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10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 29 of the 2017 season

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Here are the ten things we learned from Week 29 of the 2017 MLS season.

1. Dallas’ Nosedive Continues

FC Dallas entered this weekend without a win in their last nine games dating back to July 22 – having fallen from first place in the Western Conference to below the playoff red line.

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 29 of the 2017 season

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Here are the ten things we learned from Week 29 of the 2017 MLS season.

1. Dallas’ Nosedive Continues

FC Dallas entered this weekend without a win in their last nine games dating back to July 22 – having fallen from first place in the Western Conference to below the playoff red line.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 28

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MLS got a record-setting weekend started in exciting fashion with a thrilling draw in front of a giant crowd.

Atlanta United and Orlando City put on a show for an MLS record crowd of 70,425 as the two southern rivals battled to a 3-3 draw. (READ)

Tony Tchani banged home an extra time equalizer to give the Vancouver Whitecaps a valuable away point in Columbus.

Storylines: Real Salt Lake vs Portland Timbers

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The Timbers continue the march to the playoffs with a stop in Sandy, Utah.

The Story So Far

The Timbers continued to roll as they beat New York City FC 1-0 in Yankee Stadium over the weekend. Diego Valeri continued his tear, scoring his 7th goal in as many matches, tying a Major League Soccer record.

MLS Midweek Preview: Atlanta hosts Revs, Whitecaps take on Minnesota

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While the midweek slate may only feature two games on the schedule, those two games could go a long way towards determining playoff positioning.

Atlanta United remains in the thick of the Eastern Conference race as they continue to christen their new stadium. Next up? A match with the New England Revolution, who will need to close the season on a big run to have any sort of hope for a playoff berth.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 27

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MLS was back with a full slate of matches this weekend as we learned the first playoff team of the year and saw a couple late goals.

Nemanja Nikolic finally scored again for Chicago Fire, but his goal was cancelled out by Bradley Wright-Phillips as New York Red Bulls earn a 1-1 home draw. (READ)

Toronto FC became the first team to clinch a playoff spot with a domination 4-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes, complete with a pair of goals from Jozy Altidore.

Match report: Minnesota United 1-1 Philadelphia Union

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Goals by C.J. Sapong and Ethan Finlay canceled each other out as —with a little help from VAR — Philadelphia Union earned a 1-1 draw at Minnesota United.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 9/6/17

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Union back in action, MLS Power Rankings, US result, and other games from around the world.

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UNION FACT CHECK: Union plays second expansion team in as many games when facing Minnesota
Philadelphia Union return to MLS action this week to take on new MLS franchise Minnesota United in the Twin Cities on Sept.

Abu Danladi brace lifts Minnesota to away win over struggling Fire

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Minnesota United collected their first away win of the season, beating an out-of-form Chicago Fire, 2-1, at Toyota Park on Saturday.

The opener came courtesy of Abu Danladi, who netted both of the Loons' goals on the night with the first coming in the 35th minute. The rookie played the ball back and forth with Ethan Finlay in the penalty area, eventually resulting with Danladi scoring from close range.

Clint Dempsey converts late penalty, Sounders win third straight

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SEATTLE Three minutes of stoppage time had ticked down to just 30 seconds on Sunday night, leaving the expansion Minnesota United arguably the worst team in all of MLS mere moments from earning a most unexpected road point against the defending champion Seattle Sounders.

Comical own goal hands D.C. United 1-0 win over Colorado Rapids

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Jared Watts' first half gaffe was the difference between the two struggling clubs

It had almost been two months since D.C. United tasted the sweet, sweet success of victory in MLS, but a laughable own goal from Jared Watts handed the Black-and-Red a 1-0 win over the Colorado Rapids. The first half tally withstood the Rapids surge in the second half, as United failed to capitalize on several fast breaks going in the opposite direction.

Major Link Soccer: FC Cincinnati are on the cusp

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The Sounders FC site took a look at just how dominant Clint Dempsey has been of late. With six goals and two assists in his last five games, he's hitting his stride at the right time.

Chad Marshall was the only Sounder selected this week to the MLS Team of the Week XI.

MLS Transfer Deadline Day Recap

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With the secondary transfer window now closed, a few MLS teams made key moves to strengthen their roster for a late-season push to the playoffs. Here's a look at all of the completed moves from yesterday's deadline, along with past transfers from this window:


Dempsey and Lodeiro named to Team of the Week

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Dempsey had a brace and assist in Seattle's 4-0 win over Minnesota United

While it was a team effort by the Seattle Sounders in their 4-0 win away to Minnesota United, two performances were deemed to be a cut above the rest. Major League Soccer named both Clint Dempsey and Nicolas Lodeiro to their latest Team of the Week, after the former bagged a brace and an assist, while the latter also had an assist in an all-around excellent showing in Minnesota on Saturday.

