Category Archives: MLS Spotlight

MLS Spotlight: Johnson shining after overcoming Olympic qualifying nightmare

By FRANCO PANIZO CHESTER, Pa. — Sean Johnson may be quietly piecing together one of the best seasons among goalkeepers in MLS this year, but not many people will point to that when asked about the year he is having. … Continue reading »

Posted in MLS Spotlight, MLS- Chicago Fire | 23 Comments

MLS Spotlight: Red Bulls rookie Lade proving size doesn’t matter

By DAN MONTESANO HARRISON, New Jersey– Connor Lade is very aware of his size. He understands that, more often than not, each time he steps onto the field he will be the shortest one out there. It's been this way … Continue reading »

Posted in MLS Spotlight, MLS- New York Red Bulls | 28 Comments

MLS Spotlight: Johnson repaying Seattle’s confidence in him with goals

By FRANCO PANIZO UPPER MONTCLAIR, N.J. — Eddie Johnson may seem like a confident player for the Seattle Sounders these days, but that's only because of the belief his new team has had in him. After spending eight months without … Continue reading »

Posted in MLS Spotlight, MLS- Seattle Sounders | 35 Comments

MLS Spotlight: Bruin on a roll after his up-and-down rookie year

By THOMAS FLOYD Will Bruin expected too much out of his rookie season. That much, he acknowledges, is now clear. The 11th overall pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft, Bruin immediately stepped into the lineup for the Houston Dynamo that … Continue reading »

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MLS Spotlight: Kitchen settling into demanding midfield role

  By FRANCO PANIZO Perry Kitchen is no stranger to adversity, having been apart of the U.S. Under-23 men's national team that disappointingly did not qualify for this summer's Olympics in March. But while Kitchen struggled in the U.S. team's … Continue reading »

Posted in MLS Spotlight, MLS- D.C. United | 6 Comments

MLS Spotlight: Califf enjoying promising start with Chivas USA after leaving Union

By FRANCO PANIZO The relationship between Danny Califf and the Philadelphia Union did not end in the most pleasant of ways, but the start to the latest chapter in his career has gone as well as anyone could have imagined. … Continue reading »

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MLS Spotlight: Journeyman Steele coming through in the clutch

By THOMAS FLOYD Jonny Steele was just 12 years old when he first visited the United States. Little did he know how influential that trip would ultimately be. Traveling stateside for the USA Cup youth soccer tournament, Steele met some … Continue reading »

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MLS Spotlight: Gaddis emerges as rookie standout

By FRANCO PANIZO CHESTER, Penn. – When the rosters for the 2012 MLS Combine were released earlier this year, one name that drew attention was Ray Gaddis. But it was not for reasons you might initially think.  Gaddis was not among … Continue reading »

Posted in MLS Spotlight, MLS- Philadelphia Union | 11 Comments