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Armchair Analyst: Deluge of goals continues vs. MNUFC & more from Week 4
Thanks to the international date Week 4 was an abbreviated, limited week. There was still, however, enough happening for us to divine a few truths from 270 minutes of MLS action.

VanOekel shines as RSL, Red Bulls play to scoreless draw

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The New York Red Bulls and Real Salt Lake, depleted of resources because of the international break, played to a scoreless draw at Red Bull Arena on Saturday.

The first half saw Real Salt Lake, under interim coach Daryl Shore for the first time, dominate in the early minutes, keeping the New York defense busy.

MLS Week 3: Your Running Commentary

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While international soccer dominates the weekend's schedule, MLS returns on Saturday with a trio of interesting matches.

The day starts at Gillette Stadium as the New England Revolution host Minnesota United. The Loons return to action after sealing their first ever point last time out.

MLS Look Ahead: Week 4

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The international break only slows down MLS, it rarely ever shuts it down for a weekend. That's the case for Week 4, as three matches take place on Saturday at a trio of Eastern Conference venues.

Among the small slate of matches in MLS is a rematch of the 2015 MLS Cup and a crucial match for a team that fired its manager earlier in the week.

MLS Ticker: Marsch begins UEFA course, Sir Alex praises MLS, and more

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Once again, New York Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch has been linked with Europe, but this time it's just for a coaching course.

Marsch will miss the team's training sessions on Wednesday and Thursday this week as he begins a UEFA coaching course, the team announced. Though Marsch is expected back for this weekend's match against Real Salt Lake at Red Bull Arena, assistant coach Chris Armas will run the training sessions he is expected to miss.

We gave that diving Red Bull the Shooting Stars treatment

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Watch first, ask questions later.

Last night's Seattle Sounders vs New York Red Bulls match was a fun and fitting return home for the defending champions. This game had (almost) everything: tifo, stars, a really big cup, goals, yellow cards, flame throwers, penalties, flare-ups, etc. And even — to my delight — a dive by Red Bulls forward Fredrik Gulbrandsen.

Can the Revolution thrive without a team-controlled USL side?

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It's open thread day. Share your thoughts in our week 2 Morning Muster.

Over the past several seasons, the trend of fielding a second-tier reserve squad has taken off among MLS clubs. Teams like the New York Red Bulls, LA Galaxy and Portland Timbers, to name a few, have all established successful USL teams to provide roster flexibility at the senior level.

This Sunday is for celebrating—but it’s also for winning

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Brian Schmetzer wants his players to soak in the home opener excitement—until the whistle blows

The Seattle Sounders are set for a historic home opener on Sunday at CenturyLink Field against the New York Red Bulls. The match is not only important because they get to unfurl their MLS Cup championship banner at home, but also because it mirrors their first ever MLS home opener exactly eight years later.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 2

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Week two of the 2017 MLS season is now in the books, as one expansion team clearly established their superiority over their cross-conference counterpart with a serious beat-down.

The Chicago Fire scored two quick strikes, courtesy of Nemanja Nikolic and Arturo Alvarez and never looked back en route to a 2-0 victory over Real Salt Lake.

How to Watch the MLS weekend in Week 2, TV and Streaming Listings

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Three Big Storylines, National TV and Streaming Listings and From a Sounders Point of View.

Three Big Storylines:

Minnesota United will have their franchise opener on Sunday against fellow expansion side Atlanta United. Both expansion teams lost their opening game, Atlanta lost at home 2-1 to the New York Red Bulls while Minnesota lost at Portland 5-1.

MLS Ticker: Goossens out for months, Glad doubtful for Saturday

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The mess in the Chicago Fire midfield got worse on Wednesday, as the club announced central midfielder John Goossens will undergo surgery on Friday for a defect of a deltoid ligament sprain in his right ankle. He is expected to miss five to six months because of the surgery.

"John's injury is cruel, particularly given the effort he was making on the play in added time,"said Fire general manager Nelson Rodríguez.

Is Ozzie Alonso the dirtiest player in MLS?

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Anonymous survey of MLS players suggests it's at least a reasonably common perception.

There might not be a player in Seattle Sounders history more universally loved by the fan base, teammates, and front office than Osvaldo Alonso. It's not hard to understand why. Alonso's rare combination of hard tackling and slick passing have made him one of the top defensive midfielders throughout his MLS career.

Red Bulls rally to spoil Atlanta United's MLS debut

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A dream start for Atlanta United seemed to be in the cards on Sunday night at Bobby Dodd Stadium, but a tactical switch by Jesse Marsch and an equalizer soon after ruined the expansion side's MLS debut.

A Daniel Royer header, and an own goal from Anton Walkes, in the final 15 minutes handed the New York Red Bulls a 2-1 victory on Sunday night.

