Major League Soccer

New York Red Bulls

Red Bulls expecting ‘big things’ from Oyongo

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Mike Petke has seen his fair share of great soccer players. Having spent time playing with or coaching names such as Juan Pablo Angel, Thierry Henry and Tim Cahill, the New York Red Bulls head coach has experiencedsome of the game's elite first hand.

Petke is never the type of coach to throw around unnecessary praise, preferring to let his player's actions on the field speak louder than his words.

Should the Red Bulls go after Ronaldinho?

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By IVES GALARCEP

The minute Ronaldinho severed ties with Brazilian side Atletico Mineiro on Monday morning, you just knew the links to Major League Soccer would resurface.

This time around, it is the New York Red Bulls looking like a perfect fit for the skilled playmaker, and after seeing Barcelona star Xavi return to Europe after a flirtation with MLS, all eyes are waiting to see if Ronaldinho will be the latest star to sign in MLS, or pass on it.

Arsenal Fans Take Over New York City For A Memorable Weekend

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This past weekend, Arsenal fans came in from all over North America and England to make New York City the center of Gunner fandom.

The much anticipated friendly against club legend Thierry Henry and his New York Red Bulls marked Arsenal's first appearance in the United States since 1989. As such, this really was a weekend 25 years in the making.

MLS Ticker: Espindola returns to full training; Lade loaned to Cosmos; and more

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By DAN KARELL

D.C. United has been dealing with some injury issues in the last four weeks but they received some good news on Monday.

Forward Fabian Espindola returned to full training this week after missing the last four league matches with a medial collateral ligament strain in his right knee.

Amid retirement talk, Petke, Wenger say Henry still has it

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By RYAN TOLMICH

When Red BullHead of Global Football Gerard Houllier announced yesterday that he believed that New York Red Bulls forward Thierry Henry was leaning towards retirement, many were left surprised by the news.

Count Henry himself, who has stated he is undecided on retirement throughout thisseason, among those that were caught off guard by Houllier's declaration.

New York Red Bulls 1-0 Arsenal: Lessons Learned By Both Teams

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On Saturday evening, the New York Red Bulls faced Premier League side Arsenal at Red Bull Arena in front of a sold-out crowd. Or at least it was sold-out on paper. The empty seats that dotted the arena were from season ticket holders who had the game as part of their package, but decided to stay home rather than face the grueling traffic and crowds that resulted in the game kicking off later than scheduled.

Henry, Red Bulls knock off Arsenal behind Wright-Phillips goal

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By RYAN TOLMICH

HARRISON, N.J. For the25,219 fans in attendance, it was about the name on the back of the jersey more-so than the logo on the front.

In a clash between Arsenal and the New York Red Bulls, forward Thierry Henry was the star of the show, as his current side knocked off his former team 1-0 behind a first-half Bradley Wright-Phillips finish.

Montreal Impact

Impact remove De Santis from position as sporting director

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By DAN KARELL

Montreal Impact owner Joey Saputo promised to make changes earlier this season, and after two more debilitating losses for his club, he's remainingtrue tohis word.

The Impact announced on Wednesday that Nick De Santis has been relieved of his duties as sporting director, though he will remain with the club in an unspecified administrative capacity.

Impact trade Nyassi to Fire in exchange for Duka

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By RYAN TOLMICH

With both the Chicago Fire and Montreal Impact struggling towards the bottom of the Eastern Conference, the two sides made a move towards shaking things up by swapping midfielders.

The Fire acquired 25-year-old Sanna Nyassi Tuesday from the Impact in exchange for 2010 first round pick Dilly Duka.

Valeri’s late winner propels Timbers past Impact

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By MIKE DONOVAN

In the same week he was named to the MLS All-Star Team, Diego Valeri delivered a game-winning blast that propelled the visiting Portland Timbers to a 3-2 victory over the Montreal Impact.

Valeri's strike was the difference after a four-goal first half that saw Will Johnson and Maxi Urruti score in a six-minute span for Portland while Andres Romero and Maxim Tissot had the goals for Montreal at a rain-soaked Stade Saputo.

2014 MLS Season

Whatever happened to the Chicago Fire?

