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MLS Power Rankings Going Into MLS Cup Playoffs

Posted by on Tuesday, 27 October, 2009

Here are the final Power Rankings from going into the MLS Cup Playoffs. The Columbus Crew stand atop the rankings with LA Galaxy taking the second spot and one first-place vote.

Note from Power Ranking points are compiled from ballots submitted by a panel of MLS experts. First-place votes are in parentheses. Power Rankings Top 3

Rank Last Team Breakdown Points
1 1 Columbus Crew A second consecutive Supporters’ Shield is certainly a welcome prize in Columbus, but along with that prize comes a Conference Semifinal opening leg at Rio Tinto Stadium, unquestionably one of MLS’s toughest road venues.
Last: Lost to NE, 1-0. Next: Sat. at RSL.
88 (5)
2 2 Los Angeles Galaxy A convincing win over what had been a hot San Jose side gave the Galaxy the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, as well as a nice segue into what’s sure to be one of the most heated playoff matchups in league history.
Last: Beat SJ, 2-0. Next: Sun. at CHV.
85 (1)
3 3 Houston Dynamo Dominic Kinnear could not have been too pleased to see a 3-0 lead nearly disappear at The Home Depot Center, but after just one win in seven prior league games, the victory was a welcome sight for Houston.
Last: Beat CHV, 3-2. Next: Thurs. at SEA.

About MLS: Major League Soccer is the top-flight professional soccer league in the United States and was founded in 1996, after the country hosted the 1994 FIFA World Cup. MLS kicked off its 14th campaign on March 19, 2009 with the League’s 15th and newest team Seattle Sounders FC making their debut. The new club in Seattle has been a resounding success, averaging nearly 31,000 fans per match. MLS continues to grow as the Philadelphia Union will begin play in 2010 and teams in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and Portland, Oregon will become the 17th and 18th clubs in 2011.

USA Picks Up Win Against El Salvador in FIFA World Cup Qualifier

Posted by on Saturday, 5 September, 2009
USA v El Salvador: FIFA 2010 World Cup Qualifier

Sep 5 2009
SANDY, UT – SEPTEMBER 05: The United states team celebrates their 2-1 victory over El Salvador during the FIFA 2010 World Cup Qualifier match between the United States and El Salvador at Rio Tinto Stadium on September 5, 2009 in Sandy, Utah. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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USA Soccer picks up an important win against El Salvador at home in the 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. With just 4 games left and 3 points separating the top 3 teams in the qualifying group, the three points from the win will play a critical role leading up to the World Cup.

adidas 60 Years of History

Posted by on Tuesday, 18 August, 2009

Mania, originally uploaded by LeRamz.

Adi Dassler registered his company on August 18th,1949 and since then adidas has a long history with FIFA and Soccer/Football.

adidas was the first to introduce screw-in studs in 1954 worn by the players of the FIFA World Cup winning German national team.

In 2006, adidas introduced the first 14-panel configuration forming a smooth round exterior allowing significant improvements in accuracy and control for the FIFA World Cup in Germany.

Check out their site for more adidas history or download their PDF, 60 years of adidas – the stories that still inspire us today.

South Africa 2010 Widget Keeps You Up-to-Date

Posted by on Tuesday, 11 August, 2009

South Africa 2010 Widget

Find out how your country is faring in FIFA World Cup qualifiers, by reading the latest news, seeing their latest fixtures and results and also where they stand in their group.

Latest Photos Widget

Take a look at the latest footballing photos which have been uploaded on from all four corners of the globe. A picture tells a thousand words.

For more FIFA widgets check out their widget page.

Los Angeles Galaxy Losses to Barcelona Despite Beckham

Posted by on Sunday, 2 August, 2009

_MG_1550-42.jpg, originally uploaded by JMaloney.
PASADENA, CA – (Aug.1st, 2009) — In front of the largest crowd to see a soccer match in the United State since the 1994 World Cup. FC Barcelona faced the Los Angeles Galaxy in an international friendly.

David Beckham‘s first goal since being back with the Los Angeles Galaxy this season was a perfect free kick that beat Barcelona goalkeeper Jose Manuel Pinto into the upper corner. Despite Beckham’s efforts the Galaxy lost to the European champions FC Barcelona 2-1 on Saturday, August 1st.