Soccer By Ives Archives for January 2017

MLS Playoff Monday: Your Running Commentary

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The MLS playoff quarterfinal round continues on Monday night with a pair of matches of teams looking to make a splash in their respective first legs.

Tonight's action gets started in New Jersey as the New York Red Bulls welcome Supporters' Shield winners Toronto FC to Red Bull Arena. The Red Bulls mowed their way past the Chicago Fire last week in the knockout round by a 4-0 margin at Toyota Park.

Report: Rapids close to hiring New Zealand boss Anthony Hudson as new head coach

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The Colorado Rapids are close to bringing in New Zealand head coach Anthony Hudson to replace the departed Pablo Mastroeni, according to Goal.com.

"We know who we want, and I'm very happy to say that we're in the final stages," Rapids sporting director Padraig Smith said.

The deal is reportedly not set in stone, as Hudson could wish to remain with New Zealand national team should they qualify for the World Cup.

Who is Shaq Moore? The young American making strides in La Liga

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La Liga generally hasn't been home to many American players. Throughout the years, Spain has never truly caught on as a landing point for Americans looking to play abroad as U.S.-born players have generally gravitated towards England and Germany for a variety of reasons.

In total, just four American internationals have made appearances in La Liga, with the latest being a 20-year-old defender who battled his way up the Spanish system.

Las Vegas Lights FC unveil logo

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Las Vegas Lights FC, the USL's newest expansion team, revealed their logo for their upcoming season. Hundreds of fan submissions contributed to the final product unveiled on Monday morning.

The design is derived from the famous "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign on the outskirts of the city. It features the club's colors ofblue, yellow and pink, taken from the official logo for the city of Las Vegas.

Whitecaps confident following 'chess match' against Sounders

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Many would look at a 0-0 home draw in the first leg of a playoff series as a negative, but the Vancouver Whitecaps are confident in their position heading into Thursday' second leg in Seattle.

The most important goal achieved by the Whitecaps on Sunday night at BC Place was not conceding a goal to the visiting Seattle Sounders.

Despite road shutout, Brian Schmetzer wishes Sounders earned more in Vancouver

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In several ways, the Seattle Sounders got the job done on Sunday night. In Brian Schmetzer's mind, though, Sunday was a bit of a missed opportunity.

On the road and without several key players, the Sounders grinded out a 0-0 draw against the Whitecaps on Sunday in Vancouver. That result leaves it all to play for when the MLS Cup champions return to Seattle for the second leg, which is as much as many could ask for given the task at hand.

Judge asks DA to investigate MLS following proposed Crew relocation to Austin

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The fans of the Columbus Crew aren't the only party that feels MLS hasn't been telling the whole truth.

The San Antonio expansion bid, which has come under direct threat from the possibility of the Crew moving to Austin, Texas, could be making more noise in the coming weeks.

Bexar County judge Nelson Wolff has inquired with Bexar County district attorney Nico LaHood to see if MLS violated any laws when they supported the city's purchase of Toyota Field in 2015, per the San Antonio Express-News.

MLS Playoff Preview: Houston Dynamo vs. Portland Timbers

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The Houston Dynamo and Portland Timbers are going to have to light the goals on fire to create more excitement than the World Series has in Houston.

However, if you look at the two regular-season meetings between the Western Conference foes, there's a chance we could be in for a shootout.

There are five 10-goal scorers on the rosters, but don't discount defense in Monday's first leg of the Western Conference semifinal.

MLS Playoff Preview: New York Red Bulls vs. Toronto FC

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The New York Red Bulls thoroughly dispatched of the Chicago Fire to book their spot in the Eastern Conference semifinals. What awaits them will be a different test entirely.

Toronto FC is fresh off a record-setting regular season, one which saw the club seal a league-high 69 points. Now, TFC travels to Red Bull Arena to open their postseason against a Red Bull team that built a bit of momentum in a 4-0 beating of the Fire last week.

Americans Abroad Weekend Rewind: John Brooks, Shaq Moore, Luca de la Torre and more

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After several months on the sideline, John Brooks finally made his Bundesliga debut for his new club.

The Wolfsburg appeared in his first league match of the season, going a full 90 minutes in a 1-1 draw with Weston McKennie's Schalke on Saturday. The match comes on the heels of an extended injury absence stemming from a thigh injury suffered in a season-opening DFB-Pokal match.

Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Seattle Sounders: Your Running Commentary

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Two Cascadia powerhouses go head-to-head on Sunday night to kickstart the conference semifinal portion of the MLS playoffs.

After taking care of the San Jose Earthquakes in a 5-0 rout, the Vancouver Whitecaps have booked their date with the Seattle Sounders in the second round of the postseason.

Whitecaps, Sounders grind to tie in Vancouver

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The Vancouver Whitecaps began the playoffs with a high-flying thumping of the San Jose Earthquakes. Sunday's match against the Seattle Sounders was a bit more tepid.

In the first match of the two-legged Western Conference semifinal clash, the Whitecaps dueled the Seattle Sounders in what turned out to be a chess match of a 0-0 draw that featured few chances either way.

Sunday European Rewind: Girona shocks Real Madrid, Leicester downs Everton, and more

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Defending La Liga winners Real Madrid suffered their second shock of the season, falling 2-1 at Girona on Sunday. Despite having an early lead on the road, Zinedine Zidane's men saw a pair of second-half goals by the hosts down them for their second loss of the year. Isco opened the scoring in the 12th-minute which saw Los Blancos up at halftime.

Monday Kickoff: Paul Pogba injury, PSG after Philippe Coutinho and more

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A Manchester United star's status remains up in the air due to an injury that could keep him out long-term.

Jose Mourinho says he has "no idea" when Paul Pogba will return from a hamstring injury suffered on Sept. 12. (REPORT)

Paris Saint-Germain has reportedly prioritized the summer signing of Philippe Coutinho, who was close to joining Barcelona during this past summer.

MLS Playoff Preview: Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Seattle Sounders

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There's a 75 percent chance a team from Cascadia will represent the Western Conference in MLS Cup and there's a 100 percent chance at least one will make the Western Conference Final.

The big spenders of the Pacific Northwest open their MLS Cup defense on Sunday against the team that sometimes gets lost in the shuffle amidst the success of its neighbors to the south.

Saturday European Rewind: Man United edges Tottenham, Bayern defeats Leipzig, and more.

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Two of the Premier League's heavyweights duked it out at Old Trafford on Saturday as Manchester United faced Tottenham Hotspur. Jose Mourinho's men used an 81st-minute winner from Anthony Martial to snatch the three points at home. Martial slotted home Romelu Lukaku's through-ball past Hugo Lloris, which was all the Red Devils needed to stay in second place.

European Weekend Preview: Man United hosts Tottenham, Juventus travel to AC Milan, and more

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Following midweek cup and league action in several of Europe's top leagues, this weekend features plenty of top league fixtures to take in. The top fixture comes from Old Trafford as Manchester United welcome Tottenham Hotspur to town. Something will have to give in this match as both teams sit on 20 points with an equal 6-1-2 record.

Dynamo continue to take advantage of home form in postseason push

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For the Houston Dynamo, 2017 has been a season of resurgence under head coach Wilmer Cabrera.

The former coach of Chivas USA and the USL's Rio Grande Valley Toros, helped the Dynamo improve from a last-place finish in 2016 to a fourth-place finish this season.

However, Houston has shown a Jekyll and Hyde character when it has come to playing at BBVA Compass Stadium and on the road.

Sporting KC suffer another early postseason exit amid falling out of form

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Sporting Kansas City became the Buffalo Bills of the MLS knockout round on Thursday night.

Peter Vermes' men dropped their fourth consecutive knockout-round game to the Houston Dynamo in extra time at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Unfortunately, the club is no stranger to faltering down the stretch and exiting the postseason in disappointing fashion.

Atlanta United reflects on "great first season" amid playoff heartbreak

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It's hard to feel a sense of accomplishment in the lowest moment of the season, but that's what Atlanta United tried to do on Thursday night.

After thriving in front of their home crowd at Mercedes-Benz Stadium for the second half of the regular season, the Five Stripes fell short in the Eastern Conference knockout round and were dropped out of the postseason on penalties by the Columbus Crew.

Following relocation rumors, Crew provide big road win to lift spirits in Columbus

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It's certainly not a stretch to say its been a tough week for the Columbus Crew. As relocation rumors swirl, much of the focus had been taken off of the team's late-season run due to off-the-field news and a potentially grim future in a city that has been one of the stalwarts of American soccer for years.

Crew goalkeeper Zack Steffen takes another step forward in spectacular playoff performance

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Zack Steffen rose to prominence during a penalty kick shootout two-and-a-half years ago.

As a standout at Maryland, the then-20-year-old goalkeeper put in a heroic performance in the U-20 World Cup quarterfinals before stopping several shots in what ended as a heartbreaking penalty kick loss to eventual champions Serbia.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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This weekend of soccer starts off bright and early with a can't miss clash from England's top flight.

Manchester United welcomes Tottenham into Old Trafford to kick off a congested saturday of soccer. The two are level for second place in the Premier League table with identical 6-2-1 records to open the season.

Americans Abroad Weekend Preview: John Brooks, Weston McKennie and more

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John Brooks could make his long-awaited Bundesliga debut for Wolfsburg following a layoff as his club takes on another young American Abroad.

Brooks returned to the bench for DFB-Pokal action midweek, making this weekend's matchup against Weston McKennie and Schalke a reasonable return date for the U.

Friday Kickoff: Zlatan Ibrahimovic sets sights on Premier League, Philippe Coutinho questionable and more

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Two big stars could miss games over the weekend while another is talking him his team's title hopes.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he has returned to Manchester United with the sole aim of winning the Premier League title while adding he refused to limp away from the club following his injury. (REPORT)

Philippe Coutinho looks set to miss Liverpool's match against Huddersfield Town.

Zack Steffen plays hero as Crew top Atlanta United in instant classic

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It was a game that had everything but goals but, when the dust cleared and the last penalty kick hit the back of the net, it was Columbus Crew that emerged from a certified playoff classic thanks to their young goalkeeper.

Zack Steffen starred in a penalty kick shootout win as the Crew toppled Atlanta United, 3-1, in penalty kicks following a thrilling scoreless draw.

Dynamo edge Sporting KC on Alberth Elis extra time goal

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Despite two meetings against another already this month, Thursday night's showdown at BBVA Compass Stadium between the Houston Dynamo and Sporting Kansas City had a whole new level of importance. The winner would face off with the Western Conference's top seed, the Portland Timbers, while the loser would head into the offseason early.

MLS Playoff Thursday: Your Running Commentary

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The MLS Playoffs continue tonight with a pair of matches that bring a lot of intrigue with them.

Tonight's action gets started with Atlanta United hosting a playoff game in the inaugural season. The youngest team in the Eastern Conference takes on one of the oldest as the Columbus Crew come to town.

Quakes left with self reflection following brutal MLS Cup playoff exit

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The San Jose Earthquakes were never supposed to walk out BC Place with their arms up high in a celebratory position, however a five-goal defeat wasn't expected either.

The Quakes simply collapsed, again. The narrative that the team had learned to avoid folding after conceding was all but visible Wednesday night.

Real Salt Lake signs Mike Petke to long-term extension

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Real Salt Lake has reason to be happy with the job manager Mike Petke did in his first season, and now the club has taken the step to reward him.

The club announced Thursday that they've signed Petke to a long-term contract extension. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"Loyalty is huge for me.

Whitecaps take advantage of "second chance" by beating Earthquakes

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The Vancouver Whitecaps have gone through a few disappointments this season, none bigger than their home regular-season finale in which they lost the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference in a 1-1 draw with the San Jose Earthquakes.

Carl Robinson made sure his team didn't experience the same fate in the Western Conference knockout-round game on Wednesday night.

Following playoff exit, Fire take solace in positive steps taken throughout rebuilding season

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The Chicago Fire took a giant leap forward in 2017, and there's no arguing that. The club entered as one of the league's recent bottom-dwellers, one that had been facing a multi-year difficult period with no playoffs and no glory. What followed was a magnificent summer run and a return to the postseason, even if it ended earlier than the team expected in the most disappointing of ways.

Sacha Kljestan holds the key to the Red Bulls' MLS cup dreams

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Sacha Kljestan's legacy with the New York Red Bulls will be forged in the 2017 playoffs.

Despite leading the league in assists over the last two seasons, and becoming the all-time assist leader for the Red Bulls, he has failed to make an impact in the most important moments for the team in his three seasons in New York.

MLS Playoff Preview: Houston Dynamo vs. Sporting Kansas City

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The Houston Dynamo and Sporting Kansas City are no strangers to each other,

Not only did the two sides play twice in October to close out the regular season, they are familiar foes from the postseason as well.

The extra edge of bad blood should help fuel the final contest of the knockout round.

MLS Playoff Preview: Atlanta United vs. Columbus Crew

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Atlanta United's expansion season went better than many could have hoped for. Sure, they spent big and sure, they brought in some talented pieces, but clobbering competition with a vicious attack en route to a playoff home game? That's success.

Still, that doesn't mean Atlanta should be content with where they are, especially with a desperate and motivated Columbus Crew team coming to town to open the postseason.

Thursday Kickoff: Rafa Marquez returns to Atlas, Harry Kane injury and more

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A Mexican star has returned to the field following a lengthy absence.

After being sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department for alleged links to a drug trafficking organization, Rafa Marquez made his Atlas return during a Copa MX match on Wednesday. (REPORT)

Harry Kane is doubtful for Tottenham's match against Manchester United due to a hamstring injury.

Timmy Chandler to miss two months after undergoing surgery

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Timmy Chandler has been Eintracht Frankfurt's ironman, but the U.S. Men's National Team defender is now set for a significant spell on the sideline.

The club announced that Chandler is set to miss at least two months after undergoing aa successful operation on his right lateral meniscus on Wednesday morning.

MLS Playoff Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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The MLS playoffs are here, and they begin with two matches on Wednesday night.

Action starts in the East as the New York Red Bulls face off with the Chicago Fire (8:30 p.m., Fox Sports 1) . The matchup is a fitting one for Dax McCarty, who collides with his former team in his first playoff match with his new club.

Red Bulls crush Fire in playoff opener

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The New York Red Bulls put in a terrific team effort, defeating the Chicago Fire in the opening match of the MLS Cup Playoffs behind Sacha Kljestan and Bradley Wright Phillips.

The sixth-seeded Red Bulls proved to be too much for the Fire, winning 4-0 over a side that limped into the playoffs with a number of key players injured and recovering from their Decision Day defeat at the hands of the Houston Dynamo.

Whitecaps thrash Quakes to advance to Western Conference semifinals

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The Vancouver Whitecaps made sure to let their Cascadia counterparts know that their out-of-form streak was a thing of the past.

With four goals in the second half, the Whitecaps rolled all over the San Jose Earthquakes, 5-0, in the Western Confrence Knockout Round of MLS playoffs at a hostile BC Palace Wednesday night.

Bill Hamid officially signs with FC Midtjylland

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Bill Hamid is now officially set for Denmark.

FCMidtjylland announced on Wednesday that the club has signed the former D.C. United goalkeeper on a free transfer. Hamid is set to replace the outgoingMichael Falkesgaard as he joins the club in January on a four-and-a-half year deal.

"We are pleased that we can add Bill Hamid with our squad in FC Midtjylland," said coach Jess Thorup.

SBI's 2017 MLS Playoff Predictions

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Playoff season is upon us, and that means it's time to predict how things will play out when the best teams in MLS collide.

MLS play always tends to be unpredictable, especially when the postseason rolls around, but the entire SBI editorial staff took a crack at mapping out the upcoming playoff picture.

MLS Playoff Preview: Vancouver Whitecaps vs. San Jose Earthquakes

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Only less than two weeks removed from their thrilling 1-1 draw, the Vancouver Whitecaps and the San Jose Earthquakes will battle again at BC Place. But this time, dreams of lifting MLS Cup will be on the line.

All pressure is on the home side as the Whitecaps hit a late mental road block following a confounding season.

Americans Abroad Tuesday Rewind: Alfredo Morales, Weston McKennie and more

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Tuesday was full of cup action, and it was Alfredo Morales that proved the standout with a big goal in the DFB-Pokal.

The Ingolstadt midfielder fired the third of three goals for his side, who picked up a 3-1 win over a Julian Green-less Greuther Furth in Tuesday's second round German Cup action.

Columbus mayor, Precourt & Garber to have in-person talks in coming weeks

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As the Columbus Crew prepare for their Eastern Conference knockout round game against Atlanta United on Thursday, the movement off the field to keep the club in Ohio is continuing.

Mayor Andrew Ginther and president and CEO of the Columbus Partnership Alex Fischer released a joint statement on Facebook on Tuesday with a progress report.

MLS Playoff Preview: Chicago Fire vs. New York Red Bulls

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Two of the Eastern Conference's more inconsistent sides, the Chicago Fire and the New York Red Bulls, meet up in the first matchup of the 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs.

The Fire are the third seed in the competitive East, slipping from a top spot they held after an 11-game unbeaten run in the middle of the summer.

Wednesday Kickoff: Gianluigi Buffon reiterates plan to retire; Arsenal, Man U after Marco Reus and more

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One of the game's big stars continues to lean towards retirement following what may have been his best season yet.

Gianluigi Buffon reiterated that he expects to retire after this season. (REPORT)

Despite his injury issues, Marco Reus reportedly remains a target for Arsenal and Manchester United.

SBI Question of the Day: Which MLS team was the most disappointing in 2017?

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Before the MLS playoffs begin on Wednesday night, we're taking a look at some of the teams that didn't make the playoffs, and more specifically failed to live up to expectations in 2017.

No team fell harder than FC Dallas, who won two teams after July 22 to finish out of the top six in the Western Conference after previously occupying first place.

MLS Ticker: Tim Melia out for Thursday, A.J. DeLaGarza out for postseason and more

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Thursday's Western Conference knockout-round game between the Houston Dynamo and Sporting Kansas City will be without a few key figures.

Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Tim Melia, who missed the last three regular-season games, will not be able to play for Peter Vermes' side at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Chivas CEO: "We don't have the economic power of MLS"

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Bringing Carlos Vela wasn't an easy process for LAFC, but it was made easier due to the cash they were able to offer the Mexican international.

Vela attracted interest from Liga MX side Chivas, but the Mexican club's CEO Jose Luis Higuera admitted the club doesn't have the economic power MLS does.

Report: Pete Vagenas relieved of Galaxy GM duties, Sigi Schmid put in charge of player decisions

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Some major changes are coming to the LA Galaxy front office.

According to the LA Times, Galaxy general manager Pete Vagenas has been relieved of his duties but will remain with the club as Vice President of Soccer Operations. Head coach Sigi Schmid will now take control of all player personnel decisions.

Americans Abroad Midweek Preview: Fabian Johnson, Jonathan Gonzalez and more

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Plenty of Americans are set to take the field during the week as cup action takes over the schedule throughout European and Mexican soccer.

In Germany, the DFB-Pokal continues this week with second round action. After scoring over the weekend, Fabian Johnson leads Borussia Monchengladbach into a match against Jerome Kiesewetter and Fortune Dusseldorf while Julian Green and Alfredo Morales could collide when Ingolstadt faces Greuther Furth.

Dave Sarachan to take charge of USMNT for Portugal friendly

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While Bruce Arena is no longer in charge of the U.S. Men's National Team, one of his top assistants will hold down the fort on an interim basis heading into a November friendly.

U.S. Soccer announced on Tuesday thatDave Sarachan and the
remainder of the current technical staff will take charge when the U.

Dax McCarty looms large as Red Bulls prepare to face Fire in playoff opener

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While the New York Red Bulls have multiple connections to the Chicago Fire, the name Dax McCarty will resonate when the two sides meet in the knock-out stage of the Major League Soccer playoffs on Wednesday night.

"I thought about Chicago and knew there would be a lot of talk about Dax," said Red Bulls coach Jesse Marsch.

Atlanta United 'honored' to showcase city as 2018 All-Star Game host

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Atlanta United set several attendance records throughout their debut season, officially marking Atlanta's status as a premier soccer city. Now, the city will get a chance to host the annual MLS midsummer showcase.

Following several reports and rumors, Atlanta was confirmed as next summer's All-Star Game host, scheduling what should be yet another big match at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Tuesday Kickoff: Cristiano Ronaldo recognized, Real Madrid denies interest in Harry Kane and more

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One current Real Madrid star won an award on Monday while one reported Real Madrid target likely won't be joining the Spanish club any time soon.

For the second year in a row, Cristiano Ronaldo was recognized as the Best FIFA Men's Player, beating out Lionel Messi and Neymar. (REPORT)

Real Madrid president Fiorentino Perez says the club does not currently have interest in Harry Kane.

Quakes' forward acquisitions pay it forward when it matters most

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SAN JOSE, Calif. Back in January, there was no need for squinting towards the podium to notice the optimism from general manager Jesse Fioranelli as he welcomed his winter signings.

Nine months later, in the San Jose Earthquakes' most significant game in nearly half a decade, following a season filled heavy rotation up front, the striking tandem Marco Ureña and Danny Hoesen along with Chris Wondolowski served to be the difference.

Timbers quietly take West's top seed, ready to make push in playoffs

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The Portland Timbers finished on top of the Western Conference thanks to their 2-1 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps. The victory capped off a season that started strong, then began to fall flat due to increasing injuries, and concluded with only two losses in the final nine games as the team got healthy and found a breakout performance off the bench.

Impact fire head coach Mauro Biello

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After missing the postseason, the Montreal Impact have made a change.

Owner Joey Saputo said on Monday that the club has dismissed head caoch Mauro Biello, who led the team to a ninth-place finish in the Eastern Conference this season.

JUST IN: President of @impactmontreal Joey Saputo has announced the team has fired head coach Mauro Biello.

Chris Wondolowski: Playoff-clinching victory over the Loons was epitome of Quakes season

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SAN JOSE, Calif. Much like a late September evening at Avaya Stadium after the San Jose Earthquakes collapsed against the Chicago Fire, there was an abnormal delay to manager Chris Leitch's appearance in the club's press conference room on Sunday afternoon.

However, this time around there was a major difference: the concerns weren't if Leitch was going to address the media at all, it was if his appearance was going to be suitable or, at least, appealing enough for the media following the Quakes celebratory champagne showers in front of thousands of their faithful supporters.

Following World Cup elimination, U.S. U-17s now tasked with taking next step towards realizing potential

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There's nothing positive about being eliminated from a World Cup. It's a bitter feeling, and it's one the U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team experienced on Saturday.

In the moment and in the present, World Cup elimination is a setback. However, following a run that saw the U.S. play dominant attacking soccer in spurts, there is plenty of reason for optimism for a U-17 group that provided a little bit of hope following one of the darkest periods in American soccer history.

The Best of MLS Week 34: Leonardo, Portland Timbers, and more

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MLS Decision Day left us with plenty to stew over as the San Jose Earthquakes sealed a playoff spot in the dying minutes of their game against Minnesota United. We also saw a lot of great goals, and some stand out performances from the staple names of the league, as well as a few guys we don't highlight all too often.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 34

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The MLS regular season has come to a close after a Decision Day full of drama, late goals, and goodbyes throughout the league. Here's the full recap of the final day of the 2017 MLS regular season:

The San Jose Earthquakes squeaked into the playoffs thanks to a 93rd minute winner from Marco Urena.

Patrice Bernier bids adieu to playing career in emotional Impact home finale

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In any other situation, Sunday's 3-2 loss to the New England Revolution would have been the bitter en of an underwhelming season for Montreal Impact fans. Instead, it was a time for celebration.

It was their captain Patrice Bernier's going away party, a final game before the man from the Montreal suburbs would call it a career.

USWNT 6, South Korea 0: The SBI Breakdown

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Though the U.S. Women's national team collected another victory over South Korea, the second matchup between the two sides did not resemble the first one three days earlier.

For starters, there were more goals the second time around, as the the USWNT put six past South Korea at Sahlen's Stadium, and coupled that with a clean sheet.

Americans Abroad Weekend Rewind: Danny Williams, Eric Lichaj and more

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Danny Williams and Huddersfield Town picked up one of the biggest results of the club's history on Saturday.

The American midfielder started and played 90 minutes as Huddersfield Town upset Manchester United, 2-1, in the Premier League shocker of the weekend. The result pushes the club up up to 11th in the league.

Monday Kickoff: Everton dismisses Koeman, Mbappe wins Golden Boy and more

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A Premier League club has made a change following a poor start to the season.

Everton has parted ways with Ronald Koeman following the team's poor start to the 2017 season, which currently sees the club in a relegation battle. (REPORT)

Kylian Mbappe was recognized as European soccer's Golden Boy for 2017.

Dynamo stifle Fire, earn home game in knockout round

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The Houston Dynamo may have only been playing for seeding, but they came out and smashed the playoff-bound Chicago Fire to give themselves a home match in the knockout round of the MLS Cup Playoffs.

Goals from Leonardo, Romell Quioto, and Mauro Manotas gave the Dynamo a dominating 3-0 victory over the Fire.

FC Dallas thumps Galaxy to close season

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FC Dallas saved one of their best performances for Sunday's season finale, even if it all came too little, too late for a team that finished outside of the playoff picture.

FCD scored five unanswered goals in what turned out to be a 5-1 drubbing of the LA Galaxy. Despite the win, FC Dallas finished up eighth in the Western Conference, finishing outside of the playoff picture while the San Jose Earthquakes sealed the final spot.

Sounders trounce Rapids, earn bye

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SEATTLE Well then. Up and down, and back up again: as went much of the year, so went the final regular season match of 2017 for the defending champion Seattle Sounders, a pair of roller-coaster rides jointly ending on a marked high note.

Facing a mightily struggling opponent in the visiting Colorado Rapids, the Sounders posted a 2-0 win in front of 44,370 on Sunday afternoon to finish the season in second place in the Western Conference and earn themselves first-round bye in the 2017 MLS Cup playoffs.

Rowe scores late, Revolution spoil Patrice Bernier retirement party

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It was Patrice Bernier's going away party at Stade Saputo but the New England Revolution were not going to give them an easy matchup. With goals from Diego Fagundez, Krisztian Nemeth, and Kelyn Rowe, the Revolution spoiled the party and ran away with a 3-2 victory in stoppage time.

High on emotions, Stade Saputo was thrown a cold shower by Diego Fagundez at the 19th minute.

Real Salt Lake close campaign with win over SKC but fall short of postseason

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Coming into Sunday's home date with Sporting Kansas City, Real Salt Lake knew a win paired with other results would see them in the 2017 MLS Playoffs. They did their job, but those other matches didn't go their way and their season is now over.

Despite a pair of first-half goals and a 2-1 home win at Rio Tinto Stadium, Mike Petke's side were eliminated from playoff contention following San Jose's win over Minnesota United.

Veron, Red Bulls top D.C. United in final match at RFK Stadium

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Gonzalo Veron continues to play hero for the New York Red Bulls heading towards the postseason.

The Red Bulls played a less than first choice squad, and it took a long time for the visitors to get going in the match. D.C. United looked good for sending off their home of 22 years in style before the Red Bulls came charging back to win 2-1.

TFC equals points record with tie against Atlanta

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Sebastian Giovinco scored late as Supporters' Shield champions Toronto FC tied 2-2 with Atlanta United on Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, sealing the single-season record for points in an MLS season.

The first goal, though, was Atlanta's, as they earned a penalty in the 30th minute. The referee called a foul on Drew Moor, and Yamil Asad took the penalty, easily slotting past Alex Bono in the 31st minute.

Timbers seal top seed in the West with win over Whitecaps

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The Portland Timbers jumped above the Vancouver Whitecaps, their Cascadia rivals, to take the top seed in the Western Conference for their second time in their history.

After Kendall Waston headed home the opener for Vancouver, the Timbers equalized through their captain, Liam Ridgewell. Darren Mattocks fired home the winning goal in the opening minutes of the second half, sending his team to the top of the Western Conference table with the Cascadia Cup in hand via a 2-1 win.

Quakes clinch playoffs in dramatic fashion with win over Minnesota United

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Following five years of misery in the Bay Area, the San Jose Earthquakes have punched their ticket into the 2017 playoffs.

And yes, it was a cathartic San Jose-esque finish.

Chris Leitch and co. had all odds on their side but, first, they had to get through a resilient Minnesota United.

Quakes get in, Timbers top West as MLS playoff field is set

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Decision Day provided plenty of drama and a series of early goals and, when the dust settled, the playoff picture was set.

In the East, we knew Toronto FC and the New York Red Bulls were locked into first and sixth, respectively, but everything else was up for grabs. Due to a draw with the Columbus Crew, NYCFC was in danger, but an Atlanta United draw saw Patrick Vieira's side hold on.

Union destroy Orlando City behind trio of two-goal performances

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CHESTER, PA The Philadelphia Union's regular-season finale may have been meaningless to the standings, but it carried plenty of meaning for the club.

The Union won just their second regular-season finale on Sunday 6-1 over Orlando City as C.J. Sapong broke the club's single-season scoring record and Brian Carroll celebrated his retirement.

NYCFC holds on to second despite tie with Crew

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A win on Sunday would have locked up a first round bye for NYCFC. They didn't get it, but held on to second place nonetheless.

The Columbus Crew sealed a 2-2 draw on Sunday at Citi Field, but, coupled, with the results from Atlanta United and the Chicago Fire, NYCFC held on to second place.

Sunday European Rewind: Tottenham thumps Liverpool, Marseille draws PSG, and more

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A pair of English Premier League title hopefuls duked it out at Wembley Stadium on Sunday as Tottenham hosted Liverpool. Both teams came into this match off of strong performances in the Champions League midweek, but Tottenham rolled their way to a 4-1 victory on Sunday against the Reds. Harry Kane led the way with a brace while Dele Alli and Son-Heung Min also got on the scoresheet for the winners.

USWNT scores six in victory over South Korea

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The U.S. Women's National Team recorded another one of their big wins, blasting six past South Korea at Sahlen's Stadium in Cary, North Carolina.

The scoring came early and it came often, starting with a third minute goal from Samantha Mewis, followed by another goal in the 20th minute. For the second, Lindsey Horan put a ball into the box and it ended up at the feet of Mewis, who scored from close range at the stadium where she plays with her club, North Carolina Courage.

MLS Decision Day: Your Running Commentary

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The final day of the MLS regular season is upon us, and there's plenty on the line in both conferences as the playoffs loom.

In the East, we know Toronto FC will finish as the No. 1 seed but the No. 2 spot, and the bye that comes with it, is up for grabs. New York City FC, the Chicago Fire and Atlanta United are all in the mix while the Columbus Crew also have an outside shot to leapfrog everyone.

Veteran midfielder McCall Zerboni poised for USWNT debut after well-earned call-up

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The U.S. Women's national team is fresh off a dominant performance against a South Korea side that is technically gifted, but gassed out quickly against the world champions.

The situation may probably be the same as the two face off again on Sunday at Sahlen's Stadium, though the squad Jill Ellis has in North Carolina is not.

Lindsey Horan enjoying the best soccer of her career after move to midfield

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Lindsey Horan became a title winner for the first time in her career last Saturday when the Portland Thorns lifted the NWSL Championship trophy. The midfielder also collected an individual prize of her own, earning MVP honors on the day after scoring the game's lone goal and dominating the midfield.

U.S. U-17s fall to England in U-17 World Cup quarterfinal

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The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team's Under-17 World Cup run came to an end on Saturday.

A pair of early goals set the tone for England in a 4-1 win over the U.S. U-17s in Saturday's quarterfinal match. The win books England's date in the semifinal round against either Germany or Brazil while the U.

U.S. U-17s vs. England: Live Commentary

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A spot in the U-17 World Cup semifinals is on the line as the U.S. U-17 Men's National Team looks to build on a spectacular Round of 16 performance.

The U.S. is set to face a familiar rival in England in Saturday's quarterfinal clash (Fox Sports 2, 10:20 a.m.). The winner will seal a spot in the final four and a semifinal match against either Brazil or Germany.

MLS Decision Day: A Look Ahead

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The long marathon that is the Major League Soccer regular season comes to a conclusion on Sunday.

Eleven matches will be played simultaneously at 4 p.m. ET with plenty at stake in each conference.

The six teams already locked into the Eastern Conference are jockeying for seeding, while seeding and the sixth playoff team will be determined from the Western Conference games.

U.S. U-17s set sights on World Cup quarterfinal clash with England

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The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team put together a virtually flawless performance on Monday to seal a spot in the U-17 World Cup quarterfinals. On Saturday, they'll need something similar to take down one of the top teams in the tournament.

After dispatching Paraguay, 5-0, the U.S. is set to take on England in Saturday's U-17 World Cup quarterfinal.

USWNT 3, South Korea 1: The SBI Breakdown

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As is frequently the case with the U.S. Women's National Team, a friendly ended in victory, this time in a 3-1 result over South Korea. The win is the fifth in a row for the reigning world champions, who have been on a roll since a turbulent beginning to the year.

The team's attacking players did their usual damage, particularly in the first half, when the action was at its highest.

Americans Abroad Weekend Preview: Bobby Wood, DeAndre Yedlin and more

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Bobby Wood faces a massive test over the weekend, headlining the contingent of Americans Abroad.

The U.S. Men's National Team forward takes on Bayern Munich on Saturday as Hamburg looks to pull a major upset on the reigning Bundesliga champions. Any sort of Hamburg result would be a major boost for current leaders Borussia Dortmund, who could see Christian Pulisic feature in a match against Timmy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt

In England, DeAndre Yedlin and Newcastle have an opportunity to pick up some points against lowly Crystal Palace while Danny Williams and Huddersfield face an uphill battle against Manchester United.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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It's another weekend, so that means another three full days of soccer for you to watch.

Liverpool continues their tough stretch of games as they follow up their grueling match against Manchester United with a trip to Wembley Stadium, where Harry Kane and Tottenham await them. Spurs are coming off a pretty tough test themselves, as they faced Real Madrid in Champions League action on Tuesday.

Friday Kickoff: Mesut Ozil reportedly set for Man United, Keylor Navas injury and more

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A Premier League star looks set for a switch while a CONCACAF star is set to miss time with an injury. (REPORT)

Mesut Ozil has reportedly told teammates that he's headed to Manchester United. (REPORT)

Keylor Navas will miss even more time due to an issue with his adductor injury. (REPORT)

Barcelona has reportedly been scouting Manchester United winger Anthony Martial.

Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe leads USWNT to victory over South Korea

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Led by several veterans, the U.S. Women's National Team put together an impressive effort on Thursday night.

The USWNT recorded yet another victory, this time beating South Korea, 3-1, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Thursday.

The reigning world champions got their scoring started after 23 minutes, with Julie Ertz scoring off a header.

Keegan Rosenberry suspended for 'inappropriate' tweet

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Keegan Rosenberry's rough 2017 campaign won't have a chance to end on the field this weekend.

The Philadelphia Union suspended the American right back for Sunday's game against Orlando City because of a tweet head coach Jim Curtin and sporting director Earnie Stewart ruled inappropriate.

"Keegan Rosenberry will not be part of our 18 this week," Curtin said.

Americans Abroad Thursday Rewind: Matt Miazga, Jonathan Klinsmann and more

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While one young American continued his Europa League campaign, another was named to the bench for the first time.

Matt Miazga and Vitesse settled for a point against Belgian side Zulte-Waregem in a 1-1 draw on Thursday. After Miazga's defensive partner Guram Kashai relinquished the lead with an own goal, Vitesse came back on a curled finish from Thomas Bruns just four minutes later, sealing the tie.

Weston McKennie ready to get back in action for Schalke

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After missing a week of action with a thigh strain, Weston McKennie is back and ready to go for Schalke 04 when they face Mainz on Friday.

#Tedesco on @nabilbentaleb42 and @WMckennie: "Both are fit and ready for first team action." #S04M05 #s04 pic.

Jonathan Klinsmann named to Hertha Berlin bench for Europa League match

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A young American goalkeeper is getting his first taste of Europe this evening.

Jonathan Klinsmann, son of former U.S. Men's National Team manager Jurgen Klinsmann, was named to the bench for the first time as Hertha Berlin takes on Ukrainian side Zorya Luhansk in Europa League action.

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Jack Harrison revels in England U-21 experience as NYCFC heads towards playoffs

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Jack Harrison is an England international.

In his first call-up to the England U-21's, the Stoke native proved that he belonged as a player and a person. These were not Harrison's assumptions following a nine-day camp that included European qualifiers against Scotland and Andorra – they were the exact words of the England manager, Aidy Boothroyd

"To hear that at the end of camp was really encouraging," said the New York City FC winger.

Laurent Blanc, Sam Allardyce address USMNT job rumors

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Laurent Blanc and Sam Allardyce became the first foreign managers linked to the U.S. Men's National Team job earlier this week, and both have taken the chance to address the rumors early.

Speaking to media on Wednesday, Blanc said the rumors are just that: rumors. The former Paris Saint-Germain manager has been out of coaching since departing the club in 2016 and admitted he isn't ready to jump back into the game.

Jull Ellis can give opportunities to inexperienced players when USWNT faces South Korea

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The U.S. Women's National Team is back in action with a roster that brings little surprises. Yet, not all is tried and true just yet for head coach Jill Ellis.

Ellis still has some untested players in her squad and a lot of opportunity to mix things up heading into the two friendlies against South Korea, the first of which is on Thursday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans at 8 p.

Union midfielder Brian Carroll retires after 15-year career

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One of Major League Soccer's longest tenured players is hanging up his boots at the end of the season.

Midfielder Brian Carroll announced his retirement on Thursday after 15 years with D.C. United, the Columbus Crew and the Philadelphia Union.

Carroll hasn't played a game this season for the Union, but he did make 26 appearances in 2016 for Jim Curtin's side.

UCL Rewind: Chelsea, Roma play to tie; Barca, PSG rout and more

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The battle for supremacy in Group C of the UEFA Champions League ended in a stalemate at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.

Chelsea and Roma played to a thrilling 3-3 draw that kept the Blues on top of the group with seven points and the Italian side in second two points adrifr.

Edin Dzeko appeared to play the role of hero for the Serie A side with a pair of tallies in the 64th and 70th minutes, but Eden Hazard answered back with a 75th-minute equalizer to end the contest at three goals apiece.

Atlanta selected to host 2018 MLS All Star Game

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Atlanta has become one if the premier soccer cities in America, and now it get to host the best players MLS has to offer next summer.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Mercedes-Benz Stadium will host the 2018 MLS All Star-Game, where the league's best will take on one of the big clubs from Europe.

Thursday Kickoff: Dortmund want Marco Reus extension, Inter after Arturo Vidal and more

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While one Bundesliga star could be in line for a new contract, another may be on the move if an Italian club gets its wish.

Despite the winger's injury issues, Borussia Dortmund is looking to lock up Marcos Reus to a contract extension. (REPORT)

Inter Milan is reportedly looking to pursue a winter move for Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal.

Bill Hamid leaving D.C. United after this season

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Sunday will be goalkeeper Bill Hamid's final game with D.C. United.

The club's longest tenured player will leave at the end of the season after weighing extention offers from the club and considering other options for his future.

"I want to push myself and see how far I can go because I know I have the work ethic and the hunger to take myself very far in this game," Hamid told the Washington Post.

SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 33

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With one week left in the Major League Soccer regular season, there are plenty of teams heating up at the right time.

There are also teams holding on to their respective playoff lives, with tricky matches ahead on Decision Day.

Here's how our power rankings shape up after the penultimate Sunday of the season:

SBI MLS POWER RANKINGS (WEEK 31)

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Report: Landon Donovan considering running for U.S. Soccer president

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A very familiar face is considering a run at the U.S. Soccer presidency.

According to Sports Illustrated, Landon Donovan has been asked by a number of figures throughout American soccer to consider a running for U.S. Soccer president. Current president Sunil Gulati said on Friday that he has yet to decide if he will run again come February.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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It's another day filled with UEFA Champions League group stage matches as several global giants take the pitch.

Neymar's Paris Saint-Germain plays, as does his former side of Barelona, and German champions Bayern Munich. The main match comes from London, though, as Chelsea plays host to a tough Roma team.

San Diego NASL franchise to be named 1904 FC

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We now know what to call the NASL's San Diego expansion franchise.

The club released a statement announcing their name as 1904 FC.

"A name inspired for and by the people of its representative city. A fellow supporter and most importantly, a San Diegan, suggested 1904, deriving from S, the 19th letter of the alphabet, paired with D, the 4th letter, making 1904 an iconic name for San Diego soccer.

Sebastian Giovinco reiterates Italy aspirations, talks up TFC

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Sebastian Giovinco still believes that Toronto FC and MLS don't get the credit they deserve, but he also hopes that credit comes in time for the World Cup next summer.

Giovinco reiterated his hope for a national team call-up while stating his belief that the level of MLS is one that would challenge plenty of players throughout the world.

John Brooks closing in on Wolfsburg return

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John Brooks recently began individual training following an extended layoff and it appears the U.S. Men's National Team defender is now getting even closer to making his return.

Wolfsburg sporting director Olaf Rebbe revealed on Wednesday that Brooks is back in full training, bringing him even closer to making his return over several months on the sideline.

Report: Portugal friendly to be only USMNT match of November window

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It appears the November international break will feature just one match for the U.S. Men's National Team.

According to ESPN, the U.S. will only play Portugal as part of the November international break, which runs from the 6-14. The U.S. is set to face the reigning Euro champions in Portugal on Nov.

UEFA Champions League Preview: Chelsea hosts Roma, Man United faces Benfica and more

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Following Tuesday's Champions League return, action continues on Wednesday with some interesting matches across Europe.

Leading the way is a clash between heavyweights as Chelsea plays host to Roma in the match of the day. While Chelsea has been struggling in the league, the Blues will be favored at home against a Roma team that's fallen a bit behind in the Serie A race.

Americans Abroad Tuesday Rewind: Christian Pulisic, Alejandro Guido and more

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Tuesday proved a major setback for Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund.

The German powerhouse was held to a 1-1 draw by APOEL, putting the club's chances of earning a Champions League knockout round berth in major danger. Pulisic played a full 90 minutes in the tie, and nearly assisted a late Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang winner that was cleared off the line.

Wednesday Kickoff: Edinson Cavani willing to work with Neymar, Keylor Navas unfazed by speculation and more

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While two teammates appear set to work together for the good of the club, one big-name goalkeeper isn't looking over his shoulder despite rumors indicating he should be.

Edinson Cavani says that he and Neymar don't have to be friends as long as they play like professionals and lead the PSG attack.

Claudio Reyna on American soccer: "We're far too arrogant"

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As a former U.S. Men's National Team star, Claudio Reyna was left very, very disappointed by what he saw from the U.S. Men's National Team throughout the World Cup cycle, but the NYCFC executive wasn't fully surprised by the U.S. team's failure.

Reyna took aim at the mentality possessed by many throughout U.

UCL Rewind: APOEL holds Dortmund, Real Madrid ties Tottenham and more

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There were some lopsided wins in Champions League play on Tuesday afternoon, but two of the most important results were low-scoring ties.

Group H play saw a pair of ties, but Borussia Dortmund's draw with lowly APOEL might be the reason for their elimination when all is said and done. The German leaders were held to a 1-1 draw with the Cypriot side, asMickaël Poté opened the scoring for the underdogs in the second half.

Crew owner Anthony Precourt: Current situation in Columbus is 'not sustainable'

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Anthony Precourt has made things pretty clear: he wants his Major League Soccer franchise to be successful, whether it stays in Columbus or moves to Austin.

The owner/investor of the Columbus Crew addressed reporters on Tuesday and made it clear that the current state of the club as a business is not working.

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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It's a Champions League day on Tuesday, and Christian Pulisic is set to take the field for Borussia Dortmund.

The U.S. Men's National Team star is in the lineup for Borussia Dortmund in a match against Cypriot side Apoel. Meanwhile, the day's marquee matchup comes from Madrid as Real Madrid hosts Tottenham in heavyweight clash.

U.S. U-17s to face England in U-17 World Cup quarterfinal

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On Monday, the U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team dominated Paraguay to seal a spot in the quarterfinals of the Under-17 World Cup. On Tuesday, they learned their opponents, and the matchup will be a fun one.

The U.S. U-17s are set to take on England on Saturday at 10:30 in the quarterfinals of the U-17 World Cup.

Don Garber reluctant but supportive of Crew's exploration of Austin relocation

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There are few positive signs that the Columbus Crew will remain in Ohio after news broke on Monday night that owner/investor Anthony Precourt is looking at moving the club to Austin, Texas.

In a statement, MLS commissioner Don Garber expressed concern for the situation in Columbus, but was also reluctant to support the relocation of one of MLS' original clubs.

Timothy Weah headlines dominant U.S. U-17 performance with 'world class' goal

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U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team head coach John Hackworth didn't mince words when it came to Timothy Weah's performance on Tuesday.

"This young man did it all," Hackworth said of Weah, "and the [second] goal by the way is not ‘brilliant', it's world class. I'm sure a lot of people are taking notice.

Highlights: U.S. U-17s 5, Paraguay 0

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Americans Abroad Midweek Preview: Christian Pulisic, Matt Miazga and more

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The UEFA Champions League and Europa League return midweek, and a pair of young American stars headline the action for this week's Americans Abroad.

After earning a substitute appearance over the weekend in a loss to RB Leipzig, Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund face off with Apoel in a must-win UEFA Champions League match on Tuesday.

UEFA Champions League Tuesday Preview: Real Madrid takes on Tottenham, Manchester City hosts Napoli, and more

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The Champions League is back in session on Tuesday, with Match Day 3 set to be an entertaining round of the group stage.

Of the eight matches scheduled for Tuesday, few seem more entertaining than Tottenham's trip to the Santiago Bernabeu as they take on the two-time reigning champions Real Madrid.

Report: Former France manager Laurent Blanc a candidate for USMNT job

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A lot of big names will be linked to the U.S. Men's National Team job in the coming weeks, and one of the early names to arise is that of a former French star and Les Bleus manager.

According to France Football, Laurent Blanc is reportedly among the potential candidates for the USMNT coaching gig.

Tuesday Kickoff: Pochettino hopes Kane remains at Tottenham, Mourinho after pay raise and more

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While one Premier League star's future consistently remains up for debate, one Premier League manager is looking for a pay raise from his current club, according to reports.

Mauricio Pochettino says he believes Harry Kane can emulate Francesco Totti as a one-club player despite consistent rumors linking the forward to a move away from the club.

Report: Columbus Crew ownership considering moving team to Austin

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Major League Soccer could have a third Texas team in its future, but it could come at the cost of one of the league's original markets.

Multiple reports surfaced on Monday night revealing thatColumbus Crew SC owner Anthony Precourt is working on plans to relocate the team to Austin, Texas if the team cannot seal a deal for a new downtown stadium in Columbus by 2019.

USMNT jumps one spot to 27th in latest FIFA rankings

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The latest FIFA rankings are out and the results are a bit baffling for fans of the U.S. Men's National Team.

The USMNT moved up a spot to 27th position after their 4-0 defeat of Panama and their subsequent, World Cup destroying 2-1 defeat at Trinidad and Tobago. That places them third overall in CONCACAF behind Mexico (16) and Costa Rica (22).

Best of MLS Week 33: Nemanja Nikolic, Sebastian Blanco, and more

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The second to last week of the MLS regular season was one filled with highlight reel goals and standout performances from the biggest names in the league.

Here's a look at the best moments from week 33 of MLS play:

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Nemanja Nikolic singlehandedly lead the Chicago Fire to victory over the Philadelphia Union on Sunday afternoon.

SBI U.S. U-17 Man of the Match: Andrew Carleton

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The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team put a beating on Paraguay on Monday with the team's playmaker leading the charge.

Andrew Carleton put together his best performance of the U-17 World Cup to lead the U.S. U-17s to a 5-0 win over Paraguay in Monday's Round of 16 matchup. Carelton's performance earned the Atlanta United midfielder recognition as SBI U.

Must-See Goal: Timothy Weah

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The U.S. U-17 National Team made easy work of Paraguay in the Round of 16 in the U-17 World Cup on Monday.

One big reason why was Tim Weah's hat trick, which included this stunner from outside the penalty area.

That was Weah's second of the match and it put the U.S. up 2-0 in the match.

U.S. U-17s thump Paraguay to seal spot in U-17 World Cup quarterfinals

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The U.S. U-17 National Team took care of their first knockout round matchup with ease to book a spot in the quarterfinals of the U-17 World Cup.

Timothy Weah's hat-trick led the way for the U.S., who cruised past Paraguay en route to a 5-0 win in the Round of 16. Entering Monday's match, Paraguay had been undefeated with three straight wins in the group stage while the U.

Report: USMNT to play November friendly against Portugal

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We may now know one of the friendlies the U.S. Men's National Team intends to play in Europe next month.

The Portuguese Football Federation announced a pair of November friendliesthat include a game against fellow World Cup entry Saudi Arabia on November 10 and the U.S. in Algarve on November 14.

Brad Guzan bounces back for Atlanta after a tough week with USMNT

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Atlanta United is known for their threatening attack around MLS, but in Sunday's match at Red Bull Arena, it was their goalkeeper, Brad Guzan, who stood out.

As the New York Red Bulls' attack fired shot after shot at him, particularly in a second half that saw Guzan's opposition fire eight shots, the goalkeeper preserved a point on the road in a 0-0 draw.

U.S. U-17s vs. Paraguay: Your Live Commentary

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The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team will face a difficult road through the knockout rounds of the U-17 World Cup. That road begins on Monday.

After winning the first two matches of the group stage, the U.S. fell to Colombia in the final match of the round. The defeat knocked the U.S. all the way to third in the group, setting a a date with Paraguay (10:30 a.

