A mere 72 hours after falling to Kansas City in the 2013 MLS Cup, Jason Kreis is officially the manager of New York City FC. The move had been rumored since before the club was even announced, so the final word was little more than a formality when it came to one of the league's winningest coaches over the last five years. Kreis turned a small market team into a big time contender. Of course, NYCFC doesn't begin play until the beginning of the 2015 season, meaning Kreis will have some off time over the next calendar year. That time will be spent hanging out with Manchester City and learning more about the craft. Kreis has never been averse to challenges, as this GIF makes abundantly clear.
Speaking of New York, the Red Bulls are kicking the tires on the 38 year-old Thierry Henry, staying open to bringing him back after his deal ends at the end of 2014.
While Toronto still has a good keeper in his own right (a man who just signed an extension), Waking the Red is already missing Stefan Frei, one of the few bright spots in their dark existence. Frei is currently Toronto's all-time leader in appearances, and his attitude and talent made him a popular figure in a club devoid of success.
DC United had some leadership issues in 2013, and they've made a move to correct the problem. United traded a pair of international slots for Montreal's Davy Arnaud, a captain at pretty much every stop in his MLS career.
Colorado Rapids great Pablo Mastroeni has retired after a long and prosperous career that saw eight all-star appearances and a handful of hardware.
Black and Red United takes a look around the league and says what's on their mind as their gaze passes over each of the original ten MLS teams. Expansion clubs will be next.
Gonzaga's soccer program has always been pretty smart. This year is the 11th straight season in which the team has been honored for academic excellence.