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SBI MLS Team of the Week: Seattle Sounders

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By RYAN TOLMICH

In what was billed as a clash between MLS Cup contenders, the Seattle Sounders once again asserted themselves as the league's top team.

The Sounders officially clinched their spot in the playoffs and extended their lead over the rest of the Western Conference Saturday by claiming a 3-2 victory over fellow contenders Real Salt Lake.

RSL launch Real Monarchs, latest MLS-backed USL Pro team

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

Real Salt Lake's foray into USL Pro finally has a name attached to it: the Real Monarchs.

RSL executives unveiled the Monarchs name and crest Wednesday at a presentation including new renderings of the proposed 8,000-seat facility to be added at the Utah state fair grounds.

Analysing The Race For The MLS Playoffs

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September is here, and that means that Major League Soccer enters that period when the results seem to matter even more. Some teams have surprised thus far, others have followed form, but with a month and change left, teams that haven't risen to the top will be fighting to make the cut.

Let's group these teams into categories, and see how they all shake out:

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Sure things:

DC United – A dismal 2013 behind them, their lead should help them withstand a slightly road-heavy backend of schedule.

The best MLS reclamation projects

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By IVES GALARCEP

Signing big-ticket superstars is one way to improve your team in Major League Soccer, but another, more efficient, way is to uncover hidden gems and reclamation projects on other teams in the league.

All across MLS you can find players who are thriving after having been cut loose or dealt away by somebody else, and you also have some teams that have seen more than their share of former players thriving on other teams.

The Pros To Signing More Players Like Morales Rather Than Beckham

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What if, instead of trying to bring in another David Beckham, Major League Soccer signed more players like Javier Morales? It wasn't a hypothetical, though it was rhetorical. I was among a group of reporters gathered after MLS Cup three years ago when the question was asked by a league official. At the time, Beckham's future was uncertain, and although the league's commercial messiah he would come back for one more year, the post-Beckham world was already taking shape.

Why Real Salt Lake remains a contender

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Real Salt Lake remains an MLS Cup contender each season and there are very good reasons why. Read More

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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With the International fixture break meaning club soccer is taking the weekend off in most of the world, Major League Soccer takes center stage with some important match-ups with playoff implications.

The New York Red Bulls play host to Sporting Kansas City tonight in an Eastern Conference clash both teams need given recent results.

MLS Ticker: Hall tears ACL, Kamara ineligible until 2015 and more

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By Carl SETTERLUND

Houston's hopes for a late-season playoff push just got a lot more difficult.

News has come down that goalkeeper Tally Hall, a two-time MLS All-Star has suffered a torn right ACL and will be out for at least the rest of the 2014 season.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Tommy Thompson

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By DAN KARELL

The San Jose Earthquakes have been given an injection of excitement late in a disappointing campaign.

Homegrown Player signing Tommy Thompson made his third consecutive start for the Earthquakes on Saturday, playing the full 90 minutes in a 1-1 draw with Real Salt Lake.

Orlando City’s Yordany Alvarez retires from professional soccer

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

Orlando City Soccer Club may have already started building their Major League Soccer squad for next year, but one of their prolonged players won't be there come 2015.

Midfielder Yordany Alvarez, who was on loan from Real Salt Lake and signed an MLS contract for 2015 with OCSC, announced his retirement from professional soccer on Friday after suffering a concussion on June 7 during USL Pro play.

SBI Monday Rewind: Balotelli heads to Liverpool; Plata called up; and more

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Mario Balotelli is back in Premier League. Liverpool announced Monday the Italian would join the Reds as soon as his registration is processed. He had to watch Liverpool's season-opener from the stands Monday night, a thrashing at the hands of rival Manchester City.

Real Salt Lake forward Joao Plata is reaping the benefits of his impression season with in Major League Soccer.

MLS Ticker: Red Bulls not in for Podolski; Plata receives Ecuador call up; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Despite reports of the team's interest, the New York Red Bulls are not in the market for Lukas Podolski.

After initially being linked to the Red Bulls by German news outlet Bild, sources told Empire of Soccer that the team is not interested in acquiring the Arsenal forward.

FC Dallas and DC United pick up big wins in MLS

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FC Dallas beat Real Salt Lake to continue their undefeated run and DC United takes over the top spot in the Eastern Conference. Read More

D.C. United vs. Sporting Kansas City MLS TV/streaming, lineup, previews, prediction and gamethread

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With a win tonight, D.C. United will go to the top of the MLS table. To do so, however, they'll have to beat Sporting Kansas City on the road, which has been among the toughest assignments in MLS in recent years. Your spot for pre-, in-, and post-game discussion of tonight's game.

