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USMNT waits until late to secure a win against Canada

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USA wins 1-0, with Jozy Altidore scoring the game's lone goal in the 89th minute.

In a fairly tepid friendly, in which the United States Men's National Team had numerous chances against Canada but failed to capitalize on them until late on, Seattle Sounders' homegrown player Jordan Morris started and played nearly the entire match in Carson, California.

Late Jozy Altidore winner leads USMNT past Canada

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Carson, Calif. After opening the 2016 campaign with a late win over Iceland, the U.S. Men's National Team repeated the feat Saturday against Canada.

Relegated to the bench after starting last time out, Ethan Finlay did not take long to have an impact on Saturday night.

Ethan Finlay eager to prove himself on USMNT stage

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Ethan Finlay is widely considered one of the best wingers in Major League Soccer, and the Columbus Crew star is now tasked with taking that reputation and replicating it on the international level.

Following a 12-goal, 13-assist season for the Columbus Crew, Finlay has been called in to the U.

Major League Soccer

MLS Ticker: Crew, Rapids, Red Bulls, Galaxy and more

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A pair of teams made signings of international players, while two others revealed new looks for the 2016 season.

The Columbus Crew announced on Monday that the club had signed Norwegian international forwardOla Kamara. The 26-year-old most recently featured forMolde FK in the top flight of Norway whileon loan from FK Austria Wien.

MLS Ticker: Casillas, Whitecaps-Sounders, Fire and more

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While the first Cascadia clash of the new year was anything but friendly on Wednesday, a new report making the rounds has New York City FC linked to a high-profile Spanish goalkeeper.

NYCFC is reportedly interested in signing FC Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas as soon as possible. The 34-year-old Spanish netminder's current contract with the Portuguese side runs until 2017.

MLS Ticker: Sarvas, Aristeguieta, Atlanta United and more

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While the winter transfer window for some leagues ended in Europe, there were a few MLS clubs involved in the action on a busy Monday.

D.C. United acquired 34-year-old midfielder Marcelo Sarvas from the Colorado Rapids, sending Targeted Allocation Money and a 2018 conditional draft pick to the Western Conference club.

MLS Ticker: Kamara, De Jong, Finn­boga­son and more

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While teams have started their preseason schedules, the contract dispute between Kei Kamara and the Columbus Crew has heated up.

Kamara, 31, is attempting to negotiate a new contract with the Crew after scoring 22 goals and providing eight assists in 2015.

MLS Ticker: Fire, Timbers, Impact and more

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The Chicago Fire have been relatively quiet this offseason when it comes to signing talent from outside the U.S., but that changed on Friday.

Across the Atlantic, Eredivisie club FC Groningen confirmed it had transferred 25-year-old defender Johan Kappelhof to the Chicago Fire, and he's likely to sign a multi-year contract.

The MLS way

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MLS Ticker: Casey, Kamara, FC Dallas and more

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Preseason training has officially started for MLS teams, but many are still adding depth to their rosters as the transfer window slowly comes to an end.

On Tuesday, the Columbus Crew revealed the signing of free agent Conor Casey, who has nine years of MLS experience.

MLS Ticker: Ridgewell, Crew, NYCFC and more

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While the MLS transfer window is slowly coming to an end and teams are starting preseason camps, one member of the 2015 MLS Cup champions Portland Timbers is hoping to stay in England fora bit longer.

Timbers center back Liam Ridgewell, 31, hopes to extend his loan spell with Championship club Brighton & Hove Albion, saying: "It saves me going back and doing pre-season – I can do it here and get to play in the Championship.

MLS Ticker: Crew, Zimmerman, RSL and more

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News from the U.S. Men's National Team's January camp may be stealing the spotlight, but a couple reports from Scandinavia have revealed an MLS player to be and potential Viking FK signee.

The Columbus Crew are reportedly nearing a deal to acquire 24-year-old Odense Boldklub winger Emil Larsen.

It's Official: Portland Timbers Trade for Jack McInerney

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All of the rumored moves from the Portland Timbers have now been completed as the team today announced that forward Jack McInerney has been acquired from the Columbus Crew in exchange for Targeted Allocation Money and General Allocation Money.

McInerney, 23, has been in MLS since he was 17, playing for the Philadelphia Union, Montreal Impact, and Columbus Crew before joining the Timbers.

Major Link Soccer: Superdraft or Morris

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Will the Seattle Sounders sign the No. 1 pick outside of the draft or pick a gem at No. 15 in the SuperDraft

Seattle

Werder Bremen general manager Thomas Eichin heaped praise on Jordan Morris yesterday claiming Morris "does a few things one rarely sees." While Sounders President of soccer Garth Lagerwey feels "MLS is a great place for a young player to start his career".

MLS Ticker: Finlay, NYCFC, Orlando City and more

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The Columbus Crew fell just short of an MLS Cup title in 2015, however, on Monday the team announced the re-signing of one Greg Berhalter's most critical pieces:

Columbus Crew SC attacker Ethan Finlay has agreed to a contract extension with the Eastern Conference side. The 25-year old notched a career-high 12 goals and 13 assists during the 2015 regular season, helping guide the Crew to the MLS Cup final.

