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NY to get a second MLS Team?

MLS commissinoer Don Garber discusses the addition of New York City Football Club for the 2015 season.

 

http://espnfc.com/video/espnfc/video?id=1456088&cc=5901

Wondo on the board again.

Chris Wondolowski’s game-winning penalty in second-half injury time to gives the San Jose Earthquakes a 2-1 come-from-behind win over the New York Red Bulls on Sunday night.

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Racist chants can’t take Altidore off his game

Sad to hear that this still happens and I admire Altidores resolve

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/soccer/news/20130130/jozy-altidore-racism-dutch-league-soccer/?sct=sc_t2_a3

Wondo eyes Lassiter’s Record

Chris Wondolowski is chasing a record for the ages — Roy Lassiter’s 27 goals in an MLS regular season. It’s one of many intriguing second-half stories.

We like this kid because he is a WildCat

Chris Wondolowski’s record chase

Roy Lassiter’s record of 27 goals in an MLS regular season has certainly stood the test of time. It was set back in the league’s inaugural campaign of 1996, and the last time a player came remotely close to breaking the mark was in 2002, when Carlos Ruiz tallied 24 times. Only twice in the past decade has the league’s top scorer reached 20 goals in a season.

 

So can Wondolowski be the one to break through? There are some factors in the San Jose forward’s favor. Wondolowski is already on 17 goals, meaning he’ll have to score 11 more times in San Jose’s remaining 12 games. Seven of those matches will be at home, and eight of San Jose’s remaining games are against teams currently residing outside of the playoff places. It also helps that the Quakes aren’t encumbered by playing in the CONCACAF Champions League, which will test the endurance of teams such as Seattle and Los Angeles that are still on San Jose’s schedule. All told, it’s a race that Wondolowski figures to take down to the wire. ~ By Jeff Carlisle | ESPN.com

Wondo nets 2 to take scaoring lead

We like this guy because he is one of ours’

http://sports.sportsillustrated.cnn.com/mls/recap.asp?lg=MLS&g=2012050211&ref=hea&tm=&src=MLS

MLS Power Rankings

Steven Lehnart’s two second-half goals vaulted San Jose past Philadelphia and kept red-hot the Quakes atop the MLS power rankings

 

http://espn.go.com/sports/soccer/mls/

 

Galaxy complete unbeaten home season

Galaxy beats Chivas 1-0 for unbeaten home season

MLS Headlines

 

(AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)

By GREG BEACHAM

AP Sports Writer

 

CARSON, Calif. (AP) Although the Los Angeles Galaxy and
Chivas USA both play at Home Depot Center, everybody knows which club really
runs this stadium.

The star-studded Galaxy never lost on this pitch during
their historic regular season, and they’re hoping the streak continues all the
way through the MLS Cup here next month.

Chad Barrett scored in the 53rd minute, Josh Saunders
earned his eighth shutout, and the Galaxy wrapped up the third unbeaten home
season in MLS history with a 1-0 victory over the Goats on Sunday night.

Los Angeles (19-4-10) already clinched the Supporters’
Shield and the top playoff seed with MLS’ best regular-season record, and the
Galaxy secured the SuperClasico trophy in its rivalry series with a 2-0
aggregate victory over Chivas.

Yet the Galaxy still want one more trophy after going
12-0-5 this season at home.

“We’ve always said we want to make our stadium somewhere
to come that’s hard to win, and I think we’ve done that,” David Beckham said.
“We’ve worked hard on that, and it’s important that we perform in our own
stadium.”

While Beckham played the whole match, fellow superstars
Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane sat out. Donovan, selected as the Galaxy’s team
MVP in a postgame ceremony, is resting a strained quadriceps that kept him out
of two recent U.S. national team games, while Keane is resting a torn thigh
muscle.

The match also might have been the final regular-season
home appearance by Beckham, whose five-year MLS contract expires after the
season. The Galaxy remain hopeful the English superstar will extend his stay in
Hollywood, but Beckham has said he won’t decide his future until the offseason.

