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Soccer TV: USMNT vs Costa Rica

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The 2017 Gold Cup moves to the semifinal stage this weekend with the USMNT playing Costa Rica on Saturday and Mexico vs Jamaica on Sunday. The winners meet on Wednesday at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, CA. Also on the soccer TV schedule, it's opening weekend for the Liga MX 2017 Apertura season. MLS has a game on ESPN on Saturday.

Soccer TV: NYCFC vs Seattle Sounders

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MLS is on the weekend soccer TV schedule with NYCFC playing Seattle at Yankee Stadium on Saturday. This weekend is also the start of the Confederations Cup, giving the world an early look at what next summer's World Cup will look like in Russia.

NYCFC vs Seattle Sounders at 1pm on ESPN.

Major League Soccer

MLS coaches in trouble?

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jul 21, 2017) US Soccer Players - We're just past the halfway point of the 2017 Major League Soccer season. We're fresh off an extended break for the Gold Cup group stage. For some teams, this is the time for regrouping. For others, it's looking at what's already happened and figuring out if the time is right for a change.

MLS Scores: Big return for the Red Bulls

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The MLS schedule resumed after taking the Gold Cup group stage off with a midweek start for week 20. Some teams scheduled international friendlies. Others took the break and the time to regroup. The Red Bulls restarted their MLS season strong, beating San Jose 5-1 at home. Sean Davis put New York up in the 38th with Sacha Kljestan doubling the lead in the 73rd.

Playing for one club in MLS

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jul 14, 2017) US Soccer Players - Francesco Totti, the legendary Italian striker, just retired after a 25-year career. Totti spent every one of those 25 years with the same club, Roma, where he will now serve as a director in his post-playing days. He is the epitome of that oft-romanticized idea, a player who never leaves the team he came up with as a professional.

The 2017 MLS All-Star team

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MLS announced the full roster for the 2017 MLS All-Star game. The league previously announced the starting lineup, determined by a fan vote. The rest of the squad comes from Chicago Fire coach Veljko Paunovic and two picks from MLS commissioner Don Garber. The commissioner used those picks on two USMNT players who showed well during the Gold Cup group stage.

The MLS response to soccer analytics

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By Clemente Lisi – PHILADELPHIA, PA (July 17, 2017) US Soccer Players – The Gold Cup break gives MLS teams a mid-season breather. For some, it couldn't come at a better time. The season still has enough left in it to turn things around. It's likely that trying to figure out how to win games will include the use of analytics and data to help the front office and coaches come to some conclusions.

Why does MLS continue to schedule midseason friendlies?

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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Jul 12, 2017) US Soccer Players - In the early days of Major League Soccer, gimmicks abounded. Part of the thinking then was that both soccer and non-soccer fans needed some sort of reason to pay attention to the fledgling league. Perhaps that was the right mindset to take in 1996.

Kreis, Movsisyan, and telling the stories in MLS

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jul 7, 2017) US Soccer Players - The churn of the Major League Soccer season sometimes turns the business of a campaign into a fairly staid rinse-and-repeat cycle of quiet off-days and game days. Outside of the occasional injury update and the absences brought on by the international windows, the intrigue coming out of and leading into matches is thin and unsatisfying.

MLS Scores: Red Bulls win on the road

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More from MLS getting the midweek games in prior to the Gold Cup break. Wednesday's action started with the Red Bulls beating New England 3-2 at Gillette Stadium. Teal Bunbury put the Revs up in the 21st minute with Bradley Wright-Phillips equalizing in the 23rd. Lee Nguyen put the Revs up again in the 26th with Daniel Royer equalizing from the penalty spot in the 55th.

The Galaxy’s excuse might not be enough

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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Jul 5, 2017) US Soccer Players - The LA Galaxy had turned an important corner just last month. A rough season-opening patch seemed to have toughened up the team. The Galaxy won three consecutive road games and built up a seven-match unbeaten run. Having reached the midway point in the season, however, it looks like the destitute, effort-lacking collection of players and not the brash, confident group is the real Galaxy 2017 side.

MLS Scores: The league celebrates Independence Day

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July 4th was a soccer day for MLS. The Independence Day schedule started in Atlanta with United coming back to beat San Jose 4-2. Tommy Thompson opened the scoring for the Quakes in the 2nd minute. It took awhile for Atlanta's equalizer through Carlos Carmona's goal in the 55th. Josef Martinez put United up in the 65th minute.

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 18 of the 2017 season

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Here are the ten things we learned from Week 18 of the 2017 MLS season.

1. Get Cincinnati to MLS

The game of the year in American club soccer was played – get this – in the U.S. Open Cup round of sixteen on a warm Wednesday night in June in Cincinnati, Ohio.

