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31Mar/130

MLS Power Rankings: Week 5

If you are a fan of spectacular goals, then MLS was the league to tune into this weekend. The league's biggest stars like Thierry Henry and Kenny Miller, as well as newcomers like Dillon Powers, delivered fans of the American top flight some pieces of individual brilliance.As for the results of the eight games played on Saturday, the most significant came out of Kansas City, as Sporting took down the previously unbeaten Montreal Impact at Sporting Park. Find out where those two teams as well as the other 17 in MLS landed in this week's edition of the power rankings. Begin Slideshow
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31Mar/130

MLS Week 5 Roundup: 10 Highlights You Don’t Want to Miss

Week 5 in Major League Soccer didn’t disappoint as there were plenty of thrills from eight different games on Saturday. Landon Donovan returned to action for the L.A. Galaxy, the Montreal Impact finally lost a game and the U.S. U-20 contingent continued to impress. Check it all out in this week’s MLS roundup.Begin Slideshow
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31Mar/130

MLS Saturday Wrap: Goals, Recaps and Interesting Stats

There were 22 goals in eight total games in MLS this weekend.  Two of them ended in 2-2 draws: the Los Angeles Galaxy against Toronto FC and the Colorado Rapids against the Portland, which were also the highest scoring affairs of the weekend. FC Dallas was the only road team to gather all three points in their 1-0 victory over the New England Revolution.  Mike Magee tallied once again for the Galaxy and continues to lead the league with five goals. Toronto FC striker Robert Earnshaw also scored in the match for his fourth of the season.  He is one behind Magee in the race for the Golden Boot. The Montreal Impact dropped their first points of the season on the road against Sporting Kansas City. It continues to be a week to remember for Graham Zusi, who scored his club's second goal after returning from international duty with the U.S. national team.  Thierry Henry got his first goal of the season.  Coincidentally, or perhaps not so much, New York also picked up its first win of the season.  His 21 shots lead MLS.  The New England Revolution remained stuck on just one goal this season. Chivas USA posted another win ...
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31Mar/130

Benny Feilhaber Sets Up Both Goals in Sporting Kansas City’s Win over Montreal

Benny Feilhaber had a pair of assists as Sporting Kansas City snapped the Montreal Impact's four-game winning streak with a 2-0 victory in front of 18,609 fans at Sporting Park on Saturday night. Feilhaber had only two assists all season in 2012 with the New England Revolution.During the postgame press conference, Sporting KC manager Peter Vermes told us it was Feilhaber's best performance with the team so far this season and exactly what Vermes was looking for when Feilhaber was acquired in the offseason. Vermes added:I've seen him play for a long time and his defensive work and the bite he has in the midfield and today he was all over the place. Then what happens when he gets the ball and he breaks the lines and he goes at defenses he has all solutions-he can play, he can dribble at a guy, he can shoot from distance. He has all those qualities. When he does that it changes the game for us as a team. When you have (Graham) Zusi running off the ball, you have CJ (Sapong) with the qualities that he has, and then Claudio (Bieler) just needs daylight and he's ...
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31Mar/130

New York Red Bulls 2-1 Philadelphia Union: 5 Things We Learned

The New York Red Bulls finally picked up their first win of the 2013 Major League Soccer season on Saturday afternoon, beating the Philadelphia Union 2-1. After an 0-2-2 start, New York finally got their first three-point effort on the back of goals by Dax McCarty and Thierry Henry. Here are five things we learned from the game.Begin Slideshow
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27Mar/130

Picking the Top 10 MLS Player Performances in This Week’s World Cup Qualifiers

MLS is not a top competition in world football. But top talent like Tim Cahill and Omar Gonzalez made a significant impact in this week's World Cup qualifiers.In total, 38 MLS players across 15 countries were selected to represent their respective national teams. Brad Davis' last-minute inclusion upped that total to 39.No region was impacted greater by the influx of MLS talent than the CONCACAF. But the CONMEBOL, Asian and UEFA qualifiers were influenced as well.Soccer fans will have to wait until June for the next round of qualifiers. Until then, here's a look at the 10 best MLS-player performances in this week's World Cup qualifiers. Begin Slideshow
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27Mar/130

Every MLS Team’s Biggest Flaw

The 2013 Major League Soccer campaign has been full of great play, exciting goals and, most importantly, incredibly disappointing performances. The following is a team-by-team slideshow of each MLS side's biggest flaw. Some teams' flaws will be difficult to identify because they've been so outstanding (Montreal). Others will be difficult because they've been so poor. It's only fitting that we start such a negative slideshow with...Begin Slideshow
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26Mar/130

Reigning MLS Champion LA Galaxy Visit President Obama at the White House

President Obama may be best known to sports fans for his love of basketball—and for, you know, being the President of the United States—but he showed off his soccer skills on Tuesday when the MLS Cup-winning LA Galaxy visited the White House.As Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times tweeted, the President wasn't afraid to use his head at the ceremony.Meanwhile, Agence France-Presse tweeted this photo the President awaiting a ball heading his way.He's totally going to trap that sucker.  And political blogger Jeff Gauvin snapped the President sharing a laugh with the Galaxy and posing for a photograph with Landon Donovan and David Beckham.The Galaxy made the trip to the White House for the second straight season after once again defeating the Houston Dynamo in the MLS Cup. It was the Galaxy's fourth MLS championship.The Associated Press (via USA Today) posted a video of President Obama's header, which also included the President noting, "That's a lucky number," when presented with a  No. 44 jersey from the Los Angeles Kings, who were also visiting the White House after winning this year's Stanley Cup.The United States travels to Estadio Azteca to face Mexico City on Tuesday night in a crucial World Cup qualifying game for both ...
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25Mar/130

MLS 2013: 10 Things We’ve Learned so Far

Four weeks into MLS 2013 and there is a lot to learn.To date, the league boasts 74 goals scored on 789 total shots.  Just around a goal every 10 shots.  282 of the 789 shots have been on target. There have been 885 fouls conceded.  That adds up to about 14 fouls conceded per team per match.307 corner kicks so far in MLS 2013.    In the race for the Supporters' Shield, the Montreal Impact look the side to beat right now.  They have won all four of their games for 12 points.  No other team has won four games. The Chicago Fire has scored just one goal.  Same goes for the New England Revolution. Hendry Thomas of the Colorado Rapids and Bobby Burling of Chivas USA are tied for the lead in most yellow cards so far with three each.The team with the most points, Montreal, leads the league in being caught offside.  The team in last place for the Supporters' Shield, Chicago, is second.The former having being caught 20 times and the latter 17.Here are 10 more things we've learned so far about the MLS 2013. All statistics recovered from MLS Soccer, powered by Opta.  Begin Slideshow
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25Mar/130

MLS Power Rankings: Week 4

Not many domestic leagues play close to a full slate of games during the international break but that is exactly what Major League Soccer did this weekend. Fans of the American domestic game were treated to eight matches that produced plenty of fireworks on both coasts. The most thrilling of the eight games came on Saturday in Washington D.C. as the Columbus Crew took down D.C. United.Find out where those two teams, as well as the other 17 teams in MLS, landed in this week's power rankings. Begin Slideshow
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