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LA Galaxy

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.

2013 Timbers: who will be there? (second attempt)

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Part of what is fun as a fan of the Timbers has been following the building shaping of the team. A growing league like MLS has nearly limitless options for finding new players. As one may recall, to populate the initial roster last season, the Timbers utilized their USL roster, their U-23 roster, the expansion draft, the Super and Supplemental drafts, the allocation ranking process for returning US internationals, trades, and foreign signings.

Reds under a roof- TFC holds LA to a 2-2 result

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It has taken me a couple of days to post my thoughts.Forgive me, Wednesday night gave us a lot to take in.
The settingI am not a fan of the Rogers Centre. I think it managed toget the ambience wrong, the connection between fan and field is too often missing.It works best for baseball, though even then it has it's flaws.

How have the other MLS teams done in the off-season Part 3: The West Coast

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The West Coast teams no doubt have a great amount of talent and continued to add to it throughout the offseason. Defending MLS Cup champions and Supporters' Shield winners LA Galaxy enter the season on top, but the West is filled with teams ready to take the crown for themselves. After the jump is the final installment of my off-season transaction review as we look at Chivas USA, Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle, San Jose, and Vancouver.

Team Building Exercises With Garth Lagerway

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The Salt Lake's Dynamic Duo....

Jay Bell stops by TSG, does interview

The 2011-2012 offseason has proven to be one of the most eventful in MLS' 17-year history.

MLS clubs flexed more muscle than ever in the CONCACAF and CONMEBOL transfer markets, especially in bringing in another 300 Colombians.

English Premier League

Questions: Data

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (July 26, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Thursday, and Tony looks at a classic MLS club, wonders how statistical data powered an expansion draft, and salutes an underappreciated American in the EPL. Which American club has FIFA.com chosen to include in their ‘Classic Clubs' series?

A Look at This Year's RBNY Transfers

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In case you haven't heard the news, it appears that the Red Bulls have made a move for their third Designated Player. Everton FC of the English Premier League announced on their website that 32-year-old attacking midfielder/forward, and Australian international, Tim Cahill, is on his way to New York.

Montreal Impact

Dynamo extremely motivated to beat hated Montreal

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When the Montreal Impact selected Dynamo icon Brian Ching in the expansion draft last November, Ching and some Dynamo folks really developed a strong dislike for Montreal Impact coach Jesse Marsch. It would be a stretch to say those feelings completely went away when Ching was traded back to the Dynamo before the season, but [.

Rapids Trade For Tyson Wahl

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Today the Rapids traded an international roster spot in 2014 for Montreal Impact defender Tyson Wahl. Wahl was drafted by Kansas City in 2006taken in Seattle's expansion draft in 2009, then traded to Montreal in this past offseason for allocation money. He's played in 82 games between his 3 prior teams, including 11 games for Montreal this season.

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.

MLS Notes: Chivas USA add Burling, Sporting KC sign defender, and more

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Chivas USA added some quality defensive depth on Friday with the acquisition of the rights to veteran MLS centerback Bobby Burling. The Goats landed Burling's rights from Montreal in exchange for an international roster slot in 2013.

Burling returns to Chivas USA, where he played from 2007 to 2009.

SBI MLS Season Preview: Montreal Impact

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Building from the ground up in MLS is no easy task, but if anyone knows something about a successful expansion season, it's Montreal Impact head coach Jesse Marsch.

A member of the D.C. United club that won the first MLS Cup and a member of the Chicago Fire club that won MLS Cup in its expansion season, Marsch embarks on his first head coaching gig with the Impact, who made the leap from NASL to MLS and have created quite a buzz north of the border.

Sporting Back in Action Today

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Sporting KC is back in preseason action today as they kick off the Disney Pro Soccer Classic down in Orlando, Florida. KC's opponent today is the Houston Dynamo, who defeated the Wizards in the Eastern Conference final last year 2-0 to earn a trip to MLS Cup ahead of Sporting.

The Dynamo have Brian Ching back after spending time with the Montreal Impact, who selected him in the expansion draft.

Montreal Impact Is Coming at MLS Like The Crusades Or Something

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Whether your speak Francais or not, it's not hard to pick up on the "Middle Ages Crusaders" theme that new boys Montreal Impact are bringing to Major League Soccer. The intimidation and the audacity is set pretty high, but why not?
The idea even reminds us of a little "Phun With Photoshop" we did on Impact coach Jesse Marsch a few months back after he cleaned up at the Expansion Draft.

Impact use top spot in allocation order on Johnson, trade him to Seattle

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The Montreal Impact tried their hand at picking a forward and getting trade value in return once again.

After picking Brian Ching from Houston in the expansion draft only to deal him back to the Dynamo for a draft pick, the Impact used their place atop the MLS allocation order to select Eddie Johnson before promptly dealing him to the Seattle Sounders.

