Though soccer has deep roots in St. Louis, fan support during the old NASL and indoor MISL was fleeting at best. Read the whole story
"I want to see them try. I want to see them try to be competitive. There doesn't seem to be a strategic vision for success. ... Mediocrity seems to be the goal. I'll always support the team but I
can't keep putting the sort of money into it. I can't care more than the owners. If the owners aren't going to try harder, I can't keep putting the sort of money into it that I have in the past.
I'll always be a supporter. I'll always be Forever Orange."
-- Donald Lee, a Houston Dynamo season-ticket holder since its first season in 2006, in response to a column by the Houston Chronicle's Brian T. Smith in
which he outlined how the Dynamo has become an afterthought in the fourth-largest U.S. city in the years since it opened BBVA Stadium in 2012. (Houston Chronicle)
Pedro Santos, Valentin Castellanos, Benny Feilhaber, Marc Rzatkowski and Josef Martinez provide the MLS Goal of the Week candidates. Read the whole story
1. The USA will open play in the new Concacaf Nations League on Oct. 11 against Cuba at Washington's Audi Field. The other Group A matches will be against Canada
Oct. 15 in Toronto and Nov. 15 at a U.S. site to be determined and Cuba on Nov. 19 in Cuba's home match likely moved to a neutral venue. Cuba's home match against Canada on Sept. 10 will be played
in the Cayman Islands because Havana's Pedro Marrero Stadium doesn't meet hosting requirements.
2. The gender discrimination lawsuit pitting
28 members of the U.S. women's national team against U.S. Soccer will go to trial on May 5 in U.S. district court, six months earlier than either party requested in their proposed discovery and
case schedules. Judge R. Gary Klausner set the date -- which puts the trial in the middle of the NWSL season and before, not after, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics -- at a scheduling conference held on
3. NYCFC's James Sands will be sidelined 6-8 weeks after suffering a broken collarbone early in Saturday's 4-1 win over FC Cincinnati. The
19-year-old defender will need surgery to repair the injury and and might miss the rest of the 2019 MLS season. Since his move to centerback as part of NYCFC's new three-man backline, Sands has
started 18 games. He missed four games after breaking his arm in June.