MLS 2017 Starts With Two New FC’s

PORTLAND, OR – MARCH 03: Johan Venegas #11 of Minnesota United tries to get past Diego Chara #21 of Portland Timbers during the first half of the game at Providence Park on March 3, 2017 in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MLS 2017 Starts With Two New FC’s
This March, the new 2017 MLS soccer season kicked off with two new teams Minnesota United FC and Atlanta United FC. These two teams make the MLS teams count to 22, adding one team from both Eastern and Western conference. With their inclusion, MLS will become more interesting and challenging compared to last season.
Atlanta United FC, coached by Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino, started their MLS campaign with a home match against New York Red Bulls. However, it did not go well for Minnesota fans as they lost the match 2-1. Asad gave Atlanta an advantage by scoring a goal in the 25th minute. But NY Red Bulls dominated the second half and scored two goals at 76 and 82 minutes by Royer and Walkes respectively. Although the stats show that Atlanta had more ball possession in the match, it was the goal by Walkes that kicked them out of the match.
Minnesota United FC, coached by Adrian Heath, played away their first match with Portland Timbers and ends it, loosing terribly by conceding 5 goals. The match started well for Minnesota and the first half was competitive with only one goal from Olum of Portland. But here comes the action-packed second half. Within 2 minutes of the second half, Valeri scored one more goal for Portland. At 79th minute, Ramirez scored a goal for Minnesota, trying to have that come back and win the match.
But after that, Valeri immediately scored one more goal from penalty. Minnesota lost all their hopes of winning the match. The two extra time goals from Fernando Adi proved fatal for Minnesota and conceded total 5 goals in the opening of the MLS season.
Last Sunday, Minnesota hosted Atlanta for the first meeting of this two new teams and their first home match. However, the match did not go as planned for them and they lost terribly by 6 goals. The show had started somewhat wrong for Minnesota as they conceded 2 goals only within 13 minutes. To make things worse, Minnesota conceded one more goal within 30 min. By the end of first half, Kevin Molino scored the first goal for their team and kept the hopes alive for Minnesota fans.
In the second half, Atlanta hardly saw any protest from Minnesota and scored 3 goals. With a trick of a hat, Ramirez becomes the top goal scorer in the MLS for the time being. The team showed aggressive attacks throughout the match. The five goals from Ramirez and Almiron have sent some chills among the defenders of other MLS teams.
Atlanta’s teamwork, combination at play and confidence of was also very much noticeable.
With such unfortunate show, Minnesota is now in the bottom position and become the first team in MLS to concede 5 goals in back to back matches. To make things worse, Minnesota goalkeeper John Alvbage had a serious leg injury, carried out by stretcher and had to be replaced at the 86th minute of the game.
Next weekend, Atlanta will play their home match against Chicago Fire while Minnesota will face Colorado Rapids. MLS 2017 Starts With Two New FC’s, who will dominate?

MLS In Final 4 Playoffs And Abby Wambach Retires

MLS playoffs 2015   MLS in final 4 playoffs and Abby Wambach retires after a remarkable

career as one of soccer/football’s greatest players ever.

Google the word Abby, what comes up in the first three?  Wambach will change women’s

 

professional football like Pele did in the 1970’s. The number of goals scored by this unbelievable player

totals to 184.  Most goals scored by any US male or female player to date. Six time US Athlete of

the year, Two Olympic Gold Medals, One World Cup Championship, One FIFA World Player of the year,

and in 2015 named to Time Magazine 100 most influential people in the world, just to name “some” of

the awards this great player has bought in for the US. A Florida Gator player that won them a national

title, ruled the international game for over 14 years and now is taking that winning energy to the board room.

Watch out Corporate America…

2015 MLS Playoffs are on their way, Sporting KC, Toronto FC, LA Galaxy, and New England Rev’s

all made it in the first round but fell to their opponents in a one game playoff. Montreal Impact,

Portland Timbers, Seattle Sounders and DC United all moved on to meet up with the MLS best regular

seasons records NY Red Bulls, FC Dallas, Vancouver Whitecaps, and the Columbus Crew for a two

game aggregate playoff. Red Bulls handled DC United 2-0 to move on, Timbers downed the Whitecaps

2-0, Columbus just got by Montreal 4-3 in exciting matches, but FC Dallas just barely beat the

Sounders in penalty kicks to move on to THE Final FOUR.

