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Rating each MLS club’s signings during the off-season

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The MLS offseason is still churning as teams finalize their last transactions and continue to shape the excess of their rosters in advance of opening day, but training camp has opened and the major business has been done.

There's no question that MLS improved in the last two months. Even with the loss of stars like Landon Donovan, Thierry Henry, Jermain Defoe, DeAndre Yedlin, and perhaps the MLS 3.

Rating each MLS club’s signings during the off-season

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The MLS offseason is still churning as teams finalize their last transactions and continue to shape the excess of their rosters in advance of opening day, but training camp has opened and the major business has been done.

There's no question that MLS improved in the last two months. Even with the loss of stars like Landon Donovan, Thierry Henry, Jermain Defoe, DeAndre Yedlin, and perhaps the MLS 3.

Breaking Down the 2015 Philadelphia Union Schedule

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In the mind of yours truly, the Union have been given a poor schedule by the MLS.

I only hoped for one thing in the 2015 season when it came to the Philadelphia Union's schedule and it was the ability to travel with the away support to the Philadelphia Union vs. New York City FC match. Unfortunately the combination of a Thursday and my relocation to Maryland I am incapable of doing so.

2015 MLS Allocation Order – January 16 edition

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Following Thursday's SuperDraft there were a couple deals that shook up the Allocation Order for 2015. Montreal still sits atop the order but LA has made a move to move up the rankings in hopes of landing Sacha Kljestan. Toronto used their allocation spot to sign Jozy Altidore.

Last year LA ended up moving as high as number 2 in the order in hopes of landing Kljestan but were unable to at the time.

15 Predictions for 2015

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It is a new year, which means it is also time to figure out what will happen in the next 12 months. Given how I failed to really do any sort of thing like this in 2014, it is time to suck it up and make some predictions that are sure to go wrong in the coming year.

So here we go, 15 things I think will happen in 2015.

MLS Announce 2015 Opening Fixtures

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Just in time for Christmas, Major League Soccer has released the home openers for 2015 season.

The new season kicks off on March 6 when MLS Cup winners the LA Galaxy will entertain the Chicago Fire at the StubHub Center.

The opening weekend sees MLS's two expansion franchises play each other as Orlando City SC will host New York City FC at the Citrus Bowl on Sunday, March 8.

The other MLS awards

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Though MLS might have packed up 2014 already, it's worth a look back at some things that might need more attention. Read More

Lee Nguyen, Landon Donovan And Thierry Henry Named To MLS Best X

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Retiring stars Landon Donovan and Thierry Henry were named to Major League Soccer's annual Best XI squad on Tuesday, as was New England Revolution midfielder Lee Nguyen.

This is the seventh time in his career that Donovan has been named to the Best XI, breaking a tie with MLS veteran Dwayne De Rosario for the most of any player in league history.

Lee Nguyen, Landon Donovan And Thierry Henry Named To MLS Best X

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Retiring stars Landon Donovan and Thierry Henry were named to Major League Soccer's annual Best XI squad on Tuesday, as was New England Revolution midfielder Lee Nguyen.

This is the seventh time in his career that Donovan has been named to the Best XI, breaking a tie with MLS veteran Dwayne De Rosario for the most of any player in league history.

A Converts Journey to MLS: A Review of Dallas ‘Til I Cry

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While it most certainly was not the first, Nick Hornby's Fever Pitch set the tone for the soccer fan autobiography. Launching him to fame (and gaining Arsenal two fans in my household), the famous books details the passion and heartbreak of being an Arsenal fan. Since its publication in 1992, it has launched many imitators as other authors have turned their own soccer experiences into compelling (or not so compelling) novels.

MLS sets order for Chivas USA dispersal draft

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Major League Soccer announces the order for the 2014 dispersal draft of the former members of Chivas USA. Read More

MLS Quarterfinals Leg 2: Review Of Highlights And Lowlights

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GOOD:

Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy/Forward) – Landon Donovan completely dominated the Salt Lake defense in Carson to push his Galaxy into the MLS CUP Semifinals. His three goals and one assist turned the game on its head and buried Real, ending their hunt for the league championship.

