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Some Soccer News for Sep 18, 2017

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It's Day 261 of 2017.


Minnesota United announced that they have hired Chris Wright as their new Chief Executive Officer.
  • He was previously President of Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA) and Minnesota Lynx (WNBA).

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It was great to see Minnesota beat on old rival (Montreal), even if almost none of you recognize it as such.

MLS Week 24: Another win for Montreal, Chicago’s problems grow

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Week 24 of the 2017 MLS season started with the New York Red Bulls falling flat in a 2-0 loss at Portland on Friday night. The Red Bulls played at Cincinnati in the US Open Cup on Wednesday. Diego Valeri put Portland up in the 65th and assisted on Darren Mattocks's goal six minutes into stoppage time.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 10

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The Colorado Rapids continued their shocking run atop MLS, while the Montreal Impact and Columbus Crew combined to provide one of the season's most action-packed matches. Here's a closer look at all of this past weekend's MLS action:

Orlando City played the New York Red Bulls to a 1-1 draw in a match with a combined eight yellows and on red card.

MLS Week 11: Montreal takes a point in Columbus

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Montreal used a disagreement over a penalty to stage a comeback at Columbus while several teams picked up shutouts in MLS week 11.

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 8 of 2016 season

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Here are the ten things we learned from Week 8 of the 2016 MLS season.

1. Toronto makes its move

The last time Toronto traveled down the 401 to Montreal, they were humiliated in the MLS Cup Playoffs. On that night, TFC didn't show up. It was 3-0 Impact at halftime.

But in the first derby of the year in Montreal on Saturday had a very different feeling.

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 8 of 2016 season

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Here are the ten things we learned from Week 8 of the 2016 MLS season.

1. Toronto makes its move

The last time Toronto traveled down the 401 to Montreal, they were humiliated in the MLS Cup Playoffs. On that night, TFC didn't show up. It was 3-0 Impact at halftime.

But in the first derby of the year in Montreal on Saturday had a very different feeling.

Montreal Impact Sign Didier Drogba

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The Montreal Impact have confirmed the signing of former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba. Drogba, who was released by the west London side at the end of the season, will officially join the Canadian club when he receives his Canadian work permit.

Impact President Joey Saputo told the club's official website: It's an honour to welcome Didier Drogba to the Impact.

Fire/Impact talks for Didier Drogba continue

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The Fire and Montreal Impact continue to work towards an agreement that would allow Montreal to acquire the MLS rights to forward Didier Drogba. Chicago upped its offer to Drogba earlier this week but on Friday, the player expressed that his preference was to play in Montreal. The current hold-up in completion of the deal lies with the compensation that Chicago would receive.

Cody Cropper

New England 1, Montreal 0 - Revs Keep Playoff Hopes Alive

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The Revs needed to find a way past a stout Montreal defense, and Lee Nguyen answered the call with a big second half goal.

For the first hour, both the New England Revolution and Montreal Impact searched for a breakthrough goal. The Revs nearly found the opener at the end of the first half and Montreal should have been ahead but Anthony Jackson-Hamel missed a sitter from close range.

How the Revolution can make the playoffs

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It won't be easy, but the Revs still have a shot at playoff soccer.

Cody Cropper hasn't given up on the 2017 season. Last week, the Revolution goalkeeper calculated playoff scenarios for the navy and red. His math determined that New England would need 21 points from its final nine matches to make a legitimate push for the postseason.

Montreal Impact

Impact leapfrog Union with key Eastern Conference win

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After Montreal's first ever rain delay in MLS history, the clouds cleared and soccer finally got underway under the floodlights in Montreal.

The Montreal Impact grabbed a 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Union, with the decisive goals from Michael Salazar and high-impact DP Blerim Dzemaili.

D.C. United fell flat against Montreal, and they need to bounce back right away

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The Last Word grits its teeth and places an infuriating loss in context

Sometimes it's hard to get it together and face a particularly galling loss. Carving out the time to further discuss D.C. United's utterly disappointing showing against the Montreal Impact becomes a chore when the mere thought of the game angers up the blood.

D.C. United vs. Montreal community/site player ratings

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After a surprising win? A disappointing loss, and your ratings.

Nobody (well, almost nobody?) expected D.C. United to come out of Georgia last Sunday with a win, and they got one. They then came home to RFK to kick off the first of 3 home games against the lowly Montreal Impact. Simple task, right?

Fire v Impact match preview

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Qui sont-ils? Aperçu du Match Contre Montreal

The mixed bag keeps on giving. Just two days after a shocking 4-0 thrashing at the hands of expansion side Atlanta United, the Chicago Fire announced the long-rumored signing of Bastian Schweinsteiger. Despite making several key signings in the offseason there was still something missing for the Chicago side, and Nelson Rodriguez seems to have addressed that now.

