Major League Soccer

Philadelphia Union

Re-Entry Draft Stage Two: Electric Boogaloo

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Six MLS teams selected players during the two rounds of the Re-Entry Draft. The Philadelphia Union were not among them. Was this an opportunity missed, or was this a calculated gamble by Union's front office? The selections made involved two players who spent some time in the blue-and-gold, and no members of their 2014 roster were taken.

Previewing the 2015 MLS Superdraft through the MLS Combine

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It's time to start looking ahead to the 2015 MLS Superdraft.

Major League Soccer's list of 55 invitees to the annual pre-draft combine, released last week, provides an early glimpse at some college seniors whose names we'll be hearing more of over the next month as the MLS Superdraft approaches.

D.C. United

Stadium Announcement is a Time of Celebration And Reflection For DC United Fans

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The way to tell if someone was a knowledgeable DC United fan has always been to check their opinion on a new stadium. The most diehard, knowledgeable fans always answered with a variation of this phase: "I'll believe it when I see the shovel hit the ground".

Since the Columbus Crew opened the first MLS soccer-specific stadium, DC United has been searching for a new home.

Stadium Announcement is a Time of Celebration And Reflection For DC United Fans

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The way to tell if someone was a knowledgeable DC United fan has always been to check their opinion on a new stadium. The most diehard, knowledgeable fans always answered with a variation of this phase: "I'll believe it when I see the shovel hit the ground".

Since the Columbus Crew opened the first MLS soccer-specific stadium, DC United has been searching for a new home.

MLS Re-Entry Draft: D.C. United passes on Stage 2

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It wasn't a good pool of RED candidates, and United joined most clubs in opting to pass. Several picks were made, however.

The odds of D.C. United selecting someone in this year's Re-Entry Draft were always going to be low once the pool of candidates was revealed to be pretty weak. It comes as no surprise to report that United ended up passing in today's Stage 2, a round in which teams can pick players up and negotiate a new, lower-cost contract.

On What It Means to Have a Home

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In Which Our Ranty-Pants Get a Little Soaked in Spirits While Savoring The Moment

When I went to the Houston Dynamo opening game against D.C. United in 2012, they played the Phillip Phillips song"Home" at the end of the game, and for as much as I despise songs by those who cut their teeth on reality television, there was a bit of truth to the sentiment, past what goes on in the four minutes and change.

D.C. United fans' MLS Hate Index 2014

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We've reached the end of the year, and it's time to look at our biases and determine which MLS teams are stupid jerks who are never okay and which are stupid jerks that we're more okay with.

Last year, it went just about as expected. In our inaugural MLS Hate Index for D.C. United fans, we gave you lot the opportunity to rank the rest of Major League Soccer in order of our loathing for them.

United States

Top 100 Soccer Clubs in the United States and Canada - Final 2014 Rankings

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The latest rankings capture the NASL and MLS Playoffs and wrap up the 2014 season.

The final installment for 2014 of the Top 100 Clubs in the United States and Canada sees a multitude of changes, starting at the top.

(For last month's rankings, see this article. For the methodology associated with these rankings, see this article.

Free Your Mind to Reality

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Reading over this article taking new MLS team Orlando City to task over a tweet, I felt a familiar frustration rising up.

Of course, in North America, women can be fans. Fans=customers and to the emerging soccer market in the USA and Canada, every customer is generally valued.
But why should women be "just" fans?

MLS expansion

Las Vegas City Council approve subsidy for soccer stadium

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Wednesday was truly a day of stadium news in Major League Soccer. First D.C. United saw their stadium bill passed, proving they'll finally get a good home to call their own. The next was in Nevada with the Las Vegas City Council approving a public subsidy for a soccer stadium.

#lvcouncil votes 4-3 to approve a #dtlv stadium, contingent upon securing a MLS franchise.

Minnesota expansion situation gets a little tricky

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Any time you have to completely different groups lobbying for the same thing, the water tends to get a tad muddy. Things in Minnesota are looking good for an expansion bid into Major League Soccer but the question remains, who will the owners be? Will it be the NFL Vikings? Or will the NASL group step up and get their club into the first division of US soccer.

