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Galaxy champions again as Donovan bades farewell

Los Angeles Galaxy have won their fifth championship title in the North American Professional Football League MLS. At the conclusion of Landon Donovan’s great career the favourites defeated the New England Revolution, with former Schalke player Jermaine Jones, 2-1 (1-1, 0-0) after extra time on the night which stretched from Sunday to Monday (December 7-8). “Galaxy enjoyed the great advantage of playing the final at home ...

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Jones and New England on track for the final

The 19th season of the Major League Soccer (MLS) is getting close to its final stages with increasing tension and a German-born top star. Jermaine Jones, born in Frankfurt and who played seven years with Schalke 04, is the man of the moment in this North American Professional Soccer League ...

Donovan shines in final season

For over two thirds of the current Major League Soccer (MLS) season, the headlines in North American football were dominated by DC United, the surprise package of the campaign. The team from the capital city Washington was back in the limelight after a number of years of mediocrity. But the club then suffered a setback in their 25th game when they came up against an inspired Landon Donovan. The 32-year old top star of US football has found peak form in the last weeks of his fantastic career ...

Striker Dempsey delights Klinsmann

He was sorely missed at Fulham. A striker of his calibre would have come in handy for the Cottagers in their attempt to stave off relegation. But Clint Dempsey is now playing up front for Seattle Sounders. With just over six weeks to go before the start of the FIFA World Cup 2014™, the 31-year old is in impressive form in the Major League Soccer (MLS) and was duly named April’s Player of the Month. The Texas-born forward has scored seven goals in four matches since returning from a two-match suspension in the second half of March ...

Toronto open MLS season with renewed strength

He has the calibre to become a major star in the Major League Soccer (MLS), and could possibly one day succeed Landon Donovan at the top. Michael Bradley is a new figurehead in the professional league in the USA and Canada after eight years as a professional with top clubs in Europe. The 26-year-old midfielder signed with the Canadian club Toronto FC in January and was one of the outstanding players in the opening match on March 15 ...

Beckham funds MLS team in Miami

David Beckham has returned to football. The 39-year-old, who retired from his professional career at Paris St. Germain after 21 years in May 2013, will fund his own team in the Major League Soccer (MLS). “Becks” will thus become a football entrepreneur in the professional league currently consisting of 19 clubs from the USA and Canada ...

Salt Lake and Kansas reach the MLS final

Real Salt Lake City and Sporting Kansas City, two of the most consistent teams in the Major League Soccer (MLS), will meet in the MLS Cup final. Both teams boast one title each in the North American professional soccer league and have often reached the play-offs over the years. Kansas City, then still named Wizards, won the championship against Chicago Fire in Washington in 2000 ...

Favourites exit – search for the new MLS champions

The race for the Major League Soccer (MLS) title is hotting up after the favourites have all surprisingly exited. Only four teams are still left in the hunt for the North American championship. After a two-week break for international matches, this year’s thrilling battle for the title will continue on 23 November. Real Salt Lake and Portland Timbers will meet in the Western Conference finals and Houston Dynamo and Sporting Kansas City will face each other for the Eastern Conference title ...

MLS: Seattle Sounders achieve record attendances

In the hot phase of the battle for the play-off places in the Major League Soccer (MLS), the spotlight has been grabbed by the Seattle Sounders. The West Coast squad have reached the top of the Western Conference following an impressive campaign. The first title of North American champions seems to be in Seattle’s grasp. The Sounders team have already won the MLS Cup.

MLS: Contracts for two US stars

David Beckham was there again. The home page of the Major League Soccer (MLS), announced the return of the Briton. “But it’s not a comeback”, the MLS revealed. The 38-year-old had only trained with his former colleagues at Los Angeles Galaxy. The Englishman is enjoying a good life in California ...

Portland’s stopped en route to record

Portland Timbers were en route to a new record. The team from Oregon, the state on the Pacific, had gone 15 games without defeat and were looking to extend the fourth best streak in the history of Major League Soccer (MLS). Hopes of moving another step closer to the 19-match record set by Columbus Crew and FC Dallas were high. But then the “lumberjacks” – Portland has an axe in its club emblem – had to travel to Columbus on 7 July ...

