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On This Day in Football: Preston put 26 past Hyde, Attack vs Defence in the MLS

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Today marks the 130th anniversary of one of the most ridiculous score lines in the history of the FA Cup. On this day in 1887, Preston North End beat Hyde FC 26-0 in a first round tie.

Played at Deepdale – the oldest continuously used football stadium in the world – Preston set two records in the match: most goals scored at home and the biggest winning margin.

Sporting KC Competing in MLS 3.0 with an MLS 2.0 Mindset?

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Since the Kansas City Wizards rebranded as Sporting Kansas City, the club has begun to rise to the top of MLS in terms of on the field performance, image, and structure of the organization. In the span of a few years Kansas City went from being one of the laughing stocks of MLS to the envy of the league, the "Soccer Capital of America" and MLS Cup champions in 2013.

D.C. United's Davy Arnaud announces his retirement

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After 14 MLS seasons, the veteran midfielder will join the Black-and-Red's coaching staff.

In a long-rumored move, D.C. United midfielder Davy Arnaud has announced his retirement after 14 seasons in Major League Soccer with Sporting Kansas City, the Montreal Impact and the Black-and-Red. Arnaud had not played since last August 22 after suffering a concussion while playing against the San Jose Earthquakes and attempted to come back this winter in preseason, but according to his announcement the symptoms of that concussion have not yet cleared:

It's been an amazing journey.

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 20

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Here are the 10 things we learned from week 20 of the MLS season.

1. The Galaxy Raise The Stakes

A fair number in MLS would tell you that the 2014 LA Galaxy was the league's best attacking team ever. The front six – Juninho, Marcelo Sarvas, Stefan Ishizaki, Landon Donovan, Gyasi Zardes, and Robbie Keane – combined for 68 goals in the regular season, and added nine more in the postseason en route to the team's fifth MLS Cup.

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 20

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Here are the 10 things we learned from week 20 of the MLS season.

1. The Galaxy Raise The Stakes

A fair number in MLS would tell you that the 2014 LA Galaxy was the league's best attacking team ever. The front six – Juninho, Marcelo Sarvas, Stefan Ishizaki, Landon Donovan, Gyasi Zardes, and Robbie Keane – combined for 68 goals in the regular season, and added nine more in the postseason en route to the team's fifth MLS Cup.

Besler weighing ‘dream’ options at home and abroad following World Cup

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By TATE STEINLAGE

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — In 2009, Matt Besler was a 22-year-old rookie defender for the Kansas City Wizards. Unsure of whether or not he'd be with the club come summertime, Besler made the choice to stay at home with his parents over renting an apartment.

Hartman retiring after 17 years in MLS

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By FRANCO PANIZO

One of the most accomplished goalkeepers in MLS history is calling it a career.

New York Red Bulls goalkeeper Kevin Hartman is officially hanging up his cleats after spending an illustrious 17-year career in MLS, sources confirmed to SBI on Thursday.

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: Mystery Players Named!

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The Timbers started practice later than usual as they held a meeting indoors until after 10:15. The day's session started off with some intensive warmups followed by shooting drills for the attacking players and passing drills for everyone else. The team finished the day's training off with a large game of keep away and finally a short field eleven on eleven scrimmage.

MLS teams up with French Football Federation to bolster youth development in the US

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MLS teams up with French Football Federation to bolster youth development in the US - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Major League Soccer (MLS) and the French Football Federation (FFF) are partnering together for a 16-month youth development course.

The two organizations have announced a partnership that will provide the coaches of the MLS youth academy with world class training through the 16 month development course to earn their Elite Formation Coaching License (EFCL).

Who’s better, who’s best: Leveling the pitch to find the best US club sides ever

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Steve Holroyd performs some statistical leveling to determine the all-time top 15 US pro soccer teams.

Former RSL and KC forward Movsisyan transfers to Spartak Moscow

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Just two years after leaving Major League Soccer for Europe, forward Yura Movsisyan has made a big-money move to Spartak Moscow.

Movsisyan is heading to Spartak on a $9.7 million transfer from FC Krasnodar. The transfer is the second-largest ever involving a current or former MLS players. Only Jozy Altidore's $10 million transfer to Villarreal from the New York Red Bulls was larger.

