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New CCL rules keep the Sounders spot in 2018

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We have a little more clarity on the 2018 CONCACAF tournament.

We finally have a little clarity on when and how the Seattle Sounders will participate in CONCACAF Champions League. After winning MLS Cup, the Sounders received one of the four automatic bids. They will be joined by FC Dallas (US Open Cup), Colorado Rapids (Supporters' Shield runner-up) and the New York Red Bulls (best record in the East).

Seattle Sounders vs. New York Red Bulls: Three Questions

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It cannot be stressed enough. The Red Bull way rules in Harrison.

It all returns Sunday (4 PM, FS1). There will be festivities and wonderment at the raising of an MLS Cup banner. We will again stand with our friends. The Seattle Sounders season returns in full with a home game against the New York Red Bulls, who are still searching for their Cup.

You got your own star, now get your own MLS Cup

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Not THE MLS Cup, mind you, but this miniature one is pretty darn cool.

Fresh of ensuring that fans can get championship stars on all current jerseys, the Seattle Sounders are about to start handing out MLS Cup. Seriously.

Want your own #MLSCup?

2016 Player Profile #4: Jordan Morris

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He's already won the Hermann Trophy, the MLS Rookie of the Year, the NCAA Championship and an MLS Cup. He's only 22.

It is easy to forget that at this time last year Jordan Morris was barely a professional soccer player. Just a year into his career, the Seattle Sounders forward has certainly put his stamp on the league, winning Rookie of the Year, Sounder at Heart's Young Player of Year, and an MLS Cup.

2016 Player Profile #9: Clint Dempsey

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All three of Clint's major club trophies came with the Seattle Sounders. He also won the Gold Cup twice.

Any discussion about Clint Dempsey's 2016 starts and stops with the heart issues that forced him to watch the Seattle Sounders win the MLS Cup, rather than take the field with them. There's great news on that front.

2016 Player Profile #21: Oalex Anderson

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Oalex Anderson won an MLS Cup in 2016.

Blessed with amazing speed, Oalex Anderson may be the best active player from St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Just 21, the youngster will have to recover from a major knee injury suffered just prior to MLS Cup before he finds a new team, or returns to the Seattle Sounders.

2016 Player Profile #24: Darwin Jones

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The Homegrown Player earned his 3rd major trophy in 2016.

While we write player profiles recapping the 2016 season, a season with an MLS Cup, it is also important to recognize that Seattle Sounders players and staff go through real life just as we do. In 2016 Darwin Jones lost his father. The team wore black armbands in support of one of their own in their April 16th win over the Union.

¡¡¡SOUNDERS CAMPEONES!!!

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• De estar casi eliminados en agosto a la cima de la MLS en diciembre • Sin goles en 120 minutos, la final de la Copa MLS se decidió en tiros a penal • Stefan FREI le quitó un gol a Jozy ALTIDORE en el minuto 108 (video) • Román TORRES en el partido de su vida hizo el penal de la victoria (video) Hace .

5 things you need to know about Toronto FC and the Seattle Sounders ahead of MLS Cup

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Here are the projected lineups and major tactical keys to MLS's championship game

MLS Cup has given us a very intriguing match between Toronto FC and the Seattle Sounders, and we should be thankful for that. Imagine for a second the 0-0 dourness of a sit-deep-and-counter Montreal Impact going to the Rockies to play the sit-deep-and-grind-it-out Colorado Rapids.

LOS MOMENTOS QUE MARCARON EL CAMINO A LA FINAL DE LA COPA MLS

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Hablar sobre los Sounders FC en el mes de diciembre fue, hasta el año pasado, un justo ritual de resignación por otra temporada fallida y de esperanza por una nueva temporada. Hoy en la noche, casi a mitad de diciembre, bajo un intenso frío en el BMO Field de Toronto, la Furia Verde estará jugando su primer final de Copa MLS frente al equipo de .

Will Atlanta United’s tide lift other clubs?

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Atlanta United could shake MLS up with its ambitious moves preceding its entry into the league next season. A big MLS Cup final could similarly raise the league's profile. How will that affect other clubs, like Philadelphia Union?

¡A TORONTO POR LA COPA!

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• Montreal cede la ventaja del partido de ida en tiempo extra y Toronto FC gana la Conferencia Este • Final inédita de Copa MLS • Será la segunda final en el BMO Field de Toronto • Toronto FC será anfitrión por terminar con mejor récord que los Sounders en la temporada regular La fanaticada Sounders se soñaba su primera final de la Copa MLS .

MLS conference final first legs show how far league has come

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The first legs of the MLS conference championships drew over 50,000 fans per match. PSP's Dan Walsh compares that with what he saw firsthand at soccer matches recently in South America and Europe and finds MLS coming out looking very good in comparison.

Seattle Sounders vs. Colorado Rapids, leg 2: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"My first answer to that is we're not finished yet. My second answer is that I'm very proud of this franchise. The fans deserve that – they deserve it." -Brian Schmetzer

That was amazing.

