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MLS Half-Day Trade Window Roundup: Kei Kamara, Walker Zimmerman, and more

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Only hours after Toronto FC lifted the 2017 MLS Cup, MLS opened a brief trade window Sunday morning. Teams could conduct player trades for four short hours between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. and several teams took advantage.

Here's a closer look at all of the day's action:

Whitecaps acquire Kei Kamara from Revs

New England Revolution striker Kei Kamara is headed to western Canada as the Vancouver Whitecaps acquired his services.

Fire and Crew Share the Points in Opening Game Tug-of-War

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Both the Chicago Fire and Columbus Crew come into 2017 looking to turn a page and forget about their respective dismal 2016 campaigns. They squared off on Saturday at MAPFRE Stadium in the season opener on a chilly afternoon and battled to a 1:1 draw. Based on the soccer on display it's unlikely that either side learned much about whether 2017 will bring more joy than 2016 did, but both teams have a lot of work ahead if they want to be competitive.

Fire Notes: Accam eyes return; Paunovic backs Campbell for USMNT

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Chicago Fire forward David Accam was dressed and on the bench on Saturday for the first time since suffering the knee injury whichhas kept him out of the last fivematches. It sounded afterward, however, like there was very little chance he would have been used.

Depth Charge: Positional Battles After First Preseason Game

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Give us fuel, give us Fire, give us depth which we desire. (photo via YoDesportes)

Preseason has started for your 2016 Chicago Fire. Prior to tomorrow's friendly against fellow basement-buddy Philadelphia Union, we wanted to look at the depth chart battles going on.

Because a lot of the team's existing and big-purchase talent havejustjoined camp, the convincing (if tepid) 3-0 win over the University of South Florida on Saturday is not really going to help anyone figure out what Chicago will ultimately look and play like.

MLS Ticker: Nemeth, Kouassi, Gashi, De Jong and more

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Krisztian Nemeth's transfer from Sporting Kansas City to Qatari club Al-Gharafa drew the confusion and ire of many, and the Hungarian international has spoken out as to why he chose to move there.

In a post on his official Facebook page, Nemeth expressed his disappointment with how Sporting KC handled his attempt at negotiating for a new contract, and signing with Al-Gharafa "was the only way to get out of it.

Options For Tomorrow’s First Stage Of The Re-Entry Draft

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A young option tomorrow in the Re-Entry Draft is Andrew Wiedeman. (US Presswire)

Tis the season eh? Tomorrow marks Stage One of the Re-Entry Draft in Major League Soccer. The list of player available has been out for a number of days now and while that list has changed a little bit (like Gonzalo Segares re-signing in Chicago), most of it will remain what we received earlier this week.

MLS Re-Entry Draft field lacks stars, dominated by veteran role players

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By THOMAS FLOYD

Fans expecting their team to nab that missing piece of the MLS Cup puzzle in the Re-entry Draft on Monday shouldn't get their hopes up.

Last year, clubs used the mechanism to bolster their rosters with the likes of Juan Pablo Angel, Josh Wolff, Jimmy Conrad and Cory Gibbs.

MLS Candy Dish: Le Impact de Montréal Mock Draft

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By Andrew Villegas The problem with the MLS expansion draft candy dish is that you have to wade through a hundred stale Tootsie Rolls (some of which cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, go figure) to get to that proverbial Snickers bar. This is the worst kept secret in American soccer. Teams stack the unprotected [.

Real Salt Lake

Fire 2 Real Salt Lake 0 - recap and ratings

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In recent past seasons, sure victories against wounded or struggling opponents have been hard to come by for the Chicago Fire. Countless late and sometimes fluky goalscombined with subpar performances turned many home contests into a study in frustration. Perhaps the tables are starting to turn somewhat.

SBI Season Preview: Real Salt Lake

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Real Salt Lake almost had an unprecedented season in 2011, but the promising year ended sourly after the team fell short on two big occasions.

RSL was unable to finish off dream runs in the MLS playoffs and CONCACAF Champions league, losing to the Los Angeles Galaxy in the Western Conference Final and falling to Monterrey in heartbreaking fashion in the Champions League final.

Team Building Exercises With Garth Lagerway

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The Salt Lake's Dynamic Duo....

