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The Best of MLS Week 7: Alvas Powell, Alexander Ring, and more

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Week 7 of the MLS season is in the books and it was another week where picking the best of the best was rather difficult. Several players produced standout performances all week long, a lot of excellent goals went in, and more than a few teams had big weeks.

Here is the best of a jam packed week of MLS action.

LAFC stars lead bounce-back performance in win over Whitecaps

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The last two weeks were part of the growing pains that an expansion club like Los Angeles FC were sure to endure at some point. However, the Western Conference club shrugged off those pains and tasted victory for the third team in their debut season on Friday.

Bob Bradley's team used a pair of second-half goals to defeat the Vancouver Whitecaps 2-0 at BC Place.

Gressel goal and assist lead Atlanta United over LAFC

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After surviving a very early scare, Atlanta United continued their blistering hot home form with a strong showing at home against Los Angeles FC.

Josef Martinez headed home a 67th-minute goal that created some breathing room for Atlanta United, making the score 2-0, before a barrage of goals very late in the match resulted in a 5-0 romp.

The MLS report: Matchday 3

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It was a colorful weekend in MLS with a shade of sky blue and some reds sprinkled in. PSP's MLS recap is here.

MLS Week 1: The SBI Breakdown

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Let's get it out of the way early: it's only Week 1. There are so many ways to react and overreact to the first game of an MLS season but, at the end of the day, the "overreact" part is usually the most prevalent.

You can certainly learn some things, though, from a season debut, even if those things many not necessarily be true for the long haul.

The 2018 SBI Season Preview

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The Major League Soccer season begins Saturday afternoon, as Toronto FC hosts Columbus Crew in a rematch of the 2017 Eastern Conference final.

The opener headlines a weekend full of intriguing action, but before you settle in for a weekend full of MLS, catch up on everything you need to know for the upcoming campaign.

SBI MLS Season Preview: Los Angeles FC

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After what feels like ages of hype, Los Angeles FC is ready to open the book on their MLS existence.

Expansion teams come with unique challenges that established outfits don't usually have to face. They have to assemble an entire team from scratch, come up with a vision of how they want that team to play, and hope all the guys can come in from around the world and adapt to that vision as well as each other.

A look at each new kit for the 2018 MLS season

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Every MLS team will debut at least one new look in 2018. From new primary kits to brand new uniforms on the road, there are plenty of new jersey options to stew over this year.

While many MLS teams have moved towards white and black options, several teams took the chance to spice things up.

LAFC, Youtube TV form broadcast and jersey partnership

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As Los Angeles FC prepares for their debut season as a Major League Soccer franchise, the club has also found their television and video partner.

LAFC and Youtube TV have agreed on a multi-year partnership, in which the cable-free TV service will serve as the "Official Live TV and Video Partners" for the club.

Five things to know about Major League Soccer

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Miami (AFP) – Five facts about Major League Soccer as David Beckham is expected to announce the launch of his Miami franchise on Monday:

– A STORY OF GROWTH –

Founded in 1993 as part of US Soccer’s successful hosting of the 1994 World Cup, Major League Soccer kicked off its first season in 1996 with 10 teams.

Five things to know about Major League Soccer

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Miami (AFP) – Five facts about Major League Soccer as David Beckham is expected to announce the launch of his Miami franchise on Monday:

– A STORY OF GROWTH –

Founded in 1993 as part of US Soccer’s successful hosting of the 1994 World Cup, Major League Soccer kicked off its first season in 1996 with 10 teams.

MLS Draft 2018: Time, TV schedule, and how to watch online

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Join us as D.C. United looks to add another important piece as they seek to rebound after a poor 2017

D.C. United came into today with one high pick at the 2018 MLS SuperDraft, but before most people were even at the convention center, they traded the #3 overall pick to LAFC for $200,000 ($100,000 in TAM, $100,000 in GAM).

