Tuesday, June 30, 2009

MLS All time Best Players

Since 1996 when the first season of MLS was played, this premier soccer league of United states has seen many professionals plying their trade. Though many would believe soccer yet has to progress a lot in terms of popularity in the US but there have been some wonderful players who have pulled crowds to stadiums in past 22 seasons. Here are some of the top players:

Goalkeeper

Tony Meola:
Meola started his MLS career with MetroStars in the opening season. With 250 league appearances he also represented USA in 1990 and 1994 World Cups





Defenders
Jeff Agoos:
Winner of the "Defender of the Year trophy" in 2001 and 5 times winner of MLS championship (3 with D.C. United & 2 with San Jose Earthquakes.), Agoos has been one of most successful defenders in the history of MLS. Started career with D.C. United and went on to play more than 200 league matches till he retired in 2005.


Marcelo Balboa:
Known for his bicycle kicks, Balboa started his MLS career with Colorado Rapids and went on to play 6 seasons with them. Played for the US National team in 1990 and 1994 World Cups. Balboa retired in 2002 ending his MLS career with 24 goals and 23 assists in 152 games






Eddie Pope:
Retired in 2006, Pope has more than 250 MLS appearances and 10 goals playing as a defender for D.C. United, NY/NJ MetroStars and Real Salt Lake.






Midfielders:
Landon Donovan:
Perhaps the only player on this list with his best years still ahead of him, the 26-year-old Donovan has scored 79 goals and 66 assists in his years with MLS. He is also a two-time US Soccer Athlete of the year, in 2003 and 2004.





Marco Etcheverry:
Etcheverry had 101 assists and 34 goals in seven years with DC, impressive numbers for a midfielder. One of the best playmakers in MLS history, Etcheverry won the 1998 MVP award.



Piotr Nowak:
Piotr Nowak, of Polish Origin, started his MLS career in 1998 with Chicago Fire playing 114 games with 26 goals and 48 assists. Nowak won MLS CUp with Fire and retired in 2002.





Preki(Predrag Radosavljević):
Preki is the only two-time winner of the MLS MVP award, grabbing the trophy in 1997 and 2003. He also had 79 goals and 112 assists during his career in MLS.






Carlos Valderrama:
Valderrama is the closest thing that MLS had to a superstar in their early years. Underneath the signature mop of hair was a man who, until recently, was the MLS career leader in assists with 114. He also won the inaugural MLS MVP award.





Forwards
Brian McBride:
An important part of the USA national squad in 2002 and 2006 World Cups, McBride played for various teams in MLS and English Premiership. Now 36 years old, McBride plays for Chicago Fire




Jaime Moreno:
Moreno is the all-time leading goalscorer in MLS history, with 118 and counting. He was an original MLS player, and has won four MLS Cups with DC United.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

MLS League Standings - June 9 2009

With many star players going away for the national duty the MLS clubs have been left to bring in their reserve players. LA Galaxy were left without their star player Donovan while Chivas USA's Jesse Marsch was serving a one match suspension.

But the reserves didn't let their clubs down. Alan Gordon & Edson Buddle produced a brilliant display to help LA Galaxy win 2-1 at Toronto. Not to be left behind Chivas USA won 1-0 through a brilliant display by Eduardo Lillingston. It was the second time this season Chivas has defeated Seattle at The Home Depot Center.

Meanwhile NewYork Red Bulls are still suffering from a free fall with a 4-0 loss at New England. The Bulls still have to win an away game this season with an abysmal away record of 0-6-1. Taylor Twellman struck in 2 goals but not before Jay Heaps and Steve Ralston gave them a 2-0 lead at the 47th and 52 minute. With still another away draw at FC Dallas , San Jose ensured they give Red Bulls company being at the bottom of the league. Both San Jose and Red Bull have managed only 9 points this season.