Drogba dispute settled – Montreal chief

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Montreal (AFP) Montreal Impact chief Joey Saputo said Tuesday the club had settled its dispute with Didier Drogba after the star striker sensationally refused to play last weekend.

The 38-year-old former Chelsea and Ivory Coast star had stunned the club last weekend after demanding to be left out of the match-day squad upon discovering he would start on the bench.

Drogba dispute settled – Montreal chief

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Montreal (AFP) Montreal Impact chief Joey Saputo said Tuesday the club had settled its dispute with Didier Drogba after the star striker sensationally refused to play last weekend.

The 38-year-old former Chelsea and Ivory Coast star had stunned the club last weekend after demanding to be left out of the match-day squad upon discovering he would start on the bench.

Kelyn Rowe Earns MLS Player of the Week Honors

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The midfielder contributed two goals and an assist during Saturday's win vs. Montreal.

For the third time in his MLS career, Revolution midfielder Kelyn Rowe earned MLS Player of the Week honors.

It's a fitting award for Rowe, who scored twice and contributed an assist during Saturday's 3-1 win over the Montreal Impact.

Drogba scores fourth goal of MLS season in Montreal draw

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Montreal (AFP) Former Chelsea standout Didier Drogba scored on a half-volley in the third minute and Eastern Conference leader Montreal played to a 1-1 Major League Soccer draw with visiting Philadelphia.

It was the fourth deadlock in a row for the Impact, with Ivory Coast star Drogba's fourth goal of the season being matched by the Union's CJ Sapong in the 21st minute.

Drogba scores fourth goal of MLS season in Montreal draw

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Montreal (AFP) Former Chelsea standout Didier Drogba scored on a half-volley in the third minute and Eastern Conference leader Montreal played to a 1-1 Major League Soccer draw with visiting Philadelphia.

It was the fourth deadlock in a row for the Impact, with Ivory Coast star Drogba's fourth goal of the season being matched by the Union's CJ Sapong in the 21st minute.

Andreas Ivanschitz's role change highlights tactical tinkering in Sounders' win over Montreal

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Even after Sigi Schmid highlighted that the Sounders clash against the Montreal Impact might feature some changes to their new tactical makeup, it was unsurprising to see how little changed for the Seattle Sounders. While their first half was much of the same-old same-old we've seen the first three games, some small changes paid huge dividends in the second half.

Sounders vs. Montreal - Aftermatch Aftermath: I think therefore I am

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Sometimes expectations versus reality can leave a bitter taste in our mouths. Life is best experienced while living, so take a breath, acknowledge your presence in the now, and be free.

For me, my Saturday paralleled this early season that the Seattle Sounders have so far experienced. I woke up on an air mattress, eager for the forthcoming IKEA shipment that would bring me my brand new bed and mattress, items that I ordered well over a month prior.

Montreal can breathe a sign of relief with the return of Didier Drogba

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The best news of the Montreal Impact's offseason came on Sunday when Didier Drogba effectively announced on Twitter that he'd be returning to Major League Soccer for the 2016 season. Even though owner Joey Saputo couldn't confirm on Monday that Drogba would complete the upcoming season in Montreal, the exhale in Quebec could be heard all over Canada.

Montreal can breathe a sign of relief with the return of Didier Drogba

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The best news of the Montreal Impact's offseason came on Sunday when Didier Drogba effectively announced on Twitter that he'd be returning to Major League Soccer for the 2016 season. Even though owner Joey Saputo couldn't confirm on Monday that Drogba would complete the upcoming season in Montreal, the exhale in Quebec could be heard all over Canada.

Fire notebook - International call ups, injuries, Montreal and more

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The Fire will go into next Saturday's match against the Montreal Impact without several key players. David Accam, Joevin Jones, and Matt Polster are all first team selections that will be out due to international duty. The Fire have two games in Montreal on the schedule and a win in this game can put more pressure on the Impact who are clinging to hopes that their games in hand advantage on everyone else will result in a playoff qualification.

Fire 1 Orlando City 1 - recap and ratings

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For a while it seemed that the stars were lining up for the Fire to make an unlikely jump into the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference standings. Montreal, New York City FC, and Philadelphia had a all lost and a Chicago victory over Orlando City meant a leap above the red line. As has been the case throughout the entire season however, the Fire missed out on a golden opportunity to at least get back into a playoff spot, even if it only would have been temporary.

Philadelphia Union

Union keep digging

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Taking a deeper look at the Union's historic collapse against Montreal.

When CJ Sapong nodded the ball into an empty net midway through the first half on Saturday afternoon, he gave the Philadelphia Union their first multi-goal lead since August 27th. In the time elapsed, the Union stumbled ass-backwards into the playoffs, had their season mercifully ended by Toronto FC, took a long break, and resumed their winless ways when the 2017 MLS season kicked off a month and a half ago.

