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Trade Official, Rapids Get Draft Pick

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Here's the official announcement, the Rapids get a conditional draft pick from Chicago in exchange for Wells Thompson.

There's a good deal of consternation in the on-line Rapids fanbase about wells asking to be traded to find playing time, but it doesn't bother me. Look at what's happened this season:

*Wells was on pace for 727 minutes this year, his lowest season total of his career.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Chandler Hoffman

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In the latest edition of the KYW Philly Soccer Show podcast, Philadelphia Union striker Chandler Hoffman joins co-hosts Greg Orlandini of KYW NewsRadio and Philly Soccer Page writer Eli Pearlman-Storch.

In part one, Hoffman talks about what it has been like fighting for playing time on the team and working with the other young forwards.

Major League Soccer

2012 MLS, Week 25: What To Watch For

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Montreal looks to continue their quest for a playoff berth against D.C. United. (Getty Images)

The make or break part of the season is here. At this point teams can earn a lot or nothing at all. Most teams are hitting that final stretch of games that will either put them in the playoffs or will put them in a position to have a high draft pick in next January's SuperDraft.

Revs send captain to Chivas USA

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Reports on Wednesday morning are suggesting that the New England Revolution have shipped club captain and Gillette-mainstay Shalrie Joseph to Chivas USA.

The 34-year-old midfielder was in his tenth season with the club, scoring 36 goals for the Revs while being named to the Best XI four times.

Rapids acquire Wahl from Montreal

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The wheeling and dealing north of the border continues.

The Montreal Impact dealt defender Tyson Wahl to the Colorado Rapids Friday, acquiring an international roster spot for the 2014 season. The Impact originally acquired Wahl from the Seattle Sounders for allocation money on the day of the expansion draft.

USOC Recap: Semifinals Beckon As Union Defeat Harrisburg 5-2

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A 5-2 victory over the Harrisburg City Islanders will send the Philadelphia Union to their first ever appearance in the US Open Cup semifinals.

The Union jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead over the City Islanders, who are Philadelphia's USL-PRO affiliate team, in the first half of last night's game.

Philadelphians Abroad: ‘Spark Plug’ scores

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While Jack Mac may have garnered all the headlines for his two goals in the Union's 4-0 beating of Sporting Kansas City on Saturday, the club's third round supplemental draft pick and Princeton lad Antoine Hoppenot proved why he deserved the nickname "Spark Plug."

Coming on in the 59th minute in place of an off Adu, Hoppenot lit up PPL Park with his unbelievable vision and pace.

The Union Off Loads Mwanga

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It goes to show that if you are off Twitter for a few days, all hell breaks loose. The Union are good at lulling you into a fall sense of security that nothing is happening, then executing a sneak attack.

The Union traded under-performing forward Danny Mwanga for under-performing forward Jorge Perlaza of the Portland Timbers on Wednesday.

MLS Recap Week 5

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Major League Soccer Week 5 was full of goals and shocking results. San Jose continues to impress and for some reason, New York has realized they can win matches. Pedro Gomes has your recaps here:

Montreal Impact 2, Toronto FC 1

The Montreal Impact opened the doors to Olympic Stadium to square off against their fierce Canadian rivals, Toronto FC, with 23,120 fans behind them.

Portland Timbers

New York Red Bulls Having the Season They Wanted in 2011

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Few would disagree that last year's New York Red Bulls were a tremendous disappointment. The acquisition of French legend Thierry Henry, joining a cast of international players including Rafa Marquez, Tim Ream, Juan Agudelo, and Joel Lindpere (and briefly Dwayne De Rosario), was supposed to make the Red Bulls the LA Galaxy of the Eastern Conference.

MLS Notes: Real Salt Lake acquires Braun, Plata loaned to Quito and more

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Another player who found himself struggling for minutes with the Montreal Impact is on the move.

Forward Justin Braun was traded to his hometown Real Salt Lake in exchange for a conditional 2014 draft pick Wednesday, getting himself out of a situation that had become increasingly dire north of the border.

Before Hoppenot, there was Fidelia

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A supplemental draft pick from New Jersey whose first language is French lighting up games as a super sub—sound familiar? Meet the Pat Fidelia of the NASL's Philadelphia Fury.

Union swap Mwanga for Timbers' Perlaza

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Two teams near the bottom of their respective conferences have made a trade involving a pair of talented forwards.

The Portland Timbers and Philadelphia Union finalized a deal that will send Danny Mwanga to Portland and Jorge Perlaza to Philadelphia, the clubs announced on Wednesday.

Union trade Mwanga for Perlaza

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The Philadelphia Union announced on Wednesday that they have traded Danny Mwanga to Portland Timbers for Colombian forward Jorge Perlaza.

Danny Mwanga was the Union's first pick in the 2010 SuperDraft.

Perlaza had been a rumored target of the Union in before the 2011 season.

New England Revolution

Weekly column: Did Chivas USA's acquisition of playmaker Joseph shift the balance of MLS power in Southern California?

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Man in the middle: New Chivas USA midfield general Shalrie Joseph was already directing traffic at his first practice with his new club since being traded by the New England Revolution. Chivas USA midfielder Blair Gavin, a draft pick and cash went in the other direction (Photo courtesy Olivia Cervantes/Chivas

New England vs. Kansas City: Live Game Thread

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Tonight the New England Revolution will conclude their 2012 series against Sporting Kansas City at home in Foxboro as they desperately seek a full 3 points before their playoffs dreams have fully passed them by for the season. With a tough run on the road, playing 3 games and only securing 1 point (against Kansas City), the Revs will hope that they can return to winning ways back at Gillette Stadium.

