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Philadelphia Union

Second half goals lift Philadelphia Union U19s over local rival PA Classics

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Jeremy Rafanello had the breakthrough in the 57th minute and Darius Lewis followed with an insurance goal four minutes later

The Philadelphia Union U19 team continued its strong run of form, picking up a fourth straight clean sheet and seventh straight win behind a couple of second half goals at PA Classics on Saturday.

Andre Blake, CJ Sapong make MLS Team of the Week

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Another streak that was long overdue to end has ended.

It's been a while since a Philadelphia Union player was nominated to the MLS Team of the Week. August 29th of last year to be exact, when Keegan Rosenberry was named in the Week 25 edition. But just like the Union's winless streak, that all came to an end when both Andre Blake and CJ Sapong were named for their performances against the New York Red Bulls.

Major League Soccer

MLS Week 9: LAFC opens Banc of California Stadium with a win

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The week 9 MLS wrap-up starts with the finale. LAFC opened Banc of California Stadium with a 1-0 win over Seattle on Sunday night. Both teams had their chances, but it was LAFC getting the first goal at their new home with a stoppage time winner from Laurent Ciman. Tyler Miller kept the clean sheet.

MLS Week 10: Toronto wins MLS Cup rematch

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Week 10 of the 2017 MLS season saw Toronto get the better of Seattle at CenturyLink Field. In a rematch of the 2016 MLS Cup, Toronto won 1-0 on the road. Jozy Altidore converted a 23rd minute penalty for the game's only goal. Clint Irwin kept the clean sheet with two saves.

"Two weeks ago, a lot of people were concerned because we weren't necessarily turning some of those games into wins," Toronto coach Greg Vanney said.

Sean Johnson

Fantasy Focus: The Moralez of the Story

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He played twice, but one game was enough

With a score of 139 points, Salisbury United edged out the competition to lead the round.

Going all in on the SKC defense didn't quite pan out, but captaining Maxi Moralez (NYC, $11.8) to the tune of 46 points sure helped. MILLERtime When WYNNE'n's overall lead has expanded to 56 points.

Fantasy Focus: And I know a change gon’ Accam

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That's one way to fill a box score.

This round was led by Acosta Benny Fits, who scored 134 points. The team was led by captain Miguel Almiron (ATL, $9.8), who notched two assists on the way to 30 points. Supporting him were Kevin Molino (MIN, $10.2), who had two assists and 15 points, and Michael Parkhurst (ATL, $5.

Fantasy Focus: New Jersey is Red

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The Red Bulls put up points in New York City proper

This round's leader was Birdbomb SC, who put up 98 points. Will Johnson (TOR, $8.3) led the way with 15 points with one goal scored, while teammate and captain Sebastian Giovinco (TOR, $12.7) scored 14 points in two games. Both Axel Sjoberg (COL, $5.

David Villa

Fantasy Focus: I am Josef

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Busting some Caps.

Benny's Army led this round with a score of 114 points, even despite the absence of suddenly-inactive David Villa:

Josef Martinez (ATL, $11.0) led the way with an armband-aided 36 points on the strength of a hat trick, and none of the four midfielders scored fewer than 8 points.

Fantasy Focus: Running of the Bull

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Getting fat off the weak

This round's leader was DC Buzzards,with a whopping score of 173 points, 20 more than the next closest team. Captain David Villa (NYC, $11.9) tallied two goals and an assist on the way to 46 points, easily leading the team. Behind him were Red Bulls teammates Sacha Kljestan ($11.

Fantasy Focus: Livin’ la Villa loca

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David at the double

With a scorching 121 points, We Takes the Money led the league this round. Captain David Villa (NYC, $11.3) led the team with 36 points on the strength of two goals. Behind him was the duo of Romain Alessandrini (LA, $10.3) and Nemanja Nikolic (CHI, $10.5), each of whom tallied a goal and an assist for 12 points.

