Major League Soccer

2014 MLS Season

President Obama welcomes Sporting Kansas City to the White House

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Sporting Kansas City visited the White House on Tuesday to meet President Obama and celebrate their 2013 MLS Cup win. Read More

Is Thierry Henry the best Designated Player in MLS history?

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Do the numbers support the argument that Thierry Henry is the best designated player in MLS history? Read More

Out of the running in MLS

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Of the MLS teams waiting to be mathematically eliminated from the 2014 playoffs, Tony Edwards picks one for a 2015 turnaround. Read More

Late season expectations in MLS

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With the 2014 MLS regular season winding down, Jason Davis looks at the state of several teams in the race for the MLS Cup. Read More

Landon Donovan ties the MLS all-time assist record

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Landon Donovan ties the MLS all-time assist record with three assists and a goal in the win over the New York Red Bulls. Read More

MLS: Game winners from Jermaine Jones and Michael Bradley

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USMNT midfielders Jermaine Jones and Michael Bradley both scored game winning goals in MLS over the weekend. Read More

Chivas USA

Did MLS fail Chivas USA?

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MLS commissioner Don Garber's public statements concerning Chivas USA suggests that the league could've done more for the club. Read More

Entertaining Vincent Tan Will Add Spice to New LA MLS Team [PHOTOS]

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Just because Vincent Tan may become a minority investor in Chivas USA doesn't mean that the Malaysian is not going to actively involved in making key decisions at the MLS club, which is more than likely to relaunch in 2-3 years from now.

Out of the investors linked to acquiring Chivas USA, Tan is the only one with any experience in running a soccer team.

Vincent Tan as a Minority Investor At Chivas USA; What Could Possibly Go Wrong?!

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The debacle that Chivas USA has become is an indictment of MLS's obsession with the shiniest new objects while their current properties rot. Reports are now flying that the team could be put on hiatus, folded, or neither, and as much as we may joke about the empty stadiums and anti-Galaxy fan base, this public wavering that would make Hamlet proud really does a disservice to the fans and players.

All the questions surrounding a Chivas USA hiatus

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On Monday the news broke that Chivas USA could indeed be going on a hiatus for at least two years. ESPNFC reported the updated news that a new owner is buying the club for $100 million dollars.

But even with all the hiatus talk, it left with more questions than answers. I'll do my best to answer them as much as I possible can here.

What does Chivas USA mean for MLS?

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Chivas USA will exit MLS at the end of the 2015 season one way or another, but MLS seems to want to make that complicated. Read More

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Say Bye to Chivas USA, But Hi to Vincent Tan, Maybe

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Welcome to this Tuesday edition of Freedom Kicks, in which we talk a lot about player development, a little about some other MLS teams, and even less about rapping, but still some rapping.

The soccer world was not quiet yesterday. And as tempted as I was to find links solely related to Ben Olsen and/or beards (if you don't know me, Ben Olsen and beards are kind of my things), I've got real soccer stuff for you instead this morning.

Report: MLS to put Chivas USA on hiatus for two seasons

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ESPN is reporting that Chivas USA might be put on hiatus for at least two seasons by MLS before a re-branding. Read More

Report: Chivas USA to go on potential two-year hiatus following nearly $100 million sale

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The future of Chivas USA has seemingly gotten a bit clearer as the league as reportedly found a buyer for the ailing club.

A report in ESPNFC.comstates thatMLS hasagreed to sell the club to an unknown investor for $100 million, with conditions of the sale requiring that the club goes on hiatus.

MLS Record Watch: October 2014 Edition

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When Landon Donovan found Robbie Keane for the Irishman's second goal of Sunday's 4-0 romp of the New York Red Bulls, he tied Steve Ralston's career MLS assist record with 135 for his career.

Portland Timbers

The Sad Tale Of Steve Zakuani’s Ailing MLS Career

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The question was only asked because there was nothing else to talk about. The press conference lasted all of 50 seconds.

The Portland Timbers had just crushed Guyanese side Alpha United 6-0 in front of one of their smallest home crowds ever since joining MLS in a midweek CONCACAF Champions League respite from the furious MLS playoff race with a team of backups.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Nick Hagglund

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Toronto FC rookie defenderNick Hagglund stepped up in a must-win game for his club.

