Nick Rimando

David Bingham

Fantasy Focus: Livin’ la Villa loca

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David at the double

With a scorching 121 points, We Takes the Money led the league this round. Captain David Villa (NYC, $11.3) led the team with 36 points on the strength of two goals. Behind him was the duo of Romain Alessandrini (LA, $10.3) and Nemanja Nikolic (CHI, $10.5), each of whom tallied a goal and an assist for 12 points.

Fantasy Focus: It's the most Wondoful time of the year

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Is it just me or was the bunch of two-game players kind of a letdown?

Just one team scored more than 100 points, and that was ddoub92, with 101 points. Chris Wondolowski (SJ, $10.9) set the pace with an armband-aided 36 points on two goals. Trailing him was Fabian Castillo (DAL, $10.8), who scored a goal and an assist for 13 points, while David Bingham (SJ, $6.

Fantasy Focus: Quake in your boots

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San Jose players are leaders at every position

Our leader this round was Buzzards Beaks, with a score of 118. Kei Kamara (CLB, $9.7) wore the armband and scored 34 points with a goal and two assists over two games. Ethan Finlay (CLB, $9.2) scored a goal and an assist over two games for 14 points, and David Villa (NYC, $11.

Real Salt Lake

GAME THREAD: Real Salt Lake vs. Philadelphia Union

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Game Info

  • Date: May 27, 2017
  • Time: 8:00 PM ET
  • Place: Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, UT
  • Television: Comcast SportsNet - JP Dellacamera and Tommy Smyth
  • Stream: MLS Live
  • All-Time Record: The Philadelphia Union have never beaten Real Salt Lake, losing 3 times and drawing 6 times.

MLS Week 5: Minnesota gets a win

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In a first for the MLS expansion team, Minnesota United got three points from a game. Minnesota came back to beat Real Salt Lake 4-2 at home in week 5. Luke Mulholland put RSL up in the 4th minute with Kevin Molino equalizing in the 16th. Molino assisted on Christian Ramirez's goal in the 52nd with Ramirez scoring again in the 62nd.

USMNT roster for March World Cup qualifiers

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USMNT coach Bruce Arena named 24 players to his squad in advance of the March 24 World Cup qualifiers against Honduras (10:30pm ET - Fox Sports 1) and Panama (10pm ET-beIN Sport). The USMNT players start camp on March 19 in San Jose.

"We put together a roster that we think has balance and one that gives us an option in playing a number of different ways," Arena said.

Fire Get the Job Done in Home Opener vs RSL

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(photo courtesy http://www.chicago-fire.com)

The Chicago Fire won't win awards for stylish soccer after their first two matches of the 2017 campaign, but there are plenty of indications that they are on the right path. Their 2:0 win on Saturday over Real Salt Lake at Toyota Park was built on pragmatism, hard work, and taking advantage of opportunity.

Fire 2 Real Salt Lake 0 - recap and ratings

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In recent past seasons, sure victories against wounded or struggling opponents have been hard to come by for the Chicago Fire. Countless late and sometimes fluky goalscombined with subpar performances turned many home contests into a study in frustration. Perhaps the tables are starting to turn somewhat.

Houston Dynamo vs Real Sale Lake Final Score: Houston Dynamo get first win at Rio Tinto Stadium

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Dynamo get second road win of the season.

Going into Saturday's game against Real Salt Lake the Houston Dynamo had never won at Rio Tinto Stadium, Real Salt Lake were undefeated at home in 2016 and the Dynamo had only won one game on the road in 2016. After Saturday's game the Dynamo had a win at Rio Tinto Stadium, RSL had their first home loss and Houston had their second road win of the season.

Feisty Timbers make Adi goal stand up in 1 to 0 win over Real Salt Lake

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While the Portland Timbers have struggled on the road, they've been fabulous at home. Portland battled a game Real Salt Lake side in a very intense match at Providence Park, and they were able to make a Fanendo Adi 12th minute strike stand up for the victory in front of their 100th consecutive sell out crowd.

Portland Timbers Grab 2-2 Draw at Real Salt Lake

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The Portland Timbers earned a 2-2 draw on the road against Real Salt Lake, taking the first points from RSL at Rio Tinto this season thanks to goals from Fanendo Adi and Lucas Melano.

The home side jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 17th minute against the run of play. Earning a corner after several Timbers chances, RSL old boy Javier Morales sent a hard, curling ball just past the Timbers' far post, finding the head of Burrito Martinez as he slipped away from his marker.

Houston Dynamo Player Ratings vs. Real Salt Lake

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The Houston Dynamo failed to hold onto a 1-0 lead which led to a 2-0 victory for home side Real Salt Lake.

Quick Thoughts:

1) The Dynamo are winless since their 5-0 win over FC Dallas and are 1-5-2 overall which gives them a league worst 5 points. Against RSL the Dynamo once again failed to hold onto a lead as they allowed momentum to shift to their opponents.