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MLS Week 24: A Look Ahead

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By RYAN TOLMICH

For the third and final time of 2014 MLS regular season, the Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers are set to do battlein a Cascadia Cup showdown.

One of the league's fiercest rivalries continues Sunday, when theSounders and Timbers collide at Providence Park.

Plata, RSL down Sounders 2-1 to move to top of Western Conference

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By TYLER GRAY

SANDY, Utah. Joao Plata captured lightning in a bottle for the second week a row tolead RSL to the top spot in the Western Conference.

Real Salt Lake and the Seattle Sounders squared off in front of a capacity crowd at Rio Tinto Stadium Saturday afternoon with RSL fighting to a 2-1 victory.

MLS Week 23: A Look Ahead

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By DAN KARELL

After putting together a 6-0 thrashing of the Chicago Fire in Wednesday'sU.S. Open semifinal, the Seattle Sounders will face a much more daunting task when they take the field this Saturday.

Clint Dempsey, DeAndre Yedlin and co.

3 to See: CSKA, Seattle and King Louis’s Manchester United

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3 to See: CSKA, Seattle and King Louis's Manchester United is a post from: Just Football

The Premier League has returned and so hasThree to See– the preview column by Just Football looking at the most intriguing fixtures. This week, the pick of the Premier League, a big clash in the MLS and one of the biggest derbies in Russian football:

Manchester United vs Swansea City (Premier League)

Saturday 16th August – Kickoff 12:45 BST, BT Sport 1

As ever the return of the Premier League is hugely anticipated, the weeks of waiting and preparation are over, this is it.

The race for Major League Soccer teams to own a USL Pro franchise is heating up

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The race for Major League Soccer teams to own a USL Pro franchise is heating up - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Seattle Sounders FC future USL Pro club could potentially discover them their future Clint Dempsey (Left) and Obafemi Martins (Right), with the young players in the Seattle region getting some playing time to develop.

Eddie Johnson has been hit with a two game suspension

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Eddie Johnson was handed a two game suspension from Major League Soccer on Wednesday. Photo provided by SportSpyder.com

The 30-year-old striker is serving a two game suspension because of violent conduct.

2014 MLS Season, Week 22: Five Up, Three Down

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I had every intention of writing one of these posts last week but never got around to it. I blame some of the expansion news circling around and the MLS All-Star game. Anyways, time for another rendition of the Five Up, Three Down series.

It is worth pointing out again that the lists below are in no particular order like a normal Power Ranking would be.

Seattle Sounders

Rose buries stoppage-time goal, lifts Sounders over Real Salt Lake

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By JASON MITCHELL

SEATTLE It took 94 minutes and two DeAndre Yedlin assists, but the Seattle Sounders survived a back-and-forth battle of Western Conference heavyweights on Friday night, riding a last-gasp Andy Rose goal to a 3-2 victory in front of 38,976 at CenturyLink Field.

Earthquakes, RSL settle for tie at Buck Shaw Stadium

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By TYLER GRAY

With one team fighting for their playoff lives, and the other looking to maintain their standing, the stage was set for a physical 90 minutes when Real Salt Lake visited Buck Shaw Stadium to take on the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday night.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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By IVES GALARCEP

Arsenal had a busy summer revamping their roster ahead of a challenge for the English Premier League title, and the first step toward trying to win the EPL crown sees the Gunners take on Crystal Palace today in the opening weekend of league play.

Chilean star Alexis Sanchez will make his debut at the Emirates, while Arsene Wenger trots out a new-look defense to shut down the underdogs from Crystal Palace.

FC Dallas

Saborio Returns Triumphant, Propels RSL to Victory over Dallas

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By TYLER GRAY

SANDY, Utah. It was a long road back for Alvaro Saborio, but he made his return count.

Back in action for the first time since suffering a broken foot more than three months ago, Saborio delivered a winning header in Real Salt Lake's 2-1 victory vs.

Real Salt Lake gets revenge, beats FC Dallas with 77th-minute header

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Real Salt Lake midfielder Luke Mulholland (19) goes for the ball along with FC Dallas midfielder/defender Michel (31) in MLS action, at Rio Tinto Stadium, Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Rick Egan)

SANDY, Utah — Alvaro Saborio scored on a header off Javier Morales' corner kick in the 77th minute to break a tie, and Real Salt Lake went on to defeat FC Dallas 2-1 on Saturday night.

FC Dallas overcomes red card to top RSL

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by TYLER GRAY

Two hot teams and an even hotter evening set the stage for an unforgettable performance from FC Dallas.

A first-half red card sent off Blas Perez and looked like it might doom FC Dallas, but they scored two goals while down a man to silence Real Salt Lake, 2-1, and vault themselves into a three-way tie for first place in the Western Conference.

