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Rimando shines in RSL win over Timbers

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By TYLER GRAY

SANDY, Utah Real Salt Lake and the Portland Timbers developed quite a rivalry last season. They played each other a total of six times but RSL dominated the series never losing once. Their meeting Saturday was a chance for the visiting Timbers to break the trend but not without RSL having something to say about it.

MLS Week 7: A Look Ahead

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By DAN KARELL

The winless Portland Timbers hit the road this week to take on Real Salt Lake in the highlight of MLS Week Seven.

RSL are coming off a tough 2-2 draw at the Philadelphia Union but they should be boosted with the return of Luis Gil to the lineup from injury.

MLS Insider: Pair of Aces

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SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 6)

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By DAN KARELL

Despite the early season struggles of the New York Red Bulls and the Portland Timbers, who last year led the league's Eastern and Western conferences, 2013 MLS Cup finalists Real Salt Lake keep chugging along.

Jeff Cassar's side take top spot in this week's SBI MLS Power Rankings ahead of FC Dallas after securing a 2-2 draw at the Philadelphia Union, one that RSL nearly won.

2014 MLS Season: Five Up, Three Down – Week 6

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We're at the midway point in our week, which means it is once again time for a look at who is doing well and who is still cold.

Again, the order means nothing in these lists. So don't read too much into that.

Five Up

1. Real Salt Lake Still the lone unbeaten team in the league after FCD dropped a game at home over the weekend.

HOT TOPIC QUESTION OF THE WEEK: When is a Draw Acceptable?

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The most recent draw at the weekend against Real Salt Lake hit home a little differently after playing well against the best MLS has to offer. When is a draw acceptable?

The Philadelphia Union managed to draw again against Real Salt Lake at PPL Park this weekend, as has been the recurring theme thus far in the young Philadelphia season.

Is Saturday's match already a must win?

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The "it's early" mantra starts to become more wearisome with each passing week. Six rounds into the 2014 campaign, the Fire have yet to record a victory and this Saturday's match against the New England Revolution may be the best chance to to collect all three points for a while. This next home match is followed by an off week and no team wants to sit on an extra seven days wait before the next game when they haven't tasted victory in two months.

MLS Match Week 6: SBI Live Commentary

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By IVES GALARCEP

The MLS Western Conference is shaping up to be a competitive dogfight in 2014, and the team that has jumped out to the early lead in the West faces a very tough test from another top West contender.

FC Dallas rolls into today's meeting with the Seattle Sounders boasting the best record in the league (4-0-1).

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week Five)

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By DAN KARELL

FC Dallas are showing no signs of slowing down.

Oscar Pareja's club re-captured "El Capitan" from the Houston Dynamo last weekend with a tremendous 4-1 performance, backed by the play of midfielder Mauro Diaz. The Argentine has been the key to FC Dallas' recent success but the addition of Hendry Thomas in defensive midfield combined with Matt Hedges and Chris Seitz has given FC Dallas one of the best spines in MLS.

2014 MLS Season: Five Up, Three Down

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Now that the rivalry weekend is done and in the books, it is time to look at who is doing well and who is not with out weekly Five Up, Three Down.

Just a reminder, the order of each list has no meaning, so don't read into that.

Five Up

FC Dallas Yes, a red card helped them out when they needed it most, but this team has proven that they are willing to put the peddle to the floor when the chances come.

Sporting Kansas City 0-0 Real Salt Lake: Exclusive [PHOTOS]

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2013 MLS Cup champions Sporting Kansas City continued its run of scoring a low number of goals at home with its 0-0 tie against Real Salt Lake at the Sporting KC Stadium on Saturday night.

The key incidents in the game were the sending off of KC'sOriol Rosell in the second half, as well as spirited goalkeeping displays from both keepers during the game.

Attinella stellar in goal as RSL tie Sporting KC at Sporting Park

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By TATE STEINLAGE

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Real Salt Lake isn't used to playing without Nick Rimando in goal, but they got a performance Saturday from Jeff Attinella that was anything but a drop off.

Attinella had to make eight saves and face a total of 20 shots from Sporting Kansas City to help his team earn an important 0-0 draw in front of 19,838 fans at Sporting Park.

MLS Week Five: SBI Live Commentary

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By IVES GALARCEP

It is rivalry week in Major League Soccer this week, as many of the league's most intense match-ups are on the schedule, led by the Seattle Sounders' visit to take on the Portland Timbers.

