Sundays are typically the best day of the week for soccer supporters. You can lay on the couch sampling a string of engrossing games with thoughts of the Monday morning alarm locked away at the back of your mind. And for those who love a lazy Sunday, this might just be the best weekend of the entire campaign.
Not only do all five of this weekâ€™s games come from different competitionsâ€...
Technically, it could be the last home game of Landon Donovan's storied career with the Los Angeles Galaxy. But he and his teammates will do everything in their power to give the superstar forward one last crack at the MLS Cup on their home pitch, starting with the first leg of their Western Conference final versus the Seattle Sounders on Sunday.
The Galaxy have made Stubhub...
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Usually in football when your recent form is two draws and two losses, questions start to be asked of the manager in question. But with the current US National Team, surprisingly thatâ€™s not the case. In a sport that is usually so trigger happy, Jurgen Klinsmann has skated while his team has suffered. Now this isnâ€™t the same sort of situation that Mexico faced during the 2013...
MLS Playoffs Conference Semifinals leg 2 -
LA Galaxy 5-0 Real Salt Lake.
Reactions from the pitch:
LA Galaxy coach â€“ Bruce Arena:
On tonightâ€™s performance: â€śWe played well. We had a good week of training. Our expectations were that we are going to win this game. Obviously, the result is a little surprising, but I totally anticipated that we would win this game.â€ť
Eastern Conference semifinal: New England â€“ Columbus
New England leads 4-2 on aggregate, Sunday, 5:00p.m. ET
The home side enters the return leg at Gillette Stadium in commanding position. Columbus needs to score a minimum of three goals in order to harbor any chance of booking a place in the Eastern Conference final against New York. It is a tall order in any circumstances, but...
MLSâ€™ lack of high-tempo and beautifully crafted football makes it easy to assume that the coaching in the league is mediocre; however, that isnâ€™t the case.
The leagueâ€™s congested schedule, brutal long distance traveling and complex trade policy means that only the most astute coaches can succeed in the relatively young league.
Here are the best coaches from the 2014 season...
MLS Playoffs Western semifinals: Real Salt Lake 0-0 Los Angeles Galaxy
Words from the pitch after the game and the next time in LA next Sunday.
Real Salt Lake Head Coach Jeff Cassar
On getting a 0-0 draw to open the playoff series.
â€śI thought the players on the field were going to give us the goal that we needed. Everybody had the proper energy, proper movement. On a different...
The MLS Playoffs beginÂ Wednesday, and whether you like the playoff system or not,Â itâ€™s an opportunity to make the most of it.
The ten-team knockout tournament that will be played for the next month across the United StatesÂ â€“ and possiblyÂ Canada too â€“ will be filled with drama, an unusual amount of farewells, pageantry, and pressure.
Itâ€™s the best North American club...
The final weekend of the MLS regular season offers perhaps its most anticipated and meaningful game. LA Galaxy and Seattle supplied a hint of the chaos and the intrigueÂ ahead when they met a week ago, but their 2-2 draw in Carson, Calif. served as a prelude to the decisive encounter ahead Saturday afternoon.
Both teams enter this affair at CenturyLink Field with their futures firmly...
With the playoffs just around the corner, MLS fans will get the opportunity to finish the 2014 regular season on a high note as the best teams collide in what promises to be a spine-tingling, nail-biting series.
The leagueâ€™s top two teams, LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders, will collide twice in two weeks, both home and away, before they shift their focus to the playoffs...
FC Dallas 2-1 LA Galaxy
FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja
Overall thoughts on the gameâ€¦
The tactical intelligence and the tactical commitment during the game was outstanding, and I want to remark on that because it requires a lot of faith and compromise to get what we want from them and they did it. The first half we found some challenges with LA; they have a very good counterattack...
Back to back wins, including a massive come from behind victory against the Portland Timbers have TFC fans buzzing at the prospect of a possible playoff appearance. Sitting just 1 point back of New York, the healthy Reds, including one Jermain Defoe, will travel to California to face one of their biggest tests of the season.
Standing in their way on Saturday evening is the seemingly...