Sounders dominate in victory over Minnesota United

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The Seattle Sounders handed a hefty defeat to Minnesota United on their home turf, beating them, 4-0, on Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium.

The reigning MLS Cup champions got their start early, with Will Bruin scoring after nine minutes. The forward received the ball from Clint Dempsey, and from close range cleanly scored past goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth.

Some Soccer News for Aug 3, 2017

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It's Day 215 of 2017.

My new column at 1500ESPN: The Biggest Test Of The Year Lies Ahead for the USA Men's National Soccer Team. Plus Minnesota United's latest and MLS's use of the Video Assisted Referee.


du Nord Futbol's MLS Coaches Hot Seat for Aug 3, 2017:
  1. Mauro Biello - meltdown master artist for an owner
  2. Jim Curtin - shuffle players, same results
  3. Pablo Mastroeni - new management above him and last place in the West
  4. Jay Heaps - winless on the road, 6 points out of playoffs
  5. Ben Olsen - dreadful season, and owners looking to sell


"Get ready for that spike to shoot up again.

SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 21

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It was a week of mismatches in MLS, as multiple teams won big.

Four teams won by an astounding 4-0 scoreline over the weekend. Toronto FC, the New York Red Bulls, Minnesota United, and the Vancouver Whitecaps all emerged victorious by that massive result.

MLS- Minnesota United

FC Dallas continues to struggle with lopsided loss to Minnesota United

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Sep 23, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota United forward Christian Ramirez (21) celebrates his goal in the first half in front of the FC Dallas defender Walker Zimmerman (25) at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

When it comes to FC Dallas' extended winless run, there doesn't appear to be an end in sight.

Christian Ramirez's special celebration, Abu Danladi's second road winner highlight Loons victory

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Superman is back, and he's is expecting a Superkid.

With his first start since his injury back in July, Christian Ramirez kept the secret that his wife was expecting a child until his first goal. After scoring the Loons' second equalizer of the game at the 60th minute, Ramirez grabbed a ball and put it under his shirt announcing the good news.

Abu Danladi scores late goal to seal Minnesota United win in Montreal

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With every chance the Montreal Impact had to win, Minnesota United had a comeback opportunity, and they took it.

For their first time at Stade Saputo in both teams' MLS era, the Loons had the last word, running away with 3-2 win.

Minnesota United only held a lead for the last minute and the four minutes injury time.

Whitecaps thump Minnesota United to move atop Western Conference

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The Vancouver Whitecaps are very much in the mix for the top spot in the West, and Wednesday's beatdown of Minnesota United only furthered their case.

A trio of different goalscorers led the way for the Caps in a 3-0 beatdown of visiting Minnesota United on Wednesday night. The win puts the Canadian side on top of the Western Conference table despite having games in hand.

VAR helps Union seal tie with Minnesota United

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The Philadelphia Union benefited from VAR, but it wasn't enough to help them seize a much-needed road win.

Ethan Finlay's goal canceled out CJ Sapong's opener, earning Minnesota United a 1-1 draw with the visiting Union on Saturday night. The draw leaves the Union four points below the red line with four teams to leapfrog in the final six matches.

SBI Spotlight: Ethan Finlay looking to rediscover form with Minnesota United homecoming

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There's something special about going home, especially in professional sports. So often, athletes travel far and wide to find their professional home, a city and club where they feel truly at peace both on and off the field.

Ethan Finlay found that throughout his six seasons in Columbus, growing from first round MLS Draft Pick to MLS All-Star.

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Fire v Minnesota United match preview

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What Are They All About? Minnesota United FC

Out of the running. This past weekend the Chicago Fire suffered their first home defeat of the season, losing 3-1 against Toronto FC. Perhaps more significant than the shattering of their eleven-match unbeaten streak at Toyota Park was the emphatic way in which TFC ended Chicago's Supporter Shield chances.

Toronto FC 3 Fire 1 - recap and ratings

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A game that has been circled on the calendar for months finally provided an answer to the question about whether or not the Fire could win the Eastern Conference. Although the answer itself is one that they didn't want to hear, the 3-1 loss to Toronto FC doesn't close the book on the 2017 season. The Fire simply aren't as good as TFC.

10 man D.C. United hold Toronto FC to a 1-1 draw

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Despite Lloyd Sam's first half sending off, United ended their six game losing streak

D.C. United took a shock lead over league leaders Toronto FC in the first half, but had to settle for a 1-1 draw after playing the final 46 minutes with 10 men. Kofi Opare opened the scoring in the 6th minute for United, but Lloyd Sam's sending off before halftime marred that lead.

