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Major League Soccer

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.

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.

An unattractive answer: the truth about Ilsinho

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Nick Fishman continues PSP's offseason series, "The search for a No. 10," with a microscopic look at a divisive player. With no new signing in sight, is Ilsinho the right answer to the Union's biggest question?

Dreaming of greener pastures

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As the Union offseason follows a familiar pattern, fans' patience is wearing thin.

Report: Bastian Schweinsteiger gaining interest from Bundesliga

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Interest in Bastian Schweinsteiger hasn't gone away just because he's joined Major League Soccer.

The German midfielder, who came over to play with the Chicago Fire in 2017, has interest from other clubs in Europe, primarily the Bundesliga, according to reports out of Germany.

"I only signed once for a year, because I wanted to see how everything is.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 10/22/2017

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Last Union game, get ready with some links.

Philadelphia Union News

Match preview: Philadelphia Union vs. Orlando City SC
Both teams are eager to put 2017 behind them and get 2018 started.

Three questions with The Mane Land
We spoke with Michael Citro of The Mane Land, SB Nation's Orlando City SC blog, about the final match of 2017 between the Union and Lions.

Injured Bastian Schweinsteiger gets Fire back on track

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It needed a Video Review intervention but Deian Boldor's tackle on Bastian Schweinsteiger turned a yellow card into a send-off. It also injured the World Cup winner's calf, but it certainly didn't stop the German star from stepping up in a big match.

MLS Week 26: Red cards and shutouts

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Some MLS teams took advantage of the international break and others didn't. That meant a shorter MLS weekend than usual with only four games on Saturday. The scores start with New England shutting out Orlando 4-0 at Gillette Stadium. Kei Kamara had a hat trick with goals in the 26th, 75th and 89th minutes.

Official Footage: Referee’s Head-Cam Offers Incredible First-Person Perspective Of Real Madrid’s Game Against MLS All-Stars (Video)

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There's every chance we're a little late on the uptake here, but a fortnight or so ago, Real Madrid played an MLS All-Star side in the penultimate match of their pre-season schedule.

While many of us workaday proles had to make do with watching the game from a standard angle on television, the referee on duty, Mr Allen Chapman, was allowed to record the entire thing from amid the very thick of the action.

Around The Forest: La Liga refuses cash from PSG for Barcelona’s Neymar

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See where in the top ten players Diego Valeri lands, Alexi Lalas talks MLS and more.


MLS WORKS awards Embrace Oregon 2017 Community MVP grand prize |
MLS WORKS announced during halftime of the 2017 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target on Wednesday the 2017 MLS WORKS Community MVP, Keith Palau.

Bastian Schweinsteiger believes MLS can be on 'same level' as European leagues in 10 years

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MLS isn't comparable to its top counterparts in Europe quite yet, but Bastian Schweinsteiger can see a day where the American league could be even with some of the best leagues in the world.

Speaking to ESPN, Schweinsteiger said that he believes MLS can be on par with some of the top European leagues within the next 10 years.

Do the Revolution have any worthy MLS All-Stars?

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4 players with a shot to make the team.

Chicago Fire Manager Veljko Paunovic has decisions to make about the MLS All-Star squad.

On Friday, Major League Soccer revealed the Fan XI, which includes legends Bastian Schweinsteiger, Tim Howard and David Villa. But with less than half the roster constructed, Paunovic—who will coach the MLS All-Stars in August—can shape the rest of the team how he sees fit.

Major Link Soccer: The Gold Cup begins

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Power rankings, news and more about the CONCACAF tournament. LA Galaxy's worst week of all time? Lap dances in Italian stadiums?


Buy your tickets now for the Reign's July 15th match against the Boston Breakers, because you'll be entered for a chance to win a team-signed Reign jersey.

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 18 of the 2017 season

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Here are the ten things we learned from Week 18 of the 2017 MLS season.

1. Get Cincinnati to MLS

The game of the year in American club soccer was played – get this – in the U.S. Open Cup round of sixteen on a warm Wednesday night in June in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Chicago Fire

Schweinsteiger's inexperience in new role shows in loss to the Galaxy

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Bastian Schweinsteiger has been placed in an unfamiliar role over the Chicago Fire's last two games.

