Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
East vs. West
by Ridge Mahoney, March 23rd, 2009 7AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[MLS] The first weekend of play featured five interconference matchups hosted by Western teams, and of those only expansion Seattle came out on top by thrashing New York, 3-0, in the opener Thursday night.

New England nipped San Jose, 1-0, to avenge, somewhat a 4-0 thrashing inflicted by the Quakes at Buck Shaw last August. Chicago beat Dallas, 3-1, at Pizza Hut Park; last year, the Fire fell, 1-0. FCD took the lead this time, too, on a sensational 60-yard Kenny Cooper chip that beat and embarrassed keeper Jon Busch, but Chicago struck for three in a row.

Added to the Galaxy-D.C. 2-2 draw and a 1-1 tie between the Crew and Dynamo in Houston, those results in five road games gave the East an early 2-1-2 (eight of 13 points) edge against the West in 2009. The schedule imbalance imposed by an odd number (15) of teams places greater importance on interconference games, since Eastern teams will play more games against the West (16 = eight teams times two games apiece) than within their own conference. They play each conference opponent twice (six times two equals 12) plus an extra game apiece with two "rivals" for a total of 14 intraconference games.

The Western teams play each conference opponent twice (14 games, seven times two), two extra games against rivals, and each Eastern team twice (14 games, seven times two) for a total of 30.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Soccer America Power Rankings    
[MLS: Week 20] In case anyone had forgotten, the Galaxy is still to be reckoned with. ...
Galaxy turns out lights on Sounders    
[MLS: Monday] The power went out at CenturyLink Field in the second minute, and as far ...
What They're Saying: Louis van Gaal    
"When there is success, you have a very good squad, and now I have to follow ...
College soccer returns on NSCAATV    
[SOCCER ON THE AIR] The "NSCAA College Soccer Special presented by Continental Tire" will return for ...
Ibrahimovic scores wonder goal in Hong Kong    
[VIDEO PICK: Golazo] Zlatan Ibrahimovic had the summer off because Sweden missed the World Cup, but ...
Sweet goal from Lewandowski as Bayern preps for U.S. tour     
[VIDEO PICK: Golazos] Bayern Munich, which faces the MLS All-Stars Aug. 6, has been getting some ...
2014 PDL All-Conference Teams    
[AWARDS] Golden Boot winner Dzenan Catic (16 goals) is among three Michigan Bucks players named to ...
Julian Green is happy where he is    
[AMERICANS ABROAD] Should he stay or should he go? At 19 and still without any Bundesliga ...
Sacramento shatters USL PRO attendance mark    
[CROWD COUNT] After only nine games into its 14-game home schedule, Sacramento Republic FC has broken ...
U.S. U-17s fall to host Denmark    
[OPEN NORDIC TOURNAMENT] The U.S. under-17 national team lost its opening game at the Open Nordic ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives