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MLS Week 8: Open thread

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Check out our Three Big Storylines, National TV and Streaming Listings and From a Sounders Point of View

Three Big Storylines:
  1. Major League Soccer will get a new look this weekend as 23 teams, including the Seattle Sounders, will be wearing the Parley Ocean Plastic jerseys as part of their Earth Day 2018 celebrations.

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 6

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There were plenty of big goals and some even bigger saves through the MLS weekend as several results surprised and stunned throughout the league.

Tim Melia shined to lead Sporting KC past the LA Galaxy. (READ)

Despite being down two goals in the 80th minute, Orlando City stormed back to earn a win over the Portland Timbers.

FC Dallas snatches late draw against Rapids

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For most of Saturday's Western Conference showdown at Toyota Stadium, it looked like FC Dallas was going to see their unbeaten run to the start of the MLS season come to an end. Cristian Colman had other ideas, playing the hero off the bench.

The 24-year-old Paraguayan came on as a second-half substitute and headed in an equalizer in the 89th minute to give FC Dallas a 1-1 draw against the Colorado Rapids.

Badji's hat trick lift Rapids past Union

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Coming into Saturday's showdown at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, both the Colorado Rapids and Philadelphia Union knew the stakes at hand. Colorado was seeking their first win of the season, while Philadelphia was looking to keep their unbeaten run alive.

The Rapids made the most of their offensive chances as Dominique Badji bagged a hat-trick to hand Philadelphia a 3-0 defeat.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 3/31/18

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Three questions with Colorado, Zlatan has his first practice with LA, and more in today's links.

Philadelphia Union News

Three Questions with Burgundy Wave: Colorado Rapids away
The Union play away from home for the first time on Saturday against the Colorado Rapids.

News roundup: Curtin’s presser, Nova beat Syracuse, LA derby crowned El Tráfico

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Plus where to watch Saturday's Union game, Bob Bradley interview, Russia, and more.

The MLS report: Week Four

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Another week, another Union bye. Here's the latest recap of the week that was in MLS.

Around the Forest: Thor Attends Vancouver versus LA Galaxy

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Also: Savarese stands by his decision, T2 pick up points, Wondo throws shade at Zlatan, Erik Palmer-Brown ready to take the next step and more!

Portland

Savarese on leaving Liam Ridgewell out: "We needed to change something" | MLSsoccer.com
While the Timbers conceded on the day, the defensive effort was improved at a venue that has traditionally proven tricky for them, even with captain Liam Ridgewell staying back in Portland for the match and Bill Tuiloma making his MLS debut in the Englishman's place.

Sporting KC use late equalizer to tie Colorado

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Sporting Kansas City kept its lead atop the Western Conference thanks to a pair of second-half goals at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

Felipe Gutierrez and Diego Rubio scored a goal each to level Sporting KC and the Colorado Rapids 2-2 on Saturday night.

Anthony Hudson's Rapids broke into the lead early, as they pounced for a pair of goals in a three-minute span.

Brandon Bye talks about his first MLS start

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Farrell on Bye: He has all the tools to be a great player in this league.

Brandon Bye wasn't expected to be a starter just two games into his rookie season but unforeseen circumstances propelled him into the lineup against the Colorado Rapids. Bye made the most of the opportunity, helping his team collect their first win of 2018.

MLS recap: Week 2

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We're trying something new — a weekly recap of all the MLS action. This week's storylines include Champions League success, a rash of late winners, and goals galore.

Tierney's last-gasp goal helps Revolution top Rapids in home opener

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The New England Revolution only put two shots on goal on Tuesday afternoon, but that was a good enough to beat the Colorado Rapids in their home opener as Chris Tierney's 93rd-minute free kick deflected in off the wall to give the Revs a 2-1 win at Gillette Stadium.

The 32-year-old left back used his seniority to take the shot instead of Diego Fagundez, and he caught goalkeeper Tim Howard wrong-footed as his volley deflected left and into the upper center part of goal to seal the result.

MLS Ticker: Alessandrini out, Revs reportedly shopping Nemeth and more

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Romain Alessandrini will miss the LA Galaxy's match against New York City FC this weekend thanks to a hamstring injury suffered in the second half of Sunday's clash with the Portland Timbers.

"He has a little bit of a hamstring strain," head coach Sigi Schmid said. "He went back to the doctor today, so we'll have a better idea what the long-term prognosis is.

