1. Philadelphia and Montreal Are on Upset Alert in MLS This Weekend

    With CONCACAF Champions League now underway, some teams will have even more congested schedules than normal. Busy schedules sometimes make it easier to trip a team up, simply because they're tired...

    Alan Hainkel Written by Alan Hainkel about 12 months ago 869 reads 0 comments

  2. Sepp Blatter Proves 2022 World Cup Should Never Have Gone to Qatar

    In December 2010, when FIFA was voting to award the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, I had the feeling the 2022 tournament would be held in the United States...

    Alan Hainkel Written by Alan Hainkel about 1 year ago 2,192 reads 12 comments

  3. Real Salt Lake, L.A. Galaxy on Upset Alert in MLS This Weekend

    Hope you all have been enjoying the Gold Cup so far. Personally, I was kind of rooting for Martinique to qualify for the knockout stage, if only because no one really expected them to get that far...

    Alan Hainkel Written by Alan Hainkel about 1 year ago 512 reads 5 comments

  4. Mexico vs. Canada: 6 Things We Learned in the Gold Cup Showdown

    Sunday was crazy. Mexico lost to Panama and Canada lost to Martinique. Both teams now had their backs against the wall...

    Alan Hainkel Written by Alan Hainkel about 1 year ago 630 reads 3 comments

  5. FC Dallas, Sporting Kansas City on Upset Alert in MLS This Weekend

    Before I begin, I would just like to say I hope all of you had a fun, safe holiday and you still have all of your fingers and toes. In the midweek games over the past couple of days, there have been a few shocking results...

    Alan Hainkel Written by Alan Hainkel about 1 year ago 459 reads 0 comments

  6. Sporting KC, FC Dallas on Upset Alert in MLS This Weekend

    If not for a red card for C.J. Sapong against FC Dallas last weekend, I might have gotten that upset right. After all, Sporting Kansas City had a 2-0 lead at the time of the ejection...

    Alan Hainkel Written by Alan Hainkel about 1 year ago 335 reads 0 comments

  7. FC Dallas, Real Salt Lake on Upset Alert This Weekend

    After last week, I'm either lucky or good: I put two teams on upset alert, and both of them lost. Considering one of those teams was D.C. United, I don't suppose that's saying very much...

    Alan Hainkel Written by Alan Hainkel about 1 year ago 297 reads 2 comments

  8. Two Teams on Upset Alert in MLS for Father's Day Weekend

    When you only have five matches to choose from over a weekend, it's not easy to come up with a whole bunch of teams to put on upset alert. Sometimes, you have to really stretch the meaning of the word "upset...

    Alan Hainkel Written by Alan Hainkel about 1 year ago 681 reads 2 comments

  9. MLS System for Officials Answering Press Questions Is a Joke

    As I mentioned on Twitter last weekend, I am the second alternate pool reporter for Sporting KC when it comes to asking officials questions after games at Sporting Park. These reporters have to be designated before the season starts...

    Alan Hainkel Written by Alan Hainkel about 1 year ago 1,279 reads 2 comments

  10. MLS Supporters Groups Are Really Taking Anti-Discrimination Campaign to Heart

    Sunday was Diversity Day in Major League Soccer and, coincidentally, Robbie Rogers made his debut for the L.A. Galaxy as the first openly gay player in MLS...

    Alan Hainkel Written by Alan Hainkel about 1 year ago 762 reads 2 comments

  11. Sporting KC Celebrates Cinco De Mayo with Win over 10-Man Chivas USA

    Sporting Kansas City threw its own Cinco de Mayo party at Sporting Park on Sunday afternoon. Led by a brace from forward Claudio Bieler, Sporting KC defeated Chivas USA 4-0 in front of a capacity crowd of 18,811...

    Alan Hainkel Written by Alan Hainkel about 1 year ago 383 reads 1 comments

  12. Sporting Kansas City Loses at Home, Despite Brace from Myers

    Normally, when your club scores 40 seconds into the match, it's a good sign of how well your night will go...

    Alan Hainkel Written by Alan Hainkel about 1 year ago 459 reads 0 comments

  13. Bieler Scores Late, Sporting Kansas City Defeats DC United

    Forward Claudio Bieler scored in the 89th minute and Sporting Kansas City defeated D.C. United 1-0 on Friday night in front of a sellout crowd of 18,988 at Sporting Park...

