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      PurpleMonkey
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      Major League Soccer
      Mar 06, 2015 02:15:02 pm
      Right, with the MLS starting this weekend, I think I'm gonna give it a try.

      Here's a guide by Sly Sports for those interested:

      http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11096/9744867/dc-united-new-york-city-fc-or-portland-timbers-heres-our-team-by-team-guide

      Anyone here watch MLS regularly? Is there a particular team that just attacks and doesn't care about defending? :D
      « Last Edit: Mar 06, 2015 07:22:33 pm by PurpleMonkey »
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      Reply #1: Mar 06, 2015 05:45:55 pm
      Right, with the MLS starting this weekend, I think I'm gonna give it a try.

      Here's a guild by Sly Sports for those interested:

      http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11096/9744867/dc-united-new-york-city-fc-or-portland-timbers-heres-our-team-by-team-guide

      Anyone here watch MLS regularly? Is there a particular team that just attacks and doesn't care about defending? :D


      I do! Of course, I live here and have season tickets to my local club.

      And to answer your question: Nope, no team just out-and-out attacks ;D
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      Reply #2: Mar 06, 2015 06:10:32 pm
      I do! Of course, I live here and have season tickets to my local club.

      And to answer your question: Nope, no team just out-and-out attacks ;D

      Who's your local team mossy?
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      Reply #3: Mar 06, 2015 06:11:29 pm

      Chicago. We set a new league record for draws last season with 18 (EIGHTEEN!) haha
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      Reply #4: Mar 06, 2015 06:12:44 pm
      Chicago. We set a new league record for draws last season with 18 (EIGHTEEN!) haha

      Haha...

      Who's their major players? How much is a season ticket out of interest?
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      Reply #5: Mar 06, 2015 06:20:49 pm
      Chicago. We set a new league record for draws last season with 18 (EIGHTEEN!) haha

      I follow the MLS as well. Chicago Fire is my local team. Hope they do better this year.

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      Reply #6: Mar 06, 2015 07:28:32 pm
      Difficult game away to LA Galaxy tomorrow!!! 

      I'll be watching and rooting Chicago fire on :D
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      Reply #7: Mar 06, 2015 07:45:44 pm
      Haha...

      Who's their major players? How much is a season ticket out of interest?

      Season tickets are dirt cheap. I sit at midfield and it's about $500 USD a ticket, after taxes, for 17 home matches. Toyota Park, the Fire's stadium, doesn't have a single bad view. I used to sit in one of the corners for much cheaper and still had a good view.

      Major players for the Fire are: keeper Sean Johnson (he'll be in playing in England in a few years I bet); AM/winger Harry Shipp (bright young talent); striker Mike Magee (once he's back from hip surgery).

      They just signed 3 new players in Shaun Maloney (remember him at Wigan? LOL), David Accam and Kennedy Igboaninke. Accam seems the most promising as he's just on the cusp of making appearances for Ghana and was in their AFCON team.

      Difficult game away to LA Galaxy tomorrow!!! 

      I'll be watching and rooting Chicago fire on :D

      Yessssssss!
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      Reply #8: Mar 06, 2015 08:43:03 pm
      Season tickets are dirt cheap. I sit at midfield and it's about $500 USD a ticket, after taxes, for 17 home matches. Toyota Park, the Fire's stadium, doesn't have a single bad view. I used to sit in one of the corners for much cheaper and still had a good view.

      Major players for the Fire are: keeper Sean Johnson (he'll be in playing in England in a few years I bet); AM/winger Harry Shipp (bright young talent); striker Mike Magee (once he's back from hip surgery).

      They just signed 3 new players in Shaun Maloney (remember him at Wigan? LOL), David Accam and Kennedy Igboaninke. Accam seems the most promising as he's just on the cusp of making appearances for Ghana and was in their AFCON team.

      Yessssssss!

      Cheers mate.

