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Sporting Kansas City

Hamid enjoying breakout season for surging D.C. United

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BY MITCHELL NORTHAM

WASHINGTON D.C. United'swin vs.Chivas USA lastSunday marked the club's third consecutive victory and put D.C.within arm's reach of first place in MLS's Eastern Conference, trailing Sporting Kansas City by a single point.

As important as the victory was, its significance went well beyond the three points earned, particularly for Bill Hamid.

New U.S. Soccer National Training Center coming to Kansas City

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The senior and youth national team will be calling Kansas City a new home in a couple of years. Photo provided by US National Soccer Players.

Kansas City is on the verge of becoming thecapitolof soccer in the United States.

Man City cruise to victory over Sporting KC

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By TATE STEINLAGE

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Manchester City has added an extra piece of silverware to its trophy cabinet. The first of its 2014-15 campaign.

In a battle reigning league champions, Manchester City captured the Champions Shield with an easy 4-1 victory over Sporting Kansas City in front of a crowd of 18,484 at Sporting Park.

English Premier League

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Major League Soccer teams will look to improve their league's recent results against English Premier League sides in a trio of intriguing friendlies taking place across the country today.

The New York Red Bulls take on Arsenal today at Red Bull Arena in a match that will have special significance for Red Bulls star and Gunners legend Thierry Henry.

Jay DeMerit ends an 11 year career

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Jay DeMerit says goodbye to the sport of soccer. Photo by MLSSoccer.com

Eleven year veteran announces hisretirementafter suffering from two years in a row of injury riddled seasons.

Former U.

QPR Recalls Julio Cesar From Toronto FC

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Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar has been recalled to Queens Park Rangers following a brief loan spell with MLS side Toronto FC.

Cesar represented his country in every match during this summer's World Cup with his standout performance being in Brazil's penalty shootout win over Chile.

Despite struggling to find a regular starting position at QPR last season and being shipped off to Canada, the 34-year-old stepped into the global spotlight by saving two Chilean penalties as the host country went on to win the shootout 3-2.

Soccer News: Didier Drogba returns to Chelsea

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho offers a quick explanation for why the club signed Didier Drogba in Friday's soccer news roundup. Read More

Arsenal vs New York Red Bulls Friendly Comes At Wrong Time For Both Clubs

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Saturday's friendly between Arsenal and New York Red Bulls is a strange one in that both teams downplayed the New York Cup match in Thursday's press conference.

A lot of planning has gone into this game that will be broadcast live on ESPN2, a game that has brought Gunners fans from across the United States and England.

Soccer TV: Manchester United vs Roma and Red Bulls vs Arsenal

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Manchester United play Roma in the 2014 Guinness International Champions Cup and Arsenal visit Red Bull Arena on the weekend soccer TV schedule. Read More

LA Galaxy 0-7 Manchester United: What the Matchday Experience Was Like At the Rose Bowl

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The sky above Pasadena was still bright blue as a red sea of Manchester United faithful filled the Rose Bowl to see their recast club face the L.A. Galaxy on a sultry Wednesday night.

The 86,432 who packed into L.A.'s historic college football venue, greater than any UCLA Bruins crowd last season, endured a half-hour kickoff delay in stride as Manchester United's bus got stuck in traffic.

Premier League 4-0 MLS: English teams dominant over North American counterparts

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Premier League 4-0 MLS: English teams dominant over North American counterparts - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Several Premier League clubs are currently over in North America on pre-season tours to get the squadprepared and to test out new formations for the up-coming season in Britain.

LA Galaxy 0-7 Manchester United: A Night to Remember For Red Devils Fans [PHOTOS]

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For many Manchester United supporters, Wednesday night was a dream come true to see their favorite players up-close and to watch the team absolutely thrash LA Galaxy 7-0 in front of 84,362 spectators.

World Soccer Talk photographer Josh Tomlinson was at the match in Pasadena, where he shared the following photographs with us:

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PHOTO: Chelsea legend wearing MLS club’s shirt

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Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has signed a two-year deal with Major League Soccer side New York City FC.

The 36-year-old was released by the Premier League outfit after his contract expired on June 30.

CONFIRMED: Chelsea legend signs for MLS Club

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New York City have confirmed the signing of Chelsea legend Frank Lampard on Thursday.

The veteran midfielder was released by the Blues after his contract expired at the end of the last season. The 36-year-old signed a two-year contract with the Major League Soccer side.

