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Major League Soccer

MLS Ticker: Kenwyne Jones retires, Rapids sign Swedish midfielder, and more

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Kenwyne Jones is hanging up his boots.

The former Premier Leaguer spent one last season of play with Atlanta United before calling it quits. The 33-year-old forward didn't produce much for The Five Stripes. He only appeared in 17 matches with five starts. He only had two goals on the entire season.

Around The Forest: U.S. Soccer not in a rush to hire next Coach

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Reports on Thorns abroad, LAFC looking at Egyptian international, MLS Playoffs start back up tonight and more!

Portland

Thorns FC Abroad | Hayley Raso scores as Brisbane Roar defeat Adelaide United | Portland Timbers
Four Thorns FC players featured in week four of Australia's Westfield W-League action, two of whom found the back of the net for their Australian club sides.

Atlanta United designated player Miguel Almiron wins 2017 MLS Newcomer of the Year

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MLS award season continued on Monday with Miguel Almiron winning the 2017 MLS Newcomer of the Year. Almiron, a member of Paraguay's national team, joined the expansion Atlanta United squad in 2017 as a designated player. He has nine goals and 14 assists over 30 games in a season where Atlanta qualified for the MLS playoffs.

Major Link Soccer: Save the Crew unveil open letter to MLS leadership

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Oba's still doing Oba things

Seattle:

These playoffs have illustrated Clint Dempsey's immense desire for a MLS cup, and regardless of how Seattle's cup defense ends, he'll keep things interesting.

This may sound familiar: a crucial Obafemi Martins' strike has lead his team to a lead in the first leg of China's FA Cup final.

A look at the biggest needs for the eliminated MLS playoff teams

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For eight teams, the MLS playoffs ended too soon, at least in their own eyes. Just four teams remain in the postseason chase but, for those that have fallen throughout the knockout and conference semifinal rounds, it is time to reassess.

The knockout rounds saw the Chicago Fire, Atlanta United, San Jose Earthquakes and Sporting Kansas City ejected from the playoffs, while the conference semis claimed NYCFC, the New York Red Bulls, Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps.

Atlanta United players win 2017 MLS Goal and Save of the Year

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Atlanta United swept the Goal of the Year and Save of the Year categories as the 2017 MLS award season continues. Tito Villalba won the 2017 MLS Goal of the Year and Brad Guzan won Save of the Year. Villalba's award winner came on July 21st against Orlando City.

Guzan's save came against the New York Red Bulls on October 15.

Six Sounders rank among top MLS jersey sellers

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The Sounders and Atlanta United combined for nearly half of the top 25.

Not so surprisingly, Seattle Sounders fans like buying jerseys featuring players from their favorite team. So it makes a lot of sense that the list of the top 25 MLS jersey sales is pretty well dominated by Sounders.

MLS put out its annual list of best-selling shirts — through MLSstore.

Julian Gressel is the 2017 MLS Rookie of the Year

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Atlanta United's Julian Gressel is the 2017 MLS Rookie of the Year, the league announced on Wednesday. Gressel received 48.97% of the player vote, 55.67% of the media vote, and 55.95% of the club vote. No other candidate received more than 18% of the vote in any category.

"It's a great honor," Gressel said.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Year: Julian Gressel

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It's certainly hard to get noticed when playing alongside attackers like Miguel Almiron, Josef Martinez and Hector Villalba. Atlanta United's attack monster was loaded with young, exciting pieces, resulting in a swashbuckling run to the playoffs unlike any ever put together by an expansion side.

Through it all, though, Julian Gressel was as consistent a presence as any in the Atlanta United lineup as the German-born midfielder neared some attacking records in a standout rookie campaign.

D.C. United season review: Deshorn Brown

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The forward gets the treatment.

There's no big surprise that little worked right for D.C. United during the 2017 season, but after a game that nobody expected them to win (a 3-1 road win over Atlanta United), the goals dried up, but fast. Patrick Mullins (whom we'll discuss later) just returned from injury, Jose Ortiz was in the midst of finding his form which was clearly not up to MLS level competition, so the Black-and-Red needed some offense before the MLS secondary window opened in July, and after 1 goal in six league games after the Atlanta win, they needed them fast.

Report: Tata Martino turns down USMNT switch, remains keen on Atlanta United job

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It hasn't taken long for Gerardo "Tata" Martino to embrace his relatively new home in Atlanta.

According to TyC Sports' Cesar Luis Merlo, the Argentine and former Barcelona boss, has reportedly turned down an offer to manage the U.S. Men's National Team as he remains committed to return to Atlanta United for his and the club's second year in MLS.

MLS releases 2017 awards finalists

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MLS released their list of awards nominees this afternoon and they are littered with familiar names.

Atlanta United also has a strong showing in this list of finalists. They have five total nominations in four categories, including MVP, Rookie of the Year, two for Newcomer of the Year, and Coach of the Year.

Atlanta United reflects on "great first season" amid playoff heartbreak

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It's hard to feel a sense of accomplishment in the lowest moment of the season, but that's what Atlanta United tried to do on Thursday night.

