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Matt Hedges signs new contract with FC Dallas to 2020

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Less than a month after earning the MLS Defender of the Year honors for 2016, Matt Hedges has been rewarded for his efforts by FC Dallas.

The centerback has signed a new four-year contract with Dallas, locking him up through the 2020 season.

Hedges was largely influential to Dallas' defensive success during the 2016 season.

Red Bulls, Galaxy, FC Dallas well-represented in MLS Best XI

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The 2016 MLS Best XI was revealed on Monday, with a pair of FC Dallas, New York Red Bulls and LA Galaxy players among the 11 on the list.

Defender of the Year Matt Hedges and Dallas playmaker Mauro Diaz were named, along with assists leader Sacha Kljestan and his fellow MVP candidate Bradley Wright-Phillips.

SBI MLS Defender of the Year: Jelle Van Damme

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When the LA Galaxy signed Jelle Van Damme, there were questions about how he'd adjust to Major League Soccer.

The Belgian put those worries to rest after a tremendous debut season. Much like his former Standard Liege teammate Laurent Ciman, Van Damme settled right away, helping the Galaxy concede just 39 goals compared to 46 in 2015.

Major Link Soccer: Rapids potentially implode Galaxy

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Colorado's series victory may have proven to be Steven Gerrard's final professional match.

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Following their successful second leg versus FC Dallas, the Sounders will face the Colorado Rapids for the Western Conference Championship.

Colorado has been in solid form throughout the season, but their watershed moment came from the addition of Tim Howard, at least according to manager Pablo Mastoreni.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 10/31/16

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Happy Halloween and enjoy the spoooooooooooky links.

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LA Galaxy narrowly defeat Colorado Rapids in first leg
Dos Santos goal gives LA a slim advantage heading to Colorado

Sounders vs. FC Dallas, recap: Seattle takes 3-0 lead onto road
Nelson Valdez scores one and Nicolas Lodeiro adds two more for Sounders.

MLS Playoff preview: Every Western Conference team has a fatal flaw

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Yes, that includes the Sounders, but the field is also ripe for an upstart.

One of the longtime explanations for the Seattle Sounders' repeated inability to advance to the MLS Cup final has been the strength of the competition. The West has been the power conference in MLS over the past decade-plus, producing 9 of 11 champions.

SBI Question of the Day: Who will win MLS Cup?

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The MLS playoffs are upon us, as 12 teams now vie for the league's ultimate prize.

Postseason play kicks off on Wednesday, beginning a month-and-a-half long chase towards MLS Cup. That chase begins with the 12 remaining teams, and will conclude on Dec.

MLS breaks attendance record for third year in a row

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For the 2016 MLS regular season, the average attendance was 21,690, which is an 0.66% increase compared to last season.

The 21,690 number is the third year in a row that Major League Soccer has broken its own attendance record. And it means that the league now has a greater average attendance than Argentina's Primera Division, France's Ligue Un and the Netherlands' Eredivisie.

MLS Decision Day 2016

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The 2016 MLS regular season ended on Sunday with FC Dallas winning the Supporters' Shield ahead of the Colorado Rapids and New York Red Bulls.

FC Dallas advances in the Champions League

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FC Dallas came back in Guatemala City, one of three MLS teams to advance to the knockout round of the 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League.

Seattle Sounders

Colorado thinks they know how to stop Nicolas Lodeiro

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It won't work.

Nicolas Lodeiro helped reinvent the Seattle Sounders attack. It is potent and multi-faceted, often running through the Uruguayan playmaker's feet. He won the Newcomer of the Year because of his success converting to MLS play and the surge in the standings when the Sounders became his and Brian Schmetzer's team.

Nos Audietis, Episode 236: Yeah, this feels different

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We finally get around to discussing the win over FC Dallas.

Thanks to a rather long break in the MLS playoff schedule, it feels like quite a long time ago that the Seattle Sounders got past FC Dallas to qualify for the Western Conference finals. But here we are and the Sounders are actually looking like favorites against the Colorado Rapids.

Seattle Sounders vs. FC Dallas, leg 2: Player ratings

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Whew. Good thing we had a 3-0 cushion going into the second leg of the series. The Sounders used this advantage well, coming out smart and compact and forcing Dallas to chase the game. With just the right amount of counterattack and an ever-dependable defense, the Seattle team advanced with a 1-2 "win".

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for week of November 1-6, 2016

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Following decreased viewership for the Knockout Round of the MLS Playoffs, FOX Sports 1 saw a 25% decrease in viewership for the Conference Semifinals compared to last season. None of FOX Sports 1's matches managed to break the 200,000-viewer mark with the series between Supporter's Shield winners FC Dallas and sixth seed Seattle Sounders averaging only 147,000 viewers over both legs.

