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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.

MLS posts record attendances for third year

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Los Angeles (AFP) Major League Soccer attendances climbed to record levels for a third straight year this season, putting the US top flight above Italy's Serie A and France's Ligue 1 in average gates, figures showed Monday.

The 340 games of the 2016 regular season drew a total of 7,375,144 fans, an average of 21,692, figures released by MLS showed.

MLS posts record attendances for third year

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Los Angeles (AFP) Major League Soccer attendances climbed to record levels for a third straight year this season, putting the US top flight above Italy's Serie A and France's Ligue 1 in average gates, figures showed Monday.

The 340 games of the 2016 regular season drew a total of 7,375,144 fans, an average of 21,692, figures released by MLS showed.

US, Cuba friendly latest chapter of sports diplomacy

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Los Angeles (AFP) When the United States take to the field to face Cuba at Havana's Estadio Pedro Marrero on Friday, it will mark another step on the road towards normalization of relations between the former foes.

In July last year, Cuba and the United States brought more than half a century of enmity to an end when they restored diplomatic ties which had been cut in 1961 at the height of the Cold War.

US, Cuba friendly latest chapter of sports diplomacy

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Los Angeles (AFP) When the United States take to the field to face Cuba at Havana's Estadio Pedro Marrero on Friday, it will mark another step on the road towards normalization of relations between the former foes.

In July last year, Cuba and the United States brought more than half a century of enmity to an end when they restored diplomatic ties which had been cut in 1961 at the height of the Cold War.

Confident Bradley ready for Swans challenge

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Los Angeles (AFP) If self-belief was any guarantee of footballing success, Swansea may have picked a winner in appointing Bob Bradley as their new boss.

The 58-year-old became the first American ever to be appointed as head coach of a team in one of Europe's top five leagues on Monday when he was named to take over from the sacked Francesco Guidolin at the English Premier League side.

Confident Bradley ready for Swans challenge

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Los Angeles (AFP) If self-belief was any guarantee of footballing success, Swansea may have picked a winner in appointing Bob Bradley as their new boss.

The 58-year-old became the first American ever to be appointed as head coach of a team in one of Europe's top five leagues on Monday when he was named to take over from the sacked Francesco Guidolin at the English Premier League side.

David Villa passes MLS 20-goal mark with brace

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Los Angeles (AFP) David Villa scored twice to lift New York City FC to a 2-0 victory over the Dynamo in Houston on Friday and into first place in the Major League Soccer Eastern Conference.

City are now two points ahead of the Toronto FC, with the top two clubs in each conference to go straight into the MLS Cup playoff semi-finals.

David Villa passes MLS 20-goal mark with brace

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Los Angeles (AFP) David Villa scored twice to lift New York City FC to a 2-0 victory over the Dynamo in Houston on Friday and into first place in the Major League Soccer Eastern Conference.

City are now two points ahead of the Toronto FC, with the top two clubs in each conference to go straight into the MLS Cup playoff semi-finals.

Galaxy denied first crack at making playoffs

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Los Angeles (AFP) The Los Angeles Galaxy were denied a chance to qualify for the Major League Soccer post-season on their first attempt Sunday, losing 4-2 to the Seattle Sounders.

Jordan Morris scored back-to-back goals in the second half to keep the Sounders' playoff hopes alive and spoil the festive atmosphere for the Galaxy and their fans at StubHub Center stadium in south central Los Angele.

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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.

Drogba, Gerrard near end as MLS playoffs kick off

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Los Angeles (AFP) The Major League Soccer careers of Didier Drogba and Steven Gerrard could end without either man kicking another ball as their teams head into nerve-wracking sudden-death playoff games starting Wednesday.

Two of the biggest names of the English Premier League's golden era, Liverpool icon Gerrard joined Los Angeles Galaxy in 2015 just a few months before Chelsea legend Drogba headed to Montreal Impact.

Drogba, Gerrard near end as MLS playoffs kick off

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Los Angeles (AFP) The Major League Soccer careers of Didier Drogba and Steven Gerrard could end without either man kicking another ball as their teams head into nerve-wracking sudden-death playoff games starting Wednesday.

Two of the biggest names of the English Premier League's golden era, Liverpool icon Gerrard joined Los Angeles Galaxy in 2015 just a few months before Chelsea legend Drogba headed to Montreal Impact.

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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.

McCourt turns to Marseille after Dodgers divorce

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Los Angeles (AFP) If new Marseille owner Frank McCourt's turbulent eight-year reign over the Los Angeles Dodgers is anything to go by, fans of the French giants could be in for a bumpy ride.

The 63-year-old Boston-born tycoon, who on Monday completed his purchase of the Ligue 1 side, began his career in commercial real estate in the 1970s, forming a formidable team with his wife Jamie who he had met while studying economics at Georgetown University.