2014 MLS Cup
The 2014 MLS Cup was played yesterday afternoon, with the Los Angeles Galaxy winning 2-1 in OT.
Curses Congratulations to the Galaxy, game MVP Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan (six-time MLS Cup winner) in particular. If you want a reason to be a little less irritated at the Galaxy for winning it, you can watch Juninho sliding across a beer & concrete slip n' slide. If you need something a little more sinister, perhaps A.J. Soares can be your new hero.
The Revs lost, which brought out fairly prominent anti-Revs (anti-soccer? anti-MLS? I don't know this guy) troll/Boston Globe sports columnist Dan Shaughnessy. So who else would naturally come to the Revs' defense and unload on Shaughnessy? Why NYRB head coach Mike Petke of course!
Did you know Jermaine Jones lived in Tacoma for awhile as a child? I did not. This pre-Cup player profile by the New York Times focuses on how Jones's family life has influenced how he plays the game.
In another pre-Cup player profile, Matt Pentz at the Seattle Times covered Federal Way native Kelyn Rowe.
Someone flew a Pro/Rel banner over the MLS Cup because ????
This post-Cup player profile by Outsports details how far champion Robbie Rogers has come since coming out as an openly gay professional athlete. Congratulations Robbie, you are an inspiration.
Laura Harvey was named the FA's Coach of the Year and Pro Game Female Elite Coach of the Year, because she's just that badass.
ICYMI over the weekend, Mike D'Onofrio wrote this excellent retrospective on the Seattle Sounders' 40 years, throughout all of its forms. Happy 40th indeed. And to get the next 40 started we can now officially start the #Quest4Quadruple.
Major League Soccer
Don Garber issued a statement on MLS expansion, as Minneapolis, Las Vegas, Sacramento, and San Antonio continue to try and woo the league and become the 23rd/24th MLS club. Garber did not detail what the Expansion Committee is recommending, but did say the league plans to announce the next MLS market in the next six months. A request by this author to see the Expansion Committee's report was replied to in the form of a recording of Don Garber laughing for five minutes (fun fact: this is also the league's response when you request further details on the league's financial status).
Minnesota actually has two competing bids, one by the Vikings as part of their planned new stadium and another led by Minnesota United FC owner Bill McGuire, who wants to build a soccer-only stadium in downtown Minneapolis. Judging by what we know of the league, I'd imagine McGuire's group would have preference should a solid plan come together for building and financing a downtown soccer-only stadium.
Real Salt Lake actually had a vested interest in seeing LA complete their drive for five, as they were awarded the fourth and final U.S. spot in the CONCACAF Champions League (Seattle's duplicate spot) due to having the most points of all teams remaining.
If you wanted to get to know referee Mark Geiger a little better, Alicia Rodriguez for MLSsoccer.com has got you covered!
The newest Orlando City SC player appears to be Amobi Okugo, who is set to sign with OCSC after OCSC sent allocation money and a SuperDraft pick to Philly for his rights. It is unclear why Okugo would refuse to sign with Philly but be willing to sign for Orlando, except of course it's Philly and Orlando and he'd most likely be partnering with Kaka in Orlando and, well, yeah, I totally get it now.
Kekutah Manneh is getting personal training from Whitecaps part owner and basketball legend Steve Nash. I was trying to think of something snarky to say here but I couldn't come up with anything as all I could think about were nightmares of Manneh
running blazing towards a 1v1 with a Sounders keeper and oh man I don't like it.
Frank Lampard may or may not actually be coming to NYCFC and, well, Hudson River Blue points out why it would be pretty bad for NYCFC and MLS if Lampard stays at MCFC. In other NYC notes, HRB also snagged an exclusive interview with Claudio Reyna about various topics.
The Oregonian is crediting an MLS website flaw with confirming a trade of Portland Timbers defender Michael Harrington to the Colorado Rapids, as well as the Timbers signing Nat Borchers and Ghanaian goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey.
FIFA drew the groups for the 2015 Women's World Cup on Saturday. The USWNT will play Australia on June 8th in Winnipeg; Sweden June 12th again in Winnipeg; and Nigeria June 16th in Vancouver, BC. The USWNT are undoubtedly in the Group of Death, though there is an upside to being in Group D.
Some more blurbs from Tim Howard's book The Keeper, hitting stores on Tuesday, were released, these having to do with Klinsmann and the media reaction to the World Cup roster. Definitely worth a read.
Late last week the Bundesliga voted to add goal line technology for the 2015-16 season, joining England as the second big European league to adopt the technology.
Paris Saint-Germain are the only remaining undefeated in all competitions team in Europe's top 5 leagues, an achievement I am sure will be rewarded with the tiniest of trophies.