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Ola Kamara nets hat-trick for Crew in win over RSL

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Kei Kamara's exit may not be as big of an issue for Columbus Crew SC if they get production out of the striker's successor like they did on Saturday night.

The Crew outlasted a difficult Real Salt Lake side at MAPFRE Stadium, 4-3, behind Ola Kamara's first career MLS hat trick.

Espinoza handed down suspension, fine by MLS Disciplinary Committee

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In the lone suspension from Week 12, the MLS Disciplinary Committee has handed down a one-match ban to Sporting Kansas City midfielder Roger Espinoza.

Espinoza earned himself the suspension during Saturday's 3-1 home defeat against Real Salt Lake in the 85th minute, after tackling Sunny to the ground in an off-ball situation.

MLS Power Rankings, Week 9: Draws & Ties

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Many teams settled for draws in this week's edition of the Power Rankings.

When people look back on the 2016 Major League Soccer regular season and want to define certain weeks of league play, they can file this week under the "Nobody Wanted To Win" category. Eight of the 13 matches played this week ended with both teams splitting points.

SBI MLS Game of the Week: Rapids vs. RSL

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Not too many people saw this coming. Nine weeks into the 2016 MLS season, and the Colorado Rapids sit atop the Supporters' Shield standings. Tied on points with Real Salt Lake, the Rapids will look to remain unbeaten for a fifth consecutive game on Saturday.

The Rocky Mountain Cup is on line at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, as an RSL team that has looked strong on both ends of the field faces off against a Rapids team that has excelled as of late (9 p.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 5/4/16

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It's Wednesday everyone, the Union take the field again in exactly one week, so let's get to the daily links to get us one step closer to the game.

Philadelphia Union News

Philadelphia Union to host D.C. United in Heineken Rivalry Week
The Union's upcoming match with DC United has been chosen by MLS to kick off the first edition of this year's Heineken Rivalry Week.

The early contenders for the 2016 Supporters’ Shield

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In an MLS season where struggling teams have already turned things around, it's tough to pick a favorite to lift the Supporters' Shield.

Sporting Kansas City

Morales finds change in mentality after RSL win

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Before Real Salt Lake's 3-1 away win over Sporting KC on Saturday night, RSL captain and central midfielder Javier Morales knew something had to change.

"Italked with the guys before the game," Morales said. "It's time to change the mentality because two losses in a row is not good for any team.

RSL earns vital road win at Sporting KC

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KANSAS CITY, Kansas — Sporting Kansas City may have dominated possession, and taken 10 more shots than Real Salt Lake on Saturday night, but RSL needed just three shots on goal to score three goals on the way to an impressive road victory.

Yura Movsisyan and Juan Manuel Martinez scored goals and Movsisyan forced an own-goal by hitting a cross off Brad Davis to give RSL a 3-1 victory on Saturday night at Children's Mercy Park.

Match Day 14: The Monkey Gone, Time to Move Forward

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For the first time in five weeks Sporting KC finally got a win on Sunday with a 2-1 win over Orlando City. Now with that monkey off of Sporting KC's back, the club needs to move forward and start to string some results together. This is especially important because while still early, Kansas City is below the red line in terms of playoff positioning and have played the most games in MLS so far this season (along with Dallas and Vancouver).

Match Day 10: Returning Home

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After a three game road trip that saw Sporting Kansas City take on three Western Conference rivals, Sporting Kansas City returns home on Sunday to take on another Western Conference opponent Sunday. Sporting KC welcome the LA Galaxy to Children's Mercy Park tomorrow in a game that will be shown on Fox Sports 1.

Houston Dynamo

DT Rewind: Week of May 15

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Recap the highs and the lows of the past week in Houston.

Sunday

DT Rewind: Week of May 8

One goal is all Houston needed for a win over RSL

Monday

Houston Dynamo vs Real Salt Lake: Highlights

Ricardo Clark Nominated for Goal of the Week

Tuesday

Three things from the Dynamo's victory over Real Salt Lake

USMNT unveil roster for Copa America warmup game

Houston Dynamo Player Ratings vs.

Pick the Houston Dynamo Lineup against the Chicago Fire

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Who do you want to see in the Houston Dynamo starting XI this week?

The Houston Dynamo are coming off 2 wins in 3 games and are hoping to carry that momentum into their road match against league bottom the Chicago Fire. Despite a very poor showing in their midweek game against the San Jose Earthquakes, the team rebounded with a satisfying rematch victory over Real Salt Lake which showcased plenty of attacking potential originally demonstrated earlier in the season.

Dynamo Film Session: Chance for Dynamo shows value of crossing

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A semi-chance for the Dynamo early on in their game against Real Salt Lake showed what can happen when they put the ball in the box.

Plenty of positives for the Houston Dynamo to take from their victory against Real Salt Lake on Sunday. The team found some attacking success, and with two shutouts in their last two home matches, the defense appears to have found itself recently.

