Decision Day

Major League Soccer

Timbers quietly take West's top seed, ready to make push in playoffs

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The Portland Timbers finished on top of the Western Conference thanks to their 2-1 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps. The victory capped off a season that started strong, then began to fall flat due to increasing injuries, and concluded with only two losses in the final nine games as the team got healthy and found a breakout performance off the bench.

The Best of MLS Week 34: Leonardo, Portland Timbers, and more

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MLS Decision Day left us with plenty to stew over as the San Jose Earthquakes sealed a playoff spot in the dying minutes of their game against Minnesota United. We also saw a lot of great goals, and some stand out performances from the staple names of the league, as well as a few guys we don't highlight all too often.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 34

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The MLS regular season has come to a close after a Decision Day full of drama, late goals, and goodbyes throughout the league. Here's the full recap of the final day of the 2017 MLS regular season:

The San Jose Earthquakes squeaked into the playoffs thanks to a 93rd minute winner from Marco Urena.

SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 33

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With one week left in the Major League Soccer regular season, there are plenty of teams heating up at the right time.

There are also teams holding on to their respective playoff lives, with tricky matches ahead on Decision Day.

Here's how our power rankings shape up after the penultimate Sunday of the season:


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Brotherly Game Daily Links 10/23/16 - Decision Day Edition

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Today we'll learn who the Union will face in the playoffs.

Philadelphia Union News

Match Preview: Philadelphia Union vs. New York Red Bulls
Here's our preview for the Union's final regular season game.

Three questions with Once A Metro
We spoke with Austin Fido of Once A Metro, SB Nation's New York Red Bulls blog, about the upcoming match between the Union and NYRB.

Sounders flash top form to rout RSL, clinch playoff berth

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SEATTLE It took a tired, listless, and shorthanded opponent, but the Seattle Sounders finally looked a semblance of themselves on Sunday night, cruising to a 3-1 win over Real Salt Lake and qualifying for the playoffs in front of 55,435 at CenturyLink Field.

Orlando City's playoff hopes dashed by Le Toux as Union win at home

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Orlando City came into Philadelphia needing a miracle to secure a playoff birth, but in the end, the Union claimed all three points on Decision Day in what was the end of a five-game winning streak for the Lions.

The Union secured the 1-0 result at home through Sebastian Le Toux's first-half penalty, which the Frenchman drew when fouled near the spot just before halftime.

Crew claim second place in East after pummeling D.C. United

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With a first-round bye in the MLS Cup playoffs on the line, the Columbus Crew made sure that they were the ones resting until next Sunday.

The Crew dominated possession and scored two goals en route to pummeling visiting D.C. United by a scoreline of 5-0 at MAPFRE Stadium.

Drogba brace leads Impact to win over TFC

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In what turned out to be a playoff preview, the Montreal Impact saw a familiar face step up to book an opening round home game.

Impact forward Didier Drogba netted goals just one minute apart, leading the Impact to a 2-1 win over Toronto FC on Sunday at Stade Saputo.

MLS Cup Playoffs

Dwyer's winner helps Sporting KC beat Galaxy to grab final playoff spot

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For a few minutes Sunday, Sporting KC was on the outside of the MLS Cup Playoffs picture looking in, but after 90 minutes of play, its ticket was punched.

With the San Jose Earthquakes hoping to overtake them in the standings, Sporting KC claimed the sixth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference with a 2-1 win against LA Galaxy.

Red Bulls claim 2015 Supporters' Shield

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Coming off of an offseason filled with so much frustration and anger, the New York Red Bulls have claimed the club's second Supporters' Shield in three seasons.

The Red Bulls locked up the league's best record Sunday, defeatingthe Chicago Fire, 2-1, at Toyota Park.

Nagbe leads Timbers to postseason with win over Rapids

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Darlington Nagbe's best performance of 2015 helped propel the Portland Timbers to the postseason.

The Timbers midfielder netted two goals while providing an additional assist, leading the way in a 4-1 defeat of the Colorado Rapids Sunday at Providence Park.

Whitecaps trounce Dynamo to earn second in West

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Three second-half goals helped the Vancouver Whitecaps secure home-field advantage against a Western Conference foe trying to play spoiler.

The Whitecaps could have ended up in a number of different positions heading into the MLS Cup Playoffs, but at the end of day, the Canadian side earned a first-round bye in the West with a 3-0 win against the Houston Dynamo at BC Place.

The Rest

Sounders vs. Colorado Rapids: Streaming, news, highlights, analysis

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It's Decision Day. The Sounders can decide to take second in the West with a win.

It is Fan Appreciation Day, Decision Day -- the final regular season match of 2017. There will be Seattle Sunshine pouring down on the Colorado Rapids, who have nothing to play for. The Seattle Sounders are capable of taking 2nd in the West with a win.

Sounders vs. Sporting KC, lineups: Same as it always was

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Both Sounders and Sporting reuse lineups from Decision Day.

If it ain't broke, don't fix it. That seems to be the philosophy of both Brian Schmetzer and Peter Vermes as the respective head coaches of the Seattle Sounders and Sporting Kansas City will be using starting lineups identical to the ones that got them wins on Decision Day.

MLS Power Rankings, Week 34: Red line defined

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The red line was drawn, and we know which teams are playoff bound in this final edition of the Power Rankings.

Week 34. Decision Day. For several teams, playoff hopes, seedings and a Shield were up for grabs. And with the red playoff line highlighted the entire week, 12 teams will move onto the postseason.

Sounders encourage fans to arrive early for Fan Appreciation Day

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Fans are encouraged to arrive early for the match against Real Salt Lake.

Seattle Sounders FC take on Real Salt Lake in a critical match this Sunday on "Decision Day", and they are encouraging fans to arrive early for Fan Appreciation Day festivities. There will be an array of activities occurring before kickoff and during the match, both in and out of the stadium.

Stewart and Bobic linked to Union for SD job, more news

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Washington Post's Steven Goff tweets Union pursuing former USMNT midfielder and current AZ Alkmaar technical director Earnie Stewart for Sporting Director. More news.