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MLS Live Scoreboard: Red Bulls and Impact tied at halftime, Fire set to face Galaxy

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Following a busy midweek period headlined by Champions League action, MLS is back this weekend with some intriguing clashes.

Action began on Friday night, as Orlando City took down the Philadelphia Union while LAFC toppled the Vancouver Whitecaps. On Saturday, there are seven additional games on the schedule, starting with the New York Red Bulls' clash with the Montreal Impact.

The MLS report: the best week*

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It was almost the best week in MLS history. Instead, we got confirmation of the undisputed best team in league history. We take a look at Toronto's success and the Red Bulls failure.

Toronto FC into CONCACAF Champions League final

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Toronto FC overcame an early injury to Jozy Altidore on Tuesday to book their place in the final of the CONCACAF Champions League with a 4-2 aggregate win over Mexico’s Club America.

Leading 3-1 after the first leg in Canada, Toronto travelled to Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca aiming to become only the third Major League Soccer team to reach the final in the Champions League era.

Toronto FC into CONCACAF Champions League final

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Toronto FC overcame an early injury to Jozy Altidore on Tuesday to book their place in the final of the CONCACAF Champions League with a 4-2 aggregate win over Mexico’s Club America.

Leading 3-1 after the first leg in Canada, Toronto travelled to Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca aiming to become only the third Major League Soccer team to reach the final in the Champions League era.

Doolsta finishes third in qualifying, advances to eMLS Cup playoffs

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Cormac Dooley had an even stronger second day at the FIFA18 tournament at PAX East in Boston on Friday

Four wins, four losses and a draw were enough for Cormac Dooley, aka Doolsta, to finish third place in the East and advance to the eMLS Cup playoffs in Boston on Friday.

The 17-year-old Irishman from West Chester, who is representing the Philadelphia Union at the tournament, had wins over LyesMTL (Montreal Impact), FIFA Abe (Orlando City) and swept a two-game set against SKAMZZ1992 (Columbus Crew).

Revs smash four past 10-man Impact

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Anytime you can take control of a match in its early stages, you're putting yourself in a great position to earn positive results, and the New England Revolution did just that on Friday night.

The Revolution used a pair of first-half goals and added another pair after halftime to roll past the 10-man Montreal Impact, 4-0, at Gillette Stadium.

News roundup: U.S. women thrash Mexico, Union’s bus program, and Earnie moving on?

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It's the last roundup of the week. You want stories? We got stories.

MLS lessons for the Concacaf Champions League

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Apr 2, 2018) US Soccer Players – The Concacaf Champions League resumes this week with the first-legs of the semifinals. It's also the resumption of the MLS vs Liga MX story, one that almost always favors Mexico. While the other Champions League will be getting most of the attention this week, it's in Concacaf where MLS teams will once again try to stop a Liga MX club from lifting another trophy.

Best of MLS Week 5: Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Montreal Impact, and more

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Week 5 of the 2018 MLS season provided many things. It had high scoring games featuring arch rivals, outstanding comebacks, and quite possibly one of the most impressive volleys the league has ever seen.

But, let's face it, this week belong's to one man, and one man alone, and it wasn't Dominique Badji.

News roundup: Zlatan, defensive injuries, and an all star game opponent

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Today's news hits on the signing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Union injuries and possible replacements, and how war can shape a soccer club— plus much more.

MLS Ticker: Villa still in doubt, Impact add a defender, and more

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David Villa is unlikely to see the pitch for New York City FC when they take on the New England Revolution on Saturday.

The Spanish forward missed last weekend's match against Orlando City after suffering a calf strain in their 2-1 win over the LA Galaxy two weeks ago.

Villa is yet to resume full training with the squad, but is practicing on the side during full team sessions.

ATF: Matt Miazga Aims To Be USMNT Regular

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Also: Defending Champs TFC in rare air, ATLUD's Josef Martinez closing on MLS hattrick record, Gio Savarese hold his weekly presser, Dave Sarachan's contract has been extended and more!

Portland

Giovanni Savarese's Weekly Press Conference | Mar. 20, 2018 | Portland Timbers
Timbers head coach Giovanni Savarese talks with members of the media during his weekly press conference at Providence Park.

