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ATF: NYCFC Reaching New Heights In Unbeaten Run

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Also: Thorns need that finishing touch, the LA derby is officially sold out, no Christian Pulisic, Pogba can't be happy at United, 19 years and counting for Nick Rimando and more!


Preseason closes with Thorns FC searching for finishing touch | Portland Timbers
"Just missing a couple of goals," Thorns FC Mark Parsons said, when asked about where his team was at the end of preseason, relative to his expectations.

Petke, RSL defeat Red Bulls on first half penalty

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Mike Petke and Real Salt Lake were able to right the ship after a poor showing in their home opener by defeating the New York Red Bulls at Rio Tinto Stadium.

It was Petke's first match against his former club, and RSL came prepared. Compact defending, a big performance by Nick Rimando, and a bit of luck helped see the home side through by a score of 1-0.

What will we learn in MLS week 3?

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Mar 16, 2018) US Soccer Players - MLS might be a league of parity, but three weeks into the season not all games are even. A few might have more to teach us than others. Injuries, midweek games for Concacaf Champions League participants, and unusual conditions will play a role in the results and how we parse them.

Rossi brace lifts LAFC as dream debut continues

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Diego Rossi scored twice as Los Angeles FC’s dream start to their inaugural Major League Soccer season continued with a 5-1 romp at Real Salt Lake on Saturday.

Rossi scored twice and played a key role in LAFC’s other three goals as the visitors scored five unanswered goals to notch their second wins in as many matches.

Rossi brace lifts LAFC as dream debut continues

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Diego Rossi scored twice as Los Angeles FC’s dream start to their inaugural Major League Soccer season continued with a 5-1 romp at Real Salt Lake on Saturday.

Rossi scored twice and played a key role in LAFC’s other three goals as the visitors scored five unanswered goals to notch their second wins in as many matches.

MLS Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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The MLS season is here, and it begins on Saturday with some intriguing matchups.

It all starts at BMO Field as the defender MLS Cup champion Toronto FC host the Columbus Crew to open the season. Action then moves to Houston as the Dynamo host Atlanta United in a clash of two of the league's top attacks.

SBI MLS Season Preview: Real Salt Lake

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Real Salt Lake will be defined by two key features in 2018: youth and consistency.

The youth factor comes from their eight players under the age of 21, including key players Justin Glad and Tony Beltran. Being young means the team is going to need time to grow into itself as RSL looks to contend down the stretch.

An unattractive answer: the truth about Ilsinho

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Nick Fishman continues PSP's offseason series, "The search for a No. 10," with a microscopic look at a divisive player. With no new signing in sight, is Ilsinho the right answer to the Union's biggest question?

Major Link Soccer: Yamil Asad officially going to DC United

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The trade is finally official, 600k for the Argentine.


If the Crew is trying to convince people they need to move to stay afloat they are doing a good job. MLS to Austin: Crew fans given bleak financial picture

FC Cinci's GM presented plans to the school board hoping to get a stadium deal in place to sway MLS for an expansion spot.

MLS Preseason Rewind: Quakes, RSL draw, FC Dallas hosts CCL foe

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A few more MLS teams were in preseason action on Wednesday.

The San Jose Earthquakes took on Real Salt Lake in Tucson, Arizona in the only MLS on MLS match of the day. Meanwhile, FC Dallas continued their preparation for the CONCACAF Champions League against a team from El Salvador.

Elsewhere, Minnesota United had a routine afternoon against a college side and the Seattle Sounders took on an NASL side.

News roundup: Curtin’s conference call, Edu leaves LAFC, Liga MX may 86 pro/rel

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Plus Union + Chicago scrimmage today, Union U19 player going to Penn State, TAM/GAM economy, Portugal VAR controversy, more.

MLS Ticker: RSL add TAM midfielder, Oniel Fisher to D.C., and more

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Real Salt Lake added a new midfielder from Croatia.

The club announced that it has used Targeted Allocation Money to sign Damir Kreilach from Union Berlin in the German 2. Bundesliga.

"We're really excited about bringing Damir in. He's got a ton of experience and challenges our depth immediately," said RSL general manager Craig Waibel in a club release.

