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Major League Soccer

Major Link Soccer: FC Cincinnati are on the cusp

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Also, Dortmund's latest phenom is 12, and the Premier League is making some big changes

Seattle

The Sounders FC site took a look at just how dominant Clint Dempsey has been of late. With six goals and two assists in his last five games, he's hitting his stride at the right time.

Chad Marshall was the only Sounder selected this week to the MLS Team of the Week XI.

MLS Transfer Deadline Day Recap

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With the secondary transfer window now closed, a few MLS teams made key moves to strengthen their roster for a late-season push to the playoffs. Here's a look at all of the completed moves from yesterday's deadline, along with past transfers from this window:

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Columbus Crew

SBI Spotlight: Ethan Finlay looking to rediscover form with Minnesota United homecoming

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There's something special about going home, especially in professional sports. So often, athletes travel far and wide to find their professional home, a city and club where they feel truly at peace both on and off the field.

Ethan Finlay found that throughout his six seasons in Columbus, growing from first round MLS Draft Pick to MLS All-Star.

Undefeated in Eight: Union 3-2 Crew

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The Union took down the Crew to maintain two undefeated streaks.

After disposing of Columbus Crew SC, the Philadelphia Union will head into the summer break with an undefeated streak of eight games. Goals from Chris Pontius, Vincent Nogueira, and Fabian Herbers ensured the home side all three points, though the Crew stayed competitive until the end, narrowing the lead to one in second-half stoppage time.

Match Day 7: Houston Dynamo at Columbus Crew

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The Houston Dynamo need to right the ship before their season slips away. Can they do it against the Columbus Crew?

The Dynamo head back on the road a week after a disastrous loss to LA. Columbus is the destination for this Saturday's match against the 2015 MLS Cup runner up Columbus Crew SC.

Houston Dynamo at Columbus Crew Preview: Dynamo Travel to Face Uncertain Foe

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The Dynamo have a match against the reigning eastern conference champions, but is that the only battle they face?

The Dynamo head back on the road a week after a disastrous loss to LA. Columbus is the destination for this Saturday's match against the 2015 MLS Cup runner up Columbus Crew SC.

USMNT waits until late to secure a win against Canada

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USA wins 1-0, with Jozy Altidore scoring the game's lone goal in the 89th minute.

In a fairly tepid friendly, in which the United States Men's National Team had numerous chances against Canada but failed to capitalize on them until late on, Seattle Sounders' homegrown player Jordan Morris started and played nearly the entire match in Carson, California.

Late Jozy Altidore winner leads USMNT past Canada

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Carson, Calif. After opening the 2016 campaign with a late win over Iceland, the U.S. Men's National Team repeated the feat Saturday against Canada.

Relegated to the bench after starting last time out, Ethan Finlay did not take long to have an impact on Saturday night.

Ethan Finlay eager to prove himself on USMNT stage

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Ethan Finlay is widely considered one of the best wingers in Major League Soccer, and the Columbus Crew star is now tasked with taking that reputation and replicating it on the international level.

Following a 12-goal, 13-assist season for the Columbus Crew, Finlay has been called in to the U.

MLS Ticker: Finlay, NYCFC, Orlando City and more

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The Columbus Crew fell just short of an MLS Cup title in 2015, however, on Monday the team announced the re-signing of one Greg Berhalter's most critical pieces:

Columbus Crew SC attacker Ethan Finlay has agreed to a contract extension with the Eastern Conference side. The 25-year old notched a career-high 12 goals and 13 assists during the 2015 regular season, helping guide the Crew to the MLS Cup final.

Columbus Crew blanks New York Red Bulls in MLS playoff opener

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Justin Meram scored the fastest playoff goal in Major League Soccer history Sunday and the Columbus Crew blanked the New York Red Bulls 2-0 in the first leg of the Eastern Conference finals.

US midfielder Meram's tally after only nine seconds and Kei Kamara's goal in the 85th minute off stellar footwork by fellow African standout Cedrick Mabwati gave the Crew a major edge entering next Sunday's rematch at New York.

Columbus Crew blanks New York Red Bulls in MLS playoff opener

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Justin Meram scored the fastest playoff goal in Major League Soccer history Sunday and the Columbus Crew blanked the New York Red Bulls 2-0 in the first leg of the Eastern Conference finals.

US midfielder Meram's tally after only nine seconds and Kei Kamara's goal in the 85th minute off stellar footwork by fellow African standout Cedrick Mabwati gave the Crew a major edge entering next Sunday's rematch at New York.

