MARTINEZ LEADS ATLANTA TO RECORD-EQUALING WIN

Expansion club Atlanta United claimed the equal biggest win in MLS history, Josef Martinez leading them to a 7-0 victory over the New England Revolution.


Martinez helped United equal an MLS record in a 7-0 thrashing of New England Revolution, while the Vancouver Whitecaps moved top.

Martinez scored a hat trick at Mercedes-Benz Stadium as Atlanta equaled the largest margin of victory in MLS history.

It took just 73 seconds for Martinez to open the scoring, the Venezuela international finishing powerfully from an angle.

New England was reduced to 10 men in the 16th minute as midfielder Xavier Kouassi was shown a straight red card.

The Revs’ outing would get much worse, Martinez scoring two penalties – both times after handballs – and Antonio Delamea Mlinar seeing red for giving away the second spot kick.

It was 4-0 before halftime as Anton Walkes struck, and Atlanta would net three more in the final 20 minutes.

Kevin Kratz struck with a brilliant 25-yard free-kick, Yamil Asad also scored from outside the area and Hector Villalba sealed the big win. Continue reading MARTINEZ LEADS ATLANTA TO RECORD-EQUALING WIN

Brian Schmetzer wants more protection

Seattle Sounders coach Brian Schmetzer wants the referee to protect his players more on the pitch.


He said that opponents are targeting their offensive players and are not afraid to make fouls in order to slow them down.

The head coach said that he is appealing to the league to provide more protection for their players, but at the moment he does not see anything concrete.

Brian Schmetzer said that the targeting of his players started in the game against Colorado Rapids and their opponents made 18 fouls on that day. He said despite the fact that the referee gave them five yellow cards this did not prevent their opponents from hindering their game.

The Seattle Sounders coach said that it is difficult for his offensive players to perform in this condition and this is affecting their results. Continue reading Brian Schmetzer wants more protection

SHOULD ROONEY CONSIDER MLS FOOTBALL?

With the huge pay he receives at Manchester United, Wayne Rooney would have to consider a pay cut or exit the team.


Instead of the Far East where the star can get decent wages, there is also the Major League Soccer (MLS) who are always open to the best legs in the game.

Spending three to four years there could be a different experience for the player as his career winds down. The main issue is that Rooney wants to play in the World Cup next year. As his redundancy continues at Old Trafford, he would get no chance and Gareth Southgate has warned against a move to America.

Many feel it is a wrong career move to go to America now but the player is 31 years old and reluctant to join another Premier League side where he would receive small money and no guarantee of regular shirt. The best chance he could get is for Ronald Koeman to sanction a deal for his return and his wages not lower than £150,000 per week. Aside this MLS football is likely his best shot. Continue reading SHOULD ROONEY CONSIDER MLS FOOTBALL?

Andrea Pirlo says that MLS needs to do more in order to compete with China

The Chinese Super League and the MLS are the 2 non-European football leagues that have recently been gaining the most popularity and that have attracted a significant amount of high-profile stars in the world of football.


Ashley Cole, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Andrea Pirlo and David Villa are a few of the latest and well-known players that have joined the MLS while in the Chinese Super League some or more highly-rated performers that compete or have competed in the Asian League are: Oscar, Didier Drogba, Jackson Martinez, EzequielLavezzi, Demba Ba and Hulk.

Even though both leagues have been attracting top players in recent times, New York City’s Andrea Pirlo believes that the MLS will not be able to truly compete with the Chinese Super League and will not be able to lure in a large amount of top-players unless the rules of the MLS change in the near future.

Andrea Pirlo has been performing in the MLS since July of 2015 and the Italian player has learned how things work in the American League and Pirlo believes that there are some big flaws in the MLS which might slow down the progress of the football league. Continue reading Andrea Pirlo says that MLS needs to do more in order to compete with China

Dos Santos ready for 2017

Giovani Dos Santos said that he is willing to take new responsibilities for LA Galaxy ahead of the new season.


Indeed with the manager Bruce Arena having left the club to coach the United States national team and with Steven Gerrard and Robbie Keane leaving the club at the end of last season, Giovani Dos Santos is the only player with enough experience to take the leadership role at the club.

The forward said that he is aware that more will be expected of him and believes that he has the necessary experience to shoulder these responsibilities.

He stated that he has been developing a lot in the past years and that he has learned a lot by playing alongside players such as Robbie Keane and Steven Gerrard. He said that he knew that a day like this would come and that he should be ready to take the responsibilities for the team. Continue reading Dos Santos ready for 2017