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Home >Soccer America Daily > Friday, Nov. 1, 2013
[MLS PLAYOFFS: Saturday Preview] The 18th postseason in MLS history presents several intriguing storylines. Two of the league's best teams in recent years, Seattle and Sporting Kansas City, are out to exorcise demons of failures in the playoffs that continue Saturday. Read the whole story
[MLS PLAYOFFS: Houston-Montreal] The Houston Dynamo lived up to reputation for stepping things up in the playoffs with a 3-0 win over the Montreal Impact in their play-in game that drew an announced crowd of only 10,476 fans at BBVA Compass Stadium. But the big story was the Montreal meltdown ... Read the whole story
[MLS PLAYOFFS: Schedule] The MLS playoffs continue with the first leg of the conference semifinals. Six of the eight teams -- all but Portland and New England -- return from last year's final eight. Two games will be played Saturday and two more on Sunday. All will air on national ... Read the whole story
[MLS SPOTLIGHT] Some disenchanted Chicago Fire fans will claim owner Andrew Hauptman doesn't have his heart in his club. But Hauptman says just the opposite has been the problem. His decision to hire Frank Yallop -- a veteran of 11 MLS seasons with three clubs -- as head coach and ... Read the whole story
[MLS SPOTLIGHT] Six days after his 27th birthday, Eddie Gaven retired. But he packed a lot into his 11-year MLS career. He was the youngest players, at 17, ever to be named to the MLS Best XI. He won MLS Cup with the Columbus Crew in 2008. And he was ... Read the whole story
[AMERICANS ABROAD] Michael Bradley came on for the last 10 minutes of Roma's 1-0 win over his former club, Chievo Verona, that continued Roma's perfect start to the Serie A season. Its 10 wins in 10 games  set a record for the best start in Serie A, breaking the record ... Read the whole story
[CONCACAF UNDER-17 WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP] The USA outshot Trinidad & Tobago 39-0 and finished with a 16-0 edge in corner kicks but needed 32 minutes to score its first goal en route to an 8-0 win in their opening game at the 2013 Concacaf U-17 Women's Championship in Montego Bay, Jamaica. ... Read the whole story
[VIDEO PICK: Golazo] Last week, when we presented Zlatan Ibrahimovic's overhead backheel volley golazo, we asked "Ever seen a goal like this?" Soccer America columnist Paul Gardner reminded us that, yes, we have. It was three decades ago in Giants Stadium in a game between the New York Cosmos and ... Read the whole story


What They're Saying

"I think I knocked someone's hot dog and beer out of their hands [on the first goal kick], but other than that, it was OK." -- Marcus Hahnemann, the Seattle Sounders' 41-year-old backup keeper, on entering Wednesday's play-in against Colorado in the 85th minute because of a red card to Michael Gspurning. The Sounders won, 2-0. (NBC Sports) ...More

What They're Saying

"The only thing that becomes tricky is playing nine months one game a week pretty much and now all of a sudden playing hopefully three games in [seven] days. We're playing two games in three, three-and-a-half days and then if you're fortunate enough to advance then we're playing Sunday, Wednesday, Saturday. It's mind blowing, mind blowing, for any coach in this league so that'll be interesting for the teams who advance. Hopefully, it's us. Hopefully, it's a situation that we're faced with." -- Mike Petke, coach of the Supporters' Shield champion New York Red Bulls, ripping the MLS playoff schedule ...More



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