The rookie defender scored a pair of goals, the first two of his MLS career, as TFC topped the Portland Timbers, 3-2, Saturday to keep the club'splayoff hopes alive.

SBI Weekend Rewind: Brooks demoted by Hertha; Johnson out for Timbers’ season; and more

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John Brooks' season with Hertha Berlin may be done. The U.S. Men's National Team defender was reportedly dropped down to Hertha's reserve squad after falling out of favor with coach Jos Luhukay. It appears now that reports Brooks had been cut altogether are wrong.

Meanwhile, there is no question that Will Johnson's season with the Portland Timbers is over.

LA Galaxy

Highest Paid Player In MLS Has Yet To Play A Game In League

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The MLS Players Union have released the latest salary figures and former Real Madrid and AC Milan star Kaka heads the list, despite never having played for his club.

The 32-year-old Brazilian, who signed for Orlando City in June and was immediately loaned to Sao Paulo, is on a total salary of $7,167,500, making him not only the highest paid in the league, but the highest-paid player in MLS history.

Landon Donovan wins fourth MLS Player of the Week award in 2014

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Landon Donovan tied the all-time MLS assist record and scored to win the MLS Player of the Week award in week 29. Read More

Galaxy Notebook: Arena praises Donovan; Zardes, Wright-Phillips reveal Keane admiration; and more

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Having coached Landon Donovan at both the club and international level, LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena has seen the growth of his star forward every step of the way.

Donovan tied the league's all-time assist record in Sunday's 4-0 victory over the New York Red Bulls, but Arena admitted that he didn'tbelieve that the 32-year-old forward was much of a passer until recently.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Robbie Keane

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After spending the past month picking up victories oversome of the league's top sides, the New York Red Bulls were brought back to earth by Robbie Keane and the LA Galaxy.

Keane led the way for his side, scoring a pair of goals as the Galaxy dismantled the Red Bulls, 4-0, Sunday at StubHub Center.


The SBI Show: Episode 168 (Recapping MLS Week 30, talking Americans Abroad, and more)

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Week30 of the MLS season sawsome title contenders and playoff hopefuls make major statements in a weekend loaded with head-turning results.

Episode 168 of The SBI Show looks back at the big MLS matches of the weekend, such as New England's win at Sporting Kansas City, the Los Angeles Galaxy's romp over the New York Red Bulls, Toronto FC's stunning comeback win against the Portland Timbers, and more.

The SBI Show: Episode 167 (Talking MLS expansion draw, Americans Abroad, and more)

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Orlando City and New York City FC will be doing battle for years to come, and their first meeting took place on Wednesday at the MLS Expansion Priority Draw, which was the first big step for both teams toward building their 2015 squads.

Episode 167 of The SBI Show takes a look back at the results of the draw, which Orlando City came away the big winners of.

New England Revolution

Could Espinoza Return to Sporting?

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$1000 Roger Espinoza is on @SportingKC by January 1st. #SKCvNE
— Taylor Twellman (@TaylorTwellman) September 27, 2014

Last night during KC's 3-2 loss to the New England Revolution, ESPN analyst, Taylor Twellman made the above tweet.

Video, Match Report & Other Goodies: #SKCvNE

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Reading material: Jones Heroics Lift Revs to 3-2 Victory Over SKC(by Julian Cardillo)

Eastern Conferenceplayoff picturewith four weeks left (with tie-breakers factored)

1. D.C. United: 48 points from 29 matches (14 wins), +11 goal difference, 45 goals

2. New England Revolution: 45 points from 30matches (14 wins), +2 gd, 44 goals


The Rest

Soccer TV: Hertha BSC vs Stuttgart and Queretaro vs Leon

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Hertha BSC are home to Stuttgart in the Bundesliga and Queretaro plays Leon in Liga MX on Friday's soccer TV schedule. Read More

Dallas ‘Till I Cry: a book for FC Dallas fans

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We each have our own story of what brought us to FC Dallas. Some of us have been here since the beginning, maybe even way before the beginning. Many of us played the game, and I dare say there are some fans that even played for the FCD Youth teams. Perhaps some were bought a beer by friends with an invite to enjoy a game.