      At least that's gives me something to look out for.
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      Re: Major League Soccer
      Reply #9: Mar 06, 2015 11:35:32 pm
      I started watching MLS last season, I generally watched any match I had time for but I mostly watched Seattle Sounders purely because of Djimi Traore :D
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      Reply #10: Mar 07, 2015 01:10:24 pm
      LA 2-0 Chicago last night. We are sh*t. Woof what a tactical mess.
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      Reply #11: Mar 07, 2015 01:26:42 pm
      Go TFC!

      I'm curious to see how Giovinco is gonna work out for them
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      Reply #12: Mar 07, 2015 01:40:42 pm
      Go TFC!

      I'm curious to see how Giovinco is gonna work out for them


      I'm excited for Giovinco in the league. Kid has lots of talent and I'm expecting a good link-up with Michael Bradley. For as sh*t as Altidore was in the Prem, he was a beast in the Eredivisie and I expect he'll look good in MLS again like he did as a teenager.
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      Reply #13: Mar 07, 2015 02:11:54 pm
      LA 2-0 Chicago last night. We are sh*t. Woof what a tactical mess.

      Just watched the first goal of the season and Chicago's defence was a mess :D
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      Reply #14: Mar 07, 2015 06:34:40 pm
      Just watched the first goal of the season and Chicago's defence was a mess :D

      That was a microcosm of how the Fire played last season. Every game. For 34 games ;D
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      Reply #15: Mar 07, 2015 11:46:35 pm
      Guess this thread encouraged me to watch a bit more MLS this season. Right now I'm watching the Canadian clash Vancouver vs Toronto and rooting for TFC.

      Vancouver scored first with Rivero but then a very good play from TFC, started by Osorio, followed by a classy pass from Giovinco to Altidore and TFC are level, 1-1.
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      Reply #16: Mar 08, 2015 01:42:40 am
      Solid 3-1 win for Toronto that. Of course, they opened the season last year with an upset in Seattle but just capitulated by season's end.

      I almost forgot Owen Coyle is in charge of Houston. Such a character.
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      Reply #17: Mar 08, 2015 03:23:43 am
      Die-hard Portland Timbers right here. Best atmosphere in the league, f**k those Flounder pretenders up north with their f**king speakers and plastic atmosphere (I've been to a Seattle match so it aint just bias... but I'm biased 8) )

      Been to a decent amount of games while I was there, lots of friends that regularly go. Hope to get back to Portland permanently some day and then you'll find me around the park regularly :D

      Opener coming up right now against RSL, hopefully another successful home opening to kick off a great season!
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      Reply #18: Mar 08, 2015 06:01:16 pm
      Solid 3-1 win for Toronto that. Of course, they opened the season last year with an upset in Seattle but just capitulated by season's end.

      Altidore isn't EPL material but should score lots in the MLS. Giovinco looked very good, and so did Pedro Morales for Vancouver, some very good passes from him. Toronto's defence was a bloody mess in the 1st half but they were much more solid in the 2nd half, less exposed to Vancouver's long ball.

      Apparently I chose the right game to watch because there were not many goals in the other MLS matches.
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      Reply #19: Mar 08, 2015 06:07:35 pm
      Die-hard Portland Timbers right here. Best atmosphere in the league, f**k those Flounder pretenders up north with their f**king speakers and plastic atmosphere (I've been to a Seattle match so it aint just bias... but I'm biased 8) )

      Been to a decent amount of games while I was there, lots of friends that regularly go. Hope to get back to Portland permanently some day and then you'll find me around the park regularly :D

      Opener coming up right now against RSL, hopefully another successful home opening to kick off a great season!

      Believe me, nobody but Seattle fans and the league like Seattle. Check the #SeattleInvented hashtag on Twitter sometime. Chicago supporters have really had loads of fun with that one.

      Altidore isn't EPL material but should score lots in the MLS. Giovinco looked very good, and so did Pedro Morales for Vancouver, some very good passes from him. Toronto's defence was a bloody mess in the 1st half but they were much more solid in the 2nd half, less exposed to Vancouver's long ball.

      Apparently I chose the right game to watch because there were not many goals in the other MLS matches.