MLS: second club in New York

With a third of the 2013 season completed, a very exciting race has developed on the sporting side, but off the pitch the Major League Soccer (MLS) is creating headlines in both the USA and Canada. The New York Red Bulls have started with a series of successes in the Eastern Conference, accompanied by strong competition from Sporting Kansas City, Houston Dynamo and Montreal Impact. In the Western Conference, FC Dallas lead from Real Salt Lake and the Portland Timbers, while champions Los Angeles Galaxy are lagging behind, as they did during the regular season last year ...

Montreal Impact reach the top with Schaellibaum

The team play in all-blue at home – just like Chelsea FC and FC Schalke 04. They are Montreal Impact, the team that joined the Major League Soccer (MLS) as the 19th , and so far last team, in the 2012 season. Since then the battle cry in the Province of Quebec has been “Allez Montreal”. As the third Canadian team, after the Vancouver Whitecaps and Toronto FC, Montreal Impact attracted great interest towards football among sports fans in the home of ice hockey ...

Title holder Galaxy kick off with record win

Mike Magee was the standout player on the opening day of the Major League Soccer (MLS) season. The North American professional league, which is made up of 19 clubs in USA and Canada, started the new campaign on the first weekend in March 2013. Champions Los Angeles Galaxy won their home game against Chicago Fire 4-0. Playing in front of a 20,104 crowd in Home Depot Center in Carson, Chicago-born Magee helped people forget David Beckham’s departure by scoring three goals (38th/68th/74th minute) ...

MLS preparing for the 2013 season

The MLS is in the throes of preparing for the new season which begins on 2 March. Philadelphia versus Sporting Kansas City, the all-Canadian encounter between Vancouver and Toronto, Houston versus DC United, Dallas versus Colorado, Seattle versus Montreal and Chivas USA against Columbus Crew are the fixtures scheduled for the opening day ...

LA Galaxy champions on Beckham’s farewell

“I love the club,” said David Beckham in the middle of all the celebrations. The spotlight was once again on the English superstar. After all, it was the 37-year-old’s last ever Major League Soccer (MLS) match and “Becks” ended his six-year stint in the North American league on a high note by winning his second championship title with Los Angeles Galaxy ...

Champions Los Angeles again on track to the final

Title holders Los Angeles Galaxy regained their top form to take over the role of favourites in the decisive championship phase. The Californians, who won the title in 2011, with superstar David Beckham and top players such as US international Landon Donovan and Ireland’s Robbie Keane, performed below par during the regular season of the Major League Soccer (MLS) to finish a poor eighth among the 19 teams after 34 matches ...

Champions Galaxy also in MLS play-offs

The regular season with 34 matches for each team is now over, San Jose Earthquakes won the Supporter's Shield and the North American professional football league has now started its decisive end-of-the-season 10-team play-off phase ...

Insight October 2012:
MLS

Five out of ten teams reach the MLS play offsFive of ten teams have already qualified for the play offs in the Major League Soccer (MLS), with the beginning of the decisive phase starting on the last weekend in September. Sporting Kansas City lead in style in the Eastern Conference and have made certain their participation in the decisive matches for the North American championship...

Insight August 2012:
MLS

A truly thrilling battle for the Supporter’s Shield is developing in the Major League Soccer. After two thirds of the 36 rounds in the regular season of the North American professional football league, with 19 clubs from the USA and Canada, the San Jose Earthquakes (44 points from 23 matches) and Real Salt Lake (42 from 23) are the leading teams. The two clubs from the Western Conference are ahead of the Eastern Conference top duo New York Red Bulls (38 from 22) and Houston Dynamo (37 from 22). The Supporter’s Shield is awarded to the top team after the regular season, before the start of the play offs ...

Insight April 2012:
MLS

Reigning champions Los Angeles Galaxy have yet to get going in the Major League Soccer (MLS). After the first five matches of the season the team centred around England super star David Beckham have recorded just two victories. However, the Californians managed a 3-1 (1-1) win against the Portland Timbers on the second week in April, with the goals coming from US star Landon Donovan, Juninho and Beckham, who netted the ball in added time in front of 22,143 spectators ...

Insight March 2012:
MLS

Champions Los Angeles Galaxy kicked off the new season with a home defeat but then David Beckham’s team turned things around in the next match to record their first win in the current Major Soccer League (MLS) campaign by beating DC United 3-1. The North American professional league got underway on 9 March. After the thrilling and successful year in 2011, the MLS has entered its 17th season with fresh impetus...

Insight November 2011:
MLS

When it was finally achieved, tears flowed. David Beckham hoisted aloft the large Cup of the Major League Soccer, MLS, and together with his colleagues celebrated the third championship title for Los Angeles Galaxy. The 1-0 (0-0) win over Houston Dynamo in the final for the North American professional football title on November 20 was yet another highlight in the career of the 36-year-old ...

