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Grading the MLS summer moves: Eastern Conference

In the wake of a frenzied transfer window that closed Thursday, many teams are looking much different than they did during the first five months of the MLS season.

MLS teams are much more willing to spend money on transfer fees than in past seasons, when most experienced pros moving to MLS from foreign leagues were either out of contract ...
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What does $1 million get you in MLS these days? Actually, quite a lot

So, what does $1 million get you in MLS these days? We wanted to see what we could put out on the field for $1 million. Looking at MLS Players Union salary figures, we searched for players making under $100,000 a year in guaranteed compensation, and came up with quite a selection of players. Our starting lineup cost only $845,909, ...
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Jill Ellis stays ahead of the curve

So what does U.S. women's national team coach Jill Ellis do for an encore?


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Bobby Wood begins 'soccer god' life in Berlin

Ten minutes before kickoff, there are no lines at the beer, merchandise and currywurst concessions that surround Union Berlin's stadium. The bored vendors outnumber the fans. If you didn't hear the thunderous singing and chanting, you'd think no one showed up today.
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Chicago Fire plots MLS revival

Chicago set an MLS record last season by tying 18 games, and by beating FC Dallas, 2-0, on Sunday equaled its win total -- six -- of 2014.
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MLS All-Star Game is good, could be better

Pitting an MLS All-Star team against foreign club has worked well, but can the format be improved?
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MLS's Best of July

So much international soccer -- Gold Cup, Women's World Cup, prestigious club friendlies -- was played during July that some great moments in MLS may have been overlooked.
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We hand out our MLS Midseason Awards

Can a newcomer win the MVP award? Is the defending Goalkeeper of the Year destined to repeat? And which coach is most deserving of a postseason honor?
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Soccer's scandals poison Gold Cup playing field

As a child in the early 1960s, I was a college football fan, or as much a college football fan as I could be growing up in New York.
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It's time to re-think the MLS All-Star Game

As the league expands and teams sign more star players, limiting the MLS representation to just one team may not longer serve its best purposes.
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USA gets reminder the red, white, and blue is not sacrosanct on Concacaf fields

Defeat to Jamaica in the semifinals changes the U.S. landscape for the next few months. With a one-game playoff looming in October for a spot in the Confederations Cup, what's the new plan?
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So you think you've been Concacafed?

The Gold Cup is the tournament everyone loves to hate on, from the refereeing to the travel and playing conditions.


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USA has no one cut from Dempsey's mold -- thankfully, his exit is a ways off

Before bagging a hat trick against Cuba, Clint Dempsey had scored three of the four U.S. goals in the group phase. With the attack apparently rejuvenated the U.S. will have other options as well.
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New MLS process twists its already labyrinth-like financial underpinnings

In just over a week, two teams -- Portland and the Galaxy -- have announced deals by which a new resource, Targeted Allocation Money, has been utilized. What are the ramifications?
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Galaxy breaks new ground with Dos Santos signing

Is the signing of Giovani dos Santos another example of the rich getting richer in MLS, or at least in Los Angeles?
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