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30 June 12:22 am

Just in time for the seven games on the MLS schedule that are available on MLS LIVE this weekend, our developers have launched two new features for the live match streaming service.

Multi-game: Users can now watch up to three games at once
Game Alerts: Users can now get notified on screen about other game events.
 
This is available immediately for both live and archived content. Which is important, because you probably don't already watch enough soccer.
 
Go to http://live.mlssoccer.com to sign up for MLS LIVE and watch all the best MLS action live.
 

 
We're pretty happy about it. Hopefully you are, too.
 
PS - We're also working on new features on the iPhone/iPad in the coming weeks. Patience.
24 June 9:41 pm

I just went 2/9 on my weekend picks. This was after going 2/6 midweek.

It’s not because I’m bad at picking games (though lord knows, I’m not good), but it’s because the parity in MLS is just that hard to get a handle on these days. This is a league where players like Branko Boskovic and Chris Rolfe come off the bench, where Danny Koevermans goes from misfiring back to deadeye, and where a nine-point week is enough to vault you back into the playoff race.

Turns out the Galaxy aren’t dead yet

Sorry, I know this is going to annoy a lot of you. It’s always fun to try to shovel dirt on the champs – doubly so when it’s a high-profile team.

But it turns out that was premature. LA just rattled off three straight wins, including two by shutout. It’s too early to say they’ve returned to their 2011 form, but it’s also clearly too late to take back all the nasty stuff we’ve said about them over the past couple of months.

One thing to bear in mind: David Beckham said it came down to being happy and loose in the locker room, and that it’s cleared up only in the past couple of weeks. So whatever it was that was eating away at LA’s commitment went away when Robbie Keane did. Will it return now that he has?

“Emergency Defender” proving a rock in Philly

Last week John Hackworth said that youngster Amobi Okugo would be playing in central defense for the time being as an emergency measure. If his first two games there are any indication, he may never get a chance to move back to the midfield.

Okugo is simply excellent when the game is being played in front of him, showing good anticipation and understanding of both when and how to play outlets to the midfield. He’s also big and strong enough (6-foot, 170 pounds) to bully around in the box when it comes down to that.

Most importantly, though, he’s just a better player when he doesn’t have to have 360 degree awareness. This isn’t unusual – d-mids tend to mature later than other players precisely because it’s such a complex position.

But Philly already have two veterans (Brian Carroll and Gabriel Gomez) for that spot, and are paper-thin in defense. And the US… well, we know all about the plethora of defensive-minded central midfielders available to Jurgen Klinsmann.

There are, however, precious few young central defenders who’ve impressed on a game-to-game basis. Okugo’s off to a good start in that regard. Let’s hope he stays there, and we see a bit of him in the red, white and blue this January.

Why not build more Gordons?

Alan Gordon didn’t just become a good soccer player overnight. He’s always had a great passing eye, a good understanding of where to be in build-up play and a willingness to stick his nose in. Even if he’s not a 90-minute player, he’s still valuable. The past two months – and past two games especially – have been proof enough of that.

The thing is, though, that Gordon (and his teammate Steven Lenhart) were built by years of practice and occasional game time. Each of them took several years to get up to speed, and now the Quakes are reaping the rewards of both LA’s and Columbus’ hard work.

Which begs the question: Why don’t more teams take on young guys like Gordon and Lenhart then groom them for that specific role? While combing through MLS rosters, the only ones I’ve seen who are really, truly doing that are Columbus (with Tom Heinemann and Aaron Schoenfeld), Houston (Cam Weaver and Colin Rolfe) and New England (Blake Brettschneider).

None of these guys are truly ready right now – though Brettschneider is close, and Heinemann would have gotten there this season if not for his injury – but in two years, all of these guys can be looked at as Gordon or Lenhart-types.

Or, if you want to go with the original model: Brian Ching-types.

So yeah, putting a guy like that – a true center forward – out there may not be what Vicente del Bosque would do. But no MLS team is going to have Xavi, Iniesta, Silva, Fabregas and Busquets to call on. If you’re not Spain, chances are you’ll need a target.

I’d want my team already hard at work making one.

05 June 2:12 pm

Being an English Premier League cast-off is no guarantee of success in MLS, but it sure is a good way to get a trial.

