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MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 28

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MLS got a record-setting weekend started in exciting fashion with a thrilling draw in front of a giant crowd.

Atlanta United and Orlando City put on a show for an MLS record crowd of 70,425 as the two southern rivals battled to a 3-3 draw. (READ)

Tony Tchani banged home an extra time equalizer to give the Vancouver Whitecaps a valuable away point in Columbus.

MLS Week 28: Atlanta sets the MLS attendance record

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Atlanta United drew an announced crowd of 70,425 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium to set a new MLS attendance record. They also picked up a point with a 3-3 draw with Orlando City. Dom Dwyer opened the scoring for Orlando City in the 10th minute. Josef Martinez equalized in the 36th. Dwyer and Martinez traded goals again, with Orlando regaining the lead in the 39th and Atlanta equalizing in the 55th.

Match recap: New York Red Bulls 0, Philadelphia Union 0

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The Union get a point on the road thanks to the stellar play of Andre Blake.

ESPN's Sunday MLS match had the distinct disadvantage of following up the Atlanta United - Orlando City defense-optional match in front of over 70,000 fans and going up against the NFL. Those who remained to watch were treated to a great display of goalkeeping from two of Major League Soccer's best.

MLS Week 28: A Look Ahead

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Between the time you clicked on this link and started reading this preview, Atlanta United scored another goal.

The Five Stripes will once again be at the center of the MLS universe on Saturday afternoon as they are set to break the MLS attendance record for the third installment of the Southeast derby against Orlando City.

Orlando City tops D.C. United for first win in two months

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For many reasons, Orlando City was in dire need of a victory, and the Lions got one on Saturday thanks to the play of their forward line.

Dom Dwyer and Cyle Larin combined on Orlando City's opener before Giles Barnes fired a second moments later, sealing a 2-0 win over D.C. United at Orlando City Stadium.

Orlando City, Crew tie in showdown of East playoff hopefuls

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The Orlando City fans could sense the second loud roar of the night coming, especially with the circumstances in front of their club. However, it wasn't meant to be as the Lions tied the Columbus Crew 1-1 on Saturday.

Jason Kreis' men were energized by the entrance of Dom Dwyer, which led to a Giles Barnes equalizer, but they failed to score a second on a night in which they needed three points.

MLS: Video Assistant Referee Decision Sees Kaka Sent Off For Playfully Fondling Ex-Orlando Teammate’s Face (Video)

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Adding more fuel to the argument that Video Assistant Refereeing (VAR) is an unnecessary nonsense that we really don't need, Kaka the most saintly footballer in existence was shown a farcical red card in Orlando City's 3-1 defeat against New York Red Bulls on Saturday evening.

The Brazilian veteran was sent off deep into second-half injury time for the heinous crime of playfully grasping the face of Red Bulls defender Aurelin Collin as the two sides disputed a late foul.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 21

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There were goals aplenty in this week's MLS action, as four teams put up four goals each in high-powered showings.

A late equalizer from Hector Villalba salvaged a draw for Atlanta United, 1-1, against Orlando City. (READ)

A two-goal game from Kei Kamara boosted the New England Revolution to a 3-0 win over the Philadelphia Union.

Hector Villalba's late equalizer salvages point at home for Atlanta United

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Hector Villalba has had a flair for the dramatic in the last two weeks, and in the process, he's endeared himself in the hearts of Atlanta United fans.

A week after scoring the game-winning goal in Orlando, Villalba slotted home a stoppage-time equalizer to earn a 1-1 draw between Atlanta United and Orlando City at Bobby Dodd Stadium on Saturday.

MLS Week 21: A Look Ahead

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Oh, what a week it's been for Major League Soccer.

All of the headlines this week have come off the field, as a big shift occurred in both conferences with the playoff race ready to heat up.

Sporting Kansas City traded Dom Dwyer to Orlando City for a massive sum of allocation money and then all hell broke loose on the LA soccer scene.

MLS Week 20: Guzan with Atlanta, road win for Red Bulls

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Week 20 of the 2017 MLS season resumed with Atlanta United shutting out Orlando City 1-0 at Orlando on Friday. Hector Villalba scored in the 86th minute. Brad Guzan made five saves in his debut for Atlanta.

"More important than coming back into the league, it was important to go on the road and find a way to get a result," Guzan said.

Villalba plays hero as Atlanta United snatches win in Orlando

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For most of Friday evening's showdown at Orlando City Stadium, it looked like neither side would leave with three points. Hector Villalba had other ideas, scoring a screamer of a gamewinner for Atlanta United in a 1-0 victory over hosts Orlando City.

