Soccer / Football : MLS 2017
Real Salt Lake fire coach Cassar
Real Salt Lake have fired head coach Jeff Cassar just three matches into the 2017 regular season. Real have taken just one point from three games this campaign, with an opening 0-0 draw against Toronto followed by a defeat to Chicago. Their winless streak since last season now runs to 10 games and they are languishing in 10th spot in the Western Conference. Assistant coach Daryl Shore will take over as interim coach while the club begins its head coach search.
Roman Torres suspended
Seattle Sounders defender Roman Torres was suspended for a game for his conduct during last weekend's match against the Montreal Impact. Torres kicked Ambroise Oyongo in the leg following the collision in the 37th minute. He will not play on Sunday when the Sounders host the New York Red Bulls.
Sjoberg out 6 to 8 weeks
The Colorado Rapids center-back Axel Sjoberg will miss at least 6 to 8 weeks after undergoing left hamstring surgery. The 26-year-old suffered the injury in this weekend's 1-0 loss at the New York Red Bulls. Sjoberg was named a finalist for the MLS Defender of the Year award. With Sjoberg out, Colorado will likely turn to a center-back partnership of Bobby Burling and Jared Watts.
LA Galaxy 9.3.17
Jones, Romney suspended one game
The Galaxy will be without two starters Sunday after midfielder Jermaine Jones and defender Dave Romney received one-game suspensions Wednesday. Jones was suspended and issued an undisclosed fine for his foul against Cristian Colman in the 17th minute of Saturday's game against Dallas. Romney was found guilty of embellishment on a foul to a penalty kick for the Galaxy in the second half.
Goossens expected to miss five to six months
Chicago Fire midfielder John Goossens suffered an ankle injury in the season opener Saturday at Columbus and the club released a statement saying the injury is expected to keep him out for five to six months. Goossens will have surgery on Friday at Rush in Chicago. Goossens suffered the injury while closing down a cross in the 94th minute. He turned his ankle while trying to block the cross and he went down.
Kaka to miss six weeks
Orlando City's season-opening 1-0 win in its brand new soccer-specific stadium is overshadowed by an injury to team captain and former Ballon d'Or winner Kaka. The Brazilian star, the highest-paid player in MLS, has sustained a Grade 1 to 2 injury to his left hamstring and will be sidelined about six weeks. In 2015, Kaka missed a total of six games due to injuries and international duty. The next year, he missed 10 league games due to various injuries.
Kaka exits early with hamstring injury
Kaka limped out of Orlando City's season opener against New York City with hamstring injury. The former AC Milan and Real Madrid star lasted just 11 minutes before asking coach Jason Kreis to be substituted. The match marks the club's first in their new Orlando City Stadium. Kaka scored nine goals and provided a further 10 assists with Orlando last season.
Brad Evans to miss 5-7 weeks
Seattle Sounders defender Brad Evans will miss the start of the MLS season after the club announced he will be rested for five to seven weeks due to a calf muscle strain. "We're going to shut him down to make sure he's 100 percent and see if we can't get him for the rest of the season," coach Brian Schmetzer told The Seattle Times. Evans, 31, began suffering leg problems shortly after rejoining Seattle after the U.S. men's national team January training camp.
|3||New York||6||0||2-0-1 (3)|
|5||NY City||4||3||1-1-1 (3)|
|10||D.C. Utd.||1||-6||0-1-2 (3)|
|11||New Eng.||0||-2||0-0-2 (2)|
|4||San Jose||6||1||2-0-1 (3)|
|8||LA Galaxy||3||-1||1-0-2 (3)|
|20.3||Seattle - New York||3 : 1|
|19.3||D.C. Utd. - Columbus||0 : 2|
|19.3||Colorado - Minnesota||2 : 2|
|19.3||Dallas - New Eng.||2 : 1|
|19.3||Kansas - San Jose||2 : 1|
|19.3||Real - LA Galaxy||1 : 2|
|19.3||Portland - Houston||4 : 2|
|19.3||Orlando - Philadel.||2 : 1|
|18.3||Vancouv. - Toronto||0 : 2|
|18.3||NY City - Montreal||1 : 1|
|18.3||Atlanta - Chicago||4 : 0|
|home wins||50 %|
|away wins||22 %|
League format : Soccer / Football : MLS 2017
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.