MLS Cup Playoffs Conference Finals, How to Watch: TV and Streaming Listings

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The MLS Cup Playoffs return after the international break with the first leg of the Conference Finals. Three Big Storylines, How to watch on TV and online and From a Sounders Point of View. Here is your MLS Cup Conference Finals First Leg Gamethread

Three Big Storylines:
  1. The last time Columbus Crew SC played the New York Red Bulls in the playoffs, it was MLS Cup 2008.

Ethan Finlay | Episode 529

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Columbus Crew SC winger Ethan Finlay calls in to talk about his Eye Of The Tiger compression shorts, his acting and directing skills, NY Red Bulls and more.

Cats out of the bag! @ethika channeling my eye of the tiger last night.

Ethan Finlay | Episode 515

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Columbus Crew SC winger Ethan Finlay calls in for a wide ranging discussion that spans from Settlers of Catan to playing with Kei Kamara.

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D.C. United 2-1 Columbus Crew: Player Ratings

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Bring on the numbering system!

D.C. United faced a Columbus Crew SC team who was firing on all cylinders offensively and was unbeaten in their last four. D.C. however, was unbeaten in their last five and played the better part on this night, beating the Crew 2-0 and staying in first in the East.

Philadelphia Union

News roundup: MLS transfer window closes without Union deals

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There was a ton of player movement around MLS, but the Union's biggest personnel move is a new tattoo artist. PSP runs down the day's news, including the sad news about former Sons of Ben president Kenny Hanson.

Postgame quotes: Crew 1-2 Union

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Jim Curtin, Andre Blake, and Chris Pontius on the Union's first-ever win in Columbus.

News from the Combine and other Union bits, Lloyd named USWNT co-captain, more news

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News of players linked to the Union ahead of Thursday's SuperDraft and more Union bits. Carli Lloyd named co-captain of USWNT. More news.

Union bits, more news

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Is it March yet?

“Things didn’t go as planned”: Mbolhi on his status, new Union jokes, more

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Mbolhi on his status with the Union, says he'd consider move back to Europe. Roundup of week in review posts synopsis: the Union are bad. More news.

“Unacceptable”: recaps and reaction to loss in Columbus, Garber says more expansion coming, more news

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Recaps and reaction from the Union's humiliating loss in Columbus. LEague results wrap. Garber on expansion, promotion/relegation, and more.

Union bits, Impact at Azteca for CCL final first leg, US U-23s face Mexico, more

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Curtin's weekly presser today at 12:30 pm. Pfeffer with the US U-20s in Austria. McInerney and Impact take on Club America at Azteca tonight in CCL final first leg. More.

Vitoria introduced, Berry trialing with Cosmos, report says HCI considering relocating, more

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Notes from Vitoria's introduction to the media. Berry joins Cosmos for trial. Report says City Islanders considering relocating. MLS and national team news. More.

Gaddis believes, US Soccer’s quest for diversity, Qatar says 2022 WC will be tops, more

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Gaddis believes Union can reach playoffs in 2015. US Soccer working to find players outside traditional development system. Qatar says 2022 World Cup will be "almost impossible to beat." More.

Postgame video and quotesheet: Union 2-3 Crew

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Video and transcript of Jim Curtin's postgame press conference and interviews with Ray Gaddis, Danny Cruz, and Maurice Edu. Also, postgame quote sheet.

canada

USA defeat Canada 1-0 to win their second straight friendly

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Jozy Altidore scored off a nice cross from Ethan Finlay in the 89th-minute to secure a 1-0 victory over Canada, their second straight friendly win to start 2016.

It took plenty of tries, but the USMNT's Jozy Altidore finally put one by Canada goalkeeper Maxime Crépeau in the 89th-minute. After sending shot after shot at the Canadian goal, Altidore finally connected just a couple of minutes before the end, getting his head on an Ethan Finlay cross from the left wing.

United States 1, Canada 0 - Altidore, Finlay Combine For Late Winner

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In a typically long and mostly boring USA-Canada game, Jozy Altidore provided the heroics with a late winner to wrap up the USMNT's January camp.

The last time the United States Men's National Team scored a goal against Canada was back in the 2011 Gold Cup. And for 88 minutes, it appeared that the two sides were headed for a third consecutive goal less draw.

Jurgen Klinsmann

United States vs Canada: Preview and how to watch

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Off the back of a 3-2 comeback victory against Iceland, the United States Men's National Team will close out Camp Cupcake against Canada. There are plenty of players looking to make an impact before qualifying starts up again.

The United States Men's National Team (USMNT) victory that opened 2016 gave manager Jurgen Klinsmann plenty to think about heading in to the last friendly before qualifying ramps up again.

