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Soccer TV: Seattle Sounders vs Minnesota United

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There's one nationally available MLS game on the weekend soccer TV schedule, and it's the late Sunday matchup between Seattle and Minnesota on FS1. Also on the soccer TV schedule, it's the start of the 2017-18 Serie A season on beIN Sport. NBCSN has Sunday's London derby with Spurs hosting Chelsea.

Defensive questions return as USMNT enters stretch run

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON DC (Aug 18, 2017) US Soccer Players - A familiar sinking feeling returned for many USMNT fans this week. Defender John Brooks is out with injury and will miss the September World Cup qualifiers. The commanding young center back made a major move earlier this year with a transfer – via the largest fee ever paid for an American player – from Hertha BSC to their Bundesliga counterparts Wolfsburg.

There’s always time in MLS

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Aug 18, 2017) US Soccer Players - The 2017 Major League Soccer season is more than five-and-half months old. Every team in the league is past the 22-game mark. The regular season is now two-thirds complete. The sprint to the postseason is upon us.

This means that most of what we thought we knew, everything the first two-thirds of the season taught us, is now worthless.

The demise of the freebie TV soccer leagues

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Friday's soccer news starts with something basic. Depending on your cable system, some soccer leagues are freer than others. If your package includes most of the major sports channels, it's a reasonable assumption that so do a lot of other peoples. That may or may not be true. Some people are paying extra for things like FS1, much less beIN Sport, GolTV, or Univision Deportes.

Soccer TV: Portland Timbers vs New York Red Bulls

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Friday's soccer TV has the New York Red Bulls on the road in Portland. The 2017-18 La Liga season begins on beIN Sport and Bayern Munich is in action in the Bundesliga on FS1. Also on the soccer TV schedule, Liga MX on Univision Deportes.

Portland Timbers vs New York Red Bulls on FS1 at 10pm.

Chicago home and away

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Thursday's soccer news starts with the Montreal Impact shutting out the Chicago Fire 3-0 at Saputo Stadium. Ignacio Piatti opened the scoring in the 6th minute. Matteo Mancosu doubled the lead from the penalty spot in the 37th with Piatti scoring again a minute later. Impact goalkeeper Evan Bush kept the clean sheet with two saves.

Is next season already out of reach for the LA Galaxy?

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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Aug 16, 2017) US Soccer Players - Soccer is cyclical. Dynasties build and then they crumble and from the ruins can be rebuilt once more. The LA Galaxy is a testament to that, having gone through the highest of highs to the abyss before skyrocketing once more.

Climbing out of the hole the team dug for itself about a decade ago took some doing, but the team may not be able to replicate that rise-from-the-ashes any more.

The US Open Cup wins in Cincinnati

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Aug 16, 2017) US Soccer Players - It was a unique moment in the modern history of American soccer. Rarely has a team below the MLS level had the chance to play an established MLS name in a match with something significant on the line. Never before has that lower division team benefited from a sold out crowd bigger than all but a few first division clubs could muster.

Mastroeni out at Colorado, Brooks out for three months

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Wednesday's soccer news starts with the Colorado Rapids using that unfortunate MLS euphemism that means they've fired the coach. The Rapids "parted ways" with Pablo Mastroeni, drawing a line underneath a poor record this season and a previous regime no longer running the show in Commerce City.

"We would like to thank Pablo for his contributions to this organization, both as a player and as head coach," said Rapids Sporting Director and Interim General Manager, Pádraig Smith.

The Soccer Hall of Fame forgets Steve Cherundolo

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By J Hutcherson (Aug 15, 2017) US Soccer Players - There are some obvious things we can all safely assume when it comes to American soccer. MLS will expand as long as there are people willing to pay the expansion fee. Foreign stars will normally say very nice things about the quality of American soccer.

The Premier League considers their own rules

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The transfer window isn't riding an all-time high in popularity anywhere in world soccer. FIFPro, the international players union, is challenging it under European labor law. Clubs across Europe are wondering if we're in the middle of an inflated period they'll regret sooner than later. Now, the Premier League is considering ending it early next season to match with the start of their league schedule.

5 USMNT players to watch in Europe

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Aug 14, 2017) US Soccer Players – The long, hot summer of preseason friendlies and nonsensical curtain-raiser Super Cup matches has finally given way to the start of the domestic season across most of Europe's five major domestic leagues. With France and England already underway, with Germany, Italy and Spain soon to follow, it's time to take stock of Americans playing abroad and which ones to keep an eye on over the next nine months.

Playing and watching for trophies

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It's always a shame when someone has to roll a statement back that should resonate without any disclaimers. Spurs defender Danny Rose got himself into trouble for saying he would leave the club in order to win trophies. More to the point, a club that doesn't match the ambition of elite players is an issue for a short career.

The Premier League returns, Brooks injured

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The USMNT players in Europe and Mexico starts with the Premier League. the 2017-18 season began with Danny Williams subbing on in the 57th minute for Huddersfield Town in their 3-0 shutout of Crystal Palace. An own-goal put Huddersfield up in the 23rd minute at Selhurst Park. Steve Mounie scored in the 26th and 78th minutes.

MLS Week 23: Dempsey scores, Frei saves

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Week 23 of the 2017 MLS season started with business as usual for Clint Dempsey and the Seattle Sounders. The Sounders shutout Sporting KC 1-0 at home. Dempsey scored the game's only goal in the 36th minute with Jordan Morris assisting. Stefan Frei made three saves to keep the clean sheet, his fourth in a row.