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MLS Awards season is just over a month away

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The major awards have some clear leaders.

It's not that I've locked in my votes yet. We are still over a month away from the voting period, but there are certain MLS awards where there are clear leaders. There is also a single team that is so good that it will flood the Best XI without winning an individual award.

David Villa, Sebastian Giovinco top MLS player ratings in FIFA 18

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Player ratings are beginning to come out for the upcoming release of FIFA 18 and their top MLS players are far from surprising.

Leading he way with an 82 overall rating are David Villa of New York City FC and Sebastian Giovinco of Toronto FC. The duo is made up of the last two players to win the league's MVP award and both are making strong cases for winning it again this year.

Around The Forest: Diego Valeri making the case for MVP

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ATLUD raising money for hurricane victims, how will TFC attack the rest of the season and more!

Portland:

The MLS Wrap: Diego Valeri making MVP case | Goal.com
Major League Soccer's MVP race has felt like a foregone conclusion for some time. David Villa has been putting together a season even better than he had in 2016 when he won MVP honors, and with New York City FC looking like a serious title contender, it was tough to see anyone posing a real threat to Villa winning the award again.

Major Link Soccer: Will Harry Kane be Ronaldo and Messi good?

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His national team manager seems to think so

MLS

Who are the best goalscorers in MLS History? The Best XI includes one former Sounders coach and arguably should have Oba Martins but doesn't.

The playoffs are approaching and while the Mariners have started to see their chances slip away, the Sounders haven't.

Around The Forest: NYCFC’s David Villa nervous returning to Spain squad

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Haley Raso wins NWSL honors, FC Dalls SG's teams with rivals for hurricaine Harvey relief and more

Portland:

Thorns FC forward Hayley Raso named NWSL Player of the Week | Portland Timbers
Portland Thorns FC forward Hayley Raso was named the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) Player of the Week by the NWSL Media Association for Week 18, it was announced today.

MLS Week 25: A Look Ahead

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Rivalry Week is here once again!

Major League Soccer is going all out this weekend with most of the major rivalries taking center stage, starting with the New York derby on Friday night at Red Bull Arena.

Sunday's trio of nationally televised games feature the 401 Derby, California Clasico and the showcase piece of the Cascadia Cup.

Official Footage: Referee’s Head-Cam Offers Incredible First-Person Perspective Of Real Madrid’s Game Against MLS All-Stars (Video)

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There's every chance we're a little late on the uptake here, but a fortnight or so ago, Real Madrid played an MLS All-Star side in the penultimate match of their pre-season schedule.

While many of us workaday proles had to make do with watching the game from a standard angle on television, the referee on duty, Mr Allen Chapman, was allowed to record the entire thing from amid the very thick of the action.

The Best of MLS: Week 22

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One of Major League Soccer's biggest superstars rose to the occasion in the biggest game of the weekend, while an Eastern Conference side surprised many with a victory at home over one of the top Western Conference clubs.

In addition to those performances, a rookie center back continued his stellar season and one of the best playmakers in MLS unleashed another stunning strike.

Around The Forest: PSG will pay Neymar’s €222m release clause

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Diego Valeri makes team of the week, what does David Villa really think about Real Madrid? And more!

Portland:

Timbers midfielder Diego Valeri earns place in MLS Team of the Week (Wk 21) | Portland Timbers
On the road in Houston on Saturday, Portland Timbers midfielder Diego Valeri put on quite a show.

MLS Week 20: Guzan with Atlanta, road win for Red Bulls

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Week 20 of the 2017 MLS season resumed with Atlanta United shutting out Orlando City 1-0 at Orlando on Friday. Hector Villalba scored in the 86th minute. Brad Guzan made five saves in his debut for Atlanta.

"More important than coming back into the league, it was important to go on the road and find a way to get a result," Guzan said.

David Villa wins ESPY for Best MLS Player

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Though lost in the U.S. Men's National Team focus last night, New York City FC's David Villa came away with a trophy at the 2017 ESPY Awards.

The 35-year-old star striker and captain of NYCFC walked away with the award for Best MLS Player at last night's show, beating out competition from Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Andre Blake, Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei, FC Dallas defender Matt Hedges, and New York Red Bulls striker Bradley Wright-Phillips.

A look at the biggest transfer needs for MLS Supporters' Shield contenders

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The summer transfer window is a funny one. At this point in the season, you generally know what you have and what you don't, but the process of addressing those needs in the mid-summer window is a tough one. Midseason additions always bring in mixed results, and adding the wrong one could set teams back in a major way.

Around The Forest: San Jose Earthquake’s Matheus Silva wakes from coma

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David Villa and the Chicago Fire take home a fair share of midseason awards from ESPN FC and more.

