PORTLAND, Oregon – The fact that the inaugural 2014 Chipotle MLS Homegrown Game even took place — the MLS version of a "Futures Game" — was in itself a clear sign of the upward trajectory of soccer development in the US and Canada.
But you can make the argument that the bigger statement made on Monday night was the fact that the Homegrown team of MLS professional players were at times outplayed by the Portland Timbers Under-23s — a team of Timbers academy products and college players, some who only joined the PDL side last week.
Tweak this. Trade that. Nobody said building an All-Star roster would be easy.
All-Star | El volante Kyle Beckerman se pierde el Partido de las Estrellas por lesión; el inglés Liam Ridgewell lo reemplazará
PORTLAND, Oregon – El Director Técnico de las Estrellas de la MLS, Caleb Porter, ha convocado al defensa Liam Ridgewell de Portland Timbers como remplazo del mediocampista lesionado de Real Salt Lake Kyle Beckerman, para el Partido de las Estrellas de la MLS, presentado por AT&T, que se disputará el miércoles contra el Bayern de Múnich (9:30 p.m., hora del Este por UniMás en EE.UU. y por ESPN HD en Latinoamérica).
PRIMER PLANO es la serie de reportajes especiales de FutbolMLS.com. En esta entrega, el Editor Asociado de FutbolMLS.com, Diego Pinzón, analiza qué tan viable es la adaptación del método alemán en el fútbol, particularmente el de Estados Unidos, utilizando a Pep Guardiola - entrenador del Bayern de Múnich - como la principal variable.
La acción el Partido de las Estrellas de la MLS en la cancha arranco este lunes con el partido de las Fuerzas Básicas Chipotle.
Los mejores jugadores de las fuerzas básicas de la MLS se enfrentaron a la sub-23 de Portland Timbers en un duelo que tuvo mucha acción pero que termino en un empate a cero goles, en el amistoso disputado en el Providende Park la noche del lunes.
PORTLAND, Ore. – Highlighting the growth of MLS, US and Canadian player development is one of the most widely-discussed topics in North American soccer today.
As the league grows and the US national team continues to become a player on the international stage, club academies and youth national teams have become of the focal point of that bottom-to-top approach. And MLS director of player programs Alfonso Mondelo said there’s no reason why the Chipotle Homegrown Game can’t be a part of that development – even if it is a fun part.
PORTLAND, Ore. – With not a goal to be found in the inaugural Chipotle Homegrown Game, it was a night for the goalkeepers to shine.
And MLS Homegrown ‘keeper Jon Kempin, who came on in the second half Monday night at Providence Park, shined the brightest. The Sporting Kansas City product came up with two diving saves to preserve the scoreless draw against the Portland Timbers U-23s and received the game's MVP award for his efforts.
All-Star: New York Red Bulls' Thierry Henry believes Franck Ribery, Thomas Muller don't get enough credit
PORTLAND – When New York Red Bull star Thierry Henry takes the field on Wednesday night against Bayern Munich — possibly his last MLS All-Star Game — he'll go up against two of the soccer players he admires the most on the world stage.
PORTLAND – MLS All-Star Week's on-field action got underway Monday as the league's top Homegrown products took on the Portland Timbers’ U-23s in the inaugural Chipotle MLS Homegrown Game, which featured plenty of action but no score as the two sides played to a scoreless draw on a steamy evening at Providence Park.
The "Men In Blazers" had a grand old time in Portland's Pioneer Courthouse Square on Monday night, entertaining fans packed in at the city landmark with over an hour of their trademark wit, and plenty of special guests, from local hero Will Johnson to US women's national team star Alex Morgan.