronto FC hosted a playoff game for the first time ever on Wednesday, and made it count with a 3-1 knockout round win over the Philadelphia Union at BMO Field.


October 26, 2016
CIRCLE THESE DATES
Important MLS dates for 2016-2017

Major League Soccer Wednesday released its 2016-17 offseason calendar, outlining important offseason events and timetables as teams begin to make preparations for the 2017 season.


October 23, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
FC Dallas takes the Shield, Red Bulls top the East

BRONX, N.Y. -- New York City FC avoided playing a mid-week knockout-round game in the Major League Soccer playoffs by recording a 4-1 victory over the Columbus Crew in the season finale for both teams Sunday at Yankee Stadium.


October 22, 2016
MLS INFORMER
Disassembling the Erector Set?

With word that the last of the original MLS stadia – RFK Stadium – officially has its days numbered, i.e. the 2017 season, now rumblings are being heard that the first of the new generation of buildings also may be on the way out.


October 21, 2016
HUDSON DERBY IN THE DESERT?
NYC FC, Red Bulls to compete in Desert Diamond Cup

New York City FC and the Red Bulls could wind up playing a Hudson River Derby match thousands of miles away from their home venues.


October 17, 2016
THE SPOILER'S ROLE
Columbus can make life difficult for NYC FC

After his team put up a valiant comeback effort in its 3-2 loss at the Red Bulls Sunday, Columbus Crew head coach Gregg Berhalter will get another opportunity for his side to play spoiler in the metropolitan area next weekend.


October 16, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
The playoff picture starts to come into focus

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill.--The New England Revolution's playoff hopes were all but extinguished with Sunday's 2-1 loss to the last-place Chicago Fire at Toyota Park.


October 15, 2016
MLS INFORMER
Guaranteed playing time

With Bob Bradley making headlines for becoming the first American to be hired as a coach in one of Europe’s top four leagues, it’s not surprising to hear rumors of his son Michael heading back to Europe too – with one of the prospective club’s being his father’s new squad Swansea City.


October 13, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
End of the line for Columbus, Quakes

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill.--The Chicago Fire aren't going to the playoffs this season, but they made sure that Columbus Crew SC would join them in the "wait 'til next year" club by playing their conference rivals to a 2-2 draw Thursday night at Toyota Park.


October 13, 2016
THE SPOILER
Columbus can affect playoff standings of Red Bulls, NYC FC, but must take care of business on its end first

The team that can affect the playoff standings of the Red Bulls and New York City FC has plenty of issues to deal with before the Columbus Crew takes on the Hudson River Derby rivals starting this weekend.


October 12, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Scoreless in Seattle

SEATTLE--The last-place Houston Dynamo gave playoff-hungry Seattle Sounders FC all they could handle on the way to a scoreless draw Wednesday night at CenturyLink Stadium.


October 8, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Rapids edge Dynamo

HOUSTON--The Colorado Rapids closed to within two points of first place in the MLS West with Saturday's 3-2 win over the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium.


October 6, 2016
MLS INFORMER
Major League Soccer or Multiple Listing Service

The countdown toward eliminating one of MLS’ last vestiges to its creation has begun.


October 2, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Lions, 'Caps eliminated from the playoff chase

ORLANDO--The Montreal Impact put only one shot on goal Sunday at Camping World Stadium, but it was a big one. Dominic Oduro scored in the 56th minute to not only give the Impact a 1-0 win over Orlando City SC, but also knock the Lions out of the hunt for a playoff spot in the MLS East.


October 1, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Dallas extends Supporter's Shield lead

HARRISON, NJ--The New York Red Bulls (14-9-9, 51 pts) moved into a tie with Hudson River rivals New York City FC at the top of the MLS East with Saturday's 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Union at Red Bull Arena.


September 30, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Villa lifts NYC to top spot in the East

HOUSTON--David Villa scored two second-half goals as New York City FC blanked the Houston Dynamo 2-0 Friday at BBVA Compass Stadium.


September 30, 2016
MLS INFORMER
Champions League check

With one round of games remaining in the CONCACAF Champions League, MLS still has a chance to match last year's performance – when for the first time four teams reached the quarterfinals. But it's far from a sure thing.


September 28, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Toronto take over 1st place in the East; Fire out of the playoff chase

TORONTO--Orlando City SC lost valuable ground in their hunt for an MLS playoff berth with Wednesday's scoreless draw against Toronto FC at BMO Field.


September 25, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Kamara bags two in Columbus win over NE

CARSON, Calif.--Jordan Morris and Seattle Sounders FC delayed the LA Galaxy's march to the MLS Cup playoffs for at least a few more days, rallying to defeat their Southern California rivals 4-2 Sunday at the StubHub Center.


