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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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Random posts from the soccer category:

  • Thursday: Bring on Bellator Quick roundup this morning in between a traffic-slowed morning run to school and a trek out of the Plex. As in Maryland SoccerPlex. – Soccer: Can anyone remember a more  memorable week of Champions League games? Messi’s magic and Bayern’s rally, punctuated by Arjen Robben’s wonder goal, were spectacular. Most of the semifinalists have no time ...
  • MLS Week 4: Cool is a rule, but bad is bad Did MLS suddenly adopt the Scottish system of splitting the top half of the table from the bottom? That would explain why the bottom four teams in the MLS East all faced off this week in a macabre mini-tournament of sorts. Meanwhile, Los Angeles and Salt Lake played a terrific rematch of last fall’s MLS ...
  • MLS 2015-18: Future shock A couple of related topics on Jason Davis’ new-ish American Soccer Morning podcast over the past two weeks: – NBC has paid eleventy billion dollars to show 45,000 hours of Premier League coverage every week, starting this fall. – MLS, while doing well on the box office and sponsorship fronts, is struggling to stand out amid the four ...
  • NWSL free agent update: Feb. 9 Updated after the Supplemental Draft. No, we didn’t know all the free agent signings by then. A couple were announced shortly thereafter. Here’s what we know or think we know so far: BOSTON 1. Cat Whitehill, D 2. Lianne Sanderson, F 3. Kia McNeill, D 4. Kyah Simon, F (announced after draft) CHICAGO 1. Leslie Osborne, M 2. Lori Chalupny, M 3. Ella Masar, F 4. ...
  • Monday Myriad: Keep watching the skis It was Thanksgiving weekend in the USA, which explains why most MMA circuits were quiet. But internationally, it’s prime skiing, skating and sliding time. The top stories of the weekend: 1. Lindsey Vonn had a decent weekend considering her recent hospitalization. But the U.S. Ski Team had a surprise elsewhere: At age 31, Marco Sullivan hadn’t finished ...
  • Single-Digit Soccer: The parity problem Sports are inherently meritocracies. At some point, you simply can’t make every player equal. When I scan the U8 league for the season ahead, I see quite a mixture. A lot of kids have been playing indoor soccer together in the winter. Then you have the kids with everything ranging from a general indifference about soccer ...
  • D.C. United Women and Boston Breakers: A W-League/WPSL friendly The leagues may have a fractious history, but second-year W-League club D.C. United Women welcomed the WPSL Elite League’s Boston Breakers (formerly of the WUSA and WPS) to the Maryland SoccerPlex on Saturday. Play was a little ragged, as you might expect from one team (D.C.) that barely had time for introductions and another (Boston) that ...
  • 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 and single entity: I don’t think it means what you think it means This post is going to start with an academic question and veer into the approaching collective bargaining abyss. Major League Soccer is a “single entity” league. So what does that mean? For lawyers, it’s an intriguing concept, and the lawsuit challenging it might come up in a local law school class. For the league’s detractors, it means ...
  • Single-Digit Soccer: Go your own way A new season has started, and we’re noticing that we’re not on the same page. And those are the adults. The kids? Yeah, they’re all over the place. I’ve started coaching U9, where we have enough players on the field to talk about actual “formations.” This is a new concept for those who have been playing 5v5 ...
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