USSoccerPlayers Archives for January 2017

MLS Week 9: Altidore and Giovinco

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Week 9 of the 2017 MLS season opened with Toronto shutting out Houston at BMO Field. Jozy Altidore opened the scoring in the 16th minute. In the 32nd, Serb Giovinco found Altidore to double the lead. Alexander Bono kept the clean sheet.

"We've talked about establishing BMO field as a hard place for visiting teams to come and I think the games we've played at home so far should have by and large been good," Toronto's Michael Bradley said.

Trophy for Miazga and Vitesse

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Two items of note from the weekend results for USMNT players in Europe and Mexico. Matt Miazga and Vitesse Arnhem won the KNVB Beker, the Netherlands' domestic cup competition. The opposite of good news happened to Sunderland, officially relegated from the Premier League with Lynden Gooch on the bench.

Soccer TV: Rangers vs Celtic

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The Old Firm derby is on Fox Sports 1 on the weekend soccer TV schedule. There are nationally available games on Saturday with the Premier League's Crystal Palace vs Burnley on NBC and the Bundesliga's Wolfsburg vs Bayern Munich on Fox. Sunday has the Rome derby on beIN Sport and the North London derby on NBCSN.

Portland plays the new MLS stadium game

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 28, 2017) US Soccer Players - On Wednesday, the Portland Timbers announced an audacious $50 million upgrade to their stadium, Providence Park. The proposed renovation would add 4,000 seats to the venue, pushing capacity close to 25,000. The plan would add four new levels to the east side of the building, including one for enclosed club seating and a top level for group seating.

The Manchester derby doesn’t impress

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Friday's soccer news starts with the Manchester derby. City and United played out a cliche of professional soccer with a 0-0 draw at Etihad Stadium. It was the kind of game most people would want to forget while watching it, much less at the final whistle. For City fans in person, that meant encouraging their team to hurry up with a stoppage time corner kick.

Why does the MLS Players Union release salary information? A Q&A with Bob Foose

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 27, 2017) US Soccer Players - It's become something of a biannual holiday among hardcore fans and other MLS observers, and it arrived this week: The MLS Players Union's public release of its members' salary information.

"The salary drop," as it's informally dubbed, spawns a litany of chatter and media content.

Serious issues for English clubs

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When the tax authorities come calling to seize information and make arrests, it's never a good day at the office. That was the scenario for West Ham United and Newcastle United yesterday, calling into question how both clubs conduct their businesses.

The Independent's Jack de Menzes has some of the details on the accusations the clubs now face.

Pachuca are CONCACAF champions, wins for Dortmund and the USMNT U-17s

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Big results for USMNT players in Mexico and Germany. CONCACAF crowned Pachuca champions in an all-Liga MX finale to the 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League and there will be USMNT players in both teams for the 2016-17 DFB Pokal final.

This season's CONCACAF Champions League concluded with Pachuca lifting the trophy at Estadio Hidalgo.

Soccer TV: Manchester City vs Manchester United

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It's the Manchester derby on Thursday's soccer TV schedule with City hosting United on NBCSN. There's also games from La Liga.

Manchester City vs Manchester United at 3pm on NBCSN. Regardless of the Premier League table, this is always a must-see game. This time, it's about the Champions League qualifying spots.

The changing soccer fan

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 26, 2017) US Soccer Players - You, the super-engaged, 24/7, all-in, totally consumed (and consuming) soccer fan might not know it, but what it means to be a fan is changing. It's changing rapidly, and not in subtle ways.

The advent of on-demand sources of entertainment have flipped the traditional paradigms.

Is patience a Galaxy virtue?

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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Apr 26, 2017) US Soccer Players - When Bruce Arena's long and successful career with the LA Galaxy ended at the end of 2016, a coveted job vacancy emerged. Guiding the league's most successful club seems like the job to have in MLS. Sure, the Galaxy struggled in 2016 but with a slew of new players heading to the club, deep finances and the wonderful setting that is Los Angeles, what's not to love?

Eintracht takes their place in the DFB Pokal final

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Wednesday's soccer news starts with Timmy Chandler's Eintracht advancing to the DFB Pokal final. Eintracht knocked out Borussia Gladbach on penalties. Eintracht took the lead on the road when Taleb Tawatha scored in the 15th minute. Jonas Hofmann equalized for Gladbach in first-half stoppage time.

