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ECS to Sounders ownership: ‘This is about trust’

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"It's not about saving that fanbase. We're writing to you today to save our ideals."

Chances are that if you've been rooting for any team in North America, it has been threatened with relocation, contraction, or something else that would have taken it away. The idea of this happening to an MLS team isn't even foreign, being that Chivas USA was contracted only a few years ago and the San Jose Earthquakes were relocated in 2005.

What MLS leaders keep missing

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 20, 2017) US Soccer Players - Some readers will be familiar with my occasional tendency to sift through developments from seemingly disparate quarters of the American soccer scene in search of deeper meaning.

So far October has brought us stunning World Cup qualification heartbreak, and a resulting tidal wave of anger, recrimination and soul-searching.

Around The Forest: Landon Donovan considering a run for USSF President

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More Columbus to Austin news, the importance of seeding in the playoffs, Neymar to take Mbappe under his wing and more!


Quick Strikes | Timbers wrap up the regular season against Cascadia foe Vancouver | Portland Timbers
The Portland Timbers wrap up the 2017 MLS regular season by hosting Vancouver Whitecaps FC Sunday at Providence Park (1pm PT, ROOT SPORTS).

Major Link Soccer: Landon Donovan for US Soccer President?

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Also: Hamid is leaving DC United, and the goalposts have not been kind to Seattle this year


Steven Zakuani knew where he wanted to be as the 2009 MLS SuperDraft approached. He also learned to be happy one day at a time.


As more news comes out about Columbus Crew SC relocating, it's important to remember that teams moving in the United States is not unheard of (though that doesn't really make it any easier for the fans, of course).

What does Major League Soccer want?

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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Oct 18, 2017) US Soccer Players - Since its inception in 1996, Major League Soccer has been fighting for fans. As a fledgling league, plenty of fans spent their money and time to lay the foundation for future support in cities across North America.

The fight for fan attention has been an ever-present struggle for the league.

Columbus Crew SC Exploring Move to Texas

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Could Texas be getting a third MLS team? It could come by means of Crew SC relocation

Anthony Precourt, chief executive officer of Precourt Sports Ventures which owns Columbus Crew SC, has announced that the company is looking into the idea of options away from Columbus which includes Austin, TX.

Crew owner Anthony Precourt: Current situation in Columbus is 'not sustainable'

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Anthony Precourt has made things pretty clear: he wants his Major League Soccer franchise to be successful, whether it stays in Columbus or moves to Austin.

The owner/investor of the Columbus Crew addressed reporters on Tuesday and made it clear that the current state of the club as a business is not working.

Moving a Major League Soccer club

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By J Hutcherson (Oct 17, 2017) US Soccer Players - MLS has spent a lot of time over its existence blurring the line between clubs and franchises. It's an important distinction for soccer operation with international ambition, showing that a group of teams founded and allocated by a league and later added to through expansion is the same as a league of clubs.

Don Garber reluctant but supportive of Crew's exploration of Austin relocation

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There are few positive signs that the Columbus Crew will remain in Ohio after news broke on Monday night that owner/investor Anthony Precourt is looking at moving the club to Austin, Texas.

In a statement, MLS commissioner Don Garber expressed concern for the situation in Columbus, but was also reluctant to support the relocation of one of MLS' original clubs.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 30

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While the Supporters' Shield race wrapped up on Saturday, the playoff race tightened thanks to some results across MLS.

Toronto FC sealed the Supporters' Shield by defeating the New York Red Bulls. (READ)

The Columbus Crew locked up a playoff berth with a win over D.C. United. (READ)

FC Dallas' playoff hopes took a hit with a tie in Orlando.

Crew clinch playoff berth with win over D.C. United

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After a year away from the postseason, the Columbus Crew are headed back to the MLS Cup Playoffs.

The Crew took care of D.C. United by a comfortable 2-0 score line in their home finale at MAPFRE Stadium on Saturday night to seal their spot in the MLS postseason party. It was also the club's 12th home win of the season, which is a franchise record.

Crew extend unbeaten streak to seven with win over Red Bulls

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Federico Higuain's big night powered the Columbus Crew to victory over the New York Red Bulls.

Higuain assisted on all three of the Crew's goals on the night in the 3-2 victory. The home side took advantage of poor set piece defending and counter attacking opportunities, the bane of the Red Bulls in 2017.

Around The Forest: Timbers to begin construction on expansion after the season

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Sporting Kansas City take home USOC, Columbus Crew - the best team you're not watching? And more!


