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University of Maryland duo spent spring break training with the Union

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Gordon Wild and Amar Sejdic trained with the first team this week

Two college soccer stars from the University of Maryland spent their spring break training with the Philadelphia Union.

Gordon Wild, who turned down an offer from Major League Soccer to return to College Park for his junior year, and former Real Salt Lake Academy midfielder Amar Sejdic both returned to the area for the week after playing a friendly for Maryland against a reserve-heavy Union side on March 12.

MLS Look Ahead: Week 4

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The international break only slows down MLS, it rarely ever shuts it down for a weekend. That's the case for Week 4, as three matches take place on Saturday at a trio of Eastern Conference venues.

Among the small slate of matches in MLS is a rematch of the 2015 MLS Cup and a crucial match for a team that fired its manager earlier in the week.

Major Link Soccer - The Allure of Failure

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Also, NASL season preparation, the future of soccer in China, and the resurgence of Kezar

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So how did Chicago convince Schweinsteiger to sign? They apparently flaunted just how terrible they have been.

Unfortunately for the windy city, it seems highly unlikely that the German will be the solution to all of their problems.

MLS Ticker: Marsch begins UEFA course, Sir Alex praises MLS, and more

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Once again, New York Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch has been linked with Europe, but this time it's just for a coaching course.

Marsch will miss the team's training sessions on Wednesday and Thursday this week as he begins a UEFA coaching course, the team announced. Though Marsch is expected back for this weekend's match against Real Salt Lake at Red Bull Arena, assistant coach Chris Armas will run the training sessions he is expected to miss.

Real Salt Lake “dismisses” their coach

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By J Hutcherson (Mar 21, 2017) US Soccer Players - Real Salt Lake decided it was time for a coaching change three weeks into the 2017 MLS season. The international break had barely started when RSL announced the club had dismissed Jeff Cassar. Credit the management with using "dismisses" rather than "parted ways", since the scenario is almost always the club telling the coach it's time for him to go.

A look at potential candidates for the RSL head coaching job

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Real Salt Lake jolted the MLS landscape on Monday night with the announcement of the dismissal of head coach Jeff Cassar after three matches. A season-opening draw with Toronto FC and losses to the Chicago Fire and LA Galaxy extended the club's regular-season winless run to 10 games, tied with the Philadelphia Union for longest streak in MLS.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 2

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Week two of the 2017 MLS season is now in the books, as one expansion team clearly established their superiority over their cross-conference counterpart with a serious beat-down.

The Chicago Fire scored two quick strikes, courtesy of Nemanja Nikolic and Arturo Alvarez and never looked back en route to a 2-0 victory over Real Salt Lake.

MLS Week 2: Your Live Commentary

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The second week of MLS play begins on Saturday and weather is certain to be a major factor.

Inclement weather caused the cancellation of the New England Revolution's clash with Orlando City and several more matches should be affected by frigid conditions.

MLS Ticker: Goossens out for months, Glad doubtful for Saturday

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The mess in the Chicago Fire midfield got worse on Wednesday, as the club announced central midfielder John Goossens will undergo surgery on Friday for a defect of a deltoid ligament sprain in his right ankle. He is expected to miss five to six months because of the surgery.

"John's injury is cruel, particularly given the effort he was making on the play in added time,"said Fire general manager Nelson Rodríguez.

Hackworth names 26-man roster for U.S. Under-17 camp

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In preparation for the upcoming CONCACAF U-17 Championships, head coach John Hackworth has named his 26-man roster for a pair of upcoming friendlies.

The roster features a heavy dose of players currently on MLS academy rosters, with 15 of the 26 currently featuring in MLS teams' youth systems.

MLS Ticker: Plata signs DP extension, DCU break ground on stadium, and more

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While not a flashy new player, Real Salt Lake completed the re-signing of a key component of its roster, locking Joao Plata up with a new multi-year DP deal.

The 24-year old winger has been a boon for RSL since his trade from Toronto FC in 2013, as he's notched 30 goals and 30 assists in regular season play, leaving him fifth and third respectively in club history.