Report: Timbers close to signing Jack McInerney

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The Portland Timbers seem to have found an answer to the hole that Maximiliano Urruti left when he was chosen by FC Dallas in the MLS Re-Entry Draft.

According to ESPN FC, the 2015 MLS Cup champions are set to acquire forward Jack McInerney from the Columbus Crew.

MLS team needs heading into the winter transfer window

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A new year means a new look, and that is expected to be the case for many teams across MLS in 2016.

Some teams, like Toronto FC, have already made some key acquisitions and signings in order to bolster their rosters ahead of the new season in March, but many teams have yet to add any fresh faces to their current squads.

Falcao links provide plenty of risk, reward for contending Crew

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As the MLS offseason hot stove continues to heat up, several of the league's teams will inevitably be linked to some of the game's biggest stars. The latest pairing? The reigning MLS Cup runners-up, the Columbus Crew, and Columbian striker Radamel Falcao.

Falcao is currently in the midst of his second straight season away from parent club Monaco, who have reportedly been eager to shed his wages for quite some time.

MLS Ticker: Pogatetz, NYCFC, FC Dallas, and more

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While many are eagerly awaiting the upcoming 2016 MLS Combine, some news around the league came out on Tuesday:

Emanuel Pogatetz signed with FC Union Berlin on Tuesday after his contract with the Columbus Crew expired in December. The 32-year-old centerback's new deal with the German club runs through the end of the 2.

Is Radamel Falcao Heading To Columbus Crew?

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Chelsea striker Radamel Falcao has been linked with a move to Major League Soccer and the Columbus Crew.

The former best striker on the planet is not the same player he was since he tore his anterior cruciate ligament nearly two years ago. after a failed loan at Manchester United, Falcao is on loan at Chelsea this season where he has started only one Premier League game all season.

Things to Watch for From the Portland Timbers in the New Year

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In this short interval between Christmas and the New Year, very little tends to happen in the world of Major League Soccer; lists and compilations abound (don't worry, we'll have some of that as well), but there tends to be very little of substance actually occurring until the calendar ticks over to 2016.

MLS Season To Kickoff March 6

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Major League Soccer will kick off the 2016 season on Sunday March 6 with all 20 teams playing over a record ten matches, the North American league announced Tuesday.

The opening day line-up includes a rematch of the 2015 MLS Cup final with the champion Portland Timbers hosting the Columbus Crew, the five-time champion Los Angeles Galaxy hosting four-time champion DC United and Montreal visiting Vancouver.

Portland Timbers to Host Columbus Crew in Season Opener

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The Portland Timbers will host the Columbus Crew SC on March 6th to kick off their 2016 MLS Season. The 2015 MLS Cup Final rematch will be broadcast on ESPN.

While the rest of the MLS schedule is not expected to be released until January, knowing that the Timbers will start the season at home against an opponent who will certainly be looking to make a mark should give Portland a good idea of what the season should be like as the defending champions.

Major Link Soccer: US Women fall to China

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Wambach's final match wasn't a storybook, but maybe that's because it isn't the end of her story.

Seattle

Brad Evans is up in the current bracket for the "#MLSsoshies" awards which are for the MLS player with the best social media presence.

Marco Pappa to the Colorado Rapids is official, and the club's social media team appears to be excited.

MLS Ticker: Dynamo re-sign trio; McDonough joins Atlanta United; and more

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Scratch off another name from the second phase of the MLS Re-Entry Draft.

On Wednesday, the Houston Dynamo announced they had re-signed a trio of MLS veterans, including Honduran international Boniek García. The 31-year-old midfielder was set to enter into Thursday's negotiation phase of the Re-Entry Draft, but the Dynamo opted to retain him, as well as midfielder Ricardo Clark and defender Sheanon Williams, back for another year.

Philadelphia Union and MLS News and Notes 12-15-15

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Yesterday may not have been a busy news day but it was a historic one. Justin Mapp has earned the distinction of being the first ever MLS free agent to sign. Mapp signed for Sporting Kansas city. Check out that and much more news below.

MLS: 5 players that need to be called up to the US Men's National Team in 2016 | Yahoo Sports:

A nice speculation piece by Yahoo Sports on which players they think should be called up to the United States Men's National team.

Gregg Berhalter

Meet the trialists and guest players trying to earn an MLS contract

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Roster spots are at a premium. These are the 13 players competing with the four draftees for a pro contract with Seattle Sounders FC.

After Tuesday's practice Sigi Schmid clarified that not all players at practice are trialists. Both Tally Hall and Josh Ford are with the club getting extra training in as they continue to find their path to contracts in 2016.

Crew view veteran Conor Casey as perfect fit

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The Columbus Crew needed a forward, while Conor Casey needed a team, prompting a pairing that made all too much sense for both parties involved.

