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Don Garber doubles down on MLS ways in State of the League address

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Dec 8, 2017) US Soccer Players - Do you hate Major League Soccer's single-entity system? Driven to rage and heartbreak by the Columbus Crew's investor/operator's flirtation with Austin, Texas? Frustrated and confused by the league's gratuitously complicated and confusing roster and salary rules?

Crew shake off criticism of missed opportunity at home

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Everything appeared like it was lining up for the Columbus Crew to take an advantage in the Eastern Conference final on Tuesday night.

However, the Crew left Mapfre Stadium with a 0-0 draw against Toronto FC with 90 minutes to be played next Wednesday at BMO Field.

Despite the critiques that would call Tuesday a missed opportunity, the Crew feel comfortable with their position going into the second leg.

MLS Ticker: Robbie Rogers retires, David Ousted to leave Whitecaps, and more

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Robbie Rogers announced his retirement from professional soccer at the age of 30. He played for 11 seasons in three different countries. He most recently played four years with the LA Galaxy, winning the MLS Cup in 2014. He came out as gay shortly before signing with LA, making him the first openly gay player in one of the major American sports.

Crew dig deep to secure spot in East final

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For the Columbus Crew, Sunday was about maintaining a mentality and finding a balance. Thanks to a 4-1 win in the opening leg of the Eastern Conference semifinal, the Crew simply needed to keep things calm, prevent a flurry of goals and maybe score one of their own.

The Crew played with fire on Sunday evening at Yankee Stadium.

Toronto FC

Brotherly Game Daily Links 12/7/17

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Interview with Ernie Stewart, MLS news, and more in the links.

Philadelphia Union News

Earnie Stewart, One-on-One: On Escobar's death, USMNT's culture and the Union's ambitions
The Philadelphia sporting director and ex-USMNT international dishes on scoring that fateful goal in 1994, the USMNT missing the 2018 World Cup and more.

Who joins Toronto in the 2017 MLS Cup final?

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The other half of the MLS playoff bracket is an open question for most of Thursday, with the Western Conference final second-leg scheduled for 10:30pm ET on ESPN. The Seattle Sounders are the obvious favorite with a two-goal lead and home field advantage. For the Houston Dynamo, it's another scenario where getting anything out of this game will be a surprise.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 11/30/17

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New Rapids manager, MLS Expansion, a preview of tonight's MLS semifinal

MLS News

Toronto FC 1-0 Columbus Crew: Altidore sends Reds back to MLS Cup final
Toronto will face Seattle or Houston in the MLS Cup.

Anthony Hudson named Head Coach
The Colorado Rapids look forward to the 2018 season with the former manager of the New Zealand National Team at the helm.

Toronto FC vs. Columbus Crew, D.C. United news, and more: Freedom Kicks for 11/30/2017

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A hectic day in the soccer world

Hello! There was a ton of soccer news yesterday so I'll dive right into it.

D.C. United announces 2017 contract decisions, Sean Franklin among cuts - Black And Red United
D.C. United declined to exercise 2018 contract options on five players including Sean Franklin.

Toronto FC book return to MLS Cup final

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Toronto FC get a chance at MLS Cup redemption after beating Columbus Crew 1-0 on Wednesday to reach Major League Soccer’s championship match.

US international Jozy Altidore shrugged off an ankle injury incurred in the 49th minute to score the game-winner in the 60th, departing the contest eight minutes later.

Toronto FC book return to MLS Cup final

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Toronto FC get a chance at MLS Cup redemption after beating Columbus Crew 1-0 on Wednesday to reach Major League Soccer’s championship match.

US international Jozy Altidore shrugged off an ankle injury incurred in the 49th minute to score the game-winner in the 60th, departing the contest eight minutes later.

Toronto FC advances to the 2017 MLS Cup

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Toronto FC won the Eastern Conference final on Wednesday night at BMO Stadium, knocking out the Columbus Crew 1-0 on aggregate. With the first-leg in Columbus ending scoreless, Toronto welcomed back Seb Giovinco and Jozy Altidore for the home leg. Giovinco missed the opening leg for yellow card accumulation while Altidore served a red card ban.

Jozy Altidore goal sends TFC to win over Crew, second straight MLS Cup Final

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TORONTO One of the best teams in Major League Soccer history will have a chance to finish off a fantastic season with a championship and earn revenge at the very same time.

Toronto FC defeated the Columbus Crew, 1-0, on Wednesday at BMO Field to clinch a trip back to MLS Cup, which it will host for the second straight year on Dec.

Toronto FC vs. Columbus Crew: Your Running Commentary

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The MLS Conference Final second legs get underway on Wednesday with a pair of Eastern Conference teams squaring off.

Tonight's action comes from BMO Field as defending Eastern Conference champs Toronto FC welcome the Columbus Crew to town. The sides played out a 0-0 draw at Mafpre Stadium last Tuesday, with the Crew having the majority of the attacking efforts towards goal.