Early Signs Look Good For Manchester United, But They Are Still A Work In Progress

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Of course, it's the first match of the preseason and Manchester United were lined up against a fourth place MLS squad that have been struggling of late.

Arguably the LA Galaxy's best player, Landon Donovan, was benched at the start of the friendly because his manager felt the former Everton-loanee had been "sub-par" in his past few league matches.

New York City FC Signs England Veteran Midfielder Frank Lampard

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MLS team New York City FC today announced the signing of England veteran midfielder Frank Lampard on a free transfer.

Lampard, who holds the record as Chelsea's all-time leading goalscorer, was unveiled as New York City FC's newest signing, where he'll join the club in 2015 alongside David Villa.

MLS Scores: Big wins for Manchester City, Manchester United, and San Jose

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Manchester City and Manchester United beat MLS teams in friendlies while San Jose scored 5 goals against Chicago. Read More

Real Salt Lake

MLS Ticker: Bengtson loaned to Belgrano; MLS fine Whitecaps; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Jerry Bengtson's star crossed time in Boston is over.

The New England Revolution announced on Friday morning that they've sent the Honduras international forward on loan to Argentine club Belgrano through June 30, 2015.

Garcia nabs a brace in RSL victory over Impact

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By TYLER GRAY

SANDY, Utah. -It had been one year and 11 days since Olmes Garcia last scored a goal. Just to prove a point, he scored two.

Real Salt Lake scored once from Luke Mulholland and a brace from Olmes Garcia to negate Hassoun Camara's first-half strike for the 10-man Montreal Impact.

2014 MLS Season

Jay DeMerit retires

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Jay DeMerit retires from professional soccer leaving an alternative to how a player ends up in the Premier League and the World Cup. Read More

MLS Scores: Real Salt Lake 3 – Montreal Impact 1

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Real Salt Lake picked up three points on Thursday night with a win over the Montreal Impact as week 20 of the 2014 MLS season continues. Read More

Fixing the MLS Player of the Week award

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Is the MLS Player of the Week award setup to regularly honor goal scorers rather than looking at who did the most for his team? Read More

Frank Lampard

Frank Lampard’s Move to New York City FC is a Wise Decision For Club and Player

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New York City FC made Frank Lampard their second designated player Thursday, signing the England and Chelsea veteran to a two-year deal that will pay Lampard almost eight million dollars per year.

On the face of it, this is a shaky move. Lampard is 36, and he's getting paid a lot of money.

Frank Lampard is introduced to New York City

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Frank Lampard posses while wearing a t-shirt of his new teams logo. Photo provided by MLSSoccer.com.

The English international is officially a member of New York City FC.

Frank Lampard on Thursday morning became an official New Yorker, as he was formally introduced to the public as the NYCFC fourth player and second designated player in Brooklyn.

Official: Frank Lampard Completes Freebie New York City FC Move (Photo)

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By Chris Wright

It's been in the works for quite sometime but now the deal is public and official: Frank Lampard has signed a two-year contract with start-up MLS club New York City FC after leaving Chelsea at the end of last season, thus ending his13-year stint with the Blues.

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Friday Freedom Kicks: MLS Reserves Lose to EPL Superstars, and news items of greater import

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Beasley in an orange jersey? I'm okay with that.

Let's get down to business. It's Friday.

Unmarked Episode 5: Jordan Johansen's Wish Comes True - Youtube: Latest episode of Unmarked features DC United superstar Jordan Johansen.

How did DaMarcus Beasley end up in Houston?

DaMarcus Beasely is heading back to the MLS

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DaMarcus Beasley is heading back home to Major League Soccer, this time he will be heading to the Houston Dynamo. Photo by Kyle Rivas/Getty Images

The Houston Dynamo have won the race for DaMarcus Beasley in Major League Soccer allocation by exchanging with Toronto FC for the U.

FC Dallas

Summer Friendly Rewind: Tottenham edges Toronto, Villa blank Dallas and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Jermain Defoe had a chance to topple his former club with his new one, but he and Toronto FC were ultimately undone by a late goal.

Andros Townsend scored in the 85th minute and Tottenham edged Defoe and Toronto FC, 3-2, in a thrilling friendly at BMO Field on Wednesday.