Real Salt Lake 2017 adidas Away Jersey

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Real Salt Lake quietly launched their 2017 adidas away kit on Thursday. It will be available atWorld Soccer Shop, Kitbagand UK Soccer Shopin the lead up to RSL's kickoff to the new Major League Soccer season against Toronto FC on March 4th. The Real Salt Lake 2017 adidas away shirt sees the Utah club in [.

Major Link Soccer: Has MLS left Beckham FC behind?

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In all the expansion talk, there's little mention of Miami these days. Alvaro Saborio retires from soccer. Hope Solo will be back on TV soon, but not necessarily in goal.

Major League Soccer:

Alvaro Saborio has retired from soccer, shortly after his move back to his first club, Costa Rica's Saprissa.

MLS Ticker: Vermes unsure of Zusi position, Chara sent off by VAR, and more

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U.S. Men's National Team winger Graham Zusi has been surprisingly used at right back over the team's past few matches, and now he may face a change with his league team, Sporting Kansas City, as well.

Speaking at a Fan Forum on Thursday, Sporting KC head coach Peter Vermes and president Jake Reid commented on several topics, most notably the position of Zusi.

MLS Ticker: RSL acquires Lennon, Wynne facing heart issue, and more

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Real Salt Lake completed a move on Monday that saw the return of a former academy product from Europe.

The team announced the acquisition of former RSL Academy midfielder Brooks Lennon on loan from Liverpool for the 2017 season. Lennon, who previously featured for RSL's U-18 academy team where he scored 31 goals en route to the USSDA championship match, made the move to the Reds after his breakout season and has featured primarily for the Premier League sides' U-23 team.

MLS Ticker: FC Dallas sign Colman, Atlanta adds Tottenham loanee and more

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FC Dallas' hunt for a forward is officially over. The Supporters' Shield and U.S. Open Cup winners officially announced a deal for 22-year-old striker Cristian Colman on Wednesday.

The Paraguayan, who comes to MLS from Nacional Asuncion in the Paraguayan first division, will count as a young Designated Player.

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RSL dismisses head coach Jeff Cassar

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Real Salt Lake closed 2016 with a whimper and, after a less than ideal start to the 2017 campaign, the club is set to move in a new direction.

RSL announced on Monday that the club has parted ways with Jeff Cassar just three games into the 2017 season.

SBI MLS Season Preview: Real Salt Lake

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Real Salt Lake was a playoff team in 2016, the way the season went made it tough to call it a successful campaign.

After a hot start that saw RSL open the season undefeated through six matches, and a middling mid-season slate, the floor fell out from RSL late in its 2016 campaign. Real Salt Lake dropped points in each of their last seven matches of the regular season, going 0-4-3, but managed to barely sneak into the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, just ahead of the defending champion Portland Timbers.

Portland Timbers

What you missed in the third week of MLS

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Key results, highlights, and standings from around the league.

Welcome to the world where Seattle Sounders discovery list players dominate for teams that are not called the Seattle Sounders. Miguel Almiron had an assist in Atlanta United's 4-nil win over the Chicago Fire. Sebastian Blanco went 90, but it was Adi and Valeri who powered the Portland Timbers in their come-from-behind 4-2 win over the Houston Dynamo.

Portland Timbers vs. Vancouver Whitecaps: Preseason Match Preview

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The Portland Timbers wrap up their slate of home preseason games on Wednesday with a match against their Cascadian rivals, the Vancouver Whitecaps. Both sides come into this match having draw their previous two games, so a decisive victory could put either side at the top of the Rose City Invitational's non-existent table, so long as they outscore the possible winner of the day's earlier match, Real Salt Lake vs.

Some Soccer News for Feb 10, 2017

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It's Day 41 of 2017.


MINNESOTA UNITED PRESEASON

The third 1-1 tie of the preseason, last night in Portland against the Whitecaps.

Matches:
Portland Invitational
-Thu Feb 9
MNUFC 1-1 Vancouver Whitecaps - 7:00pm CT - MU goal by VW Own Goal.

Timber Cruise: Portland Timbers 3, Real Salt Lake 3

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Welcome to the first edition of the Timber Cruise, a forest-level survey of the Timbers most recent game, this week their Preseason Tournament opener against Real Salt Lake.

