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News roundup: Making noise, Jones at WCQs, Ocean City comeback, and a big de-Pugh

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Oh, no, people are talking about the Union. Plus league news, Derrick Jones' impressive WCQ shift, Mallory Pugh becomes a pro, and Ocean City goes ham.

The Best of MLS Week 12: Almiron, dos Santos, Union and more

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Week 12 was the busiest stretch of the Major League Soccer season to date. A quintet of Wednesday games started the week before a normal slate of weekend contests took the spotlight.

There was plenty of quality displayed across the 16 matches, including some spectacular finishes from the league's best forwards, but one from a high-profile designated player stood out the most.

Major League Soccer roundup, Real Madrid wins La Liga title: Brotherly Game Daily Links 5/22/17

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Monday's always better after a win and some links.

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Quick Hits from Jim Curtin's Union vs. Colorado Post-Game Press Conference
Some thoughts from Coach Curtin.

What We Learned: Plata predictable in 1-0 RSL loss
Union face Real Salt Lake in their next match, here's how they did in their last match.

Union recover from "unacceptable" first half for 4th straight win

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CHESTER, PA Saturday night presented the Philadelphia Union with a perfect concoction for a letdown.

The last-place Colorado Rapids were in town, the Union were playing their third game in seven days and Jim Curtin's men were riding the high of a three-game winning streak.

The letdown was ready to happen after 45 minutes as well, something the players even owned up to after their 2-1 come-from-behind victory over the Colorado Rapids.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 2-1 Colorado Rapids

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Haris Medunjanin and C.J. Sapong scored second half goals as the Union came from behind to defeat 10 man Colorado Rapids 2-1.

Union hit franchise record winning streak with win over Rapids

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CHESTER, PA Eight seasons, a hot streak of form and a little help from the worst team in Major League Soccer.

That's how long it took the Philadelphia Union to win four games in a row. Jim Curtin's men downed the Colorado Rapids, 2-1, on Saturday night to achieve the longest stretch of consecutive wins in the team history.

Halftime Recap: Union trail by a goal

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Caleb Calvert's first MLS goal has the Rapids ahead at the half.

With the first 45 minutes gone, the last-place Colorado Rapids are leading the Philadelphia Union by one.

Caleb Calvert got his team off the mark a third of the way through the half, running unopposed into the Union's final third and blowing a shot past a clueless Andre Blake.

MLS recaps, U.S. Open Cup play continues: Brotherly Game Daily Links 5/19/17

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Philadelphia Union believe Ilsinho might be "The real No. 10"
For the second straight game, with Bedoya settled into his more comfortable No. 8 spot and Alberg dealing with a quad injury, Ilsinho pulled the strings in the attacking midfield and delivered a dazzling performance.

Early season road struggles continue for Dynamo with loss to Union

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Now 11 matches into the MLS season, the Houston Dynamolook like a top contender in the Western Conference, that is if we're just considering their home form.

The second-placed Dynamo have recorded all 19 of their points so far at BBVA Compass Stadium, but remained winless on the road following a 2-0 defeat against the Philadelphia Union on Wednesday evening.

MLS Midweek Rewind: Week 12

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A handful of league matches took place on Wednesday as week 12 in MLS kicked off with some midweek action.

The Philadelphia Union continued to cruise as Fafa Picault and Chris Pontius led the hosts to a 2-0 win over the Houston Dynamo. (READ)

Nemanja Nikolic continued his hot streak as his brace plus David Accam's goal gave the Chicago Fire a 3-0 win over the Colorado Rapids.

Pontius 'comfortable' in new midfield role with Union

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CHESTER, PA The Philadelphia Union's resurgence over the last month has been nothing short of remarkable, and most of that is credit to the tactical shifts made by Jim Curtin.

With Alejandro Bedoya dropped back to his natural No. 8 position and Roland Alberg and then Ilsinho at the No.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 2-0 Houston Dynamo

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Fafa Picault, Ilsinho, and Chris Pontius led the attack as Philadelphia Union recorded a fourth straight shutout and third consecutive win.

Union continue to cruise with victory over Dynamo

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CHESTER, PA There's no stopping the red-hot Philadelphia Union.

That's a line no one around Major League Soccer expected to say a month ago, but the Union are now on a four-game unbeaten run after a 2-0 win over the Houston Dynamo on Wednesday.

Fafa Picault scored for the second consecutive week and Chris Pontius dished out a pair of assists as the Union moved within one spot of the red line in the Eastern Conference.

