Latest MLS Western Conference News

NYCFC outlasts Union 2-1 to reach 1st MLS Cup final

Dec. 05, 2021 19:06 PM EST

CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — Sean Johnson high-stepped his way up the stairs at the back of a makeshift stage as his New York City FC teammates parted to let the standout goalie slide through the gap. He crouched and then burst straight up with the MLS Eastern Conference...

Timbers down RSL 2-0 for conference title, MLS final berth

Dec. 04, 2021 22:17 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Felipe Mora and Santiago Moreno scored and the Portland Timbers advanced to the MLS Cup final with a 2-0 victory over Real Salt Lake in the Western Conference final on Saturday. Fourth-seeded Portland will host the winner of Sunday's Eastern...

FC Dallas names Nico Estévez as new coach

Dec. 02, 2021 16:36 PM EST

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Nico Estévez was hired Thursday to coach FC Dallas, joining the MLS team after serving as an assistant for the U.S. men's national team since 2019. The 41-year-old Estévez has coached at different levels for more than 22 years. That includes...

LAFC picks up short contract option on Carlos Vela

Dec. 01, 2021 17:51 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles FC has picked up its short-term contract option on former MLS Most Valuable Player Carlos Vela. Vela's option extends to next summer. LAFC said it also exercised its options on forward Danny Musovski and midfielder Eduard Atuesta on...

Trail Blazers snap 3-game skid with 110-92 win over Detroit

Dec. 01, 2021 01:37 AM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Ben McLemore found out when he came to the Moda Center on Tuesday afternoon that he'd likely be seeing playing time for the Trail Blazers. With Portland missing several players, McLemore had 17 points off the bench and the Blazers handed the...

Bruce Arena voted MLS Coach of Year for record 4th time

Nov. 29, 2021 12:41 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Bruce Arena won a record fourth Major League Soccer Coach of the Year award on Monday after leading the New England Revolution to a league-record 73 points. The 70-year-old, a member of the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame, also won the award with D.C....

Real Salt Lake beats Sporting KC, 2-1 in stoppage time

Nov. 28, 2021 17:48 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Bobby Wood directed Justin Meram's crossing pass low into the right corner in the 90th minute to give Real Salt Lake a 2-1 victory over Sporting Kansas City on Sunday in Major League Soccer's Western Conference semifinals. Coming off a...

Timbers beat Rapids on late goal to reach MLS West final

Nov. 25, 2021 19:03 PM EST

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) — Larrys Mabiala scored in the 90th minute and the Portland Timbers beat the Colorado Rapids 1-0 on Thursday to advance to the Western Conference final. Portland will face the winner of the game Sunday between Sporting Kansas City and Real Salt...

Ezra Hendrickson hired as coach of Chicago Fire.

Nov. 24, 2021 22:31 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Ezra Hendrickson was hired Wednesday as coach of Major League Soccer's Chicago Fire. Hendrickson had spent three seasons with the Columbus Crew, which won last year's MLS title. He succeeds Frank Klopas, who became interim coach in...

Real Salt Lake eliminates Sounders in penalty shootout

Nov. 24, 2021 02:28 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — For 120 minutes, Real Salt Lake never threatened, failing to send even one shot in the direction of the Seattle Sounders net. When it came time for the penalty shootout, RSL was right on target. Justen Glad scored the deciding goal...