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MLS Ticker: Timbers sign Bill Tuiloma, Rapids name Padraig Smith interim GM, and more

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The Portland Timbers are adding another reinforcement to their defensive midfield for this season.

On Monday, theTimbers signed defensive midfielder and centerback Bill Tuiloma through the remainder of the 2017 season with an option to keep Tuiloma in Portland after that.Tuiloma, 22, comes to the Timbers by way of Olympique de Marseille, where the Kiwi international has been in the development system since 2013.

An updated, tiered look at the MLS Expansion race

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As we enter the midway point of the MLS season, and the middle of the calendar year, we're supposedly less than six months away from a decision on MLS teams 25 and 26.

A few candidates have furthered their bids dramatically in recent months, such as the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Others have fallen off hard, with St.

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 18 of the 2017 season

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Here are the ten things we learned from Week 18 of the 2017 MLS season.

1. Get Cincinnati to MLS

The game of the year in American club soccer was played – get this – in the U.S. Open Cup round of sixteen on a warm Wednesday night in June in Cincinnati, Ohio.

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 18 of the 2017 season

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Here are the ten things we learned from Week 18 of the 2017 MLS season.

1. Get Cincinnati to MLS

The game of the year in American club soccer was played – get this – in the U.S. Open Cup round of sixteen on a warm Wednesday night in June in Cincinnati, Ohio.

MLS commissioner Garber says FC Cincinnati is high on expansion list

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MLS commissioner Don Garber has a list for potential expansion cities, and it seems like Cincinnati is a leading candidate.

According tothe Cincinnati Enquirer, Garbersaid that FC Cincinnati's owners are high on the aforementioned expansion list and that MLS will closely monitor the team's progress.

USL

USL Week 17 Rewind: FC Cincinnati makes road statement, Independence roll, and more

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FC Cincinnati made a big statement on the road against Louisville City, earning a hard fought victory away from home in their attempt to climb the Eastern Conference table.

FC Cincinnati had won only a single road match this season, and with the playoffs fast approaching, earning results away from home will be critical for any team that doesn't finish in the top two spots.

FC Cincinnati, Miami FC U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal rescheduled for August 2nd

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Fans of FC Cincinnati and Miami FC will need to wait a while longer for their much-anticipated U.S. Open Cup match.

The match, which was rained out on Wednesday night due to severe thunderstorms in the Miami area, has been rescheduled for August 2nd at 7:30 p.

USL Week 12: A Look Ahead

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FC Cincinnati pulled off an improbable upset in the U.S. Open Cup midweek, defeating the Columbus Crew SC.

With a proposal for a new stadium, the Open Cup victory, and the massive crowds, Cincinnati should be on cloud nine. Their results in the league don't inspire the same way their off-the-field happenings do right now.

USL Week 11: A Look Ahead

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After US Open Cup play dominated the midweek action, there's a full slate of USL matches ahead this weekend. The Rochester Rhinos will be looking to find consistency in their match with FC Cincinnati but it wont be easy as Cincy has won two straight.

Swope Park Rangers will be looking to end San Antonio's 11-game unbeaten streak as well.

USL Look Ahead: Week 2

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After a very successful opening weekend for the new second division league, Week 2 seeks to deliver further entertainment for the USL.

Saturday opens the slate with several compelling matches to watch. The Pittsburgh Riverhounds and FC Cincinnati clash in a regional rivalry match after the former tied in a shootout in week one with the New York Red Bulls II, who themselves will face the Richmond Kickers.

Mitch Hildebrandt

Fire v Whitecaps match preview

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What Are They All About? Vancouver Whitecaps

The beauty of the cup. This past Wednesday, the Chicago Fire were ousted from the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup at the round of sixteen stage by FC Cincinnati. It is their earliest exit from the competition since 2012 when they lost in the third round to the Michigan Bucks.

Jimmy McLaughlin one of the heroes in FC Cincinnati’s U.S. Open Cup conquest

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Malvern native converted the decisive penalty in a shootout win over Chicago Fire on Wednesday

On a night when his hometown team were coming up short in penalties in North Jersey, former Philadelphia Union homegrown Jimmy McLaughlin followed Bastian Schweinsteiger to the penalty spot to take one of the biggest kicks of his life.

Fire out of USOC after PK loss to FC Cincinnati

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FC Cincinnati goalkeeper Mitch Hildebrandt turned in a remarkable performance in his club's victory over the Fire in front of the second largest crowd in US Open Cup history. 32,287 fans saw Hildebrandt come up big at least twice in the first half, several times in the second half, and again in extra time before denying Nemanja Nikolic, Arturo Alvarez, and Juninho on penalty kicks.

D.C. United

D.C. United stadium update, FC Cincinnati, and more: Freedom Kicks for 6/30/2017

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Metal going up, Minnesota going down, and bees!

Look, it's been a tough season for D.C. United fans. The team is out of the Open Cup, and making the playoffs will require a tremendous second half of the season. Saturday's game is huge, and it's followed by a brutal trip to Dallas to play a real contender in Texas in early July (so, basically on the sun).