Hartman unlikely to return to FC Dallas

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After three seasons with FC Dallas, goalkeeper Kevin Hartman looks to be on his way out of Frisco. His agent, Ron Waxman, commented tonight that the club has not offered Hartman a contract, and will not be doing so.

Waxman stated "FC Dallas have decided not to offer star GK Kevin Hartman a new contract.

AEG, Galaxy up for Sale

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Perhaps the most important man in the young history of Major League Soccer has put one of the league's most valuable teams on the market.

Late yesterday, it was announced that Phillip Anschutz, the Denver-based billionaire in charge of Anschutz Entertainment Group, a sports and entertainment subsidiary of the Anschutz Corporation, announced that AEG, which owns the Los Angeles Galaxy and the Home Depot Center, in addition to numerous sports entities, would be put up for sale.

United Player/Assistant Coach Josh Wolff has Successful Surgery

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Josh Wolff undergoes successful surgery
Josh Wolff (courtesy of DCUnited.com)
Washington, D.C. (September 18, 2012) – D.C. United announced today that player/assistant coach Josh Wolff underwent a microdiscectomy to repair a lower back disc herniation.

Sporting KC Talks Organization First In Hoisting The US Open Cup Trophy

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A sparkling celebration....

Jay Bell took in the game then ran around grabbing sound bytes like a squirrel stocking nuts for the winter.

The story off the field of last night's dramatic US Open Cup final victory for Sporting Kansas City is easy to write. A multi-year process was undertaken by Robb Heineman and Sporting Club, formerly OnGoal, LLC, to re-brand the Kansas City Wizards as Sporting Kansas City and build a progressive Major League Soccer franchise.

Sporting KC Open Cup Final on GolTV Wednesday

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The 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final on Wednesday, Aug. 8, will be broadcast live on GolTV.

The finale of the 99th U.S. Open Cup kicks off at 8 p.m. CT at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan., as three-time defending U.S. Open Cup champion Seattle Sounders FC faces host Sporting Kansas City.

Revs Get Big Point At Sporting Kansas City

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After a disappointing performance at Montreal on Wednesday, the New England Revolution got a battling 0-0 draw at Sporting Kansas City on Saturday night.

Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis made six saves to record his fourth clean sheet of the season and help the Revs (6-9-5, 23 pts.) snap a brief two-game losing skid, while Sporting KC (11-6-4, 37 pts.

Philadelphia Union

Would Herculez Gomez be a fit for the Union?

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He has an impressive resume, however there are some significant things to consider before the Philadelphia Union would sign Gomez.

Toronto FC striker Herculez Gomez announced via twitter yesterday that he was leaving Toronto FC. This has naturally started people speculating as to where his next destination will be.

What to make of United’s pre-season with LvG

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The pre-season is an opportunity for players to get back in the swing of things before the games that matter begin.

Under Sir Alex Ferguson, United have travelled the globe, winning and losing against a whole host of teams we'd never heard of before.

Following the 2006 World Cup, United travelled to South Africa and were fairly average in all of their games.

D.C. United

Bryan Namoff's suit against D.C. United will not go to trial

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D.C. United will not be going through a jury trial this February.

Bryan Namoff's suit against D.C. United, Tom Soehn, and others will not go trial, as Steve Goff reported today. The trial was set to begin on February 23, but the pre-trial conference scheduled for this week has been cancelled and the status of the case has been set to closed.

Video Highlights: Sounders, Sporting KC Victors in U.S. Open Semis

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The Sounders will make a push for their fourth consecutive U.S. Open Cup championship on the road versus Sporting KC at LiveStrong Sporting Park Stadium on Wednesday, August 8th.

Tuesday, the Sounders put away Chivas USA rather easily 4-1 while Sporting KC toppled the Philly Union 2-0 in a struggle scoring late and chipping in an empty netter later on.

Sporting Kansas City

THE STARTING 11: Wasted puns due to Sporting Kansas City's re-branding

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Wait for it...
From a football league point of view, we think the re-branding job done by Saturday's opponent Sporting Kansas City was aces. Any time a MLS club shakes their former roller hockey nickname, an angel gets his wings. Looking at you Impact. That being said, the rainbow madness that was Kansas City Wiz/Wizards was always such a nice pun-filled bonus for blog hacks like us.