Soccer TV: Pachuca vs Tigres

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Omar Gonzalez and Pachuca plays Jose Torres's Tigres in the second-leg of the CONCACAF Champions League final on Wednesday's soccer TV schedule. One of those USMNT players will be winning a title. In Germany, Christian Pulisic's Borussia Dortmund tries to advance past Bayern Munich in the DFB Pokal semifinals.

Newcastle joins Brighton in next season’s Premier League

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Newcastle United won on Monday, returning to the Premier League in 2017-18 after a season in the Championship. Brighton was already in, with the automatic promotion places now accounted for.

DeAndre Yedlin was on the bench for Newcastle United in their 4-1 win over PNE. Ayoze Perez opened the scoring in the 7th minute at St James' Park.

Soccer TV: Gladbach vs Eintracht

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Two USMNT players see their clubs face off in the DFB Pokal semifinals on Tuesday's soccer TV schedule. There's also action from the Premier League with Chelsea playing Southampton. La Liga is also on the schedule with two games on beIN en Espanol.

Gladbach vs Eintracht at 2:45pm on ESPN Deportes in the semifinal of the DFB Pokal.

Old problems are new again for the Red Bulls

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By Clemente Lisi – HARRISON, NY (Apr 17, 2017) US Soccer Players – The New York Red Bulls, despite strides made in recent years transforming into an MLS Cup contender, is a team always seemingly in crisis mode. That normally starts early in the season. They usually go on to finish among the top in the Eastern Conference, but the old problem persists of crashing out in the playoffs.

Newcastle United close in on the Premier League

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If you designed an optimal Premier League, it would be tough to exclude Newcastle United. The biggest club from the biggest city in England's North East makes the same kind of sense as adding Aston Villa, the biggest club in the second biggest metropolitan area in the country.

As we all know, English soccer doesn't work that way.

Goal for Corona for Liga MX leaders Tijuana

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The roundup of USMNT players in Europe and Mexico starts with a goal in Liga MX. Joe Corona scored in Tijuana's 2-0 shutout of Toluca at Estadio Caliente. Corona and Paul Arriola started for the home side. Corona opened the scoring in the 72nd minute with Ignacio Malcorra assisting. Malcorra doubled Tijuana's lead in the 84th.

MLS Week 8: Nagbe’s show for Portland

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Week 8 of the 2017 MLS season saw USMNT player Darlington Nagbe take a starring role in Portland's 2-1 win over Vancouver. Nagbe opened the scoring in the 18th minute at Providence Park, assisting on Darren Mattocks's goal in the 40th. Fredy Montero pulled a goal back for Vancouver in the 59th minute.

Soccer TV: Real Madrid vs Barcelona

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It's the El Clasico on the weekend soccer TV schedule. Real Madrid plays Barcelona on Sunday. There's also the FA Cup semifinals with Saturday's Chelsea vs Spurs game available nationally on Fox. In MLS, the LA Galaxy plays Seattle on Sunday on ESPN.

Real Madrid vs Barcelona at 2:45pm on Sunday on beIN Sport.

Atlanta United’s stadium issue

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 21, 2017) US Soccer Players - By almost any fair measure, the start to Atlanta United's inaugural season has been a rousing success. On the field and in the stands, Arthur Blank's new MLS entry has met the lofty aspirations they set for themselves in the build-up to 2017.

More on the Borussia Dortmund bus attack

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Friday's soccer news starts with a bizarre twist to an equally bizarre incident. AP's Frank Jordans reports that the motivation behind the bomb attack on the Borussia Dortmund bus prior to their home game in the Champions League last week wasn't terrorism. Instead, it was an attempt by the perpetrator to lower the stock price of the soccer club.

Dispatch from Dallas: What talented young American players need

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 20, 2017) US Soccer Players - Last weekend I returned to the city of my birth to take in the final few days of the Dallas Cup and Generation Adidas Cup. Both are among the most prominent and talent-laden tournaments on the American youth soccer calendar.

Spending Premier League money

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By J Hutcherson (Apr 20, 2017) US Soccer Players - There's a long tradition in professional sports in trying to figure out how the owners make their money. In America, the focus shifted from owners solely committed to their club to entrepreneurs and corporations with a variety of interests.

Borussia Dortmund’s Champions League run ends

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In a series that won't be remembered for what happened on the field, Borussia Dortmund exited the Champions League at the quarterfinal stage. Dortmund lost 3-1 on the night and 6-3 on aggregate.