MLS Week 1: A Look Ahead

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The 2017 MLS season is upon us, and with it comes an exciting slate of matches featuring all 22 teams over an action-packed weekend.

The season kicks of Friday night in Portland, as the Timbers welcome new expansion team Minnesota United in their first ever MLS match, nationally televised on Fox Sports 1.

Denis Hamlett ready for new challenge as Red Bulls sporting director

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Talk about a promotion.

The New York Red Bulls appointed assistant head coach Denis Hamlett as their newest sporting director on Tuesday, filling the role that was curiously made vacant on Feb. 16 when the club parted ways with Ali Curtis for unknown reasons.

MLS Ticker: Evans injured, Hamlett named Red Bulls Sporting director and more

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The Seattle Sounders will be without a key defender to start the 2017 season.

According to the Seattle Times, Brad Evans could missfive-to-seven weeks due to a calf muscle strain. The versatile defender was a likely starter at right back, a position of weakness for the club.

Hackworth names 26-man roster for U.S. Under-17 camp

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In preparation for the upcoming CONCACAF U-17 Championships, head coach John Hackworth has named his 26-man roster for a pair of upcoming friendlies.

The roster features a heavy dose of players currently on MLS academy rosters, with 15 of the 26 currently featuring in MLS teams' youth systems.

Manchester United wins EFL Cup, La Liga recap: Brotherly Game Daily Links 2/27/17

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Links to start the week.

MLS News

Orlando City Acquires Giles Barnes from Vancouver for Brek Shea
Orlando City has traded Brek Shea to the Vancouver Whitecaps for midfielder Giles Barnes.

Reports: Salzburg forward Fredrik Gulbrandsen could join New York Red Bulls
Jesse Marsch has said he is hoping to secure another attacking player for RBNY.

Clint Dempsey

This is why Clint Dempsey got a mysterious yellow card

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Simon Borg seems to think there's a chance he'll be suspended.

One of the more confusing moments in Sunday's 3-1 win over the New York Red Bulls was the yellow card given to Clint Dempsey. What most fans saw — even those who were watching on TV -- was a cross being played in, the whistle blowing and then play being stopped.

Harry Shipp already looks perfect for Seattle’s attack

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The midfielder brings yet another dynamic, creative presence to an already explosive attack

It took a couple matches for him to get there, but after Harry Shipp's performance in the Sounders' 3-1 win over the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, the young midfielder is starting to look like the final piece to Seattle's attacking puzzle.

Seattle Sounders

Morris day-to-day with an ankle injury

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The forward position is under a microscope at U.S. Men's National Team camp in San Jose this week, as injury questions are circling around the key contributors to the squad.

Jordan Morris picked up a knock in the Seattle Sounders' 3-1 win over the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, but he continued to play at CenturyLink Field.

Seattle Sounders vs. New York Red Bulls: Community player ratings form

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Let's rate the individual performances in this feel-good home win.

The Seattle Sounders started the 2017 home series at CenturyLink Field off right with a 3-1 victory, and now it's time for us to break down the win to the individual performances.

There's plenty of interest for raters in this match.

Seattle Sounders vs. New York Red Bulls: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"It was kind of a trap game in the sense of, ‘Are you going to get carried away thinking about last year?' The referee blows the whistle and all of a sudden you have to switch gears and say, ‘OK, we're 0-1-1.'" -Brian Schmetzer

Now it feels like the Seattle Sounders are getting into the higher gears.

Seattle Sounders vs. New York Red Bulls: Three Questions

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It cannot be stressed enough. The Red Bull way rules in Harrison.

It all returns Sunday (4 PM, FS1). There will be festivities and wonderment at the raising of an MLS Cup banner. We will again stand with our friends. The Seattle Sounders season returns in full with a home game against the New York Red Bulls, who are still searching for their Cup.

Colorado Rapids

Howard returns as Rapids fall to Red Bulls

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With World Cup qualifiers looming, Tim Howard made his return for the Colorado Rapids, but the U.S. Men's National Team goalkeeper's star performance wasn't enough to lift his side to a result on Saturday.

The New York Red Bulls recorded their second win of the season, beating the Rapids, 1-0, on Saturday at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.

Revolution v. Rapids: Injury Reports

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Delemea and Angoua are healthy ahead of the season opener.

It looks like the New England Revolution's two marquee off-season signings will be ready for First Kick.

The Revolution's most recent injury report only includes one player, as Zachary Herivaux is listed as out with a right ankle sprain.

Vancouver Whitecaps

Davies, Montero power Whitecaps into CCL semis

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Theoffseason acquisition everyone has been talking about and the youngster ready to captivate a league powered the Vancouver Whitecaps into the semifinals of the CONCACAF Champions League on Thursday night, with a 2-0 (3-1 aggregate) win over the New York Red Bulls at BC Place.

