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LA Galaxy forward Robbie Keane voted 2014 Volkswagen MLS Most Valuable Player

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On the heels of his best MLS season yet, LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane on Wednesday was honored with the 2014 Volkswagen MLS Most Valuable Player award.

The 34-year-old Republic of Ireland international enjoyed a phenomenal 2014, registering an MLS career-high 19 goals and 14 assists over 29 appearances, directly contributing to nearly half of the Galaxy's league-leading 69 goals.

The 1st Annual “I Don’t Get a Vote” MLS Awards

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By: RescindedRedMLS

Rather than pretend to understand the mind set of MLS award voters, I am developing my own awards that I believe will best tell the story of the 2013 MLS regular season. These awards aren't necessarily achievements but rather reference points that give more depth than the Golden Boot or Defender of the Year.

Anatomy of a MVP Trophy

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By: RescindedRedMLS

Statistics can speak truth and at the same time misguide the masses. They can provide understanding to the greater story and support impressive claims. However, in soccer simply reviewing the leader board at the end of the season does not convey the whole story. And in the case of the 2013 MLS MVP race the goal tally alone fails to give life to one of the most fascinating narratives in years.

With Dero suspended, United fall to Houston in MLS season opener

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D.C. United opened the 2013 MLS season without their team captain and former league MVP, Dwayne De Rosario. Dero was serving the first game of a two game suspension resulting from a skirmish during United's pre-season match with rivals Philadelphia.


MLS MVP De Rosario out 10-12 weeks with MCL sprain

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De Rosario suffers MCL sprain
Grade III injury to sideline reigning Volkswagen MLS MVP 10-12 weeks

Washington, D.C. (September 13, 2012) – D.C. United, having consulted with Doctor James Gilbert of Metro Orthopedics and Sports Therapy in Silver Spring, Md., announced today that midfielder-forward Dwayne De Rosario has suffered a grade III MCL sprain.

James Marcelin’s Recent Lack of Minutes Boils Down to Matchups, Injuries

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FC Dallas fans have been abuzz recently over the club's return to form, an uptick which not surprisingly has coincided with the return of 2010 MLS MVP David Ferreira to the field. However, one player who hasn't been seeing much in the way of PT over this recent stretch is defensive midfielder James Marcelin, who has played in just three of Dallas' last seven matches.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: David Ferreira

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FC Dallas has revived a season that looked like a lost cause just a month ago, and one of the key factors behind the recent resurgance is the play of former MLS MVP David Ferreira.

The Colombian playmaker illustrated his importance to the Dallas attack repeatedly in recent weeks, and the past week was his best yet.

Pontius propels D.C. United to win over Crew

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In DC United's first league match since the MLS All-Star Game, Chris Pontius showed why he was chosen as All-Star MVP of that dramtic win over Chelsea almost two weeks ago.

Pontius pounced on a rebound and scored in the 49th minute of a key Eastern Conference showdown between DC United and the Columbus Crew on Saturday night, and United ended up holding on to earn a 1-0 win in front of 14,640 fans at RFK Stadium.

Hyndman backs Shea to return to form

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By BRYAN ROBISON

Brek Shea has been conspicuously absent from the FC Dallas lineup for the last two matches, but coach Schellas Hyndman thinks a break from everything is all his struggling star needs to kick start what has been an otherwise disappointing season.

Valuing Le Toux

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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (July 19, 2012) US Soccer Players -- No one disputes that Sebastien Le Toux is a very good soccer player. Tireless, intuitive, and skilled, Le Toux has a collection of abilities that make him a highly valued asset on any team with which he plays. That collection of abilities made Le Toux a regular MVP candidate and fan favorite in Philadelphia, where he quickly became the face of a.

SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 19

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With the league's best record on the line, the San Jose Earthquakes came through Saturday in spectacular fashion.

San Jose, the Supporters' Shield front-runner, rose to the challenge against second-place Real Salt Lake on Saturday, cruising to a 5-0 win that secured a season sweep of RSL and a firm grasp on the top spot in this SBI MLS Power Rankings.

SBI Mid-Season MLS Most Valuable Player: Chris Wondolowski

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Chris Wondolowski just won't stop scoring goals.

After leading the league in goals each of the past two seasons with 18 tallies in 2010 and 16 last year, Wondolowski has already found net 14 times in just 16 games for San Jose this season, leading the Earthquakes to a league-best 11-4-3 record.

Ferreira’s Impact in Season Debut

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Using the Opta Chalkboard to analyze the FC Dallas playmaker

Article by Anders Aarhus

To say it's been a tough season for FC Dallas would be an understatement. Plagued by injuries to key players throughout the season the team has won just three games and is dead last in the Western Conference on 15 points.