Monaco opened the scoring in the 3rd minute at Stade Louis II, adding a second goal in the 17th.

It’s hard to forget Chivas USA

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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Apr 19, 2017) US Soccer Players - When Dan Kennedy retired last week, a link between MLS and Chivas USA's history died. After all, nobody embodied the defunct club more than Kennedy.

Earlier this decade, Kennedy was one of the top goalkeepers in the league. When the lights shut off on the failure that was Chivas USA, it was Kennedy who could say that no one else did as much as he had done for that club.

Playing the lower division soccer game in the USA

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 19, 2017) US Soccer Players - Nature abhors a vacuum. So, it seems, do American soccer's ample supply of investors and opportunists.

By virtue of US Soccer's decision to sanction both the USL and NASL as Division II for the 2017 season, there is now a vacuum at the third level of the American soccer pyramid.

The Champions League officiating

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The officiating took over the story in Real Madrid's win over Bayern Munich in the quarterfinal round of the Champions League. Rather than Cristiano Ronaldo's hat-trick in the 4-2 win on the night, it was how many of Real's goals were offside. Two clearly, changing the complexion of the game.

"We played like men and showed that we're worthy of playing for FC Bayern," Thomas Muller said.

Soccer TV: Monaco vs Borussia Dortmund

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It's the second-legs of the Champions League quarterfinals on Fox Sports. Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund are a goal down in their series with Monaco on FS2. On FS1, Barcelona tries to stage another unlikely comeback at home against Juventus.

Monaco vs Borussia Dortmund at 2:45pm on Fox Sports 1 in the Champions League quarterfinals.

Birmingham City chooses the English way

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Tuesday's soccer news starts with a new manager in Birmingham City. With Jonathan Spector long gone from the club, it's worth asking why there's interest. Simple. Birmingham City is in relegation trouble. That led the club to a simple solution for their problems. Change managers.

Birmingham City announced the departure of Gianfranco Zola, replacing him with Harry Redknapp.

Guzan in goal for Middlesbrough, USMNT players in the Championship

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There were games on the schedule in the Premier League and Championship on Monday. Brad Guzan got the start for Middlesbrough in a 2-1 home loss to Arsenal. Trailing from the 42nd minute, Alvaro Negredo equalized for Middlesbrough in the 50th. Arsenal won the game in the 71st.

A league down, Tim Ream's Fulham beat Aston Villa 3-1 at Craven Cottage.

Soccer TV: Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich

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The Champions League quarterfinal second-legs begin on Tuesday's soccer TV schedule. Real Madrid plays Bayern Munich on Fox Sports 1 and Leicester City hosts Atletico Madrid on Fox Sports 2. Also on the soccer TV schedule, it's the first-leg of the CONCACAF Champions League final on Univision Deportes.

The Galaxy in the 2000 CONCACAF Champions’ Cup

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Apr 17, 2017) US Soccer Players – It was 17 years ago that the Los Angeles Galaxy won the CONCACAF Champions' Cup. It's also the last time an MLS team lifted the trophy as the best club in the region. Since then, the tournament – rebranded the CONCACAF Champions League in 2008 – has seen 15 winners.

USMNT roster for 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship

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USMNT U-17 coach John Hackworth named his 20 players for the CONCACAF U-17 Championship. The tournament begins on April 21 in Panama and determines CONCACAF's four entrants into the U-17 World Cup. The U-17 World Cup is scheduled for India beginning on October 6.

"Our team is looking forward to this competition and the opportunity to compete for a chance to participate in the FIFA U-17 World Cup this fall in India," Hackworth said.

MLS plays its All-Star Game

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MLS announced its opponent for the 2017 All-Star Game. Real Madrid headlining Chicago surprises no one, with MLS tipping their hand by already announcing Soldier Field as the venue.

There's certainly the feeling that the only thing likely to change the All-Star Game format is an inability to get people to show up to watch the opponent.

Borussia Dortmund beats Eintracht in the Bundesliga

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We start the USMNT roundup in Germany with Christian Pulisic's Borussia Dortmund beating Timmy Chandler's Eintracht 3-1. Pulisic assisted on Marco Reus's openeer in the 3rd minute at Signal-Iduna-Park. Marco Fabian equalized for Eintracht in the 29th. Sokratis Papastathopoulos put Dortmund up in the 34th with Pierre Aubameyang doubling the lead in the 86th.

