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An unattractive answer: the truth about Ilsinho

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Nick Fishman continues PSP's offseason series, "The search for a No. 10," with a microscopic look at a divisive player. With no new signing in sight, is Ilsinho the right answer to the Union's biggest question?

Is allocation money helping the MLS free agency problem?

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By Jeff Rueter – SAINT PAUL, MN (Feb 1, 2018) US Soccer Players - A month out from the start of the 2018 MLS regular season, the flurry of transactions hasn't shown any signs of slowing down. We've already seen some highs and lows across the league. Montreal swapped loanee Blerim Dzemaili for a permanent transfer of Bologna's Saphir Taider.

The SBI View: Offseason moves set Orlando City up for much-needed postseason appearance

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Orlando City is under pressure to win.

The much-hyped club with a passionate fan base entering its fourth year of existence needs to find itself in the top six of the Eastern Conference at the end of the 2018 season.

Any other result will be deemed unacceptable, just like it has been for each of the last three seasons as other expansion sides New York City FC and Atlanta United have clinched postseason berths.

NYCFC and Orlando City in season four

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Jan 31, 2018) US Soccer Players - Two of the most active clubs during a busy MLS offseason happen to have come into the league together back in 2015. NYCFC and Orlando City have been on divergent paths since an inaugural year that saw both come up short of the MLS Cup playoffs.

MLS Ticker: Sounders sign Magnus Wolff Eikrem, Orlando adds Rosell and more

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The Seattle Sounders midfield just got even deeper ahead of the 2018 Major League Soccer season.

The defending Western Conference champs, announced the signing of midfielder Magnus Wolff Eikrem on Tuesday. Eikrem, 27, has played with Swedish outfit Malmo FF since 2015 playing in 79 matches throughout his time there.

Orlando City sells Cyle Larin to Besiktas

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The tumultuous Cyle Larin transfer saga is over.

Orlando City announced in a strongly-worded press release on Tuesday that it came to an agreement for the Canadian forward with Turkish club Besiktas.

The Lions expressed anger in the release about how the situation was handled by Larin, his representatives and Besiktas.

In Pictures: 2018 MLS SuperDraft

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Sights from Philly's first big soccer event of the year.

Orlando City and the option for Cyle Larin

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Jan 17, 2018) US Soccer Players - Orlando City striker Cyle Larin is still Orlando City striker Cyle Larin, no matter what the Twitter account of Turkish champions Besiktas might say. Of that, at least Orlando City is certain. Whether Besiktas accepts Orlando City's version of the truth is still, as of yet, unknown.

MLS Ticker: Orlando signs Colman, LAFC reportedly shopping first pick

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Orlando City's quest to replace Kaka continued on Monday with as the Lions welcomed another attacking star to their roster.

The Lions signed 21-year-old Paraguayan attacking midfielder Josue Colman to join a group that includes the newly-acquired Sacha Kljestan at his position.

"We are pleased to welcome such an exciting young prospect to our roster," Orlando City general manager Niki Budalic said.

Dreaming of greener pastures

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As the Union offseason follows a familiar pattern, fans' patience is wearing thin.

MLS Ticker: Kamara, Meram seeking way out from Crew, Revs sign Syrian defender, and more

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Two huge pieces to the Columbus Crew's success in 2017 was the playmaking and scoring ability of forwards Justin Meram and Ola Kamara. The duo combined for 33 goals and nine assists, helping the Crew to a playoff berth and an Eastern Conference Finals appearance last season.

However, last season may mark the final seasons for the pair in Columbus after both have asked to be moved from the club.

Sacha Kljestan, Benny Feilhaber, and MLS blockbuster trades

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Jan 5, 2018) US Soccer Players - For the second time in two days, one of Major League Soccer's premier creative players found himself changing teams in an offseason that has not been short on surprise transactions. On Tuesday, the New York Red Bulls shipped Sacha Kljestan to Orlando City in a trade that moved the two-time MLS assist leader and $150,000 of allocation money for a pair of young players.

New Year, New MLS Stars

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By Jeff Rueter – SAINT PAUL, MN (Jan 4, 2018) US Soccer Players - In many ways, 2017 was the most eventful year for Major League Soccer thus far. For the first time in nearly a decade, the East was the dominant conference of the two. Trade announcements included the amount of allocation money swapping hands, allowing for more detailed analysis of these moves.

SBI Question of the Day: Will Feilhaber or Kljestan find more success with new team?

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Two of American soccer's premier playmakers were traded on Wednesday. Benny Feilhaber and Sacha Kljestan have long been regarded as two of the more creative and technical midfielders in MLS, and both will have very new challenges in 2018.

After several weeks of speculation, Kljestan was traded to Orlando City, where he will be tasked with replacing the retired Kaka.

Sacha Kljestan traded to Orlando City for Carlos Rivas, Tommy Redding

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Midfielder Sacha Kljestan is officially on his way to Florida.