Insight November 2011:
MLS

For the first time in six years Los Angeles Galaxy have the chance to win the championship title in the North American Major League Soccer, MLS. In the final match of the 2011 season on November 20 (Sunday) the champions of the Western Conference will meet Houston Dynamo, the winners of the Eastern Conference ...

Insight October 2011:
MLS

Los Angeles Galaxy have strengthened their role of favourites to take the Major League Soccer (MLS) title. The team, centred around English superstar David Beckham, showed superior style to take top position in the overall classification after the so-called regular season of 34 matches. LA Galaxy were awarded the Supporters’ Shield for this success ...

Insight October 2011:
MLS

Sometimes mediocrity makes for some great drama. Take, for example, what is happening in Major League Soccer's Eastern Conference. As the playoff races enters its final three weeks, five points separate the top five teams in what has been a rather ordinary conference ...

Insight October 2011:
MLS

Has Mexico captain Rafa Marquez played his last game at central defender for the New York Red Bulls? If the Red Bulls' last two weeks are any indication, that might be the case. Marquez was suspended for the club's last two victories, both shutouts. He served a one-match ban for yellow-card accumulation and missed New York’s 1-0 away win at FC Dallas on Sept. 17 ...

Insight September 2011:
MLS

Danny Koevermans is on a roll. The 32-year-old forward struck for both goals to help Toronto FC to a 2-1 victory over the defending MLS Cup champion Colorado Rapids at BMO Field on Saturday. The Dutch native, who made his Toronto debut a scant two months ago, has scored six goals in seven league games to equal Brazilian Maicon Santos, who was traded to FC Dallas in August, and grab the joint lead in team goals ...

Insight September 2011:
MLS

D.C. United midfielder Dwayne De Rosario has been on Charlie Davies' back about working hard and making the correct runs. Davies heeded De Rosario's remarks and came up with his most impressive performance of the season, striking for a hat-trick in United's 3-0 win over Chivas USA at The Home Depot Center on Saturday night ...

Insight September 2011:
MLS

A combination of Hurricane Irene and international friendly dates forced Major League Soccer to take a back seat to outside forces the past two weeks. MLS was forced to postpone three games due to the weather and general public safety concerns last weekend ...

Insight August 2011:
MLS

For all of hype surrounding Ireland international striker Robbie Keane joining the LA Galaxy, the former Tottenham Hotspur star lived up to the excitement, anticipation and expectations by scoring in his debut with the Major League Soccer club on Saturday ...

Insight August 2011:
MLS

When they first were paired at D.C. United some seven years ago, the relationship between coach Peter Nowak and then 14-year-old Freddy Adu was a rocky one. Adu, naturally, wanted to play more. Nowak, realizing he had a precious teenage phenom, did not want to rush things ...

Insight August 2011:
MLS

It's a good thing that the Houston Dynamo has completed their season series with D.C. United because there is no telling what Canadian international midfielder Dwayne De Rosario would do to his former team ...

Insight August 2011:
MLS

On Saturday night, Vancouver fans at Empire Field saw the best and the worst that Major League Soccer can offer. On one side of the field were the Los Angeles Galaxy and Landon Donovan, the Western Conference leaders who could do very little wrong ...

Insight July 2011:
MLS

On paper, the New York Red Bulls are arguably the best team in Major League Soccer. On the field, the results say something else. With a payroll of more than a league-high $12 million, the Red Bulls have become the league's most disappointing team ...

Insight July 2011:
MLS

Last week the Red Bulls signed veteran German goalkeeper Frank Rost, quite well known in his home country, but a relative unknown in the U.S. soccer community. Rost, 38, signed as the team's designated player for the rest of the season, with an option at the club's discretion for next season ...

Insight July 2011:
MLS

Two things are certain about David Beckham. He still can deliver and he will have an opportunity to play against his former English Premier League team, Manchester United in the MLS all-star game ...

Insight July 2011:
MLS

One of Major League Soccer's most underachieving teams since they joined the league in 2007, Toronto FC had several reasons to be optimistic about their future after the events of last week. They won two games at BMO Field against their Canadian rival, the Vancouver Whitecaps, the second victory opening the door to play in the CONCACAF Champions League ...