In his final season, Landon Donovan is on the verge of claiming another major MLS record.
The star midfielder can become the league's all-time assist leader Saturday night when the playoff-bound Los Angeles Galaxy try to continue their home success in a matchup with Toronto FC.
Already the MLS leader with 144 career goals, the 32-year-old Donovan recorded two assists in Sunday...
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October 02, 2014
Leave it to LA Galaxy manager Bruce Arena to capture the sentiment behind Robbie Keaneâ€™s often spectacular and surprisingly undersold tenure in MLS.
â€śGood performance,â€ť Arena told reporters after Keane scored twice in the Galaxyâ€™s 4-0 victory over New York on Sunday. â€śTwo important goals. Obviously, the first one was a classic Keane goal. Spectacular goal. Overall, very...
Itâ€™s commonly accepted in modern football that managers will come and go like frequency waves. A run of bad results here, a falling out there, and the man in charge is changed.
I say that because Ben Olsen was re-upped by DC United yesterday on a contract that will keep in him the nationâ€™s capital until 2019.
And I say that because at this time last year, DC were putting the...
Bradley Wright-Phillips scored three goals to lead New York Red Bulls past Seattle Sounders.
Major League Soccerâ€™s parity was exhibited in week 28 as league-leader Seattle Sounders crashed and burned on the road against New York Red Bulls. The outcome of that game coupled with the fact that six goalkeepers kept clean sheets in a week that had 29 goals is a testament to how competitive...
It is not a surprise that the MLS league office passed on a hefty fine to Bruce Arena this week for his comments on the strange Sacha Kljestan transfer saga. What is a surprise is how it was handled, and the process by which Arena was told of the fine ironically justifies his comments.
As a refresher Arena and the Galaxy cleared roster space and cap room to acquire Sacha Kljestan...
LA Galaxy manager Bruce Arena received a $20,000 fine for criticizing the league's single-entity structure last month, MLS commissioner Don Garber revealed on Thursday.
In those remarks to the Washington Post, Arena blamed the league for scuppering the Galaxy's move for Sacha Kljestan, labeled league executives "children" and questioned the transparency...
Los Angeles Galaxy coach Bruce Arena defended his comments regarding the MLS, after the league hit him with a $20,000 [â€¦]
NEW YORK --
Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber says Chivas USA might not play in 2015 and perhaps longer, a decision that won't be made until a new owner takes over the team.
Speaking Thursday after the launch of the league's new logo, Garber said he expects an agreement to acquire the team by the end of the season and ''once we get an ownership group in...
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September 18, 2014
The well-worn life adage â€śthe bigger they are, the harder they fall,â€ť is almost always an on-the-money assessment of spectacular collapses.
In Toronto, the football club that many credit with starting MLS supporter culture when they joined the league in 2007 is famous for their staggering incompetence. In a league where over half the teams competing make the playoffs, Toronto...
The Los Angeles Galaxy underlined their MLS title credentials with a 4-1 thrashing of DC United on Wednesday. Bruce Arenaâ€™s [â€¦]
The Los Angeles Galaxy's recent defensive deficiencies were masked in their last match by a stirring comeback.
Should they be exposed Saturday night at home against Vancouver, much of their playoff cushion could be gone along with a perfect record in their meetings with the Whitecaps in Los Angeles.
After Wednesday's 4-3 win in Colorado, the Galaxy (10-5-7) have allowed seven...
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August 22, 2014
MLS 3.0 is in full force and the sports media have focused like a laser on the growth of the league. Soccer-specific stadiums have sprung up across the country, academies are churning out young talent, big names are coming across the Atlantic to play in North America, and suddenly U.S. menâ€™s national team players are booking tickets to places like Houston and Philadelphia to remain...
The Los Angeles Galaxy have been the best team in MLS since the middle of May, but keeping that run going is about to become a bit more difficult.
The club opens a stretch of four games in 12 days Saturday night with a visit to the Columbus Crew and a coach they know quite well.
The match marks Los Angeles coach Bruce Arena's first clash with former Galaxy player and coach Gregg...