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LA Galaxy

MLS Ticker: Van Damme close to new contract, Atlanta releases preseason schedule and more

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Among all the roster fluctuation taking place at StubHub Center this offseason, one key piece from the 2016 squad is set to receive a new deal for his play since arriving from Belgium. Center back Jelle Van Damme will reportedly start the 2017 season as a Designated Player.

MLS Ticker: Minnesota, MLS partner with Target; Galaxy set to sign midfielder, and more

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Minnesota United have landed a major sponsor for their jersey, a sponsor who has also worked out a major deal with MLS.

The expansion team has revealed that major retail company Target will be the official jersey sponsor for their upcoming inaugural season. The deal will instantly be in the top ten largest sponsorship agreements in the league, as the team looks to recoup expansion and stadium costs.

Major Link Soccer: Minnesota United FC hits its Target

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Biomechnical injury issues at Real Madrid and a shiny new jersey sponsor for the Minnesota expansion side.

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Minnesota United has not looked as promising with their roster as Atlanta United, but the Western expansion side set high targets as a franchise grabbing a massive local sponsor (hint its logo is a red target).

Timbers Add Preseason Matches Against LA Galaxy, NK Istra 1961

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The Portland Timbers have added two more dates to their preseason schedule in the run up to the 2017 Major League Soccer season.

As a part of their preseason camp in Tucson, AZ, the Timbers will face Croatian side NK Istra 1961 on January 31st, then the Timbers will round out their slate of preseason games with a road match against the LA Galaxy on February 25th.

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 sign Jermaine Jones

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Plenty of big-name stars have left the LA Galaxy since the conclusion of the 2016 season, but on Wednesday the club finally secured the signature of a high-profile player with the signing of U.S. Men's National Team midfielder Jermaine Jones.

The Galaxy previously acquired the rights to the 35-year-old midfielder in December three days after MLS Cup.

Playing with the Chargers

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The LA Galaxy are saying all the right things about sharing their stadium with the NFL's Chargers, but will the bigger league end up in charge?

MLS expansion

Report: St. Louis stadium funding bill given new life

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Just as MLS expansion to St. Louis dropped into a gloomy state, a new sense of hope was pumped into the city's bid to bring one of the four new franchises in MLS to Missouri.

An altered bill for stadium funding is set to be presented to a committee hearing on Thursday. Instead of the $80 million contribution from the city that was asked for originally, the group looking to bring MLS to St.

Garber addresses Saint Louis stadium situation, Miami's expansion status and more

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Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber addressed several MLS-related topics at the MLS SuperDraft in the Los Angeles Convention Center on Friday. Two topics he was not shy about was the league's desire to continue to expand and the updates on soccer-specific stadiums.

New York Red Bulls

After joining USMNT camp, Dax McCarty still digesting whirlwind week

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No one has had an offseason quite like Dax McCarty. The midfielder received a call-up to the U.S. Men's National Team January camp, got married and was unexpectedly traded by the New York Red Bulls to the Chicago Fire on Monday.

The whirlwind weekend, one which started with getting married and ended with his first training session in California with the USMNT, is something McCarty is still adjusting to.

Report: Red Bulls trade captain Dax McCarty to Fire

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The Chicago Fire and New York Red Bulls have reportedly completed a blockbuster trade.

According to FourFourTwo, the Red Bulls have traded captain Dax McCarty to the Chicago Fire in exchange for $400,000 in general allocation money split over the next two seasons.

This reported move bolsters a Fire midfield that already contains Juninho, who was acquired on loan from Club Tijuana earlier in the offseason.

Marsch diffuses overseas coaching rumors, states commitment to Red Bulls

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As he addressed reporters before the 2017 MLS Draft, Jesse Marsch was adamant about his commitment to the New York Red Bulls. Marsch, who has been in charge for the last two seasons, was linked with the Red Bull Salzburg managerial post earlier this week.

Philadelphia Union

Union release preseason schedule, SuperDraft wraps up: Brotherly Game Daily Links 1/18/17

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Hump Day Links.

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Union notes: Schedule news, more draft picks and Temple soccer history
At long last, we've got a few exhibition games on the Philadelphia Union calendar.

Union To Play In Rowdies Suncoast Invitational Preseason Tournament
Philadelphia Union today announced that it is set to participate in the 2017 Rowdies Suncoast Invitational, a preseason tournament that takes place in the St.

MLS Ticker: Herculez Gomez retires to join ESPN, and more

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Herculez Gomez just won an MLS Cup crown, and he is riding off into the sunset withit.

ESPN announced on Tuesday afternoon that Gomez has joined its team as a soccer analyst and has retired from professional soccer. The 34-year-old forward's decision to hang up his cleats in order to be in the studio for English and Spanish-language programscomes after he helped the Seattle Sounders win their first MLS Cup last month.