Jay Bell stops by TSG, does interview

The 2011-2012 offseason has proven to be one of the most eventful in MLS' 17-year history.

MLS clubs flexed more muscle than ever in the CONCACAF and CONMEBOL transfer markets, especially in bringing in another 300 Colombians.

MLS Notes: Alvarez signs in Portugal, Rapids add Cabrera to staff and more

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As it turns out, Arturo Alvarez won't be suiting up for Chivas USA heading into the 2012 MLS season after all.

Alvarez, who was selected by Chivas in the first stage of the MLS Re-Entry Draft but never came to terms with the club as he sought opportunities overseas, has reportedly signed with Portuguese top-flight club Pacos de Ferreira on a two-and-a-half-year contract.

MLS 2011-12 Offseason Transactions

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While the transfer window in Europe opens up in less than 48 hours, Major League Soccer teams have been busy since the season ended, rebuilding and retooling for next season. Here is a team-by-team look at what each side has done so far this offseason. Who has had the best offseason?

Chicago Fire

IN: Jay Nolly (12/5: trade from Vancouver); F Kheli Dube (12/12: Re-Entry Stage 2/New England)

OUT: Christian Nazarit (12/7: option declined); F Gabriel Ferrari (12/7: option declined); G Alec Dufty (12/12: option declined); M Baggio Husidic(12/12: Re-Entry Stage 2/Colorado); G Jon Conway (12/12: Re-Entry Stage 2/LA Galaxy)

Chivas USA

IN: Ryan Smith (11/21: trade from Sporting KC); D James Riley (11/23: from Seattle, via trade from Montreal); M Arturo Alvarez (12/5: Re-Entry Stage 1/RSL); M Oswaldo Minda(12/21: SD Quito)

OUT: Justin Braun (11/23: trade to Montreal); M Gerson Mayen (11/23: trade to Montreal); D Zarek Valentin (11/23: expansion draft); MPaulo Nagamura (11/29: trade to Sporting KC); D Andrew Boyens (12/12: Re-Entry Stage 2/LA Galaxy); F Chukwudi Chujindu (12/12: option declined); M Simon Elliott (12/12: out of contract); G Zach Thornton (12/12: option declined); D Mariano Trujillo (12/12: option declined)

Colorado Rapids

IN: Baggio Husidic (12/12: Re-Entry Stage 2/Chicago); D Hunter Freeman (12/12: Re-Entry Stage 2/Houston)

OUT: Sanna Nyassi (11/23: expansion draft); D Mike Holody (12/12: option declined); MBaggio Husidic (12/23: free/Hammarby)

Columbus Crew

IN: Carlos Mendes (12/5: Re-Entry Stage 1/New York); G Matt Lampson (12/15: Home Grown)

OUT: Josh Gardner (11/23: expansion draft); M Santiago Prim (11/23: waived); D Dejan Rusmir (11/23: waived); F Andrés Mendoza(12/6: option declined); M Kevin Burns (12/12: option declined); F Jeff Cunningham (12/12: option declined)

DC United

IN: Robbie Russell (11/29: trade from RSL)

OUT: Santino Quaranta (12/7: retired); DMarc Burch (12/12: Re-Entry Stage 2/Seattle); MClyde Simms (12/12: Re-Entry Stage 2/New England); M Brandon Barklage (12/12: option declined); G Steve Cronin (12/12: option declined); F Joseph Ngwenya (12/12: option declined); D Jed Zayner (12/12: option declined); D Devon McTavish (12/22: retired)

FC Dallas

IN:Â

OUT: Edson Edward (11/23: waived); DJeremy Hall (11/29: trade to Toronto); F Maykel Galindo (12/12: option declined); F Maicon Santos (12/12: option declined); M Marvin Chávez (12/16: trade to San Jose)

Houston Dynamo

IN:  Nathan Sturgis (12/29: trade from Toronto)

OUT: Brian Ching (11/23: expansion draft); MFrancisco Navas Cobo (11/23: waived); G Evan Newton (11/23: waived); F Carlo Costly (11/24: option declined); D Hunter Freeman (12/12: Re-Entry Stage 2/Colorado); F Jason Garey (12/12: option declined); D Eddie Robinson (12/12: option declined)

