The Most Popular Formations in MLS [Quick Take]

Similar to our prior overview of The Most Popular Formations in Europe’s Top 5 Leagues (2020-2021 season), we now look at the most popular formations in MLS during the 2021 season (up until the time of writing - early September 2021). With most sides over two-thirds of the way through the regular season, it’s prime time to find form and compete for a playoff spot. And while preparation for success is managed differently by all, settling on a formation (or at least a general style of play) is a great sign that a team has found its collective identity. As such, final tallies for the season will undoubtedly change, but here are the numbers as they stand... 

2020-21: A year for Canadians in Europe to remember

As the major European football leagues draw to a close on the men’s side, this year will be a year for Canadian soccer fans to remember. In ways never seen before, Canadian footballers have been right up there with some of the world's best, even playing key roles in top European title races.

CF Montreal 4-2 Toronto FC – Tactical Analysis

After a fantastic midweek win in the CONCACAF Champions League against Club Leon, Toronto FC looked beaten and battered before the whistle even blew on Major League Soccer's opening day. The Reds looked lackluster throughout the match, struggling to put up a fight against a Montreal defense full of mistakes. This is our tactical analysis of Montreal's 4-2 win over Toronto FC on the opening round of the 2021 Major League Soccer season.

CONCACAF Qualifiers: What is the Best Formation for Canada’s Men’s National Team?

It’s early days for the Canadian Men’s National Team, but there is a lot to be optimistic about. After a 5-1 win to open their 2022 World Cup Qualifying campaign, here are some thoughts on the way that John Herdman is lining up players and moving them around the field. In a world where just a few years ago, the biggest club representative of Canada was Unattached FC™, it is nice to see some healthy competition and tough decisions for the coach.

Should Major League Soccer Adopt A Promotion-Relegation System?

On April 18, 2019, Major League Soccer announced a strategic plan to expand to 30 teams by 2021. MLS currently comprises 24 teams - 3 in Canada, and the rest in the United States. Expanding to 30 teams would make it the biggest professional league in world football in terms of number of clubs and players. With 4 teams arriving to the league in the past 3 years and 4 more on their way by 2021, things are really becoming a bit crazy in the North American soccer scene. Ultimately, the decision from an economic standpoint is a wise one for the league. More clubs = more money, greater outreach and greater attention. But it would throw certain things into chaos, such as scheduling, fairness of scheduling, and the disparities in between the caliber of teams and players.     

Toronto FC Make History and Advance To MLS Cup Final

In one of the best games in MLS history, Toronto FC made history when they became the first ever Canadian team to advance to the MLS Cup Final, beating Montreal Impact by a score of 5-2 on the night, 7-5 on aggregate. Toronto FC had a hard-fought season just to get to the playoffs and … Continue reading Toronto FC Make History and Advance To MLS Cup Final

Sebastian Giovinco is the Best Player the MLS have ever had

After a 4-3 loss to Vancouver on Saturday, Sebastian Giovinco became the fastest player in MLS history to reach 50 goals + assists. Despite the loss, Giovinco was far and away man of the match, contributing heavily to all three of Toronto FC's goals, as he scored two of them and assisted the other. Giovinco has … Continue reading Sebastian Giovinco is the Best Player the MLS have ever had