MLS Week 7: Villa hits from distance

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Week 7 of the 2017 MLS season saw a packed Friday and Saturday schedule due to the Easter holiday. The weekend opened with a goal of the year candidate from NYCFC's David Villa. With NYCFC up 1-0 at Philadelphia from a 52nd minute Jack Harrison goal, Villa found the back of the net from 50 yards in stoppage time.

Soccer TV: Orlando City vs LA Galaxy

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MLS gets a network TV game with Fox opting for the Bundesliga - MLS doubleheader on Saturday. The fun starts with Bayer Leverkusen playing Bayern Munich in an attempt to see if there's a bigger audience for the Bundesliga in the United States. Following that, it's Major League Soccer's turn to try for the same thing.

Bruce Arena takes an uncharacteristic flyer: Why?

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 14, 2017) US Soccer Players - Bruce Arena held a conference call with select members of the media on Thursday. Surprisingly enough, the man put in charge of the USMNT as the proverbial "safe set of hands" managed to make headlines for an unexpected reason.

With Drogba, Phoenix makes its MLS intentions clear

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 14, 2017) US Soccer Players - The battle for one of the four - or maybe five - available expansion spots in Major League Soccer is largely about the financial clout of the ownership group. That includes building a soccer stadium. Those two factors will guide the league's choices more than anything else.

Does the Europa League count?

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Manchester United talked themselves into an odd scenario prior to the quarterfinal round of the 2016-17 Europa League. All of a sudden, a super club was showing interest in winning Europe's secondary competition. United was all in on the Europa League, a way to qualify for next season's Champions League by other means.

Soccer TV: Philadelphia Union vs NYCFC

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Friday's soccer TV schedule has MLS action with NYCFC visiting the Philadelphia Union. Also on the MLS week 7 schedule, San Jose plays Dallas on UniMas. Earlier in the day, there are games from the Championship, Scottish Premier League, Ligue 1, and La Liga.

Philadelphia Union vs NYCFC at 7pm on ESPN.

Borussia Dortmund played

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Thursday's soccer news starts with the ridiculous circumstances surrounding Borussia Dortmund's 3-2 Champions League loss to Monaco on Wednesday. The game was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but a bomb attack on the Dortmund team bus moved it to Wednesday. The severity of the attack wasn't made clear until later.

Mexico in 2026

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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Apr 12, 2017) US Soccer Players - When Diego Maradona paraded the World Cup trophy around Estadio Azteca after the 1986 World Cup final, it seemed like that would close the book on Mexico's participation as World Cup hosts. It would've been quite the ending. Argentina beat West Germany 3-2 in what was a thrilling end to an intense and memorable tournament that featured many historic moments.

CONCACAF offers FIFA a financial win

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 12, 2017) US Soccer Players - The World Cup is coming to America. Maybe. Mostly, America... maybe. If you widen the definition of "America" beyond its usual connotation of the United States, to include the North American nations of Canada and Mexico, than the World Cup is still coming to America.

Barcelona once again in trouble

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While the focus on the Champions League is firmly on the aftermath of the attack on Borussia's Dortmund's bus, the other game on the field raised a familiar scenario. Barcelona is trailing after a first-leg, this time 3-0 to Juventus. Zonal Marking explains what happened with Barcelona's defending in Turin.

Soccer TV: Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid

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Another meeting of Champions League contenders in the quarterfinal round on Wednesday's soccer TV schedule, this time with Real Madrid on the road at Bayern Munich. There's an easy point to make that fans might've preferred this sort of matchup in the next round of the tournament. Also on the soccer TV schedule, Leicester City tries to continue their Champions League run in Madrid against Atletico.

Foreign ownership in Europe

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By J Hutcherson (Apr 11, 2017) US Soccer Players - The American ownership was in Swansea last week to see their investment in person. The club is currently struggling at the wrong end of the Premier League, potentially creating a different scenario for their owners. Instead of seeing what they can build in the topflight, they could be spending a season trying to regain that status.

CONCACAF’s deal

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CONCACAF officially announced that three of its members will bid jointly for the 2026 World Cup. Since the announcement comes before FIFA officially announces the bidding criteria, details are sketchy. ESPN's Sam Borden reports that CONCACAF's plan is to push FIFA to approve their bid by as early as the end of the year.

