The countdown of the 11 most intriguing questions facing MLS clubs, players and coaches heading into the weekend.
11) Who, if anyone, “won” this week’s Union-Timbers trade?
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Ask Jimmy Nielsen about Denmark’s chances in Euro 2012, and his answers tend to come punctuated with pauses, shrugs and sighs.
“If I look with the Denmark glasses ... no chance,” he told MLSsoccer.com on Wednesday. “No chance for Denmark.”
Sporting Kansas City’s goalkeeper and captain, a former Danish youth international, isn’t being unnecessarily gloomy. His country is in a loaded group, with two of four semifinalists from the 2010 World Cup.
Over the next three weeks, LA Galaxy striker Robbie Keane will embark on what is perhaps the most important venture in an already illustrious career.
As the man expected to lead his country to glory during Euro 2012, which kicks off Friday, it doesn’t seem to bother Keane that the expectations of his countrymen will be placed squarely on his shoulders.
AMSTERDAM — When LA Galaxy forward Robbie Keane was named to the Republic of Ireland's roster for the 2012 European Championship, he became just the fourth active MLS player tabbed to play for a squad place at UEFA's quadrennial battle royale.
That stat may seem mere trivia, but it's not. Player participation in major international tournaments is another way for fans of a growing league to measure progress (if not vicariously sample some global glory).
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The third Saturday in May assumed a special meaning for Saër Sène well before he made the move to MLS.
On that particular day, Sène long ago hoped he and his Bayern Munich teammates would vie for a chance to win the UEFA Champions League on home soil.
The UEFA Champions League final will never be forgotten by Chelsea fans around the world, including in New York City.
And, courtesy of Kick TV, you'll see many of them in the video below as they react to Chelsea's PK shootout victory over Bayern Munich in Saturday's final outside of Legends, a Chelsea fan bar in New York.
We'll let the pictures speak for themselves.
This week, US internationals playing in Scotland pine for US shores, a New York Red Bull encounters strange things in Manhattan, and an American pundit defends the honor of the Wigan manager's nomenclature.
Behold: The jerseys for Euro 2012 have been released. And there are many sashes.
AMSTERDAM – Sochaux forward Charlie Davies has beaten a knee knock and is ready to resume fighting for a place in the selection.
The US international was not named in the squad for Saturday's tilt at league leaders Montpellier, but is now back up to speed in full training. Davies looked set for a recall to the first team two weekends ago, but a minor setback forced him to miss their March 18 win over Nice and subsequent loss at Lyon.
AMSTERDAM – It's that time of year again. The flowers are in bloom and there's plenty of glory to chase (or disaster to avoid) for Americans working overseas. So let's get right to the good stuff, shall we?