Around the world, cup competitions are a volatile, unpredictable counterpart to the long grinding slog of league play. In the United States, the MLS season is condensed into a frantic burst of tense showdowns that determine the champion.
Ellinger: U.S. Youth Soccer 'renews focus'
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Dec. 5, 4:47 p.m.
John Ellinger has coached some of the most brilliant young American players in the nation's history and brings vast experience to new USYS Technical Director role.
MLS Cup 2007: Dynamo Dynasty
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Dec. 5, 4:44 p.m.
Houston matched D.C. United's back-to-back championships in the first two MLS seasons by rallying to beat New England, just as it did in last year's final. This time, it came back from a 1-0 deficit to win, 2-1, in overtime to win the fourth title in franchise history.
Youth Beat-Wilmer Cabrera: 'Coaching has to be natural.'
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Dec. 5, 4:43 p.m.
World Cup vet and former pilot Wilmer Cabrera aims to take U.S. Soccer's U-17 program to new heights.
International Year in Review
Posted by Paul Kennedy on Dec. 5, 4:40 p.m.
It was a year for triumph and tragedy. Champions were crowned on three continents, and a new generation of stars dominated the international club scene. But 2007 was also marked by tragedy as Italian soccer descended into violence.
The Best of MLS
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Dec. 5, 4:29 p.m.
An influx of new players - DPs, youth and senior internationals and drafted rookies - produced the deepest player pool in league history. That depth and quality are reflected in the annual Soccer America positional rankings.