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Seattle Sounders

Major Link Soccer: The U.S. Open Cup Final is Here

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Also: big-hearted Brad Evans, another milestone for Messi, and Pulisic is a True Belieber.

Seattle

With the Sounders' big road match against Real Salt Lake looming this Saturday Sept. 23, get in the mood with the Sounders' "RLS v. SEA 101."

Week 29 officiating crew assignments from PRO are out, and Sorin Stoica will be the referee Saturday night.

Major Link Soccer: The U.S. Open Cup Final is Here

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Also: big-hearted Brad Evans, another milestone for Messi, and Pulisic is a True Belieber.

Seattle

With the Sounders' big road match against Real Salt Lake looming this Saturday Sept. 23, get in the mood with the Sounders' "RLS v. SEA 101."

Week 29 officiating crew assignments from PRO are out, and Sorin Stoica will be the referee Saturday night.

The After Bar - USMNT 2 - Antigua and Barbuda 1

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Photo Credit: Mike Ehrmann

Eddie Johnson. Take a bow.

The Seattle Sounders sniper found the the back of the net on two headers, including one in the 91st minute, to save the U.S. men's national team blushes and their Hexagonal round hopes of World Cup qualifying, and defeat Antigua and Barduda 2-1.

Chicago Fire Soccer

Unbeaten Run Reaches an Incredible 9 Matches

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It was a night of visceral dominance on Saturday at Toyota Park by a Chicago Fire side that came out hungry and did not stop until visiting Orlando City SC had been beaten to a pulp. No Fire player was more dominant than winger David Accam, who scored three times, to go along with an assist in a 4:0 rout.

Fire Hang On For Massive Road Win

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There are times in a soccer match when scoring a goal can destroy the motivation for an opponent to mount a comeback. The New England Revolution were that team on Saturday shortly after Luis Solignac put the visiting Fire 2:0 up in the 61st minute. It was the kind of authoritative strike that resulted in the Revs looking like they were ready to pack it in.

Nine-Man Orlando Keep Fire in Check

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The Chicago Fire had a superb opportunity to grab three very valuable away points on Sunday night, but failed to find a way to break down a closely packed Orlando City defense and had to settle for a share of the spoils after a 0:0 draw. The home side went down to ten men when Rafael Ramos was sent off in the 26th minute after a clash with Brandon Vincent.

Engine Company: Who The F#*k is D.C. United? – Answered

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To experience the joys of supporter cultureby-proxy OTFcontributor Jacob Peters provides us some backgroundon Fire history, rivalries, and some footnotes onhow to effectively criticize, troll, and generally enjoy Fire games. Next up,Saturday's awaymatch-up against D.

Engine Company: Who The F#*k is D.C. United? – Answered

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To experience the joys of supporter cultureby-proxy OTFcontributor Jacob Peters provides us some backgroundon Fire history, rivalries, and some footnotes onhow to effectively criticize, troll, and generally enjoy Fire games. Next up,Saturday's awaymatch-up against D.

Houston Dynamo

Houston Dynamo vs Seattle Sounders: How to watch, lineups and more

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MLS is back and the Dynamo are hosting the Seattle Sounders.

Who

Houston Dynamo vs Seattle Sounders

What

GAME ONE OF THE 2017 SEASON! MLS soccer is back and the Dynamo are a whole new team. With Wilmer Cabrera at the helm the roster has gone through a big overhaul and fans can expect to see a lot of new faces on the field.

New 2013 Dynamo jersey to be revealed February 25

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Finally, a date has been set for the official release of the new 2013 Houston Dynamo jersey. On Monday, February 25th, the Dynamo will release the new design for the upcoming season.

MLS Soccer announced today the Dynamo will join 11 other clubs in unveiling at least one of their new jersey designs in the league's inaugural "Jersey Week.

Friday Orange Slices: Dynamo Win in Champion's League

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Dynamo News

  • Dynamo dominate in the air, and beat FAS 3-1 in El Salvador (MLS Soccer)
  • "Win in El Salvador showcases Dynamo's depth" (MLS Soccer)
  • "Kinnear on Bruin's recent slump: He's not a secret anymore" (MLS Soccer)
  • "Dynamo aerial game too much for FAS in El Salvador" (Glenn Davis Soccer)
  • Toronto FC- Houston Dynamo preview (Yahoo!

Thursday Orange Slices: Cameron Out, Clark In

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Dynamo News

  • "With Cameron's permit issue resolved , Clark steps in vs. NY" (MLS Soccer)
  • POLL: The biggest move abroad since 2010? Two Dynamo players are included. (MLS Soccer)
  • "Cameron secures UK work permit, ready to play for Stoke" (MLS Soccer)
  • Brad Davis is part of the MLS Team of the Week, with Corey Ashe, Macoumba Kandji, and Jermaine Taylor as honorable mentions.

