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MLS East: Chicago, Columbus, D.C. United, Houston, Montreal, New England, New York, Philadelphia, Kansas City, Toronto

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

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  • NWSL expansion, MLS precedent and devious tactics Want some irony? The person at the epicenter of the biggest controversy in MLS expansion draft history is now the managing director of the Houston Dash, which will stock its roster in the first NWSL expansion draft Friday. Brian Ching was (and still is) a Houston legend, a key figure in the Dynamo’s early MLS success. The ...
  • NWSL notebook: Time for German efficiency? Apologies for writing about last week’s NWSL panel at the NSCAA convention nearly a week after it happened, but it’s tough to get any work done when the local schools decline to open and give your kids some place to go during the day. In any case — the big issues have been covered. First: The ...
  • Style points: Why everything you think about the present or future U.S. soccer mentality is wrong Soccer America’s Best of American Soccer 2010 has a terrific profile of FC Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman, whose breakout year in 2010 is just a small part of his compelling story. His background is one reason why I’ve found the stereotypes of U.S. soccer in this otherwise interesting BigSoccer thread, which popped up in response to ...
  • Washington Spirit vs. Virginia: Better than last year Did we mention that it was raining hard? And yet, when we could actually catch a glimpse of the game through the water, it was a good one. Don’t weep for Virginia’s graduation losses. The Cavaliers are still a terrific team. Morgan Brian is world-class. Danielle Colaprico is quality. And the goal … my word. Get a ...
  • Washington Spirit vs. FC Kansas City: Meet the new boss A promising performance against a talented team. A second-half setback. Then a controversial call late, with Diana Matheson stepping up to convert the penalty kick. That was the Washington Spirit’s April 20 game against Western New York. And it happened again last night against FC Kansas City. So in a sense, the Spirit has simply gotten back ...
  • Single-Digit Soccer: Do small-sided games backfire? Start with a nearly unanimous point in today’s youth soccer: We don’t take 6-year-olds who’ve never played soccer and fling them out onto a 110-by-70 field playing 11-on-11 games. We start them with small-sided games where they can get used to touching the ball often, and we worry about teaching them the tactics of being ...
  • MLS: Eight worthy playoff teams pre-Cup If the season ended today, we would have two playoff teams from the East and six from the West. Want more East-West factoids?: – In fact, the third-place Eastern team (Toronto) would be barely ahead of the last-place team (Chivas USA) in the West. The tiebreakers are head-to-head (haven’t played yet), goal difference (both at -2), then ...
  • The perils of predicting prospects’ futures He was a young American phenom, joining a pro team in high school. He was compared to the best players of his generation. After signing in Portugal, things started to go wrong. Freddy Adu? Nope. Jovan Kirovski, subject of a compelling profile by the San Diego Union-Tribune‘s Mark Ziegler. Kirovski came of age in the days before ...
  • Anatomy of a goal: Fire’s Dykstra to McBride The dagger for D.C. United started with former Woodbridge, Va., resident Andrew Dykstra, the young goalkeeper for the Chicago Fire. Dykstra, who had 80-100 people coming to watch him, said he was looking for Brian McBride with his long distributions late in the game. He wasn’t able to get the ball to him in the corner ...
  • Monday Myriad: Paralympic wrap, injured gymnasts and Diamonds Yes, the Monday Myriad is back! Mostly because I want to try to mention the big stuff and some fun stuff that happens on weekend, and soccer coaching/PTA/parenting duties don’t let me work an actual seven-day week. It only seems that way. And we had a lot of long-term events wrapping this weekend. Feels almost like ...
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