MLS Gets Wakeup Call In Night Of English Friendlies

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Remember all that gloating we had last month at the World Cup when the USA advanced out of the Group of Death while England was sent home early? How the progress of the national team was a sign of his far Major League Soccer has come? Well last night was reality check for the league as MLS sides went head to head with five Premier League sides and the results were not pretty.

How MLS just lost that World Cup momentum

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Just ten days after a World Cup that saw Americans tuning in and buying into the sport of soccer, the number one question coming out was "how can MLS convert/capture this momentum?" The answer probably isn't found in the self-inflicted ritual of the international friendly:

All last night crawling across the ESPN ticker was this deceptive storyline: TOR 2 TOT 3 .

Videos

New York Red Bulls Players Practice Their English Accents As Club Prepare To Welcome Arsenal (Video)

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By Chris Wright

With several of the Arsenal squad demonstrating their finest "New Yoick" brogues earlier in the week ahead of this Saturday's pre-season game againstNew York Red Bulls, a few of theRed Bulls mob havereturned the favour by brushing up on their English accents before the game too.

Man Utd Off To Winning Start Under Louis Van Gaal, Spank LA Galaxy 7-0 In Pasadena (Photos & Highlights)

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By Chris Wright

Not that muchstock should be put in pre-season friendlies, but Manchester United got themselves off to a winning start under the stewardship of Louis van Gaal by trouncing LA Galaxy 7-0 in Pasadena last night.

Danny Welbeck opened the scoring before Wayne Rooney, Ashley Young and Reece James all snaffled a couple of goals apieceas the Galaxy imploded in front of almost 90,000 fans at the Rose Bowl.

The Rest

Rapids roll past Chivas USA

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The Colorado Rapids exacted a measure of revenge on Friday night, and in doing so climbed closer to the upper reaches of the Western Conference standings.

A pair of first-half goals from Nick LaBrocca and Drew Moor helped the Rapids coast to a 3-0 romp against Chivas USA on Friday night at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

Orlando City Notes: Robinho move to Orlando hits snag; New Citrus Bowl renderings; and more

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

SANFORD, Fla. —Orlando City Soccer Club's acquisition of AC Milan forward Robinho may have run into a brick wall.

According to reports in Italy,Robinho's move to Orlando City from Milan is more than likely doubtful. Milan CEO Adriano Galliani has admitted to discussions between the Lions and the Rossoneri, but the inability to match a transfer fee seems to be a problem.

Bengston Loaned To Argentine Side Belgrano

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If Jerry Bengtson discovers his scoring touch at the club level anytime soon, it won't be with the New England Revolution.

On Friday, the club announced that it had sent the goal-starved striker to Belgrano (Argentina) on a one-year loan that will expire at the end of June 2015.

Postmortem: Chicago Fire (1) at San Jose Earthquakes (5)

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Mike Magee in yet another middling-to-poor performance (Photo: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY)

OTF contributor Daniel Casey asks "Then why are your having fun for?" after a 5-1 loss to San Jose...

A postmatch should have analysis and critique, calling out the poor and highlighting the well played.

Maurice Edu and Brain Straus | Episode 420

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We talk to Philadelphia Union midfielder Maurice Edu and Brain Straus from Sports Illustrated about Designated Players, the World Cup, and soccer in America.

Follow @MauriceEdu on Twitter | Follow @brianstraus on Twitter

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

Man United thrash Galaxy in Rose Bowl friendly

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By MARK EDWARD HORNISH

PASADENA, Calif If anyone wanted to assess where American soccer stands in comparison to the European football, they need not look at the lopsided result on the scoreboard at the Rose Bowl, where the LA Galaxy hosted international giants Manchester United on a warm Wednesday night in Pasadena.

World Cup Thoughts relevant to American Soccer – My Straight Talk

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The bottom line

1. We won 1 out of 4 games.

2. We were inferior in 3 out of 4. Yes, you heard right ... IN·FE·RI·OR. Ghana, Germany, Belgium. Yes, we won the game vs Ghana, but we were inferior that's football. Don't understand that? Sorry. The Portugal game? We were on par.

Jurgen Klinsmann

1.

Dizzy yet?

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I have just woken up to an ace birdie telling me that DeAndre Yedlin has had a change of heart about the AS Roma option, so the Serie A club are back in the race for his services with a vengeance. The Sounders phenom is now cool with staying in Seattle until next summer, which means Roma are again drawing close to a deal.