2017 mls season

Major League Soccer

Pushing MLS into the future

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON DC (Sep 14, 2017) US Soccer Players - It's been an interesting week or so in Major League Soccer, both on the field and behind the scenes. Last Wednesday expansion club Atlanta United laid down a startling marker at their second match in their glittering new $1.

Replacing an MLS coach

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Sep 22 2017) US Soccer Players - At least two MLS team and perhaps more will enter the offseason on the hunt for new head coaches. The New England Revolution's dismissal of Jay Heaps opens up another job this winter to go along with the Colorado Rapids vacancy. That one is already the subject of rumors linking at least five different men with the position formerly held by Pablo Mastroeni.

Open Cup title for Sporting, Atlanta keeps rolling

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There were two games on the MLS schedule along with the 2017 US Open Cup final. In the Open Cup, Sporting Kansas City beat the New York Red Bulls 2-1 at home to take the trophy. Latif Blessing put Sporting up in the 25th minute with Daniel Salloi doubling the lead in the 66th. New York's Bradley Wright-Phillips pulled a goal back a minute into stoppage time.

The Galaxy loses home field advantage

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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Sep 20, 2017) US Soccer Players - The LA Galaxy has had unparalleled success in MLS, but with that success there has also been heartbreak. The Galaxy's loss in MLS Cup 96 was a gut punch. The loss in the 99 final deflating. The MLS Cup 2001 loss stung.

The club's 4-0 defeat to Toronto FC on the weekend may have been the worst loss in club history.

The New England Revolution now

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Sep 20 2017) US Soccer Players - The fifth coaching casualty of the 2017 MLS season fell on Monday evening when the New England Revolution fired Jay Heaps.

Heaps was on the job for all or parts of six seasons. A former Revolution player, he took over for longtime coacj Steve Nicol after the 2011 campaign, moving from the broadcast booth to do so.

Melia on the US Open Cup: “It’s everything for us”

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Sep 18, 2017) US Soccer Players – Sporting Kansas City's Tim Melia is having the best season of his career. He's in the conversation for the league's Goalkeeper of the Year award.

Melia ranks among the league's best in a series of major categories, including goals-against-average, shutouts, penalty saves, and overall save percentage.

Expansion MLS vs original MLS

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Sep 15, 2017) US Soccer Players - Before there can be any confusion on the matter, let's first establish that it's not all that difficult for a game with a 7-0 score line to stand out. Blowouts of that magnitude are rare in the sport, as a rule. Seven goals conceded represents such a complete capitulation in the modern professional game that it always draws attention.

Is Gyasi Zardes sparking a Galaxy revival?

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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Sep 14, 2017) US Soccer Players - In their last two games, the LA Galaxy has compiled four points on the strength of a home win and road draw. While that is not exactly a torrid pace, it does account for the longest unbeaten run the Galaxy has had since mid-June.

Part of the Galaxy's success has been Gyasi Zardes.

Atlanta sets new margin of victory record in MLS

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The soccer news starts with last night's MLS results and one of them requires a double take. Atlanta United shutout New England 7-0 at Mercedes-Benz Arena. Were red cards involved? Of course red cards were involved.

Atlanta took the lead in the 2nd minute when Josef Martinez scored. The Revs went a man down in the 16th with a red card to Xavier Kouassi for a serious foul.

What makes for a big weekend in MLS?

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Sep 8, 2017) US Soccer Players - Not all games are equal, especially in the stretch run to the MLS Cup playoffs. While most of the attention should rightly be on matches that will determine who does or does not make the postseason, the month of September is also a time to focus on playoff seeding.

A new version of an old problem for MLS

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Aug 30, 2017) US Soccer Players - It's an endless quest to prove to anyone and everyone with an interest in soccer that, yes, what happens in the United States and Canada is worthwhile and legitimate. With that in mind, Major League Soccer did veritable backflips over the news that NYCFC striker David Villa is once again part of Spain's National Team ahead of their September World Cup qualifiers.

Rivalry Week in Canada

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Aug 25, 2017) US Soccer Players - When the next edition of Major League Soccer's marketing vehicle du jour - dubbed "Heineken Rivalry Week for sponsorship purposes - kicks off this weekend, the lion's share of attention will be on the Sunday night clash between the Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers.

