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NYCFC and the best in the East and MLS

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NYCFC took their league leading record on the road on Sunday, losing to Portland 3-0. That result comes on the heels of plenty of praise for NYCFC this season and rumors linking their coach Patrick Vieira with the soon-to-be open Arsenal job. One game doesn't make a season, certainly not in MLS.

Defense powers Atlanta United to second road clean sheet of season

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The first thing that comes to mind when you think of Atlanta United is its offense.

In fact, it takes you a while during a conversation about the Five Stripes to even bring up their defense because of the star power galavanting throughout the field.

While the attack has once again shown signs of being deadly on multiple occasions, the defense took the spotlight in Saturday's 2-0 win over the LA Galaxy.

MLS Week 8: A Look Ahead

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Once again the Major League Soccer spotlight will be on StubHub Center in Week 8, as the Zlatan Ibrahimovic-led LA Galaxy return home.

This time around Ibrahimovic won't be the only star on display, as Atlanta United comes to town for what should be an electric Saturday night affair.

Also on the Week 8 slate is a top-three clash in the Western Conference, the renewal of the Rocky Mountain Cup and a Sunday night test for the early favorite to win the Supporters' Shield

Game of the Week

Atlanta United at LA Galaxy (Saturday, 10:30 p.

News Roundup: Union sign Mbaizo, Toronto lose to Chivas, Hack’s U-17’s defeat Norway

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Plus two Union U-15's going to Italy, Penn FC's opener broadcast locally, Dortmund coming to Pittsburgh, and more.

The MLS report: Laundry week

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It's time for the recap of the week that was in MLS. We take a look at a marquee matchup, some clean sheets, and how the Union's next opponent fared.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 7

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It was a busy weekend in MLS that included some big goals, some impressive efforts and even more Zlatan.

First half finished led Orlando City to a comfortable win over the Philadelphia Union. (READ)

LAFC's stars stepped up to lead the way to a win over the Vancouver Whitecaps. (READ)

The Portland Timbers took down Minnesota United while the LA Galaxy toppled the Chicago Fire to headline Saturday's action.

NYCFC remains unbeaten, earns draw with Atlanta United

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The top two teams in Major League Soccer's Eastern Conference squared off on Sunday and they certainly did not disappoint.

New York City FC pegged Atlanta United back twice at Mercedes-Benz Stadium grabbing a point in a 2-2 draw.

Greg Garza bagged his first goal since September 2017, breaking the scoreless deadlock for Atlanta in the 29th minute.

The MLS report: the best week*

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It was almost the best week in MLS history. Instead, we got confirmation of the undisputed best team in league history. We take a look at Toronto's success and the Red Bulls failure.

What can the MLS leaderboard already tell us?

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Apr 9, 2018) US Soccer Players – We may be just over a month into the 2018 MLS season, but it has already produced several milestones. From record-breaking goals to how the league's newcomers are faring, the season is already telling its story.

Average attendances down for 15 MLS clubs so far this 2018 season

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After six gameweeks played in the 2018 season, attendances are down for 66% of the MLS clubs who have played home games this season.

The only MLS clubs who haven’t seen a drop in attendance compared to last season are Atlanta United (up 10%), LA Galaxy (up 23%), Vancouver (up 26%), NYCFC (up 4%), Sporting KC (up 1%) and San Jose (who have seen no increase or decrease).

Gressel goal and assist lead Atlanta United over LAFC

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After surviving a very early scare, Atlanta United continued their blistering hot home form with a strong showing at home against Los Angeles FC.

Josef Martinez headed home a 67th-minute goal that created some breathing room for Atlanta United, making the score 2-0, before a barrage of goals very late in the match resulted in a 5-0 romp.

Does Minnesota United get enough respect in MLS?

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Apr 4, 2018) US Soccer Players - On Saturday afternoon, Minnesota United lost to Atlanta United at TCF Bank Stadium by a score of 1-0. The Loons fell to Atlanta despite playing up a man for nearly an hour after defender Leandro Gonzalez-Pirez received two yellow cards in the first half, putting the visitors as a significant deficit.

The MLS report: Week Zlatan

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MLS had quite the weekend. We'll recap the week that was with a look to the Pacific Northwest, a brief snapshot of the Union's next opponent, and touch on a certain someone's debut.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 5

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In a week headlined by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, there was plenty of action all around across MLS.

Jozy Altidore pushed the LA Galaxy to a 3-1 win over Real Salt Lake. (READ)

Second half goals propelled the Vancouver Whitecaps past the Columbus Crew. (READ)

Orlando City edged the New York Red Bulls, 4-3, in a back-and-forth thriller.

