Interest in AC Milan striker Robinho has intensified in recent days, but that hasn't driven Orlando City away from the negotiating table. Far from it, in fact.
The 2015 MLS expansion side hasn't been shy about its interest in the Brazilian forward in recent weeks, with the prospect of adding a second Designated Player following the capture of countryman Kaká an enticing proposition.
The transfer market tells us crazy things sometimes. This week, it suggests that while the Montreal Impact are the only team benefiting from a double-game week in Round 20, most MLS Fantasy owners are directing their focus toward Round 21.Read More
AMSTERDAM – Bob Bradley's Stabæk won for the first time since May on Wednesday, sailing on to the NM Cupen quarterfinals with a 2-0 road win over Bodø/Glimt.
Michael Stephens worked all but stoppage time for the Blue Ones, drawing a good save in the area just past intermission. Meanwhile, the home side remained without the injured Zarek Valentin.Read More
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VANCOUVER, B.C. – You don't want to leave a Vancouver Whitecaps game early this season. While trying to miss traffic, you're likely to miss some goals in the process.
Thanks to some thrilling finishes, one-third of the goals in Whitecaps matches this year have been scored in the final 15 minutes of games. Vancouver have had some key point-securing strikes of their own among them, but they have also conceded a league-worst 11 goals in those closing moments, the latest of which cost them taking all three points in a 1-1 draw at Real Salt Lake on Saturday.Read More
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Of the five exhibitions being played Wednesday night between MLS and English Premier League clubs (full schedule), a few stand out: LA Galaxy-Manchester United for history and the iconic venue, Toronto FC-Tottenham Hotspur for the Jermain Defoe subplot.
But neither of those can claim two defending champions.Read More
Colorado Rapids suffer injury epidemic amid busy stretch; three starters likely to miss Chivas USA tilt
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. – The injuries are quickly piling up for the suddenly struggling Colorado Rapids.Read More
New England Revolution harness frustration from record losing skid: "This anger is going to help us"
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – By any account, a seven-game losing streak is enough to sink a team to the point of no return. But the New England Revolution are still living life above the playoff line in the Eastern Conference – albeit holding on for dear life.
But the Revs know they must halt their downward progression in order to maintain that status, something that will require a more complete performance on the field.Read More
TORONTO – For Brad Friedel, Tottenham Hotspur’s North American tour is a chance to experience a familiar shade of soccer all grown up.
Friedel played for the Columbus Crew during Major League Soccer's first two seasons but left for Europe in late 1997. He, like many US national team players, left the league to become a pioneer in European football, but Friedel says that he sees the change from its inception to today.Read More
The results are in! Congratulations to the winners of the Dream Team Contest presented by Oi for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, with five lucky FIFA.com Club members picking up prizes.
Eight years ago, a group of local businessmen bought a lame-duck franchise with no permanent home, no noticeable buzz and no foundation for long-term success.
They played in an NFL stadium in front of sparse crowds. They were last in MLS in just about every conceivable revenue stream. On the field, they were mediocre at best. They had nowhere to go but up.Read More
(July 22, 2014) – The race for the 2014 NWSL Playoffs continues with four weeks remaining in the regular season.
The Washington Spirit host Portland Thorns FC on Wednesday night at 7 p.m., in a matchup of two teams currently in playoff position. While neither team will fall below fourth place after the contest, the Spirit and Thorns FC are both in a crucial stretch of the season in which neither can afford to drop points.
With the Chicago Red Stars and the Western New York Flash nipping at Washington and Portland’s heels, a win for either team could prove huge in determining their playoff fates. A win for Thorns FC would also mean that they would only be two points away from second place and home field advantage in the semifinals.
Magic Number or Elimination Number for all nine teams:# Team Pts. GD GR Max Pts. Magic No. Elimination No. 1 Seattle Reign FC-x 43 20 6 61 ˗˗ 2 FC Kansas City 34 7 5 49 9 ˗˗ 3 Portland Thorns FC 29 9 5 44 14 ˗˗ 4 Washington Spirit 27 -8 5 42 16 -- 5 Chicago Red Stars 27 4 5 42 -- 16 6 Western New York Flash 24 7 5 39 -- 13 7 Sky Blue FC 19 -12 6 37 ˗˗ 11 8 Houston Dash 17 -10 7 38 ˗˗ 12 9 Boston Breakers 11 -17 6 29 ˗˗ 3
Glossary - Pts: Points, GD: Goal Difference, GR: Games Remaining, Max: Maximum points possible
x - clinched a playoff spot
**The Magic Number or Elimination Number for each team does not reflect scenarios that require tiebreakers. Tiebreaker scenarios are required when a team’s Magic Number or Elimination Number is 1.
Formulas for Magic and Elimination numbers
Magic Number formula
The Magic Number for a team to clinch a playoff spot is determined by subtracting that team’s current points total from the maximum number of points possible for the fifth-place team, then adding one.
For example:Team Pl Pts Max FC Kansas City 2nd 34 49 Chicago Red Stars 5th 27 42
Then the magic number for FC Kansas City to clinch a playoff spot is 42 - 34 + 1 = 9
Elimination Number Formula
The Elimination Number for a team to confirm their exclusion from the playoffs is determined by subtracting that team’s maximum number of possible points from the current number of points of the fourth-place team, then adding one.
For example:Team Pl Pts Max Washington Spirit 4th 27 42 Boston Breakers 9th 11 29
Then the magic number for the Boston Breakers is 29 - 27 + 1 = 3
TO BREAK A TIE IN THE STANDINGS
If two or more teams are tied on points at the end of the regular season, the tie will be broken through the following steps:
2.Overall goal difference
3.Overall goals scored
4.Head-to-head road record
5.Goal difference in all road games
6.Goals scored in all road games
7.Head-to-head home record
8.Goal difference in all home games
9.Goals scored in all home games
1.Points per game against other two teams
2.Overall goal difference
3. See tiebreaker procedure for two-team scenarios
NOTE: If two teams are still tied after the third team has advanced via the tiebreaker, the tie will be broken using the two-team tiebreaker rules.
Austria, Germany, Portugal and Ukraine sealed passage to the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015 after the first day of the final tournament of UEFA's European U-19 Championship in Hungary on Tuesday.
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