American Solution FC: MLS Teams & Links

Major League Soccer. LA Galaxy win Back-to-Back MLS Cup's, David Beckham leaving team.
LA Galaxy
The Los Angeles Galaxy  soccer club is based in the Los Angeles suburb of Carson, California, and competes in MLS. It is one of the ten charter clubs of MLS, and the league's second most-decorated club, after D.C. United.
                           Los Angeles is the reigning MLS Supporters Shield champions. Galaxy has won the MLS Cup twice (2002, 2005), the MLS Supporters' Shield three times (1998, 2002, 2010), the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup twice (2001, 2005), and is one of just two MLS teams to win the CONCACAF Champions League championship, which they accomplished in 2000.
                          Los Angeles is home to a storied soccer tradition. The first professional soccer team in the Los Angeles area was the Los Angeles Kickers, formed in 1955 by the former owner of the Fall River Marksmen, Sam Mark. Prior to the launch of Major League Soccer in 1996, teams from Los Angeles teams played in the Western American Soccer League, the North American Soccer League and the American Soccer League/A-League, winning ten league championships, seven Lamar Hunt US Open Cups , four regional championships, and one international championship in 1975. George Best, Johan Cruyff, and many others graced the soccer field with their presence during this period in Los Angeles soccer history, for clubs such as the Los Angeles Aztecs, California Surf and the Los Angeles Salsa. When MLS was founded in 1993 as part of the United States' bid to host the 1994 FIFA World Cup. The first season took place in 1996 with Los Angeles being one of the ten founding teams. The name "Galaxy" was derived from Los Angeles being home to the 'stars' of Hollywood.
                          Los Angeles officially adopted and recognized the city's soccer heritage during the opening of the Home Depot Center in June 2003. In addition, the stadium features several tributes recognizing the soccer tradition in Los Angeles.
                          Initially, Galaxy played its home games at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, but since 2003 has played at The Home Depot Center in Carson, which it shares with its rival, Chivas USA. Galaxy's current head coach is former US national team coach Bruce Arena.
                            In January 2007 the club made international headlines by signing English player David Beckham from Real Madrid in a deal potentially worth $250 million, at the time the most high-profile signing in the history of MLS.

Becks Beautiful Face Man!

Thursday, June 2
Philadelphia Union.
 The Philadelphia Union is a Major League Soccer club based in the Philadelphia suburb of Chester, Pennsylvania. The Union became MLS's sixteenth team upon their expansion into the league in 2010. The team plays their home matches at PPL Park, a soccer-specific stadium located on the banks of the Delaware River.  In 2007, the Sons of Ben supporter group formed and began advocating for Major League Soccer to award Philadelphia an expansion team. They are credited with convincing the league that the area already had an established fanbase for soccer. The team is owned by Keystone Sports & Entertainment.
                          The Union's first game was played on March 25, 2010, in which they lost by a score of 2–0 to Seattle Sounders FC at Qwest Field, the first game of the 2010 Major League Soccer season. Sébastien Le Toux became the first player to score a goal for Philadelphia in their home opener on April 10, 2010, a 3–2 win over D.C. United at Lincoln Financial Field. The team again played Seattle Sounders FC for the first match at PPL Park on June 27, 2010. Sébastien Le Toux scored the Union's initial goal at the venue on a penalty kick, which was instrumental to their 3-1 victory. All 12,000 season ticket packages for 2010 were sold prior to this opener.
                          The Philadelphia Union's primary rivals are D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls. These rivalries exist primarily because of geographical proximity and the traditional animosities between the metropolitan areas of Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and New York City in other professional sports leagues.

Thursday, June 2
Seattle Sounders best supported Club in MLS.
Seattle Sounders FC  was established in November 2007 as an MLS expansion team. Fans chose the Sounders name through an online poll in 2008, making the Seattle Sounders FC the third Seattle soccer team to share the moniker. The team's majority owner is Hollywood producer Joe Roth, and its minority owners include Drew Carey. Two-time MLS Cup winner Sigi Schmid has been the team's only head coach. Sounders FC home matches are played at Qwest Field. Along with several organized groups, a 53-member marching band called the Sound Wave supports the team at each home game.  Seattle competes with rival MLS clubs Portland and Vancouver in the Cascadia Cup.
                          Sounders FC, the league's 15th team, played their inaugural match on March 19, 2009, a 3–0 win over the New York Red Bulls. In their two seasons, Seattle has sold out every league match, set MLS records for average attendance, and led the league in season ticket sales. The team qualified for the MLS Cup playoffs in each of its first two seasons. In 2009, Sounders FC became the second expansion team in MLS history to win the U.S. Open Cup, and in 2010 became the first ever MLS team to repeat as Open Cup champions.
                               The Sounders FC Alliance was established at the request of minority owner Drew Carey. Based on the fan association at FC Barcelona, members of the Alliance have the ability to vote on the removal of the General Manager and on other team decisions.