Soccer TV: Juventus vs Barcelona

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The 2016-17 Champions League continues with the opening legs of the quarterfinals. At this point, all the matchups are marquee but Juventus playing Barcelona means a super club will exit at this stage. Also from the Champions League, Christian Pulisic's Borussia Dortmund opens their series with Monaco at home.

Canada, Mexico, United States will joint bid for the 2026 World Cup

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The soccer governing bodies of Canada, Mexico, and the United States announced that they will submit a joint bid for the 2026 World Cup. The three federations made the announcement at a media even in New York City. FIFA has yet to specify the requirements for bidding on the 2026 World Cup or a preference for single or joint bids.

Bastian Schweinsteiger in the new era of the MLS Designated Player

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Apr 10, 2017) US Soccer Players – It was a decade ago that David Beckham left Real Madrid and signed with the Los Angeles Galaxy, ushering in the era of the Designated Player for MLS. The move shown a global spotlight on Major League Soccer at the time, while sparking a surge in jersey sales and unprecedented growth in attendance.

CONCACAF’s World Cup bid

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The soccer news starts with CONCACAF's "historic announcement" coming out of their Congress held in Aruba on Saturday. The scene now shifts to New York City where Canada, Mexico, and the United States are set to announce a joint bid to host the 2026 World Cup. The announcement comes before FIFA lays out the specifics for potential bidders.

Shutout for Hertha BSC

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Once again, the Bundesliga starts the USMNT players roundup in Europe and Mexico. John Brooks scored in Hertha BSC's 2-0 shutout of Augsburg. Brooks opened the scoring in the 12th minute at the Olympiastadion. Valentin Stocker doubled the lead in the 37th.

Timmy Chandler and Eintracht drew 2-2 with Werder Bremen.

MLS Week 6: Shutouts, snow, and a win for the Galaxy

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Week 6 of the 2017 MLS season started with the LA Galaxy getting back on track with a 2-0 shutout of Montreal. Romain Alessandrini scored in the 15th minute with Jermaine Jones doubling the lead in the 74th. Montreal played a man down from the 44th minute with a red card to Marco Donadel.

"It was great," LA coach Curt Onalfo said.

Soccer TV: Bayern Munich vs Borussia Dortmund

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It's the biggest game in the Bundesliga on the weekend soccer TV schedule. Bayern Munich hosts Christian Pulisic's Borussia Dortmund on Saturday. Also on the schedule, Leicester City tries to continue their impressive Premier League turnaround at Everton on Sunday.

Bayern Munich vs Borussia Dortmund on Saturday at 9:30am on Fox Sports 1.

Lessons from another MLS failure in the Champion League

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 7, 2017) US Soccer Players - After Germany's 2014 World Cup triumph, much analysis centered on the program's long, methodical climb. It started after their humiliating three-and-out performance at Euro 2000. One cycle removed from winning the 1996 edition of the tournament, a proud soccer nation got a stinging slap.

Ibrahimovic in MLS

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 7, 2017) US Soccer Players - Let's start with what we know. Nothing indicates an imminent MLS arrival for Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Despite a few sporadic reports to the contrary, the solid reporting says that the striker's future remains uncertain. Maybe Ibrahimovic will sign a new contract with Manchester United.

Changes in CONCACAF

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Friday's soccer news starts with CONCACAF following UEFA's lead. Like their European counterparts, CONCACAF wants it's own Nations League. Like their European counterparts, that Nations League would block out most friendly dates on the international calendar.

Reuters' Simon Evans reports that the CONCACAF Nations League is a done deal, with approval coming this weekend.

All Liga MX for the Champions League final

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CONCACAF got what they've come to expect from the their Champions League. Pachuca will play Tigres in the 2016-17 final. Vancouver lost 2-1 at home to exit the tournament 4-1 on aggregate. Brek Shea scored for Vancouver in the 3rd minute, exiting in the 10th with an injury. Andre-Pierre Gignac equalized on the night in the 63rd and Damian Alvarez scored Tigres' winner in the 84th.

Point for Rangers, win for Ingolstadt

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Emerson Hyndman subbed out at halftime for Rangers in their 0-0 draw at Kilmarnock. Rangers is in 3rd-place in the Scottish Premier League, 12 points behind 2nd-place Aberdeen and 25 points behind Celtic.

"I think the players are giving their efforts to get it, but we want more," Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha said.

Is this season already getting away from the Galaxy?

