The Jordan Morris conundrum, what it means for MLS now and for the future
Posted by Paul Kennedy on Jan. 15, 12:32 p.m.
Momentum for a move to Werder Bremen continues to build as Jordan Morris played his first game for the German club on Friday, starting and assisting on the lone goal in its 1-0 win over Inter Baku of Azerbaijan in a friendly game that wrapped up its winter camp in Turkey.
Pro route was a lot different for MLS original and Sounders technical director Henderson
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Jan. 13, 11:54 p.m.
Seattle has made the playoff every year since joining MLS and has fallen short of MLS Cup every time. Changes in ownership and the front office are part of the job for technical director Chris Henderson, who has worked in the league continuously since it started up in 1996.
MLS SuperDraft falls out of national broadcast window -- but it's not a big deal
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Jan. 12, 11:23 p.m.
The only live broadcast coverage of the 2016 MLS SuperDraft from Baltimore Thursday will be streamed on the Internet, yet the absence of ESPN is a minor inconvenience as the league begins its third decade of play.
MLS SuperDraft: Our Top 15 picks
Posted by Paul Kennedy on Jan. 12, 7:45 a.m.
The journeys of our projected top 15 picks in Thursday's MLS SuperDraft have some commonalities. Many are excellent students. No. 1 Joshua Yaro, the son of Ghanaian school teachers, has a photographic memory. North Carolina has three players on our list, and Georgetown and Stanford have two apiece as their strong academics attract players not easily sidetracked by a risky ...
New deal for Fagundez adds luster to record of Homegrown players
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Jan. 10, 1:10 a.m.
MLS and New England took a significant step a few days ago when attacker Diego Fagundez signed a new contract.
My advice for the MLS Combine: Don't hug the sideline
Posted by Paul Kennedy on Jan. 8, 1:36 p.m.
Soccer tryouts, like the adidas MLS Player Combine that runs through Tuesday in Ft. Lauderdale, aren't unique. We've all gone through the paces of a tryout at one time or another.
Hodgepodge U.S. roster lacks two Gonzalezes and Seven Standbys
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Jan. 7, 1:42 a.m.
Seven veterans are not in the U.S. 23-man squad for the January camp but have been put on standby, a bizarre sidelight for a coach who can't seem to accept his own admission that this will be transitional year for the national team.
Crazy December is typical of soccer's fast pace
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Jan. 6, 4:19 a.m.
Just think about what has happened in the month since Portland beat Columbus in the 2015 MLS Cup final, and we won't include the announcements of Targeted Allocation Money and other league matters. Domestically and abroad, the game moves at a dizzying speed.
MLS SuperDraft is at a crossroads
Posted by Paul Kennedy on Jan. 4, 9:49 p.m.
The first major event of the year for Major League Soccer is its annual draft. MLS has been holding college drafts since its first season -- the inaugural draft 20 years ago produced future Hall of Famer Eddie Popeand three current MLS head coaches, Jeff Cassar, Jesse Marsch and Greg Vanney -- but it has been calling it the ...
Year of the woman, soccer champions Lynch, Allard and Dodd (and the '15ers)
Posted by Paul Kennedy on Dec. 29, 8:53 p.m.
By any measurement, 2015 was the Year of the Woman in soccer.
Farewell to the Abby Era
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Dec. 20, 3:30 p.m.
Abby Wambach played her last game for the USA Wednesday, walking off the field at the New Orleans Superdome to the roars and cheers of more than 30,000 fans and the hugs and tears of her teammates and coaches. She departs with an all-time record of 184 goals in 255 U.S. appearances, which includes 22 goals in 30 matches played ...
MLS free-agency is 'a good thing' for players -- and teams who know how utilize the process
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Dec. 16, 11:31 p.m.
Defender Drew Moor, a veteran of 11 MLS seasons who won an MLS Cup title with Colorado in 2010, has left the Rapids and signed with Toronto. He and Justin Mapp (Montreal to Sporting Kansas City) are the first two players to change teams in the free-agent mechanism negotiated by the MLS Players' Union last March.
Ethiopian taxi drivers, happy Irishmen and MLS's challenge
Posted by Paul Kennedy on Dec. 14, 7:32 p.m.
If you are like me and have followed the international game for many years, you quickly become fast friends with complete strangers from abroad thanks to that international language: soccer.
Earnie Stewart jumps on Philly 'rolling train'
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Dec. 12, 2:15 a.m.
More than a decade after helping D.C. United win its fourth MLS Cup, former U.S. international Earnie Stewart has come back to MLS -- wearing a suit and tie! -- as sporting director of the Philadelphia Union,
Prince Ali: FIFA reforms and new president alone aren't enough
Posted by Paul Kennedy on Dec. 11, 7:38 p.m.
U.S.-educated Prince Ali bin Hussein of Jordan is again running for FIFA president. In October 2014, he chose to take on FIFA president Sepp Blatter and was given no chance. Two days before the election in May, the arrests of seven FIFA officials at the Baur au Lac hotel in Zurich shook international soccer to its core. Prince Ali garnered ...