Thursday, June 2
New York Red Bulls.
French Great Thierry Henry
The New York Red Bulls are an MLS club based in Harrison, New Jersey . It is one of the ten charter clubs of  MLS, having competed in the league since its inception.
The team was a founding member of MLS , but has gone through several name changes. The team was originally known as the New York/New Jersey MetroStars through 1997. From the 1998 season through the 2005 season, the team was known as simply the MetroStars. On March 9, 2006, the team was sold to Red Bull GmbH, leading to the team's current name.
                         They are the only original MLS franchise to have failed to win any significant trophy since inception. The team's best result in MLS play was the MLS Cup final in 2008. In the US Open Cup, the MetroStars reached three semifinals (1997, 1998, 2000), before finally reaching their first final in 2003, losing 1–0 to the Chicago Fire. Some well-known players that have played for the team have been Roberto Donadoni, Lothar Matthäus,  Youri Djorkaeff,  Juan Pablo Angel, Thierry Henry, and Rafael Márquez. The team has had its share of well-known coaches as well, including Carlos Queiroz, Carlos Alberto Parreira, Bora Milutinovic, as well as Bob Bradley, Mo Johnston, and Bruce Arena. American stars Tony Meola, Tab Ramos, Tim Howard, Alexi Lalas , Clint Mathis, Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, Claudio Reyna and Eddie Pope have all played for the team.
                               The 2010 season brought about a new stadium, a new head coach, and a new group of players to the Red Bulls, who hoped to dramatically improve from their disappointing 2009 season. On January 7, 2010, the Red Bulls confirmed the signing of new Head Coach Hans Backe. With Backe as head coach, the Red Bulls went undefeated in their 2010 preseason including the first ever match at Red Bull Arena against Santos FC of Brazil, which the Red Bulls won by a score of 3–1. The Red Bulls carried this form into the first MLS match at Red Bull Arena against the Chicago Fire by winning 1–0. A week later, the Red Bulls defeated the Seattle Sounders 1–0 at Qwest Field in Seattle, breaking a 27 game road winless streak.
                            Former French international Thierry Henry signed with the Red Bulls on July 14 as a designated player. Upon arrival in New York, Henry announced his retirement from international football. On August 2, the Red Bulls signed their third designated player, Mexican international Rafael Márquez. The signing of Márquez established the Red Bulls as the first MLS team to have three designated players.


Thursday, June 2
Chivas USA.
Akron alum Ben Zemanski
Club Deportivo Chivas USA is based in the Los Angeles suburb of Carson, California that competes in MLS. The club became MLS's eleventh team upon their expansion into the league in 2004 (following the demise of Tampa Bay Mutiny and Miami Fusion several years previously), and was intended to be seen as a "little brother" to its parent club Guadalajara, one of the most widely supported and successful teams in Mexico. In Spanish, chivas means goats, and is the nickname of CD Guadalajara.
Chivas USA plays its home games at The Home Depot Center in Carson, which it shares with its rival, Los Angeles Galaxy.
                            Founded on August 2, 2004. Los Angeles-based Club Deportivo Chivas USA has achieved some success in just six seasons in MLS. In 2007, the Mexican-owned club finished first in the Western Conference, qualifying for the playoffs for the second year in a row. The club is owned by Jorge Vergara Madrigal, owner of CD Guadalajara, and Antonio Cué Sánchez-Navarro and is a subsidiary of Chivas USA Enterprises LLC.
                           In 2005 Chivas USA kicked off its inaugural season in Major League Soccer at The Home Depot Center with a 2-0 loss to then MLS Cup Champions D.C. United . Chivas USA’s first head coach was Thomas Rongen.  On June 3, 2005, Hans Westerhof was named Chivas USA's second head coach. After a disappointing season, Westerhof did not return to coach the team in 2006. On November 23, 2005, Bob Bradley, the most successful manager in Major League Soccer history, became Chivas USA’s third head coach. Under Bradley, the 2006 season saw a major turnaround for Chivas USA. The team finished the 2006 season with a 10-9-13 record and earned a spot in the Western Conference playoffs. Bradley was named MLS Coach of the Year, becoming the first two-time winner of the award. After the season ended, Coach Bradley was named interim head coach of the US men's national soccer team and head coach of the U.S. men's Olympic soccer team by the U.S. Soccer Federation, and was replaced by Chivas USA’s fourth head coach, Predrag "Preki" Radosavljevic. The team’s third season, under Preki, was the most successful to date. Preki was named MLS Coach of the Year for 2007 after the first-year manager led the Red-and-White to a 15-7-8 record and first place in Major League Soccer’s Western Conference.
                          Chivas USA enjoys a built-in supporters group known as Legión 1908. With chapters all over the world, the Legión is international. The Los Angeles chapter  boasts 1,500 registered members, is the third largest behind the Mexico City  and Guadalajara chapters. The Legión can be seen spotted wearing their red and white, singing and swaying in mass behind the goal in Section 122 at home games. The Union Ultras is the first Chivas USA supporters group, boasting over 150 members that exclusively support Chivas USA. Black Army 1850 is the newest Chivas USA supporters group, started during the 2010 season. They have a membership between 50-60 members. They do not wear the traditional Chivas USA colors, red and white. The Black Army follows some of the protocol of European Ultras, not wearing their teams colors and instead wearing black.


