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Stefan Frei makes progress toward return

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Sounders goalkeeper gets through training session after missing first leg with hamstring injury.

Stefan Frei made a significant positive step toward making his return ahead of Thursday's decisive Western Conference finals match. The Seattle Sounders goalkeeper, who missed the first leg with a hamstring injury, was able to fully train on Wednesday.

Quote Sheet: FC Dallas at Seattle Sounders

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"Well, it's not just this game, it's the whole season. I ask you to look at any team in the league that has gone without seven starters in a game, tonight we went without five; we left five guys at home. We've done that the whole year." - Schellas Hyndman

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Major League Soccer

Stefan Frei moving into elite company among playoff goalkeepers

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Frei only finished third in MLS Goalkeeper of the Year voting, but that hardly seems to matter.

Since coming to the Seattle Sounders in 2014, Stefan Frei has established himself as one of the steadiest goalkeepers in MLS. Virtually, across the statistical board he's shown himself to be among the league's best.

Locals bow out of NCAA tournament, MLS playoffs resume, more news

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Drexel, Delaware and Penn knocked out of NCAA tournament. MLS playoffs return - remember them? European parliament calls on FIFA bring pressure on Qatar to improve working conditions. More news.

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.

Hartman signs with Red Bulls as goalkeeper/development manager

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BY DAVE MARTINEZ

Few MLS goalkeepers boast the reputation and accomplishments of Kevin Hartman, holder of most of the major goalkeepers in MLS history, and the Red Bulls are looking to exploit that experience to the fullest.

The Red Bulls officially added "El Gato" Hartman to their roster with an interesting wrinkle; he will also serve as the team's Goalkeeper Development Manager tasked to work with the team's young keeping core and it's development academy.

Toronto FC take Califf, Union select Casey as 2012 MLS Re-Entry Draft concludes

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Danny Califf, Conor Casey and Will Hesmer were among the 14 players selected in Stage Two of the MLS Re-Entry Draft on Friday.

Califf and Casey were both selected in the first round, with Toronto FC picking up Califf with the first pick and Philadelphia Union taking Casey four spots later.

Hartman, Wynne and Angel among players left in MLS Re-Entry Process

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By IVES GALARCEP

FC Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman, Colorado Rapids defender Marvell Wynne and Chivas USA forward Juan Pablo Angel were among the players left available for the 2012 MLS Re-Entry Draft.

Teams have until 5pm on Thursday to re-sign these players. The Stage One Draft for the players left in the Re-Entry process will take place on Friday.

Union Release Gabriel Gomez, Porfirio Lopez And Krystian Witkowski

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Three players will not return to the Philadelphia Union in 2013, as the team parted ways with Gabriel Gomez, Porfirio Lopez and Krystian Witkowski. All three will be available in this afternoon's Major League Soccer Waiver Draft, which will happen at 3:30 EDT.

Of the three who will not come back, Gomez was the most notable release.

Sporting Kansas City

Sporting KC Best XI - Goalkeeper

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Sporting KC will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of their first game coming up on April 13th. The match on that day will actually be a replay of the club's first match as the KC Wiz from 1996 against the Colorado Rapids. Ahead of that game, Sporting KC is doing a poll for fans to pick the Best XI in the club's history, starting with goalkeepers, then up the field to defenders, midfielders, and forwards.

Appearances and Minutes vs Toronto

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Here are the appearances and minutes for Sporting KC against Toronto FC. The two teams have only ever met in league play.

Here's appearances for KC.

1. Michael Harrington - 11
2. Roger Espinoza - 10
3. Davy Arnaud - 9
Jimmy Conrad - 9
Jack Jewsbury - 9
6.

Appearances and Minutes vs Salt Lake

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Another set of stats, appearances against Salt Lake.

First here is league play.

1. Davy Arnaud - 12
2. Michael Harrington - 11
Jack Jewsbury - 11
4. Jimmy Conrad - 10
5. Sasha Victorine - 8
6. Matt Besler - 6
Kevin Hartman - 6
Kerry Zavagnin - 6
Scott Sealy - 6
Jose Burciaga - 6

Here's the list in all competitions.

FC Dallas

In praise of referee Fotis Bazakos, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Red Card

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The FC Dallas color commentator Kevin Hartman might not have agreed, but FC Dallas' two red cards Saturday night were entirely deserved, and the referee should be commended for protecting the players.