Houston Dynamo Player Ratings vs. Real Salt Lake

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Defensive composure returned in the 1-0 defeat over Real Salt Lake while the offense took shot after shot until they finally found the net.

Quick Thoughts:

1) This was one of the best 2nd halves I've seen the Dynamo play in a long time. While the 1st half was okay, it lacked some of the quality possession and chances that the Dynamo gained in the 2nd.

Three things from the Dynamo's victory over Real Salt Lake

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Three things from an important Dynamo victory.

It's been proven that the Houston Dynamo have the ability to win at home. That's nothing new for them, and it's the norm in MLS. But on the road? They've struggled mightily over the last two seasons, and it's one of the major reasons why they've failed to make the playoffs last year.

Houston Dynamo vs Real Salt Lake: Highlights

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Strong second-half guides Dynamo past RSL

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The forecast wasn't friendly on Saturday night, so the Houston Dynamo and Real Salt Lake had a couple of extra hours to prepare for one another.

Although it took over an hour for either side to break the deadlock, the Dynamo came away with an important 1-0 victory over their Western Conference opponent.

Houston Dynamo vs Real Salt Lake Final Score: One goal is all Houston needed for a win over RSL

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Houston tops Real Salt Lake at home.

Houston and Real Salt Lake were supposed to face off at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday but Houston's rainy weather caused the game to be postponed to Sunday. Kicking off at 1 pm CT there were still concerns about being able to fit the full game in before the weather once again became treacherous.

Real Salt Lake vs Houston Dynamo: How to watch, lineups and more

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All you game day info as RSL comes to town.

Who

Houston Dynamo vs Real Salt Lake

What

Houston play Real Salt Lake in this rematch. Houston looking to be turning the corner after a win over Sporting Kansas City but they fell flat in their midweek against against the San Jose Earthquakes.

Three keys for the Houston Dynamo against Real Salt Lake

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The Dynamo get another shot at Real Salt Lake.

Well, the Houston Dynamo get another crack at Real Salt Lake after losing in Utah a few weeks ago, this time at home. Maybe this time they'll have a better game-plan going in.

1. Counter

I said this before the San Jose game, but this time, it's more crucial than ever.

Match Day 11: Real Salt Lake vs. Houston Dynamo

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The Dynamo are home and taking on Real Salt Lake.

The first rematch of this season is upon us. Since RSL came from behind in Salt Lake City to knock off the Dynamo they've played only one opponent; a 1-0 loss to league leaders the Colorado Rapids. Though the loss sent them down the ranks of the western conference RSL is one of the many teams challenging to be the best in MLS.

Previewing the Dynamo vs. Real Salt Lake with RSL Soapbox

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We spoke with Randal Serr at RSL Soapbox to talk about the rematch between Real Salt Lake and Houston.

The rollercoaster season for the Houston Dynamo has had far more falls than ups exemplified by a satisfying 2-0 performance against Sporting Kansas City and then 5 days later a 3-1 defeat to the San Jose Earthquakes.

Pick the Houston Dynamo Lineup against Real Salt Lake

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How should the Dynamo starting XI look to earn some desperately needed points?

The 3 games in 7 days stretch is coming to a conclusion Saturday as the Houston Dynamo take on Real Salt Lake the 2nd time this season. The Dynamo felt confident following their 2-0 victory over Sporting Kansas City and hoped to build on the momentum of the win only to have that momentum stopped following an embarrassing midweek defeat to the San Jose Earthquakes.

Real Salt Lake vs. Houston Dynamo Preview: Dynamo Seeking Strength at Home

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On this bumpy road, the Dynamo find themselves back home facing a strong opponent once again.

The first rematch of this season is upon us. Since RSL came from behind in Salt Lake City to knock off the Dynamo they've played only one opponent; a 1-0 loss to league leaders the Colorado Rapids.

The Dynamo have Awakened, have you felt it? Houston Dynamo to host Star Wars night

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The Houston Dynamo have several special events and ticket packages coming up, including a visit from a Sith Lord.

During the 2016 season your Houston Dynamo have several special events and ticket packages in store for fans. The first event and special ticket package is for their game this coming Saturday the 14th against Real Salt Lake.

Match Day 12: How Many Changes Does Vermes Make?

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Sporting Kansas City head coach, Peter Vermes did not mince words after Saturday's 2-0 loss to the Houston Dynamo. Vermes laid into his team in a post game interview about their lack of effort of certain players and their intensity of the field. He hinted at changes coming for the next game, changes he couldn't necessarily make against Houston because of players getting tired.

Pick the Houston Dynamo Lineup against the San Jose Earthquakes

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Can the Dynamo continue to ride momentum from last Saturday's win? Who would you select in your XI to give them the best chance?

The Houston Dynamo currently sit in the 2nd to last place in the league after holding the last spot last weekend, but a 2-0 win over rivals Sporting Kansas City helped the team get its first win and clean sheet since March 12th.

