December 2, 2013 |
Caleb Porter, who led the Portland Timbers to the Western Conference finals, was named Major League Soccer's Coach of the Year on Monday. Defender Kevin Alston of the New England Revolution, who returned to the field in July after 4 1/2 months of treatment for cancer, was named the league's Comeback Player of the Year. Both winners were determined in a vote of media members, MLS players and club management. Porter, in his first year with the Timbers, led the team to a conference-best 14-5-15 record, matching the league record for fewest losses in a 34-game schedule.
November 30, 2013 |
Major League Soccer has been on a bit of a roll lately. Over the last six months the league has added two teams, topped 6 million in total attendance for the second consecutive season and, according to Forbes, seen the average value of its franchises rise 175% from 2008. Financially, MLS has never been stronger - which is why a half-dozen other cities, from Miami to San Diego, are begging to join. That's the good news. Here's the bad: An unnecessarily drawn-out postseason schedule, flagging TV ratings and a final featuring the two smallest cities in the league are robbing MLS of much of that momentum, putting a damper on what had been one of the most compelling seasons in the league's 18-year history.
November 25, 2013 |
Will the last person to leave Chivas USA please turn out the lights? On Monday the team announced the departure of Coach Jose Luis Real, who has been summoned back to the mother ship in Guadalajara, where he will take over Mexican league club Chivas of Guadalajara. Real became the 10th coach in Chivas USA history - and the third in less than a month - when he took over last May, leading the team to three wins and six draws in the final 21 games of the Major League Soccer season.
November 19, 2013 |
A fierce topic of debate at the last World Cup centered on how good a soccer player LeBron James would have been. We'll never know the answer to that question, of course. But we may soon find out how good a soccer owner he can be after the Miami Heat forward confirmed he is in talks with former Galaxy midfielder David Beckham to bring a Major League Soccer expansion team to South Florida. "There's some interest in both sides," James told reporters Monday. "David has become a good friend of mine over the last few years and I think it would be great for this city to have a football club.
October 30, 2013 |
David Beckham is coming back to Major League Soccer. Some day. The former Galaxy midfielder had a clause in his MLS contract that allows him to start an expansion team for $25 million -- a quarter of what a fledgling New York City team paid earlier this year to join the league in time for the 2015 season. Now Beckham is showing signs that he intends to invoke that clause and place a team in South Florida, a market that has twice seen professional soccer teams leave for financial reasons.
October 29, 2013 |
Major League Soccer's playoffs start this week with 10 teams vying for the MLS championship. In the Western Conference, the postseason opens Wednesday with the Seattle Sounders playing host to the Colorado Rapids in a one-game "knockout round. " The winner advances to the semifinals to meet the first-place Portland Timbers on Saturday in the first match of their two-game conference semifinal - one game is played at home, one away. In the other Western Conference semifinal pairing, the Galaxy - seeking its third consecutive MLS championship - will play Real Salt Lake on Sunday at StubHub Center.
October 23, 2013 |
Orlando took a big step toward joining Major League Soccer on Tuesday when the Orange County, Fla., board of supervisors approved a funding plan for construction of a downtown soccer-specific stadium. Orlando City SC, the USL Pro champion, will begin expedited negotiations toward becoming an MLS expansion franchise in time for the 2015 season. An expansion franchise has already been approved in New York for the 2015 season. "We'd like Orlando to be the next expansion franchise," MLS President Mark Abbott told the Orlando Sentinel.
October 14, 2013 |
A Major League Soccer spokesman said Monday that the league's 2014 schedule will look similar to this year's, contradicting a report that suggested major changes were planned. "The timing and format of the 2014 schedule will be very similar to the current season," MLS spokesman Dan Courtemanche said. Next year's schedule is expected to be announced before this year's MLS Cup championship game Dec 7. Frank Isola of the New York Daily News wrote Monday that the league was moving toward adopting a European-like schedule "that could be implemented by the start of the 2014 season.
September 19, 2013 |
The Galaxy said Thursday it signed President Chris Klein to a multiyear contract extension with the reigning Major League Soccer champions. Klein, a former Galaxy player who later moved to the front office, was promoted to president in January. Terms of his contract extension were not disclosed. Klein, 37, spent 12 years as an MLS player with Kansas City, Real Salt Lake and the Galaxy. He joined the Galaxy in mid-2007 and retired after the 2010 season. "We are pleased to have a long-term agreement in place with Chris, who in a short period of time has developed into one of the most respected executives in Major League Soccer," Dan Beckerman, president and chief executive of team owner AEG, said in a statement.
September 13, 2013 |
GALAXY AT D.C. UNITED When: 1 p.m. PDT. Where: RFK Stadium, Washington. On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, UniMas; Radio: 1330. Records: Galaxy 13-10-4, D.C. United 3-19-5. Record vs. D.C. United (2012): 1-0-0. Update: This is the only regular-season game between the Galaxy and struggling D.C. United, which is last in Major League Soccer's Eastern Conference. The Galaxy won their sole meeting last season, 3-1, at StubHub Center.