The Union are rightly praised for teaching their youth teams the same tactics that the senior team employs. Top teams around the world think the same way. But when Jim Curtin's team gets stuck in holes on game days, that virtue can become a vice.
Union chief business officer Tim McDermott grew up here, and still believes deeply in what he calls the "blue-collar, tough-as-nails passion" of local sports fans. But the city has changed, and he knows it.
Toronto would seem to have the upper hand as the two-game aggregate-goals series heads north.
The Sounders are 90 minutes from their second consecutive MLS Cup championship game.
The supporters' club's tailgate area is likely to move next year, but the away fans section is likely to stay where it is.
GENEVA (AP) - Three soccer officials who pleaded guilty in American courts to accepting bribes were banned for life by the FIFA ethics committee on Tuesday.
After a bit of a layoff, the Major League Soccer playoffs continue Tuesday when the two-legged conference finals start. In the East, the Columbus Crew host Toronto FC, while the Seattle Sounders visit the Dynamo in the West.
One of the most successful teams in National Women's Soccer League history no longer exists.
The full-time job has been vacant since Bruce Arena stepped down last month in the wake of the failed qualifying campaign.
NEW YORK (AP) - Payments to the head of Peruvian soccer were masked under the name "Fiat." Money for Paraguay's boss was listed as "Honda."
Having made the breakthrough, the first woman referee in any of Europe's top soccer leagues is asking how long it will take for other countries to follow Germany's example.
There is clearly room for the Union to open their checkbook, but there are also limitations on how much they can spend.
What fans saw in Tuesday's loss at Trinidad & Tobago represents just a fraction of the problem.