MLS Ticker: Veron returns to Argentina, D.C. announces sites for first two home games and more

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Gonzalo Veron will not be joining his former team's rival in 2018.

The former New York Red Bulls midfielder, who was selected by D.C. United in the Re-Entry Draft, joined up with Argentinian side Independiente for the 2018 campaign.

Veron failed to live up to his price tag, as he only scored 10 goals and recorded four assists in three seasons with the Red Bulls.

MLS Ticker: MLS trio called up to Mexico squad, RSL re-signs Rimando and more

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Three of the top MLS players in Los Angeles will pull on the green and white of Mexico on January 31.

LAFC's Carlos Vela and Jonathan and Giovani dos Santos of the LA Galaxy were called up for El Tri's friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina on January 31 in San Antonio, Texas.

The trio should be key figures for El Tri in Russia as they look to get out of Group F that features Germany, Sweden and South Korea.

MLS Ticker: Andy Polo completes Timbers loan, Andre Blake finalizes new deal, and more

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Diego Valeri and Fernando Adi will have new company in the attack next season at Providence Park.

On Wednesday, after several weeks of speculation, the Portland Timbers announced the loan signing of Peruvian winger Andy Polo from Liga MX side Monarcas Morelia.

"We are excited to add a young and talented attacking player in Andy Polo," Gavin Wilkinson, general manager and president of soccer for the Timbers said in a club statement.

Around The Forest: Getting to know new Thorn Andressinha

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Also: Landon Donovan unveiled at Leon, RSL re-sign Captain Kyle Beckerman, D.C. United still looking for a goal scorer, Ola Kamara to La Liga?


Learn more about new Thorns FC midfielder Andressinha | Portland Timbers
Considered one of the top young Brazilian women's footballers in the world, Andressinha now finds herself in the Rose City.

RSL re-sign Beckerman, reportedly close to deal with Rimando

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The two pillars of Real Salt Lake's roster are going nowhere.

Midfielder Kyle Beckerman re-signed with the club on Tuesday and goalkeeper Nick Rimando is expected to do the same in the near future, according to

"This is home. It's where we wanted to be," Beckerman said.

Major Link Soccer: Hope Solo calls out U.S. Soccer Leaderhsip

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In a podcast interview, the goalkeeper/USSF presidential candidate detailed the threats Sunil Gulati and others made towards USWNT players requesting higher wages


The December Sounders Alliance meeting focused on voting for the 2018 executive staff.

Ten Sounders academy players have been called into United States Youth National Team January camps.

News roundup: Union re-sign 3, MLS expands to Nashville, Swansea manager-less, more

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Also: Union preseason date, Blake's European ambition, Rutgers article, RSL acquisition, MLS long-shot video, Female Young Player of Year, ManU loses, soccer books for Xmas

MLS Ticker: Quakes sign DP forward, RSL makes Lennon move official and more

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The San Jose Earthquakes found a new goalscorer from a part of the world that has been mined by MLS clubs all offseason.

New Quakes manager Mikael Stahre inked fellow Swede Magnus Eriksson as a designated player on Wednesday.

Eriksson led the Allsvenskan in scoring with 14 goals at Djurgardens, who placed third in the Swedish top flight behind Malmo and AIK.

Portland Trades Taylor Peay Rights to RSL

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A name we haven't heard of in a little while is back again for a fleeting moment. Taylor Peay spent all of 2017 playing for Real Monarchs, the MLS 2 side in USL for Real Salt Lake.

But despite leaving the Timbers in 2016, we still held his MLS rights, until today. Portland traded the MLS Right of First Refusal for Taylor Peay over to his USL side's parent club: Real Salt Lake.

Around The Forest: MLS MVP Diego Valeri reflects on his journey to MLS stardom

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Also: TFC insists there's no added pressure, 7 Thorns make 50 Best Women players, Vanny and the Conte connection and more!


MLS MVP Diego Valeri reflects on his unique journey to stardom in Portland | Portland Timbers
When Diego Valeri first considered leaving Club Atletico Lanús in Argentina for the faraway destination of the Portland Timbers, he knew nothing about the club or the city.


