MLS Cup Playoffs

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Decision Day looms in MLS

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Oct 20, 2017) US Soccer Players - You can almost hear the strings swell and the drums boom. Decision Day is nearly upon us.

Major League Soccer's branding for the final day of the regular season works on most levels. Decisions are coming based on the results of the round of games all happening on Sunday at 4pm ET.

Around The Forest: Timbers can capture the Cascadia Cup with a win

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Union's Brian Carroll hangs up the boots, RFK is in its final days and more!

Portland:

Cascadia Cup | Timbers in position to capture cup Sunday with win over Whitecaps | Portland Timbers
Along with finalizing their seeding position in the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs on Sunday, the Portland Timbers could clinch their fourth-ever Cascadia Cup if they defeat Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Providence Park on MLS Decision Day, presented by AT&T (1pm PT, ROOT SPORTS).

Intrigue in the Western Conference

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Oct 13, 2017) US Soccer Players - Unlike the Eastern Conference, the Western Conference of MLS possesses a bit of intrigue with two weeks to go in the regular season. In the East, the only thing left to learn is the seeding of the six teams who have already locked in their playoff position.

NYCFC season finale moved to Citi Field

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New York City FC is being kicked out if their own home again.

The club announced today they are moving their final home match of the regular season against Columbus Crew SC to Citi Field in Queens due to the New York Yankees making the American League Championship Series in the MLB Playoffs.

Around The Forest: Gearing up for the MLS Playoffs

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USMNT headed into must win, Toronto has one more box to check and much more!

Major League Soccer:

For Toronto | By Sebastian Giovinco
I've been in Toronto nearly three years now, and there are two things I still have yet to see. One of those things is Niagara Falls. And I'll get there, eventually.

5 MLS games to watch in October

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Oct 2, 2017) US Soccer Players – The start of October is when MLS teams go into overdrive. After spending the summer laying the groundwork for a playoff push, the Fall is when some teams either surge and clinch a postseason berth or totally collapse and start rebuilding for next season.

The MLS Golden Boot and the playoff picture in week 30

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Sep 29 2017) US Soccer Players - A few thoughts on the MLS season coming out of a heavy midweek schedule and into a weekend that will reshuffle the playoff picture before it's done.

The Golden Boot

With a pair of goals against the San Jose Earthquakes on Wednesday night, Chicago Fire striker Nemanja Nikolic moved into a tie with Portland's Diego Valeri for the 2017 MLS Golden Boot award on 20 goals.

Fire excited for playoffs, now focused on NYCFC, playoff positioning

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Two teams were fighting for their first playoff appearance since 2012 at Avaya Stadium in San Jose last night, but only one really threw and landed the punches, hard.

The Chicago Fire's 4-1 win at San Jose helped them clinch their first playoff appearance in five years, and although they put together what some will call their best performance of the season last night, head coach Veljko Paunovic and company know that the job is far from over.

The Americanization of MLS Continues

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When it can, MLS is showing the world that it will do as it pleases for its own league, regardless of FIFA suggested protocol. In the few areas that FIFA does not control about leagues, MLS is blazing an independent path from the status quo of the other major world soccer leagues.

For example, there are other leagues in the world with playoffs after the regular season; Liga MX from Mexico is a prominent country/league to use them.

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.

The next biggest goal in Toronto FC history

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Toronto FC didn't have a lot of candidates for biggest goals in club history prior to Wednesday night when they got a clear winner... for now.

MLS breaks 5-year attendance record for playoffs and Conference games

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Major League Soccer has set a 5-year attendance record for their playoff games and Conference semi-finals and finals, increasing attendances by 19% compared to last season from the wildcard games through to the Conference Finals.

The top flight US/Canadian league benefitted from well-supported teams such as Montreal Impact, Toronto FC and Seattle Sounders being featured in the latter stages of the MLS playoffs and Conference games.

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.

Colorado Rapids 0 – Seattle Sounders 1

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The Seattle Sounders won the 2nd-leg of their Western Conference semifinals series 1-0 on Sunday, knocking out the Rapids 3-1 in aggregate.

Mastroeni confident of Rapids mentality ahead of Sunday decider vs. Sounders

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The Colorado Rapids may have lost the first leg of the Western Conference Final, but their form at home this season, coupled with a crucial away goal, gives the club a very good shot at reaching the 2016 MLS Cup final.

"It's not so much about how we're going to stop them [in the second leg], but more importantly how are we going to ignite our attack to put them on their heels,"said Rapids coach Pablo Mastroeni.

West and East, four MLS teams look for validation

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All four teams left in the 2016 MLS postseason need the validation that winning the MLS Cup will bring for their clubs and their cities.

Playing for 180 minutes in the MLS conference finals

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An in-depth look at what happened over the opening 90 minutes in the MLS Eastern and Western Conference finals.

Montreal and Seattle take final leads

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The Montreal Impact take a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference finals and the Seattle Sounders are up 2-1 over Colorado in the Western Conference.

Impact-Toronto FC delayed because of incorrect line measurements

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Players were warmed up and ready, 60,000-plus fans were pumped, and kickoff was moments away.

Or so it seemed.

The first leg of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Montreal Impact and Toronto FC at Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Quebec, was delayed by more than 40 minutes on Tuesday night after match officials realized that the lines on one of the 18-yard boxes were incorrectly measured.

MLS Conference Finals: SBI Live Commentary

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The MLS Playoffs resume on Tuesday night with the first leg of the conference finals.

Action begins in Montreal for the start of the Eastern Conference clash between the Montreal Impact and Toronto FC (8 p.m., ESPN). The two sides collide at a sold-out Olympic Stadium, promising a raucous atmosphere as the two teams battle for the chance to be the first Canadian team to play in MLS Cup.

