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Red Sox apologize over racist fan abuse

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Los Angeles (AFP) – The Boston Red Sox apologized on Tuesday after fans at Fenway Park hurled racist abuse at Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones.

Jones, who is black, said he was subjected to racial epithets and had objects thrown at him during the Orioles-Red Sox game on Monday night.

Pachuca lifts CONCACAF Champions League trophy

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Franco Jara scored the lone goal as CF Pachuca were crowned CONCACAF Champions League winners with a 1-0 shutout of Tigres in an all-Mexico battle Wednesday night.

Jara scored in the 83rd minute of the second leg at the Estadio Hidalgo stadium as Pachuca clinched the title 2-1 on aggregate.

Pachuca lifts CONCACAF Champions League trophy

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Franco Jara scored the lone goal as CF Pachuca were crowned CONCACAF Champions League winners with a 1-0 shutout of Tigres in an all-Mexico battle Wednesday night.

Jara scored in the 83rd minute of the second leg at the Estadio Hidalgo stadium as Pachuca clinched the title 2-1 on aggregate.

Drogba signs for US second tier soccer club Phoenix Rising

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Former Ivory Coast and Chelsea star Didier Drogba on Wednesday signed for US second tier team Phoenix Rising, vowing to help the club achieve its dream of entry to Major League Soccer.

A Phoenix statement said Drogba, 39, would be a member of the club’s playing staff before eventually switching to an executive role.

Drogba signs for US second tier soccer club Phoenix Rising

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Former Ivory Coast and Chelsea star Didier Drogba on Wednesday signed for US second tier team Phoenix Rising, vowing to help the club achieve its dream of entry to Major League Soccer.

A Phoenix statement said Drogba, 39, would be a member of the club’s playing staff before eventually switching to an executive role.

Tigres reach CONCACAF Champions League final as Gignac scores

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Mexico’s stranglehold on the CONCACAF Champions League will be assured once more after Tigres UANL downed Major League Soccer’s Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 to set up a final showdown with Pachuca.

Mexican teams have been near-invincible in the CONCACAF region’s premier club competition over the past decade, winning every title since 2006.

Premier League 39th game ‘not far away’ – Stillitano

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Los Angeles (AFP) – The head of the International Champions Cup exhibition tournament said Monday he believes the English Premier League is ready to revisit proposals to stage a 39th game overseas.

Charlie Stillitano, whose company Relevant Sport runs the ICC pre-season event, told ESPN’s Max & Herc podcast the Premier League was not “that far away” from adding a game to the season.

Premier League 39th game ‘not far away’ – Stillitano

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Los Angeles (AFP) – The head of the International Champions Cup exhibition tournament said Monday he believes the English Premier League is ready to revisit proposals to stage a 39th game overseas.

Charlie Stillitano, whose company Relevant Sport runs the ICC pre-season event, told ESPN’s Max & Herc podcast the Premier League was not “that far away” from adding a game to the season.

Resurgent US face Panama test in CONCACAF qualifiers

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Los Angeles (AFP) – A revitalised United States face Panama on Tuesday brimming with confidence after a record World Cup qualifying victory inspired by teenage star Christian Pulisic and veteran forward Clint Dempsey.

The pall of gloom enveloping the US national team following defeats against Mexico and Costa Rica in November was blown away on Friday, with Pulisic and Dempsey helping to deliver a 6-0 thrashing of Honduras.

Resurgent US face Panama test in CONCACAF qualifiers

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Los Angeles (AFP) – A revitalised United States face Panama on Tuesday brimming with confidence after a record World Cup qualifying victory inspired by teenage star Christian Pulisic and veteran forward Clint Dempsey.

The pall of gloom enveloping the US national team following defeats against Mexico and Costa Rica in November was blown away on Friday, with Pulisic and Dempsey helping to deliver a 6-0 thrashing of Honduras.

Blue ‘Loons’ lick wounds after MLS mauling

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Another game, another brutal, one-sided defeat.

Two games into their existence as a Major League Soccer franchise, and Minnesota United FC have done little to dispel grim predictions they may turn out to be one of the worst teams in league history.

On Sunday, the “Loons” launched their home season in near-arctic conditions, with snow blanketing the field at the TCF Bank Stadium as they faced fellow 2017 expansion side Atlanta United FC.

Arena cautious about Dempsey return

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Los Angeles (AFP) – United States coach Bruce Arena said he will take a cautious approach before recalling Clint Dempsey to the national team as the striker works his way back to fitness following a heart problem.

Dempsey scored in Seattle’s opening defeat against Houston last weekend, his first Major League Soccer game since being sidelined last year following the discovery of an irregular heartbeat.

Arena cautious about Dempsey return

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Los Angeles (AFP) – United States coach Bruce Arena said he will take a cautious approach before recalling Clint Dempsey to the national team as the striker works his way back to fitness following a heart problem.

Dempsey scored in Seattle’s opening defeat against Houston last weekend, his first Major League Soccer game since being sidelined last year following the discovery of an irregular heartbeat.

