MLS Regular Season
Chicago Fire expect Jermaine Jones decision this week and players admit, "We could do with some help"
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. – As speculation mounts on which city Jermaine Jones might next call home, two of his potential midfield colleagues at the Chicago Fire confirmed their excitement at the possible arrival of the in-demand US midfielder.
A team source revealed that a decision on Jones’ future, one way or the other, is expected by the end of this week, but with the New England Revolution also in the ring to land the 33-year-old, nobody in Chicago is celebrating his signing just yet.
TORONTO – Toronto FC welcomed back three key figures from injury this week as Jermain Defoe, captain Steven Caldwell and right back Mark Bloom all took part in full training sessions on Tuesday ahead of Saturday’s home match against the Chicago Fire (7 pm ET, MLS LIVE).
The more a player sees of the ball, the more important they usually are. This is common sense.
A coach obviously prefers having their stronger players handle the ball more often than their weaker players. But this is not a cut-and-dry rule. Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley are two of the best players in MLS, but due to differences in positioning they see the ball at significantly different rates.
The San Jose Earthquakes’ Matías Pérez García era is officially on hold.
Pérez García suffered a right knee injury during his second appearance with the Quakes, a 5-0 loss to FC Dallas on Saturday, and he is expected to undergo arthroscopic surgery today to fix meniscus damage, a team spokesman said from Seattle, where San Jose will face the Sounders Wednesday evening.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – With regards to bolstering the club’s depth, the New England Revolution seem more active now than they were when the MLS transfer window was open.
Set to face two games in four days, the New York Red Bulls are still trying to figure out how to approach them.
OBETZ, Ohio – After rebounding from a lackluster stretch earlier this summer with two wins and a draw in the past month, the Columbus Crew seemed to be regaining their form. But a third loss of the season to Toronto on Aug. 9 left the team searching for answers again and struggling to find consistency.
The MLS Disciplinary Committee announced on Wednesday that FC Dallas midfielder Andrés Escobar has been fined an undisclosed amount for embellishment in Saturday's match against the San Jose Earthquakes.
The incident took place in the 51st minute of FCD's 5-0 win at Buck Shaw Stadium (see video above).
Slumping Seattle Sounders aim to start turnaround as San Jose Earthquakes visit: "It's in our hands"
TUKWILA, Wash. – After gaining healthy cushions in the Western Conference and Supporters’ Shield standings to start the year, the Seattle Sounders have dropped four of their last six MLS matches and relinquished both leads.
With his club set to host the San Jose Earthquakes Wednesday night at CenturyLink Field (10 pm ET, MLS LIVE), Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid said his players need to refocus themselves as they chase multiple titles in the season's final four months.