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San Jose Clinches Playoff Berth

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The San Jose Earthquakes have clinched the first berth in the 2012 MLS Cup Playoffs.

San Jose clinched today after Chivas USA dropped a 2-1 decision at Seattle.

Four clubs out of the nine-team Western Conference will be unable to match or overtake San Jose in regular season points, thus assuring the Earthquakes' position as one of five teams from their conference to make the playoffs.

Houston Dynamo Get 1-0 Win Against Real Salt Lake Thanks to Late Penalty

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Between the weird scheduling of the match on a Thursday night, the questionable officiating, depleted rosters, and the rather languid play, last night's match between the Houston Dynamo and Real Salt Lake took the "beautiful" out of the beautiful game. Until the final seconds of the match, it appeared that the score would stay at 0-0 and the Dynamo would have to wait until September 29th to finally pick up their first MLS home win since August 3rd, but then Macoumba Kandji was fouled in the box and Colin Clark converted giving the Dynamo a 1-0 win and breaking their 4 match streak of not winning an MLS match.

Sounders at FC Dallas - Gamethread

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Beating the current version of FC Dallas isn't easy. They have enough quality in all phases of play that on a normal day they are tough when healthy. In near 100 degree heat they gain another advantage. Still, there are opportunities. Dallas is fairly weak defending open play crosses which should bode well for a Sounders team that has a rested and ready Adam Johansson and Mauro Rosales.

Sounders September - Rounding The Turn

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It's early in the stretch run of a season that MLS puts forth as a marathon. In a season where Seattle fell short of two trophies already (Open Cup, 11/12 CCL) they still are capable of two more major trophies as well as the Cascadia Cup. Travel concerns essentially end in September, unless the Sounders are on the road for the MLS Cup Final, which is travel that any fan, supporter, player, coach or front office personnel would love to be forced upon them.

Sounders at FC Dallas - Three Questions

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The statistics say that Dallas is a bad team. On paper they are not really "in" the competition for a MLS Cup Playoffs spot. This is one of the cases where those systems can not accurately reflect how good FC Dallas is. They've recently gotten David Ferreira and George John back. In their last ten games they have 17 points to Seattle's 18.

Union Loss To Crew Punctuates Their August Swoon

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Another year, another winless August for the Philadelphia Union. But unlike 2011, the team didn't have a fast start to rest upon, and now they sit at a point where the MLS Cup Playoffs are a fading image. On Wednesday ...

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De Rosario to be named 2012 D.C. Sportsperson of the Year at upcoming SneakerBall IX

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D.C. Sportsperson of the Year Presented by Arent Fox: Dwayne De Rosario Signature Charity Event Celebrates MLS Most Valuable Player


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Greater Washington Sports Alliance announced today that the recipient of the 2012 D.

Sounders Centric Power Rankings - Striking Distance

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Seattle's last two losses in all competitions are to the San Jose Earthquakes and Sporting Kansas City. In some ways it is fitting that these are the only two teams ahead of the Sounders in the SB Nation MLS Power Rankings. Seattle is as high as it has been since week 11. The votes they receive are primarily for 2 or 3 with two at 4 and one at 5.

Sounders at Chivas USA - Three Questions

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Saturday's 7:30 PM match between the aspiring Seattle Sounders and struggling Goats features one of the hottest teams in MLS and a team that is bewildering. Despite several name brand players on offense Chivas USA has 9 fewer goals than the next worst in the league. If it wasn't for Dan Kennedy and the strong defense there would be no chance for the other SoCal team to make the MLS Cup Playoffs.

Marco Pappa to SC Heerenveen After All

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There have been stories of Marco Pappa joining Dutch side SC Heerenveen. There have been stories of Marco Pappa joining EPL club Wigan in the winter. It turns out the full story is a mix of the two. Pappa will join SC Heerenveen at the conclusion of the 2012 MLS Regular Season.

The Dutch league should suit Pappa better than the EPL so this is a very good move.

MLS Announces New Standings Tiebreakers for 2012 season

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MLS has just announced the new system of tiebreakers for the playoffs this season. Although MLS is trying to encourage "attacking play" as they put it, our very own Nick Fedora (among many incensed fans) are not liking the system as it seems to make defense all but irrelevant. This will definitely be a hot topic in the coming days as the playoffs inch closer.