Americans Abroad Weekend Rewind: Jonathan Gonzalez, Alfredo Morales and more

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Facing short rest following two quickfire matches, several members of the U.S. Men's National Team were limited over the weekend, but several other players not included in recent World Cup qualifiers stepped up in a big way.

Alfredo Morales provided the lone goal scored by an American Abroad over the weekend by scoring in a 2-2 draw with Dynamo Dresden.

Monday Kickoff: Chelsea 'in trouble' following loss, Hertha Berlin kneels and more

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While one Premier League side's title ambitions got a bit dimmer over the weekend, a German side has revealed the reason for their political statement over the weekend.

Antonio Conte says Chelsea is "in trouble" following another loss over the weekend. (REPORT)

Hertha Berlin executivePaul Keuter says anyone"remaining silent is an accomplice" after the club's players all took a knee before their match this weekend to become the first European side to follow in the movement begun in the U.

Quakes in control of playoff destiny following late equalizer against Whitecaps

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The San Jose Earthquakes are in a situation that has been everything but foreign for them in the past five years: being in control of their playoff destiny heading into Sunday's Decision Day.

It was a game of inches and fingertips, but once the dust settled, the Quakes and the Vancouver Whitecaps left BC Place with a point each following their 1-1 draw.

Dynamo, Sporting KC both clinch playoffs with scoreless draw

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No goals went in, but the Houston Dynamo and Sporting Kansas City are both headed to the MLS Cup Playoffs.

SKC may have launched 27 shots, but only seven were on target and none beat Tyler Deric in the Dynamo goal as these two played out a scoreless draw at Children's Mercy Park.

The Dynamo were quite content to let Sporting control the run of play as they fell behind in the possession battle 69%-31% by the end of the match.

Valeri goal, two assists send Timbers to playoffs with win over D.C.

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The Portland Timbers are back in the playoffs after a year away from post-season action.

Diego Valeri was the hero as he opened the scoring from the spot just before half time and provided the assists on the second and third goals from Alvas Powell and Sebastian Blanco, respectively, as they toppled D.

Diego Fagundez sends Revs to home win past 10-man NYCFC

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. Although the New England Revolution's season will end in disappointment after being eliminated from playoff contention last weekend, the Revs have been one of the best home teams in MLS.

On Sunday night, the Revolution pocketed their franchise record 12th home win, thanks in part to a 26th-minute red card to New York City FC's Jack Harrison and a brace from Diego Fagundez to lead the hosts to a 2-1 victory.

RSL remains in playoff hunt despite falling to Rapids

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Real Salt Lake has made a valiant push towards the postseason, and it will extend one more week despite a loss to the lowly Colorado Rapids.

Due to the Seattle Sounders' win over FC Dallas, RSL's hopes stayed alive despite a 1-0 loss to the Colorado Rapids on Sunday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

Alessandrini's big night for Galaxy proves too much for Minnesota

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Romain Alessandrini's two goals and assist helped the LA Galaxy win their third home match of the season over Minnesota United FC.

The Galaxy newcomer remained dangerous all game long, contributing on each of the goals in the 3-0 victory.

In a year that has been well below the Galaxy standard of recent years, their have been few bright spots as promising as Alessandrini's debut season.

Bruin brace pushes dominant Sounders into playoffs

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SEATTLE It has not been the smoothest title defense. The Seattle Sounders will not win the 2017 Supporters' Shield. There have been injuries, and there have been long stretches of impotent soccer. Hints of a championship hangover lingered well into summer.

But on Sunday night the Sounders (13-9-11, 50 points) routed FC Dallas 4-0 in front of 48,478 at CenturyLink Field.

Red Bulls, Atlanta United waste opportunity in draw

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The New York Red Bulls and Atlanta United FC each proved to be in playoff form in a potential wild card preview Sunday night.

Despite the scoreless draw, both teams showed a clear plan of attack and a relentless attack that has each side looking like a strong playoff opponent for any team in the Eastern conference.

TFC ties MLS record for regular season points in home win over Impact

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An early goal from Jozy Altidore was all it took.

After Toronto FC fans lifted the Supporters' Shield before the game, TFC wanted to avenge their only home loss to bitter rivals Montreal Impact. Not only did they avenge their loss, they re-wrote history with a 1-0 win.

Now tied with the 1998 LA Galaxy, TFC are the all-time MLS co-record holders for points in the regular season with a total of 68.

Nemanja Nikolic's hat trick leads Fire past Union

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With a home playoff game hanging in the balance, the Chicago Fire's big offseason signing came to the rescue.

Nemanja Nikolic extended his lead atop the Golden Boot race with a hat trick in the Fire's 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Union on Sunday.

The trio of strikes from the 24-goal scorer moved the Fire into third place in the Eastern Conference with one game left in the regular season.

Crew escape with win in Kaka's final match in Orlando

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Kaka's final game in Orlando ended in defeat as the Columbus Crew boosted their push towards the playoffs.

A second half goal from Ola Kamara boosted the Crew in a 1-0 win over Orlando City at Orlando City Stadium. The win keeps the Crew's hopes of securing a home game in the opening round of the playoffs alive heading into the final week.

MLS Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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Just two weeks remain in MLS play, and some vital matchups will take place across the league on Sunday afternoon.

The schedule starts in the East which is, at this point, fairly locked up. New York City FC has plenty on the line, though, heading into Sunday's match against the Houston Dynamo.

Video: Jermaine Jones discusses USMNT in 15-minute rant

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Quakes locker room encapsulates the aftermath of CONCACAF's craziest night

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SAN JOSE, Calif. On Friday, the San Jose Earthquakes traveled to Vancouver as one. On the same bus, on the same plane and with the same intention: winning against the Whitecaps on Sunday to remain in contention for a first playoff appearance in five years.

But just 48 hours earlier, on Wednesday, Chris Wondolowski and Anibal Godoy, separately, traveled back to San Jose from the depths of North America.

U.S. Soccer looking towards short, long-term coaching hires in addition to technical director

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The Bruce Arena Era is over, but the search for the next U.S. Men's National Team coach is one that will take quite some time.

Speaking on a conference call on Friday, U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati says the federation will take its time when it comes to hiring a new permanent coach. For the time being, the federation will appoint someone to take charge of November friendlies before a more long-term fit is identified at some point later on.

Sunil Gulati will not resign, still mulling over running for new term as U.S. Soccer president

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Sunil Gulati will not be stepping down as U.S. Soccer president and,despite the U.S. Men's National Team's failure to make the World Cup, he remains undecided on his future with the U.S. Soccer program.

Speaking on a conference call with reports on Friday, Gulati stated that he doens't plan to step down from his role as U.

USMNT to play November friendlies in Europe, full 2018 schedule

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Failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup isn't stopping the U.S. Men's National Team from still playing a full schedule in the future.

U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati confirmed on Friday morning that there's already a game lined up in November to be set in Europe with another one likely happening as well.

European Weekend Preview: Liverpool hosts Man United, Barcelona travels to Atletico, and more

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Domestic returns this weekend across Europe's top leagues and the schedule does not disappoint with some premier fixtures taking place. The top showdown comes on Merseyside as Liverpool welcome Manchester United to Anfield. Seven points separate these sides in the table, with Manchester United sitting five places higher.

Bruce Arena resigns as USMNT coach

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Bruce Arena's time as U.S. Men's National Team coach is finished.

U.S. Soccer announced on Friday that Arena has resigned from his job following the team's World Cup elimination. As of now, no replacement has been officially named.

Arena took charge of the USMNT back in January following Jurgen Klinsmann's dismissal two games into the Hexagonal.

Americans Abroad Weekend Preview: Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie and more

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The 2018 World Cup qualifying cycle on Tuesday, but now, past, present and future members of the U.S. Men's National Team return to their club level as the look ahead to 2022 begins.

This weekend's schedule is headlined by action in Germany, starting with Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund's clash with RB Leipzig.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino calls for VAR following controversial Panama goal

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Panama's controversial equalizer against Costa Rica has drawn the attention of FIFA's president.

Los Canaleros booked their World Cup place on Tuesday with a late Roman Torres winner against Costa Rica, but it's an equalizing Blas Perez finish that remains a talking point across world soccer.

Friday Kickoff: West Ham denies 'Chicharito' exit rumors, PSG chairman accused of bribery and more

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Reports linking one Mexican star to an exit have been shut down by his club while a major Qatari businessman has been accused of bribery.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic says there is no truth to rumors linking Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez to an exit. (REPORT)

PSG and beIN Sports chairman Nasser al-Khelaifihas been accused of bribing former FIFA secretary general Jérôme Valcke to buy TV rights to World Cup tournaments.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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It's a big week for historic rivalries across Europe, and you'll be able to check them out on your TV, computer, phone, or whichever device you choose.

It all starts bright and early on Saturday morning when old-time foes Liverpool and Manchester United square off a Anfield. Both Premier League top four contenders look to gain a crucial three points coming out of the international break.

Alejandro Bedoya: "We let our country, teammates and fans down"

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CHESTER, PA—The reality of the U.S. Men's National Team failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup is still settling in across the many facets of American soccer.

A distraught Alejandro Bedoya is still making sense of it all and, for him, one of the parts that hurts the most comes on a personal level.

NYCFC season finale moved to Citi Field

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New York City FC is being kicked out if their own home again.

The club announced today they are moving their final home match of the regular season against Columbus Crew SC to Citi Field in Queens due to the New York Yankees making the American League Championship Series in the MLB Playoffs.

Landon Donovan: USMNT 'got what we deserved'

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U.S. Men's National Team legend Landon Donovan is the latest to sound off on the team's failure to qualify for the World Cup next summer.

"You can lose games, that's all part of it. But the lack of urgency to really understand what was at stake was really disheartening. Candidly, it was really hard to watch," Donovan told the Dan Patrick Show.

U.S. U-17s lose to Colombia in final group match, fall to third place

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The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team will have to take the more difficult route through the knockout stages of the U-17 World Cup.

After winning the first two games of group play, the U.S. fell, 3-1, to Colombia in Thursday's Group A finale. With the loss, the U.S. and Colombia will both advance behind Ghana, who win the group.

Former CONCACAF president Jack Warner: USMNT elimination was 'happiest day of my life'

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Former CONCACAF president Jack Warner wasn't among those that felt bad for the U.S. Men's National Team. Rather, he was more than ready to dance on their grave.

The T&T native said Tuesday was the "happiest day of my life" because of the USMNT's elimination at the hands of his home country.

U.S. U17s vs. Colombia: Live Commentary

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Just days after the U.S. Men's National Team's World Cup failure, the U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team looks to continue their hot start to their own World Cup run.

After toppling India and Ghana to open the U-17 World Cup, the U.S. now takes on Colombia with a knockout-round berth already secure.

Jozy Altidore issues Twitter statement following USMNT elimination

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Jozy Altidore became the first U.S. Men's National Team player to take to social media following Tuesday's debacle.

The USMNT forward issued a statement on Twitter on Wednesday night, apologizing to the fans and U.S. Soccer community for the USMNT's failure to book a spot to Russia. In addition, Altidore called for fans to continue to support the national team as it looks to bounce back heading towards next cycle.

Thursday Kickoff: Ozil, Sanchez could leave Arsenal; Nagelsmann denies Bayern links and more

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Major changes could be coming to Arsenal very soon while an up-and-coming coach denied links to a major club.

Arsene Wenger acknowledged that bothMesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez could leave Arsenal in January. (REPORT)

Julian Nagelsmann played down links to the Bayern Munich job, saying the club has yet to approach him.

T&T's Leston Paul: U.S. 'learned their lesson' on Tuesday night

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Much ado was made about the pitch conditions heading into Tuesday night's World Cup Qualifying finale that ended in the U.S. Men's National Team missing the World Cup for the first time since 1986.

Torrential rain flooded the pitch at Ato Boldon Stadium, causing a social media uproar as videos of American players being ferried across the moat surrounding the playing surface made their way around the internet.

Dynamo keep postseason hopes alive with win over Sporting KC

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Thanks to a pair of second half goals, the Houston Dynamo remain very much alive in the Western Conference race.

The Dynamo notched a 2-1 home win over Sporting KC on Wednesday night to move up to fifth in the Western Conference standing. With two games left in the season for each team, the Dynamo have a three-point lead in sixth-place FC Dallas and a four-point lead on seventh-place Real Salt Lake.

Kaka to leave Orlando City at the end of the season

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Orlando City midfielder Kaka will not renew his contract with the team at the end of this season.

