NWSL Playoffs Are Here

Chicago RedStars FC  NWSL playoffs are here and teams/fans are excited.

After an exciting 2015 campaign during a World Cup

year, the women are ready to crown another

champion. After FC Kansas City won it last year and

Seattle Reign won it two years ago, the third season is about to end on a high note.

The Chicago Red Stars are on a mission to be

the best here in 2015, but the Washington Spirit

with Golden Boot winner Crystal Dunn might have something to say about that. The great thing is,

all soccer fans get to enjoy this top notch competition, and see football at it’s finest right here in the

US. Chicago’s head coach Rory Dames says his “team is ready to go”, after playing the Houston Dash

to a 1-1 draw Sunday Sept 6th in Toyota Park. Christen Press late goal from an assist off the head of

Julie Johnston, saved the momentum from a late year loss to a draw and positive energy flowing to

Sundays rematch with FC Kansas City. Coach Vlatko Andonovski has FC KC ready to come into

Chicago with Amy Rodriguez on fire right now with two goals and one assist in their last match

of the year. This will a great match with both teams only one point from each other in the standings,

also a nice mix of World Cup champs with Heather O’Reilly, Lauren Holiday, Becky Sauerbrunn,

along with Rodriguez to play against the Red Stars with Christen Press, Julie Johnston, and Lori

Chalupny. The Red Stars are showing amazing young talented first year players, but the whole

team is solid from top to bottom. Goalie Karina LeBlanc, just announced her retirement, and goalie

Michele Dalton both had a great 2015 season. Defenders Arin Gilliland, Abby Erceg, Julie Johnston,

Michelle Lomnicki, Samatha Johnson, Taryn Hemmings and Rachel Quon all are very tough to beat.

Excellent midfielders Danielle Colaprico, Vanessa DiBernardo, Lori Chalupny, Mary Luba, Zakiya

Bywaters, and Alyssa Mautz keep the possession and passing alive. The speed and striking proof

comes from  Adriana Leon, Jen Hoy, Christen Press, Sofia Huerta, Cara Wells, and Melissa Tancredi

who all put the Red Stars into the playoffs. Seattle Reign get to host the Washington Spirit next Sunday

the 13th, with Seattle pulling in 43 points for the 2015 season earns them NWSL Shield award for most

points in the season. Hope Solo, Megan Rapinoe, Kim Little, and Lauren Barnes from Seattle will

all have to slow down the Spirit’s Crystal Dunn and her supporting cast strong players Ali Krieger,

Megan Oyster, and Spirit goalie Ashlyn Harris will be ready for the mighty Reign of Seattle.

Good luck Laura Harvey head coach of Seattle and Mark Parsons of Washington’s head coach.

2016 is right around the corner, look out for Houston Dash, Portland Thorns FC, Western NY

Flash, BlueSky FC, and Boston Breakers all look to be in the playoffs next year, and everything can change in a year.

NWSL playoffs are here, go out and support it, it will be exciting football.

Some of the videos below may need to be forwarded to view the game




MLS All Stars Win Helps US Forget About Gold Cup

MLS All Star Game 2015  MLS All Stars win helps US forget about Gold Cup and the disaster

of the US men’s team trying to find their stride.

On July 29th in Commerce City Colorado, before a packed crowd of over 19,000,

to watch the 2015 MLS All Stars take on an

 

English Premier League favorite Tottenham Hotspur. Spurs have been playing some preseason

matches here in the states and were a good match for our MLS band of rag tags. The MLS held

their own in the first half, with many good chances and Kaka making things happen for the MLS.

David Villa was magical with a great corner kick that ended in a PK for the MLS, then taking on a

well struck cross from Kaka, Villa redirected it into the back of the net for a 2 – 0 lead for MLS only 30

minutes into the match. Nick Rimando was the real man of the match this night, I know people

love giving it to offensive style of players, but Rimando stood on his head to use a hockey term.