The Timbers are still searching for their first win of the 2014 season as they take on the same Seattle side they eliminated from the MLS playoffs last year.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 4)

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By IVES GALARCEP

If you would have asked most people which MLS team would wind up being the final one with a perfect record, few people outside of Ohio would have every considered saying the Columbus Crew.

That's where the Crew stand though, a perfect 3-0 after a dramatic last-second winner from Justin Meram helped Gregg Berhalter's side improve to 3-0 and climb even further up the SBI MLS Power Rankings.

MLS Week 4: Real Salt Lake shutout Toronto FC

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Real Salt Lake pulled off one of the biggest results early in the 2014 MLS season, shutting out Toronto FC in week 4. Read More

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Graham Zusi

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By DAN KARELL

Graham Zusi is providing Sporting Kansas City with MVP-worthy performances early in the 2014 MLS season.

The 26-year-old midfielder scored one goal and assisted on two others as Sporting KC came back from a one-goal deficit to defeat the Colorado Rapids, 3-2.

Philadelphia Union

A team in evolution

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Philadelphia Union is an evolving team. If they can cut the mental mistakes and stop coughing up last minute goals, they could evolve into a team you know quite well. PSP's Dan Walsh explains.

Poetry Corner Kicks: Union 2 - Real Salt Lake 2

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Poetry Corner Kicks is happy that the Union had a late goal of their own this time.

When they want to, the Philadelphia Union can play with the best teams in the league. Perhaps they can even beat the best teams in the league. But until they fix their mental gaps, they won’t BE the best team in the league.

Analysis and Player Ratings: Union 2-2 RSL

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What to do with Nogueira and can someone get the Union some "No Doze"?

In Pictures: Union 2-2 Real Salt Lake

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PSP photographer Earl Gardner shares his look at the Philadelphia Union's 2-2 draw with Real Salt Lake.

Match Report: Philadelphia Union 2-2 Real Salt Lake

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Maurice Edu rescued a point after the Union again conceded after the 80th minute.

Match Review - Philadelphia Union vs. Real Salt Lake

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Philadelphia twice came back from one-goal deficits to earn a draw at home against Real Salt Lake. RSL stay undefeated through goals from Luke Mulholland and Kyle Beckerman. Union equaled the scoreline with goals from Andrew Wenger and Maurice Edu. Union still have yet to defeat RSL, but this match was highly entertaining, full of talking points.

Edu and Beckerman trade late goals as Union tie RSL

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By TYLER GRAY

Maurice Edu played the role of hero for the Philadelphia Union with a surprising late-game strike, securing the 2-2 result and another tie for Union.

RSL took the lead twice, in the sixth minute thanks to midfielder Luke Mulholland's quick reactions after Union goalkeeper Zac MacMath blocked Alvaro Saborio's initial PK attempt.

The Whole Story: Matchday 6 Union host Real Salt Lake

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Get The Whole Story on Matchday 6 as the Union host Real Salt Lake at PPL - from preview to post match analysis

The Philadelphia Union face their toughest test this Saturday when last year's MLS Cup Runners Up Real Salt Lake come to PPL Park. Make no mistake, this will be one of the toughest matches the Union will play all year.

Union vs Real Salt Lake quick reference

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The Union are 0-2-4 against Real Salt Lake all time. We've got all of the match stats, highlights from our match reports and analysis, video highlights, and more.

Match Preview - Philadelphia Union vs. Real Salt Lake

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Perhaps the biggest test of the new-look Union comes Saturday, as Real Salt Lake heads to PPL Park.

The Philadelphia Union face their toughest test this Saturday when last year's MLS Cup Runners Up Real Salt Lake come to PPL Park. Make no mistake, this will be one of the toughest matches the Union will play all year.

Toronto FC

MLS Power Rankings, Week 5: Dallas reigns supreme

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The other team in Texas takes the top spot.

Your weekly power rankings are back once again, and are back in my grubby hands. The last week's rankings are the rankings that you, the readers, chose. I apparently disapprove of your favorability towards the Whitecaps, as I am pretty harsh towards them.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: Toronto FC

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By RYAN TOLMICH

It was viewed as a battle of two heavyweights. On one side was the Columbus Crew, undefeated and coming off of a potentially season-defining 90th minute winner over Seattle. On the other, Toronto FC, the big-money side who were humbled in their last contest with a 3-0 beating at the hands of Real Salt Lake.

Match Day 5: MLS Cup Rematch

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Just under four months since Sporting Kansas City raised the MLS Cup after beating Real Salt Lake in a shoot out, they'll welcome them back to Sporting Park Saturday. That game was just the continuation of what has become a bit of a rivalry between the two teams ever since a preseason game was ended early after a Roger Espinoza tackle caused the benches to clear.

