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Perry Kitchen, Steve Birnbaum Break Camp With U.S. Team for Upcoming Friendlies

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D.C. United players look to see some National Team time before the Regular Season Starts

U.S. Soccer announced earlier today the 23 man roster that will make the trip to Santiago to play Chile on January 28 and at Stub Hub Center in Carson, California on February 8 against Panama. D.C. United fans will notice that Steve Birnbaum (who it should be noted celebrated his 24th birthday yesterday) and Perry Kitchen made the list immediately, but here is the whole roster for your perusal:

GOALKEEPERS (3): Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Jon Kempin (Sporting Kansas City), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

DEFENDERS (7): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Steve Birnbaum (D.

Fantasy Focus: LeviEthan

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That's a goal in four straight games, and six goals and four assists in ten games.

It was not the most high scoring round, but BobBoswellIsInternet took the top prize with 77 points. Ethan Finlay (CLB, $6.2) led the way with 14 points on a goal andtwo assists. LeeNguyen (NE, $9.1)followed closely behind withtwo goals and 12 points, and Diego Valeri (POR, $10.

Portland Timbers 0, Real Salt Lake 0: Three things from Portland's draw (photos and video)

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Portland Timbers played Real Salt Lake to an exciting but ultimately frustrating draw at Providence Park.

Timbers test Rimando repeatedly, but Portland & Real Salt Lake play to scoreless draw

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The Portland Timbers were hoping to move closer to secure their postseason plans in hosting Real Salt Lake on October 17 at Providence Park, but RSL had other designs to help their post season positioning. While the Timbers applied relentless pressure on goal, they couldn't find anything to break past RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando as the teams played to a scoreless draw.

Sporting Kansas City

FCKC Home Opener to be at Sporting Park

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FC Kansas City and Sporting KC announced today that the Blues' home opener will in fact be played at Sporting Park. The plan since the two clubs formed their partnership had been to have the home opener at Sporting Park to start the Blues' 2014 season as they look to defend their NWSL title. With the Blues at home the first weekend of the season against Sky Blue FC the question was all about the date.

FC Kansas City Announce Partnership with Sporting KC, New Home

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FC Kansas City has a new home, and a new partner. One day after their home opener was announced with a TBD for the date/time, we find out the reason why. The Blues have entered into a partnership with Sporting Kansas City that will see the team move their home venue to the Championship stadium at the Swope Soccer Village in Swope Park.

Major League Soccer

Breaking Down the 2015 Philadelphia Union Schedule

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In the mind of yours truly, the Union have been given a poor schedule by the MLS.

I only hoped for one thing in the 2015 season when it came to the Philadelphia Union's schedule and it was the ability to travel with the away support to the Philadelphia Union vs. New York City FC match. Unfortunately the combination of a Thursday and my relocation to Maryland I am incapable of doing so.

Boyd Okwuonu, former USMNT under-20, goes to RSL at 27

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Real Salt Lake took Boyd Okwuonu with the sixth pick in the second round of the SuperDraft. The former USMNT under-20 World Cup starter was chosen by Real Salt Lake with a pick acquired from the Seattle Sounders in a draft day trade that sent RSL's first rounder to Seattle (Cristian Roldan). Okwuonu joins RSL after the club brought back fellow defender Jamison Olave, in December.

MLS Announce 2015 Opening Fixtures

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Just in time for Christmas, Major League Soccer has released the home openers for 2015 season.

The new season kicks off on March 6 when MLS Cup winners the LA Galaxy will entertain the Chicago Fire at the StubHub Center.

The opening weekend sees MLS's two expansion franchises play each other as Orlando City SC will host New York City FC at the Citrus Bowl on Sunday, March 8.

New deals for Beckerman, Rimando, Lenhart

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Real Salt Lake announced new deals for Kyle Beckerman and Nick Rimando while Steven Lenhart stays with the Earthquakes. Read More

Is the CONCACAF Champions League broken?

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The CONCACAF Champions League faces obvious issues, but is MLS and Liga MX offering an alternative the solution? Read More

Monday Freedom Kicks: Sports Are Stupid

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We look back at the MLS Cup Final, with a dusting of local team notes, and David Simon hates technology!

Oh well, it was only bound to last so long considering the current setup of both teams, right? Well let's rip the bandaid off quickly:

LA Galaxy 2, New England Revolution 1: MLS Cup Final Match Recap | MLSsoccer.