Juventus To Meet MLS All-Stars In Atlanta Aug 1 2018

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It has been rumored for months, but now it is official. On August 1 in Atlanta, Juventus FC, champions of Italy's Serie A for the last six seasons and UEFA Champions League finalists in 2015 and 2017, will face the best in MLS in the 2018 MLS All-Star Game.

Pre-season games can be difficult for European teams to bring their best players to America, but with Italy not participating in this summer World Cup in Russia, almost all of Juve's stars will be in Atlanta this summer.

Early red card, Martinez hat trick help Atlanta cruise past Whitecaps

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An early red card made things pretty easy for Atlanta United against the Vancouver Whitecaps in their second home match of the year.

Kendall Waston was sent off just 14 minutes into the match, forcing Vancouver to play a man down for the overwhelming majority of the game. The infraction also set up Josef Martinez for the opening goal from the spot as Atlanta cruised past the Whitecaps by a 4-1 score.

What will we learn in MLS week 3?

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Mar 16, 2018) US Soccer Players - MLS might be a league of parity, but three weeks into the season not all games are even. A few might have more to teach us than others. Injuries, midweek games for Concacaf Champions League participants, and unusual conditions will play a role in the results and how we parse them.

News Roundup: No One Likes Us, MLS on Twitter, and the future of the USMNT

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Plus Fred gets a promotion, another Atlanta attendance record, and Arsenal's investment pays off.

Martinez, Almiron, Villalba power Atlanta United past D.C. United

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A club record crowd of 72,035 fans saw all of Atlanta United's centerpieces take control of D.C. United from start to finish.

Josef Martinez, Miguel Almiron, and Hector Villalba all found the back of the net as Atlanta took down D.C. by a 3-1 score. It was a perfect way to start their home campaign against a team that beat them thrice last season.

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for March 1-4, 2018

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Houston Dynamo’s 4-0 defeat of Atlanta United kicked off the 2018 Major League Soccer season on American television with 469,000 viewers tuning into Univision’s coverage of the match. Viewership saw an 8% decrease from 509,000 for Los Angeles Galaxy vs FC Dallas last year.

FOX Sports 1 saw an even bigger drop with their two matches averaging only 174,000 viewers, down over 40% from their first two broadcasts of 2017.

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for March 1-4, 2018

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Houston Dynamo’s 4-0 defeat of Atlanta United kicked off the 2018 Major League Soccer season on American television with 469,000 viewers tuning into Univision’s coverage of the match. Viewership saw an 8% decrease from 509,000 for Los Angeles Galaxy vs FC Dallas last year.

FOX Sports 1 saw an even bigger drop with their two matches averaging only 174,000 viewers, down over 40% from their first two broadcasts of 2017.

MLS plays a surprising week 1

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Mar 7, 2018) US Soccer Players - Take everything you thought you knew about how the 2018 MLS season and throw it in the trash. Nothing applies anymore unless your season preview started with the favorites losing in week 1. That included both of last year's MLS Cup participants not just losing, but losing at home.

Houston Dynamo trio, Tyler Miller headline SBI MLS Best XI for Week 1

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The Houston Dynamo delivered the most stunning win of the opening weekend of the MLS season, and their leading contributors headline the SBI MLS Best XI for Week 1.

Forwards Mauro Manotas and Alberth Elis lead the way in Houston's 4-0 trouncing of Atlanta United, and each earned places in the week's Best XI.

MLS Week 1: The SBI Breakdown

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Let's get it out of the way early: it's only Week 1. There are so many ways to react and overreact to the first game of an MLS season but, at the end of the day, the "overreact" part is usually the most prevalent.

You can certainly learn some things, though, from a season debut, even if those things many not necessarily be true for the long haul.

Game Thread: Philadelphia Union vs New England Revolution

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The 2018 campaign for the Philadelphia Union begins on a windy winter day at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester

The season is finally upon us. Follow along here for updates and share your reflections in the comments as the Union host New England Revolution in an MLS rematch of the Super Bowl. Hopefully, the Union fair better than the 2017 Super Bowl winners did in their MLS rematch.

MLS Atlanta

Report: Atlanta fails to come to terms with midfielder Stephane Mbia

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Atlanta United was reportedly after an addition to the midfield, but it appears one target has been ruled out.

Reports from Cameroon state that the club has failed to come to terms with midfielderStephane Mbia, who reportedly was in attendance for Atlanta's 5-0 win over LAFC last week.

Mbia, who has 67 caps with Cameroon, was seen as a potential No.

Vieira: Atlanta-NYCFC match shows how far MLS has come

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Patrick Vieira has seen much of the European soccer landscape. His illustrious career saw him feature for clubs in England, France and Italy while playing in countless matches against Europe's biggest clubs.

On Sunday, Vieira coached one of MLS' biggest clubs against another pushing the boundaries and, when all was said and done, what he saw was progress.

