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An unattractive answer: the truth about Ilsinho

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Nick Fishman continues PSP's offseason series, "The search for a No. 10," with a microscopic look at a divisive player. With no new signing in sight, is Ilsinho the right answer to the Union's biggest question?

MLS Ticker: Fire sign midfielder on loan from La Liga, SKC confirm Gutierrez deal

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The latest offseason addition for the Chicago Fire comes from La Liga.

The Fire announced on Tuesday that they acquired Aleksandar Katai on loan from Alaves. The 27-year-old previously played for Olympiacos and Red Star Belgrade and has six caps for Serbia.

"Aleksandar should make our attack more diversified," Fire president and general manager Nelson Rodríguez said.

Ricardo Clark signs with Crew as free agent

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The Columbus Crew added a veteran presence to their central midfield in the form of a former U.S. Men's National Team player.

Gregg Berhalter's side agreed to terms with 34-year-old free agent Ricardo Clark on Friday.

"We are excited Ricardo chose to join our club as a free agent signing this winter," Berhalter said.

Report: Precourt talking with local investors in Columbus

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Columbus Crew owner Anthony Precourt has had most of his attention focused on Austin, Texas in recent months, but he has had conversations with Columbus city leaders and local investors, per the Columbus Business Journal.

Local investors first approached Alex Fischer, the CEO of the Columbus Partnership, following the November meeting in New York with city leaders, Precout and MLS.

MLS Ticker: Van der Wiel linked with TFC and more

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The rich appear to be getting richer during the MLS offseason.

Defending champion Toronto FC has been linked with Dutch right back Gregory van der Wiel, and according to Telesport, a deal is imminent between the two parties.

The defender, who made 45 appearances for the Netherlands, is currently under contract at Cagliari in Serie A.

Major Link Soccer: Lee Nguyen a no show at camp

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Finally some David Beckham FC news and Manchester United pick up their first trophy.


Harry Shipp: Everything is setting up for me to be successful in 2018.

Tacoma Rainiers We R Tacoma Combo Pack. I'm game.


Report: Montreal Impact express interest in Italian star Claudio Marchisio.

In Pictures: 2018 MLS SuperDraft

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Sights from Philly's first big soccer event of the year.

Report: Ola Kamara acquired by LA Galaxy for Gyasi Zardes, allocation money

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One of the biggest deals in Major League Soccer on Friday did not come from the SuperDraft in Philadelphia.

The Columbus Crew and LA Galaxy completed a deal that had been in the media recently, exchanging Ola Kamara and Gyasi Zardes.

Columbus is also expected to receive $400,000 in allocation money from LA for the Norwegian striker.

MLS players pushing for trades

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Jan 19, 2018) US Soccer Players - The MLS offseason drips with intrigue over international signings in a manner previously unseen in its more than two decades of existence. Rumors abound, a function of a new influx of cash infiltrating the league through big money ownership and initiatives created to expand the power of the salary budget.

Report: Timbers In on Meram?

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Sometimes rumors come out of nowhere. This is one of those times.

Noted MLS journalist Sam Stejskal, writing for, reports the Portland Timbers are kicking the tires on disaffected Columbus Crew winger Justin Meram.

Sources: Portland are interested in acquiring Justin Meram, but remain far off of Crew SC's asking price: https://t.

MLS Ticker: Kamara, Meram seeking way out from Crew, Revs sign Syrian defender, and more

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Two huge pieces to the Columbus Crew's success in 2017 was the playmaking and scoring ability of forwards Justin Meram and Ola Kamara. The duo combined for 33 goals and nine assists, helping the Crew to a playoff berth and an Eastern Conference Finals appearance last season.

However, last season may mark the final seasons for the pair in Columbus after both have asked to be moved from the club.

News roundup: Crew loses Manneh, FC Dallas leaks list, Russian official steps down

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Plus: Temple's new head coach.

Eastern Conference final rematch headlines MLS home openers

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The Columbus Crew and Toronto FC will renew hostilities on March 3 at BMO Field to kick off the 2018 Major League Soccer season.

The rematch of the 2017 Eastern Conference Final will be part of a seven-game slate on March 3, while four games will be played on March 4, including LAFC's inaugural match against the Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field.

MLS Ticker: Sounders acquire Francis from Crew, Galaxy ink Norwegian defender to deal and more

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It took less than a week for the Seattle Sounders to fill the void left open by Joevin Jones' departure.

The Sounders acquired full back Waylon Francis from the Columbus Crew in exchange for $50,000 in general allocation money.