"As you all know my contract with Orlando City ends this year. My final decision is not to renew," Kaká said at a press conference on Wednesday.

He is not retiring from the game, contrary to rumors that swirled leading up to the press conference.

A look at what's next for the USMNT player pool following World Cup elimination

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Following the U.S. Men's National Team's stunning loss to Trinidad & Tobago and subsequent World Cup elimination, U.S. Soccer president says the road to 2022 starts right now. The hope of 2018 is over, and the U.S. now faces a massive rebuild.

That rebuild will occur from top to bottom.

USMNT left in state of heartbreak, emptiness following World Cup failure

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Anger. Frustration. Pain. Disappointment. Heartbreak.

There are a million ways to describe what happened to the U.S. Men's National Team on Tuesday night. At the same time, there are no words that truly fit a nightmare that culminated in the worst night in American soccer history.

With a World Cup spot on the line following what could certainly be described as an up and down qualification run, the U.

Sunil Gulati: U.S. Soccer doesn't need wholesale changes after missing World Cup

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Changes are certainly coming to U.S. Soccer and the U.S. Men's National Team. After Tuesday's loss, it's going to be a long wait for a World Cup and, throughout that wait, there's no doubt that plenty will be analyzed and addressed from top to bottom.

Just how and what changes, though, remains to be seen.

World Cup 2018 Qualifiers: Who's in after this international window

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The field for the 2018 World Cup is almost complete. We know 23 of the 32 teams that will be competing in Russia next summer, but there are still nine spots left to be filled.

Here's the rundown of how each confederation stands after this latest round of qualifiers:

CONCACAF

Qualified: Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama

Playoffs: Honduras will play a home and home series with Australia.

USMNT must learn from mistakes of failed World Cup

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If you've been following the U.S. Men's National Team for the last few years, Tuesday's failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup isn't a total surprise.

The steps that were taken since the round of 16 loss to Belgium in Brazil set the USMNT up for failure in the long term.

There's a myriad of issues you could point at from keeping Jurgen Klinsmann around after Brazil for another World Cup cycle to not giving enough chances to the new generation of stars that goes far beyond Christian Pulisic.

Bruce Arena: "We failed"

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When Bruce Arena began his stint as U.S. Men's National Team manager in January, he was brought in with one goal in mind. He was not hired to bring in some overarching ideologies or push the game to a new stratosphere. He was hired to navigate World Cup qualifying and book a ticket to Russia.

On Tuesday, that goal came crashing down in Trinidad & Tobago.

CONCACAF WCQ Rewind: Panama, Honduras win to knock USMNT out of World Cup

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The Hexagonal's final day saw plenty of drama, with results that sent the U.S. Men's National Team to the fifth place spot after their loss to Trinidad and Tobago.

Honduras and Panama hosted CONCACAF powers Mexico and Costa Rica, both already qualified for Russia.

Here's how those matches played out:

Honduras 3-2 Mexico

Honduras needed a result against the already qualified Mexico to have any shot at going to the World Cup next summer, and though they eventually got it, it did not start so well for the home side.

USMNT sees World Cup dream end with loss to T&T

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The U.S. Men's National Team's hopes of qualifying for the World Cup quickly turned into a nightmare on Tuesday night.

Two first half goals from Soca Warriors stunned the U.S., who fell 2-1 in T&T on Tuesday night. The loss eliminated the U.S. from World Cup qualifying due to wins from Panama and Honduras.

Trinidad & Tobago 2, USMNT 1: The SBI Breakdown

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Doomsday.

Tuesday night was the worst night in U.S. Men's National Team history. There are no two ways about it. The USMNT failed in every way on Tuesday night in Trinidad & Tobago, and the program has been set back because of it.

It's not just the World Cup, but also the missed opportunity.

Ignacio Piatti signs contract extension with Impact

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Ignacio Piatti is sticking around in Montreal.

The Designated Player has signed a contract that keeps him with the Impact for a season and a half, the club announced on Tuesday. His new contract, which has him staying with the Canadian club until 2019, also includes an option for the 2020 MLS season.

USMNT vs. Trinidad & Tobago: Live Commentary

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The U.S. Men's National Team's World Cup fate will be decided in Trinidad & Tobago on Friday night.

After toppling Panama, 4-0, on Friday, the U.S. can seal a spot in Russia on Friday night with a victory over the Soca Warriors. A draw would also almost certainly be good enough while a loss to last-place T&T would open the door for Panama or Honduras to make a late push up the Hexagonal table.

Tuesday WCQ Rewind: Portugal tops Switzerland, Netherlands edge Sweden, and more

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The UEFA World Cup Qualifying group-stage concluded on Tuesday with nine matches taking place all across Europe. France and Portugal clinched their places in next year's World Cup after home victories. The highlighted showdown on Tuesday came from Group B, as Portugal faced Switzerland in a winner take all match.

Tuesday WCQ Rewind: Portugal tops Switerland, Netherlands edge Sweden, and more

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TheUEFA World Cup Qualifying group-stage concluded on Tuesday with nine matches taking place all across Europe. France and Portugal clinched their places in next year's World Cup after home victories. The highlighted showdown on Tuesday came from Group B, as Portugal faced Switzerland in a winner take all match.

U.S. U-17s building momentum, confidence after taking down tough Ghana team

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After toppling India, 3-0, in their opener, the U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team faced their first real test on Monday. The match against Ghana could seal their spot in the knockout round while putting the U.S. in the driver's seat in Group A play.

The U.S. took care of business in a narrow win over Ghana.

Christian Pulisic prepared for physical play

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Christian Pulisic is no stranger to the physical abuse he's taken at the hands of opposing defenders.

The young U.S Men's National Team star has taken plenty of it during World Cup Qualifying so far, and is expecting more tonight when he takes on Trinidad and Tobago. This is nothing he isn't used to, and nothing he can't handle, even if it's disrespectful.

David Bingham expected to depart Quakes

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After falling out of favor with San Jose Earthquakes' rookie coach Chris Leitch's in early August, reports indicate that David Bingham is in fact lined up for an exit out of the Bay Area.

But the 27-year-old goalkeeper will reportedly have little problem finding a new home once his contract expires this winter as the Black and Blue's longtime No.

CONMEBOL WCQ Preview: Chile travels to Brazil, Peru hosts Colombia, and more

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Coming into Tuesday's CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers, six countries will fight for three automatic qualification spots. Whoever finishes in fifth will have to face a playoff for the chance to make next year's FIFA World Cup.

Matchday 18's highlighted fixture comes from Sao Paulo as already-qualified Brazil hosts Chile.

Despite conditions, USMNT ready to seize World Cup chance with win in T&T

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Everyone knows what's at stake for the U.S. Men's National Team on Tuesday night. It's been discussed for months and, with a win, they will finally be able to grasp a ticket to Russia.

Before the U.S. can escape CONCACAF, though, they must first handle one final challenge, and it's one very befitting of a World Cup decider in the region.

World Cup 2018 Qualifiers: Who's in and scenarios ahead of final stages

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With December's official 2018 World Cup draw around the corner, the road to qualification keeps narrowing for those with aspirations intact while those that have booked their ticket join hosts Russia in a state of joy.

Throughout the board, the last stages of qualification are ongoing, and sooner rather than later, all 32 sides will be known.

Tuesday Kickoff: 'Chicharito' to miss Honduras match, Thomas Tuchel still linked with Bayern job and more

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Mexico will be without two big stars on Tuesday night.

Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez received permission to miss Mexico's World Cup qualifier against Honduras. Hirving Lozano will also miss out due to injury. (REPORT)

Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says former Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel could still takeover as the club's manager next season.

T&T match presents unique challenge for USMNT defense

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Trinidad & Tobago is far from CONCACAF's most dangerous team. A quick glance at the Hexagonal table will tell you that, but that does not mean that the U.S. Men's National Team does not need to remain open and alert to certain situations on Tuesday night.

The U.S. knows that a draw will most likely be good enough to leave T&T with a World Cup ticket in hand, so any sort of clean sheet would be enough to book a spot in Russia.

Who Should the USMNT Start vs. Trinidad & Tobago?

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Just one match stands between the U.S. Men's National Team and the 2018 World Cup. A draw will most certainly be good enough but, if we've learned anything from CONCACAF play over the years, it is to expect the unexpected.

The U.S. heads to Trinidad & Tobago knowing a win would officially seal a ticket to Russia while a draw would force Panama and Honduras to combine for a major miracle.

CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying Preview: Panama hosts Costa Rica, Mexico faces Honduras

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Two of CONCACAF's three and a half spots in Russia next summer are claimed, and the race is on for that final automatic place and a date with either Australia or Syria in a last-chance playoff for finishing fourth.

Costa Rica and Mexico are in for sure, and, as the U.S. Men's National Team looks to brush Trinidad and Tobago aside to earn the third qualifying spot, two more matches with implications for that crucial fourth place position will go down.

Highlights: U.S. U-17 1, Ghana 0

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Poor training conditions among many obstacles USMNT face in T&T

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We all know the pitfalls of playing CONCACAF away matches in World Cup Qualifying.

Whether it's rowdy fans launching fireworks outside the team hotel in the dead of night or playing big matches on bumpy pitches in the blazing afternoon heat and humidity, this confederation is always throwing obstacles in the path of success for road teams.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 32

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Despite the small schedule during the international break, each MLS match that was played this weekend carried some type of importance.

The New York Red Bulls clinched a playoff spot with a win over the Vancouver Whitecaps. (READ)

Brent Kallman's late header rescued a home draw for Minnesota United against Sporting KC.

Report: John Brooks nearing return to full training

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While John Brooks' injury kept him out of the final four matches of World Cup qualifying, it appears the U.S. Men's National Team defender is getting a bit closer to his return.

According to ESPN, Brooks is nearing a return to full training with Wolfsburg and has completed his first individual training sessions.

Video: Mohamed Salah sends Egypt to first World Cup since 1990 with late penalty kick

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Impossible not to get chills listening to the commentary of Mohamed Salah's game-winning penalty that sent Egypt to the 2018 World Cup. pic.twitter.com/YFquwbgCpB

- Adam Serrano (@LAGalaxyInsider) October 8, 2017


Substitute Ayo Akinola fires U.S. U-17s to group stage win over Ghana

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After toppling hosts India to open the U-17 World Cup, the U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team took control of Group A with a win over a familiar World Cup foe.

A late goal from substitute Ayo Akinola sealed a 1-0 win over Ghana on Tuesday in the second match of the U-17 World Cup. With the win, the U.

Monday Kickoff: Luis Suarez not set for surgery, Mexican players form footballers' association and more

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Despite reports, Uruguay will have its best player for any potential World Cup qualifying playoff while major changes are coming to Mexican soccer.

Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez dismissed reports that Luis Suarez was set for knee surgery that would knock him out of a potential World Cup qualifying playoff.

U.S. U-17s vs. Ghana: Live Commentary

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After toppling hosts India in the opening match of the U-17 World Cup, the U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team faces a very familiar foe in the second match of the group stage.

Ghana awaits as the U.S. looks to seize command of Group A on Tuesday (7:20, Fox Sports 2). While the U.S. opened the tournament with a 3-0 win over India, Ghana also sealed a tournament-opening victory over Colombia via a 1-0 scoreline.

Sunday WCQ Rewind: England edges Lithuania, Poland clinches WCQ berth, and more

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Matchday #10 got underway on Sunday with nine matches taking place all across Europe. Groups E & F saw several teams fighting for positioning and the top spot in the group, and it came down to the wire.

England, who already clinched the top spot in the group on Thursday, defeated Lithuania 1-0 on the road.

Red Bulls finally back up strong performance with a win

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For the New York Red Bulls, Saturday's match against the Vancouver Whitecaps went as many of their recent matches did. They were dominant in possession and shots, and even looked like the better side. They usually succumbed to defensive errors that would see them tie or lose matches. Against Vancouver, though, the Red Bulls eliminated errors and clinched a playoff spot, instead collecting a 3-0 victory, snapping a nine match winless streak and collecting their first clean sheet in four matches.

Andrea Pirlo to retire at conclusion of NYCFC season 

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Although easily winning in the category of "Least Suspenseful Soccer Declaration in 2017," an Italian legend has made public his intentions. New York City FC midfielder and Italian soccer legend, Andrea Pirlo, will retire at the conclusion of the Major League Soccer season.

"You realize yourself that the time has come," said Pirlo in an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport.

Late Waston goal sends Costa Rica to Russia, eases pressure on USMNT

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It took until the 95th minute of action on Saturday night, but Costa Rica found the point it needed to officially earn a spot in next summer's World Cup.