Tuesday, December 25
Houston Dynamo advance to Back-to-Back MLS Cup's, Fall just short again.
The Houston Dynamo entered Major League Soccer in 2005. The San Jose Earthquakes franchise was put on hiatus and the Dynamo were created as an expansion franchise with the Earthquake players and staff relocating from the Bay Area to Texas. Dynamo won back-to-back MLS Cup championships in its first two seasons of existence in 2006 and 2007.
                            Dynamo plays its home games at the 32,000 capacity Robertson Stadium, located on the University of Houston campus in southeast Houston, where they have played since their creation. A three-year lease was initially signed to play at the stadium while plans for a soccer-specific stadium were finalized. However, due to delays in getting a stadium built the team has remained in Robertson Stadium far beyond the original lease.
The team is owned by majority owners Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) in partnership with Brener International Group, and multiple world and Olympic boxing champion Oscar De La Hoya.  The team's head coach is former US international Dominic Kinnear.
                                  On February 5, 2011, Houston Dynamo organization announced they are building a  20,000–22,000-seat soccer specific stadium will be built in Downtown Houston east of Minute Maid Park. Construction began later that month and the venue is scheduled to open in April 2012.

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US International Brian Ching

Thursday, June 2
Real Salt Lake.
Head Coach Jason Kreis
Real Salt Lake club is based in Sandy, Utah, a suburb of Salt Lake City. They currently play their home games at Rio Tinto Stadium. Real Salt Lake became MLS's twelfth team upon their expansion into the league in 2005. The team won the MLS Cup in 2009, and reached the final of the 2010–11 CONCACAF Champions League. The team's head coach is former United States international Jason Kreis.
                         Real Salt Lake was the last team to qualify for the MLS playoffs in 2009. As the eighth overall seed, but the fifth place finisher in the Western Conference, the club was moved to the Eastern Conference playoff bracket. They defeated the defending champions Columbus Crew 4–2 on aggregate, and won the Eastern Conference championship by beating the Chicago Fire on penalty kicks after a 0–0 draw in regulation.
Real Salt Lake defeated the Los Angeles Galaxy during the MLS Cup November 22 at Qwest Field  Real Salt Lake played the L.A. Galaxy to a 1–1 tie through overtime and won the MLS cup (5–4 on penalties) to complete the upset. Real Salt Lake qualified for the group stage of CONCACAF Champions League 2010–2011. On April 20, 2011, Real Salt Lake played their first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League Final at Estadio Tecnológico against CF Monterrey. RSL's Javier Morales was able to score an equalizing goal in the 89th minute, ending the game in a 2-2 draw. The second leg of the final was held on April 27, 2011, at Rio Tinto Stadium; Monterrey's Humberto Suazo scored the only goal of the game, giving Monterrey a 3-2 aggregate victory.
                           As of September of the 2006 season, Real Salt Lake and Real Madrid have signed a 10-year co-operative agreement. Among the provisions of the deal are a biennial friendly match between the two teams to take place in Salt Lake City, annual February training for RSL at the Real Madrid practice facility in Spain, and, perhaps most importantly, the creation of a $25 million elite youth academy in SLC that will train up to 200 players from ages 12 to 18.

Rio Tinto Stadium

Thursday, June 2
San Jose Earthquakes
The San Jose Earthquakes professional soccer team is located in the San Jose, California suburb of Santa Clara. The team is one of the ten charter members of MLS which competed in the league's first season in 1996 originally as San Jose Clash, and took part in the first game in MLS history, defeating D.C. United 1–0. Following the conclusion of the 2005 MLS season the franchise was officially put on hiatus and the players, head coach Dominic Kinnear and some of his coaching staff were moved to Houston, Texas where they became the Houston Dynamo. After a two-year absence, the Earthquakes resumed play for the 2008 season. The team has won two MLS Cup titles, in 2001 and 2003, and one MLS Supporters' Shield, in 2005. They currently play home games at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, California, and are coached by former Canadian international and English Premier League player Frank Yallop.
                         The franchise's roots trace back to 1974, when the North American Soccer League (NASL) awarded an expansion franchise to San Jose, named the Earthquakes. The NASL folded after the 1984 season, and the Earthquakes played in the Western Soccer League (WSL) from 1985–88. The franchise's official name changed from Clash to Earthquakes on October 27, 1999. After missing four consecutive post-seasons with three different coaches. The team would become the Houston Dynamo. On May 24, 2006, an agreement was reached between Major League Soccer and the principal owners of the Oakland Athletics baseball team. Lewis Wolff and John Fisher have a three-year exclusive option to develop a soccer-specific stadium and bring an expansion franchise to the San Francisco Bay Area.