The Seattle Sounders have won the Western Conference final and are moving on to MLS Cup for the first time.

Colorado Rapids vs. Seattle Sounders MLS Playoffs 2016: Game time, TV schedule and live stream

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Two teams that seemed unlikely to get this far are on the cusp of playing in the MLS Cup final

The MLS Cup playoffs are winding down, with the second leg between the Colorado Rapids and Seattle Sounders being one of the three remaining games in the 2016 season. A tense first leg in Seattle saw Colorado take an early lead via a deflected Kevin Doyle shot, only for the Sounders - crucially - to get back level shortly thereafter via Jordan Morris.

MLS Cup champs Portland miss playoffs

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New York (AFP) Reigning MLS Cup champions the Portland Timbers missed out on a playoff berth as the regular season concluded Sunday with a welter of matches that included a big win for New York City FC.

Portland needed a win against the Vancouver Whitecaps to reach the post-season, but fell 4-1 to their Cascadia Cup rivals at BC Place.

Philadelphia Union

Bobby Wood injured, Messi brace and European recap: Brotherly Game Daily Links 3/20/17

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Spring hopes eternal, as do the links.

Philadelphia Union News

Philadelphia Union: Improvement is needed from the midfield
The Philadelphia Union season has gotten off to a sputtering start as they sit at 0-1-2 through three games.

Post-match quotes: Union vs.

Brotherly Debate: Can the Union advance in the MLS Cup playoffs with a goalless Sapong?

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Debates rage behind the scenes at Brotherly Game. Here's one about CJ Sapong and if the Union can advance far in the MLS Cup race without him scoring goals.

It's debate season, and the Philadelphia Union are providing plenty of topics to debate. Here at Brotherly Game we prefer to rationally debate issues over making patently false statements and insulting people.

New York Red Bulls

Seven more reasons to go to the game on Sunday

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Get there early. There will be the largest opening day crowd in Sounders history.

Finally, we get to see the Seattle Sounders play at home for the first time this season after they opened up with two games on the road. Prior to the game on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. against the New York Red Bulls, there will be tons of different things you can do to get ready.

MLS Cup banner will be raised at home opener

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Sounders expanding seating to home opener for first time in history to accommodate increased demand. You should be there.

Due to high demand more tickets are available for the home opener against the New York Red Bulls on March 19 (4 PM, FS1). The Seattle Sounders will have MLS Cup giveaways and are raising their first-ever MLS Cup banner into the rafters at CenturyLink Field.

D.C. United one of the MLS Cup longshots

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At least, if you listen to the oddsmakers

D.C. United is tied for the third-worst odds, at 25/1, to win the 2017 MLS Cup, according to a recently published list by the oddsmakers at Bovada. The Philadelphia Union, New England Revolution, and San Jose Earthquakes come in at 33/1, and the poor Chicago Fire bring up the rear at a whopping 100/1.

Canadian clubs douse New York MLS hopes, Gerrard’s Galaxy ousted

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Los Angeles (AFP) Montreal and Toronto put paid to New York's MLS Cup hopes with Eastern Conference semi-final wins, as the Los Angeles Galaxy bowed out in the West in what was likely Steven Gerrard's MLS swansong.

Until Sunday, a Canadian team had never booked a spot in the MLS Cup conference finals.

Canadian clubs douse New York MLS hopes, Gerrard’s Galaxy ousted

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Los Angeles (AFP) Montreal and Toronto put paid to New York's MLS Cup hopes with Eastern Conference semi-final wins, as the Los Angeles Galaxy bowed out in the West in what was likely Steven Gerrard's MLS swansong.

Until Sunday, a Canadian team had never booked a spot in the MLS Cup conference finals.

Major League Soccer

More MLS Predictions

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Let's talk silver and prizes...MLS Cup Toronto FC def. PortlandGolden Boot1 - Fanendo Adi, Portland2 - David Villa3 - Jozy AltidoreDefender of the Year1 - Matt Hedges, FC Dallas2 - Jelle Van Damme3 - Roman TorresRookie of the Year1 - Ian Harkes, D.C. United2 - Jackson Yueill3 - Nick LimaNewcomer of the Year1 - David Guzman, Portland2 - Jonathan Mensah3 - (tie) Nemanja Nikolic & Alberth

Quickfire Round

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As promised, here are my thoughts on a sampler platter of recently and currently important topics in our soccer bubble: You can catch my player ratings for both MLS Cup combatants later, but how about I kick title night off with a prediction? As much as Toronto FC's attack frightens and as much as they can rule at home, I can't shake the feeling that Seattle's defense and midfield will run the

Major Link Soccer: NASL close to collapse

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A former Sounders Academy product found his way back to MLS and it wouldn't be TFC without a ticketing snafu.

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NYCFC has added another young attacker to their squad for next season in signing USL MVP Sean Okoli, and Sounders fans everywhere gulped.