Dynamo drop defending champion Sounders to open MLS season

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Los Angeles (AFP) – The Seattle Sounders’ defense of the Major League Soccer championship got off to a rocky start on Saturday as they fell 2-1 to the aggressive Houston Dynamo.

Houston, who finished last season at the bottom of the Western Conference, gave no quarter to the defending champions.

Dynamo drop defending champion Sounders to open MLS season

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Los Angeles (AFP) – The Seattle Sounders’ defense of the Major League Soccer championship got off to a rocky start on Saturday as they fell 2-1 to the aggressive Houston Dynamo.

Houston, who finished last season at the bottom of the Western Conference, gave no quarter to the defending champions.

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.

USA down Germany to kick off women’s football SheBelieves Cup

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Los Angeles (AFP) – The United States launched their 2017 season with a 1-0 victory over Germany on Wednesday in a duel of FIFA’s top-ranked women’s teams in the SheBelieves Cup women’s tournament.

Lynn Williams scored in the 56th minute to give the United States the victory in the second match of a double-header in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

No limit on MLS potential: Commissioner Garber

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Los Angeles (AFP) – The 22nd season of Major League Soccer kicks off on Friday with all eyes on two new expansion teams as the competition continues its steady growth across the American sporting landscape.

The arrival of Atlanta United FC and Minnesota United FC is the latest example of the league’s increasing maturity and America’s ever closer embrace of the world’s most popular sport.

No limit on MLS potential: Commissioner Garber

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Los Angeles (AFP) – The 22nd season of Major League Soccer kicks off on Friday with all eyes on two new expansion teams as the competition continues its steady growth across the American sporting landscape.

The arrival of Atlanta United FC and Minnesota United FC is the latest example of the league’s increasing maturity and America’s ever closer embrace of the world’s most popular sport.

Dempsey given all-clear to return

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Los Angeles (AFP) – United States forward Clint Dempsey has been given the all-clear to return to football following a six-month layoff due to an irregular heartbeat, US Soccer confirmed.

The Seattle Sounders striker, who had not played since last August, has already played 30 minutes and a full 45 minutes during pre-season action for the reigning champions of Major League Soccer.

Eyes on World Cup as US coach Arena launches second coming

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Los Angeles (AFP) United States coach Bruce Arena will have his eyes firmly fixed on World Cup qualifying Sunday as he launches the first match of his second stint in charge with a friendly against Serbia.

Arena, who returned to the helm last November following the sacking of Jurgen Klinsmann, has only two friendlies to assess his options before March's crunch 2018 qualifiers against Honduras and Panama.

Eyes on World Cup as US coach Arena launches second coming

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Los Angeles (AFP) United States coach Bruce Arena will have his eyes firmly fixed on World Cup qualifying Sunday as he launches the first match of his second stint in charge with a friendly against Serbia.

Arena, who returned to the helm last November following the sacking of Jurgen Klinsmann, has only two friendlies to assess his options before March's crunch 2018 qualifiers against Honduras and Panama.

Galaxy sign US international Jones

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Los Angeles (AFP) The Los Angeles Galaxy confirmed the signing of US international Jermaine Jones on Wednesday, bolstering the midfield resources following the departure of Steven Gerrard.

Jones, 35, was a key member of the USA squad at the 2014 World Cup and joins the Galaxy after three Major League Soccer seasons with the New England Revolution and Colorado Rapids.

LA Galaxy appoint former skipper Vagenas to GM role

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Los Angeles (AFP) The Los Angeles Galaxy on Monday appointed former captain Pete Vagenas to the role of general manager as they continue their search for a head coach to replace the departed Bruce Arena.

Vagenas fills one of the two vacancies created by Arena's appointment last week as head coach of the United States national team following the sacking of Jurgen Klinsmann.

LA Galaxy appoint former skipper Vagenas to GM role

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Los Angeles (AFP) The Los Angeles Galaxy on Monday appointed former captain Pete Vagenas to the role of general manager as they continue their search for a head coach to replace the departed Bruce Arena.

Vagenas fills one of the two vacancies created by Arena's appointment last week as head coach of the United States national team following the sacking of Jurgen Klinsmann.

Keane follows Gerrard in LA Galaxy exodus

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Los Angeles (AFP) Robbie Keane is leaving the Los Angeles Galaxy after six seasons with the Major League Soccer franchise, confirming his exit just days after Steven Gerrard announced his departure.

Ireland international record goalscorer Keane, 36, said in a statement he was targeting one final challenge in club football before hanging up his boots for good.

Mexico to launch 15th US tour against Iceland

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Los Angeles (AFP) Iceland will meet Mexico next February at Las Vegas to launch the 15th annual US tour for "El Tricolor."

The Mexican Football Foundation announced the friendly match Monday, the team's first-ever visit to the US gambling haven coming February 8 at Sam Boyd Stadium.

