Javier Morales

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Major Link Soccer: Javier Morales hangs up the boots

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The RSL legend is retiring. Bill Hamid starts his first match in Denmark. The Union need help coming up with a mascot.

Seattle

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It's a great week in Seattle soccer podcasts, because not only are you enjoying a new Ride of the Valkyries podcast, you're also getting episode 8 of Steve Zakuani's new venture, Winging it with Zakuani by Seattle Sounders FC on Apple Podcasts, featuring Jess Fishlock and Beverly Yanez.

Know Your Enemy: Real Salt Lake

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Praying for victory.

OTF's Stephen Mangatis putting on his formal attire...

In This Book Title is Invisible, author Jarod Kintz wrote "A tie is like an arrow pointing to my crotch." While he probably was referring to a neck tie, Chicago Fire can relate to the quote since their string of ties is pointing right at their crotch, which is now being kicked by MLS opponents.

Philadelphia Union

News roundup: previewing Orlando, rumor mongering, and World Cup expansion

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Here's the last roundup of the week.

Union bits, league news, Bradley fired, more news

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Union bits and bobs. Latest MLS signings. Bob Bradley out at Swansea. More news.

Union links, Philly Unity Cup final at Citizens Bank Park on Saturday, more news

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Sapong on the 2016 season. Carroll on returning in 2017. Liberia-Ivory Coast Unity Cup final. MLS conference semi second legs on Sunday. More news.

Postgame video and quotes: Union 1-2 RSL

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Mike and Matthew's postgame wrap. Jim Curtin's postgame press conference and more.

Maidana in running for MLS Latino of the Year

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Maidana is one of 32 players in the running for MLS Latino of the Year

Philadelphia Union midfielder Cristian Maidana is a contender for MLS Latino of the Year. The Argentinian enjoyed a fantastic season as he nabbed 15 assists, finishing just one shy of league leader Sebastian Giovinco. The competition has been divided into eight groups and will be decided by fan votes.

Real Salt Lake

Around The Forest: MLS MVP Diego Valeri reflects on his journey to MLS stardom

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Also: TFC insists there's no added pressure, 7 Thorns make 50 Best Women players, Vanny and the Conte connection and more!

Portland

MLS MVP Diego Valeri reflects on his unique journey to stardom in Portland | Portland Timbers
When Diego Valeri first considered leaving Club Atletico Lanús in Argentina for the faraway destination of the Portland Timbers, he knew nothing about the club or the city.

Major Link Soccer - Everyone Loves Pulisic

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As US qualifiers approach, everyone wants to talk about Pulisic and Dos a Cero.

Seattle

NBC's Pro Soccer Talk has made the only correct choice for MLS rookie of the year by selecting Jordan Morris.

The Sounders have done pretty well in the post season so far and have hopefully shed some playoff baggage.

Major Link Soccer: Javier Morales says goodbye to Real Salt Lake

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The MLS veteran doesn't say what he'll do next. Minnesota United wants Sigi Schmid (what expansion team wouldn't?). Kim Little is hanging out with little kids and dragons.

Seattle

Kendall Fletcher, playing in the W-League in Australia this season for Western Sydney Wanderers, is taking on the role of veteran guide for the young Americans on the squad with her, thanks to her experience moving between leagues around the world.

RSL overcomes early deficit to top Red Bulls

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A bizarre deflection made for the winning goal Wednesday night for Jordan Allen and Real Salt Lake.

RSL claimed a late 2-1 win against the New York Red Bulls in the 89th minute off a corner kick, when Allen sent the ball toward goal and his shot deflected off of Chris Duvall and in the net.

Portland Timbers Grab 2-2 Draw at Real Salt Lake

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The Portland Timbers earned a 2-2 draw on the road against Real Salt Lake, taking the first points from RSL at Rio Tinto this season thanks to goals from Fanendo Adi and Lucas Melano.

The home side jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 17th minute against the run of play. Earning a corner after several Timbers chances, RSL old boy Javier Morales sent a hard, curling ball just past the Timbers' far post, finding the head of Burrito Martinez as he slipped away from his marker.

Morales finds change in mentality after RSL win

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Before Real Salt Lake's 3-1 away win over Sporting KC on Saturday night, RSL captain and central midfielder Javier Morales knew something had to change.

"Italked with the guys before the game," Morales said. "It's time to change the mentality because two losses in a row is not good for any team.

Portland Timbers vs. Real Salt Lake Match Preview

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The Portland Timbers have their first Saturday match of the 2016 season tonight as they face off against Real Salt Lake in Providence Park. Following on the back of the Timbers' loss to the San Jose Earthquakes, this match is the side's last chance this year to set a team record for points in the month of March with Caleb Porter at the helm, already having claimed the month's first win under Porter when they defeated the Columbus Crew in the season opener.

