Major League Soccer

Seattle Sounders

Chad Marshall header pushes Sounders above red line

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SEATTLE The Chicago Fire are like an old-fashioned cure-all: good for whatever ails you. They were certainly just what the doctor ordered for the Seattle Sounders on Wednesday night, as the hosts delivered a 1-0 win in front of 39,269 at CenturyLink Field despite not playing their best soccer.

With Clint Dempsey sidelined, Sounders face a less certain future

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TUKWILA, Wash — Written off by some mere weeks ago, the Seattle Sounders have worked themselves back into the thick of the Western Conference playoff race. But if the Sounders are to qualify for the playoffs for the eighth time in eight seasons, they will have to do so without Clint Dempsey.

The Best of MLS Week 30: Manotas, Morris, Bedoya and more

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PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Several of MLS' stars shined over the weekend, but it was an up-and-coming forward that sealed SBI MLS Player of the Week honors. Mauro Manotas bagged a hat-trick for the Houston Dynamo on Saturday, leading the way in a 3-1 win over the Portland Timbers.

Jordan Morris leads second-half surge as Sounders topple Galaxy

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Carson, Calif. The surging Seattle Sounders found some grit in the second half and shoved the LA Galaxy aside to collect a much-needed 4-2 win in brutally hot conditions before an announced crowd of 25,819 at the StubHub Center on Sunday.

Jordan Morris fought past LA Galaxy defender Daniel Steres in the 62nd minute, then punched the ball past Galaxy goalkeeper Brian Rowe to give the Sounders the go-ahead goal.

Seattle Sounders at LA Galaxy: Game time, TV schedule and live stream for MLS match twenty-nine

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At 1 PM ESPN starts their coverage, but you can get local radio at 12:30 on 107.7 The End or El Rey 1360.

Losing to the LA Galaxy will not break the Seattle Sounders season. Beating them will not make the Sounders season, though it will give a huge morale boost for the fans, players and staff.

MLS Week 30: A Look Ahead

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Several teams are still jockeying for playoff positioning, and a few of those sides will face each other during a pivotal Week 30 in MLS.

The headliner pits the LA Galaxy against the Seattle Sounders on Sunday afternoon. The Galaxy have not lost in their last six matches, while the Sounders, who are five points adrift of the playoffs, have earnedpoints in seven of their last eight games.

Columbus Crew

Second-half goals hand D.C. advantage in East playoff race

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D.C. United used a flurry of second-half strikes to move four points clear of the New England Revolution on Wednesday night at RFK Stadium.

Lloyd Sam, Lamar Neagle and Alvaro Saborio scored in the 3-0 win over the Columbus Crew that essentially knocked the Crew out of the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Ola Kamara brace guides Crew past Revs to keep playoff hopes alive

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Thereare still signs of life in the Columbus Crew after they defeated the New England Revolution, 2-0, at MAPFRE Stadium on Sunday night.

Ola Kamara scored both goals in the 42nd and 83rd minute to clinch the victory for the hosts. The Crew have now won two straight matches and are justfive points away from a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with a game in hand.

Toronto FC

10-man Toronto FC draws with Orlando City to grab top spot in East

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It was a night of wasted opportunities as 10-man Toronto FC and Orlando City drew 0-0 at BMO Field on Wednesday night.

The scoreless draw wasn't due to a lack of trying for both sides, as they combined for 23 shots during the match. TFC was especially inaccurate, registering 15 attempts but only hit the target four times.

MLS Week 31: A Midweek Look Ahead

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Week 31 in Major League Soccer begins early as eight teams are in action on Wednesday.

The match with the most playoff implications is at RFK Stadium where D.C. United hosts the Columbus Crew. If Columbus beats D.C., then the Crew would be two points adrift of the final postseason berth in the Eastern Conference.

Playing abroad in MLS

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A look at the foreign players choosing MLS and making it a better league with strong performances and lots of goals.

Qualifying for the 2016 MLS playoffs in week 29

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Three teams officially made the playoffs in week 29 of the MLS season, with Toronto, NYCFC, and the New York Red Bulls in the postseason.

Galaxy denied first crack at making playoffs

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Los Angeles (AFP) The Los Angeles Galaxy were denied a chance to qualify for the Major League Soccer post-season on their first attempt Sunday, losing 4-2 to the Seattle Sounders.

Jordan Morris scored back-to-back goals in the second half to keep the Sounders' playoff hopes alive and spoil the festive atmosphere for the Galaxy and their fans at StubHub Center stadium in south central Los Angele.

