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Portland Timbers at LA Galaxy Match Preview

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The Portland Timbers came out of the gates on fire last weekend in their 5-1 season-opening win against Minnesota United FC. Now the Timbers head to California to face the LA Galaxy in their first road match of the year as well as their first test of the side's depth.

While the Timbers' front six is intact from last week, it is their back line that is in question; three of the side's four starters on defense went down with a knock this week.

Timbers fell Minnesota in MLS debut

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Los Angeles (AFP) – The Portland Timbers handed Minnesota United FC a rude welcome to Major League Soccer with a 5-1 thrashing of the expansion side as the 2017 season kicked off.

Goals from Lawrence Olum, Fanendo Adi (2) and Diego Valeri (2) sealed all three points for the 2015 MLS Cup champions, who are desperate to atone for a disappointing defence of their title last season when they failed to reach the playoffs.

Timbers fell Minnesota in MLS debut

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Los Angeles (AFP) – The Portland Timbers handed Minnesota United FC a rude welcome to Major League Soccer with a 5-1 thrashing of the expansion side as the 2017 season kicked off.

Goals from Lawrence Olum, Fanendo Adi (2) and Diego Valeri (2) sealed all three points for the 2015 MLS Cup champions, who are desperate to atone for a disappointing defence of their title last season when they failed to reach the playoffs.

Portland Timbers vs. Real Salt Lake: Preseason Match Preview

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The Portland Timbers are back on their home turf today as they face off against Real Salt Lake on the opening day of this year's preseason invitational. Coming hot on the heels of Minnesota United vs. the Vancouver Whitecaps, the match will be the Timbers' chance at earning their first preseason win of the year after drawing in last week's match against the Seattle Sounders.

Sporting Kansas City

Timbers Acquire Lawrence Olum from Sporting Kansas City

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The Portland Timbers on Friday acquired defensive midfielder and centerback Lawrence Olum from Sporting Kansas City in exchange for the Timbers' natural 2018 first-round draft pick and $50,000 in general allocation money.

Olum, 32, returns to Portland after seeing his role in Kansas City expand over the course of the last two years, logging 19 all-competitors starts in 2016 after returning to Sporting from Kedah FA in Malaysia.

Sporting Make More Roster Moves

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Sporting Kansas City today got things moving on what appears to be a busy offseason for the club, announcing they'd picked up options for five players, declined options on five players, and that another six were out of contract.

The club announced that they had picked up options on Saad Abdul-Salaam, Benji Joya, Jimmy Medranda, Lawrence Olum, and Seth Sinovic.

Sporting Take Advantage of Missed Call, Top Dallas

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There have been plenty of surprising calls go both for and against Sporting Kansas City so far this season but none probably top the events of yesterday's game between Sporting and FC Dallas. The first half especially saw a number of contentious moments, and fortunately for KC they all went in their favor as they defeated Dallas 2-0 for just their second win in 12 league games.

Survive and Advance

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Knock out competitions aren't about looking good or necessarily being the better team, knock out competitions are all about surviving and advancing to the next round. Tonight in Minnesota, Sporting KC did just that, surviving a very physical game with Minnesota United, at game that saw 42 fouls, a shoving match, two penalty kicks awarded, and 11 yellow cards (surprisingly no reds), to advance 2-1 after extra time thanks to a goal by Diego Rubio.

Sporting Up Performance But Still Fall on the Road

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Sporting KC came out and played much better on the road tonight in Dallas than they had at home on Wednesday against the Colorado Rapids, but it wasn't enough as Sporting fell for the third time in four matches. KC scored first but couldn't make the lead hold up and couldn't find an equalizer late with a flurry of chances to fall 2-1.

Sporting Re-Sign Kempin and Sinovic, Bring Back Olum

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Sporting KC announced the return of two players that were out of contract from the 2015 season as the team announced today that they'd re-signed goalkeeper Jon Kempin and defender Seth Sinovic. The club also announced that they'd reacquired defender/midfielder Lawrence Olum. The Kenyan international had played for KC from 2012 to 2014 leaving KC after the season and joining Kedah FA in the Malaysian Premier League.

Sporting KC a Number of Roster Moves

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Sporting Kansas City made their first set of offseason moves today, declining options on six players, announcing four others out of contract, and mutually terminating the contract of Lawrence Olum.

The termination of Olum's contract paves the way for his move to Malaysia that came out yesterday.

Olum Looks Headed to Malaysia

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Looks like the Sporting KC roster turnover that many were expecting has started. A licensed FIFA player agent, Arvind Narayan, announced today on Twitter that he had helped to close a deal between Sporting KC and Kedah FA in the Malaysian league for Sporting KC midfielder, Lawrence Olum. The Tweet has since been deleted, but I did get a screen shot of it.

GAME THREAD: Philadelphia Union vs. Sporting Kansas City

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Playing for pride and draft picks.