A free agent after spending the past three seasons with the Philadelphia Union, Casey joined the MLS Cup runners-up on Tuesday.

Berhalter expects Kamara in camp despite reported contract dispute

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Columbus Crew head coach Gregg Berhalter is fully expecting to see Kei Kamara in the very near future, despite reports stating the otherwise.

The Washington Post reported on Monday that Kamara is currently seekingto renegotiate his deal before reporting to training camp inLakewood Ranch, Fla.

MLS Ticker: Berhalter, Fagundez, Laryea, and more

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Much of the focus in MLS this week is on Thursday's schedule release for the entire season and Friday's start to the MLS Combine. Here, however, are some other news and notes from around the league:

The Columbus Crew have been so impressed with the job head coach Gregg Berhalter has done that they have signed him to a multi-year extension.

Colorado Rapids

Columbus Crew confirm Conor Casey contract

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The MLS mainstay finds a new home in Columbus during a time where the Crew find their striker corps in a state of flux.

Much like Jack McInerney before him, Conor Casey joins the oddly specific list of ex-Philadelphia Union strikers to end up in Ohio. Casey started his career with Borussia Dortmund in the German Bundesliga, and after six seasons with Dortmund, Hannover, Karlsruhe, and Mainz 05, he went to Toronto FC of Major League Soccer for two games.

The Revolution learn their opponents for the Desert Diamond Cup in February

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Take a look at who the Revs will face in the Desert Diamond Cup.

We knew the New England Revolution would be participating in the Desert Diamond Cup and now we have the full schedule.

For the fifth straight year, the Revs will travel to Tucson, AZ for a preseason tournament. This year they will be joined by the Colorado Rapids, Houston Dynamo, Real Salt Lake, Sporting Kansas City, and Columbus Crew SC as well as USL clubs Swope Park Rangers and AZ United and PDL side FC Tucson.

D.C. United to Host Colorado Rapids in Home Opener

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Looks like there's some travel involved early on.

D.C. United has announced they will host their 2016 MLS regular season home opener on March 19 at 4:00pm against the Colorado Rapids, and will be broadcast on either ABC 7 or News Channel 8 (exactly who broadcasts the games following the announcement of the new local television deal remains to be seen).

Maximiliano Urruti

Report: Portland Timbers Set to Sign Jack McInerney

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According to ESPNFC.com, the Portland Timbers are set to acquire Columbus Crew forward Jack McInerney in a trade for allocation money. With a hole left in the lineup behind Fanendo Adi following the departure of Maximiliano Urruti early in the offseason, the Timbers have been looking for a new back up at the No.

Let's Take a Look at the Portland Timbers' Depth Chart

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We are just one short week into the Portland Timbers' post season and already things have been shaken up down on Morrison Street. With Jorge Villafana sold to Club Santos Laguna, Maximiliano Urruti taken by FC Dallas in the Re-entry Draft thanks to his (allegedly) byzantine contract, and Will Johnson headed out to Parts Unknown, the Timbers' depth chart is in flux.

Toronto FC

Best New England Revolution Games of 2016

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The schedule game out yesterday and the staff picks their favorite/most important games of 2016.

With the 2016 Major League Schedule being announced yesterday, it gave everyone a change to look at some key games on the slate for this year.

These are just individual observations from the staff and I'm sure we're missing several games (perhaps against the Columbus Crew) in this post.

MLS Ticker: TFC trades for Beitashour; Crew sign Ashe; and more

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Heading into the 2016 MLS offseason, Toronto FC made a point of patching the club's back line. The club started by adding veteran defender Drew Moor, and that process continued Friday with the signing of a fullback to match.

On Friday, TFC announced that the club had acquired fullback Steven Beitashour from the Vancouver Whitecaps in exchange for the club's second-highest second round pick in the upcoming MLS Draft.

The Rest

United States 3, Iceland 2 - Birnbaum Leads Second Half Charge

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Two defensive errors but the USMNT behind twice, but two defenders found the back of the net as well in a comeback victory for the USA over Iceland

The annual winter camp for the United States has long been a proving ground for both fringe and up and coming players.

Steve Birnbaum is one player who didn't waste his opportunity, as the second half substitute scored the game winner in the 90th minute.

Major Link Soccer: Silly Season in full effect

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The English press have identified Osvaldo Alonso as a possible short term fix in the January transfer window.

Seattle

With seven picks in the 2016 SuperDraft, the Seattle Sounders are surely going to get younger. But will they do better than their 2015 haul?

We knew that Sounders academy alumni Jordan Schweitzer dropped out of the MLS Combine, but did you know that academy coach Junior Gonzalez will be part of the coaching staff at the combine?

Union release dates for first three games in 2016

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The club has announced the first three matches of 2016 against FC Dallas, Columbus Crew and the home opener against the New England Revolution.

The Union will start their 2016 season on the road as the team has announced the first three matches of the season. The team will travel to FC Dallas on March 6th, then to Columbus on March 12th before the home opener at Talen Energy Stadium on March 20th against the New England Revolution.