Eddie Hernandez gave Honduras the lead in the 66th minute, but that was cancelled out by Kendall Waston's stoppage-time header. That put the Ticos through while making Honduras's road to qualification much tougher.

Red Bulls clinch playoff spot with victory over Whitecaps

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The New York Red Bulls will head to the MLS Cup playoffs yet again after a commanding 3-0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday.

The Red Bulls got their scoring started through Daniel Royer after 33 minutes. The play started with Tyler Adams, who was one of two providers on the goal, as he found Sacha Kljestan near the penalty area.

Late Kallman header rescues a point for the Loons against SKC

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A late goal and some stoppage time goalkeeping heroics kept honors even in Minnesota United's home finale against Sporting Kansas City.

Diego Rubio opened the scoring just before half time for visitors, but that was cancelled by Brent Kallman's header in the final minutes as Minnesota United and Sporting Kansas City played out a 1-1 draw.

FC Dallas playoff hopes boosted with draw in Colorado

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A win would have been nice, but FC Dallas will take an away point to get them above the red line in the Western Conference.

Atiba Harris headed home a tying goal in the second half to secure a 1-1 draw at the Colorado Rapids, which ensures Dallas controls its own destiny heading into the final two weeks of the season.

USMNT attack comes together in strong collective performance

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Panama's defense is among the best in CONCACAF. Through eight Hexagonal games, Los Canaleros had allowed just five goals. The Panama defense is physical, committed, and disciplined.

On Friday, that defense was completely worked by a U.S. Men's National Team attack that showed a new level in collective chemistry and flow.

After month of criticism, USMNT steps up to Panama challenge

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Since the moment the second Costa Rican goal hit the back of the net at Red Bull Arena, the U.S. Men's National Team has known the stakes. Doubt became a major factor on that night. There was doubt surrounding the team's World Cup qualifying pursuit and, even worse, there was doubt about the direction of a program that on the brink of a catastrophic end to the cycle.

USMNT 4, Panama 0: The SBI Breakdown

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Friday night's performance was a special one. It was a do-or-die match, one which would all but determine whether or not the U.S. Men's National Team had a chance at Russia.

From the opening whistle, there was absolutely no doubt when it came to how the match was going to end. It was going to end in a USMNT win, and it was going to end up as one of the biggest and most important results in team history.

SBI USMNT Man of the Match: Christian Pulisic

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The U.S. Men's National Team needed a big game from its rising star and they got nothing less than the best international performance of his young career.

Christian Pulisic announced himself early with a stellar goal within eight minutes of play. The finish showed off his deft first touch, breakneck pace, and precise finishing ability.

USMNT thumps Panama to get back on track for World Cup

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The U.S. Men's National Team moved one step closer to the World Cup on Friday night by stepping up in the biggest game of the qualifying cycle.

Entering Friday, the USMNT's World Cup status was very much in doubt, but that doubt was all but removed in a 4-0 shellacking of visiting Panama in Orlando.

Highlights: U.S. U-17s 3, India 0

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USMNT vs. Panama: Live Commentary

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The big day is finally here as the U.S. Men's National Team faces a do-or-die match with a World Cup on the line.

After picking up just one point in September, the U.S. faces a vital match against Panama in Orlando on Friday evening. As things stand, the U.S. sits fourth in the Hex, one point behind the third-place Canaleros and level on points with fifth-place Honduras.

FC Dallas fined for roster violation against Orlando City

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FC Dallas wasn't docked points for a recent violation, but the club did take a hit financially.

MLS has fined FC Dallas $75,000 of General Allocation Money and an additional $25,000 for a roster violation during the Sept. 30 match against Orlando City. Prior to the match, Michael Barrios was listed as a starter but was promptly removed shortly before kickoff.

U.S. U-17s ease past hosts India to open U-17 World Cup

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Facing off with the host country to open up a World Cup is always a tough task, but the U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team took care of business on Friday in India.

Josh Sargent and Chris Durkin scored a goal in each half before Andrew Carleton iced the match with a third in a 3-0 win over hosts India to open the U-17 World Cup.

USMNT vs. Panama: The Pregame Tailgate

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The end of CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying is near, which means its do-or-die time for the U.S. Men's National Team.Nothing short of two wins this week will do for them, and they look for their first tonight against Panama at Orlando City Stadium down in sunny Florida.

A loss tonight would, at best, put the USMNT in a two-legged playoff against either Australia or Syria, who are tied at one after one leg of their own Asian playoff.

CONMEBOL WCQ Rewind: Chile defeats Ecuador, Peru holds Argentina, and more

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Following disappointing defeats to Paraguay and Bolivia in their last two qualifiers, Chile bounced back in strong fashion by edging Ecuador, 2-1, in Santiago.

Alexis Sanchez played the hero on Thursday evening, scoring a winning goal in the 85th minute. The winner came a minute after Ecuador leveled the score at 1-1.

USMNT prepared for do-or-die situation in cycle-defining match against Panama

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The U.S. Men's National Team understands what Friday's game means. Various players reiterated the same message all week. The match against Panama isn't just any other game on the road to World Cup qualifying. It's a do-or-die test, one which could push the U.S. one step closer to Russia or one step closer towards something much, much worse.

U.S. U-17s vs. India: Your Live Commentary

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Before the U.S. Men's National Team kicks off a vital World Cup qualifier, the U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team faces a World Cup opener in India.

The U.S. takes on hosts India on Friday morning in the opening match of the U-17 World Cup (10:30 a.m., Fox Sports 2). The U.S. enters on the heels of a strong performance in qualifying earlier this year, one which saw the team finish second in CONCACAF via penalty kick loss to Mexico.

Costa Rica-Honduras pushed to Saturday due to tropical storm Nate

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Weather has caused a change ahead of an upcoming World Cup qualifier.

Friday's World Cup qualifiers between Costa Rica and Honduras has been pushed back to Saturday due to severe rainfall from tropical storm Nate, which has produced flooding throughout Costa Rica as well as six storm-related deaths.

Friday Kickoff: Andres Iniesta signs 'lifetime' deal with Barca, Neymar pushing for Alexis Sanchez and more

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While one Barcelona star is set to remain with the club, an ex-Barca winger is looking to recruit another former player to Paris.

Andre Iniesta signed a "lifetime contract" to remain with Barcelona. (REPORT)

Neymar reportedly wants Paris Saint-Germain to go out and sign Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal.

USMNT Notes: Christian Pulisic prepared for physical Panama, Bob Bradley joins camp and more

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Christian Pulisic is learning the harsh realities of CONCACAF. Matches within the region certainly don't live up to the technique on display in the Champions League atmospheres he's grown accustomed to, but CONCACAF matches present an entirely different challenge altogether, especially for budding superstars.

Graham Zusi, Bruce Arena not dwelling on past with Panama

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Four years ago, the U.S. Men's National Team delivered a staggering death blow to Panama's World Cup hopes by scoring twice in stoppage time on the final matchday of the Hex to eliminate Los Canaleros from World Cup qualification.

Panama could be in a similar situation on Friday to hand the USMNT a debilitating loss on home soil at Orlando City Stadium.

Who Should the USMNT Start vs. Panama?

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With two matches left in World Cup qualifying, Bruce Arena and the U.S. Men's National Team cannot afford to get it wrong. The margin for error is all but gone. It disappeared last month.

Now, that means Arena has some decisions to make, and those decisions could be vital when it comes to securing a World Cup spot.

CONMEBOL WCQ Preview: Argentina hosts Peru, Ecuador travels to Chile, and more

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With only two match days remaining in CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying, things have never been thicker in the race for qualification. Eight points separates second-place through eighth, while two teams have already been eliminated. Brazil is the only side that has booked a spot to Russia 2018, and several more will look to join them on Thursday.

Tim Howard responds to Alexi Lalas' USMNT criticism

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Tim Howard was one of the U.S. Men's National Team players singled out during Alexi Lalas' rant on September 10 on Fox Sports 1.

Lalas' commentary about the "soft-tattooed millionaires" on the USMNT drew responses from some of the team's stars already, and Howard spoke out toSports Illustratedon Wednesday.

Team depth has U.S. coach John Hackworth confident heading into U-17 World Cup

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U.S. Under-17 National Team coach John Hackworth unveiled his roster for the U-17 World Cup on Thursday and it features several prospects who have already become familiar names despite their young ages.

There is Josh Sargent, a player that recently signed with Werder Bremen after dominating at both the U-17 and U-20 levels.

UEFA WCQ Preview: England hosts Slovenia, Iceland travels to Turkey, and more

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UEFA World Cup Qualifying concludes during this international break with each European team scheduled to have two final matches. Thursday sees the action begin, while Tuesday, Oct. 10 is the final day of qualifiers. Several teams are looking to lock up top spot in their respective groups, while others are looking for a late surge of points.

Thursday Kickoff: Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay set for joint 2030 WC bid, Bayern after Jupp Heynckes and more

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While the U.S., Mexico and Canada target the 2026 World Cup, three South American nations are pursuing the 2030 competition.

Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay announced that they plan to pursue a joint bid for World Cup 2030. (REPORT)

Jupp Heynckes says he has been asked to take over Bayern Munich until the end of the season.

USMNT goalkeeper battle continues as World Cup qualifying comes to a close

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Since Bruce Arena took over as U.S. Men's National Team manager, there hasn't been a clear cut No. 1 goalkeeper. Instead, it's been a partnership, one which has seen Tim Howard and Brad Guzan split time and compete with one another for minutes throughout the Hexagonal.

Heading into the final games of the Hexagonal, that competition is still going on.

T&T's Kevin Molino riding high into international break

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Kevin Molino is peaking at just the right time for Minnesota United and a Trinidad & Tobago national team hoping to spoil the U.S. Men's National Team's World Cup Qualifying run.

The Soca Warriors are calling up a forward/attacking midfielder that happens to be in playing lights out for Minnesota United in MLS.

United Bid Committee narrows list of potential 2026 World cup hosts to 32 cities

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There are still several years left before the ball officially starts rolling for the 2026 World Cup, but the North American tournament bid is already starting to develop its shape.

On Wednesday, the United Bid Committee unveiled a list of the 32 cities across North America that can potentially serve as official host cities for the much-anticipated tournament.

USMNT looking to rediscover attacking flow against Panama

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A variety of things went wrong for the U.S. Men's National Team in September. Without John Brooks, the pool of centerbacks struggled from top to bottom. The fullbacks were regularly beaten for pace. The midfield was sloppy throughout and was regularly pushed into uncomfortable positions.

But the attacking struggles were perhaps the most concerning of all.

Atlanta United ready to rest after grueling stretch

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It's been a jam-packed three-and-a-half week stretch for Atlanta United.

After playing only three games in the entire month of August, the Five Stripes embarked on a journey consisting of eight matches in a 23-day span that would make or break their season. Until Tuesday night, things could have hardly gone better for one of the more exciting expansion teams in the history of MLS.

SBI Facebook Q&A set for 1 p.m.

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With World Cup qualifiers around the corner and the MLS playoff picture continuing to head up, it's time for an SBI Facebook Q&A.

SBI managing editor Ryan Tolmich will be answering reader questions on Wednesday on the SBI Facebook page starting at 1 p.m., taking on topics ranging from the USMNT to MLS to European soccer and even pop culture questions about movies and TV shows.

CONCACAF WCQ Preview: Mexico hosts T&T, Honduras heads to Costa Rica

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The penultimate round of the Hex is upon us and all three of these matches carry some sort of meaning.

With one team, Mexico, already guaranteed a spot in Russia next summer, another two sides look to punch their tickets beginning on Friday night. After the U.S. Men's National Team takes on Panama in Orlando on Friday night, Trinidad and Tobago looks to delay their official elimination from World Cup Qualifying and Costa Rica looks to finish their automatic qualifying bid.

After strong run with U.S. U-20s, Danny Acosta using confidence gained to aid RSL's playoff push

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Danny Acosta has never been short on confidence. At age 12, he walked into Rio Tinto Stadium for the first time and told his father that he would call it home someday. In the years that followed, he rose through the Real Salt Lake academy, facing off with some of the brightest prospects in American soccer.

Weston McKennie sidelined with thigh injury

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Weston McKennie has rapidly become a key part of the Schalke midfield, but the young American midfielder is set to miss some time due to injury.

Schalke announced on Wednesday that McKennie has picked up a thigh strain in the club's 1-1 draw with Bayer Leverkusen. According to the club, McKennie's return will depend on the healing process, but he is expected to miss roughly two weeks, keeping him out of the Oct.

Loons use late surge to complete comeback win at Atlanta United

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After letting a 1-0 lead slip away on Tuesday evening, Minnesota United might have thought luck was not on its side yet again this season.

