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October 19, 2017 12:01 UTC
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What does Major League Soccer want?

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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Oct 18, 2017) US Soccer Players - Since its inception in 1996, Major League Soccer has been fighting for fans. As a fledgling league, plenty of fans spent their money and time to lay the foundation for future support in cities across North America.

The fight for fan attention has been an ever-present struggle for the league.

Saying goodbye to RFK

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Oct 18, 2017) US Soccer Players - Robert F Kennedy Memorial Stadium opened on October 5, 1961 when it hosted a National Football League game between Washington and the New York Giants. Originally called "DC Stadium", the city renamend it for Kennedy in 1968, a year after his death.

What’s good enough in MLS?

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Wednesday's soccer news starts with a basic question in the lead up to the final day of the 2017 MLS regular season. What's good enough in 2017? What stops a team from triggering an attempt at a rebuild? What has fans looking forward to next season even for a team that doesn't make the playoffs? Is that even possible in a league where a dozen teams make the postseason?

Borussia Dortmund under no illusions in the Champions League

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Wednesday's soccer news starts with Christian Pulisic's Borussia Dortmund drawing 1-1 at APOEL in the Champions League. APOEL scored in the 62nd minute with Sokratis equalizing for Dortmund in the 67th. In the other Group H game, Real Madrid and Spurs drew 1-1 at the Bernabeu. Those two are tied at the top of the group with seven points, with Spurs ahead on a tiebreaker.

Moving a Major League Soccer club

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By J Hutcherson (Oct 17, 2017) US Soccer Players - MLS has spent a lot of time over its existence blurring the line between clubs and franchises. It's an important distinction for soccer operation with international ambition, showing that a group of teams founded and allocated by a league and later added to through expansion is the same as a league of clubs.

Precourt announces the Crew might move to Austin

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Tuesday's soccer news starts with an MLS team potentially moving to a new city. News broke last night that the Columbus Crew might leave for Austin if they can't get a new stadium deal. Yes, the MLS team with the first soccer-specific stadium has decided that they're better off somewhere in downtown Columbus or a completely different city.

U-17 World Cup: USMNT 5 – Paraguay 0

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A closely contested first-half turned into a rout for the USMNT, advancing to the quarterfinals of the U-17 World Cup. The USMNT beat Paraguay 5-0 at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Dehli. They now await the winner of tomorrow's England vs Japan game.

Tim Weah opened the scoring for the USMNT in the 19th minute.

Learning from the NASL’s expansion problems

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Oct 16, 2017) US Soccer Players – We're nearing the end of the latest round of MLS expansion. Though commissioner Don Garber recently suggested that the next round might face a delay, the league was quick to confirm that they're set to announce two more teams in mid-December.

The MLS playoff picture

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Monday's soccer news starts with the MLS table. Major League Soccer's normally unbalanced schedule is now locked in at 33 games played across both conferences with one game left in the 2017 regular season.

In the Eastern Conference, 1st-place and 3rd-place are called for. Toronto has the top spot a dozen points ahead of 2nd-place.

MLS Week 32: Draws and shutouts

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It was a full schedule in Major League Soccer in week 32. The games started with Chicago's 3-2 win over Philadelphia at Toyota Park. Nemanja Nikolic opened the scoring in the 3rd minute with the Union equalizing through an own-goal in the 6th. Alejandro Bedoya put Philadelphia up in the 13th. Mikolic equalized from the penalty spot in the 64th and scored again in the 78th.

Back to the club schedule in Europe and Liga MX

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In the Bundesliga, Bobby Wood subbed out in the 79th minute for Hamburg's 3-2 loss at Mainz. Trailing from the 2nd minute, Walace equalized for Hannover in the 9th. Mainz went ahead in the 52nd and scored again in the 58th. Sejad Salihovic pulled a goal back for Hannover two minutes into stoppage time.

Soccer TV: Liverpool vs Manchester United

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The weekend soccer TV schedule makes the case against Premier League scheduling. The highlight game of the weekend is Liverpool hosting Manchester United and it starts at 7:30am ET. That means the national broadcast window on NBC gets Watford hosting Arsenal. Also on the schedule, Borussia Dortmund is home against RB Leipzig.

MLS and the way(s) forward

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 13, 2017) US Soccer Players - American soccer suddenly finds itself talking about things that are tough to pin down. Systems, structures, and cultural nuances can be slippery and difficult. Still, there's no time for it like the end of a three-decade run of consecutive World Cup qualifications.

Intrigue in the Western Conference

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Oct 13, 2017) US Soccer Players - Unlike the Eastern Conference, the Western Conference of MLS possesses a bit of intrigue with two weeks to go in the regular season. In the East, the only thing left to learn is the seeding of the six teams who have already locked in their playoff position.

Arena exits USMNT

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USMNT coach Bruce Arena announced on Friday that he is stepping down following the World Cup qualifying exit at Trinidad & Tobago. Arena was brought in as Jurgen Klinsmann's replacement to qualify the team for the 2018 World Cup. Instead, the USMNT finished in 5th-place and will miss the tournament.