News Roundup: Union sleeper, Steel starts with a bang, and USMNT roster

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Plus FIFA wants honest bribes, Wondo going for the title, and DC finds somewhere even worse to play soccer.

Major Link Soccer: Benny Feilhaber traded to LAFC

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MLS schedule revealed today and some US Soccer news as well.


The FULL 2018 MLS schedule will be revealed today at 10:30 am.

Sporting Kansas City trades Benny Feilhaber to LAFC. Why couldn't they have sent him to an Eastern Conference team?

Orlando City SC have locked up Dom Dwyer for the next three years after signing him to an extension on Wednesday.

News roundup: Curtin a Hall of Famer, MLS trades, Carli Lloyd makes cut — THURSDAY

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Also: Union's Clearwater dates, more MLS transfers and rumors than you can shake a corner flag at, Grant Wahl article, and Ronaldo's endorsements.

Los Angeles FC

LAFC picks up second win in as many games with lopsided road victory over RSL

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After toppling the Seattle Sounders in the club's debut, LAFC continued to roll in their sophomore effort with another road win over a Western Conference contender.

Diego Rossi, Latif Blessing, Benny Feilhaber and Carlos Vela provided the goals for the expansion club in a 5-1 victory over Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium.

A look back at the 2018 MLS Draft

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The 2018 MLS Draft is in the books. It started with Los Angeles FC taking Joao Moutinho with the first overall pick, end ended with defending champions Toronto FC taking Gonzaga defender Ben White with the 92nd overall selection. In one of the many trades to take place leading up to, and including, draft day, LAFC was able to snag two of the top three picks in the first round.

MLS Draft Round 3: Recap

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The Union finally have picks!

Not much to say besides here are your third round picks from everyone! Format: Team Name (Acquired by if applicable)- Player (Position, School)

  1. Los Angeles FC- Jordan Jones (Forward, Oregon State)
  2. LA Galaxy- Nate Schultz (Defender, Akron)
  3. Chicago Fire (From DC United)- Elliott Collier (Forward, Loyola College)
  4. Colorado Rapids- Thomas Olsen (Goalkeeper, Univ of San Diego)
  5. Real Salt Lake (From Minnesota United)- PASSED
  6. NYCFC (From Orlando)- Alex Bumpus (Defender, Univ of Kentucky)
  7. Montreal Impact- Ken Krolicki (Midfielder, Michigan State)
  8. Philadelphia Union- Mike Catalano (Midfielder, Univ of Wisconsin)
  9. Philadelphia Union (From NE Revolution)- Aidan Apodaca (Forward, California Baptist)
  10. Real Salt Lake- PASS
  11. FC Dallas- Amer Sasivarevic (Midfielder, Grand Canyon University)
  12. San Jose Earthquakes- Kevin Partida (Midfielder, University of Las Vegas)
  13. Houston Dynamo (From Sporting KC)- Pablo Aguilar (Midfielder, Univ of Virginia)
  14. Montreal Impact (From Minnesota)-PASSED
  15. Portland Timbers(From Chicago)- Caleb Duvernay (Defender, NC State)
  16. Vancouver Whitecaps (From NY Red Bull)- Cory Brown (Defender, Xavier)
  17. Portland Timbers (From Real Salt Lake)- Tim Mueller (Forward, Oregon State)
  18. Portland Timbers- Stuart Holthusen (Forward, Akron)
  20. Houston Dynamo- Sheldon Sullivan (Defender, Univ of Virginia)
  21. Columbus Crew SC- Luis Argudo (Midfielder, Wake Forest)
  22. Seattle Sounders- Chris Bared (Defender, Villanova)
  23. Toronto FC- Andre Morrison (Defender, Hartford)

New England Revolution

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Week 2 of MLS play kicks off on Saturday with a full slate of seven matches.

It all starts in Columbus as the Crew host the Montreal Impact to kickstart the day. The afternoon slate also sees a clash between the Colorado Rapids and New England Revolution while LAFC faces another tough road test at Real Salt Lake.

Some Soccer News for Jan 26, 2018

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It's Day 26 of 2018.