Fortunes changed quickly for the Loons though, with a late surge delivering a shocking result in Atlanta. Leading scorer Christian Ramirez and key playmaker Kevin Molino each netted goals in second-half stoppage time to give the Loons a stunning 3-2 road win against Atlanta United.

Wednesday Kickoff: Sergio Aguero injury, Pachuca owner bashes Liga MX TV deal and more

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Bad news for one of the Premier League's top strikers, who will miss significant time after a recent accident

Argentina's team doctor says Segio Aguero "can't leave his house" and should miss up to six weeks after injuring his rib in a car crash. (REPORT)

Pachuca owner Jesus Martinez hit out at the Liga MX TV deal, saying there wasn't a fully transparent process that kept all owners involved.

Benny Feilhaber ready to contribute to USMNT after 'shock' call-up

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Benny Feilhaber did not expect a U.S. Men's National Team call-up any time soon. He had been involved in a few January camps in recent years, but the Sporting KC striker hadn't been with the true first team in quite awhile. With two vital World Cup qualifiers looming, he did not expect to be reintroduced with a trip to Russia on the line.

A look at the USMNT's wing options heading into October World Cup qualifiers

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The old saying states that a team is only as good as its spine and, generally speaking, that is true. Especially in the international level, you're not going anywhere without talent down the middle. You need to be able to control the center of the field from the defense all the way to the forward up top.

MLS Midweek Preview: Atlanta looks to continue home push against Minnesota

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The international break may take centerstage throughout the next week or so, but there is one midweek MLS match that could be vital to playoff positioning.

Atlanta United is already bound for the postseason. Minnesota United almost certainly will not join their expansion cousins. However, the Loons can play spoiler on Tuesday night as Atlanta looks to continue their push towards an opening round bye.

The state of the MLS expansion race

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The race to become one of the next two MLS expansion teams is entering the stretch run. The league's plan is to announce the next two additions to their fraternity in December and each of the dozen cities are doing their best to strengthen their case.

A couple cities have made some big news in their quests to join MLS.

MLS Ticker: Federico Higuain signs Crew extension, Michael De Leeuw out for season and more

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For the last few months, all signs have been pointing to Federico Higuain leaving the Columbus Crew at the end of the 2017 season.

A curveball in the Higuain saga was thrown at us on Tuesday morning, as the Crew announced a one-year extension for the Argentinian playmaker.

USMNT hoping Orlando provides home field boost against Panama

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Winning on the road is tough in CONCACAF, no matter who you play or where you play. The old saying is to win your home games and draw on the road. It's a formula that works and it's a formula that readily admits that winning away from home is never a guarantee no matter who you are.

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After missing out on qualifying squad, Weston McKennie sees World Cup call-up as 'realistic opportunity'

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Weston McKennie understands why he isn't a part of the current U.S. Men's National Team squad. He's too young and too inexperienced for vital matches against Panama and Trinidad & Tobago. It would be too big of a risk.

However, the 19-year-old Schalke star does have his sights on representing the U.

This Week's Soccer on TV

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It may be an international break, but there's still a lot of exciting soccer to watch this week.

The later stages of World Cup Qualifying take center stage and the highlight matches are in South America. Brazil is the only CONMEBOL team with a guaranteed place in Russia, and with three and a half more spots up for grabs the competition is fierce.

Tuesday Kickoff: Alvaro Morata to miss time, Barcelona open to La Liga departure and more

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Chelsea's Alvaro Morata will miss over a month due to a hamstring injury. (REPORT)

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu says Barcelona will discuss the possibility of leaving La Liga if Catalonia gains independence from Spain. (REPORT)

After Romelu Lukaku missed training with an ankle injury, a scan on the Belgian's ankle revealed there was no fracture or serious ligament damage.

Nashville mayor announces $250 million MLS stadium plan

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Nashville's MLS expansion chances received a major boost today in the form of a stadium plan.

Nashville appears to have checked off one of the most important boxes in the MLS expansion race today as the city's mayor Megan Berry announced a $250 million plan for a 27,500 seat soccer stadium on the Nashville Fairgrounds.

Nick Taitague, Juan Pablo Torres, Paxton Pomykal highlight U.S. U-18 training camp roster

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The final crop of U.S. U-18 Mne's National Team players have been named for head coachOmid Namazi's training camp in Marbella, Spain.

The U-18 side will play a pair of matches over the next ten days. They take on Belgium on Oct. 5 and Russia four days later. The camp will be the final gathering for this group before they move on to the U-20s.

Despite a few surprises, Bruce Arena relies on experience with USMNT squad

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We all had a pretty good idea of what Bruce Arena was going to do with this U.S. Men's National Team roster. No matter the situation, young stars like Weston McKennie and Jonathan Gonzalez weren't going to come into the fold this late in qualifying. At this point, and with these games, Arena needed to rely on something a bit more familiar.

The Best of MLS Week 30: Justin Morrow, NYCFC and more

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In a week that saw the Supporters' Shield champions crowned, there were several big performances, goals and results across MLS.

Here's a closer look at the Best of MLS from this past week:

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Justin Morrow has been one of several Toronto FC players to step up in a major way throughout the team's Supporters' Shield run.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 30

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While the Supporters' Shield race wrapped up on Saturday, the playoff race tightened thanks to some results across MLS.

Toronto FC sealed the Supporters' Shield by defeating the New York Red Bulls. (READ)

The Columbus Crew locked up a playoff berth with a win over D.C. United. (READ)

FC Dallas' playoff hopes took a hit with a tie in Orlando.

Revolution feel season slipping away after rocky stretch

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. It's been a tumultuous September for the New England Revolution, with sixth-year coach Jay Heaps getting dealt a pink slip after a 7-0 loss to Atlanta United, followed later in the month by a 6-1 defeat at the hands of fellow playoff hopeful Orlando City SC.

Even after those recent embarrassments, the Revs (11-15-6) still had a glimmer of control over their fate in the race for the last Eastern Conference playoff spot heading into Saturday's rematch against Atlanta, as they sat five points back of the struggling New York Red Bulls.

Americans Abroad Weekend Rewind: Geoff Cameron, DeAndre Yedlin and more

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With World Cup qualifiers looming, two Premier League stars recently coming off injury put in strong performances to help their teams earn big results.

Geoff Cameron and DeAndre Yedlin turned in solid efforts over the weekend to help their sides go into the international break on a high. Cameron and Stoke City picked up a 2-1 win over Southampton in their weekend matchup while Yedlin's Newcastle held Liverpool in a 1-1 draw against one of the league's most dangerous attacks.

Monday Kickoff: Gerard Pique offers to quit Spain national team, doctor tells Zlatan Ibrahimovic not to rush and more

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Political unrest could have major ramifications for the Spanish national team while one star's doctor insists he take his time with injury.

After playing behind closed doors to do the recent political issues in Catalonia, Gerard Pique said the experience was the "worst" of his career while adding he could step away from the Spanish national team as a result of the recent referendum.

Sunday European Rewind: Barcelona defeats Palmas, Hertha holds Bayern, and more

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Barcelona continued their unbeaten run in league play, defeating Las Palmas 3-0 in a behind closed doors match at the Camp Nou. Despite a scoreless first-half, Barcelona used a second-half brace from Leo Messi and a goal from Sergio Busquets to down the visitors. Busquets headed home Messi's cross to the center of the goal in the 47th-minute for a 1-0 lead.

With playoffs at stake, Quakes plugging pieces on and off the field

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SAN JOSE, Calif. There was an uncommon and unknown element about the 11 players Chris Leitch fielded on Saturday.

Aside from their rousing, creative and cohesive play on the pitch, they brought long-lost smiles to those in the stands and even influenced those same to cheer go-getting defensive plays which in past blowouts were only mused.

Gyasi Zardes withdraws from USMNT squad due to injury

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After missing out on September qualifiers, Gyasi Zardes was named to the U.S. Men's National Team on Sunday morning. On Sunday afternoon, U.S. Soccer revealed the LA Galaxy forward won't join the squad after all.

Zardes withdrew from the USMNT squad on Sunday due to a groin strain suffered in the LA Galaxy's 1-1 draw with Real Salt Lake on Saturday night.

'Lively' Union hold off Sounders for home triumph

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The Philadelphia Union's playoff chances may be very slim with only two matches remaining, but that didn't keep them from playing the spoiler role on Sunday afternoon in Chester.

Jim Curtin's side edged the Seattle Sounders 2-0 at Talen Energy Stadium, using goals from Marcus Epps and Roland Alberg to claim three points.

'No secrets' to what lies ahead for experienced USMNT squad

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There is no mystery regarding the task in front of the U.S. Men's National Team. The next week is broken up into two vital qualifiers that will determine whether or not the Americans earn a spot in the 2018 World Cup.

Bruce Arena confirmed the 26-man squad tasked with earning that spot on Sunday morning, revealing an expanded squad featuring the return of some familiar faces.

TFC locks up Supporters' Shield with win over Red Bulls

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Toronto FC was denied a celebration last December, but the BMO Field crowd was treated to a trophy on Saturday evening.

A Justin Morrow hat-trick sealed the Supporters' Shield for Toronto FC, who topped the New York Red Bulls, 4-2, in Toronto. The win locks up the regular season championship for TFC with two matches to spare.

Crew clinch playoff berth with win over D.C. United

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After a year away from the postseason, the Columbus Crew are headed back to the MLS Cup Playoffs.

The Crew took care of D.C. United by a comfortable 2-0 score line in their home finale at MAPFRE Stadium on Saturday night to seal their spot in the MLS postseason party. It was also the club's 12th home win of the season, which is a franchise record.

Revolution settle for scoreless draw against Atlanta United

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In the first ever meeting between Atlanta United and the New England Revolution just over two weeks ago, the Five Stripes tied an MLS record with a seven-goal margin of victory over the Revs.

The rematch was a far more subdued affair as Atlanta United and the Revolution settled for a 0-0 draw at Gillette Stadium.

Alberth Elis, Romell Quioto score late for Dynamo in win over Minnesota

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The Houston Dynamo are back in the playoff positions thanks to some late scoring against Minnesota United.

The Dynamo downed the Loons by a 2-1 score thanks to a couple late goals from the Honduran internationals up front to climb back above the red line in the Western Conference.

Both teams exercised some degree of dominance in the first half, but neither side was able to find a goal.

Nikolic, Villa score as Fire and NYCFC draw

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The goalscoring designated players took center stage at Toyota Park as the Chicago Fire drew 1-1 with New York City FC on Saturday.

The opener came after 20 minutes, with Nemanja Nikolic scoring his 21st goal of the season. The Hungarian scored after a defensive gaffe by the away side, eventually resulting in the him winning the ball inches from the goal line and easily scoring.

Whitecaps edge Sporting KC to remain atop West

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Saturday's game was a big test for the Vancouver Whitecaps, and they passed with flying colors.

In a match that saw two late dismissals, the Whitecaps went into Children's Mercy Park and picked up a 1-0 win over Sporting Kansas City. The win, which sealed the Whitecaps' postseason spot, keeps the Canadian side atop the Western Conference, four points ahead of Saturday's opponent.

Alan Gordon snatches wild Rapids win over Impact

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Alan Gordon played the part he has made a career of playing in MLSon Saturday night: late hero.

Gordon came in to the Rapids match against the Montreal Impact with the game tied 1-1 and each team having been reduced to 10-men after both Jared Watts and Daniel Lovitz had been sent off. Both teams would finish the match with 9-men a piece.

Quakes playoff hopes live another day after edging Timbers

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The San Jose Earthquakes playoff hopes remain intact after a gritty performance against an old foe who, as well, has playoffs in mind.

After the turbulent, woeful showing against the Chicago Fire midweek, the Quakes performed in a do-or-die manner, and edged the Portland Timber, 2-1, at an antsy Avaya Stadium.

10-men RSL fight back for draw at Galaxy

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The Los Angeles Galaxy have found 2017 to be a very disappointing season, struggling to find any consistency at both the Stubhub Center and away from home. Sigi Schmid's side continued that trend on Saturday, drawing 1-1 at home against 10-men Real Salt Lake.

Feilhaber, Agudelo among notable names on 26-man USMNT squad for October qualifiers

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The U.S. Men's National Team squad for October's crucial World Cup qualifiers looks a lot like the squad that feature in September's qualifiers, with a few notable exceptions.

Benny Feilhaber, Juan Agudelo and Michael Orozco were among the notable inclusions in the 26-man roster Bruce Arena has chosen for the October qualifying squad ahead of key matches against Panama and Trinidad & Tobago.