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 2016 Starts Sunday

New MLS Adidas Game BallMLS 2016 Starts Sunday, new match ball from Adidas and new hopes for all the MLS teams to finish as Champions later this year. The wait is finally over! Major League Soccer starts tomorrow, Sunday, March 6 where all twenty clubs will face off with a record of ten matches on the 1st Matchday of this season.
The Portland Timbers, winners of last season, jumped up and down on the field last year, as their fans watched the game anxiously, waiting for the team to score the winning goal. Portland beat Columbus Crew with a score of 2 for 1 in MAPFRE Stadium in the opposing team’s hometown in MLS 2015. The Portland Timbers were found to become the first men’s professional football team to have won a league championship trophy for City of Portland!
The 2015 MLS season sure was a huge campaign consigned in the record books. While all the games must be worth watching this season, you might not want to miss under any circumstances the face off between Kansas City & Seattle, Chicago Fire & NYCFC and New York Red Bulls vs. Toronto FC . Each of the players in different teams entered MLS 2016 with great expectations from their supporters. With that in mind, here are a few players to watch this season in the Major League Soccer 2016:  Video of Team Reviews Click Here
• Chicago Fire
Brandon Vincent
Sean Johnson
• Colorado Rapids
Zac MacMath
Shkelzen Gashi
• Columbus Crew
Kei Kamara
Federico Higuain
• D.C United
Andrew Dykstra
• FC Dallas
Matt Hedges
Carlos Gruezo
Maxi Urruti
• Houston Dynamo
Cristian Maidana
• Montreal Impact
Harry Ship
Eric Alexander
The 1stMatchday starting tomorrow will be featuring five matches that will be broadcasted on national TV in your local area.  The rematch will take place between the finalist of 2015 MLS Cup, Portland Timbers and Columbus Crew as both the teams are all set to face off each other at the Providence Park at 4:30 pm.
2016 Major League Soccer Schedule
Take a look below, some matchs this MLS season!
WEEK 1- March 6, Sunday
• 1:30pm ET – NY Red Bulls vs. Toronto FC, Venue: Red Bull Arena
• 2:00pm ET – Orlando vs. Real Salt, Venue: Orlando Citrus Bowl
• 2:00pm ET – Chicago vs. NYCFC, Venue:Toyota Park
• 3:00pm ET – FC Dallas vs. Philadelphia, Venue: Toyota Stadium
• 3:00pm ET – Houston vs. New England, Venue: BBVA Compass Stadium
• 3:00pm ET – San Jose vs. Colorado, Venue: Avaya Stadium
• 4:30pm ET – Portland vs. Columbus, Venue: Providence Park
• 5:30pm ET – Vancouver vs. Montreal, Venue: BC Place
• 7:00pm ET – Seattle vs. Sporting KC, Venue: CenturyLink Field
• 10:00pmET – LA Galaxy vs. D.C. United, Venue: StubHub Center
WEEK 2- March 12, Saturday
• New England vs. D.C. United, Venue: Gillette Stadium
• Columbus vs. Philadelphia, Venue: MAPFRE Stadium
• Colorado vs. LA Galaxy, Venue: Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
• Sporting KC vs. Vancouver, Venue: Children’s Mercy Park
• Real Salt Lake vs. Seattle, venue: Rio Tinto Stadium
• Montreal vs. NY Red Bulls, Venue: Olympic Stadium

We will see if Chicago Fire, Philadelphia Union, RSL, and Colorado Rapids can pull themselves

out of the cellar this season.  Good luck all, for the MLS 2016 Starts Sunday….

Game on…   Video of Team Reviews Click Here


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

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…]

Faster Soccer Skills For More Goals

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Faster soccer skills for more goals and balanced dribbling techniques are a one two punch in coaching.

Many coaches look for drills that work on touch of the player in dribbling, trapping, and passing during

game situations. The first touch is so important to control into an area you can make your next move.

Setting the ball up off that first touch can set up a pass or a shot, let alone dribbling into space to

advance the play. Also seeing open team-mates as you receive the ball, gives you a chance to deflect

the ball towards them giving your team-mate a better chance to shoot or settle the ball down for

control. As you get the ball in front of the net, the 6 yard line box is so dangerous for one touch shots

or deflections to your team-mates. Watch as you see these pro’s put the ball into the 6 yard line box

and how many goals are scored with these quick crosses. Another key element you will see in these

videos, is the “never give up attitude” of these pros. You will see faster soccer skills for more goals

as these pros use all these techniques in these links above and MLS videos. [Read more…]

Teaching Offensive Spacing For U9, U11, U13, U15, U17

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Teaching offensive spacing for U9, U11, U13, U15, U17 players and keeping them spread out for

successful winning soccer. As you watch successful teams, you will see clubs playing to the touch

lines, and crossing the ball into dangerous spaces knowing that many of these chances will be cleared

out by the defense. However, the good clubs will keep players 10 to 20 yards away from the first service

into the offensive wave, only to pick up these deflections and turn the second chance into a shot on goal

or another chip into a new dangerous chance. Most coaches remind midfielders not always to follow

every chip towards the goal, knowing many will be headed back. Don’t get sucked into every offensive

chip, the spacing of the players gives a better chance for multiple strikes at goal. Side volleys off of

defensive mistakes happen alot when there is good spacing on the offensive team. Play until you hear

the whistle, do not slow up your play, your spacing may lead to another goal when the defense slows

up. Watch these pro’s and see the goal results of teaching offensive spacing for U9, U11, U13, U15, U17 players. [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…]

Goal Scoring Lessons And Striker Skills For All Forwards

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Goal scoring lessons and striker skills for all forwards can be seen as watching Chris Wondolowski of

US Men’s team. Wondo is putting on a striker clinic as he plays in the Gold Cup 2013 and now has

racked up 5 goals of many angles. Already Wondo has knocked in a hat trick with in 41 minutes in one

half, and two goals vs Cuba, to show his striker skills as his spacing around the 6 yard line shows his

awareness to stay open in tight spaces. Be on your toes strikers/forwards, you just never know when

the ball will come bouncing your way. Quick pokes at the ball and touching it away one-time are the

drills every striker should work on with in a 15 yard half circle from the goal mouth. On longer shots

like 18yards out, watch Joe Corona one time strike vs Cuba, that comes from many years of one time

shots from all angles at distance. Corona, Donovan, and Wondolowski all show you how not to over

power the ball, but just strike it clean and let the angle make the finishing touch. In a MLS match,

Soony Saad from Sporting KC had an example of a nice side volley inside the 6 yard line area as he

took what the defense was not clearing out, and had to make up a shot was just a reaction. Another

great striker who takes the touch with out over powering the ball would be Chris Rolfe of Chicago Fire,

watch as he touches the clip just past the keeper instead of looking for hard shot at goal. All these

examples are goal scoring lessons and striker skills for all forwards to master, watch below. [Read more…]

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

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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

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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…]