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ASN’s MLS Best XI, Week 9

Posted on 24 May 2010 by Breton Bonnette

The shutouts keep flowing in as the quality defenses in Major League Soccer keep churning out wins for their respective squads. San Jose, Los Angeles, Columbus, Toronto FC and Houston all enjoyed shutout wins even as key players were off on national team duty. The Crew’s Will Hesmer set the franchise’s mark for Most Career Shutouts but still was beat out for the keeper spot on Week 9’s ASN Best XI. Notable performances from unexpected sources was also on Week 9’s agenda with players like Houston’s Danny Cruz, Toronto FC’s Nick Garcia, and the Crew’s Emilio Renteria having big impacts this week. Read on at ASN Philly…

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MLS Week 8 wrap-up

Posted on 16 May 2010 by Breton Bonnette

The LA Galaxy hoped to send Landon Donovan and Edson Buddle off to national team camp in style, with a win over Toronto FC Saturday night at the Home Depot Center. It didn’t happen thanks in no small part to the exploits of TFC keeper Stefan Frei. “A goalkeeper can always be a great equalizer in our sport and he was great tonight,” Donovan said of Frei’s effort after the match. Still, the 0-0 draw allows the Galaxy to keep their unbeaten start to the season intact. ASN’s Ivan Yeo reports from Carson, Calif.

Three thousand miles away, at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J., Fred Montero single-handedly put an end to the New York Red Bulls unbeaten run at their new ground. Montero slotted home the only goal of the match in the 85th minute. ASN has tons of coverage from that match.

Down the road in Philadelphia, FC Dallas midfielder Brek Shea scored his first ever MLS regular season goal, which stood up until the very last minute of stoppage time when Philadelphia’s Danny Mwanga got his first career goal. The Union rookie rocketed a shot from just inside the box for a 1-1 final at Lincoln Financial Field. Breton Bonnette wrote a match report while Sam Toma rated the Philadelphia players.

Philip Woodruff followed the proceedings from Dallas and supplied a match report and FC Dallas player ratings.

In the nation’s capital, the Colorado Rapids ended one of the longest streaks in MLS history, defeating DC United 1-0 at RFK Stadium for the first time in 11 years and sending the home side further into the abyss of the MLS table. Chris Snear has that report.

For just the second time this season and the first time in over a month, the New England Revolution were able to keep a clean sheet as they held their opponents the San Jose Earthquakes scoreless. Although the Revs were not able to find the back of the net themselves, they proved not only to have the defensive mettle necessary to earn a draw, but showed strength in the midfield for the second league game in a row. Hank Alexandre reports from Gillette Stadium.

Finally, in Kansas City, with the home side trailing 2-1 in the 89th minute, Kei Kamara found himself all alone in front of a gaping goal. Less than a month ago in similar circumstances, the Wizards striker garnered worldwide attention when he slipped, missed the ball, and handled on his way to the ground. This time, Kamara remained on his feet and easily tapped it in to complete a two goal, second-half comeback for the Wizards. “This time I was wearing blue shoes,” Kamara explained after the match, which was covered by Nate Brinson.

Goalscorer Montero takes on Tony Tchani as Hans Backe looks on ©Scott Marsh/ASN

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ASN’s MLS Best XI, Week Seven

Posted on 11 May 2010 by Breton Bonnette

Landon Donovan ©Craig Bennett/ASN

Landon Donovan took ASN’s Week Seven Player of the Week honors though his competition did well to keep pace. San Jose’s Bobby Convey did his best impression of Donovan, grabbing a trio of assists in the Quakes 4-0 romp of visiting New York. Toronto FC’s Chad Barrett and DC United’s Danny Allsopp earned their first spot on the Best XI with a brace each in respective wins. Amidst a week of blowouts and scoring, however, most impressively FC Dallas’ and former Kansas City castoff Kevin Hartman pulled off two shutouts for a FC Dallas squad hungry for wins. Head over to ASN Philly to see this week’s squad!

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MLS Saturday smackdown day photo galleries

Posted on 09 May 2010 by ASN Staff

Dunivant heads in the Galaxy's third goal

You’ve read the reports. Now behold the photo galleries! At left, Todd Dunivant heads in the LA Galaxy’s third goal of the day at Seattle’s Qwest Field. The Seattle Sounders were soundly defeated by the LA Galaxy by 4-0, a transgression the Sounders front office would atone for by refunding season ticket holders for the cost of the game. Here is a photo gallery supplied by David Lindsay.

A scene from early in the match

ASN’s Carmina Besson was at the San Jose Earthquakes 4-0 defeat of the New York Red Bulls on Saturday (right), a match that didn’t quite live up to its billing as an early red card cost the visitors. Here the photographic evidence. All ©Carmina Besson/ASN

Philadelphia Union at RSL action

For the second week in a row Real Salt Lake faced an Eastern Conference foe at home, and for the second week they emerged victorious, though the match could have taken an entirely different tack had the Philadelphia Union converted their chances. Check out the photo gallery. All photos ©Julie Harper/ASN

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Midweek MLS photo galleries

Posted on 08 May 2010 by ASN Staff

A scene from Wednesday night's action ©Mike Murphy/ASN

Four games were on the Major League Soccer schedule Wednesday, May 5. ASN photographers were at two of them: The LA Galaxy’s 1-0 defeat over the Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park and FC Dallas’ win by the same score at Houston’s Robertson Stadium. Yes, we realize it’s no longer midweek. Apologies for the delay; It takes time to post these things.

