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MLS Positional Awards: Bingham takes top goalkeeping spot

It was a strange year for goalkeepers in MLS. Colorado conceded the fewest goals with two keepers splitting time right down the middle and the keeper that had backstopped Portland to the 2015 MLS Cup title, Adam Kwarasey, left the league.

MLS Positional Rankings: TFC duo heads the pack at outside back

MLS teams don't spend much on outside backs. They've been only marginally affected by increases in the salary cap, none are Designated Players permitted per team, and no team has yet spent any Targeted Allocation Money to sign one.

MLS Positional Rankings: Birnbaum and Van Damme command the centerback slots

The three-man back line is gaining favor in MLS as well as around the world, but the standard four-back system prevails. Occasionally, a player will toggle between the central slots, but most players and coaches prefer to establish one side as their own. Steve Birnbaum has played well enough to earn callups to the U.S. national team, and in his ...

MLS Positional Rankings: Lodeiro and Piatti dominate the flanks

Not many MLS teams field a truly dominant winger or wide midfielder; two that did, Seattle and Montreal, reaped the benefits. Nicolas Lodeiro led the Sounders to their first league title and Ignacio Piatti propelled the Impact to its first appearance in the Eastern Conference finals.

MLS Positional Rankings: Kljestan, Felipe, Alonso top the midfield slots

For players who toil in the middle of the park, roles and classifications often overlap as tactics and formations change from game to game or even within a game. Coaches and general managers and pundits talk of a "No. 10," the playmaking hub around which the attack revolves, yet in many leagues around the world - including MLS - what ...

MLS Positional Rankings: Wright-Phillips, Giovinco take top spots up front

Two players hit the magical 20-goal mark in the 21st season of MLS. Bradley Wright-Phillips scored 24 to notch his second Golden Boot and he tops our list of the league's best strikers, just ahead of 23-goal man David Villa. Sebastian Giovinco, the 2015 MLS MVP, ranked as top forward after another outstanding season.

Who's who of the MLS expansion race

MLS announced details of the timetable for the next wave of expansion that will take the league from 24 to 28 teams. MLS commissioner Don Garber mentioned 10 markets that have expressed interest in bidding. Here's a look at how these markets stack up, who's behind their bids and what stands out about soccer in them.


MLS Cup final worth is celebrating as it turns 21

Seattle and Toronto personify the ambition shown by many big-market MLS teams, and after long years of frustration in both cities those teams have reached their first MLS Cup final. It is fitting that they meet in the 21st edition of the league's showcase event.

Jordan Morris takes advice to heart in 'surreal' rookie season

Jordan Morris has gotten a lot of good advice in his rookie year from teammates and coaches on the Seattle Sounders, from national team players like Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore whom he'll face when the Sounders play Toronto FC in MLS Cup 2016 and from his family with which he still lives. But perhaps the simplest advice came from ...

Bruce Arena is a safe bet compared to the gamble U.S. Soccer took on Klinsmann

It was an exciting and hopeful time, when U.S. Soccer hired Jurgen Klinsmann in the summer of 2011. The press conference at Niketown in New York City garnered media attention not seen for an American soccer announcement since MLS signed David Beckham in 2007.

Jurgen Klinsmann, the U.S. years

More than five years with Jurgen Klinsmann in charge of the U.S. team ended Monday when U.S. Soccer relieved him of his duties as head coach and technical director. Triumphs and controversies marked his time with the U.S., just as had been the case with when he coached Germany and Bayern Munich.

Tony DiCicco: Jill Ellis has USA on the right track despite Olympic setback

Tony DiCicco remains the only coach who has guided the U.S. women to a World Cup (1999) and an Olympic (1996) title. We asked DiCicco, also coach of the USA's 2008 U-20 Women's World Cup championship team, for his assessment on the state of the U.S. national team under Coach Jill Ellis, who took the helm in May of 2014.

Klinsmann's promises of progress are not to be found

The 4-0 blowout loss in Costa Rica Tuesday night is grounds for real concern, not just for the result itself, but for a worrying malaise among the players in the first two Hexagonal matches.

Asleep at the wheel, an old U.S. habit

First things first, the better team won on Friday night. Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio recalled Carlos Vela and Giovani dos Santos, starting them together in attack for the first time since he took over as coach and the first time since the 4-4 game against Trinidad & Tobago in the group stage of the 2015 Gold Cup, and he ...

Americans' sporadic performance mars a great night for soccer

A decade and a half of dominance crashed to earth Friday night in Columbus, where Mexico ended a run of four straight World Cup qualifying defeats by beating the USA, 2-1,.