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Major Link Soccer: Minnesota United after Yamil Asad

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Minnesota United is after the former Atlanta United attacker

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Not surprisingly that the Crew want a lot for their most valuable asset. It will take a significant offer for Crew SC to part with Justin Meram - Massive Report

No one will likely get killed if the Crew moves to Austin but in Argentina they would.

Houston Dynamo 2018 Season Schedule Announced

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The 2018 Houston Dynamo season schedule has been released

Major League Soccer recently announced the season schedules for all 23 clubs including the 34 game schedule for our Houston Dynamo. Head Coach Wilmer Cabrera will hope to take last season's success which saw the Dynamo make the playoffs for the first time in three seasons and take the club to a MLS Cup.

Major Link Soccer: LAFC sign Uruguayan Young DP

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Lodeiro says he's good. Also, Mayor Durkan pays up on MLS Cup bet.

Seattle

The staff at the Toronto mayor's office will be snacking on Beechers, Oberto, and Totem Smokehouse after Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan makes good on her MLS Cup wager.

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LAFC continue to aim high in their signings.

Sounders admit not playing best soccer, look for motivation from MLS Cup loss

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TORONTO You couldn't help but notice the similarities between the 2016 and 2017 MLS Cups in the first half of Saturday's contest at BMO Field.

However, what followed was the continuation of an onslaught that never stopped, and eventually broke down the brick wall that Stefan Frei erected in front of the Seattle goal for 66 minutes.

Don Garber doubles down on MLS ways in State of the League address

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Dec 8, 2017) US Soccer Players - Do you hate Major League Soccer's single-entity system? Driven to rage and heartbreak by the Columbus Crew's investor/operator's flirtation with Austin, Texas? Frustrated and confused by the league's gratuitously complicated and confusing roster and salary rules?

Experienced approach helping Sounders' Will Bruin thrive in postseason

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When Will Bruin entered Major League Soccer in 2011, he was immediately thrust into the MLS Cup experience.

The 28-year-old forward played in back-to-back MLS Cups with the Houston Dynamo in 2011 and 2012, but he wasn't sure how to approach the championship contest.

"I was like ‘It's my first year, this isn't bad.

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Seattle Sounders vs. Toronto FC: MLS Cup player ratings

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Biff! Bang! Powww! Whaaamm! Flrbbb! Zammm! Oof!

After a dominant run through the Western Conference playoffs, it would have been great to see the Seattle Sounders play spectacularly and win a second straight MLS Cup. It would have been okay to see the team perform decently and fight for a chance to win.

Toronto tells their story

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Dec 13, 2017) US Soccer Players - When Toronto FC joined Major League Soccer more than a decade ago, the league was only just launching into something that could be called the "modern era". 2007 was the first year of the Designated Player rule, a groundbreaking step by MLS leadership that allowed clubs to sign high-priced players with famous pedigrees.

Major Link Soccer: Darlington Nagbe heading to Atlanta?

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MLS Expansion draft and MLS Cup ratings.

Seattle

We can take one small victory over losing MLS Cup this past weekend. Ratings rose 75% from 2015, the last time ESPN aired the final. So, take that.

MLS

A lot of change is going on with the Portland Timbers. First, it was Caleb Porter and the Timbers parting ways.

The 2017 MLS season in review

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Dec 11, 2017) US Soccer Players – Are they the best team in MLS history? That's the question many are asking following Toronto FC shutting out Seattle for the 2017 MLS Cup. Winners of the 2017 MLS Supporters' Shield and the Canadian Championship, Toronto has the treble.

Lessons from MLS Cup: Sounders must start reloading now

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Degree to which Sounders were outplayed needs to be a warning sign.

TORONTO, Ontario — To say the Sounders were overwhelmed in Saturday's MLS Cup final rematch may not quite do the situation justice.

From almost the opening whistle until the bitter end, Toronto FC dominated. The 2-0 scoreline understated the degree to which they were the better team, as only several world-class stops by Stefan Frei kept it from getting completely out of hand.

5 things we learned from MLS Cup 2017

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Photo credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Here are the five things we learned from MLS Cup 2017.

1. Toronto Claims Its Place in History

It hadn’t been the easiest of journeys through the playoffs for Toronto FC, but on Saturday evening at BMO Field, they left no doubt as to their place as one of the best MLS team ever assembled.

Greg Vanney's tactical shift pays off for 'bold' TFC in MLS Cup win

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Greg Vanney took a risk on Saturday. It was a calculated risk, sure, but it was a risk nonetheless. After spending the better part of two seasons riding a five-at-the-back set to MLS dominance, Vanney unleashed a major tactical wrinkle with an MLS Cup on the line.

Facing off with a tough Seattle Sounders team, Vanney surprised many when his lineup was announced as a 4-4-2 diamond.

Football: Altidore, Vazquez seal MLS Cup for Toronto

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Montreal (AFP) – Toronto FC claimed their maiden MLS Cup crown on Saturday, capping a magical Major League Soccer season with a 2-0 triumph over Seattle Sounders in Toronto.