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 18 of the 2017 season

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Here are the ten things we learned from Week 18 of the 2017 MLS season.

1. Get Cincinnati to MLS

The game of the year in American club soccer was played – get this – in the U.S. Open Cup round of sixteen on a warm Wednesday night in June in Cincinnati, Ohio.

MLS Week 18: Big crowd for San Jose vs LA

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Week 18 of the 2017 MLS season saw another big crowd for an MLS game. San Jose drew 50,617 to Stanford Stadium for the California Clasico against the LA Galaxy. They gave the home fans a stoppage time winner, taking the game 2-1. It didn't start well for San Jose with Jelle Van Damme putting the Galaxy up in the 11th minute.

2017 US Open Cup round of 16 scores

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The 2017 US Open Cup round of 16 concluded on Wednesday, with two lower division teams advancing alongside MLS teams to the quarterfinals. The big game was Cincinnati FC knocking out the Chicago Fire on penalties in front of another massive crowd and an ESPN audience. They'll play Miami FC in the quarterfinals, meaning a lower division club will make it to the 2017 US Open Cup semifinals.

The Galaxy plays relevance games

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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Jun 28, 2017) US Soccer Players - Since the start of the Major League Soccer, the LA Galaxy has been the most relevant team in California. Mostly, anyway. There was a time when the San Jose Earthquakes had more championships than the Galaxy and was winning them at the Galaxy's expense.

American soccer as the family business

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Jun 26, 2017) US Soccer Players – Soccer can often be a family affair. Parents pass down the love for the game to their sons and daughters in a variety of forms. From coaching their child's teams on Saturday morning to watching the World Cup on television, soccer's widespread popularity builds on these rituals.

MLS Week 17: Coaching change overshadows rivalry week

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The roundup for week 17 of the 2017 MLS season starts with a coaching change in San Jose. The Earthquakes announced that coach Dom Kinnear and assistant John Spencer are out in favor of technical director Chris Leitch as the new head coach with director of methodology Alex Covelo as his assistant.

2017 MLS Season: Philadelphia Union vs. D.C. United story stream

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It's Rivalry Week in Major League Soccer, and the Philadelphia Union are playing what could be considered their biggest rivals in D.C. United. The series is completely even between the two teams, with both teams having ten wins, ten losses, and four draws across all competitions. Here is everything you need to know about the match, from previews to reviews and reactions.

Soccer TV: New York Red Bulls vs NYCFC

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It's another chance for MLS on national television on the weekend soccer TV schedule. Rivalry week sees New York hosting NYCFC on Fox, part of a Saturday doubleheader with the Russia vs Mexico Confederations Cup game. Also on the soccer TV schedule, Fox doubles down on the network coverage of the Confederations Cup with Germany vs Cameroon on the Sunday schedule.

Weighing the MLS rivalries

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jun 23, 2017) US Soccer Players - Once again, Major League Soccer has manipulated its schedule to bring us a round of games thick with rivalries. The weekend has a sponsor. The league's marketing department is opening up the throttle in a bid for attention. While MLS is clearly the biggest professional soccer league in the country, it nevertheless struggles to entice even a moderate percentage of the available soccer fans here.

MLS Scores: Wins for DC, Minnesota, and the Galaxy

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Week 17 of the 2017 MLS season began with four games on Wednesday. DC United got its offense restarted with a 2-1 home win over Atlanta United. Julian Gressel put Atlanta up in the 17th minute. Licoano Acosta equalized for DC in the 23rd with Patrick Nyarko scoring in the 60th.

"We made many mistakes tonight, especially individual marking mistakes," Atlanta coach Tata Martino said.

LAFC intrigue and Mexico asks their fans to stop

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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Jun 21, 2017) US Soccer Players - There is still quite some time until LAFC takes the field. Many things with this club are still up in the air, but the possibilities seem unlimited. The roster will not start to take shape until sometime after a team lifts the 2017 MLS Cup.

The LA Galaxy plays their schedule

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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Jun 14, 2017) US Soccer Players - Bruce Arena's shadow looms large over Curt Onalfo. The new LA Galaxy coach has tried to do his best to focus on the present without looking to the past. How he handles the Galaxy over the next few weeks will determine if others will stop looking at the past as well.

MLS Scores: Chicago and Portland win at home

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The abbreviated MLS schedule saw six teams in action on Saturday due to the international break. Chicago extended their home winning streak to six games, shutting out Atlanta United 2-0 at Toyota Stadium. Luis Solignac scored in the 29th with Nemanja Nikolic converting a penalty in the 70th minute.

Juan Agudelo for club and country

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Jun 5, 2017) US Soccer Players – Juan Agudelo scores goals. That's what he does. Agudelo has been doing that on a regular basis since starting his pro career with the New York Red Bulls seven years ago. Just 24, it often seems as if the New England Revolution star has been around forever.

