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Archive: November, 2012

What Philadelphia Union fans can learn from the Los Angeles Galaxy and Houston Dynamo in the MLS Cup Final

Friday, November 30, 2012, 8:27 AM
Throughout this year, and for much of this blog's history, I've tried to write stories with an eye towards how Union fans might learn from other teams and cultures in Major League Soccer. That was never more true than when I watched the Houston Dynamo win the Eastern Conference Final earlier this... Read more

Analyzing NBC's ratings in its first season of broadcasting Major League Soccer

Thursday, November 29, 2012, 3:20 PM
Earlier this week, NBC published its ratings for its debut season of broadcasting Major League Soccer over the air and on the NBC Sports Network. I've spent some time digging into the numbers. Here's an analysis of what you can take from them. I also spoke with Jon Miller, president of programming... Read more

U.S. Soccer Federation introduces new professional women's league

Wednesday, November 21, 2012, 12:57 PM
The U.S. Soccer Federation, in conjunction with its counterparts in Canada and Mexico, announced Wednesday afternoon that a new professional women's league will launch in the United States in 2013. The league will have eight teams: Washington, Rochester, northern New Jersey, Boston, Chicago, Kansas... Read more

Houston Dynamo prove worthy Eastern Conference champions in eliminating D.C. United

Monday, November 19, 2012, 1:32 PM
WASHINGTON - The Houston Dynamo are not Major League Soccer's best team. They finished in fifth place in the Eastern Conference, and had the second-worst overall record of the 10 teams which qualified for the MLS Cup playoffs. But for yet another year, the Dynamo have proven to be the most difficult... Read more

Union waive three players, pass on Major League Soccer waiver draft

Monday, November 19, 2012, 11:32 AM
The Philadelphia Union announced Monday afternoon that they have waived defender Porfirio Lopez, midfielder Gabriel Gómez and forward Krystian Witkowski. Lopez's departure is no surprise. The Costa Rican defender was signed last offseason, and was heralded as the solution to the team's weakness... Read more

Video: Zlatan Ibrahimović, Michael Bradley, Neymar goals highlight Wednesday's international soccer action

Thursday, November 15, 2012, 8:35 AM
Wednesday's international soccer action produced some quite spectacular goals by players on a lot of different national teams. Here's a roundup of the best ones. First, Michael Bradley scored a beautiful volley for the United States in a 2-2 draw with Russia in Krasnodar: The game finished... Read more

Red Bulls complete New York’s 17th Major League Soccer season without a trophy in playoff loss to D.C. United

Friday, November 9, 2012, 11:31 AM
UPDATE: Hans Backe was officially dismissed Friday afternoon. Former MetroStars and Red Bulls defender Mike Petke, who has been an assistant to Backe since last year, takes charge in the interim. And so it begins. HARRISON, N.J. - The 2012 edition of the New York Red Bulls represented the 17th attempt... Read more

For Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber, the damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy is personal

Monday, November 5, 2012, 10:43 AM
Before Saturday night's D.C. United-New York Red Bulls game, Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber spent a few minutes chatting with reporters in the press room at RFK Stadium. Most of the conversation centered around the effects that Hurricane Sandy have had on the D.C.-New York playoff series... Read more

Freddy Adu wants to shed 'wonderkid' reputation, return to Europe

Sunday, November 4, 2012, 5:01 PM
WASHINGTON - After a tumultuous year and a half in Philadelphia, Freddy Adu is casting his eyes back across the Atlantic Ocean. The 23-year-old midfielder has told the BBC World Service's "World Football" radio show that he wants to play one more season in Major League Soccer, then return to Europe... Read more

Former Philadelphia Union forward Lionard Pajoy stands on Major League Soccer’s marquee stage with D.C. United

Sunday, November 4, 2012, 3:08 PM
WASHINGTON – It's been a tough enough year already for Union fans who hoped back in March for a second straight trip to the playoffs. Instead, they got an insult on top of their injury. The Union aren't in the postseason, but it's surrounding Philadelphia from two sides. Major League Soccer's... Read more
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