U.S. Report Card: Dempsey, Johnson are only bright spots
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on May. 30, 2:35 a.m.
Few players will get off the hook after the USA conceded a 4-2 defeat to Belgium, albeit one of Europe's most talented teams. The errors that cost the four goals were both individual (turnovers, inattention, poor positioning, sloppy marking) as well as collective (lack of communication).
Stinker exposes all that's worrying about the USA
Posted by Paul Kennedy on May. 29, 11:47 p.m.
It would be easy to say that one team came to play and the other did not, but the USA's 4-2 loss to Belgium Wednesday night at Cleveland's FirstEnergy Stadium once again exposed all that is worrying about the U.S. national team on the eve of its busiest stretch of the year.
Fergie moves on, with thanks
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on May. 29, 7:37 p.m.
On so many levels and in so many ways, American soccer fans owe Sir Alex Ferguson a lot.
MLS Power Rankings: Impact slips into second, Portland extends streak
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on May. 28, 2:03 p.m.
First-year coaches normally struggle in MLS, but such is not the case for Marco Schallibaum and Caleb Porter.
Champions League final means more than the score to FOX
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on May. 24, 3:20 p.m.
After the banners and flags and scarves have departed and the discarded wrappers and cups have been swept up, attention will shift from the scoreboard at Wembley Stadium and to another important set of numbers: the television ratings.
The All-Recycled MLS Best XI
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on May. 23, 4:27 p.m.
The multitude of player-acquisition methods available to MLS teams sometimes shrouds the fact that many are strengthened not by importing players but by grabbing them off opposing rosters.
MLS says yes to Yankees, no to Cosmos
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on May. 21, 11:27 p.m.
So, we can finally toss this absurd notion of the Cosmos joining MLS out the window. Hooray!
Timbers rely on Will Johnson's 'will to win'
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on May. 21, 7:24 p.m.
There's not much ambiguity in Will Johnson's game: after he gets under your skin and into your head, Portland gets the ball into the net, one way or the other. So it came to pass again last Saturday in Vancouver. The Timbers came back twice against their Cascadia Cup rivals to earn a 2-2 tie. Johnson scored the first equalizer ...
MLS Power Rankings: Red Bulls rise to No. 2 by downing Galaxy
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on May. 20, 3:20 p.m.
Two test cases of teams vying to tie their way into the playoffs are underway in MLS.
U.S. roster selections show a team still in flux
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on May. 18, 3:09 a.m.
Selecting a roster for qualifying play often demands "either-or" decisions, yet the choices made by U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann also fall under the "What's he thinking?" category.
Beckham did what he could to change the game
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on May. 17, 5:31 p.m.
To ridicule Major League Soccer, an ESPN Radio pundit last year also took a swipe at David Beckham.
Scott Van Pelt said on his daily program last year something along the lines that MLS needs publicity, so it should sign David Beckham. A disdainful remark, tossed out by a talk-show host ensconced in his own ...
Mastroeni takes 'a journey within a journey'
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on May. 15, 9:13 p.m.
The final 10 minutes of another good road result for Colorado in Columbus last weekend also brought a personal milestone for Pablo Mastroeni.
Donovan still has long way to go
Posted by Paul Kennedy on May. 14, 7:52 p.m.
The news that Landon Donovan won't be in Jurgen Klinsmann's squad of 23-25 players for the upcoming friendlies against Belgium and Germany and World Cup qualifiers against Jamaica, Panama and Honduras should come as no surprise.
MLS Power Rankings: Sounders' twin wins move them up
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on May. 13, 3:22 p.m.
The busiest week so far of the MLS schedule - 15 games -- knotted up the power rankings behind top dog FC Dallas, though FCD's 1-1 tie with Portland and 2-1 defeat of bottom-dweller D.C. United at home weren't terribly impressive.
Minnow-Megaclub Matchup Adds Spice to FA Cup final
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on May. 10, 5:28 p.m.
The English FA Cup final is Saturday. Do you care?