Impact send legend back to Dynamo

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Just four months after American striker Brian Ching was selected by the Montreal Impact in the MLS Expansion draft, a deal had been reached between the clubs that will send the forward back to Houston in exchange for a first-round pick in the 2013 SuperDraft.

Ching is the Dynamo's all-time leading goal scorer (63 goals in 168 games played) and played in Houston's first ever game, recording four goals in that contest.

Captain Kamehameha is back

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This release came from the Houston Dynamo at 10:30 a.m., about the same time he walked out to practice, probably the first and last time he'll be the last guy out to the field. Someone on Twitter said it best. All Dynamo newbies are about to get an object lesson on what it means to train and play the Dynamo Way.

Ching Saga Over, Forward Traded Back To Houston

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Brian Ching is back in a Dynamo uniform. (Getty Images)

The Brian Ching saga is over.

The Houston Dynamo have reacquired Ching from the Montreal Impact in exchange for a conditional draft pick in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft.

Yes, just for a conditional draft pick. The Impact end up being the big losers on this deal after playing hardball back in November.

Online reaction as news spread of Ching trade talk

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Here's a little look at some of the reaction after Jesus Ortiz made known the news that the Dynamo had worked out the deal they'd been eyeing since the MLS Expansion Draft: Getting Brian Ching back in orange in time for opening day at BBVA Compass Stadium. [View the story "Brian Ching's return to the [.

Report: Impact deal Ching to Dynamo

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Several months of posturing have led to a compromise in the tug-of-war between the Montreal Impact and Houston Dynamo in the battle for Brian Ching.

According to the Houston Chronicle, the Impact are dealing Ching to the Dynamo for a conditional draft pick.

Ching belongs in Houston

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Unless Montreal has a tremendous change of heart and things deteriorate tremendously, Brian Ching will be in Orange by late this week. The Dynamo's all-time leading scorer wants to play in Houston as much today as when he told me a day before the expansion draft last November that he would retire rather than play [.

Report: Houston, Montreal in advanced talks over Ching trade

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The storyline that has been at the forefront of the MLS offseason appears to be on its way to reaching its resolution.

According to reports out of Houston, the Houston Dynamo are engaged in advanced talks with the Montreal Impact for a deal that would send former Dynamo captain and forward Brian Ching back to Houston.

Ching, Dynamo Ready To Move On

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Ching squared off against his old club yesterday. (Photo via Montreal Impact)

As bad as it was back in November, both Brian Ching and the Houston Dynamo are ready to move past the whole expansion draft fiasco.

Ching now a member of the Montreal Impact played the Dynamo yesterday in a preseason scrimmage.

Ching all business as Montreal faces Houston in pre-season

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By ADAM SERRANO

CARSON, Calif. -- For months, people have awaited Brian Ching's first match against the Houston Dynamo.

After being left unprotected by Houston in the expansion draft, Ching threatened retirement before eventually being selected by the Montreal Impact.

Ching eager to see past (and future?) Dynamo teammates

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Brian Ching, the man who built BBVA Compass Stadium, is set to see his former Dynamo teammates today for the first time since the Montreal Impact picked him in the expansion draft last November. The Dynamo and Impact will play today at a practice field at Home Depot Center. I was in contact with Ching [.

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Seattle Sounders at Chivas USA - Three Questions

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Chivas USA is no longer a bad team. Though, that may not matter, they were one of the ones that had Seattle's number for most of the MLS era. Saturday's 7:30 PM game should be entertaining. Both sides are defense first teams with offensive players who are inconsistent, yet able to take over any game against any team.

Portland Timbers vs. Chivas USA Preview Interview with Alicia Ratterree

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So the first pre-season tournament game has come and gone. Honestly, it wasn't the result or performance that I was hoping for. Granted a few key players were missing: Eric Brunner, Kris Boyd, Franck Songo'o to name a few, but I still expected more from a home opener and I expect more from them tomorrow night against Chivas USA, a team which suffered a disappointed 2-nil loss against Swedish side AIK.

Major League Soccer

Crew Get First Win Over Sigi Schmid’s Sounders

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For Seattle Sounders signing Sigi Schmid was clearly one of the most important parts of their success as an expansion franchise, as was picking Brad Evans from the Columbus roster in the Sounders expansion draft. As much as Sounders have been a model for MLS 2.0, Columbus Crew were a model franchise for the beginning of MLS.

Student Athlete

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While most soccer players his age are too consumed with their careers to worry about an education, Amobi Okugo is balancing his professional life with earning a college degree. The U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team midfielder left UCLA after his freshman year to join Major League Soccer and he was selected by the Philadelphia Union sixth overall in the 2010 MLS Expansion Draft.

2012 MLS Offseason Transactions

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I figured this was worth putting up before the new season starts.

