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Interview with ESPN’s Paul Carr on NYCFC, Soccernomics and MLS expansion

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I recently caught up with Paul Carr, senior researcher for ESPN Stats & Information department, at a New York City FC game.

We covered a lot of stuff MLS's international break problem, the new book from Stefan Szymanski of Soccernomics, and the future of MLS expansion.

Here's the interview:

Sam Dunn (SD): I wanted to get your take on the impact of international breaks – official and unofficial – on the level of play in MLS.

Interview with ESPN’s Paul Carr on NYCFC, Soccernomics and MLS expansion

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I recently caught up with Paul Carr, senior researcher for ESPN Stats & Information department, at a New York City FC game.

We covered a lot of stuff MLS's international break problem, the new book from Stefan Szymanski of Soccernomics, and the future of MLS expansion.

Here's the interview:

Sam Dunn (SD): I wanted to get your take on the impact of international breaks – official and unofficial – on the level of play in MLS.

LA Galaxy

Brian Kleiban will be Joining the LA Galaxy

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Mike Muñoz and Brian Kleiban joining forces

And with that, the process with the best prospects in the academy will continue.

With the dissolution of Chivas USA last year, MLS decided to sustain its academy until the end of this season. At which point, it too would cease to exist.

Of course all of these players would have found homes in other clubs.

2015 International Champions Cup teams

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The 2015 International Champions Cup will have three MLS teams joining international super clubs like Barcelona and Manchester United. Read More

MLS Team Of Week Dominated By The Colorado Rapids

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The MLS Team Of Week has four members of the Colorado Rapids, after they took apart FC Dallas 4-0 last Friday. Interestingly, the starting XI from whoscored.com, includes players from only four teams, the Rapids, Red Bulls, Houston Dynamo and LA Galaxy.

It is not often that Player of the Week honors goes to a goalkeeper in a winning cause, but that is the case with Galaxy goalkeeper Jaime Penedo who was brilliant in LA's 1-0 win over the Seattle Sounders at the weekend.

Penedo wins MLS Player of the Week

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Jaime Penedo accomplishes a rarity in Major League Soccer as a goalkeeper winning the MLS Player of the Week award. Read More

10 things we learned from gameweek 6 of MLS

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Here are the 10 things we learned from week six of the Major League Soccer season.

1. Orlando can be as good as they want to be

The Lions made one of the longest road-trips in MLS to play the newly confident Portland Timbers, and dismantled them in a convincing 2-0 win.

10 things we learned from gameweek 6 of MLS

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Here are the 10 things we learned from week six of the Major League Soccer season.

1. Orlando can be as good as they want to be

The Lions made one of the longest road-trips in MLS to play the newly confident Portland Timbers, and dismantled them in a convincing 2-0 win.

D.C. United

Huge in Belgium: DC United & Sundry Soccer Links for 17 April 2015

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While tomorrow's game might be blacked out in DC, there are people watching MLS all over the world.

Friday Freedom Kicks speaks only one language, and it is not its own.

D.C. United vs. Houston Dynamo | MLS MatchCenter: First off, here's the MLS preview of tomorrow's game against Houston.

MLS Statistical Analysis 1.15: It's Back

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It's close enough to the quarter pole for me to feel justified in looking at numbers. Wanna fight about it?

Life comes at you fast. I kept putting off MLS Statistical Analysis for the first part of the season, and putting it off, and putting it off... until it became the end of the MLS season and I was getting married.

Philadelphia Union

MLS: NYCFC 1 – Philadelphia Union 1

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The Philadelphia Union take four points from two games with NYCFC, winning in Week 6 and drawing on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium. Read More

Philadelphia finding you don’t need to buy good goalkeeping

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If I had written a story about the Philadelphia Union a week ago, I might have rightly considered them the worst team in Major League Soccer. However, a victory and a draw over New York City F.C. has at least bandaged some wounds. But a team in 2014 that had a playoff position in their grasp still has some major questions.

Philadelphia finding you don’t need to buy good goalkeeping

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If I had written a story about the Philadelphia Union a week ago, I might have rightly considered them the worst team in Major League Soccer. However, a victory and a draw over New York City F.C. has at least bandaged some wounds. But a team in 2014 that had a playoff position in their grasp still has some major questions.

Real Salt Lake

Clint Irwin and Brian Dunseth | Episode 505

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Find out why Colorado Rapids GK Clint Irwin sometimes feels "so left out", why he authors blog posts, and his thoughts on the Rapids' current form. In the second segment we talk to Brian Dunseth about the USMNT, RSL, and the rest of MLS.