The MLS report: Matchday 3

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It was a colorful weekend in MLS with a shade of sky blue and some reds sprinkled in. PSP's MLS recap is here.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 3/20/18

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Jack Elliott makes the MLS Team of the Week, Montreal adds a midfielder, and big changes could be coming to Manchester United

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Jack Elliott named to MLS Team of the Week
This is the second time in two performances that Elliott has been recognized by the league and been selected to their Team of the Week.

Impact sign Uruguayan midfielder Alejandro Silva

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The Montreal Impact's midfield got even deeper on Monday, with the acquisition of Uruguayan international midfielder Alejandro Silva.

Silva was acquired from Argentine club CA Lanus via the use of Targeted Allocation Money, and the 28-year-old has signed a three-year deal with the club.

He has four caps with the Uruguayan National Team, most recently last Summer in friendlies against Ireland and Italy.

The Best of MLS Week 3: Josef Martinez, Graham Zusi, and more

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It was another excellent week of MLS action featuring memorable goals and memorable performances.

Everything from an electric goal scorer creating more headlines to an unexpected taly from a third round rookie showed up in the league this week. But that wasn't all it had to offer.

Here's our staff picks for the Best of MLS Week 3:

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Josef Martinez has taken MLS by storm.

Montreal down MLS Cup champs Toronto

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Los Angeles (AFP) – The Montreal Impact notched their first win of the Major League Soccer season on Saturday, knocking off MLS Cup champions Toronto FC 1-0 in a cross-Canadian clash.

Impact newcomer Jeisson Vargas struck with a deflected finish past Toronto keeper Alex Bono minutes before halftime.

Montreal down MLS Cup champs Toronto

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Los Angeles (AFP) – The Montreal Impact notched their first win of the Major League Soccer season on Saturday, knocking off MLS Cup champions Toronto FC 1-0 in a cross-Canadian clash.

Impact newcomer Jeisson Vargas struck with a deflected finish past Toronto keeper Alex Bono minutes before halftime.

Vargas opens account, Impact take first win over rivals Toronto FC

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Mission accomplished for the Montreal Impact.

Back at home after losing their two first games, the Impact managed to win their first three points of the season against none other than arch rivals Toronto FC.

Jeisson Vargas's first ever MLS goal combined with a solid performance defensively allowed the Impact to ink the latest chapter of the Montreal-Toronto rivalry in their favour with a 1-0 win.

What will we learn in MLS week 3?

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Mar 16, 2018) US Soccer Players - MLS might be a league of parity, but three weeks into the season not all games are even. A few might have more to teach us than others. Injuries, midweek games for Concacaf Champions League participants, and unusual conditions will play a role in the results and how we parse them.

MLS recap: Week 2

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We're trying something new — a weekly recap of all the MLS action. This week's storylines include Champions League success, a rash of late winners, and goals galore.

Late Gyasi Zardes penalty helps Crew get past Impact

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The Columbus Crew were bailed out in stoppage time as a late penalty handed them their second win to start the 2018 season.

Gregg Berhalter's Crew used a penalty from Gyasi Zardes in the 94th minute to beat Montreal 3-2 on Saturday.

The Crew were far from deserving of the result, as the Impact controlled the contest for throughout the second half, as they made up a two-goal deficit.

New England Revolution

Revolution success tied to Brad Friedel’s work in the off-season

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The Revs are happy with the contributions of their new signings.

The New England Revolution are 3-1-1, which is an impressive start for a team that brought in a new coach and several new players. This success didn't happen overnight, however, as the coaching staff spent many hours during preseason developing and implementing their plan.

Revolution 4, Impact 0: Revs increase unbeaten run to four straight

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The Revs are now on their best run since the summer of 2015.

The New England Revolution extended their unbeaten run to four straight when they downed the Montreal Impact on Friday night.

The opening moments were relatively quiet as both teams struggled to take hold of the game. Things changed in the 15th minute when Saphir Taider was shown a red card for a tackle on Luis Caciedo.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Week 2 of MLS play kicks off on Saturday with a full slate of seven matches.

It all starts in Columbus as the Crew host the Montreal Impact to kickstart the day. The afternoon slate also sees a clash between the Colorado Rapids and New England Revolution while LAFC faces another tough road test at Real Salt Lake.