Philadelphia Union trades up to #25, selects Marcus Epps

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Union send the 42nd pick and $50k of 2018 Allocation Money

In one of the most MLS things to ever MLS, the Philadelphia Union called a timeout during the SuperDraft, traded picks with Minnesota United FC, and selected University of South Florida midfielder Marcus Epps. Confused? It's cool - we are too.

MLS Draft 2017 live stream: Time and how to watch online

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Come watch the fun!

Didn't want to burn your frequent flyer miles or time off from work to go to Los Angeles to wait for the Philadelphia Union to pick in the second round - long after most of the draftees and MLS officials are gone? Same here. We'll wait until it comes back to Philadelphia next year.

2017 MLS SuperDraft Story Stream

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Here's all you need to know about this year's MLS SuperDraft

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2017 Philadelphia Union schedule released
MLS cup holders at home and three matches with D.C. United, New York Red Bulls and Montreal Impact await the Union.

A way too early look at the Union's 2017 depth chart
At this point in January, we'd normally be talking about the MLS SuperDraft.

2017 Union schedule announced

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Get those calendars out, the 2017 Union schedule is here.

Montreal Impact

Saputo puts Piatti's odds of returning to Impact at 100 percent

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Ignacio Patti's strong 2016 season was bound to draw interest from clubs abroad. That said, the Montreal Impact have no intentions of parting ways with their star playmaker.

The Impact enjoyed a solid campaign last year en route to reaching the Eastern Conference Finals, and Piatti was largely responsible for that with his difference-making ability.

MLS Ticker: Galaxy negotiating for Breinburg, Bernier re-signs with Impact, and more

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The LA Galaxy continue to scour the globe for new players, and they have a Dutch-based midfielder on their radar.

The Galaxy are reportedly negotiating with NEC for midfielder Gregor Breinburg, according to Dutch website VoetbalZone.

"There is an offer made by LA Galaxy,"said Breinburg after NEC's match versus Willem II.

San Diego

Major Link Soccer: Investment Group behind San Diego NASL Expansion Emerges

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Former teammates Demba Ba and Eden Hazard have emerged as part of a group bringing futbol back to San Diego.

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With the SuperDraft complete, the drafting portion of the offseason transitions into the draft-grading portion. In Will Parchman's grades, the Sounders 2017 class was given a decent B-.

A Competition is Brewing: The NFL vs. MLS

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Within hours of San Diego losing its American football Chargers, the commissioner of MLS was professing his admiration for San Diego as a destination soccer city metro area. Don Garber, MLS commissioner, has said the same of St. Louis, too, stating that sports teams that leave their hometowns create a vacuum and MLS has a better chance to succeed in those places.

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2017 MLS TV schedule features plenty of changes to disrupt consistent TV windows

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Major League Soccer has announced TV coverage plans for the 2017 season, which will include plenty of changes thatwill disrupt the consistent television windows that fans have only recently become adjusted to after the 2016 season.

In the 2016 season, the vast majority of MLS games had consistent television windows where many Friday night games were on UniMas, Saturday games were on MLS Live and MLS Direct Kick and Sunday games featured an early afternoon match on ESPN followed by Sunday night games on FS1.

2017 MLS TV schedule features plenty of changes to disrupt consistent TV windows

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Major League Soccer has announced TV coverage plans for the 2017 season, which will include plenty of changes thatwill disrupt the consistent television windows that fans have only recently become adjusted to after the 2016 season.

In the 2016 season, the vast majority of MLS games had consistent television windows where many Friday night games were on UniMas, Saturday games were on MLS Live and MLS Direct Kick and Sunday games featured an early afternoon match on ESPN followed by Sunday night games on FS1.

2017 MLS SuperDraft

MLS Draft 2017: D.C. United selects Maryland Terrapins defender Chris Odoi-Atsem

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The Black-and-Red went local with the 12th overall pick, fortifying their defensive depth with Odoi-Atsem

With their first pick in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft, D.C. United selected Maryland Terrapins defender Chris Odoi-Atsem. Described by Terps coach Sasho Cirovski as "the strongest one-on-one defender [he'd] ever coached," Odoi-Atsem has deep local roots.

2017 MLS SuperDraft Live Thread: Portland Timbers Pick 10th, 32nd

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Some people love it and some people hate it.

It is time for the 2017 MLS SuperDraft and the Portland Timbers hold the No. 10 and No. 32 picks in this year's college player give-away.

Although questions abound every year about the draft's continued relevance, this year's crop of college seniors, Generation Adidas players, and international signees boasts a number of players who look likely to contribute at the MLS level.

