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MLS Eastern Conference preview

As the third decade of play in MLS commences, in the battle between conferences Eastern teams are playing catchup.

Scheduling change for Concacaf Champions League is possible

Another rough night for MLS teams in the Concacaf Champions League points out the recurrent problems of scheduling, and how a minor change could bring significant improvement.

Gulati is just where he needs to be

By all accounts, Sunil Gulati, president of U.S. Soccer, played a pivotal role in the election of Gianni Infantino as FIFA president.


Friday was a good day for soccer

FIFA needed a day like Friday. The FIFA Congress overwhelmingly passed sweeping reforms and it elected 45-year-old Swiss lawyer Gianni Infantino as its new president.


The song remains the same in Concacaf Champions League

A year after losing in Costa Rica to start off the CCL quarterfinals, D.C. United traveled to Mexico and despite a valiant effort again came up short.

Galaxy's Keane: 'If anyone has a chance, it's certainly us'

In the midst of an extensive makeover, the Galaxy starts its season with a Concacaf Champions League series against Santos Laguna, one of four Liga MX teams paired against MLS opposition in the quarterfinals.

Rosales-Perez trade confirms title aspirations for FC Dallas and Vancouver

Blas Perez stung the Whitecaps by scoring four goals against them for FC Dallas, yet the 'Caps swung a deal by which the Panamanian striker comes aboard in exchange for midfielder Mauro Rosales.

Attitude of 'getting the call right' will someday supersede that of 'getting on with it'

At its annual general meeting next month, the International Football Association Board, which is authorized by FIFA to test and adopt rule changes, is expected to approve extensive testing of video replay.

Oba, we hardly knew ye, or why his China move matters

Let's say it's a Saturday night and you've been out and want to catch up on the day's MLS action.

Portland Timbers face added pressure loaded on MLS top dogs

Portland beat RSL, 1-0, to wrap up its preseason training stint in the desert. It has about a week to prepare for the Simple Invitational, its annual preseason tournament that this year brings in Minnesota United, Vancouver and Chicago.

Legal primer explains past and (possible) future of soccer litigation

The lawsuit filed by U.S Soccer against U.S. Women's National Team Players Association in U.S. District Court in Chicago has made plenty of news, but it will be a short case.

Chicago Fire's Paunovic is counting on new youngsters

A major makeover of the Fire under head coach Veljko Paunovic and general manager Nelson Rodriguez is underway in Florida, where the U.S. players summoned by Jurgen Klinsmann have joined their club for its preseason training.

For once, USA starts off a year just as it's supposed to

Defensive miscues. Sloppy touches. Blown assignments. Confusion. These negative facets of play have been part and parcel of U.S. friendlies played in January and early February, and they were present against Iceland a week ago Sunday and Canada last Friday.

Jozy shows he's still the man up front

U.S. soccer fans have a love-hate relationship with most of their big stars. For every fan who loved Landon Donovan as the greatest American player of all time, you could find another who thought he was a wuss for failing in Germany. Fans are equally divided about Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore.


Lee Nguyen on how he parlayed longer offseason into national team success

Revs attacker Lee Nguyen got his first U.S. start against Iceland last Sunday and turned in a strong 90 minutes as the Americans rallied for a 3-2 victory.