Portland:

New swimming beach opens next week in Portland | KGW.com
Soon the city of Portland will have a brand new swimming beach. Poet's Beach marks the city's first designated swim area on the Willamette.

SBI MLS Player of the Month: David Villa

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New York City FC went unbeaten in MLS play during the month of June, remaining a top contender in the Eastern Conference. Their best player and top goalscorer is now getting the recognition he deserves for a great month.

With three league goals in four matches, NYCFC forward David Villa is the SBI MLS Player of the Month for June.

Why MLS is more exciting than the EPL

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Collin Deckert explains how the EPL is not as exciting as MLS, and why.

Andre Blake nominated for an ESPY

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The Philadelphia Union goalkeeper is up for MLS Player of the Year

Philadelphia Union and Jamaica goalkeeper Andre Blake is up for an ESPY for MLS Player of the Year. Voting started on June 21 and the award will be handed out on July 12 during the ESPYS. Blake is up against Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei, FC Dallas center back Matt Hedges, New York City FC forward David Villa, and New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips for the award.

MLS, USMNT, NWSL, Bundesliga, & more: Freedom Kicks for 6/20/17

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Plus: a special appearance by a very special animal.

Happy Tuesday! I've got a full slate for you all today, so let's get to it.

DC United's Star Muslim Goalie Balances Faith with Soccer | VOA

Brief profile on our man Bill Hamid.

World Cup status more secure, U.S. soccer shifts attention toward Gold Cup | The Washington Post

Some of Goff's thoughts on what Bruce Arena's Gold Cup roster may look like.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 16

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A David Villa brace pushed New York City FC to a 2-1, rain-soaked victory over the Seattle Sounders. (READ)

All three Atlanta United DPs scored en route to a 3-1 victory over the Columbus Crew. (READ)

The Chicago Fire found their road form to defeat the New England Revolution, 2-1.

Villa looking to provide more to NYCFC after netting 50th MLS goal

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It may have taken New York City FC captain David Villa a bit longer than he would've liked to net his 50th goal in Major League Soccer. However, the 35-year-old striker likes the save his best for when it's needed most and some were not as surprised about it than most.

Villa scores 50th, 51st career MLS goals

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New York (AFP) – David Villa scored twice to lift New York City FC to a 2-1 win Saturday over the Seattle Sounders, becoming the fifth fastest player in MLS history to reach 50 career goals.

The reigning MLS MVP Villa needed just 78 games to score 50 goals as he leads all MLS players with 14 multi-goal games since he joined the league two years ago.

Player of the week: Andre Blake

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With seven saves, five against David Villa, Andre Blake was the Union's best player. We take a closer look at PSP's player of the week.

Match Preview: New York City FC vs. Philadelphia Union

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The Union travel to Yankee Stadium looking to avenge a 2-0 defeat earlier in the season. Can Jim Curtin find scoring depth? Will the back line contain David Villa? PSP gets you ready for Saturday's match against NYCFC.

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David Villa makes Spain cameo, leaves camp with training injury

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David Villa came on near the end of Spain's 3-0 thumping of Italy in Madrid to roaring applause from the Spanish faithful, but will not feature in their upcoming match in Vaduz against Liechtenstein.

The once World Cup champion came on for Isco in the 89th minute of Saturday's match. He didn't do much aside from make a couple passes, but the fans were happy to see their nation's all time leading goal scorer make brief cameo anyway.

David Villa excited, nervous for return to Spanish national team

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David Villa, New York City FC forward, and the leading goal scorer in MLS, is making a shock return to the Spanish national team. He last represented his country in the 2014 World Cup, when Spain was bounced in the group stage after winning the whole thing four years earlier.

While the call-up is "a dream come true" for the reigning MLS MVP, he still feels the nerves from returning after such a long absence.

David Villa relishing 'dream' return to Spain national team

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David Villa had largely given up hope of a Spanish national team return. Sure, part of him knew that the world of international soccer was always shifting, that there was some scenario that could see him return to La Roja. The optimist in him knew there was still a glimmer of hope that he could represent his country one more time, but the realist knew that chance became less likely day by day throughout his three-year absence.

Clock is ticking and no transfer news for NYCFC

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If the clock strikes midnight on Wednesday evening without additions to the New York City Football Club, there is a former French international who will not be pleased.

"Three," said NYCFC head coach, Patrick Vieira after training on Tuesday.

Whitecaps snap NYCFC win streak with late Reyna winner

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Yordy Reyna's introduction to the Vancouver Whitecaps faithful was a memorable one.

The 23-year-old forward made his presence known with an 88th minute winner, snapping New York City FC's four-game win streak with a 3-2 Whitecaps win. Despite falling behind just before halftime, and registering only one shot on goal in the first half, the Whitecaps came from behind against New York City FC to win on the power of second half goals from Jordan Harvey and Jordy Reyna.

