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MLS Player Rankings: Fresh Face Jumps Past Established Stars Following Week 3
MLS News
Monday, 23 March 2015 23:26

In a week where some of the top names in Major League Soccer were sidelined by bye weeks, one of the league's new faces showed up in a major way at the Citrus Bowl. 

Because the likes of Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore had the week off, a few fresh faces climbed into high spots on the list of the league's best 20 players. 

Our new top player made a jump of nine spots to claim the top spot after Week 3. 

Continue reading to see who earned the No. 1 position on the MLS Player Rankings for the first time this season. 

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MLS: 8 Things We Learned on Matchday 3
MLS News
Monday, 23 March 2015 19:46

MLS Matchday 3 is in the books, and, as usual, there were some interesting storylines and takeaways.

The San Jose Earthquakes won in their first game at Avaya Stadium against the Chicago Fire on Sunday. FC Dallas earned its third win in as many games to stay perfect on the season. Finally, the New York Red Bulls defeated their rivals D.C. United.

There was also more refereeing controversy, another brutal injury and some incredible individual performances. 

Here are eight things we learned this past weekend in MLS.

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MLS Team of the Week: Wright-Phillips, Rivero Dazzle in Slow Week 3
MLS News
Monday, 23 March 2015 00:05

The third week of the Major League Soccer season was far from exciting from start to finish, but there were some glimpses of brilliance across the league on Saturday and Sunday.

With two of the most creative teams in the league, Toronto and Seattle, off this weekend, fans should have expected a drop off in quality from the first two weeks. But the goal production dried up significantly as only seven of the 16 clubs who played in Week 3 found the back of the net. 

Some of the players who did score a goal this weekend produced terrific bits of individual skill before beating the opposing goalkeeper. 

Due to the lack of extraordinary output at a certain position, we opted to field our best 11 from Week 3 in a traditional 4-4-2. 

Here's a look at the Week 3 edition of the MLS Team of the Week. 

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Ronaldo to MLS May Be a Distraction from Miami Debacle
MLS News
Friday, 20 March 2015 18:56

Cristiano Ronaldo is planning to play in MLS in 2018, per Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl. It's big news given his status as one of the world's best players, and he'll be only 33 years old. However, the timing of the news is curious considering what's transpired with the Miami expansion debacle.

According to Wahl, the cities that have been linked to Ronaldo are Miami, Los Angeles and New York. 

This isn't the first time Ronaldo has been linked to the United States, either. His agent, Jorge Mendes, claimed that the Ballon d'Or winner could move to the U.S. once his contract expires, per French TV program Telefoot (h/t to MLS' official website).

Even if Mendes stayed silent on the matter, it's feasible to see a player like Ronaldo in MLS. He's a huge star, he's vastly wealthy and likes to soak in the limelight, just like David Beckham.

This Ronaldo news could very likely happen, and he would obviously be a great addition for MLS. However, this also looks like a PR move designed to distract the fans from the disaster in Miami.

It's not a guarantee that Ronaldo would choose South Florida. The LA Galaxy, New York City FC and the expansion team in LA could all be in the mix. Each side can feasibly meet the 30-year-old's wage demands, plus each city is a desirable location for most players.

However, the timing of this announcement is still intriguing. The bombshell involving the Real Madrid star broke just one day after MLS announced it was in "advanced discussions" with a group in Minnesota for expansion. Meanwhile, Beckham and his group still don't have a stadium plan.

Miami-Dade County Commission offered a site near Marlins Park to Beckham earlier this month. However, ownership is still looking at all options. 

This comes as no surprise. As The Guardian's Ewan Murray points out, Miami is an awkward location and is very political. This isn't entirely Beckham's fault, but he hasn't helped his team's image during these tumultuous times.

The ex-England international promised fans "good news" in December of last year. Nothing significant was announced.

Two months later, in February of this year, the 39-year-old professed to the BBC (h/t to the official MLS' website) that he will find a stadium site.

Miami obviously doesn't have a stadium at the moment, and we'll continue to work hard on that. We're making some really good progress, some real positive progress, so at some point in the next couple of months there will be some announcements. So it's hard work, of course, but nothing in life is easy. So we're focusing on that and then we'll announce it when ready.

Beckham's group hasn't revealed anything since the former Manchester United star uttered those words. It would have been prudent to stay quiet.

