HOUSTON, TX - NOVEMBER 03: The Houston Dynamo clap to the fans as they leave the pitch of Robertson Stadium for a final time after their game against the Philadelphia Union in the second leg of the playoffs on November 3, 2011 at Robertson Stadium in Houston, Texas. The Dynamo won 1 to 0 and will play the Sporting K.C. Sunday, November 6, 2011. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)
In the second leg of the Eastern Conference Semifinal against the Philadelphia Union, Ching struck the lone goal to give Houston the win and seal their passage to the Conference Championship for the fourth time in six years. In the final reckoning, the Dynamo beat the Union, 3-1 on aggregate, and now move on to face Sporting Kansas City on Sunday in Kansas.
"Tonight will be something that I never forget," Matt Besler said. "I’m sure Sunday night is going to be the same thing. This team is kind of carving it’s own path and making history hopefully along the way." With the way Kansas City are playing, it’s getting harder and harder to deny this could very well be history in the making.
"Without Lamar and Clark Hunt, there wouldn’t be soccer in America, and there certainly wouldn’t have been the Kansas City Wizards," Garber says. "But because they didn’t live in the community, it was difficult to get them to apply the resources and the time to be able to deliver some of the things this ownership group has been able to deliver."
There are no limits to what clubs can spend in most leagues whether they can afford to do so or not. And why should their be? Teams in leagues around the world are independent entities, businesses and they live or die by the business decisions they make as well as the players they put on the field. This is not the case in MLS, the structure here is designed to bring stability and financial control to the league and ensure that it survives as whole without the extremes that we see demonstrated by Manchester City, Portsmouth and throughout the world of football.
Mike Magee and Landon Donovan answered Luke Rodgers’ early tally as the LA Galaxy beat the New York Red Bulls 2-1 in the second leg of their Western Conference Semifinal on Thursday night at The Home Depot Center. On the strength of a 3-1 aggregate victory, the Galaxy advanced to Sunday’s Western Conference Championship against Real Salt Lake at The Home Depot Center.
Matt Besler's minutes total for the season is now 3,367, good for 11th most in all competitions in team history. Davy Arnaud made his 14th playoff appearance for KC, breaking his tie with Peter Vermes for 9th place on that list.
US men's national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann called upon MLS players to continue training after their season ended. At least one of them is answering the call. FC Dallas announced on Thursday that midfielder Brek Shea would remain in Europe following the national team's friendlies next week against France and Slovenia to train with English Premier League club Arsenal, citing a "strong relationship" between the two clubs.
I guess what I'm saying is, while I like the tactical mindset changes I'm seeing from Klinsi, some off the things he's doing from a personnel standpoint are baffling. Maybe I don't have to get it yet - maybe this is to ensure Morales doesn't go play for Peru (not that I'd approve of that reasoning for the call). Either which way, in my view, we again will bring a lopsided squad when there's no reason to do so.
On that subject Klinsman stated: "We have a very positive line of communication with MLS. We agreed that whoever will be involved in the final will be released after the game against France, which gives them more than a week to prepare." For my money though, I dont see why Klinsmann needs to call that player at all. There are certainly plenty of players available who are deserving of a look prior to World Cup Qualifying. Why risk injury to a player who will be crucial to his teams' success in the final? Klinsmann cannot be making either Bruce Arena or Jason Kreis all that happy with this decision.