Kreis, Movsisyan, and telling the stories in MLS

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jul 7, 2017) US Soccer Players - The churn of the Major League Soccer season sometimes turns the business of a campaign into a fairly staid rinse-and-repeat cycle of quiet off-days and game days. Outside of the occasional injury update and the absences brought on by the international windows, the intrigue coming out of and leading into matches is thin and unsatisfying.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 18

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The best team in MLS continues its fantastic season, a home unbeaten streak stayed in tact and a few struggling teams rebounded with wins at home.

New York City FC cruised past Minnesota United en route to a 3-0 win. (READ)

Will Johnson's goal lifted Orlando City to a 1-0 win over Real Salt Lake.

Johnson goal lifts Orlando City to important road win at RSL

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Coming to Rio Tinto Stadium on Friday evening, Orlando City were looking to snap a five-match winless run in all competitions.

A fortunate bounce and a tap in from Will Johnson proved to be the difference as the visitors snatched a 1-0 road victory.

Larin cleared for team activities

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Orlando City needed some good news after it was trounced by the Chicago Fire on Saturday night, and the club got it on Tuesday morning.

Forward Cyle Larin has been cleared to participate in team activities following an assessment by the league's Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health program.

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Dom Dwyer, Josef Martinez duel as Atlanta United ties Orlando City in shootout

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Atlanta United had a league-record crowd on their side, and Dom Dwyer and Josef Martinez did their part in entertaining them en route to a thrilling draw.

Josef Martinez provided yet another hat-trick while Dom Dwyer provided two goals and an assist of his own as Atlanta United played Orlando City to a thrilling 3-3 draw.

Playoff-hungry Whitecaps seal three points in Orlando

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The Vancouver Whitecaps are on a march towards playoffs, and on Saturday, they gained good ground, while Orlando City took two big steps back.

Behind a goal from Brek Shea and an own goal early on, the Whitecaps edged Orlando City, 2-1, at Orlando City Stadium.

Red Bulls come from behind to beat Orlando City

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The New York Red Bulls logged their third consecutive win at home, this time in a 3-1 come from behind victory over Orlando City at Red Bull Arena on Saturday.

The match winner came courtesy of the club's all-time leading goalscorer, Bradley Wright-Phillips, who scored his fifth goal in four games.

Anthony Jackson-Hamel scores late for Impact in comeback win over Orlando

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Rain or shine, the Montreal Impact relied on their usual late goal-scorer to get what they need.

Anthony Jackson-Hamel was subbed in at the 79th minute and five minutes later scored the game-winning goal, leading the Impact to a 2-1 win over Orlando City on Saturday night in Montreal.

After stunning Orlando welcome, Dom Dwyer eager to repay club's faith

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Even Dom Dwyer was stunned as he stepped off the plane to officially announce himself as an Orlando City player. He expected a few people, maybe 20 or 30, there to greet him and welcome him back to a club that helped usher in his rise. Instead, he was greeted by hundreds.

In that moment, Dwyer knew the universe had found a way to work itself out.

Peter Vermes, Sporting KC look to short and long-term flexibility following Dom Dwyer trade

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Sporting KC shocked the MLS landscape on Tuesday afternoon. In the midst of a campaign that has seen the team contend from the offset, the club stunned the league by trading Dom Dwyer, a player long identified as the club's best forward and attacking heartbeat, for a record haul.

Kreis lashes out at refs after Orlando City loss

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Following his team's loss on Wednesday night, Orlando City head coach Jason Kreis couldn't hold his tongue any longer.

After the final whistle blew in the Lions' 3-1 loss to Toronto FC, Kreis had simply had enough and lashed out against the referees of not only this match, but multiple matches this season at home, during the team's press conference.

Giovinco scores twice as TFC collects road victory against Orlando City

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Toronto FC's Designated Players took center stage on Wednesday night.

Behind the team's star forwards, TFC recorded a 3-1 at the expense of Orlando City on Wednesday at Orlando City Stadium.The away side opened the scoring in the 18th minute, with Jozy Altidore scoring his eighth goal of the season.

Lee Nguyen

Caldwell, Nguyen stock up in Revolution win vs. Impact

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Plus one more who impressed during the must-win matchup.

The Revolution desperately needed a weekend win over the Montreal Impact to keep its playoff hopes alive. And the club delivered, riding steady defense and a Lee Nguyen goal to a 1-0 win.

For the second week in a row, it's all stock up and no stock down for the 8th-place Revs.

Revolution injury report update

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Diego and Lee are questionable.

The New England Revolution have three names on their latest injury report.

Joining Kelyn Rowe, who is out long-term with a right knee sprain, is Diego Fagundez (right quad strain) and Lee Nguyen (right hamstring strain). Both players are listed as questionable.

Kamara, Koffie stock up in Revolution win vs. Orlando City

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Plus two others who stepped up against the Lions.

The Revolution came to play on Saturday. In front of 17,865 fans at Gillette Stadium, Kei Kamara put on an attacking clinic, scoring three of four Revolution goals in a 4-0 rout of Orlando City SC.

