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Philadelphia Union

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Union bits. Big wins -- and losses -- for Union Academy at USSDA Winter Showcase. MLS roster moves. Latest on fate of NASL. Blatter ban upheld. More.

Union bits, Toronto tops Montreal for Eastern Conference championship, more

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Union bits. Union Academy's McGann scores in US U-17s big win over Portugal. Toronto-Seattle MLS Cup final. Chapecoense plane reportedly ran out of fuel. More.

Union bits, Academy results, Conference semifinals results, more

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Union news and notes, more

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Highlights of Jim Curtin's comments to reporters on Wednesday and other Union news. This weekend's Union U-17's Generation adidas Cup East Regional qualifiers schedule. More.

Barnetta leaving at season’s end, other Union news, more

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Tranquillo Barnetta will not re-sign with the Union, will join his hometown club in Switzerland after end of season. More news.

Notes from Curtin’s presser and other Union bits, more news

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Curtin says it is too early for Edu to return to first team play. Union ranked 14th most valuable team in MLS. More news.

Blake and Rosenberry start for All Stars, Union-RSL, LVU U-18s advance to semis, more news

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Blake and Rosenberry unscathed in All Star starts. Union readying for RSL. Nor'easters host PDL semis on Saturday. LVU U-18s advance to national semis. More news.

Union bits, Ocean City host PDL semis on Saturday, more

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Union news. Ocean City will host PDL semifinal on Saturday. More news.

Reaction to draw with Galaxy, Reading United and West Chester United advance to USOC second round, more

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Reaction to Union's come-from-behind draw with LAG. Reading United and West Chester United advance to second round of US Open Cup. More news.

Union bits, BSFC on the road, Harrisburg hosts Cincinnati, LA stadium vote, NSHOF class, more

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Union off this weekend. Bethlehem on the road to Orlando. Harrisburg hosts Cincinnati. 2016 National Soccer Hall of Fame class announced. More news.

1st in the East, BSFC draws, Academy teams undefeated in weekend play, Pulisic, more

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Recaps and reports from UNion's win over NYCFC. Scoreless draw in Bethlehem. Two wins and a draw for Academy sides. City Islanders drop home opener. More.

Major League Soccer

Garber: MLS priority 'getting young guys who are at their prime'

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With a noted shift in DP policy at many MLS clubs over the past few years, commissioner Don Garber has chimed in on the league's need for younger stars.

Speaking during halftime of Wednesday's thrilling Eastern Conference final between Toronto FC and the Montreal Impact, Garber praised younger, in their prime stars such as Sebastian Giovinco and Ignacio Piatti, stating that MLS needs more players like them.

MLS Ticker: Diaz, Grabavoy, Sapong and more

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The bad news just got worse for FC Dallas.

FC Dallas star Mauro Diaz is reportedly facing up to 8 months out after surgery on Wednesday for his injury picked up over the weekend. (REPORT)

Portland Timbers midfielder Ned Grabavoy announced his retirement at the end of the season. Grabavoy made 301 appearances over 13 seasons and won two MLS cups and a U.

Don Garber believes Revolution will have soccer-specific stadium by 2021

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The New England Revolution will have their own soccer-specific stadium in five years. At least, Don Garber thinksso.

Garber recentlytold SI.com in a wide-ranging interview that he thinks the Revolution will be playing in their own stadium by 2021.

Major Link Soccer: Atlanta United reportedly name their first manager

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It appears former Barcelona Manager Gerardo Martino is on his way to coach in the Dirty South.

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Atlanta United have begun laying the ground work to come running into MLS out of the gate, and they appear to have found the manager they believe will take them there: reports out of Argentina link former Barcelona manager Gerardo Martino to the job opening.

Don Garber aims to be 'smart', 'careful' with MLS expansion

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Don Garber sees a light at the end of the expansion tunnel, but the MLS commissioner is making sure the league approaches that light in a deliberate manner.