Sounders at Colorado Rapids - Three Questions

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Saturday's match at Colorado will be the final meeting between the Sounders and the Rapids. KONG 6/16 will broadcast the match with typical Spanish language and radio coverage as well. The two sides are nearly completely opposite in form. Where the Colorado Rapids have lost five straight (OK, they beat Swansea), the Seattle Sounders are in a stretch of four unbeaten, though with only one win.

Fire add Dutch striker MacDonald as DP

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The Chicago Fire have added some punch to their attack, signing a Designated Player from Europe that is joining the club after spending the last three seasons in Belgium.

The Fire announced Tuesday that they signed Dutch forward Sherjill MacDonald from Belgian Pro League side Germinal Beerschot AC.

Saturday Orange Slices: Dynamo Prep For Vital Home Stand

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Dynamo News

  • New Dynamo DP is having an easier than expected transition from the Honduran League to MLS. He has already help set up a goal and has played "well on both sides of the ball" in three 90 minute shifts. (MLS Soccer)
  • Jonathon and Eddie discuss the upcoming home stand, players returning from injury, and DC United.

Sounders v Chivas USA US Open Cup Semis - Gamethread

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Knockout tournaments can kind of suck. One poor performance and the club you support is gone. There's a certain pressure on them that can overwhelm. They are like playoffs, but longer and with a smaller payoff at the end. The Seattle Sounders don't struggle in knockouts. They are 16-0-1 in the Open Cup, 1-1-0 in Champions League Knockouts and even 1-4-1 in the MLS Cup Playoffs.

Cascadia Cup: Portland Timbers vs. Seattle Sounders Preview Interview and Pre-Game Discussion Thread

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Tomorrow the Portland Timbers take on the Seattle Sounders in what promises to be one of the premier matches of the regular MLS season. But I don't really need to tell you all this. As a Portland Timbers fan this stuff is ingrained within you from the very day you decide to done the green and white.

Sounders at Portland Timbers Cascadia Cup Rd 3 - Three Questions

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Round three of the 2012 Cascadia Cup contest between sees the Seattle Sounders head down south to face the struggling Portland Timbers. In the mini-league standing no team yet stands out as a leader with the two previous matches ending in draws. The Whitecaps sit in first with two points. For the Timbers this is probably their only chance at a Cup.

US Open Cup: Union vs. Rhinos

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With disappointment piling up in MLS play like unnecessary similes in my PUT articles, the Philadelphia Union's road to the playoffs grows longer and more winding by the matchday. Speaking of the song that ended with the Beatles breaking up, what happened to the Union's Fab Four (Le Toux, Mondragon, Califf, and Paul the Stray Ferret)?

The Uphill Battle of the Montreal Impact

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Article by Nate Sulat
If history is any indication, the Montreal Impact is facing an uphill climb in its first MLS season.
With the exception of the Seattle Sounders – who made the MLS Cup playoffs and won the US Open Cup in 2009 – the seven teams that have entered the league since 2005 are a combined 48-121-53 in their maiden campaigns.

Seattle Sounders v LA Galaxy - Gamethread

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Even including results in non-MLS competition Seattle's record against the LA Galaxy is not good enough for Sounders fans. There is no other team that can clearly be argued as better than the one here. Both have three major trophies in the past three years, but LA's are more significant. They are roughly equal in CCL play.

Questions: Playoffs, Ferreira, Garber, Nowak, Castrol

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Apr 26, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In Thursday's edition, Tony asks about examines player confidence in Toronto, wonders when David Ferreira will be back for FC Dallas, and sees an unexpected entry in the MLS Castrol Index rankings. Who's going to the MLS Cup Playoffs?

Dynamo at Seattle Sounders: Roadtrip faces history, both good and bad

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Tomorrow night, our Dynaroadmen keep their early tour going with a visit to the CenturyLink painted-over runway to face the Seattle Sounders at 9 p.m. Central (God's Own Timezone). The match will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network (check your cable provider for channel number). It can also be heard in the Houston area on KPRC 950 AM and in Spanish on La Ranchera 850 AM.

