MLS

In-depth analysis of the most dramatic moment of MLS week 7

Howler’s resident defender helps us understand what the hell happened to FC Dallas’ Cristian Colman A familiar, ordinary long ball is played out of pressure. Was it to advance the team’s position higher up the pitch or was it simply a knee-jerk reaction to feeling moderate pressure? We will never know. The point is: this particularly …

Freddy Adu’s record goal

This day in football history On 17 April 2004, D.C. United’s Freddy Adu became the youngest goalscorer in MLS history before a crowd of 31,419 at New York’s Giants Stadium. At 14 years, 320 days, the Ghanian-born U.S. international entered the match in the 54th minute, replacing Alecko Eskandarian. D.C. was trailing 3–1 when Adu put …

The 21st anniversary of the first ever MLS match

This day in football history (San Jose Earthquakes) On 6 April 1996, the San Jose Clash hosted DC United for the inaugural Major League Soccer match. San Jose won, 1–0, but United went on to win the league title. The new league was part of the deal that brought the World Cup to the United States …

Debate over soccer stadium funding highlights divisions in St. Louis

The promising, cynical, deeply unfortunate campaign to bring Major League Soccer to St. Louis It’s standard practice for cities to embellish their soccer heritage when trying to land an MLS expansion team, but in St. Louis’ case, it’s not just bluster. The city’s industrial heyday in the late 19th century attracted Irish and Italian immigrants in …