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MLS Ticker: Herculez Gomez retires to join ESPN, and more

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Herculez Gomez just won an MLS Cup crown, and he is riding off into the sunset withit.

ESPN announced on Tuesday afternoon that Gomez has joined its team as a soccer analyst and has retired from professional soccer. The 34-year-old forward's decision to hang up his cleats in order to be in the studio for English and Spanish-language programscomes after he helped the Seattle Sounders win their first MLS Cup last month.

¡¡¡SOUNDERS CAMPEONES!!!

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• De estar casi eliminados en agosto a la cima de la MLS en diciembre • Sin goles en 120 minutos, la final de la Copa MLS se decidió en tiros a penal • Stefan FREI le quitó un gol a Jozy ALTIDORE en el minuto 108 (video) • Román TORRES en el partido de su vida hizo el penal de la victoria (video) Hace .

Seattle Sounders vs. Toronto FC MLS Cup 2016: Game time, TV schedule and live stream

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MLS's 2016 season comes to an end tonight as TFC and the Sounders both go for their first-ever MLS Cup

A season that stretches back over nine months ends today, as Toronto FC hosts the Seattle Sounders with MLS Cup on the line. TFC has been carried through the playoffs by an irresistible attack, managing two different five-goal outings and scoring two or more goals in every single postseason game.

Jordan Morris exchanges praise with Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore ahead of MLS Cup Final

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The USMNT teammates had many nice things to say about each other

Among the many storylines that have popped up ahead of Saturday's MLS Cup final, one that is of particular interest beyond just Seattle and Toronto is the matchup of the three US national team regulars expected to start. Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore are expected to start for Toronto FC, while 2016 Rookie of the Year Jordan Morris should start for the Seattle Sounders.

Will Atlanta United’s tide lift other clubs?

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Atlanta United could shake MLS up with its ambitious moves preceding its entry into the league next season. A big MLS Cup final could similarly raise the league's profile. How will that affect other clubs, like Philadelphia Union?

Four Seattle-Toronto connections you probably knew, and five more you likely didn’t

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Everyone knows that Toronto FC cut Herculez Gomez unceremoniously late in preseason. Then Herc wanted to go to only one team, it happened to be the team that wanted him, Seattle Sounders FC. That is not the only connection between Seattle and Toronto, though, and some of them are downright odd.

Let's hit the other TFC-SSFC connections you probably know.

¡A TORONTO POR LA COPA!

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• Montreal cede la ventaja del partido de ida en tiempo extra y Toronto FC gana la Conferencia Este • Final inédita de Copa MLS • Será la segunda final en el BMO Field de Toronto • Toronto FC será anfitrión por terminar con mejor récord que los Sounders en la temporada regular La fanaticada Sounders se soñaba su primera final de la Copa MLS .

Toronto FC vs. Seattle Sounders, MLS Cup 2016: News, injury updates, highlights, analysis

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Led by head coach Brian Schmetzer the Seattle Sounders (14-14-6 +1) travel to Toronto, Canada to try to win their first ever MLS Cup. TFC (14-9-11 +12) are also trying to take their first MLS hardware. Toronto FC joined the league in 2007 and first made the playoffs in 2015. They have five Canadian Championships.

MLS conference final first legs show how far league has come

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The first legs of the MLS conference championships drew over 50,000 fans per match. PSP's Dan Walsh compares that with what he saw firsthand at soccer matches recently in South America and Europe and finds MLS coming out looking very good in comparison.

Portland Timbers

Sebastian Blanco is probably not coming to Seattle Sounders

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The Argentinian reportedly has an offer on the table from the Portland Timbers and Club America.

The Sounders are likely done pursuing San Lorenzo winger Sebastian Blanco. The Argentinian club is reportedly accepting bids on the player and have an offer in hand from the Portland Timbers. They seem to be the MLS club that was linked alongside a $4M bid from Club America week.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: I thought it felt a bit drafty

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"Did you say Abe Lincoln?"

Whaddup, friends. Ready for your daily of dose of soccer? Great, let's go!

D.C. United announces protected players for MLS Expansion Draft - Black And Red United
don't take my bb Jared Jeffrey plz

Miguel Aguilar traded to the LA Galaxy - Black And Red United
I'm a little sad about this but I wish him all the best.

Portland Timbers Announce Preseason Dates

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The Portland Timbers announced their key preseason date this morning, giving us our first glimpse at the 2017 season. Dates for the Desert Friendlies and the returning Simple Invitational were both announced today.

The Timbers will start their preseason in Tucson, AZ on January 25th, taking part in the Desert Friendlies until February 5th, when they will return to Portland.