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The SBI 2017 MLS Draft Preview

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The first marquee event of 2017 in Major League Soccer takes place on Friday with the MLS SuperDraft in Los Angeles.

Expansion clubs Minnesota United and Atlanta United own the first and second-overall selections, respectively. Syracuse defender Miles Robinson, Duke forward Jeremy Ebobisse and UCLA's Abu Danladi are three of the top prospects in the draft, but there are plenty of other quality choices available.

The Final SBI 2017 MLS Mock Draft

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Get ready for a wild 2017 MLS Draft.

That is the sense around the Los Angeles area as teams throughout the league posture and position themselves for moves in Friday's draft. Minnesota United and Atlanta United have been inundated with offers for the top two picks in the draft and there is a possibility we could see all three top picks in the draft traded.

SBI 2017 MLS Draft Big Board (Final Version)

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The 2017 MLS Combine is in the books, and the stage is set for the MLS Draft to take place on Friday in Los Angeles. The Combine saw several top prospects step up and impress, and that is setting things up for a trade-heavy day of action.

Top prospects Miles Robinson, Abu Danladi and Jeremy Ebobisse remain the most sought-after prospects in the draft, though Jonathan Lewis and Chris Odoi-Atsem are fast approaching.

The Rest

2016 Player Profile #23: Tyler Miller

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Like every 2016 Sounder, Tyler Miller is an MLS Cup champion.

At 23, Tyler Miller looks every bit like a future Seattle Sounders starting keeper - if he can keep earning time over 2017 addition Bryan Meredith. Miller was the bench keeper in MLS play in 2016, but may wind up the permanent S2 starter in 2017 to provide him more game reps.

Sevilla midfielder still in play for Sounders

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Seattle convinced Hiroshi Kiyotake's agent that MLS is the right move, according to MLSItalia.com.

Despite indications from Seattle Sounders President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey that his club would wait for final word on Clint Dempsey's health before signing a Designated Player, that doesn't mean they've entirely stopped looking.

Birmingham manager Zola says Spector could move to MLS

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Jonathan Spector has played in England for the entirety of his professional career, suiting up for Manchester United, Charlton Athletic, West Ham and, ultimately, Birmingham City. However, it appears his time in England may be coming towards its end as an offer from MLS has come in.

Birmingham manager Gianfranco Zola says Spector has received offers that could see him return to the U.

Report: FC Dallas lands Coleman in $2 million deal

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FC Dallas has reportedly found its coveted target forward.

The Supporters' Shield and U.S. Open Cup winners have found the final piece to their attacking piece, as they are set to sign22-year-old forward Cristian Colman, according to a Goal.com report.

The fee for the Paraguayan is around $2 million.

Damion Lowe signs with Tampa Bay Rowdies

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Lowe had been with the Sounders since they drafted him in 2014, but never made a first team appearance.

The Seattle Sounders have officially lost the second half of their 2014 MLS SuperDraft CB haul. Jimmy Ockford has already moved to Reno and now the Sounders 8th pick in 2014, Damion Lowe, is headed to another new USL side, the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

Liverpool set to complete deal for talented attacker, Player close to securing January transfer

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Highly talented Liverpool striker Brooks Lennon is all set to complete a loan move to MLS side Real Salt Lake for the remainder of this season.

Liverpool Echo are reporting that the 19-year-old striker will return to his homeland in order to continue his development with regular first-team football for the next few months.

Revs Bolster Offense in SuperDraft

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Despite facing an obvious hole at center back, the New England Revolution filled their depth at other positions at the SuperDraft on Friday in Los Angeles, California. The Revolution drafted Brian Wright, a forward from the University of Vermont, with the 20th overall selection and Napo Matsoso, a midfielder from Kentucky, with the 31st selection overall.

Opening shots

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I'm watching the MLS SuperDraft, and the commentary panel keeps saying there hasn't been much surprise in the proceedings. Gotta say I don't agree with that sentiment at all. And I'm astomished how many teams were shifting their boards all around after the combine - throwing out a year or two's worth of scouting competitive games for what are essentially a few quick pick-ups is beyond silly.

What does Red Bull mean for American soccer?

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The rumors that New York Red Bulls coach Jesse Marsch was moving to Salzburg ended quickly, but it raises an interesting scenario.

Major League Soccer Unveils 2017 Official adidas Match Ball

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adidas and Major League Soccer today launched the newly designed NATIVO, the Official Match Ball for the 2017 MLS season. The most tested MLS ball to date, the structure of the NATIVO features the same innovative and widely-praised panel shape as the Brazuca – a unique symmetry of six identical panels that are thermally-bonded together [.