There was a point in time when the American League, the MLS struggled to obtain profits with teams playing against each other in empty stadiums and operational costs involving the reparations of playing grounds which cost the league to lost millions of dollars during it´s few years.
The MLS has experienced a huge transformation since it´s opening years as it has gone from having 10 teams competing to an expansion of 22 and it´s attendance is regularly exceeding that of the National Hockey League (NHL) as well as the National Basketball Association (NBA)
Clubs that are competing in the MLS now have an average valuation of $180 million which is significantly more than how it used to be years ago.
Players from all corners of the globe are entering the MLS as it´s growth keeps increasing and the commissioner Don Garber has recently talked about this positive turn that the American League has been going through as Garber said:
“Many of our players are coming from places where it’s not as easy to live, and they might not have the same economic opportunities or the same educational opportunities for their families¨
Garber continued on talking about the increase in value that clubs in the MLS have sustained as they are worth around 80% more than 4 years ago. Continue reading “The growth and value of the MLS continues to increase”
During the 2016 season of the MLS, Houston Dynamo finished in the very last position of the Western Conference with 34 points collected from 34 matches.
They only managed to secure 7 triumphs and 14 draws while losing 13 games.
In this latest 2017 edition of the MLS, Houston Dynamo are doing a clearly better job as the team is currently positioned in 2nd place with 20 points from the 13 opening games that they have played so far.
Despite doing such a significantly better time, there is something that has troubled the head coach Wilmer Cabrera and it’s the fact that his team have dominated the majority of their home matches but struggled when it comes to away games.
Out of the 6 away games of this 2017 MLS season of Houston Dynamo, they have lost 5 of those games and drawn the other remaining encounter but when it comes to the home matches, it’s a totally different story with 6 victories and 1 draw from their 7 opening games that they have played in their home turf at the BBVA Compass Stadium.
Adolph DeLaGarza has been performing with Houston Dynamo since January of 2017 and when the 29 year old American defender was asked about why they have been underperforming so much in their away games, he simply did not know why it’s been happening as he said: Continue reading “Houston Dynamo’s home and away record is vastly different”
Minnesota United had a horror debut to the MLS after conceding 11 goals in the opening two matches.
Since then, the team’s defence has improved substantially, although they have still conceded four goals in the last two matches. A 2-0 loss against FC Dallas at the Toyota stadium might seem like yet another disappointing result, but the team can take a lot of positives from the match. After the game, defender Marc Burch claimed that Minnesota United could have prevented the two goals that the club conceded today. Such has been the improvement over the last couple of matches.
After recently being brought in from Colorado Rapids, Sam Cronin and Marc Burch may turn out to be key players for the club. It is only after their arrival that the club’s defensive form has been looking up. Javier Morales opened the scoring for Dallas in the 43rd minute before FC Dallas capitalised on the disappointing concentration levels of Minnesota United to score just four minutes into the second half through Michael Barrios. Continue reading “Marc Burch says Minnesota United Already Showing Defensive Improvements”
Bruce Arena is all praise for LA Galaxy top brass for not pressurising him to stay at the club and releasing him to serve his national side.
After they showed the door to Jurgen Klinsmann, the US association wanted to quickly rope in a suitable replacement to stabilise the struggling Yanks. So, they sent an SOS to Arena as he was not only the most experienced and efficient coach going around in the domestic circuit, he had also been the national coach from the late nineties to the early two-thousands.
The SOS was answered by Arena as he accepted the charge of the team again, but, as per the 65-year old, it wouldn’t have been that straightforward for him to take up the offer if his Galaxy bosses were not as supportive as they were. Continue reading “Bruce Arena Praises Top Praise”
So far, in the 2016 MLS Football playoffs, home advantage have played a big role in helping out the lower seeded teams.
This has helped teams like Montreal, Toronto and Seattle get to the semifinal stage.
In the Eastern Conference semifinal series, Montreal came off with a 3-2 lead against Toronto FC in the game played at the Olympic Stadium in front of a big crowd of about 61,004.
Montreal Impact was leading after ten minutes in the game courtesy of Dominic Oduro’s goal. Another goal scored for the team by Matteo Mancosu barely two minutes later doubled the home team’s lead. The third goal for the team came in the 53rd minute as Ambroise Oyongo scored to make it 3-0.
Toronto however did not stand back and watch as they staged a comeback which saw Jozy Altidore score the first goal for the team in the 63rd minute of the game. Ten minutes later, Michael Bradley put past a second goal thus handing Toronto FC a little respite.
Toronto’s Coach, Greg Vianney had said after the match,
“I think we’ve grown up a lot. There probably isn’t a TFC team before this that would have been able to dig themselves out of a hole like that. That’s a tribute to the character, the belief of this group.
“There were not a lot of things going well for us during a lot of the game and we managed to find a few margins to tilt into our favor and get a couple of goals. Two away goals are big.”
Seattle Sounders came back to take a 2-1 lead over rivals, Colorado Rapids in the opening leg of the game. This was after a goal by Kevin Doyle had given the visitors the lead in the 13th minute. An equalizer for Seattle came in the 19th minute through Jordan Morris, and in the 61st minute, a penalty taken by Nicolas Lodeiro was enough to ensure that the home team took the lead.