In the Western Conference Chivas USA still maintain their Top berth with a lead of 6 points over Houston Dynamos
(Western Conference)


In the Eastern Conference Chicago extend their lead over D.C. United to 2 points. The June 13th June Tie between the two will decide that whether D.C. United are able to take the top spot or Chicago extend their lead at the top.
(Eastern Conference)

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

MLS League Standings - May 14 2009

Western Conference: Chivas USA is rocking the Major League this season. With a 3 game winning streak and gathering 22 points in 9 games they are topping the charts. Chivas USA has come up as the leader not only in the Western conference but in the league as whole. Chivas defense has been remarkable till now, with the goalkeeper Zach Thornton shutting out the shop for 6 matches in a row.

Chivas have amassed a 9 point lead against the second-place Seattle.

Western Conference Standings (May 14, 2009)

Eastern Conference: In the Eastern Conference DC United lead the table with 14 points in 9 games, with Toronto FC breathing on their neck with 13 points from the same number of matches. Scoring hasnt been a problem for DC United with an all high 15 goals. Seven players have scored for United this season and nine players have at least one assist. The problem point has been the defence letting in 13 Goals. "The depth is there," United defender and captain Bryan Namoff said. "But sometimes we are shooting ourselves in the foot."

The defending MLS Cup champion Columbus and perennial Eastern power New England both have been struggling this season lying low in the table.

Eastern Conference Standings (May 14, 2009)

Saturday, April 25, 2009

MLS Weekend Fixtures

There is every reason to stay at home this weekend or if you are one of those who want to be the part of thrill at the stadiums then get your MLS soccer tickets ready. You are just heading for 6 action packed games. Here is a brief of the events that are going to take place.

Five games are scheduled for this Saturday i.e. 25th April. You can expect few interesting clashes in few hours time.

Chicago Fire at Columbus Crew
Both the teams are meeting for the very first time since last year. Columbus Crew has had the disastrous start to the season. They haven’t won a single game as yet. And now they are just about to face the Chicago Fire which is literally on fire this season. Nobody has managed to beat them till now.

New England Revolution at Real Salt Lake
Both the teams have been playing well. New England Revolution is undefeated this season and Real Salt Lake is high on the confidence too having won both their games at Rio Tinto Stadium. So, what will be your pick?

Los Angeles Galaxy at Colorado Rapids
Colorado Rapids have had the better of Los Angeles Galaxy this MLS Season. Los Angeles Galaxy lost the previous match to Conor Casey hat trick at Home Depot Center. Having not won even a single game as yet, Galaxy must be hoping for a turn around this time.

FC Dallas at Chivas USA
Chivas USA have been unbeaten in this season and FC Dallas would be looking forward to dip their standings a little bit.

San Jose Earthquakes at Seattle Sounders FC
Seattle Sounders FC was just riding on the wave with Freddy Montero pulling the tide on. But their feet have just touched the ground after back-to-back losses. Let’s see if San Jose Earthquakes can just manage to shake there feet a little bit.

Two games are scheduled for Sunday 26th April. It will be a bit more relaxing after having gone through a full house on Saturday.

D.C. United at New York Red Bulls
Both the teams are long time rivals and both are on a high. Red Bulls have won for the first time on Saturday; thankfully their players have started to send football into the nets.

Kansas City Wizards at Toronto FC
Although Toronto FC has defeated the Wizards just once in six meetings, still it could be anybody’s game. Amado Guevara and Claudio Lopez would be the players to watch out for from both the teams.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

MLS 2009 Season-Top Ten Highest Paid Players

Money Talks!

David Beckham the Soccer Superstar of Britain has beaten the rest of his counterparts by far and this time we are talking about Dollars. Ever wondered who is getting the lowest amount or who is the most expensive player in this MLS Season?

David Beckham will be the highest paid player in the MLS Season 2009. The base salary stands at $5.5 Million and guaranteed compensation of $6.5 Million. But do you really think it is a surprise? Not really!

The money is pouring in for the players. The majority of the players are making at least $34,000. So now you know why your MLS Tickets prices are going sky high!

So here is a list of who is getting how much!

