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Around The Forest: Fanendo Adi to return in 2017 according to Caleb Porter

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Kaka will not renew his Orlando City contract, Redbulls cautious going into their match with Atlanta, World Cup bribery case opened and more!

Portland:

Caleb Porter expects injured striker Fanendo Adi to play again in 2017 | MLSsoccer.com
A series of setbacks have turned what was initially thought to be a short-term injury into a two-month absence for Portland Timbers striker Fanendo Adi, but Caleb Porter expects his star forward to play again this season.

MLS attendances through gameweek 29 of the 2017 season

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MLS reported attendances had another good week courtesy of Atlanta playing two more home matches at the Mercedes Benz Stadium.

The only downer was New York City FC’s match that was played in Hartford’s Pratt and Whitney Stadium due to a scheduling conflict at Yankee Stadium. The 10,165 was the lowest reported attendance of the season.

MLS attendances through gameweek 29 of the 2017 season

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MLS reported attendances had another good week courtesy of Atlanta playing two more home matches at the Mercedes Benz Stadium.

The only downer was New York City FC’s match that was played in Hartford’s Pratt and Whitney Stadium due to a scheduling conflict at Yankee Stadium. The 10,165 was the lowest reported attendance of the season.

MLS Week 28: Atlanta sets the MLS attendance record

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Atlanta United drew an announced crowd of 70,425 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium to set a new MLS attendance record. They also picked up a point with a 3-3 draw with Orlando City. Dom Dwyer opened the scoring for Orlando City in the 10th minute. Josef Martinez equalized in the 36th. Dwyer and Martinez traded goals again, with Orlando regaining the lead in the 39th and Atlanta equalizing in the 55th.

Musket Rounds: 7 quirkiest MLS venues ever and more stories

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9 articles worth reading from the week in soccer.

From scarf culture to zany MLS venues, there's plenty to read about in this week's Musket Rounds. Get started here:

Revolution News

Should Atlanta have run up the score? / mlssoccer.com
MLS staff writers discuss Atlanta United's 7-0 trouncing of the Revs.

MLS attendances through gameweek 27 of the 2017 season

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After 302 matches, the average MLS attendance (21,604) is up 0.47% compared to 2016.

This past week in MLS, it was another normal week of reported attendances. There were strong showings in most venues, including Atlanta’s new Mercedes Benz Stadium. A relatively weak turnout for NYCFC’s midweek match.

Average reported attendances for MLS through gameweek 21 of the 2017 season

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This past week saw solid reported attendance numbers with the exception of Philadelphia’s midweek match and the FC Dallas home game. The numbers should remain reasonably strong for the rest of the season with Atlanta having eight home matches, while Seattle has seven home games remaining.

MLS opening weekend, U.S. Soccer’s anthem policy, and more: Freedom Kicks for Tuesday, March 7, 2017

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Quick! You have a lot to catch up on.

Buckle up, folks, because I actually got a lot to share this morning. Wouldn't you know it, soccer is busy right now!

In fact, it's busy enough that I'm organizing today's Kicks into categories. Here we go!

On MLS:

Armchair Analyst: Atlanta get an expansion lesson & more in Week 1 | MLS

Key takeaway: Maybe no more penalties for Marcelo Sarvas.

MLS opening weekend average attendance declines 4% compared to last season

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The average attendance from the opening weekend of the 2017 MLS season was 25,156, which represented a 3.8% decline compared to the 2016 MLS opening weekend average of 26,152.

The difference can be attributed to Seattle Sounders being on the road this season while they were at home for week 1 in 2016.

MLS opening weekend average attendance declines 4% compared to last season

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Photo credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

The average attendance from the opening weekend of the 2017 MLS season was 25,156, which represented a 3.8% decline compared to the 2016 MLS opening weekend average of 26,152.

The difference can be attributed to Seattle Sounders being on the road this season while they were at home for week 1 in 2016.

Is Minnesota United doing enough to be competitive in their first MLS season?

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There are two expansion sets readying to enter to MLS this year. Chances are, you've heard plenty about one of them.

Maybe it has something to do with Donald Trump and John Lewis, but all of the sudden, everything is coming up Atlanta.

The Falcons are in the Super Bowl. The TV series bearing the city's name just won a Golden Globe.

MLS Ticker: NYCFC signs midfielder, Atlanta adds Argentine, and more

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New York City FC, expected to make a splash this winter with a handful of roster spots and a DP slot to fill,have continued their offseason additions with an international signing.

The team officially announced the long-rumored signing of Panamanian attacking midfielder Miguel Camargo on a one year loan with an option to purchase.

Major Link Soccer: Morris week edition

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The young striker is getting lots of accolades in the last few days. Tata Martino looks pretty certain to be Atlanta's first coach. Also, lots of details on why NASL is failing.

Major League Soccer

Gerardo "Tata" Martino, former Argentina national team coach (among others), seems to be a lock for Atlanta United's first head managing position.

Major Link Soccer: Andres Guardado expected in Atlanta

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Atlanta United is looking to add the star Mexican international to its inaugural roster.