Colorado Rapids

5 things you need to know about Toronto FC and the Seattle Sounders ahead of MLS Cup

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Here are the projected lineups and major tactical keys to MLS's championship game

MLS Cup has given us a very intriguing match between Toronto FC and the Seattle Sounders, and we should be thankful for that. Imagine for a second the 0-0 dourness of a sit-deep-and-counter Montreal Impact going to the Rockies to play the sit-deep-and-grind-it-out Colorado Rapids.

LOS MOMENTOS QUE MARCARON EL CAMINO A LA FINAL DE LA COPA MLS

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Hablar sobre los Sounders FC en el mes de diciembre fue, hasta el año pasado, un justo ritual de resignación por otra temporada fallida y de esperanza por una nueva temporada. Hoy en la noche, casi a mitad de diciembre, bajo un intenso frío en el BMO Field de Toronto, la Furia Verde estará jugando su primer final de Copa MLS frente al equipo de .

Seattle Sounders vs. Colorado Rapids, Western Conference Finals, leg 2: Player Ratings

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Seattle flipped the script in their away game against Colorado, and managed a 1-0 win against the Rapids. Pulling a page from their opponents' playbook, the away side absorbed pressure repeatedly, forcing the home team into hopeful, speculative shots. Seattle took advantage of a break to score a huge away goal.

Seattle Sounders vs. Colorado Rapids, leg 2: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"My first answer to that is we're not finished yet. My second answer is that I'm very proud of this franchise. The fans deserve that – they deserve it." -Brian Schmetzer

That was amazing.

The Seattle Sounders have won the Western Conference final and are moving on to MLS Cup for the first time.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Happy Zoning Commission Meeting Day!

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Another part of the stadium process occurs today, looks at current and former DCU players, and Kurt Russell kicks ass in the snow.

Hi there! Hope your holiday was good one. Hopefully, with the Zoning Commission meeting today, we'll have something to add to our list of things to be thankful for.

Rookie star Morris lifts Sounders into MLS final

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Commerce City (United States) (AFP) Jordan Morris scored a second half goal on Sunday as the Seattle Sounders defeated the Colorado Rapids 1-0 to reach their first MLS championship final in franchise history.

Morris scored in the 56th minute on a pass from Nelson Haedo Valdez as the Sounders took the semi-final series 3-1 in aggregate scoring.

Rookie star Morris lifts Sounders into MLS final

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Commerce City (United States) (AFP) Jordan Morris scored a second half goal on Sunday as the Seattle Sounders defeated the Colorado Rapids 1-0 to reach their first MLS championship final in franchise history.

Morris scored in the 56th minute on a pass from Nelson Haedo Valdez as the Sounders took the semi-final series 3-1 in aggregate scoring.

Colorado Rapids 0 – Seattle Sounders 1

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The Seattle Sounders won the 2nd-leg of their Western Conference semifinals series 1-0 on Sunday, knocking out the Rapids 3-1 in aggregate.

Morris winner leads Sounders past Rapids, into MLS Cup final

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For eight years, the Seattle Sounders failed to reach an MLS Cup final. Theclub was routinely in the mix as a perennial powerhouse, but repeatedly fell short in postseason play despite frequently entering as favorites.

On Sunday, the Sounders finally broke through thanks to the play of their young star, reaching MLS Cup for the first time in what has likely been the club's most up-and-down season.

Seattle Sounders vs. Colorado Rapids: Your Live Commentary

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A spot in the MLS Cup is on the line on Sunday afternoon.

The Colorado Rapids play host to the Seattle Sounders at Dick's Sporting Goods Park for the second leg of the Western Conference finals. The Sounders enter Sunday's match with a 2-1 advantage, but the Rapids' away goal in the first leg could prove vital if Pablo Mastroeni's side can poach a goal.

Colorado Rapids vs. Seattle Sounders MLS Playoffs 2016: Game time, TV schedule and live stream

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Two teams that seemed unlikely to get this far are on the cusp of playing in the MLS Cup final

The MLS Cup playoffs are winding down, with the second leg between the Colorado Rapids and Seattle Sounders being one of the three remaining games in the 2016 season. A tense first leg in Seattle saw Colorado take an early lead via a deflected Kevin Doyle shot, only for the Sounders - crucially - to get back level shortly thereafter via Jordan Morris.

MLS Cup Playoffs Match Thread: Western Conference Finals Second Leg

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There have been some blowouts in this year's MLS Cup playoffs, but coming into the final set of matches before the Final both conference finals are tight as can be. Both high seeds come into today's matches down a goal, but with away goals in hand a breakthrough will put them in good position to advance.

After eight seasons as contenders, Sounders looking to finally push to first MLS Cup berth

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TUKWILA, Wash. "Finally"is a much-abused word these days. Any transfer signing that takes more than five minutes to proceed from rumor to signed contract is finally consummated, the election is finally over, the playoffs finally underway, the whistle finally blows.

