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ATX Pro Challenge a success by all accounts

This past weekend wasn't about love--it was about soccer. For the first time ever, Austin got to see Major League Soccer action firsthand. D.C United, FC Dallas, Columbus Crew SC and the hometown favorite Austin Aztex converged on the capitol city for ATX Pro Challenge that, in addition to providing the teams with another chance to gear up for the upcoming season, was a chance to show that there's support for soccer and MLS in Austin. And it succeeded.

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

Tesho Akindele’s sophomore improvement to be key for FC Dallas’ 2015 season

Now, after getting a chance to train with the U.S. Men's National team this month and everyone knowing his name, Akindele is going to have to avoid the dreaded sophomore slump in order for FC Dallas to at least have the same season it had last year.

Naming MLS MVP trophy for Landon Donovan a little too soon

Buried amongst the recent NFL football scandals, the Super Bowl hype and just about everything else in the sports world, Major League Soccer announced two weeks ago that the league's MVP trophy after now-retired American star Landon Donovan. The move comes a little over a month after the "face of the league" wrapped up his storied career on top with his sixth MLS Cup title.

ICC tournament proves that soccer is officially here in the U.S.

Soccer will never work in the United States, they said. People don't care about it, they said. Well, to those people, I present this past Saturday afternoon at the Big House in Ann Arbor, Mich. where Manchester United defeated Real Madrid in front of over 109,000. Yes, that is correct. Over 109,000 turned out to one of the havens of college football to see two of the giants of European football. To put that in perspective, the attendance of the World Cup final in Brazil was a little over 74,000 =, though it could have been higher had there been more seats. But yeah, soccer will never work in the United States.

MLS needs to start playing more matches each week

After the U.S. men's national team's disappointing exit in the Round of 16 in the World Cup, U.S. manager Jurgen Klinsmann had a fairly simple message for Major League Soccer in helping develop talent for the USMNT. "We need to add the work load," he said in a Facebook post. "We need to add the competition level. We need to make them understand what recovery time means."

Time MLS moves to an east versus west All-Star Game

There are some aspects of Major League Soccer that I think are perfectly fine the way they are, whether they be different from American sports or soccer played around the rest of the world. For example the summer schedule they play is just fine being different from the winter schedule other leagues play for a good number of reasons. But there are some things that I would like to see changed now that the league has a firm footing in the American sporting landscape, namely the all-star game.

MLS’ deal with ESPN and ESPN3 a great move for soccer in U.S.

Just over two weeks ago, Major League Soccer announced a new television deal with ESPN, Univision Deportes and FOX Sports, who takes over the spot vacated by NBC Sports. It's a huge deal for the league with a large sum coming into the league and allowing teams to hopefully sign bigger names over the next few years. But buried in that lead is the fact that MLS games not shown on national television are coming to ESPN3/WatchESPN from the league's own MLS Live and with it, free streaming of games not on ESPN or FOX Sports 1.

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

FC Dallas coming into tough Texas Derby match on a roll

Don't look now, but there's a team in the Dallas-Fort Worth that's at the top of its league and looking dangerous. No, it's not based in Arlington, instead it's FC Dallas up in Frisco. It's still very early on in the season but FC Dallas currently leads the league overall with 10 points in four games, compiling a 3-0-1 record thus far. And for a team that has now missed the postseason two years-in-a-row, that's a very good start to the year.

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

FC Dallas off to a great start, but wary of how they finish

If there's one team that really epitomizes the struggles of sports teams in the DFW area, it has to be FC Dallas. The MLS side of North Texas has seen its fair share of ups and downs over the past five or six seasons with, like every other team in this area, more downs than ups. In 2010, the "Hoops", as they are/were known for their jersey design up until this season, lost to Colorado in the MLS cup thanks to an own goal in extra time. An own goal. That my friends, is as low as it gets.

MLS right in staying with summer schedule

It's no secret that Major League Soccer is different from the rest of the word football/soccer leagues. From the level of play to the pay structure to even the types of stadiums played in, the differences are quite obvious. One difference is pretty glaring: the summer schedule.

When a flop isn’t a flop

Soccer players are accused many times of flopping to draw fouls. Many times the refs award them the foul. But Saturday night, we saw the other side of the coin.