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Picault signed, Bedoya/Pontius vs Blake in USA-JAM friendly tonight, league news, more

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Union add a speedy winger. Union teammates face off in tonight's USA-Jamaica friendly. League news. For and against Trump travel ban. A thank you.

Chandler’s one track mind: score goals, Keon cracker for T&T, More USMNT injuries

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Hoffman just wants to score goals. Keon Daniel scores a cracker for Trinidad & Tobago. Left back jinx continues with USMNT as Johnson and Castillo unavailable for Friday qualifier. More news.

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Union bits, Toronto tops Montreal for Eastern Conference championship, more

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Union bits. Union Academy's McGann scores in US U-17s big win over Portugal. Toronto-Seattle MLS Cup final. Chapecoense plane reportedly ran out of fuel. More.

Stewart introduction today, Catic waived, more TAM and HG funds

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Stewart introduced to media and fans today. Dzenan Catic appears on Waiver Draft list. League announces $37 million in new funds for player signings. More news.

US Open Cup semi tonight, Green Cards, more news

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Union host Fire tonight in US Open Cup as both teams look to salvage poor seasons. Injury update. Union working to secure Green Cards for Fabinho and Nogueira. More news.

Recaps and reaction to Orlando draw, league results wrap, more news

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Recaps and reaction from the Union 's scoreless draw in Orlando. More news.

It’s NYRB for Union in next round of USOC, it’s Japan for US in WWC final, new name for PPL Park, more

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Union on the road to NYRB in next round of US Open Cup, date TBD. World Cup final rematch with Japan for US. PPL Park is getting a new name. More news.

US faces Nigeria, Union host Rhinos in USOC, Palacios trialing, latest FIFA news, more

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US look to finish top of group tonight. Union host Rochester in USOC. Wilson Palacios trialing with Union. Blazer plea unsealed. More.

“Unacceptable”: recaps and reaction to loss in Columbus, Garber says more expansion coming, more news

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Recaps and reaction from the Union's humiliating loss in Columbus. LEague results wrap. Garber on expansion, promotion/relegation, and more.

Union bits, CBA talks continue, more news

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Union confirm Berry loan, sign Catic. CBA talks continue in Washington DC. More news.

Union bits, CBA talk, Solo expected back with USWNT, more

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Vitoria and Catic on video and Reddit. RSL owner says league will "dig their heels in" over free agency. Solo expected to be reinstated with USWNT on Saturday. More news.

More Valdes rumors and other Union bits, CBA update, more news

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Latest Valdes rumors. Can the Union take advantage of "hideous" Philly sports scene? CBA negotiations update. US U-20s face El Salvador on Saturday to qualify for World Cup. FIFA loses more sponsors. More.

Union schedule, Reading’s Bono signs GA deal, Gerrard official, Altidore rumors, Marsch for Petke, more

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Union schedule released. Ex-Reading United GK Alex Bono signs GA deal. Gerrard officially announced by LA. Who's after Altidore? Marsch replaces Petke. More.

MacMath loan, other player moves from across the league, Jordanian prince to run against Blatter, more

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League source tells PSP Zac MacMath loan to Colorado could happen within next 24 hours. Other player moves from across the league. Jordan's Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein to challenge Sepp Blatter for FIFA presidency. More.

Union bits, All-Star Game tonight, MLS Deputy Commish on pro/rel, schedule, expansion, and more

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MacMath not surprised by M'Bolhi signing. Abbott says pro/rel never going to happen in MLS. US loses to Germany in WOmen's U-20 World Cup opener. More.

Union win ugly in USOC over Harrisburg, US World Cup news, more

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Union win ugly in US Open Cup fourth rounder. Besler, Dempsey good for Portugal game, Altidore still in doubt. US Open Cup results. More news.

“Got to keep going” –Playoff scenarios, who will captain, more news

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The Union's playoff chances are slim, but what needs to happen to get in? Who will captain the team with Carroll suspension? More news.

Getting ready for the Timbers, big games for HCI & Reading, USA previews, more.

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News and previews ahead of Saturday's big game against Portland. PRO says that wasn't a back pass. Reading looks tosecure playoff spot while Harrisburg looks to return to winning ways. USA news. More.

Herdling: What position? New USA jersey, yay or nay? More.

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Photo: Courtesy TSG 1899 Hoffenheim

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The Union confirmed on Monday that they have signed Kai Herdling on loan from 1899 Hoffenheim ahead of the close of the transfer window on Monday night.

Herdling is listed most places—from Wikipedia, to fussballdaten.de, soccerway.

Torres to have surgery, more news

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Look for our match preview of Saturday's game against Columbus and a Philly Soccer Show podcast interview with Crew coach Robert Warzycha later this morning.

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Kerith Gabriel tweeted on Thursday that Roger Torres is "to undergo surgery Friday on the MCL in his left knee.

Major League Soccer

MLS interested in becoming first league to implement video review

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By RYAN TOLMICH

With technology becoming a bigger part of the game on a worldwide level, MLS islooking to become the first league to test out in-game video reviews.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter announced his support for a review system earlier this week in what commissioner Don Garber called "music to my ears", as MLS has informed FIFA of its interest in being the first professional league to implement the new system.

Did MLS need to draw a line in the pro/rel sand?

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MLS says they will never participate in promotion and relegation. Earl Reed looks at how this admission might alienate fans who might give the league another chance.

Orlando Hires Former Garber Assistant

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Trying to stay one step ahead of their potential expansion rivals Miami, Orlando has gone out and turned up the heat just a little bit more today.

Brett Lashbrook, who previously served as special assistant to Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber, has officially joined the Orlando City SC front office, the club announced Wednesday.