How to Watch USA-Iceland: Time, TV schedule and streaming options

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The USMNT are back for their first game of 2016.

The US national team kicks off a busy 2016 with a friendly against Iceland on Sunday, Jan. 31. Coverage for the game, which will take place at StubHub Center in Carson, CA, is set to begin at 3:45 E.T. on EPSN2.

Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called in a roster that's primarily composed of MLS players.

Mentorship meets competition at the USMNT January camp

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The January training camp is a tradition for the U.S. Men's National Team, but 2016's camp is a unique one.

With the Under-23 team facing a tough Olympic qualifying series against Colombia in March, head coach Jurgen Klinsmann decided to split the roster in half, leaving off some big names from the senior team to make room for new faces.

Morris, Finlay, Robles among players called into young USMNT roster

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If ever there was a time for a new crop of U.S. Men's National Team players to state its case, this winter camp might just be it.

U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann unveiled a 23-man roster for his first camp of 2016 on Wednesday, and, as expected, it includes several young or fresh faces that are on the fringes of the team.

Kei Kamara

Some Soccer News for Nov 20, 2015

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I can hardly believe it myself, but somehow I came in 2nd in the voting to David Beckham for People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive! Damn you Beckman. Even my own Mom voted for him.

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Corinthians are the new Brazilian Champions. Huge congrats to them.

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du Nord Futbol 2015 MLS Best XI
G: Bill Hamid
FB: Tony Beltran + Kemar Lawrence
CB: Damien Perrinelle + Laurent Ciman
M: Ethan Finlay, Dax McCarty, Matias Laba + Fabian Castillo
F: Kei Kamara + Sebastian Giovinco

And my 2nd Team
G: David Oustad
FB: Harrison Afful + Robby Rogers
CB: Nat Borchers + Kendall Waston
M: Benny Feilhaber, Wil Trapp, Diego Charra + Mauro Diaz
F: Obafemi Martins + Robbie Keane

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MLS Cup Playoffs
-The Semifinals on Sunday.

Some Soccer News for Nov 19, 2015

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HERE IT IS! du Nord Futbol 2015 MLS Best XI
G: Bill Hamid
FB: Tony Beltran + Kemar Lawrence
CB: Damien Perrinelle + Laurent Ciman
M: Ethan Finlay, Dax McCarty, Matias Laba + Fabian Castillo
F: Kei Kamara + Sebastian Giovinco

My team will beat your team every time!

Three Questions with Pat Murphy of Massive Report

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This week we talk to Pat Murphy of Massive Report, SB Nation's Columbus Crew SC blog, about the upcoming match between the Crew and Philadelphia Union.

tBG) Kei Kamara is leading the MLS Golden Boot race, and Ethan Finlay is one behind Cristian Maidana in the assists race. While that combination is certainly fearsome, is there more to the Columbus offense?

Fantasy Focus: Quake in your boots

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San Jose players are leaders at every position

Our leader this round was Buzzards Beaks, with a score of 118. Kei Kamara (CLB, $9.7) wore the armband and scored 34 points with a goal and two assists over two games. Ethan Finlay (CLB, $9.2) scored a goal and an assist over two games for 14 points, and David Villa (NYC, $11.

Fantasy Focus: Fit Finlay

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The Union went down for the three count.

After scoring 72 points this round, Seoul Train was the league leader. The leading scorer was captain Kei Kamara (CLB, $8.6), whose goal and assist led to 22 points. Kamara's teammate, Ethan Finlay (CLB, $8.3) scored 16 points on two goals and an assist, and Benny Feilhaber (SKC, $9.

The Rest

Roster Talk

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While that next goodie remains in a holding pattern (as they often do), let me double back to air a few remarks on the January USMNT camp roster. First, the good: Finally, we get to see Ethan Finlay - thank goodness for small miracles. I'm cool with the goalkeepers selections, and I certainly can't gripe about having a pair of actual left back prospects called.

Slumping United fall to 4th in the East after 2-1 loss at home to Columbus

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Ben Olsen (pictured) is searching for answers as his D.C. United side lose for the fourth time in five matches.

Fantasy Focus: LeviEthan

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That's a goal in four straight games, and six goals and four assists in ten games.

It was not the most high scoring round, but BobBoswellIsInternet took the top prize with 77 points. Ethan Finlay (CLB, $6.2) led the way with 14 points on a goal andtwo assists. LeeNguyen (NE, $9.1)followed closely behind withtwo goals and 12 points, and Diego Valeri (POR, $10.