Seattle advances after scoreless draw with FC Dallas

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The Seattle Sounders advanced to the Western Conference finals on the away goals rule after drawing 1-1 on aggregate with FC Dallas. Read More

FC Dallas’ Season Ended By Seattle Sounders; Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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FC Dallas at Seattle Sounders on Monday night was just what the doctor ordered after a weekend of relative blowouts in the other three MLS Playoff Conference Semifinals. If 0-0 draws can be considered classics, the Dallas and Sounders clash surely must qualify with its frantic pace, controversial calls (or non-calls depending on who you ask), and almost-goals.

2014 End of Season awards

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Each year since 2007, I have been able to cast my vote in Major League Soccer's end of season awards as a media participant. I figure today is a good day to share with you all who I voted for and some of the reasons why.

In the voting process, you get to place two names on the form, the winner and a runner-up.

MLS Quarterfinals Leg 1: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

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The first legs of the MLS Cup Quarterfinals are in the books and we finally got to see what teams really have to offer with their seasons on the line. Some stepped up while others crumbled. As is usually the case, the difference between a win and a loss is one or two moments of brilliance from a single player.

New York Red Bulls win, Dallas and Seattle draw

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The New York Red Bulls shutout DC United in the East and Dallas and Seattle drew in the West in the MLS playoffs. Read More

Seattle Sounders Wins MLS Cup in ‘Football Manager’ Simulation

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The makers of theFootball Manager computer game, fromSports Interactive and Sega Europe, have run the 2014 MLS Playoffs through its game to simulate who will be crowned 2014 MLS Cup champions.

According to the data, the 2014 MLS Cup champions will be Seattle Sounders, led by Clint Dempsey.

Freedom Kicks for 30 October 2014: MLS playoffs and USMNT

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We have a bunch of links for you this morning, so here we go!

So much soccer, so little time!

D.C. United leans on MLS Cup veterans as playoffs begin - Washington Times: Thomas Floyd gives you a playoff preview as D.C. United waits to learn its opponent for Sunday's game.

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FC Dallas wins Western Conference Knockout Round

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FC Dallas advanced to the Western Conference semifinals and a series with the Seattle Sounders after beating Vancouver. Read More

Figuring out the MLS Knockout Round

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MLS added the Knockout Round to the playoffs in 2012, too recently to draw many conclusions from 4th vs 5th in East and West. Read More

Homegrown – MLS Western Conference Playoff Preview

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On this special edition of Homegrown, Jay breaks down the MLS Western Conference playoff picture. Other ways to listen: Download the Podcast Here!(Right click, save as) If you like this podcast please subscribe, rate, review, share, and comment. Let us know what you think!

Preview Of The MLS Knockout Round Matches

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Major League Soccer wrapped up its regular season with one final weekend that saw teams eliminated from playoff contention and other teams cement their spot in the postseason.

Before the league's best get to play their first game in the postseason, the MLS Knockout Round must be held to finalize the field.

D.C. United

D.C. United to open its preseason on January 22

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D.C. United has released their full preseason schedule.

D.C. United has announced their full preseason schedule today and will be opening camp on January 22 in Washington before traveling to Bradenton, Florida, on January 24. While in Florida, they will play three games, with one of those games rumored to be against a Swedish team.

D.C. United and FC Dallas to face Jönköpings Södra IF during the preseason

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D.C. United and FC Dallas will be together in two states during the preseason: Florida and Texas.

A report out of Sweden's Jönköpings-Posten has clarified D.C. United's preseason schedule a little further. Before traveling to Austin for the ATX Pro Challenge, D.C. United will apparently travel to Florida as a part of their training camp.

Team News

Portland Timbers release full 2015 MLS match schedule

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It's one of the best days within the Major League Soccer calendar - the schedule release date! The Portland Timbers announced their full 34 match slate for 2015, while MLS confirmed national broadcast plans and a revamped playoff schedule that will include six teams from each conference.

Portland Timbers win in final weekend but fail to advance to 2014 playoffs

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The Portland Timbers were hoping against the odds that they could sneak their way into the MLS postseason, but they would need a win versus FC Dallas and a Vancouver draw or loss to Colorado later in the day. While the Timbers did their part in getting a win in Texas behind Darlington Nagbe's first goal of the 2014 regular season, but Vancouver beat Colorado to earn the fifth spot and end the Timbers' season.