Thursday Orange Slices: Boniek Is In Town

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Dynamo News

  • An Glenn Davis article with tidbits on Cameron and Oscar Boniek. OBG "is likely to debut this Saturday against the Philadelphia Union." While the "rumored transfer fee" for Cameron is "between 2 and 2.5 million." (Glenn Davis Soccer)
  • BBVA Compass holding up "surprisingly well" after a rugby games and six soccer matches.

Sunday Orange Slices: The Perfect Christening

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Dynamo News

  • Davis blast lifts Houston over D.C. (Houston Dynamo)
  • Highlights: Houston vs. D.C. (Houston Dynamo)
  • Stadium opener exceeds expectations (Houston Dynamo)
  • Houston thrilled by "fairytale" moment (Houston Dynamo)
  • Around the Twitterverse- Hou v.

Orange Slices: Davis Looks to Start at D.C.

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Dynamo News

  • Mistakes have cost Houston points (Houston Dynamo)
  • Will Bruin on the Team of the Week (Houston Dynamo)
  • Houston Dynamo renovate homes (Houston Dynamo)
  • Bruin set to have big year (Houston Dynamo)
  • Less than 500 tickets remain for Galaxy game (Houston Dynamo)
  • Davis, Ashe look to make start at D.

Tuesday Orange Slices: Midfield Crisis Edition

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Dynamo News

  • Dynamo defeat Laredo Heat 5-0 (Houston Dynamo)
  • Dixon ready to step up (Houston Dynamo)
  • Kandji starting to feel comfortable (Houston Dynamo)
  • Davis injures calf (Houston Dynamo)
  • Houston looks to get leg up on rivals (Houston Dynamo)
  • Carr ready for Chicago homecoming (MLS Soccer)
  • MLS Power Rankings: Week 5 (MLS Soccer)
  • Dynamo midfield crisis (Soccer By Ives)
  • Highlights Houston- Laredo Heat (Youtube)
  • Stadium Porn!

Monday Orange Slices: Dynamo Ride Davis PK to Win

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Dynamo News

  • Dynamo Beat San Jose 1-0 (Houston Dynamo)
  • Match Highlights: HOU-SJ (Houston Dynamo)
  • Cameron, Boswell keep attackers at bay (MLS Soccer)
  • Postgame Notes HOU-SJ (Houston Dynamo)
  • Tweets Surrounding the Game (Houston Dynamo)
  • Dynamo get the full three points at San Jose (Glenn Davis Soccer)
  • Dynamo Down San Jose (Ordinary Orange Fan)
  • Houston make light of extended road trip (The Guardian)
  • Six Thoughts on Dynamo win (Houston Chronicle)
  • Hainault didn't want to leave Houston (MLS Soccer)
Soccer News
  • Former Dynamo coach Spencer makes unforgettable call (MLS Soccer)
  • MLS Goal of the Week- 2 (MLS Soccer)
  • Friend says Muamba is speaking again (Fox Soccer)

Tweet(s) of the Day

Fabrice Muamba's heart is now beating without medication and his arms & legs have shown movement #SSN

- Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) March 19, 2012

Tuesday Orange Slices: A Win and Two (most likely false) Rumors

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Dynamo News

  • Dynamo 1- Chivas USA 0 (Houston Dynamo)
  • Players and Dom react to the win (Houston Dynamo)
  • Defender saves the day (Houston Dynamo)
  • Houston shakes off HDC stuggles (Houston Dynamo)
  • Defender Sarkodie is called up to U-23 team (Houston Dynamo)
  • Sarkodie showing potential (MLS Soccer)
  • Houston go past Chivas despite heroic Kennedy (Soccer By Ives)

Improbable Rumors

  • Houston showing interest in Grella of Blackburn?

Monday Orange Slices: Post MLS Cup Edition

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  • Dynamo do things the right way, even in loss [Houston Chronicle]
  • In losing effort, Dynamo full of praise for LA's Donovan [MLS Soccer]
  • Donovan's goal downs Dynamo in MLS Cup [Houston Chronicle]
  • Kinnear: Dynamo never get a handle on it in loss to LA [MLS Soccer]
  • Costly's time with Dynamo at an end after Cup loss [MLS Soccer]
  • Cameron's injury the turning point in Dynamo's Cup loss [MLS Soccer]
  • No Rest for Dynamo As Expansion Draft Beckons [Houston Chronicle]
  • Dynamo feel Davis absence in final [Houston Dynamo]

In Other News:

  • As Twitter Reacts To John Harkes, Networks Should Take Notice [GTTF]
  • Strong signs for future of U.

