DeAndre Yedlin hurt his ankle over the weekend against Aston Villa and had to leave the match, but it would seem he's fully recovered, since he was able to start again against Norwich City, and even provide the assist on the tying goal in beautiful fashion.
Sounders are in the playoffs after a string of great results took them from bottom-dweller to middle-dweller. What are some of the other best season comebacks in MLS history?
In this Fanpost from reader chucklenuts66, we look at that turnaround and the reasons for it. According to chucklenuts66, the "interim" head coach Brian Schmetzer has a lot to do with it, after he has found effective roles for several players. He should at least get the chance to helm the team again next year, so "Its time to remove the interim tag"
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Darren Mattocks cannot catch a break right now in terms of injuries. His hamstring is giving him trouble again after being previously shut down for several games due to a similar problem. When he's been able to play, he's looked dangerous for the Timbers. It doesn't look like that will happen again this season (unless they're able to make the playoffs).
Speaking of that particular goal, all of a sudden it's looking bleaker and bleaker for the Portland Timbers. How quickly the tables turn! They're certainly not out of the running, but they'll need an impressive run and some help to get there.
So Tata Martino has a little language barrier issue to overcome as he moves into his role as an MLS head coach with Atlanta United. However, he will be taking classes 4 times a week -- and more importantly, his wife is already an English teacher.
It's one thing to have a rivalry with a team a thousand or more miles away, but as we know here in the Northwest, there's nothing like a rivalry with a team just a short drive away, in a city where you probably even have friends who are rival fans. That's what Atlanta United FC and Orlando City SC have to look forward to, and The Maneland muses on how that rivalry might take shape.
Over at the US Soccer Players site, Charles Boehm talks about Christian Pulisic, all the hype, and all the dismissiveness of the player as "not really American" or a "one-off." He argues that the US is indeed the home of high-quality players, and with increasing frequency.
Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino has been caught red-handed offering to find away around FA rules to help make himself and others money (which Leeds calls "a non story").
If soccer is like sex, Arsenal is bad at it. I'm not sure what to add to that headline so I'll just leave it there.