MLS 101: How does free agency work?

MLS entered new territory on Tuesday afternoon as the first crop of free agents officially hit the market.For the first time in 20 years, several players now boast the right to negotiate a new contract with any team in the league and selected their destination for the upcoming year.It is a considerable change to the way MLS -- a league predicated on assigning the rights of its players...
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December 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Big decisions await eliminated teams

Decision Day marked the end of the season for eight MLS clubs. Their duties and obligations are concluded for this season. There are no more matches ahead. There are no more objectives to chase. It is all about preparing for the figure and figuring out a way to improve ahead of next year.For most of these sides, there is no time to waste. There are deals to strike and option years...
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October 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Dynamo-Whitecaps FC Preview

After losing knockout round road matches twice in the previous three seasons, the Vancouver Whitecaps placed an emphasis on earning a home playoff game this year. They would attain that goal with a victory in the season finale. With a postseason berth already in hand, Vancouver can finish as high as second in the Western Conference on Sunday night when it takes on the visiting Houston...
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October 24, 2015  |  Discuss

MLS Sunday Night Roundup: Three Blowouts, One Draw

The MLS had an eventful night on Sunday night. While eight teams clinched spots in the MLS Cup Playoffs, three of them played last night. The eight teams that clinched the playoffs are the Columbus Crew, D.C. United, Montreal Impact, New York Red Bulls, and Toronto FC in the Eastern Conference and FC Dallas, L.A. Galaxy, and Vancouver Whitecaps from the Western Conference...
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October 19, 2015  |  Discuss

MLS Roundup: Red Bulls clinch top spot in East

New York Red Bulls 4 -- Philadelphia Union 1Mike Grella scored the fastest goal in MLS history to spark the Red Bulls to a thorough victory over the Union at Red Bull Arena. Grella struck inside the opening seven seconds to stake the Red Bulls to a lead they would not relinquish. Bradley Wright-Phillips doubled the advantage after four minutes. Grella added his second and Kemar Lawrence...
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October 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Sounders miss an opportunity to clinch playoffs, settle for a 1-1 tie with Houston

The Seattle Sounders traveled to Houston to try an earn a playoff spot; needing a win, they could only muster a 1-1 tie against the Dynamo. The result moved Houston to 42 points knocking them out from from playoff contention.  It also pushed Seattle to 48 points and into a tie for fourth place in the Western Conference with Sporting Kansas City and the Portland Timbers, who are...
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October 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Martins, Sounders eliminate Dynamo with 1-1 draw

HOUSTON (AP) Obafemi Martins scored in the 82nd minute and the Seattle Sounders eliminated the Houston Dynamo from playoff contention with a 1-1 draw Sunday. The Sounders (14-13-6) extended their undefeated streak to seven games, but missed a chance to clinch off a playoff spot. The Dynamo (11-13-9) needed a win to stay in the playoff race and Ricardo Clark put them in the lead...
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October 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Barrett scores in stoppage time, Sounders draw Galaxy 1-1

SEATTLE (AP) Chad Barrett scored in the third minute of stoppage time to give the Seattle Sounders a 1-1 draw with the Los Angeles Galaxy, who clinched a playoff spot in front of 56,097 fans Sunday night at CenturyLink Field. After Marco Pappa took a corner from the attacking right side, Sounders defender Brad Evans flicked it off his head across the goal where Barrett, who came...
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October 05, 2015  |  Discuss

FC Dallas clinches playoff berth, sweeps Dynamo with 4-1 win

FRISCO, Texas (AP) David Texeira scored twice, and Kellyn Acosta added a third second-half goal and FC Dallas beat the Houston Dynamo 4-1 on Sunday to become the first Western Conference team to clinch a playoff spot. Texeira put Dallas ahead when he fired a rocket from 20 yards that caromed off the crossbar in the 51st minute. Kellyn Acosta one-timed a shot off the crossbar 2 minutes...
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October 04, 2015  |  Discuss

MLS Roundup: Winners & Losers from Saturday Night

The MLS had a busy night last night. Besides a two-hour and 47 minute rain delay during the Orlando City SC and Chicago Fire match, the four late night games were in full swing. Below are some of the highlights from the matches. Orlando City SC 1-1 Chicago Fire: The two teams, who are in the bottom latter of the Eastern Conference, waited two hours and 47 minutes for their match...
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August 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Clark, Rodriguez score; Dynamo beat short-handed Whitecaps

HOUSTON (AP) Ricardo Clark and Raul Rodriguez scored and the Houston Dynamo beat the short-handed Vancouver Whitecaps 2-0 on Saturday night to snap a three-game winless streak. Erick Torres deflected a cross from Shaenon Williams, setting up a sliding goal by Clark from just inside the 6-yard box in the 34th minute. Kendall Watson and Matias Laba were shown red cards, leaving Vancouver...
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August 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Dynamo-Rapids Preview

Wins haven't been plentiful of late for the Houston Dynamo, but that doesn't mean a playoff spot is out of reach. They'll seek their first win against the Colorado Rapids in nearly seven years Wednesday night as they try to keep pace in the Western Conference. Houston (8-9-8) is only three points out of the conference's final playoff spot despite only three wins in its last 10 matches...
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August 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Dynamo-Timbers Preview

The Portland Timbers are closing in on their longest single-season string of MLS shutouts and would appear to have a promising chance of securing that accomplishment with a visit from the Houston Dynamo. The Timbers blanked the Dynamo in Portland two months ago as part of a lengthy home unbeaten streak that they'll seek to extend Friday night. Portland (11-8-6) hasn't recorded four...
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August 20, 2015  |  Discuss

MLS Roundup: Record-setting Saturday punctuated by 10-goal thriller in D.C.

