Dynamo can't afford to stumble again in wake of Coyle departure
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on May. 27, 3:57 p.m.
Both former head coaches of the Houston Dynamo are natives of Scotland, and were born in July about a year apart. But little else about the careers and lives of Dominic Kinnear and Owen Coyle bore much resemblance, and Coyle's departure from the post this week is a stark reminder of just how different and difficult coaching in MLS can ...
Il caso Giovinco: Italy's loss is MLS's gain
Posted by Paul Kennedy on May. 25, 3:55 p.m.
Sebastian Giovinco isn't going to the Euros. Italy's loss is MLS's gain. More particularly, Toronto FC gets to turn loose Seba on MLS defenses all of June and early July when he'd otherwise have been tied up with Azzurri duties somewhere in France.
Philadelphia Union embarks on its toughest stretch of games to date
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on May. 24, 4:10 p.m.
The Philadelphia Union, the Eastern Conference leader, plays in Orlando Wednesday, flies halfway across the country to play the league's top team, Colorado, on Saturday, then comes home to host Columbus. Three games in eight days, starting off with Florida heat and then playing the league's top team at altitude.
Perry Kitchen finds a new niche in Scotland
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on May. 20, 8:38 p.m.
Perry Kitchen left MLS after five seasons though the destination turned out to be somewhat of a surprise. Denmark, Germany, and Belgium had been mentioned as possible destinations, instead he wound up in Scotland with Heart of Midlothian and did well enough to earn a spot on the 23-man U.S. roster for the Copa America Centenario.
Howard leaves Everton for a much different MLS and USA
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on May. 18, 4:48 p.m.
Is the time right for Brad Guzan to take over as the U.S. No. 1? Both he and Tim Howard lost their starting spots in the Premier League and Howard has returned to MLS and will play for Colorado, which leads the Western Conference.
Kamara deal shakes up stagnant Revs
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on May. 13, 9:45 p.m.
Nobody can match the production of Kei Kamara since he joined Columbus prior to the 2015 season: he scored 22 regular-season goals and four more in the playoffs as it reached the MLS Cup final, and he's among the leaders this season with five goals in nine games. But he's been traded to New England -- his sixth MLS team ...
Busy midweek schedules add to unique travel woes in MLS
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on May. 11, 11:13 p.m.
No MLS head coach or executive has ever praised the league's schedule-makers. Conflicts with other competitions and staggering travel distances make each season a test of fortitude and organization as much as talent. This week is one example.
It's time for Klinsmann to go young
Posted by Paul Kennedy on May. 3, 4:03 p.m.
At first blush, there is nothing startling about the 40-player list from which Jurgen Klinsmann will pick 23 players to take to the Copa Centenario in June. They're the same old suspects, you might say.
NYCFC's Pirlo problem won't go away
Posted by Paul Kennedy on Apr. 26, 4:44 p.m.
Jason Kreis, New York City FC's head coach for its expansion season, never came out and said it, but he likely didn't think much of the idea of signing aging Italian superstar Andrea Pirlo as the club's third Designated Player.
Recent incidents sharpen focus on how video replay can improve the game
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Apr. 20, 3:16 p.m.
MLS and other North American soccer leagues are awaiting specific guidelines to be issued by FIFA and IFAB regarding procedures and parameters to be used in experimentation with video replay.
MLS ups the ante on expansion
Posted by Paul Kennedy on Apr. 15, 11:20 p.m.
Major League Soccer has come a long way in the last decade, let alone the last two.
How Brian McBride started his path to stardom
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Apr. 13, 10:51 p.m.
Brian McBride is regarded as one of the top forwards in U.S. history and played in three World Cups. He took a vital step towards an incredible career in the Crew's first game in 1996.
Klinsmann stance on Jordan Morris makes sense
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Apr. 7, 2:49 p.m.
The Jordan Morris saga has begun its professional chapter and a middling start with the Sounders isn't what some fans and observers expected.
Projecting USA's Copa America Centenario roster
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Apr. 1, 10:53 p.m.
Results for the national team and U-23 team in March altered the landscape for U.S. Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann as he plots a course for the big showdown in June.
Olympic debacle proves Klinsmann shouldn't be in charge
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Mar. 31, 1:18 p.m.
Coach Andi Herzog failed to qualify the U.S. U-23 men's national team for the 2016 Olympic Games. It's not the first time the Austrian has failed to qualify a team to a major tournament.