Beckham reiterated that stance after leaving the pitch
with his three sons. He also said he plans to travel to Honduras for Thursday’s
CONCACAF Champions League meeting with Motagua.

He’s more focused on a big finish to the Galaxy’s
remarkable MLS season.

Los Angeles has 67 points in the MLS standings, the most
by any club since the league abandoned the shootout after the 1999 season. The
Galaxy could set the league record with 70 points if they win next week’s season
finale in Houston.

Saunders made four saves as Los Angeles also tied the
MLS record for shutouts in a season with 17, matching the Kansas City Wizards’
mark in 2000.

“I think this is a difficult place to play,” defender
Todd Dunivant said. “We’ve made this our fortress, and you can see that when we
play Chivas. The Clasico means a lot to us, and we showed that.”

Defender Gregg Berhalter served as the Galaxy’s captain
in his final home game. The 38-year-old U.S. national team veteran has announced
he’ll retire after the season.

The Galaxy have won eight straight at home while posting
10 shutouts this season, outscoring their opponents 28-8. Los Angeles is
unbeaten in 18 straight regular-season home games overall, the fourth-longest
streak in MLS history.

“We weren’t really even thinking about that,” said
Barrett, who scored both of Los Angeles’ goals this season against Chivas. “It’s
more about the SuperClasico and Gregg playing his last game.”

Chivas has improved under new coach Robin Fraser, but
the Goats will miss the playoffs for the second straight year. Los Angeles is
7-0-3 in its past 10 games in the SuperClasico.

“At the end of the day, this is a rivalry,” Fraser said.
“They are (located) 50 yards away from us. We viewed this as a game that was
extremely important, and certainly the result was disappointing.”

After failing to convert a couple of golden chances in
the first half, Barrett banged home a short-range header on a crossing pass from
fellow forward Adam Cristman early in the second half.

Although the Galaxy acquired Keane to bolster their
offense, Barrett has done the job lately with three goals in four games.

Keane, who has two goals and an assist in his first four
games for Los Angeles, missed a Euro 2012 qualifier for Ireland last week. The
Irish national team captain, who moved to the Galaxy from Tottenham in August,
is resting his legs with hopes of a postseason return to the Galaxy.

Juan Pablo Angel, the veteran striker traded by the
Galaxy when they acquired Keane, couldn’t score against his former team. Angel
has seven goals in eight games for Chivas after struggling in his first few
months with the Galaxy.

“They are probably the strongest defensive team in the
league,” Angel said. “It was the difference between a team who is the reigning
Supporters’ Shield champions and a team who has had its ups and downs.”

Updated October 17, 2011

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MLS alters designated player rule

From ESPN.Com

Major League Soccer is adjusting its designated player rules in the hopes of bringing in more young international talent, an area in which the league has struggled to gain a foothold.
MLS teams are currently allowed to have three designated players on their rosters — players whose salaries don’t fully count against the salary cap. But the decision by MLS to adjust the charge for younger players gives teams the latitude to take chances on younger international players where they may have been hesitant in the past.

International designated players age 20 or younger will be charged just $150,000 against the team’s salary cap. Players aged 21 to 23 will count $200,000 against the salary cap. Both of those numbers are down from the $335,000 charge for all other designated players.
“Our designated players are anywhere from their mid- to late-20s to their mid-30s. We’re getting players that are good players, veteran players, but we’ve been out of the market for the most part in young, promising players,” Durbin said. “If we want to continue our growth and continue the improvement of our on-field product, this is an area we have to be in.”

The rule will take effect for the 2012 season, but there are no plans right now to add any designated player slots. Durbin said the markets most likely to be tapped were South America, Central America and Mexico.

The league also will increase its scouting department to supplement what each individual team already does. Durbin said that would come in the form of more overseas consultants and a technological component at the league headquarters.

“The idea is not to become the scouting network for the teams but to provide a resource for the teams to do their jobs as effectively as they need to,” Durbin said.

It rained goals in MLS this weekend

And out boy Wando got one for the Earthquakes!! Chris Wondolowski.

http://soccernet.espn.go.com/powerrankings/_/year/2011/week/11?cc=5901

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