Villa for Spain and MLS

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Friday's soccer news has Spain inadvertently paying the entirety of MLS a compliment by calling in David Villa. Like most elite European national teams, a player leaving for MLS is normally a form of international retirement. Exceptions exist, but Villa's return to Spain at 35 years-old trumps all of them.

LA’s MLS teams keep Mexico in mind

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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Aug 23, 2017) US Soccer Players - If you build it, so the saying goes, they will come. In Major League Soccer's early days, the league created its own spin to that - if you load your rosters with them, they will come, where "them" meant players from an ethnic group and "they" were fans of that same group.

Chris Wondolowski scores MLS goals

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Aug 23, 2017) US Soccer Players - On Saturday in a stadium that he probably deserves some credit for helping bring about, San Jose Earthquakes striker Chris Wondolowski added another record to this already lengthy list. With his penalty kick goal deep into added time, Wondolowski hit the double-digit goal scoring mark for the eighth consecutive season.

MLS Week 24: Another win for Montreal, Chicago’s problems grow

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Week 24 of the 2017 MLS season started with the New York Red Bulls falling flat in a 2-0 loss at Portland on Friday night. The Red Bulls played at Cincinnati in the US Open Cup on Wednesday. Diego Valeri put Portland up in the 65th and assisted on Darren Mattocks's goal six minutes into stoppage time.

How to Watch MLS in Week 24, TV and Streaming Listings

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The 2017 MLS season is approaching the home stretch. Check out our Three Big Storylines, National TV and Streaming Listings and From a Sounders Point of View

Three Big Storylines:
  1. After taking a few weeks off, Friday night MLS is back and they have an excellent game to return to as the New York Red Bulls travel to Cascadia to take on the Portland Timbers.

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.

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.

MLS plays by its ridiculous rules

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON DC (Aug 11, 2017) US Soccer Players - MLS closed its summer transfer window with a bang this week. Several current and former USMNT players found themselves at the center of the action. The process offered up a timely snapshot of the many and nuanced ways in which the domestic league both fosters and frustrates this country's players.

The 2017 MLS transfer season nears its end

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Aug 9, 2017) US Soccer Players - The 2017 MLS secondary transfer window closes on Wednesday. Like any good deadline, this one has prompted a flurry of activity with mere hours to go as clubs looks to strengthen their sides or cash in on the market, whichever the case may be.

Tommy McNamara: “It’s good for the league”

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Aug 7, 2017) US Soccer Players – Tommy McNamara is one of those MLS players with cult hero status. Despite being on a star-studded New York City FC team that includes David Villa and Andrea Pirlo, McNamara is often the standout player. He's become a fan favorite because of his work ethic and dedication to his team.

MLS Week 22: VAR makes its debut in Major League Soccer

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MLS week 22 was notable for the introduction of the video assistant referee otherwise known as instant replay. It got used for the first time in Philadelphia's 3-1 win over Dallas, the kind of trivia question that no one should ever bother asking.

Philadelphia took a 3-0 home lead in that game starting with CJ Sapong's goal in the 17th.

Notes from the 2017 MLS All-Star Game

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By Charles Boehm – CHICAGO, IL (Aug 4, 2017) US Soccer Players - The usual bells, whistles, and fireworks featured as Major League Soccer held its 2017 All-Star Game at Soldier Field on Wednesday. As others have written on these pages, this annual occasion is neither perfect nor putrid.

News Update

New England makes a change

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The soccer news starts with the official announcement that Jay Heaps is no longer the coach of the New England Revolution. Goal.com's Ives Galarcep had the story last night, the capper on a ridiculous week for the Revs.

For anybody paying attention past the score line in that 7-0 loss at Atlanta and the 3-1 loss at Kansas City, red cards were a problem.

Shutout for NYCFC

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Thursday's soccer news starts with NYCFC shutting out Sporting KC 1-0 at Yankee Stadium. Jack Harrison scored the game's only goal in the 84th minute. NYCFC goalkeeper Sean Johnson needed one save for the clean sheet.