Saturday, June 4
Colorado Rapids win first MLS Cup in 2010.


 Colorado Rapids

The Colorado Rapids club is  based in the Denver suburb of Commerce City, Colorado.  It is one of the ten charter clubs of MLS, having competed in the league since its inception. Colorado is the reigning MLS Cup champion, having won the competition for the first time in 2010. The Rapids reached the final once before, in 1997, which it lost to D.C. United; they also reached the final of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in 1999.
Colorado played its home games at the Mile High Stadium in Denver from 1996–2001, and then at Invesco Field at Mile High in 2002, before moving to their current home - Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City - prior to the beginning of the 2007 season. Colorado's current head coach is Englishman Gary Smith.
                          The inaugural 1996 season was a forgettable one for Colorado. Despite fielding experienced players like Shaun Bartlett, Chris Henderson, Chris Woods, Roy Wegerle and Marcelo Balboa, and English Head Coach Bobby Houghton, the team finished dead last in the Western Conference with the worst record in the league. Balboa went down in history as the first player ever to score for the club and also the first ever player to record a goal at their home of Mile High Stadium in their first home match in 1996.  New head executive Jeff Plush had taken over the business responsibilities of the club when he was named Managing Director in January 2006. One of his main initiatives was to re-invent the club with new colors, in the form of burgundy and blue, leading the way towards constructing the world's largest and most state of the art professional soccer stadium and fields complex, Dick's Sporting Goods Park, formulating club-to-club relationships with Arsenal of the English Premier League and Pachuca of Mexico, and ushering in a new era of optimism.
                           With Major League Soccer's expansion in 2005, Real Salt Lake became the second team in the Rocky Mountain region and the Rapids' closest neighbor. The supporters of the two clubs created a regular-season competition between the two sides to foster and memorialize this rivalry. Colorado won the Rocky Mountain Cup in the first two years. In the following year, 2007, Real Salt Lake took the cup. Colorado looked set to take the cup back and advance to the playoffs on the last day of the season when they led RSL in the last minute. However, RSL equalized in the 90th minute, meaning RSL took the Rocky Mountain Cup, and advanced to the 2008 MLS Cup Playoffs at the expense of the Rapids. The winning team's fans maintain control of the actual Cup trophy. 2010 marked a groundbreaking year for Colorado Rapids supporter groups. Before the 2010 season, the Colorado Rapids unveiled plans for a unique European style supporters terrace for the north end of the home park.

Thursday, June 2
FC Dallas
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FC Dallas is an MLS club based in the Dallas suburb of Frisco, Texas. It is one of the ten charter clubs of MLS, having competed in the league since its inception, and was known as Dallas Burn prior to the 2005 season. Dallas plays its home games at the 20,500 capacity soccer-specific Pizza Hut Park, where they have played since changing their name in 2005. The team is owned by MLS investor Clark Hunt, who also owns the Columbus Crew and the National Football League's Kansas City Chiefs. Dallas's current head coach is former Southern Methodist University college soccer coach Schellas Hyndman.
                        On April 14, 1996, the Dallas Burn defeated the San Jose Clash in a shootout win in front of a crowd of 27,779 fans at the Cotton Bowl. The Burn would become one of MLS's better teams as they used a midseason 5-game winning streak to earn their first playoff berth with a record of 17-15 in the leagues first season. In the playoffs, the Burn would be defeated by the Kansas City Wiz in three games. The Burn started the 2nd season with mixed results. The Burn would win the US Open Cup by defeating the MLS Cup Champion D.C. United.
                       In their third season, at the start and in the middle of the season the Burn would struggle. Despite a poor record of 15-17, the Burn would qualify for their third straight playoff berth. In the playoffs, the Los Angeles Galaxy swept and defeated the Burn in the first round. The team would play on as ‘The Burn’ up into the 2005 season. Where they would the become FC Dallas.
                        FC Dallas had one of the most consistent seasons in 2010, losing just four games while advancing all the way to the MLS Cup championship. In the Playoffs, FC Dallas advanced to the Western Conference Finals for the second time, and defeated the Los Angeles Galaxy 3-0 at the Home Depot Center, thus advancing to its first 2010 MLS Cup final against the Colorado Rapids. Unfortunately FC Dallas lost the match by a score of  2-1, after overtime.