LAFC

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 12 of the 2017 season

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Here are the ten things we learned from Week 12 of the 2017 MLS season.

1. LAFC Makes A Splash

Los Angeles Football Club doesn’t have a coach, doesn’t have senior players, and doesn’t kick off their first MLS season for another nine months. But it’s becoming clear that LAFC could be one of MLS’ banner franchises as soon as next year.

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 12 of the 2017 season

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Here are the ten things we learned from Week 12 of the 2017 MLS season.

1. LAFC Makes A Splash

Los Angeles Football Club doesn’t have a coach, doesn’t have senior players, and doesn’t kick off their first MLS season for another nine months. But it’s becoming clear that LAFC could be one of MLS’ banner franchises as soon as next year.

Real Salt Lake

Major Link Soccer: U.S. Soccer continues to hoard it’s $100 Million War Chest

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The Federation has raised an incredible amount of money- but where will it go?

Seattle

The Sounders - RSL rivalry has been cooking at a steady simmer over the last 5 years, with Mario Martinez's wunder strike in the playoffs providing the kickstarter.

If you want to help erase Seattle School Lunch Debt, check out this Fundraiser by Jeff Lew.

Sounders snap losing streak against shorthanded Real Salt Lake

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SEATTLE It was a discombobulated, unlikely thing, the goal that snapped a three-game losing streak on Saturday afternoon as the Seattle Sounders defeated Real Salt Lake 1-0 in front of 40,588 at CenturyLink Field.

After the Sounders dominated the first half, Harry Shipp delivered the game's lone goalin the 42nd minute on a play that saw no fewer than three deflections.

Real Salt Lake ends losing streak, scoreless streak with win over NYCFC

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Real Salt Lake ended their four-match losing streak, and their scoreless streak, Wednesday night in their 2-1 win over New York City FC.

NYCFC scored the opening goal off of the foot of Sean Okoli in the fourth minute, putting RSL in an early hole.

NE Revolution vs. RSL Photo Gallery

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MLS Week 12: Dallas loses, Philadelphia wins

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After a run of Wednesday games, week 12 of the 2017 MLS season resumed on Friday. New York and Toronto drew 1-1 at Red Bull Arena. Bradley Wright-Phillips put New York up in the 38th minute with Benoit Cheyrou equalizing in the 70th.

"Obviously, it's positive we didn't lose the game," Toronto forward Jozy Altidore said.

Playing the transfer game in MLS

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (May 19, 2017) US Soccer Players - The international transfer market is, ostensibly, a an exercise in economics. Buying a player means exchanging capital for talent you believe will help your team win more games. Selling a player brings about the opposite result. You may lose someone who could help you on the field, but the financial return strengthens the club.

Gio Dos Santos for club not country

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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (May 17, 2017) US Soccer Players - Earlier this week, Mexico released its roster for upcoming friendly matches against Croatia in Los Angeles on May 27 and Ireland in New Jersey five days later. One name not on the list was the LA Galaxy's Giovani Dos Santos. Perhaps that was not surprising.

D.C. United

D.C. United vs. Chicago player ratings form

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Seeing where the bottom is on this group.

D.C. United was trying to salvage something in their match with the Chicago Fire, who are breaking in their shiny Designated Players nicely in Bastian Schweinsteiger and Nemanja Nikolic were looking for their first road win in a gajillion years. And they got their win in a quiet, convincing 1-0 fashion.

Accam strike lifts Fire past D.C. United

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The Chicago Fire continued their recent strong run of form by defeating D.C. United, 1-0, at RFK Stadium on Saturday.

A 52nd-minute winner from David Accam proved to be enough for Veljko Paunovic's side to earn their first three points away from Toyota Park this season, andthe visitorssure looked like the more dominant side in the opening 45 minutes, having three efforts on goal.

MLS- Orlando City

Late goal extends Earthquakes' unbeaten streak at home

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SAN JOSE, Calif.-Splitting points with Orlando City at Avaya Stadium on Wednesday night prolonged the San Jose Earthquakes' bittersweet trend. Th Earthquakes have yet to drop three points in front of their home crowd since week 31 of last season, but thanks to several undesirable come from behind last-minute draws, they haven't always secured maximum points either.

Report: Orlando City open to potential Larin transfer

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Orlando City may be willing to cope without one of its star players if, and only if,the circumstances work out for all involved.

According to a report from Goal.com, Orlando is open to a potential transfer involving Cyle Larin, but only if the the dealis enticing enough. Larin hasreportedly drawn two formal bids in recent days,although the Canadian is not moving any time soon.

