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MLS Player Power Rankings After Wednesday's Week 19 Games
MLS News
Thursday, 17 July 2014 21:13

To kick off play in Week 19, the stars of Major League Soccer showed up to deliver some goal-scoring theatrics to fans. 

In the four games across the league Wednesday night, Robbie Keane, Gyasi Zardes, Bradley Wright-Phillips and Conor Casey all showed up on the scoresheet. 

Wright-Phillips' goal for the Red Bulls extended his lead atop the Golden Boot chart to two over Erick Torres.

Continue reading on to see where those four players, and 16 others, ranked in the latest MLS Player Power Rankings. 

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MLS Standings 2014 Week 19: Latest Table, Updated Schedule for Week 20
MLS News
Thursday, 17 July 2014 13:25

For fans out there itching for some soccer in their post-World Cup existence, the MLS is calling. And Week 20 promises to be a good week to catch up with the United States' domestic league, as there are several intriguing matchups to see and international stars to follow. 

From high-scoring teams to top-of-the-table matchups, there should be something for everyone. Let's break down the table, fixtures and preview some of the interesting games on tap.

 

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Preview

Without question, the game of the week is the matchup between Sporting KC and the LA Galaxy. The game will match two of the league's top scorers in Sporting KC's Dom Dwyer (14 goals) and the Galaxy's Robbie Keane (nine goals, six assists). But will either be able to find the net in this one?

That remains to be seen, as these teams also happen to have the two stingiest defenses in the league. The Galaxy have given up just 14 goals this season, while Sporting KC have conceded just 17.

But the Galaxy come into this game on fire, having gone unbeaten in their last eight games. And Keane finally broke a four-game scoreless streak, notching a brace against the New England Revolution in the Galaxy's 5-1 win on Wednesday.

“There's never a doubt in our minds that Robbie will produce goals for us, whether it's directly from him or assisting,” Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena told Jim Peltz of the Los Angeles Times.

They'll certainly need him doing so against a tough Sporting KC side. Of course, Matt Besler and company might have something to say about that. 

While that is clearly the premier matchup of the week, there will be some other exciting games to take in.

The Philadelphia Union facing the Chicago Fire might not appear to be one of the noteworthy matchups of the week, but there should be goals. The Union have become one of the most exciting teams in the league to watch on a nightly basis, both because they score regularly (32 goals, second in the MLS) and they give up just as many (34 goals allowed, second-worst in the MLS).

The Chicago Fire don't find themselves in as many goal frenzies as the Union do (25 goals, 27 conceded), but they aren't exactly a squad renowned for its top defense, either. Three players on Chicago have five or more goals (Mike McGee, Harry Shipp and Quincy Amarikwa), so they aren't to be taken lightly.

Meanwhile, Toronto FC is always worth a watch, led by Michael Bradley and Jermain Defoe (11 goals, two assists). They'll be expected to handle a Houston Dynamo side that has just 18 points in 19 games—Toronto beat them 4-2 last time these teams met—but after a 1-1 draw against the Vancouver Whitecaps, the outlook is a touch bittersweet for Toronto.

From the Canadian Press, via the CBC:

The game may prove costly for Toronto, which lost fullback Mark Bloom (knee) and Jackson (hamstring) to injury. [Toronto manager Ryan] Nelsen's side is already without captain/centre back Steven Caldwell (quad tear).

Toronto, which has lost just once in its last nine games (4-1-4), has now gone 11 straight MLS matches without being held scoreless, a franchise record.

It's doubtful Houston will end that streak.

Real Salt Lake versus the aforementioned Whitecaps should also be a good one. The Whitecaps currently find themselves mid-table in the Western Conference, sixth on the table, but trailing second-place Real Salt Lake by just two points. In general, the Western Conference remains bunched, as teams two through eight on the table are separated by just seven points.

While the Seattle Sounders are running away with the conference—they're 10 points up on Real Salt Lake in first place—they're also facing a lengthy break in action. This week, the rest of the Conference will be jockeying for position as everyone looks to catch up to Clint Dempsey and company.

