MLS 2016 Is Heating Up And History

nycfc-vs-toronto-fcMLS 2016 is heating up
and this year MLS playoffs has 8 teams left such as Colorado Rapids, NY RedBulls, NYCFC, FC Dallas, LA Galaxy, Seattle Sounders, Toronto FC and Montreal Impact. There is one more game left in this 8 team tournament until we have 4 teams left.
Who is playing well?
Toronto and Montreal are both playing really well. Could we see an ALL Canada MLS East Championship?
However, soccer news recalls that the league has made great achievements since its inception in the year 1993. Its inaugural season began in 1995 and soccer news stirred around the new formation of teams, event location and new players. In the year 1996, the soccer news conveyed the League’s first spring training and first player. As the attendance continuous to raise, the ESPN television network started to televised soccer news and this is one of the reasons why its popularity ascended throughout the nation. During this year, more soccer news reports and members of the media began covering MLS events.
Supporters turned out in large fashion to catch a glimpse of their favorite players and teams. In the year 1998, MLS underwent its initial expansion season, which meant big changes for the League. With the addition of two teams, which brought the club count from its original 10 to the 12, soccer news introduced the newest League members as Miami and Chicago. Both teams proved powerful during their first year as they advanced to the playoffs. The following year, Columbus Crew Stadium officially opened as the first major league stadium in the United States of America that was constructed specifically for soccer.
Its presence paid off as thousands of fans packed the house to watch featured competitions. In the year 2002, MLS removed two of their 12 clubs from the roster and once again returned to 10 teams. Miami and Tampa Bay were no longer League teams, but were replaced in 2004 with other expansion teams. Club Deportivo Chivas USA and Real Salt Lake joined the League and brought the club number back up to its current 12 teams. The clubs of MLS consist of international and domestic competitors. With a varied roster, players are constantly being featured in soccer news magazines, soccer news televised interviews and programs. MLS continues to gain in popularity in the United States of America and around the world.
Major soccer news coverage, exciting competitions and cheering fans are among the many indications that MLS is here to stay. Soccer shows no signs of slowing down throughout the world. Its growth in terms of both recreational plays and professional teams promise to continue and prosper.  An estimated of 3 million fans watched the playoffs that year. MLS 2016 is heating up, pick your winner now….

Final 4 is Colorado Rapids, Seattle Sounders, Toronto FC, and Montreal Impact

http://www.mlssoccer.com/mls-cup-playoffs/2016/bracket
See Schedule Of The Next Two Legs Of The Final Four In MLS Cup 2016



MLS Playoffs And 3 Great Shooting Drills

Shooting on goal

 

 

 

 

 

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.


Drills For Soccer Skills Keeping The Ball On Target

Rev's vs Union MLS

 

 

 

 

 

Drills for soccer skills keeping the ball on target is one key elements soccer coaches look for from

time to time. Knowing that all positional field players will be called upon in some game to shoot on

goal, hoping to at least keep the ball on frame(goal). The key tips are:

1. Keep your knee over the ball as you strike the shot, this will help in shooting the ball over the goal

2. Don’t over power the ball, the idea is to hit it clean and straight, too much power means over the bar

3. Try not the lean back, keep your body straight or slightly over the ball will keep it down for the most part

4. The shot is many times just a hard pass if you can picture that in your mind as you are preparing for the shot

5. Angles are more important than power and speed of the ball, power comes later as you get better technique

6. A ball on goal(target) has a chance to score, it’s better to hit the ball slightly softer to insure a chance to score

Many drills have been shown for teaching goal scoring, here are some MLS results of drills for soccer

skills keeping the ball on target. [Read more…]

Offensive Soccer Tips In The Attacking Third

Clint Dempsey Seattle Sounders

 

 

 

 

 

Offensive soccer tips in the attacking third and putting pressure on the defense is what every coach

hunts for as they watch game film. With Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan roaming the MLS, there

is no shortage of great offensive soccer brewing here in the states. Some key tips to watch for in these

MLS game film clips are watching for simple basic shots not being over powering however the shots are

kept on frame so they have a chance to score. Deflections happen, direct free kicks are stroked not over

shot, and head balls are directed downward to keep the angle tougher for the goal keeper. When

chipping the balls from the wings, shoot to keep the ball between the 6yd line and the 14yd pk spot,

that’s a deadly zone for head ball goals with power. Watch these MLS pro’s and get your own offensive

soccer tips in the attacking third. See Landon Donovan put on a clinic with a hat trick of his own. [Read more…]

Teaching Players Head Ball Goals

Head ball goal NY Red Bulls

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teaching players head ball goals and how to keep the ball on frame. Many coaches know that

teaching players to head the ball downward helps in limiting balls going over the goal post.