Head coach Veljko Paunovic has deployed his experienced German midfielder in a central defense position to start each of his side's last two matches, something he has very little experience with throughout his long career.

News Roundup: Union men on national team duty, the Crew Seek investors in Ohio, and a rough weekend for women’s soccer

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Also pre-season starts, the Fire plan a trip to Bavaria, and silly season gets down to business.

Report: Fire nearing deal to re-sign Bastian Schweinsteiger

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The Chicago Fire are reportedly nearing a deal that will see the return of Bastian Schweinsteiger.

According to, the Fire are getting closer to re-signing the German midfielder. The two sides are reportedlydiscussing a contract that would be for the 2018 season with a club option for the 2019 campaign.

Following playoff exit, Fire take solace in positive steps taken throughout rebuilding season

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The Chicago Fire took a giant leap forward in 2017, and there's no arguing that. The club entered as one of the league's recent bottom-dwellers, one that had been facing a multi-year difficult period with no playoffs and no glory. What followed was a magnificent summer run and a return to the postseason, even if it ended earlier than the team expected in the most disappointing of ways.

Red Bulls crush Fire in playoff opener

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The New York Red Bulls put in a terrific team effort, defeating the Chicago Fire in the opening match of the MLS Cup Playoffs behind Sacha Kljestan and Bradley Wright Phillips.

The sixth-seeded Red Bulls proved to be too much for the Fire, winning 4-0 over a side that limped into the playoffs with a number of key players injured and recovering from their Decision Day defeat at the hands of the Houston Dynamo.

How to Watch MLS Playoffs Knockout Round, TV and Streaming Listings

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Twelve teams enter, by Thursday night four will be eliminated from the playoffs. Check out our Three (four) Big Storylines, National TV and Streaming Listings and From a Sounders Point of View.

Three Big Storylines (well, four; one for each game!):
  1. Chicago Fire versus New York Red Bulls: One of the defining trades of the offseason was when NYRB traded their captain Dax McCarty to the Chicago Fire for $400,000 in General Allocation Money (GAM).

Match preview: Philadelphia Union vs. Chicago Fire

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As the season winds down, the Union face a battered but talented Chicago Fire. Learn all you need to know with Nick Fishman's match preview.

Fire v Red Bulls match preview

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What Are They All About? New York Red Bulls

A sigh of relief. This past weekend the Chicago Fire won on the road in Montreal on the back of a Bastian Schweinsteiger goal. It was only their second win from the past nine matches but they did overcome a seven match away winless streak and will be hoping to build on the confidence that the Montreal result offered.

Bastian Schweinsteiger, Fire looking to bounce back quickly after end of 11-match unbeaten run

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Bastian Schweinsteiger has been a part of plenty of long winning streaks throughout his career. Playing for Germany and Bayern Munich will do that for you. He's been a part of some incredible teams and some incredible runs that have culminated in plenty of trophies and accolades.


It’s a boy for Schweinsteiger and Ivanovic

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Berlin (AFP) – Former Germany football captain Bastian Schweinsteiger and one-time world tennis number one Ana Ivanovic were celebrating the birth of their first child at the weekend.

“Welcome to the world our little boy! We are so happy,” the footballer wrote on his Instagram account beneath a snap of the baby’s feet, which look tiny beside the couple’s hands.

Mueller can imagine life after Bayern

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Berlin (AFP) – Disgruntled Germany star Thomas Mueller admits he can envisage leaving Bayern Munich after failing to shine recently for the German champions.

Mueller set up two goals for Germany in their 6-0 rout of Norway last Monday in a World Cup qualifier, but produced another poor display on the wing for Bayern in Saturday’s 2-0 league defeat at Hoffenheim.

Neuer replaces Lahm as Bayern’s captain

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Berlin (AFP) – Germany goalkeeper and captain Manuel Neuer will replace Philipp Lahm as Bayern Munich’s skipper for next season, the Bundesliga champions’ chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed.

“Our number one is the number one (choice) - Manuel Neuer,” Rummenigge told Munich daily newspaper TZ.

