Forget that old cliché about a 2-0 lead: The most dangerous lead in soccer is a one-goal margin heading into the second game of a two-leg series.
It’s also the most thrilling.
That’s the main thing we learned after this week’s round of high-energy seesaw playoff games set the MLS Cup final four and eliminated three of the four higher seeds, including the defending champs.
All four second legs featured one-goal leads, fertile breeding grounds for complacency.
In just about four weeks, FIFA's maligned Executive Committee will vote to award the 2018 and 2022 World Cup.
For David Downs, executive director of the United States 2022 Bid Committee, almost all the hard work is complete. It's just about tying up loose ends now.
"We're making sure that our final presentation is in the best shape and is representative of all the effort we've put into the bid," he told MLSsoccer.com by phone on Thursday afternoon. "It needs to be consistent with what we've been saying all along.
The men in the middle got their due praise on Friday when the league announced its adidas Referee and Assistant Referee of the Year awards.
Veteran Kevin Stott earned the 2010 adidas Referee of the Year honor. The 43-year-old officiated in 17 games this season, dishing out 62 yellow cards and just two red cards — the lowest tally for referees that worked 15 games or more. He whistled an average 22.2 fouls per game.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — He ran himself ragged over the course of a long, hard first season, but MLS Rookie of the Year Andy Najar apparently still has enough gas in his tank to embark on a training stint with a top European club this winter.
Estimados amigos de FutbolMLS.com, a continuación encontrarán la segunda edición de nuestro PODCAST, TIRO LIBRE, con el que semanalmente estaremos compartiendo los pormenores de todas las actividades de la MLS y del fútbol en los Estados Unidos con la afición de habla hispana.
En esta edición tuvimos el gusto de entrevistar al joven mediocampista hondureño Andy Najar, quien se llevó el prestigioso premio al Novato del Año de la MLS.
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WASHINGTON- Cuando en la fría mañana del martes 23 de marzo un desconocido jovencito hondureño de 17 años de edad llamado Andy Najar se incorporó a las prácticas de pretemporada del DC United en el estadio RFK, nadie pronosticó que poco más de siete meses después ese diminuto delantero sería nombrado Novato del Año de la MLS.
El joven hondureño fue elegido como el Novato del Año de la MLS 2010. El ganador más joven de este premio, Najar habla sobre su exitosa campaña y sus metas para el próximo año.
WASHINGTON – Andy Najar has been laying low since the conclusion of D.C. United’s season – eating, sleeping in, spending time with his family and girlfriend, and generally doing his best to recover from a draining debut campaign.