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Rolfe is relishing second stint with Fire

He's only been gone three years, yet Chris Rolfe marvels at some of the changes he sees in MLS as well as himself.

MLS Power Rankings: Quakes hold edge over SKC

The best offensive team, San Jose, and the top defensive outfit, Sporting Kansas City, finished the season atop the conferences and in the first two ranking spots.

Buddle recovers in time to salvage 'lost year'

Five months after suffering a torn meniscus suffered colliding with an opposing player, Galaxy striker Edson Buddle is starting to feel like his old self.

Galaxy wins but still faces wild-card test

The last MLS playoff piece fell into place just after 8 p.m. Pacific Time Sunday night, when the final whistle blew on a 1-0 Galaxy defeat of the Sounders at Home Depot Center that also ended the regular season.

The best-ever MLS regular season?

The MLS regular season, which ends this weekend, can lay claim to being the best in league history.

New competition may devalue Gold Cup

The announcement Wednesday that a special centenary edition of the Copa America will be played in 2016 featuring Concacaf teams may both help and impair the Gold Cup.

Lassiter takes 'Wondo Watch' to the final hurdle

Roy Lassiter, whose single-season scoring record has been "stalked" by Chris Wondolowski this season, is turning the tables.

MLS Power Rankings: Top two hold firm

San Jose and Los Angeles played a typically wild 2-2 tie that could be a preview of the Western Conference semifinals, and Sporting Kansas City tied the league record for shutouts by blanking New York for the second time in a month, 0-0.

Galaxy's Gonzalez accuses Quakes of 'cheap shots'

A member of last year's Supporters' Shield-winning team isn't all that impressed with the 2012 winner that his team might face again in the playoffs.

Old Guard & Prodigal Son deliver for Klinsmann

You can talk all you want about tactics, fitness, motivation -- but the keys to the USA advancing in World Cup qualifying have been Clint Dempsey, a few other veterans, and the prodigal son.

Wynalda: 'We have to be ruthless'

Thoughts on the national team? Eric Wynalda has a few. In a wide-ranging interview the night before the USA faced Guatemala Tuesday in the last game of its 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign, the former international gave his thoughts on the current squad, the work of head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, and the rigors of CONCACAF qualifying.

Will USA-Guatemala be a real game?

A USA-Guatemala tie on Tuesday will guarantee that both teams advance to the final round of World Cup qualifying. The scenario recalls the infamous West Germany-Austria game at the 1982 World Cup that embarrassed both countries and forced a change in how soccer competitions are formatted.

Putting the semifinal round into perspective

The hiring of Jurgen Klinsmann as U.S. national team coach last year presented a conundrum for fans and journalists, that of weighing the short-term against the long-term.

Klinsmann's men slay the minnow

In a way, it's not an inviting prospect to face a minnow like Antigua & Barbuda, a country of 82,000 that fails to fill its 10,000-seat stadium for World Cup qualifiers. Not even a soccer stadium, but a reconfigured cricket oval, because soccer doesn't rate as the most popular sport in the twin-island nation.

Zusi's skill set plays well for USA

When his former college coach describes some of Graham Zusi's deliveries as "Beckham-esque," Sasho Cirovski is guilty of only moderate hyperbole.