Seattle

Mr. Jordan Morris has now scored the winning goal in five Sounders matches this season, an MLS rookie record (impressive considering the team has ten wins.) Now you can watch them all here.

Here's hoping Morris makes this video outdated before the 2016 season is over.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 5/31/16

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Happy Tuesday everyone. One more day till the Union take on Columbus so let's get to the links.

Philadelphia Union News

Postgame: Jim Curtin's Colorado Rapids post game comments
Here are Jim Curtin's reactions to Saturday's game against the Colorado Rapids.

MLS News

2016 Team of the Week (Wk 13): New York Red Bulls roll over Toronto FC
No Union players made the team this week, unfortunately.

Major Link Soccer: Tragedy in Bucharest

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Orlando City uses a lot of words to say nothing, Scurry should be in the Hall of Fame and more than a dozen other soccer stories for your Saturday.

Seattle

'Pinoe's new clothing line wants you to be the best you.

MLS

Orlando City and Stoke City have an official partnership of gobbley-gook that replaces their unofficial partnership of sharing ownership.

New MLS team Atlanta United FC reveal logo, branding and colors [VIDEO]

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MLS expansion team have unveiled their logo, branding and colors.

With a voiceover by Jon Champion, the video below provides a glimpse of what Atlanta United FC is all about, including shots of their stadium and what makes the MLS team so unique.

Plus, the logo, branding and colors are finally unveiled.

Stadium construction could cause Minnesota and LAFC to swap places

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One interesting tidbit of information came out of yesterday's press conference in Minnesota. While all along we know that Atlanta, LAFC and Minnesota United FC are the next three clubs into MLS, the order may not be as cut and dry as it has always appeared.

According to MLSSoccer.com, Atlanta is the only definite team for 2017 and the other two sides could swap places depending on how construction of their new stadiums go.

Atlanta up to 17,500 seats reserved for 2017

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I see that number in the headline and I am immediately impressed. To get 17,000-plus already reserved for a team that won't set foot on a field in MLS until 2017 is flat out impressive.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution is reporting these figures that 6,000 founding members of the Atlanta club help make up this 17,500 number.

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New England 0, Atlanta 0 - Revs Press Holds Atlanta Scoreless

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The Revs kept all 11 players on the field and had a great gameplan, but couldn't find a goal.

The New England Revolution are still not mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, but a scoreless draw with Atlanta United might not be enough to help their diminishing chances.

Brad Guzan made five saves and was aided by five blocked shots as Atlanta held on for a road point and remained in third place in the Eastern Conference standings.

D.C. United beats Atlanta again, Champions League draw and more: Freedom Kicks for 8/24/2017

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Yay own goals I guess?

Hello! In highlights of my Wednesday making an amazing grilled cheese (it's an art, and I'm bad at cooking) managed to top a D.C. United win thanks to an own goal even though three wins against Atlanta sure feels pretty good. Anyways, last night was game night and today's the Champions League draw so let's get to the soccer stuff.

D.C. United battles Atlanta, Barcelona sues Neymar, and more: Freedom Kicks for August 23, 2017

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Happy United Day everyone! We got a match tonight, so let's get into the news right meow:

Atlanta looking for revenge in D.C. after break | MLS

Hopefully, the answer is nah as D.C. United takes on Atlanta United tonight at RFK. Be there, and let's get the sweep against ATL!

Barcelona sue Neymar over world record transfer to Paris St-Germain | BBC

FC Barcelona really is just throwing jello at the wall at this point, suing Neymar for breach of contract in his transfer to Paris St.

A neverending onslaught of Christos, Toronto, Atlanta, and Philly: Filibuster

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This is the busiest time of the entire season

Adam is off celebrating the birth of his second child, so you're stuck with Jason and Ben for this episode. There has been so much soccer in these past six days that the US Open Cup match against Christos FC feels like years ago, and not just a week.

Real Salt Lake rides an orange ball to victory and the rest of the week that was

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The best game of week six was Toronto versus Atlanta. Draws can be fun, especially when they involve other teams.

Toronto FC and Atlanta United had all the action, even if their match ended in a 2-2 draw. Giovinco is back to MVP form with a goal on his seven shots. The ATL continue to look like an East contender, plus they are fun to watch.

Seattle Sounders vs. Atlanta United: TV Schedule, news, highlights, analysis

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FoxSports 1 returns to the Emerald City for this 7 PM showdown between Seattle Sounders FC and Atlanta United FC. Both teams will have diminished rosters due to recent international action by their best players. Sounders have 4 pts with a +1 goal differential and are 6th in the West. AUFC are 3rd in the East with 6 points and a +8 GD.

Potential Revolution Jerseys For Atlanta United’s Darren Eales After Losing Super Bowl Bet

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The Atlanta Utd team president lost a friendly Super Bowl wager and now we're coming up with friendly suggestions on what his Revs jersey should say.

The New England Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons in a historic comeback victory in Super Bowl 51 last Sunday. The Revs wore Pats gear in preseason camp and after Patriots celebrated with a parade yesterday, at some point in the future Atlanta United's team president Darren Eales will have to pay up on a small wager.

