During the 2015 campaign of Columbus Crew, they managed to secure the 2nd spot of the Eastern Conference after being able to collect 53 points in 34 matches but it has been a completely different story in the latest season in 2016.
In the season of 2016, Columbus Crew has underwhelmed in comparison to their previous campaign after only being able to secure 36 points in 32 matches and the manager of the club Gregg Berhalter has expressed his disappointment in how his squad has been performing as the 43 year old American manager said:
“We had high expectations this season and it’s plain and simple, we didn’t meet those expectations and we’re disappointed. I told the guys it wasn’t about tonight’s game. If we would have had that type of intensity that type of effort all season we would be having a different conversation.”
Columbus Crew even managed to reach the finals of the 2015 MLS Cup where they faced off with Portland Timbers and ultimately lost 1-2 but nonetheless it was still an achievement being able to reach so far and coming so close to win the piece of silverware.
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It was confirmed by the MLS that Minnesota would get an expansion club by March of 2015, even though this announcement was made by the head officials of the American League, the expansion couldn’t immediately compete in the MLS as they were still working out their plans of building a new stadium.
Minnesota United FC are currently in the process of constructing a 20,000 seat venue and this stadium will become their home ground after it’s finished. The expected total cost of constructing this stadium is expected to be around $150 million.
The MLS board of governors have voiced their desire to expand the American League to up to 28 teams and it’s already expected that by 2020 the league will have 24 teams which is 4 more teams than what are currently competing in the season of 2016-17.
Dr.McGuire is the majority owner of Minnesota United FC and he has recently talked about the stadium which is being constructed and he said: “We have designed what will be a state-of-the-art facility that is ideal for soccer and will optimize the experience for our diverse and passionate fans, as well as that of the players. It complements the Snelling-Midway neighborhood and community, and we are confident that it will drive additional investment and development in the area.”
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There has been a lot of talk about the home grown team for MLS which is being spearheaded by Landon Donovan among other notable features.
Recently Aaron Guilen has also joined this team, being an ex star player of FGCU. He is a defender in FC Dallas and also a member of FGCU men’s soccer. Having been named as the defensive player of the year at the Atlantic Sun Conference last year
, he is now being made part of the homegrown team of MLS 2016. The team is being headed by Coach Landon Donovan.
There are about 20 players to make the team and hence Guillen would be looking at traveling to Chiptole MLS Home grown game which would take part against the Under 21 national team of Mexico. This would be part of the All Stars event that would be held by MLS in San Jose.
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Major League Football team, Orlando City FC paid tribute to the 49 people shot dead at a nightclub recently.
The paid the tribute during their game against San Jose Earthquakes. The game, which ended in a 2-2 draw, was a very emotional one for everyone present.
The club paid tribute by stopping play in the 49th minute so players and fans could honour the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting with a minute’s silence. The game saw #OrlandoUnited written on the shirts of City aside the rainbow wristbands they wore. The visiting Earthquakes team wore black armbands and Orlando Pride badges to honour the dead.
In the game, Orlando scored first through a Seb Hines goal but it was cancelled out when Chad Barrett netted in the 85th minute. Orlando went back ahead through Julio Baptista in stoppage time but there was still time for Shea Salinas to grab a point in the final minutes.
The game, which was the first since the mass murder incident, witnessed the first responders from the incident join the teams before the kickoff, joining in on the field to the Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love.”
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LA Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said that he was pleased with Emmanuel Boateng so far.
The player was signed in January from Swedish club Helsingborgs but has yet to earn a regular place in the starting line-up.
Bruce Arena said that he was impressed by Boateng’s pace, and this is what has motivated him to sign him. He said with his pace he can cause a lot of problems for the opposition defence and can also be useful on a counter-attack.
However, the LA Galaxy coach believes that Boateng needs some time to adapt to the League and once he is fit we will be able to see his abilities. So far, he is pleased with his progress and development and believes that with time he will become even better.
Boateng already made a name for himself in the game against Real Salt Lake, which LA Galaxy won 5-2. The 22-year old player scored one goal and made 2 assists during the match and won the MLS Player of the Week award.
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Caleb Porter says that he will take the blame for the 4-1 loss against Orlando City on Sunday.
This was an extremely disappointing result for the team and many felt that Portland Timbers allowed Orlando to score at crucial stages. Rather than blame the players for a winless run that now stretches to 3 matches,Porter claimed the blame on himself. The club started the campaign in impressive fashion after a win over Columbus Crew in the opening weekend. Even though Portland Timbers had much more of the ball even as the away team, they were unable to make much of an impact in the final third.
