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In one regard, MLS sets the pace

One can debate, and perhaps even ridicule, a listing that puts MLS as seventh-best league in the world, but there's no question it is at or near the top in one critical category.

MLS Power Rankings: Montreal and Galaxy edge closer as Dallas blows late lead

FC Dallas rules the top spot despite tying but Montreal and defending champion Galaxy kept up the pressure by winning.

MLS draws the bottom line on goal-line technology

He'll take some heat for this one, but one can't really rip Commssioner Don Garber for citing exorbitant costs as the reason MLS won't implement goal-line technology in the near future.

Steve Sampson: Not recalling Donovan 'would be crazy'

National team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann reminded everyone this week that Landon Donovan needs to play his way back onto the squad, and former U.S. coach Steve Sampson is confident that he will.

Timbers' makeover under Porter showing good signs

Perhaps it's appropriate that a squad nicknamed The Goonies has a bogey team.

U-17 setback is not a major blow to player development

When does the "youth" go out of youth soccer? This topic resurfaces in the wake of the U.S. U-17s failure to qualify for the FIFA world championships to be held later this year. Knocked out in the quarterfinals, the Americans have been supplanted by their conquerors, Honduras, along with Panama, Mexico and Canada as Concacaf representatives.

Gulati must walk FIFA tight rope

Sunil Gulati is everything Sepp Blatter isn't.

MLS Power Rankings: Dallas wins again to retain top spot

An eight-point lead over the Galaxy and a five-point edge in the overall standings places FC Dallas in a dominant position.

The democratization of the U.S. soccer market

That noise you might have heard on Tuesday was money being sucked out of the U.S. soccer market.

MLS Power Rankings: Texas teams on top after Galaxy loss

Texas takes the first two places in the power rankings with both FC Dallas and Houston posting important home wins.

The USA-Mexico divide

What lessons can we draw from another year of MLS participation in the Concacaf Champions League?

Sporting Kansas City joins the top tier

A schedule lightened up by postponements to accommodate Concacaf schedules for Seattle and Los Angeles still provided opportunities for three teams to post their first wins of the season.

Pioneers Moore and Vermes rewarded by Hall of Fame selections

I'd have preferred to see more than two former players inducted to the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame, yet it's good that both selections are utterly deserving.

Galaxy midfield play is key to CCL semifinal

Whether or not the Galaxy can dethrone two-time defending champion Monterrey in the Concacaf club semifinals, it is the only MLS team currently strong enough to challenge for the regional title.

MLS teams balance ambition with reality in CCL

To take a metaphor from another sport, MLS Commissioner Don Garber is trying to play both sides of the net when it comes to the Concacaf Champions League.