Vela scores farewell goal for Sociedad in Sevilla win

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Madrid (AFP) – Sevilla missed the chance to leapfrog Real Madrid into La Liga’s top four as Carlos Vela waved goodbye to Real Sociedad with a goal in a 3-1 win for the Basques on Wednesday.

Vela will join new Major League Soccer club Los Angeles FC in January after 250 appearances for Sociedad.

Vela scores farewell goal for Sociedad in Sevilla win

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Madrid (AFP) – Sevilla missed the chance to leapfrog Real Madrid into La Liga’s top four as Carlos Vela waved goodbye to Real Sociedad with a goal in a 3-1 win for the Basques on Wednesday.

Vela will join new Major League Soccer club Los Angeles FC in January after 250 appearances for Sociedad.

MLS Half-Day Trade Window Roundup: Kei Kamara, Walker Zimmerman, and more

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Only hours after Toronto FC lifted the 2017 MLS Cup, MLS opened a brief trade window Sunday morning. Teams could conduct player trades for four short hours between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. and several teams took advantage.

Here's a closer look at all of the day's action:

Whitecaps acquire Kei Kamara from Revs

New England Revolution striker Kei Kamara is headed to western Canada as the Vancouver Whitecaps acquired his services.

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.

MLS Ticker: Will Johnson arrested, LAFC signs Argentinian attacker and more

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Orlando City midfielder Will Johnson was arrested on Wednesday on a charge of misdemeanor domestic battery after an alleged domestic incident involving Johnson and his wife.

According to the police report — published in part by the Orlando Sentinel — Johnson was booked early on Wednesday morning after his wife accused him of tackling her by "wrapping both of his arms completely around her waist" following an argument.

Sociedad’s Vela headed to MLS

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Madrid (AFP) – Mexican international Carlos Vela will move to Major League Soccer in January, Real Sociedad confirmed on Tuesday.

According to reports in the United States, Vela will join new franchise Los Angeles FC for the 2018 season.

“Real Sociedad and Major League Soccer (MLS) have reached an agreement for the transfer of Carlos Vela to a team in the American league during the winter transfer window,” Sociedad said in a statement.

Bob Bradley to coach MLS newcomers LAFC

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Bob Bradley will return to the Major League Soccer as the first coach of the expansion Los Angeles FC, which is set to debut in the North American league in 2018.

The 59-year-old Bradley hasn’t coached in MLS since leaving Chivas USA to become head coach of the United States in 2006, a job he held until the summer of 2011.

Bob Bradley to coach MLS newcomers LAFC

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Bob Bradley will return to the Major League Soccer as the first coach of the expansion Los Angeles FC, which is set to debut in the North American league in 2018.

The 59-year-old Bradley hasn’t coached in MLS since leaving Chivas USA to become head coach of the United States in 2006, a job he held until the summer of 2011.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's clothing line sparks rumors of LA move

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As we approach the silly season, rumors abound, and crazier things have been foreshadowed from less than a tweet by a clothing company.

A-Z Sportswear, the clothing line of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, sent out a tweet that has many in the community buzzing about a potential move to Los Angeles in the near future.

Manchester United into Europa semifinals, Zlatan to LAFC?: Brotherly Game Daily Links 4/21/17

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The weekend is almost here, the links will help you get there.

Philadelphia Union News

Medunjanin adjusting well to MLS, creating early success
Despite a less than stellar start for the Union, one of the team's bright spots this season has been Haris Medunjanin, who, with just seven career MLS games under his belt, already looks like a solid veteran.

LAFC breaks ground on new stadium, announces naming rights deal

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With Los Angeles FCjoining MLS in less than two years, the team took another leap forward.

LAFC broke ground on its soccer-specific stadium on Tuesday, with MLS commissioner Don Garber, LA's owners and fans, along with the city's mayor Eric Garcettiin attendance.

MLS Ticker: Franklin, LAFC and more

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Following Fabian Castillo's recent move to Turkey, it appears another MLS player could be on his way to the European nation.

D.C. United defender Sean Franklin is being linked with Turkish sideGaziantepspor. (REPORT)

Los Angeles FC is reportedly looking at Tustin as the location for the team's training headquarters.