That's the case for American midfielder Anton Peterlin, who spent the 2009-10 season with Everton after a couple of distinguished seasons with the Ventura County Fusion stateside.

Peterlin never suited up in meaningful competition for the Toffees, and eventually spent the following two years with Plymouth Argyle and then Walsall in England's lower tiers.

Now he's giving it a go in MLS, apparently in camp with Vancouver:

29 May 3:16 pm

Total Points – Dwayne De Rosario (89)

With Thierry Henry missing several weeks due to a hamstring injury, DeRo has taken over as the No. 1 player in Fantasy Soccer: Manager.  He’s had a weeks of 10, 15 and 20 points, and his most recent point output was the most by a single player thus far in 2012.  DeRo has 20+ more points than the next closest midfielder, making him a legitimate threat every week and a player you can build your team around.

Percentage Owned – Jay DeMerit (35.3)

DeMerit has been the most widely selected player in FS: M the entire season. Thirty-five percent of all managers currently have him on their roster. The second-closest player is Kenny Cooper (28 percent). At one point, DeMerit had the highest score of any defender, but lately he’s been slipping. D.C. United players Daniel Woolard and Brandon McDonald, Aurélien Colin, and even teammate Lee Young-Pyo have since leapfrogged DeMerit, so only time will tell if it’s his worldwide fame or his actual production that makes him the most “popular” player in MLS.

Crosses & Key Passes – Graham Zusi (33) & (34)

Zusi has calmed down slightly after a fast start, but his 33 crosses are still seven better than the next closest player. Three successful crosses equals one bonus point, so Zusi could’ve potentially gained an additional 11 points for his efforts thus far. He also leads the league in Key Passes (34) and has seven more than the next closest player in this category as well. Zusi should continue to be one of the most coveted midfielders due to his time on the ball and SKC’s all-out attack style offense.

Big Chances Fluffed – Dominic Oduro (7)

One of the fastest – if not the fastest – players in MLS has been a huge bust in 2012. In the four games in which Oduro has scored, he’s tallied six or more points each time. However, in every other game this season (eight games) he’s managed just two points or less. In his last seven games he’s put up one point or less on six different occasions. Oduro is getting great looks, but he’s missing every single one of them. He leads all players in BCFs and has been deducted seven points total because of it. At this point, he’s more of a risk than anything.

CBI’s – A.J. Soares (123)

My initial pick for Defender of the Year is not having a sophomore slump by any means. His 123 CBIs (clearances, blocks and interceptions combined) leads all players and he’ll likely widen the gap with two games coming up in Week 13. Only three other players have more than 100 CBIs and none of them will be under more pressure than Soares should the rest of the season. He’s an absolute ball shark, but has never really been a threat on set pieces. One can only hope that his recent goal will encourage Jay Heaps to push him up more often.

Recoveries – Osvaldo Alonso (136)

Disregarding goalkeepers, there’s a tight battle for the title of “the best second-ball winner” in MLS. Alonso currently leads Dax McCarty (133) by only three recoveries, but that’s pretty much his only competition. Kyle Beckerman has the third most with 100, and it looks as if his absence due to national team duty will only widen the margin. Alonso has gained 19 bonus points already from recoveries so expect him to keep this all season long.

Transfers In – Nick DeLeon (3,800+)

When David Estrada (3,500+ transfers) started cooling down, DeLeon became all the talk. The D.C. United rookie is currently the most added player with over 3,800 transfers. His value started at $5.5m and quickly made its way to $6.8m. Now that he’s back from injury don’t expect him to return to his previous form. When DeLeon was clicking, DeRo and Salihi were in a slump. Now that they’re back in form, expect DeLeon to take a back seat. He’s still valuable, but not as much as he was back in April.

Dream Team – Kenny Cooper (4)

No one has made the “Dream Team” more times this season than Kenny Cooper, but you have to credit Thierry Henry with helping him reach this point. Coop-dog has scored six or more points on nine different occasions in 2012, making him one of the most consistent forwards in MLS. He continued to put up numbers even when Henry was out, so look for him to only get better now that he’s returned.

25 May 7:55 pm

You have an iPhone. You use it all the time. You sing songs to it. You need it. You love it. Maybe a little too much.