The Timbers' priorities shift ever-so-gradually over the course of the preseason. In the first games in Tucson, the focus is fitness.

Portland Timbers vs. Real Salt Lake: How to Watch, Previews, Preseason Match Chat [7:30]

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It is game time, everybody!

The Portland Timbers are back and the preseason invitational is underway at Providence Park tonight as Minnesota United and the Vancouver Whitecaps open for the main event: the Portland Timbers vs. Real Salt Lake.

With the Timbers planning on running out their starting XI in tonight's match, what we see today should prove to be the prototype for the Timbers early in the season.

Portland Timbers vs. Real Salt Lake: Preseason Match Preview

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The Portland Timbers are back on their home turf today as they face off against Real Salt Lake on the opening day of this year's preseason invitational. Coming hot on the heels of Minnesota United vs. the Vancouver Whitecaps, the match will be the Timbers' chance at earning their first preseason win of the year after drawing in last week's match against the Seattle Sounders.

Some Soccer News for Feb 7, 2017

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It's Day 38 of 2017.


MINNESOTA UNITED PRESEASON

Several players have been released from the training camp roster by Minnesota United. (And a couple others newsworthy items here too.) By Megan Ryan of the Star Tribune.

Released:
  • Sammy Ndjock
  • Lance Laing
  • Duke LaCroix
  • Andrew Tinari
  • Marco Carducci
  • Charlie Lyon
  • David Goldsmith

The only unsigned players left with the team are:
  • Tiago Calvano
  • Eugene Starikov
  • Raul Gonzalez

Matches:
Portland Invitational
-Thu Feb 9
MNUFC v Vancouver Whitecaps - 7:00pm CT
-Sun Feb 12
MNUFC v Portland Timbers - 7:00pm CT - Watch online at timbers.

LA Galaxy

Major Link Soccer: Bayern Chairman walks back Super League Support

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After previously coming out in support of the idea, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge walked back his comments due to lack of fan interest.


The World:

Despite his previous support for the idea, Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has disavowed support for the potential European super-league, citing a lack of fan interest.

Beckerman red card dooms RSL in loss to Galaxy

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Real Salt Lake looked well on theway to points on Saturday against the LA Galaxy. Up a goal and threatening, RSL was in control and looked ready to hand the Galaxy their third straight loss.

Just before halftime, though, the match suddenly changed as RSL was reduced to 10 men, giving the Galaxy just enough room for a second-half comeback and their first win of the 2017 season.

Chicago Fire

Fire v Atlanta United FC match preview

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What Are They All About? Atlanta United

A win over a Western Conference opponent, four points and second place in the table, a debut goal from Nikolic, and a clean sheet. No, that's not what happened in a FIFA simulation. The Chicago Fire continued their apparent turn around in beating Real Salt Lake2-0 at Toyota Park.

Fire Get the Job Done in Home Opener vs RSL

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The Chicago Fire won't win awards for stylish soccer after their first two matches of the 2017 campaign, but there are plenty of indications that they are on the right path. Their 2:0 win on Saturday over Real Salt Lake at Toyota Park was built on pragmatism, hard work, and taking advantage of opportunity.

Fire blitz past RSL with pair of early goals

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After a lackluster first half in their season opener, the Chicago Fire turned on the jets in the second half to earn a pointon the road. On Saturday, the Fire took the field for their second match of the season, and, unlike last time out, they didn't waste any time.

Fire v Real Salt Lake match preview

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What Are They All About? Real Salt Lake

A point is a point is a point is a point. The Chicago Fire rebounded from a lackadaisical first half against Columbus Crew SC this past weekend to dominate the second half and leave Ohio with a draw. David Accam opened his account for the season in the 73rd minute while Nemanja Nikolic showed his quality, but just missed out on etching his name onto the score sheet.

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USMNT roster for March World Cup qualifiers

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USMNT coach Bruce Arena named 24 players to his squad in advance of the March 24 World Cup qualifiers against Honduras (10:30pm ET - Fox Sports 1) and Panama (10pm ET-beIN Sport). The USMNT players start camp on March 19 in San Jose.