Follow @clintirwin on Twitter | Follow @TheOriginalWinger on Twitter

Thanks for listening and don't forget to share (and rate on iTunes).

Is Real Salt Lake the San Jose Sharks of MLS?

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Real Salt Lake is already drawing a parallel to a struggling club in the NHL, and it doesn't flatter either of them. Read More

US Soccer

USMNT can finally look at positives after 2-0 victory against Mexico

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The best news for a US Men's National Team desperate for good news is that the biggest story emerging from their friendly encounter with Mexico was not the disaster that was the Alamodome turf. Instead, the story can be how the US beat Mexico once again by that famous scoreline, and how the problems that dogged them in previous friendlies finally receded, at least for one night.

USMNT can finally look at positives after 2-0 victory against Mexico

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The best news for a US Men's National Team desperate for good news is that the biggest story emerging from their friendly encounter with Mexico was not the disaster that was the Alamodome turf. Instead, the story can be how the US beat Mexico once again by that famous scoreline, and how the problems that dogged them in previous friendlies finally receded, at least for one night.

Ticker

Agudelo Scores in #USAvMEX

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Photo credit: Chris Aduama/aduamaphotography.com

Not long after he received a "very nice" e-mail from U.S. Soccer about his call upfor the squad's friendly againstMexico, Juan Agudelosaid hewanted to do all he could to stay in the national team pool. It's safe to sayhe did just that on Wednesday.

MLS All-Stars to Face Tottenham

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This year's MLS All-Stars will face Tottenham Hotspur at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Co., the league announced on Wednesday.

The All-Stars will face the EPL side on Jul. 29 before a national audience. The 2015 edition of the summertime showcase will be the 12th time that the league's best players will face an international opponent.

Chicago Fire

The First Fan: Reflections on 10 Years Without Peter Wilt

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Ten years ago last week, news broke that thefirst President and General Manager of the Chicago Fire was leaving the club. DespiteWilt's departure from Major League Soccer, his influence in the North American game remains.

In an age of "Circle the Wagon" franchise mentality,Wilt is a champion of fan culture, corporate accessibility, andorganizational transparency.

Breaking into Klinsmann’s USMNT

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Jurgen Klinsmann's setup for the USMNT might make it difficult for skilled players to break into the squad. Read More

Listen to Soccer Morning with American Outlaws and Jeff Crandall from 10-11:15am ET

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features interviews with guests Dan Wiersema from American Outlaws and Jeff Crandall.

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morning features interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

Listen to Soccer Morning with American Outlaws and Jeff Crandall from 10-11:15am ET

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features interviews with guests Dan Wiersema from American Outlaws and Jeff Crandall.

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morning features interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

@Jvlaha’s Monday Musings, Episode 1

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There's a new editor in charge of "On The Fire", and with that, I've decided to step up and write a new column. Without further ado,here is the first episode of"Vlaha's Monday Musings". Today's piece comes in four parts.

Part One, "The Empire Strikes Back", #Schedulegate

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English Premier League

Tottenham Hotspur to play MLS All-Star Team this summer

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Tottenham Hotspur will be the featured opponent in this summer's MLS All-Star Game to be held at the Colorado Rapids stadium near Denver on July 29, 2015.

Spurs will be the 10th different international team to have played the MLS All-Star Team. Previous teams have included Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Everton, Manchester United, Fulham, West Ham and others.

Tottenham Hotspur to play MLS All-Star Team this summer

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Tottenham Hotspur will be the featured opponent in this summer's MLS All-Star Game to be held at the Colorado Rapids stadium near Denver on July 29, 2015.

Spurs will be the 10th different international team to have played the MLS All-Star Team. Previous teams have included Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Everton, Manchester United, Fulham, West Ham and others.

Spurs to play MLS All-Stars

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MLS officially announced the opponent for the 2015 MLS All-Star Game, with the All-Stars playing Premier League club Spurs. Read More

Manchester United, Barcelona, Chelsea and PSG to play in International Champions Cup

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Manchester United, Barcelona, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and others will be among the teams participating in this summer's 2015 International Champions Cup tournament, Relevent Sports and RSE Venturesannounced today.

The tournament, which is in its third year, will feature several of the most popular teams in the world playing in the competition in North America andoverseas.

Manchester United, Barcelona, Chelsea and PSG to play in International Champions Cup

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Manchester United, Barcelona, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and others will be among the teams participating in this summer's 2015 International Champions Cup tournament, Relevent Sports and RSE Venturesannounced today.

The tournament, which is in its third year, will feature several of the most popular teams in the world playing in the competition in North America andoverseas.

Another White Elephant?