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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Apr 5, 2017) US Soccer Players - When the LA Galaxy hired Curt Onalfo as coach, the move seemed to be a reassuring one. The club valued stability. Having someone who knew the ins and outs of the LA Galaxy was seemingly a smart move.

The offseason coaching shakeup that led to Bruce Arena vacating the post and Onalfo's subsequent hire seemed to take the focus off some more deep-rooted issues.

What happened to MLS in St Louis?

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 5, 2017) US Soccer Players - Everything, at least as it related to the potential for MLS to put down roots in a city with the richest soccer history of any in America, came down to Tuesday.

Tuesday was local election day in Missouri. A day when the citizens of cities, towns, and counties across the state went to the ballot box to decide issues ranging from who would represent them in the city councils and county boards to approving new tax measures.

One MLS team left in the CONCACAF Champions League

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MLS added to a familiar story on Tuesday night. FC Dallas started the second-leg of their CONCACAF Champions League semifinal series against Pachuca 2-1 up and ended it knocked out of the tournament. Pachuca advanced 3-1 on the night and 4-3 on aggregate.

With USMNT player Omar Gonzalez getting the start for Pachuca, a Franco Jara goal put them up in the 38th minute.

Win for Borussia Dortmund, Cameron starts for Stoke City

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Christian Pulisic subbed on in the 60th minute for Borussia Dortmund in their 3-0 home win over Bobby Wood's Hamburg. Dortmund's Gonzalo Casro scored in the 13th minute. Pierre Aubameyang assisted on Shinji Kagawa's goal in the 81st. The two traded roles with Kagawa assisting and Aubameyang scoring two minutes into stoppage time.

Soccer TV: Chelsea vs Manchester City

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Another day with Premier League options on the soccer TV schedule. Wednesday brings us Chelsea hosting Manchester City with five additional games available through NBC Sports' online option. There's also more from La Liga and the Bundesliga. The CONCACAF Champions League semifinals continue with Vancouver hosting Tigres on Galavision.

Jermaine Jones defends his place in the USMNT

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The soccer news starts with Jermaine Jones adding to what we already knew through his social media feed. He isn't shy about taking on criticism overt or implied. A couple of think pieces suggested the USMNT would be better off with Jones out of the midfield, something he addressed in an interview with ESPN.

Soccer TV: Pachuca vs FC Dallas

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Plenty of options on the Tuesday soccer TV schedule, but the focus for MLS fans is on the CONCACAF Champions League. FC Dallas tries to advance on the road in Mexico. There are also games from Europe with the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, and the Bundesliga in action. Christian Pulisic's Borussia Dortmund plays Bobby Wood's Hamburg on Fox Sports 2.

Joe Cannon looks back

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By Clemente Lisi – HARRISON, NJ (Apr 3, 2017) US Soccer Players – The year was 2001 and the San Jose Earthquakes knocked out the Columbus Crew and Miami Fusion to reach MLS Cup. Standing between it and the trophy was the Los Angeles Galaxy. The Earthquakes, led by a young Landon Donovan, pulled off the upset against its Western Division rivals to win the championship.

The European Club Association is happy with UEFA, and that’s good news right?

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By J Hutcherson (Apr 3, 2017) US Soccer Players - Last week, the European Club Association (ECA) telling everybody willing to listen that they're thrilled with the job UEFA is doing. Namely, the latest tweaks to the Champions League that will guarantee more places for the elite leagues and their biggest clubs.

MLS reverses the scoreless draws

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Monday's soccer news starts with an uncomfortable Friday night for MLS. With the league schedule returning in full force following the international break, two games available nationally ended scoreless. It looked like the league of ties had already returned by week 5 of the 2017 MLS season. Instead, what happened was an entertaining weekend with several multi-goal games.

Assist for Wood in Hamburg win

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The roundup of USMNT players in Europe and Mexico starts in the Bundesliga. Bobby Wood and Hamburg beat Cologne 2-1 at home. Nicolai Muller opened the scoring with Wood assisting in the 13th minute. Cologne equalized in the 25th. Lewis Holtby scored Hamburg's winner a minute into stoppage time.

MLS Week 5: Minnesota gets a win

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In a first for the MLS expansion team, Minnesota United got three points from a game. Minnesota came back to beat Real Salt Lake 4-2 at home in week 5. Luke Mulholland put RSL up in the 4th minute with Kevin Molino equalizing in the 16th. Molino assisted on Christian Ramirez's goal in the 52nd with Ramirez scoring again in the 62nd.