Maybe you sleep with it under your pillow. Maybe you grouse to it about your boss. Maybe you tell it about that one time in college when you... well, that's between you and Siri. Because Siri understands.

Siri also understands updates. She loves 'em. And we love 'em, too.

So here's the MLS iOS app update, which was just approved in the store.

CLICK ME!

Key new features:

  • Condensed games for MLS live subscribers
  • Enhanced highlight ui
  • New live ui
  • Bug fixes

Oh, and Android users? Your update is coming. Be patient.

 

Sent from my flip phone.

24 May 12:02 pm

Aucun point en championnat, invaincu en coupe : le Toronto FC a soulevé la Coupe des Voyageurs suite à sa victoire 1-0 contre Vancouver (aller 1-1) et représentera le Canada en Ligue des champions.

Après 20 premières minutes encourageantes, ça n’a pas souvent volé haut à BMO Field et on a touché le fond lors d’une empoignade collective qui a valu les exclusions de Le Toux et De Guzman. Qualifié à ce moment du match, Toronto a ensuite parfaitement appliqué l’adage qui dit que la meilleure défense, c’est l’attaque. Laissant peu d’occasions à son adversaire, il a inscrit le seul but du match grâce à Lambe.

Ce succès ramène la confiance à Toronto qui peut désormais se concentrer sur la MLS et doit commencer à y engranger des points. À Vancouver, il faudra d'abord digérer la défaite et apaiser sa colère, principalement dirigée vers le corps arbitral.

Loin de ces considérations, le troisième club canadien, Montréal, a officialisé la signature de Marco Di Vaio.

En MLS, San José a réalisé la bonne opération de la soirée, remontant un retard de deux buts pour s’imposer au LA Galaxy. Surpris 0-2 par Columbus, Seattle blâme les erreurs individuelles. À New York, Juan Pablo Angel a joué un mauvais tour à son ancien club en forgeant le nul avec Chivas USA.

LES RÉSULTATS
Toronto - Vancouver

EN MLS
New York - Chivas USA
Chicago - Dallas
Seattle - Columbus
LA Galaxy - San José

 
1-0 (aller : 1-1)

1-1
2-1
0-2
2-3

Cliquez sur un résultat pour voir le résumé vidéo

 

23 May 12:05 pm

On connaîtra ce mercredi soir l’identité du club canadien qualifié pour la prochaine Ligue des champions. Devant ses supporters et auteur d’un partage 1-1 à Vancouver lors du match aller, Toronto part légèrement favori pour soulever la Coupe des Voyageurs.

À Toronto, les manchettes soccer sont occupées par la déclaration de Danny Koevermans parlant de “la pire équipe au monde” à propos de ses couleurs. Accusant 9 défaites en MLS, Toronto est toutefois invaincu cette saison lors du Championnat canadien Amway. C’est ce qu’on pourrait appeler une équipe de coupe ! Ses joueurs en sont conscients et ont même une explication logique

Vancouver se porte mieux mais alterne bonnes surprises et déceptions. Martin Rennie se pose beaucoup de questions. Doit-il faire confiance aux jeunes qui ont joué un rôle dans le partage contre Seattle ? Comment utiliser Eric Hassli de manière optimale ? Très ambitieux, il n’apprécierait pas de voir son équipe privée de sa première qualification en Ligue des champions par le dernier de classe en MLS.

L’apothéose en Coupe du Canada ne sera pas seule au programme ce soir. New York tentera de remporter une sixième victoire consécutive en accueillant un Chivas USA efficace en déplacement. Contre Columbus, Seattle voudra retrouver sa solidité défensive. Quant au LA Galaxy bien malade, il compte sur l’absence de Wondolowski pour jouer un mauvais tour à San José.

LA FINALE RETOUR
20h00 : Toronto - Vancouver (aller : 1-1)

EN MLS
19h00 : New York - Chivas USA
20h30 : Chicago - Dallas
22h00 : Seattle - Columbus
22h30 : LA Galaxy - San José

Toutes les heures HE (heure de New York et Montréal)
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17 May 11:44 am

En réalisant le partage 1-1 à Vancouver, Toronto s’est mis en bonne position une semaine avant le match retour de la finale du Championnat canadien Amway en Ontario.

