MLS Farm Team Coach Charged With Murder Of Off-Duty Cop In England

Christopher Spendlove, an assistant coach for USL Pro's Oklahoma City Energy FC, and a friend of his have been charged with killing an off-duty police officer in their native England. The two former American collegiate athletes are also charged with inflicting grievous bodily harm on two other officers in the alleged… » 12/23/14 5:11pm Tuesday 5:11pm

Who Will Develop The First Great American Soccer Star?

For as far as soccer—the official Sport Of The Future on these shores for decades now—has come in America, we still haven't hit upon a sustainable youth development model to cultivate all levels of professional talent, from squad-fillers to superstars. This leaves interested parties at home and abroad arguing over… » 12/17/14 10:56am 12/17/14 10:56am

Chart: The Average Player Salaries In Soccer Leagues Around The World

A lot of what we talk about when we compare different soccer leagues, from arguing which one's the best to which one's the deepest and even which plays the most attractive style, comes down to how much money is spent on players. In that sense, this Sportsmail chart listing the average salaries of players in 34 leagues… » 11/14/14 1:21pm 11/14/14 1:21pm

MLS Is Still Pissed Off At Jürgen Klinsmann

It was obvious at the time that MLS commissioner Don Garber's tirade against Jürgen Klinsmann last month was about much more than the innocuous statements they were ostensibly in response to. Sure enough, ESPN FC is reporting that MLS bigwigs remain "irate" at Klinsmann—this time for what they see as his pushiness in… » 11/14/14 12:22pm 11/14/14 12:22pm

Pearl Jam's Mike McCready Shreds National Anthem At Sounders Match

We've mentioned this before, but instrumental national anthems are better than vocal performances nine times out of ten. Another example: Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready playing "The Star-Spangled Banner" before last night's MLS Cup playoff match between FC Dallas and Seattle Sounders FC. » 11/11/14 5:55pm 11/11/14 5:55pm

Washington D.C. Politicians Being Shady As Shit About New Soccer Stadium

The debate over an arena for D.C. United—with a proposed site cost of $300 million, it would be by far the most expensive soccer-specific stadium project in the country—has been long and contentious but stands on the verge of a major step: the approval of the Washington D.C. City Council. But the day before a study on… » 11/04/14 4:58pm 11/04/14 4:58pm

Portland Timbers Boss Gets Owned By Supporters Group On Twitter

Tempers were high after the Portland Timbers failed to advance in the CONCACAF Champions League in decidedly unlikely circumstances. The Twitter account of the Timbers Army, the franchise's supporters group, vented about the lack of defensive reinforcements brought in, spurring the franchise's owner, Merritt Paulson,… » 10/22/14 2:32pm 10/22/14 2:32pm

How Homegrown Stars Like Gyasi Zardes Are Transforming MLS

Gyasi Zardes is one the best attacking players in MLS right now, and he is neither a wrung-out superstar cashing in chips on an American soccer vacation nor a USMNT star boomeranging back home for regular playing time. His 16 goals for the LA Galaxy are the most of any American (and fifth-most in MLS) and he's a big… » 10/20/14 9:48am 10/20/14 9:48am

MLS Commissioner Has Some Dumb Shit To Say About Jürgen Klinsmann

USMNT coach Jürgen Klinsmann has taken up one of his favorite pastimes recently: criticizing the U.S.'s subpar domestic soccer. Last week, Klinsmann made waves by coming out in support of a promotion-relegation system. On Tuesday, he took time to lament the return to MLS of America's best players, namely Michael… » 10/16/14 12:41pm 10/16/14 12:41pm

Jürgen Klinsmann Wishes America Would Adopt Promotion And Relegation

It's another international fixture break, which means it's another opportunity for Jürgen Klinsmann to get his message out to the media, which means it's yet another chance for him to criticise America's domestic leagues. This time, his beef is with the lack of promotion and relegation. » 10/10/14 2:49pm 10/10/14 2:49pm

Timbers Give Fans Permission To Support The Sounders, For One Night Only

Playoff races make strange bedfellows. The Portland Timbers are hanging on for dear life, two measly points up on the Vancouver Whitecaps for the fifth and final playoff spot in the West. The Whitecaps face Portland's hated rival Seattle tonight, and Timbers fans are naturally a little confused. » 10/10/14 9:24am 10/10/14 9:24am

Columbus Crew Get Rid Of The Worst Logo In Sports

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… » 10/08/14 9:48pm 10/08/14 9:48pm

Report: MLS Will Shut Down Chivas USA

Per ESPN, Chivas USA is expected to cease operations after season's end and remain dormant for a minimum of two years before coming back as a totally different club, which is a politically correct way to say they're blowing it all up and starting over. It's the nuclear option for an MLS club that seemed doomed from… » 9/29/14 5:44pm 9/29/14 5:44pm