• National team 'discussions' lead to this: the Timothy Chandler crisis
    The start of the college soccer season each year triggers a flood of emails into my in-box. For a period of three or four months in the fall, I'll receive emails from hundreds of SIDs at men's and women's college programs. On weekends, it gets nuts with emails containing game reports. Monday is also crazy with a torrent of emails about the latest accolades or previews of the week's action.
  • The 'evolution' of RSL continues with Waibel's promotion
    The promotion of Craig Waibel to general manager marks another step in the reign of owner Dell Loy Hansen and one of the league's most successful mid-market teams.
  • Maitre Carrard and the FIFA scandal involving not so few rogues
    Former IOC director general Francois Carrard's comments about American soccer -- "an ethnic sport for girls in schools" -- exposed his ignorance and forced FIFA to distance itself from the remarks, suggesting via a spokeswoman on Thursday that they were his "personal views" and "do not reflect the views or position of FIFA."View image | gettyimages.com
  • Colorado Rapids search for relevance in tough conference
    MLS Cup champion five years ago, Colorado hasn't been able to attain a spot among the league's elite teams and are well behind the playoff pace for 2015.
  • MLS Sack Race heads toward finish line without a winner -- um, loser
    Friday's announcement out of Tampa Bay that Rowdies owner Bill Edwards had fired president and general manager Farrukh Quraishi and head coach Thomas Rongen came as a shock.
  • MLS's budding rivalry knows no borders
    They are separated by an international boundary and more than 1,700 miles, yet FC Dallas and Vancouver are building up a nice, intense rivalry.
  • Philadelphia Union seemingly entrapped in dark bubble
    Midseason signings have ratcheted up the playoff pressure in both conferences, and one of those teams desperate for a late-season push is Philadelphia.
  • Qualifying for the Olympics will be no sure thing
    Olympic qualifying has been an essential part of the U.S. men's national team program for more than a quarter century.
  • New weapons bolster Earthquakes with ground to make up
    San Jose's push for the playoffs has been strengthened by addition of Panamanian international Anibal Goday and scoring of Quincy Amarikwa. But the Quakes have a lot of points to make up;
  • Unsettled picture puts cloud over U.S. national team's playoff prospects
    The USA-Mexico match for a place in the 2017 Confederations Cup is eight weeks away, but it is not too early to take a look at some of Jurgen Klinsmann's lineup decisions.View image | gettyimages.com
  • Expanded MLS playoff field hasn't diminished intensity of regular-season games
    More teams, 12, will make the playoffs this season than ever before, and those extra spots ratcheted up activity during the secondary transfer window. This weekend wiil give further evidence as to which teams are on the right track.
  • What those big soccer crowds mean, and don't mean
    Soccer's summer of 2015 has seen some extraordinary attendance figures across the United States.
  • John O'Brien, who left high school to sign with Ajax, pursues doctorate
    Landon Donovan once called John O'Brien the "best soccer player in the USA." Bruce Arena said O'Brien was "as talented a midfielder as U.S. soccer has ever had."
  • Grading the MLS summer moves: Western Conference
    No doubt the Galaxy swung the summer's biggest deal by landing Mexican international Giovani Dos Santos, who could cost upwards of $34 million -- $7 million transfer fee, $27 million in salary over four and a half seasons -- if he plays out his MLS contract. By also adding English midfielder Steven Gerrard, the defending champion threw down a challenge to its conference foes, and they've not been inactive.
  • Grading the MLS summer moves: Eastern Conference
    In the wake of a frenzied transfer window that closed Thursday, many teams are looking much different than they did during the first five months of the MLS season. MLS teams are much more willing to spend money on transfer fees than in past seasons, when most experienced pros moving to MLS from foreign leagues were either out of contract or nearly so.