Doyle departure starts crucial new era in San Jose
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Aug. 30, 9:12 p.m.
With only two playoff appearances since it rejoined MLS in 2008, San Jose hasn't been able to find the right formula for success moving into a wonderful new stadium last year and instituting player development programs. Taking over for John Doyle as GM is Chris Letich but most of the pressure falls on head coach Dominic Kinnear, a friend of ...
Farewell, Hope Solo
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Aug. 29, 5:03 a.m.
I have admired Hope Solo for many reasons. I've sent YouTube clips of Solo's highlights to goalkeepers I've trained, because I believe that players learn more by imitating stars than from listening to coaches' advice.
Struggles of MLS Cup finalists are to be expected for smaller-market teams
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Aug. 24, 6:37 p.m.
Portland and Columbus defied the odds -- and economic reality -- by reaching the MLS championship game last year. Their problems this season are indicators that a steady increase in high-spending expansion teams can squeeze the resources of more frugal operations.
Olympic women's soccer: Our winners & losers
Posted by Paul Kennedy on Aug. 23, 10:31 p.m.
Olympic women's soccer left the taste of what might have been. A USA-Brazil semifinal at Maracana Stadium would have been awesome. As would have been -- for the cause of women's soccer -- a Brazil gold medal.
'Cagey' Swedes deserve some credit
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Aug. 18, 12:17 a.m.
The USA women fell short of the semifinals of a major tournament for the first time when they were beaten by Sweden in the quarterfinals, and on Tuesday the Swedes also beat host Brazil to reach the gold-medal game. They must be doing something right.
'Worst MLS signing' Lampard is tearing it up
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Aug. 9, 5:25 p.m.
A great run of form earned New York City FC midfielder Frank Lampard Player of the Week and Player of the Month honors as NYCFC regained the Eastern Conference lead.
Assessing the middle third -- of the MLS season
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Aug. 2, 7:19 p.m.
Coaches and executives often speak of dividing a season - much as they do of the field itself -- into thirds. You defend in your defensive third, try to control the middle third, and strive to exploit scoring opportunities in the final (attacking third).
Schmid departure starts to clear Sounders' deck for Lagerwey
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Jul. 27, 3:49 p.m.
Eighteen months after joining the Sounders as president of soccer and general manager, Garth Lagerwey is plotting a new path forward in the wake of the club's dismissal of head coach Sigi Schmid, who had led the team since its formation as an MLS expansion team in 2009.
Toronto FC must rebound after embarrassing defeat for crucial home stand
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Jul. 21, 1:58 a.m.
After an eight-game road trip to open the season, Toronto FC is in a playoff spot yet looking forward to moving further up the standings with a run of four straight games at BMO Field.
Quakes need to build on stunning victory
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Jul. 19, 5:31 p.m.
Every struggling team looks for a spark, a turning point, a shift of fortune that transforms frustration into fruition and a tough season into a good one.
MLS Midseason Awards: Villa and the other Kamara are among the leaders
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Jul. 13, 1:56 a.m.
The six major categories of awards presented each season by MLS run the gamut of experience, youthful promise, and performance.
Are U.S. women ready for another union fight?
Posted by Paul Kennedy on Jul. 12, 8:47 p.m.
This should have been a good week for the National Women's Soccer League.
Heath departure mirrors volatile history of MLS expansion teams
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Jul. 7, 9:57 p.m.
Popular with fans and press and successful in the USL, former Orlando City head coach Adrian Heath lasted only a season and half.
SA's MLS Midseason Best XI
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Jul. 5, 7:12 p.m.
A midseason Best XI gives an idea of which players have most influenced their team's success and the top two teams in the overall standings, Colorado and FC Dallas, each have two representatives. Many big names are missing as the 2016 season heads into its second half.
Projecting U.S. roster for September qualifiers -- five changes in 23
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Jun. 29, 6:17 p.m.
Three group matches and three knockout games in the Copa America Centenario affected the status of several players in the national-team pool. Next up is a pair of World Cup qualifiers in September against Caribbean foes, and then the meaty challenge of Hexagonal games starting in November.