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Seattle Sounders Wins MLS Cup in ‘Football Manager’ Simulation

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The makers of theFootball Manager computer game, fromSports Interactive and Sega Europe, have run the 2014 MLS Playoffs through its game to simulate who will be crowned 2014 MLS Cup champions.

According to the data, the 2014 MLS Cup champions will be Seattle Sounders, led by Clint Dempsey.

Setting the stage for the MLS playoffs

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Get ready for the MLS playoffs with our selection of tables, stats, schedules, and interactive dataviz charts! All the numbers you need to satisfy your inner-soccer geek.

Well, it took eight months to play out the 2014 Major League Soccer regular season, but played out it has. Along the way, we've seen D.

Youth soccer development: Are we really headed in the right direction?

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Recent events are asking tough questions about the immediate future of youth soccer development in the United States. Read More

Homegrown – MLS Western Conference Playoff Preview

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On this special edition of Homegrown, Jay breaks down the MLS Western Conference playoff picture. Other ways to listen: Download the Podcast Here!(Right click, save as) If you like this podcast please subscribe, rate, review, share, and comment. Let us know what you think!

Clint Dempsey Reportedly Chased By Aston Villa, QPR And Stoke City For Loan Spell

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Seattle Sounders star Clint Dempsey is believed to be on his way back to the Premier League for a loan spell during the off-season in the MLS, according to a report published by the Mirror Online,

The clubs in question, believed to be interested in bringing the American playmaker into their respective squads, are thought to be Queens Park Rangers, Aston Villa and Stoke City.

Preview Of The MLS Knockout Round Matches

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Major League Soccer wrapped up its regular season with one final weekend that saw teams eliminated from playoff contention and other teams cement their spot in the postseason.

Before the league's best get to play their first game in the postseason, the MLS Knockout Round must be held to finalize the field.

Marco Pappa wins MLS Player of the Week

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Seattle Sounders midfielder Marco Pappa wins the MLS Player of the Week award with two goals against the LA Galaxy. Read More

What to watch in the MLS playoffs

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The MLS playoffs start with the Seattle Sounders as the favorites and DC United and the LA Galaxy as sizable opposition. Read More

Seattle Sounders win the 2014 MLS Supporters’ Shield

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The Seattle Sounders shutout the LA Galaxy 2-0 to win the Supporters' Shield in the final weekend of the 2014 MLS regular season. Read More

Scoreboard Watcher: MLS final weekend viewing guide and open thread for D.C. United fans

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D.C. United will be playing for a better chance to host MLS Cup, some teams out west will be playing for the final playoff spot, and in Seattle, they're going to invent either winning or losing the Supporters' Shield. There's plenty to watch on this final weekend of regular season MLS action.

Well, sports fans, you've made it through another eight-month MLS regular season.

Seattle Sounders vs LA Galaxy Preview: MLS’ Biggest Game of the Season So Far

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This is the ending Major League Soccer was dreaming of when they paired the LA Galaxy and the Seattle Sounders together for the final two weeks of the regular season.

Both teams were locked on 60 points with two games to play. The first game of the home and away series, played at LA Galaxy's stadium, was a tightly contested 2-2 draw that saw the Galaxy, with the league's best defense, give up a two goal lead.

3 Reasons the Sounders Will Win the 2014 Supporters’ Shield

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The Seattle Sounders, after their brilliant comeback in Los Angeles last weekend to earn a 2-2 draw with the Galaxy, need only a draw to win the Supporters' Shield this Saturday (live on NBC at 2:30pm ET).

It's a been a long, arduous journey for the Sounders, and they've already added one trophy to their cabinet this season.

