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Most Irreplaceable Players

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Certain players' contribution goes beyond stat sheets and what appears in the extended highlights. The hardcore fans from each team know them. They are the Most Irreplaceable Players (MIP). Not every club has one, and they may not be all-stars, but they are essential to success. An obvious examplethis yearis.

Is FC Dallas the best team in MLS?

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FC Dallas is playing great soccer in a Western Conference full of MLS Cup contenders. Read More

Tesho Akindele Voted MLS Player of the Week

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FC Dallas forward Tesho Akindele was voted Major League Soccer Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for Week 23 of the 2014 MLS season. Akindele scored a hat trick, the first of his career, in this week's 5-0 versus the San Jose Earthquakes.

Akindele opened his score sheet in the 43rd minutes, making it a 2-0 lead for FCD, with left footed shot off the far post.

Tesho Akindele wins MLS Player of the Week

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FC Dallas forward Tesho Akindele scored three of his team's five goals in the win over San Jose to win Player of the Week honors for week 23. Read More

San Jose Earthquakes 0 – FC Dallas 5, Real Salt Lake 2 – Seattle Sounders 1

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FC Dallas had a big week 23 in MLS, beating the San Jose Earthquakes 5-0 while Real Salt Lake picked up three points. Read More

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Fabian Castillo

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Following a disappointing midweek loss in the U.S. Open Cup semifinals, it would have been easy for FC Dallas to enter Saturday's clash with the San Jose Earthquakes with splintered confidence. However, Fabian Castillo wasn't going to let that happen.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Tesho Akindele

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By RYAN TOLMICH

There are few players, let alone rookies, that are as hot as Tesho Akindele. Having scored three goals in his previous five games, the FC Dallas rookie put forth his best effortyet in the team's 5-0 destruction of the San Jose EarthquakesSaturday.

The 22-year-old forward scored a hat-trick, the first of his career, with two of his three finishes coming of the poacher variety in displays of positional awareness beyond his years.

New England Revolution

Former U.S. international Tony Taylor is heading to the Revolution

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Former U.S. international Tony Taylor is heading to the Revolution - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Former Under-20 U.S. international forward Tony Taylor (Center) is heading to the New England Revolution. Photo provided by Getty Images.

25-year-old American forward is headingto Major League Soccer side, the New England Revolution.

Former U.S. youth international Tony Taylor is heading to the Revolution

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Former U.S. youth international Tony Taylor is heading to the Revolution - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Former Under-20 U.S. international forward Tony Taylor (Center) is heading to the New England Revolution. Photo provided by Getty Images.

25-year-old American forward is headingto Major League Soccer side, the New England Revolution.

Ridgewell enjoying smooth transition to MLS with Timbers

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By TIM FONTENAULT

Weaving his way through the New England Revolution defense, Portland Timbers central defender Liam Ridgewell looked more like a mesmerizing forward than a tall, lanky defender as he scored his first goal for his new club Saturday night at Gillette Stadium.

Revolution beat out Timbers to acquire Taylor via lottery

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By FRANCO PANIZO

There is apparently no such thing as one too many as far as theNew England Revolution are concerned.

The Revolution announced Monday that they have signed former youth U.S. Men's National Team forward Tony Taylor. New England acquired the 25-year-old Taylor via a lottery that the Portland Timbers also participated in, but the Revolution had the upperhand with a 71.

With big week ahead, Timbers need to move on after draw at Revolution

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By TIM FONTENAULT

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Caleb Porter was not going to dance around the issue when asked about his thoughts on the Portland Timbers' 1-1 draw at the New England Revolution Saturday night: He thought his team was robbed of all three points.

Revs Draw With Portland As SKC Extends Lead At Top Of Eastern Conference

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Charlie Davies scored his second goal in as many games as the New England Revolution were held at home by the Portand Timbers while elsewhere in MLS, Sporting Kansas City opened up a five-point lead at the top of the Eastern Conference as they cruised to a 4-1 win over Toronto FC.

Both teams came into the match at Gillette on the wrong side of the playoff standings, and it looked like it was going to be the Revolutions's night when in the 27th minute Davies ran onto a Diego Fagundez through ball to make it 1-0.

Colorado Rapids

SBI MLS Goal of the Week: Dillon Serna

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Silva’s brace leads D.C. United to a win over the Rapids

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By MITCHELL NORTHAM

WASHINGTON -D.C. United headed into Sunday night's match against the Colorado Rapids riding a two-game losing slide, while alsofacing theadded difficultyof playing without suspended forward Eddie Johnson.

