Weekend Recap: Rapid-fire MLS playoff analysis, NWSL stars, and USL musings

Quick Hits
  • MLS: Rapid-fire analysis of every MLS playoff game
  • NWSL: LaBonta, Jakobsson make all the difference in the first round of the playoffs
  • USL: Takeaways from the USL Championship’s regular season

We’re back with another edition of the Weekend Recap. Every Monday, we make it easier for you to keep up with the most interesting and important things in American soccer.

Today, we’re taking you through some of the past weekend’s key storylines, including playoffs in MLS and the NWSL and the end of the USL Championship’s regular season.

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MLS

Lowery: Rapid-fire analysis of every MLS playoff game

Say what you will about playoff success being an accurate representation of a team’s quality, but oh-boy are playoff games fun. From Brandon Vazquez burning Aaron Long in the open field on Saturday, to Austin FC just edging past RSL in penalties on Sunday after crossing the ball 193 times, there were some great moments in this weekend’s MLS playoff action.

If you missed any of the four first round games so far, I’ve got you covered with a 10 word summary of each match and then a bit of expanded analysis underneath. Let’s get to it...[Subscribe]

NWSL

Cascone: LaBonta, Jakobsson make all the difference in the first round of the playoffs

The 2022 edition of the NWSL playoffs kicked off on Sunday and didn’t disappoint. In the first match of the evening, Houston and Kansas City, two playoff first-timers, went head-to-head with Kansas City coming out on top with a 2-1 scoreline. In the other matchup, San Diego welcomed – and bested – Chicago, the only playoff veterans in the first round, by the same scoreline.

We also saw two new NWSL playoff attendance records, with 21,184 fans in the stands at PNC Stadium and 26,215 at Snapdragon Stadium just a few hours later.

While there was tons of action in both games, two players really stood out on the way to victory...[Subscribe]

USL

Morrissey: Takeaways from the USL Championship's regular season

This weekend marked the end of the regular season in the USL Championship and there are plenty of lessons to be learned. A few major trends emerged in 2022 that have relevance in terms of tactics, roster building, and development.

Sharing the load in attack

If you look at the players who scored more than 15 goals in the USL Championship this season, a trend emerges: three of those six players missed the playoffs, and another snuck in as the lowest seed in the Western Conference. This represents how style and system can trump individual success...[Subscribe]

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