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30 October 7:47 pm

The playoffs are upon us, but if that isn't enough to satiate your thirst for soccer, we've got another contest to keep you busy throughout November.

Yes, it's time to select another AT&T Goal of the Year. Just like 2011, 64 of the year's best strikes – including all 31 AT&T Goal of the Week winners – are up for nomination, and a fan vote will whittle the field down all the way down to the year's best strike.

Whose goal are you looking forward to seeing in contention? One of David Beckham's many wonderstrikes? Or perhaps your tastes run more on the Fredy Montero side?

Tune in to MLSsoccer.com tomorrow, Oct. 31 at 1 pm ET, to find out the first 16 goals up for election and cast your vote!

In the meantime, tide yourself over with last year's winner, an absolute stunner from the Portland Timbers' then-rookie, Darlington Nagbe:

30 October 7:11 pm

Yes. Yes they are.

And yes, I picked Seattle to win it because it's a moral imperative to stick with the prediction I made in March. But have been wracking my brain to figure out just the right way of explaining why the Earthquakes are such favorites.

Turns out Redditor moatie2000 did it for me in one handy-dandy little chart.

Here ya go:

Not a lot needs to be said beyond that.

30 October 4:11 pm

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30 October 12:32 pm

Notre émission de la semaine (à écouter ici) est entièrement consacrée à la première année de l’Impact de Montréal en Major League Soccer. Un bilan effectué avec des invités d’horizons très variés qui nous permettent de revenir sur la saison sous de nombreux angles différents :

- La saison vue de l’intérieur par les joueurs, avec Patrice Bernier, lauréat du trophée Giuseppe Saputo, que le club remet à son meilleur joueur. Bien entendu, il dresse le bilan sportif de cette première année (argument qui, selon lui, ne doit pas servir d’excuse), mais nous parle aussi de sa complicité avec Felipe, de la configuration de jeu dans laquelle l’équipe se sent le mieux ou encore de la personnalité de Jesse Marsch.
- L’analyse du jeu de Montréal, avec Christian Schaekels, de Vision du Jeu, qui entre dans les détails des points forts, des points faibles, des choix de l’entraîneur et des paradoxes observés cette saison. En vrac, cela va, entre autres, de la capacité à contrecarrer certaines équipes du top à la déficience du jeu par les flancs et sur les phases arrêtées en passant par la dynamique apportée par Perkins et Nyassi ou encore le recrutement à effectuer pour 2013.
- L’avis des supporters, avec Eric Chenoix, membre des Ultras Montréal, qui aborde également plusieurs sujets extra-sportifs comme les améliorations au stade Saputo ou l’évolution de la culture foot dans les tribunes, et parle de son groupe qui fêtait ses 10 ans cette année.
- Focus sur les jeunes, avec Karl W Ouimette, qui nous parle de l’équipe des -21 ans, des points communs entre les équipes de jeunes, la réserve et l’équipe première, de son intégration dans le noyau A et de ce qu’il apprend concrètement aux côtés d’Alessandro Nesta.
- Le jeu « Un ou l’autre », spécial Impact, où Frédéric Lord met sur le gril ses collaborateurs habituels mais aussi Olivier Brett.

L'émission Coup Franc est aussi disponible sur Stitcher et iTunes. Vous pouvez nous joindre par courriel (coup.franc@MLSsoccer.com) ou sur Twitter (@CoupFrancMLS).

30 October 11:16 am

The San Jose Earthquakes topped the final regular season installment of the MLS Power Rankings on Tuesday, and it was a fitting end to an impressive season for the Quakes. Although they were one the season’s biggest surprises (MLSsoccer.com had them ranked No. 9 at First Kick), the Quakes ascended to the top spot in Week 16 and never really let up.

In fact, the Quakes held the top spot in the Power Rankings for 17 weeks this season (tops among all teams), and led the way for 14 consecutive weeks after reaching the top midway through the season. They relinquished their spot just once - to Sporting Kansas City in Week 30 – but claimed it again the next week and carried the torch each of the final three weeks of the season.