Zlatan staying with Manchester United, Drogba leaving Montreal: Brotherly Game Daily Links: 11/24/16

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Put that turkey leg down, stop arguing with your family and enjoy some links. Happy Thanksgiving!

Philadelphia Union News

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Major League Standings: Sounders draw late and Vancouver gets blown out

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No red cards this week, Vancouver gets crushed by DC, Seattle comes back, and more this week.

The Sounders came back and scored just as the final whistle was about to blow thanks to Chad Marshall. Still last in the West, but comfortably not in last across the league, Seattle sits with the rest of Cascadia below the magical red line.

Colorado Rapids

Rookie star Morris lifts Sounders into MLS final

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Commerce City (United States) (AFP) Jordan Morris scored a second half goal on Sunday as the Seattle Sounders defeated the Colorado Rapids 1-0 to reach their first MLS championship final in franchise history.

Morris scored in the 56th minute on a pass from Nelson Haedo Valdez as the Sounders took the semi-final series 3-1 in aggregate scoring.

Rookie star Morris lifts Sounders into MLS final

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Commerce City (United States) (AFP) Jordan Morris scored a second half goal on Sunday as the Seattle Sounders defeated the Colorado Rapids 1-0 to reach their first MLS championship final in franchise history.

Morris scored in the 56th minute on a pass from Nelson Haedo Valdez as the Sounders took the semi-final series 3-1 in aggregate scoring.

MLS Cup Playoffs Match Thread: The Conference Semifinals Second Leg

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The MLS Cup Playoffs are back in action today with a solid block of matches for your enjoyment. All four home teams in this second leg of the Conference Semifinals are down a goal or three on aggregate, so expect them to come out swinging with the high powered attacks of both New York sides set to provide some fireworks in the East, while Dallas and Colorado hope to figure things out in the West.

MLS Playoffs: Your Running Commentary

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The MLS playoffs continue on Sunday with a slate of four games to open the conference semifinal round.

Sunday's action begins in Montreal, as the Impact host the New York Red Bulls in Eastern Conference action. The Impact are fresh off a win over D.

Rapids Acquire Eric Miller From Montreal

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Colorado just announced that they've traded their natural first-round 2018 Superdraft pick and general allocation money to Toronto for defender Eric Miller.

Miller is a 23 year old outside back, mainly right back. He made 18 starts and 21 appearances as a rookie for Montreal in 2014 and 6 and 9 last year.

The Rest

Fire v Red Bulls match preview

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What Are They All About? New York Red Bulls

A sigh of relief. This past weekend the Chicago Fire won on the road in Montreal on the back of a Bastian Schweinsteiger goal. It was only their second win from the past nine matches but they did overcome a seven match away winless streak and will be hoping to build on the confidence that the Montreal result offered.

New-look Canada prepares for Gold Cup, Curaçao friendly in Montreal

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It will be a different Canadian men's national team that will walk into the 2017 Gold Cup. A new face in head coach Octavio Zambrano and a younger squad show a shift in the national team, which is training in Laval, on Montreal's north shore. But before this, Canada will have a rendez-vous with Curaçao at Stade Saputo on June 13.

Philadelphia Union press conference recap

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Union head coach Jim Curtin spoke with the media about the draw with Montreal, the upcoming match in Portland, and why the turf in Portland is better than anywhere else (but it's still not grass).

With a tough three-game road trip on the horizon, Philadelphia Union Head Coach Jim Curtin fielded questions from media on Wednesday afternoon.

Fire 3 Union 0 - recap and ratings

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Following last weekend's debacle in DC the Fire showed some pride and put together another very good team performance reminiscent of the win in Montreal that they were looking to build on. Chicago was the better side for most of the night and have moved out of the MLS cellar surpassing Columbus and Houston for that dubious distinction.

Montreal’s Impact Players Get the Job Done

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Two critical goals from Didier Drogba and Ignacio Piatti in the second half wiped out Kennedy Igboananike's first-half strike and visiting Montreal came away 2:1 winners at Toyota Park on Saturday. The Fire's attack spent most of the afternoon sputtering, as the team's main offensive threats were starved of any service.

2015 Dynamo Theory Creamsicles: Rob Lovejoy wins Goal of the Year!

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The first career goal for the Houston Dynamo rookie results in a Creamsicle win!

The wait is over! The ballots have been submitted, counted, recounted, and are now here for your viewing pleasure. Dynamo Theory will announce the 2015 Creamsicles award winners one by one over the next 5 days.

TFC 3 Montreal 1 or Tim L.'s dream come true

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Banish thoughts of last Saturday (where TFC were mauled by NYCFC), TFC looked strong last night.

Bradley scores in the first half and that has always been a recipe for success. Bradley can start setting up others once he has established his goal scoring potential to 10.
Sure the TFC goal came after falling behind to Montreal.