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Galaxy remain undefeated and more MLS midweek news

Posted on 06 May 2010 by pshea

The LA Galaxy looked like the home team for the first half hour at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Wednesday night, creating chances, earning corner kicks, and ultimately scoring the lone goal of the game to beat the Colorado Rapids.
Still, Rapids head coach Gary Smith saw a lot of positives from his team’s performance. “To come out in the second half and dominate the way we did showed a lot of character in the group,” he said. Pat Shea reports from Colorado and supplies player ratings for both sides.

Without Shalrie Joseph in the line up for the fourth straight game, the New England Revolution have gone from a team full of youthful promise to a side that has much to learn. On the final game of a three game homestand, the Revs lost 0-4 to visitors Chivas USA. Hank Alexandre reports from that match.

In the nation’s capital, DC United got their first MLS win under Curt Onalfo, as Danny Allsopp notched a brace in the first half. The Kansas City Wizards got one back in second half injury time but it was too little, too late. Steve Long reports from RFK Stadium.

More reports on the way so check back soon!

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Thursday audio update

Posted on 06 May 2010 by ASN Staff

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For more information on your host Jason Davis check out Match Fit USA and of course be sure to listen to AmericanSoccerShow.com, home of the popular American Soccer Show weekly podcast. Be sure to listen in every Monday!

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ASN Twitter follower standings, round seven

Posted on 05 May 2010 by ASN Staff

It’s the start of a new month, which means it is time to revisit our Twitter account standings! This table tracks the number of followers each Major League Soccer team has through its ASN Twitter account. We launched this feature
about six months ago.

1. (1). LA Galaxy: 837 followers (4 more than on April 9)
2. (2). Seattle Sounders FC: 620 (+3)
3. (3). New York Red Bulls: 615 (+35)
4. (4). Toronto FC: 529 (+63)
5. (5). Chicago Fire: 401 (+3)
6. (6). Houston Dynamo : 385 (-1)
7. (7). Chivas USA: 340 (+6)
8. (8). Columbus Crew: 325 (+9)
9. (11). Philadelphia Union: 317 (+35)
10. (9). DC United: 311 (+0)
11. (10). New England Revolution: 294 (+0)
12 (12). Real Salt Lake: 267 (+2)
13. (14). FC Dallas: 255 (+10)
14. (13). San Jose Earthquakes: 245 (-1)
14. (15). Kansas City Wizards: 245 (+8)
16. (16). Colorado Rapids: 191 (+7)

A very interesting month. For the first time since we’ve been keeping this table teams actually lost followers. Granted it was just one follower in both instances; @DynamoASN and @QuakesASN. But it is still surprising, particularly in the latter’s case. The Quakes have been performing better on the field since, well, since they became the Houston Dynamo. And nearby Silicon Valley should surely result in more tech-savvy (and Twitter savvy?) fans than in a place like Salt Lake City or Columbus (to grossly over-generalize)?

But it wasn’t just these two accounts that suffered. Growth was anemic or inexistent (0 new followers by @dcuASN and @RevsASN–the first time that’s happened too) in all but three accounts: @TorontoFCasn (the biggest gainer by far), @RBNYasn and @PhillyUnionASN. The Union jumped two spots and the Red Bulls are within striking distance of @SoundersASN, whom they trail by five followers–something that can easily be made up in the month ahead. @LAgalaxyASN remains far ahead in the distance but a paltry four new followers at least means it didn’t expand this lead.

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Oh by the way: Just in case you were wondering, ASN’s “mothership” Twitter account, @amersocc, which covers broader (not always team-specific) issues affecting the American game, boasts 1,341 followers at the time of this writing. Our Women’s Professional Soccer account, @wpsASN, is followed by 703 people.

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Midweek MLS mash-up: Four games in one night

Posted on 05 May 2010 by ASN Staff

Gary Smith ©ASN

Gone are the days of MLS exhibition games until late summer when all but the sorriest squads made the playoffs. A spread of nine points at this point of the season will add up over the coming months. Into this breach march the undefeated LA Galaxy, who visit Dick’s Sporting Goods Park Wednesday night in a pivotal game that could have wide-ranging effects on the Western Conference race. ASN’s Pat Shea spoke to Rapids coach Gary Smith and midfielder Wells Thompson on the eve of the match.

Ivan Yeo previews the match from the Galaxy viewpoint.

The Kansas City Wizards began the season in perhaps the best possible fashion in a 4-0 romp over DC United. But as it turns out, the game may have said less about the power of the new look Wizards, and more about the ineptitude of DC United. Kansas City has only scored one goal in league play since the season opener. However, another game against DC United may be just the tonic that the Wizards need. They get their chance tonight. Nate Brinson previews that match.

Back east, the New England Revolution conclude a three-game homestand with Chivas USA. The encounter is the start of a stretch of six games in 17 days for Steve Nicol’s men, who are already stretched thin by injuries and Shalrie Joseph’s leave-of-absence. Hank Alexandre previews the match from a Revs viewpoint.

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Friday audio news update

Posted on 30 April 2010 by ASN Staff

Subscribe to ASN's Audio Soccer News Daily for free! (Just this audio feed, no other ASN items!)

For more information on your host Jason Davis check out Match Fit USA and of course be sure to listen to AmericanSoccerShow.com, home of the popular American Soccer Show weekly podcast. Be sure to listen in every Monday!

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