The re-tooled Philadelphia Union will open
their 2014 season on Saturday with a stern test as the club travels to
Providence Park to battle the Portland Timbers.
After an offseason of major overhaul,
D.C. United will open its 2014 campaign on Saturday against Eastern Conference
rivals Columbus Crew at RFK Stadium.
Red Bull New York will look to defend its
MLS Supporters' Shield in 2014, starting with its trip to BC Place to face
Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
The United States women's national
team saw its 42-game unbeaten streak come to an end on Friday with a 1-0
defeat to Sweden in the Algarve Cup.
Count the Colorado Rapids as the
surprise team of 2013. One year later, the Rapids will surprise no one, but
can they repeat last seasons results?
The United States men's national team
sustained a 2-0 defeat to Ukraine on Wednesday in a friendly that was played
Vancouver Whitecaps FC have signed Chilean
midfielder Pedro Morales to a Designated Player contract on Wednesday.
In its six-year MLS history, Seattle
Sounders FC has operated as a model franchise.
There are a number of questions facing
new Chicago Fire head coach Frank Yallop as the season gets set to begin.
The Montreal Impact enter their third
season in Major League Soccer battling against a sophomore slump as well as
the inevitable father time.
For the first time since 2008, Real Salt Lake
will begin the season with someone other than Jason Kreis at the helm.
Aya Miyama scored on a free kick in
the 83rd minute to help Japan claim a 1-1 draw with the United States women's
national team in the opening match of the Algarve Cup for both sides on
Vancouver Whitecaps FC will begin their
fourth season in Major League Soccer with some uncertainty, as a major hole on
the front lines had to be unexpectedly patched.
This time last year head coach Jay Heaps
was entering his second season in charge of the New England Revolution with
the team coming off of a nine-win campaign.
The troubling scenario for reigning
champions of a professional sports league is that there is no room for
improvement, and in a league with so much parity, the likelihood of reaching
the same pinnacle of success in successive seasons is quite slim.
The San Jose Earthquakes announced
Tuesday that the club has signed German defender Andreas Gorlitz, pending the
receipt of his P-1 Visa and International Transfer Certificate. Per league and
team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
There is no doubt that the high point in
the history of the Columbus Crew was the team's 2008 campaign, which saw Sigi
Schmid's side capture the Supporters' Shield and MLS Cup.
After spending eight-plus seasons in
charge of the San Jose Earthquakes, Frank Yallop was unable to survive a poor
start to last season, paving the way for a new face to lead the franchise.
Chivas USA announced on Monday the club has
signed former Aston Villa forward Luke Moore.
Major League Soccer announced Thursday that
it has purchased Chivas USA from Jorge Vergara and Angelica Fuentes. Effective
immediately, MLS will assume responsibility for operating the club.
The New England Revolution bolstered
their attacking options on Wednesday by acquiring forward Teal Bunbury from
Sporting Kansas City.
FC Dallas confirmed on Friday that the club
has acquired forward Andres Escobar on loan from Ukrainian side Dynamo Kiev.
Toronto FC continued its impressive
offseason overhaul on Friday by acquiring goalkeeper Julio Cesar on loan from
English Championship side Queens Park Rangers.
Sporting Kansas City announced Thursday th
Former D.C. United and New England Revoluti
The Colorado Rapids sent midfielder
Hendry Thomas to FC Dallas on Wednesday in exchange for allocation money.
The Chicago Fire has acquired midfielder
Benji Joya in a weighted lottery with the United States Youth international
joining the Fire on a one-year loan from Mexican side Santos.
Major League Soccer announced on Wednesday
that David Beckham has exercised his option for an MLS expansion team and has
chosen Miami as the home of the new club.
Sydney Leroux netted the only goal of the
match on Friday as the U.S. women's national team opened its 2014 schedule
with a 1-0 win over Canada in an international friendly at Toyota Stadium.
Seattle Sounders FC added midfielder Marco
Pappa via allocation on Friday with the club using its place in Major League
Soccer's Allocation Ranking Order to acquire the former Chicago Fire man.