The Rest

Koffie "fit like a glove" in return to Revolution midfield

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FOXBOROUGH After six successful seasons in MLS, defensive midfielder Gershon Koffie tried his luck in Europe and latched on with Swedish side Hammarby IF over the offseason, signing a three-year contract in what he hoped was the next step in his professional career.

Four months later, after just one appearance, Hammarby loaned Koffie back to his most recentMLS team, the New England Revolution for the remainder of the 2017 season, and he made his second home debut at Gillette Stadium in as many seasons on Sunday afternoon.

MLS: Ex-Tottenham Attacker Giovanni Dos Santos Scores Spectacular Effort For LA Galaxy (Video)

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Giovanni Dos Santos netted one of the classiest goals of the season on Sunday, with the LA Galaxy forward producing a magnificent flicked finished from an equally sublime pass against Minnesota United.

Once of Barcelona, Tottenham Hotspur and Ipswich Town, attacking midfielder Giovanni Dos Santos netted his stunner towards the end of the first-half, with the score at 0-0.

Bandaged Fisher cleans up on both sides of field for Impact

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MONTREAL Hockey analogies are popular in Montreal so it was only fitting Impact head coach Mauro Biello had a great one about Kyle Fisher when he spoke—in French—in his post-game press conference following a 4-1 Impact win over the Portland Timbers.

"He had a Gordie Howe evening," Biello said.

It’s not a must win, but it kind of is

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21st out of 22 isn't a place the Seattle Sounders should ever be

Now that the Seattle Sounders are the 2nd worst team - yes, that is true - they are in a situation where they need a winning streak. Most teams in MLS have a three-game win streak in them during a year. Columbus, Red Bulls, Orlando, Philly, Portland, and Toronto all have three-match, or more, winning streaks in 2017.

Beckham Miami stadium faces June 6 deadline – report

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Miami (AFP) – David Beckham is set to learn next month whether his long-gestating plans for a Major League Soccer franchise in Miami will come to fruition, it was reported on Friday.

The Miami Herald said the Miami-Dade County Commission would rule on June 6 whether or not to approve the transfer of a three-acre site valued at $9 million that is key to a proposed stadium project.

Major Link Soccer: Obafemi Martins’ advice for DeAndre Yedlin

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The striker had some career tips for the defender. Also, MLS: Miami stretches into the next decade, and why the Premier League needs playoffs.

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Two more high-profile head injuries during recent matches once again call into question MLS' concussion protocol. Kellyn Acosta, Matt Hedges (the two Dallas players collided with eachother) and Yamil Assad were all allowed to re-enter their matches shortly after they suffered hard knocks to the head, and everyone from Taylor Twellman to the Portland Timbers doctor have questions.

Sounders vs. Sporting Kansas City - Aftermatch Aftermath: The Pineapple Paradox

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After his Seattle Sounders lost 3-0 to Sporting Kansas City, head coach Brian Schmetzer gets a call he was dreading.

Brian Schmetzer sits down at his desk at Starfire, his window overlooking the quiet Duwamish amidst a day filled with some greys and blues. He sighs, exhausted after a week of travel and some less than stellar performances from his boys in the Rave Green.

NY Derby, Sounders-Timbers headline U.S. Open Cup fourth round matchups

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MLS sides are set to enter the U.S. Open Cup, and several big-time matches have already been drawn for the competition's fourth round.

A New York Derby and Cascadia clash between the Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders headline the list of fourth round pairings drawn on Thursday.

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for May 8-14, 2017

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Mexican soccer continued to dominate American television as the Liguilla began this past week. Saturday’s match between Monterrey and Toluca drew 1.3 million viewers on Univision to make it the most-watched soccer match of the week. The following day, Chivas and Atlas drew 1.2 million viewers to become the most-watched game that day.

San Diego State University ends negotiations with San Diego MLS group

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With San Diego State University pulling out of negotiations, San Diego is the latest MLS candidate to experience a surprise shift in their stadium landscape.

The University announced on Wednesday that negotiations had ended with the group behind the proposed Soccer City development on the current Qualcomm Stadium property.

Major Link Soccer: Free guacamole and Sounders

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Win free guacamole for a year, also not all turf is the same; who knew?

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Love guacamole? Love the Sounders? Then here is a contest for you. Win a limo ride, tickets to a game, and a year's supply of official Sounders guacamole. Don't like guacamole? Then you're like me and you probably know people who want it for things like avocado toast and will trade you things for it.