News Update

The MLS playoff picture

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Monday's soccer news starts with the MLS table. Major League Soccer's normally unbalanced schedule is now locked in at 33 games played across both conferences with one game left in the 2017 regular season.

In the Eastern Conference, 1st-place and 3rd-place are called for. Toronto has the top spot a dozen points ahead of 2nd-place.

Plan B in MLS

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The Colorado Rapids became the latest team in the 2016 MLS playoffs to look out of ideas when their plan didn't work.

Seattle Sounders

LA HORA DE SCHMETZER | El entrenador de los Sounders FC busca a su hombre gol de cara a los playoffs y con el líder Vancouver como próximo rival

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La racha invicta de los Seattle Sounders FC llegó a su fin el sábado pasado en Sandy, Utah, con la derrota 2 0 ante el Real Salt Lake. Terminó en 13 partidos y quizás se prolongó demasiado. Especialmente en su último trecho en que Seattle empató sus últimos 4 partidos con apenas 3 ... Seguir leyendo LA HORA DE SCHMETZER | El entrenador de los Sounders FC busca a su hombre gol de cara a los playoffs y con el líder Vancouver como próximo rival →

Seahawks schedule means no football lines, at least until the Playoffs

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Sharing CenturyLink Field is good (lots of space for fans, branding, downtown location), but sometimes it leads to NFL lines. In 2017 that shouldn't be too much of a problem until the postseason.

Since 2009, the Seattle Sounders have only played with NFL lines on three occasions. In 2017 they will only add to that total of the Sounders make the MLS Cup Playoffs.

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 .

¡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 Cup

MLS releases playoff schedule, broadcasts, and MLS Cup Final date

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Major League Soccer released the date and start time for every match of the 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs, and the Final to be hosted by the qualifying team with the best regular season record.

The MLS championship match will be played on Dec. 9 and kick off at 4:00 p.

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.

Montreal Impact

MLS Playoff Preview: Toronto FC vs Montreal Impact

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When the final three whistles are blown after Wednesday night's Eastern Conference Final in Toronto, one way or another, history will be made. Either Toronto FC or the Montreal Impact will make their MLS Cup Final debut, while also becoming the first Canadian club to play in the league final.

Soccer TV: Toronto FC vs Montreal Impact

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Toronto FC hosts the Montreal Impact down a goal in the Eastern Conference finals and the League Cup and Copa del Rey continue on beIN Sport.

MLS Cup Playoffs Match Thread: Western Conference Finals Second Leg

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There have been some blowouts in this year's MLS Cup playoffs, but coming into the final set of matches before the Final both conference finals are tight as can be. Both high seeds come into today's matches down a goal, but with away goals in hand a breakthrough will put them in good position to advance.

#BruceisBack and the USMNT moves on

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Bruce Arena looks forward with the USMNT and plenty of responses to his introductory press conference in the soccer news.

Impact hold on to win thrilling first leg over Toronto FC

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While the Montreal Impact got the result they hoped for at home in leg one, they didn't make it easy on themselves.

After leaping out to a 3-0 lead, the Impact conceded a pair of away goals late in a 3-2 win over Toronto FC. The pair of late goals keep TFC alive heading into the second leg at BMO Field.

MLS Playoffs 2016: Game time, TV schedule and live stream

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Follow along as the Montreal Impact hosts Toronto FC, followed by the Seattle Sounders taking on the Colorado Rapids

After what seems like ages, the MLS playoffs are back tonight. The first leg of both conference finals will take place on...Tuesday? Wait, what? Odd wrinkles of scheduling having to do with stadium availability and national TV demands have left us with crucial playoff games coming on a strange night.

The Rest

Major Link Soccer: Kaka thanks Orlando City FC fans in last home game

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The Brazilian legend bid farewell to Orlando in his last home match for the club Sunday.

Seattle

With their 4-0 victory over FC Dallas last night, the Sounders now hold the longest active playoff streak in the league with 9 consecutive appearances:

With today's win, your Sounders are headed to the Audi @MLS Cup Playoffs for the 9th consecutive year, the longest active streak in MLS!

News roundup: Andre Blake multimillion dollar transfer to EPL killed due to arcane permit rule

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Jamaican players can't move to Europe thanks to their low FIFA ranking, Jay Heaps gets the ax, MLS is considers changing playoff format, USWNT heads to Cinci, and much more.

Depth signings important for Sounders if they hope for a Cup repeat

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Players like Neagle and Mallace were brought in to help replicate the depth that earned Seattle silverware last season

TUKWILA, Wash. — Now that the excitement of the MLS summer transfer window has ended, the Seattle Sounders are taking stock of their team in preparation for the final stretch of the 2017 season en route to the MLS Cup playoffs.

Soccer TV: Colorado Rapids vs Seattle Sounders

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The Western Conference final series concludes in MLS, the Premier League on NBC, and the Liga MX playoffs are on the weekend soccer TV schedule.

It’s Always Soccer in Philadelphia: Xenophobia, Thanksgiving, and watching paint dry

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Kevin and Dave discuss the MLS playoffs and the hiring of Bruce Arena to replace Jurgen Klinsmann as head coach of the USMNT.

Sounders must embrace new roles as leading men

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This is no longer a plucky underdog story.

Shortly after the Seattle Sounders beat Real Salt Lake to clinch their spot in the MLS Cup playoffs, a team official pulled me aside. He was beaming. With a smile stretching from ear-to-ear his message was simple: "We're playing with house money, now.