Saturday, June 4
New England Revolution
Taylor Twellman former Rev and current MLS/ESPN analyst


  New England Revolution

The New England Revolution is a club based in Foxborough, Massachusetts . It is one of the ten charter clubs of MLS, having competed in the league since its inception.
The club is owned by Robert Kraft, who also owns the New England Patriots of the National Football League. The name "Revolution" refers to the New England region's involvement in the American Revolution.
                           The Revs currently play their home matches at Gillette Stadium. The club played their home games at the adjacent and now-demolished Foxboro Stadium, from 1996 until 2001. The Revs hold the distinction of being the only original MLS team to have every league game in its history televised.
                            However, it took them until 2007 their twelfth year of existence to win their first trophy, the 2007 US Open Cup. The following year, they won the 2008 North American SuperLiga. The Revolution have never won MLS Cup, despite reaching finals in 2002, 2005, 2006, and 2007.
                            The inaugural Revolution team featured several US Men's National Team regulars returning from abroad to be part of the new league. Despite the presence of Alexi Lalas, Mike Burns, and Joe-Max Moore, however, the team was one of only two that failed to make the playoffs of the then-10-team league. The following season, the squad made the playoffs, but failed to advance past the first round. For the next five years, this would be the Revs best playoff result as a revolving door of players and head coaches failed to make much of an impact on the fledgling league.
                           Attendance in these early years was high despite the team's poor on-field performances. More than 15,000 people per match regularly came to watch the Revolution play in the old Foxboro Stadium. The Revs did manage to make the final of the 2001 US Open Cup, but they lost to the Los Angeles Galaxy on a golden goal . It was a start to many finals to come for the Revolution.
                          Liverpool great Steve Nicol was appointed on a full-time basis for the 2002 season. Since he took over, Nicol has only failed once to guide the Revolution to a playoff berth, a league-record eight straight seasons, failing for the first time in 2010. The first six of those berths resulted in an appearance in the conference final or better, including three consecutive MLS Cup finals from 2005-2007. Since the 2008 season, the Revs have failed to go further than the first round of the playoffs. Still, Nicol is respected as one of the best coaches in the league is loved by Revolution fans.
                         The team's supporter's clubs are called the Midnight Riders and the Rev Army. The name 'Midnight Riders' is in honor of the famous rides of Paul Revere and William Dawes, who announced the departure of British troops from Boston to Concord at the beginning of the American Revolution. The Midnight Riders and the Rev Army occupy the north stand of the stadium, which they have nicknamed "The Fort".  The Rebellion are the newest supporter group for the Revolution. Both groups tailgate together before matches.
                           The club's main rival is widely considered to be the Red Bulls,  although in recent years the Revolution have built rivalries with fellow Eastern Conference teams DC United and Chicago Fire. These three teams began have faced each other on numerous occasions in the playoffs. New England's most bitter of rivals are the Chicago Fire as the clubs have clashed many times in the MLS playoffs and regular season, usually producing unsporting conduct from both sets of players and many post match fights.
                            On July 18, 2008, Revolution players and staff were on American Airlines Flight 725, a Boeing 757 with 151 passengers and seven crew on board, flying from Boston to Los Angeles. The team was en route to play Chivas USA as part of the 2008 SuperLiga tournament. During the flight, team staff helped to subdue an unruly passenger who had undressed and was attempting to open the plane's emergency exit during the flight. The plane was diverted to Oklahoma City, where the passenger was removed by FBI personnel.

Saturday, June 4
Portland Timbers draft St. Edward and Cleveland native Darlington Nagbe.


   Portland Timbers

The Portland Timbers are based in Portland, Oregon . The Timbers are the 18th club of Major League Soccer, and replace the USL First Division's team of the same name, while retaining the same ownership. The MLS club is the fourth Portland team to share the legacy of the Timbers name, which first originated in the old North American Soccer League in 1975.
                             Portland plays in the newly-renovated Jeld-Wen Field (formerly PGE Park), which they expect to share with the Portland State Vikings football team. The The capacity of the renovated Jeld-Wen Field is expected to be between 22,000 and 23,000. In the 2011 MLS Superdraft on January 13, 2011 with the Whitecaps having the first pick, and the Timbers having the second pick. Vancouver surprised some by selecting youngster Omar Salgado and Portland swiftly selected Akron midfielder/forward Darlington Nagbe. The Timbers played their first MLS game on March 19, 2011, against reigning MLS champions Colorado Rapids, but lost 3-1. The first goal in the Timbers' MLS era was scored by Kenny Cooper.
                             The main supporters group of the Portland Timbers is the Timbers Army.  Its members are known for their loud, enthusiastic support and the raucous atmosphere they create at Timbers games. The Timbers Army was founded in 2001 as the Cascade Rangers. Portland Timbers continue a long-running Seattle-Portland rivalry with Seattle Sounders FC.  Vancouver Whitecaps FC, the other Cascadian USSF Division 2 Professional League team was replaced by a MLS franchise in 2011, who will compete along with Portland and Seattle Sounders FC in the "Cascadia Cup".

Saturday, June 4
Vancouver Whitecaps select Akron Midfielder Michael Nanchoff in 2011 Superdraft.