Three huge saves from Rimando and many more he made look easy, but Rimando kept Harry Kane

and a well-balanced Spurs team out of the net til 37th minute, when Matt Besler fell down and Harry

Kane unleashed a rocket that most keepers won’t have even touched. Second half was mostly Spurs

controlling the field, but MLS gave acouple of runs at goal only to have the 45 minutes fall away with

all defense being the story of that half. Solid showing by the MLS, 22 layers say the pitch for the MLS,

two completely different teams per half of play, was very interesting to watch. Spurs controlled most

the match but couldn’t finish, and the MLS capitalized on their chances. Now Gold Cup, the US squad

needs help. Very inconstant play, the defense looks very confused under pressure, not like the back five

of our US women’s team. The offense just could not finish when needed, we look close to putting it

together, then falls apart. Are we going to press full field or half field, do we support the ball or run all

over the pitch. Just looked confusing the last 2 matches the US men’s team had in the Gold Cup.

TheSoccerInfo believes they will put it together soon, you can see the pieces, and the puzzle will be

solved soon. Come on boys, red, white, n blue blood all the way. Watch some video of the MLS

All Stars win helps US forget about Gold Cup and let’s get ready for World Cup 2018.


Start Of MLS 2015 And Goal Highlights

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Start of MLS 2015 and goal highlights excite the fans after a close call with the start of the new season.

The players union and the owners were up to the 11th hour before finally signing the new CBA so play

could start on March 6th. The 2014 Champs LA Galaxy took on the rebuilding Chicago Fire to start the

new season without the retired Landon Donavon. Again Robbie Keane leads the Galaxy and the new

look returning champs. Two new clubs join the MLS, welcome Orlando City FC and New York City FC.

Great first match in front of over 62,000 in the Orange Bowl in Florida March 7th. Back n forth contest,

watching Kaka the Brazilian, Real Madrid, Milan transfer to the purple of Orlando City, along with Brek

Shea playing attacking left wing defender. Mix Diskerud runs the midfield of New York City FC and

started off the season with a well placed angled shot to put the light blue up 1-0 in the 76th minute,

only to have Kaka saved the day for the home team in added time with a deflected goal to split the

points on the first match. Jozy Altidore joins Michael Bradley in Toronto FC to make the big red team

in the north one to watch this MLS and possible final four team this year. Seattle Sounders look very

focused to be the top west team after winning the supporters shield last year, be the MLS Cup needs to

be in Seattle’s 12th man’s hands. Watch out MLS fans, two big names coming in July from English

Premier League, Liverpool All World Steven Gerrard is coming over for 18 months to play with the

LA Galaxy. Also, New York City FC landed Frank Lampard, the Chelsea and Man City Super Star and

will eat the MLS midfielders as both are retiring soon. Glad to see all the great stars from the world

scene coming to American to bless our fans with some help to bring in more fan base. MLS fantasy

youtube personalities Andrew Wiebe and Jason Saghini talk about the start of MLS 2015 and goal highlights. See Video Of Orlando City vs NY City Below In The Link

Orlando City VS. NY City Video Highlights In This Link

Youth Soccer Players Watch MLS Cup

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Youth soccer players watch MLS Cup looking for hopes and dreams to be a pro player someday.

Both MLS players Gyasi Zardes of the LA Galaxy and Chris Tierney of the New England Rev’s, watched

as young players hoping to play in this big of a match someday, and that day was now Dec 7th. Both

teams ready after highly contested playoff matches with slight edge in goals scored to make 2014

MLS Cup one to remember. Robbie Keane becomes the Galaxy savior with an extra time strike that

put the StubHub center into a fevered pitch, then to hoist the cup for the fifth time after a 2-1 Galaxy win.