After thriving in front of their home crowd at Mercedes-Benz Stadium for the second half of the regular season, the Five Stripes fell short in the Eastern Conference knockout round and were dropped out of the postseason on penalties by the Columbus Crew.

Columbus and Houston advance from the knockout round

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Columbus needed penalties to get past Atlanta United in the knockout round of the 2017 MLS playoffs. The two teams finished scoreless through 120 minutes at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, but that says nothing about the quality of the game. Both teams had close chances, relying on the frame of the goal and quality play from their goalkeepers.

SBI's 2017 MLS Playoff Predictions

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Playoff season is upon us, and that means it's time to predict how things will play out when the best teams in MLS collide.

MLS play always tends to be unpredictable, especially when the postseason rolls around, but the entire SBI editorial staff took a crack at mapping out the upcoming playoff picture.

While MLS attendance increases, the Union fall further behind

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Major League Soccer's attendance figures for 2017 show promise for most but decline for Philadelphia

The final Major League Soccer attendance figures were released for 2017, and it was by most accounts a huge success for MLS. Atlanta United set records for both the single-game attendance record (71,824 were in attendance to watch the season's last match against Toronto FC) and single-season attendance average at 48,200 - all while playing most of their season at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

Atlanta will host the 2018 MLS All-Star Game

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MLS will stage the 2018 All-Star Game in Atlanta, Georgia. The league made the announcement on Tuesday at a media event at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

"We're proud to bring our 2018 All-Star Game to Atlanta, a city and Club that have taken Major League Soccer by storm," Garber said in a press statement.

Quakes get in, Timbers top West as MLS playoff field is set

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Decision Day provided plenty of drama and a series of early goals and, when the dust settled, the playoff picture was set.

In the East, we knew Toronto FC and the New York Red Bulls were locked into first and sixth, respectively, but everything else was up for grabs. Due to a draw with the Columbus Crew, NYCFC was in danger, but an Atlanta United draw saw Patrick Vieira's side hold on.

Atlanta selected to host 2018 MLS All Star Game

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Atlanta has become one if the premier soccer cities in America, and now it get to host the best players MLS has to offer next summer.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Mercedes-Benz Stadium will host the 2018 MLS All Star-Game, where the league's best will take on one of the big clubs from Europe.

SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 33

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With one week left in the Major League Soccer regular season, there are plenty of teams heating up at the right time.

There are also teams holding on to their respective playoff lives, with tricky matches ahead on Decision Day.

Here's how our power rankings shape up after the penultimate Sunday of the season:

SBI MLS POWER RANKINGS (WEEK 31)

1 (Last Week- 1).

MLS Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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Just two weeks remain in MLS play, and some vital matchups will take place across the league on Sunday afternoon.

The schedule starts in the East which is, at this point, fairly locked up. New York City FC has plenty on the line, though, heading into Sunday's match against the Houston Dynamo.

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.

Around The Forest: USMNT can qualify for Russia on Tuesday

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Look out for Diego Rubio, several teams interested in Atlanta United's Miguel Almiron, Andrea Pirlo set to retire and more!

Major League Soccer:

Diego Rubio emerging as dangerous scoring threat for Sporting Kansas City | MLSsoccer.com
After missing most of the first half of 2017 due to an ACL tear, Diego Rubio has taken advantage of newfound playing time with Sporting KC to become the club's primary scoring threat over the last month.

Minnesota wins at Atlanta

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Wednesday's soccer news starts with Minnesota getting a late winner to beat Atlanta 3-2 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Abu Danladi put Minnesota up in the 48th minute. Atlanta went a man down in the 60th with Kyle Reynish seeing red for denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity.

Hector Villalba equalized for Atlanta in the 67th with Julian Gressel scoring five minutes later.

Loons use late surge to complete comeback win at Atlanta United

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After letting a 1-0 lead slip away on Tuesday evening, Minnesota United might have thought luck was not on its side yet again this season.

Fortunes changed quickly for the Loons though, with a late surge delivering a shocking result in Atlanta. Leading scorer Christian Ramirez and key playmaker Kevin Molino each netted goals in second-half stoppage time to give the Loons a stunning 3-2 road win against Atlanta United.

Philadelphia Union

Jack Elliott finishes third in MLS Rookie of the Year voting

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Atlanta United midfielder Julian Gressel garnered more than 50 percent of votes

For the second straight year, a Philadelphia Union player has been passed over for the Rookie of the Year award.

Jack Elliott finished third in voting behind Minnesota United striker Abu Danladi and Atlanta United midfielder Julian Gressel, who received an average of 53.

News roundup: Zack Steffen fires Columbus upset over Atlanta, Garber on Columbus move

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Downingtown's Zack Steffen played the game of his life before a record crowd in Atlanta, MLS commissioner weighs in potential Columbus move, more on Roland Alberg's potential transfer to Bulgaria, more news.

News roundup: Union break records (good & bad), MLS playoff field set, more

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The Union's record-setting day, final numbers on the Union's season, MLS playoff field set, tons of news from Atlanta-Toronto, more news.