Some other notes on Power Rankings this season:

  • The biggest surprise of the year was easily D.C. United, who came in at No. 16 at the First Kick poll in early March and finished the regular season at No. 3. They also proved to be one of the most volatile teams on the poll this year, rising to No. 2 in Week 15 before plummeting back to No. 12 as late as Week 28 before they surged down the stretch to finish in the top 3.
  • The biggest disappointment was easily the Portland Timbers, who carried the No. 8 ranking into First Kick and effectively slipped into a free fall from there. They bottomed out at No. 19 in Week 19 and ended up holding that spot for a total of seven weeks this season.
  • Toronto FC led the league with most weeks spent at the No. 19 spot – 14.
  • Six teams held the bottom spot at least once this season – Toronto, Portland, Chivas USA, Philadelphia, FC Dallas and Montreal. The Impact held that spot at First Kick but never graced it again after Week 4.
  • Five teams held the No. 1 ranking at some point this season – San Jose, Sporting Kansas City, Real Salt Lake, Seattle and the LA Galaxy. The Galaxy held it at First Kick and never got it back, slipping all the way down to No. 17 in Weeks 11 and 12. The swing of 16 spots is the largest of any team in the rankings this season.
  • The most stable team this season was Sporting Kansas City, who never fell lower than No. 7 and spent a total of seven weeks at No. 1. The Seattle Sounders and Real Salt Lake both bottomed at No. 8 and reached No. 1 at various points in the season.
  • The Houston Dynamo also never fell outside of the top 10 at any point this season, falling as low as No. 9 and rising as high as No. 2 in Week 22.
  • The biggest one-week jump of any team this season belonged to San Jose, who leaped from No. 9 to No. 3 in Week 4 after a 1-0 win in Seattle. The Quakes never fell lower than No. 4 the rest of the way.
  • The biggest one-week drop also came in Week 4. FC Dallas plummeted from No. 6 to No. 15 after a 4-1 loss at D.C. United.
  • The Vancouver Whitecaps are the only playoff team not ranked in the top 10 at the end of the season. They fell to No. 12 in Week 25 and have languished outside the top 10 ever since.
  • Chivas USA was only team to go out the way they came in. They were ranked No. 18 at First Kick and finished No. 18 in the final rankings on Tuesday, having never climbed any higher than No. 12.

Note: There were no rankings for Weeks 13-14 due to international dates.

 

29 October 12:04 pm

Le record de Wondolowski, le soulagement de DC United, le relâchement de Houston, les blessures à Seattle et Kansas City : la dernière journée de saison régulière n’a pas été inutile, loin de là !

Auteur du seul but des siens dans le partage à Portland, Wondolowski a donc bouclé la première phase de la compétition avec 27 buts, égalant le record de Roy Lassiter et terminant meilleur buteur de la saison régulière pour la troisième fois consécutive.

En partageant l’enjeu à Chicago, DC United a pris le point suffisant pour passer directement en demi-finale de conférence, contrairement à son adversaire du jour qui, selon Arne Freidrich, doit désormais « se donner un coup de pied aux fesses ». Ce sera dès mercredi, contre Houston, qui doit retrouver sa concentration après sa défaite à Colorado.

Après quelques jours de repos, l’équipe de la capitale américaine se mesurera à New York, fortement encouragé par sa victoire à Philadelphie. Le vainqueur du premier tour affrontera de son côté Kansas City, probablement privé de Nagamura.

Mais la blessure dont tout le monde parle est celle d’Eddie Johnson : comme l’an dernier avec Rosales, Seattle voit un joueur clef tomber à un moment crucial de la saison. Sa sortie a aussi joué dans la défaite au LA Galaxy, qui a préparé au mieux son match du premier tour de jeudi contre Vancouver. L’équipe de Colombie-Britannique a aussi réussi sa dernière répétition, en partageant l’enjeu à Salt Lake, également satisfait de ce nul qui lui permet de devancer Seattle au classement et de découvrir plusieurs solutions de rechange au sein de son effectif.

LES RÉSULTATS
Philadelphie - New York
Montréal - New England
Chicago - DC United
Portland - San José
Salt Lake - Vancouver
Colorado - Houston
Columbus - Toronto
Dallas - Chivas USA
LA Galaxy - Seattle

 
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29 October 10:23 am

Chris Wondolowski equaled Roy Lassiter's single-season goalscoring record on Saturday night. Lots of people were watching, which meant lots of people were tweeting about it.

Below you'll find a few of our favorites from before, during and after. 27 goals, that's a lot.

28 October 11:41 pm

Wondo did it. He tied Roy Lassiter's 16-year-old record for most goals in an MLS season, 27. (Congrats, Wondo.)

Let's compare some of the career numbers of Wondolowski and Lassiter.

