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Late season expectations in MLS

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With the 2014 MLS regular season winding down, Jason Davis looks at the state of several teams in the race for the MLS Cup. Read More

Highest Paid Player In MLS Has Yet To Play A Game In League

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The MLS Players Union have released the latest salary figures and former Real Madrid and AC Milan star Kaka heads the list, despite never having played for his club.

The 32-year-old Brazilian, who signed for Orlando City in June and was immediately loaned to Sao Paulo, is on a total salary of $7,167,500, making him not only the highest paid in the league, but the highest-paid player in MLS history.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Say Bye to Chivas USA, But Hi to Vincent Tan, Maybe

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Welcome to this Tuesday edition of Freedom Kicks, in which we talk a lot about player development, a little about some other MLS teams, and even less about rapping, but still some rapping.

The soccer world was not quiet yesterday. And as tempted as I was to find links solely related to Ben Olsen and/or beards (if you don't know me, Ben Olsen and beards are kind of my things), I've got real soccer stuff for you instead this morning.

Landon Donovan wins fourth MLS Player of the Week award in 2014

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Landon Donovan tied the all-time MLS assist record and scored to win the MLS Player of the Week award in week 29. Read More

Galaxy Notebook: Arena praises Donovan; Zardes, Wright-Phillips reveal Keane admiration; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Having coached Landon Donovan at both the club and international level, LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena has seen the growth of his star forward every step of the way.

Donovan tied the league's all-time assist record in Sunday's 4-0 victory over the New York Red Bulls, but Arena admitted that he didn'tbelieve that the 32-year-old forward was much of a passer until recently.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Robbie Keane

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After spending the past month picking up victories oversome of the league's top sides, the New York Red Bulls were brought back to earth by Robbie Keane and the LA Galaxy.

Keane led the way for his side, scoring a pair of goals as the Galaxy dismantled the Red Bulls, 4-0, Sunday at StubHub Center.

Landon Donovan ties the MLS all-time assist record

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Landon Donovan ties the MLS all-time assist record with three assists and a goal in the win over the New York Red Bulls. Read More

Can Real Salt Lake Steal The Supporters’ Shield From Seattle And LA?

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Real Salt Lake are third in the western standing with 49 points with five games remaining on their schedule; with a win this weekend, Salt Lake can clinch a playoff spot. They seem to have that third place spot locked in and it doesn't seem that FC Dallas will over take the spot, given both the teams schedule down the stretch.

What Alan Gordon means for the LA Galaxy

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Alan Gordon has embraced the rule of super sub since joining the LA Galaxy and it could mean the difference in the MLS playoffs. Read More

Western Conference showdown between Sounders and FC Dallas highlights MLS midweek action

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By CARL SETTERLUND

Two teams with high ambitions will meet tonight at Toyota Stadium, and something will have to give as the MLS-leading Seattle Sounders face one of the best home teams in the league in FC Dallas.

With the LA Galaxy running neck and neck with them in the race for the Supporters' Shield, the Sounders will need to maximize points in their final six matches to keep their treble hopes alive.

The MLS CBA: Unpacking Don Garber's recent comments on single-entity

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Bruce Arena didn't like how Major League Soccer handled the negotiations with Sasha Kljestan on behalf of the LA Galaxy. Don Garber fined him and then attempted to defend the honor of the league's single-entity structure. Did he actually say anything meaningful?

Major League Soccer and the Major League Soccer Players Union are currently engaged in a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) negotiation that will usher in a new era for soccer in the United States and Canada.

Report: Galaxy weighing potential move for Pirlo

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By FRANCO PANIZO

For the LA Galaxy, life without Landon Donovan could translate into life with Andrea Pirlo.

According to a report from ESPNFC.com, the Galaxy are trying to determinewhether or not to submit a bid for Pirlo during the upcoming winter transfer window.

Analysing The MLS Playoff Race In Detail

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There's about a month to go in the MLS season, which will wrap up at the end of October. That means playoff races are reaching their apex, as the field is set for the November tournament that is the best of what the league has to offer.