Sixteen-year-old phenom Alphonso Davies, who looked like a player with years of experience under his belt out on the field, handed the home side an early lead in the fifth minute on a shot from close range.

CCL Preview: Whitecaps take on Red Bulls for spot in semis

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CONCACAF Champions League action continueson Thursday, as the Vancouver Whitecaps and New York Red Bulls duke it out for the last spot in the semifinals.

With Tigres and FC Dallas having already secured their advancement to the next round, one of Thursday's two contestants will attempt to join them in an all-MLS showdown on Thursday night.

Major Link Soccer - Long Live Zach Scott

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The She Believes Cup begins, CCL action resumes, and the US Open Cup format is set.


The Zach Scott testimonial match was last night and after many goals and multiple lead changes, Team Alonso ultimately won the the day.

Thanks, @zkscott #ZachScottTestimonial pic.

Whitecaps grab road goal and draw in CCL quarterfinal first leg vs. Red Bulls

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The New York Red Bulls may have had the edge on the Vancouver Whitecaps in possession, and shots, and good scoring chances, but by the end of Wednesday's CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal first leg, but it was the Whitecaps who left Red Bull Arena with control of the series after grabbing a 1-1 draw.

CCL Preview: Red Bulls take on Whitecaps, Tigres meet Pumas in quarterfinals

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The MLS season has yet to kick off, but two teams are set to get an early start to their competitive season Wednesday night at Red Bull Arena.

The New York Red Bulls welcome the Vancouver Whitecaps to Harrison, NJ as the American and Canadian teams face off in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals.

The Rest

Playing out of the back is hallmark of Brian Schmetzer's Sounders

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It is one of the significant tactical changes the Seattle Sounders are undertaking this year.

Beating the New York Red Bulls' press is not easy. They want teams to clear the ball, or, even better for them, making a bad short to medium pass and turn it over. But the Seattle Sounders did not have those problems.

How to Watch the MLS weekend in Week 3, TV and Streaming Listings

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It's a big weekend for streaming. Check out our Three Big Storylines, National TV and Streaming Listings and From a Sounders Point of View.

Three Big Storylines:
  1. Atlanta United started their expansion lives with a 2-1 home loss to New York Red Bulls but followed that up with a 6-1 demolition of fellow expansion side Minnesota United last week.

Seven more reasons to go to the game on Sunday

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Get there early. There will be the largest opening day crowd in Sounders history.

Finally, we get to see the Seattle Sounders play at home for the first time this season after they opened up with two games on the road. Prior to the game on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. against the New York Red Bulls, there will be tons of different things you can do to get ready.

Etienne impresses in first start for Red Bulls

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Bradley Wright-Phillips has been partnered with a few different players already in the New York Red Bulls' four-game long season. The newest of those partners is Derrick Etienne, Jr.

The 20-year-old Haitian international made his first MLS start against the Colorado Rapids on Saturday andwas very active in his 61 minute shift as his team recorded the 1-0 win.

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for February 28-March 6, 2017

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MLS Soccer Sunday made its return to ESPN and FS1 last week with both seeing big improvements over the first Soccer Sunday of 2016. Viewership on ESPN was up nearly 14% for Orlando-NYCFC when compared to last season’s Portland-Columbus rematch. FS1’s decision to air Atlanta’s opening match against the New York Red Bulls in primetime proved fruitful as the network saw viewership rise 40% from 267,000 in 2016 to 375,000 in 2017.

Chris Nanco signing with Bethlehem Steel completes draft class

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Former Syracuse star inks a USL deal, becoming the fifth 2017 SuperDraft pick to sign with the organization

While the Philadelphia Union didn't have a first round pick in January's SuperDraft, Earnie Stewart and company still managed to put together a decent draft class while also acquiring one of the top college prospects via a trade with New York Red Bulls.

Philadelphia Union Academy season reopens with derby matches against Continental FC

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The local rivals (and some classmates at YSC Academy) face off on Sunday

The Philadelphia Union Academy teams will have their shortest road trip of the season this weekend when they visit local rivals Continental FC at The Proving Grounds in Conshohocken.

Six local derby matches will be played on Sunday between the two clubs, beginning with the U14s and two U12 games at 1 p.

MLS Eastern Conference Preview: New York Red Bulls

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Upheaval in New Jersey may add up to some regression for the Red Bulls

The New York Red Bulls, unfortunately, have been good for a few years now. Really good. They've gotten at least 50 points in each of the last five seasons, and in four of those five they topped 55 points. They ran into a problem last season in MVP voting because they had two players splitting ballots.