The Philadelphia Union beat the Columbus Crew 3-0 last night, but it wasn’t without a bit of drama — from its own players.
Now, I don’t know much about MLS, but trading your top scorer coming off a season where he tied the league lead for most goals all because he got into an argument about who would take a penalty in what should’ve been a blow-out seems really, really weird to me. And yet these appear to be the facts of the curious case…
Steve Clark got way too casual with this backwards pass from Wil Trapp and gifted Diego Valeri and the Portland Timbers a goal to start MLS Cup. At 27 seconds, this is easily the fastest goal in MLS Cup history.
Columbus got the scoring started rather early in today’s Eastern Conference final against the New York Red Bulls with this goal from Iraq national teamer Justin Meram a mere 10 seconds into the game. Kei Kamara and Ethan Finlay played it onto Meram, and he finished calmly.
Didier Drogba is in the twilight of his career, but that hasn’t stopped him from innovating. Look at this ingenious technique applied during Montreal’s playoff win against Columbus tonight. Magisterial!
American soccer culture is formed by the continual tension between copying the traditions and behaviors of soccer abroad, and creating something uniquely American. With the United States Men's National Team firmly established as good but not great and MLS coming into its own as neither a retirement nor a development…
Thierry Henry popped in a goal in the 45th minute Saturday to put the New York Red Bulls up 2-1 over the Columbus Crew, but he wasn't in the mood to celebrate.
Later on today, MLS will officially announce Atlanta as its latest expansion franchise. Massive City FFC, a Columbus Crew supporters group, did not wait to extend a friendly welcome, with the help of Ohio's native son, General William Tecumseh Sherman:
Saturday's Columbus Crew vs. Philadelphia Union match broadcast on Time Warner Sports Channel featured a bonus, sexy interlude midway through the second half.
Columbus Crew's Dominic Oduro incorporated pizza into his creative goal celebration after scoring against the Chicago Fire by eating a slice then giving the rest to a fan. Delicious.
The final home game in many sports is considered Fan Appreciation Day, in which the players acknowledge supporters with giveaways and the like. It seems one member of the Columbus Crew Nordecke wanted to show her appreciation in a very special way—and gave the broadcasters a bit of a start. [FSO]
New York Red Bulls teammates Thierry Henry and Dax McCarty hooked up for a nice goal off an Henry corner kick in the Red Bulls 3-1 win over the Columbus Crew. Poor Crew goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum made a hell of an effort to stop it, but he came up short.
Columbus Crew midfielder Kirk Urso is dead, according to a press release from the MLS team. There's no cause announced, and we'll be sure to update as soon as we hear anything else.
A reader emailed us to tell us about a Twitter exchange he had with some members of the Columbus Crew last night. I'll let him explain:
Fundamentally, the goal William Hesmer scored in yesterday's Columbus Crew/Toronto FC match wasn't anything special. What was special is that the Crew's keeper registered only the second goalie-goal in MLS history. Also, there were playoff ramifications ...
Michael Bertin writes regularly about soccer for Deadspin. Frankie Hejduk has been in MLS for nine years. He's done five seasons in Europe four of which were with Bayern Levekusen, including the infamous 1999-2000 campaign when the side needed only a draw against tiny Unterhaching on the last day of the season to win…