      Yeah it was a good halftime adjustment by Toronto. Every team still looks in preseason form. The game to watch is Orlando-NYC if you can. First MLS matches for both, plus Kaka and Villa.
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      Reply #20: Mar 08, 2015 10:02:32 pm
      I'm really liking Orlando's football, but I guess having Kaka as the #10 helps :D
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      Reply #21: Mar 09, 2015 12:42:41 am
      m. Toronto's defence was a bloody mess in the 1st half but they were much more solid in the 2nd half, less exposed to Vancouver's long ball.

      Was a juicy challenge on Villa by Orlando's centre back which saw him see red too. Not sure why he was so surprised, Villa nearly only had 1 leg! Watching the Sporting Kansas vs NY Red Bulls game at the moment, Lloyd Sam equalised not long back with a great finish into the corner of the net.
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      Reply #22: Mar 09, 2015 01:53:41 am
      Was a juicy challenge on Villa by Orlando's centre back which saw him see red too. Not sure why he was so surprised, Villa nearly only had 1 leg! Watching the Sporting Kansas vs NY Red Bulls game at the moment, Lloyd Sam equalised not long back with a great finish into the corner of the net.

      Missed the Kansas vs NY Red Bulls game :( Was spending some time with the wife!!!
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      Reply #23: Mar 09, 2015 08:24:35 pm
      After having watched most of Orlando vs NYCFC and seeing all the results, I'm pretty sure the best game of the weekend was the one I watched in full, Vancouver 1-3 Toronto

      Now I feel like emailing Flamengo and telling them to try and buy Pedro Morales :D he's just what we need and the type of player we lack so badly
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      Reply #24: Mar 10, 2015 08:27:56 pm
      After watching most all of the matches this weekend, especially Orlando-NYC, it looks like Montreal and Chicago will be the bottom-feeders of the East again. Granted, it's only been one week, but those two teams don't look like they've improved one bit. If Orlando and NYC play the same way every week, they'll finish ahead of both comfortably.

      If Rivas at Orlando learns the offside rule, he's going to tear a lot of teams apart with his pace. Kaka looks brilliant. While New York looked nervy, it isn't often that the first-ever match in club history is in front of 63,000 opposing fans. Plus they have a great manager in Jason Kreis.
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      Reply #25: Mar 16, 2015 01:27:27 pm
      Houston 0-1 Orlando
      Great win on the road for OCSC. Poor Tyler Deric, though. Brilliant saves, makes one howler on a backpass, and costs his team a point.

      Chicago 0-1 Vancouver
      Legit the 3rd or 4th year running where Chicago makes stupid mistakes defensively. They look like a team without any kind of a plan in attack too.

      Columbus 2-0 Toronto
      Harsh sending off of Justin Morrow for Toronto, but Columbus were the deserved winners. I reckon they'll be near the top of the East by season's end.

      Dallas 3-1 Kansas City
      GREAT win for Dallas. They've started the season off on fire.

      Salt Lake 3-3 Philadelphia
      Utterly atrocious refereeing to award RSL a late peno. The rest of the game was highly entertaining though.

      Seattle 2-3 San Jose
      :lmao: at Seattle. San Jose's last win in MLS play? Aug. 2, 2014 against Seattle. Maybe they should them every week? haha

      New York City 2-0 New England
      Horrendously narrow pitch at Yankee Stadium, but Villa looks the business. Good first win for NYC. New England in pockets played well without the ability to finish, but overall look a shadow of the team that was in the final last season.

      Portland 2-2 Los Angeles
      Another entertaining one. Portland score in the 89th minute only for LA to equalize in stoppage time. Darlington Nagbe is a real talent. Love watching that kid play.
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      Reply #26: Mar 16, 2015 02:18:35 pm
      Houston 0-1 Orlando
      Great win on the road for OCSC. Poor Tyler Deric, though. Brilliant saves, makes one howler on a backpass, and costs his team a point.

      Watched a bit of that game and felt so sorry for the keeper!

      Columbus 2-0 Toronto
      Harsh sending off of Justin Morrow for Toronto, but Columbus were the deserved winners. I reckon they'll be near the top of the East by season's end.

