Toronto FC Wins MLS Cup 2017

Toronto FC wins MLS Cup 2017 in strength and dominance.

After getting to the finals of the MLS Cup through what could be described as a bumpy road, Toronto FC was able to stand their ground and complete what has been a record breaking season. The Canadian club defeated the Seattle Sounders 2nil in the final match, becoming the first MLS team to win the domestic treble of the Supporters shield, Canadian Championship/US Open Cup, and MLS Cup.

The fixture, which was played on the 9th of December at the BMO Field was a repeat of what we saw last year, but Toronto FC was dedicated enough to avoid a repeat of last year’s result that saw Sounders dancing away with the trophy after a horrendous penalty shootout. They clearly showed why they are a top team in the championship.

Seattle Sounders had reached the final in a very colorful manner, dismantling Houston Dynamo with a 5 – 0 aggregate score after the legged encounter to clinch the Western Conference Championship. Toronto, on the other hand, relied on a lone goal against the Columbus Crew FC to win the Eastern conference.

The final match on 9th clearly demonstrated the quality of the MLS. In what appeared to be a gamble, Greg Vanney’s Toronto switched from a back three, which had proved successful for them all season, to a back four. The formation worked well enough as they were able to win the match with a clean sheet. Sounders got the match on the way, but as soon as Toronto got the ball, they made their intent known, dominating play and threatening to score in as early as the second minute when Drew Moor headed over the bar, following a corner.

After the first half, the goalless score-line was a flattery one to Sounders as they could have conceded severally. Their keeper, Stefan Frei was dependable; making so many man-of-the-match saves. In the second half, however, his heroics were put on check in the 67th minute when Jozy Altidore broke the deadlock. The Toronto club did not relent after the goal even as the final whistle approached and Sounders looked for an equalizer. Victor Vasquez added the icing on the cake following a fine counter-attack in stoppage time.

The result saw Toronto avenging last year loss and completing an enviable historic win and the supporters shield again.

Toronto FC wins MLS Cup 2017 in strength and dominance, can they do it again next year?


Sounders VS Toronto FC MLS CUP 2017

Sounders Vs Toronto FC MLS Cup 2017, round two, two enter, only one will walk away, and one will walk away with new hardware!

In what promises to be an absolute cracker, the Toronto FC will host the Seattle Sounders in the Audi 2017 MLS Cup playoffs. The match, which will be a repeat of last year fixture, will be played on the 9th of December at the BMO Field at 4 pm ET. For the second time in a row, Sounders will hope to overcome Toronto FC in their home ground and defend the title they clinched after a penalty shootout last season. Toronto, on the other hand, are out for revenge as they will attempt to reverse the outcome of last year finals and complete what has been a record breaking season.

On the road to the Finals, The Seattle Sounders have shown that they are the team to beat. In what can best be described as enviable fashion, they dismantled the Houston Dynamo in their two legged encounter to clinch the Western Conference championship. They had triumphed 2-0 at the first leg when Dynamo hosted and during the reverse fixture, they were ruthless and scored three times to dispatch Dynamo with a 5 – 0 aggregate score and set up the mouthwatering encounter with Toronto.

At the other end, Toronto had a somewhat bumpy road to the playoffs. They advanced from the Eastern Conference Semifinals on away-goal rule after a 2 – 2 draw with New York Red Bulls. Plus the fights between Sacha Kljectan and Jozy Altidore just show how heated these playoffs can be. At the finals, they only managed to win by a 1 – 0 margin against Columbus Crew SC. In spite of the contentions and controversies that trailed their qualification, they remain a strong team and have a great chance to win. Altidore fought through an ankle injury to tuck away an amazing give n go wall pass. Sebastian Giovinco has been killer for Toronto, and his passion is shown in every touch and play, hopefully he can keep his calm so when this to overtime again this year, he’ll still be on the pitch.

If Toronto FC manage to defend their home ground and win the match, it will be a historic one. They will become the first MLS team to win the domestic treble of the Supporters shield, Canadian Championship/US Open Cup, and MLS Cup. This will not be an easy task, however, as Sounders have proved that they are a top team, capable of beating any team. We will have to wait till 9th to see how things will play out. Sounders Vs Toronto FC MLS Cup 2017, round two, two enter……..  Let’s get ready to RUMBLE

US Wins 2017 Gold Cup

US wins 2017 Gold Cup, and gives US soccer fans a sense of pride and excitement.

The US team are on a roll, undefeated in last 14 matches under Coach Bruce Arena.

Here is a little history over the last couple years in the world of USMNT soccer.

In 2015, CONCACAF Cup playoff determined the region’s entry to the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. At the Rose Bowl, the U.S team were defeated 3-2 by Mexico. In 2016, summer, U.S. played as hosts of Copa America Centenario. They topped in Group A on a goal against Colombia. The USMNT beat the team Ecuador by 2-1 in the quarter-finals. Unfortunately, they fell to Colombia and Argentina 4-0 and again, 1-0 in the third place match. The team finished fourth at the Copa America, trying their best like in 1995.