2014 MLS Season

New deals for Beckerman, Rimando, Lenhart

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Real Salt Lake announced new deals for Kyle Beckerman and Nick Rimando while Steven Lenhart stays with the Earthquakes. Read More

DC United receives stadium approval from city

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The DC Council cleared the way for a soccer-specific stadium, approving DC United's stadium plan for Buzzard Point. Read More

The other MLS awards

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Though MLS might have packed up 2014 already, it's worth a look back at some things that might need more attention. Read More

Do playoffs hurt the quality of MLS?

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Playoffs are always an issue for a soccer league, but has MLS fallen for a system that hurts the quality of its teams? Read More

MLS players and the future of the USMNT

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There's no denying the immediate future of the USMNT has an MLS component as we look at the players trying to break through in 2015. Read More

New York Red Bulls Sporting Director leaves club

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The New York Red Bulls sporting director Andy Roxburgh is leaving the MLS club after two seasons in the role. Read More

CONCACAF

CONCACAF Announces Venues For The 2015 Gold Cup

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On Tuesday afternoon CONCACAF released the venues for the 2015 Gold Cup. There are some of "the usual suspects" in terms of stadiums in cities that most people would generally expect to host games at big tournaments. There are one or two surprising inclusions and one or two surprising exclusions, as there are with every tournament.

CONCACAF Announces Venues For The 2015 Gold Cup

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On Tuesday afternoon CONCACAF released the venues for the 2015 Gold Cup. There are some of "the usual suspects" in terms of stadiums in cities that most people would generally expect to host games at big tournaments. There are one or two surprising inclusions and one or two surprising exclusions, as there are with every tournament.

henry

MLS Does It Better

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To me, arguments about leagues and which teams that will never or very rarely play each other are silly. Give me a heated debate over whether Real Madrid or Barcelona will win an upcoming match any day over any argument on whether the English WC squad in 1966 could beat JK's latest USA World Cup squad, or if the LA Galaxy could take on Hull City.

Homegrown – December 2014

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On this month's Homegrown with our hosts, Dan and Jay: The NCAA College Cup Final between UVA and UCLA. Close remarks on Landon Donovan and his career from an alternate perspective. The potential youth movement heading towards RBNY. Closing out with a few quick fire questions. Any feedback is greatly.

Frank Lampard

MLS Needs Lampard in March – Not May

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Attention Mansour Financial Group, Manuel Pellegrini, Don Garber, Jason Kreis, Claudio Reyna, Frank Lampard, and anyone else with any modicum of power regarding New York City FC, I have a message: when they begin their debut season in MLS next March, Frank Lampard, if healthy, must be playing. Do you.

Is Steven Gerrard Heading To New York Next Season?

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According to a report in the Daily Mirror, England and Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has been has added to the 'discovery list' of the New York Red Bulls, meaning that they will have first option on signing him if he moves to Major League Soccer.

Gerrard has been at the centre of much speculation about his future, as Brendan Rodgers has opted to leave him out of the Reds' starting eleven in numerous occasions this season.

fox soccer

Soccer Analyst Alexi Lalas Joins FOX Sports From ESPN

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Alexi Lalas, the soccer analyst that people either love or hate, will make his FOX Sports debut in January after leaving ESPN at the end of this month.

As we reported in October (along with Awful Announcing), Lalas joins host Rob Stone, Warren Barton and former USMNT teammates Eric Wynalda and recently-added Brad Friedel as key members of FOX Sports' soccer team.

Soccer Analyst Alexi Lalas Joins FOX Sports From ESPN

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Alexi Lalas, the soccer analyst that people either love or hate, will make his FOX Sports debut in January after leaving ESPN at the end of this month.

As we reported in October (along with Awful Announcing), Lalas joins host Rob Stone, Warren Barton and former USMNT teammates Eric Wynalda and recently-added Brad Friedel as key members of FOX Sports' soccer team.

English Premier League

Tributes Roll In After Thierry Henry Announces Soccer Retirement

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Arsenal paid a fitting tribute to Thierry Henry, as did a number of his soon-to-be new colleagues, after the former Gunners striker announced his retirement from football on Tuesday morning.

The 37-year-old confirmed he will return to London to take up a role in the media with Sky Sports "as a football expert and ambassador" from the start of 2015.

Tributes Roll In After Thierry Henry Announces Soccer Retirement

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Arsenal paid a fitting tribute to Thierry Henry, as did a number of his soon-to-be new colleagues, after the former Gunners striker announced his retirement from football on Tuesday morning.