  Vancouver Whitecaps

Vancouver Whitecaps FC. The Whitecaps are the 17th club of Major League Soccer and replace the USSF Division 2 team of the same name, which was owned and managed by the same group that operates the MLS team, and which played through the conclusion of that league's 2010 season. The MLS club is the third team to share the legacy of the Whitecaps name.
                                    An ownership group in Vancouver were granted the  Major League Soccer franchise on March 18, 2009 by MLS Commissioner Don Garber. While no name was provided at the Vancouver announcement, over a year later the club confirmed it would keep the Whitecaps name.
In preparation for its first MLS season, the Whitecaps brought in executive talent from around the world. On November 24, 2009, Paul Barber, former Tottenham Hotspur F.C. executive, was announced to join the club as CEO. Others joining him include former D.C. United head coach Tom Soehn as Director of Operations and Dutch national Richard Grootscholten as the Technical Director and head coach of the residency program.
                        As the head coach of the USL and later USSF Division 2 Vancouver Whitecaps, former Iceland international Teitur Thordarson was confirmed as head coach on September 2, 2010 for the inaugural MLS season. He was subsequently relieved of his duties on May 30, 2011 after the Whitecaps won just one of their first twelve matches. Tom Soehn, Whitecaps FC director of soccer operations, replaced Thordarson on an interim basis.
                        The Whitecaps began play in the 2011 MLS season with their first match on March 19, 2011, against rival Canadians Toronto FC, which they won 4-2. The first goal in the Whitecaps' MLS era was scored by Eric Hassli[10]. After their winning start the Whitecaps stuggled, and failed to secure another victory in their next 11 MLS games, drawing six and losing five. In the aftermath of their 1-1 tie with the New York Red Bulls on May 30 head coach Teitur Thordardon was fired, and replaced for the rest of the season by Tom Soehn.
                        Whitecaps FC will play most of their inaugural 2011 season at Empire Field, a temporary stadium built at the former site of Empire Stadium to house the BC Lions and the Whitecaps while BC Place Stadium is renovated and fitted with a new retractable roof. Empire Field has spectacular views of the mountains which ring the city of Vancouver, providing an immediately recognizable backdrop for Whitecaps games.
 Whitecaps FC will make BC Place their home. The organization initially hoped to build Whitecaps Waterfront Stadium in Gastown in time for the 2016 season, but its owner has reportedly committed to BC Place in light of stadium opposition. The largest Whitecaps supporters group is known as the Southsiders. The group began in 1999 when fans of the Vancouver 86ers began congregating in the pitch-level beer garden behind the goal at the south end of Swangard Stadium. Cleveland native and U. of  Akron Midfielder Michael Nanchoff was drafted in 2011 and stars for the Whitecaps.

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Saturday, June 4
Toronto FC
Toronto GOAL!!
Toronto FC (TFC) is based in Toronto, Ontario. Toronto became MLS's thirteenth team, and first Canadian team, upon their expansion into the league in 2007. The team plays their home matches at the soccer-specific BMO Field, located in Exhibition Place along the Toronto lake shore. The team is owned by Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, which operates the NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs, the AHL's Toronto Marlies, and the NBA's Toronto Raptors, and is currently coached by former Dutch international Aron Winter.
 TFC fans have helped make the club one of the MLS' most successful franchises off the pitch, having been profitable since its first year with regular sellouts and sold-out seasons tickets.
                            The club is the current Canadian champions, having won the 2010 Nutrilite Canadian Championship.  Despite a long scoreless streak to start the team's history, Toronto FC quickly began to establish itself as a solid soccer club and organization with beyond powerful fan support. As proof of this, the club's first win on May 12 at BMO Field saw Danny Dichio score in the 24th minute, sending the sellout crowd  into ecstasy, tossing plastic soccer shaped promo seat cushions onto the field in celebration. The 3-1 win over the Chicago Fire was preceded by a 1-0 win over the eventual MLS Cup champions Houston Dynamo. Though TFC would slip to the cellar of the MLS standings with an expansion-like record of 6-17-7, the club built a solid foundation as the first Canadian team in MLS and looked toward a bright future.
                             In their second season in 2008, Toronto looked to moving a step forward as they hosted the 2008 MLS All-Star Game. However, the team finished the season in last place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 9-13-8. The stands at BMO Field, however, were packed on a regular basis as Toronto F.C. continues to enjoy an enthusiastic fan base.
                            In order to determine the Canadian Soccer Association's representative in the CONCACAF Champions League, Toronto FC played in the inaugural Canadian Championship in 2008, competing for the Voyageurs Cup. TFC were the favourites to win the championship in its first year, but lost it to Montreal Impact.
                           Being such a young soccer club, Toronto FC has few true club manufactured rivalries against many MLS teams. Columbus Crew and Toronto FC compete for the Trillium Cup. Although Toronto has yet to win a game against Columbus in the past four years, the large number of Toronto fans who typically travel to Columbus has helped spark a fierce rivalry between both clubs' supporters.
                           Toronto FC's biggest rival will not play in MLS until 2012. The Montreal Impact, a successful side currently in the D2 Pro League, has emerged as a fierce rival and won the inaugural Canadian Championship and seventh Voyageurs Cup. The proximity of the two cities, the fact that Toronto and Montreal have traditionally been rivals, particularly in hockey and the fact that these two franchises are slated to play each other twice a year in the Canadian Championship only adds fuel to this rivalry.

