• Paths of Miazga and Cropper cross with both at crucial points
    An FA Cup match this weekend between MK Dons and Chelsea is a tussle between a humble team and a global brand, as well as a meeting point of two young American players.
  • Return of Movsisyan reconnects Real Salt Lake with its rise to success
    After five years in Europe, striker Yura Movsisyan has come back to Real Salt Lake on loan from Spartak Moscow. The Armenian forward played a vital role in RSL's emergence as an elite MLS team and he returns during a period of transformation.
  • Coaches-in-training ready to whip LA Galaxy locker room into shape
    With three MLS titles in five seasons with the LA Galaxy and a scoring rate that seems to get better each year -- 20 goals in 24 games in 2015 to give him 73 goals in 108 MLS games -- Robbie Keane has had the best career of any big international star that has entered MLS since it implemented the Designated Player rule in 2007.
  • For once, some healthy signs are coming out of Toronto
    A flurry of offseason moves has strengthened Toronto FC after it conceded as many goals as it scored, 58, and stumbled badly in its first playoff appearance.
  • Clint Dempsey on Jordan Morris, moving abroad and his national team future
    Perhaps no player on the Seattle Sounders knows better what Jordan Morris was facing in deciding whether he'll join the Sounders or Werder Bremen -- the German club says MLS has won out -- than Clint Dempsey.
  • The Jordan Morris conundrum, what it means for MLS now and for the future
    Momentum for a move to Werder Bremen continues to build as Jordan Morris played his first game for the German club on Friday, starting and assisting on the lone goal in its 1-0 win over Inter Baku of Azerbaijan in a friendly game that wrapped up its winter camp in Turkey.
  • Pro route was a lot different for MLS original and Sounders technical director Henderson
    Seattle has made the playoff every year since joining MLS and has fallen short of MLS Cup every time. Changes in ownership and the front office are part of the job for technical director Chris Henderson, who has worked in the league continuously since it started up in 1996.
  • MLS SuperDraft falls out of national broadcast window -- but it's not a big deal
    The only live broadcast coverage of the 2016 MLS SuperDraft from Baltimore Thursday will be streamed on the Internet, yet the absence of ESPN is a minor inconvenience as the league begins its third decade of play.
  • MLS SuperDraft: Our Top 15 picks
    The journeys of our projected top 15 picks in Thursday's MLS SuperDraft have some commonalities. Many are excellent students. No. 1 Joshua Yaro, the son of Ghanaian school teachers, has a photographic memory. North Carolina has three players on our list, and Georgetown and Stanford have two apiece as their strong academics attract players not easily sidetracked by a risky career in pro career.
  • New deal for Fagundez adds luster to record of Homegrown players
    MLS and New England took a significant step a few days ago when attacker Diego Fagundez signed a new contract.
  • My advice for the MLS Combine: Don't hug the sideline
    Soccer tryouts, like the adidas MLS Player Combine that runs through Tuesday in Ft. Lauderdale, aren't unique. We've all gone through the paces of a tryout at one time or another.
  • Hodgepodge U.S. roster lacks two Gonzalezes and Seven Standbys
    Seven veterans are not in the U.S. 23-man squad for the January camp but have been put on standby, a bizarre sidelight for a coach who can't seem to accept his own admission that this will be transitional year for the national team.
  • Crazy December is typical of soccer's fast pace
    Just think about what has happened in the month since Portland beat Columbus in the 2015 MLS Cup final, and we won't include the announcements of Targeted Allocation Money and other league matters. Domestically and abroad, the game moves at a dizzying speed.
  • MLS SuperDraft is at a crossroads
    The first major event of the year for Major League Soccer is its annual draft. MLS has been holding college drafts since its first season -- the inaugural draft 20 years ago produced future Hall of Famer Eddie Pope and three current MLS head coaches, Jeff Cassar, Jesse Marsch and Greg Vanney -- but it has been calling it the SuperDraft since 2000.