Rapidement, Vancouver a pourtant appliqué son plan : tout à l’attaque ! Mais en raison d’un manque de support de l’entrejeu, d’une créativité déficiente et d’un Barbara peu inspiré, les occasions ont été rares malgré une domination en possession de balle. Rarement dans le camp adverse, Toronto a quand même été menaçant à quelques reprises.

Après la pause, mis en confiance, les visiteurs ont été les plus dangereux et quand Johnson a ouvert la marque, on ne pouvait pas dire que l’avance était volée. Martin Rennie a dès lors fait entrer ses atouts offensifs et il fallut une sublime volée d’Hassli dans les derniers instants pour sauver le partage. Heureux de son but, le Français l’était toutefois moins du résultat, tout comme ses coéquipiers.

Un partage qui arrange les Torontois, dont les jeunes joueurs – Henry (19 ans), Morgan (21), Lambe (21), Plata (20) – continuent de prendre du galon alors que les blessés réintègrent peu à peu l’effectif.

En MLS, DC United a confirmé sa bonne forme en s’imposant facilement 2-0 face à Colorado.

16 May 11:57 am

Qui représentera le Canada lors de la prochaine Ligue des champions ? Nous aurons un premier élément de réponse ce soir, suite à la finale aller du Championnat canadien Amway entre Vancouver et Toronto (22h00 HE).

Tenants du titre, les Torontois savent qu’une compétition n’est pas l’autre : leur début d’année raté en MLS a été partiellement occulté par une demi-finale sur la scène continentale et serait mieux digéré en cas de succès en coupe nationale. Aron Winter sera privé de Torsten Frings (blessé) et de Richard Eckersley (suspendu) mais peut à nouveau compter sur Danny Koevermans, de retour de blessure. Le Néerlandais espère être enfin lâché par la poisse cette saison.

Chez lui, Vancouver veut absolument faire la différence avant de se rendre en Ontario la semaine prochaine. La consigne est claire : tout à l’attaque ! Forts quand ils passent par les flancs, Camilo et ses partenaires pourraient profiter d’une défense torontoise particulièrement friable sur son côté gauche. Vancouver cherche la clef qui lui ouvrira la porte de la Ligue des champions pour la première fois de son histoire.

Au sud de la frontière, au lendemain d’un nul blanc entre Houston et Portland et de la visite du LA Galaxy à la Maison-Blanche, DC United accueillera Colorado à 19h30.

10 May 11:59 am

Le Canada sera représenté soit par Toronto soit par Vancouver lors de la prochaine Ligue des champions, les deux clubs s’étant qualifiés pour la finale de leur coupe nationale au détriment de Montréal et Edmonton respectivement.

Mené après deux minutes, l’Impact pouvait se contenter d'un partage pour se qualifier après le 0-0 de l’aller. À onze contre dix pendant une heure et quart suite à l’exclusion d’Eckersley, il a été incapable de prendre la mesure de l’équipe locale. « Il faut prendre chaque adversaire au sérieux » entendait-on après la rencontre : un cruel aveu sur l’état d’esprit dans lequel elle a été entamée.

Toronto a de son côté continué d’attaquer en première mi-temps, marquant un deuxième but. Bien que passant le plus clair de son temps à défendre après la pause, il a encore eu plusieurs occasions d’alourdir le score. De quoi ravir les joueurs, aussi heureux du résultat que de la manière.

Vancouver s’est fait peur contre Edmonton : mené 0-1, il a toutefois retourné la situation et s’est imposé 3-1 grâce à ses remplaçants.

En MLS, Seattle poursuit sur sa lancée et Sigi Schmid jongle avec son effectif de maîtresse manière, New York confirme sa remontée et sa solidité défensive retrouvée, alors que Salt Lake hésite entre célébrer un premier match sans encaisser depuis longtemps et déplorer les deux points perdus à Chicago.

LES RÉSULTATS
Toronto - Montréal
Vancouver - Edmonton

EN MLS
New York - Houston
Dallas - Seattle
Chicago - Salt Lake

 
2-0 (aller : 0-0)
3-1 (2-0)

1-0
0-2
0-0

Cliquez sur un résultat pour voir le résumé vidéo