I don't want to be premature here, but I think it might finally be happening: MLS referees might finally have gotten the message to tamp down on the worst tackles through strict enforcement of the rules.

After 17 years in MLS, former FC Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman retires

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HARRISON, N.J. — Goalkeeper Kevin Hartman has announced his retirement after 17 years in Major League Soccer.

of the Philadelphia Union at Pizza Hut Park on May 14, 2011 in Frisco, Texas. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Image)

Hartman spent the majority of his career with the Los Angeles Galaxy from 1997-2006, where he won the MLS Cup in 2002 and 2005.

2013 MLS Beer-view: FC Dallas

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By Brian Wachholz / Big D Soccer Contributor

“This message approved by the Dallas Beer Guardians.”

Beer Selection: Rahr Brewing Co. "Iron Thistle" Scotch Ale (Fort Worth, TX)

FC Dallas steps into 2013 lean, mean, and ready to cause havoc, and what is the local beer that best exemplifies this season’s squad?

Catching up with FC Dallas Keeper Chris Seitz

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Chris Seitz has been with FC Dallas since the 2011 season, when he came over in a trade with Seattle Sounders FC, who had taken him in the MLS Re-Entry Draft after he spent the '11 campaign with Philadelphia, where he was not only the starting goalkeeper for the Union but he was also a teammate of current FCD midfielder Andrew Jacobson.

Chris Seitz Welcoming Battle for Starting Keeper Gig

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The big story surrounding Chris Seitz in 2012 was the truly selfless act of the-then FC Dallas backup goalkeeper donating bone marrow, a deed which ended his season prematurely but also neared him 2012 MLS W.O.R.K.S. Humanitarian of the Year honors.

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Five Things FC Dallas Wishes for in the Coming Year

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With the year about some 10 days from ending, it's time to look ahead to 2013. That also means it's time to begin discussing what FC Dallas might want to happen in the coming year. Here's a look:

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Is Goalkeeper Now FC Dallas’ Biggest Question Mark?

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What a difference a few weeks can make. Right after FC Dallas ended the 2012 regular season with a whimper thanks to a 2-2 draw at the hands of Chivas USA on Oct. 28, a club FCD registered all of three points against this year, talk began about what the team's biggest need was going forward.

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Revisiting the FC Dallas Off-Season Checklist

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Maybe it was after the final whistle had sounded and the curtain had officially fallen on the 2012 FC Dallas season but then again, maybe it was weeks before when some of us called this team's playoff chances DOA, but once the '12 campaign was officially in the books, it was time to figure out what the biggest questions facing FCD were heading into what promised to be a short yet eventful off-season.

Schellas Hyndman: Kevin Hartman Our Most Consistent Player the Last Three Seasons

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When all the news surrounding FC Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman surfaced last week, with his camp and FCD not being able to reach financial terms, Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman was in the middle of a well-deserved week off.

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Fernando Clavijo Elaborates on Kevin Hartman Situation

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FC Dallas technical director Fernando Clavijo addressed the tweet issued by Kevin Hartman's agent on Wednesday saying the club had not offered his client a contract for 2013 as well as several other Hartman-related issues. Here's what he said by phone on Thursday.

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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.

MLS News: Chivas GM Fired, D.C.’s Wolff Retires

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Numerous Major League Soccer teams announced roster decisions on Wednesday, while two teams made changes in the front office. The Los Angeles Times reported Chivas USA fired Jose Domene as general manager. The 32-year-old native of Mexico became general manager [...]

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FC Dallas Declines to Offer Kevin Hartman a New Contract

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According to Kevin Hartman's agent, Ron Waxman, FC Dallas has declined to offer Kevin Hartman a new contract.

.@fcdallas have decided not to offer star GK Kevin Hartman a new contract. After 3 excellent seasons in Dallas, Kevin will miss the fans.

Ron Waxman (@RonWaxman) November 29, 2012

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FC Dallas 2012 Report Card / 2013 Outlook

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The very frustrating and painful 2012 FC Dallas season is now behind us, but what's in store for the offseason could hold its own set of hair-pulling realities.

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Schellas Hyndman: Decision on Kevin Hartman and George John Soon

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FC Dallas fans wondering if and when the club will decide to bring back starters like veteran goalkeeper Kevin Hartman and up-and-coming center back George John for 2013 and beyond will be glad to hear from head coach Schellas Hyndman that FCD plans on making decisions on them in fairly short order.