RSL Notes: Morales injury update, Movsisyan performance and more

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Argentine playmaker Javier Morlaes is apparently doing well on his road to recovery, and could be available in Week 3 for Real Salt Lake.

Head coach Jeff Cassar said the 36-year-old Argentine, who missed Week 2's 2-1 home win against the Seattle Sounders, is recovering from his injuries.

Javier Morales re-signs with Real Salt Lake

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Real Salt Lake is already thinking about next season, and it made sure one piece of the puzzle was locked down for few more years.

Javier Morales, who will turn 36 in January, officially re-signed with RSL, with the club confirming the multi-year contract on Thursday.

La luz era un abismo. Sounders pierde de visita ante Real Salt Lake

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REAL SALT LAKE 2 0 SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC Morales 12´(p), Jaime 19´. La metáfora terminó hoy. Es difícil encontrar palabras para describir la manera en que los Sounders FC han echado a perder esta temporada con una nueva derrota ante el Real Salt Lake, anoche en el Rio Tinto de Sandy, Utah. Lo cierto [.

D.C. United, Real Salt Lake play to ten goal extravaganza.

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The Claret and Cobalt and Black and Red go nuts Saturday.

It's not too often in recent memory you see high scoring slugfests at RFK, but 17,288 at RFK got just that as D.C. United and Real Salt Lake combined for seven goals in a half hour in the second half en route to a wild game the Black and Red won 6-4.

Opposition 11: How will Real Salt Lake line up tonight against D.C. United?

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RSL has been very good going forward recently, but it looks like they'll be pretty vulnerable defensively tonight.

For the only time in 2015 - well, barring an MLS Cup pairing way down the road - D.C. United will face Real Salt Lake tonight. RSL is in an odd place at the moment: They've won two straight and have just one loss in their last five league games, but are also outside the playoff spots in the West and have a -4 goal difference on the season.

Postgame quotes: RSL 3-3 Union

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Was it a penalty? RSL's Luke Mulholland says, "In my book, no. " Jim Curtin agrees: "I don't think that we get a lot of respect."

Andy Rose mantiene a los Sounders en el primer lugar

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Seattle Sounders FC 3 2 Real Salt Lake Morales 30′, NEAGLE 38´, MARTINS 43´, Plata 50´ ROSE 94´ Los Seattle Sounders han iniciado el trecho final hacia la conquista de la Conferencia Oeste de la MLS al derrotar de manera dramática al Real Salt Lake con un gol en tiempo de descuento de Andy [.

The Pros To Signing More Players Like Morales Rather Than Beckham

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What if, instead of trying to bring in another David Beckham, Major League Soccer signed more players like Javier Morales? It wasn't a hypothetical, though it was rhetorical. I was among a group of reporters gathered after MLS Cup three years ago when the question was asked by a league official. At the time, Beckham's future was uncertain, and although the league's commercial messiah he would come back for one more year, the post-Beckham world was already taking shape.

Earthquakes, RSL settle for tie at Buck Shaw Stadium

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By TYLER GRAY

With one team fighting for their playoff lives, and the other looking to maintain their standing, the stage was set for a physical 90 minutes when Real Salt Lake visited Buck Shaw Stadium to take on the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday night.

Horrible half sees Real Salt Lake bury D.C. United early before strolling to a 3-0 win - Recap + Highlights

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D.C. United wasn't ready for the bell to ring tonight and paid dearly for it, as Real Salt Lake scored three goals within a thirteen minute span before using their dominance in possession to see the rest of the game out. The 3-0 loss means that United is now on their first losing streak of 2014.

Maybe D.

Fantasy Focus: Just Nguyen Baby

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That was somewhat unexpected.

The lot of teams with double games this round was particularly helpful to a lot of teams this week, as scores all over the place were 80 and above. At the top of that list wasEagles Screaming with 105 points, led by a two D.C. United players. Bill Hamid ($5.0) earned a clean sheet and 16 points, while Bobby Boswell ($8.

Fantasy Focus: Clark's Mark

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Thanks, Fabian Espindola.

This was not a very high-scoring week, butQ.C. United led with 89 points. Javier Morales (RSL, $11.1) led with an armband-aided 16 points over two games. Behind him were Chicago's Harry Shipp ($6.4) who scored 2 goals and 13 points, as well as Colorado's Drew Moor ($7.

MLS Week 11: A Look Ahead

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By DAN KARELL

The MLS season will continue to play on but teams across the league will be dealing with some heavy losses this weekend due to international duty.

Without Kyle Beckerman, Nick Rimando, and Alvaro Saborio in their squad, Real Salt Lake look to remain undefeated when they host the Colorado Rapids in the first Rocky Mountain Cup match of the season.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Javier Morales

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Taking down a team in their own building will always be a tough task in MLS. Trampling a team, 5-2, on the road, like Javier Morales and Real Salt Lake did to the Houston Dynamo over the weekend, is an entirely different achievement.