Brian Schmetzer

If you have two starting left backs, you don’t have a starting left back

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A deep dive into Sounders most unsettled position — Nouhou vs Francis.

There's no question outside backs are vital to the Seattle Sounders attack under Brian Schmetzer. In fact, when asked what the team looked to do offensively in the week leading up to the Montreal Impact match, the coach outlined in clear terms, "We need to be true to ourselves.

Cristian Roldan: Sounders looked “lackadaisical” in Montreal loss

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Neither the midfielder nor skipper Brian Schmetzer were happy with what they saw on film.

As the Seattle Sounders are learning to their chagrin in the early phases of the MLS season, game film from periods of playing with only 10 men is all but useless from a tactical standpoint. Cristian Roldan and Brian Schmetzer also didn't much like what they saw in the 40 minutes of usable footage generated from Saturday's 1-0 loss to the Montreal Impact.

Sounders vs Montreal Impact: Full coverage

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Before you watch the game on JOEtv or YouTube TV read everything you can about the match.

Things are not good in SounderLand. Jordan Morris is out for the season. Clint Dempsey is out for this game. There are a few other injuries as well. The Seattle Sounders sit with zero points in league play, staring up at the red line, an all too familiar early season sight.

IGNACIO PIATTI

Seattle Sounders vs. Montreal Impact: Highlights, stats and quotes

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MATCH SUMMARY

Seattle Sounders FC 0 - Montreal Impact 1

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Venue: Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field

Referee: Ismail Elfath

Assistants: Kathryn Nesbitt, Jeremy Hanson

Fourth Official: David Gantar

VAR: Edvin Jurisevic

Attendance: 39,469

Weather: 51 degrees and clear

SCORING SUMMARY

MTL - Jeisson Vargas (Ignacio Piatti) 60'

MISCONDUCT SUMMARY

SEA - Kelvin Leerdam (ejection) 40'

MTL - Daniel Lovitz (caution) 41'

MTL - Ken Krolicki (caution) 48'

SEA - Román Torres (caution) 71'

MTL - Samuel Piette (caution) 83'

LINEUPS & STATS

Seattle Sounders FC - Stefan Frei; Kelvin Leerdam, Román Torres, Chad Marshall, Waylon Francis (Nouhou 84'); Gustav Svensson, Cristian Roldan, Magnus Wolff Eikrem (Jordan McCrary HT'), Handwalla Bwana (Alex Roldan 74'), Nico Lodeiro - captain; Will Bruin

Substitutes not used: Bryan Meredith, Harry Shipp, Jordy Delem, Lamar Neagle

Total shots: 12 (Lodeiro, 4)

Shots on goal: 4 (Four players, 1)

Fouls: 12 (Four players, 2)

Offside: 4 (Bruin, 2)

Corner-kicks: 6 (Lodeiro/Wolf Eikrem, 3)

Saves: 3 (Frei, 3)

FC Dallas - Evan Bush; Chris Duvall, Victor Cabrera, Rod Fanni, Jukka Raitala, Daniel Lovitz; Samuel Piette, Ken Krolicki (Alejandro Silva 81'), Saphir Taider; Ignacio Piatti - captain, Jeisson Vargas (Anthony Jackson-Hamel 72')

Substitutes not used: Clement Diop, Rudy Camacho, Dominic Oduro, Raheem Edwards, Louis Beland-Goyette

Total shots: 8 (Vargas, 5)

Shots on goal: 4 (Vargas, 4)

Fouls: 18 (Piette, 7)

Offside: 3 (Three players, 1)

Corner-kicks: 3 (Taider, 2)

Saves: 4 (Bush, 4)

SOUNDERS FC HEAD COACH BRIAN SCHMETZER

On the team's attack before the red card:

"It was not as fluid as I would have liked.

Impact pick up road win over 10-man Sounders

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SEATTLE It was not the prettiest 90 minutes, but the Montreal Impact exploited a red-card advantage and managed to escape the Emerald City on Saturday night with a 1-0 victory over the Seattle Sounders in front of 39,469 at CenturyLink Field.