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B Team Rapids Handle B Team TFC

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The Rapids did what they were supposed to do and beat a weakened TFC side on Saturday. A number of people are discrediting the win because we were facing TFC's B team while they rested for the CCL. Its true, they didn't have many regular starters (other than Drew Moor!) but many of these analysts are ignoring what the Rapids were missing, upwards of 7 starters weren't in the starting XI.

Rapids Drop Points At The End...Again

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For the third game (out of four) this season the Rapids dropped points by conceding a goal in the 89th minute or later. Colorado has now dropped as many points this way as they've gained this season, 5. Its an unacceptable pattern. Seeing it happen 3 times during a season would be border line unacceptable, to see it in 75% of a team's games is atrocious.

Not Dead Yet!

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Sorry for going AWOL on opening weekend. I picked up whatever bug was going around and it hit me Saturday night. Today is the first time I managed to focus enough to write. I assume everyone's seen the game and/or recaps by now so I won't spend much time reviewing the details. Instead just some observations I had on the game:

  • We need a real striker like now (more on that later tonight/tomorrow)
  • This new system looks a lot like the old system after one game.

Philadelphia Union

Game Thread: Philadelphia Union vs San Jose Earthquakes, Lineups & How to Watch

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Philadelphia Union look for three points at home against San Jose Earthquakes

The Philadelphia Union are back home tonight to take on the San Jose Earthquakes. They come in with 1-1-1 record after a 3-0 loss on the road to the Colorado Rapids. So far this season, the Union are unbeaten at home and have not been scored upon at Talen Energy Stadium so let's hope it continues against an Earthquakes team that's 1-2-0 and has had to travel cross country.

Tactical analysis: Colorado Rapids 3-0 Philadelphia Union

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Philly can control a game with their defense, but the attack is a work in progress.

The left back of the future — and the present

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Matt Real played his first MLS game Saturday. The teenager looked good for most of the match, save for two key moments. For better worse, the future is now for the Union's left back of the future.

Rate the U: Mile high malaise in Colorado

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Let us know what you thought of the individual performances in the Union's 3-0 loss to the Colorado Rapids

The Philadelphia Union surrendered their first goal of the season and then allowed two more to Dominique Badji to drop their first match of the season in their first game outside Chester this season on Saturday night in Commerce City, Colorado.

Philadelphia Union start youngest back line in MLS history

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The Philadelphia Union back line had an average age of 69 days younger than the previous record set by a back three for D.C. United in 2000

With 18-year-old Matthew Real making the start Saturday against the Colorado Rapids in place of injured veteran Fabinho, the Philadelphia Union lined up a back four with an 18, 19, 22 and 24-year-old that was the youngest in league history.

Match report: Colorado Rapids 3-0 Philadelphia Union

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2018 starts the same as 2017 on the road. A good first half was undone by an abysmal second as the Union fell 3-0 in Colorado

Colorado Rapids v Philadelphia Union: Game Thread plus How to Watch or Stream

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Check back for updates as the game is going on!

The Philadelphia Union traveled today to the Centennial State to take on the Colorado Rapids in Commerce City, just north of Denver, at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

The Union look to extend their undefeated streak while the Rapids are looking for their first win of the season.

News roundup: Union-Rapids primer, Sarachan’s mindset, and the Ronal-do-over

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Here's the final news roundup of the week

The focus is on defense during Curtin’s press conference

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Jim Curtin's weekly press conference included updated injury news and a lot of talk about the Union's teenaged defenders.

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ZoloTalk Podcast: Finding Chemistry, RW Depth, the Current State of Union Fan Culture and more…

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On this Episode of Zolo Talk, we'll discuss Union/Rapids, the return of Fafa Picault, building chemistry with Borek and the culture of the Union. For the first time, we're happy to be joined by Jesse MacBeth, longtime Union fan and a new friend of the podcast.

ZoloTalk Podcast: Previewing Colorado, Replacing Fabinho and a Guest Contributor

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On this epidode of ZoloTalk, we discuss the upcoming road test against Colorado, options at LB, and we're joined by our first guest, Jason Huff.

Fabinho out with MCL sprain; Matt Real could be in line for debut in Colorado

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Homegrown left back is expected to return March 28 from international duty

A back four with an 18, 19, 22 and 24-year-old could be lining up in front of Andre Blake in the starting XI against Colorado Rapids on March 31.