MLS: LA Galaxy 2 – Seattle Sounders 2, Columbus wins

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The MLS Supporters Shield waits another week for a winner and the Columbus Crew move up in the Eastern Conference. Read More

The LA Galaxy play for history

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The LA Galaxy play the Seattle Sounders in two games to end the 2014 MLS regular season and decide the Supporters' Shield. Read More

MLS Scores: Wins for Sporting Kansas City and Vancouver Whitecaps

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MLS played two games on Friday night with Sporting Kansas City beating Chicago and Vancouver shutting out Seattle. Read More

English Soccer Fan Travels to US to Watch MLS Games and Shares His Experience

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I have been a reader ofWorld Soccer Talk (formerly EPLTalk) for around the last 4-5 years and during that time have been one of a privileged minority. As a season ticket holder to Stoke City, I am on the British side of the pond, from a footballing perspective. I've learnt over this time that culturally we consume our sport relatively differently, have come to the conclusion that neither way is better or worse than the other.

8 Celebrities Who Are True Hardcore Soccer Supporters

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As soccer has become a truly global sport, it's no surprise that so many celebrities have gotten in on the fun. For some celebrities, their fandom isn't surprising, especially those from countries in which soccer is a huge deal. Some are also so vocal about their clubs that it's common knowledge (*cough* Piers Morgan).

The Seattle Sounders and LA Galaxy are MLS great

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The LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders are playing some of the best soccer in MLS history as we head toward the 2014 playoffs. Read More

MLS Scores: Seattle Sounders knock Colorado out of playoff contention

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The Seattle Sounders officially knocked the Colorado Rapids out of playoff contention on Sunday as week 30 of MLS concluded. Read More

Obafemi Martins wins MLS Player of the Month for September

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Seattle Sounders forward Obafemi Martis is MLS Player of the Month for Sep 2014 with five goals and an assist. Read More

Late season expectations in MLS

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With the 2014 MLS regular season winding down, Jason Davis looks at the state of several teams in the race for the MLS Cup. Read More

The Sad Tale Of Steve Zakuani’s Ailing MLS Career

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The question was only asked because there was nothing else to talk about. The press conference lasted all of 50 seconds.

The Portland Timbers had just crushed Guyanese side Alpha United 6-0 in front of one of their smallest home crowds ever since joining MLS in a midweek CONCACAF Champions League respite from the furious MLS playoff race with a team of backups.

Highest Paid Player In MLS Has Yet To Play A Game In League

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The MLS Players Union have released the latest salary figures and former Real Madrid and AC Milan star Kaka heads the list, despite never having played for his club.

The 32-year-old Brazilian, who signed for Orlando City in June and was immediately loaned to Sao Paulo, is on a total salary of $7,167,500, making him not only the highest paid in the league, but the highest-paid player in MLS history.

Can Real Salt Lake Steal The Supporters’ Shield From Seattle And LA?

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Real Salt Lake are third in the western standing with 49 points with five games remaining on their schedule; with a win this weekend, Salt Lake can clinch a playoff spot. They seem to have that third place spot locked in and it doesn't seem that FC Dallas will over take the spot, given both the teams schedule down the stretch.

Dallas 3 – Seattle 1, DC United advances in Champions League

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FC Dallas beat the Sounders in MLS while DC United and Montreal advanced in the Champions League. Read More

Western Conference showdown between Sounders and FC Dallas highlights MLS midweek action

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By CARL SETTERLUND

Two teams with high ambitions will meet tonight at Toyota Stadium, and something will have to give as the MLS-leading Seattle Sounders face one of the best home teams in the league in FC Dallas.

With the LA Galaxy running neck and neck with them in the race for the Supporters' Shield, the Sounders will need to maximize points in their final six matches to keep their treble hopes alive.

Brand Loyalty Can’t Replace Club Culture

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The energy at Red Bull Arena Saturday night was fueled by old-fashioned passion and alcohol. The passion not to fight the foes on the field, but rather those across the Hudson River and Atlantic Ocean. What may not have been understood by some of those in attendance solely present to..

Analysing The MLS Playoff Race In Detail

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There's about a month to go in the MLS season, which will wrap up at the end of October. That means playoff races are reaching their apex, as the field is set for the November tournament that is the best of what the league has to offer.