MLS Week 14: Coming back at home

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The stories in week 16 of the 2017 MLS season were teams coming back at home and more shutouts. The shutouts started with Friday's game. Portland shutout San Jose 2-0 at Providence Park. San Jose went down a man with a second yellow to Darwin Ceren in the 37th minute for unsporting behavoir. Diego Valeri put the Timbers up in the 50th minute and scored again four minutes into stoppage time.

Midweek MLS: Big wins for Columbus and Houston

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Week 14 of the 2017 MLS season started on Wednesday with Columbus shutting out Seattle 3-0 at MAPFRE Stadium. Federico Higuain scored in the 10th with Justin Meram doubling the lead in the 21st. Meram assisted on Ola Kamara's goal in the 59th. Zach Steffen kept the clean sheet with three saves.

NYCFC and New England drew 2-2 at Yankee Stadium.

The Galaxy starts their transition

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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (May 31, 2017) US Soccer Players - Transitions can be tough on soccer clubs. Swapping out coaches and players en masse, as the LA Galaxy did following the 2016 season, can lead to a difficult transitional period. Transitions can also work in a team's favor.

Not quite through with their transitional phase from the Bruce Arena era to the Curt Onalfo one, the Galaxy has begun transitioning from a lifeless, non-competitive side to a confident, productive contender.

The immediate future of NYCFC

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (May 31, 2017) US Soccer Players - Forgive me if I'm still not sure what New York City Football Club is, exactly. Or rather, forgive me if I can't pin down exactly what they'll be.

NYCFC is the shiny new plaything of one of the world's richest people. At the same time, it's an American brand extension for an organization that is fundamentally challenging the way we think about soccer ownership.

News Update

Super clubs in super friendlies

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Friday's soccer news starts with the Manchester derby in Houston on Thursday night. Over 60k fans reported in the stands at NRG Stadium, a venue where Manchester United once played the MLS All-Star team. What this underlines is the point Luis Bueno made a couple of weeks ago. Do prestige friendlies need local involvement?

Officiating in CONCACAF

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Thursday's soccer news starts with referee Drew Fischer and his assistants not exactly having the best time of it in last night's USMNT vs El Salvador game. Hesitance to show cards caught up with the officiating, leading to odd moments even by CONCACAF standards. Namely, two incidents where USMNT players were bitten by their El Salvadoran counterparts.

NYCFC wins at home

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Friday's soccer news starts with NYCFC coming back to beat Minnesota United 3-1 at Yankee Stadium. Christian Ramirez put United up in the 9th minute. Alexander Collins equalized in the 38th with Jack Harrison putting NYCFC up for good in the 52nd. Harrison assisted on David Villa's goal in the 63rd minute.

Cincinnati and Miami

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Thursday's soccer daily starts with Cincinnati and Miami getting through to the US Open Cup semifinals. More to the point, they'll play each other guaranteeing a lower division club makes the semifinals. That's important since normally there are multiple MLS roadblocks for lower division clubs to get anywhere in the later stages of the Open Cup.

The power of the Premier League

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Friday's soccer news starts with another example of how much things have changed in the Premier League. Crystal Palace, far down the list of Premier League clubs in general and London Premier League clubs in particular, is closing in on a new manager. Frank de Boer left Ajax for Inter Milan last season, losing that Italian job after three months.

What’s wrong with DC United?

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Wednesday's soccer news starts with games on the MLS schedule. DC United hosts Atlanta United with another chance to try to turn their season around. DC is bottom of the Eastern Conference, six points behind 7th-place Atlanta with both teams about to play their 16th game of the season.

With DC sitting on 10 goals scored, the worst in MLS.

David Villa’s goals

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Monday's soccer news starts with NYCFC's David Villa hitting his 50th and 51st MLS goals. Villa scored from the penalty spot and the run of play in the 2-1 win over Seattle. It's easy enough to point to that as proof that a designated player works in Major League Soccer. Villa joined MLS in a familiar situation.

The Rest

Hope returns for the LA Galaxy

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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Jul 19, 2017) US Soccer Players - The LA Galaxy seem to have more hope now than at any point in 2017. Perhaps not playing any league matches since July 4 has distanced onlookers enough to have forgotten the sting of losses and how poor the Galaxy have looked, particularly at home.

Soccer TV: USMNT vs Ghana

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The weekend soccer TV schedule has the USMNT continuing their Gold Cup preparations with a friendly against Ghana on Saturday. Mexico's Gold Cup squad beat Ghana earlier this week and has a second warmup against Paraguay on Saturday. MLS has a big game on the schedule with San Jose hosting the Galaxy at Stanford Stadium.