Philadelphia Union U17s finish first leg of GA Cup qualifying with eight points

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The Union earned two points after playing to a 2-2 draw and winning a penalty shootout against Orlando City on Monday

A rainy and windy day in Chester was anything but ideal for the final game of the first leg of Generation adidas Cup qualifying for the Philadelphia Union U17s but the team still escaped with two points on Monday after blowing a two-goal lead.

Philadelphia Union U17s get revenge on Atlanta United in GA Cup opener

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The U17s avenged a 4-1 loss from a year ago with a 4-0 win on Saturday

It's not often that a goalkeeper is central to a game story after a lopsided score line, but it would be impossible to talk about the Philadelphia Union U17 team's 4-0 win over Atlanta United on Friday without talking about Kristopher Shakes.

Sporting Kansas City

Around The Forest: Portland Timbers set to face Houston Dynamo in conference semi-finals

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Houston squeaks by Sporting KC, Crew beat Atlanta to move on in the MLS Cup Playoffs

Portland

Timbers to face Houston Dynamo in Western Conference Semifinals on Oct. 30, Nov. 5 | Portland Timbers
The Portland Timbers will face the Houston Dynamo in the first leg of the two-game, aggregate-goal Western Conference Semifinals in the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs at BBVA Compass Stadium on Monday, Oct.

MLS Playoff Thursday: Your Running Commentary

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The MLS Playoffs continue tonight with a pair of matches that bring a lot of intrigue with them.

Tonight's action gets started with Atlanta United hosting a playoff game in the inaugural season. The youngest team in the Eastern Conference takes on one of the oldest as the Columbus Crew come to town.

MLS Atlanta

Zack Steffen plays hero as Crew top Atlanta United in instant classic

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It was a game that had everything but goals but, when the dust cleared and the last penalty kick hit the back of the net, it was Columbus Crew that emerged from a certified playoff classic thanks to their young goalkeeper.

Zack Steffen starred in a penalty kick shootout win as the Crew toppled Atlanta United, 3-1, in penalty kicks following a thrilling scoreless draw.

MLS Playoff Preview: Atlanta United vs. Columbus Crew

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Atlanta United's expansion season went better than many could have hoped for. Sure, they spent big and sure, they brought in some talented pieces, but clobbering competition with a vicious attack en route to a playoff home game? That's success.

Still, that doesn't mean Atlanta should be content with where they are, especially with a desperate and motivated Columbus Crew team coming to town to open the postseason.

Atlanta United 'honored' to showcase city as 2018 All-Star Game host

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Atlanta United set several attendance records throughout their debut season, officially marking Atlanta's status as a premier soccer city. Now, the city will get a chance to host the annual MLS midsummer showcase.

Following several reports and rumors, Atlanta was confirmed as next summer's All-Star Game host, scheduling what should be yet another big match at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

TFC equals points record with tie against Atlanta

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Sebastian Giovinco scored late as Supporters' Shield champions Toronto FC tied 2-2 with Atlanta United on Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, sealing the single-season record for points in an MLS season.

The first goal, though, was Atlanta's, as they earned a penalty in the 30th minute. The referee called a foul on Drew Moor, and Yamil Asad took the penalty, easily slotting past Alex Bono in the 31st minute.

Brad Guzan bounces back for Atlanta after a tough week with USMNT

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Atlanta United is known for their threatening attack around MLS, but in Sunday's match at Red Bull Arena, it was their goalkeeper, Brad Guzan, who stood out.

As the New York Red Bulls' attack fired shot after shot at him, particularly in a second half that saw Guzan's opposition fire eight shots, the goalkeeper preserved a point on the road in a 0-0 draw.

The Rest

Revolution vs. NYCFC: Preview, Projected Lineups and How to Watch

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Here's what you need to know about match 33.

For the second year in a row, the Revolution won't play past October. That's not the case for NYCFC, who currently occupy the second spot on the Eastern Conference table. The Revs want to give the Gillette Stadium crowd one last win. And NYCFC wants to distance itself from third-place Atlanta United.

Local Soccer Notebook: 10/12/17

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Kléberson's son makes Philadelphia Union Academy debut; Tim Mulqueen to be inducted into St. Joe's Hall of Fame & more

Brazilian legend Kléberson returned to Philadelphia over the summer to take a job coaching for the Philadelphia Union Academy and Pre-Academy at YSC Sports.

Over the weekend, his son Kléberson Pareira made his debut for the academy, playing for the Union U15s in the first of their three Generation adidas Cup regional matches.

Major Link Soccer: The USMNT prepares for Panama

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Can Clint Dempsey be the difference-maker again? Will the World Cup 2022 really be in Qatar? Also, Raleigh's stadium plans take a hit.

Seattle

At the espnW Women + Sports summit, Megan Rapinoe and Sue Bird both addressed attendees, with Rapinoe wondering why the NWSL and the Reign in particular struggle to attract large numbers when the WNT has such a strong following.