To make matters worse, Orlando City seemed to be buoyed by the return of superstar Kaka. They were playing some impressive football in the final third. Orlando made sure that their good start to the season continued with this win. The team are unbeaten in the four games and it would have taken a huge effort from Portland in order to get something out of the game. Porter will be aware that his team have to recover quickly, as they have a big match against LA Galaxy next weekend. Porter claimed that the first goal deflated the team immensely and defensive strength will be something that he will look to improve before next match.
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Sporting Kansas City sustained their 3rd successive defeat in the MLS on August 30 after facing off with Colorado Rapids which was played at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Denver.
The final scoreboard of the game was 2-1 with the home team claiming the victory but the manager of Sporting Kansas City was not satisfied on the decisions that the match officials made during the game, Peter Vermes stated that his team deserved more from that game and that it wasn’t their opponents who won, it was the guys who were refereeing the encounter.
Peter Vermes voiced his frustration towards the match officials of the game as he said: “Did we deserve more out of this game? Yes. The other team didn’t beat us. What beat us was the guys who are supposed to be the impartial guys reffing the game. They are the ones that beat us, for the second week in a row.”
The match was tightly contested between both teams but Sporting Kansas City had the upper hand in possession by a slight margin as well as with more shots being launched.
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Vancouver Whitecaps’ miserable run of form at home continued after a 1-0 defeat against sporting Kansas City.
This match marked a run of just two wins in the last five home games for the team, which still has the possibility to win the Western Conference. Vancouver at just separated by goal difference over table leaders Seattle Sounders, who have lost four out of the last five games. However, Carl Robinson’s team do not appear to be taking advantage of their rivals suffering from poor form. Robinson has admitted after the defeat against sporting Kansas City that a lot of things have to improve a lot.
For the home supporters, it was yet another familiar tale after the home team had a lot of chances in order to win the game. They were made to pay for the poor finishing by the opposition, who converted through Ellis in the second half. Apart from winning just two out of the last five home matches, Vancouver have now suffered a disappointing result in back-to-back games. This defeat comes just a week after a 2-1 loss against Colorado Rapids. There is now a danger of Vancouver been overtaken by the likes of FC Dallas and Sporting Kansas City, who have shown superior form.
“It hurts. It’s one of them. You create a number of chances and don’t score. Sometimes it comes back to bite you on the bum and it did today unfortunately. [It’s] not as concerning as it would be if we didn’t create one chance in that first half. The game’s about taking your chances. When you cross that white line, whoever takes those chances and scores usually wins the game. Today, we had a number of chances, we didn’t take them. KC had a lot of chances and they took one of them,” said Robinson.
LA Galaxy manager Bruce Arena was extremely happy with the way the return of Robbie Keane led to his team winning their first match in the month of April. Galaxy were going under their objectives for the campaign after a poor run of form that saw them go five matches without a win.
Bruce Arena was feeling the pressure, as he awaits the arrival of Steven Gerrard. The Liverpool captain will be joining LA Galaxy and he will provide some much needed quality in the central of the park. He will also be able to provide some much-needed ammunition to striker Keane.
The former Liverpool striker suffered a groin injury while playing against Vancouver Whitecaps during the month of April. After spending almost two months on the sidelines, he came back to the team in the crucial match against Houston Dynamo. A win for the opposition would have meant LA Galaxy slipping outside the play-off places further more. As it is, these three points have helped them get a slender advantage over Houston.Keane did not score in the 1-0 victory but he provided immense quality upfront. Galaxy were able to score in the 91st minute through a cross fromKeane.
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San Jose Earthquakes briefly appeared to find a sweet spot after managing to win back-to-back matches in the middle of March. However, they have since suffered to consecutive defeats that have left them outside the play-off places.
The 2-1 loss against New England Revolution was followed up by the narrow 1-0 defeat against Real Salt Lake at home. This does not bode well for the team, which has just six points from the opening five games. The match against table topping Vancouver Whitecaps is unlikely to help matters going into the next weekend.
One of the reasons for the club struggling to get results is the huge number of players on the sidelines. More have been added to the injury list after the latest match. Despite this setback, manager Dominic Kinnear remains confident that his team will be able to overcome the poor form. San Jose came into the match against Real Salt Lake already missing a number of key players especially in defence. The likes of Shaun Francis and Jordan Stewart have become the latest additions to the injury list. Francis had a major collision with Real Salt Lake’s Jordan Allen but he has come of much worse than his opponent. Kinnear has expressed his confidence that defender Wynne will be back for the match against Vancouver.
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