They had successive losses to Costa Rica and Mexico in opening the games of final qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Bruce Arena replaced the place of Klinsmann as the national team coach. He coached the first two game in 2017 against Serbia and Jamaica. World Cup qualification was resumed on March 24. Arena and the USMNT had a record of a 6-0 win over Honduras. After winning over Honduras, the team traveled to play in Panama City, had a result of a drawing score of 1-1 over Panama. Then, they beat Tobago and Trinidad by 2-0. U.S. got their third World Cup Qualification result. When they play against Mexico and drew a score of 1-1. July 2017, USMNT won their sixth CONCACAF Gold Cup by a 2-1 win over Jamaica in the finals.

The victory marks the Sixth CONCACAF Gold Cup for the United State of America, where Bruce Arena became the first coach to win the competitions on three Gold Cups. Before halftime, Michael Bradley the captain was fouled 30 yards from goal. To ensure a free kick, one of the members, Altidore, stepped up and curled. It is a brilliant effort to defeat the Jamaican team before squeezing past Miller and attained a 1-0 score on the lead until the United States won the game 2-1 over Jamaica with Jordan Morris finishing strike and another Tim Howard great performance.

As the winner, United States will play against the soon to be winners of the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup in the year 2019. It is one match playoff to know what team is qualified for the 2021 FIFA Confederations Cup. If ever the United States men’s national soccer team wins the 2019 Gold Cup, they automatically qualify for the Confederations Cup. US wins 2017 Gold Cup, on to now qualify for World Cup 2018.




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.


USA Makes It Into The Round Of 16 World Cup 2014

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USA makes it into the round of 16 World Cup 2014, after one win, one tie, and one loss, the goal differential saved US.

After making it though the “group of death”,  the US team is playing well,  keeping the total goals scored

against them at .75 per game. Scoring one of the top 5 fastest goals at the beginning of a game to

letting a goal against with only 30 seconds to go in a match, the US have had some real ups and

downs. US striker Jozy Altidore gets hurt 20 minutes into the first match, and the whole team has

rallied around his absence. Clint Dempsey, Jones, Beckerman, Besler, Zusi, Bradley, Beasley, Bedoya,

Brooks, Cameron, Davis, Gonzalez, Johnson, Johnnsson, Wondolowski, Yeldin, Green, and Goal

Keeper Tim Howard have all stepped it up a notch, giving all opponents many worries. Now it’s win

or go home, after England, Spain, Italy and Russia are all going home now, we still have shot at the

CUP. Here are some videos of the goals scored in latest matches. Get out your red, white, and blue

because the USA makes it into the round of 16 World Cup 2014, the fireworks start July 1st against Belgium at 3pm, Go USA !!!

USA Mens Team Making Noise At Brasil World Cup 2014

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USA Mens Team Making Noise At Brasil World Cup 2014

Hero’s like Jermaine Jones pictured here scoring against Portugal and

John Brooks who scored late against Ghana to win the first match for team USA in their round of 3.

Clint Dempsey is here to make it tough to send the US home in this group of “Death” as every soccer

guru called it, the US as a biggest chance to move on as any, see Bleacher Report. Dempsey now has

scored against Ghana and Portugal, while Jozy Altidore tries to repair a pulled hamstring suffered

against Ghana in the first 20 minutes of that match. Team USA is pulling out all the right mixes of

offense and defense putting them with in seconds of having two victories, as to the reality of one tie

and one win. Jurgen Klinsmann coach of the US team has a tough job ahead now figuring out how

to stop the high powered German team Thursday June 26th as both teams need wins for a for sure

spot in the round of 16. Watch some goals from the USA matches and the German team matches,

and try to make your own prediction of a winner.

Cheer For The USA Mens Team Making Noise At Brasil World Cup 2014 To Continue….. Go USA

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Clint Dempsey after Ghana goal…..

Setting Up Other Players And Space Awareness

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Setting up other players and space awareness is one of the best characteristics Team USA shows both

on the Mens and Women’s squad. After both US teams have beaten Mexico this month, each of them

showed how to use all the players strengths to get the victories need to advance. In the case of the

men’s team, this 2-0 victory gave them a birth in the 2014 World Cup hosted by Brazil. The women’s

victory was a show of their international dominance and how unselfish their play is involving all members

of their squad. Case in point, watch how Abby Wambach sets up a fellow teammate for a strike on goal

because Abby’s position took her away from a good shot. Which brings up a good rule for all players,

the best player for a shot is usually some one behind you, so having good space awareness and

communication, a better shot can be set up. Many coaches call this a back set or leaving the ball as it

runs through the defense. Also watch Clint Dempsey slighty touch a ball that Landon Donovan puts

away. Sydney Leroux proves the old adage, never give up on a run to goal, you never know when you

will be rewarded with an easy tap in goal, which always counts in the stat book. Four goals in

40 minutes of play, Leroux made Mexico look like they were standing still. Remember, lay it back to

your closest teammate, many times they will have the best crack at putting a quality shot on goal.

Head the ball down like Eddie Johnson does on the first goal against team Mexico, these are little tips

that go a long way in winning soccer. Watch these video’s looking for setting up other players and

space awareness while getting that victory for your squad.Also, look for a young Landon Donovan in 2004 match. [Read more…]