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Giovinco and Larin head our list of MLS award winners

MLS announced the finalists for its awards this week and aside from a couple of obvious choices, choosing between several worthy candidates shows a steady upgrade in the caliber of players coming to the league.

Firing Kreis is one thing, but NYCFC apparently has little idea of what to do next

Neither Patrick Vieira nor Fabio Capello would seem to make much sense as a replacement for Jason Kreis, dismissed as New York City FC head coach on Monday, but in terms of how NYCFC is handling its MLS investment, the coaching search is another indicator of just where this organization stands.

Remembering Eddie Johnson's good times

Eddie Johnson has officially retired from soccer. The announcement came as no surprise -- he has been suffering for a medical condition that kept him out of action since the end of the 2014 season -- but he said it didn't entirely sink in until the halftime ceremony that was held during Sunday's D.C. United-Red Bulls game at ...

Breaking down MLS's Sunday extravaganza

The MLS conference semifinals will be staged as a quadruple-header on Sunday. Atlantic Cup rivals D.C. United and New York meet again, Seattle and FC Dallas reprise their 2014 playoff meeting, Montreal hosts Columbus, and Portland tries to build on its incredible PK-win in the knockout round when Northwest foe Vancouver comes to town.

Thank goodness for 'Rock 'n' Roll Soccer'

One of my favorite soccer memories: I was 13, sitting next to my grandfather who was visiting us from Germany, in Aloha Stadium watching Team Hawaii play the Las Vegas Quicksilvers.

MLS Playoffs: Third-place teams get first taste of pressure of quickie-elimination

The expanded playoff format adopted by MLS for the 2015 seasons adds the third-place teams, which in previous years went straight into the conference semifinals, in the knockout phase.

MLS Playoffs: Quick turnaround will be followed by quick exit

The MLS playoffs start off Wednesday with knockout games between the fourth and fifth seeds in each conference. New England takes on D.C. United at RFK Stadium, and Seattle hosts the LA Galaxy at Century Link Field. The survivors advance as the home teams for the conference semifinals that start Sunday, and all four teams are looking to salvage disappointing ...

New York Red Bulls and FC Dallas show how to do it right in MLS

There was not much separating the New York Red Bulls and FC Dallas, winners of MLS's Eastern and Western Conferences, respectively.

Here's hoping for a playoff game at BMO Field and more Cascadia craziness

The MLS regular season concludes Sunday with four of 12 playoff spots undecided and a dizzying array of postseason possibilities. But it's clear that a playoff game in Toronto is long overdue and the most Northwest games that get in, the better.

Looming World Cup qualifying fight adds to USA's unsettling picture

Jurgen Klinsmann spent all year hyping up the 2017 Confederations Cup to which the USA would have qualified by winning either the 2015 Gold Cup or the one-off Concacaf Cup. Neither happened so it's on to the next task: qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

MLS goes all the way with Decision Day

Thanks to a scheduling change, the Supporters' Shield race between FC Dallas and the Red Bulls will be played out simultaneously, as will the relevant games in each conference to finalize playoff participants and their final placings.

More playoff games will mean more complaints about postseason format

Expansion of the playoff fields in each conference from five teams to six raises the number of teams at risk in the knockout round when the No. 6 seed plays at No. 3 and No. 5 travels to No. 4. Such conditions put more pressure on teams to get results in the final weeks of the regular seasonb but won't ...

Klinsmann has molded a team that resembles himself

First of all, let's sum up the last few months for the men's national team and its subset, the under-23s.

Klinsmann dumps Johnson: What's wrong with asking to be subbed for the good of the team?

Among the many German-raised players Jurgen Klinsmann brought into the U.S. national team, Fabian Johnson was especially intriguing.

Black Saturday isn't the only reason why Klinsmann's time is up

It was Black Saturday for the USA. Mexico thoroughly outclassed Jurgen Klinsmann's team after the U.S. U-23s, aiming to qualify for the Olympics, got schooled by Honduras.