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Fire and Nashville FC play to scoreless draw

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The Fire's second to last match in Florida resulted in another 0-0 tie against lower level competition. The first half of the match featured very little offensively from either side with the Fire fielding mostly reserves and trialists to start the game. Bastian Schweinsteiger made his preseason debut as a second half substitute and was involved in the team's two best chances of the game.

Fire down FGCU 2-0

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The Fire used mostly reserves and trialists to hand Florida Gulf Coast University a 2-0 defeat on Saturday afternoon. A 19th minute tap-in from Omar Castro after an Elliot Collier pass gave Chicago the lead in match that they controlled comfortably. Forward Albert Ruiz scored a 27th minute, unmarked, flat-footed header from a 27th minute corner kick against his alma mater to double the lead.

Fire open preseason with 2-0 win over USF

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Goals from Nemanja Nikolic and draft pick Elliot Collier led the Fire to a 2-0 victory over the University of South Florida. Nikolic headed in a cross from Christian Dean in the 40th minute and Collier bounced a shot in off of the USF goalkeeper in the 76th after running onto a pass from Drew Conner.

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Season review: Alejandro Bedoya’s year

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Photo by Earl Gardner Did the Philadelphia Union get the most out of Alejandro Bedoya this year? Did he provide what you'd expect a U.S. National team member to? Did he live up to expectations? I'd venture to guess that a lot of Union supporters would answer "no" to the [...]

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.

The Rest

Fire survive Crew 1-0 for first win of the season

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A 27th minute Zack Steffen give-away resulted in Nemanja Nikolic's fourth goal of the season and the Fire held on to defeat the Columbus Crew 1-0. The visitors controlled most of the match, held a 65-35 possession advantage, and outshot the Fire 20-8 but could not break through despite some close calls with posts and crossbars.

Fire earn first points of 2018 in 2-2 draw with Portland

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It wasn't pretty and it took some offensive heroics from "centerback" Bastian Schweinsteiger for the Fire to pick up their first point of the season. The Fire needed to come from behind twice against a team playing its' fourth consecutive road game of the year. Although the point beats the result of the previous two matches, coach Veljko Paunovic warned that things may not get better immediately.

Fire v University of South Florida preseason match preview

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What Are They All About? USF

Welcome back! After a mostly quiet offseason we are happy to be returning with our first match preview of 2018. Having completed the first phase of preseason at the Toyota Park dome, the Chicago Fire find themselves in sunny Tampa on the USF campus for a tune-up against the college side at 4:00 CT on Saturday.

Landon Donovan returns (again), D.C. United changes formation (again)? & more: Freedom Kicks for 1/15/18

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A bevy of things dot today's links.

Hi. Have you been watching combine games over the weekend and nerding out for the draft? No? Well OK

With training camp looming, goal-starved D.C. United hasn't landed a scorer (WaPo): I get that people are going to be/are upset by this, but it doesn't mean I relate to it.

SG Buna Halle: German Amateur Club Hope To Sign Bastian Schweinsteiger, Offer To Rename Stadium After Him To Seal Deal

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A small team from the lower recesses of the German regional league have plucked up the courage to ask Bastian Schweinsteiger to sign for them.

SG Buna Halle are currently riding high in second place in the Nationalklasse 6th division and are hoping the addition of a World Cup-winning ex-Germany international to their squad might just help them gun for their title.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 10/13/17

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Philadelphia Union News

Quick Hits from Jim Curtin's Press Scrum
A few thoughts from Coach Curtin.

Bedoya: Tuesday night in Trinidad & Tobago ‘freaking sucked'
Philadelphia Union midfielder Alejandro Bedoya got emotional Thursday talking about the U.

Three questions with Hot Time In Old Town

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We spoke with Sean Spence of Hot Time In Old Town, SB Nation's Chicago Fire blog, about the upcoming match between the Fire and the Union.

Eugene Rupinski, Brotherly Game) The Fire seem to be doing just fine with Bastian Schweinsteiger out injured.

Fantasy Focus: All Rev-ed Up

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All they do is Nguyen

Our leader this round was HICKENHÖPPER FC, who scored 125 points. Captain Kei Kamara (NE, $9.8) led the team with a hat trick and 38 points, while his teammate Lee Nguyen (NE, $11.00) tallied four assists and 19 points of his own. Roman Alessandrini (LA, $10.