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Ned Grabavoy and John Strong | Episode 409

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NBC Sports play-by-play announcer John Strong checks in to talk about Portland Timbers and the rest of the league. In the second segment, RSL midfielder Ned Grabavoy discusses life with twins, NHL playoffs and his goal celebration.

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SBI MLS Best XI (Week 7)

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By IVES GALARCEP

Real Salt Lake continues to be the only undefeated team in Major League Soccer, and a big reason for that is the continued outstanding form of goalkeeper Nick Rimando.

The U.S. national team goalkeeper made a handful of jaw-dropping saves to help RSL post a 1-0 victory against the Portland Timbers.

The SBI Show: Episode 133 (Recapping MLS Week 7, Talking American Abroad, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

The SBI Show is back after a brief hiatus, and there was no shortage of topics to discuss after an eventful week in Major League Soccer.

Episode 133 of The SBI Show took a look back at MLS Week Seven, which featured Real Salt Lake's latest victory against the Portland Timbers, as well as several comebacks.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 7)

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By DAN KARELL

Even last year's Western Conference Champions were no match for this year's Real Salt Lake

For the second straight week, RSL is topping this week's SBI MLS Power Rankings after vanquishing the Portland Timbers last Saturday, 1-0, at Rio Tinto Stadium. Ned Grabavoy scored his side's goal late but the clean sheet was preserved by an outstanding performance from goalkeeper Nick Rimando, keeping the Timbers off the board.

MLS Power Rankings, Week 7: Top 4 stay the same

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Real Salt Lake remains the top team in the league, and Montreal Impact remain the worst.

There were plenty of draws this week in Major League Soccer, and so many of the positions on our power rankings stayed the same. However, the bottom has given out on one team's ranking, and two other continue to bounce along on the bottom of the barrel.

SBI MLS Save of the Week: Nick Rimando

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Real Salt Lake Slides Past Timbers 1-Nil

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In a year where times have changed for some teams the Real Salt Lake team simply hasn't.

Even with a new Head Coach the system continues to work as RSL continued their winning ways against the Portland Timbers.

How you might ask? Nick Rimando full stop.

When Caleb Porter indicated his team had done everything he asked he was pretty much telling you the truth.

Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando wins MLS Player of the Week

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Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando wins his second MLS Player of the Week award in 2014, keeping a clean sheet against Portland. Read More

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.

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Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. Real Salt Lake (first match)

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We have complete player evaluations for every Portland Timbers player that appeared in the 1 to 0 loss to Real Salt Lake back on April 19 in Utah. There are individual ratings for each player, the coaching staff, and a complete rating for the entire team.

Timbers push Real Salt Lake around but Grabavoy goal leaves Portland winless

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The Portland Timbers were hoping to earn their first victory of 2014 on the road, but they were going to face Real Salt Lake, a team that has dominated them over the past few seasons. While Portland was indeed improved in several areas, they conceded a goal to Ned Grabavoy in the 79th minute and couldn't convert their own chances in absorbing a 1 to 0 loss to RSL.

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.

U.S. Youth National Teams

Gil, Trapp withdraw from U.S. U-21 camp due to injury

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By DAN KARELL

Tab Ramos opened his inaugural pre-Olympic U.S. Under-21 Men's National Team training camp in Carson, Calif. without two of his key players.

Real Salt Lake midfielder Luis Gil and Columbus Crew midfielder Wil Trapp both accepted call-ups but then pulled out of the camp on Monday due to injuries.

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.

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.

Sporting Kansas City

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?

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.

The Rest

SBI MLS Team of the Week: Real Salt Lake

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

It may have not been the biggest win, but Real Salt Lake nabbed a tough three points this week by playing well on both sides of the ball and continuing to prove themselves as a top team. They head into Week 8 still unbeaten.

With a tight 1-0 win over the Portland Timbers, Nick Rimando proved to be a difference-maker, coming up with big saves to preserve the shutout.

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.