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Toronto FC

Bethlehem Steel FC could make history in Rochester

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It's as easy as win and in

What a year it has been. In a season of twists and turns, hot and cold runs, and a few surprising season series wins, Bethlehem Steel FC are three points away from the USL playoffs. They just have to get past a pretty cohesive Rochester side.

After a solid and really entertaining throttling of a struggling Toronto FC II side, Bethlehem just need another similar performance against Rochester, who are also practically a lock for the playoffs this year.

Fire 2 Revolution 1 - recap and ratings

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Winning on the road against conference opponents will get you into the playoffs. Chicago managed to escape a flurry of missed chances by a New England Revolution side that had yet to lose a game at home to keep pace with Toronto FC at the top of the Eastern Conference and MLS overall. The victory brings the Fire record to 9-3-4 on the season and they have equalled their point total (31) from all of 2016.

Houston Dash

Houston Dash vs North Carolina Courage Final Score: Dash lose 1-0, eliminated from playoff contention

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Houston Dash will miss out on the playoffs for another year.

For the fourth straight season, the Houston Dash will have to wait until next year for a chance to compete in the playoffs.

The North Carolina Courage defeated the Houston Dash 1-0 at Sahlen's Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary.

Seattle Reign v. Houston Dash: 3 Questions with Dynamo Theory

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Seattle is out of the playoffs, but can still finish the season on a high note.

Tonight, the players for Seattle Reign FC lace up their boots one last time for the year. There are no playoffs to prepare for, as Western New York destroyed the Boston Breakers last night—eliminating Seattle from playoff contention.

Orlando City SC

How the Revolution can make the playoffs

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It won't be easy, but the Revs still have a shot at playoff soccer.

Cody Cropper hasn't given up on the 2017 season. Last week, the Revolution goalkeeper calculated playoff scenarios for the navy and red. His math determined that New England would need 21 points from its final nine matches to make a legitimate push for the postseason.

First half outburst sends D.C. United to playoffs with 3-1 win over NYCFC

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First half goals from Mullins, Boswell, and Vincent guarantee United's playoff spot

D.C. United came into the penultimate game of the MLS season just needing one win to secure their 2016 goal of making the playoffs. In front of the biggest home crowd of the season, the Black-and-Red took care of that business against New York City FC, scoring thrice in the first half to secure a 3-1 win.

NPSL

Elm City Express Notches Top Spot in Year 1

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New Haven-based Elm City Express made it a debut season to remember after locking up the top spot in the Atlantic Blue Conference Division with a 4-0 thrashing of TSF FC (New Jersey) on Saturday at DePaul Catholic High School in Wayne, N.J.

Cristhian Hernandez opened the account inside of four minutes while Istvan Kanyo widen the gap in the 20th minute.

Boston City Clinches Playoff Berth

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Boston City FC is headed to the NPSL postseason for the second straight season after grabbing a 2-0 win over top-of-the-conference Kingston Stockade FC on Saturday at Brother Gilbert Stadium in Malden, Mass.

Nana Addai scored his team-leading 12th goal in the 45th minute while Leonardo Carvalho netted the insurance strike in the 90th minute as the Lions claimed the final playoff spot in the Northeast Conference Atlantic White Division.

Philadelphia Union

Philadelphia Union U18 & U16 teams both lose opening games in DA playoffs

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The U16s lost 2-1 to LA Galaxy and the U18s 2-0 to Real So Cal in Indiana on Thursday

Group play in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy playoffs didn't start off well for the Philadelphia Union U18 and U16 teams on Thursday as both teams lost to opponents from southern California.

The U16s were unable to overcome a two-goal deficit to LA Galaxy in a 2-1 loss.

Making the playoffs is an achievement. Enjoy it.

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Worry about the offseason when we get there, says Peter Andrews. The Union aren't dead yet.

“This is the show now”: Union-TFC playoff previews, more news

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Knockout game in Toronto tonight. Barnetta and Bedoya up for Goal of the Year. USL gains two NASL teams. More news.

Officially Official: Union lose their way into playoffs

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The Union will enter the playoffs on a historic winless streak.

On Sunday evening, the Philadelphia Union officially became a playoff team for the first time since 2011. Despite the feat, boos filled the rapidly emptying stadium after the final whistle. Though the Union finally clinched a spot in the playoffs, they did so with a 2-0 loss to their I-95 rivals, the New York Red Bulls.

AEK Athens FC

PAO 1-0 AEK

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After beating our Athenian rivals with a score of 1-0 over the weekend, they returned the favour with a 1-0 win of their own courtesy of a Leto penalty. I was following along to the commentary and while we had a few chances of our own, it seemed like a very lackluster performance overall from AEK.