The New York Red Bulls confirmed reports of a deal sending the midfielder to Orlando City along with $150,000 in Targeted Allocation Money in exchange for forward Carlos Rivas and defender Tommy Redding.

"We are thrilled to bring Sacha to Orlando," Orlando City general manager Niki Budalic said.

Report: Sacha Kljestan traded to Orlando City for Carlos Rivas, Tommy Redding

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Sacha Kljestan's name has been floated out in trade rumors for most of the offseason, and it appears that he's found a new team.

According to an ESPN report, Orlando City will acquire Kljestan along with $150,000 in Targeted Allocation Money from the New York Red Bulls in exchange for winger Carlos Rivas and defender Tommy Redding.

Orlando City acquire Jose Villarreal from LA Galaxy

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Orlando City sent a third round pick in the 2019 MLS Draft to LA Galaxy in exchange for midfielder Jose Villarreal.

Villarreal had been a part time player at the StubHub Center since 2012, when he became the club's second ever Homegrown signing. He made 68 appearances for the club in six seasons, scoring five goals and notching six assists.

How Sacha Kljestan Would Fit in Orlando

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By Jeff Rueter – SAINT PAUL, MN (Dec 28, 2017) US Soccer Players - Few teams have had a busier first month of the MLS offseason than Orlando City. Desperate to make the postseason in their fourth year, the Lions were bound to see a massive change in personal.

Original face of the franchise Kaka hung up his boots, regulars like Antonio Nocerino, Giles Barnes, and Dillon Powers were shown the door.

D.C. United announces 2018 MLS home opener, venue still to be determined

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The Black-and-Red will start the season with a visit to Orlando City

D.C. United's 2018 schedule is coming into focus, as MLS announced home openers for teams across the league. As expected, the Black-and-Red will start the season on the road, visiting Orlando City on March 3rd for a game kicking off at 7:30pm.

MLS Contract Deadline Day Roundup

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Monday was the deadline for teams eliminated from the MLS Cup Playoffs to announce their 2018 contract options. Four clubs, Atlanta United. Montreal Impact, Orlando City, and Philadelphia Union already made their announcements earlier in the month.

Here's the roundup for each of the teams;

Atlanta United (Announced November 20)
Exercised Options:Alec Kann, Mikey Ambrose, Julian Gressel, Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu,andRomario Williams
Declined Options:Alex Tambakis,Mark Bloom,Zach Loyd,Harrison Heath,and Jeffrey Otoo.

MLS Ticker: Kenwyne Jones retires, Rapids sign Swedish midfielder, and more

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Kenwyne Jones is hanging up his boots.

The former Premier Leaguer spent one last season of play with Atlanta United before calling it quits. The 33-year-old forward didn't produce much for The Five Stripes. He only appeared in 17 matches with five starts. He only had two goals on the entire season.

Orlando City heads into offseason with penty of room for improvement

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Jason Kreis' first full season in charge of Orlando City started better than most expected, and finished worst than most expected.

The Lions were cruising into May atop the standings and riding one of the best starts in MLS history. The new downtown stadium was a fortress, and visiting teams seemingly had no chance of leaving with points in hand.

Around The Forest: Is Orlando City interested in Robinho?

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Nashville approves funding for stadium, Jesse Marsch and the Red Bulls, NASL needs D2 to survive and more!

Portland

Academy Update | Timbers U-14s, U-13s hit the road for Development Academy Showcase | Portland Timbers
The Timbers Academy U-14 and U-13 teams hit the road for their longest away trip of the season to date to compete in the U.

SBI Question of the Day: Which MLS team was the most disappointing in 2017?

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Before the MLS playoffs begin on Wednesday night, we're taking a look at some of the teams that didn't make the playoffs, and more specifically failed to live up to expectations in 2017.

No team fell harder than FC Dallas, who won two teams after July 22 to finish out of the top six in the Western Conference after previously occupying first place.

Around The Forest: USMNT names Dave Sarachan as caretaker coach

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Akil Watts returns from World Cup, Jason Kreis promises shake up at Orlando City, the finale at RFK and more!

Portland:

Academy Notebook | World Cup run for Watts, U.S. U-17s comes to an end | Portland Timbers
The U.S. U-17 National Team's run in the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup came to an end with a loss to England in the Quarterfinal over the weekend.

MLS- Orlando City

Orlando City CEO rips 'troublemaker' Cyle Larin following controversial transfer

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It's safe to say the bridge to Orlando City is officially burned for Cyle Larin.

In the aftermath of the forward's controversial transfer to Besiktas, Orlando City CEO Alex Leitao was highly critical of Larin's behavior leading up to and during the move. The executive cited his 17 years in the soccer business while adding he'd never encountered a situation quite like the one caused by Larin's move.

Justin Meram excited for new challenge in Orlando after making difficult decision to leave Columbus

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Deep down, Justin Meram knew it was time to move on. He'd been with the Columbus Crew for seven years and, in those seven years, he'd grown into one of the league's elite wide players while coming close to an MLS Cup on several occasions.

