MLS Regular Season
MONTREAL – Last Saturday was just another day at the office for Davy Arnaud: His Montreal Impact broke an attendance record at the Olympic Stadium, he played up front and he scored a goal.
Summing up Arnaud’s day this way would be somewhat of a stretch, but it is not that far from reality. Against the LA Galaxy, Arnaud traded his usual midfield position for a spot in the hole, behind a target forward, and opened the scoring in a 1-1 draw played in front of a record 60,860-strong crowd.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Roger Espinoza had hoped to finally shed his “Red Card Roger” nickname this season.
That will have to wait a little while longer.
Espinoza will miss Sporting Kansas City‘s game at Colorado this Saturday, the result of a suspension earned after being sent off for elbowing the Fire's Sebastián Grazzini in the face while pursuing a 50-50 ball in the second half of last weekend’s 2-1 loss at Chicago.
TUKWILA, Wash. — Adam Johansson is getting close.
After coming to the Seattle Sounders in the offseason, expectations were that the Swedish right back would help bolster an attack that was already the best in MLS. The 29-year-old was known for his pinpoint crosses and penchant for getting forward as much as for his defense.
Injuries have forced those expectations to be somewhat checked, as Johansson has been limited to four appearances and he has yet to register a point. Now that he’s fully fit, those numbers should soon change.
Each week, the MLSsoccer.com editors will share their picks ahead of the league matches. Here are their picks for this week's midweek matches.
Dan Gargan usually paints to find an escape from his day job, but the Chicago Fire defender mixed his two passions in a piece he painted for Wednesday’s “Art of Futbol” Gallery showing in Chicago, which takes place on Wednesday and benefits the Chicago Fire Foundation.
Gargan’s piece is called “The Beautiful Game,” and is an abstract vision of what Gargan believes soccer embodies.
This weekend we saw many of MLS' established stars doing what they do best – from fantastic free kicks to dominant defensive performances and clutch goals, we saw plenty of players live up to their reputation and show why they are among the best players in the league.
However, we also caught a glimpse of the younger players who could one day step up and fill the shoes of their veteran counterparts. There were plenty of rookies and newcomers who put forth commendable performances, signaling to the league that they could be here to stay.
TORONTO – Toronto FC will be able to count on at least one of their Designated Players for the first leg of the Amway Canadian Championship against the Vancouver Whitecaps (10 pm ET, Sportsnet).
Forward Danny Koevermans, who galvanized TFC with eight goals in 10 games last season, was back at full training on Monday and traveled with the team to Vancouver after being sidelined by a groin injury since mid-April.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – After toiling through a stretch of results where the New England players and technical staffers felt they deserved more than they received, the Revolution secured an emphatic 4-1 victory over Vancouver on Saturday night.
HIGHLIGHTS: NE 4, VAN 1
WASHINGTON – Looks can be deceiving.
When D.C. United midfielder Perry Kitchen fell to the ground halfway through last Saturday’s match against the Houston Dynamo after his knee gave out on his way down from an aerial challenge, the immediate prognosis seemed bleak.
"It doesn’t look great,” D.C. manager Ben Olsen said after the match. “I don’t think it’s going to be a five- to seven-day day injury."
With that backdrop, the news on Kitchen’s injury on Tuesday could not have come as any more of a surprise.
Lately, Osvaldo Alonso has been the most-talked-about defensive midfielder in MLS, praised for his outstanding development on both the defensive and offensive side of the ball. This past weekend however, Alonso struggled to get anything going offensively.
When looking at his passes – successful and unsuccessful (image below) – you can see that nearly every attempt to contribute offensively was immediately shutdown by the RSL defense.