AEK 1-0 Panathinaikos

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We managed to come away with the three points at the last minute yesterday against PAO, courtesy of a late goal from Lazaros against his former club. The win follows our disappointing home 0-1 home loss to Panionios, a performance which saw us create very few noteworthy chances.

Luckily we got the better result yesterday against PAO, a result which puts us in first place in the playoffs courtesy of PAOK's 1-0 win against Panionios.

A Return to Better Days

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If you're reading this, you probably noticed that I never wrote anything about our 2-1 loss to PAOK in the Cup final. Really it came down to not wanting to write anything since that game was a disaster from before kickoff. It started with the terrible organization, with the game almost being cancelled since the seats didn't have numbers on them.

Panionios 1-0 AEK

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A disappointing end to what has been a very disappointing bunch of playoff games for AEK. I knew going into it all that we'd be pretty tired and worn out, but I was hoping for better than 4th place but what can you do? Honestly I can't complain, I'd rather see us win the Cup and finish 4th rather than finish 2nd but not win the Cup.

AEK 0-0 PAOK

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Very unfortunate result for us, and one that we perhaps didn't deserve since we were the only team who showed up today looking for a win. But thats football sometimes. I expected a win, if only for the fact that we've won all our derbies at OAKA until now this season, but fatigue once again got the better of us.

AEK 3-1 Panathinaikos

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Huge win for the team today, a win that puts us back in with a shot of getting first in the playoffs. A loss today would have essentially ended all hope for us, but the win now means that if we win both of our upcoming matches, we finish top. I'm feeling pretty confident at this point and if it wasn't for the fatigue really getting to the players, I would be certain that we could win both games.

Aris 74-69 AEK

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So close to finishing the season off and cementing ourselves in 3rd place, but we instead let Aris get the better of us despite playing in an empty arena. We had a number of key players out due to injury and suspension, so we did well all things considered but we simply weren't able to hold Aris off towards the end.

Panathinaikos 3-0 AEK

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Three games in six days, I'm really not sure whose bright idea that was. Regardless, the effects were apparent today and there was little the team could do to hold off PAO. I'm not trying to make excuses for the team, but who can expect better when they play a Cup final, followed by a game against Panionios three days later and then an away derby three days after that.

Catching Up…

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There was a mix up with our new internet provider here at home and so I had no connection to the web from about Friday morning until now. I am happy to report though that everything is up and running very smoothly, but this now means I have some catching up to do on the AEK news. For starters, heres a brief summary:

-We won our game against Panionios, 1-0 courtesy of Mantalos

-We also won our second game against Aris for third place in the basketball league by a score of 89-84

-Reports are suggesting that we're very close to singing Olympiakos target Tasos Bakasetas (would be a great signing if this is true)

So, I didn't get to watch the game against Panionios since I was working (though I should get to watch our game tomorrow), but it seems like we played pretty well from what I saw during the highlights.

PAOK 2-1 AEK

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Possibly the worst start to the playoffs that we could have hoped for, dropping all three points as well as falling to third in the standings. We got lucky in considering Panathinaikos only managed to draw 1-1 with Panionios, but yesterday's result certainly puts the pressure on us from an early stage.

Playoff Schedule Announced

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So the draw for the playoffs took place today and overall I can't complain all that much. Take a look below to see who we'll be playing and when. Its worth noting that our first game against PAOK in Toumba will be played without fans.

1st Matchday (May 11th):PAOK AEK, Toumba, Thessaloniki

2nd Matchday (May 15th):Panionios AEK, Nea Smyrni, Athens

3rd Matchday (May 18th): Panathinaikos AEK, Leoforos, Athens

4th Matchday (May 22nd): AEK Panathinaikos, OAKA, Athens

5th Matchday (May 25th): AEK PAOK, OAKA, Athens

6th Matchday (May 29th): AEK Panionios, OAKA, Athens

Its a bit strange that all of our first three games are away but the way I see it is, if we can come out strong and get some results in the first three matches, then we have a good chance of finishing the playoffs in a good way.

Colorado Rapids

Rapids End Season With First Home Loss Of The Year

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Well, that's it. Seattle outplayed us in both legs and they move on to MLS Cup after a 1-0 win yesterday. There really isn't much to say about this one. Colorado set a regular and post-season MLS record by having 16 shots with none of them on target. Much like we've seen all season, in a game they came in trailing by a goal they didn't get one shot on target.

For All The Marbles

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That's the cliche this week at least
At home facing a one goal deficit. Didn't we just do this? Things are a little different this time around as the Rapids do have a road goal in their back pocked to a repeat of the LA home game means skipping extra time and going straight to MLS Cup. Of course I think Seattle is going to much harder to stop on offense than LA's geriatric stars.

Win Or Stay Home For The Rapids

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Theirs not to reason why, theirs but to do or die
Apologies to Lord Tennyson for the paraphrase. Sunday the Rapids either figure out how to score or the season ends. Going in down 1-0 from the first leg Colorado must win, and if they allow LA to score they have to win by 2. A 1-0 win will take the game to extra time and if necessary, penalty kicks.

