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


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.


Best Soccer Drills U8,U9,U10, And U11 For Faster Skills

Map The Drill Soccer U8 to U12

 

 

 

 

 

Best soccer drills U8,U9,U10, And U11 for faster skills are all over the internet. Sometimes mixing and

matching two drills together helps get more out of the time put into the drill. Many times coaches have

seen a drill, and each day through out a week of practice, have added one more skill to the end of a drill

to keep pushing the player to react to what is put in front of them. Soccer is a game of consent reaction

to how different each play develops, there is no call in a play from the side lines, stop for a time out,

these players have to always adjusting to what is put before them. Mixing dribbling and passing drills

with shooting drills always made sense, but it sometimes it’s remembering maybe to put a defensive

player into the drill maybe playing at half speed just to give some resistance but letting the offensive

player to hone their skills sets in live competitive drill play. Here are a couple ideas on dribbling ,

passing drill ideas, and not to forget the goalies for U10 level.

Below we put in a couple very good drills online, also check out our search engine bar above

in the upper right corner. The MLS is a great place to watch these techniques in action,

enjoy this LA Galaxy and Sporting KC match from August 2014 at the very bottom of the videos below.

TheSoccerInfo is always looking for drills and match video for the best soccer drills

U8,U9,U10, And U11 for faster skills, if you have one, let us know. [Read more…]

Penalty Kicks Great Goalie Saves MLS Cup 2013

Sport KC vs RSL  MLS Cup 13

 

 

 

 

 

 

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…]

Three Best Shooting Drills For U10 to U16

Real Salt Lake vs Portland

 

 

 

 

 

Three best shooting drills for U10 to U16 knowing all positional field players will be called upon in

sometime in a game to shoot on goal, hoping to at least keep the ball on frame(goal). The key tips

are below and links to the drills. Number one, keep your knee over the ball as you strike the shot, this

will help in shooting the ball over the goal. Number two, don’t over power the ball, the idea is to hit it

clean and straight, too much power means over the bar. Number three, try not the lean back, keep your

body straight or slightly over the ball will keep it down for the most part. Remember many times a shot

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

Also, angles are more important than power and speed of the ball, power comes later as you get better

technique. Final tip, 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. MLS Cup is coming soon, watch for some great shooting to win a championship, that will be you one day. [Read more…]

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.



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…]

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…]

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…]