Nov 22nd RedBulls take on Columbus Crew 5pm EST and Timbers take on FC Dallas, on the 29th of

Nov all four teams play their final match to see what two teams play for the MLS Cup Dec 6th.

MLS In Final 4 Playoffs and Abby Wambach retires, Goodluck Abby,

thanks for what you did in US Soccer / Football.





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

US National Soccer Hall of Fame And Great Goals In 2015

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US National Soccer Hall of Fame and great goals in 2015 go together like bread n butter.

The three new inductees into the US Soccer hall of fame in 2015 will be Kristine Lilly, Brian McBride,

and Coach Bob Bradley. All three set big goals for the soccer careers, but probably not one them ever

dreamed to be in the hall of fame through out all their years of playing and coaching. However setting

goals from year to year is the ear mark for great players and individuals. Kristine said it was to enjoy

and have fun with the game, Brian said it was for his teammates and coach Bob said it was for the

success of the whole team is why they worked so hard for all of those years. Kristine goes into the hall

with over 352 international competition appearances, also called caps, 130 goals scored, two Olympic

Gold Medals and two World Cup Championships. Brian McBride, the Chicago boy from Buffalo Grove IL,

the St. Louis University superstar, after over a 18 year pro career and teams in England, Europe,

and MLS all had the pleasure to see this work horse at his best. 101 International caps and 30 goals for

the US team, 137 goals in the pro’s, MVP awards and Captain of many of the teams he played for,

Brian deserves this award and honor. Coach Bob Bradley, after over 30 years in coaching both college

and pro’s all over the world, and helped the US Mens Soccer team get to higher ground in International

play during the early 2000’s to bring US soccer to the top 16 team in the world. With MLS, Gold Cup

and  US Open Cup championships under his belt, coach Bob has been there for the growth of US

soccer for over 20 years now. Congrads to all and all were very deserving.. Watch some great videos

below and look up the US National Soccer Hall of Fame and great goals in 2015. [Read more…]

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 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…]

Teaching Goal Scoring To U9,U11,U13,U14,U15,U16

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Teaching goal scoring to U9,U11,U13,U14,U15,U16 using the MLS playoffs as great examples of

pressure strikes at goal. Working in the attacking third to keep the ball moving to open space wide,

then angle back into the 6 yd/14 yd danger area is the goal of any good offensive attack. Using ball

flicks off throw in head balls to excellent follow up on half volley shots, the goal is to spread out so

defensive deflections can become sometimes your best assist. In the Sporting KC match, you will see

both, a defensive deflection in front of the net right to Aurelien Collins and a beautiful half volley follow up

from Seth Sinovic. Another important offensive technique is the free kick cross into dangerous area,

witness Morales from Real Salt Lake not only do it once but twice in the same match for great scoring

opportunities. Crossing the ball into the 6 to 14 yard mark is so important but the spacing of the players

not to all go into the same area is even more important for the chance of the ball coming open to a

better shooting angle. These MLS videos are excellent for teaching goal scoring to U9,U11,U13,U14,U15,U16 players.



Best Soccer Drills For Defensive Goalie Success

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Best soccer drills for defensive goalie success as we see more and more shut-outs in important

matches. Many coaches say the best offense is a great defense. Even if the offense is having an off

day, if your defense puts up a goose egg against the competition,  your offense should sneak in a goal

or two with PK’s and own goals. Good goalie play is probably the biggest element of successful

shut-outs / clean sheets. Just getting a hand on a good shot and putting it off to the side is one most

practiced skills that could save a shut-out. The defensive angles your back 5 take on pushing the

offense to the outer edges in the defensive third is so important to successful goalie victories.

As a goalie, when in doubt, punch or hit the ball out of play, as regrouping is always safer than making

sure you catch every ball. Watch these MLS gems of shut-outs, as you will see the results of best

soccer drills for defensive goalie success in action. Sometimes your best defender is the goal post.

Best soccer drills for defensive goalie success as we see more and more shut-outs !



Offensive Soccer Tips In The Attacking Third

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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…]