SBI Team of the Week: Real Salt Lake

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

Real Salt Lake gave the much-hyped Toronto FC a reality check this week, solidifying RSL's position as a league powerhouse.

Although RSL was lifted by an outstanding Alvaro Saborio brace, it was a dominant performance across the field for RSL. They were was buoyed by an early penalty, which Saborio converted well for the lead in the 11th minute.

Graham Zusi

Sporting and Salt Lake Draw in MLS Cup Rematch

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Just like MLS Cup 2013 in December, 90 minutes could not separate Sporting KC and Real Salt Lake on Saturday night at Sporting Park. This time though there was no extra time and penalty kicks to decide the winner. Instead both teams walked away with one point after the 0-0 draw.

Salt Lake started the game off with some high pressure, which created an early opportunity for Olmes Garcia who got some space on KC's left and fired an effort just over the bar.

Fantasy Focus: He's Baaaack

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One high-scoring man reemerges

Two teams tied for the lead this round on 71 points. The highest overall scorer between the two is Crampus FC, who captained Federico Higuain (CLB, $10.5), who scored a goal and added an assist for 22 points. Behind him, round high scorer Graham Zusi (SKC, $10.

The Rest

Portland Timbers vs. Real Salt Lake preview –Timbers try to find their identity in venue that has proven unforgiving

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The Portland Timbers haven't had much success in Salt Lake City over the years, but this isn't exactly the same RSL side either. The team said goodbye to longtime coach Jason Kreis, but they've been able to keep the same system in place with several veterans and longtime assistant Jeff Cassar stepping in as head coach.

MLS Power Rankings, Week 6: FC Dallas, Seattle Sounders, and Real Salt Lake lead

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Who shall reign supreme this week?

Another week, another edition of our MLS Power Rankings. D.C. United's two game winning streak sees them eek every slightly upward, while Clint Dempsey is single-handedly pulling the Sounders towards the top of the heap. But who shall reign supreme this week?

U-20 USMNT kicks off Dallas Cup with pair of wins

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team is off to a dream start at the Dr Pepper Dallas Cup.

A day after securing a 3-2 win over Argentine club River Plate, the U.S. blanked German side Eintracht Frankfurt, 3-0, on Monday. Real Salt Lake's Benji Lopez, Philadelphia Union's Zach Pfeffer and Lorient's Romain Gall each found the back of the net in the triumph.

Union 2-2 Real Salt Lake: Stat Hero of the Match

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This week's stat zero and stat hero awards are tight and we went against the grain with the winners. We also examine the USMNT World Cup showdown between Kyle Beckerman and Maurice Edu.

Another day another draw. The good news is the Union have just one loss in 6 games. The bad news is the Union have just one win in 6 games.

Opposite View - RSL Perspective's Denzel Eslinger Talks Real Salt Lake

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Today we get a bit of a different perspective on Real Salt Lake from Denzel Eslinger of rslperspective.com

So Real Salt Lake will head into Philly as one of just two teams without a loss, and the reason is simple – Depth – nothing more, nothing less. While RSL started the season with a completely new coaching staff, new head coach and all new assistants, the roster remained largely the same as the team that played for MLS Cup .

Opposite View - Three Questions With RSL Soapbox

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This week we chat with Randal Serr of RSL Soapbox, SBN's Real Salt Lake blog, and find out what to expect from the 2013 MLS Cup Runners Up.

tBG: Real Salt Lake has had a rough past few months, losing the MLS Cup Final to Sporting Kansas City and then losing manager Jason Kreis to New York City FC.

U-18 USMNT top Canada in first of two friendly matches

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By DAN KARELL

Coy Craft continues to make a name for himself with the U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team.

The 16-year-old FC Dallas product scored one goal and assisted on another as the U-18s beat Canada, 2-1, in a friendly match at the U.

Former SKC Wizards Update

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Here's your former SKC Wizards update for this week. While Eddie Johnson steps on the field for the US vs Mexico.

Active without a club or unknown
Jamar Beasley
Jose Burciaga
Julio Cesar
Edson Elcock
Josh Gardner
Aaron Hohlbein
Mike Jones
Nelson Pizarro
Peter Schmetz
Scott Sealy
Shavar Thomas
Diego Walsh
Konrad Warzycha

MLS
Davy Arnaud - DC - Came off the bench and played 52 minutes in DC's 2-2 draw with Chicago.