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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.

Portland:

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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?

Seattle

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.

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.

Fire Hang On For Massive Road Win

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There are times in a soccer match when scoring a goal can destroy the motivation for an opponent to mount a comeback. The New England Revolution were that team on Saturday shortly after Luis Solignac put the visiting Fire 2:0 up in the 61st minute. It was the kind of authoritative strike that resulted in the Revs looking like they were ready to pack it in.

Nine-Man Orlando Keep Fire in Check

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The Chicago Fire had a superb opportunity to grab three very valuable away points on Sunday night, but failed to find a way to break down a closely packed Orlando City defense and had to settle for a share of the spoils after a 0:0 draw. The home side went down to ten men when Rafael Ramos was sent off in the 26th minute after a clash with Brandon Vincent.

D.C. United vs. Chicago player ratings form

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Seeing where the bottom is on this group.

D.C. United was trying to salvage something in their match with the Chicago Fire, who are breaking in their shiny Designated Players nicely in Bastian Schweinsteiger and Nemanja Nikolic were looking for their first road win in a gajillion years. And they got their win in a quiet, convincing 1-0 fashion.

Real Salt Lake signs a DP, Pogba transfer to Manchester United under investigation: Brotherly Game Daily Links 5/10/17

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Hump Day links!

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Union 3, Red Bull 0: Player grades and analysis for a slump-busting victory
It looked like we might be headed for another drab draw on Saturday night, but something happened around the 70-minute mark that we haven't seen in some time.

MLS Week 8: Nagbe’s show for Portland

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Week 8 of the 2017 MLS season saw USMNT player Darlington Nagbe take a starring role in Portland's 2-1 win over Vancouver. Nagbe opened the scoring in the 18th minute at Providence Park, assisting on Darren Mattocks's goal in the 40th. Fredy Montero pulled a goal back for Vancouver in the 59th minute.

MLS Week 8: A Look Ahead

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It shouldn't come as a total shock that FC Dallas is involved in a marquee match this weekend because its been featured in plenty of top-notch contests early in 2017. This time, Oscar Pareja's men face Sporting Kansas City in a top-of-the-table clash that highlights the weekend's action in Major League Soccer.

MLS: Lady At Airport Politely Asks Bastian Schweinsteiger To Take Photo Of Her Posing With Rest Of Chicago Fire Players

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He may well be a Champions League winner, a Bundesliga octo-champ and a Weltmeister, but it would appear that Bastian Schweinsteiger isn't quite what you'd call a household name across the pondjust yet.

Indeed, the ex-Bayern Munich and Manchester United midfielder was politely asked by a lady at Toronto Airport if he'd kindly take a photo of her posing with the rest of his Chicago Fire teammates.

How to Watch the MLS weekend in Week 7, TV and Streaming Listings

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A Friday triple-header and MLS comes to FOX. Check out our Three Big Storylines, National TV and Streaming Listings and From a Sounders Point of View.

Three Big Storylines:
  1. Friday sees three MLS games on the schedule, two being on National TV and one being the first Cascadia Cup match of the year as the Sounders head to Vancouver (this is not the gamethread you are looking for).

Fire v Crew match preview

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What Are They All About? Columbus Crew SC

Five points. After four matches played in MLS, the Chicago Fire sit on five points. It must be noted that this is the same points total at this juncture of the season last year, and has been about average for the Fire over the last seven playoff-less years.

SBI MLS Best XI (Week 5)

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In a week where Major League Soccer's goalkeeping was pretty abysmal, Bill Hamid was a ray of sunshine in a storm of blunders.

The D.C. United goalkeeper was outstanding on Saturday against the Philadelphia Union, making several highlight-reel saves to earn his team its first win of the year, and secure a place on SBI's MLS Best XI for Week 5.

MLS reverses the scoreless draws

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Monday's soccer news starts with an uncomfortable Friday night for MLS. With the league schedule returning in full force following the international break, two games available nationally ended scoreless. It looked like the league of ties had already returned by week 5 of the 2017 MLS season. Instead, what happened was an entertaining weekend with several multi-goal games.