LA Galaxy

IN: Andrew Boyens (12/12: Re-Entry Stage 2/Chivas USA); D Chris Leitch (12/12: Re-Entry Stage 2/San Jose); F Pat Noonan (12/12: Re-Entry Stage 2/Seattle); G Jon Conway (12/12: Re-Entry Stage 2/Chicago); M Marcelo Sarvas(12/13: free/Alajuelense); M Jose Villarreal(12/22: Home Grown)

OUT: D Gregg Berhalter (12/9: retired);G Donovan Ricketts (11/28: trade to Montreal Impact)

Montreal Impact

IN: Nelson Rivas (10/3: free/Inter Milan, Italy); G Evan Bush (10/21: NASL Impact); D Sinisa Ubiparipovic (11/1: NASL Impact); M Hassoun Camara (11/3: NASL Impact); D Jeb Brovsky (11/23: expansion draft); D Bobby Burling (11/23: expansion draft); F Brian Ching (11/23: expansion draft); D Josh Gardner (11/23: expansion draft); M Justin Mapp (11/23: expansion draft); M Sanna Nyassi (11/23: expansion draft); D James Riley(11/23: expansion draft); D Seth Sinovic (11/23: expansion draft); M Collen Warner (11/23: expansion draft); D Zarek Valentin (11/23: expansion draft); F Justin Braun (11/23: trade from Chivas USA); M Gerson Mayen (11/23: trade from Chivas USA); D Tyson Wahl (11/23: trade from Seattle Sounders); M Bryan Arguez(11/25: free/Ft.

Rounding up the MLS comings and goings: Western Conference

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For a team coming off of a championship run, the Los Angeles Galaxy have had plenty of major moving parts over recent weeks.

Between Landon Donovan going back to Everton on a short-term loan, Juninho returning to Sao Paulo, Donovan Ricketts being dealt to the Montreal Impact, Sean Franklin re-signing and David Beckham, well, still making a decision, the Galaxy remain the talk of MLS deep into the offseason.

MLS Notes: Union sign Lopez, Minda joins Chivas and more

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By CALEB SONNELAND

The Philadelphia Union continue their busy offseason by adding Costa Rican defender Porfirio Lopez from Chinese side Dalian Haichang.

Lopez, a 26-year-old left back, was most recently on loan at Costa Rican side Alajuelense, where he was a part of the team's back-to-back Apertura and Clausura championship teams.

Dynamo Quiet in First Stage of Re-Entry Draft

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The Houston Dynamo did not select a player during today's first stage of the Re-Entry Draft. The 2nd stage will be held next Monday.

While 16 teams passed with their picks, three did make moves. Chivas USA selected forward Arturo Alvarez from Real Salt Lake, defender Carlos Mendes moves from the New York Red Bulls to the Columbus Crew and Danleigh Borman was selected by the New England Revolution from Toronto FC.

Carlos Mendes Taken by Columbus in MLS Re-Entry Draft

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Mendes: Le Dernier MetroCarlos Mendes, the last squad member to have played for the New York MLS franchise as a MetroStar, was selected by Columbus Crew in phase one of the MLS Re-entry draft this afternoon. Mendes, Arturo Alvarez and former Red Bull Danleigh Borman were the only three players taken in the first round, when teams are on the hook for the full amount of players' contract options.

Chivas USA selects Alvarez to highlight first stage of MLS Re-Entry Draft

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Chivas USA made the biggest move in Monday's short first stage of the 2011 MLS Re-Entry Draft by using its fourth overall selection to pick former Real Salt Lake midfielder Arturo Alvarez.

Two other teams made selections, as the New England Revolution used the second overall pick on former Toronto FC fullback Danleigh Borman, and the Columbus Crew used the ninth overall pick to add former New York Red Bulls defender Carlos Mendes.

Three Selected In First Stage Of Re-Entry Draft

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Arturo Alvarez was picked up by Chivas USA. (Getty Images)

The first stage of the 2011 MLS Re-Entry Draft has come and gone with a bang. Only three players were selected in the first stage today as 16 clubs passed on their selection.

The terms of the first stage mean the three players selected today, their new teams will have honor their current contracts or offer them a 5 percent raise over what they made last year if they are currently out of contract.

