Major League Soccer

In Pictures: 2018 MLS SuperDraft

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Sights from Philly's first big soccer event of the year.

MLS Ticker: Orlando signs Colman, LAFC reportedly shopping first pick

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Orlando City's quest to replace Kaka continued on Monday with as the Lions welcomed another attacking star to their roster.

The Lions signed 21-year-old Paraguayan attacking midfielder Josue Colman to join a group that includes the newly-acquired Sacha Kljestan at his position.

"We are pleased to welcome such an exciting young prospect to our roster," Orlando City general manager Niki Budalic said.

Around The Forest: The Portland Timbers enter the world of eSports

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Also: News from the MLS Combine, Sounders pick up an assistant coach, FCD shows interest in Omar Gonzalez and more!


eMLS: Competitive gaming comes to MLS, Timbers | Portland Timbers
The Portland Timbers and MLS are entering the competitive gaming arena, partnering with EA SPORTS on the creation of eMLS, a new competitive EA SPORTS FIFA 18 league which will feature the best FIFA 18 players from the US and Canada vying for a chance to become world champions.

Dreaming of greener pastures

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As the Union offseason follows a familiar pattern, fans' patience is wearing thin.

Sacha Kljestan, Benny Feilhaber, and MLS blockbuster trades

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Jan 5, 2018) US Soccer Players - For the second time in two days, one of Major League Soccer's premier creative players found himself changing teams in an offseason that has not been short on surprise transactions. On Tuesday, the New York Red Bulls shipped Sacha Kljestan to Orlando City in a trade that moved the two-time MLS assist leader and $150,000 of allocation money for a pair of young players.

SBI Question of the Day: Will Feilhaber or Kljestan find more success with new team?

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Two of American soccer's premier playmakers were traded on Wednesday. Benny Feilhaber and Sacha Kljestan have long been regarded as two of the more creative and technical midfielders in MLS, and both will have very new challenges in 2018.

After several weeks of speculation, Kljestan was traded to Orlando City, where he will be tasked with replacing the retired Kaka.

MLS Ticker: Cole signs new Galaxy contract, Timbers sign Costa Rican defender and more

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Ashley Cole is gearing up to spend his third season in MLS, as the LA Galaxy have signed the defender to a new contract with the English left back, according to theLos Angeles Times.

Cole has flown under the radar a bit during his time with the Galaxy, but he's been a steady force for the historic franchise, playing 55 regular-season contests.

The LA soccer market in 2018

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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Dec 28, 2017) US Soccer Players - This year has some life left in it still, but 2017 will carry nothing more of significance for Southern California-based soccer fans. The final weekend of the year will be spent gazing aimlessly at leagues across the pond, of consuming rumors and speculation about potential player movement in MLS, or watching preseason Liga MX matches.

60 percent of 2017 MLS Re-Entry Draft selections ex-Sounders

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LAFC take Calum Mallace, MNUFC take Tyrone Mears, Galaxy select Servando Carrasco.

What's the worst part about having a successful season in MLS? Getting a lousy spot in the MLS Re-Entry Draft, of course. Okay, so that's not true. Seattle Sounders did not select any players today in Stage 2 of the 2017 MLS Re-Entry Draft (they also passed on a selection in Stage 1), but they did see one member of their 2017 squad, Calum Mallace, picked up by LAFC.

Sounders will host LAFC in season opener

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LA Times also reporting that Sounders will be LAFC's first MLS opponent at Banc of California Stadium.

For better or worse, the Seattle Sounders are going to play a somewhat significant role in LAFC history. The Sounders will host LAFC in both teams' season-openers — likely on or around March 3 — and also be the opponent in LAFC's home opener on April 29, according the the Los Angeles Times.

Major Link Soccer: LAFC sign Uruguayan Young DP

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Lodeiro says he's good. Also, Mayor Durkan pays up on MLS Cup bet.


The staff at the Toronto mayor's office will be snacking on Beechers, Oberto, and Totem Smokehouse after Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan makes good on her MLS Cup wager.

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LAFC continue to aim high in their signings.

LAFC works the expansion draft

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By Jeff Rueter – SAINT PAUL, MN (Dec 7, 2017) US Soccer Players - With an ownership group boasting stars ranging from Mia Hamm to Magic Johnson to even Will Ferrell, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Los Angeles FC would buck some trends The team was the lucky winner of the multi-year Carlos Vela lottery, finally checking the boxes for the Mexican international.

