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MLS West: Chivas USA, Colorado, Dallas, Los Angeles, Portland, Salt Lake, San Jose, Seattle, Vancouver

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Random posts from the soccer category:

  • Throwing open the U.S. Open Cup It’s U.S. Open Cup season again, which means it’s also open season for Open Cup reform ideas and lamentations over its lack of popularity. Like England’s FA Cup, the U.S. Open Cup has a proud history that predates the formation of a viable national league. The biggest difference is that the USA’s viable national league — ...
  • Virtual Viewing Party: Mexico-South Africa Can’t be at your favorite watering hole for a game? Just so enamored of a couple of soccer bloggers that you want to chat with us? Desperate for updates? Twitter crashing? You’re in luck. Hop in the discussion below for the World Cup opener and come back throughout the Cup for more chatting. South Africa vs. ...
  • U.S. men’s soccer: Progress report After a full USA World Cup campaign that exceeded my expectations, I’m still on the fence about Jurgen Klinsmann. Strange thing to say, I know, especially while the country is still exhaling from a game that could hardly have been more dramatic unless it had actually gone to PKs. The USA bent but didn’t break for ...
  • The single-sport future A few days ago, I set up a second Twitter feed at @duresportmma. That’s not something I plan to do often. You won’t see @duresportchess, @duresportbiathlon or @duresportmodernpentathlon. I just sensed that, despite a rush of interest from some MMA buddies in the World Cup, I had little overlap between MMA followers and those who know ...
  • The inconclusive no-goal call and other MLS controversies In today’s MLS on NBCSN game (Philadelphia-Dallas), a potential equalizer from Blas Perez was cleared off the line. Or was it? The consensus among the Twitterati and the great commentary duo of Arlo White/Kyle Martino was that Perez was robbed. Actually, we don’t know. Here’s why. The ball was suspended in the air, so we can’t look for a ...
  • ‘Enduring Spirit’ epilogue: Thoughts from Diana Matheson Here’s proof, once again, that soccer karma doesn’t exist: Through the Spirit office, I asked several players (not all, so don’t go accusing people) a few follow-up questions about the 2014 season, thinking I would publish a short epilogue to the tale of their 2013 season, Enduring Spirit. The epilogue didn’t come to pass, and I wound ...
  • How will the USWNT line up? All the tactical talk of the U.S. women’s soccer team may boil down to one question: How’s Lauren Holiday’s defense? Everything else is working. Tobin Heath is a creative monster on the left. Megan Rapinoe has the playmaking skills and the engine to run all over the field and distribute. Right wing may not be the ...
  • Washington Spirit vs. Western New York: Is it luck? “My socks and shoes always match. Is it luck?” – Primus Let’s start by giving credit where it’s due. Saturday night at the Plex, the Western New York Flash dominated the first half and defended well in the second half. Outstanding young goalkeeper Adrianna Franch was alert when she needed to be, particularly in poking the ...
  • How two wayward WPS investors could hurt the U.S. women’s national soccer team If you want to know the difficulties U.S. women’s soccer would face if WPS disappeared, ask Canada. The Canadian national team that faced the Washington Freedom last weekend was called together from all corners of the globe. American college soccer, WPS, the W-League, the Bundesliga and Scandinavia. The lack of cohesiveness showed, and the result flattered ...
  • The Frimpong questions Former UC-Santa Barbara soccer player Eric Frimpong, now serving time for an alleged rape, has lost another round in court. Bill Archer has reacted angrily, dropping giant tomes of evidence suggesting that Frimpong is a long-suffering victim of a misguided prosecution, a hapless defense lawyer, and a judge with his hands over his ears and ...
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