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


Portland Timbers 2015 MLS Cup Winners

Timbers VS The Crew MLS Cup  Portland Timbers 2015 MLS Cup Winners,

after beating the Columbus Crew 2-1

in an exciting end to end battle for the cup.

The Timbers almost didn’t make the playoffs

this year, but an end of year push put their

15-11-8 record into the top 6 of the West

 

and into a head on collision course with the Columbus Crew who also finished 15-11-8. Only difference,

goal differential, Crew had a plus 5 and the Timbers only had a plus 2. The Crew have second highest

MLS goal scorer in Kei Kamara, but the Timbers have Diego Valeri, who put in the fastest MLS cup

goal at only 27 seconds into the match. Stage set, Timber dominate the first 15 minutes. At the 6:30

minute mark Lucas Melano picks out Rodney Wallace for a diving header to put Timbers up 2-0 with

less than 7 minutes gone by. Crew shell shocked, gather themselves by the 17th minute, when

pressure on the Timbers Goalie Adam Kwarasey puts the defense into a bad spot and the top

goal scorer for the Crew steps up and pulls one back with a turn around goal putting the match

at 2-1 now. From 18th minute till the 95th minute it was back and forth defensive battle with

Nat Borchers, Adam Ridgewell, Alvas Powell, and Jorge Villafana holding the Crew scoreless

in front of Kwarasey. Coach Caleb Porter had them all playing at top notch championship level

for the last 11 matches, hats off to da coach.

The Timbers pressed all game, 60th minute, corner kick to Wallace, almost goal, 70th minute,

Adi header, almost goal, 80th minute Borchers header, almost goal within inches. The 3D midfielders

Darlington, and the two Diego’s (Chara and Valeri) for the Timbers moved the ball from box to box

setting up the consent pressure on the Crew. What a great year for Will Johnson, Jack Jewsbury,

Fanendo Adi, Max Urruti, and the whole Timbers players and staff for a huge first time MLS Cup win.

The Crew had a great year knocking off the Supporter Sheild winners NY Red Bulls to advance to the

final, so heads high great footballers Ethan Finlay, Federico Higuain, Jack McInerney, Will Trapp,

Tony Tchani, Justin Meram and the whole Crew team, next year can be your year.

Catch Kei Kamara and Nat Borchers phone interview on Men in Blazers podcast Dec 3rd by Roger Bennett 3 days before the Final

Portland Timbers 2015 MLS Cup Winners



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

RSL vs LA G

 

 

 

 

 

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

la galaxy vs san jose earthquakes

 

 

 

 

 

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 !



Dribbling Soccer Drills For U8, U10, U12, U14, U16

Dribbling Cuts By Pro's

 

 

 

 

 

Dribbling soccer drills for U8, U10, U12, U14, U16 and tips on how to improve them.

Many players ask what can they do on their off season?  Most coaches would say touch and dribbling

speed. In dribbling balance is so important in speed and quickness, start slowly and work on looking up

after you have touched the ball to move from one spot to another. This balance of looking up and

down is what will come natural after years of playing. It will only take a half second to look up and see

the field, after a while you will feel the defenders coming at you, so remember quick side to side moves

and changing the direction of the ball keeps them guessing. Watch these MLS pro’s during a match use

the drills in this video series, and how redirection / cut backs help them keep the ball under control to

set up a pass or shot. Heal passes, bicycle kicks and head ball flick goals are all a result of the build

up of the dribbling that got the ball there to produce the goal. Enjoy watching how dribbling soccer drills

for U8, U10, U12, U14, U16 can help score your next goal. [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…]

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…]

DC United Making A Run On The 2012 MLS Playoff’s

 

 

 

 

 

 

DC United is on a great run for the playoffs in Oct 2012, they are only points away. After 4 out

of 5 in the win category, the men in black are playing great defense to get a playoff seeding. Against

The New England Revolution, DC got down 1-0 in the 29th minute, only to turn around 2 minutes

later to score on a crossing run that left the ball on a great long shot making it 1-1. In the second half

the defense stiffened and in the 63rd minute after a “Play On” call by the ref, DC got the winner to take

the 3 points away from the Revolution. In the latest match against Toronto FC, both teams had a clean

sheet going into the 87th minute, when Toronto’s Goal Keeper made a big error and gave an easy goal to Salahi.

Watch Out, DC United Making A Run On The 2012 MLS Playoff’s

[Read more…]

Landon Donovan And Robbie Keane Take Down Chivas USA

 

 

 

 

 

Landon Dovovan two plus one goal from Robbie Keane means doom for Chivas USA. In a cross town

classic match, the Super Clasico goes to the LA Galaxy moving them into the middle of the Western

Conference race. Donovan must of hit the post 3 times in this game, making the score only 3 to 1, it

could have been 5 to 1 easily. Good though passes from Beckham, and a goal from his bending

right swerving strike corner kick, great match to watch. [Read more…]