Galaxy denied first crack at making playoffs

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Los Angeles (AFP) The Los Angeles Galaxy were denied a chance to qualify for the Major League Soccer post-season on their first attempt Sunday, losing 4-2 to the Seattle Sounders.

Jordan Morris scored back-to-back goals in the second half to keep the Sounders' playoff hopes alive and spoil the festive atmosphere for the Galaxy and their fans at StubHub Center stadium in south central Los Angele.

MLS trio join the postseason party

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Los Angeles (AFP) Toronto FC, New York Red Bulls and New York City FC all punched their tickets to the postseason Saturday as the Major League Soccer playoff field begins to take shape.

The three clubs join the Western Conference-leading FC Dallas, who became the first MLS team to secure a playoff spot last weekend.

MLS trio join the postseason party

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Los Angeles (AFP) Toronto FC, New York Red Bulls and New York City FC all punched their tickets to the postseason Saturday as the Major League Soccer playoff field begins to take shape.

The three clubs join the Western Conference-leading FC Dallas, who became the first MLS team to secure a playoff spot last weekend.

MLS Ticker: Torres, Minnesota United, Mastroeni and more

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A Houston Dynamo forwardreceived more bad news on the injury front, while ticket sales are booming for one of MLS' expansion teams.

Houston Dynamo striker Erick Torres, who is currently on loan at Cruz Azul in Liga MX, suffered an MCL sprain and will be out for 6-8 weeks as a result.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 9/23/16

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It's been a long week and the weekend is almost here, let's kick it off right with some links.

Philadelphia Union News

Reasons to watch the Union take on Toronto FC
Four reasons to watch Saturday's game at Toronto.

Edu poised for weekend return
A familiar face could help the Union against a dangerous Toronto FC side – Maurice Edu.

atlanta united

Atlanta United confident Gerardo Martino can buck trend of high-profile foreign coaches in MLS

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Gerardo 'Tata' Martino does not know the troubled history of high-profile foreign coaches in MLS, but both he and Atlanta United arelooking for him to be the exception.

Atlanta United appointed Martino as its first head coach on Tuesday, making the veteran Argentine the person in charge of leading the fledgling club on the field during its upcoming expansion season in 2017.

Major Link Soccer: Morris week edition

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The young striker is getting lots of accolades in the last few days. Tata Martino looks pretty certain to be Atlanta's first coach. Also, lots of details on why NASL is failing.

Major League Soccer

Gerardo "Tata" Martino, former Argentina national team coach (among others), seems to be a lock for Atlanta United's first head managing position.

A Rash of Uniteds: D.C. United & Sundry Soccer Links for 23 September 2016

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Did you know the collective noun for a group of Uniteds is a rash?

Next week is the 29th anniversary of the release of Strangeways, Here We Come. Can you believe it?

D.C. United "An Opponent That Never Gives Up" | Orlando City Soccer Club: True this.

Pride Pub: Orlando City at D.

Report: Gerardo Martino turns down Club America amid negotiations with Atlanta United

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Atlanta United received some positive news in their managerial search ahead of their inaugural 2017 season.

Spanish site AS is reportingthat Gerardo 'Tata' Martino has turned down an offer from Club America to continue negotiations to take charge of the new MLS team. America has been searching for a new manager since dismissingIgnacio Ambríz several weeks ago, but will have to look elsewhere as Martino appears to prefertaking over the upcoming MLS team.

Your Running Commentary

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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A rematch of last year's semifinal highlights the action in UEFA Champions League on Wednesday.

Atletico Madrid hosts Bayern Munich at the Vicente Calderon for the first time since Atleti knocked out the Bavarians in the semis last season. Other key matches includeManchester City and Celtic, along with Borussia Monchengladbach versusBarcelona.

MLS Week 30: Your Running Commentary

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Saturday is a busy day in MLS play, as several teams in the playoff hunt collide as the season winds down.

An Eastern conference clash between Toronto FC and the Philadelphia Union kickstarts the action, as TFC looks to clinch a spot in the playoffs with a win.

LA Galaxy

Then and now with the LA Galaxy

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Landon Donovan's return to the Galaxy is running into how much the team changed since his retirement.

Major Link Soccer: England manager under investigation

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Could Bob Bradley make the coaching move from Ligue 2 to the EPL?

Seattle

Jordan Morris might not be perfect, but after his performance against LA on Sunday, it's hard to deny that he's a big-time player.

MLS/NWSL

When you score a goal as good as Alejandro Bedoya's against TFC this weekend, you're allowed to get a little braggadocious about it.

