TUCSON, Ariz. – Real Salt Lake believe in their core. Head coach Jason Kreis is clear about that in explaining why his team made the fewest offseason acquisitions of any MLS club this winter.
In fact, 10 players who will take the pitch for the Claret-and-Cobalt in 2012 – Nick Rimando, Javier Morales, Fabián Espíndola, Kyle Beckerman, Chris Wingert, Tony Beltran, Jámison Olave, Nat Borchers, Will Johnson and Kyle Reynish – will have been with the team a minimum of five seasons.
ORLANDO, Fla. – Many would argue that Toronto FC may be in panic mode for switching to a new formation with just seven days remaining until the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal first leg against the LA Galaxy on March 7.
But for Toronto FC players, the switch from a 4-3-3 to a 3-4-3 in Tuesday night’s 3-1 victory over Swedish side BK Häcken was a welcome change.
SEATTLE — With a 4-0-2 record and a plus-13 goal differential, training camp has been good for the Seattle Sounders. The team hopes to keep that momentum flowing through Wednesday night’s final preseason tuneup, which comes against Mexico’s Jaguares de Chiapas.
Midfielder Brad Evans says the team is looking forward to a final dress rehearsal against Mexican opposition before Santos Laguna comes to town on March 7 for the CONCACAF Champions League.
TUCSON, AZ.- A pocas horas de que se retome la competencia en la Liga de Campeones de la CONCACAF, cuando este 6 de marzo arranque la fase de cuartos de final con el duelo entre clubes mexicanos Monterrey-Morelia, LA Galaxy continúa intensificando sus trabajos de preparación con un solo objetivo en mente: ganar el título regional y obtener un boleto directo al Mundial de Clubes 2012.
Did you hear about the email that Celtic sent out to its fans today? In a nutshell they are encouraging their fans in the Seattle area to turn out to the Sounders' upcoming CONCACAF Champions League match and root against the home team and for Santos Laguna, their sister club. Sounds crazy, I know, but just to prove I'm not lying here's an excerpt from the email:
Con los Cuartos de Final de la Liga de Campeones de la CONCACAF a la vuelta de la esquina, la pregunta tiene que ser hecha: ¿Quién es mejor delantero: Fredy Montero de los Seattle Sounders o Hérculez Gómez de Santos Laguna?
A Hérculez Gómez le sobra motivación para enfrentarse a Seattle Sounders en la Liga de Campeones.
Más que el pase a semifinales del torneo CONCACAF, el delantero del Santos Laguna se jugará una revancha personal contra el técnico esmeralda, Sigi Schmid, a quien acusó de recomendarle buscar otra carrera cuando ambos coincidieron en el LA Galaxy.
With the opening match of the 2012 campaign a little more than a month away, the Seattle Sounders have compressed their preseason schedule to accommodate the early start. On Thursday, the third day of their camp in Casa Grande, Ariz., the team split into three groups of 11 for its first full-sided scrimmages, with each team playing two periods of 20 minutes.
Head coach Sigi Schmid was pleased with the teams’ performances.
Changes are afoot for the CONCACAF Champions League starting with the 2012-13 edition of the tournament, and they’re the sort that could have a profound effect not only on fixture congestion, but on the future of the burgeoning rivalry between MLS and Mexican Primera División sides.
As the Best of 2011 series continues on MLSsoccer.com, we're counting down the 11 most important stories of the year in Major League Soccer. We'll take a look at one story per day from Dec. 21 until Dec. 31, when we unveil what our editors voted as the Story of the Year in MLS in 2011.
Real Salt Lake's dramatic charge to the CONCACAF Champions League comes in at No. 2. Senior content producer Simon Borg looks back at RSL's run, and what went wrong in the end.