Daughters in Portland Timbers family find inspiration close to home with the Portland Thorns |
Connie Valeri gleefully sprinted onto the field at Providence Park to give her dad, Diego Valeri, a high five shortly after the Portland Timbers picked up an important home win against the Colorado Rapids in late August.

Sporting KC holds on for road tie with Crew

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Sporting KC had been struggling on the road heading into Sunday's clash with the Columbus Crew and, even after a midweek defeat, the Western Conference contender was able to hold on to a point.

After falling to NYCFC on Wednesday evening, Sporting KC bounced back to earn a point from a 1-1 draw with the Columbus Crew.

The Best of MLS Week 25: Sebastian Giovinco, Darlington Nagbe and more

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Toronto's big star continued to awe as he ran rampant in two matches, while an Eastern Conference side has full control of their playoff hopes after another impressive showing.

Elsewhere, this year's No. 1 draft pick propelled his side to their first away victory thanks to an exquisite performance.

VAR steals the show as Crew take down Galaxy

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There were a couple of goals between the Columbus Crew and the LA Galaxy, but there were also two penalties called and three video replays in what turned out to be an entertaining 2-0 victory for the Crew at MAPFRE Stadium on Wednesday night.

The game's opening goal came in the last minute of the first half, with new signing Pedro Santos linking up with Ola Kamara.

The Best of MLS: Week 24

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With the playoff races heating up, one player and his team took Major League Soccer by storm throughout Week 24.

In addition to a big week from that Eastern Conference team, a few rookies stood out in the fiercest competition for Rookie of the Week yet.

Here's who our staff chose as the best of MLS for Week 24:

Player of the Week

No one is Major League Soccer is hotter than Ignacio Piatti.

Orlando City, Crew tie in showdown of East playoff hopefuls

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The Orlando City fans could sense the second loud roar of the night coming, especially with the circumstances in front of their club. However, it wasn't meant to be as the Lions tied the Columbus Crew 1-1 on Saturday.

Jason Kreis' men were energized by the entrance of Dom Dwyer, which led to a Giles Barnes equalizer, but they failed to score a second on a night in which they needed three points.

D.C. United signs goalkeeper Steve Clark

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Steve Clark is heading back to MLS.

The former Columbus Crew keeper has signed on with D.C. United.The 31-year-old goalkeeper left the Crew last year for AC Horsens in the Danish Super League. He started 17 matches in Denmark before returning to the States.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 23

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Both playoff races in Major League Soccer experienced shake ups during a busy weekend slate that featured 10 games.

Clint Dempsey once again stepped into the starring role for the Seattle Sounders in a win over Sporting KC. (READ)

Toronto FC thumped the Portland Timbers with four second-half goals.

The 2017 MLS transfer season nears its end

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Aug 9, 2017) US Soccer Players - The 2017 MLS secondary transfer window closes on Wednesday. Like any good deadline, this one has prompted a flurry of activity with mere hours to go as clubs looks to strengthen their sides or cash in on the market, whichever the case may be.

Soccer Business

Pushing back against the business of Major League Soccer

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What to make of how the Columbus story is playing out? The Crew faithful started the week worrying about playoff position. They spent most of it dealing with the news that their club might be leaving at the end of next season. Making things worse, reports followed that the club processed season ticket renewals prior to any announcement of the intent to leave for Austin.

Precourt announces the Crew might move to Austin

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Tuesday's soccer news starts with an MLS team potentially moving to a new city. News broke last night that the Columbus Crew might leave for Austin if they can't get a new stadium deal. Yes, the MLS team with the first soccer-specific stadium has decided that they're better off somewhere in downtown Columbus or a completely different city.

Chicago Fire

Brotherly Game Daily Links 10/16/17

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New Week, new links.

Philadelphia Union News

Union's Firey Start Extinguished In Second Half: Chicago Fire 3-2 Philadelphia Union
To put it mildly, the Philadelphia Union have not had much success on the road in 2017.

Orlando City vs.

Crew pick up big win over struggling Fire

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With just 10 games remaining entering Saturday, the Columbus Crew remained in the heat of the playoff race, but Saturday's effort against an MLS Cup contender made a major statement heading into the season's home stretch.

Justin Meram's second half goal proved the game-winner as the Crew toppled the Chicago Fire, 3-1, at MAPFRE Stadium.

Fire v Crew match preview

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What Are They All About? Columbus Crew

Back on track. This past weekend the Chicago Fire defeated the New England Revolution 4-1 at Toyota Park. Although their opponent had been quickly slipping down the standings, the Fire's attitude remained firm and their performance was one that highlighted their strengths.

