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Great Soccer Minds: My Q&A with John Ellinger

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Welcome to part two of a two-part series interview with John Ellinger. Ellinger is most-known for coaching the U.S. Under-17 National Team from 1997-2005, which included the memorable run made by the 1999 squad at the World Championships. The team included the likes of Landon Donovan, DaMarcus Beasley and Kyle.

Quick Hits: Revs Drop DDC Opener

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It wasn't the most enthralling display of soccer, but there was plenty to talk about in the wake of the Revolution's 1-0 loss to Real Salt Lake in their Desert Diamond Cup debut on Wednesday.

Here are a few things that caught our attention:

-The lineup.

Listen to Soccer Morning live at 10am ET with guests Janusz Michallik and Craig Waibel

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features guests FOX Sports analyst and commentator Janusz Michallik and Real Salt Lake Technical Director Craig Waibel to discuss the latest soccer news and talking points.

Former USA soccer player Michallik will discuss yesterday's UEFA Champions League results as well as today's matches in Europe.

Listen to Soccer Morning live at 10am ET with guests Janusz Michallik and Craig Waibel

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features guests FOX Sports analyst and commentator Janusz Michallik and Real Salt Lake Technical Director Craig Waibel to discuss the latest soccer news and talking points.

Former USA soccer player Michallik will discuss yesterday's UEFA Champions League results as well as today's matches in Europe.

Turning Up the Heat

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The Revolution kick off Desert Diamond Cup action on Wednesdayagainst Real Salt Lake, whom they faced earlier this winter in a rainy,80-minute scrimmage. Although the locals claimed a 2-1 winin thatJan. 31clash againstthe Claret-and-Cobalt, expect this one to be a different animal altogether with the start of the regular season less than three weeks away.

Ranking MLS’ most popular teams; New research reveals fascinating results

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Thanks to a handful of thriving teams, Major League Soccer enters a 20thseason few thought it would reach back when the San Jose Clash and D.C. United kicked things off on April 6th, 1996. We know which clubs have enjoyed the most on-field success, but can we accurately say which teams are the most popular?

Ranking MLS’ most popular teams; New research reveals fascinating results

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Thanks to a handful of thriving teams, Major League Soccer enters a 20thseason few thought it would reach back when the San Jose Clash and D.C. United kicked things off on April 6th, 1996. We know which clubs have enjoyed the most on-field success, but can we accurately say which teams are the most popular?

Rating each MLS club’s signings during the off-season

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The MLS offseason is still churning as teams finalize their last transactions and continue to shape the excess of their rosters in advance of opening day, but training camp has opened and the major business has been done.

There's no question that MLS improved in the last two months. Even with the loss of stars like Landon Donovan, Thierry Henry, Jermain Defoe, DeAndre Yedlin, and perhaps the MLS 3.

Rating each MLS club’s signings during the off-season

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The MLS offseason is still churning as teams finalize their last transactions and continue to shape the excess of their rosters in advance of opening day, but training camp has opened and the major business has been done.

There's no question that MLS improved in the last two months. Even with the loss of stars like Landon Donovan, Thierry Henry, Jermain Defoe, DeAndre Yedlin, and perhaps the MLS 3.

Paid Their Dues: Is Freddy Adu coming back to MLS?

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Fans of all 20 teams are all holding their collective breath praying their team is not one of the two.

This is the story - and the player - that won't go away. Per a report by the Washington Post's Steven Goff, not one but two MLS clubs are interested in bringing Freddy Adu in for a look.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Those Summers nights

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Tell me more, tell me more.

Here's a couple of future USMNT stars for you, no big deal. The USMNT plays Chile tomorrow (6 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1). Get it, guys! #BirdBomb4Eva

To the links!

Former Toronto FC defender Darren O'Dea bullish on the future of MLS - Goal.com
Tell you what, I like reading nice words about MLS.

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.

Sporting Kansas City

Sporting Fall to RSL in Preseason Play

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Sporting Kansas City fell for the first time in the Desert Diamond Cup, 2-1 to Real Salt Lake in Tucson tonight. Both teams started the game with a heavily reserve squad on the field. Salt Lake was the aggressor early on and in the 12th minute took the lead as Luke Mulholland picked out Emery Welshman, who curled a shot into the far corner past Tim Melia to make it 1-0.

Sporting Sign 3rd Round Pick, James Ansu Rogers

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Sporting Kansas City announced today that they had signed third round draft pick, James Ansu Rogers to a contract with the club. Ansu Rogers was selected with the 53rd pick of this year's MLS Superdraft, and becomes the fourth of Kansas City's five draft picks to sign with the club this year.

Ansu Rogers has been impressive this preseason, appearing in all four of KC's games, scoring one goal, the game winner on Saturday against Seattle, as well as providing an assist to Krisztian Nemeth in KC's 4-2 win over FC Tucson in the team's first phase of preseason.

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.

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.

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).

Champions League

Soccer Morning (2.18.05) discusses Champions League & Real Salt Lake with Janusz Michallik and Craig Waibel

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning featured guests Janusz Michallik and Craig Waibel as they discussed the UEFA Champions League results from yesterday, the games today as well as the latest developments at Real Salt Lake.

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morningfeatures interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

Soccer Morning (2.18.05) discusses Champions League & Real Salt Lake with Janusz Michallik and Craig Waibel

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning featured guests Janusz Michallik and Craig Waibel as they discussed the UEFA Champions League results from yesterday, the games today as well as the latest developments at Real Salt Lake.

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morningfeatures interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

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Back in Action

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The New England Revolution kicked off the their preseason slate on Saturday with a 2-1 win over Real Salt Lake in an 80-minute scrimmage played under cool and rainy conditions at Grande Sports Complex in Case Grande, Ariz.

Charlie Davies scored in the seventh minute after pouncing on a Fito Avalle defensive gaffe, while newcomer Sean Okoli tallied in the 48th minute after sliding into a Tim Mulgrew cross at the far post.

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.

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.

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