Seattle Sounders vs. Colorado Rapids, leg 1: Player ratings

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Seattle came away with a 2-1 victory over Colorado on Tuesday, but it's likely both teams will think they are in good shape heading to Sunday's game in Colorado. Seattle outplayed their opponents, and scored two deserved goals, but it was the Rapids who managed a vital early away goal that put them in a good position to advance with a decent showing at home.

West and East, four MLS teams look for validation

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All four teams left in the 2016 MLS postseason need the validation that winning the MLS Cup will bring for their clubs and their cities.

Seattle Sounders vs. Colorado Rapids, leg 1: Community player ratings form

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The leg one 2-1 victory was powered by a lineup quite similar to those that beat KC and Dallas. Roman Torres did return to starting, while Nelson Haedo Valdez stayed as a starting forward. The Rapids goal came Kevin Doyle.

We need you to tell us who performed the best in the win, as we all prepare for leg two.

Playing for 180 minutes in the MLS conference finals

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An in-depth look at what happened over the opening 90 minutes in the MLS Eastern and Western Conference finals.

The Rest

Major Link Soccer: Schmetzer goes Pro

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Coach Schmetzer is getting his Pro license, Dwyer is looking for USA love, and bikes galore in Goals of the Week.

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Seattle Sounder legend Alan Hinton caught up with BigAppleSoccer.com editor Michael Lewis to discuss Seattle's championship, coach, and the city he loves.

2016 Player Profile #24: Darwin Jones

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The Homegrown Player earned his 3rd major trophy in 2016.

While we write player profiles recapping the 2016 season, a season with an MLS Cup, it is also important to recognize that Seattle Sounders players and staff go through real life just as we do. In 2016 Darwin Jones lost his father. The team wore black armbands in support of one of their own in their April 16th win over the Union.

Two former Union youth players selected in first round

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Colton Storm drafted by SKC and Brian Nana-Sinkham taken by Seattle Sounders

Two former Philadelphia Union Academy defenders were taken in the first round of Friday's MLS SuperDraft.

North Carolina senior Colton Storm (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) was selected 14th overall by Sporting Kansas City and Stanford senior Brian Nana-Sinkham (Lititz, Pa.

Explaining the Sounders’ 2017 SuperDraft strategy

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The Sounders' picks were a little underwhelming, but there was method behind the seeming madness.

On the surface, the Seattle Sounders had a pretty underwhelming SuperDraft on Friday; they traded their first pick (16th) for allocation money, signed Stanford centerback Brian Nana-Sinkam with their 22nd pick, and young international midfielder/defender Dominic Oduro with pick 44.

Yardley native signs with Reno 1868 FC

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Jimmy Ockford joins USL expansion side for 2017 season

Yardley native and former Seattle Sounders defender Jimmy Ockford will be back in USL for the 2017 season, signing on with expansion team Reno 1868 FC.

Ockford, 24, made only one appearance for the Sounders first team after being drafted 21st overall out of the University of Louisville in 2014 while making 13 appearances for Seattle's USL team and 10 appearances on loan to the New York Cosmos in the NASL.

Major Link Soccer: Will next year be an encore?

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The Seattle Sounders dream of more, the Dutch deem field turf safe, and Goals of the Week.

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The Seattle Sounders may have just won their first MLS Cup, but that doesn't stop some in the Sounders organization from already looking ahead to the encore.

Tacoma Stars player Alex Megason was selected for MASL team of the Week.

MLS Cup 2016 Will Forever Be Remembered as the Championship Won without a Shot on Goal

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Saturday's MLS Cup should never be forgotten. It should be about lessons to learn for how MLS must take responsibility and leadership on making changes to its game going forward.

The better team didn't win the Cup, but that's why they play the games.

Sounders compensated for Atlanta’s signing of Paraguayan playmaker

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Sounders apparently had a discovery claim on Miguel Almiron.

Atlanta United made another big signing on Monday, officially revealing that Paraguay's Miguel Almiron will join the expansion team on a Youth Designated Player contract for the 2017 season. United reportedly paid around $8.5 million to complete the transfer of the 22-year-old from Argentina's Lanus.

MLS breaks 5-year attendance record for playoffs and Conference games

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Major League Soccer has set a 5-year attendance record for their playoff games and Conference semi-finals and finals, increasing attendances by 19% compared to last season from the wildcard games through to the Conference Finals.

The top flight US/Canadian league benefitted from well-supported teams such as Montreal Impact, Toronto FC and Seattle Sounders being featured in the latter stages of the MLS playoffs and Conference games.

Morris battles through illness, injuries to lead Sounders to MLS Cup

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Jordan Morris isn't the type of person to show up his dad, especially in the public eye.Dr. Michael Morris has long been the Seattle Sounders Chief Medical Director, making his opinions absolute to many a soccer star before his son broke through to the professional ranks.