"We put together a roster that we think has balance and one that gives us an option in playing a number of different ways," Arena said.

Fire 2 Real Salt Lake 0 - recap and ratings

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In recent past seasons, sure victories against wounded or struggling opponents have been hard to come by for the Chicago Fire. Countless late and sometimes fluky goalscombined with subpar performances turned many home contests into a study in frustration. Perhaps the tables are starting to turn somewhat.

Toronto FC

Three questions with Waking the Red

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We spoke with James Grossi of Waking the Red, SB Nation's Toronto FC blog, about the upcoming season opener between the Union and TFC.

Eugene Rupinski, Brotherly Game) One of the biggest things I noticed about Toronto FC in their match against Real Salt Lake was that it was the exact same lineup that played against the Seattle Sounders in the MLS Cup Final.

2017 MLS Season: Philadelphia Union vs Toronto FC story stream

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Last year's Eastern Conference Champions come to Talen Energy Stadium for the Philadelphia Union's home opener. Here is everything you need to know about the match, from previews and press conference to reviews and reactions.

Game: Philadelphia Union vs. Toronto FC

Time: 4:30 PM EST, 3:30 PM CST, 1:30 PM PST, 9:30 AM UTC

Venue: Talen Energy Stadium (Chester, PA)

Television: US - CSN Philly, Canada - TSN 4 and 5

Streaming: TSN GO, MLS Live (Subscription Only)

Referees: REF: MARK GEIGER AR1: Logan Brown AR2: Oscar Mitchell-Carvalho 4TH: Jose Carlos Rivero

All-time Record: 6-6-5, 4 GD

What Toronto will look like:

The team that bounced the Union out of the playoffs last season make their return to Talen Energy Stadium on the back of a scoreless draw with Real Salt Lake on opening weekend.

Match Preview: Philadelphia Union vs Toronto FC

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Redemption is spelled U-N-I-O-N. At the very least, that's what the Union will hope as they square off with the team that eliminated them in 2016.

Game: Philadelphia Union vs. Toronto FC

Time: 4:30 PM EST, 3:30 PM CST, 1:30 PM PST, 9:30 AM UTC

Venue: Talen Energy Stadium (Chester, PA)

Television: US - CSN Philly, Canada - TSN 4 and 5

Streaming: TSN GO, MLS Live (Subscription Only)

Referees: REF: MARK GEIGER AR1: Logan Brown AR2: Oscar Mitchell-Carvalho 4TH: Jose Carlos Rivero

All-time Record: 6-6-5, 4 GD

What Toronto will look like:

The team that bounced the Union out of the playoffs last season make their return to Talen Energy Stadium on the back of a scoreless draw with Real Salt Lake on opening weekend.

Rimando penalty kick save leads RSL in draw with TFC

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Toronto FC's 2016 season ended scoreless, as the team's high-powered attack was shutout to rob the team of an MLS Cup. In Saturday's season opener, they were held quiet again as the Eastern Conference powerhouse settled for just one point against a Western Conference foe.

The Rest

United States U20s capture CONCACAF championship in shootout

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Auston Trusty and company brought home a trophy in Costa Rica

While his teammates were getting ready for their season opener in Vancouver Sunday night, Philadelphia Union defender Auston Trusty and his United States U20 countrymen were hoisting a trophy in Costa Rica after defeating Honduras 5-3 in a penalty shootout.

AC Milan CEO says Keisuke Honda staying put

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Japanese star's contract runs out in summer, though.

All indications are that the Seattle Sounders really are trying to sign Keisuke Honda. The latest confirmation of this comes from well-connected MLSsoccer.com reporter Sam Stejskal (who worked with Sounders GM Garth Lagerwey when both were at Real Salt Lake).

Revolution Lineup Projection: How do Rookies, New Defenders Fit in?

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Sorting through a crowded Revolution depth chart ahead of the 2017 season.

The Revolution entered the new year not with a bang but a whimper. After weeks of offseason silence, a roster improvement plan seemed like a fantasy.

Yet in two weeks' time, the club addressed its top priorities, acquiring two international center backs and a pair or rookie attackers.