UNION GAME #33
VS
PPL Park, Chester, PA
October 18, 2014
7:00 PM ET
TCN - JP Dellacamera and Peter Pappas
Know Thy Enemy: The Blue Testament
Starting XI
Brian Brown Forward Soony Saad, Dominic Dwyer, Sal Zizzo

Andrew Wenger, Cristian Maidana, Danny Cruz

Vincent Nogueira, Amobi Okugo

Midfield Benny Feilhaber, Lawrence Olum, Paulo Nagamura
Ray Gaddis, Maurice Edu, Carlos Valdes, Sheanon Williams Defense Seth Sinovic, Kevin Ellis, Aurelien Collin, Igor Juliao
Zac MacMath Goalkeeper Eric Kronberg
Andre Blake, Fabinho, Brian Carroll, Zach Pfeffer, Jimmy McLaughlin, Pedro Ribeiro, Richie Marquez Bench [Players]
Stats (Explained Here)
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Claros Suspended?

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Earlier this week, the MLS Disciplinary Committee came out with their fines and suspensions for games this past week. Included in that was a fine for Igor Juliao for hands to the head/face of New England. The only suspension announced was on Colorado Rapids midfielder, Carlos Alvarez for entering the field of play and leaving the technical area as he celebrated a goal by teammate Gabriel Torres.

Sporting Move to Top of Supporters' Shield Race

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Sporting Kansas City got back on the winning track, and jumped to the top of the Supporters' Shield standings as they topped Toronto FC 4-1. A pair of penalty kicks by Dom Dwyer and goals by Sonny Saad and CJ Sapong helped push KC past Toronto FC and win the season series against TFC. Dywer upped his goal total for the season to 16, the second most goals in a single season in team history.

Olum Called Up by Kenya

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Sporting KC announced today that Lawrence Olum has been recalled to the Kenyan national team for their upcoming African Cup of Nations qualifier against Lesotho. The game on August 3rd is the second game of their home and away series against Lesotho. Kenya lost the first leg on July 20th 1-0. Meaning they need to win to even have the chance to advance.

Sporting Top the Galaxy

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Sporting Kansas City extended their lead at the top of the Eastern Conference, moving four points clear of the idle DC United with a 2-1 win over the LA Galaxy at Sporting Park. Kansas City rode a strong start to the game to help them extend their unbeaten run to six, end their four game winless run at home, and end he Galaxy's eight game unbeaten run.

Feilhaber caps off big week, leads Sporting KC past Galaxy

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By TATE STEINLAGE

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — It's been a good week to be Benny Feilhaber.

The 29-year-old midfielder followed up his midweek dominance over the Columbus Crew with a marvelous free kick in a 2-1 victory over the LA Galaxy Saturday to help Sporting Kansas City see its unbeaten streak move to six matches.

Sporting KC Sign Jorge Claros and Martin Steuble

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Sporting KC announced today the signings of midfielders Jorge Claros and Martin Steuble. The pair of midfielders, both internationals join the club for the second half of the MLS season.
Claros, a Honduran international has been a long time target of Sporting KC. He was pursued by the club during last summer's transfer window, but a deal did not get done to bring the now 28 year old to Kansas City.

Sporting KC Sign Midfielder Michael Kafari

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Sporting KC fans have been waiting for reinforcements to be announced this summer to assist Sporting down the stretch this season. Today Sporting KC announced their first addition, Michael Kafari. Kafari is a 22 year old midfielder originally from Ghana. He graduated from the University of New Mexico and was taken by the Vancouver Whitecaps in the third round of the Superdraft.

Portland Timbers 0, Sporting Kansas City 1: Three things from Portland's draw (video)

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A spirited second half comeback by the Portland Timbers was not enough to overcome a 24th minute goal from Former USL Timber Lawrence Olum as the they lost 0-1 to Sporting Kansas City at Providence Park.

Smash and Grab

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It wasn't a pretty game, not even close. Sporting KC, dressing only 16 players for the game, was able to take all three points on the road at Providence Park beating the Portland Timbers 1-0 in a classic smash and grab operation.

Portland had the better of play throughout most of the game.

Sporting Kansas City use physical play & Olum goal to outlast Portland Timbers 1 to 0 at Providence Park

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The Portland Timbers and Sporting Kansas City met for the second time within the week as the teams resumed the MLS regular season. While Portland won the battle in the U.S. Open Cup midweek with an attacking style and different lineup, they couldn't overcome an overly physical tone set by Sporting and that approach allowed Lawrence Olum's 24th minute goal to hold up under furious pressure from the Timbers offense.

Stats

Youngest and Oldest Goal Scorers for Kansas City

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Another stats update, this time the youngest and oldest goal scorers for Kansas City.

In league play, two players joined the list, Jimmy Medranda and Diego Rubio. Medranda in his first season as a regular contributor for the first team scored from his left back position with a deflected shot in KC's 3-1 win over New York City FC.

Most Appearances

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More end of season stats, tonight it is appearances for Sporting Kansas City.

