Toyota Stadium looking from the east side as the teams walk out before a game

MLS needs to show best teams over big market teams on national television

The MLS schedule was released Thursday evening, along with the national television schedule. It looks like a good deal for the league with ESPN carrying the majority of its games on its main channel and the over-the-air FOX channel showing four games. But the league needs to show more than just a handful of teams in the national spotlight.

Toyota Stadium from the west side as FC Dallas and Orlando City play

MLS’ future expansion to 28 teams another great step for soccer in America

Among the many big news items to come out Columbus this past week as part of the build up to the 20th edition of the MLS Cup Final, the biggest item might have been announced less than 24 hours prior to the big match itself. Major League Soccer announced in a release on Saturday that the Board of Governors agreed to eventually expanding the league to 28 teams some time in the near future.

Toyota Stadium looking from the east side as the teams walk out before a game

MLS needs to revert to East-West All-Star match

About a year ago I wrote about how Major League Soccer needed switch its all star game format from a match between MLS All Stars and some big European club to a typical East-West showdown that every other American sports league puts on. A little over 365 days later, and, well, my position hasn't changed much on that subject. And, in fact, it's actually strengthened a bit.

Toyota Stadium from the west side as FC Dallas and Orlando City play

FC Dallas’ match against D.C. United vitally important to how the rest of the summer goes

The last three weeks have been very kind to FC Dallas. The last three weeks have been very kind to FC Dallas. Since coming back from the franchise-record five-match road trip that saw them travel all over, from Montreal to Seattle and a number of points in between, and securing just two points, the Hoops have seen their fortunes reverse here the past few weeks. In the last three matches, though sandwiched in between a 4-0 U.S. Open Cup loss to Kansas City, FC Dallas has rebounded nicely with three wins — all of which were shutout victories. The result was a massive swing for the Hoops, who went from just above the playoff cutoff line to in a three-way tie for first in the Western Conference with games in hand over Vancouver and Seattle. But as with all good things, there is a kicker: those three teams — Houston, New England and Orlando — weren't exactly quality opponents. Houston is, well, Houston. New England has struggled mightily this month. And Orlando was missing Kaka, Cyle Larin (the two of which have been basically all of their offense) and Brek Shea. Now, FC Dallas will get a chance to secure that quality win that they've been missing in this recent run with a home match Saturday against Eastern Conference leading D.C. United.

Toyota Stadium looking from the east side as the teams walk out before a game

FC Dallas must keep momentum going in home match vs. New England

In the first match in six weeks at Toyota Stadium, FC Dallas took it to the Houston Dynamo in the middle leg of the Texas Derby. The Hoops dominated the first half of the match, taking a 2-0 early lead thanks to Fabian Castillo. The first goal came off of an own goal that Castillo forced with a pretty good low cross in the box. The second goal came off of a great, creative one-two play between Castillo and Mauro Diaz, with Diaz springing Castillo for the score. And the FC Dallas defense showed up once again, allowing just three shots on goal and recording the team's fifth clean sheet of the season. And now the most important thing the FC Dallas can do is to keep this momentum rolling in another home match against New England Saturday.

Toyota Stadium from the west side as FC Dallas and Orlando City play

FC Dallas desperately needs a win in first game at home in some time

The time frame between May 23 and June 19 is a period FC Dallas would rather forget. During that time, the Hoops managed zero wins, going 0-2-3, suffered to losses of three or more goals and slipped from the top of the conference to fighting of a playoff spot. And all of this came away from Toyota Stadium. In fact, the only bright spot in that nearly month-long span came in the form of a 4-1 win at TCU's soccer stadium in the U.S. Open Cup against USL side Oklahoma City. So it's safe to say that FC Dallas has missed their home in Frisco.

Toyota Stadium from the west side as FC Dallas and Orlando City play

Momentum slipping for FC Dallas on five-match road trip

FC Dallas started off the season incredibly hot. Through the first three games, the Hoops scored three wins — the only team to pull off the feat this year — and after ten matches had secured 20 points. But the last four matches have not been nearly as kind to FC Dallas. In those matches, the Hoops have mustered just two draws and had a 4-0 loss to Kansas City. Yikes.

Toyota Stadium looking from the east side as the teams walk out before a game

Now’s not quite the time for promotion/relegation in MLS

There's good reason some people here in the U.S. are clamoring for Major League Soccer to start using the promotion and relegation system. And I actually tend to agree with that way of thinking. I think it would be unique and against the "traditional American" sports; however, at the same time the league isn't quite ready to tackle the task of switching the entire U.S. Soccer pyramid to such a system.