Fantasy Focus: Fly Like a Neagle

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Into the playoff (position)

With so many teams playing twice this round, big numbers were bound to come. Willy Nilly put up 133 points to lead the league. Ignacio Piatti (MTL, $11.7) captained the team and scored 28 points on a goal and an assist. Osvaldo Alonso (SEA, $9.5) trailed with 17 points on a goal of his own, and David Villa (NYC, $12.

Fantasy Focus: If you really want Moor

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Yeah, a Toronto defender.

This was a low-scoring round, as Cathedral SC was the only team to top 60 points, with a total of 68. Benny Feilhaber (SKC, $11.0) led with 14 points on a goal and an assist. Bill Hamid (DCU, $6.2) earned a clean sheet on the way to 9 points, while David Villa (NYC, $12.

Zack Steffen

Fantasy Focus: Return to Senderos

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Who actually had him in their team?

Round one is in the books, and while parts of the revamped MLS Fantasy website still don't work, we're taking a look back at what transpired. Crestwood Villa is the leader after this round after scoring 91 points. Usually I'd link to the team for your clicking pleasure, but that appears not to be a thing anymore, so you can check out the whole team here:

Romain Alessandrini (LA, $11.

Fantasy Focus: Truth Meram

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He's a hat trick hero

Our overall leader led this round, and now sits with a 56-point lead at the top. !BL4CKnRED scored 114 points, led by captain Justin Meram (CLB, $10.1), who scored 46 points with a hat trick in his second of two games. Supporting him were Lee Nguyen (NE, $10.3) with 15 points on a goal and two assists, and Victor Vazquez (TOR, $9.

Arsenal

Mustafi’s clean sheet record is key to Arsenal’s new-found belief

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The 5-0 scoreline against Huddersfield last night was not a fair reflection of the game on the night as the Arsenal defence were pegged back by the Terriers on many occasions, especially in the first half. But our defenders were equal to it, and Koscielny, Mustafi and Monreal kept the Gunners in control and they [.

Huzzah: CSKA Moscow Goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev Keeps First Champions League Clean Sheet In 11 Years

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Last night, something utterly remarkable happened in the Champions League.

No, we're not talking about Celtic managing to restrict PSG to a mere seven goals, but the banishment of a dreadful record that had extended to over a decade.

In successfully keeping Benfica at bay to help ensure a 2-0 win for CSKA Moscow, erstwhile goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev managed to register his first Champions League clean sheet in 11 years.

Arsene Wenger Reflects On Stoke Win

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Arsene Wenger was pleased as Arsenal "kept a clean sheet again" in their 4-1 victory over Stoke.

The Gunners boosted their chances of finishing in the top four with victory over the Potters, which puts them one point behind Liverpool with just two games remaining.

Arsenal went 2-0 up via Olivier Giroud's finish in the 42nd minute and Mesut Ozil's in the 55th.

Hull City 0-2 Chelsea: A clean sheet, switch in formation and an important three points.

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Chelsea beat Hull City 2-0 on Saturday afternoon and in doing so, picked up an all-important three points. A tactical switch from Antonio Conte paid off in this one and gives Chelsea a base to build from.

After two disappointing defeats against Liverpool and Arsenal, it was important that Chelsea bounced back in this one.

Diego Valeri

Fantasy Focus: At last, the last

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It's all but over

The final round is on deck, and after overtaking the leader for most of this season last round, No Name MLS cemented the overall lead by amassing the most points in this round with a score of 131 points. Captain Nemanja Nikolic (CHI, $10.8) led the team with a hat trick and an armband-aided 36 points.

Fantasy Focus: MaraVilla

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Shame about the Metros

The leader this round was Sin City FC with a score of 104 points. David Villa (NYC, $12.0) scored a hat trick and 21 points, leading to a bitter defeat suffered by some team in New Jersey. Meanwhile, Clint Dempsey (SEA, $9.9) scored two goals and added an assist for 18 points, and captain Diego Valeri (POR, $11.