Jozy Altidore fired Toronto into the lead in the 67th minute and Vazquez sent the crowd at BMO field into a frenzy when he sealed the win in the fourth minute of second-half injury time.

Football: Altidore, Vazquez seal MLS Cup for Toronto

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Montreal (AFP) – Toronto FC claimed their maiden MLS Cup crown on Saturday, capping a magical Major League Soccer season with a 2-0 triumph over Seattle Sounders in Toronto.

Jozy Altidore fired Toronto into the lead in the 67th minute and Vazquez sent the crowd at BMO field into a frenzy when he sealed the win in the fourth minute of second-half injury time.

Michael Bradley's focus, dedication lead TFC to first MLS Cup

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Michael Bradley didn't win the MLS Cup MVP, but he was quietly one of the best players on the pitch.

His passing was clinical. His defense was responsible, quick, and impenetrable. He was the leader for Toronto FC when they needed it the most.

"Tonight, I think just his overall awareness and his positioning and where he needs to be," praised head coach Greg Vanney after the match.

Toronto FC satisfies its MLS Cup obsession with dominant victory

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Toronto FC set out with one goal in the 2017 season: win the MLS Cup the team was so close to capturing in 2016. With Saturday's 2-0 win over the Seattle Sounders, they did just that, and capped off one of the greatest seasons MLS has ever seen.

"Lifting this trophy has been an obsession for the last 364 days," said captain Michael Bradley.

Altidore, Vazquez seal MLS Cup for Toronto

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Montreal (AFP) – Toronto FC claimed their maiden MLS Cup crown on Saturday, capping a magical Major League Soccer season with a 2-0 triumph over Seattle Sounders in Toronto.

Jozy Altidore fired Toronto into the lead in the 67th minute and Victor Vazquez sent the crowd at BMO field into a frenzy when he sealed the win in the fourth minute of second-half injury time.

Altidore, Vazquez seal MLS Cup for Toronto

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Montreal (AFP) – Toronto FC claimed their maiden MLS Cup crown on Saturday, capping a magical Major League Soccer season with a 2-0 triumph over Seattle Sounders in Toronto.

Jozy Altidore fired Toronto into the lead in the 67th minute and Victor Vazquez sent the crowd at BMO field into a frenzy when he sealed the win in the fourth minute of second-half injury time.

2017 MLS Cup: Toronto FC 2 – Seattle Sounders 0

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Toronto FC won the 2017 MLS Cup on Saturday, beating the Seattle Sounders 2-0 at BMO Field. Once again, Jozy Altidore made the difference for Toronto, scoring in the 67th minute. Victor Vazquez doubled the lead four minutes into stoppage time. Alex Bono made two saves to keep the clean sheet.

Your MLS Cup Line-Ups

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No surprises of any kind in the Seattle eleven, but it is interesting to see Toronto FC come out in a 4-4-2. I'm predicting a lot more action than we saw in last year's taut MLS Cup clash. Here's your @Delta Starting XI for today's #MLSCup vs @TorontoFC! Tune in to ESPN at 1:00 p.m. PT. It's time to #DefendOurCup!

Sounders vs. Toronto FC MLS Cup Final, live stream: Game time, TV schedule and lineups

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ESPN coverage starts at 1 PM. Watch with us.

A rematch in MLS Cup is a great thing. Toronto FC has the storyline of revenge, merged with the possibility of being the greatest team in MLS history. Only one thing stands in their way. The Seattle Sounders aren't interested in last year. They are unconcerned with history.

The Silver Mines

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In my humble opinion, Saturday's championship match-up between holders Seattle and home-side favorites Toronto FC has every ingredient needed to make it one of the greatest MLS Cup duels in league history. I could see anything happening at BMO Field, all the way from another tightly-played chess match to a seven-goal slugfest.

Soccer TV: Toronto FC vs Seattle Sounders

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It's the MLS Cup final on the weekend soccer TV schedule. Toronto FC hosts the Seattle Sounders on ESPN for the second year in a row. The 2017 Liga MX Apertura season concludes over the weekend with the second-leg of the final series.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 12/8/17

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Philadelphia Union News

The 12 days of Union Kits-mas
In the history of the Philadelphia Union franchise, the team has worn a total of 12 official jerseys.

MLS News

Houston Dynamo complete full transfer for Juan David Cabezas
After spending 2017 on loan, Dynamo sign Colombian midfielder.

The MLS Cup still has plenty to prove

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Dec 8, 2017) US Soccer Players - It's been quite the week inside the MLS bubble. The stories around the final between Toronto FC and the Seattle Sounders are clear and numerous in the lead-up to an MLS Cup rematch.

With history on the horizon, TFC, Sounders collide yet again in MLS Cup

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It's not easy to make it to an MLS Cup. There are so many pitfalls along the way in a league defined by parity and the unexpected. In truth, the best teams rarely survive a viciously long playoff cycle that follows a rugged regular season campaign. It's just the way things are.