Minnesota United

Major Link Soccer: The USMNT prepares for Panama

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Can Clint Dempsey be the difference-maker again? Will the World Cup 2022 really be in Qatar? Also, Raleigh's stadium plans take a hit.


At the espnW Women + Sports summit, Megan Rapinoe and Sue Bird both addressed attendees, with Rapinoe wondering why the NWSL and the Reign in particular struggle to attract large numbers when the WNT has such a strong following.

SBI Spotlight: Ethan Finlay looking to rediscover form with Minnesota United homecoming

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There's something special about going home, especially in professional sports. So often, athletes travel far and wide to find their professional home, a city and club where they feel truly at peace both on and off the field.

Ethan Finlay found that throughout his six seasons in Columbus, growing from first round MLS Draft Pick to MLS All-Star.

Some Soccer News for Aug 10, 2017

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It's Day 222 of 2017.

Premier League, Eredivisie and Super Lig all start the new season tomorrow.


3 Minnesota United roster moves:
  • Ethan Finlay comes to MN from Columbus Crew for a lot of money.
  • Jose Leiton arrives on loan from his club in Costa Rica, Herediano.

D.C. United

D.C. United can’t keep up with the Columbus Crew, dropping a 2-0 decision on the road

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The Black-and-Red had their moments, but were ultimately unable to crack the Crew defense

Despite having the better of a decent portion of the game, D.C. United could not keep pace with the Columbus Crew, who extended their unbeaten run to eight games by downing the Black-and-Red 2-0. Goals from Josh Williams and Justin Meram midway through each half consigned United to defeat.

Match preview: San Jose Earthquakes vs. Philadelphia Union

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The struggling Union travel to San Jose to take on the Earthquake. PSP tries to convince you to stay up late with our match preview. Hey, it can't be worse than "San Andreas."

D.C. United reportedly signs former Columbus Crew GK Steve Clark

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Per the Washington Post's Steve Goff, United has landed the free agent after a stint in Denmark with AC Horsens

D.C. United had been hinting that the close of the transfer window might not mean the close of business for them, and those hints appear to be reality today. Steve Goff of the Washington Post is reporting that the Black-and-Red have signed American goalkeeper Steve Clark, currently a free agent after spending the 2017 season with AC Horsens of the Danish top flight.

The Rest

Bethlehem Steel won’t leave the Lehigh Valley, but they should still move

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As Columbus Crew SC is ripped away from it's fanbase, a Lehigh Valley native ponders how moving a team could be a good thing.

Some Soccer News for Oct 17, 2017

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It's Day 290 of 2017.

Huge congrats to the Portland Thorns - NWSL Champions for 2017.


du Nord MLS Hot Team Hot List Power Rankings

(Based solely on science using the 5 previous games, with no bias for prior standing or projections - just results.

News roundup: U-17 golazos, potential Crew move to Austin, setting the kids free, more

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Tim Weah almost makes up for World Cup FOMO with a ridiculous goal and the Columbus Crew owner threatens to "Kroenke" to Austin, Texas if the team doesn't build a new stadium.

Crew escape with win in Kaka's final match in Orlando

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Kaka's final game in Orlando ended in defeat as the Columbus Crew boosted their push towards the playoffs.

A second half goal from Ola Kamara boosted the Crew in a 1-0 win over Orlando City at Orlando City Stadium. The win keeps the Crew's hopes of securing a home game in the opening round of the playoffs alive heading into the final week.

Timber Cruise: Real Salt Lake 2, Portland Timbers 1

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After a draw in Seattle and a win in New York, the Portland Timbers were largely playing with house money on Saturday. And — well — they lost.

But with the Seattle Sounders drawing at floundering FC Dallas and the Vancouver Whitecaps losing at home to the Columbus Crew, the loss is hardly devastating for the Timbers, who still sit one point from the top of the Western Conference.

Whitecaps score late to salvage tie with Crew

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It looked to be done and dusted at BC Place, but with a goal in stoppage time, the Vancouver Whitecaps managed to rescue a point in a 2-2 tie with the Columbus Crew.

The equalizer came in the second minute of extra time, with the Whitecaps turning a cleared corner into another opportunity to score.

FC Dallas' struggles continue with loss to Crew

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FC Dallas' struggles continued with yet another defeat on Saturday night.

Winless since July 22, FC Dallas fell once again on Saturday night via a 2-1 defeat against the Columbus Crew at MAPFRE Stadium. The win sees the Crew build on to a four-game unbeaten run, one which includes three wins.