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Revs, Red Bulls question referee's performance

HARRISON, N.J. -- It's often said that if there's one thing a referee attempts to do during a playoff game, it's to avoid a starring role in the narrative. Unfortunately for Allen Chapman, the spotlight was cast right on him during Sunday's Red Bulls-Revolution playoff clash. After doling out a total of 10 cautions, one of which led to a subsequent suspension for golden boot winner Bradley Wright-Phillips, Chapman became a talking point following the Revolution's 2-1 win over the Red Bulls.
Tacoma News-Tribune Nov 25, 2014

MLS player rues slow acceptance of gays in sports

Los Angeles Galaxy soccer star Robbie Rogers wants some company, now that he’s the last man standing as an openly gay athlete in a U.S. professional league.

Neagle trains; Schmid on Alonso: “I think he’ll be ready to go Sunday”

Osvaldo Alonso trained today, working back from a leg injury; and Lamar Neagle was back with the team after being excused from Los Angeles due to an undisclosed personal issue. Here was coach Sigi Schmid’s updates: On Alonso: He’s been doing great. He went through the full warm-up possession and then we just wanted him to do some accelerations after that, so he’s exactly where we want him to be. He’ll do more tomorrow, and I think he’ll be ready to go on Sunday. On Neagle: We’re happy to have Lamar back, for sure. There are still some things going … Read more »
The Crew Nov 25, 2014
Crew SC partnership with Austin a

Crew SC partnership with Austin a "really good fit"

When Gregg Berhalter and the Crew SC brass were deliberating their USL PRO affiliation for the 2015 season, preliminary talks made it clear: the Austin Aztex were the perfect match. Austin, an expansion club in USL PRO for 2015, had a highly successful run in the USLs Premier Development League. The club went a combined 31-7-6 in regular season play since their inaugural 2012 season, appearing in the Southern Conference championship game every season. In 2013, the club was PDL Champions and set attendance records. Read More
Denver Post Nov 25, 2014
Edson Buddle among 11 Rapids players whose options will not be exercised

Edson Buddle among 11 Rapids players whose options will not be exercised

The Colorado Rapids announced on Tuesday that they will not pick up the options of 11 players for the 2015 season.
Tacoma News-Tribune Nov 25, 2014

Marshall claims Defender of the Year honors

Major League Soccer announced Tuesday that Seattle Sounders FC's Chad Marshall has been named the 2014 Defender of the Year.
Washington Post Nov 25, 2014

Soccer Insider: D.C. United news and notes

I caught up with D.C. United General Manager Dave Kasper today to discuss several offseason issues … On forward Fabian Espindola shoving an assistant referee after the season-ending match against New York two weeks ago, Kasper said the club is expecting a suspension beyond the automatic two games for the straight red card. Espindola’s ban would begin at the start of the 2015 regular season and not affect his status for the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals in late February and early March. Read full article >>

D.C. United news and notes

I caught up with D.C. United General Manager Dave Kasper today to discuss several offseason issues … On forward Fabian Espindola shoving an assistant referee after the season-ending match against New York two weeks ago, Kasper said the club is expecting a suspension beyond the automatic two games for the straight red card. Espindola’s ban […]
Oregonian Nov 25, 2014

2015 National Women's Soccer League College Draft to be held on Jan. 16

The National Women's Soccer League will hold its 2015 NWSL College Draft on Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 at the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Convention in Philadelphia.
Seattle Times Nov 25, 2014

Seattle's Chad Marshall named MLS defender of the year

Sounders center back Chad Marshall has been named the 2014 MLS defender of the year, the league announced Tuesday.
The Crew Nov 25, 2014
Crew SC delivers Thanksgiving meals

Crew SC delivers Thanksgiving meals

Tuesday afternoon, Crew SC Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter, Brand Ambassador Frankie Hejduk and new signing Kei Kamara helped make some local families Thanksgiving holidays a little more special.  Read More

Seattle's Chad Marshall is MLS Defender of Year

NEW YORK (AP) — Seattle's Chad Marshall has been voted Major League Soccer's Defender of the Year for a record third time. The league said Tuesday he received 83 percent of weighed ballots added from team, media and player votes.

Marshall named MLS’ top defender for third time

The Sounders train around midday, and we should be getting some reaction from and about Marshall then. Until then, here’s the word from the league: Major League Soccer announced today that Seattle Sounders FC defender and MLS veteran Chad Marshall has been named 2014 Defender of the Year. This is Marshall’s third Defender of the Year award – the most any one defender has won in MLS history. In addition, Mark Geiger has been named Referee of the Year, summing up a season in which he was also selected as one of the 25 referees to officiate the 2014 FIFA … Read more »
Oregonian Nov 25, 2014
Which 11 players should the Portland Timbers protect in the MLS Expansion Draft? (poll)

Which 11 players should the Portland Timbers protect in the MLS Expansion Draft? (poll)

The Portland Timbers can only protect 11 players in the 2014 MLS Expansion Draft on Dec. 10.
The Crew Nov 25, 2014
Crew SC announces 2015 USL PRO affiliate partnership with Austin Aztex

Crew SC announces 2015 USL PRO affiliate partnership with Austin Aztex

Columbus Crew SC today announced the club’s USL PRO affiliate partnership with the Austin Aztex, effective immediately for the 2015 campaign. The agreement between the two clubs allows Crew SC to send players from its Major League Soccer roster to the Aztex in its first season in USL PRO in 2015. The partnership is Crew SC’s sole USL PRO affiliate partnership for the upcoming campaign.    Read More

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