Quote Sheet: Chivas USA at FC Dallas

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"We were looking at a couple players quite seriously, trying to make some decisions on contract options and I think those decisions might be a little bit clearer. That's one thing we learned." - Schellas Hyndman

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Daniel Hernandez: This Season Has Definitely Been Different

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With the exception of starting goalkeeper Kevin Hartman, no player on the FC Dallas roster knows better how different things can go from year to year than veteran midfielder Daniel Hernandez. That's what asking the former Dallas captain for his thoughts on a 2012 season that was eventful to say the least was a no-brainer.

Kevin Hartman Honored To Be Mentioned Alongside Other Great U.S. Keepers

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Since coming over in a trade with Kansas City prior to the 2010 season, Kevin Hartman has been nothing short of a rock between the posts for FC Dallas. After claiming the starting spot for his own early in 2010 and never looking back, "El Gato" has been as dependable and hard-working as they come even now at age 38.

Teammates Show Much Love Towards Chris Seitz for Selfless Act

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In the realm of professional sports, soccer players are among the most approachable and friendly guys on the planet when it comes to dealing with either the media or fans. So, when news surfaced earlier this week that FC Dallas goalkeeper Chris Seitz had been missing practices and games because he had donated bone marrow last month, few who knew the ex-Maryland keeper were surprised because selfless is one of many ways to describe him.

Sounders eliminate FC Dallas from playoff contention with home win

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Photo by ISIPhotos.com

By BRYAN ROBISON

FC Dallas went into Sunday night knowing their playoff hopes were on the line. Goalkeeper Kevin Hartman played like it, doing his best to keep Dallas into Sunday's match.

Seattle's offense had other ideas, and eventually proved too move for Hartman and the Dallas defense to handle.

SBI MLS Best XI (Week 31)

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It was a good week in MLS for playoff-bound forwards.

Fabian Espindola, Sherjill MacDonald and Chris Wondolowski are all key figures on teams heading into the MLS playoffs, and all three showed they are ready for post-season glory as they each turned in outstanding performances over the weekend.

Philadelphia Union

How Oka Nikolov explains the new Union

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The Union's signing of Oka Nikolov may reveal a lot about how John Hackworth finds players he wants. Also, a look at the Brazil protests and the great new MLS show on NBC Sports Network.

Adu in Brazil, getting ready for Pumas, must win for USA, more news

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Freddy Adu with Bahia. Union prepare for Pumas. Okugo yellow rescinded after Rev's Toja fined for embellishment. Must-win qualifier against Costa Rica for USA. More news.

Ansaldi: Union “very close” to new signing, local Hermann Cup semifinalists, more news

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The Union's new director of international player development says the team is very close to signing a player after Argentina scouting trip. Two local players are Hermann Trophy semifinalists. Morgan hat trick powers USWNT's 5-0 thumping of Ireland. More news.

Commentary

Has This Already Been the Craziest Off-Season for FC Dallas?

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The late, great Jerry Garcia might have said it best when in one Grateful Dead classic, the legendary Captain Trips said what a long, strange trip it's been. Well, with just over a month having passed since FC Dallas rode off into the off-season with a 2-2 draw against Chivas USA on Oct. 28, much has happened.

Re-Signing Kevin Hartman Likely No. 1 Priority for FCD

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Earlier this week, FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman stated the obvious, that the consensus between he and the rest of the FCD Competition Committee was that the club's biggest need going forward was adding another striker to complement Blas Perez up top. But of the players with expiring contracts, who is the most vital for Dallas to re-sign?

The Rest

Desperate Red Bulls Limp Into Montreal

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Peguy Luyindula Has Signed. Will He Start?
Following a home opener that saw the New York Red Bulls dominate proceedings but emerge with just a single point for their efforts, Mike Petke's men go back on the road again to face the red-hot Montreal Impact, who boast a perfect record through three games.

Former SKC Wizards Update

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Another week of former Wizards updates. Lots of news outside of games for former Wizards. Along with Roger Espinoza set to join the list of former Wizards, a number of former players are set to go into the reentry draft after being released from their MLS clubs. Shavar Thomas and Tyson Wahl were already going to be entering that, and 3 more players today joined that list.