The future of MLS

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Is MLS risking several rounds of successful expansion by focusing too heavily on the New York and Los Angeles markets? Read More

Kamara Still Searching for a Club, Preki Wins USLPro Title - Former SKC Wizards Update

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Since his release from Middlesbrough, former KC forward, Kei Kamara has been looking for a club. There were rumors of a return to MLS, except he couldn't return to MLS until January. This week, Kamara has been on trial with Championships side, Wolverhampton. Unfortunately Kamara is leaving Wolves without a contract after work permit questions came out.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS, and UEFA Champions League links for Wednesday October 1st, 2014

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More Buzzard Point news, Ben Olsen as theater, poems, and movies. An artier round of Freedom Kicks than normal.

Had I written an intro, it would be here. Instead, we go straight to the links:

More than soccer: How the D.C. United stadium will be used and how fans will get there | Washington Business Journal
A transportation management plan has been released for the proposed Buzzard Point stadium, and Michael Neibauer has the details.

Chicago Fire Launch Fan Designed 2014/15 adidas Third Jersey

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In the news in September for signing former France, Liverpool and Atletico Madrid striker Florent [...]

MLS 2014 Player Salaries Released – Top Earner Kaka Currently Raking In $7m Despite NOT Playing For A Club That Isn’t Actually In The League

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By Chris Wright

Kaka: Positively rolling in it

As is customary, the MLS Players Union have publicly released the 2014 salaries of each and every player in the league, with the usual suspects topping the list as expected.

However, far above the likes of Clint Dempsey, Jermain Defoe, Tim Cahill, Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane and Thierry Henry comes the MLS' new highest earner, Kaka, who is raking in a whopping great $7.

Lord Of The Mics: Bradley Wright-Phillips Takes On Yannick Bolasie In The Rap Battle Nobody Asked For (Video)

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By Chris Wright

We can't believe we completely missed the other five instalments, but the "Lord of the Mics VI" mixtape/compilation CD is almost upon us and the sixth entry in the oeuvre is set to be the best (much like the Police Academy franchise "City Under Seige" beinga true classic of the police farce genre), featuring as it does the long-awaited, much-hyped rap battle between Bradley Wright-Phillips and Yannick Bolasie.

USMNT Open Thread: Jurgen Klinsmann makes more waves ahead of upcoming roster release

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USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann was the story with a report that he is considering a lower division call up. Read More

Cardiff Owner Vincent Tan Interested In Buying MLS Club

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Vincent Tan just won't go away.

The enigmatic and controversial Cardiff City owner, who has avoided dullness at all costs since coming to the Welsh club, has been quoted in an interview today saying he'd be interested in buying an MLS club.

Tan responded to rumors that he is looking to get out of Cardiff and looked towards his future in an interview with Sky Sports aboard a yacht in Malaysia.

A look at the MLS Homegrown Player myth

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If you follow Major League Soccer with any regularity, there is a good chance you have been bombarded with references to top young stars being "Homegrown Players". Whether it is DeAndre Yedlin or Gyasi Zardes, the talk of how they came up with their MLS team's academies is a narrative being spun across multiple media platforms.

Donovan ties assist record as Galaxy thrash Red Bulls

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CARSON, Calif. As a part of his ongoing farewell tour, Landon Donovan received a Tiffany's tie pin and an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City from the New York Red Bulls prior to the match.

Morales sparks comeback victory for the Whitecaps over RSL

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The Vancouver Whitecaps kept their playoff hopes alive with a come-from-behind victory over visiting Real Salt Lake.

Pedro Morales provided the brace that propelled the Caps to a 2-1 victory over RSL after the visitors had gone ahead on Nat Borchers' second-half header.

The SBI Live Q&A (Sept. 26th Edition)

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With the MLS playoff race heating up, European club soccer in full swing, and talk of the 2016 Copa America kicking back up after today's announcement, now is the perfect time to discuss all things soccer in the latest SBI Live Q&A.

If you want to talk MLS, European soccer, international soccer, college soccer, or any soccer topic that comes to mind, prepare your questions and send them my way as I look to answer your questions over the course of the next hour or so.