Morales was the best player on the field for the league's best team over the weekend, tallying three goals and an assist against a Dynamo defense that just couldn't contain him.

Morales hat trick caps wild win for RSL over Houston

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By TYLER GRAY

It only took sixteen seconds for Real Salt Lake midfielder Javier Morales to score his first goal on Sunday, and when the dust finally settled, he had secured a hat trick to make his goal-less drought a distant memory.

Morales' three goals, and a goal apiece from Luke Mulholland and Alvaro Saborio, helped RSL secure a 5-2 victory over the Houston Dynamo on Sunday.

Plata, Saborio lead RSL rally in stirring comeback win vs. hapless Fire

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By IVES GALARCEP

After waiting eight weeks for their first win of the season, the Chicago Fire had to feel like that precious first victory was within sight as they held a 2-0 lead on Real Salt Lake 71 minutes into their match on Saturday night.

That sight quickly turned into a nightmare though, as three unanswered goals from Real Salt Lake left the Fire wondering just what went wrong.

Keane equalizer leaves Galaxy and RSL even at Rio Tinto

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By TYLER GRAY

SANDY, Utah In a top-tier battle of Western conference powers, the Los Angeles Galaxy and Real Salt Lake settled for a 1-1 draw Saturday, with Robbie Keane scoring the equalizer to help the Galaxy earn a road point.

Keane gave the Galaxy the equalizer in the 35th minute, dispossessing RSL defender Chris Wingert in the midfield.

MLS Week 3: A Look Ahead

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By DAN ITEL

The Western Conference takes center stage in Week 3 of the MLS season, when rivals Real Salt Lake and the L.A. Galaxy clash in RSL's home opener at Rio Tinto Stadium (4 pm, NBCSN).

There was some worry in RSL's camp that the availability of goalkeeper Nick Rimando would be in question after he suffered a back spasm while making a save in the 22nd minute of their 3-3 tie Saturday against San Jose.

Timbers take early lead against Real Salt Lake, but crumble to fall behind in aggregate series

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The Portland Timbers had a quick turnaround after defeating Seattle in the Western Conference semi-finals to battle Real Salt Lake in leg 1 of the MLS Western Conference finals on November 10 in Utah. Although Portland took an early lead with a Will Johnson free kick, RSL turned the match around with four consecutive goals to put forth a rather daunting deficit.

Fantasy Focus: Are you tired of Robbie Keane?

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With 87 points, n00bius led all teams in scoring this week. Robbie Keane (LA, $11.0M) was the vice captain and (Mauro Diaz?!) notched 2 goals and an assist for 30 points. Both Erick Torres (CHV, $7.4M) and Javier Morales (RSL, $9.3M) scored 12 points - Torres with 2 goals, and Morales with 1 goal and 1 assist.

Toux Wynne

Fantasy Focus: Landon the Free

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Sorry, Sounders.

With a total of 77 points, Striker's Squad led the league this week. Drew Moor (COL, $8.3) scored a goal and earned a clean sheet for 14 points to lead the team. Javier Morales (RSL, $11.2) contributed two assists and 11 points, and each of Pedro Morales (VAN, $9.0) and Dom Dwyer (SKC, $8.

Fantasy Focus: More Morales

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One man, one match, a lot of points

While we were all out stocking up on two-game players this week, Javier Morales was making us all look silly. Before we get to that, we recognize this week's high scorer, Magic City FC, with 107 points. Brad Davis (HOU, $10.8) wore the armband and assisted two goals in two games on the way to 34 points.

The Rest

Javier Morales' presence helps FC Dallas end winless run

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FC Dallas was waiting quite a long time to celebrate a victory again.

After 10 games and over two months of play, Oscar Pareja's men finally captured three points against the Colorado Rapids on Wednesday night at Toyota Stadium.

The victory combined with a draw by the Houston Dynamo and a San Jose Earthquakes loss boosted FC Dallas back over the red line into sixth place in the Western Conference with 41 points.

Major Link Soccer: Veterans Day / #DosACero edition

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The road to 2018 begins. Meanwhile, World Cup 2022 will be alcohol-free. Also, what's going on with Javier Morales?

#DosACero

Mexico returns to Columbus today in the first match of the big ol' hexagon that is CONCACAF World Cup qualifying. Here's what you need to know and what to watch for.

Linc to host Copa Centenario games, Maidana nominated, Conference finals begin, more

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Philly announced as one of ten Copa America Centenario host cities. Maidana nominated for Latino Player of the Year. MLS conference finals begin on Sunday. More news.

Fantasy Focus: Carlyle Grand

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A score of 84 points, scored by PDX Hoosiers, set the pace this week. Federico Higuain (CLB, $9.5M) led the way, with an armband-assisted 20 points, aided by a goal. Rodney Wallace (POR, $5.6M) assisted on a goal and earned a clean sheet on the way to 11 points, and both Camilo (VAN, $8.5M) and Javier Morales (RSL, $9.