Real Salt Lake takes final MLS place in CONCACAF Champions League

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Real Salt Lake benefits from the LA Galaxy winning the 2014 MLS Cup, taking the final MLS spot in the 2015-16 CONCACAF Champions League. Read More

Bill Hamid wins MLS Goalkeeper of the Year

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Our green machine becomes just the third goalkeeper under 25 to win the award.

The day after Ben Olsen was voted MLS Coach of the Year, D.C. United's Bill Hamid has picked up the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year award, edging out Real Salt Lake's Nick Rimando. Hamid was also named to the MLS Best XI yesterday.

Lee Nguyen, Landon Donovan And Thierry Henry Named To MLS Best X

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Retiring stars Landon Donovan and Thierry Henry were named to Major League Soccer's annual Best XI squad on Tuesday, as was New England Revolution midfielder Lee Nguyen.

This is the seventh time in his career that Donovan has been named to the Best XI, breaking a tie with MLS veteran Dwayne De Rosario for the most of any player in league history.

Lee Nguyen, Landon Donovan And Thierry Henry Named To MLS Best X

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Retiring stars Landon Donovan and Thierry Henry were named to Major League Soccer's annual Best XI squad on Tuesday, as was New England Revolution midfielder Lee Nguyen.

This is the seventh time in his career that Donovan has been named to the Best XI, breaking a tie with MLS veteran Dwayne De Rosario for the most of any player in league history.

Winners of 2014 MLS Talk Awards Announced; Best Players, Podcasts, Blogs and More Recognized

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After two weeks of votingfrom more than 5,000 soccer fans, the winners of the 2014 MLS Talk Awardshave now been decided.

The inaugural MLS Talk Awards recognizes the best of the 2014 MLS season — everything from the blogs, podcasts and radio shows that fuel discussion about the league, to the best players, coaches and more.

Winners of 2014 MLS Talk Awards Announced; Best Players, Podcasts, Blogs and More Recognized

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After two weeks of votingfrom more than 5,000 soccer fans, the winners of the 2014 MLS Talk Awardshave now been decided.

The inaugural MLS Talk Awards recognizes the best of the 2014 MLS season — everything from the blogs, podcasts and radio shows that fuel discussion about the league, to the best players, coaches and more.

Kyle Beckerman and MLS history

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Kyle Beckerman is on the verge of setting an MLS longevity mark and his career teaches the league a needed history lesson. Read More

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

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DaMarcus Beasley, Jermaine Jones, Lee Nguyen and DeAndre Yedlin have been returned to their MLS clubs, the last three appropriately for playoff duty. No supplements to the squad at this time, leaving us with... G - Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)D - Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Anthony Brooks (Hertha

Real Salt Lake still wins in 2014

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Real Salt Lake didn't end their 2014 season with a march to MLS Cup, but they did accomplish a lot in a transitional year. Read More

MLS Quarterfinals Leg 2: Review Of Highlights And Lowlights

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GOOD:

Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy/Forward) – Landon Donovan completely dominated the Salt Lake defense in Carson to push his Galaxy into the MLS CUP Semifinals. His three goals and one assist turned the game on its head and buried Real, ending their hunt for the league championship.

MLS Playoffs: New England Revolution and LA Galaxy advance

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The New England Revolution and the LA Galaxy advanced in the MLS playoffs with Landon Donovan scoring a hat-trick. Read More

Real Salt Lake vs Landon Donovan

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The end of Landon Donovan's MLS career is on the line in the second-leg of the Western Conference semifinals on Sunday. Read More

New England wins, Real Salt Lake and Galaxy draw

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New England took a two goal lead in their MLS playoff series with Columbus and Real Salt Lake and the Galaxy drew. Read More

Homegrown – MLS Western Conference Playoff Preview

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On this special edition of Homegrown, Jay breaks down the MLS Western Conference playoff picture. Other ways to listen: Download the Podcast Here!(Right click, save as) If you like this podcast please subscribe, rate, review, share, and comment. Let us know what you think!

MLS: Real Salt Lake 2 – Chivas USA 0

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Real Salt Lake finished the 2014 MLS regular season with a 2-0 win over Chivas USA at Rio Tinto Stadium. Read More

Chivas USA, Real Salt Lake, and the 2005 MLS expansion

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The 2005 MLS expansion class gets a final game, with Chivas USA playing Real Salt Lake in Chivas's second to last league appearance. Read More

New England Revolution

Revs Open Preseason Camp on 1/22

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Preparations for the 2015 season will officiallycommence for the New England Revolutionon Jan. 22 when they kick off their preseason camp at Gillette Stadium.

