MLS Regular Season

Impact brass reveal they nearly held on to Sounders' EJ

Club execs call GK Ricketts "a big disappointment," reveal they almost held on to Sounders' EJ
Impact brass reveal regrets of 2012

Nick de Santis, Montreal Impact

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MONTREAL — Oh, what could have been.

Montreal Impact president Joey Saputo, sporting director Nick de Santis and vice president Richard Legendre provided their assessment of the club's 2012 expansion season on Wednesday morning and amidst the optimism, they did express one or two regrets when it came to personnel moves.

SKC's Peterson back to playoffs, but not done yet

Sporting KC's Jacob Peterson

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – First time playing for a team with a winning record. First significant silverware. A single-season high for goals scored.

Jacob Peterson's seventh season in MLS has been a special one for the Sporting Kansas City winger, and he isn't ready for it to be over yet.

"I don't think we're done. I think that's the big thing here," Peterson told on Tuesday. "We talked about our goals before training today. We've accomplished a lot of those this season, but we still have a couple left."

Castrol Weekly Top 20: NY's hopes for a trophy get a boost

Henry is at his best entering the postseason. Will a title follow?
Castrol Index: With Henry in form, NY are dreaming big
Castrol Index

Castrol Index - Thierry Henry (Week 33)

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This is the last thing the Eastern Conference wanted to see.

New York Red Bulls star Thierry Henry has arguably never been more engaged and focused in bringing that first trophy to his MLS club, and it's showing on the field. The latest proof: a No. 1 finish in the Castrol Weekly Top 20 after the final week of the regular season. (See how players collect points in the Castrol methodology here.)

After falling short, Crew begin 2012 postmortem, unhappy with what they see

COLUMBUS, Ohio – When Columbus Crew head coach Robert Warzycha talks of the 2012 season, he could certainly put a positive spin on it.

After all, his team earned two more wins than in the 2011 campaign and saw two summer arrivals enthrall the crowd at Crew Stadium, all while coping with an inordinate number of injuries and the tragic passing of rookie midfielder Kirk Urso in August.

But even though the Crew posted a winning record (15-12-7, 52 points) there is one word that he will not associate with the results he has seen from his charges the past eight months.

30 October 8:47 de la tarde

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.

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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:

Team of the Week (Wk 33): Plenty to like on final weekend

11 different teams represented in 2012's final MLS TOTW
Spreading The Love
Team of the Week

MLS Rookie Rankings: After 34 games, one man standing

After 34 games, Fire's Austin Berry makes his case for ROY
Rookie Rankings: One man standing
Rookie Rankings

You'll notice the long line of yellow dashes in the final MLS Rookie Rankings of the 2012 season. Week 33 ushered in no change as none of the candidates managed to swing the polls in their final opportunity.

Central Winger: Pythagorean Expectation tested in MLS

Dr. Howard Hamilton's pythagorean expectation in focus
Central Winger: The doctor is in
Soccer Analytics

Union celebrate, Revs don't - Central Winger

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As soccer analytics continues its slow growth from infancy to childhood, it's natural for the movement to look at strides made in other sports and try to emulate them. Bill James’ Pythagorean Expectation is no exception.

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