Summer Transfers 2012: Shalrie's Gone, Now What?

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Most of us are still smarting after this morning's news of the Shalrie Joseph trade broke. The New England Revolution will never be the same, and whether you agree with the trade or not, you can't say it doesn't send shockwaves through this community.

That said, the world is not going to end.

New England Set To Trade Shalrie Joseph

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Shalrie Joseph is set to move to the West Coast with Chivas USA. (Getty Images)

UPDATED:Â Chivas sends Blair Gavin, a second round pick in the 2013 SuperDraft and allocation money in exchange for Joseph.

When you think of the New England Revolution, you typically think of Shalrie Joseph.

Help Wanted

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Preseason trialist Flo Lechner is one option the Revolution may want to explore to bolster its defense along the edges (Photo: Joshua Pearson).

Between the expected early-season gaffes and growing pains under a new head coach, one glaring issue that emerged from Saturday's 1-0 loss can be summed up in the following sequence: A.

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Portland Timbers vs. Real Salt Lake Preview Interview with RSL Soapbox

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Apologies for the delay in getting our usual preview interview up this week. Typically we try to aim for the middle of the week now, but, since these are largely dependent on our fellow SB Nation editors and their own schedules vary from person to person it's not always possible. Regardless, though, huge thanks to Denz from RSL Soapbox for taking the time to answer these questions and giving us a bit of insight into the team that many consider to be best in the league.

Shawn Singh Signed

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Sporting KC announced another signing today, officially agreeing to terms with 1st round Supplemental draft pick, Shawn Singh to a contract. The UCLA product makes 29 players currently under contract right now. Although with Eric Kronberg currently on IR, they have 28 open roster spots at the moment.

Off-Season Orange Slices: Dynamo Ready for Season Opener

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Dynamo News

  • Dynamo team previews (SB Nation) (Houston Dynamo)
  • Dynamo depth chart (Houston Dynamo)
  • Ching truly loves Houston (FourFourTwo.com)
  • BBVA Compass on track for opener (Houston Business Journal)
  • Int. rugby match set for BBVA Compass (Rugby Mag)
  • Davis is near full fitness (MLS Soccer)
  • Cameron gives teammates wake-up call (Houston Dynamo)
  • Brad Davis Interview (Houston Dynamo)
  • Dynamo fall to Dallas in final preseason match (Houston Dynamo) and highlights (Houston Dynamo)
  • Sarkodie wants to go to the Olympics with Porter (Houston Dynamo)
  • Ching's final season?

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Nowak on fans: “We need them more than anything”

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Philadelphia Union

Like it or not, everyone with any knowledge of the Union going into Saturday's game against Vancouver will be watching to see how the fans at PPL Park react to the return of Sebastien Le Toux. The Inquirer's Marc Narducci reports that Peter Nowak says, "I hope and believe that the fans will support and stand behind our team and help us to win the game because we need them more than anything right now.

Frings to miss 4-6 weeks with strained hamstring

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Toronto FC made waves when they eliminated the LA Galaxy from the CONCACAF Champions League, but the momentum from that victory took a big hit after word that star defender Torsten Frings will be sidelined with a hamstring injury.

Frings will miss 4-6 weeks with the strained right hamstring suffered during Toronto FC's 3-1 loss to the Seattle Sounders on Saturday, the team announced on Tuesday morning.

Chicago Fire

Rangers Drop Game Vs Houston

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The Swope Park Rangers suffered their first loss of the season today at Swope Park, as the reserves gave up 3 second half goals, falling to the Houston Dynamo 3-0. The first half was interrupted by lightning. In the second half, in a 21 minute stretch, Cam Weaver, Alex Dixon, and Colin Rolfe all scored for Houston to give them the win over the Rangers.

Fire Sign Defender Tony Walls

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Fire Sign Defender Tony Walls

"The Chicago Fire Soccer Club announced Thursday that it has signed 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft pick and Chicago Fire Premier alumnus Tony Walls. Per league and team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed."

The Rest

D.C. United trades with Montreal Impact to select UCLA midfielder Victor Munoz

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D.C. United traded an international roster spot to the Montreal Impact so that they could select creative UCLA midfielder Victor Munoz.

When the day started, D.C. United had only one draft pick; after the day was done, they had traded down one spot for allocation money and the right to pick the same player they were always going to pick, as well as trading an Italian international roster spot to the Montreal Impact for a second round draft choice.

Philadelphia cite hazing, player endangerment, ‘culture of fear’ for firing Peter Nowak

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In June, the Philadelphia Union sacked their first manager, Peter Nowak, just six months after he signed a three-year contract extension with the club. Now Nowak is suing the club in federal court for the remaining three and a half years of unpaid wages left on his contract and severance pay, which he feels he's owed.

The Weekend: Live Commentary

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Hassli is the latest....who's next? (The Whitecaps mercurial forward dealt to surging Toronto FC for a draft pick Friday).

Adrift at sea, Mariner secures Hassli.


Video: Andrew Luck Interview

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Kick's Jimmy Conrad talks soccer with the soon-to-be #1 draft pick in the National Football League, Andrew Luck.

Breakers Bring in Trio

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The Boston Breakers added a trio of players on Thursday that signed with the club prior to the suspension of the 2012 WPS season.

Australian internationals Tameka Butt and Kyah Simon and Longmeadow, Mass. native Bianca D'Agostino were all added to the Breakers roster in advance of the team's first season in WPSL Elite League play.