On loan from New York City FC, the Spanish star will miss several weeks of A-League action while fulfilling commercial obligations stateside.
Major League Soccer
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Monday, October 20, 2014
Tony Tchani, Ethan Finlay and Aaron Schoenfeld are in this week's team after Columbus' 3-1 win at New York.
The Timbers manager hopes his club can head into the competition's knockout stages.
The Seattle Sounders rallied from 2-0 down to tie the LA Galaxy in the first of what could be four meetings between the MLS powers in the coming weeks.
Goal looks back at the best photos and moments from the 32nd round of MLS action.
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Sigi Schmid's side now needs only a draw against LA next weekend to sew up the Shield, given to the MLS team with the most regular season points.
United completed a remarkable turnaround, but its personnel see room for improvement.
The Hoops leapfrogged RSL into third in the Western Conference, and will avoid the play-in game if they manage to hold onto their position.
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Toronto FC's late-season collapse reached its nadir with a home draw against Montreal.
The "Wall of the Wasatch" performed superbly in net to preserve a clean sheet against the playoff-chasing Timbers.
Friday, October 17, 2014
The national team manager's pre-match news conference Monday drew a response from Don Garber that led Klinsmann to say his comments were misinterpreted.
Michael Bradley reiterated his belief that a big-money transfer to Toronto FC was in his best interests, after the U.S. national team coach criticized the move.
The Canadian-Cascadian side has gone on a scintillating run in recent weeks and beat Seattle to the region's rivalry cup, form which could hurt Portland as well.
Orlando City's president says the future of MLS is bright.
D.C. United central defender Steve Birnbaum is enjoying a standout rookie season, and it was his unique path through college that has helped him find early success.
The LA Galaxy host the Seattle Sounders in the first of two meetings to end the season between the Supporters' Shield contenders.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
New Bologna FC owners Joe Tacopina and Joey Saputo received a rock star's welcome in Bologna on Thursday as they look to steer the club back to Serie A.
The MLS commissioner went on the defensive in response to USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann's recent criticisms of the league, and in doing so missed their point.
The U.S. advanced past its group in Brazil, but a closer look shows that the World Cup wasn't enough of a success to vindicate Jurgen Klinsmann.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
The MLS commissioner vociferously defended his league in a conference call that demonstrated his anger with the U.S. head coach.