MLS Playoffs: Alex Bono and Toronto’s shot at history

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Nov 29, 2017) US Soccer Players - Toronto FC's 2016 quest for the MLS Cup failed at the last hurdle. The Reds lost to the Seattle Sounders in a penalty shootout in their own stadium. If 2016 had looked like nothing more than a one-off season for the club, a lightning-in-a-bottle campaign of the kind that sometimes happens in MLS, fans in Toronto might have despaired.

MLS Playoff Preview: Columbus Crew vs. Toronto FC

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There are few guarantees in soccer, but one thing is for sure: Wednesday's Eastern Conference final decide will be more engaging than the opening leg between the Columbus Crew and Toronto FC. It's a winner-take-all 90 minute battle with the right to host MLS Cup on the line.

Without Seabstian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore available, TFC was able to secure a 0-0 draw in Columbus in the opening leg in a match highlighted by few chances and fewer reasons to get excited.

Soccer TV: Toronto FC vs Columbus Crew

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It's the MLS playoffs on Wednesday's soccer TV schedule with the Eastern Conference final second-leg. Toronto regroups at home with their first choice lineup against a streaking Columbus Crew. Also on Wednesday's soccer TV, there's afternoon games from the Premier League.

Toronto FC vs Columbus Crew at 7:20pm on FS1 in the Eastern Conference final second-leg.

Mind the gap- Fixing the MLS playoff’s uneven schedule

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By Jeff Rueter – SAINT PAUL, MN (Nov 23, 2017) US Soccer Players - In world soccer, few scheduling quirks draw more ire than a double-game week. It's standard practice in Europe for teams in the Champions League and Europa League. Add in domestic cup responsibilities, and it stretches even the clubs with massive budgets.

Moving on to the second-legs in the MLS Conference semifinals

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Nov 22, 2017) US Soccer Players - The challenge for the Columbus Crew at home in the first-leg of the Eastern Conference final against top-seeded Toronto FC was obvious. The suspensions of Toronto's Jozy Altidore (red card) and Seb Giovinco (yellow card accumulation) sent a clear message to Columbus.

Draw in the East, Seattle takes the lead in the West

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The Eastern Conference finals opened with a 0-0 draw between the Columbus Crew and Toronto FC at MAPFRE Stadium. It was Columbus pressing the offense at home, taking 14 shots to Toronto's seven and putting three of them on frame to Toronto's none. The scoreless draw sets things up for Toronto in their home leg on November 29 with the return of Jozy Altidore and Seb Giovinco.

Michael Bradley: Columbus has "fallen behind" and "hasn't keep pace" with growth of MLS

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The situation in Columbus has not gotten better since an MLS game was last played on November 5.

Despite the raucous crowd at Mapfre Stadium on Tuesday night for the first leg of the Eastern Conference final, one of the league's biggest names didn't shy away from a harsh, but honest critique.

Crew, TFC play to tepid draw to open Eastern Conference final

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COLUMBUS The first game of the MLS playoffs after a 16-day layoff failed to create separation between Toronto FC and the Columbus Crew.

The two sides played to a 0-0 draw in front of a sold out crowd at Mapfre Stadiumon Tuesdaynight where the loudest noise from the crowd came from expletive-laden chants directed at Crew owner Anthony Precourt and MLS commissioner Don Garber.

MLS Playoff Preview: Columbus Crew vs. Toronto FC

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After holding on despite a furious NYCFC comeback, the Columbus Crew now face-off with a Toronto FC team that enters the Eastern Conference finals shorthanded.

The Crew, who have thrived on the field despite the relocation rumors of the last month, have everything set up for them to win the first leg in front of their home fans.

Toronto football ready to learn from past, says Bradley

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Toronto FC captain Michael Bradley believes his team have absorbed the lessons of past disappointments as they prepare for their playoff showdown with Columbus Crew on Tuesday.

The Canadian side finished with the best record in Major League Soccer this season and are favourites to advance to the championship game from their two-leg Eastern Conference final with Crew.

Toronto football ready to learn from past, says Bradley

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Toronto FC captain Michael Bradley believes his team have absorbed the lessons of past disappointments as they prepare for their playoff showdown with Columbus Crew on Tuesday.

The Canadian side finished with the best record in Major League Soccer this season and are favourites to advance to the championship game from their two-leg Eastern Conference final with Crew.

Soccer TV: Columbus Crew vs Toronto and Houston Dynamo vs Seattle Sounders

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It's the conference semifinal first-legs from the MLS playoffs on Tuesday's soccer TV schedule. In the East, Columbus hosts Toronto and Houston plays Seattle in the West. Also on the soccer TV schedule, the Champions League returns.

Columbus Crew vs Toronto FC at 8pm on ESPN in the MLS Eastern Conference semifinals.

Three things for the 2017 MLS conference finals

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Nov 20, 2017) US Soccer Players – The MLS playoffs version of the Final Four finally kicks off Tuesday. We're used to the upset story in the MLS playoffs, a competition where the tag of "favorite" seldom counts for much. From the Houston Dynamo knocking out the Portland Timbers and the Columbus Crew getting past NYCFC, 2017 is showing once again that anything can happen.