Mal Pugh injured, 2017 US Open Cup draw, and more: Freedom Kicks for 6/16/2017

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Also, a warning to prepare yourself for the rapidly approaching battle with the robots

Fighting off sleep to put this together, so this will be a short one.

2017 US Open Cup draw pairs D.C. United with the New England Revolution | Black and Red United
Mostly linking this over again so I can go on record with my hunches on who gets through:

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Chris Korb makes the difference in Richmond Kickers 1-1 draw

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The D.C. United veteran nabbed an assist in his first game back

The Richmond Kickers were able to hold on and earn a point at City Stadium Saturday night. Facing off against a stout FC Cincinnati squad, an early Richmond goal was matched in the second half by the visiting team, leaving the Kickers at 2-4-1 on the season.

D.C. United’s Academy has a new director

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The Black-and-Red have got a good one here.

D.C. United announced today that they have hired Ryan Martin, formerly of FC Cincinnati, as their new academy director. He replaces Nolan Sheldon, who has been promoted to one of Ben Olsen's assistant coaches for the senior team. Dave Kasper had this to say about the hire:

Ryan has a proven track record of identifying, attracting and developing top talent.

Red Bulls

U.S. Open Cup Rewind: Miami FC, FC Cincy provide upsets; Red Bulls edge Union and more

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Reigning U.S. Open Cup champs FC Dallas became the first club to book their spot into the tournament's quarterfinals after defeating the Colorado Rapids on Tuesday evening. On Wednesday, seven other clubs joined them, with the biggest shocks coming from Miami FC and FC Cincinnati.

U.S. Open Cup Preview: Dynamo host Sporting KC, Union visit Red Bulls, and more

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The U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 begins on Tuesday night with an all Western Conference showdown taking place in Frisco kickstarting the festivities.

On Wednesday, 14 other clubs will fight to book their place into next month's quarterfinals. Three lower league sides remain in the competition with FC Cincinnati, Miami FC, and Republic FC all in action on Wednesday.

Match Preview: Steel FC vs Red Bulls II

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It should be another physical battle when Steel take on NYRB II at Red Bull Arena tomorrow night.

Bethlehem Steel will travel to Red Bull Arena tomorrow in hopes of righting the ship after a somewhat disappointing home opener that saw the side drop three points to FC Cincinnati. There's a lot of interesting things to look out for here in terms of players and future MLS standouts for both the Union and Red Bull affiliate clubs.

Bethlehem Steel FC

Goliath, and little David from Bethlehem

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Head coach Brendan Burke modestly understated the matter when he described his most recent opponent as a big-budget, fully-resourced side. While they lost a third game to them Saturday, the two previous clean sheet victories deserve remembrance and praise.

Match report: FC Cincinnati 2-1 Bethlehem Steel FC

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Lightning struck, literally. The Steel lost 2-1 in Cincinnati after the final minutes of the game were called off following a lengthy weather delay.

Match preview: Bethlehem Steel FC vs FC Cincinnati

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Steel visits Cincy for the third meeting between the two teams this year

Match: Bethlehem Steel FC vs FC Cincinnati (again!)

Date: Saturday, May 20th

Time: 7:00 PM Eastern

Venue: Nippert Stadium (University of Cincinnati)

Refs: REF- Malik Badawi AR1- Walter Heatherly AR2- Nait Hegerty 4TH- Kevin Fikar

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Steel All Time vs FCC (W-L-T): 2-2-0

What Cincy will look like: Cincinnati has needed a "Signature Win" for awhile now.

Player of the week: Hugh Roberts

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Bethlehem's match with Cincinnati came down to a dramatic conclusion, as Hugh Roberts headed home the winner in the 87'. Combined with a stellar defensive performance, it was enough for Roberts to earn PSP's player of the week.

Match recap: Bethlehem Steel FC 1, FC Cincinnati 0

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Hugh Roberts scores as Steel take the season series against Cincy

"I wouldn't have marked those two off as wins, so yeah, we're happy with that." I know I should probably lead with some sort of phrase that I come up with, or maybe talk about a really nice team effort. That being said, Brendan Burke's above quote reflects just about everyone's feelings towards these games.

Bethlehem Steel FC clinical in win against FC Cincinnati

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Seku Conneh delivers as Steel coasts to 2-0 win

Bethlehem Steel FC finally had a game go their way. Sure, FC Cincinnati was unlucky with a non-contact injury ending Justin Hoyte's night after 15 minutes and a red card shown to Paul Nicholson. That being said, seeing Steel FC finally play out a win with some professional possession and burying two chances for the first time since JULY 14th was a pleasure.

Match preview: Bethlehem Steel FC vs. FC Cincinnati

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Bethlehem take on FC Cincy for the first of three times Sunday afternoon.