"I think at the end of 90 minutes, they competed with more intensity than we did," Sporting coach Peter Vermes said.

Should MLS worry about entertaining?

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Monday's soccer news starts with an exciting weekend in MLS. Well, unless you're concerned that the MLS version of parity might be trending towards fluke runs and too much stoppage time. That's the latest version of the old entertainment value debate when it comes to Major League Soccer.

What was entertaining about MLS in week 24 was for the wrong reason.

Chicago keeps it going

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Monday's soccer news starts with the Chicago Fire adding three more points near the top of the Eastern Conference table. Chicago won their ninth home game in a row, beating New England 4-1. They're 2nd in the East, three points behind Toronto with a game in hand.

"I think the team knows how to play and the team knows our identity," Chicago coach Veljko Paunovic said.

MLS plays its game against Real Madrid

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Thursday's soccer news starts with the MLS All-Stars taking Real Madrid to penalties on a rainy night in Chicago. The game ended 1-1 in regulation. Borja Mayoral scored for Real Madrid in the 59th with Dom Dwyer equalizing in the 87th. Dwyer and Gio Dos Santos had their penalties saved with Real Madrid converting all four of theirs to take the trophy.

Liga MX

Soccer TV: Chelsea vs Arsenal

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The London derby is on CNBC on Sunday, with most of us thinking cable news when considering our options on the weekend soccer TV schedule. Also on the schedule, MLS is on Univision on Saturday with Atlanta hosting Orlando as their run of home games continues. That game should set a new attendance record for the league.

Soccer TV: Atlanta United vs FC Dallas

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The weekend soccer TV schedule has Atlanta opening their new stadium on Sunday on FS1. There are two more MLS games available on national cable on Sunday. Geoff Cameron's Stoke City gets the national TV coverage, hosting Manchester United on NBC on Saturday.

Atlanta United vs FC Dallas at 3:30pm on Sunday on FS1.

Soccer TV: LA Galaxy vs San Jose Earthquakes

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It's rivalry week in MLS on the weekend soccer TV schedule with the California clasico on Sunday. The Premier League has a national game on ESPN on Sunday with Manchester United playing Leicester City. Plenty of options from Europe with Fox Sports offering lots of Bundesliga coverage.

LA Galaxy vs San Jose Earthquakes at 7pm on Sunday on FS1.

Fulham out, win for Tijuana, Yankee Stadium

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Wednesday's soccer news starts with the USMNT scores from Europe and Mexico. Tim Ream was on the bench with Fulham exiting the League Cup 1-0 at home to Bristol Rovers. The game's only goal came in the 13th minute.

"Yes, it's disappointing," Fulham coach Slavisa Jokanovic said. "We didn't play a good enough game, we didn't create enough clear chances.

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.

Soccer TV: Barcelona vs Real Madrid

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It's Spain's turn for their season starting prestige kind of friendly. Barcelona plays Real Madrid in the first-leg of the Spanish Super Cup on the weekend soccer TV schedule. That means another version of the El Clasico that's not quite the same as the regular El Clasico. Hey, at least this time its in Spain.

Soccer TV: Borussia Dortmund vs Bayern Munich

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Fox is betting big on the DFL-Supercup for some reason, showing Saturday's game on network television. You'd think this was a shot at whoever has the right's to Sunday's Community Shield game, but that's also a Fox property. It's relegated to FS1, begging the question as to why Fox thinks Borussia Dortmund playing Bayern Munich might be a bigger weekend soccer TV attraction than Arsenal vs Chelsea.

The Rest

Soccer TV: Atlanta United vs Montreal Impact

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The weekend soccer TV schedule has a Sunday MLS doubleheader on Fox. Yes, two MLS games on national television. Well, sort of. Fox isn't distributing either game across the country. Check the map to see if it's on in your area. The day before, NBC is going with Leicester City hosting Liverpool in the Premier League.

Gio Dos Santos reaches a century with Mexico amid questions

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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Sep 6, 2017) US Soccer Players - When Mexico played at Costa Rica in Tuesday's World Cup qualifier, the match itself was a bit anticlimactic for the visitors. Mexico had already wrapped up a berth in Russia 2018 the match prior and a lopsided result either way would not have made a difference.

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.