Seattle Sounders vs. FC Dallas, leg 2: Community player ratings form

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Have you had enough voting this week? Didn't think so. What a huge match for the Seattle Sounders, holding on to defeat FC Dallas and move on to the Western Conference final for the third time in their MLS tenure.

An identical lineup to the first leg with identical subs, but it was a match that played out differently.

Sounders hold off FC Dallas to reach Western Conference final

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FC Dallas huffed and puffed, but theSeattle Sounders managed to progress to the Western Conference final despite a 2-1 loss in the second leg of their conference semifinal on Sunday at Toyota Stadium. The Sounders advanced 4-2 on aggregate.

Tesho Akindele scored the opening goal to send Toyota Stadium into a frenzy, but Nicolas Lodeiro's second-half strike all but sealed the Sounders' spot in the next round.

2016 MLS Playoff Preview: Conference Semifinals, Second Leg

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All four of the home teams in the second leg share something significant in common: they all have to comeback from a deficit in order to advance to their respective conference finals.

FC Dallas, New York Red Bulls, New York City FC and the Colorado Rapids were all shut out in their opening playoff matches on the road last weekend and each will have to dig deep if they want a chance to advance.

MLS Playoff Preview: FC Dallas in need of historic turnaround vs. Sounders

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If FC Dallas is to rebound from a disastrous first leg to keep hopes of a treble alive, history will have to be made. If FC Dallas needs some sort of inspiration, looking back to last year will have to suffice.

FC Dallas enters the second leg of its Western Conference Semifinals series against the Seattle Sounders in a big hole after suffering a 3-0 loss in the opening match last weekend.

FC Dallas destruido en ocho minutos

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En solo ocho minutos dentro del segundo tiempo los Seattle Sounders destruyeron al campeón de la temporada regular de la MLS (Supporter´s Shield), el FC Dallas con par de anotaciones del Nicolás LOREIDO y otra de Nelson VALDEZ quién se encargó de abrir el marcador al minuto 50 con su segundo gol de la temporada.

Dominant second half propels Sounders past FC Dallas in conference semifinals

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SEATTLE No Dempsey. No Ivanschitz. No Torres. No problem.

Hosting FC Dallas in the first leg of the Western Conference semifinals on Sunday night, the surging Seattle Sounders topped FC Dallas 3-0 in front of 37,073 at CenturyLink Field. Nelson Valdez scored for the second time in two matches.

MLS Playoffs: Your Running Commentary

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The MLS playoffs continue on Sunday with a slate of four games to open the conference semifinal round.

Sunday's action begins in Montreal, as the Impact host the New York Red Bulls in Eastern Conference action. The Impact are fresh off a win over D.

MLS Playoff Preview: FC Dallas vs. Seattle Sounders

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The Seattle Sounders and FC Dallas will be out for revenge for two different reasons in the Western Conference semifinals.

Fresh off a late win over Sporting Kansas City, the fourth-seeded Sounders will meet top seed FC Dallas in a rematch of last year's conference semifinal, which Dallas won on penalties.

Revolution Best 10 MLS Clubs in Average Attendance

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Club welcomed 20,185 fans per match in 2016

Though the Revolution underperformed in 2016—missing the playoffs for the first time since 2012—the club's fan base stayed true.

Out of 20 MLS clubs, the Revolution ranked 10th in average attendance, welcoming 20,185 fans per match, according to Sports Business Daily.

Osvaldo Alonso’s suspension will not be extended

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There was some talk that the Disciplinary Committee could add games to his suspension, but Alonso says that he's available against Real Salt Lake

After a tussle with Houston Dynamo's Will Bruin last week, Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Osvaldo Alonso was sent off for violent conduct. Alonso served the automatic punishment for such an offense, a one-match ban, against FC Dallas last Sunday.

Seattle Sounders vs. FC Dallas: Player Ratings

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After predicting a road win in Dallas, I looked pretty smart for almost 80 minutes. Unfortunately, a combination of poor play, missing players, and some suspect refereeing combined to see the mighty Sounders drop points in a game that they led, a first for the Schmetzer era. A resilient Dallas team that demonstrated, in the second half, why they are in the driver's seat for the Supporters shield, earned the 1-2 final score.

Seattle Sounders vs. FC Dallas: Highlights, stats, and quotes

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"The team is determined. The coaching staff is determined. We want to make sure we push ourselves over the line in a positive way." -Brian Schmetzer

Sunday's 2-1 loss in Frisco, Texas was disappointing on many levels, but the Sounders also showed they are very capable of getting a results away from home against one of the top teams in the West.

