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Mullins Will Miss NE, But Happy to Join NYC

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Even after his name was left off the Revolution's protected list for the expansion draft, Patrick Mullins fully expected to spend another season in New England. But he also knew that one phone call could change that.

Less than 72 hours after setting up Chris Tierney's game-tying strike in the MLS Cup final, the 23-year-old striker realized he wouldn't be renewing the lease on his Boston-area apartment after New York City FC selected him in the first round of the expansion draft.

Maritimo Makes Bid for Revs Target Heldon

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Sporting CP winger Heldon is on the verge ofmaking a move. But he isn't headed to New England.

On Saturday,Heldon's former club, Maritimo, has exercised the right of first refusal clause contained in the transfer agreement with Sporting CPin a move to reacquire him.

According to a release from Sporting CPon Saturday, Maritimo was notified that a loan offer for Heldon's services had been receivedfrom another club – presumably the Revolution.

Revs Re-sign Versatile Smith

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A month after having his option declined for the second time in as many seasons, midfielder/defender Donnie Smith will re-join the Revolution after he was signed to a new deal on Friday.

The versatile Smith seen action in only two league games in his two seasons in New England.

Source: Soares Deal with Verona Imminent

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The A.J. Soares-to-Serie A saga is nearing its conclusion as Hellas Verona are expected to sign himon a free transferin the coming days, according toa source.

The source who has direct knowledge of thepending transaction confirmed with New England Soccer Todaythattalks are ongoing, and that"it's a matter of getting him signed, sealed, and delivered.

Four More Sporting CP Options for Revs

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The Revolution brain trust will be in Lisbon later this week to meet with Sporting CP officials about potential player acquisitions namely, Héldon. But the Cape Verdean International isn't the only player the Revolution are reportedly interested in.

So which other Sporting products could Michael Burns & Co.

Revs Ink Okoli Following Trade w/ Seattle

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Days after acquiring him from the Seattle Sounders for a second-round pick, the New England Revolution signed second-year striker Sean Okoli to a deal on Monday.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, per league policy. Okoli'sguaranteed compensationfigure for 2014 was$48,750.

2015 MLS Season

DC United moves on

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DC United had one bright spot in a forgettable 2013 MLS season, winning the US Open Cup and qualifying for the Champions League. Read More

Soccer News Update: USMNT and MLS

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The soccer news turns to USMNT players in MLS and the next round of expansion before another look at the rich list. Read More

Soccer News Update: MLS CBA negotiations and the soccer club rich list

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The MLS CBA negotiations and the latest soccer club rich list take the focus in Thursday's soccer news update. Read More

Colorado Rapids will host 2015 MLS All-Star Game

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The 2015 MLS All-Star Game goes to Dick's Sporting Goods Park, the home of the Colorado Rapids in Commerce City, Colorado. Read More

USL PRO announces 2015 league alignment

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USL PRO announces changes to their league for 2015 with the addition of several expansion teams and MLS clubs owning teams. Read More

What are the biggest moves in MLS?

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The big moves in MLS this January get the soccer headlines, but there's more to crafting a winning team in this league. Read More

The Red Bulls in a changing MLS

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The New York Red Bulls have had a tough January from a public relations standpoint, but they made a choice to change. Read More

How to improve an MLS team

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Toronto FC and the Seattle Sounders do things differently in MLS, so why isn't the rest of the league following their example? Read More

DaMarcus Beasley on Jozy, Landon, media and retirement: “My priorities are different now”

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DaMarcus Beasley talks to USSoccerPlayers. Read More

Soccer News Update: It’s all about Toronto FC

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Toronto FC signs Juventus midfielder Sebastian Giovinco in a move that once again makes MLS the story. Read More

USMNT Open Thread: Can Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley make magic in Toronto?

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Toronto FC has two USMNT players at the heart of their plans for a playoff run. Read More

Downtown Miami

MLS holding Beckham to a downtown Miami-only stadium location makes zero sense

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Rumors continue to swirl both in South Florida and nationally about David Beckham's plans regarding his proposed MLS team in Miami. The global superstar has run into numerous hurdles to build a stadium in the desired downtown location. Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber has made it clear that he wants a new Miami team to play in downtown.