Thursday Orange Slices: Just Win (or Draw)

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  • Dynamo Notebook: First goal is key to success [MLS Soccer]
  • Dynamo vow not to sit on lead in playoff series [Houston Chronicle]
  • Ching is no stranger to playoff soccer [Houston Dynamo]
  • Dynamo ready for another rough game [MLS Soccer]
  • Playoffs in Profile: Fit, focused Davis an MVP candidate [MLS Soccer]
  • Ex-Fire forward Carr steps up for Dynamo [ESPN Chicago]
  • Houston's Carr takes road less traveled to concussion recovery [MLS Soccer]

In Other News:

  • Real Salt Lake lose 2-0, but advance 3-2 over the Seattle Sounders [RSL Soapbox]
  • Sounders Win, And Lose To Real Salt Lake [Sounder at Heart]
  • Sporting KC Dominate Rapids 2-0, Advance to Eastern Conference Finals [The Daily Wiz]

Tuesday Orange Slices: Playoff Momentum

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  • Dynamo clinch second in East with 3-1 win over LA [MLS Soccer]
  • Dynamo drop Galaxy 3-1 in regular-season finale [Houston Chronicle]
  • Moffat bomb just what the doctor ordered [MLS Soccer]
  • Sweet cross lifts Houston's Davis atop final assist table [MLS Soccer]
  • Dynamo Finish in Second Place: 4 Things We Learned [Houston Press]
  • Dynamo Notebook: Big win over LA carries extra benefit [MLS Soccer]
  • A celebration at Robertson reminds us of the goal in the future [FS Houston]
  • Kinnear's 100th win a milestone and momentum-builder [MLS Soccer]
  • Dynamo entering playoffs with momentum [Houston Chronicle]
  • Vote Moffat for AT&T Goal of the Week [Houston Dynamo]
  • Dynamo have good, bad memories of Robertson Stadium [Houston Chronicle]

In Other News:

  • Nicol out after 10 years as Revs coach [Boston Herald]
  • Nicol's run ends with Revolution [Boston Globe]
  • MLS Season 16 sets attendance record [Soccer America]

Major League Soccer

The Business of Playing in MLS: Chat with Richard Mulrooney

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In January we posted a two part chat with MLS veteran Carey Talley about some of the financial realities of playing in Major League Soccer. Today we are pleased to continue our series on the business of playing in MLS with our chat with former MLS All-Star and USMNT player Richard Mulrooney. Mr.

Op-Ed: MLS’s Empire State of Mind

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Bullseye?

Why "NYC II" makes sense ... by TSG staff

Lucky number 20.

MLS Soccer is a chugging juggernaut nearly every way you turn the sphere.

You want increased attendance? MLS will say, "Yeah, we got that!"

You want increased franchise value?

The Dirty Game

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Soccer has never been a clean game and never will be. It's original form allowed hacking. Long before the soccer craft was engineered for style and class, hunks of meat took chops at each other. Reputations were built around violence and threats. Men whose shadow was aggression found the soccer field inviting, a safe place to kick the living daylights out of a fellow mortal.

New England Revolution

Fans’ View: Fans from afar

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Our series of fan posts continues with a post from Avery Kravitz, who writes about following the Union from New England.

There are three things New England sports fans enjoy doing; Watching the Patriots, hating the Yankees, and clinging to the hope that the Big Three can stay out of a retirement home long enough to win another NBA title.

Musket Rounds: Playing Catch-Up

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It's been a while since the last edition of Musket Rounds, and I accept full responsibility for that. The next two weeks will be crazy for me in particular as law school finals run their course, but I promise I'll do as much as I can to keep things consistent in this space. We have a number of links to get out there, so I won't waste any more time.

ESPN

Orange Slices: USA vs. Brazil

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Orange Slices! USA vs. Ecuador

Orange Slices is our game day, catch-all post that we update during the day before and of the match

It's Brazil, but it's 2012, not 2014. (And unfortunately it's not 2013 or the Confederation's Cup, but why dwell.)

The Yanks welcome the international heavweight Brazil Canaries to FedExField in Landover, Maryland on Wednesday.

Monday Orange Slices: Halfway to the Conference Finals

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  • Dynamo escape Philadelphia with win [USA Today]
  • Carr's goal gives Dynamo 2-1 win in playoff opener [Houston Chronicle]
  • Dynamo stun Union at PPL 2-1 for first-leg win [MLS Soccer]
  • Carr's timely goal part of a long journey back [MLS Soccer]
  • Nowak: First-half mistakes doomed Union in 2-1 loss to Dynamo [Philly.

Is it Thursday yet? More news.

