MLS Thoughts: Portland Timbers a real contenders this year

Portland struggled last season, failing to win a single road match in their MLS Cup title defense. But this season has been very different. The Timbers sit atop MLS with nine points and ten goals. And they look ready to make another MLS Cup run.

FC Dallas celebrate their U.S. Open Cup title

A few thoughts on the first weekend of 2017 MLS season

The 2017 MLS season kicked off this weekend. While the play was definitely in early season form, it’s great to have the league back again. Here are a few of my thoughts over the first weekend of matches.

Don’t expect Jordan Morris to make immediate impact for Seattle this year

Jordan Morris ended the biggest speculation in MLS last week by picking the Seattle Sounders over Bundesliga side Werner Bremen. But don’t quite crown the Sounders the MLS Cup favorites after the signing.

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.

Dempsey actions agains official embarrassing

In the world of sports, there is an eternal struggle between referees and players, especially in soccer. Some players, particularly the star players, think they’re above the rules and referees usually try to rein them back in. This usually results in heated confrontations, especially in big matches. Chelsea has perfected surrounding the center official en mass after calls they don’t like.

But what Seattle Sounders forward Clint Dempsey did Tuesday night is deplorable.

Western Conference likely to again boast of MLS Cup winner

To say that the Western Conference is stacked is an understatement. Last year, it was a brutal conference just to get into the postseason. Just ask the Portland Timbers, who finished the season with 49 points, a total that might have put them into the playoffs on the Eastern Conference side of the bracket (depending on how the tiebreakers went).

FC Dallas picks up big win against Seattle

Having lost three of its last four matches, FC Dallas’ fixture against the Seattle Sounders at home was big chance to swing the momentum around heading into the final few weeks of the season.

And the Hoops took full advantage of the opportunity.

Cascadia Cup the best rivalry in American soccer

Rivalries define not only sports, but rivalries.

How many times do we see an entire region or country defined by a rivalry between two teams? There’s Manchester City vs. Manchester United, Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees and Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles.

But there’s one rivalry that’s under almost everyone’s radar, but it’ll likely come into the same conversation as the rivalries mentioned above.

The Cascadia Cup.

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.