In the United States the sport of soccer seems to come up against some consistent road bumps on its journey to main stream popularity. However, if you’ve seen or attended any of the recent Major League Soccer matches, then you would probably agree it’s pretty easy to get hooked into the excitement that the players and more importantly their fans bring to each and every match.
This weekend FC Dallas surprised MLS fans by beating the Los Angeles Galaxy 3-0, sending superstar David Beckham and 2010 MLS Golden Boot winner Landon Donovan home for an early winter break. FC was led by midfielder David Ferreira as they have been all season. Ferreira scored in the 25th minute and that’s really all FC Dallas needed to clinch the Western Conference Title.
In the Eastern Conference, after upsetting the New York Red Bulls, the San Jose Earthquake took on the Colorado Rapids. The Rapids proved to be to tough on the defensive side for San Jose, shutting down their offense almost completely. Kosuke Kimura of Colorado scored just before the half in Saturday’s game to seal the victory for the Rapids.
The deciding match for the MLS Cup 2010 will take place Sunday evening on ESPN.
Anthony Wallace of FC Dallas elevates for a header wearing the adidas F50 adiZero.
Kyle Beckerman of Real Salt Lake wearing the Nike Tiempo Classic.
Geovanni of San Jose controls the ball wearing the adidas adiPure III.
Omar Cummings shoots wearing the PUMAV5.10.
Brandon McDonald defeated in the Nike Total 90 Laser III.
Landon Donovan in the Nike CTR360 Maestri leaps over Marvin Chavez in the adidas F50 adiZero.
David Beckham looking defeated in the adidas Predator X.
Kosuke Kimura of the Colorado Rapids celebrates the Eastern Conference tile.
Manchester United is widely considered one of the best soccer teams in the world, so Major League Soccer decided that for this year’s All Star Match, the best players of the MLS would play against Man-U.
The MLS All Stars took the field against Man-U Wednesday evening looking to give a much needed boost to American soccer. After the US exited the World Cup early in the knockout rounds, as is typical, the sport finds that critics are harsh and relentless without a winning team.
Redemption however, was not the song that was played on Wednesday, despite the excitement level from the sold out crowd that showed up at Houston’s Reliant Stadium to watch the match. Popular MLS All Star team players such as Landon Donavon and Juan Pablo Angel couldn’t seem to get anything started offensively against Man-U. It was essentially over quickly for the MLS team, as Manchester United’s Federico Macheda put The Red Devils up a goal in under 30 seconds. He then added a second goal to give Man-U a 2-0 advantage just 11 minutes later.
The MLS team would score first in the second half to bring the difference to just one goal, but Manchester United would add three more goals before the last minute of the match when Dwayne De Rosario added the MLS team’s final goal.
Even without some of their top players competing, Manchester United gave proof that the MLS has a long way to go before teams will compare to teams in the Premier League.
Nani and Federico Macheda wearing the Nike Mercurial line, Teammate Ryan Giggs wearing Reebok.
Javier Morales of Real Salt Lake wearing the adidas F50 adiZero.
Edwin van der Sar makes a save wearing the adidas adipure III.
Darren Fletcher in the adidas adipure III and Jeff Larentowicz in the Nike Tiempo.
Donovan Ricketts wearing Nike GK Gunn Cut Gloves.
Landon Donovan controls the ball in the Nike CTR 360.