Robbie Rogers had a great shot under two minutes into the match but the Rev’s cleaned up an early

mistake to keep it 0-0 into the 52nd minute mark. Then Zardes took a great cross into the six yard

line box area and tucked away a beautiful shot to put the Galaxy up and Landon Donovan only 68

minutes away another Cup trophy. However the Rev’s were not out of it, many great chances and

alot of pressure on LA ‘s goalie Jaime Penedo, finally Chris Tierney broke the shut out with an amazing

touch to send the Rev fans into great relief tied at 1-1, 78th minute. Many more chances both sides for

the next 12 minutes, Lee Nguyen gets so bad leg cramps has to go off, Jermaine Jones probably

couldn’t play much better, and Patrick Mullins all had a great match for the Rev’s but it wasn’t enough

to stop Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane from completing their magical year of playing the come

back kids. Keane’s strike in the 111th minute showed why consider him the most dangerous big

game scorer in the MLS for the last 4 years. Rev’s played great, Bobby Shuttleworth the Rev’s keeper

played amazing, it just seemed like the LA Galaxy quest to send off Donovan with an amazing finish

to a great career was the energy needed by the TEAM to win it all. Good luck Landon Donovan in your

next adventure, your team gave you a proper send off, no than the US Men’s team did. For any youth

soccer players watching MLS Cup, watch Dovovan, he is a class act and good role model.

Best Goals Of 2014 And The MLS Cup

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Best goals of 2014 and the MLS Cup are hot topics in early December of every year.

Get your game face on Galaxy and Rev fans !!! You are days away from crowning the 2014 champ.

Will Landon Donovan go out with another title or the Rev’s winning their first ever MLS Cup after

five final appearances? It will be a great match at 3pm EST on Dec. the 7th at the StubHub Center,

too bad for NE Rev’s but that will be a home town crowd for the Galaxy. Tough track for both teams

though the playoffs after 2013 Champs Sporting KC and 2014 Supporters Shield winners Seattle

Sounders were eliminated, only 2 stand for this championship match. What a year for all of the teams

in the MLS, and many fantastic goals were scored. With great rookie year like Harry Shipp from the

Chicago Fire to the news Thierry Henry played his last game as a New York Red Bull. Many records

broken / tied like Bradley Wright Phillips, Dom Dwyer, and Landon Donovan all hit milestones.

Here are some video and links for the amazing goals of 2014

Top 40 YouTube MLS Goals   https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLcj4z4KsbIoXl5mNBxDS4bXMGh1ZzM661

Best Four Under 24
33 Goals for the week in MLS list http://www.mlssoccer.com/gotw/2014 

Kyle Beckerman wins most nominees

Final 4 of Goal Of The Year 2014

Hope You Enjoyed Best Goals Of 2014 And The MLS Cup Final This Sunday Dec 7th

MLS Playoffs And 3 Great Shooting Drills

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MLS Playoffs and 3 great shooting drills to help young soccer players improve their skills.

With the New York Red Bulls and FC Dallas winning the first two matches to move on, leaving

Sporting KC 2013 MLS Champions watching at home for the 2014 MLS Cup rolls on. Vancouver

Whitecaps were no match for the red hot FC Dallas team who many think is the squad to watch out for.

Next up will be Columbus Crew vs New England Rev’s and LA Galaxy takes on RSL which all be tough

matches with very potent offensive attacking teams. Seattle Sounders come in with best MLS

record this season and DC United return after a tough 2013 season for United, which seems hungry

to bring home the cup. Bradley Wright Phillips had a great 2014 season knocking in 27 goals only to

tie the MLS record putting the New York Red Bulls into the playoffs. Watching the great MLS players

shooting on goal, all came from years of practicing with drills to perfect striking skills to put that ball

in the back of the net. Enjoy the MLS Playoffs and 3 great shooting drills to help young soccer players improve their skills.


MLS Starts 2014 And Fast Soccer Drills U9 to U14

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MLS starts 2014 and fast soccer drills U9 to U14 to help improve that young player going pro.

The matches are getting off to a bang with San Jose Earthquakes and Real Salt Lake showing

the “never say die attitude” that pro players should show and young gonna be pro will learn.