Here's who stood out during the weekend win:

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Kei Kamara

Kamara was on another planet Saturday night.

The Curious Case of the Goal that Wasn’t

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. It's fair to say few, if any, of the 17,865 on hand for Saturday's Revolution-Orlando City match had ever witnessed anything like what unfolded in the 43rd minute.

With the hosts ahead 1-0, Teal Bunbury connected with Lee Nguyen deep in Orlando City territory before the latter blasted a beautiful ball through to make it a 2-0 match.

Nguyen ties MLS record with four assists in win vs. Orlando City

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First he set up a Kei Kamara hat trick. Then he created a fourth goal in stoppage time.

After missing two consecutive matches due to injury, Lee Nguyen showed up in a big way Saturday night. The crafty midfielder turned in one the best performances of his career against Orlando City SC, earning an assist or a secondary assist on all four Revolution goals during a 4-0 rout.

Revolution 4, Orlando City 0: Kamara’s hat trick fuels victory

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Career nights for Kamara, Nguyen helped the Revs run away from the Lions.

The Revolution opened its September account with a 4-0 win over guests Orlando City SC Saturday night. Kei Kamara scored his first career hat trick, Lee Nguyen tied a league record with four assists and the Revs kept its playoff hopes alive with a much-needed victory.

D.C. United

Wasted opportunities doom D.C. United against Orlando City

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Chances were there for United to extend their winning streak, but they instead fall 2-1 to the Lions

The board hoisted up by the fourth official at the end of regulation said six minutes. By the time the game was completely over, the clock had hit triple digits, something that is rare in games that don't include extra time.

Winning streak ends for D.C. United as they fall 2-1 to Orlando City

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Two first half goals further diminish United's playoff hopes

D.C. United needed to keep on winning to keep their slim 2017 playoff hopes alive, but instead they fell 2-1 to Orlando City on Saturday night at RFK Stadium. United wasted a bright start to the first half, and fell behind by goals from Cyle Larin and Giles Barnes midway through the half.

Orlando City projected lineup to face D.C. United

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Despite plenty of talent, the pieces haven't fit together for the Lions this season

It's safe to say 2017 has not gone according to plan for Orlando City, which is something D.C. United is painfully familiar with. The Lions, like United, were expecting themselves to be in the thick of the playoff race.

D.C. United vs. Orlando City, further World Cup qualifying reactions, and more: Freedom Kicks for 9/8/2017

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The Black-and-Red are back at it, while the USWNT announced a roster for next week

I gave myself an hour to think of an introduction for this post, and nothing came to me. As such, this explanation of a failed process is the intro. I'm sorry.

Let's start with Ben Olsen summing up the job in front of D.

USMNT versus Honduras disaster review, plus D.C. United and Orlando City: Filibuster

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This weekend was all about the US men's national team, so Jason, Adam, and Ben have to start with the two disastrous qualifiers. We start with the man on the sideline, Bruce Arena, and try to assess how much of the blame for these games is on him (hint: a lot). We talk about Bruce trying Darlington Nagbe in a central role against Costa Rica, and whether or not Christian Pulisic should have been in the middle instead of out wide.

USMNT vs. Honduras disaster review, plus D.C. United vs. Orlando City: Filibuster

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World Cup qualifying has us feeling some kind of way

This weekend was all about the USMNT, so Jason, Adam, and Ben have to start with the two disastrous qualifiers. We start with the man on the sideline, Bruce Arena, and try to assess how much of the blame for these games is on him (hint: a lot).

Richmond Kickers

Richmond Kickers Dispatch Orlando City B in Midweek Scuffle

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Two goals in five minutes earned the Kickers their first road win this season

The Richmond Kickers earned their first road win of the season against an up and coming Orlando City B squad during an afternoon showdown in Florida. The game was bumped up to midweek due to the impending arrival of Hurricane Irma.

Richmond Kickers fall to Orlando City B

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The 1-0 defeat leaves Richmond at the bottom of the eastern conference table

Richmond started a three week home stand with a match against Orlando City B Saturday night. In yet another 1-0 loss, the Kickers failed to score and maintained the unenviable position of bottom of the eastern conference table.

The Rest

Philadelphia Union preview, Gold Cup Final preview, transfer news: Brotherly Game Daily Links 7/26/17

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Big game tonight as the Union look to take the second leg of the Columbus match up, read more in the links.

Philadelphia Union News

Match preview: Philadelphia Union vs. Columbus Crew SC
The return leg of the home-and-home may not technically be a must win game, but it still feels like one.

Officiating in CONCACAF

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Thursday's soccer news starts with referee Drew Fischer and his assistants not exactly having the best time of it in last night's USMNT vs El Salvador game. Hesitance to show cards caught up with the officiating, leading to odd moments even by CONCACAF standards. Namely, two incidents where USMNT players were bitten by their El Salvadoran counterparts.