MLS holding Beckham to a downtown Miami-only stadium location makes zero sense

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Rumors continue to swirl both in South Florida and nationally about David Beckham's plans regarding his proposed MLS team in Miami. The global superstar has run into numerous hurdles to build a stadium in the desired downtown location. Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber has made it clear that he wants a new Miami team to play in downtown.

Soccer on TV

FOX Sports hires John Strong as commentator to boost its soccer coverage

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FOX Sports has hired John Strong as a full-time commentator to beef up its soccer coverage in 2015 and beyond.

Strong, who has been unanimously heralded by experts as one of the most talented American presenters and commentators on soccer, has been given the position after expertappearances in recent years on NBC Sports and FOX Sports.

FOX Sports hires John Strong as commentator to boost its soccer coverage

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FOX Sports has hired John Strong as a full-time commentator to beef up its soccer coverage in 2015 and beyond.

Strong, who has been unanimously heralded by experts as one of the most talented American presenters and commentators on soccer, has been given the position after expertappearances in recent years on NBC Sports and FOX Sports.

Toronto FC

‘The Big Three’ era has arrived in MLS – I hope it doesn’t last

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In the space of a week, Toronto FC have gone from the laughing stock of Major League Soccer to headline makers. The club, which has failed to reach the playoffs in any of their eight seasons, has committed a reported $70 million in wages over the next five years to bring in Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco as designated players.

‘The Big Three’ era has arrived in MLS – I hope it doesn’t last

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In the space of a week, Toronto FC have gone from the laughing stock of Major League Soccer to headline makers. The club, which has failed to reach the playoffs in any of their eight seasons, has committed a reported $70 million in wages over the next five years to bring in Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco as designated players.

Sebastian Giovinco is Arguably The Most Important MLS Signing in Recent History

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Today quite possibly the most important player signing in MLS' recent history was unveiled in Toronto. La formica atomica, Sebastian Giovinco was introduced as another marquee signing for the flagging Toronto FC. Last year it was a "bloody big deal" when Jermain Defoe was introduced, and it turned out to be a "bloody big flop".

Sebastian Giovinco is Arguably The Most Important MLS Signing in Recent History

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Today quite possibly the most important player signing in MLS' recent history was unveiled in Toronto. La formica atomica, Sebastian Giovinco was introduced as another marquee signing for the flagging Toronto FC. Last year it was a "bloody big deal" when Jermain Defoe was introduced, and it turned out to be a "bloody big flop".

Toronto FC Puts MLS On Notice With Big Signings

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When Toronto FC went all in last summer and signed Michael Bradley, Gilberto, Julio Cesar and Jermain Defoe I expected the move to send them into the MLS Cup. But it all went wrong in Toronto and once again one of the best supported teams in Major League Soccer failed to reach the playoffs.

Most ownership groups would be gun-shy after spending all that money and getting nothing in return, but not TFC ownership who have doubled down on last summer's investment as they try to compete in what will a very competitive Eastern Conference.

D.C. United

Freedom Kicks for 22 January 2015: Bill Hamid, MLS CBA, and a sleeper bus

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Grab your coffee and get ready for some soccer linkage.

No witticisms or banter this morning, just sweet soccer links.

Major League Soccer - D.C. United Bill Hamid aiming for breakout season in MLS's 20th season - ESPN FC: Everyone loves Bill Hamid, and rightfully so. It is hard to imagine what a breakout season could be after last year, but I would take zero goals allowed.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, USMNT, MLS, and CONCACAF Champions League links for Wednesday January 21, 2015

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A look at Miguel Aguilar's past, a lot of Alajuelense news, and some MLS and USMNT news.

Wooooooo links!

Opinion: Soccer star Miguel Aguilar tells his inspiring story at Encina High, his alma mater | Sacramento Bee
This is a great piece from Marcos Breton on D.C. United's first round pick Miguel Aguilar, who has come a very long way to get to this point in his life and yet was speaking to kids at his high school the day after being picked in the draft.

