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2020 MLS season preview
15:01 Saturday 29th February 2020

As European football competitions enter their final phase, things are just getting started across the pond. The MLS is set to begin its 24th season and there’s plenty of intrigue to draw in new fans. Let’s take a look, shall we?…

A League
Can Carl Robinson lift Newcastle Jets from the doldrums?
17:01 Thursday 23rd January 2020

More than a year after his sacking from MLS outfit Vancouver Whitecaps, Carl Robinson looks poised to take the reins at A-League side Newcastle Jets. Robinson watched on from the stands as the Jets went down 2-0 to Melbourne City at the…

Usa
2019 MLS Cup anything but a dead rubber
12:01 Friday 1st November 2019

On Wednesday evening, the Washington Nationals defeated the Houston Astros 6-2 in the deciding Game 7, winning their first World Series. It was also the first time in 114 World Series that the travelling team won every game. The phenomenon…

America
Is MLS the shortest route to success for Angel Gomes?
17:00 Sunday 24th March 2019

Contemporary calligrapher Daniel Reeves, a Kiwi who produced the maps for the Lord of the Rings films, fashioned one of this world with his native land situated in the centre [Middle Earth] rather than tucked away in the bottom right.…

Usa
Old is new again in MLS management
17:00 Tuesday 25th September 2018

Youth has been the buzzword in football recently, perhaps in all team sports. Energy, athleticism, work rate and input formed up behind it to compose a new ethos for professional competitions. Knowledge, experience and efficiency suddenly counted…

Usa
Has MLS stymied Zlatan's trophy mojo?
17:00 Sunday 16th September 2018

A Saturday night tilt pitting the reigning Major League Soccer champions against the league’s most-crowned franchise ought to be a marquee matchup. Instead, it was akin to rubbernecking a 22-car pileup on the QEW. That’s Canadian…

Usa
What's that Sounders I hear?
12:00 Saturday 8th September 2018

On the eve of Toronto FC's MLS Cup triumph, I wrote why all MLS fans should want them to win, then repeat. The Reds lag nine points away from the playoffs with seven games to play, so we won’t talk about that. In the same article…

Stadiums
Pique, Giovinco, Ibra file 'class action suit' over insufficient grounds
15:00 Wednesday 29th August 2018

Major League Soccer plays a summer schedule, UEFA in the winter but players on either side of the North Atlantic share a common aversion to artificial turf. Not only do they prefer a natural surface, they expect groundskeepers to maintain their…

Usa
How World Cup impacts MLS' competitive balance
17:00 Tuesday 5th June 2018

Competitive balance is at the heart of European football leagues. All the top divisions conduct regular seasons in which each team plays every other, home and away. No club has an easier road to their league title than another. Major League…

Usa
MLS Weekend Review: Revenge of the Set Piece
22:03 Monday 30th April 2018

Another Major League Soccer match day is in the books. Let me catch you up. Three Stars 3. Kevin Kratz -- Atlanta United are the Liverpool/Borussia Dortmund of MLS. They will hit you on the counter all day long. If anyone tries to tell you…

Usa
MLS Grab Bag, Week 9: #TorontoStrong but not quite strong enough
16:00 Friday 27th April 2018

Welcome to the 2018 season’s ninth edition of MLS Grab Bag. Each Friday we’ll review midweek news, preview key weekend matches, and explore other interesting developments. Horseshoes and hand grenades Wednesday was not a good night…

Champions League
Advantage Guadalajara
17:00 Tuesday 24th April 2018

As my colleague recently wrote, there is more than one Champions League. In fact, there’s one for each confederation, including Asia, South America as well as North and Central America. We concentrate on the latter as the competition…

Usa
MLS Weekend Review: A Scot with a temper? No, couldn't be.
21:00 Monday 23rd April 2018

Another full slate of 11 Major League Soccer matches took place over the weekend, one Friday, eight on Saturday, and the remaining pair on Sunday around tea time. Let me catch you up. Three Stars 3. Chris Mueller -- Orlando City went shopping…

Usa
MLS Grab Bag, Week 8: The league lawyers up and Patrick Vieira wonders whether you can ever go home?
21:31 Friday 20th April 2018

Welcome to the 2018 season’s eighth edition of MLS Grab Bag. Each Friday we’ll review midweek news, preview key weekend matches, and explore other interesting developments. You think VAR is bad? Columbus Crew and Major League Soccer…

Usa
MLS Weekend Review: Toronto FC prioritise CONCACAF Champions League
21:30 Monday 16th April 2018

Another full slate of Major League Soccer action took place over the weekend. Seven Saturday matches squeezed between two apiece on Friday and Sunday. Let me catch you up. Three Stars 3. Bradley Wright-Phillips -- The New York Red Bulls couldn’t…