      Couldn't watch TFC this week but here's hope they'll finally make the playoffs... I guess an away defeat with 10-men to the Crew is not exactly a huge disappointment, right?
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      Reply #27: Mar 16, 2015 02:50:12 pm
      Couldn't watch TFC this week but here's hope they'll finally make the playoffs... I guess an away defeat with 10-men to the Crew is not exactly a huge disappointment, right?

      Nah, it isn't at all. Like I said, Columbus look to be one of the best in the East this season if they can stay healthy. Plus, generally speaking, MLS teams are awful on the road across the board. I've always put it down to difficult travel combined with a lack of consistent quality.
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      Reply #28: Mar 23, 2015 03:11:10 am
      MLS Week 3

      New England 0-0 Montreal
      zzzzzzzzz boring, boring, boring. New England still look a shell of the team they were last season, and that was against a 10-man, second-string Montreal. Also three matches now where Juan Agudelo has done very little for them up top. For his sake I hope he can find his feet soon.

      Colorado 0-0 New York City
      A little bit more exciting than New England-Montreal and a good point on the road for New York playing at altitude. My early reading of NYC is that their backline, despite 2 clean sheets, is very susceptible. It's so unlike a Jason Kreis team to be that dodgy in the back, but NYC's full backs get little to no support from Velasquez and Grabavoy. Add in that Hernandez and Wingert are no stalwarts, and that's the first area I expect Kreis to dip into the market for.

      Colorado is currently on a 16-match winless streak stretching back to last season, second longest in league history. But at least Pablo Mastroeni looks the business:



      Philadelphia 0-2 Dallas
      Dallas, man! 9 points from 9 to start the season. Oscar Pareja has built a good side down there and makes good tactical moves. Philly, meanwhile, look a mess. If you get a chance, check out the straight red to Zach Pfeffer of Philadelphia. Horrendous elbow.

      Orlando 0-1 Vancouver
      Bit of a smash-and-grab for Vancouver, but Octavio Rivero's diving header in stoppage time was sick. Wonderful goal, and that's 3 in the 3 for him. Good way to start at a new club! Orlando haven't quite figured out their best attack yet. But when they do, I reckon they're really going to click. Amobi Okugo has flown under the radar for OCSC. Doing a great job shielding the back 4 and breaking up play.

      Kansas City 0-0 Portland
      More goose eggs, but this was a fairly open game. I was a bit surprised to see Kansas City sign Marcel de Jong at LB when Seth Sinovic has played there for years, but it looks to be an astute move two matches in. Early days, of course. Portland are really missing Diego Valeri. Shame he tore his ACL in the final game of last season.

      Los Angeles 1-1 Houston
      That's a solid point for Houston, especially on the road. Coyle dropped an extra man in midfield, which was a wise choice when visiting the champions. Tyler Deric rebounded nicely and made some big, big stops in the second half. LA will be/should be disappointed with the equalizer they conceded (Robbie Rogers caught ball watching on a corner). I expect Houston to look better once Cubo Torres returns from his loan to Chivas.

      New York Red Bulls 2-0 DC
      Good win for RBNY. Bradley Wright-Phillips (yes, Shaun's younger brother!) picking up where he left off last season with a fine goal. DC looked pretty lethargic in the first half and spurned whatever chances they created.

      San Jose 2-1 Chicago
      San Jose christen their brand new $100 million dollar stadium with a win. I'm really digging the look of Innocent Emeghara for SJ on the left. As for the Fire, sighhhhhhhh. The first time Chicago has ever started a season 0-3-0. Atrocious set piece defending by the Fire on both goals, but at least David Accam made his debut and looked good. There were some good positives, though, so maybe/possibly/potentially they'll get a win at home vs Philly, who looked just as bad this weekend!
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      Re: Major League Soccer
      Reply #29: Mar 25, 2015 04:23:19 pm
      Minnesota United FC will move from NASL to MLS starting in 2018, 23rd team in the league. Good move for the league. Minnesota has a great fanbase, stadium plan and a decent core squad at the moment.

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