Tottenham defender to Atlanta, Kevin Molino traded to Minnesota United: Brotherly Game Daily Links 1/27/17

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Weekend Links!

Philadelphia Union News

Andre Blake called up to Jamaica National Team
The Philadelphia Union goalkeeper joins Bethlehem Steel FC's Cory Burke with the Reggae Boyz

Philadelphia Union color analyst Tommy Smyth's farewell to ESPN
Tommy Smyth has spent his entire life around the game of soccer.

New England Revolution

Brotherly Game Daily Links 9/24/17

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Union win big, USMNT World Cup jersey leak, and more in the links.

Philadelphia Union News

Union-Fire observations: Chris Pontius helps end 6-game winless streak
Chris Pontius helped the limping Union stun the potent Fire, 3-1, on Saturday night, ending a six-game winless streak.

Revolution 0, Atlanta 7: Revs make the wrong type of history

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Let's never speak of this game again.

The New England Revolution made club history on Wednesday night when they conceded seven goals against Atlanta United FC. The result was the team's worst-ever defeat.

The Revs found themselves in a hole just two minutes in when Miguel Almiron put Josef Martinez behind the defense.

Union Academy

News roundup: VAR saves Union again

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Union Academy loses another prospect to Atlanta, Atlanta opens new stadium, and the rest of the day's news.

Rayshaun McGann second Union prospect to join Atlanta United’s academy

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McGann could make his Atlanta United U19 debut this weekend

Defender Rayshaun McGann is the second Philadelphia Union prospect to join Atlanta United's youth academy ahead of the MLS expansion team's second season in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy.

Philadelphia Union Academy officials confirmed on Friday that McGann was no longer in the organization but did not provide any details of his departure.

D.C. United

D.C. United vs. Atlanta United FC staff and reader predictions

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Oh, did you think the Black-and-Red might win tonight? Lol.

D.C. United are about to head off on a five-game road trip—but before they do that, they have to face Atlanta United FC at RFK Stadium tonight. The Black-and-Red played—and even beat—Atlanta back in April, but it's a different night, a different game, and we're thinking a different result.

No D.C. United players selected in the 2016 MLS Expansion Draft

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Atlanta United and Minnesota United stocked their rosters without raiding the Black-and-Red's squad

The 2016 MLS Expansion Draft is in the books, as Atlanta United and Minnesota United both picked over the rest of the league's rosters to stock their own. The only important United - that's D.

Here are the D.C. United players we protected for SB Nation’s mock MLS Expansion Draft

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Atlanta United and Minnesota United are just over a week away from picking over league rosters

Atlanta United and Minnesota United will be joining MLS in the near future, and that means two things: more teams with "FC" in their name for some reason, and an expansion draft. As we've done whenever a new team joins the league, SB Nation Soccer is conducting a mock expansion draft.

Brad Guzan

Major Link Soccer - Brad Guzan to Atlanta

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Also, Landon Donovan may be retired, Giovinco may be leaving, and the discussion of pro/rel in America may be complete.

Seattle

According to The Seattle Times, Brian Schmetzer's key enemy of this preseason is complacency. This is, understandably, seen as a constant threat in the wake of winning the MLS Cup.

Johnson officially traded to Atlanta....and then traded again

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The deal has been in place for at least a week now but it became official today, Sean Johnson has been traded to Atlanta United FC in exchange for General Allocation Money. The expansion side then dealt him in anticipation of signing USMNT goalkeeper Brad Guzan, who is returning to MLS this coming season.

The Rest

Three questions with Dirty South Soccer

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We spoke with Haris Kruskic of Dirty South Soccer, SB Nation's Atlanta United FC blog, about the upcoming match between the Union and ATL.

Eugene Rupinski - Brotherly Game) Atlanta has come into the league and really established a name for themselves, currently sitting just below the red line yet with a better points-per-game than the sixth place Montreal Impact.

3 Revolution Players Who Could Depart During the MLS Expansion Draft

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Will one of these players have to pack his bags for Minnesota or Atlanta?

Atlanta United and Minnesota United will face an embarrassment of riches during Tuesday's MLS expansion draft, when the two clubs will build rosters from a list of more than 120 unprotected MLS players.

The list includes former MLS MVP Mike McGee, one-time Chicago Fire homegrown star Harry Shipp, 2016 MLS Cup Champion Andreas Ivanschitz and Revolution rookie standout Femi Hollinger-Janzen, among dozens of other accomplished names.

U.S. Women Overcome Netherlands 3-1 In Friendly

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The match was tighter than expected, but the United States Women still picked up a victory in Atlanta

The United States women's national team overcame an early deficit to defeat the Netherlands, 3-1, in a tight contest at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Sunday night.

The Dutch proved to be a much sterner test for the Americans than Thailand was on Thursday, but were undone by an own goal to give the USWNT a 3-1 win.

Some Soccer News for Jan 12, 2016

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It's Day 2 without David Bowie.


Adult: these kids don't even know Bowie ?? Kid: *removes headphones playing Space Oddity* why did your generation destroy the housing market — Big Kriterion (@AbrissErik) January 11, 2016


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New song from Mountain Singers: iteration 2015.