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Orlando City Returns To Action With Emotional Pre-Game, 49:00 Remembrance

Tonight’s Orlando City-San Jose MLS match is the first major sporting event in that city since last weekend’s shooting at the Pulse nightclub killed 49 people, and the pre-game ceremony was as emotion-filled as you might expect as players from both teams entered the stadium in “Orlando United” shirts while hundreds of…

This Gyasi Zardes Lowlight Reel Is Very Rude And Very Funny

United States forward Gyasi Zardes has quickly established himself as one of Jürgen Klinsmann’s favorite attackers, racking up five goals and 26 caps in his first two years with the national team. He’s a perfectly fine runner and finisher, but good lord, his first touch looks like he’s playing soccer in authentic…

MLS Team Not Happy About Brazilian Manager Dissing The League

Washed-up Brazilian legend Kaká was originally left off of his country’s Copa América roster because he is old and past it and plays in MLS, the old-timers’ league. With Brazilian internationals dropping like flies to injury in the lead up to the tournament, manager Dunga eventually did give Kaká a spot on the roster.…

Italy Manager On Pirlo And Giovinco Snubs: If You Play In MLS, You Pay The Consequences

Antonio Conte, manager of the Italian national team, has the distinct misfortune of heading into a major international tournament with the worst crop of Italian players in recent memory. So unimpressive is the 30-man preliminary roster he just announced, the bulk of which will make up the squad he takes to France for…

Mike Francesa Is Very Confused By Basically Everything Related To MLS

Here is a non-comprehensive list of the things Mike Francesa exhibits serious confusion about during what should’ve been a short promo advertising tickets to an NYCFC-NY Red Bulls game: that NYCFC and the Red Bulls are in fact two separate teams; the correct pronunciation of international superstar David Villa’s name;…

Columbus Crew Trade Away Top Scorer Following Dumb Penalty-Kick Beef

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…

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Bruce Arena Has Some Truly Wrongheaded Shit To Say About Nigel de Jong's Horror Tackle

It’s not surprising that Nigel de Jong managed to mangle an MLS player’s leg with a bone-crunching tackle. But it is impressively in-character that he only waited five games, and when he struck, he got one of the coolest guys in the league. He hasn’t been formally suspended, but he’ll most likely get a harsh penalty…

Nigel de Jong Brought His Horror Tackles With Him To MLS

Nigel de Jong—who you might remember from the time he karate kicked Xabi Alonso in the chest during the World Cup Finals, or the time he broke Stuart Holden’s leg in a friendly, or the time he fractured Hatem Ben Arfa’s tibia and fibula, or all the other times he made violent tackles—now plies his trade in America,…

Attention Thief: MLS Coach Will Buy You New Boots If You Return The 32 You Stole

A shocking crime from great and peaceful nation of Canada: Some as-of-yet unidentified thief reportedly broke into the Vancouver Whitecaps’ training facility Monday night and absconded with a bunch of the players’ boots. Most likely inspired by the surrounding culture, the team’s manager has proposed a very Canadian…