(Source: MLSSoccer.com)

IN: Jay Nolly (12/5: trade from Vancouver); FKheli Dube (12/12: Re-Entry Stage 2/New England); M Rafael Robayo (1/9: free/Millonarios); F Federico Puppo (1/11: free/Danubio); D Austin Berry (1/12: SuperDraft); F Lucky Mkosana (1/12: SuperDraft); D Hunter Jumper (1/12: SuperDraft); M Tony Walls (1/17: supplemental draft); D Arne Friedrich (3/7: free) OUT: Christian Nazarit (12/7: option declined); F Gabriel Ferrari (12/7: option declined); G Alec Dufty (12/12: option declined); M Baggio Husidic (12/12: Re-Entry Stage 2/Colorado); G Jon Conway (12/12: Re-Entry Stage 2/LA Galaxy); F Diego Chaves,(1/15: free/Palestino); D Yamith Cuesta (12/7: loan expired); D Josip Mikulic (1/26: waived) IN: Ryan Smith (11/21: trade from Sporting KC); D James Riley (11/23: from Seattle, via trade from Montreal); M Oswaldo Minda (12/21: SD Quito); M Miller Bolaños (1/11: LDU Quito); F Casey Townsend (1/12: SuperDraft); D R.

Ching Back With Houston

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Brian Ching is once again a member of the Houston Dynamo, with the club completing a trade with Montreal. In return, the Impact get a conditional draft pick. Ching was left unprotected in the expansion draft, where he was selected first overall after publicly saying he wouldn't play for Montreal. He later agreed to join the club and was with them in training camp.

Marfan on England, Riley says no on Elite Division, more news

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Philadelphia Union

Michael Farfan talks about his training stint with Sunderland, most of which was spent with the Sunderland reserves. "I don't think it was any change of play compared to here," Marfan says. "It was a good level and I held my own.

Marfan says players were interested to learn more about MLS.

Galaxy and the Salary Cap

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Sometimes items from Soccer America can be a total miss but check out today's MLS Confidential on the Galaxy. For anyone out there that couldn't get how the LA Galaxy was able to squeeze in Edson Buddle to their salary cap, check this article out.

By bringing back Edson Buddle into the fold, even if he costs slightly more than the $178,488 salary he earned in 2010 before leaving for Germany, the Galaxy probably hasn't crunched its salary cap to any great extent, because of player departures as well as amassing allocation money.

Keon Daniel Joins Union In Florida, Two Supplemental Picks Not Invited

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The Philadelphia Union announced that Keon Daniel, along with Danny Mwanga, has joined the team at its preseason training camp in Florida today.

The 25-year-old has been missing from the Union since a September call up to the Trinidad and Tobago national team. Daniel left the United States on August 28 or 29, then did not re-enter the country until possibly today.

Eddie Johnson

The American Exodus

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One of the factors in yesterday's trade that got little notice was that the Seattle Sounders shipped out two more American players in Mike Fucito and Lamar Neagle. Of course they got an American in return in Eddie Johnson, but, in addition to that transaction, the list of Americans the Sounders have lost this offseason is substantial.

No Eddie Johnson In Commerce City

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Yesterday Montreal used its #1 spot in the allocation order to take Eddie Johnson with the idea of trading him. Colorado was the expected destination but at the last minute Seattle swooped in, trading Mike Fucito and Lamar Neagle for him.

At that price I'm fine with not getting Eddie Johnson.

The Rest

NWSL Expansion Draft Friday

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The NWSL will hold it's first expansion draft on Friday for the new Houston Dash franchise that will start play in the 2014 season. The team has already been allocated three players, but will able to pick up two more US internationals Friday. They can also pick up another Canadian and another Mexican international if they so choose.

A man in demand: Rafa Marquez

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Finally, a glimmer of hope for Philadelphia Union.

Two goals (in the same game!), a win over a German power Schalke 04, and now a visit by a New York Red Bulls team fully infected by the Ewing Theory.

Bet you're looking forward to seeing Rafa Marquez trot out on that field, aren't you?

New Trialist

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Not only today did quite a few of KC's rookies and trialists finally get a good run out in one of the preseason games, there was also a new trialist that started at the forward position, replacing Bobby Convey for the last 30 minutes. KC hasn't really had many known trialists other than the 3 that stayed with the team after their week of training in KC, so it's interesting to see that we're looking at what trialists we've brought in.

Preseason: Highlights and News from Dynamo vs. Impact

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Dominic Kinnear was predicitably asked after the match about former Dynamo capatain Brian Ching and he made a slightly surprising comment:

"I think in the beginning, we were a little bit liberal with what we were saying," Kinnear said. "I think it was a little bit rude, and I apologize for that, back when Brian first got selected by Montreal in the Expansion Draft.