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Photo: Daniel Gajdamowicz

Union

In this week's power rankings roundup, the Union fall two spots to fifth at MLS Soccer.com. At ESPN, they move up one spot to fifth. They drop one spot to fourth at the Seattle Times. At Goal.com, the Union fall two spots to eighth.

Sheanon Williams, profiled on the Union website, was named to Goal.

majority shareholder

Kroenke Fails in Ownership Bid – Arsenal to Benefit?

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Mostly unnoticed on the UK side of the Atlantic, Arsenal's majority shareholder, Stan Kroenke, has suffered a setback to his sporting ambitions in the United States.

Kroenke combines being a Trappist monk (vow of silence) with owning sports franchises in the NFL (American football), NHL (ice hockey), NBA (basketball) and MLS (soccer) as well as his stake in Arsenal.

Kroenke Fails in Ownership Bid – Arsenal to Benefit?

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Mostly unnoticed on the UK side of the Atlantic, Arsenal's majority shareholder, Stan Kroenke, has suffered a setback to his sporting ambitions in the United States.

Kroenke combines being a Trappist monk (vow of silence) with owning sports franchises in the NFL (American football), NHL (ice hockey), NBA (basketball) and MLS (soccer) as well as his stake in Arsenal.

The Rest

Major Link Soccer: Crystal Palace sacks Frank de Boer

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The Dutch manager is out after four league matches.

Seattle

CenturyLink Field got a major facelift that you probably didn't notice, the Seahawks upgraded the video boards and control room to provide the best fan experience possible. The Sounders should get some benefit of that.

MLS

Soccer clubs prefer soft turf due to its predictability and that it slows the ball down more akin to traditional grass but NFL sides like hard turf that is easier to run and get speed on.

Major Link Soccer: Carlos Vela to LAFC

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Vela's signing makes it three major Mexican nationals in the City of Angels.

Deadline Day

While we love you to post everything and anything tangentially related to soccer in links, we'll be keeping track of all the rumors and talking about them over in our MLS Deadline Day 2017 thread.

Seattle

If you want to eat at a ballpark it might not be too safe, but you should take the risk anyway.

MLS All Stars Loose to AS Roma

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Springfield MO Soccer -

Kansas City, KS- The MLS All Stars lost 3-1 to AS Roma last night. MLSsoccer.com provides a recap of the game:

"The largest crowd in Sporting Park history got treated to a clinic on creative, efficient, aggressive soccer on Wednesday night. It came at the expense of the MLS All-Stars, though, with the Serie A side cruising to a 3-1 victory in front of a standing room-only crowd of 21,175.

The After Bar: USMNT 3 - Guatemala 1

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Clint Dempsey responded to his poor performance last Friday with two goals and an assist to lead the United States men's national team to a 3-1 win over Guatemala. The win secured the group lead and the Nats passage onto the next round of World Cup qualifying, the "Hex".

Highlights:

Reaction:

Post-Game Press Conference:

Analysis from some of American soccer's best writers:

Will Parchman (The Shin Guardian) - "With A Hexclamation Point!

Away Day – On the Road to LA with San Jose Earthquakes, 1906 Ultras

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When San Jose Earthquakes striker, Alan Gordon, scored the winner in the last minute of stoppage time against LA Galaxy in Los Angeles in mid-May, he peeled off his strip in celebration. By then, many of the 1906 Ultras, San Jose's wild band of traveling supporters, were already stripped to the waist.

PPL Park to host 2013 men's College Cup

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After a couple of years at a minor league baseball stadium, the men's College Cup is returning to soccer-specific grounds.

PPL Park will host the 2013 men's College Cup, the NCAA announced on Wednesday. This past year's tournament was held at Regions Park in Hoover, Ala.

SKC: Credit Where Due: Convey, CJ Sapong, Flanks….& Vermes

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In this week's MLS Soccer March to the Match podcast, the extraordinary amount of shot opportunities for Sporting KC was referenced.

Forward progress....

Cauldron favorite and midfielder Graham Zusi in particular is on a pace for almost 100 shots taken. As a midfielder this is nothing short of outstanding.

Daily Update Feb 21

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-Today we got one good match and one that should be not as good.
Napoli v Chelsea I am a diehard Chelsea fan but I gotta be honest. I think that Napoli might take it to them
today. It's not so much that I think Napoli is playing that good as I think Chelsea and more importantly AVB
have a flawed system.

MLS Combine: Day Three Commentary

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The final match day of the 2012 MLS Combine has kicked off as MLS coaches and scouts make their final observations and preparations ahead of Thursday's MLS Combine.

The day's first match features the Blue and Green teams, and while there are some interesting prospects in this game, the main event features the talent-laden and undefeated red team against the equally impressive white team.