Facing Real Salt Lake, FC Dallas gets first chance to match up against U.S. World Cup players

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FC Dallas' captain Matt Hedges (24) objects to the official's call during a Major League Soccer match against Salt Lake at Toyota Stadium in Frisco on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. (Mark M. Hancock / Special Contributor)

FRISCO — Real Salt Sale goalkeeper Nick Rimando played Friday for the first time since fellow American goalkeeper Tim Howard announced earlier this week he was taking a one­year break from the United States national team.

FC Dallas takes down Real Salt Lake with 10 men, 2-1

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FC Dallas improved its unbeaten streak to 10 games with a 2-1 win over Real Salt Lake in Frisco.

A scoreless first half ended with Blas Perez sent off, leaving FC Dallas with 10 men. But the home team scored twice, with Je-Vaughan Watson scoring 5 minutes into the second half and FabianCastillo hitting the net in the 74th minute.

D.C. United

Episode 145 – Trifecta of Pooch-Screwing

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Join the guys as they discuss DC United's past couple of matches, including the loss at Houston, RSL and the win against the Rapids at home. The guys also talk about United's upcoming games and other topics, including EJ's tweeting habits, injuries, and the "optimistic" news on the stadium front.

Join the guys as they discuss DC United'

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Join the guys as they discuss DC United's past couple of matches, including the loss at Houston, RSL and the win against the Rapids at home. The guys also talk about United's upcoming games and other topics, including EJ's tweeting habits, injuries, and the "optimistic" news on the stadium front.

Filibuster podcast episode 92: D.C. United versus Real Salt Lake and Colorado Rapids, Concacaf Champions League

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On tap tonight: a Pretty Tony, Isley Brewing's Choosy Mother, New Belgium Summer Helles

The Filibuster gang is back once again, and we have a somewhat melancholy installment of the podcast. We start off with a brief tribute to Robin Williams before moving into D.C. United's loss at Real Salt Lake.

RYAN TOLMICH

NYCFC’s Watson-Siriboe to join NASL’s RailHawks on loan

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Much like the five signings that preceded him, New York City FC's Kwame Watson-Siriboe is set to go on loan ahead of the club's first season.

The 28-year-old defender, who was acquired in a trade from Real Salt Lake on August 11, will join the Carolina RailHawks on loan for the remainder of the 2014 NASL season.

Gil equalizes as RSL earn draw in friendly with Xolos

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By RYAN TOLMICH

With his side down one with just minutes remaining, 20-year-old Luis Gil scored himself a goal.

Despite playing underthreatening weather conditions, the midfielder scored a spectacular equalizing goal in the 87th minute as RSL and Mexican side Club Tijuana played to a 1-1 draw Tuesday in a friendly.

The Rest

Former SKC Wizards Update

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Here is this week's update on former KC players.

Active without a club or unknown
Vicente Arze
Federico Bessone
Jose Burciaga
Julio Cesar
Edson Elcock
Adnan Gabeljic
Mechack Jerome
Peterson Joseph
Kei Kamara
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 1-0 loss to New York.

Andy Rose mantiene a los Sounders en el primer lugar

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Seattle Sounders FC 3 2 Real Salt Lake Morales 30′, NEAGLE 38´, MARTINS 43´, Plata 50´ ROSE 94´ Los Seattle Sounders han iniciado el trecho final hacia la conquista de la Conferencia Oeste de la MLS al derrotar de manera dramática al Real Salt Lake con un gol en tiempo de descuento de Andy [.

US Roster Announced for Friendly vs Czech Republic 9/3

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Jurgen has gone with the youth movement for the USMNT's friendly against the Czech Republic on Sept. 3 in Prague. Some big opportunities for guys like Garza, Hyndman, Gyau, and Rubin to make moves on a Gold Cup spot next summer.

The full roster:

GOALKEEPERS (3) : Cody Cropper (Southampton), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (7) : John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Tim Ream (Bolton)
MIDFIELDERS (7) : Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Emerson Hyndman (Fulham), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Brek Shea (Stoke City)
FORWARDS (5) : Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Joe Gyau (Borussia Dortmund II), Jordan Morris (Stanford), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich)

The back line is particularly of interest with Cameron likely out with an injury.

FC Dallas-Real Salt Lake preview: RSL boasts 6-game unbeaten streak

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Real Salt Lake midfielder Luke Mulholland (19) goes for the ball along with FC Dallas midfielder Adam Moffat during an MLS soccer game on Saturday, May 24, 2014, in Sandy, Utah. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Rick Egan)

Real Salt Lake at FC Dallas

8 p.m. Friday; NBC Sports Network, KWRD-FM 100.