In league play, three players joined the list in 2016 with Benny Feilhaber leading the way getting all the way to 120 appearances in 2016. Further up the list, Matt Besler hit 200 appearances in league play for KC, becoming the seventh player to reach 200 appearances for Sporting KC in the club's history.

Sunday After Stats

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Disclaimer: The stats from last night have Diego Rubio entering the game for Dom Dwyer in the 86th minute, when in reality it was in the 79th. As of right now I am going with the official scoring of the substitution, which was the 86th. KC has contacted the league to update official records so once that happens I will update mine accordingly.

Sunday After Stats

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Dom Dwyer's two goals were his 43rd and 44th goals in league play for KC, which saw him tie and then move past Josh Wolff and Davy Arnaud and into 2nd place for league goals scored for KC.

His two goals were his 52nd and 53rd in all competitions for KC, tying him and then moving him past Arnaud and into 2nd all time on that list.

S.A.S. Monday After Stats

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Peter Vermes coached his 271st game in all competitions, becoming the club's all time leader for games managed.

Benny Feilhaber's goal was his 25th league goal in his MLS career.

Feilhaber's assist was his 28th in league play for KC, tying him with Mo Johnston for 5th all time on that list.

SAS Monday After Stats

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Brad Davis made his 400th appearance in all MLS competitions (league and playoff) in his career.

Matt Besler made his 216th start in all competitions for KC, tying him with Chris Klein for 6th all time on that list.

At 31 years, 282 days, Lawrence Olum became the 16th oldest player to score a goal for KC in all competitions, knocking Benny Feilhaber out of the top 20.

Most Capped Players While with Sporting KC

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Updating another list tonight, the caps players got for their country while a member of Sporting Kansas City. Graham Zusi has moved up to be the second most capped Sporting player, trailing only Josh Wolff. Matt Besler also jumped up the list. And with the return of Roger Espinoza, the potential for someone new to top Wolff in the next few years is certainly there.

S.A.S. Saturday After Stats

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Dom Dwyer's goal was his 22nd of the season in all competitions, tying him with Preki for the most goals in a single season in all competitions.

Dwyer's goal was his 14th in league play at home, tying him with Jimmy Conrad for 9th all time on that list.

It was Dwyer's 16th in all competitions at home, tying him with Digital Takawira for 8th all time on that list.

Sunday After Stats

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Stats following yesterday's game against the LA Galaxy.

In the 81st minute, Jacob Peterson hit the 10,000 minute mark in MLS play for his MLS career. He finished the game at 10,009.

Andy Gruenebaum made his 100th start in all competitions in his MLS career.

All three of Lawrence Olum's career MLS goals have been game winners.

Benny Feilhaber

Sporting KC Season Preview - Midfield

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In Sporting KC's midfield, like on defense, the squad sees very little in the way of change from 2015. The lone addition to the group is actually a familiar face to Sporting KC fans in the form of Lawrence Olum, who after a season in Malaysia is back in Kansas City. The rest of the midfielders are returning to the team from 2015.

What Happened and Where Do We Go From Here - Midfield

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Part three of my look at what happened to Kansas City in the 2014 season and where to look at going forward is taking a look at Kansas City's midfield. While Sporting's midfield wasn't hit nearly as hard by injuries as the defense was, other factors led to Sporting's issues in midfield this season.

The biggest issue for Kansas City ended up coming early in the season.

Philadelphia Union

Stewart introduction today, Catic waived, more TAM and HG funds

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Stewart introduced to media and fans today. Dzenan Catic appears on Waiver Draft list. League announces $37 million in new funds for player signings. More news.

Postgame video and quotesheet: Union 2-1 KC

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Video and full transcript of Jim Curtin's postgame press conference, and video of interviews with Zac MacMath, Andrew Wenger, Jimmy McLaughlin, Amobi Okugo and Ray Gaddis. Also, postgame quote sheet.

The Rest

Bravo Becomes Chivas' All Time Leading Scorer - Former SKC Wizards Update

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Omar Bravo has becoming Chivas' all time leading scorer in league play. After scoring three goals in the past week, Bravo passed Salvador Reyes to become the all time leading scorer for the club. He currently sits on 124 goals.

Also this week, Kenya has come out with their roster for their upcoming African Cup of Nations qualifier against Zambia.

Dwyer an All Star, Olum and Kenya Eliminated

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MLS players are starting to drop out of the All Star game this week against Bayern Munich. Whether for league games later in the week or injuries, four players (Robbie Keane, Omar Gonzalez, Chad Marshall, and Jermain Defoe) have pulled out of the game this Wednesday. The latest withdraw, Defoe, has led to a fourth Sporting KC player being named to the roster.

Fantasy Focus: Keane's Ransom

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This unidentified fan is the man.

The rich got richer this round, as overall leader In It Toux Wynne It led the round in points, scoring 102. Robbie Keane (LA, $11.0) was captained and scored 52 points over two games with 3 goals and 2 assists. Far behind him were three players with 7 points each -- Toronto teammates Jermain Defoe ($11.