Re-Entry Draft field continues to shrink, leaves few options ahead of first stage

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By AVI CREDITOR

Don't expect to be wowed by the second edition of the MLS Re-Entry Draft now that most of the big names initially available are off the table.

Between Bobby Convey being traded to Sporting Kansas City, Bobby Boswell re-signing with the Houston Dynamo, Ante Jazic re-signing with Chivas USA and Santino Quaranta retiring, the quality of the draft pool has dropped immensely.

Real Salt Lake Vs. Sounders, MLS Cup Playoffs 2011: Highlights, Stats And Quotes

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It really doesn't get much worse than that folks. And, yet, as Seattle Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said in postgame comments, they were lucky they didn't lost 6-0. The Sounders were outplayed every bit as bad as their 3-0 scoreline suggests, and probably even worse than that.

Just going through the stats, there are signs of Real Salt Lake domination everywhere.

Reserves Defeat RSL

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It may not make up for the loss last night between the first teams, but the Swope Park Rangers earn a bit of revenge today defeating the Salt Lake reserves 1-0 thanks to an 88th minute penalty by Davy Arnaud. Both teams created some chances in the first half, the best was probably CJ Sapong hitting the post.

Who Needs Promotion? Orlando City Leaves Its MLS Mark As Players Move Up Ladder

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By Andrew Villegas A column about promotion and relegation should come with a warning label. "Write about promotion and relegation at your own peril. Side effects may include loathsome comments from all sides, headaches, nausea, and gratuitous feigning of vomiting." So it's with some hesitation that I should take on writing about the Orlando City [.

MLS Week 25: Picks

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Philadelphia and RSL battle this weekend at Rio Tinto Stadium. (Getty Images)

This was suppose to be an off weekend in Major League Soccer. One of those rare weekends that the league decided to take off so players could be with their countries for important FIFA-related games or friendlies.

List of MLS Players Called Into International Duty

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Sporting Kansas City's Kei Kamara and Teal Bunbury have been called up by their respective national teams. (Getty Images)

It will be a fairly slow week around these parts, seeing how MLS is pretty much off this weekend (except for two games). With a FIFA fixture on the calendar this weekend there are a full slew of MLSers involved in friendlies and even some World Cup qualifiers.

Jogo 0402/2011 - Copa Ouro - El Salvador 6x1 Cuba

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Mais um jogo da Copa Ouro, foi realizado no dia 12/06/2011, na cidade de Chicago-USA, no Soldier´s Field, onde jogaram as seleções de El Salvador (87º no ranking da FIFA) e a seleção de Cuba (81º no ranking da FIFA).

Antes desse jogo, as 2 seleções jogaram:
Eliminatórias Copa do Mundo
1998San Salvador 01/12/1996 SLV3:0 (2:0)CUB Semi-finals1998San Salvador 08/09/1996 CUB0:5 (0:1)SLV Semi-finals1982Tegucigalpa 11/11/1981 CUB0:0SLV Final round
Eliminatórias Continentais
2000Los Angeles 10/10/1999 CUB3:1SLV
Amistosos
Havana 24/03/2011 CUB0:1 (0:0)SLV 1966San Juan 20/06/1966 CUB0:0SLV 1955Tegucigalpa 20/08/1955 SLV2:1CUB 1954Mexico City 14/03/1954 SLV3:1CUB 1935San Salvador 24/03/1935 SLV4:1CUB
O árbitro desse jogo, foi: Neal Brizan-TTO

O primeiro gol do jogo, foi de Rodolfo Zelaya, aos 13 minutos do primeiro tempo, ele que é jogador do Alania-RUS, e marcou seu 9º gol pela seleção nacional.

Chicago Fire

Houston Dynamo vs Chicago Fire Final Score: Dynamo fall against the Chicago Fire

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The Dynamo lose 1-0 on the road to the Chicago Fire.

Houston traveled to Chicago looking to get an important road win over the only team in the league with less points in the standings. When all was said and done it didn't work out that way for the Dynamo as they fell 1-0 to the Fire.

Things got off to a rough start for the Dynamo.

Fire still trying to figure out how to finish games

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BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. – The word of the day for the Chicago Fire, written on thelocker-room white board in some of the various languages – English, Serbian, Portuguese, German – spoken by members of the squad, was "victory."

