Cruz Azul boss Pedro Caixinha admires style played by MLS clubs
CARSON, Calif. — Pedro Caixinha acknowledges he has an obligation to steer Cruz Azul past the LA Galaxy and into the first Leagues Cup final, but he knows it won’t be easy, no matter who starts for the home team. The Cementeros’ Portuguese coach is an MLS admirer, and believes... Read more
Power Rankings: LAFC leave the competition in the dust
Only MLS league games will be reflected in the rankings. Rankings are voted on by editorial staff; words by Alicia Rodriguez. BIGGEST MOVERS: 5 teams +2; SEA -3 1     LAST WEEK: 1 HIGH: 1 | LOW: 4 LAFC win, but there was some adversity along the way, as they... Read more
Before El Trafico, LAFC must avoid “trap game” vs. San Jose Earthquakes
SANDY, Utah — LAFC have now won four straight, and the last team to beat them is coming across town to Banc of California Stadium on Sunday. But before they try to rid themselves of their El Trafico hex, LAFC have the San Jose Earthquakes to deal with in a mid-week match on... Read more
USMNT to play first Nations League game at Audi Field
The US men’s national team will play their inaugural Concacaf Nations League game at Audi Field in October, the federation announced Monday. The USMNT’s match against Cuba on October 11 will be their first foray into the new competition.  After playing 24 matches at RFK Stadium in D.C., this is... Read more
Team of the Week presented by Audi: Zlatan takes charge in Week 24
Week 24 of the 2019 MLS regular season had plenty of games, goals and performances worthy of recognition in the Team of the Week presented by Audi. 10 teams are represented in the 11 for the week, with an additional six teams included in the 18. Atlanta United leads... Read more
Leagues Cup 2019 official rosters released ahead of semifinals
The lists of 23-man rosters have been released ahead of the semifinals of the first-annual Leagues Cup on Tuesday, August 20. After progressing through the quarterfinals, the clubs involved in semis have officially submitted their squads for the competition pitting MLS and Liga MX clubs in head-to-head competition. The semifinal matchups follow... Read more
“Complete player” Carlos Vela thinks goals/assists record most important
LOS ANGELES — Though he’s been in the United States for less than two years, Carlos Vela has developed a fondness for playing at Rio Tinto Stadium. He scored his first goal in MLS — a trademark cheeky chip — during LAFC’s 5-1 victory in its second-ever game. The... Read more
Schelotto aims for Leagues Cup advancement during busy stretch for Galaxy
CARSON, Calif. — Tuesday night’s Leagues Cup semifinal against Cruz Azul arrives during a busy stretch of schedule for the LA Galaxy (10:30 pm ET | ESPN2, TUDN in US; TSN1/4 in Canada), as they juggle the new competition with the quest to reach the Audi 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs after missing... Read more
Warshaw: 24 takeaways from 24 teams after Week 24 of the MLS season
Another jam-packed week of MLS action, with every team in the fray (sometimes twice). Let’s get to business: Atlanta United The defending champs have been fantastic the last few weeks — wins over LA, NYCFC, Club America, and Portland. They seem to have fixed a lot of their issues. With... Read more
FiveThirtyEight: Many can qualify for playoffs, but few can win MLS Cup
At roughly the three-quarter pole of the MLS season, the probability specialists at FiveThirtyEight still give 19 teams at least a puncher’s chance at making the 14-team field in the 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs. As far as teams likely to end the season with a title? That cohort is much, much... Read more