A pair of clubs each looking for their
second-ever championship will square off in Major League Soccer's finale on
Saturday when Sporting Kansas City hosts Real Salt Lake in the 18th edition of
MLS Cup at Sporting Park.
Chicago Fire forward Mike Magee has been
voted the Volkswagen MLS Most Valuable Player for the 2013 season, it was
So often in American sports the best
two teams usually don't meet in the championship contest.
Donovan Ricketts was named the 2013 Major
League Soccer Goalkeeper of the Year on Wednesday after an outstanding
campaign for the Portland Timbers.
Portland Timbers midfielder Diego Valeri
was named the 2013 Major League Soccer Newcomer of the Year on Wednesday, an
honor that goes to a player in his first season in MLS, but has prior
Jose Goncalves of the New England
Revolution was named MLS Defender of the Year on Tuesday, marking the second
time that a Revs player has won the award.
A pair of second-round draft picks from the
Montreal Impact were the only two players selected in the 2013 MLS Waiver
Draft as goalkeeper Brad Stuver and midfielder Paolo DelPiccolo each found a
new team on Monday.
A spot in the MLS Cup final is on the
line on Saturday as the Houston Dynamo and Sporting Kansas City square off
in the second leg of the Eastern Conference finals at Sporting Park.
The Portland Timbers will take on Real Salt
Lake in the second leg of their Western Conference final tie at Jeld-Wen Field
on Sunday with a sizeable margin to overturn.
The Columbus Crew have declined a 2014
contract option for Costa Rican forward Jairo Arrieta and five other players,
the club announced on Friday.
Orlando City SC was named Major League
Soccer's 21st franchise on Tuesday night.
Marc Janko scored the only goal of the
match on Tuesday as Austria held on for a 1-0 victory over the United States
in an international friendly at the Ernst Happel Stadium.
The United States men's national team
was held to a 0-0 draw by Scotland at Hampden Park on Friday.
The Los Angeles Galaxy announced Thursday
that the club has signed defender Todd Dunivant to a new, multi-year contract.
Real Salt Lake grabbed firm control of its
Western Conference Championship tie on Sunday after easing to a 4-2 first-leg
victory over the Portland Timbers at Rio Tinto Stadium.