Match: Bethlehem Steel FC vs. FC Cincinnati

Date: Sunday, April 9th

Time: 4:00pm EST

Venue: Murray H Goodman Stadium

Officials: REF- Jorge Gonzalez AR1- Daniel Richman AR2- Kevin Lock 4TH- Lorant Varga

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Steel All Time vs.

In Pictures: Bethlehem Steel FC 1-2 FC Cincinnati

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PSP photographer Paul Rudderow was on hand Sunday afternoon as the Bethlehem Steel FC was defeated in the inaugural home opener by FC Cincinnati.

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Seattle Sounders send Victor Mansaray on loan to FC Cincinnati

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The 19-year-old forward will spend at least part of 2017 playing in the USL's Eastern Conference.

FC Cincinnati announced that they have signed Seattle's United States U20 international on loan in preparation for the 2017 season. The move sends Victor Mansaray to an independent USL club where he will be fighting for playing time based purely on his performance rather than notions of potential.

Sounders Academy product named USL MVP

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Sean Okoli led the USL in scoring for FC Cincinnati.

Former Seattle Sounders and Academy product Sean Okoli was announced as the 2016 USL MVP today. The Federal Way native is in his first year with FC Cincinnati after spending 2015 with the New England Revolution, following a trade that netted the Sounders goalkeeper Tyler Miller.

Sean Okoli continues to score unreal goals in USL

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The former Revolution forward has scored another goal that you have to see to believe.

Sean Okoli, we hardly knew ye.

After signing with the New England Revolution ahead of the 2015 season, Okoli offered 46 first-team minutes over five appearances. The striker spent the off-season training with Revolution affiliate Sporting CP (Portugal) but was waived on Feb.

City Islanders

Match Preview: City Islanders FC at Wilmington Hammerheads

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City Islanders FC look to build on their Open Cup victory as they return to USL league action away against the Wilmington Hammerheads.

Game: City Islanders FC at Wilmington Hammerheads

Date: Friday June 3

Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Legion Stadium - Wilmington, NC

Referees: REF: MARK KADLECIK, AR1: Ryan Graves, AR2: Justin Finger, 4TH: Erick M.

Match Preview: City Islanders FC at FC Cincinnati

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After two home wins in a row, City Islanders FC travel to Ohio to play FC Cincinnati in front of a record-setting crowd at Nippert Stadium.

Game: City Islanders FC at FC Cincinnati

Date: Saturday, May 28

Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Nippert Stadium

Referees: REF: KEVIN TERRY JR, AR1: Britton Maier, AR2: Matthew Fotia, 4TH: Shane Richards

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City Islanders FC will play FC Cincinnati at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati, OH on Saturday, May 28 at 7:00pm.

The Rest

Thanks Omar!

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On Sunday Omar Cummings announced that FC Cincinnati's friendly against Valencia CF last night would be his final game as a professional. He will immediately transition to teh front office working with Cinci's youth club.

Omar was one half of the C+C Goal Factory that combined for 89 goals for the Rapids between 2007 and 2012 (39 for Omar, 50 for Casey) and was one of the starters for the Rapids in MLS Cup 2010.

U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal between Miami FC, FC Cincinnati postponed

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The two non-MLS sides remaining in the U.S. Open Cup will have to wait to book their place into the semifinals.

Miami FC 's clash with fellow second division side FC Cincinnati was postponed on Wednesday evening due to consistent thunderstorms in the Miami area.The match, which was supposed to kick off at 7:30 p.

Fire down FC Cincinnati 3-2, remain undefeated in preseason

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Being able to carry over preseason success to the regular season is something the Fire haven't been able to do over the last several seasons. With their most difficult test ahead of them against Toronto FC on Saturday, the Fire have managed to emerge victorious from every first team match they started so far.

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.

Richmond Kickers equalize in epic fashion against FC Cincinnati

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Defender Hugh Roberts scored in the 94th minute to earn a point on the road

Having not won a match since May 18, the Richmond Kickers faced a tough challenge against FC Cincinnati, who have done well in their debut season. Both teams were eliminated from U.S. Open Cup play by NASL clubs last week, meaning each wanted to bounce back from poor tournament performances with a league win.

Match Preview: FC Cincinnati at Harrisburg City Islanders

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The City Islanders kick off the first of two home games this weekend against expansion club FC Cincinnati.

Game: FC Cincinnati at Harrisburg City Islanders

Date: Saturday, May 7th

Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: FNB Field

Referees: REF: DAVE BRECKNER, AR1: Daniel Richman, AR2: Ryan Dos Reis, 4TH: Terrence Mull

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Harrisburg City Islanders return home to host FC Cincinnati at FNB Field on City Island in Harrisburg, PA on Saturday at 7:00pm.

Around the Forest: Living the Dream

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Noteworthy links from Stumptown and the rest of the web on 5/05/16.

From the Wide World of Soccer:

Borrowing from the European model, LA Galaxy opens the first club affiliated full-time high school academy. I can't wait for the zany 21 Jump Street antics to begin once a 39-year-old Arjen Robben, and 42-year-old Miroslav Klose are enrolled in a few years.