Musket Rounds: Michael Bradley deserves more credit, plus more daily links

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Here's what we're reading following a busy weekend of soccer.

The Revolution earned a point in Portland, four MLS teams made trades and Bastian Schweinsteiger scored 17 minutes into his Chicago Fire debut. It was a busy weekend in American soccer.

Here's what we're reading today:

Revolution News

Revolution steal a point in Stumptown / The Bent Musket

A late equalizer from Lee Nguyen helped the Revs earn a highly-coveted point at Providence Park.

How to Watch the MLS weekend in Week 5, TV and Streaming Listings

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It was a big week of trades and a World Cup winner makes his MLS debut. Check out our Three Big Storylines, National TV and Streaming Listings and From a Sounders Point of View.

Three Big Storylines:
  1. Bastian Schweinsteiger will make his MLS debut on Saturday as the Chicago Fire host the Montreal Impact (Noon, MLS Live).

Bundesbanter: Chicago Fire Back Bastian Schweinsteiger As Veteran Midfielder Embarks On ‘Road To Russia’ (Photo)

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Bastian Schweinsteiger's great American adventure got off to a suitably ridiculous start when a befuddled local journalist asked the German midfielder if he was hoping to score at the World Cup with Chicago Fire at his introductory press conference.

Indeed, scholars of the game may note that Chicago Fire aren't technically eligible to compete in World Cups, principally because they are not aninternational side of a recognised FIFA member state.

MLS: Bastian Schweinsteiger Asked About Possibility Of Winning ‘World Cup’ With Chicage Fire By Confused Reporter (Photos)

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Bastian Schweinsteiger endured a horrible time at Old Trafford under Jose Mourinho but is now embarking on a new, and hopefully for him, fruitful adventure in the USA.

On his arrival at new club Chicago Fire, Schweinsteiger has created quite a stir, drawing a large crowd to the airport.

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However, at an introductory press conference, the German World Cup winner was asked a rather odd question and one which will reinforce the often unfair view that the US is still yet to get fully up to speed with the world of 'soccer', with a reporter asking:

I wonder, with your addition to this team, is it a fair expectation to see a clearpathway towards a World Cup competition to come out of Chicago?

Chicago Fire

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.

Can Anyone Stop Nikolic?

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Chicago Fire striker Nemanja Nikolic continued his torrid form on Wednesday, notching two goals in the Fire's 3:0 wipeout of the Colorado Rapids at Toyota Park. The victory kept the Fire undefeated at home this season. Overall, the Fire have 18 points from their 11 matches and they are unquestionably on a roll.

Can Anyone Stop Nikolic?

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Chicago Fire striker Nemanja Nikolic continued his torrid form on Wednesday, notching two goals in the Fire's 3:0 wipeout of the Colorado Rapids at Toyota Park. The victory kept the Fire undefeated at home this season. Overall, the Fire have 18 points from their 11 matches and they are unquestionably on a roll.

“The Smiles Are Back in Bridgeview …”

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Those were the words of Chicago Fire coach Veljko Paunovic following his team's 4:1 demolition of the Seattle Sounders at Toyota Park on Saturday. Nemanja Nikolic tallied two goals and an assist, while David Accam notched a goal and an assist. The Fire and Sounders engaged in a back-and-forth scrap in the first half and the Fire exploded for three goals after the break, as Chicago won the game in style.

Sounders at Chicago Fire: Three Questions

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ESPN2 picked up this 6 PM game because the Fire have a World Cup winner.

There was a time when facing the Chicago Fire would be one of the easier matches in the league. They were the worst team in 2015 and 2016, both years as the only team that earned less than a point per game. But this year's Fire are a more typical MLS side.

Seattle Sounders at Chicago Fire: TV schedule, news, highlights, analysis

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Seattle Sounders FC start a two-match Midwest road trip in Chicago. ESPN2 picked up the 6 PM match shortly after the Chicago Fire signed Bastian Schweinsteiger. The Fire have yet to be shutout at home, averaging two goals a game and have only given up a goal or more in a single home match. Seattle is decent road team, scoring 1.

Know Thy Emeny: Revs-Fire Preview with Hot Time In Old Town

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For the first time in recent memory...are the Chicago Fire good at soccer?

