The Original MLS Power Rankings – June 30, 2015

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You know, it gets so tempting to make broad generalizations about East v. West some times. And when you look at the bottom of the league, you do have three clear poor teams in the East rather than just one in the West, but you also then have weeks like last week where the East seemed to win every matchup with the West. Well, other than New England….

But with Seattle in a tailspin, and our lack of confidence in Vancouver and hesitation with Sporting Kansas City, we still will not have a “Quality” grouping, although the addition of Steven Gerrard to a Galaxy side that has been pretty solid of late might give us something to think about.

As a reminder, we list the team’s Pace number (against the barometer that teams win at home and tie on the road) and points per game average after their name as those are some key statistics we look at to wash out scheduling anomalies such as number of games or imbalance between home and away matches. Continue reading

USA on to the Final After Defeating Germany, 2-0, in the FIFA Women’s World Cup

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In a heavyweight battle between the Nos. 1 and 2 teams in the world, not to mention two 2-time World Cup champions, it was almost all the US as Jill Ellis released the hounds on Germany and it resulted in an intense 2-0 victory. The Europeans did not go away easily, and made the Americans earn every moment of success, but in the end, Carli Loyd and the US Women’s National Team were too much, and they advance to Sunday’s final against either Japan or England. Continue reading

The Key For The US – Megan Rapinoe

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The US faces its largest test of the FIFA Women’s World Cup on Tuesday when they take on Germany in the Semifinals. While Germany had to fight (literally) through an amazing game from the French to come out on top after kicks from the mark, the US was able to turn up the speed and go after their opponent, China, forcing the Asians into their defensive third of the field until they finally gave up a goal. Continue reading

USA v. Germany – FIFA Women’s World Cup – Match Preview

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It is epic – No. 1 v No. 2 in the world, a heavyweight battle for the chance to play either the reigning champs, Japan, or Cinderella England in the Final on Sunday. Continue reading

Player Ratings – FC Dallas 2, Houston Dynamo 0

Every player looked great in a very solid team performance. The best thing about this performance, is that it is a very expectable team performance. The team played solid soccer, it was nothing fancy, and […]

FC Dallas Homegrowns Acosta, Ulloa Lead Strong Game Against Dynamo

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FC Dallas’ two home grown midfielders, Victor Ulloa and Kellyn Acosta, put in stellar performances against the in-state rivals, the Houston Dynamo, setting the foundation for a comfortable 2-0 victory to win the season series.

As the dual-pivot in front of the defense, their strong play in the midfield was able to dictate the pace of the game and each hit crosses to Fabian Castillo where the young Colombian proceeded to tear up the Dynamo defense, leaving the ball in the back of Tyler Deric’s net.

Acosta was visibly confident and he came out with a lot of energy and tried two shots early in the first half. Both were blocked, but it was positive from the youngster who returned from the U-20 World Cup two weeks ago.

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Vaqueros Fall To Dynamo U-23s in exhibition

FORT WORTH, Texas _ The Vaqueros took a break from NPSL South Central Conference play on Saturday against a Major League Soccer developmental squad where they fell, 3-0, to the Houston Dynamo u-23s.

San Antonio Scorpions 0, Cartegines 1 – International “Friendly”

SAN ANTONIO, Texas _ In late Spring you’ll hear Arsenal Supporters start signing ‘She wore a yellow ribbon’ if the Gunners make it to the FA Cup Semi Finals/Finals at Wembley Stadium. On Saturday night at Toyota Stadium the Scorpion faithful should have been signing ‘the referee wore a yellow shirt and he has a pocket full of yellow cards”; seven to be exact. Friendly Matches are supposed to be what their namesake says – “Friendly”. The International “Friendly” between the Scorpions and Club Sport Cartaginés played out like there were 3 points and a championship or relegation on the line.

FIFA Women’s World Cup – June 27 Quarterfinals Recaps

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In the last set of quarterfinal matches, the reigning champions followed their script of one goal victories, knocking out the last Cinderella story, while the England-Canada match was a real cracker and possibly the most competitive match of the tournament after Germany-France. Continue reading