This gives the ball a chance that the goalie might miss it and slip into the back of the net.

With the pace of the crossed ball, many times you really only need to redirect the ball not trying

increase the speed, just change the angle of the shot. Watching MLS matches, you will see pro

players trying just to redirect a cross with a flick of the head. The whole focus on any drill about

heading should result on forcing the ball lower towards the ground and a higher percentage of scoring.

Teaching players head ball goal techniques will put more goals per season on any club. [Read more…]

Goalie And Defensive Teamwork For U10,U11,U12,U14,U16

Real Salt Lake vs FC Dallas 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goalie and defensive teamwork for U10,U11,U12,U14,U16, these MLS matches are a great source of

watching teamwork from the goalie to the back four defensive players. Jimmy Nielsen the Sporting KC

goal keeper puts on an absolute clinic vs. the club from Toronto FC. This game shows why Nielsen is

the MLS leader of career goals against avg. , and why shut outs are not uncommon in Sporting KC

matches. Another great goal keeper to watch is Jeff Attinella of Real Salt Lake, quietly they have

put up some great shut outs and the best points total for the Western Division of the MLS so far in

2013. New York Red Bulls are clicking on all cylinders in the Eastern Division and the goal keeper

Luis Robles is the main reason why the defense is making a move in this hot July weather, putting

this team in the top 3 of battle for the east. The defensive four in front of these keepers are limiting

the quality of many shots, covering up the angles and clearing the ball from danger quickly. One keeper

who had a great game, but his defensive four in front of him let him down would be Toronto FC

Joe Bendik, who kept TFC in the Sporting KC match with many quality saves, but the lack of defensive

marking allowed too many easy chances through. Toronto in this match would be a bad example

for goalie and defensive teamwork for U10,U11,U12,U14,U16 players. [Read more…]

Teaching U11,U12,U13,U14,U15 How To Be A Patient Offensive Striker

chicago fire vs sporting kc

 

 

 

 

 

Teaching U11,U12,U13,U14,U15 how to be a patient offensive striker, this is the old saying

from years of coaches, “take what the defense gives you!” Sometimes easier said than done,

but is so true if you just slow down a half of a second and pick your head up in the attacking third.

From Mike McGee of the Fire to Kenny Miller of the Whitecaps to Graham Zusi of Sporting KC,

watch how they slow down the ball, pick the head head up and make the play look easy. It takes time

to master, but the time is there, don’t hurry your shot, you’ve got more time than you think. Cutting

the ball back to your other foot puts the defenders on their heels for that split second. Practice your cut

backs everyday and you will master the art of getting that one more second you need to place your

strike. Watch how practicing and teaching U11,U12,U13,U14,U15 how to be a patient offensive striker in MLS action below. [Read more…]

Soccer Skills And Coming From Behind In Goal Scoring

Chicago Fire And Portland Timbers

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soccer skills and coming from behind in goal scoring is so exciting as a fan to watch, but even better

when you are a player on the come back team. MLS teams fighting their way through a game and

never giving up is one of the best things young players can be taught. 90 minutes in each game, each

minute is worth so much, could be minute 3 or minute 89, that minute of play can be the difference

between a loss or a tie or even that game winning goal. In each of these games you can see the tide of

momentum changing and one team putting pressure on the other, and the pure excitement of a team

coming from behind. Chicago Fire, Seattle Sounders, and FC Dallas show the momentum swing

and how they react to this pressure, do they crumble or come together and respond. [Read more…]

Free Kick Plays And Goals On Set Plays In MLS

Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Portland Timbers

 

 

 

 

 

 

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…]

FC Dallas And Sporting KC Stay Hot in MLS

FC Dallas vs Houston

 

 

 

 

 

 

FC Dallas And Sporting KC Stay Hot in MLS, bring home big wins to stay in the hunt. Less than 5

minutes into a match, Claudio Bieler put one in the back of the net to put Sporting KC up over Montreal

Impact. Then finally in the 79 minute Graham Zusi put the game away with a beautiful solo goal putting

SKC up 2-0 and another win for them. KC’s Goal Keeper Nielsen and the defense put up a clean sheet

and another shut-out. Exciting match in Texas, with FC Dallas and Houston Dynamo going head to

head, for state bragging rights. Dallas jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but the orange would not go away,

by the 82 minute mark Houston tie it up and had the momentum. Seven minutes later Kenny Cooper

puts away the game winner with a ball that looks like a hand ball, BUT no ref saw it and FC pulls out

a 3-2 victory and 3 points for the match. [Read more…]