MLS breaks 1 million viewers for second time this season; Soccer TV ratings roundup

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For the second time this season, a Major League Soccer broadcast has averaged more than one million viewers. This past weekend, the over-the-air FOX broadcast network aired two matches on the big FOX network with only one viewable in each market depending on FOX's NFL coverage for the day. Most of the country saw Toronto FC and New York Red Bulls at 5pm ET, while the remainder saw Sporting Kansas City take on the Los Angeles Galaxy at 2pm ET.

Portland Timbers

Dortmund draws Real Madrid, Red Bulls advance in the CCL

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Christain Pulisic helped ot make the difference for Borussia Dortmund in their 2-2 draw with Real Madrid in the Champions League.

Three Questions from the Timbers’ 3-1 Loss at Houston

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Another day, another road defeat.

At this point there really isn't a whole lot more of it to say than that. Regardless how impressive the Timbers' home form appears or how modest their opponent is, the Portland Timbers are terrible on the road.

And they were again on Saturday.

Here are three questions from the Timbers' loss in Houston:

1.

United States Men's National Team

A closer look at FIFA 17's USMNT, USWNT, MLS ratings

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The games are officially underway, and so too are the discussions and debates about player ratings.

FIFA 17 officially hit the shelves in stores in the United States on Tuesday, andgamers took some time, as they do each year, to check out the overall ratings that some of their favorite American players and MLS clubs have earned in the latest installment of EA Sports' hit video game series.

Growing in the same direction: The muddle behind the scenes of US player development

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MLS and US Soccer are doing more to address the player development issues in this country, but that isn't making it any easier.

David Villa

David Villa bolsters MLS MVP chances with brace in NYCFC rout

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NEW YORK While the star striker based just west of the Hudson River hasmade serious noise in the race for the MLS MVP award in recent weeks, it was the one based to the east that bolstered his chances of winning that piece of hardware on Friday.

All while helping his club move to within an inch of a playoff spot.

David Villa appears at GO90 event to promote soccer streaming service

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[David Villa, Captain of the New York City FC, watches the FC Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid match via the go90 app Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, in New York. (Adam Hunger/AP Images for go90)]

If you're a professional soccer player and you're on the road most of the time, how do you watch your favorite soccer teams and leagues?

David Villa appears at GO90 event to promote soccer streaming service

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[David Villa, Captain of the New York City FC, watches the FC Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid match via the go90 app Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, in New York. (Adam Hunger/AP Images for go90)]

If you're a professional soccer player and you're on the road most of the time, how do you watch your favorite soccer teams and leagues?

In midst of another standout season, Villa aims to improve performances on turf fields

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NEW YORK David Villa is having an MVP-typeseason, with 17 goals and two assists to his name thus far to help lead New York City FC to the brink of a playoff spot.

As good as he has been in 2016, Villa still sees room for improvement. Particularly when it comes to playing on turf fields.

The Rest

Brotherly Game Daily Links 9/27/16

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FIFA 17 releases today! Way to steal the links' thunder.

Philadelphia Union News

I'm Alejandro Bedoya, and I approve this Alejandro Bedoya goal
Alejandro Bedoya scored an awesome goal, and he wants you to know about it. He also wants you to vote for him for MLS Goal of the Week.

D.C. United vs. Orlando City Player Ratings Form

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You get the chance to weigh in on the highs and lows from last night.

D.C. United needed to get a result against Orlando City SC Saturday night to improve their chances of their third straight postseason appearance (and 4th of their last 5 seasons) drastically, and with a 4-1 win over the Lions, they got just that.

Royer goal extends Red Bulls run with win over Impact

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It took a gritty second-half effort, but the New York Red Bulls kept their 13-match unbeaten run intact on Saturday night courtesy of one of the team's summer signings.

The Red Bulls earned a 1-0 win over the Montreal Impact at Red Bull Arena after Daniel Royer netted his first goal for the hosts with a half hour remaining.

Fire commit bevy of mistakes en route to latest disappointing defeat

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NEW YORK The Chicago Fire's press conference on Friday was so short, Joao Plata would look like a giant in comparison.

There was apparently not much for reporters to ask the head coach of a team that once again played dreadfully, nor was there apparently much for him to say afterwitnessing his side make juvenile defensive mistakes in a 4-1 battering at the hands of New York City FC this late into the season.

Sporting KC Competing in MLS 3.0 with an MLS 2.0 Mindset?

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Since the Kansas City Wizards rebranded as Sporting Kansas City, the club has begun to rise to the top of MLS in terms of on the field performance, image, and structure of the organization. In the span of a few years Kansas City went from being one of the laughing stocks of MLS to the envy of the league, the "Soccer Capital of America" and MLS Cup champions in 2013.