Manchester City

How the Citizens Stole Lampard

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Well, not exactly; more like "borrowing" an old but still functional squirt gun that your little brother picked up for free from a garage sale, and using that to annoy its previous owner in every way possible for an entire year. Here's my quick pre-apology to all Manchester City fans, and to Frank Lampard for bringing up events involved around him so often in this blog.

The Frank Lampard Saga and its Implications for the MLS and NYCFC

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On Thursday, July 24, New York City F.C, a new MLS franchise, announced that Frank Lampard was signing for the new club. On their website, they posted an article entitled, "Welcome to New York City: Frank Lampard"writing that they were "thrilled to announce the signing of England National Team and Chelsea FC legend Frank Lampard.

Tottenham Hotspur

The Search for a New American Hero in European Soccer

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The exodus of the United States' best players from Europe to the homeland continued this winter, with Mix Diskerud and possibly Sacha Kljestan signing with MLS clubs. We have written a novel's worth of stories about its impact on the U.S. national team, whether it is good for this country's soccer development and how concerned we should be about its long-term impact.

The Search for a New American Hero in European Soccer

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The exodus of the United States' best players from Europe to the homeland continued this winter, with Mix Diskerud and possibly Sacha Kljestan signing with MLS clubs. We have written a novel's worth of stories about its impact on the U.S. national team, whether it is good for this country's soccer development and how concerned we should be about its long-term impact.

The Rest

Maurice Edu talks about his past, his present and his future at MLS Media Day

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During MLS Media Day, the Philadelphia Union player talked about his new contract, his struggles at Stoke, and his role as a veteran player in Major League Soccer.

At MLS Media Day in Los Angeles today, Philadelphia Union midfielder Maurice Edu was asked about a variety of subjects from his new contract, his new boss, and getting back into the United States National Team picture.

‘Frankie’s New York Adventure’ – Frank Lampard Times Release Of Latest Children’s Book Spectacularly Poorly

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By Chris Wright

What you see here before you is the front cover to Frank Lampard's latest children's book, entitled "Frankie's New York Adventure" the ninth book in his "Frankie's Magic Football" series.

It's due for release on 5th February, roughly one month after Frank revealed his very own magical New York adventure was on hold for the foreseeable future.

Hungover Dispatches from America: MLS Combine Edition

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Futfanatico regrets to inform you that, with out modest budget, we were only able to send a single correspondent to the MLS combine. He wrote for us at the World Cup, and, after heavy editing, one of his three filed articles was publishable. This particular post turned out.....well, judge for yourself.

Report: Draft could see change in 2017

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For the last couple of years, the MLS SuperDraft has begun to be a tad watered down. The emerging talent in the Homegrown departments of the 20 MLS clubs has meant those coming from the college draft aren't nearly as valued as they once were before.

MLS is apparently looking to change some things with the draft in the future according to the Orlando Sentinel.

The Allocation Ranking Fallacy

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Why Allocation Rankings mean everything - and nothing - to teams in Major League Soccer.

Jozy Altidore coming back to Major League Soccer was not surprising. Long rumored to be headed back to the states after a six year stint in Europe, Altidore signed with Toronto FC last Friday. If only it were really that simple.

Greenspan and The Rapids Take the Longview

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When Joseph Greenspan decided to join the Naval Academy he considered his long-term prospects after college. Like any young soccer player he had dreams of going pro, but he felt Navy provided both great academics and an opportunity to play in a quality soccer program. He planned for a future..

The Case of Inspector Kljouseau

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I will keep this relatively brief, lest I fall into a manhole in trench coat. The recently confirmed list of MLS suitors for Sacha Kljestan from (I believe, and forgive me If I am wrong somewhere) Ives Galarcep, Jeff Carlisle and Steven Goff was LA, Seattle, NYRB and Philly Union. I will now see those gentleman (as all four currently remain in the race) and raise them interested parties Chicago,

Kicking off the goodie parade...

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I have learned that Colorado playmaker Dillon Powers - fresh off receiving an Italian passport - is also now receiving interest from Atalanta and Palermo, with a possible view to a summer offer. I also suspect he has at least one suitor in another European country, but let me get back to you later on that one.