THE MATCHUP: Wiz-zing all over the future

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"And scoring is totally out of the question Toronto!" TORONTO VS. KANSAS CITY

BMO FIELD - SATURDAY 4PM ET
TV: SPORTSNET 360

THE KICKABOUT:
Back on March 9th, TFC began its journey through Season 7 at SkyDome (Soon to be future home of TFC while they retrofit BMO for the Argos.

FC Kansas City to Play at Shawnee Mission North

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FC Kansas City today announced their home venue for this season.The Blues announced that their home games will be played at the Shawnee Mission District Stadium at Shawnee Mission North High School.The stadium seats 6,150 people, which makes it the 3rd largest stadium in the league behind Jeld-Wen (20,438) and Sahlen's Stadium (13,768).

SBI MLS Team of the Week: Sporting Kansas City

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To say Sporting Kansas City had a good week doesn't do justice to what a special week it was for the fans of the team formerly known as the Kansas City Wizards.

First, Sporting KC won the club's first trophy in eight years with a dramatic penalty shootout victory in the U.

A US Open Cup Experience to Remember

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Article by William Schulz

To be completely honest, I haven't been a "serious" sports fan for very long (I strayed in my adolescence, long story). For reasons I won't elaborate on here, Kansas City and its stadia became my homes away from home. An unfortunate side effect of that choice was that I became a complete stranger to sports success.

Eddie Johnson

Former SKC Wizards Update

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Here is this week's former Wizards update. Not a lot of goals this week, only Sunil Chhetri's goal against Cameroon in the Nehru Cup. Next week will be a light week with national team duty going on. Here is the information though.

Active without a club or unknown
Stephane Auvray
Chris Brunt
Eloy Colombano
Doug DeMartin
Birahim Diop
Pablo Escobar
Mauro Fuzetti
AJ Godbolt
Tom Gray
Willy Guadarrama
Zoltan Hercegfalvi
Santiago Hirsig
Aaron Hohlbein
Will John
Neal Kitson
Jonathan Leathers
Ryan McMahen
Anthony Noriega
Ryan Pore
Sergei Raad
Ofori Sarkodie
luke Sassano
Sam Scales
Ivan Trujillo
Lance Watson

MLS
Davy Arnaud - Montreal - Started and played 59 minutes in Montreal's 2-1 loss to Columbus.

Former SKC Wizards Update

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Here's this week's former SKC Wizards Update.

Active without a club or unknown
Stephane Auvray
Chris Brunt
Eloy Colombano
Doug DeMartin
Birahim Diop
Pablo Escobar
Mauro Fuzetti
AJ Godbolt
Tom Gray
Willy Guadarrama
Zoltan Hercegfalvi
Santiago Hirsig
Aaron Hohlbein
Will John
Neal Kitson
Jonathan Leathers
Ryan McMahen
Anthony Noriega
Ryan Pore
Sergei Raad
Ofori Sarkodie
luke Sassano
Sam Scales
Ivan Trujillo
Lance Watson

MLS
Davy Arnaud - Montreal - Started and played 89 minutes in Montreal's 3-0 win over DC.

Former SKC Wizards Update

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Another week of former Wizards updates, and a few changes as the European leagues begin to get going. Eloy Colombano, Zoltan Hercegfalvi and Neal Kitson have moved back into the unknown list as they're no longer with their clubs from last season. One player, Carlos Marinelli has moved back onto the list as he's signed with an Argentine 3rd division club.

Former SKC Wizards Update

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Here is this week's former SKC Wizards update.

Active without a club or unknown
Stephane Auvray
Chris Brunt
Doug DeMartin
Birahim Diop
Pablo Escobar
Mauro Fuzetti
AJ Godbolt
Tom Gray
Willy Guadarrama
Santiago Hirsig
Aaron Hohlbein
Jonathan Leathers
Carlos Marinelli
Ryan McMahen
Anthony Noriega
Ryan Pore
Sergei Raad
Ofori Sarkodie
Luke Sassano
Sam Scales
Ivan Trujillo
Lance Watson

MLS
Davy Arnaud - Montreal - Started and played 90 minutes, scoring a goal in Montreal's 3-1 win over New York.