Fantasy Focus: Fits to Adi

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It was a week of slim pickings.

Demonbarber12's 96 points led the league this round. Fanendo Adi (POR, $9.8) led the team with an armband-aided 26 points on the strength of two goals. He was supported by teammates Diego Valeri ($10.7), with an assist and 10 points, and Sebastian Blanco ($8.

Fantasy Focus: Fits to Adi

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It was a week of slim pickings.

Demonbarber12's 96 points led the league this round. Fanendo Adi (POR, $9.8) led the team with an armband-aided 26 points on the strength of two goals. He was supported by teammates Diego Valeri ($10.7), with an assist and 10 points, and Sebastian Blanco ($8.

Fantasy Focus: Houston, we have a ProbLAm

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Another week, another split

It was ShowtimeJR who led the round with a score of 84 points. Erick Torres (HOU, $8.7) wore the armband and scored 32 points with a hat trick to lead the team. Kevin Molino (MIN, $9.9) added a goal to two assists for 15 points, and Diego Valeri (POR, $10.3) scored a goal and 10 points.

Fantasy Focus: Morales and Values

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More double game weeks, more big scores

With a score of 141 points, #Gio'd led the double game week. Diego Valeri (POR, $10.6) led the team with an armband-aided 32 points on the strength of a goal. Backing him up was Pedro Morales (VAN, $11.1), who scored a goal and added two assists for 21 points, followed up by Sebastian Giovinco (TOR, $12.

Fantasy Focus: A Spanish Villa in New York

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The DGW comes good.

Our overall leader also led the round, as !BL4CKnRED-2014Champ took advantage of the double game weeks to score 129 points. David Villa (NYC, $11.4) wore the armband and scored 42 points on two goals. Lee Nguyen (NE, $11.2) tallied two assists and 17 points, while Diego Valeri (POR, $10.

atlanta united

Seattle Sounders vs. Atlanta United: Player ratings

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There was a lot to consider when re-watching the Seattle Sounders' disappointing 0-0 draw with Atlanta United on Friday night. On one hand, Atlanta was the highest-scoring team in the league, and Seattle's backline had only one of its usual starters but still earned a clean sheet. On the other hand, while the Sounders created quality chances, they failed to put much of real substance on frame or take advantage of their superior play throughout most of the game.

Backup defenders earn Sounders first clean sheet of 2017

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They might not top the depth chart, but quartet repelled one of the most dangerous offenses in the league.

Things might not have gone the Sounders' way offensively in their 0-0 draw with Atlanta United on Friday, but a clean sheet against the most potent attack in the league is nothing to complain about.

Season 2016-17

Praise Be to Hugo’s Knee. All Hail Wanyama’s Toe

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For the second league game in succession, Spurs toiled against well-organised and determined opponents, failing to score or, worse, seldom seriously looking as if they would. The defence did their bit though, so another clean sheet, another point and still unbeaten but there's an infuriating itch in a spot that you can't quite reach.

Praise Be to Hugo’s Knee. All Hail Wanyama’s Toe

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For the second league game in succession, Spurs toiled against well-organised and determined opponents, failing to score or, worse, seldom seriously looking as if they would. The defence did their bit though, so another clean sheet, another point and still unbeaten but there's an infuriating itch in a spot that you can't quite reach.

Lothar Matthaus

Hungary’s Storck salutes record-breaker Kiraly

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Bordeaux (AFP) Hungary coach Bernd Storck showered praise on 40-year-old goalkeeper Gabor Kiraly after he became the oldest player in European Championship history in Tuesday's shock 2-0 win over neighbours Austria.

Kiraly, famous for his grey tracksuit trousers, celebrated the record-breaking occasion by keeping a clean sheet as he eclipsed the old mark set by Germany's Lothar Matthaus, who was 39 when he played at Euro 2000.

