TORONTO – It’s been a long first full season for Toronto FC left back Ashtone Morgan, and he looks to finish strong as shakes off the effects of chest congestion that knocked him out of the 1-0 loss to D.C. United on Oct. 6.
The TFC Academy graduate feels he should be ready to play in Toronto’s final home game of the season at BMO Field on Saturday against the Montreal Impact.
TORONTO – The later it gets, the leakier it gets in Toronto.
Late goals have frustrated TFC in 2012, as they have conceded 12 times after the 80th minute this year. Ten of them affected the result, costing the Reds 14 points.
“We’re conceding goals in the last 10, 15 minutes, a frighteningly high number of them and that’s making it difficult for us at the moment,” assistant coach Jason Bent told MLSsoccer.com on Thursday.
CARSON, Calif. – Edson Buddle knows what he most needs these days is a goal, and he believes he's going to get one any moment now. That wouldn't quite complete his comeback from knee surgery, but it sure would help him find his place with the LA Galaxy.
The veteran forward has tallied just twice in a campaign loaded with little setbacks and one big stoppage, a three-month absence after undergoing surgery at the end of May to repair his right meniscus.
SAN JOSE, Calif. – It's not 100 percent official yet. US Soccer still has to confirm that its system to determine its four entrants into the 2013-14 CONCACAF Champions League will remain the same as it has since the tournament was reformatted.
But either way, the San Jose Earthquakes look like they're headed to the next edition of the CCL as either the outright Supporters' Shield winners or – if 2012 US Open Cup champions Sporting Kansas City stunningly pip them to the prize – the Shield runners-up.
TUKWILA, Wash. — Retirement may have its benefits, but as Marcus Hahnemann found out it can also have some significant drawbacks.
The 40-year-old goalkeeper admits that he struggled mightily during his first two weeks with the Seattle Sounders, largely as a result of his temporary retirement that he was coaxed out of in order to return to his hometown team.
In the last week, though, he said he’s felt as good as he has in a long time.
Saturday night's results mean two of the four spots for US clubs in the 2013-14 CONCACAF Champions League are now spoken for.
With their commanding 4-1 win over the Colorado Rapids, the first-place San Jose Earthquakes assured that they can finish no lower than second in the Supporters' Shield hunt, behind only Sporting KC. Since Sporting have already qualified — they were the first team to earn a berth thanks to their US Open Cup title — San Jose would claim one of those two spots even if they should stumble and fail to claim the Shield.
This has been another wait-‘til-next year season for Toronto FC, who will miss the MLS Cup playoffs for the sixth season in a row.
Now it’s time to count the days until it’s over.
“It’s been the worst season imaginable, to be honest,” defender Richard Eckersley told reporters after Saturday’s 4-1 loss to the New York Red Bulls. “We’re simply not good enough for the minute and we want the season to end so we can regroup and start again next year, really.”
CARSON, Calif. – The real work is done in the LA Galaxy's CONCACAF Champions League campaign after the Puerto Rico Islanders' victory Thursday night over Isidro Metapán, but they'd like to win next month's group-stage finale anyway, just not for the expected reason.
The Galaxy's Group 5 point total will determine its quarterfinal foe next year, and logic suggests the more points accumulated – victory in the Oct. 25 clash in El Salvador would give LA 10 points – the better the chance to advance.
Hogwash, says Bruce Arena.
The LA Galaxy sewed up a berth in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals without even setting foot on the field on Thursday night.
The Puerto Rico Islanders' 3-0 home win over Isidro Metapán ensured that neither side will be able to catch the Galaxy at the top of Group 5.