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Some Soccer News for Aug 10, 2017

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It's Day 222 of 2017.

Premier League, Eredivisie and Super Lig all start the new season tomorrow.


3 Minnesota United roster moves:
  • Ethan Finlay comes to MN from Columbus Crew for a lot of money.
  • Jose Leiton arrives on loan from his club in Costa Rica, Herediano.

Some Soccer News for Aug 8, 2017

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It's Day 220 of 2017.

I received this email from my father on Sunday. He was referring to the Minnesota United game on Saturday night against Seattle. I have left the email unedited:

Subject: Last nights Game
From John McGuire
Time: 5:02 PM
Date: Sunday, August 6, 2017
To: Bruce

Ha Bruce;
Have your Coaches just look at the last two Games.

Clint Dempsey

Sounders at Minnesota United, recap: Early goals lead to easy win

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Seattle dominate Loons as unbeaten streak extends to seven games.

The goals are suddenly flowing and the Seattle Sounders are suddenly cruising. Clint Dempsey scored a pair, Jordan Morris ended a 10-game goal-less drought and Will Bruin added his eighth of the season as the Sounders beat Minnesota United 4-0 on Saturday to extend their unbeaten streak to seven games.

Clint Dempsey doubles Seattle’s lead

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Chad Marshall also earned his second assist of the season for his part in the set piece goal

Less than 10 minutes after the Sounders' opening goal, Seattle again punished Minnesota United's defense when Gustav Svensson picked up a short corner from Nicolas Lodeiro and fired it into the United box.

Will Bruin opens scoring for Sounders at Minnesota

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Sounders forward started the attack and finished it perfectly in the 10th minute

The Seattle Sounders' first ever match against Minnesota United at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis has been wide open, but the away side struck first in the 10th minute through Will Bruin. The Sounders forward kicked off the attacking sequence with a pass to Clint Dempsey, who held off the defense to put Bruin in on goal.

The Rest

Tactical analysis: Minnesota United 1-1 Philadelphia Union

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A wild and ugly game produced some intriguing tactical moves by the managers, but the scoreline reflects Philly's chronic inability to create good chances out of good positions.

Match preview: Philadelphia Union at Minnesota United

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The Union are set to face Minnesota United in Minnesota. Their away record is abysmal and so are their chances of coming out with three points.

Some Soccer News for Aug 30, 2017

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It's Day 242 of 2017.

The Houston Dash and Houston Dynamo soccer clubs are encouraging anyone who wants to contribute to the Hurricane disaster funds to connect with the Red Cross. Their city is just getting crushed. Please help if you can.
  • You can also text HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Photo Gallery: Sounders vs Minnesota United

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Sounders vs Minnesota United Loons, live stream: Game time, TV schedule and lineups

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FS1 starts coverage at 6:30 PM with kick at 7:05 PM Pacific.

Again, the goal is first place. This week's match against Minnesota United can result in the Seattle Sounders taking first in the West (a draw would mean second, a loss third) and possibly as high as fourth in the Supporters Shield standings.

Sounders vs Minnesota United: Three Questions

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FS1 joins the Loons in coming to Seattle on a perfect summer Sunday.

It was just two short weeks ago when the Seattle Sounders went to Minnesota and beat the Loons. That 4-nil drubbing was great on the score sheet, but also not necessarily indicative of Minnesota United's strength as a team.

Scouting Report: How to smoke Sporting Kansas City's brisket

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Those baby-blue tinted glasses don't hide that Peter Vermes' team has issues

Who You'll Watch

The Sounders returned from their two-game road trip with four points out of a possible six and find themselves in fourth place with 34 points. Sporting Kansas City comes to town for an important Western Conference clash with a share of first place on the line.

Seattle Sounders vs. Minnesota United: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"Although the score line looks 4-0, that game was not just 4-0. That game was tough. It was hard to play." -Brian Schmetzer

The Seattle Sounders dominated the scoreline with a pair of goals in each half against Minnesota United FC, but they are the first to admit they were under some significant pressure in phases throughout the match and were lucky not to have conceded once or twice.

Sounders packed with confidence as they head to Minnesota

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Forward Will Bruin: "When we're at full strength and healthy, we're one of the best teams in the league"

The Seattle Sounders head to Minneapolis this weekend, to face MLS expansion club Minnesota United for the first time ever. Even though anything can happen in this league, it's fair to say that the Sounders have the upper hand against a club that likely would have chosen a much different inaugural MLS season.