DT Rewind: Week of May 1

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The Dynamo and Dash topped the week off playing Kansas City.

Sunday

Sorting out the MLS players in contention for a roster spot on the USMNT's Copa America roster

Three things from the Houston Dynamo's loss at Real Salt Lake

Houston Dynamo vs Real Salt Lake: Lowlights

DT Rewind: Week of April 24

Monday

Cubo Torres may not be enough to save the Houston Dynamo

Tuesday

Dynamo Film Session: Leonel Miranda's goal almost helps the Dynamo earn a point vs.

Previewing the Dynamo against SKC with the Blue Testament

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We spoke with Cody Bradley at the Blue Testament to talk about Sporting Kansas City and the game ahead.

The Houston Dynamo are in a bit of a free fall as they only have 1 win (1 very satisfying win over FC Dallas I'll add) on the season and currently sit in last place of Major League Soccer.

Pick the Houston Dynamo Lineup against Sporting Kansas City

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How should the Dynamo starting XI look to earn some desperately needed points?

The Houston Dynamo currently sit in last place in the league and are searching for answers within its starting formation and lineup. Head Coach Owen Coyle had to make a few changes last week due to Alex Lima's and Tyler Deric's suspensions against Real Salt Lake.

Houston Dynamo Player Ratings vs. Real Salt Lake

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The Houston Dynamo failed to hold onto a 1-0 lead which led to a 2-0 victory for home side Real Salt Lake.

Quick Thoughts:

1) The Dynamo are winless since their 5-0 win over FC Dallas and are 1-5-2 overall which gives them a league worst 5 points. Against RSL the Dynamo once again failed to hold onto a lead as they allowed momentum to shift to their opponents.

Dynamo Film Session: Leonel Miranda's goal almost helps the Dynamo earn a point vs. RSL

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Analyzing Leonel Miranda's goal in the second half of the Dynamo's 2-1 loss to Real Salt Lake.

The last few installments of Dynamo Film Session haven't been the brightest for Dynamo fans. Going back and analyzing the time when the Dynamo gave away a crucial late goal against the Sounders or that game when they decided not to play defense against LA probably didn't lift your spirits.

Houston Dynamo vs Real Salt Lake: Lowlights

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Lowlights from Houston's loss to Real Salt Lake.

Three things from the Houston Dynamo's loss at Real Salt Lake

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Some observations from the Dynamo's 2-1 loss in Utah.

It was better from the Houston Dynamo.

It wasn't three points—or even one point—but it was a somewhat solid performance on the road against one of the league's best teams. Without some late-game offensive magic, Real Salt Lake would not have gotten a victory.

RSL produces comeback win over Dynamo

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Nick Rimando has been making big-time saves for years now, and his incredible double save against the Houston Dynamo saw Real Salt Lake secure its fifth win of the young MLS season.

While Rimando preserved the victory with his late-game heroics, Real Salt Lake was in a hole in second half.

Houston Dynamo vs Real Salt Lake Final Score: Dynamo can't hold the lead, fall to RSL

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Dynamo get the first goal, but Salt Lake get the final two.

The Houston Dynamo managed to lose to Real Salt Lake in what is becoming typical Dynamo fashion. Houston was the first to score but then turned around and gave up multiple goals. Houston was called for 17 fouls and issues two yellow cards while RSL was called for just seven fouls all game.

Houston Dynamo vs Real Salt Lake: How to watch, lineups and more

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Houston is in Salt Lake to get three points.

Who

Houston Dynamo vs Real Salt Lake

What

In their eighth game of the season the Dynamo need to turn things around fast. They are sitting at the bottom of the Western Conference. They will be without Tyler Deric and Alex this week after Deric's in game red card and Alex' disciplinary committee decision.

Three keys for the Houston Dynamo against Real Salt Lake

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How the Dynamo can beat Real Salt Lake.

At the current moment, it's hard to know how the Houston Dynamo will line up at Rio Tinto Stadium when they face Real Salt Lake on Saturday night. After the 4-1-4-1 formation's debut last week was cut short by an early red card, Owen Coyle doesn't have much information to work with when deciding whether it should be continued, although it looked serviceable in the 20 minutes it provided.

The Rest

Rapids extend lead atop MLS by topping rival RSL

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Jermaine Jones and the Colorado Rapids continued their recent hot streakwith yet another win on Saturday night.

The U.S. Men's National Team midfielderscored yet again, netting his third goal in four games, leading the Rapids to a 1-0 win over Rocky Mountain rivalReal Salt Lake.

Camp Provisions

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Jurgen Klinsmann has named his 40-man provisional roster for Copa America. There's still Jorge Villafana for some bizarre reason, but hey, at least Eric Lichaj is listed. G - David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Ethan Horvath (Molde FK), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)D - Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Ventura Alvarado (Club America), Matt Besler (