FourFourTwo breaks down the talking points for MLS Cup, highlighting the surely entertaining battle of difference-makers of Giovinco vs.

5 things from the 2016 MLS season

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With one game remaining in the 2016 MLS season, a look back at the key moments and what might influence 2017.

Major Link Soccer: Sounders stalwarts ready for MLS Cup

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It may have taken longer than they had hoped, but Ozzie Alonso, Brad Evans, and Zach Scott are enjoying every minute of their latest quest for an MLS Cup.

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While it may have taken longer than they all hoped for, the three remaining Sounders from the inaugural MLS side are being sure to soak up every moment leading up to their first Cup appearance.

10 things we learned from the MLS Conference Finals

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After one of the most thrilling games in MLS history on Wednesday night in Toronto, the MLS Conference Finals have concluded. Here are ten things we learned.

1. Canada Makes Its Mark

Due respect to the Western Conference Final, but, depending on what happens two Saturdays from now, the 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs will be remembered for the show Montreal Impact and Toronto FC put on over the last week and a half.

Toronto advances to play Seattle for the 2016 MLS Cup

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Toronto FC and the Montreal Impact needed extra time to decide who will represent the Eastern Conference in the 2016 MLS Cup.

MLS Cup odds: Sounders favored to advance

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ESPN gives Sounders as good of a chance as anyone to claim MLS Cup.

Make of it what you will, but the math is starting to really like the Seattle Sounders' chances. According to ESPN's Soccer Power Index projections, the Sounders are favorites against the Colorado Rapids and have a 27 percent chance to win the MLS Cup.

SBI Question of the Day: Who will win MLS Cup?

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The MLS playoffs are upon us, as 12 teams now vie for the league's ultimate prize.

Postseason play kicks off on Wednesday, beginning a month-and-a-half long chase towards MLS Cup. That chase begins with the 12 remaining teams, and will conclude on Dec.

The Rest

Sounders vs. Red Bulls recap: Celebrations all over

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What started with the MLS Cup banner reveal ended with a second-half full of goals.

Anyone still harboring concerns over the potency of the Seattle Sounders offense in this early part of the season can breathe a bit easier. An early penalty by Clint Dempsey was followed by second-half goals from Jordan Morris and Harry Shipp, as the Sounders earned a 3-1 victory over the previously undefeated New York Red Bulls on Sunday.

2016 Player Profile #3: Stefan Frei

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The MLS Cup was his seventh major trophy. He was also the MVP of the game.

Stefan Frei's 2016 and MLS Cup performaces entered him into the United States goalkeeper picture. His citizenship is nearly finished and then he will make the switch. Now entering his fourth season with the Seattle Sounders, the 30-year-old is approaching the peak age period for high-end keepers.

Behold! Your Defending MLS Cup Champions, the Reigning Kings

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The 2017 campaign is upon us.

To date, none of the poems to start a season were after winning MLS Cup. They were full of optimism, provincial thoughts and pride in Puget Sound. They've been wrapped in love, in greens, in blues and in shales. These opening season poems, whether metered, rhyming or free thought, were never about a reigning MLS Cup winner.

2016 Player Profile #5: Chad Marshall

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The Air Marshall has many trophies - three Defender of the Year awards, three Best XIs, four Supporters' Shield, one US Open Cup and now two MLS Cup.

If one were to look up MLS centerback in the dictionary they should find Chad Marshall. The Seattle Sounders have thrived with him there both in their up-tempo Supporters' Shield winning season as well as the gritty 2017 MLS Cup.

2016 Player Profile #14: Nelson Haedo Valdez

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The 2016 MLS Cup was Valdez' sixth major trophy.

Nelson Haedo Valdez turned 33 just prior to winning MLS Cup with the Seattle Sounders FC. In 2016 he was an all-effort forward who had difficulty scoring. Valdez left the Sounders to join Cerro Porteño, enabling Seattle to possibly sign a new DP.

Sounders release 2017 preseason schedule

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The reigning MLS Cup champs will begin training next week at Starfire

Even though it still feels like the Seattle Sounders just won MLS Cup, the boys will be back in training next week. They will have their first day of training next Tuesday, January 24 at Starfire Sports training facility in Tukwila.

Major Link Soccer: NY Cosmos' future in doubt

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Another American teenager debuts in Europe and the Galaxy are already taking steps to replace Bruce Arena.

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It would be a sweet piece of poetic justice for the Sounders to finally win MLS Cup the year after the Timbers; that irony is not lost on the Nutmeg News.

It's a long wait until MLS Cup on December 10th, so here's a FanPost full of heartful hype to tide us over till then.

MLS Cup odds: Sounders are second favorites

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Only Toronto FC is pegged as having a better chance at lifting the trophy.

Betting odds are, of course, wrong quite often, but the Seattle Sounders are currently installed as second-favorites to take MLS Cup home in the latest update from online gambling site Bovada. The only team being given better odds is Toronto FC, which comes in at +200.