Join Me - I am gonna be watching:
  • USMNT v Bosnia+ Herzegovina on Sunday night
  • Town Hall Brewery
  • Minneapolis
  • 8:30pm CT

Yeah, I know most of you are really not in to this, but we may get a chance to see Minnesota's Christian Ramirez play.

Some Soccer News for Jan 12, 2018

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It's Day 12 of 2018.


Atlanta has set a new MLS record for transfer fee paid. They are signing 18 year old Ezequiel Barco from Independiente in Argentina for $15 Million. Wow.

Orlando City announced that they will NOT field a team in division 2 USL this season.

Some Soccer News for Jan 9, 2018

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It's Day 9 of 2018.


Thomas Rongen has always had a fine eye for soccer talent, and he is currently a scout for US Soccer. (Hired after Klinsmann was fired.) Actually he is the ONLY scout for the men's program. (Along with some part timers.) He is on fire today on Twitter.

Polster, Vincent join USMNT January camp

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The Fire will open training camp in Chicago on January 22 without their starting fullbacks. Matt Polster and Brandon Vincent have been named to the US men's national team January camp. As expected, the US team is heavy on younger players who have been on the fringe of the national team set-up as a result of the disastrous World Cup miss with the veterans.

The Rest

Following midweek CCL elimination, FC Dallas finds late goal to seal home draw against RSL

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Following a midweek CONCACAF Champions League elimination, FC Dallas was bailed out by a late goal in a season-opening draw.

Real Salt Lake came into Toyota Stadium led for a bulk of the match thanks to a goal from Joao Plata. However, a late deflected goal from Maxi Urruti saw the hosts seal a 1-1 draw.

Steeling Info: Brandon Aubrey

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Who better to talk to about Brandon than someone who watched him a bunch last year?

Bethlehem Steel FC feel a bit different this year. They're coming off a very successful 2017 campaign that saw the club make the playoffs in USL play. They also had success in developing kids like Matt Real, Anthony Fontana, and, to a lesser extent, Cory Burke and Mark McKenzie, who have all been rewarded with first-team deals.

Some Soccer News for Jan 17, 2018

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It's Day 17 of 2018.

FYI: The 2017/18 Russian season started on Jul 15 and ran until Dec 11, then will restart on Mar 2 and end May 13.


Ronaldinho has made his retirement official now. (He hasn't played in 2 years.) What a ridiculously talented guy he was.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 1/10/18

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Hump Day Links!

Philadelphia Union News

Alejandro Bedoya ranked in FFT's top 50 USMNT players
Alejandro Bedoya was ranked in FourFourTwo's top 50 USMNT players of 2017.

MLS News

Perry Kitchen completes free transfer to LA Galaxy
LA send $300,000 to D.

Steel FC sign Jamaican International Omar Holness

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The midfielder joins from Real Salt Lake

Well, the rumor was a younger guy with a huge pedigree and a lot of experience for his age would be heading to Bethlehem Steel FC.

The 23-year-old Jamaican international Omar Holness fits that bill perfectly.

Starting in college at the University of North Carolina, Holness notched five goals and 11 assists in 59 matches while helping to lead the Tar Heels to three NCAA tournament appearances.

RSL signs U.S. U-20 defender Aaron Herrera to Homegrown contract

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Real Salt Lake keeps adding to its long list of Homegrown players.

On Friday RSL announced the club's signing of Aaron Herrera, 20, who becomes the Claret and Cobalt's 14th Homegrown Player after three years with the University of New Mexico.

The right back becomes the seventh active player on RSL's roster produced by the club's academy pipeline, joining Danilo Acosta, Justin Glad, Sebastian Saucedo, Brooks Lennon, Jose Hernandez and Jordan Allen.

Report: Lennon set for permanent move to RSL

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After playing this past season on loan, Brooks Lennon is reportedly set for a permanent move to Real Salt Lake.

Goal USA is reporting that Lennon is set to sign a new deal with Real Salt Lake after spending 2017 on loan with the club from Liverpool. Lennon's contract with the Premier League club is set to expire this summer, although the report states it remains unclear if RSL will need to pay a transfer fee for the winger.