Camp Provisions

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Jurgen Klinsmann has named his 40-man provisional roster for Copa America. There's still Jorge Villafana for some bizarre reason, but hey, at least Eric Lichaj is listed. G - David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Ethan Horvath (Molde FK), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)D - Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Ventura Alvarado (Club America), Matt Besler (

Preseason Match Preview: Real Salt Lake on the Rebound?

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Real Salt Lake have always been thorn in the side of the Portland Timbers; even last year, when RSL plummeted to 9th place in the Western Conference and missed out on making the playoffs for the first time in eight years, it was the Utah side who knocked the Timbers out of the U.S. Open Cup. With a new season starting, however, RSL have a chance to rebuild and reassert themselves in the more-evan-than-ever Western Conference.

SBI MLS Save of the Week: Nick Rimando

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FC Dallas end 3 game losing streak with 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake

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Penalty kicks and Fabian Castillo stole the show Saturday night at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas as FC Dallas defeated Real Salt Lake 2-0.

It may not have been one of the marquee matchups of MLS' 2015 "Rivalry Week" encore, but both teams entered the match desperately seeking points. FC Dallas looked to end a three game losing streak and keep the Western Conference title within reach, while Real Salt Lake hoped to gain momentum after just snapping a three game losing streak of their own with a win over Seattle Sounders one week ago.

FC Dallas end 3 game losing streak with 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake

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Penalty kicks and Fabian Castillo stole the show Saturday night at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas as FC Dallas defeated Real Salt Lake 2-0.

It may not have been one of the marquee matchups of MLS' 2015 "Rivalry Week" encore, but both teams entered the match desperately seeking points. FC Dallas looked to end a three game losing streak and keep the Western Conference title within reach, while Real Salt Lake hoped to gain momentum after just snapping a three game losing streak of their own with a win over Seattle Sounders one week ago.

Jurgen Klinsmann Announces USMNT 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup Roster

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Klinsmann has whittled the United States' 35-man roster down to a 23-man roster as the USMNT begin their quest to the Final at Lincoln Financial Field.

USMNT manager Jürgen Klinsmann released the final 23-man roster for this summer's CONCACAF Gold Cup. This roster is classic Klinsmann in that many of the selections make sense, while a few of the decisions leave you scratching your head.

Your Gold Cup roster

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Not too many great surprises here, aside from the sudden re-inclusions of Davis and Zusi. The roster is listed with the positions used by the USMNT release. As such, I think I'd rather see Brad Evans brought along, with FabJo pushed up to the wing (nothing new in that).G - Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), William Yarbrough (León)D - Ventura Alvarado (Club America), John

Fantasy Focus: Do you know what Nemethis means?

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Are you Hungary?

I'm back with you after a week in Hawaii, and the timing is right since there are a lot of teams with two-game weeks coming up. (~^-^)~umad?~(^-^~) led this round with 93 points. Benny Feilhaber (SKC, $9.9) was captain and scored 40 points on 2 goals and 2 assists. Both Kei Kamara (CLB, $9.

Fantasy Focus: A-L-L-E-N and Bingham was his name-o

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Two men share the spoils.

With just a two-point edge over the next closest team, Look Ma, No Hands scored 97 points to lead the round, and no darlin' I don't dance. Captain Pedro Morales (VAN, $11.4) led the way with 28 points on a goal and an assist. Omar Gonzalez (LA, $9.7) scored 13 points with a clean sheet over two games, and Kei Kamara (CLB, $8.

Fantasy Focus: Epic Feilhaber

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Now, about that hair.

A score of 77 set the pace this round, as Cathedral SC led the way. Pedro Morales (VAN, $11.3) wore the armband and scored 14 points with an assist. Trailing him was Benny Feilhaber (SKC, $9.4), who assisted two goals en route to 12 points, while Jeff Larentowicz (CHI, $7.

Serbia

Player ratings for USA vs. Serbia international friendly

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At the back end of an unusually upbeat January camp, the first game of Bruce Arena's spell in charge of the US national team ended in a 0-0 draw against Serbia at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.

The US plays again – their last match before a crucial March World Cup qualifier against Honduras – on Friday in Chattanooga against Jamaica.

United States 0, Serbia 0 - Arena’s Second Tenure Begins Scoreless

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Juan Agudelo had a late cameo but couldn't get the US the breakthrough they wanted.

The United States and Serbia played 90 minutes of soccer and no goals were scored.

Serbia for the most part was content to sit back in their own half and break out on the counter, and had some success including forcing a stoppage time save from Nick Rimando.

Major League Soccer

Blake’s award reflects importance to team, not just skill in net

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Like the rest of the Union defense, Andre Blake was far from perfect in 2016. But his play offered confidence to a team that often struggled for consistency over a long MLS season.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 11/3/16

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So many links, so little time.

Philadelphia Union News

It's time for the Philadelphia Union to sell their best player
With Monday night bringing news of Andre Blake's graduation from the Generation Adidas program, the most obvious move of the offseason became much clearer.