The 37-year-old confirmed he will return to London to take up a role in the media with Sky Sports "as a football expert and ambassador" from the start of 2015.

Jose Mourinho Believes Chelsea Was Right To Let Frank Lampard Leave

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has insisted that the club made the right decision by allowing Frank Lampard to leave as a free agent this summer. The Portuguese boss believes that if the Blues had decided to keep the 36-year-old it would have hindered the development of younger players at Stamford Bridge.

Jose Mourinho Believes Chelsea Was Right To Let Frank Lampard Leave

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has insisted that the club made the right decision by allowing Frank Lampard to leave as a free agent this summer. The Portuguese boss believes that if the Blues had decided to keep the 36-year-old it would have hindered the development of younger players at Stamford Bridge.

Frank Lampard Can Still Play a Vital Role for Manchester City

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As the twilight of players' careers typically approach, pace, intensity and fitness typically dwindle. But for those few who have made a career out of sticking the ball in the back of the net, that desirable attribute of being in the right place at the right time rarely deserts them.

Goalscorersare simply a different entity.

Frank Lampard Can Still Play a Vital Role for Manchester City

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As the twilight of players' careers typically approach, pace, intensity and fitness typically dwindle. But for those few who have made a career out of sticking the ball in the back of the net, that desirable attribute of being in the right place at the right time rarely deserts them.

Goalscorersare simply a different entity.

Manchester City Boss Pellegrini Wants Frank Lampard Extension

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Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has made clear he wants to prolong Frank Lampard's loan and hopes a decision can be made soon.

Former England international Lampard, who was released by Chelsea at the end of last season, has made a strong impact after joining the champions on a short-term move from sister club New York City.

Manchester City Boss Pellegrini Wants Frank Lampard Extension

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Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has made clear he wants to prolong Frank Lampard's loan and hopes a decision can be made soon.

Former England international Lampard, who was released by Chelsea at the end of last season, has made a strong impact after joining the champions on a short-term move from sister club New York City.

U.S. National Team

DaMarcus Beasley Announces Retirement From US Men’s National Team

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Long-time United States Men's National Team great DaMarcus Beasley has announced his retirement from the team. Beasley, 32, made the announcement using his official Instagram account. In the social media post, Beasley stated, "Where do I start? Honestly I never thought this day would come, representing my country has been the greatest thing I've done in my career.

DaMarcus Beasley Announces Retirement From US Men’s National Team

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Long-time United States Men's National Team great DaMarcus Beasley has announced his retirement from the team. Beasley, 32, made the announcement using his official Instagram account. In the social media post, Beasley stated, "Where do I start? Honestly I never thought this day would come, representing my country has been the greatest thing I've done in my career.

The Rest

Accam deal inches closer plus more Fire notes

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Rumor, speculation, and posturing abound but the Fire's pursuit of Ghanaian striker David Accam appears to be heading to a conclusion. Accam will be in Chicago at the end of this week and is expected to sign a contract with the Fire and MLS at that time. Accam has fielded other offers but the Fire have apparently met his asking price and hope to add him as the second Designated Player acquisition this winter.

Sporting Sign Haitian Midfielder, James Marcelin

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Sporting announced their third addition of the offseason today, announcing the signing of Haitian midfielder, James Marcelin. Marcelin spent last year with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the NASL, making 15 appearances for the club as they advanced to the Soccer Bowl before losing to the San Antonio Scorpions.

Thierry Henry Announces Retirement With ‘Rocky’ Analogy, Joins Sky Sports As Pundit

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By Chris Wright

After formally announcing that he was leaving New York Red Bulls a week or two ago, Thierry Henry's next career move had tongues-a-waggin', with whispers on the wind that the 37-year-old striker may be about to return to Arsenal for one last fling before finally calling it a day.

Not So Fast - Part 3,712

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I have been informed that these oodles of reports all ready to stick Brek Shea in a purple Orlando shirt are wildly premature, at absolute best. That is not to insist the still-Stoke winger cannot end up there eventually, but it is certainly not a near-done deal. And the last I heard, he had a couple of Championship sides interested in buying.

The MLS CBA: What could Major League Soccer look like in 2020?

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If MLS plans on expanding to a 24-team league, they have a lot of work ahead of them if Don Garber also wants it to be among the world's best.

Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber has publicly expressed two bold visions for his league. His first bold vision sees the league growing to 24 teams by 2020.