Ferreira, Villar Still on Track to be Bench Players for July 4th Game

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Monday was the first day that Ricardo Villar had gone through a full training session with FC Dallas since suffering his foot injury back in April. 2010 MLS MVP David Ferreira has also been worked more into specific drills and it looks like both attacking midfielders could be available off the bench for Wednesday's visit from Toronto FC.

David Ferreira Back in Boots

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A bit of good news came out of Tuesday's training session for FC Dallas. 2010 MLS MVP David Ferreira, who has missed the last 15 months with an ankle injury, returned to practice in his boots for the first time in some time. FCD head coach Schellas Hyndman elaborated.

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ANDRES INIESTA - SERGIO RAMOS CANDIDATES FOR THE FIFA CONFEDERATIONS CUP MVP

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Euro 2012 Redress: Who Is Your Best Eleven?

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Alba, MVP worthy?

Zack Goldman's Team of the Tournament

GK: Gianluigi Buffon (ITA)

In anyone's list, this will be a toss-up between Buffon and Iker Casillas of Spain—and rightfully so, as both have convincing cases for a Best XI bid.

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MLS MVP Race Shows Sounders Too Talented To Win Award

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First off, the leader is Chris Wondolowski and unless San Jose starts to fade or the stretch run has someone go made (maybe like another couple 6 goal months?) he should be the MVP. There is no doubt he is the Most Valuable Player in the league right now. Where it gets interesting for Sounders fans is that they have four players that received at least one vote on the 20 ballots.

Me on the Talking to the Doll podcast

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Some self-promotional love: I was graciously invited to do the Talking to the Doll podcast last night along with @ordoetchao, @bigsoccerheadny and of course the host and Benfiquista (we don't hold that against him) @TalkingToDaDoll.

Give the episode a listen here at http://talkingtothedoll.

FC Dallas

Sounders at FC Dallas - Three Questions

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The statistics say that Dallas is a bad team. On paper they are not really "in" the competition for a MLS Cup Playoffs spot. This is one of the cases where those systems can not accurately reflect how good FC Dallas is. They've recently gotten David Ferreira and George John back. In their last ten games they have 17 points to Seattle's 18.

What a Difference

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If you've ever doubted the lack of depth in MLS, the value of an MVP and DP, and the complete superstar skills of David Ferreira... then the performance of FCD since El Torito's return should have elimited those doubts. 80% says Hyndman, and DF's still the best there is.

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FC Dallas snaps 13-match winless slide with comeback road win in Colorado

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FC Dallas had gone 13 matches without a win. A span of three miserable months that sucked the life out of a season that began with so much promise. There was very little reason to think Dallas would be able to go to Colorado and find that elusive victory in one of the tougher places to play in MLS, but FC Dallas found a way to end their misery, if only for one night.

Ihemelu, Shea Scheduled to Play in Heroes Baseball Game on June 30

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Two FC Dallas players-captain Ugo Ihemelu and 2011 MLS MVP finalist Brek Shea, are scheduled to be among the participants in the 2012 Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game, which will be held at Dr. Pepper Ballpark in Frisco on Saturday, June 30.

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UEFA SUPER CUP RESULT | CHELSEA FC 1 AT MADRID 4

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SPANISH FOOTBALL Club ATLETICO DE MADRID won the UEFA SUPER CUP 1 - 4 over the European Champions CHELSEA FC. Spectacular performance from the Spaniards who put in an almost perfect match with forward FALCAO being the main star (MVP). Falcao The Colombian used the "World stage" to show that he is one of - if not - the Best Center Forwards on the planet with a HAT-TRICK & three posts.

ANDRES INIESTA | UEFA BEST EUROPEAN PLAYER 2011 - 2012

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UEFA has announced tonight that FC BARCELONA & Spanish International ANDRES INIESTA is the winner of the "UEFA Best European Player" season 2011 - 2012. The Spaniard won ahead of team-mate Lionel Messi & Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, to be awarded possibly Iniesta´s biggest individual prize to date.

Former Washington Freedom Star, Abby Wambach Previews Gold Medal Game against Japan

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In two seasons with the Washington Freedom (2002-2003/WUSA & 2009-2010/WPS) Abby Wambach not only played along side the most famous U.S. Soccer player ever - Mia Hamm, she also won a league championship and was named MVP. Wambach scored 44 goals and added 30 assists while playing for the Freedom franchise and was by far a fan favorite at the Maryland SoccerPlex.

SPANISH FOOTBALL | ANDRES INIESTA 2012 EURO MVP + EURO IDEAL TEAM

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Perhaps it is the moment to finally give the next FIFA World Player Award to FC Barcelona & Spanish International player ANDRES INIESTA. Many feel - myself included - that Iniesta should have been given the 2010 Fifa World Player Award instead of Lionel Messi after his great FIFA World Cup performance with winning goal included.