LAFC unveils stadium renderings following city council approval

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Los Angeles FC's stadium plan took another step towards reality on Friday.

The LA City Council unanimously approvedthe Final Environmental Impact Report and other environmental and entitlement agreementsfor LAFC on Friday. The approval providesLAFC formal permissionto begin work on the site and proceed with the startof the project.

‘This Is Not A Joke’ – Will Ferrell Joins Vincent Tan As Co-Owner Of New MLS Franchise Los Angeles FC

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As unlikely as it may seem, Will Ferrell and Vincent Tan are to buddy up and collaborate in the running of the latest MLS franchise, Los Angeles FC.

Ferrell and Tan are numbered among26 co-owners, who includethe first lady of US women's soccer, Mia Hamm, as well as former NBA star Magic Johnson.

LA Galaxy

The SBI Soccer Podcast: Episode 7 (USMNT vs. Paraguay, Zlatan, and El Trafico)

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It's another edition of the SBI Soccer Podcast and this time hosts Joe Hojnacki, Ryan Tolmich, and Joe Tansey review the U.S. Men's National Team friendly against Paraguay before they discuss the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

They also look ahead to a very busy week in MLS, especially the rivalry match between Los Angeles FC and the LA Galaxy.

SBI Soccer Podcast: Episode 4 (LAFC's strong start, issues with the Galaxy, and more)

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Week two of MLS is in the books, which means Joe Hojnacki, Ryan Tolmich, and Joe Tansey are back to discuss a chaotic week of domestic soccer action.

The trio discuss the expansion side Los Angeles FC and their strong start led by Uruguayan Diego Rossi, the issues that could plague the LA Galaxy, the state of Minnesota United without Kevin Molino, and more.

MLS- LAFC

SBI Question of the Day: What would you call the LA Galaxy-LAFC rivalry?

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This weekend gives us the first ever derby between the LA Galaxy and Los Angeles FC. It will be the first time to Southern California based clubs will face off since the demise of Chivas USA in the 2014 season.

A new rivalry match like this one gives us a chance at some creativity as soccer fans.

Report: Benfica's Andre Horta set to join to LAFC

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Los Angeles FC appear to have their final Designated Player.

According to Kristian Dyer of Metro NY, they are set to sign Portuguese midfielder Andre Horta from Benfica in a deal that includes a $1 million annual salary.

Hearing that Andre Horta has finalized a deal to MLS.

LAFC picks up second win in as many games with lopsided road victory over RSL

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After toppling the Seattle Sounders in the club's debut, LAFC continued to roll in their sophomore effort with another road win over a Western Conference contender.

Diego Rossi, Latif Blessing, Benny Feilhaber and Carlos Vela provided the goals for the expansion club in a 5-1 victory over Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium.

LAFC sign Diego Rossi from Penarol in Uruguay

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Los Angeles FC has itself a new Designated Player from Uruguay.

The expansion club have signed 19-year-old forward Diego Rossi to a Young Designated Player contract. He will arrive on January 1 from Penarol in his native Uruguay. The forward scored ten goals in the Uruguayan Premier Division last season while leading his team to their 51st championship in club history.

A look at five potential picks for LAFC in Tuesday's Expansion Draft

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At 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Los Angeles FC will have the chance to poach players off MLS rosters as they continue to build their inaugural roster. They will get five selections and cannot take more than one player from any other club.

Last year, we saw Atlanta United and Minnesota United take ten players, six of which would be traded away at some point.

Osvaldo Alonso

Sounders vs Los Angeles FC: Full coverage

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Everything you need to know about match 1 of the 2018 MLS season.

Seattle Sounders FC are 5-4-0 in home openers to start the season. In 2018 they look to expand on that while hosting Los Angeles FC. LAFC is coached by former Fire and USMNT coach Bob Bradley. Brian Schmetzer's team was 11-1-5 +20 at CenturyLink Field in 2017.

