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



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…]

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…]

Seattle, Portland, Vancouver, And Montreal All Win Big In MLS

Portland Timbers vs Chivas usa

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seattle, Portland, Vancouver, And Montreal all win big in MLS, with high scores and shut outs.

Seattle Sounders shutout San Jose Earthquakes 4-0 with two goals from Lamar Neagle and one each

from Mauro Roales, Obafemi Martins respectively. Seattle Goalie Michael Gspurning picks up his 4th

shutout of the 2013 season. Portland Timbers are in the number two slot of the West Division with a

3-0 thumping of Chivas USA. Rodney Wallace, Diego Valeri, and Will Johnson all netted a goal in

the clean sheet put up by the Timber defense. Portland keeper Donovan Ricketts netted his 4th shutout

as the Big Green eye the top spot of the West. Vancouver stuns the Galaxy 3-1 in a well played match

as the Whitecaps climb back into the race. Russell Teibert to the RESCUE!!!! Off the beach, comes in

and nets his first two MLS goals, and lifts Vancouver to a big win over the LA Galaxy. Darren Mattocks

hits in a late goal in added play time to lock in the 3 points for the Whitecaps. Vancouver Goalie Joe

Cannon solid game verses the league champion Galaxy. In the East, Montreal Impact takes one away

from Real Salt Lake, with a 3-2 shocker. Impact’s Matteo Ferrari had an up and down day, with a

starting own goal, then a goal of his own in extra time to bring home the win. RSL Kyle Beckerman and

Marco DiVaio knocked in goals for the visitors, two was not enough for Montreal had 3 in the plans for

this match. Montreal moves into the top 4 of the East and 6 wins in early 2013. [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…]

Chicago Fire Red Hot Moving Towards Playoffs

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chicago Fire are hot right now, with two victories in Sept., that 6 points puts them in 2nd place in the

Eastern Division. Beating the Houston Dynamo in early Sept. by a 3-1 score, they putting the heat

on the East soccer teams. With Marco Pappa gone and others team members moving on, Coach Frank

Klopas has the Fire hitting on all cylinders. Toronto FC got down quick to the red hot Chicago FC giving

up 2 goals in the first half of their match acouple days ago. The Fire almost had another shutout, but

one defensive lapse gave up the clean sheet to this Canadian FC, the 3 points still went to Chicago. [Read more…]

LA Galaxy Loses To San Jose In Back n Forth Match

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

North vs. South in MLS California style, what a back and forth match between these 2 clubs.

David Beckham scores another free kick gem and the LA Galaxy seemed to be hitting on all cylinders.

Landon Donovan was Johnny on the spot with another mix up in the San Jose defense, picking up

another goal for the Galaxy. Give it to the Earthquakes, they never gave up, with the 3-3 equalizer in

the 46th minute. Many chances for San Jose to knock in the 4th goal, then finally Chris Wondolowski

saves the day for league leading Earthquakes. How did Goal Keeper Bingham do it with so many shots?
Any videos about a certain topic, use the search bar in the upper right corner. [Read more…]

Bayern Munich Wins On Penalty Kicks Over Real Madrid

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bayern Munich moves on in the Champions League playoffs by beating Real Madrid in penalty kicks.

Goalies, watch this one, many great saves by both keepers to keep this match exciting to watch.

Both teams had their chances, even Ronaldo missed a shot he should have made. Cristiano

Ronaldo and Kaka both had penalties saved by Manuel Neuer, as Bayern Munich wins 3-1 to move

on and play Chelsea. Bayern Munich vs. Chelsea coming up May 19th, exciting match to watch. [Read more…]

Chicago Fire And The First Home Game For Montreal Impact

MLS Montreal Impact

 

 

 

 

 

The newest team in the MLS is the Montreal Impact. Taking on the Chicago Fire in their first
home game, the excitement was high for the over 49,000 fans there at Olympic Stadium.
The first goal was scored by the Montreal captain Davy Arnaud. Chicago Fire’s
Oburo answers with a goal to tie the match, and that’s how it ends 1-1. [Read more…]