Monday, November 30, 2015

Major League Soccer

MLS playoffs' ultimate lesson: Play your kids

Friday, November 27, 2015, 8:06 PM
PORTLAND - The Timbers Army's latest gigantic tifo display loomed large over what was to become Jesse Gonzalez's net when FC Dallas gathered for their final pregame huddle at Providence Park on Sunday. As Gonzalez and his fellow starters stood near the center circle to prepare for kickoff, the packed-to-the-wood-ceiling... Read more

Games to Watch: MLS conference finals conclude

Friday, November 27, 2015, 11:15 AM
Before I get started, a quick note. Due to changes in my real-job work (which is organizing's sports pages online and running our social media), Games to Watch will be discontinued after next week. So this is the next-to-last edition. It might come back at some point, but I have no idea... Read more

On the record: City Football Group's Ferran Soriano at BlazerCon

Friday, November 27, 2015, 10:54 AM
It was quite a coincidence that City Football Group head honcho Ferran Soriano took the stage at BlazerCon just under two weeks after his company's New York operation fired head coach Jason Kreis, and five days after it appointed Patrick Vieira to be the new man in charge. It was less of a coincidence... Read more

2015-16 UEFA and CONCACAF tournaments TV schedule

Wednesday, November 25, 2015, 10:08 PM
Here's your viewer's guide to this season's TV coverage of the UEFA Champions League and Europa League, the CONCACAF Champions League and national team games from those confederations. Last season's preamble was really long. I'd like to keep this season's shorter. Fox owns rights to every UEFA tournament... Read more

Sounders co-owner Joe Roth admits frustration with artificial turf

Sunday, November 22, 2015, 12:03 AM
SEATTLE - I originally intended to have this post up well before I left town Thursday night to embark on a two-sport swing through Cascadia. Alas, because of a big pile of non-soccer work I had to take care of after coming home from BlazerCon, I'm sitting in a downtown Seattle hotel room posting a... Read more

On the record: MLS commissioner Don Garber at BlazerCon

Saturday, November 21, 2015, 11:03 PM
As promised, here’s the transcript of Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber’s remarks at BlazerCon. He first spoke on stage in a conversation with “Men in Blazers” co-host Roger Bennett, then met with reporters to answer a few more questions afterward. I have edited things... Read more

Games to Watch: MLS conference finals, El Clásico, UEFA Champions League

Thursday, November 19, 2015, 3:16 PM
MLS Cup Playoffs E1. New York Red Bulls at E2. Columbus Crew 5:00 p.m. Sunday ESPN: Adrian Healey and Taylor Twellman call the game; Mónica González reports from the sideline ESPN Deportes: Richard Mendez and Giovanni Savarese After taking a break for last weekend’s FIFA international... Read more

The social life of small soccer spaces: Field notes from BlazerCon

Sunday, November 15, 2015, 11:41 PM