NEW YORK – With two new expansion clubs joining the fray in 2011, Major League Soccer will expand its regular season schedule to 34 games from the current 30-game season.
The 2011 campaign will kick off on Saturday, March 19, 2011, and the 34 matches will be played in the span of 32 weeks with the regular season coming to a close on October 22.
The league also announced that it will not break for the CONCACAF Gold Cup or any other international competitions next year. In 2010 there was a two-week hiatus in MLS league play during the World Cup group stage.
It had to happen sometime. The Power Rankings ended up in a stalemate when our editors clashed over Real Salt Lake and the Galaxy, offering up the first tie atop the rankings this season. The Red Bulls, meanwhile, gained some ground to No. 4 and Chivas USA vaulted four spots to No. 11.
NEW YORK — Ben Olsen understands his role as interim head coach: Get struggling D.C. United back on track. Being United’s manager, whether interim or not, has been a thankless job this season and one reportedly not on offer to Olsen for next year. But he remains hopeful.
“Would I like to coach this team next year? Yeah, I would,” Olsen said on MLSsoccer.com’s ExtraTime Radio.
LISTEN: Olsen on ExtraTime Radio
It all comes down to tonight for the Seattle Sounders.
In one of the most dramatic matches this early in the CONCACAF Champions League group stage, the Sounders know that a loss at Saprissa tonight could mark the end of their Champions League dreams (10 p.m. ET, Fox Soccer Channel). Seattle Designated Player Blaise Nkufo did not travel.
Just when D.C. United fans were preparing themselves for another goal-less performance on the road, an unlikely source provided some last minute heroics. Julius James picked a perfect time for his first goal of the year. “It was great, man” James said. “I was happy we were on the giving end of a late goal.”
Real Salt Lake inched closer to an impressive home unbeaten record this week, but there was no room to climb any higher in our Power Rankings. The champs are No. 1 again after a win over the Red Bulls, while the Crew swap spots with FC Dallas. San Jose and Toronto, meanwhile, seem headed in opposite directions.
Copa D.C. X
Nov. 6 – 7
The tournament is sold out! Thank you D.C. United fans!
On November 6, Charm City F.C. looks to defend their championship as D.C. United kicks off its tenth annual Copa D.C. 6v6 indoor soccer tournament. Think your squad has what it takes to raise the championship trophy and collect the $3,000 top prize?
Copa D.C. X Tournament Prizes
NEW YORK – D.C. United manager Ben Olsen said on Monday’s edition of
ExtraTime Radio that Swiss league veteran Carlos Varela will be heading back to
DC as the club determines whether to work out a deal for the final two months of the MLS season.
“We’re still looking at [Varela],” Olsen said on ExtraTime Radio. “He went back for a personal
issue, [but] he’s coming back this week.
Interim head coach Ben Olsen spent time with the gang from MLS' ExtraTime Radio. The interview with Olsen begins 10 minutes in to the podcast. He discusses his role at D.C. United, the play of the team in Toronto and the play of Branko Boskovic and Pablo Hernandez.
Thirteen months ago, Julius James was traded from Houston to D.C. United and immediately flew to Toronto to join his new club. At the time, United were so shorthanded that he made his first appearance – a second-half substitution for Bryan Namoff in a 2-0 loss to Toronto FC – before he’d even learned his teammates’ names.
James’ second return to BMO Field, the place where he began his MLS career before being shipped out to the Dynamo as a makeweight in the Dwayne De Rosario trade in December 2008, unfolded in far more compelling fashion on Saturday afternoon.