Years ago, when the Chicago Fire and New England Revolution clashed in epic bouts in the postseason, a rivalry was born. But gone are the days where the Revs eliminated the Fire four times in the postseason in six years and these two teams met regularly in October.

Fire v Revolution match preview

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What Are They All About? New England Revolution

Dare they believe? This past weekend the Chicago Fire defeated Columbus Crew SC 1-0 on the back of a Nemanja Nikolic goal and what appeared to be a strong tactical display. A formation change, organizational fortitude, and an air of confidence saw them across the line in more ways than one with Chicago finding themselves in fourth place at the end of the week's matches.

Fire v Impact match preview

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Qui sont-ils? Aperçu du Match Contre Montreal

The mixed bag keeps on giving. Just two days after a shocking 4-0 thrashing at the hands of expansion side Atlanta United, the Chicago Fire announced the long-rumored signing of Bastian Schweinsteiger. Despite making several key signings in the offseason there was still something missing for the Chicago side, and Nelson Rodriguez seems to have addressed that now.

Nemanja Nikolic

Unbeaten Run Reaches an Incredible 9 Matches

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It was a night of visceral dominance on Saturday at Toyota Park by a Chicago Fire side that came out hungry and did not stop until visiting Orlando City SC had been beaten to a pulp. No Fire player was more dominant than winger David Accam, who scored three times, to go along with an assist in a 4:0 rout.

Revolution vs. Fire: Storylines to follow in week 16

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Can the Revs stop Nemanja Nikolic? That, and three other headlines to track.

Two weeks removed from a 3-0 win over east-leading Toronto FC, the Revolution welcome the Fire to Gillette Stadium for a Saturday evening contest. Here are four storylines to follow ahead of the match:

1.

Fire 2 Impact 2 - recap and ratings

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The excitement of Bastian Schweinsteiger's goal scoring debut was tempered by an all too familiar sight at Toyota Park. The Fire squandered and early lead and failed to put away an opponent that they should have been able to beat at home. Over the last several seasons, they have blown countless opportunities at home while not being able to accumulate points against teams playing at considerably less than full strength.

The Rest

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.

Jimmy McLaughlin one of the heroes in FC Cincinnati’s U.S. Open Cup conquest

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Malvern native converted the decisive penalty in a shootout win over Chicago Fire on Wednesday

On a night when his hometown team were coming up short in penalties in North Jersey, former Philadelphia Union homegrown Jimmy McLaughlin followed Bastian Schweinsteiger to the penalty spot to take one of the biggest kicks of his life.

Around The Forest: U-20 World Cup, Bastian Schweinsteiger and more

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It's time to get caught up on all you missed over the weekend.

Sit back grab your favorite morning beverage and catch up on all the things you missed.

Timbers

Quotes & Notes | Montréal Impact 4, Portland Timbers 1 | May 20, 2017 | Portland Timbers
"I think you have to look at the first 17 minutes, really.

D.C. United vs. Chicago Fire staff and reader predictions

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It's not looking great.

All right, the less said about last weekend's game, the better. Was it the first D.C. United game I've ever left early? Maybe. Should we dwell? Definitely not.

Instead, let's focus on tomorrow's game, which will totally not be a horrific loss! Lol jk, it's going to suck.

Rapids Hope To Be A Firebreak

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So after breaking our losing streak its a quick turnaround with a midweek game tomorrow in Chicago and then the trip continues to Philly on Saturday. The Rapids will face one of the biggest new names in the league in Chicago, Bastian Schweinsteiger. Game time tomorrow is 6:30pm and the game is on Altitude.

Looking back at the Fire's last big signing in 2007, Cuauhtemoc Blanco

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A few weeks ago I wrote a piece over at theAthletic.com about Bastian Schweinsteiger's arrival and how it compared to the Fire's last big name signing in 2007. I spoke to the Fire's General Manager at the time, John Guppy about the buzz and excitement created by Cuauhtemoc Blanco's arrival and how a short-notice announcement of an introduction turned into 5,000 people showing up at Toyota Park to greet him.