Sounders expose Osvaldo Alonso to MLS Expansion Draft

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Joevin Jones is only starter from MLS Cup final to be unprotected.

Los Angeles FC will have a couple former captains to choose from the Seattle Sounders in the Dec. 12 Expansion Draft. Free agent Brad Evans being unprotected was expected. Slightly more surprising, but not entirely unexpected as seen in this year's protectinator results, is that Designated Player Osvaldo Alonso is also on Seattle's unprotected list.

Philadelphia Union

MLS Draft Round 3: Recap

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The Union finally have picks!

Not much to say besides here are your third round picks from everyone! Format: Team Name (Acquired by if applicable)- Player (Position, School)

  1. Los Angeles FC- Jordan Jones (Forward, Oregon State)
  2. LA Galaxy- Nate Schultz (Defender, Akron)
  3. Chicago Fire (From DC United)- Elliott Collier (Forward, Loyola College)
  4. Colorado Rapids- Thomas Olsen (Goalkeeper, Univ of San Diego)
  5. Real Salt Lake (From Minnesota United)- PASSED
  6. NYCFC (From Orlando)- Alex Bumpus (Defender, Univ of Kentucky)
  7. Montreal Impact- Ken Krolicki (Midfielder, Michigan State)
  8. Philadelphia Union- Mike Catalano (Midfielder, Univ of Wisconsin)
  9. Philadelphia Union (From NE Revolution)- Aidan Apodaca (Forward, California Baptist)
  10. Real Salt Lake- PASS
  11. FC Dallas- Amer Sasivarevic (Midfielder, Grand Canyon University)
  12. San Jose Earthquakes- Kevin Partida (Midfielder, University of Las Vegas)
  13. Houston Dynamo (From Sporting KC)- Pablo Aguilar (Midfielder, Univ of Virginia)
  14. Montreal Impact (From Minnesota)-PASSED
  15. Portland Timbers(From Chicago)- Caleb Duvernay (Defender, NC State)
  16. Vancouver Whitecaps (From NY Red Bull)- Cory Brown (Defender, Xavier)
  17. Portland Timbers (From Real Salt Lake)- Tim Mueller (Forward, Oregon State)
  18. Portland Timbers- Stuart Holthusen (Forward, Akron)
  19. NYCFC-PASSED
  20. Houston Dynamo- Sheldon Sullivan (Defender, Univ of Virginia)
  21. Columbus Crew SC- Luis Argudo (Midfielder, Wake Forest)
  22. Seattle Sounders- Chris Bared (Defender, Villanova)
  23. Toronto FC- Andre Morrison (Defender, Hartford)

Who should the Philadelphia Union protect in the 2017 Expansion Draft?

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The Union have some tough choices to make regarding the roster. The expansion draft is just the first.

Draft season is almost upon us, and the Philadelphia Union will need to navigate these next three months with a deft touch and savvy. The first draft coming up is your favorite and mine, the Expansion Draft on December 12.

The Rest

Inside the 5-minute stretch that nearly broke the game open

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LevyFilms did a wonderful job capturing the madness and tension surrounding a wild sequence that somehow didn't result in the Sounders scoring a goal.

A quick look at the stats show that the Seattle Sounders dominated just about every aspect of Sunday's match except the scoreboard - the only statistic that really matters, right?

A look back at the 2018 MLS Draft

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The 2018 MLS Draft is in the books. It started with Los Angeles FC taking Joao Moutinho with the first overall pick, end ended with defending champions Toronto FC taking Gonzaga defender Ben White with the 92nd overall selection. In one of the many trades to take place leading up to, and including, draft day, LAFC was able to snag two of the top three picks in the first round.

Mike Sorber joins LAFC

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The Union assistant is reuniting with his old boss.

Confirming earlier reports, the Union have announced that assistant coach Mike Sorber has joined Los Angeles FC. Sorber will take up the same role under LAFC Head Coach Bob Bradley.

Sorber joined the Union as an assistant prior to the 2014 season, when John Hackworth was still in charge.