For most of the season, the focus of the Major League Soccer Player Power Rankings has been on the players at the top, but it was two players in the middle of the pack from last week that made an impact on the list after Week 19.
Robbie Keane and Benny Feilhaber were the two standout performers from the week's set of games, which led to major jumps for both players on a list that is becoming more difficult to break into by the week.
Continue reading on to see which players were good enough to join Keane and Feilhaber in the MLS Player Power Rankings. Begin Slideshow
Major League Soccer had a full slate of action-packed games this weekend in MLS Week 20, but the biggest news of the week came off the field with the league re-signing stars Matt Besler and Graham Zusi.
On the field, MLS Week 20 had plenty of highlights, including three separate goals that could end up as Goal of the Year candidates.
Here are 10 things we learned.Begin Slideshow
It has been three weeks since DeAndre Yedlin's first experience at the FIFA World Cup ended, but the entire process still hasn't sunk in with the burgeoning superstar of American soccer.
“It’s definitely been a whirlwind. There’s not been a lot of time to sit down and pinch myself to make sure it’s real. It’s definitely been pretty wild, but it’s been fun. I’m having a great time with it," Yedlin told Bleacher Report.
Yedlin, 21, catapulted himself onto the American sporting radar with three strong performances as a substitute against Portugal, Germany and Belgium.
In his first World Cup game, Yedlin started a move on the right wing that led to Clint Dempsey's 81st-minute goal.
“Honestly, I just went out there and said, 'Relax and do your thing.' Jurgen [Klinsmann] definitely helped to calm me down a lot. If I make a mistake, I just try to recover on the ball as soon as possible, work hard, create and from that I felt really comfortable and relaxed.”
The Seattle Sounders right-back also made his defensive prowess known, especially on one play against Belgium when he sprinted back down the pitch to defend Eden Hazard.
"[World-class players like Hazard] have their strengths, but they also have their weaknesses, and ...
With a full slate of nine games being played this weekend in Major League Soccer, there were plenty of things to talk about regarding the play on the pitch.
However, the biggest story of Week 19 came off the pitch thanks to Sporting Kansas City handing out a few big contracts to Matt Besler and Graham Zusi.
On the field, there were a few controversial calls and players who experienced good and bad moments in their respective time on the pitch.
Continue reading on to see who were the biggest winners and losers from Week 19 in MLS.Begin Slideshow
Week 19 was all about big home wins for a few sides in Major League Soccer.
Portland, Columbus and FC Dallas all came through with three points in games they needed to win, especially in the case of the Timbers and the Crew.
Thanks to those big wins, two players from each side were selected into the latest MLS Team of the Week.
Continue reading on to see who else joined those players in the team set up in a 4-4-2. Begin Slideshow
To kick off play in Week 19, the stars of Major League Soccer showed up to deliver some goal-scoring theatrics to fans.
In the four games across the league Wednesday night, Robbie Keane, Gyasi Zardes, Bradley Wright-Phillips and Conor Casey all showed up on the scoresheet.
Wright-Phillips' goal for the Red Bulls extended his lead atop the Golden Boot chart to two over Erick Torres.
Continue reading on to see where those four players, and 16 others, ranked in the latest MLS Player Power Rankings. Begin Slideshow
For fans out there itching for some soccer in their post-World Cup existence, the MLS is calling. And Week 20 promises to be a good week to catch up with the United States' domestic league, as there are several intriguing matchups to see and international stars to follow.
From high-scoring teams to top-of-the-table matchups, there should be something for everyone. Let's break down the table, fixtures and preview some of the interesting games on tap.
Without question, the game of the week is the matchup between Sporting KC and the LA Galaxy. The game will match two of the league's top scorers in Sporting KC's Dom Dwyer (14 goals) and the Galaxy's Robbie Keane (nine goals, six assists). But will either be able to find the net in this one?
That remains to be seen, as these teams also happen to have the two stingiest defenses in the league. The Galaxy have given up just 14 goals this season, while Sporting KC have conceded just 17.
But the Galaxy come into this game on fire, having gone unbeaten in their last eight games. And Keane finally broke a four-game scoreless streak, notching a brace against the New England Revolution in the Galaxy's 5-1 win ...
With a slate of four midweek matches, Major League Soccer fans had plenty to watch on Wednesday night.
Sporting Kansas City went top of the table in the Eastern Conference with a late win, while the Philadelphia Union took three points off the New York Red Bulls. In the all-Canada battle, the Vancouver Whitecaps and Toronto FC split the points and finally, in the late game, the LA Galaxy defeated the New England Revolution.
Here are 10 things we learned from the action in MLS Week 19.Begin Slideshow
In just four games Wednesday, some of Major League Soccer's best delivered terrific performances, especially those playing at home.
The three biggest stars of the night were forwards who have all seen themselves take different career paths to this point.
To accommodate the three forwards, we opted to select three central midfielders and make the best XI from Wednesday's action a team set up in a 4-3-3.
Continue reading to see which 11 players were the best on Wednesday night in MLS.Begin Slideshow
There may have only been four games played Wednesday night in Major League Soccer, but that did not limit the amount of winners and losers from games in Philadelphia, Columbus, Toronto and Los Angeles.
A few rookies were thrown into the fire in three games, while a friendly face finally came through for the Union.
Continue reading on to see who the biggest winners and losers were during Wednesday's four-game slate.Begin Slideshow