 

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10 Things We Learned from MLS Week 19
MLS News
Thursday, 17 July 2014 04:57

With a slate of four midweek matches, Major League Soccer fans had plenty to watch on Wednesday night.

Sporting Kansas City went top of the table in the Eastern Conference with a late win, while the Philadelphia Union took three points off the New York Red Bulls. In the all-Canada battle, the Vancouver Whitecaps and Toronto FC split the points and finally, in the late game, the LA Galaxy defeated the New England Revolution.

Here are 10 things we learned from the action in MLS Week 19.

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MLS Best XI from Wednesday's Week 19 Contests
MLS News
Thursday, 17 July 2014 00:10

In just four games Wednesday, some of Major League Soccer's best delivered terrific performances, especially those playing at home. 

The three biggest stars of the night were forwards who have all seen themselves take different career paths to this point. 

To accommodate the three forwards, we opted to select three central midfielders and make the best XI from Wednesday's action a team set up in a 4-3-3.

Continue reading to see which 11 players were the best on Wednesday night in MLS.

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Winners and Losers from Wednesday's MLS Action
MLS News
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 22:58

There may have only been four games played Wednesday night in Major League Soccer, but that did not limit the amount of winners and losers from games in Philadelphia, Columbus, Toronto and Los Angeles.

A few rookies were thrown into the fire in three games, while a friendly face finally came through for the Union.

Continue reading on to see who the biggest winners and losers were during Wednesday's four-game slate.

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MLS Stars Spoof Ferris Bueller in 'Mike Magee's Day Off'
MLS News
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 10:46

Reigning Major League Soccer MVP Mike Magee has teamed up with a host of American stars to create a parody of the iconic movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off, recreated as Mike Magee's Day Off.

The MLS promotion features Magee getting out of training by taking a page out of Bueller's book.

American goalkeeper Hope Solo plays opposite Magee as his adversary (Bueller's sister), while the likes of Thierry Henry and former USMNT boss Bruce Arena make cameos. 

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MLS Player Power Rankings: Top Scorers Rise to the Top After Week 18
MLS News
Monday, 14 July 2014 18:00

Week 18 in Major League Soccer was all about scoring. 

To make things even better, the top five scorers in the league found the back of the net at least once.

The top four on the scoring chart all have places in the top four spots of the latest MLS Player Power Rankings. 

Continue reading on to see which member of the scoring quartet topped the latest ranking of the top 20 players in MLS. 

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Clint Dempsey Scores for Seattle Sounders in Huge Derby Against Portland Timbers
MLS News
Monday, 14 July 2014 05:57

The World Cup may be over, but Clint Dempsey is still playing in front of sold-out crowds and scoring goals, and he grabbed the winner for Seattle Sounders in their MLS derby against Portland Timbers.

Dempsey was lurking near the goal and was on hand to turn the ball past Donovan Ricketts.

The Sounders went on to win the game 2-0.

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10 Things We Learned from MLS Week 18
MLS News
Monday, 14 July 2014 05:04

With the 2014 World Cup coming to an end, the attention of many American soccer fans is starting to return home to Major League Soccer.

With the league now back in full swing after a brief hiatus during the tournament in Brazil, fans were treated to a number of fantastic highlights this past weekend.

Here are 10 things we learned from Week 18 in MLS.

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Winners and Losers from MLS Week 18: Chivas USA, Houston Back 4 and More
MLS News
Sunday, 13 July 2014 23:13

Thanks to a high-octane weekend of play across Major League Soccer, there were plenty of winners and losers to discuss after Week 18 closed up shop in Seattle Sunday night.

A total of 31 goals were scored in nine games over three days, which means plenty of players received a good amount of praise, and there were some guilty parties who made mistakes leading to those strikes.

Continue reading on to take a look at the full list of winners and losers from MLS Week 18.

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