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MLS Playoff Preview: Seattle Sounders vs. Sporting Kansas City

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The final berth in the semifinal round of the MLS Cup playoffs will be handed out on Thursday night at CenturyLink Field as the Seattle Sounders host Sporting Kansas City.

The Sounders earned a match at home, something no one thought would happen when Sigi Schmid was fired earlier this season with the Sounders well out of the playoff race.

Brian Span continues riding wave of success in Finland after securing improbable title with Mariehamn

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Brian "Cobi" Span wasn't ready for the weight. He marveled at the trophy in front of him, one depicting two players in an aerial duel. It was heavier than it looked, "30 or 40 pounds", a largesolid block that certainly felt and lookedmuch largerthan anticipated.

As he looked up and saw crying fans, teammates and friends, though, the trophy felt lighter and lighter.

Union find relative success, but questions remain heading into 2017

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It's hard to find any positives in the Philadelphia Union's performance to close out the 2016 regular season.

The Union fell, 3-1, to Toronto FC in the Eastern Conference knockout round on Wednesday night to end the year on an eight-game winless streak.

SBI College Spotlight: Wild avoids transfer difficulties, thrives with Maryland

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Many players who transfer from smaller colleges to national powerhouse programsstruggle to acclimate to the new environment and increased level of competition. Gordon Wild has not only survivedin his first season after transferring to mighty Maryland, he has thrived.

Report: Dynamo set to hire Wilmer Cabrera as head coach

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Following news that Wade Barrett wouldn't be retained as permanent head coach, the Houston Dynamo reportedly wasted little time in naming a replacement.

According to FourFourTwo, the Dynamo are reportedly set to name Wilmer Cabrera as head coach.

MLS Playoff Preview: D.C. United vs. Montreal Impact

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A pair of fully-rested squads will take to the pitch at RFK Stadium on Thursday for the second Eastern Conference knockout round match.

Fourth-seeded D.C. United, who rested 10 starters on Decision Day, host No. 5 seed Montreal, with a chance to the play the No.

Americans Abroad Wednesday Rewind: Green, Miazga and more

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Julian Green stole the show on Wednesday.

The Bayern Munich forward was held quiet for most of Wednesday's DFB-Pokal clash with Augsburg before popping up just before halftime for his side's second goal. A flicked on header on a cross from Thomas Muller, Green's finish, his first competitive goal, helped propel Bayern to a 3-1 win that keeps them in the domestic cup competition.

Thursday Kickoff: Lewandowski, Mourinho, Florenzi and more

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Bayern Munich is working on keeping one of their biggest stars, while one of the world's top managers is in trouble for comments made about an official.

CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says Bayern Munich is closing in on a deal to keep Robert Lewandowski at the club. (REPORT)

The FA charged Jose Mourinho with misconduct following the Manchester United manager's comments about a referee stemming from a 0-0 draw with Liverpool.

Galaxy advance past Real Salt Lake on Boateng's brace

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Carson, Calif. Two teams entered the match struggling on form. One team left looking like potential champions, while the other left for the winter.

The LA Galaxy lit up Nick Rimando and Real Salt Lake with three first-half goals, and went on the eliminate their Western Conference rival, 3-1, in the knockout round of theMLS playoffs, before 18,124 fans on a cool night in Los Angeles.

Dynamo pass on hiring Wade Barrett as head coach

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Wade Barrett's interim tag has been removed, but that does not mean he isbecoming the full-time head coach of the Houston Dynamo.

The Dynamo have decidednot to hire Barrett as their head coach ahead of the 2017 season. Barrett had taken over on an interim basis after former coach Owen Coyle departed in late May, and the former American defender posted a 4-7-11 record while in charge of the struggling club.

Giovinco, Altidore lift TFC past calamitous Union

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It took nine wholeyears, but Toronto FC finally has a playoff win.

Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore led the way for TFC, who took down the Philadelphia Union, 3-1, at BMO Field. The win is TFC's first postseason win in their second playoff trip, setting up a conference semifinal date with New York City FC.

MLS Playoff Preview: LA Galaxy vs. Real Salt Lake

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The LA Galaxy and Real Salt Lake are familiar playoff partners. They've met several times over the years, including in the league's ultimate game.On Wednesday, the two sides will collide yet again in postseason play, as both teamslook to make a run througha wide open Western Conference playoff field.

Julian Green scores for Bayern in DFB-Pokal clash with Augsburg

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Opportunities have been few and far between for Julian Green, but the U.S. Men's National Team forward made the most of his chance on Wednesday afternoon.

Making his first start of the season for Bayern Munich, Green scored his first competitive goal for the German powerhouse in Wednesday's DFB Pokal clash with Augsburg.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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European Cup action headlines Wednesday afternoon before the MLS playoffs kick off in the evening.

A Manchester Derby serves as the main event, as Manchester United hosts Manchester City in the EFL Cup. The match is a virtual must-win for Man United, who have struggled for form under Jose Mourinho.

MLS Playoff Preview: Toronto FC vs. Philadelphia Union

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Toronto FC and the Philadelphia Union enter the 2016 MLS Cup playoffs with two completely different sets of expectations, and in different form.

The goal for the Reds isn't just to win their first playoff game in franchise history, it's to hoist MLS Cup on December 10. The star-studded squad led by Jozy Altidore, Sebastian Giovinco and Michael Bradley have the capability to do that, but they can't afford a slip-up against a sputtering Union side.