With the 2014 MLS regular season winding down, teams are starting to make that final push for the coveted Supporters' Shield, the annual award given to the team that finishes the season with the most points.
In 2013, the race for the Shield was extremely tight with three teams finishing within three points of the winners, the New York Red Bulls. The top of the standings isn't as jam-packed this season as years past, but there are still a few teams that are in great position to finish strong and take home the Shield.
Starting with the teams that have a bit of work to do, Real Salt Lake (12-6-10, 46 points, 28 GP) and D.C. United (14-9-5, 47 points, 28 GP) would need to put together a nice run to get back in the race. Not only that, RSL and D.C. better hope that the Galaxy and Sounders drop a few points along the way.
Both teams are behind Seattle (17-7-3, 54 points, 27 GP) and Los Angeles (14-5-9, 51 points, 28 GP) in the standings, and to make matters worse, Seattle has a game in hand and a chance to extend its lead.
Salt Lake and D.C. look to be in very ...
When we make bold proclamations about certain goings on in Major League Soccer, we are usually never right due to the immense amount of parity across the league.
The Week 28 edition of our bold predictions looks at a few key games with playoff implications as well as a match that has the potential to be one of the worst of 2014.
Mix in a few bold statements about key players shining in important clashes and you have all six of our bold predictions.
Continue reading on to see just how bold our predictions are for Week 28. Begin Slideshow
With Major League Soccer set to enter a new era in 2015, the United States' top soccer league revealed a unique logo concept Thursday.
As seen in this photo courtesy of Sports Illustrated on Twitter, the upcoming logo is a departure from what MLS has been using throughout its existence:
Soccer Matters on Facebook provided an expanded look at the new logo:
Expansion teams from New York City and Orlando will enter the league next season, making MLS a larger and more significant enterprise than ever before (21 teams total).
MLS released a teaser video regarding the new logo, which showcases the ability of every club to tailor the logo to its unique color schemes:
It is a potentially revolutionary idea that figures to differentiate MLS from every other major sports league in North America.
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If crunching midfielders, speedy wingers and sturdy center-backs appease you in any which way, you might enjoy our weekly look at the top battles in Major League Soccer.
With six weeks of play left in the regular season, the hunt for the final few playoff positions will intensify in a couple of places across the league, including Red Bull Arena and Crew Stadium.
In those matches, there will be key position battles to watch, including one that poses two world-class players against two stingy defenders for a first-place side.
Continue reading on for previews of that matchup between New York and Seattle, as well as four other massive battles to watch in Week 28. Begin Slideshow
Head coaches are crucial in sports, but in soccer, they are very hands-on in both training sessions and games. In MLS, a club won't go very far if they do not have a manager who knows the ins and outs of the league.
This slideshow will feature synopsis of every MLS head coach, and their ranking. Experience, wins, tactical knowledge, man management and accumulated trophies will be discussed.
The best coaches possess all of these attributes, while the ones who are ranked lower either lack experience or have not achieved any notable success in MLS.Begin Slideshow
The play in Major League Soccer throughout Week 27 may not have been as exciting as past weeks, but it did see plenty of stars contribute in major ways.
In almost every game played this week, someone in the MLS Player Power Rankings made an impact, which is why compiling this list was a bit difficult this time around.
Those stars contributed in a variety of ways, whether it be scoring goals, providing assists, doing the dirty work in midfield or having a strong day in defense.
Continue reading on to see who the top-20 players in MLS are at the moment. Begin Slideshow
It was another action-packed weekend in Major League Soccer, highlighted by a big win for the Seattle Sounders in the Western Conference and the usual chaos running wild in the East.
There's also some big news regarding Chivas USA, who may end up sitting out the 2015 season.
Check it all out in this week's edition of "5 Things We Learned from MLS."Begin Slideshow
The only word to correctly describe the latest weekend of play in Major League Soccer is weird.
Week 27 had a little bit of everything, including a weather delay, five draws and some unusual goalscorers, who don't see much playing time.
On top of all that was news about a new twist in the Chivas USA saga, and a five-goal thriller between two of the top sides in the league.
Thanks to all of the crazy goings on this weekend, we had no problem choosing the biggest winners and losers from Week 27. Begin Slideshow
With the playoff race intensifying all around Major League Soccer, Week 27 was time for some of the underrated stars of the league to step up and help earn their respective sides some big results.
Those players starred in defense and midfield to earn spots in the MLS Team of the Week.
As for the players up front, one of them is a star of the league, but his performance flew under the radar in a five-goal thriller in Seattle.
Continue reading on to see which 11 players earned a spot in the latest MLS Team of the Week. Begin Slideshow
With Major League Soccer being such a topsy-turvy league, it is hard to make bold predictions, especially when the unexpected happens on a regular basis.
Just look at Wednesday's draw between Montreal and LA for the latest example of how something bizarre can happen in the exciting weekly action of the North American league.
With that result fresh in our minds, we decided to make a few bold calls about the results of certain games this weekend, and who would star in those matches.
Continue reading on for our six bold predictions for the MLS weekend. Begin Slideshow