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Toronto Fans are among MLS Best

Saturday, June 4
Kansas City Wizards change name to Sporting KC. Chad Ochocinco try-out is a total flop.
NFL WR #85
It is one of the ten charter clubs of MLS, having competed in the league since its inception  For the majority of its first 15 years of existence the team was known as the Kansas City Wizards. The team formally renamed itself as Sporting Kansas City in November 2010 to coincide with its move to a new stadium for the 2011 season. The team won the MLS Cup in 2000, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in 2004, and the MLS Supporters' Shield in 2000.
                                   On April 13, 1996 at Arrowhead Stadium, the Kansas City Wiz played the first game in team history by defeating the Colorado Rapids, 3-0. The Wiz players included midfielder Preki, Digital Takawira and were coached by Ron Newman. The first season in Wiz history was successful, finishing 17-15 and earning a spot in the first MLS Playoffs. In the playoffs, the Wiz continued to play well, defeating the Dallas Burn in three games, winning the final game in a shootout. In the next round, the Wiz were defeated by the Los Angeles Galaxy. Following the season, the Wiz changed their name to the "Wizards."
                                   Building on their success from the 1996 season, the Wizards became the success story of 1997, going 21-11 and winning the Western Conference regular season championship. In addition, Preki was named MLS MVP of the year. But in the first round of the playoffs, the Wizards lost to the last seeded Colorado Rapids. After their surprising playoff loss in 1997, the Wizards 1998 season was disappointing going 12-20 and finishing the season in last place in the Western Conference. The Wizards continued their downfall in 1999, firing Ron Newman in the summer and replacing him with Bob Gansler. The Wizards would finish the season with a disastrous record of 8-24, which put them in last place in the Western Conference again.
                                   In 2000, their first full season under Bob Gansler, the Wizards return to their form from their first two seasons, playing well and having a solid defense. Goalkeeper Tony Meola would record the longest shutout streak in MLS history at 681 minutes. By the end of the season, the Wizards held a record of 16-7-9, the best in the league. In the playoffs, the Wizards defeated the Colorado Rapids.  In the conference final, the Wizards beat the Los Angeles Galaxy and sending the Wizards to their first MLS Cup. At RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., the Wizards, with the league's best defense, tried to prove that defense wins championships by beating the team with the league's best offense, the Chicago Fire. The Chicago Fire would put together an onslaught of scoring opportunities, putting 10 shots on goal, including 3 in the final 10 minutes. But Tony Meola stopped every one of them and the defense barely held on to the lead as time ran out on the Chicago Fire for a 1-0 win. A year after not even making double-digits in wins, the Wizards amazingly turned it around and claimed their first MLS Cup Championship.
                             With the renaming, the team follows a recent tradition in MLS of adopting 'European'-style names. The "Sporting" implies that the soccer club will be part of a larger sports umbrella. At the rebrand announcement, the team's president announced plans to add a rugby club and lacrosse club. The name "Wizards" is still used as an informal nickname for the club. With the opening of the new Livestrong Park in Kansas City, Sporting Kansas City will become the only major-league team to have played in stadiums on both sides of the state line in Kansas City, and may continue to use Arrowhead Stadium for special-occasion games, such as those against well-known international teams. An example of this practice would be the Wizards' 2010 game  against Manchester United at Arrowhead Stadium, which was also the first professional sporting match held at the venue after its renovations.
The main supporters group of Sporting Kansas City stand in a section known as "The Cauldron". The name is derived from the large metal pots used in witchcraft, due to the teams former name Wizards. Over the past few years, Sporting have seen dramatic growth in their fan section, with several fan groups adding their voice to The Cauldron culture and atmosphere. The largest supporters group is known as "Hillcrest Syndicate". The group derives its name from Hillcrest Road which is the road on which the Trails Stadium would have been built if the project had not fallen through and then shifted to Kansas. Other groups - such as Southern Voodoo, the Yardbirds, and the BSE - are also currently a part of The Cauldron.