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Since his announcement as manager way back in 2011, Juergen Klinsmann has espoused a core tenant of bolstering the development process of American talent, domestically and abroad. Part of his program has most certainly been to encourage the rising stars of American soccer to ply their trade overseas, where coaching,.

Miami Fusion

Miami Fusion version 2.0 back 13 years after MLS dumping

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In 2002, months after winning the Major League Soccer Supporters' Shield, the Miami Fusion was folded by the league due to investor Ken Horowitz deciding he was no longer going to finance the team.

Now 14 seasons since the franchise's best and last season in MLS, the Fusion name has been resurrected.

Miami Fusion version 2.0 back 13 years after MLS dumping

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In 2002, months after winning the Major League Soccer Supporters' Shield, the Miami Fusion was folded by the league due to investor Ken Horowitz deciding he was no longer going to finance the team.

Now 14 seasons since the franchise's best and last season in MLS, the Fusion name has been resurrected.

World Soccer

World Soccer Talk Radio (4.13.15) Rachel Bonnetta

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Download tonight's episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring host Nate Abaurrea and special guest Rachel Bonnetta.

Listen to the show via the player above or via this link.

If you enjoy the show, listen to it live every Monday through Friday between 9-10pm ET (6-7pm PT) via Sports Byline on the radio, the Sports Byline website, or the Tune-In app.

Listen to Rachel Bonnetta live on World Soccer Talk Radio from 9-10pm ET

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Tonight's episode of World Soccer Talk Radio features host Nate Abaurrea and special guest Rachel Bonnetta.

Listen to the show live between 9-10pm ET (6-7pm PT) via Sports Byline on the radio, the Sports Byline website, the Tune-In app or via the embedded player below.

Hosted by Nate Abaurrea, World Soccer Talk Radio is anightly soccer news and discussion show that will air Mondays through Fridays each week.

The Rest

It's Just Business

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It should come as little surprise, really, but home front TV outcast MLS has suddenly become a hot property around the globe. It's a little hard to calculate exactly at this moment, but it seems the actual number of matches broadcast has not changed too much from last season. However, several new negotiations could bump Major League Soccer to new viewership heights away while the home ratings

Homegrown – April 2015

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On this month's Homegrown with our hosts, Dan and Jay: The sunshine state of soccer, Florida. Have we jumped the shark on Juergen Klinsmann? The CCL could still have a big club win it all. Interview with Sky Blue FC's head coach and technical director Jim Gabarra. Closing out with..

Spurs Announced As ASG Opponent

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This morning MLS announced that Tottenham Hotspur will be the opponent for the MLS All-Stars at the Dick on July 29th. A bit of a step down from last year's Bayern Munich but then most choices would be. Ticket details were also released today. Rapids season ticket holders will get a code tomorrow morning to buy tickets, they'll go on sale to the general public next week:

MLS All-Star Game (July 29th)
Midfield: $120
Sidelines: $70
Corners: $60
South Endline: $40

MLS Homegrown Game (July 28th)
General Admission: $10

You'll also have to pay for parking at the ASG but not the Homegrown Game.

Tottenham Hotspur to play in 2015 MLS All-Star Game

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MLS announced today that EPL side Tottenham Hotspur will face the MLS All-Stars in the 2015 ASG in Colorado.

For the twelfth time in the event's 20-year history, an international club will take on the MLS All-Stars, who have a 7-3-1 record in the highly competitive and entertaining format. In addition to honoring the best players in MLS, the game has featured an array of world-famous clubs such as Manchester United (2010 & 2011), Everton FC (2009), Chelsea FC (2006 & 2012), AS Roma (2012) and, most recently, FC Bayern Munich (2014).

Could Carles Puyol Be Heading To MLS?

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Barcelona legend Carles Puyol has reportedly received offers to play in Major League Soccer and he says he is "not ruling anything out" regarding his future plans.

The 37-year-old Puyol retired at the end of last season, after struggling with persistent knee problems for over two years.

Speaking from China, where he was being unveiled as an ambassador of the Laureus foundation, he told Mundo Deportivo that the condition of his knee was improving, but he was not yet sure what his next career move would be with a move into coaching also an option.

Listen to Rachel Bonnetta live on World Soccer Talk Radio from 9-10pm ET

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Tonight's episode of World Soccer Talk Radio features host Nate Abaurrea and special guest Rachel Bonnetta.

Listen to the show live between 9-10pm ET (6-7pm PT) via Sports Byline on the radio, the Sports Byline website, the Tune-In app or via the embedded player below.

Hosted by Nate Abaurrea, World Soccer Talk Radio is anightly soccer news and discussion show that will air Mondays through Fridays each week.