Around the Forest: Everybody loves Nagbe

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Noteworthy links from Stumptown and the rest of the web on 5/20/16.

From the Wide World of Soccer:

The real Rivalry Week - BROUGHT TO YOU BY HEINEKEN(TM) - in MLS is between homegrown and imported players. [Fox Sports]

Nick Rimando has freaky fingers that can pop and lock all over the place; now we have another reason to dislike him.

Hamid, Saborio top player ratings for D.C. United in FIFA 16

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It's in the game, right?

Ahead of this year's installment of EA Sports' FIFA release, the websites Fathead and Futwiz are getting their hands on the ratings for the players in the game and putting out the ratings for the teams, both at the club and national levels. As far as D.C. United goes, Bill Hamid and Alvaro Saborio are tied for the highest rating on the club at 73.

Major League Soccer releases fans' Starting XI, Commissioner's picks

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With Major League Soccer's fans voting and Commissioner Don Garber adding two more picks, it's up to Colorado Rapids manager Pablo Mastroeni to make sure players that had a good first half of the season actually get rewarded.

During the half of the United States vs. Panama Gold Cup match, the Major League Soccer Fans' Starting XI was released.

Philadelphia Union

“Two points dropped”: recaps and reaction to Union draw with DC, BSFC draws with Charlotte, league results, more

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Recaps and reaction to Saturday's draw. BSFC draws with Charlotte to end homestand. USWNT tops France. League results. OC's Walsh named PDL MVP. More.

NYRB kickoff time announced and other Union bits, USMNT news, more

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Photo: Daniel Studio Philadelphia Union On Monday, New York Red Bulls announced the game they are hosting against the Union on Sunday, Oct. 18 will kickoff at 3 pm. The game, the start time of which had previously been listed as TBD, will be broadcast locally on TCN. In the [...]

Clint Dempsey

Major Link Soccer: Seahawks root for US Soccer

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More Copa Americas news, MLS returns to action and what to watch on TV today.

Seattle

Turns out that people love rooting for the United States, even if those people aren't often soccer fans. These people are also Seahawks, which means that lots of eyes were on them.

Nick Rimando came to Seattle just so he could coach the keepers if it went to penalties.

Some Soccer News for Jan 5, 2016

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My dream from last night: Brek Shea was staying in a very fancy hotel and they didn't have any towels. The hotel didn't believe in towels.

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A conversation with Canadian Soccer Association president Victor Montagliani on the goals of the federation for 2016. By Daniel Squizzato of MLSsoccer.

The Rest

Nicolas Lodeiro’s sixth minute shot was closer to being a goal than you think it was

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Nick Rimando is amazing and so is science.

In the sixth minute Nicolas Lodeiro nearly opened the scoring for the Seattle Sounders in Saturday's match against Real Salt Lake. He had a free kick from a horrible angle about 12 yards from the endline and wide of the 18. Like any confident goalscorer he shot at the near post side of the wall, forcing a brilliant save by Nick Rimando.

Fantasy Focus: Hey hey hey!

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It's Albert Rusnak!

!BL4CKnRED scored 83 points to lead this round. Romain Alessandrini (LA, $9.5) donned the armband and scored a goal on the way to 20 points to lead the team. Meanwhile, Seth Sinovic (SKC, $5.3) tallied a goal and an assist for 13 points, while Sebastian Giovinco (TOR, $12.

Cristian Roldan scores to make it 2-1 Sounders

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Decision Day is already living up to the hype in Seattle, thanks to the third goal of the match courtesy of Cristian Roldan. After Roman Torres' powerful header was blocked at close range by Nick Rimando, Roldan pounced on the follow-up to tap it in for the Sounders' go-ahead goal.

Around the Forest: Kwarasey's finger will not require surgery

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Noteworthy links from Stumptown and the rest of the web on 4/25/16.

From the Wide World of Soccer:

Atletico Madrid attempted to stop a breakaway by throwing a second ball onto the pitch. You have to give points for creativity. [Deadspin]

Giovani Dos Santos took Nick Rimando to church with a nice chip that is garnering lots of hyperbolic headlines.

Bill Hamid makes the 35-man preliminary roster for Confederations Cup Playoff

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He joins fellow goalkeepers Tim Howard, Brad Guzan, and Nick Rimando

The 35-man preliminary roster for the CONCACAF Cup, the playoff to decide the CONCACAF representative at the 2017 Confederations Cup, has been released, and Bill Hamid is listed.

USA's 35-man preliminary roster for the 10/10 Confederations Cup playoff v Mexico: pic.

Back to the old Clipboard

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Now seems a good time to refresh my USMNT Clipboard, and then when we are done I will get into a few tactical suggestions. As always, this is my take on a depth chart, and not any guess at Klinsi's.Let's start in goal, where we now have an old fashioned keepers duel. And now that we have the dual stars around, Nick Rimando moves along for a wide-eyed pupil-type.