Videos

Joan Gamper trophy: Sampdoria beat "baby" Barca, 1-0

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A Barca team featuring many reserves and sparingly used first team members with the exception of Ibrahim Affelay and David Villa lost to Sampdoria on a very, very hot afternoon. The match also featured Jonathan Dos Santos, Marc Bartra, Martin Montoya, and goalie Jose Pinto.

Sergi Roberto showed signs of becoming part of the first squad firmament picking up the MVP.

The MLS Grinder: A Clasico to remember

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Wondo, your MVP frontrunner at the turn. Game of the Week San Jose 4, LA Galaxy 3 There have been moments in the brief flash of light that has been MLS' existence that the league makes you stop for a moment and marvel. Goals, transfers and individual bits of skill often fill this void, though these moments of tempestuous brilliance are often kept at a reasonably low rate of return so as

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2012 London Olympics: USWNT Get Retribution, Win Gold at Wembley Against Japan

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For their third Olympics in a row and fourth time overall, the United States Women's National Team stood at the center podium, and had gold be put around their necks. Even sweeter was the victory, which came at the expense of Japan, who stole the 2011 World Cup in a heartbreaking penalty shootout last summer.

USWNT Top Canada in Olympic Send Off Match at Rio Tinto Stadium

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On a brutally hot day in Utah, the USWNT continued their strong run in form, besting rivals Canada in the last game the two teams will play before the Summer Olympics. Despite the heat, both teams played hard in front of a decent crowd at Rio Tinto Stadium. It may not have been the prettiest of games, but it had good pace and was entertaining throughout.

D.C. United

MLS Ticker: United-Juventus friendly canceled, RSL signs Mansally and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

It appears Juventus will not be making a trip to Washington D.C. this summer after all.

D.C. United announced Thursday that their July 28 friendly with Juventus that was part of the Herbalife World Football Challenge has been canceled.

Union-DCU Preview: A Chat With Black And Red United

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The Brotherly Game talked with Martin Shatzer of Black and Red United, SB Nation's D.C. United site, ahead of tonight's Philadelphia Union-D.C. United game at PPL Park. For more on the game, and United, head over to Black and Red United.
The Brotherly Game: Last year it was a ridiculous run by Dwayne De Rosario that helped to make D.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Nowak out

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He was the only head coach the Philadelphia Union have ever had, and now he and the team have parted ways.

The departure of Peter Nowak is the topic on this week's KYW Philly Soccer Show. In part one, KYW's Greg Orlandini and Philly Soccer Page writer El Pearlman-Storch discuss the timing of Nowak's release and the promotion of his assistant, John Hackworth, as interim manager.

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Feilhaber and Melia Up for End of Year Awards

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MLS today announced the finalists for this year's end of season awards. Two Sporting KC players are among the finalists for awards this year. Benny Feilhaber and Tim Melia are the two representatives from KC that could bring home individual hardware this year.

Feilhaber is up for the big award, MVP, where he is up against Sebastian Giovinco and former KC forward, Kei Kamara.

Grant Named PDL MVP

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Photo credit: Seacoast United Phantoms

The accolades keep on pouring through for Seacoast United Phantoms striker Anthony Grant, who was named as the PDL's Most Valuable Player on Thursday at the league's Championship Dinner.

Grant, who also made the All-Conference Team for the Eastern Conference earlier this week, scored 12 goals in 12 games for the Phantoms in 2015.

Dispatch: Chicago Fire (1) vs. Toronto FC (0)

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Screen shot of MLS table for Eastern Conference from MLSsoccer.com

OTF contributor Daniel Casey confronts winning and its consequences...

For now, it appears as though the Chicago Fire on their way to making the playoffs. The idea is shocking given how mediocre the team has been.

News on Juniors, Sporting, Comets, and FCKC

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First, this week's podcast is up for your listening pleasure, Thad and I discuss Roger Espinoza, Sporting's end of season awards, Aurelien Collin, the State of the League address, MLS Cup, the Comets, and FC KC. Enjoy on Posterous and iTunes.

College Cup

Starting tomorrow night, the College Cup quarterfinals kick off with 9th seed North Carolina hosting 16th seed Indiana.

Espinoza to Wigan?

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The first I saw of this rumor was reading The Daily Wiz, which linked to an article from The Mirror in the UK. Needless to say I took it with a large grain of salt, even though it does make some sense. Wigan has in the past brought in other Hondurans, like Wilson Palacios and currently has Maynor Figueroa in their squad as well.

He’s Back!

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Thankfully for the FCD faithful, their MVP and Designated Player David Ferreira is back on the field. Is it in time to save the 2012 season? Perhaps only time will tell.