What I am watching for in Portland Timbers third match versus FC Dallas

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After an emotional week that saw the Portland Timbers bounced from the CONCACAF Champions League, the team turns their attention to their final regular season match in 2014 in Dallas. There is still a chance for the playoffs, but they will be facing an FC Dallas team that has something to play for as well in addition to needing help from Vancouver in their match hosting Colorado.

Tesho Akindele

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Rules? There are no rules.

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Birnbaum is not Rookie of the Year, Bradley Wright-Phillips doesn't know the rules, and there's more on SuperClub Bayern Munich. Also, dinosaurs.

It's Tuesday, it's Thanksgiving week, and it's time for Freedom Kicks. You don't need more of an introduction than that, do you?

Oh, but wait—Bowser is presenting her new stadium plan at today's Government Operations committee meeting.

Shipp loses out on Rookie of the Year award

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Harry Shipp finished second among voters for the MLS Rookie of the Year award. The honor this season went to FC Dallas forward Tesho Akindele. Both players finished with seven goals and Shipp had the edge in assists (6-3) and starts (26-18) but the perception that he hit the "rookie wall" late in the season after a hot start apparently hurt him.

FC Dallas Friday Flipside – Oct 24, 2014

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Here are a few FC Dallas quick hits for Friday, Oct. 24, 2014:

ULLOA JOINS THE POLAR BEAR CLUB

The emergence of young holding midfielder Victor Ulloa has been one of the best and most inspiring stories to come from this year's FCD team. And Ulloa admitted after training yesterday that he has done one thing to tweak his off-field routine this year.

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Seattle Sounders FC 0 – 0 FC Dallas | Fotos

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Archivado en: 2014, Fútbol MLS, Fotos 2014, Resultados, Seattle Sounders FC Tagged: 0-0, Brad EVANS, CenturyLink Field, Chad MARSHALL, Chris SEITZ, Clint DEMPSEY, ECS, Fabián CASTILLO, FC Dallas, Gonzalo PINEDA, [...]

Defensa Infinita | Sounders empata sin goles con FC Dallas pero pasa a Final de Conferencia

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Seattle Sounders FC* 0 (1) 0 (1) FC Dallas Con el beneficio del gol de visitante que la MLS apenas implemenó este año los Sounders de Seattle superaron [...]

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Monday Freedom Kicks: Best Ofs

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Year-End looks, mock drafts and big boards, along with a Yellow King.

Man, this post-Christmas, pre-New Year's window suuucks. But there's still a thing or two to give you a fix.

Soccer Today presented by Toyota: Sunday, December 21 | FC Dallas: Quietly under the radar, Jason Levien gave another interview, this time to Steve Davis and Marc Stein on Davis FM radio.

Sporting Set New Attendance Record

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For the fourth straight year, Sporting KC has set a new record attendance for the club. This year, Sporting KC broke the 20,000 per game average for the first time in club history, averaging 20,003 per game in the 2014 season. Sporting sold out all 17 league home games increasing their record to 53 in MLS play (league and playoffs).

Dynamic midfielder Mauro Diaz ready to return for FC Dallas

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FC Dallas midfielder Mauro Diaz (right) (Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)

STEVE HUNT / Special Contributor

FRISCO Earlier this year, Mauro Diaz was kind of a big deal. The 23-year-old Argentine attacking midfielder was a big reason why FC Dallas got off to a 5-0-3 start. In March, Diaz was named MLS Player of the Month after contributing two goals and one assist in four games.

Cookouts have helped playoff-bound FC Dallas build needed chemistry

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FC Dallas technical director Fernando Clavijo (center) visits with academy coach Victor Medina (blue shorts) and head coach Oscar Pareja (left) during a cookout for players coaches and staff recently. (Tom Fox / Staff Photo)

By MEGAN RYAN / Staff Writer

FRISCO — Bustling crowds and the smell of grilling food are familiar on Toyota Stadium's concourse during FC Dallas games.