Top Ten Highest Paid Players in MLS Season 2009

Rank 1 David Beckham $6,500,000.04 (Los Angeles Galaxy)
Rank 2 Cuauhtemoc Blanco $2,943,702 (Chicago Fire)
Rank 3 Juan Pablo Angel $1,798,000 (New York Red Bulls)
Rank 4 Freddie Ljungberg $1,314,000 (Seattle Sounders FC)
Rank 5 Landon Donovan $900,000 (Los Angeles Galaxy)
Rank 6 Guillermo Barros Schelotto $775,000 (Columbus Crew)
Rank 7 Luciano Emilio $758,857.14 (D.C. United)
Rank 8 Shalrie Joseph $450,000 (New England Revolution)
Rank 9 Christian Gomez $430,000 (D.C. United)
Rank 10 Taylor Twellman $420,000 (New England Revolution)

Five Top Overpaid Players
David Beckham $6,500,000.04
Fredrick Ljungberg $1,314,000.00
Christian Gomez $430,000.00
Jeff Cunningham $267,500.00
Nate Jaqua $208,121.00

Five Most Underpaid Players
Landon Donovan $900,000.00
Guillermo Barros Schelleto $775,000.007
Darren Huckerby $385,000.00
Sacha Kljestan $203,000.00
Javier Morales $200,000.00

Monday, April 6, 2009

Premier Soccer Travel & Tickets Provider introduces MLS Tickets & Travel Packages

MLS Calling!

Soccer Fever is ON and Soccer fans have already started queuing up for the soccer tickets and soccer packages all over the world. Whole world seems to be heading towards America for the MLS Season. I came across few web sites dealing in soccer world travel. I just went through the Press Release of WorldFootballTravel.com and I believe WorldFootballTravel.com stands out for the services it has been providing. World has recently seen economic slowdown and baring the economic conditions we have been going through these days, one must pay heed to the WFT offers. World Football Travel has added new MLS Tickets and Travel Packages to suit the needs of everyone coming from different financial and cultural backgrounds. The MLS Packages not only include affordable ticket options but also providing appropriate seating arrangements in the stadiums, transportation and convenient accommodations for all in the host cities. They have been successfully doing it in the past for more than a decade and for various soccer competitions including English Premier League, Champions League, UEFA Cup, Manchester United Games, US Major League Soccer and many more. You can book your Soccer Tickets and Travel Packages online at WorldFootballlTravel.com

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Friday, April 3, 2009

Freddy Montero - Player of the Month-MLS 2009 Season

The Phantom

The 21 year old 5’9” tall Colombian, the Phantom of the game has announced its arrival at the grand stage of the Major League Soccer this Season. Freddy Montero has been selected as the Major League Soccer Player of the Month.

Freddy Currently playing for Seattle Sounders FC had his first professional association with Deportivo Cali which still owns his rights. Very few players are lucky enough and worthy enough at the same time to have such a dream debut. He began his MLS career in a grand style. Just two games into the MLS Season and he was already a leading goal scorer with 3 goals in the kitty. Two of his goals have won the Goal of the Week Honors. He scored two goals in the opening match and his efforts were the central force behind the Sounders FC’s spectacular opening to the season as they went on to crush New York Red Bulls 3-0. Later, Real Salt Lake was also not spared by him as he scored a sizzling 28 Yard goal that assured a 2-0 win for Sounders over Real Salt Lake.

Freddy was selected the Player of the Week for his very first week in the MLS season and now the Player of the Month for his very first month in the League. It seems that this fellow is going to take MLS at some other level. His performances have assured that soon MLS Soccer Travel Packages bookings will get to a new a high.

Very few people know that the Colombian just had three international appearances till now and has managed to score just one goal for his team. But I guess all his soccer skills have something to do with his father as well, who was a soccer player too but worked as a policeman. Now his son is just not playing a game but amplifying what his father taught him over the years.

MLS Season is ON and let’s see how forward this forward takes his team Seattle Sounders FC in this MLS Season.