June 16th, 2015
Columbus Crew defender Michael Parkhurst stated that he was left extremely disappointed with Chicago Fire managing a very late equaliser in the recent 2-2 draw between the two teams.
It looked like the home team were heading for three easy points after managing to open a two-goal advantage after the 55th minute. Kei Kamara had scored both goals in the match up until that point, but the game was made one-sided towards the end after Chicago Fire made some crucial changes that resulted in the team getting a point.Parkhurst then revealed that Columbus should have been far more clinical in attack from here on.
The game could have been very different had Columbus taken advantage of the several counter-attacking opportunities that would have seen the score go to 3-1 rather than 2-2. Even though they have taken a point that keeps them with other teams like New York Red Bulls and Orlando City, this appears to have given the Columbus players a sense of defeat. Gregg Berhalter said after the defeat that the players were devastated that a game that seemed close to being three points resulted in a draw. Midfielder Justin Meram said that Columbus tried to control the threat from Chicago but they were simply unable to deal with the long balls that came their way. Read the rest of this entry »
April 8th, 2015
Montréal Impact’s assistant coach Mauro Biello says that he is extremely happy with the latest injury situation at the club.
It looked like the squad, which has been decimated by injuries at the start of the season, may be forced to suffer at the hands of Alajuelense and other upcoming opponents. However, Montréal have got a number of players back from the sidelines and in for a starting spot starting from this weekend.Biello was speaking to the press ahead of the CONCACAF Champions League match againstAlajuelense. This semi-final will see Montréal try to maintain their good run of form in this competition.
After having managed a 2-0 win in the first leg, the Canadian club is the favourite to progress to the next round. However, a run of just one win since the start of the season is not really ideal for the club to be aiming at a final spot. Montréal are yet to win any league match this campaign. They have taken only two points from the opening three matches and upcoming matches against teams like San Jose Earthquakes and Houston Dynamo certainly do not spell much points for the team in the league. Only the players sidelined with long-term injury problems will not be available in the short term. Read the rest of this entry »
March 4th, 2015
Colorado Rapids surprised many by nabbing Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Zac MacMath in the latest drafts. The 23-year-old was seen as one of the best young goalkeepers in the MLS and it was a surprise that Philadelphia decided to let him leave. He will be spending the next one year at Colorado Rapids, who have offered the second round draft pick in exchange.
Speaking about the move,MacMath acknowledged that he did not see himself being first-team player at Philadelphia this season. This is despite featuring in almost 30 matches last campaign.
Union coach Jim Curtin explanation was that Philadelphia already had three top goalkeepers and it did not make sense to have a lot of resources in one position alone. This was made a favourable by the fact that Colorado Rapids were looking to strengthen the goalkeeping position. Rapids coach Pablo Mastroeni endured a disappointing debut season at the club, as they finished only eighth in the league. It was outside the play-offs, butMastroeni has promised better performances with the freedom to change the squad as per his wish. Read the rest of this entry »
January 16th, 2015
The experienced goal-keeper of Everton, Tim Howard believes that Frank Lampard should be forced to make a move to the MLS when his loan contract with Manchester City reaches its end at the end of the current month instead of having him remain with the Premier League club for an extended period of time.
When Frank Lampard left Chelsea on June of 2014, the English midfielder decided to spend the last few seasons and years of his career by making a move to the MLS as he joined New York City but since the American club does not start playing until January of 2015, Lampard signed a loan deal with Manchester City which runs out in 6 months.
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December 11th, 2014
New York Red Bulls will have to produce a fine performance next week if they are to win the Eastern Conference Championship finals after losing the first leg against New England Revolution 2-1. For long periods of the match, it looked like Bradley Wright-Phillips’ equaliser in the 27th minute would be enough to take the match level into the second leg. Bunbury had given New England the lead 10 minutes prior to Bradley’s goal. However, a late goal from Jermaine Jones meant that New York have to produce a fine performance away from home if they are to come back into the tie.
More importantly, the club will have to do without the services of Bradley. The striker, who has been prolific this season, will miss the match due to suspension. He picked up a yellow card in the 60th minute and it was the second of postseason. This results in an automatic suspension. After the match, Bradley said that he was not aware of this fact and that he is extremely angry that he will be unable to help his team get back into the tie. Midfielder Tim Cahill accepted that this was a disappointing way to lose one of the important members of the team, but he is confident that the players on the pitch will be able to do the job.
“I didn’t know the rules of the yellow card accumulation. I’m angry, obviously. I’m angry. Stupid yellow card and now I have to pay,” said the striker. “We’ve just got to believe. Bradley’s been the heart and soul of this team all season. It’s going to be tough [to replace him], but this tie is far [from] over,” said former Everton midfielder Tim Cahill about the suspension. Goalkeeper Luis Robles also expressed his belief that the team will be able to do well without Bradley.