MLS doesn't have promotion and relegation – and no, it's almost certainly not happening in your lifetime – the playoffs function as the alternative drama to the race against the drop.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Bradley Wright-Phillips

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Having missed his team'slast outing due to injury, New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips resumed his chase of the MLS goalscoring record by making up for lost time.

Recount Of The Drama That Unfolded At The US Open Cup Final

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Many know that while I am a huge soccer fan and a fan of my local Philadelphia Union, I am not a fan of MLS at all. While the quality of play leaves a lot to be desired, my main complaint with the league is the way it (for me) sucks the soul out of the game, with all of its complex rules for signing players, parity mechanisms such as player lotteries and drafts, as well as the fact that many games mean really nothing at all since over half the teams make the play-offs and there is no relegation.

2014 MLS Season

Soccer News: Steve Zakuani and deciding to stop

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Steve Zakuani leaves professional soccer by explaining what it's like trying to recover from injuries in Wednesday's soccer news. Read More

Soccer News: Does DC United have a chance?

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DC United can't win the Supporters' Shield in 2014, but they can make the end of the regular season interesting in Monday's soccer news. Read More

FC Dallas

Match Photos: Seattle Sounders at FC Dallas

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Once again the excellent match photos of Matt Visinsky. This time the Seattle Sounders visit to FC Dallas.


FC Dallas out to protect home turf against Seattle Sounders with playoffs fast approaching

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FRISCO, TX - APRIL 12: Clint Dempsey #2 of the Seattle Sounders FC brings the ball up field against the FC Dallas on April 12, 2014 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)

FRISCO — At the beginning of the season, one of FC Dallas' goals was to make Toyota Stadium a fortress — and so far, FCD has done exactly that.

Is FC Dallas In a Rut? Absolutely.

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When FC Dallas beat Real Salt Lake 2-1 at Toyota Stadium on August 22, it was all sunshine and lollipops for the Frisco-based club. Fans had visions of FCD winning the first Supporter's Shield in franchise history and being the top seed in the Western Conference heading into their first playoff berth in some three seasons.

Philadelphia Union

Top 100 Soccer Clubs in the United States and Canada - September Rankings

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The top 100 clubs in the United States and Canada. Rankings are current as of September 22, 2014.

The past month saw some movement in the top 100 rankings, although the Seattle Sounders were able to hold on to the top thanks in part to their US Open Cup win over the Philadelphia Union. Sporting Kansas City - last month's number two - fell six spots to number eight.

Coming Up Empty: Philadelphia Union 0-0 Houston Dynamo

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Another match against the Dynamo following a U.S. Cup game, another match where the Union dropped points. And this time they can't easily rationalize it through the weather.

Days after their heartbreaking U.S. Open Cup Final loss to Seattle Sounders, the Union did not fare much better tonight in MLS play.

How will the Union respond?

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The Union came up second best in the U.S. Open Cup. Now, the question is: Will they pout about it and collapse, or will they keep up their great play and drive into the playoffs? PSP's Dan Walsh explores.

Curtin’s future still in question after Open Cup final loss

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By FRANCO PANIZO

For 120 minutes on Tuesday, the Philadelphia Union played with passion. A trophy was on the line, and they stood toe-to-toe with one of the most talented teams in MLS.

The Seattle Sounders ultimately landed the final blow to hand the Union a crushing 3-1 loss in extra time of a U.

The Rest

Much-maligned Alexander demonstrating overlooked value for resurgent Red Bulls

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By FRANCO PANIZO

HANOVER, N.J. As the New York Red Bulls warmed up for their match against the Seattle Sounders this past Saturday, Eric Alexanderwas informed of something neat by teammate Dax McCarty. It turned out Alexander was just moments away from earning his 100th career start in MLS, an admirable achievement and one that speaks to his durability and versatility.