Brand New Livestrong Stadium

Wednesday, June 8
Chicago Fire.
Chicago Fire
The Chicago Fire  soccer club based in the Chicago suburb of Bridgeview, Illinois. The team competes in MLS.  The organization is named for the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, and was founded on October 8, 1997, the event's 126th anniversary.
                           In their first league season in 1998, the Fire won the MLS Cup as well as the U.S. Open Cup the "American double". They have also won U.S. Open Cups in 2000, 2003, and 2006,  in addition to the 2003 MLS Supporters' Shield.
                           The Fire maintain an extensive development system, consisting of the Chicago Fire Premier (Premier Development League and Super-20 League teams), the Chicago Fire NPSL team, the Chicago Fire Development Academy, and the Chicago Fire Juniors youth organization. They also operate the Chicago Fire Foundation, the team's community-based charitable division. Toyota Park is the Fire's home stadium. They are currently coached by Frank Klopas. Founded on October 8, 1997, the club was originally based at Soldier Field. Since 2006, they reside in their own stadium, Toyota Park at 71st and Harlem Avenue.
                         The owners of the Fire are Andell Holdings, who purchased the club in 2007. Andell Holdings director Andrew Hauptman acts as club chairman, while the current president is Julian Posada. The Fire are historically most successful in the U.S. Open Cup; winning championships in 1998, 2000, 2003, and 2006. Chicago's chief rivals are the New England Revolution. The Fire keeps a close connection with the Chicago Sting (its predecessor team in the NASL) by holding frequent commemorative events, reunions, and wearing Sting-inspired shirts.
                       Some US Internationals to put on the Fire crest are Chris Armas, Eric Wynalda, DeMarcus Beasley, Tony Sanneh, Frank Klopas, Josh Wolff, and Carlos Bocanegra. Foreign stars Hristo Stoichkov (Bulgaria), and Cuauht'emoc Blanco from Mexico have also played for Chicago.

Toyota Park

Wednesday, June 8
DC United.
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Jaime Moreno
D.C. United  soccer club is based in Washington, D.C.  It is one of the ten charter clubs of MLS, having competed in the league since its inception. Considered the most successful club in Major League Soccer, D.C. United has won the U.S. Open Cup twice and holds the record for most MLS Cups and MLS Supporters' Shields with four apiece. D.C. United was the first club to win both the MLS Supporters' Shield and the MLS Cup back-to-back. In 1998, D.C. United became the first American club to win the CONCACAF Champions' Cup  and the Copa Interamericana.  Internationally, D.C. United has played in numerous CONCACAF competitions, including the recent 2009–10 CONCACAF Champions League. They are also the only US-based club to ever participate in a South American CONMEBOL competition, playing in the 2005 and 2007 editions of the Copa Sudamericana.
                       The team's home field is the 45,596-seat Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, owned by the District of Columbia and located on the Anacostia River. The team has proposed building a new 24,000-seat soccer-specific stadium at multiple possible sites in the Washington metropolitan area. The team is owned by San Francisco-based William H.C. Chang through the consortium D.C. United Holdings. The team's head coach is long-time starting midfielder Ben Olsen, who has coached the team since 2010.
                      Players such as Jaime Moreno the team‘s All-Time leading scorer, Marco Etcheverry a Bolivian International , and American defender Eddie Pope are among the team's most successful stars. D.C. United has a strong fan base, with three supporters' clubs and one of the highest attendance averages in Major League Soccer. The club's official nickname is the "Black-and-Red" and home uniforms are black and white with accents of red. The team's name alludes to the "United" appellation commonly found in the names of soccer teams in the United Kingdom and elsewhere.


Wednesday, June 8
Columbus Crew.
Frankie Hejduk
Columbus Crew.   MLS club based in Columbus, Ohio It is one of the ten charter clubs of MLS. The club was owned by Lamar Hunt, who also owned the Kansas City Chiefs and FC Dallas until his 2006 death. Upon his death, his son Clark Hunt took over his sports properties. The Crew currently plays their home games at Columbus Crew Stadium, the first soccer-specific stadium ever built by an MLS franchise, with a seating capacity of 20,455 - as of the 2008 Season. From 1996 to 1998, the Crew played their home games at Ohio Stadium on the campus of the Ohio State University. The nickname "the Crew" is the result of a local fan contest. The team colors are black and gold. The team mascot is Crew Cat.
                           The Crew has won five major trophies: MLS Cup 2008, the 2004, 2008 and 2009 Supporters' Shields, and the 2002 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The Crew won the 2002 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup by defeating the Los Angeles Galaxy by a score of 1 to 0 at Columbus Crew Stadium. The Crew then won its first MLS Supporters' Shield during the 2004 in a tie-breaker over the Kansas City Wizards. During the 2008 MLS Season the Crew won its second Supporters' Shield by six points over Houston, en route to defeating the New York Red Bulls in MLS Cup 2008 by a score of 3 to 1. The Crew reached the 1998 U.S. Open Cup Final, which was postponed due to a hurricane and controversially relocated from Virginia Beach to Soldier Field, then the home of Chicago Fire, who won the match 2 to 1 after extra time. The Crew lost in the 2010 U.S. Open Cup Final at Qwest Field, home of Seattle Sounders, again by a 2-1 scoreline.
                           Some USA National Team members who have wore the 'Black & Gold' are Brian McBride, Thomas Dooley, Mike Lapper, John Harkes, Brian Maisonneuve, Edson Buddle, Brad Friedel, and Frankie Hejduk. Motto is "America's Hardest Working Team"

Columbus Crew Opening Match