Soccer / Football : MLS 2018


NY City 24.3.18
Ring out 4 weeks with knee injury

New York City announced prior to Saturday's match at the New England Revolution that midfielder Alex Ring is expected to miss four weeks with a right knee injury. Ring picked up the injury while in camp with the Finland national team. He was not in the team nor on the bench for Friday's 0-0 friendly draw against Macedonia.

LA Galaxy 23.3.18
Ibrahimovic joins LA Galaxy

Los Angeles Galaxy have confirmed the signing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Manchester United agreed to the mutual termination of Ibrahimovic's contract on Thursday, paving the way for the 36-year-old Sweden striker to complete his move to California. Ibrahimovic has made only seven appearances for United this season after suffering a serious knee injury last April. He is the highest profile player to have joined an MLS club since Kaka in 2014.

Chicago 20.3.18
Polster expected to miss 5-6 weeks

The Chicago Fire announced on Monday that defender Matt Polster suffered a Grade 2 right MCL sprain during training on March 16. Polster is expected to be out of action for five to six weeks. The 24-year-old started 21 matches for the Fire last season after switching positions from central midfield to right back.

Seattle 17.3.18
Morris undergoes surgery for torn ACL

The Seattle Sounders announced on Friday that forward Jordan Morris underwent successful right knee surgery on Wednesday. Morris, who tore his ACL during the Sounders' Concacaf Champions League game against Santa Tecla on February 22, will begin rehabilitation immediately. The team did not offer a new timetable for Morris' return following the surgery, but when the torn ACL was first diagnosed following the game, general manager Garth Lagerwey said the team would rule him out for the entire campaign.

Minnesota 13.3.18
Molino likely out for season

Minnesota United attacker Kevin Molino has suffered a tear in his left ACL, and the 27-year-old will almost certainly be sidelined for the remainder of the new MLS campaign. Molino sustained the knee injury on Saturday during Minnesota's 2-1 win over Orlando City. The midfielder left the game just four minutes into the second half, after leaving the pitch with a non-contact injury. Molino had scored twice in as many matches this season for the Loons, after tallying seven goals and nine assists a season ago when Minnesota acquired the fourth-year player from Orlando City.

LA Galaxy 8.3.18
Alessandrini out with hamstring injury

LA Galaxy midfielder Romain Alessandrini will not be available for this Saturday's away match against New York City due to a right hamstring strain he sustained during the team's 2-1 win Sunday against the Portland Timbers. "He went back to the doctor today, so we'll have a better idea what the long-term prognosis is," Galaxy coach Sigi Schmid said regarding Alessandrini. "It looks like he's not available for New York, but there is a good chance that he'll be available for Vancouver."

Orlando 3.3.18
Da Silva suspended three games

Orlando City midfielder Pierre Da Silva has been suspended three games and fined an undisclosed amount by MLS for "use of offensive language during a preseason, doubleheader, closed-door scrimmage on February 14." The training scrimmage was against the Philadelphia Union. The Union's Fafa Picault was hit with the same punishment. The league announced the suspensions Friday evening.

Montreal 2.3.18
Diallo out 5-6 months

Montreal Impact defender Zakaria Diallo has a torn Achilles tendon and will be out five-to-six months. Coach Remi Garde confirmed the injury and said Diallo will need surgery. The 31-year-old was injured during practice Tuesday. The injury left Victor Cabrera as the club's only healthy centre back. Kyle Fisher is also out with a shin injury.

Eastern Conference
1NY City953-0-0 (3)
2Columbus732-1-0 (3)
3Atlanta612-0-1 (3)
4Philadel.421-1-0 (2)
5New York331-0-1 (2)
6Montreal3-11-0-2 (3)
7New Eng.3-11-0-1 (2)
8D.C. Utd.2-20-2-1 (3)
9Orlando1-30-1-2 (3)
10Chicago0-20-0-2 (2)
11Toronto0-30-0-2 (2)
Western Conference
1Los Ang.652-0-0 (2)
2Minnesota612-0-1 (3)
3Kansas602-0-1 (3)
4Vancouv.6-12-0-1 (3)
5Houston431-1-1 (3)
6Dallas431-1-0 (2)
7Real4-31-1-1 (3)
8San Jose301-0-1 (2)
9LA Galaxy301-0-1 (2)
10Colorado0-10-0-1 (1)
11Seattle0-40-0-2 (2)
12Portland0-50-0-2 (2)

Last results

18.3Dallas - Seattle3 : 0
18.3Kansas - San Jose3 : 2
18.3Real - New York1 : 0
18.3Atlanta - Vancouv.4 : 1
17.3D.C. Utd. - Houston2 : 2
17.3Philadel. - Columbus0 : 0
17.3Montreal - Toronto1 : 0
17.3NY City - Orlando2 : 0
17.3Minnesota - Chicago2 : 1
11.3Chicago - Kansas3 : 4
11.3New York - Portland4 : 0
11.3Houston - Vancouv.1 : 2

MLS stats

home wins61 %
draws14 %
away wins25 %

League format : Soccer / Football : MLS 2018

MLS awards the regular season winners with the Supporters' Shield and a direct berth in the CONCACAF Champions League, the continental tournament. The MLS post-season tournament involve 12 clubs. The top six teams in points from each conference at the end of the regular season will qualify for the playoffs. The third-place team in each conference will host the sixth seed in one single-elimination game while No. 4 hosts No. 5 in the other. The four conference semifinalists then will be reseeded to ensure the first-place finisher faces off against the lowest-ranked knockout round survivor.

The four Conference Semifinals will be decided by two-game aggregate series, with the lower-seeded team hosts the first game. The winners of those four series advance to the home-and-away, total-goals Conference Championships that will determine the MLS Cup finalists. In this round the lower-seeded team also hosts the first game. The MLS Cup is a single championship match hosted at the home venue of the participating team with a higher regular-season point total.

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