Wizards stay put
Posted by Soccer America on Aug. 31, 8:35 p.m.
For the past two years the Confidential has steadfastly reiterated that the Kansas City Wizards were most likely staying put, and not headed for Rochester, or Philadelphia, or Houston, or Seattle.
Confirmation came Thursday with the announcement that OnGoal LLC, a consortium led by Cerner Corporation CEO Neal Patterson and vice chairman Cliff Illig, has bought the team from ...
Posted by Soccer America on Aug. 30, 12:40 a.m.
Furious was Dominic Kinnear, and justifiably so, after referee Alex Prus ignored a stoppage-time body-block by CD Chivas USA defenderJason Hernandezthat thwarted a mazy dribble by Dwayne De Rosario as Houston pressed desperately for an equalizer Sunday at Home Depot Center.
DeRosario jumped just as Hernandez closed in and thus the collision wasn't nearly as violent as ...
Posted by Soccer America on Aug. 17, 6:43 p.m.
This is the third season Major League Soccer has operated under a FIFA-mandated transfer window and still confusion persists.
The domestic window opened Aug. 15 and will close Sept. 15. The European window is open until the end of the month and moves can be made until then. Many outlets reporting transfer deals have confused these dates as the ...
Posted by Soccer America on Aug. 9, 5:51 p.m.
MLS is often ridiculed for a liberal allotment of playoff places which strips away the pressure, importance and intensity of many regular season games. In this World Cup year, such has been the case much of the time.
Yet the All-Star break, rather than splitting the season more or less in half as is the case in other American ...
TV for D.C. United's Real Challenge
Posted by Soccer America on Aug. 8, 8:17 p.m.
As of Sunday night, only fans in the Washington, D.C. area were going to see a telecast of United's match against Real Madrid in Seattle on Wednesday on regular television.
And that would have been a shame. A friendly it may be, but this game should be seen. And it will be.
The match was added to the MLS Direct ...
A tale of two friendlies
Posted by Soccer America on Aug. 7, 6:19 p.m.
Competitive league play is the working class of professional team sports, yet perhaps only in soccer can a gussied-up exhibition be gritty as well as glamorous. And when having a good time gets in the way of league play, questions must be asked.
So it proved to be last weekend, as MLS and its marketing arm, Soccer United Marketing ...
Chelsea stunned by hungrier, fitter All-Stars
Posted by Soccer America on Aug. 6, 1:38 a.m.
Jimmy Conraddoesn't think beating Chelsea will escalate the image of American soccer one iota outside America.
And careth he doesn't. He'd like to impress a certain segment of fans at home.
"More than anything, it's about winning over the American fan who's the World Cup fan," said Conrad, who mixed it up a few times with striker Didier Drogba ...
D.C. United heavy All-Stars ready for Chelsea
Posted by Soccer America on Aug. 4, 11:52 a.m.
Blowout or barnburner? The 2006 All-Star Game scheduled for Saturday (6:30 pm ET on ESPN) at the sparkling new Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill., could go either way.
Both Chelsea and the MLS Al-Stars are shorthanded and shortchanged in different ways. Chelsea is barely a week into its preseason training, the perpetually disgruntled William Gallas is a no-show, and left ...
What Price Pablo?
Posted by Soccer America on Aug. 2, 6:06 p.m.
Colorado midfielder Pablo Mastroeni may have to wait until mid-September to find out if Italian Serie B club Brescia is his next destination.
MLS officials have refused Brescia's initial offer of a loan deal and no movement is likely until after the start of the Italian season, which has been pushed back two weeks in the aftermath of a ...
Posted by Soccer America on Aug. 1, 5:07 p.m.
The improbable run of USASA team Roma FC continues tonight when the Dallas-based amateur team meets the defending MLS champion Los Angeles Galaxy in the U.S. Open Cup.
According to assistant coach John Calandro, whose son John - fresh out of high school - is the youngest member of the team, Roma's run has cost the team's backers about ...