Columbus Crew

Crew provide fitting tribute to Donovan’s career at Crew Stadium

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By DAN KARELL

Landon Donovan played his final game at Crew Stadium last Saturday evening, 15 years, two months, and 25 days after his first appearance in the United States' first soccer-specific stadium.

Prior to the game, which finished 4-1 in favor of the Columbus Crew, the Crew honored Donovan with a video tribute anda giftthat included a piece of the net from his prior match in central Ohio, where he scored the second goal in another U.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: Columbus Crew

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Saturday was supposed to be Landon Donovan's day. With retirement looming, the LA Galaxy star was meant to be the man-of-the-hour, with ceremonies, gifts and praise aplenty to make sure that Donovan's achievements were more than recognized.

Crew rout Galaxy on Donovan’s final trip to Columbus

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By DAN KARELL

COLUMBUS, Ohio It was supposed to be Landon Donovan's night at Crew Stadium, but the Columbus Crew weren't having any of that.

Coming off a lackluster performance in a 3-2 defeat to Toronto FC, the Crew took their game to a new level, routing Donovan and the LA Galaxy, 4-1, in front of a sold-out crowd of 20,729.

D.C. United

Saying no to the CONCACAF Champions League

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Should teams have a choice of entering the CONCACAF Champions League or focusing on the domestic league schedule? Read More

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS and CONCACAF Champions League soccer links for August 19

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So much time, so little content. Wait, no - scratch that; reverse it.

Too much content to waste space on an intro. Let's jump right into this morning's links.

Match Analysis: D.C. United vs Colorado Rapids | D.C. United
Good place to start this Tuesday morning: assistant coach Chad Ashton breaks down the win over the 'Pids.

D.C. United Scouting Report: Colorado Rapids

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D.C. United faces a Colorado Rapids side that has played several formations, rotated a lot of players through their lineup, and has given those players many different roles. However, the same flaws keep popping up, and United may well be poised to take advantage.

Every season in MLS, there's going to be one team that is very difficult to write these scouting reports about.

podcasts

The SBI Show: Episode 159 (Recapping MLS Week 24, talking Americans Abroad, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

A week filled with blowouts shook up the playoff races in Major League Soccer, and gave us plenty to talk about in the latest episode of The SBI Show.

Episode 159 takes a look back at MLS Week 24, including Real Salt Lake's impressive win against Seattle, the Columbus Crew's upset of the Los Angeles Galaxy and FC Dallas' blowout of San Jose.

The SBI Show: Episode 158 (Talking USMNT friendlies, previewing MLS Week 24, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

The remaining 2014 schedule for the U.S. Men's National Team is round into shape, and the latest episode of The SBI Show takes a look at the scheduled friendlies, and more.

Episode 158 of The SBI Show discusses the recently-announced USMNT friendlies against Ecuador and Ireland, as well as the need for another high-profile friendly to replace the proposed Colombia friendly that fell through.

English Premier League

55% Of Top 100 Soccer Blogs Recommended by The Guardian in 2011 Are Now Gone

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In October 2012, World Soccer Talk published an analysis of the health of the top 100 soccer blogsaccording to a 2011 list that was created byThe Guardian newspaperof the best soccer blogs worth following.At the time of the review of the list in 2012, 37% of the blogs were defunct with more on the edge of extinction.

Why do American soccer fans choose the Premier League?

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Jason Davis looks at why so many American soccer fans favor the Premier League over MLS and the rest of club soccer. Read More

3 to See: CSKA, Seattle and King Louis’s Manchester United

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3 to See: CSKA, Seattle and King Louis's Manchester United is a post from: Just Football

The Premier League has returned and so hasThree to See– the preview column by Just Football looking at the most intriguing fixtures. This week, the pick of the Premier League, a big clash in the MLS and one of the biggest derbies in Russian football:

Manchester United vs Swansea City (Premier League)

Saturday 16th August – Kickoff 12:45 BST, BT Sport 1

As ever the return of the Premier League is hugely anticipated, the weeks of waiting and preparation are over, this is it.

Toronto FC

Toronto FC Striker Bright Dike Scores From Long Range With His Boot vs Sporting KC (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Toronto FC forwardBright Dike failed to trouble the score-sheet as his side went down 4-1 to Sporting KC in the MLS last night though, technically speaking, the Nigerian international (cousin of Fenerbache striker Emmanuel Emenike, no less) still managed to find the back of the net in a literal sense.