Left back Fabinho, who left the Columbus Crew match last Saturday with an injury at halftime, suffered an MCL sprain and is questionable for the Philadelphia Union's first road match of the season.

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Rapids Dealing With Reduced Wattage

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In a bit of a surprising move the Rapids traded Jared Watts to Houston today in exchange for $100K of Targeted Allocation Money (TAM). While many fans expected a trade most thought it would be Axel Sjoberg who was moved. Watts proved himself, after some false starts, to be a capable MLS backup CB so $100K of TAM is probably a reasonable trade for him.

Welcome Yannick Boli!

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Well this rumor/news has been circulating for a few days (I first got wind of it about a week ago) but today the Rapids made it official. Ivorian striker Yannick Boli was signed today. Boli is 30 years old, born in France and came up in PSG's system, but chose to play for Cote' d'Ivorie, though it does not appear he's been officially capped yet.

Houston Dynamo

Houston Dynamo add Jared Watts to the team

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Dynamo trade with Colorado Rapids for defender.

There is a new defender in town and his name is Jared Watts. On Wednesday, the Houston Dynamo announced a trade with the Colorado Rapids for Jared Watts. The Dynamo gave the Rapids $100,000 in Targeted Allocation Money for the defender.

Since being drafted in 2014 by the Rapids, Watts has played in 71 games, 61 of which were starts.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Week 2 of MLS play kicks off on Saturday with a full slate of seven matches.

It all starts in Columbus as the Crew host the Montreal Impact to kickstart the day. The afternoon slate also sees a clash between the Colorado Rapids and New England Revolution while LAFC faces another tough road test at Real Salt Lake.

The Rest

Reading United roster for 2018 includes seven Philadelphia Union Academy grads

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Reading returns top three goal scorers from 2017

Reading United is returning a trio of players who combined for more than half of the team's goals last summer for the upcoming Premier Development League season.

Frantzdy Pierrot (8 goals, 1 assist), Aaron Molloy (7 goals, 1 assist) and Khori Bennett (4 goals) are all back on the roster, which includes seven players who graduated from the Philadelphia Union Academy.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 3/27/18

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Union international player news, MLS transfers, and Philly could host an important World Cup game

Philadelphia Union News

Medunjanin earns 60th career cap for Bosnia-Herzegovina
Philadelphia Union midfielder Haris Medunjanin hit a personal milestone last week, earning his 60th career cap for Bosnia-Herzegovina in their 1-0 win over Bulgaria in a friendly on March 23.

Hey, Its Soccer Time In Commerce City Again!

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After what feels like a lengthy bye week and a long winter, tomorrow the Rapids are finally back at the Dick for league play! We've got a new coach, new players, and new food (GB's!) to look forward to. The key things haven't changed though, the tailgate starts at 4 and kickoff is at 7.

Final Player Notes Before Season Kickoff

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Two pieces of roster news before the season gets rolling tomorrow. First, the obvious news. Calvert, Dykstra, Perez, and Vines were loaned to Charlotte yesterday. The only surprise here was picking which 4 of our reserves would make the trip to the East Coast. For a while everyone expected Wynne to be one of them, but the news that he has a green card and doesn't count as an international means we didn't need to move him to free up an international spot.

2018 Season Preview & Predictions

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On to hopefully happier news, the start of the 2018 season! Usually I do a preview breaking down what to expect this year but there's so much new about this team I don't really have a good idea of what to expect. About the only thing I'm sure if is this organization is going to be more professional than perhaps at any point in its history.

Ford Out 8-10 Weeks But More Important Battle To Fight

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A 1-2 of really bad news for Kortne Ford this week. Yesterday he announced his mother's cancer numbers had increased and the doctors have once again given her only 3-6 months. Today that was compounded by news that he sprained his MCL in a team scrimmage on Saturday and will miss 8-10 weeks.

The only silver lining to the injury is that it will give him more time to spend with his mother.

The Offseason That Was

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I was approached last week to fill a hole in the Burgundy Wave writing staff. Below is my first article copied over from there. I still plan to do most of my writing here but from time to time you may see cross-posts now.


This was certainly one of the more interesting off-seasons for the Colorado Rapids in recent years.