MLS Plans New York City Expansion Team in 2016

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Major League Soccer President Mark Abbott confirmed Wednesday that the league hopes to have an expansion team in New York in 2016.

"This is our priority in terms of our next expansion, which will be our 20th team," Abbott was quoted as saying on mlssoccer.com. "We haven't made a determination about the timeline for expansion beyond that.

MLS Plans New York City Expansion Team in 2016

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Major League Soccer President Mark Abbott confirmed Wednesday that the league hopes to have an expansion team in New York in 2016. "This is our priority in terms of our next expansion, which will be our 20th team," Abbott was [...]

The post MLS Plans New York City Expansion Team in 2016 appeared first on Soccer Perspectives.

MLS Southeast Expansion & NASL Expansion

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Major League Soccer President Mark Abbott was invited by the Carolina RailHawks, of the NASL, to visit the Triangle area and have an open discussion regarding the potential of MLS expansion. Other attendee's included David Downs, commissioner of the NASL, and Aaron Davidson, vice president of Traffic Sports.

Major League Soccer to visit North Carolina

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On Thursday April 12th Major League Soccer will visit the home of the Carolina Railhawks. The day will include a visit from President Mark Abbott and Will Kuhns, Director of Communications for MLS. League spokesperson, Dan Courtemanche, had this to say on the matter:

"The Carolina Railhawks invited Mark Abbott to participate in a fan forum and meet with a variety of constituents to grow soccer in North Carolina.

MLS evolving at a rapid rate

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Seattle Sounders general manager Adrian Hanauer is delighted with the rate of growth within Major League Soccer.

The North American domestic league has been going from strength to strength both on and off the pitch in recent years and Hanauer is ‘thrilled' with how things are fairing in MLS.

MLS evolving at a rapid rate

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Seattle Sounders general manager Adrian Hanauer is delighted with the rate of growth within Major League Soccer.

The North American domestic league has been going from strength to strength both on and off the pitch in recent years and Hanauer is ‘thrilled' with how things are fairing in MLS.

Don Garber clarifies MLS expansion policy

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How does a 20-team MLS sound to you as a stopping point? Enough? Too many?

Either way, you might just need to formulate a personal opinion on this matter, because it looks like official MLS policy is leaning in on the big 2-0.

MLS commissioner Don Garber was in Dallas over the weekend for the Red Bulls-FCD contest.

Know Your MLS Bigwigs

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All y'all MLS nerds aka My People should find out more about Kathy Carter and Mark Abbott. From the outside looking in you get the impression that The Don runs the show solo for dolo but the man has some help...they just don't get much ink.

Brian Struas nabbed MLS President Mark Abbott earlier in the week and ESPNW just threw something up on Kathy Carter, President of SUM, this morning.

MLS Expansion: Slowing Down After 20

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I saw this quote in an article on MLS expansion over at the Sporting News. Nothing really ground-breakingly new in the piece on expansion. The same markets are mentioned but the meat is really in this quote. Abbott says the league will likely slow down expansion after number 20, something I've been saying on here for a couple years now.

Tuesday Turnaround

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With Week 26 action coming to close with a bang, we have a new slate of matches to look forward to. Up tonight we have CONCACAF Champions League action. The Galaxy travel to Morelia to take on the feisty Mexican side. I take issue though with a few of Arena's comments though. In particular he suggests that without the success of Seattle and Dallas, Morelia would have fielded a weakened side.

Major League Soccer to Minnesota; An Update

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Since IMS reported over a week ago that the Viking owners have made acclamations that they would like to bring Major League Soccer to Minnesota IF they could get a new domed stadium, nothing new has developed from an official standpoint. However, lots of things have been going on behind the scenes.

Tuesday Morning Union Freekicks: Questions About Drudging, YSA And This Team

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The Sons of Ben get Drudged | The Goalkeeper | 04/25/2011
A photo of the Sons of Ben celebrating Carlos Ruiz's goal in the Union's home opener against Vancouver is being featured on the Drudge Report today.

I'm all YSA'ed Out « Union City Blue
Enough already with "You Suck, Asshole" – I really don't care that much either way.

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San Jose Stadium Moves Forward

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We wrote last week about a key final hurdle for the stadium project in San Jose. The team has cleared that hurdle, thanks to a unanimous vote upholding the planning permit. The vote by the San Jose Planning Commission upheld earlier action by the same board in December. However, concerns raised by a neighbor to the project required additional action.

Earthquakes get final approval for soccer-specific stadium

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By FRANCO PANIZO

It may have taken longer than they would have liked, but the San Jose Earthquakes will finally be getting a soccer-specific stadium to call their own.

At a public hearing inside a packed San Jose City Hall's council chamber late on Wednesday night, the San Jose Planning Commission voted 6-0 to deny an appeal against the construction of a soccer-specific stadium.

MLS May Not Ever Expand Above 20 Teams and Why That's a Good Thing

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Great news! In an article printed on Monday by Sporting News, MLS president Mark Abbott stated that there are currently no plans to expand beyond 20 MLS teams. Here's the exact quote:

"Our focus right now is the 20th team in New York and we have not yet set a timeline for expansion beyond that, or even (determined) if we're going to expand beyond that.

The Rest

MLS Schedule Released

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In 2011, the MLS schedule was released in February. MLS fans eager for league news got a surprising gift on Thursday when the league released the entire 2012 schedule more than one month earlier than last year. For business junkies, the most interesting part of the release is probably the announcement of nationally telecast games.

MLS expansion seems settled at 20

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The most powerful and prestigious soccer leagues in the world have stopped at 20. From a huge country like Brazil to a relatively small one like England, 20 clubs seem to be the limit for even the strongest circuits. Whether it's to keep the number of games manageable, maintain the depth of the talent pool or simply a trend, 20 has become the standard.