Hungary’s Storck salutes record-breaker Kiraly

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Bordeaux (AFP) Hungary coach Bernd Storck showered praise on 40-year-old goalkeeper Gabor Kiraly after he became the oldest player in European Championship history in Tuesday's shock 2-0 win over neighbours Austria.

Kiraly, famous for his grey tracksuit trousers, celebrated the record-breaking occasion by keeping a clean sheet as he eclipsed the old mark set by Germany's Lothar Matthaus, who was 39 when he played at Euro 2000.

The Rest

Fantasy Focus: Nachosen One

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Man down for what?

Dukes SC led the round with 112 points:

The team exhibited tremendous balance, with ten out of eleven players scoring eight or more points (Tim Melia (SKC, $6.3) came off the bench with 8 points.) MILLERtime When WYNNE'n is still the overall leader by 48 points.

Fantasy Focus: Jesus take Muyl

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Who?

With a score of 98 points, Stan the Fan led the round.

If you're inclined to math, you may notice that these players don't add up to 98. This is because the tactic of ‘starting two defenders that aren't playing or aren't likely to play to allow the highest scoring bench players to be subbed in' is being employed, and those players are still on the bench here.

Another Victory, Another Clean Sheet, Persija March On

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Last night saw Persija defeat Sriwijaya 1-0 to climb up to 4th place in Liga 1, just four points behind leaders Madura United. The win was the fourth on the spin for the Macan Kemayoran and their sixth game unbeaten. A run of games that has seen them concede just one goal, that late equaliser against Mitra Kukar.

Match recap: Harrisburg City Islanders 0, Pittsburgh Riverhounds 0

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City Islanders are once again forced to settle for a nil-nil draw

How do you analyze a scoreless draw? Let me count the ways. The most obvious route is to highlight that the defense has gotten a clean sheet, which is fair. It could also be used to extend an unbeaten streak, such as the three match streak the City Islanders currently enjoy.

Houston Dynamo 4, Orlando City SC 0: Rate the Players and Quick Thoughts

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The Houston Dynamo scored 4 goals and got the clean sheet against a quality Orlando side. Rate the player performances

At the beginning of the year I introduced a new way for the Dynamo Theory community to be a part of Player Ratings. After matches everyone will get a chance to submit how each player did on a scale of 1 to 10 which will be averaged out in a later article.

Fantasy Focus: Hey hey hey!

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It's Albert Rusnak!

!BL4CKnRED scored 83 points to lead this round. Romain Alessandrini (LA, $9.5) donned the armband and scored a goal on the way to 20 points to lead the team. Meanwhile, Seth Sinovic (SKC, $5.3) tallied a goal and an assist for 13 points, while Sebastian Giovinco (TOR, $12.

Philadelphia Union Academy teams remain unbeaten in 2017 after successful road trip

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The Union went 2-0-1 against Bethesda SC in Maryland; U12 team swept PA Classics at home

A pair of wins and a draw in Maryland along with a sweep at home for the U12 team over PA Classics gave the Philadelphia Union Academy another unbeaten weekend in U.S. Soccer Development Academy play.

The U18s made it four wins out of four for 2017 thanks to a 41st minute strike from Darius Lewis, who has scored in three straight games, two of those game-winners in 1-0 wins.

Sounders Soccer is a clean sheet and a goal; that won’t change

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TL;DR version: You play to win the game

Heading to Commerce City, Colorado (1 PM, ESPN) the Seattle Sounders have a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference Finals. This is their best ever lead just a match away from the MLS Cup. Any result where they win or draw means that they advance. A loss by just one goal if they score at least one means that they advance.

Fantasy Focus: ¡Ola!

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Who needs Kei?

It took 92 points to lead the league, with RVA Chieftans setting the pace. Captain Cyle Larin (ORL, $9.4) led the team with 24 points on a goal and an assist. Ignacio Piatti (MTL, $10.8) and Lee Nguyen (NE, $11.8) each notched a goal and an assist for 14 and 11 points respectively.