Colorado-LA at Noon next Sunday

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Its just been announced that the Rapids home leg against LA next Sunday will be a noon local kickoff. This is a surprise because the early schedule showed an 8pm MT slot for TV which was almost certain to be the Rapids since the other hosts were Dallas and NY. Looks like MLS got the networks to slide things around so Dallas could kickoff at 8pm CT.

Affiliations, Transfer Rumors, and Playoff Opponent

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An eclectic list of news and rumors today:

The Rapids renewed their affiliation with the USL Charlotte Independence for another season today. This is a little bit of a surprise as it seemed like Colorado was leaning towards a relationship with the Switchbacks. Maybe they still have different viewpoints on how the relationship might work or maybe the Rapids are just happy staying with Charlotte given Hinchey's relationship with the Independence owners.

Sporting Kansas City

Playoff Match Day: Win or Go Home

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Sporting Kansas City begin their playoff campaign tomorrow night in the same place that the club started the season, in Seattle, taking on the Seattle Sounders. Back in March, Sporting used a Nuno Coelho shot from distance, a Seattle red card, and some good goalkeeping to help Kansas City a 1-0 win on First Kick.

What We Want to Happen Today 10/2

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KC got some help last night from around the league in both their attempts to make the playoffs and the potential of sneaking into fourth place in the West. Unfortunately for KC though they couldn't take care of their own business against New England and still sit in fifth place with two games to play.

What We Want to Happen Today 10/1

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Heading into a busy Saturday with a number of intra-conference match ups in MLS, in fact, Sporting KC's game against New England is the only game today or tomorrow between an Eastern and Western Conference team. That means there's a lot of potential for the playoff picture to be clearer come the end of the weekend.

What We Want to Happen Today 9/17

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It's a busy day of MLS games today, with plenty of games having a big impact on Sporting Kansas City and their playoff hopes. With Sporting playing on Sunday, they get to scoreboard watch today and hope that come Sunday morning they're still in fifth place in the West.

Vancouver at Seattle
What we want to happen - draw

A draw keeps either side from closing the gap by more than a point, and it takes a point off the board as well.

The Rest

Houston Dynamo vs Chicago Fire Final Score: Dynamo win, keep El Capitan and prepare for playoffs

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Dynamo get 3-0 win against Chicago to get to fourth place in the Western Conference standings.

What a Decision Day in MLS. While many of the teams had already locked up a spot in the playoffs many were still playing for final position and a few were still jostling to get into the Knockout Round of the playoffs.

Match report: Louisville City FC 4-0 Bethlehem Steel FC

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Louisville controlled the match against a Bethlehem side that couldn't overcome the absence of Santi Moar and the presence of some very one-sided officiating.

Sounders in good position to make playoffs

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Strength of schedule update: 7 games remaining

A lot can happen in a few weeks! Some of you may remember this article from the beginning of August where I analyzed the remainder of the Seattle Sounders' season and our chances of making the playoffs.

At the time, we were feeling great about our current form, we were in a decent playoff position, but not safe by any means.

Atlanta United FC Poised to Make History

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Expansion teams don't tend to make the playoffs. If you trace the modern history of professional sports in the U.S., you'd be hard-pressed to find any team making the playoffs in their first year of existence. Winning the title as an expansion team would seem near impossible. Yet, after three weeks of the 2017 Major League Soccer season, expansion pro sports franchise, Atlanta United FC, looks like a serious championship contender.

Lodeiro prepared “to leave it all out there for the club” in playoffs

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No stranger to big games, the Uruguayan is more than ready for his first MLS Cup playoff match

The Seattle Sounders' signing of Uruguayan midfielder Nicolas Lodeiro in July was one of the catalysts of the team's remarkable turnaround. Their 4th place finish and playoff qualification seemed quite impossible, but the arrival of Lodeiro changed everything.

D.C. United vs. New York City FC staff and reader predictions

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Plus: a question about an elite squad...

Playoffs are coming. But before they do, it's time for United's last home game of the regular season, against the very hate-able, stupidly named NYCFC. (By the way, Jason breaks down DCU's playoff scenarios for you right here, so check that out.)

Putting the playoffs aside for just a minute, though, let's predict what'll happen in tomorrow's match.

Seattle Sounders’ playoff destiny, and what today means

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A win makes it more probable than not they make the playoffs.

The Seattle Sounders roll into Carson with the hope to beat the perennial dream killers. A win will go a long way for Seattle's playoff chances. Thanks to the LA Galaxy being devastated by injuries—to the point they've called Landon Donovan out of retirement—it is ripe time for the Sounders to play spoiler on the Galaxy's playoff clinching match.