Dwyer scores brace as Sporting KC dismantle TFC at home

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By TATE STEINLAGE

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A week after a disappointing loss, Sporting Kansas City provided a reminder to the rest of the league that the defending MLS Cup champions are still the team to beat.

On the back of a Dom Dwyer brace and goals from Soony Saad and C.

Match Day 24 - Injury Issues Continue for Sporting KC

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Sporting Kansas City will put out their 24th different starting lineup in 24 MLS games tomorrow when KC welcomes Toronto FC to Sporting Park. The injury issues for KC has continued throughout much of the season and has now hit the goalkeeping position hard. After losing Eric Kronberg for two months with a broken bone in his hand, KC lost back up Andy Gruenebaum for at least tomorrow's game and Tuesday's CONCACAF Champions League game with a shoulder injury.

MLS Week 23: A Look Ahead

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By DAN KARELL

After putting together a 6-0 thrashing of the Chicago Fire in Wednesday'sU.S. Open semifinal, the Seattle Sounders will face a much more daunting task when they take the field this Saturday.

Clint Dempsey, DeAndre Yedlin and co.

Chicago Fire

Di Vaio scores late to lead Impact over Fire

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Recent acquisitionIgnacio Piatti made his debut for the Montreal Impact Saturday, but it was one of the Impact's more familiar faces that truly made the difference in their clash with the Chicago Fire at Stade Saputo.

Fire add former TFC forward Earnshaw

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After departing the league in 2013, former Toronto FC forward Robert Earnshawdecided he wanted to return to MLS midway through this season.

The Chicago Fire announced Monday that the clubhas acquired the former TFC striker on a free transfer, with the Welsh international set to join the team upon receipt of his visa and international transfer certificate.

The Rest

Report: NYC FC negotiations stall over Bronx stadium

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By DAN KARELL

New York City FC's search for a soccer-specific stadium appears to have stalled.

Aftera putting together a hastily-prepared proposal to build a stadium on a 10-acre plot of land near Yankee Stadium last December, there has been hardly a peep from NYC FC management or New York City about any continuation of the stadium talks.

Eye Ball Test: A look at the MLS Eastern Conference

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I've been a tad absent on this space for the last however many days. Sorry about that. I wanted to return with a look at both conferences in Major League Soccer. Now that we're nearly two-thirds of the way through this season, I feel it is as good of a time to do a little eye ball test at each of the 19 clubs.

Snapshot: This Is The Pitch That Greeted Portland Timbers On Arrival In Guyana For CONCACAF Cup Game…

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By Chris Wright

Having travelled down to Guyana for a CONCACAF Champions League tie against local side Alpha United, this was the state of the pitch that greeted Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson...

Guyana away pitch. Welcome to CCL!

Liam Ridgewell Rampages From Half-Way Line To Score Superb Solo Goal vs New England Revolution (Video)

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By Chris Wright

We can't remember him scoring too many of these for West Brom or Birmingham City over the years, but Liam Ridgewell was the unlikely man to set out on a 50-yard rampage from the half-way line to score a superb drivingsolo goal for Portland Timbers against New England Revolution in the MLS yesterday.

Whitecaps settle for draw with Chivas USA

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Needing every valuable point to keep pace inthe crowded Western Conference playoff picture, the Vancouver Whitecaps emerged from StubHub Center slightly disappointed.

The Whitecaps, who entered the weekend fifth in the Western Conference, settled for a scoreless draw with Chivas USA Saturday night in what was the Whitecaps' sixth straight game without a loss.

Plata, RSL down Sounders 2-1 to move to top of Western Conference

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By TYLER GRAY

SANDY, Utah. Joao Plata captured lightning in a bottle for the second week a row tolead RSL to the top spot in the Western Conference.

Real Salt Lake and the Seattle Sounders squared off in front of a capacity crowd at Rio Tinto Stadium Saturday afternoon with RSL fighting to a 2-1 victory.

Bruins leads Dynamo to win over tired Union

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By RYAN TOLMICH

With Friday's contest providing the team with their 400th minute played in less than a week, the Philadelphia Union finally succumbed to both tired legs and minds.

The Union, playing their third game in six days, fell to the Houston Dynamo, 2-0, Friday atBBVA Compass Stadium with Will Bruin scoring for the Dynamo before the visitors conceded a late own goal.

This Weekend’s Soccer on TV

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Three months after seeing Manchester City crowned champions, the English Premier League is back in action for the 2014-15 campaign.

The season kicks off Saturday morning with the Premier League debut of new Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal with new captain Wayne Rooney leading the Red Devils into the season opener against Swansea City.