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With the Chicago Fire once again struggling in the Eastern Conference, it's worth asking what happened to one of the top MLS clubs. Read More

Yannick Djalo wins MLS Player of the Week

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San Jose Earthquakes forward Yannick Djalo wins the MLS Player of the Week award for week 20 of the 2014 season. Read More

The MLS schedule and summer soccer friendlies

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MLS put games on most days over the last week at the same time the summer soccer friendly schedule crowded the market. Read More

The LA Galaxy push the Seattle Sounders

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The LA Galaxy beat the Seattle Sounders on Monday night, but does this change anything in the MLS Western Conference? Read More

MLS Scores: Seattle Sounders 0 – La Galaxy 3

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The LA Galaxy shutout the Seattle Sounders 3-0 at CenturyLinkField as week 20 of the 2014 MLS season concludes with a rare Monday game. Read More

MLS Scores: New York Red Bulls beat Arsenal

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The New York Red Bulls bucked the trend of MLS losing to Premier League clubs in the summer soccer friendlies by beating Arsenal. Read More

Sporting Kansas City

USA World Cup Star Graham Zusi Talks to World Soccer Talk

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While in Florida promoting and helping with Gatorade's Unreal Around the World contest, a program that provides select winners for a once-in-a-lifetime trip around the globe to experience trips in either Italy, England, Spain, Argentina, or Brazil with clubs like Liverpool, Barcelona and Boca Juniors, Graham Zusi took time to talk to World Soccer Talk.

How the CONCACAF Champions League benefits the Union

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Even though the Union are not competing in the CONCACAF Champions League, is it possible for the Union to still reap benefits from the competition?

Every year all the champions from their respective country get into a steel cage and have a slugfest to decide who the best club team in CONCACAF is.

MLS- LA Galaxy

Source: Galaxy lining up move for Sacha Kljestan

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The Los Angeles Galaxy are indeed in the process of lining up a move for a U.S. Men's National Team midfielder, but it is not the player that iswidely expected to be making a move to MLS.

The Galaxy are currently working to acquire veteran Sacha Kljestan from RSC Anderlecht via a loan, a source within MLS has confirmed to SBI.

MLS Ticker: Galaxy deal Opare to D.C. United, NYC FC acquires Jacobson, and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Kofi Opare is heading to the east coast.

It was announced on Tuesday that the LA Galaxy have traded Opare to D.C. United in exchange for the Eastern Conference club's second round 2015 MLS SuperDraft selection.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: LA Galaxy

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The LA Galaxy were adamant about picking up three points in Seattle, and they delivered on that end with an emphatic victory over the Sounders.

The Galaxy went into the tough venue that is CenturyLink Field and defeated the Western Conference-leading Sounders, 3-0, on Monday night.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Landon Donovan

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Those all-too-familiar remarks of Landon Donovan being over the hillwill likely not be seen as muchthis week.

The claims of Donovan's demise looked largely exaggerated this past weekend, as MLS's all-time leading scorer led the LA Galaxy to a thoroughly impressive 3-0 road victory over the Seattle Sounders.

D.C. United

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United and MLS links for Wednesday July 30th, 2014

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D.C. United plays TFC tonight, MLS teams are making trades, and a tornado tried to destroy Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Yup, just another day of Freedom Kicks.

I spent a good portion of yesterday in a car and/or working on the scouting report that you will see in a few hours after this goes up, so this edition of Freedom Kicks is pretty much a "just the facts, ma'am" edition.

2014 MLS Allocation Order – as of July 29

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We got another 2014 MLS Allocation Order update to pass along. Today,D.C. United has announced that the team has acquired defender Kofi Opare from the Los Angeles Galaxy, and in exchange the two teams will trade allocation rankings.

Here is the new order:

  1. Columbus Crew
  2. FC Dallas
  3. LA Galaxy (swap with DCU on July 29)
  4. Vancouver Whitecaps
  5. Chicago Fire
  6. Montreal Impact
  7. San Jose Earthquakes
  8. New England Revolution
  9. Colorado Rapids
  10. Chivas USA (swap with Seattle Sounders on Dec 11)
  11. DC United (swap with LAon July 29)
  12. New York Red Bulls
  13. Toronto FC
  14. Portland Timbers
  15. Real Salt Lake
  16. Sporting KC
  17. Philadelphia Union (Maurice Edu)
  18. Seattle Sounders FC (Marco Pappa)
  19. Houston Dynamo (DeMarcus Beasley)

D.C. United Midterm Grades, or A Redemption Story - Ben Olsen and Dave Kasper have had a very good 2014 (so far), but is it enough?

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After the terrible 2013 season and massive rebuild last winter, nobody expected D.C. United to be within spitting distance of first place at this point in 2014. But that's right where they are, so it's time to look at the architects of both seasons and ask what we think of the jobs head coach Ben Olsen and general manager Dave Kasper have done.

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.

David Beckham

Garber on potential Miami franchise: “We will not expand unless we have a downtown stadium”

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Broward County might be attempting to lure David Beckham and his potential MLS expansion franchiseaway from Miami-Dade County, but it is apparentlyMiami or bust for the global icon.

MLS commissioner Don Garber recently told ESPN analyst Alexi Lalas that Beckham's desired franchise in Miami will not come to fruition unless a downtown site is found for a soccer-specific stadium.