NYCFC continue run, show resiliency in win over Minnesota United

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RJ Allen was expected to start at right back for New York City FC in Thursday night's 3-1 win against expansion Minnesota United. Ethan White was expected to be on the bench, ready as a sub. Both missed a team meeting, so both got downgraded: Allen to the bench, White to the stands.

Tactical analysis: NYCFC 2-1 Philadelphia Union

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NYC executed their tactical approach better than Philly and it paid off with a late win.

Villa scores twice as NYCFC shuts out Orlando City

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Orlando (AFP) – Reigning MLS MVP David Villa scored twice as New York City FC posted a 3-0 victory over Orlando City, which suffered its first loss at home this season.

The former Barcelona striker opened the scoring on a first-half penalty kick, set up when Orlando’s Kaka was called for a handball.

Villa scores twice as NYCFC shuts out Orlando City

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Orlando (AFP) – Reigning MLS MVP David Villa scored twice as New York City FC posted a 3-0 victory over Orlando City, which suffered its first loss at home this season.

The former Barcelona striker opened the scoring on a first-half penalty kick, set up when Orlando’s Kaka was called for a handball.

Union press conference, MLS recap, Wenger finally defeats Mourinho: Brotherly Game Daily Links 5/8/17

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Somebody's got a case of the Monday links.

Philadelphia Union News

Jim Curtin's Post-Game Press Conference from Union vs. New York Red Bulls
Here's Jim Curtin's press conference from this weekend's game.

D.C. United drop more points at home in 1-0 loss to Montreal Impact
The Union face DC United on Saturday here's how their last game went.

MLS-New York City FC

David Villa receives Spain call-up for World Cup qualifiers

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David Villa is returning to the Spanish National Team.

The NYCFC forward is set to join Spain for upcoming World Cup Qualifiers against Lichtenstein and Italy. Villa will take the roster spot of Diego Costa, who remains in self imposed exile from Chelsea.

NYCFC Notes: Jonathan Lewis emerges, Patrick Vieira Meets Joe Girardi and more

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Team can be defined as a group of people coming together to achieve a common goal. With contributions from myriad sources within the squad during the course of the season, New York City FC suits the description.

The most recent to emerge from the 26-member first-team is rookie Jonathan Lewis.

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Fantasy Focus: MaraVilla

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Shame about the Metros

The leader this round was Sin City FC with a score of 104 points. David Villa (NYC, $12.0) scored a hat trick and 21 points, leading to a bitter defeat suffered by some team in New Jersey. Meanwhile, Clint Dempsey (SEA, $9.9) scored two goals and added an assist for 18 points, and captain Diego Valeri (POR, $11.

Fantasy Focus: Running of the Bull

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Getting fat off the weak

This round's leader was DC Buzzards,with a whopping score of 173 points, 20 more than the next closest team. Captain David Villa (NYC, $11.9) tallied two goals and an assist on the way to 46 points, easily leading the team. Behind him were Red Bulls teammates Sacha Kljestan ($11.

Fantasy Focus: Livin’ la Villa loca

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David at the double

With a scorching 121 points, We Takes the Money led the league this round. Captain David Villa (NYC, $11.3) led the team with 36 points on the strength of two goals. Behind him was the duo of Romain Alessandrini (LA, $10.3) and Nemanja Nikolic (CHI, $10.5), each of whom tallied a goal and an assist for 12 points.

The Rest

Storylines: NYCFC vs Portland Timbers

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The Timbers travel to the city that never sleeps

The Story So Far

With the international break over, we can return to our regularly scheduled programming. The last time we saw the boys in green and gold was the derby with Seattle that finished in a 1-1 draw, a decent result on the road in a hostile environment.

Fantasy Focus: Gerso Vain

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You probably think this blog is about you.

Bonjour! I don't often use this space to talk about personal things, but from here forward (for the next 3 years, at least), I'll be coming to you from Brussels, Belgium. My wife's work has taken us overseas, so here I am. This is going to increase the difficulty of keeping up with MLS, as most games will be kicking off at or after 1am here (New England/Columbus this past weekend was live on Belgian cable for some reason), but I have Direct Kick, and I do love a challenge.

For one night, the Union make it fun again

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The winless streak is over. Enjoy this moment while it lasts.

It was a long time coming.

The past eight months have been horrible for Philadelphia Union fans. A winless streak that was approaching the ignominy of MLS all-time winless streaks does a lot to a fan. It stops being fun to watch the team find new and creative ways to not win, be it a David Villa golazo that we will literally never stop seeing or giving up three unanswered goals to Montreal.