If worst comes to worst, Beckham still has the site near Marlins Park. It's looking more likely that the organization will settle for that location because the group is struggling to find another area.

This Ronaldo news may have been a coincidence. It's also plausible to see him playing in North America in three years. However, with all of these setbacks surrounding the Miami franchise, this could be a ploy to capture the fans' interest again.

 

Peter Galindo covers MLS and U.S. soccer for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter @GalindoPW.

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Insider: MLS Move Makes More Sense Than Return to Man Utd for Cristiano Ronaldo
MLS News
Friday, 20 March 2015 01:00

According to a Sports Illustrated report, Cristiano Ronaldo is eyeing a move to MLS when his contract with Real Madrid ends in 2018.

Spanish football insider Guillem Balague tells Ryan Bailey that although Ronaldo wants to eventually go back to Manchester United, a move to MLS makes much more sense for the Portuguese superstar.

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MLS: Keys to Every Game on Matchday 3
MLS News
Thursday, 19 March 2015 20:14

Matchday 3 of the MLS season gets underway Friday with the Philadelphia Union taking on FC Dallas.

This will be followed by five games Saturday. The New England Revolution host the Montreal Impact, a team fresh off a 2-0 win against Alajuelense in the first leg of its CONCACAF Champions League tie.

Other marquee matches that day include Sporting Kansas City against the Portland Timbers at Sporting Park. The LA Galaxy welcome the Houston Dynamo to cap off the night.

The New York Red Bulls face their fierce rival D.C. United in the Red Bulls' home opener Sunday. The penultimate match of the weekend pits the San Jose Earthquakes against the Chicago Fire as they open Avaya Stadium in the Bay Area.

Here are the keys to every MLS match this weekend.

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10 MLS Stars Who Are Good Enough for the Premier League
MLS News
Tuesday, 17 March 2015 08:04

There are few occasions in which Major League Soccer and the English Premier League are brought up in conversation together. 

Usually when the two domestic leagues are linked, it is because an aging Premier League star has inked a deal to see out his career in MLS. 

However, there have been a few instances over the years that have seen players go the other way, including Geoff Cameron's move from Houston to Stoke City. 

With that in mind, we've taken a look at 10 current MLS players who could make it in the Premier League. 

We chose to look mostly at young players since we already know the likes of Robbie Keane, David Villa and Sebastian Giovinco would do well in the English top flight. 

Here's a look at the 10 MLS players we think would be good enough to play in the Premier League. 

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MLS Player Rankings: Dempsey Faces New Challenge for Top Spot
MLS News
Monday, 16 March 2015 23:06

Unlike the dull first week of action in Major League Soccer, Week 2 delivered plenty of fireworks. 

Some of the league's top players found their way onto the scoresheet across the eight games played from Friday to Sunday. 

In the early race for the Golden Boot, Clint Dempsey received a challenge from a new contender, who bagged a brace in his side's match on Saturday night.

As it will be for the rest of the season, our list of the top 20 players in MLS is a cumulative one. While we do have a handful of stars entering the list for their respective performances in Week 2, their showings in Week 1 have also been taken into account. 

Continue reading on for a look at who made the cut for this week's edition of the MLS Player Rankings. 

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MLS: 7 Things We Learned During Matchday 2
MLS News
Monday, 16 March 2015 11:56

Matchday 2 in MLS did not disappoint after a lackluster opening weekend. Orlando City SC recorded its first MLS win on Friday and questionable refereeing marred the Toronto FC versus Columbus Crew match.

One of the marquee results this past weekend was the San Jose Earthquakes' win against the Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field on Saturday. Real Salt Lake and the Philadelphia Union combined for six goals earlier in the day as well.

New York City FC shut out the New England Revolution in its first-ever home match on Sunday. David Villa scored the team's first goal at Yankee Stadium in a 2-0 victory.

The final match of the weekend saw the LA Galaxy strike in the dying seconds of the second half to snatch a draw against the Portland Timbers at Providence Park. 

Here are seven things we learned during Matchday 2 of MLS.

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David Villa Opens MLS Account with Beauty for NYCFC vs. New England Revolution
MLS News
Monday, 16 March 2015 03:09

David Villa is off the mark for New York City FC in the MLS and in some style too.

The Spanish legend played a lovely one-two with Ned Grabavoy before perfectly placing the ball into the net. 

It helped set up NYCFC for a 2-0 victory over the New England Revolution at Yankee Stadium. 

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