There were 22 MLS players included on 2014 FIFA World Cup rosters which is an all-time high for the league. Half of those were members of the U.S. men's national team that qualified out of the "Group of Death" and narrowly lost 2-1 to Belgium in the round of 16. These numbers signify that Major League Soccer is set to take another giant step forward.
Seven MLS players started against Germany, and many of them played key roles in the next match versus the Belgians, including Sporting Kansas City's Matt Besler and Seattle Sounders forward Clint Dempsey.
Even though the U.S. progressed out of arguably the most difficult group at the World Cup, the feeling is that the Belgium defeat reflects negatively on MLS. This is partially correct as the U.S. averaged the seventh lowest possession percentage, the joint-sixth lowest shot total, and allowed the most attempts out of any other country, per Whoscored.com.
However, the US traveled over 10,000 miles compared to Belgium's 1,368, per the Daily Mail's Craig Hope. It's definitely less taxing for the team that spends less time commuting. Even injuries took their toll on some players, including one integral figure that plies his trade in MLS.
Regardless of the opinions on the USMNT's showing in Brazil, ...
When looking back at this summer’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil, one of the most invigorating sub-plots will undoubtedly be the valiant efforts of Team USA.
The heroics of Jurgen Klinsmann’s 23-man squad embodied everything great about the beautiful game and saw the Stars and Stripes win over the hearts of millions across the globe. In fact, their performances were so inspired that the squad even received personal praise from a certain POTUS.
Those 23 men ensured that soccer finally emerged as a serious sport in the States and have now provided a platform for the sport to continue growing over the coming years. It now seems inevitable that the Yanks will eventually become a serious contender for soccer’s ultimate prize and the current crop of players will be remembered as pioneers who planted the seeds for a country to fall in love with the game.
In fact, the spirited displays of Team USA sparked a worldwide love-affair before their elimination to Belgium in the round of 16 and the likes of Tim Howard, Jermain Jones and Kyle Beckerman have become household names across the footballing world. However, there is a forgotten man who was once tipped to be this generation’s Pele: Freddy ...
After 17 weeks of play, a few players have stood out the most in Major League Soccer.
Two players, Javier Morales and Bradley Wright-Phillips, have delivered terrific performances week after week for Real Salt Lake and the New York Red Bulls, respectively, which is why the two are locked in a battle for the top spot in the MLS Player Power Rankings.
Continue reading on to see which star of 2014 was named No. 1 in the Week 17 edition of the list.Begin Slideshow
The Seattle Sounders released a statement on July 6 regarding the future of their star right back DeAndre Yedlin.
In case you missed it, the 20-year-old was relentless during his three appearances during the World Cup in Brazil. He showcased his speed and dribbling talents against three of the top teams in the world, including 58 minutes in Team USA’s round-of-16 loss to Belgium.
Yedlin looks to have a bright future ahead of him after US coach Jurgen Klinnsman was questioned for giving the right back a roster spot. Now that the world knows about him, Sounders general manager Adrian Hanauer released this statement on the club's website.
DeAndre has had a very good season in Seattle and obviously had a fantastic World Cup. This has drawn lots of interest for him from leagues around the world. For now, DeAndre is in Seattle and we need him to help us win our upcoming games against Portland. If something transpires with a foreign team, we will announce it.
Major League Soccer is on the rise but still nowhere near the talent of the Italian Serie A or the Premier League in England. ProSoccerTalk’s Kirsten Schlewitz reported on July 5 that Yedlin could have a preseason ...
The World Cup break in MLS is over, which signals the onset of the second half of the season for the North Americans. The league standings do change dramatically every week, but could this be the year that everyone maintains their same position?
After their abysmal end to the 2013 campaign, wherein head coach Sigi Schmid's future was called into question,the Seattle Sounders started off 2014 with high expectations. Schmid stayed on, and the team made a big splash in the offseason by chopping and changing the squad.
These moves paid off as the Sounders lie at the top of the Western Conference, holding the best record in the league. Seattle has a seven point lead over second place Real Salt Lake, and that's largely due to the club's top earners delivering when called upon.
Last August's blockbuster signing, Clint Dempsey, recovered from his poor 2013 thanks to a full winter to prepare. The American international has improved greatly, scoring eight goals. His teammate, Obafemi Martins, has also bagged eight, per Whoscored.com.
As the second half of the campaign gets underway, it appears as if no one is going to trump Seattle for that top seed in the West, although they lost 1-0 in their last game ...
In a weekend that caught attention for the return of a few United States internationals, a few other Americans helped steal the spotlight, as well as one Englishman who can't stop scoring.
There were also a few strong performances from players that have come from Honduras, Argentina and Canada, which helped display the diversity of Major League Soccer's player pool.
This week's team has molded itself into a 4-3-1-2 because of the attacking prowess of one of the league's best attacking midfielders.
Continue reading on to see which players earned a spot in the latest MLS Team of the Week. Begin Slideshow
Sporting Kansas City forward Dom Dwyer was thrilled to score a goal on Sunday against the Chicago Fire after stealing the ball from defender Patrick Ianni and slotting it home past goalkeeper Sean Johnson.Upon scoring the goal in the 33rd minute, which gave Sporting K.C. a 1-0 advantage, Dwyer tracked down a phone and took a selfie with some fans.Here's the picture Dwyer snapped:Unfortunately, referee Alan Kelly wasn't too fond of the showboating and gave Dwyer a yellow card. The game ended in a 1-1 tie.[SportingKC.com]Read more MLS news on BleacherReport.com
Erick Torres has done it again. The Chivas USA 21-year-old was in the headlines last week for a stunning volley against Real Salt Lake, and now he's scored another winner in very acrobatic fashion.
Not only was it a brilliant strike, but it came with impeccable timing. The 94th-minute goal broke the goalless draw and earned Chivas their third win in a row.
[MLS]Read more MLS news on BleacherReport.com
New England Revolution coach Jay Heaps was left shaking hands with thin air after the MLS game with Real Salt Lake.
Salt Lake won the game 2-1 thanks to a pair of penalties, but it was Revs coach Heap who was left without a post-match handshake.
Still, he keeps up his end of the bargain.
[Vine, H/T Balls.ie]Read more MLS news on BleacherReport.com
The L.A. Galaxy are taking to social media in order to promote their players for the 2014 MLS All-Star Game in Portland, Oregon.The team went for the hipster look by putting its players in flannel and, in the case of Landon Donovan, a lumberjack outfit. (Portland is the home of the Timbers.)Not only did the Galaxy give their players a makeover, but they also put together a fascinating list of facts as to why striker Robbie Keane should play in the game:That list should be enough to convince some fans to send votes Keane's way.[LA Galaxy]Read more MLS news on BleacherReport.com