The 27-year-old left back has played the last four season in Columbus, and he brings needed depth to the position in Seattle after Jones left the club for Darmstadt at the end of the 2017 season.

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?

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.

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.

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.

Portland Timbers

S2 add Academy player, U20 international

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Ray Serrano and Ibrahim Usman will join the Sounders USL side for the 2018 season.

Seattle Sounders FC 2 have made their first new signings of the offseason, today announcing the additions of 15-year-old Ray Serrano and 18-year-old Ibrahim Usman.

Serrano is an attacking midfielder who has shined since joining the Sounders Academy in 2016.

These three stretches will define Sounders’ 2018 season

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There's a lot to like about the schedule, but this is where the Sounders will make or break their season.

By most reasonable accounts, there's not a ton to complain about in the Seattle Sounders' 2018 MLS schedule. They only play as many as three straight games on the road once, and only play back-to-back games away from home two other times; most of their "hot-weather" games are played during cooler parts of the year; and their home schedule is full of Saturday dates.

Justin Meram

Justin Meram excited for new challenge in Orlando after making difficult decision to leave Columbus

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Deep down, Justin Meram knew it was time to move on. He'd been with the Columbus Crew for seven years and, in those seven years, he'd grown into one of the league's elite wide players while coming close to an MLS Cup on several occasions.

But Meram knew it was time, prompting an offseason trade request.

Report: Justin Meram traded to Orlando City

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Justin Meram's time in Columbus appears to be coming to an end.

Sources tell ESPN FC that the winger has been traded to Orlando City in exchange for $750,000 in Targeted Allocation Money, $300,000 in General Allocation Money and an international roster spot.

Meram was drafted 15th overall by Columbus in the 2011 MLS Draft.

News roundup: Noonan to Union, players fleeing Columbus, and Eric Lichaj’s weekend

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Also Sugarman cashes out, Atlanta spends big, and PSG walking all over Rennes

Anthony Precourt

Some Soccer News for Jan 26, 2018

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It's Day 26 of 2018.

Join Me - I am gonna be watching:
  • USMNT v Bosnia+ Herzegovina on Sunday night
  • Town Hall Brewery
  • Minneapolis
  • 8:30pm CT

Yeah, I know most of you are really not in to this, but we may get a chance to see Minnesota's Christian Ramirez play.

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.

Kekuta Manneh

Kekuta Manneh signs with Mexican club Pachuca

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Kekuta Manneh has finalized a move to Liga MX.

The winger has signed with Mexican side Pachuca, the club announced on Tuesday evening. The move sees Manneh depart MLS after originally being selected in the 2013 MLS Draft.

¡Welcome @kekuta16!

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.

Toronto FC

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.

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.

The Rest

Sounders vs. Columbus Crew, recap: Victor Rodriguez scores in first loss of preseason

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Sounders fall to 2-1-0 in preseason.

As you probably know, the Seattle Sounders' third match of the preseason was not streamed. To follow along live, the only option was the Sounders' Twitter account. We at least have some highlights, but unfortunately there's not much to be gleaned.

We do get a nice shot of Victor Rodriguez's goal — his second in three games — but we don't even see how the Columbus Crew scored their game-winner.

SBI Question of the Day: Which team will benefit most from the weekend's big trades?

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The MLS Draft is a day for young players to start their MLS careers, but some of the biggest moves of the weekend came as teams made trades for veteran stars.

It started midway through the first rounds of the MLS Draft when the Philadelphia Union brought in a much-needed difference maker in David Accam.

SuperDraft, trades, and transfers in MLS

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Monday's soccer news starts with the completion of the 2018 MLS SuperDraft. Two rounds went in the books on Friday with the draft finishing with two more rounds on Sunday. University of Akron defender Joao Moutinho went first overall to expansion club LAFC. The LA Galaxy took high school goalkeeper Jose Villalobos with the second pick.

Steel FC Announce Home Opener

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We'll get our first in person look at Bethlehem on March 18

Bethlehem Steel, along with the rest of the USL have announced home openers for the 2018 season on Friday.

This year, the USL will start the 2018 season on the weekend of March 16-18. Steel FC start their home campaign at Goodman Stadium on Lehigh University's campus on Sunday, March 18th against the Richmond Kickers.

Sounders acquire veteran Costa Rica international in trade with Crew

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Seattle parts with $50,000 in Allocation Money to sign Waylon Francis.

The task of restocking the roster has already begun for the Seattle Sounders, who announced a pair of signings on Thursday. The more high-profile of those signings is defender Waylon Francis, who the Sounders acquired from the Columbus Crew in exchange for $50,000 in Allocation Money.

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.

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.