Seattle Sounders v Houston Dynamo | Three Questions

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One of the shames of the unbalanced schedule is that teams that were developing a strong on-field rivalry are now split apart. Houston Dynamo v Seattle Sounders FC matches birthed zombie Jaqua, the Dynamo were the first team to beat Seattle in the MLS Cup Playoffs and only the LA Galaxy have played Seattle more in the MLS era.

Week One MLS TV Viewership

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Over the last couple of days, various sources have releases the amount of viewers for the opening weekend of Major League Soccer. In Canada, the news was great. According to a press release from TSN, the combined Canadian viewing audience (RDS and TSN) exceed 540k on average. That is a great number for the opening match.

Sounders At Santos Laguna | Gamethread | LiveBlog

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-76:00 I (sidereal) will be liveblogging tonight's event as well as the game, assuming I'm able to see it over the hordes of partying Sounders faithful. What's the general consensus on liveblog formats? New stuff at the top? Bottom? (Never mind. We'll do it in comments)

This season could wind up with a lot of "biggest games of the year," to get to the next one the Seattle Sounders FC must advance tonight and match a task that only one other MLS side has ever done in CONCACAF Champions League/Cup Knockout Round play.

Preseason Power Rankings On First Kick Eve

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The tiered system is dead, kind of. SBNation.com/soccer's MLS power rankings now require each writer to rank the teams from 1-19 and then they will be lumped into tiers based on the overall vote. This is essentially flipping the system of previous years, but the results are quite similar. Overall the Seattle Sounders are ranked a clear 2nd, in tier one with the LA Galaxy (first) and Real Salt Lake (third).

SBI MLS Season Preview: Seattle Sounders FC

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By JOEY SAMUEL

After three straight seasons of playoff disappointment, the Seatte Sounders are back for 2012, and it could be their most important season in franchise history.

The Sounders' narrow loss in the Western Conference Semfinals of the 2011 MLS Cup Playoffs left a bitter, yet familiar, taste in the mouths of its devoted fans.

2012 Revolution Competition Forecast: Regular Season and MLS Cup Playoffs

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Sitting just a few days before the regular season begins, we must start taking into account that minus some last minute roster tweaking the team is all but set until at least the Summer Window. This is the team that Jay Heaps will lead into battle for a good portion of the season. Ultimately, what are the goals we are looking at for this club to complete?

FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup: Searching For the Revolution

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Preseason? We're talking about preseason here? Yes we are. After all, only so much can be taken away from a 2-1 win over a fourth division side. And while beating Boston College a few times is nice, it is still only beating a college team. The beginning of the FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup is the first opportunity to see the Revolution compete against MLS competition.

Sporting Kansas City Holding Open Tryouts

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Sporting Kansas City will hold open tryouts for prospective players on Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10 at the team's Sporting Club Training Center in Swope Park, the club announced Tuesday. The tryouts are open to players who are 18 years of age and older, and are among the first 300 registrants.

Wondolowski Re-Ups With Quakes

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United States National Team player Chris Wondolowski has signed a new deal with the San Jose Earthquakes. "I'm grateful to the organization for giving me a new contract for a second straight year and look forward to helping the Earthquakes get back to the MLS Cup Playoffs," Wondolowski said. "I think we have a great team heading into this season and I know I'm looking forward to that home opener on March 10th against New.

The Rest

Revolution vs. Fire: Preview and Game Notes

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The New England Revolution are facing the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park on Saturday night. Bridgeview is definitely not a favored environment for the Revs to try and break their six-game winless streak, but nevertheless they must try. Chicago is sitting pretty in fourth place with a game in hand on the teams above them, and will be looking at this fixture as an easy three points at home.

Steel, Nationality & Competing for the U.S. Open Cup

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John Nyen on the U.S. Open Cup.

Ninety-two

years ago there was some big news in association football.

World War I was finally finished and in England, official competitive football was allowed to resume (between 1914 to 1919 the FA Cup and League Cup were suspended due to the war with regional competitions taking place in their stead).