After watching the Seattle Sounders get run off the field by Real Salt Lake on Saturday night, Sporting Kansas City head coach Peter Vermes resolved that, if nothing else, his team wouldn’t suffer the same fate. It was no surprise then that discipline was the theme of the evening for SKC as the visitors walked away on Sunday with a 2-0 victory against the Colorado Rapids in the first leg of the Eastern Conference semifinals at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
When Sporting Kansas City forward Teal Bunbury scored his first goal on Sunday night, there was really no debate in his mind about how he would celebrate. Bunbury quickly spotted Sporting’s small-but-passionate fan section — many of whom decided to make the trip to Colorado at the last minute – and quickly raced to the one corner of Dick’s Sporting Goods Park where he knew he would be welcomed.
The Philadelphia Union’s first-ever MLS Cup playoff game was spoiled by another first: the Houston Dynamo’s first-ever victory over the Union. In front of 18,539 fans at PPL Park on Sunday evening, Houston got goals from Andre Hainault and Calen Carr to edge host Philadelphia, 2-1, in a an emotionally charged Eastern Conference Semifinal game.
You can’t say it didn’t live up to the billing. Hyped for days as the marquee bicoastal rivalry, the first leg of the Western Conference Semifinal between the New York Red Bulls and the LA Galaxy proved to be every bit as impassioned and controversial as you’d expect from true rivals. And when the final whistle blew, the Supporters’ Shield-winning Galaxy left Red Bull Arena with a 1-0 victory, thanks to a first-half goal from Mike Magee.
Go ahead, ask Peter Vermes about the glory days. Then listen as Sporting Kansas City’s coach — whose team is set to open the Eastern Conference semifinals tonight in Colorado — invariably starts talking about the 2000 Wizards.
The 2012 draft class is shaping up to be a good one, and unlike the 2011 class (which was heavy on quality defenders and younger, long-term prospects), the upcoming class should feature several attacking players who could help contribute right away. As usual, extra attention will be paid to the Generation adidas class: the group of underclassmen MLS signs and places in the draft (a group that usually consists of many of the draft’s best players). There are usually about eight Generation adidas signings, and right now, we have a good sense of the players most likely to be among those selections.
US national team goalkeeper Bill Hamid is currently in England where he will begin training with Premier League team West Bromwich Albion Hamid's agent Chris Megaloudis confirmed the arrangement to YA on Friday.