Speaking to reporters at Tuesday's U.S. Open Cup finale, Garber said that the league continues to focus on 28 teams but is making sure not to rush towards that number.

Garber hints at possible cap on expansion

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Could MLS be nearing the end of its expansion era? The commissioner thinks its possible.

In an interview with Forbes on Wednesday, MLS Commissioner Don Garber stated that he believed the current round of expansion to 28 teams could be the league's last.

While discussing the success of recent expansion teams such as Orlando City and New York City FC (rated 3rd and 5th most valuable in MLS) as well as Atlanta United's reported 22,000 season tickets already sold and Minnesota United FC's blazing ticket sales, Garber discussed how the growth of the league has evolved from earlier days.

Garber expecting expansion announcements in the coming weeks

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The process of expansion is an ongoing one for Don Garber and Major League Soccer, and despite some recent difficulties, the league plans go go full speed ahead towards 28 teams.

Speaking during Thursday's night's MLS All-Star Game, Garber discussed several of the league's expansion projects.

MLS named as trial league for Video Assistant Referee system

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MLS joins leagues from Brazil, Germany and Australia in testing process.

Progress towards the use of a FIFA-sanctioned, real-time video review system for referees slowly continues. Major League Soccer announced Thursday that the league will be working with the International Football Association Board in the next phase of testing for the Video Assistant Referee project.

Around the Forest: Reliving Kris Boyd

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Noteworthy links from Stumptown and the rest of the web on 5/17/16.

From the Wide World of Soccer:

MLS Commish Don Garber once again has obvious facts fall out of his mouth: this time it's that MLS clubs really need to start beating Liga MX teams in Champions League play. [Goal.com]

The Guardian's excellent weekly roundup in which they make the case that Zlatan should choose Philadelphia over LA.

Major Link Soccer: Deadline day was boring

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Kei Kamara to Vancouver has not happened, yet.

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Just because there were no interesting trades yesterday doesn't mean something couldn't happen in the next few days.

"Don Garber: Liga MX is better than MLS right now" is not the title of an article from The Onion, but rather the title of an article based on real facts from real life.

Garber, Chastain among 2016 National Soccer Hall of Fame Class

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Two U.S. Women's National Team legends and the current MLS commissioner received the highest of honors on Thursday.

Brandi Chastain, Shannon MacMillan and Don Garber were elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2016, U.S. Soccer announced.

Major League Soccer: Don Garber has a hot take

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The commissioner weighs on where the MLS fits in U.S. player development, and spoiler alert: he's all for it.

MLS

Don Garber has not been afraid to insert himself into the debate around US player development in the past, and continued that trend yesterday, saying that the value of a young player consistently playing in the MLS is much more than being on the bench abroad.

St. Louis, Sacramento lead MLS expansion race

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After recently sayingSacramento leads the field for MLS expansion markets, Commissioner Don Garber revealed the list of cities that followed.

Speaking to the Associated Press, Garber said Sacramento and St. Louis were the "front-runners" for MLS expansion, whileDetroit, San Diego, San Antonio, Austin and Cincinnati follow suit in that order.

Around The Forest: Garber Scolds Arena for De Jong Comments

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Noteworthy links from Stumptown and the rest of the web on 4/22/16.

From the Wide World of Soccer:

The NCAA is moving forward with video review in soccer: should the MLS? [Empire of Soccer]

Jurgen hints that Pulisic will make the Copa squad, making all other 17-year-olds feel unaccomplished.

Major Link Soccer: Jermaine Jones ready to play the villain

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"When you know people hate you, you get respect from that." Herbalife may be sketchy, but they're doing better than ever. No Neymar at Copa America.

Seattle

Did you know Cristian Roldan's older brother is an assistant athletic trainer with the Colorado Rapids? Me neither! But here is a Q&A with Cesar Roldan that reveals just that.