But Meram knew it was time, prompting an offseason trade request.

Report: Justin Meram traded to Orlando City

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Justin Meram's time in Columbus appears to be coming to an end.

Sources tell ESPN FC that the winger has been traded to Orlando City in exchange for $750,000 in Targeted Allocation Money, $300,000 in General Allocation Money and an international roster spot.

Meram was drafted 15th overall by Columbus in the 2011 MLS Draft.

Cyle Larin spotted training with Besiktas after skipping first day of Orlando City preseason

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The transfer drama surrounding Cyle Larin is getting even crazier as it doesn't look like the striker will be showing up to the club's preseason camp any time soon.

After skipping out on Orlando City practice on Monday, Larin was spotted in Turkey training with his potential new club Besiktas.

Report: Cyle Larin misses first day of Orlando City preseason as transfer drama continues

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The Cyle Larin saga continued through the first day of preseason.

Larin was reportedly absent on Monday as Orlando City began preseason training ahead of the 2018 season. The Canadian star's absence comes in the wake of transfer drama surrounding a move to Besiktas, which was announced by the Turkish club despite Larin's ongoing contract with the Lions.

Orlando City acquires Homegrown Lindley from Fire in exchange for Ramos, TAM

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Orlando City added a Homegrown midfielder via trade on Thursday.

The club announced a trade for North Carolina midfielder Cam Lindley, who joins from the Chicago Fire in exchange fordefender Rafael Ramos and $100,000 in Targeted Allocation Money. With the deal complete, Lindley also signed a four-year deal with the Lions.

Report: Besiktas announces Larin move, Orlando City deny deal

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Cyle Larin is officially in the middle of a transfer saga.

Turkish powerhouse Besiktas announced that Larin was undergoing a medical with the club on Saturday ahead of a potential deal. However, according to ProSoccerUSA.com, Orlando City officials insist that Larin is still under contract while adding that the club plans to take action against Besiktas.

Dom Dwyer signs contract extension with Orlando City

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Dom Dwyer's stay with Orlando City will be a prolonged one.

Orlando City announced Wednesday that the forward has signed a three-year extension with the club. Dywer was acquired by Orlando City over the summer for a then-MLS record fee $1.6 million in allocation money.

"We are happy to have reached an agreement that both Dom and the Club can be proud of," Orlando City General Manager Niki Budalic said.

Kljestan trade fits for both Red Bulls, Orlando City

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For the past several seasons, the New York Red Bulls have been working to get younger. Throughout that process, though, the club has made several tough decisions. They made another recently by moving the team's captain for the second straight season in a move that seemingly fits for all involved.

D.C. United

News roundup: Curtin a Hall of Famer, MLS trades, Carli Lloyd makes cut — THURSDAY

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Also: Union's Clearwater dates, more MLS transfers and rumors than you can shake a corner flag at, Grant Wahl article, and Ronaldo's endorsements.

D.C. United signs Junior Moreno, Sacha Kljestan traded to Orlando, and more: Freedom Kicks for January 3, 2018

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It was a day of acquisitions in MLS.

Happy Wednesday folks, the first Wednesday in 2018! There were a couple main transactions in MLS that lead the news, so let's jump right in:

United acquire Venezuelan National Team midfielder Júnior Moreno | D.C. United

D.C. United signed midfielder Júnior Moreno yesterday, acquiring him from Venezuela side Zulia FC.

The Rest

MLS Ticker: RSL, Red Bulls, Orlando signings

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Venezuelan midfielder Christian Casseres Jr. is the newest member of the New York Red Bulls. The team added him as a Discovery Signing on Friday and he has reported toOldsmar, Florida for preseason camp

"Cristian is an exciting young player that we are happy to welcome to our club," said Sporting Director Denis Hamlett said in a press release.

Some Soccer News for Jan 12, 2018

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It's Day 12 of 2018.


MLS

Atlanta has set a new MLS record for transfer fee paid. They are signing 18 year old Ezequiel Barco from Independiente in Argentina for $15 Million. Wow.

Orlando City announced that they will NOT field a team in division 2 USL this season.

Major Link Soccer: Kaka officially retires

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The Brazilian legend calls Orlando City his last playing home; plus more stuff you missed over the weekend

Seattle:

Seventeen coaches across the United States professional leagues and national teams completed the second annual U.S. Soccer Pro Coaching Course, including Bryan Schmetzer.

The Kitsap Pumas have posted their 2018 open tryout dates.

Around The Forest: Crew demolish NYCFC in first leg

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Kenny Cooper on trial at Orlando City, Bobby Wood in a negative spiral, Cristian Roldan loses bet and more!

Portland

Timbers rely on depth in draw, confident in heading home to Providence Park: "I just can't wait until Sunday" | Portland Timbers
The Portland Timbers held strong to get a 0-0 draw against the Houston Dynamo in the first leg of the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs Western Conference Semifinals Monday night.