MLS doesn't have promotion and relegation – and no, it's almost certainly not happening in your lifetime – the playoffs function as the alternative drama to the race against the drop.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: Montreal Impact

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By DAN KARELL

Although they've been eliminated from the playoffs, the Montreal Impact are beginning to show positive signs late in the season.

Behind two late goals from Jack McInerney and Dilly Duka, the Impact defeated the San Jose Earthquakes, 2-0, at Stade Saputo on Saturday evening, winning for the second time in a week, including their CONCACAF Champions League victory midweek against the New York Red Bulls.

Bruce Arena Punishment Reinforces His Criticisms

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It is not a surprise that the MLS league office passed on a hefty fine to Bruce Arena this week for his comments on the strange Sacha Kljestan transfer saga. What is a surprise is how it was handled, and the process by which Arena was told of the fine ironically justifies his comments.

As a refresher Arena and the Galaxy cleared roster space and cap room to acquire Sacha Kljestan from Anderlecht during the simmer transfer window, a move that undoubtedly would have made them favorites in the West.

Gyasi Zardes and Sebastian Salazar | Episode 425

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LA Galaxy homegrown forward Gyasi Zardes on the FIFA '15, playing for an academy vs college, and his team's current form. In the second segment, CSN-Houston and NBCSN soccer analyst Sebastian Salazar helps us break down what's happening around MLS.

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SBI Thursday Rewind: MLS’ new logo; Chivas USA’s year off; USMNT’s upgraded rank; and more

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Love it or hate it, the new Major League Soccer logo is here. The famous boot-and-ball logo is out, and a minimalist crest with only the letters "MLS" and three stars is in. MLS Commissioner Don Garber defended the logo on Thursday, saying the crest itself identified it as a soccer logo without the presence of a soccer ball.

Report: MLS to hit Arena with ‘a major fine’

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By CARL SETTERLUND

The spat between LA Galaxy coach Bruce Arena and Major League Soccerheadquarters has reached new heights.

According to a report by SI.com, MLS commissioner Don Garber intends to hand down "a major fine" to Arena over comments he made in August regarding the MLS single-entity structure.

MLS sends a mixed message

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Seattle Sounders vs Real Salt Lake started the MLS weekend on a high that didn't hold up for the San Jose vs LA Galaxy game. Read More

SBI Weekend Rewind: Good start for Shea’s loan; MLS playoff race ramps up; and more

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It looks like a change of scenery was a good thing for Brek Shea. The U.S Men's National Team pool player notched an assist in his debut with Birmingham City on Saturday. The 24-year-old had left Stoke City in search of more minutes and moved to Birmingham last week on an emergency three-month loan.

Zardes Deserves A Shot

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As the 2013 MLS season was winding down, one young player was proving to be more than a bit of a handful for opposing teams, so much so that murmurs began about his deserving a chance to prove his worth on the international stage. That call up never materialized, but..

MLS: New York beats DC United and Montreal draws with the Galaxy

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The New York Red Bulls picked up three points against DC United and a new offense didn't work for the Galaxy in Montreal. Read More

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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By IVES GALARCEP

The New York Red Bulls have aspirations of making the MLS playoffs, while D.C. United would love nothing more than to put a serious dent in those playoff hopes.

East-leading D.C. United take on the Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena tonight (8pm, ESPN2) and the Red Bulls need a win to stay in striking distance for the final playoff spots in the East.

Beckham: Miami expansion will happen

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While David Beckham and his team continue to struggle to get a stadium site worked out in Miami, the former LA Galaxy star continues to remain committed to a team in South Florida.

Speaking toBloomberg Television'sMark Crumpton, Beckham underlined his determination to lead MLS's successful return to South Florida despite the recent twists in the hunt for a waterfront site for a new, soccer-specific stadium.

Analysing The Race For The MLS Playoffs

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September is here, and that means that Major League Soccer enters that period when the results seem to matter even more. Some teams have surprised thus far, others have followed form, but with a month and change left, teams that haven't risen to the top will be fighting to make the cut.