D.C. United 6 -- Real Salt Lake 4 This wild encounter at R.F.K. Stadium ended with 10 goals, the second highest total ever in a single MLS game. RSL stormed to a two-goal lead through Joao Plata’s tidy finish and Kyle Beckerman’s thumping drive from distance, but United equalized through two Chris Rolfe goals. Taylor Kemp’s thunderbolt gave United its first lead just before...
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August 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Dynamo score late for 1-1 draw with Sporting KC

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) Ricardo Clark scored for Houston on a header in the 78th minute and the Dynamo and Sporting Kansas City tied 1-1 Saturday night. The Dynamo (7-8-6) tied it on a set-piece after a foul conceded by Sporting's Amadou Dia on the right wing. Brad Davis' service found Clark at the 6-yard box and his header got behind Tim Melia in the top left corner. Kansas City...
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August 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Clark, Bruin score, Houston beats San Jose 2-0

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Will Bruin scored on a breakaway in the 81st minute and the Houston Dynamo beat the San Jose Earthquakes 2-0 on Friday night. Houston (6-7-6) won for the first time in four games, while San Jose (7-7-4) lost its second straight. Ricardo Clark scored in the 10th minute after heading in Alexander Lopez's cross. In the 81st, San Jose misplayed a back-pass and...
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July 11, 2015  |  Discuss

FC Dallas defeats Houston Dynamo 2-0 in Texas derby

Friday night’s Texas derby leg of MLS rivalry week was marked by incessant rain, six yellow cards (three for each team), and plenty of scoring chances for both sides.  FC Dallas won the first 2015 meeting between these growing rivals 4-1 at Houston on May 1.  However, Houston has enjoyed more success since that loss, earning 10 points while FC Dallas entered this match winless...
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June 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Inside MLS Team of the Week: Week 14

Goalkeeper: Tim Melia (Sporting Kansas City) Melia continues to validate the decision to install him as the starting goalkeeper with each passing week. The former Chivas USA backup made six saves as Sporting warded off Seattle to claim a 1-0 victory on Saturday. At this point, it looks like the goalkeeping job is Melia’s to lose in the medium-term. Defenders: Jeb Brovsky (New...
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June 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Bruin scores twice, Dynamo beat Red Bulls 4-2

HOUSTON (AP) Houston's Will Bruin scored twice in the second half to send the Dynamo 2-0 win against the New York Red Bulls on Friday. Bruin scored in the 80th minute to give Houston a 3-1 lead, and his goal in stoppage time cemented the win. New York's Mike Grella opened the scoring. He took a service from Bradley Wright-Phillips at the left edge of the 6-yard box in the 42nd minute...
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June 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Timbers Visit The Houston Dynamo

The second leg of Portland’s three game road trip takes them to Houston, Texas. A city that is currently absorbed with the fate of their National Basketball Association team, the Houston Rockets. While the Dynamo might not be a true rival, the two cities aren’t exactly on friendly terms after the Portland Trailblazers stunned the Rockets in last year’s NBA playoffs. I’m hoping...
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May 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Sporting Kansas City-Dynamo Preview

Sporting Kansas City had trouble getting past the Houston Dynamo when both were in the Eastern Conference before breaking through in 2013 on its way to winning the MLS Cup. While the rivalry has shifted to the West due to MLS expansion, that realignment won't change the success Sporting KC has had in recent visits to Houston. Kansas City looks to extend its road unbeaten streak in...
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April 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Whitecaps beat Real Salt Lake to stay atop MLS

Darren Mattocks scored in the 80th minute as the Vancouver Whitecaps beat Real Salt Lake 1-0 on Saturday to stay atop the Western Conference table in Major League Soccer. The referee issued a red card to Sebastian Saucedo for a studs-up challenge on Mauro Rosales in the 76th minute. The MLS-leading Whitecaps quickly capitalized when Mattocks headed home Russell Teibert's left-footed...
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April 19, 2015  |  Discuss

MLS Capsules

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Federico Higuain and Kei Kamara each had a goal and an assist and the Columbus Crew beat Orlando City 3-0 on Saturday night. Higuain opened the scoring in the 32nd minute for Columbus (2-2-2). Ethan Finlay hustled to gather a failed clearance by Rafael Ramos and he fed Higuain in front of the net for a nifty back-heel goal. Ramos was given a red card 2 minutes...
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April 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Clark's putback earns 1-1 draw for Dynamo at DC United

WASHINGTON (AP) Ricardo Clark tied it off a rebound in the 65th minute and the Houston Dynamo held on for a 1-1 draw with D.C. United on Saturday night. Clark followed Will Bruin's rebounded shot after United goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra's initial save. Dykstra's deflection fell to the middle of the box, leaving an open net for Clark to smash home his second goal in two games. The...
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April 18, 2015  |  Discuss

MLS Roundup: Red Bulls rally to snatch draw at D.C. United

D.C. United 2 -- New York Red Bulls 2 Lloyd Sam extended the Red Bulls' unbeaten start with a late equalizer at RFK Stadium. United midfielder Perry Kitchen placed the home side in commanding position with his first-half header and his second-half strike from distance, but the Red Bulls responded in the final 22 minutes. Damien Perrinelle cut the deficit in half after 68 minutes...
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April 12, 2015  |  Discuss
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