Some foot work drills to work on to better a young players feints / fakes and quick cuts to the

ball, so they can get that just that little space for a shot or pass off. Many simple drills done ever other

day can help the quickness and confidence of knowing where the ball is as you move pass defenders

and create space for a good shot on goal. Great examples in the MLS can be Will Bruin of the

Houston Dynamo, Chris Wondolowski of San Jose, and Kyle Beckerman of Real Salt Lake are just

acouple great pro’s who practiced these types of drills to perfect their skills for confidence to play

great soccer. You get rewarded when you get a shot off on frame, and every so often they go in, what

a feeling, GOAL…. Good videos here of the skills pro players have in getting off shots in tight spaces

and creating passes to set up other players. Hopefully you will see in these videos MLS starts 2014 off

with a bang, and some fast soccer drills U9 to U14 to help improve skills. [Read more…]

Penalty Kicks Great Goalie Saves MLS Cup 2013

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Penalty kicks great goalie saves MLS Cup 2013 was one to remember. Even low temp of 17 degrees

and ice on the field, could not keep the red hot Sporting KC from claiming their first MLS Cup title

as SKC and second MLS Cup for the team history, since beating Chicago Fire in the year 2000 under

goalie Tony Meola and defensive star Peter Vermes, now the head coach  of The Wiz(Sporting KC).

With balls bouncing off posts more than 7 times this match, it was only inches that separated a great

Real Salt Lake and this 2013 Sporting KC club. RSL opens the scoring in the 53rd minute with a great

no look chip pass from Kyle Beckerman to a nice chest trap just in front of a beautiful 27 yard shot from

Alvaro Saborio who buries it in the back of the net, putting red up 1-0. Sporting KC would knock at the

door all game until a head ball off Sporting KC’s star defender Aurelien Collin on a corner kick tied it up

1-1 in the 76th minute. Both teams fought all 90 minutes and extra time, but penalty kicks had to

decide it. It had to go 10 rounds of penalty shots for again Aurelien Collin to bury his PK and super

goalie Jimmy Nielson to stop multiple shots in winning 2013 MLS Cup. Penalty kicks great goalie saves

MLS Cup 2013 was one to remember, Sporting KC the victors. Also this week, mens team USA got see

their group for World Cup 2014 in Brazil, and Germany, Portugal, and Ghana will be playing the US

Team in June 2014. Great video’s below of Team USA qualifying round matches. [Read more…]

Goal Scoring Lessons From MLS Top Strikers And Midfielders

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Goal scoring lessons from MLS top strikers and midfielders, after all the hat tricks and last second

goals, this was GOAL FEST! Marco Di Vaio with a hat trick to top off a 5-3 thumping of the Philadelphia

Union from the red hot Montreal Impact. Philadelphia’s Jack McInerney could only tuck one goal away

for the Union, but Di Vaio had his way putting on a striker/scoring lesson for all to see on How To Score

A Goal. Goal scoring is an art form, take what the keeper gives you, and keep your head up to see any

quick changes the defense is giving you. In the Chicago Fire match with Real Salt Lake, there were

some great examples of flick headers to set up other scoring chances and straight on head ball goals.

Taking shots from all angles and learning how to chip over an on-coming keeper are all tricks of a top

goal scorer. Take notes from all these MLS goals.  MLS final is set for Dec 7th, see goals from Semi-Finals [Read more…]

Free Kick Plays And Goals On Set Plays In MLS

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Free kick plays and goals on set plays in MLS action. In mid-May MLS teams are seeing

success on set piece play with the free kick goal scoring. Balls curled into the upper corner, and

balls flicked by the keepers on set piece headers, were some of the big goals for the Whitecaps and

FC Dallas matches this week. Sanvezzo of Vancouver and Cooper of FC Dallas both had beautiful goals

off of set pieces during these free kicks awarded to their respective clubs. Eddie Johnson of the Seattle

Sounders continues to be red hot as the Sounders cooled down Dallas with a 4-2 thumping in Seattle.

The FC defense looked stunned as Johnson and Neagle scored in the first 30 minutes putting Dallas in

a hole they could not over come. Meanwhile, Portland’s Will Johnson’s PK quiets down the Whitecap

crowd to tie up the score on a hard fought battle in Vancouver. Two minutes later it’s Koffie of Vancouver

who curls one by the Timber keeper to put the Whitecaps up a goal. Then the Timbers go down a man

with a foul from Futty, and he was red carded with a send off. With only 10 men the Timbers find the

back of the net with Valencia who strokes his first MLS goal. Timbers tie the Whitecaps in a well played match between two Western division foe’s. [Read more…]