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Sounders “ready to get back at it” after refreshing weekend off

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The team was a little rusty after the break, but the team clearly needed it

With a full two weeks between the Sounders' last match against FC Dallas and the first leg of the conference semifinals, the players and staff were able to take the weekend off to get refreshed (and healed up, in some cases).

Joevin Jones, Nelson Valdez have been Sounders’ playoff stars

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Valdez scored his first two goals in a year this past week, and Jones has had a hand in all four Seattle playoff goals.

For Seattle Sounders FC, praise is in high supply for players like Nicolas Lodeiro and Jordan Morris, who both made the shortlists for the Newcomer of the Year and Rookie of the Year awards, respectively.

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Major Link Soccer: Toronto had previously eyed Nico Lodeiro

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Seattle's Gem had been the apple of the Red's eye, even during their pursuit of Sebastian Giovinco.

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With the treble still in play, FC Dallas must adapt their playing style to accommodate Mauro Diaz's absence. Their squad gets their first test in adaptability this Sunday, as they face the Sounders in the rubber match of a back and forth regular season series.

Who will fill the FC Dallas void left by Mauro Diaz's injury?

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FC Dallas' treble hopes took a major hiton Sunday, and now, with the playoff looming, it's up to Oscar Pareja to now pick up the pieces by reconstructing his team for the stretch run.

Mauro Diaz looks set to miss the rest of the season with an Achilles injury, depriving FC Dallas of its focal point.

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Ricardo Salazar announced as referee for Sounders match

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PRO announced the referee's for the Conference Semifinals first legs on Friday.

The Seattle Sounders moved on to the Western Conference semifinals to take on FC Dallas over the next two weeks. On Friday, PRO announced who would be the main in charge for the first leg on Sunday night - it will be everyone's favorite referee Ricardo Salazar.

Some Soccer News for Oct 24, 2016

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It's Day 298 of 2016.


Huge congrats to FC Dallas on winning the MLS Supporters Shield.
  • After claiming the US Open Cup in August they are now 1 trophy away from doing the unprecedented.

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Another huge congrats, this one to New York Red Bulls II on winning the USL Championship on Sunday night.

The Rest

Cristian Roldan talks about his yellow card and the officiating against FC Dallas

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The Sounders midfielder said that he was "testing" the referee, hoping to encourage consistent calls.

Seattle Sounders midfielder Cristian Roldan isn't particularly known to be a poor tackler, but one of his tackles against FC Dallas on Sunday raised a few eyebrows. Roldan's 26th minute challenge on Kellyn Acosta earned him a yellow card, but MLSSoccer.

Dallas tallies another through Urruti in the 56th

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Just minutes after the Sounders evened up tonight's score, FC Dallas managed to get the ball into Stefan Frei's net again. A deep cross wasn't dealt with by the Sounders' defense, going right to an unmarked Mauro Rosales near the far post; the former Sounder headed it back across goal and right to Maximiliano Urruti, who headed the ball (unchallenged) past Frei and into the corner.

Cheat sheet for Sounders advancing to Western Conference Finals

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Here is a nice little cheat sheet to look out to see how the Sounders can advance in this two-legged series

In case you missed it or have been living under a rock since Saturday night, your Seattle Sounders put on a show Sunday night in Seattle. The 3-0 thumping of FC Dallas was a bit of a surprise to some people (not me) and the Sounders have put themselves in a good position to advance to the Western Conference Finals.

Ozzie returns to the starting XI for Decision Day

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Even though it's no surprise, Osvaldo Alonso's return to the Sounders' starting XI for the final match of the regular season is absolutely crucial. His red card against the Houston Dynamo meant that he served a one match suspension against FC Dallas last weekend. Other than Alonso, the rest of the starting lineup is the same as it was in Dallas.

CCL Rewind: FC Dallas rallies to road win as CCL quarterfinal matchups are set

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FC Dallas had one eye fixed on a Supporters' Shield, but Oscar Pareja's group came from behind on Thursday night to seal a spot in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals.

Needing at least a draw to seal advancement, FC Dallas earned all three points by scoring five unanswered goals in a 5-2 win overSuchitepequez in Guatemala City on Thursday night.

FC Dallas plays for the CCL and the Supporters’ Shield

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It's a tough week for FC Dallas losing their best player and now facing two games with major implications in the CCL and MLS.

MLS Power Rankings, Week 33: One more week

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There's one more week left...who will step up in the Power Rankings?

The playoff line is as red as ever, as we draw to the final week of the season. Week 33 saw a couple teams finally squander their chances to make the playoffs, while in the Western Conference, 4 teams will fight it out for the final 3 spots above that red line.