Preview: The 2017 MLS Eastern and Western Conference finals

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Nov 17, 2017) US Soccer Players - The 2017 MLS playoffs lurch back into action on Tuesday. Columbus hosts Toronto and the Seattle Sounders visit Houston in the first-legs of the two conference finals. It will be 16 days since the last playoff game.

MLS Cup Playoffs

Crew rue missed opportunities after narrowly falling to Toronto FC

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Wednesday night was an opportunity for the Columbus Crew. It was an opportunity to go into a hostile environment, score a goal and book an MLS Cup berth. It was an opportunity to continue a magical run punctuated by big moments and stunning results. It was an opportunity to put relocation's rumors and franchis uncertainty behind them, a chance to keep the focus on that field.

MLS Playoff Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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After an extended break, the MLS playoffs return on Tuesday with the start of the conference finals.

Tuesday night's festivities begin in Columbus as Toronto FC visits the Columbus Crew for the first leg of the Eastern Conference final (8 p.m., ESPN). The Supporters' Shield winners enter Tuesday's match shorthanded with both Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco out of action due to suspension, while the Crew possess a full complement of players after holding off NYCFC in the conference semifinal round.

Anthony Precourt

Report: Columbus offers two public parks as sites for new Crew stadium

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Columbus leadership continues to try its hardest to keep the MLS club from bolting the city for Austin.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, Mayor Andrew Ginther and Alex Fischer, president and CEO of the Columbus Partnership, offered up two public parks as potential stadium sites for the Columbus Crew.

News roundup: Harrisburg’s fascinating revamp, sordid Columbus news, more

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The USL's Harrisburg side will become Penn FC, a partnership with youth soccer conglomerate Colorado Rush. Also, more awful news out of Columbus from their movie bad guy owner, and interesting stuff from around U.S. and world soccer.

Steve Clark

D.C. United close to re-signing Steve Clark

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Bill Hamid's late season replacement looks to be back in DC next year

We have now figured out a least part of the reason that D.C. United's roster status announcement has been delayed for so long. Sources close to the team have confirmed to Black and Red United that United is close to a new agreement with Steve Clark.

D.C. United season review: Steve Clark

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Is Clark the man to replace United's best-ever goalkeeper?

The end of the transfer window saw D.C. United make a remarkable splash in the transfer market. The moves, all unveiled on August 10th, made clear sense. United needed midfield and attacking upgrades all season. A week later, though, they added one more new player to the list, and the addition of Steve Clark was a little more difficult to explain.

News Update

MLS is a soccer business

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Major League Soccer isn't likely to make the future of the Columbus Crew clear on anybody's schedule but their own. What the league is willing to do is remind everyone that this is a soccer business operating in a soccer nation and not anything else. That's a single-entity business model reminder to fans that comes at a tough time.

Austin making plans for the Crew

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Friday's soccer news starts with the Austin, Texas city council passing a resolution to help find a city-owned site for a relocated Columbus Crew. The Austin American-Statesman's Kevin Lyttle has the details. Key to what Austin is doing is not committing city money to building a stadium and not limiting the potential relocated club to only the Crew.

The Rest

MLS Ticker: Atlanta reportedly on verge of big signings; NYCFC extends Matarrita; and more

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Gerardo "Tata" Martinez's heavy South American influence helped guide Atlanta United FC to a successful inaugural season. Now, the manager may be bringing in more talent from the region to bolster the squad in itssecond campaign.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,Atlanta United FC is on the verge of adding two Argentine players in midfielder Ezequiel Barco from Independiente and defender Franco Escobar from Newell's Old Boys.

Report: Expansion presented as option for Columbus should Crew move to Austin

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A recent meeting between Columbus Crew ownership, MLS leadership and Columbus officials left all involved frustrated. Now, details have begun to emerge regarding one potential possibility for what happens if a move to Austin goes through.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, it was suggested that the city of Columbus could apply for a new expansion team if the Crew were moved to Austin during a November 15 meeting between the parties.

Promotion and relegation is not a silver bullet: a thought experiment

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Hate the idea of moving the Crew to Austin? Get ready for a lot more relocations if the US ever gets pro-rel

Promotion and relegation has entered the mainstream conversation in the US soccer community ever since the USMNT failed to qualify for the World Cup. But it is also deeply touched by the decision by Anthony Precourt to move the Columbus Crew to Austin, Texas, and MLS giving its tacit approval to the move, despite offers on the table from locals to buy the team and keep the Crew in Columbus.

USWNT vs. Canada, new Montreal Impact coach, and more: Freedom Kicks for 11/9/2017

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Also what teams do with 280 character tweets!

Good morning! The United States women's national team has a game against Canada at 10pm tonight. It's the first of a two-game series, with the second game on Sunday.

Match preview and TV schedule: USA vs Canada - Stars and Stripes FC
Stars and Stripes FC previews today's match.

News roundup: MLS playoff insanity! Altidore v. Kljestan, Crew fairy tale continues, Houston shock Portland, more

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MLS playoff insanity! Altidore v. Kljestan, Crew fairy tale continues, Houston shock Portland.