The club will spend its four days of camp in Foxborough before departing for on Jan.

Portland Timbers release full 2015 MLS match schedule

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It's one of the best days within the Major League Soccer calendar - the schedule release date! The Portland Timbers announced their full 34 match slate for 2015, while MLS confirmed national broadcast plans and a revamped playoff schedule that will include six teams from each conference.

USA Announces 25-Man Squad For Friendlies Against Colombia and Ireland

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US Soccer has announced its 25-man squad for the upcoming friendlies against Colombia and the Republic of Ireland.

The squad is as follows:

GOALKEEPERS (4): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

DEFENDERS (9): DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)

MIDFIELDERS (6): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Julian Green (Hamburg), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution)

FORWARDS (6): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Jordan Morris (Stanford), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

There are several surprise inclusions in the squad, most notably Jordan Morris from Stanford University, Rubio Rubin from Utrecht, Bobby Wood from 1860 Munich and Greg Garza (Club Tijuana).

Monday Freedom Kicks: MLS playoffs shaping up, Chuck Blazer's out there doing his thing

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Relive MLS playoff action from this weekend, learn a lot about Chris Rolfe's arm, and dive deep into the Chuck Blazer story.

Still bummed after the loss? Yeah, me too. In case you want to relive it, though, have some recaps of D.C. United's 2-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls from us, MLS, Goff, and Ives.

Keeper-Go-Round Story Stream

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Your seat on the Goalie-Go-Round. Keep up with which of the Philadelphia Union's three-headed keeper monster is doing what. Don't forget the Dramamine!

Nick Sakiewicz was a goalkeeper in his "playing" days. One would think he would know a thing or two about the position and thepsyche of the players, but that doesn't stop him from playing mind games or just being fickle with them.

Former SKC Wizards Update

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Here is this week's former SKC Wizards update.

Active without a club or unknown
Vicente Arze
Federico Bessone
Jose Burciaga
Julio Cesar
Edson Elcock
Adnan Gabeljic
Mechack Jerome
Peterson Joseph
Neal Kitson
Michal Mravec
Nelson Pizarro
Akeem Priestly
Peter Schmetz
Scott Sealy
Konrad Warzycha

MLS
Davy Arnaud - DC - Started and played 90 minutes in DC's 2-1 win over Chicago.

Keeper-Go-Round

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The curious case of the Philadelphia Union and its unique Goalkeeping situation might come as a surprise to most of you. Unfortunately, it's more like business as usual for a Nick Sakiewicz-run team.

Nick Sakiewicz was a goalkeeper in his "playing" days. One would think he would know a thing or two about the position and thepsyche of the players, but that doesn't stop him from playing mind games or just being fickle with them.

MLS Cup Playoffs

Soccer News: Are the Galaxy the new favorites for MLS Cup?

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The LA Galaxy dominate Real Salt Lake in the MLS playoffs leading to a simple conclusion in Monday's soccer news. Read More

LA v Real Salt Lake - MLS Playoffs Running Blog

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It's a scoreless draw coming in from the first leg, so it's all to play for here in LA.

And they kick off!

3 - So far, just the mist that indicates it might be LD's last game has stood out.
4 - Ishizaki gets clipped, isn't happy.
5 - Gyasi Zardes goes wide on an attempt.

LA v Real Salt Lake - MLS Playoffs Running Blog

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It's a scoreless draw coming in from the first leg, so it's all to play for here in LA.

And they kick off!

3 - So far, just the mist that indicates it might be LD's last game has stood out.
4 - Ishizaki gets clipped, isn't happy.
5 - Gyasi Zardes goes wide on an attempt.

The Rest

Filibuster podcast episode 106: The end of D.C. United's playoff run

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On tap tonight: Delirium Nocturnum, Old Fashioned, Sam Adams Winter Lager

Sadly it is the end of D.C. United's 2014 season, and the Filibuster crew is here to talk you through it. We start, of course, with the game itself. We ask if there was more that D.C. United could have done in this game, we debate the strategy of the opening 30 minutes, we pine for Luis Silva, we talk about the away goals rule and whether or not in penalizes the higher seed, and we talk about novel playoff formats that might make things more interesting.

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. Real Salt Lake third match

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We have complete player evaluations for the Portland Timbers from their scoreless draw with Real Salt Lake back on October 17. There are ratings for every Timbers player that appeared in the match, plus composite ratings for the team, coaches, opponent and officiating.