The Seattle Sounders and Toronto FC have made it to MLS Cup twice in a row now, finalizing a championship rematch between two of the league's marquee clubs.

Waiting on Toronto vs Seattle

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We're a day away from the conclusion of the 2017 MLS season. Toronto FC hosts the Seattle Sounders in the MLS Cup final on Saturday (4pm ET - ESPN) with the story lines firmly in place. That might not mean much when the game gets underway. Last season's final turned into a grind with both teams unwilling to risk much in pursuit of a goal.

Sounders at Toronto FC, MLS Cup Final: Three Questions

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Better defenses, better attacks, and two teams trying for history.

Remembering the Seattle Sounders win over Toronto FC in 2016 to take MLS Cup is fun, but it is poor preparation for MLS Cup 2017. Both teams are changed, in some ways obvious and others that only those who follow the teams intently may notice.

Is there an edge in the MLS Cup final?

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With the countdown on for Saturday's 2017 MLS Cup final, the two teams did the media rounds on Tuesday. There were no surprises, expected considering there's a championship on the line. Since this is a rematch of the 2016 MLS Cup final, there's not a lot of mystery left between the two teams.

Greg Vanney doesn’t know if Sounders are “ready for intensity” of MLS Cup

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Just in case Seattle needed bulletin board material.

Usually when teams approach a key game, like a championship or rivalry match, coaches avoid giving the other team any sort of bulletin board material. They speak in cliches and vague plaudits. Toronto FC coach, and former Sounders broadcaster, Greg Vanney decided to take a different approach.

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Expansion, waiver, and re-entry drafts, oh my! Filibuster

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Get ready for a wild couple of weeks

The Filibuster trio is back together, and not a moment too soon. Jason, Adam, and Ben discuss MLS Cup, the final game of the 2017 season, and we talk about Toronto FC's formation switch and the great game of Michael Bradley. We wonder if Seattle Sounders could have done anything sooner and better, and whether or not this TFC team had the best season in MLS history.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 12/9/17

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Weekend links on MLS Cup weekend.

Philadelphia Union News

Assessing Philadelphia Union's inconsistent 2017 campaign
The Philadelphia Union had an inconsistent 2017. There were many problems; the players, coaches and front office failed. Here's PSN's assessment.

Jordan Morris happy to be ready for MLS Cup after "frustrating" injury layoff

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TORONTO Jordan Morris has been faced with one of the biggest challenges a young player could face over the last three months.

Thanks to the experience around him in the Seattle Sounders' locker room, the U.S. Men's National Team forward has been able to recover from his hamstring injury with patience to be available for Saturday's MLS Cup against Toronto FC.

Brian Schmetzer leads Sounders towards history, second MLS Cup

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TORONTO Roughly 18 months ago, Brian Schmetzer was all but anonymous outside of Seattle. His playing and coaching career had largely kept him Washington-based and, after managing the USL version of the Seattle Sounders, Schmetzer became one of Sigi Schmid's top assistants with the MLS club. He wasn't pegged as an up-and-coming head coach or a top coaching prospect.

Sounders sense history coming, but they're focusing on Saturday's final

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The Seattle Sounders have a chance to do something few MLS clubs have been able to accomplish. They can become the fourth back-to-back MLS Cup champions with a win over Toronto FC on Saturday evening, joining D.C. United, the Houston Dynamo, and the LA Galaxy as the only teams to accomplish that feat.

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MLS Cup reflections

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Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer asked us to share this letter on his behalf.

Dear Sounder fans,

I salute you on a great season. Your support is critical to the success of the team and I will never stop appreciating the fans in Toronto over the weekend, the season filled with tifos, flags, faces painted green, voices heard and the celebrations winning the Western Conference.

These guys want to win a first ring with Sounders

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About a third of the team doesn't have rings, and that's part of why the squad is still hungry for more.

TUKWILA, Wash. — About a third of the Seattle Sounders team that made it to MLS Cup 2017 are not repeating their visit; this is their first time making MLS Cup in rave green. Of the group of new players, only Will Bruin has made MLS Cup before.

MLS Cup preview and closing the door on 2017 D.C. United: Filibuster

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Due to Ben's unending war against his Internet provider, Jason and Adam team up to preview MLS Cup. Well, not alone; they also invited on Dave Clark of Sounder at Heart and Duncan Fletcher of The Vocal Minority to discuss the last game of the MLS season. They get into how each team will try and play and whether or not this game will be a carbon copy of last year.

Major Link Soccer: We’re hungry for everything MLS Cup related

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Also: MLS Expansion Finalists Make Closing Arguments

Seattle

Toronto Coach Greg Vanney felt he needed to clarify his prior remark questioning whether the Sounders were "ready for the intensity of an MLS Cup final." Reportedly "miffed that his previous comments gained such traction" Vanney said they were "probably not well-articulated in the moment.