It’s time for LAFC vs the Galaxy

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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Dec 13, 2017) US Soccer Players - That sound in downtown Los Angeles of hammers and drills, the beep-beep-beep of cement trucks backing up is helping forge two things. LAFC's Banc of California Stadium offers such an array of noises, promising to leave in its wake a modern stadium that will certainly captivate LA.

LAFC Expansion Draft, Real Madrid in Club World Cup, and more: Freedom Kicks for December 13, 2017

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A busy day for MLS.

Welcome to Wednesday folks. The MLS waiver draft is today, but don't expect much action there. All eyes mostly point toward Stage 1 of the Re-Entry Draft that will take place Friday. Ok, let's get to the news:

LAFC select Tico striker, young prospects in 2017 MLS Expansion Draft | MLS
Tyler Miller, Latif Blessing, Marco Urena, Jukka Raitala, and Raheem Edwards were the Los Angeles Football Club Expansion Draft picks.

MLS offseason schedule: D.C. United begins building for 2018

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This is gonna be a busy week

The confetti from the parade in Toronto has barely settled, but the rest of the league has their sights set on 2018. D.C. United made a couple of moves yesterday, but there is a slew of events this week and in the coming weeks that will all build the team towards the first year at Audi Field.

16 players to watch in the 2017 College Cup

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Nick Fishman ranks 16 players to watch as the best four teams in men's college soccer come to Philly.


Bradley pleased with LAFC moves but still preparing to add more talent to squad

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There's still a lot of work to be done for Los Angeles FC. There are still players to sign, moves to make. They are still very much a work in progress.

That progress, though, is moving rapidly, and it took another step on Friday at the MLS Draft.

With the top overall selection, LAFC selected Akron defender Joao Moutinho, fortifying the backline with a player that could feature at either centerback or left back.

'Ecstatic' Moutinho ready for fresh start with LAFC after being selected first overall

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PHILADELPHIA When Joao Moutinho came to the U.S., he was searching for a fresh start, a new beginning and a clean slate. He found it at the University of Akron, rapidly becoming one of the top prospects in the college game.

On Friday, he joined a team beginning anew as he was selected first overall in the MLS Draft.

Walker Zimmerman ready to face big 2018 with USMNT, LAFC

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It's a big year for many throughout American soccer, but 2018 will be a particularly interesting challenge for Walker Zimmerman.

On the club level, Zimmerman is now tasked with being the present and future of LAFC, a club that has pegged him as a potential defensive anchor for years to come.

LAFC acquires Benny Feilhaber from Sporting KC

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Los Angeles FC continues to make big moves to assemble its roster as the expansion club brought in one of the league's premier playmakers.

On Wednesday, LAFC announced that the club had acquired Benny Feilhaber from Sporting KC in exchange for$400,000 in allocation money. Sporting KC receives$200,000 in General Allocation Money and $200,000 in Targeted Allocation Money just several months after earning up to $1.

Report: LAFC closing in on move for Sacha Kljestan

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One of the league's top playmakers appears to be on the move.

According to Metro, Los Angeles FC is closing in on a deal for New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan. If the move were to come to fruition, it would mark the second consecutive offseason where the Red Bulls dealt their captain following last winter's deal that sent Dax McCarty to the Chicago Fire.

Blessing, Urena, Edwards headline LAFC Expansion Draft picks

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It remains to be seen how Los Angeles FC handles Tuesday's Expansion Draft choices, but the club selected five players spread all over the field to start the construction of their MLS roster.

With the first overall pick of the draft, LAFC selected Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Tyler Miller. The 24-year-old goalkeeper, whose cap-hit is $70,000 had made two career MLS appearances and generally served as backup to Stefan Frei.

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MLS Draft 2018: D.C. United trades #3 pick to LAFC for allocation money

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The Black-and-Red opted out of the draft field to acquire some sweet, sweet cash

D.C. United came to the 2018 MLS SuperDraft with one pick, the third overall. But, as first reported by the Washington Post's Steve Goff, the pick was traded to LAFC before the draft actually began. United received $100,000 in Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) and $100,000 in General Allocation Money (GAM).

LAFC vs the MLS schedule

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The soccer news starts with Major League Soccer releasing the 2018 MLS schedule. That's big news for everybody in the league, but especially this season's expansion team. LAFC has a stadium to open, with Banc of California Stadium debuting on April 29. That means starting the season with six games on the road, a stretch that could have them well out of contention by the time the spotlight shines on their first home game.

News roundup: Curtin a Hall of Famer, MLS trades, Carli Lloyd makes cut — THURSDAY

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Also: Union's Clearwater dates, more MLS transfers and rumors than you can shake a corner flag at, Grant Wahl article, and Ronaldo's endorsements.