MLS won’t go to Miami without a downtown stadium

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The MLS to Miami expansion bid is a tricky subject. We know Don Garber and the league have basically given a handshake agreement that the city and David Beckham's group will get a team in the event that they secure a soccer stadium. The thing is that stadium apparently needs to be located in the downtown area of Miami, a location that continues to be tough to overcome.

Don Garber’s Insistence On Downtown Miami Location is An Easy Out For MLS

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MLS Commissioner Don Garber reiterated this week that David Beckham must find a downtown Miami location for his MLS stadium. Otherwise, MLS will not expand to the city.

Garber said:

"Miami remains a top priority for us. But we are mindful of the challenges we had in the past and must have the right ownership group and stadium location.

Columbus Crew

Heaps Coaching Decisions Cost New England At Least A Point

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The New England Revolutions losing streak is up to eight games after Saturday nights 2-1 home defeat to the struggling Columbus Crew.

A.J. Soares' 50th-minute goal brought the Revs' level after Columbus scored the first goal just before halftime, but Ethan Finley's game-winning goal in the 84th-minute sealed the win for the visiting Crew.

Parkhurst Victorious in New England Return

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. From 2005 till 2008, Michael Parkhurst was a rock in the New England Revolution's back line, earning Rookie of the Year, Defender of the Year, and MLS Best XI honors while leading the team to three straight MLS Cup appearances and a U.

Higuain breaks scoring drought as Crew top struggling Revs

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By TIM FONTENAULT

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Federico Higuain's first goal in more than two months could not have come at a better time for the Columbus Crew, who have now won consecutive games for the first time since opening the season with three wins.

Higuain scored his seventh goal of the season on a free kick just before halftime and Ethan Finlay broke a deadlock with six minutes to play, as the Crew sent the New England Revolution to their eighth-straight loss in a 2-1 victory at Gillette Stadium Saturday night.

The Rest

How I Fell In Love With Soccer, The Beautiful Game

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I knew I was an addict when I was 14 years old.

It was 1998. I had just returned to the United States from a month-long invitational soccer camp in St. Jean de Luz, France, run by former French national team manager Jean-Michel Larqué. Two days earlier, Zinedine Zidane's France had beaten Ronaldo's Brazil to win the World Cup on their home soil.

MLS Power Rankings – July 29th

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With the MLS break for the World Cup, we took a little time to let things get back in the groove before jumping back in on these rankings. What is interesting is to see that some things have changes – some significantly so (sorry, New England) – and other not. Sorry, Montreal... CLASS OF THE LEAGUE 1 (8)Sporting Kansas City – Only a draw to Chicago blemishes their run of wins over 2 months, and that includes a win over the Galaxy.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Marlon Hairston

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By TATE STEINLAGE

It wasn't a glamorous week forMLS rookies, but don't tell Marlon Hairston that.

The Colorado Rapids midfielder wasn't in the starting lineup for the Colorado Rapids'weekendmatch against Chivas USA, but his talents were certainly needed when Jared Watts went down with an injury in the 42nd minute.

The SBI Show: Episode 153 (Talking MLS, Gedion Zelalem, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

After a three-week layoff, the SBI Show is back, and we have plenty to discuss in the first show after the 2014 World Cup.

Episode 153 of The SBI Show touches on a wide array of topics, from the World Cup, to the recent blockbuster signings in MLS, to the latest on Gedion Zelalem and Freddy Adu.

Mattocks scores in third straight in Whitecaps draw with FC Dallas

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Vancouver Whitecaps Daren Mattocks netted his third in as many games, but it wasn't enough for the Whitecaps to get more than their tenth draw of the season.

The Whitecaps and FC Dallas played to a 2-2 draw Sunday at BC Place behind goals from Mattocks, Blas Perez, Michel and Pedro Morales.

By the Numbers: #NEvCLB

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Eight. That's what the New England Revolution's losing streak is now at, the longest such streak for the club since the MLS shootout era ended in 1999. In fact, one more loss will tie the club's record nine game losing streak reached twice, in both 1997 and 1998 (notably the team had two regulation draws in each of those streaks that they went on to lose in the shootout).

Summer Friendly Rewind: Tottenham beats Fire, Villa downs Dynamo, and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

In what was most likely his last game on home soil, Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Brad Friedel emerged victorious.

The American goalkeeper played 78 minutes and kept a clean sheet in club's last stateside friendly, as Spurs knocked off the Chicago Fire 2-0.

Report: Philadelphia Union Sign Algerian Goalkeeper Rais M'Bolhi

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A report out of France suggests Algeria's World Cup starting goalkeeper Rais M'Bolhi is set to join the Union's already crowded stable of keepers.

The Philadelphia Union are already crowded at goalkeeper. They have an established MLS starter in MacMath, a #1 overall pick who many feel is better than MacMath, and there is Union academy product Zack Steffen whose career trajectory could take him as far as the USMNT.