"Soccer is the world's game and Las Vegas is the world's city, so I can't think of a better match for this event," Las Vegas mayor Carolyn G.

Canadian clubs douse New York MLS hopes, Gerrard’s Galaxy ousted

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Los Angeles (AFP) Montreal and Toronto put paid to New York's MLS Cup hopes with Eastern Conference semi-final wins, as the Los Angeles Galaxy bowed out in the West in what was likely Steven Gerrard's MLS swansong.

Until Sunday, a Canadian team had never booked a spot in the MLS Cup conference finals.

Canadian clubs douse New York MLS hopes, Gerrard’s Galaxy ousted

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Los Angeles (AFP) Montreal and Toronto put paid to New York's MLS Cup hopes with Eastern Conference semi-final wins, as the Los Angeles Galaxy bowed out in the West in what was likely Steven Gerrard's MLS swansong.

Until Sunday, a Canadian team had never booked a spot in the MLS Cup conference finals.

Rapids oust Galaxy, Toronto humble NYCFC in MLS Cup playoffs

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Los Angeles (AFP) Colorado goalkeeper Tim Howard made two saves in a penalty shootout to advance the Rapids over the Los Angeles Galaxy in the Major League Soccer playoffs.

The Rapids on Sunday won 3-1 on penalties after a 1-0 victory in the second leg of a two-match MLS Cup Western Conference semi-final series left the teams deadlocked 1-1 on aggregate.

Rapids oust Galaxy, Toronto humble NYCFC in MLS Cup playoffs

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Los Angeles (AFP) Colorado goalkeeper Tim Howard made two saves in a penalty shootout to advance the Rapids over the Los Angeles Galaxy in the Major League Soccer playoffs.

The Rapids on Sunday won 3-1 on penalties after a 1-0 victory in the second leg of a two-match MLS Cup Western Conference semi-final series left the teams deadlocked 1-1 on aggregate.

Colorado Rapids oust Gerrard’s Galaxy in MLS playoffs

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Los Angeles (AFP) Colorado goalkeeper Tim Howard made two saves in a penalty shootout Sunday to advance the Rapids over the Los Angeles Galaxy in the Major League Soccer playoffs.

The Rapids won 3-1 on penalties after a 1-0 victory in the second leg of a two-match Western Conference semi-final series left the teams deadlocked 1-1 on aggregate.

Colorado Rapids oust Gerrard’s Galaxy in MLS playoffs

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Los Angeles (AFP) Colorado goalkeeper Tim Howard made two saves in a penalty shootout Sunday to advance the Rapids over the Los Angeles Galaxy in the Major League Soccer playoffs.

The Rapids won 3-1 on penalties after a 1-0 victory in the second leg of a two-match Western Conference semi-final series left the teams deadlocked 1-1 on aggregate.

Rapids oust Gerrard’s Galaxy in MLS playoffs

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Los Angeles (AFP) Colorado goalkeeper Tim Howard made two saves in a penalty shootout Sunday to advance the Rapids over the Los Angeles Galaxy in the Major League Soccer playoffs.

The Rapids won 3-1 on penalties after a 1-0 victory in the second leg of a two-match Western Conference semi-final series left the teams deadlocked 1-1 on aggregate.

Galaxy, Impact gain edge in MLS Cup playoffs

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Los Angeles (AFP) Giovani dos Santos's second-half header was enough to give the Los Angeles Galaxy a 1-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids on Sunday and the edge in their MLS Cup playoff tie.

The Mexican striker made good use of a strong individual effort from Jelle Van Damme with a header that deflected off Rapids defender Axel Sjoberg and looped over Colorado keeper Tim Howard.

LA Galaxy

LA Galaxy 0, Philadelphia Union 0: Instant recap and player ratings survey

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246 days

Usually a draw in Los Angeles against the LA Galaxy would be considered a good result. While the Union will return from Southern California with a point, they still haven't won since last August.

LA had a very unlucky break in the 20th minute when Joao Pedro rang a shot off of both posts, and Andre Blake made a few breathtaking saves to keep the scoreline even.

Match preview: LA Galaxy vs. Philadelphia Union

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The Union head to Los Angeles still searching for their first win. Can they find a shock result against a Galaxy side still figuring things out post-Bruce Arena?

Fire add Juninho to midfield mix

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The Fire added another potentially important piece to the 2017 roster by signing former Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Juninho on loan from Club Tijuana in Mexico. In order to get him they had to move up in the Allocation ranking after Atlanta passed. Chicago sent their #3 Allocation spot, their natural second round pick in the upcoming SuperDraft, and General Allocation Money to Minnesota in order to complete the move.

The Rest

A Look at Sporting KC's Draft Position

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MLS hosts their Superdraft tomorrow at the NSCAA convention in Los Angeles, the first two rounds of the draft will take place tomorrow with the third and fourth rounds taking place Tuesday next week via conference call. Sporting KC have two picks in the draft, one each day. Tomorrow, KC's lone pick is in the first round, the 14th overall pick.