Our D.C. United protected list for SB Nation’s mock 2017 MLS Expansion Draft

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LAFC is coming to take everyone's players. Here's who we would protect if we were running the Black-and-Red

With LAFC taking the field in 2018, MLS has opted to bring back one of its many time-honored traditions: the Expansion Draft. Well, "honored" might not be right, since most people really dislike the Expansion Draft, and for good reason.

Philadelphia Union

Brotherly Game Daily Links 1/12/18

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Philadelphia Union News

Report: Mark McKenzie to sign homegrown deal
Bear, Delaware native spent the fall at Wake Forest.

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Report: LAFC close to signing Steven Beitashour
The MLS Cup-winning fullback would be LAFC's second free agent signing.

Parity Crashers

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It's my parity, I can cry if I want to. Read more to see how many cheesy puns Steve Whisler can fit into one article.

The Union, the expansion draft, and a depth chart

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PSP guesses whom the Union will protect and expose in the LAFC expansion draft, within the context of its best understanding of the organization's current depth chart.

Sporting Kansas City

Feilhaber to LAFC

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The soccer news starts with another USMNT player traded between MLS clubs. This time, it's Benny Feilhaber making the move from Sporting KC to LAFC. Feilhaber joins the MLS expansion team in exchange for $200,000 in general allocation money and $200,000 in targeted allocation money, once again putting a dollar figure on an MLS player.

Major Link Soccer: Benny Feilhaber traded to LAFC

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MLS schedule revealed today and some US Soccer news as well.


The FULL 2018 MLS schedule will be revealed today at 10:30 am.

Sporting Kansas City trades Benny Feilhaber to LAFC. Why couldn't they have sent him to an Eastern Conference team?

Orlando City SC have locked up Dom Dwyer for the next three years after signing him to an extension on Wednesday.

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Brotherly Game Daily Links 12/13/17

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Ayuk returns from Sweeden, LAFC make their selections, and Premier League results

Philadelphia Union News

Union spared in Los Angeles FC's expansion draft; Eric Ayuk returns from Sweden loan
The Union survived the ritual gamble of leaving players exposed, as new MLS club Los Angeles FC took its allotted five players from elsewhere.

2017 Expansion Draft: Who the Union are protecting, and what that says about 2018

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Reading the tea leaves and trying to extrapolate that to what this team will look like next season.

Expansion Draft: Revolution protect 11, including Andrew Farrell

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Ahead of Tuesday's draft, the club released its list of secure names.

When LAFC goes shopping during Tuesday's expansion draft, the team won't have many options from the Revolution's list of eligible players. On Sunday, Brad Friedel's club protected 11, including defender Andrew Farrell and forward Teal Bunbury.

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Aaron Kovar loaned to LAFC

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This could spell the end of the Homegrown Player's time in Seattle.

After a fourth consecutive season of failing to find reliable playing time, Aaron Kovar's tenure with the Seattle Sounders may be up. The Seattle native was loaned to LAFC on Tuesday, meaning he's almost certainly gone for the entire year at a minimum.

News roundup: Noonan to Union, players fleeing Columbus, and Eric Lichaj’s weekend

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Also Sugarman cashes out, Atlanta spends big, and PSG walking all over Rennes

Some Soccer News for Jan 4, 2018

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It's Day 4 of 2018.

USMNT January camp roster coming next Monday at 11:00am. Training starts Thu Jan 11.
  • And I fully expect Christian Ramirez on Minnesota to be on that list.



18 days until preseason begins.

What we know about the Sounders’ schedule so far

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The first few months could be very busy.

One of the best things about the new CONCACAF Champions League schedule is that it will make sense. No longer will a single tournament be spread out over eight months, and span parts of two separate MLS seasons. Rather, the entire tournament will take place between late February and late April.

News Roundup: Happy Holidays from the Union, Kaká retires, Morgan wins CONCACAF award, and Premier League records

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Also; Sorber to LAFC, questions remain for Miami, Pulisic being a boss, and petty revenge in Italy.

LAFC sends Edwards, Raitala to Impact in exchange for Ciman

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Following Tuesday's Expansion Draft, LAFC did some wheeling and dealing after all.

LAFC send Expansion Draft selections Raheem Edwards and Jukka Raitala to the Montreal Impact in exchange for Laurent Ciman on Tuesday afternoon. The move sees the club add a second starting-caliber centerback in a matter of days after previously trading for FC Dallas' Walker Zimmerman.