On Saturday, four weeks removed from their onlywin of the season, the Fire had their sights set on victory, but for the second consecutive match they let it slip away.

New England Revolution

Kelyn Rowe thrives in unfamiliar outside back role vs. Chicago Fire

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The midfielder was a surprise inclusion in the Revolution's makeshift back line against their Eastern Conference foe.

Maybe it's time to called Kelyn Rowe "Mr. Versatile." A surprising lineup decision emerged in the New England Revolution's 2-0 win over the Chicago Fire, as the fifth-year player turned in his midfield boots for stints at right back and outside back.

Jaqua Unlikely to Join Revs

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Odds aren't in favor of Nate Jaqua appearing in a New England Revolution uniform in 2012, according to his representative.

New England Soccer Today initially learned on Monday that Jaqua, a Revs Stage 2 2011 MLS Re-Entry Draft pick, isn't likely to sign with the team.

Nate Jaqua struggled in his final two seasons in Seattle, but the 6'3" striker could look to revive his career in New England.

LA makes four picks, Seattle trades up for Burch in second stage of Re-Entry Draft

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Although the majority of teams passed on the opportunity to add players in the second stage of the MLS Re-Entry Draft, a few used Monday's exercise to stockpile depth ahead of the 2012 preseason.

Three teams took multiple players, spearheaded by the defending champion Los Angeles Galaxy, who made four selections: defenders Andrew Boyens and Chris Leitch, veteran forward Pat Noonan and veteran goalkeeper Jon Conway.

MLS Re-Entry Draft Round 2

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Round 2 of the MLS Re-Entry Draft will conclude shortly around 1:00 PM CST today. All four of the top targets in Gregg Mixdorf's original article are off the board. Bobby Convey was traded to Sporting Kansas City. Chivas USA selected Arturo Alvarez and his ridiculous salary in Round 1 of the Re-Entry Draft.

Quiet First Stage for Sporting KC

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Today was the first stage of the MLS Re-Entry draft. Like last year it was a fairly quiet round, with most teams choosing to pass instead of taking a player at their current salary or at a bona fide offer. Only 3 players were selected in the draft. Arturo Alvarez was picked up by Chivas USA, Columbus picked up Carlos Mendes, and New England grabbed Danleigh Borman.

Three Picks Made in Stage 1 of the Re-Entry Draft

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Three Picks Made in Stage 1 of the Re-Entry Draft

Portland passed.

Arturo Alvarez to Chivas USA
Carlos Mendes to Columbus Crew
Danleigh Borman to New England Revolution

The Rest

Fire 2 Timbers 2 - recap and ratings

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Without Dax McCarty and Bastian Schweinsteiger, the Fire didn't enjoy the possession and midfield control that they've exerted over the last two months but they still managed to come away with a hard-earned point in a difficult place to play. The Portland Timbers were able to get more looks on goal and found more space in the middle of the pitch without the Fire's first choice central pairing available, and yet Chicago was still able to head into the final twenty minutes of the match with a lead.

Fire notebook - Injury update, Johnson's status, Campbell for USMNT, and more

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David Accam won't be participating in upcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers due to a knee sprain but Veljko Paunovic and the Fire are hopeful that he will be ready for the team's next match against the Union on April 2. Paunovic provided and update on his status during his weekly media conference call.

It begins: Union open season against Dallas on Sunday, team and league news, more

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PReviews and other team news ahead of Sunday's season opener in Dallas. More news.

FCD Numerology: the 12th Man

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Like many digits in the long history of the Dallas Burn and FC Dallas, the No. 12 has been worn by some pretty solid players. Erick, the Brazilian holding midfielder whom FCD signed on July 5 currently dons these digits for the club but here's a trip down memory lane for those who have forgotten who has worn it in the past.

The Orange Film Room looks at Geoff Cameron

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With the news that Geoff Cameron's work permit was finally approved and he is now a full-fledged member of Stoke City, it's time to take a look back at the Giraffe's top moments for the Houston Dynamo.

Making the point: I think it's fair to start with this one, Geoff's first goal for the Dynamo against FC Something-or-other at Robertson Stadium on April 6, 2008.