• Hainault incident shows why MLS could use extra officials
    During the Houston-D.C. United playoff game Sunday I could have sworn the ghost of Ronald Koeman had drifted into BBVA Compass Stadium and briefly taken over the body of Dynamo defender Andrew Hainault.
  • Donovan sets aside angst to fuel playoff surge
    So, does anyone else want to ponder that perhaps Landon Donovan is done?
  • Backe's exit was foregone conclusion
    Despite leading the Red Bulls to the playoffs during each of his three seasons in charge, head coach Hans Backe has been dismissed. Backe got the boot less than 24 hours after New York lost the rescheduled home leg of its Eastern Conference semifinal to D.C. United, 1-0, to go out of the Eastern Conference semifinals, 2-1, on aggregate. It also fell at the conference semifinal stage in the 2010 and 2011 playoffs, and under Backe won just two of seven playoff matches.
  • Matchups of playoffs past enhance final four pairings
    There are pending rematches of MLS Cups past among the possibilities for this year's edition, yet there's also the chance of a debutant winner.
  • San Jose runs out of rally mojo
    "They picked a bad night to have a bad game." So spoke a member of the Quakes' support staff, who for the first time since last August watched them lose a game at Buck Shaw Stadium.
  • Keane is the key as Galaxy battles Quakes
    Assistant coach Dave Sarachan didn't need the Castrol Index ratings to tell him how valuable striker Robbie Keane has been to the Galaxy this season.
  • MLS Positional Rankings: Wondo runs away with top honors
    In the annual Soccer America positional rankings, the top two spots up top go to Chris Wondolowski of San Jose and Robbie Keane of the Galaxy.
  • Postseason is the time of drama and destiny
    If the two MLS wild-card games generated plenty of intensity and drama, as knockout matches are supposed to do, the first legs of the conference semifinals were tighter and more calculated.
  • Seattle strives to end playoff frustration
    The Sounders haven't scored in three games against Real Salt Lake this season and their top scorer is likely unavailable because of injury. If this ratchets up the pressure on Seattle, which hasn't advanced out of the first playoff round in each of its three previous postseason appearances, Coach Sigi Schmid believes his players can turn it into a positive.
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