MLS Spotlight: Johnson repaying Seattle's confidence in him with goals

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By FRANCO PANIZO

UPPER MONTCLAIR, N.J. -- Eddie Johnson may seem like a confident player for the Seattle Sounders these days, but that's only because of the belief his new team has had in him.

After spending eight months without a club and rejoining MLS this past winter, Johnson has shaken off a rough start to the season by finding the scoring touch that made him one of the most lethal forwards in MLS prior to his departure for Europe four years ago.

Former SKC Wizards Update

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Here is this week's former Wizards update for you.

Active without a club or unknown
Stephane Auvray
Chris Brunt
Doug DeMartin
Birahim Diop
Pablo Escobar
Mauro Fuzetti
AJ Godbolt
Tom Gray
Willy Guadarrama
Santiago Hirsig
Aaron Hohlbein
Jonathan Leathers
Carlos Marinelli
Ryan McMahen
Anthony Noriega
Ryan Pore
Sergei Raad
Ofori Sarkodie
luke Sassano
Sam Scales
Ivan Trujillo
Lance Watson

MLS
Davy Arnaud - Montreal - Started and played 90 minutes in Montreal's 3-1 loss to KC.

The Rest

#TBT Kevin Souter and Open Tryouts

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Thanks to a poster in the comments to yesterday's former player update, we know that Kevin Souter is still playing soccer, having moved back to Scotland, he is playing in the P&J Scottish Highland League for Deveronvale FC. With that pointed out to me I thought I'd use this week's Throwback Thursday to look at the one of the last players to make the KC roster through the team's open tryouts.

Blast From the Past - Sporting Linked with Dayro Moreno Again

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Four years ago, the then Kansas City Wizards were linked with Colombian forward, Dayro Moreno. The forward/midfielder was playing with Once Caldas at the time. At the time Caldas wanted $2 million for the forward and KC ended up not signing him, instead sticking with Omar Bravo. In the end it probably worked out for the best as without Moreno to potentially play attacking midfield, it allowed for the emergence of Graham Zusi.

Konopka to Toronto

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The Union are down to just two goalkeepers today. Chris Konopka was traded to Toronto FC for a third round SuperDraft pick. The Toms River NJ native started just once for the Union, ironically in a 1-0 loss to Toronto in 2012.

Konopka has not seen regular minutes since League of Ireland's Waterford United in 2010.

Video: Juninho sent off for New York Red Bulls for kicking ball Jimmy Nielsen (the least brave goalkeeper ever?)

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Sometime you lose a hell of a lot of faith in the game. Whilst there is no doubt really that Brazilian free kick maestro Juninho Pernambacano should have been sent of you simply can't kick the ball at another player and hope not to get your marching orders, the actions of Kansas City Wizards [...]

Sounders v Tigres CCL Quarterfinal Leg Two - Gamethread

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This Tuesday night match between UANL Tigres and Seattle Sounders FC does not have the glamour of a friendly, nor the rivalry of Cascadia. Instead it is a test of Seattle against the best in the region. Only about 20,000 people will be in the stands, though it will probably be the third or fourth most attended CONCACAF Champions League game of the round.

K.C. Awarded 2013 All-Star Game

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LIVESTRONG Sporting Park, the boisterous home pitch of defending U.S. Open Cup champion Sporting Kansas City, has been awarded the 2013 MLS All-Star game, the league announced on Thursday.

The midsummer classic is set for Jul. 31, with an 8:30pm ETkick off. ESPN will broadcast the match. An opponent has not yet been announced.

The Numbers Behind the Portland Timbers' Lack of Penalty Kicks

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The Timbers are now close to becoming the fourth team to suffer such a fate, joining Chivas USA in 2011, FC Dallas in 2006, and the 2000 Kansas City Wizards.

That's in spite of numerous occasions in which one was probably deserved.

My personal favorite non-call happened May 26 vs Vancouver Whitecaps.

Upside: It's in your house

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Their Words "No, this game would have been played in Seattle and would have been an even more difficult task for the boys than it will be already. But it's not. It's in your house. It's at the place that happened because you endured the empty cavern, the wacky sight lines and a night when you were told your beloved Wizards were going to be called something as crazy as Sporting Kansas City.