 

  Chris Wondolowski Roy Lassiter
Seasons Played 8 7
Games Played 143 179
Career Goals 68 88
Total Shots 347 398
Average minutes per game 67 77
Goals per 90 minutes played .64 .58
Shots per 90 minutes played 3.27 2.60
Shots on goal per 90 minutes played 1.50 1.54
Percent Conversion rate (Goals/Shots) 19.6% 22.1%
Road goals 36 36

 

Top Goal Scorers in Each Season:

  • 2012:    27 goals – Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
  • 2011:    16 goals – Dwayne De Rosario (D.C. United); Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
  • 2010:    18 goals – Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
  • 2009:    17 goals – Jeff Cunningham (FC Dallas)
  • 2008:    20 goals – Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy)
  • 2007:    20 goals – Luciano Emilio (D.C. United)
  • 2006:    16 goals – Jeff Cunningham (Real Salt Lake)
  • 2005:    17 goals – Taylor Twellman (New England Revolution)
  • 2004:    12 goals – Eddie Johnson (Dallas Burn); Brian Ching (San Jose Earthquakes)
  • 2003:    15 goals – Carlos Ruiz (Los Angeles Galaxy); Taylor Twellman (New England Revolution)
  • 2002:    24 goals – Carlos Ruiz (Los Angeles Galaxy)
  • 2001:    19 goals – Alex Pineda Chacón (Miami Fusion)
  • 2000:    26 goals – Mamadou Diallo (Tampa Bay Mutiny)
  • 1999:    18 goals – Stern John (Columbus Crew); Roy Lassiter (D.C. United); Jason Kreis (Dallas Burn)
  • 1998:    26 goals – Stern John (Columbus Crew)
  • 1997:    16 goals – Jaime Moreno (D.C. United)
  • 1996:    27 goals – Roy Lassiter (Tampa Bay Mutiny)
26 October 4:00 pm

Kind of a wild week, right? We had a stadium groundbreaking, the end of the regular season is upcoming, Wondo's circus is building up on the west coast and--of course--Heath Pearce did shopping around lower Manhattan.

We also got some big news from the broadcast business. Presenting some of the top tweets this week, starting with this bombshell on EPL TV rights from Sports Business Journal media reporter John Ourand:

Heath Pearce has good style. He's also in the process of gearing up for his first New York winter, if you couldn't tell from the image below.

Everyone has a take on Wondo's ridiculous 2012 season, but Grant Wahl gave us an interesting nugget on the striker's stretch over the last three years. Silly numbers.

The regular season concludes on Sunday, crazy. Thank goodness for this whole "playoffs" thing.

Wondo might have the 'Quakes firmly entrenched in the minds of MLS fans heading into this weekend, but San Jose made big news on Sunday for an entirely different reason.

SUM president Kathy Carter was on hand to see the groundbreaking of San Jose's new stadium, and snap a pic of two dudes that did a ton to make it happen.

26 October 2:41 pm

The time has come - the regular season ends this weekend. While the clubs continue to stay focused on the pitch, there's still time for some quality fun with Movember kicking off next week.  Prepare to see some of your favorite MLS players growing a 'Mo (or moustache) to support men's health awareness month in November. Stay tuned for more details and, if you haven't already, join us on the MLS Network on Movember.com.

 

 The Chicago Fire continue to show support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a video that was created in partnership with UIH.

 FC Dallas goalkeeper Chris Seitz had the save of his life - he recently donated bone marrow to a person he's never met.  Read how Seitz is working back from bone marrow donation. Full story.

Fire Foundation auction pink Breast Cancer Awareness jerseys

Join Red Bulls Movember team and help kick cancer

Crew submit Gaven as MLS W.O.R.K.S. Humanitarian of the Year Nominee

FC Dallas Breast Cancer Awareness Night

Galaxy fans mix and mingle for a great cause

Sounders FC name Estrada Humanitarian

Chris Seitz featured on ESPN.com for bone marrow donation

FC Dallas goalkeeper Seitz becomes bone marrow donor

Fire and UIH partner against Breast Cancer

Chivas golfing for a cause

Whitecaps support Bell Employee Giving Campaign Kickoff

Chicago Fire Kicks Cancer and Goes Pink

Chivas USA golf tournament

Whitecaps participate in Bell employee giving campaign

San Jose Earthquakes set Guinness World Record with Groundbreaking Day

For more community news from around the League, visit the MLS W.O.R.K.S. news section.