Daily Archives: November 3, 2016


New York City FC boss Patrick Vieira defends decisions in Toronto FC loss

Taylor Twellman believes that Sunday’s MLS playoff is Toronto FC’s to lose with New York City FC already two goals behind. Craig Burley says a lot of people in MLS have lost credibility with the decision not to suspend NYCFC star David Villa. A match which saw Toronto dominate proceedings was capped off by a…

ESPN FC: New York City FC boss Patrick Vieira defends decisions in Toronto FC loss


Impact players, highest stakes: 5 questions to preview the MLS weekend

Q: Who will be the weekend’s most influential player? Scott: Sacha Kljestan. MLS’ top assists man is the one who makes the Red Bulls go — he’s the MVP of that team, as far as I’m concerned — and they’re going to be tough to hold down in Harrison. How many chances will he create…

Four Four Two: Impact players, highest stakes: 5 questions to preview the MLS weekend


S2E29: Unforced Vi-error

Salacious salutations from the Pod Bay, Blue Balltruists. It’s been a rough week, we know. Long days. Longer nights. Sleepless, teeth-grinding nights, panicked nights, wracked with feelings of shame, betrayal, and righteous anger. And it’s not even over yet. The path to victory is slim, but still available – and so we beat on, boats…

Blue Balls Podcast: S2E29: Unforced Vi-error


What are the keys that will decide who wins MLS conference semifinals?

MLSsoccer.com’s Susannah Collins and former MLS striker Calen Carr break down all the playoff action from Montreal. The Seattle Sounders and Toronto FC have constructed comfortable advantages over FC Dallas and New York City FC, respectively, in the first leg of their conference semifinals, while the two-legged ties between the New York Red Bulls and…

ESPN FC: What are the keys that will decide who wins MLS conference semifinals?


Who will win MLS conference semifinals? We make our predictions

MLSsoccer.com’s Susannah Collins and former MLS striker Calen Carr break down all the playoff action from Montreal. With the the first legs of Major League Soccer’s conference semifinals in the books, this season’s conference finalists will be decided on Sunday. ESPN FC’s league experts Jeff Carlisle, Doug McIntyre, Jason Davis and Graham Parker predict which…

ESPN FC: Who will win MLS conference semifinals? We make our predictions


NYCFC attack must be best form of defense to stage comeback vs. Toronto

Toronto take a deserved 2-0 lead to the second leg of their playoff match against NYCFC, the FC crew discuss their chances. After Toronto FC snatched a 2-0 lead over New York City FC in the first leg of this Major League Soccer Eastern Conference semifinal, Graham Parker looks ahead to the second leg as…

ESPN FC: NYCFC attack must be best form of defense to stage comeback vs. Toronto


Pele, Messi and World Cups: New York's (and New Jersey's) 14 iconic soccer moments

Sunday will be a big moment for soccer in the Big Apple. The New York Red Bulls and New York City FC are playing in MLS Eastern Conference semifinal matches only miles apart on each side of the Hudson River in New Jersey and New York. That got us thinking about some of the other…

Four Four Two: Pele, Messi and World Cups: New York’s (and New Jersey’s) 14 iconic soccer moments


Matt Lampson named MLS Humanitarian of the Year

By Ryan Brister Chicago Fire goalkeeper Matt Lampson has won Major League Soccer’s Humanitarian of the Year award resulting from his work with young cancer patients. Lampson, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in high school, created the LampStrong Foundation in 2014 to provide support to young cancer patients and their families. Lampson has been…

Empire of Soccer: Matt Lampson named MLS Humanitarian of the Year


Vieira defends himself amid rumors of mutiny, players jump to his defense

by CHRISTIAN ARAOS A report released earlier this week suggested players had met on Monday to discuss “team matters” as relating to New York City FC boss Patrick Vieira. By all indications, however, that does not seem to be the case, with several players speaking out to the media on Wednesday to debunk the report.…

Empire of Soccer: Vieira defends himself amid rumors of mutiny, players jump to his defense


The anxiety of waiting for a New York-New York conference final

This wasn’t in the script. Two New York soccer teams in the MLS playoffs for the first time, and not only that but seeded No. 1 and 2 in the East to create the potential of an epic Conference final series. Add in Dallas crumbling in its Conference semifinal and Colorado being tasked with winning…

Four Four Two: The anxiety of waiting for a New York-New York conference final