    Alan Hainkel Written by Alan Hainkel about over 1 year ago 543 reads 0 comments

  14. U.S. Soccer and Sporting Club Announce Plans for National Training Center

    With more than 20,000 licensed coaches and almost 150,000 soccer referees in the United States, it would be nice to have a place where they can go to get the best instruction. A project announced by U...

    Alan Hainkel Written by Alan Hainkel about over 1 year ago 607 reads 0 comments

  15. Benny Feilhaber Sets Up Both Goals in Sporting Kansas City's Win over Montreal

    Benny Feilhaber had a pair of assists as Sporting Kansas City snapped the Montreal Impact 's four-game winning streak with a 2-0 victory in front of 18,609 fans at Sporting Park on Saturday night...

    Alan Hainkel Written by Alan Hainkel about over 1 year ago 153 reads 0 comments

  16. Gus Johnson: 4 Reasons Why He Should Call MLS Games

    Gus Johnson. It's a name more closely associated with the NFL and March Madness, but Fox Sports wants Johnson to be the lead announcer for the 2018 World Cup. The idea came from Fox Sports president Eric Shanks in October 2011...

    Alan Hainkel Written by Alan Hainkel about over 1 year ago 938 reads 2 comments

  17. Matchups to Keep an Eye on in MLS This Weekend

    After an opening weekend with some good and not-so-good performances, MLS has a slate of eight matches for your enjoyment this weekend...

    Alan Hainkel Written by Alan Hainkel about over 1 year ago 91 reads 1 comments

  18. Sporting KC Are Odds-on Favorites to Win 2013 MLS Cup

    Sporting Kansas City has made a number of changes to their roster over the offseason. One thing that hasn't changed: This team is incredibly talented and, honestly, the best team ...

    Alan Hainkel Written by Alan Hainkel about over 1 year ago 1,179 reads 2 comments

  19. Wondolowski Will Top the MLS Scoring Charts Again in 2013

    As we prepare for MLS to open its 18th season, it's always fun to guess who's going to do what in the new year...

    Alan Hainkel Written by Alan Hainkel about over 1 year ago 547 reads 7 comments

  20. Sporting Kansas City Agrees to Loan Kei Kamara to Norwich City Through May 6

    Sporting Kansas City and forward Kei Kamara have agreed to a loan deal with Norwich City of the Barclays English Premier League through May 6...

    Alan Hainkel Written by Alan Hainkel about over 1 year ago 1,260 reads 9 comments

  21. New York Cosmos: Why Stadium Plan Would Be a Mistake for US Soccer

    On January 16, the newly reincarnated New York Cosmos announced plans for a $400 million, privately financed stadium project , including retail, restaurants and a hotel...

    Alan Hainkel Written by Alan Hainkel about over 1 year ago 8,390 reads 46 comments

  22. Sporting Kansas City Is Right to Terminate Agreement with Livestrong Foundation

    I was wrong. Back in August, I wrote a piece about Lance Armstrong and Sporting KC and said, at the time, Armstrong's troubles didn't affect the club. Boy, was I wrong...

    Alan Hainkel Written by Alan Hainkel about over 1 year ago 490 reads 3 comments

  23. Seth Sinovic Is MLS's Most Underrated Player: Here's Why

    Sporting Kansas City's league-leading defense features the 2012 MLS Defender of the Year in Matt Besler and Goalkeeper of the Year in Jimmy Nielsen. Defender Aurelien Collin was also voted to the MLS Best XI...

    Alan Hainkel Written by Alan Hainkel about over 1 year ago 1,003 reads 0 comments

  24. 2013 MLS All-Star Game to Be Held at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park

    It's time to shine those soccer cleats, Kansas City. In a press conference at LIVE STRONG Sporting Park ( LSP ) on Thursday afternoon, MLS Commissioner Don Garber announced the 2013 All-Star Game will be held in Kansas City...

    Alan Hainkel Written by Alan Hainkel about over 1 year ago 1,942 reads 2 comments

  25. Improving Officiating Needs to Be Among MLS's New Year's Resolutions

    Now that it is New Year's Eve, people around the world are making resolutions to improve their behavior for 2013. Losing weight, quitting smoking or reading more books, people take this opportunity to set some goals for the next 12 months...

    Alan Hainkel Written by Alan Hainkel about over 1 year ago 341 reads 1 comments