Best Of

No.'s 13-15

Stories that missed our Top 12

Was there a better scenario for fans of the nation’s oldest soccer tournament than to see Sporting KC and the Seattle Sounders duke it out in the final? Okay, so the game itself wasn’t amazing, but the sold out crowd at Livestrong Sporting Park seized the moment and so did SKC, who won their first crown of any kind since the 2004 USOC. READ ON ...

 

No. 12

BBVA Compass Stadium

Finally fitted with a sparkling soccer-specific stadium after six years in limbo at nearby Robertson Stadium, the Dynamo were absolutely dominant on their home turf after that cathartic 1-0 win over D.C. in early May. READ ON ...

 

No. 11

Márquez leaves MLS

For a player who saw the field just 54 percent of the time in his MLS career, Márquez always seemed to be a lightning rod of discussion. For a guy who would go weeks without speaking to the media, people sure loved to talk about him. READ ON ...

 

No. 10

The Peter Nowak saga

Essentially, Nowak got rid of the team’s first two captains, first two all-stars and top two strikers in a five-month span, gutting the Union of the talent that had propelled them to the franchise’s first playoff berth and the heart that had endeared them to Philadelphia fans. READ ON ...

 

No. 9

A new low for Toronto FC

There are several reasons it’s a shame things haven’t gone as planned for TFC, but that’s the main one: Toronto fans deserve better. READ ON ...

 

No. 8

The MLS Disciplinary Committee

Even after preseason warnings, the committee’s muscular approach turned heads across the league, with a raft of healthy suspensions administered for elbows, late tackles, allegedly slapping a ball boy, kicking a ball at a referee – anything and everything the match referee might have missed or let go too easily. READ ON ...

 

No. 7

Montreal's MLS Debut

Francophones and English speakers – some flip-flopping between the two tongues – mingled as the train rumbled toward the Pie-IX station, preparing for what would be a record-setting day in Quebec. READ ON ...

 

No. 6

Drama, Dominance in San Jose

Heroes to some, villains to others, there can be little doubt about one thing: the San Jose Earthquakes will go down as one of the most memorable Supporters’ Shield winning teams in history. READ ON...

 

No. 5

The Death of Kirk Urso

More than four months later the emotions are still frayed as the organization, their fans and the entire soccer community come to grips with how a fit, personable and talented young man could be gone. READ ON ...

 

No. 4

LA Galaxy rule again

When people talk about legends in sports, it’s about the lasting impression you leave. Those singular moments of glory make for nice photo-op moments, but they’re never recounted as much as your legacy and how people tell your tale in the years to come. READ ON...

 

No. 3

MLS without Landon Donovan?

It was a trying campaign that ended splendidly, with another MLS Cup title, but left Donovan needing an extended break and, perhaps, prepared to walk away. And for the first time in a very long time, MLS attempted to prepare for the reality of life without Landon. READ ON...

 

No. 2

Wondolowski chases history

Wondolowski can’t run like Marvin Chavez, can’t blast a ball like Victor Bernardez, doesn’t have the size of Alan Gordon and lacks the wild-bull aggression of Steven Lenhart. But nobody, on the Quakes or any other club in MLS, will outwork Wondolowski. READ ON ...

 

No. 1

Bye, bye Beckham

Sometime in the late afternoon on the East Coast on November 19, Beckham’s handlers pressed the button that effectively ended the superstar’s five-year MLS career with one unceremonious and somewhat ominous email. What followed was a mad dash for some sort of explanation and any semblance of insight into what exactly was happening out in Los Angeles and, more specifically, inside Beckham’s brain. READ ON ...