MLS finalists must contend with Beckham Effect
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Nov. 30, 11:08 p.m.
By Ridge Mahoney
Count the Houston Dynamo players and their head coach as among the believers that MLS will go on just fine without David Beckham, who will stand down after he and the Galaxy try to win a second consecutive title.
Landon, don't go!
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Nov. 30, 5:34 a.m.
Will Saturday's MLS Cup be the last time we see the USA's greatest soccer player on the field?
MLS Positional Rankings: Gaven rules right midfield
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Nov. 29, 4:11 p.m.
Right-sided attacking players are common in MLS, and it's also common for them to be scattered around spots up top as well as be stationed on the flank.
MLS Positional Rankings: Pontius is No. 1 among left mids
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Nov. 28, 1:31 p.m.
In the world player market, left-sided players are second in demand only to goalscorers, and whether they deploy them as wingers or floaters, teams with strong players on this flank tend to do well in MLS.
MLS Positional Rankings: Alonso tops holding midfielders
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Nov. 27, 3:45 p.m.
Since it joined MLS in 2009, the Seattle midfield has been anchored by a Cuban defector who is one of the league's savviest players and toughest tacklers: Osvaldo Alonso.
MLS Positional Rankings: Galaxy's Juninho tops central mids
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Nov. 26, 12:52 a.m.
In his third MLS season, Juninho, one of the league's few Brazilians played a key role as the defending champion Galaxy shook off a poor start to reach its second straight MLS Cup.
MLS Positional Rankings: Zusi tops attacking mids; Beckham's 4th best
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Nov. 26, 12:34 a.m.
Varied roles brought Graham Zusi a lot of responsibility in 2012, and the Sporting Kansas City veteran used his talents to win an Eastern Conference regular-season title.
Hernandez switches his competitive fire to coaching
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Nov. 23, 1:12 a.m.
For Daniel Hernandez, the body just couldn't keep up with the spirit.
Assessing the Beckham Era is a Convoluted Process
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Nov. 20, 2:07 p.m.
Today, Tuesday, the day after David Beckham announced he's ending his Galaxy playing career on Dec. 1, the world is different, just as it was nearly six years ago when MLS announced the England international was forsaking one of the world's great clubs to take up with a decidedly lesser party.
MLS crowds grow as playoffs unfold
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Nov. 19, 5:05 p.m.
The campaign to re-elect President Barack Obama succeeded in part because its workers were able to get out the vote, and the much-maligned MLS playoffs have also succeeded in one critical area of the same ilk.
Hanauer: 'The games absolutely drive me nuts'
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Nov. 16, 4:21 p.m.
The part of his job that Seattle general manager Adrian Hanauer utterly dreads is fast approaching, and he's powerless to avoid it.
The USA's future is German?
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Nov. 16, 3:58 a.m.
Although just a friendly, that was an impressive result by Coach Jurgen Klinsmann's USA, coming back twice to earn a 2-2 tie at Russia. Achieved without the USA's two best players, Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan.
D.C. United's hopes lie in midfield vs. Houston
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Nov. 16, 2:11 a.m.
With Adam Moffat unavailable and Ricardo Clark not at full fitness, the Houston Dynamo midfield may have trouble containing D.C. United despite holding a two-goal lead heading into the second leg of their Eastern Conference final series.
Reviewing MLS Officiating in 2012
Posted by Randy Vogt on Nov. 16, 1:14 a.m.
"Play the whistle!" might be the exhortation of soccer coaches but it did not apply in two MLS games this year. That's because the referee mistakenly blew the whistle before a goal was scored and then allowed the goal to stand.
Ranking the MLS award finalists
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Nov. 15, 7:54 p.m.
MLS has announced its end-of-the year finalists, with the winners to be gradually rolled out starting early next week. Here is how I rank the three finalists in the major categories along with those individuals who also deserved serious consideration but didn't make the cut in voting conducted among players, coaches, MLS executives, and members of the media.