September 24, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Three teams through in the East; Manotas nets three for Houston

TORONTO--Justin Morrrow scored in the 70th minute to lift Toronto FC into a 1-1 draw with the Philadelphia Union Saturday at BMO Field.


September 23, 2016
STRANGE BEDFELLOWS, INDEED
A win by Red Bulls would boost them and NYC FC into MLS playoffs

Strange bedfellows aren't only associated with politics. It can happen in professional sports, too, including soccer.


September 23, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Villa leads NYC past Fire, 4-1

BRONX, NY--A brace from David Villa and strikes from Jefferson Mena and Steven Mendoza powered New York City FC to a 4-1 win over the Chicago Fire Friday night at Yankee Stadium.


September 22, 2016
MLS INFORMER
Atlanta not playing the odds?

Literature teachers call it foreshadowing. When Major League Soccer expansion club Atlanta chose not only United but FC for its name, it should have been a signal as to where the club was going.


September 21, 2016
MLS PLAYOFF SCENARIOS
Red Bulls need to beat Montreal, NYC FC needs a win and help from some conference rivals

In what can turn into an historic weekend for both of New York Major League Soccer teams, the Red Bulls and New York City FC can clinch playoff berths over the next few days.


September 18, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Galaxy, Reds rally to draws

KANSAS CITY, Kan.--Showing no signs of rust from his recently-ended retirement, Landon Donovan came off the bench to lift the LA Galaxy into a 2-2 tie with Sporting Kansas City Sunday at Children's Mercy Park.


September 17, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Braces for New England's Rowe, Crew SC's Kamara

SEATTLE--Jordan Morris scored in the 81st minute to give Seattle Sounders FC a 1-0 win over Vancouver Whitecaps FC Saturday at CenturyLink Field.


September 16, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
DC tie Fire in stoppage time

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill.--Bobby Boswell headed home a rebound in the second minute of stoppage time to lift DC United into a 2-2 tie with the Chicago Fire Friday night at Toyota Park.


September 16, 2016
MLS INFORMER
It's all in the video game

They're among the fastest, the strongest ... in a video game. In its never-ending appeal to millennials, MLS and some of its teams are making sure fans – particularly the ones that play EA's FIFA game – know that the new 2017 version rates some of its players among the world's best – at least in a few categories.


September 13, 2016
EXPANSION DRAFT DETAILS
Atlanta, Minnesota will pick 5 players apiece

Major League Soccer Tuesday announced the details for the expansion draft as Atlanta United and Minnesota United FC prepare for their inaugural seasons in the league next year.


September 12, 2016
BEWARE, THE IDES OF SEPTEMBER
MLS roster freeze deadline is set for Thursday, Sept. 15

The 2016 Major League Soccer roster freeze deadline is Thursday at 5 p.m. ET. At that time teams must submit their final 28-man roster that will close out the season’s final seven weeks and be eligible to participate in the playoffs.


September 12, 2016
PLAYOFF CLINCHING SCENARIOS
For NYC FC and the Red Bulls this weekend

As we enter the stretch run of the Major League Soccer playoff race, several clubs have reached the stage in which they can clinch a post-season berth.


September 11, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Dos Santos paces Galaxy; Donovan a late-match sub

HARRISON, NJ--DC United trailed by two in the 88th minute, but rallied to a dramatic 2-2 draw with the New York Red Bulls Sunday afternoon at Red Bull Arena.


September 10, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Rapids hand FCD a rare home loss; Toronto moves to the top of the East

COLUMBUS, Ohio--Vancouver Whitecaps FC shook off a 90-minute pregame weather delay and an early goal by Ola Kamara, going on to defeat Columbus Crew SC 3-1 Saturday night at MAPFRE Stadium.


September 10, 2016
MLS INFORMER
City of roses, not of soccer

Someone at the Portland Oregonian can't read a map. At least that's one way to explain how the newspaper rated arch-rival city Seattle as the No. 1 soccer town in the United States.


September 9, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Dynamo rally against SKC

KANSAS CITY, Kan.--Raul Rodriguez scored in the fourth minute of stoppage time to lift the Houston Dynamo into a 3-3 tie with Sporting Kansas City Friday night at Children's Mercy Park.


September 8, 2016
WHY DONOVAN CAME BACK
After seeing the Galaxy situation (injuries, trade), ex-U.S. international feels he can help out former team

Landon Donovan gave us a startling reminder as to why players feel they are members of a particular team forever.


September 8, 2016
A NEW GALAXY QUEST
Report: Donovan un-retires, to return to LA

Landon Donovan is coming back -- to the LA Galaxy. The Los Angeles Times reported Thursday that the former U.S. international midfielder-forward is returning to the MLS team.


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