Insight June 2011:
MLS

Only a couple of MLS games managed to grab the spotlight in a week that Major League Soccer (MLS) had to take a back seat to CONCACAF Gold Cup play as the American hosts battled for the regional championship title and a spot at the 2013 Confederations Cup in Brazil ...

Insight June 2011:
MLS

The visiting New York Red Bulls came back from two goals down to tie the Portland Timbers, 3-3 on Sunday. The fifth minute of stoppage time is leaving it extremely late, yet Dwayne DeRosario’s penalty kick came just in time to claim the draw in Portland ...

Insight June 2011:
MLS

After starting the season with 10 straight road games and a nine-match winless streak, Sporting Kansas City's first home performance was not nearly as impressive as its new $200 million Livestrong Sporting Park stadium. An over-capacity crowd of 19,925 saw their side play to a scoreless draw with the Chicago Fire in last Thursday night's stadium opener ...

Insight June 2011:
MLS

The first competitive week in June for the US professional soccer league MLS was overshadowed by the international friendly between World Cup and European champions Spain and the USA. The 64,121 spectators at the Gillette Stadium at Foxboro were a record attendance for the US Federal State of Massachusetts. The superior Spaniards, who lined-up six World Cup champion players, won 4-0 and took revenge for the 2-0 defeat by the Americans at the 2009 Confederations Cup in South Africa ...

Insight May 2011:
MLS

The Los Angeles Galaxy and Landon Donovan made major strides this week to prove they are the best in MLS as the Galaxy widened their gap at the top of the standings and Donovan moved into the league scoring lead. L.A. fought through the inevitable letdown following its home draw with the New York Red Bulls by garnering a 1-1 midweek tie in Philadelphia and blasting Sporting Kansas City, 4-1, at home over the weekend ...

Insight May 2011:
International

Thierry Henry and the Red Bulls continued their winning ways as New York stormed to the top of the Eastern Conference standings with a 4-0 drubbing of DC United and a 1-0 win over Sporting Kansas City in the last week of April. Henry netted twice and teenage sensation Juan Agudelo scored a spectacular volley as a late substitute against DC...

Insight May 2011:
International

Doubts surrounding Thierry Henry's motivation and reason for coming to America as he limped through the first month of the MLS season were laid to rest on Saturday when the mercurial Frenchman served as the driving force in New York’s 3-0 win against San Jose...

Insight April 2011:
International

The Seattle Sounders notched their first win of the season, a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Fire in front of a sold-out crowd of 36,223 home fans on Saturday, thanks in no small part to veteran goalkeeper Kasey Keller...

Insights April 2011:
International

Since the 2005 season Major League Soccer has expanded by eight new franchises, with another addition coming next year in Montreal. That rapid growth of the league causes a depletion of the talent pool as teams have to continually surrender players into annual expansion drafts that enable new clubs to fill their rosters. Working with a tight budget due to the relatively meager salary cap of $2.3 million for a 32 player roster forces MLS teams to be selective in signing new talent. For years it's been hit or miss when it comes to finding the right player for the right price and the introduction of the designated player rule four years ago has only compounded the difficulty in finding a perfect fit...

Insights March 2011:
International

The Americanization of the world's game has always been part of professional soccer in the USA. From ending a game when a countdown clock hits zero or the 30 meter offside line of the NASL, the league made famous by the New York Comos, to the penalty shootout ending for tied games in Major League Soccer during the 1990s, rules to adapt the game to American sporting sensibility have come and gone...

Insights March 2011:
International

Major League Soccer kicked off its 16th season with a full slate of games over the weekend and an average attendance of 21,046 per game, an increase of more than 3,000 from last year's opening week. With 26 goals in nine games for an average of nearly 2.9 goals per game, there was plenty for those fans to cheer about...

Insights February 2011:
International

It took ages for soccer, as it’s called in the United States of America, to establish itself in the country. The founding of the Major League Soccer (MLS) in December 1993 appears to have finally brought about a happy end. Especially, as the professional league for American and Canadian clubs has become highly popular in recent years...

Insights February 2011:
International

The Major League Soccer (MLS) is gradually becoming an established part of the North American sports scene and the standard of football is top class. But the MLS has few similarities with European leagues...

Einblick November 2010:
International

“Exciting stars, bigger crowds: soccer is enjoying increasing popularity in the USA. There are many reasons, even the image as a soft sport helps , wrote the German “Süddeutsche Zeitung” newspaper mid-November 2010 when the Major League Soccer (MLS) was approaching the season’s end...