Keegan Rosenberry

Bedoya, Blake, Burke get international call ups, Rosenberry wins Fair play award, Ivory Coast Unity Cup champs, more

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Union and BSFC international call ups. Rosenberry wins Fair Play Awards. Strong weekend for Union Academy. Ivory Coast wins inaugural Unity Cup. US WC qualifiers roster announced. More.

Swiss report says Barnetta asks for time to consider contract extension, notes from Curtin’s presser, more

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Will Barnetta re-sign with the Union or rejoin his first club in Switzerland? Carroll available for game in Portland and other Union news. More.

Readying for NYCFC, HCI home opener tonight, BSFC hosts Charleston on Sunday, more

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The Union hosts NYCFC (arrive early!). Bethlehem hosts Charleston. Harrisburg hosts Louisville. Pulisic! More news.

MLS expansion

Report: Don Garber to visit, hold public event in Cincinnati

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After what has already been a successful season for new USL club FC Cincinnati, MLS commissioner Don Garber seems to be showing some interest in the city as an MLS market.

Garber will visit Cincinnati Nov. 29 to speak at a public event, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported Monday afternoon.

Minnesota United FC to join MLS in 2018, keeps name and logo

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The news from an MLS announcement today provided relief for Minnesota soccer fans.

Not only will Minnesota United FC keep its name, as the league and club announced Friday evening, but the club is officially set to join MLS in the 2017 season.The three-part announcement included the confirmation that Minnesota United would join the league next season, that it would begin its season at TCF Bank Stadium and that it will not be changing its name.

soccer specific stadium

MLS commissioner says he'd be "shocked" if Revs don't have a stadium in 5 years

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Hey, five years isn't that far away!

The New England Revolution could have a soccer-specific stadium within five years, according to MLS commissioner Don Garber.

On the same day that the Revs were beaten 4-2 by FC Dallas in the U.S. Open Cup Final, Garber spoke to Sports Illustrated on a variety of topics.

Garber says Revs closer to stadium than NYC FC

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Commissioner Don Garber told media that the Revolution are closer to getting a stadium than NYC FC.

While there isn't a timeline for a New England Revolution soccer specific stadium, the team does appear to be further along than New York City FC.

On Thursday, MLS Commissioner Don Garber spoke to media on a variety of topics.

The Rest

Soccer world mourns Chapecoense tragedy, Eastern Conference champ decided tonight, more

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Latest on Chapecoense air crash. Toronto-Montreal tonight for Eastern Conference championship. Cosmos in wait and see mode. Arena wants a playmaker. More.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 10/7/16

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Philadelphia Union News

Getting to know Kevin Kratz
Three weeks ago, the Union signed Kevin Kratz to their roster and we haven't heard much from the German midfielder since then. But after training on Wednesday afternoon, Kratz was introduced to the Philadelphia press and shared a little about himself.

U.S. Senators send letter to Garber, SUM requesting USMNT, USWNT revenue information

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News has been quiet on the "Equal pay for equal play" front for some time, but two U.S. Senators have made headlines with their letter to MLS commissioner Don Garber.

Patty Murray, Senator from Washington, and Dianne Feinstein, Senator from California, penned a letter to Don Garber with respect to his role as CEO of Soccer United Marketing,which owns the marketing rights for the U.

MLS on the defensive over something it could’ve ignored

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MLS commissioner Don Garber chooses to respond to a NY Times' opinion piece questioning the league's fan culture.

Major Link Soccer: Don Garber, Brandi Chastain, Shannon MacMillan elected to National Soccer Hall of Fame

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It's time to vote for Kim Little if you haven't yet. Renaming the DC/Philly rivalry. Vancouver and Portland supporters find common ground in their hatred of Seattle.

HOF

MLS Commissioner Don Garber and former USWNT stars Brandi Chastain and Shannon MacMillan have been elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

Notes from Curtin’s presser, Union bits, Detroit bid, more

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Highlights from Jim Curtin's weekly press conference and more Union news. Renderings of downtown stadium accompany Detroit MLS expansion announcement. Pulisic! More news.