Let's group these teams into categories, and see how they all shake out:

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Sure things:

DC United – A dismal 2013 behind them, their lead should help them withstand a slightly road-heavy backend of schedule.

MLS Ticker: Dunivant sidelined up to 6 weeks, Pontius travels, and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

In the midst of astronglate season run, the LA Galaxy have received some bad news.

Left back Todd Dunivant is expected to be out for up to six weeks with a left groin tear suffered in the Galaxy's recent 6-0 demolition of the Colorado Rapids.

SBI MLS Best XI: Week 26

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By IVES GALARCEP

The Los Angeles Galaxy put on a goal-scoring clinic last Friday in thrashing a 10-man Colorado Rapids side, and the headliners in that rout scored spots in the SBI MLS Best XI for Week 26.

Landon Donovan provided two goals and two assists to lead the charge for the Galaxy, while Gyasi Zardes notched two goals of his own to earn places on this week's team.

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.

Landon Donovan wins second consecutive Player of the Week award

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Landon Donovan picked up his second consecutive MLS Player of the Week award to go with his Player of the Month award for August. Read More

MLS: Big win for the Galaxy and another loss for Sporting Kansas City

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The Galaxy win big against Colorado and Sporting Kansas City lose their fourth straight in MLS week 26. Read More

MLS Week 26: A Look Ahead

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By DAN KARELL

Two of the Western Conference's top teams face off on Saturday night in a classic showdown.

These two sides faced off two weeks ago, with FC Dallas coming out on top, 2-1, at Toyota Park. Now, with the venue switching to Rio Tinto Stadium, Luis Giland Real Salt Lake are looking to turn the tables and move well ahead of Tesho Akindele and FC Dallas in the Western Conference standings.

Landon Donovan wins MLS Player of the Week

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Landon Donovan is the MLS Player of the Week for week 25. This is Donovan's second Player of the Week award in 2014. Read More

Eintracht Frankfurt

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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Julian Green's continued battle for playing time continues today as he and Hamburg take on Eintracht Frankfurt.

Green missed Hamburg's mid-week loss to Borussia Moenchengladbach with a rib injury, but could be back in action today as last-place Hamburg search for their first win of the season.

SBI Weekend Rewind: Red Bulls top Sounders; Chandler earns first hometown start; and more

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The New York Red Bulls went into the weekend looking for points to secure playoff position, but faced a tough test in the Western Conference-leading Seattle Sounders. But the Sounders, fresh off winning the U.S. Open Cup, were out of gas, it seems, and fell 4-1 on the road against the Red Bulls.

2014 MLS Season

The San Jose Earthquakes find the fortitude

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San Jose Earthquakes coach Mark Watson credits his club for fortitude while the Galaxy wonder what happened after a 1-1 draw in the soccer news. Read More

Soccer TV: LA Galaxy vs Colorado Rapids

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The LA Galaxy and the Colorado Rapids meet in an MLS game on Friday night on NBCSN. Read More

The Rest

Galaxy stumble again, tie Earthquakes in San Jose

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By EVAN REAM

It was the result that neither team needed, but the one they deserved, as the San Jose Earthquakes and LA Galaxy played to a 1-1 draw in the latest edition of the California Classico Sunday afternoon in front of a crowd of 10,525 at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara.

Is Vancouver a Must-Win Game for FCD? It Certainly Appears So.

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I will start this piece by stating that the term must-win game is one of the most oft-used clichés in sports, but there are times, especially late in the season, where it is appropriate and I feel like Saturday's game with the Vancouver Whitecaps is such an occasion for FC Dallas.

FCD fans see the club's recent two-game dip as nothing more than a blip on the radar, but should Dallas not be able to come away with the full three points on Saturday, something they've done in each of the previous four times Vancouver has visited Toyota Stadium, then that will be a sure sign that Dallas' recent two-game losing streak could be the start of a bigger swoon.