Streaks, VAR, and pressure in MLS

san jose earthquakes huddle By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Sep 21, 2018) US Soccer Players - Midweek games in the thick of the MLS playoff chase wouldn’t seem to be the type to deliver wild, end-to-end action. That’s exactly what two Wednesday night games did. A third provided a bit of a surprise, ending one of the league’s most remarkable winning streaks. The MLS schedule pitted three Eastern Conference teams traveling across the country to take on Western Conference opponents in a congested part of the calendar. It was a significant challenge, especially for the Philadelphia Union. Philly was smarting from a disastrous showing at home against Montreal on the weekend, a game that threw their postseason hopes into just a touch more jeopardy. Jim Curtin’s team missed out on three points and helped the Impact’s own playoff hopes with the Saturday loss ahead of a trip to Seattle. No one needs reminding Continue reading "Streaks, VAR, and pressure in MLS"

MLS Week 28: Wins for Sporting KC and Portland

portland-timbers-logo-large Only three games on the weekend calendar with Week 28 of the 2018 MLS season falling during the September international break. The games started with NYCFC coming back to draw 1-1 at home with DC United. Steve Birnbaum put DC up in the 58th minute with David Villa equalizing for NYCFC in the 86th. "It’s a tough environment to play in," DC goalkeeper Bill Hamid said. "The pitch is not very good at all and the weather made it a little slick. The pitch size made it difficult to find the right spacing, and made it very difficult for both teams. They tried to play out the back too, but we ended up starting to win balls in their half of the field because you can’t play attractive soccer on this field so we made the most of it and got a point." Sporting KC shutout Orlando City 1-0 Continue reading "MLS Week 28: Wins for Sporting KC and Portland"

Handicapper’s Guide: Coach of the Year

The first award discussions brought up were pretty cut and dry. That is now over, as we've reached the Coach of the Year race. Even after two of the three leading candidates left for Europe mid-season, there looks to be a wide field in the running - which will be the case for all the season-end prizes left on the list. The leader: Yeah, Atlanta United coach Tata Martino has a ton of crazy talent