Ezequiel Barco feels 'comfortable' after making long-awaited Atlanta United debut

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After an extended wait, Ezequiel Barco is finally ready to contribute for Atlanta United.

The Argentinian Designated Player made his long-awaited debut on Sunday, coming on to play the last 20 minutes of Atlanta United's 2-2 draw with NYCFC. Barco's first MLS appearance was a highly anticipated one, as the league record $15 million signing finally took the field after a preseason quad strain took him out of action for the first month of the season.

MLS Ticker: Atlanta's Martinez injured in training, Galaxy's Kamara signs new deal, and more

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One of the league's best forwards picked up an injury in training on Wednesday.

Josef Martinez reportedly left practice early with an apparent injury. Little is known about the issue, but Martinez's absence would pose a big problem for the second-year side. Martinez has scored five goals in as many games this season after scoring 19 in his debut 2017 campaign.

New York Red Bulls

Match Preview: Penn FC at Atlanta United 2

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Penn FC visits Georgia for the first time

Match: Penn FC at Atlanta United 2

Date: Sunday, April 8th

Time: 4 p.m. Eastern, 3 p.m. Central, 1 p.m. Pacific, 8 p.m. UTC

Venue: Coolray Field (Lawrenceville, GA)

Refs: REF: ELTON GARCIA AR1: HOWARD ASH AR2: THOMAS BRIGMAN 4TH: CHRISTOPHER HEINTZMAN

How to Watch:

How Atlanta will look: This is only the third ever match for Atlanta United 2, but they have held their own in the USL so far.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 4/6/18

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Earnie Stewart considered for USA GM, Copa America invites are sent, and more in today's links

Philadelphia Union News

Stewart, Curtis interviewed for US men's national team GM
Philadelphia Union sporting director Earnie Stewart and former New York Red Bulls sporting director Ali Curtis recently interviewed for the newly-created US men's national team general manager position, sources have told MLSsoccer.

News Roundup: Union sleeper, Steel starts with a bang, and USMNT roster

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Plus FIFA wants honest bribes, Wondo going for the title, and DC finds somewhere even worse to play soccer.

Houston Dynamo

Houston Dynamo at DC United: How to watch, lineups and game updates

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Houston are on the road for the first time this season.

Game Updates

Updated throughout the game.

Who

Houston Dynamo at DC United

What

Today is the first road game of the season for the Houston Dynamo. They are trying to rebound from last week's 2-1 loss at home to the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Adolfo Machado named to Panama’s roster

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Dynamo defender on roster for friendly games.

The Houston Dynamo's Adolfo Machado has been named to Panama's roster for upcoming international friendlies. The defender has played in 72 games and scored one goal for his national team.

Panama is preparing for the World Cup this summer after qualifying for the tournament for the first time.

Houston Dynamo four goal outburst headlines MLS opening weekend

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Players and coach Wilmer Cabrera's thought on the win over Atlanta and quick hits of results from around the league.

Last season's Western Conference finalist Houston Dynamo continued their mastery at BBVA Compass Stadium with a 4-0 season opening win over visiting Atlanta United. The four goal outburst in the 2018 opener improved Houston's home mark to 6-0-1 since defeating DC United in the first ever match on April 12, 2012.

Houston Dynamo vs Atlanta United: Highlights

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Highlights from Houston's big opening day win over Atlanta.

From 90+ minutes down to four minutes and seven seconds. Check out the highlights from the Dynamo's big 4-0 win over Atlanta United.

Houston Dynamo vs Atlanta United Final Score: Dynamo kick off 2018 season with 4-0 victory

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Wenger, Senderos, Manotas and Ceren all score in the Dynamos opening day win.

MLS is finally back! After what felt like forever the league returned to action this weekend. The Dynamo kicked the season off in a big way in front of 20,377 fans on Saturday as they hosted (and defeated) Atlanta United.

The Rest

Soccer TV: Atlanta United vs NYCFC

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It's a high-profile MLS match-up on the weekend soccer TV schedule with Atlanta United hosting NYCFC on Sunday. There's also Liverpool vs Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday on NBC while Manchester City continues their push for the trophy at Spurs on NBCSN.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 4/9/18

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A look back and a look ahead for the Union and an MLS and European review all in today's links

Philadelphia Union News

Philadelphia Union: 3 thoughts from draw against San Jose
Chances squandered in the first half proved costly as the Philadelphia Union earned a point against the Earthquakes.

Come to the B&RU Watch Party at Dock FC

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We'll be watching DCU take on Atlanta's interlopers in Ivy City

We're going back to Ivy City! Black and Red United and Dock FC are teaming up again for a watch party this Sunday, March 11, for D.C. United's visit to Atlanta United. Tecate is joining the fun this year, with beer specials ($8 for 24oz cans) and swag giveaways.