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  1. MLS 2014 Preview: Timbers look to pick up from last season

    Jeff Carlisle

    2013 recap: Manager Caleb Porter engineered an impressive turnaround, one that saw the Timbers finish atop the Western Conference. Portland did so in style, with Diego Valeri and Darlington Nagbe leading a dynamic, possession-based attack. Real Salt ...

    Blog | March 05, 2014
  2. Middle ground the key area of battle in MLS Cup

    Jeff Carlisle

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. - When the 18th MLS Cup final kicks off at 3 p.m. local time (live on ESPN and WatchESPN, 4 ET), all eyes will be on the respective midfields of Sporting Kansas City and Real Salt Lake. Both teams rely on their men in the middle ...

    Blog | December 07, 2013
  3. Picking Don Garber's brain on MLS expansion, salary cap and Beckh...

    Jeff Carlisle

    The skies are gray outside the hotel suite of MLS commissioner Don Garber. But the league's future is as bright as it has ever been. Eight years ago, the league embarked on an expansion initiative that saw it chasing investors and suitable markets. N...

    Blog | December 06, 2013
  4. Sapong overcomes adversity to play key role for SKC

    Jeff Carlisle

    The body cannot live without the mind. It was a lesson that Neo learned in "The Matrix" and the same has proved true during C.J. Sapong's up-and-down-and-up season with Sporting Kansas City. Sapong entered the campaign expecting to build off a 20...

    Blog | December 06, 2013
  5. Schuler's comeback has helped inspire RSL's playoff run

    Jeff Carlisle

    As Chris Schuler talks about his play for Real Salt Lake, the 6-foot-4 central defender states more than once that he's "not special". He's right of course, but not in the way he intended. In the MLS playoffs, Schuler has been well beyond special...

    Blog | December 03, 2013
  6. Three Thoughts: Portland Timbers - Real Salt Lake

    Jeff Carlisle

    Real Salt Lake made sure there would be no miracle comeback for the Portland Timbers and now the club is headed to its second MLS Cup final. Robbie Findley scored an absolutely killer goal in the 29th minute, and with the central defensive duo of...

    Blog | November 24, 2013
  7. Salt Lake's edge to be tested by Portland's home advantage

    Jeff Carlisle

    The second leg of the Western Conference finals (9 p.m. ET Sunday, ESPN and WatchESPN) looks to be a case study in reverse psychology. Real Salt Lake, winners of the first leg 4-2, is riding a wave of confidence. The return of Chris Schuler has d...

    Blog | November 23, 2013
  8. How the Kreis-Lagerwey connection could affect RSL's future

    Jeff Carlisle

    Work and friendship don't always mix, but the relationship between Jason Kreis and Garth Lagerwey is a powerful example of how long-term bonds can fuel success. The two have known each other over 25 years, and it's hard to argue with the results t...

    Blog | November 21, 2013
  9. Well-traveled Vermes hoping for MLS Cup trip

    Jeff Carlisle

    The world of sports is littered with athletes who, as their careers wound down, had no idea what to do next. Yet Peter Vermes wasn't plagued by such uncertainty. Even when he retired back in 2002, he was ready to heed the call of the coaching profess...

    Blog | November 18, 2013
  10. Houston's Kinnear lets his team do the talking

    Jeff Carlisle

    Every November, Houston Dynamo manager Dominic Kinnear is left with a bit of a conundrum. It's about this time of year that his side begins laying waste to opponents in the MLS playoffs. And in the process, the man who tries not to draw attention to ...

    Blog | November 14, 2013
  11. MLS' marquee teams back to the drawing board after poor postseaso...

    Jeff Carlisle

    Real Salt Lake manager Jason Kreis is fond of saying "The team is the star." After the conference semifinals, a playoff round that laid waste to the league's marquee sides, it's a mantra that the folks at MLS headquarters would be wise to adopt. ...

    Blog | November 12, 2013
  12. Remembering the greatest game in MLS history

    Jeff Carlisle

    Ten years later, it's still the greatest game in MLS history. On Nov. 9, 2003, the San Jose Earthquakes and the Los Angeles Galaxy met in the second leg of their Western Conference semifinal series. And on that chilly evening at Spartan Stadium, t...

    Blog | November 08, 2013
  13. Portland proves it's not about the money

    Jeff Carlisle

    PORTLAND, Ore. -- Even in the parity-driven world of MLS, money can buy a lot of things. One only had to look at the Seattle Sounders roster ahead of the second leg of their playoff series against the Portland Timbers on Thursday to see how much tale...

    Blog | November 08, 2013
  14. Can the L.A. Galaxy make it three in a row?

    Jeff Carlisle

    The Los Angeles Galaxy's approach to this year's postseason is simple: Ignore the past, and then let history three-peat itself. Normally, such an attitude reveals an inability to learn from previous lessons. But in the case of the Galaxy, it make...

    Blog | October 30, 2013
  15. MLS Playoffs: Five burning postseason questions

    Jeff Carlisle

    A strong case can be made that the just-concluded MLS regular season was the most compelling ever. Granted, there were times when grinding through the campaign was like being asked to make 34 trips to an all-you-can-eat buffet, whether you wanted...

    Blog | October 29, 2013
  16. MLS Playoffs: Six under-the-radar players to watch

    Jeff Carlisle

    The MLS playoffs are usually the time for stars to shine. A look back through the history of MLS Cups reveals how players like Jaime Moreno, Tony Meola, Landon Donovan and Guillermo Barros Schelotto all stepped up when their teams needed them most. B...

    Blog | October 28, 2013