The Impact (2-2-0, 6 points) opened the scoring in the 60th minute, courtesy of a Waylon Francis turnover, a bit of class from captain Ignacio Piatti, and a simple finish from Jeisson Vargas.

The Rest

Tactics and Trends: Return of the Honey Badger

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Osvaldo Alonso's first appearance of 2018 gives Sounders a much needed boost.

One point in two games. It's not a blazing pace by any stretch of the imagination — in fact such a clip would virtually assure a last-place finish if extended throughout the year. But after a horrid start to MLS play, history may mark the last two-match stretch as an early turning point for the Seattle Sounders.

Realio’s Impact Ratings: Lodeiro’s performance can’t overcome yet another red card

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Despite bright spots in the second half, the Sounders couldn't dig themselves out of their own hole.

This was a tough game, as once again the Seattle Sounders came out a bit flat and had an early red card that derailed an overall good effort. The 0-1 final score in the loss to the Montreal Impact highlighted many of the negatives so far on the season: player control issues, lack of finishing, and a continued inability to get multiple creative pieces on the field at the same time.

#ShaveTheBeard: Andrew Farrell Scores First MLS Goal

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IT FINALLY HAPPENED!

Andrew Farrell has played in 171 total MLS games between the regular season and playoffs since being the top overall pick at the 2013 MLS SuperDraft. His beard has two defunct twitter accounts, he clears at least one ball a game with a bicycle kick simply because he can.

Revs have a logjam up front, but that’s no problem for Friedel

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The return of Krisztian Nemeth will create more competition in the attack.

In the quest for regular minutes, Krisztian Nemeth has run into his share of roadblocks.

Last season, a slow transition to Foxboro, a Revolution team with nothing to play for, and a foolish red card got in his way.

Sounders 0, Montreal Impact 1: Home loss another slap in the face

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It was another short-handed performance from Seattle, who stumbled and collapsed at home against Montreal Saturday.

SEATTLE – Stop when this starts to get familiar. The Seattle Sounders were reduced to 10 men, then gave up a goal on a defensive miscue in a 1-0 home loss to the Montreal Impact at CenturyLink Field Saturday.

Sounders vs Montreal Impact: Living gamethread

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JOEtv has the match at 7:00 p.m.; watch with us.

"This we'll defend." This, is CenturyLink Field. This, is our history. This is multiple trophies, history. This, is the Seattle Sounders. Today, they look for their first league win in 2018. Montreal Impact, another team with a legacy that stretches through the NASL and various lower leagues stands in the way.

Rod Fanni impresses in Impact debut despite ten-month absence

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The last time Rod Fanni played in a competitive soccer game was on May 20, 2017 in Ligue 1 with Olympique Marseille, who beat SC Bastia 1-0 at the Velodrome and Fanni had played the full 90 minutes.

It took ten months, but the 36-year-old Frenchman finally stepped on the pitch again, this time in Montreal's Olympic Stadium, only 12 days after officially signing for the Impact.

ATF: The Timbers have scored in 22 straight

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Also: Shaq Moore looking for a USMNT call up, Sinc picks up a brace for Canada, Montreal Impact to sign a defender, Zlatan tempted by move to LA and more!

Portland

#StatMan Three | Sebastián Blanco's goal extends Timbers goalscoring streak to 22 straight regular-season games | Portland Timbers
Sebastián Blanco scored but it was not enough as the Portland Timbers lost to the LA Galaxy 2-1 Sunday night at the StubHub Center in Portland's first match of the 2018 MLS season.

Kamara, Davies open their accounts in Whitecaps win over Impact

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Two star players opened their respective Vancouver Whitecaps accounts in the team's season opener at home against the Montreal Impact.

Kei Kamara scord his first goal for the club while Alphonso Davies scored his first MLS goal in a 2-1 win over the visiting Impact.

The first half remained scoreless however the Whitecaps counted on a few chances.

Quick-fire preview: Revs seek fresh start, visit Union

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Revs soccer is back. Here's what you need to know about First Kick 2018.

The last time the Revolution played in a meaningful soccer match, the club earned its first road win of 2017 in a 3-0 triumph over the Montreal Impact. That contest took place on Oct. 22, 2017.

On Saturday, the Revs will hit the road again—this time, to open the 2018 season against the Philadelphia Union.