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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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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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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.

Ex-Revs Steer Sounders to Open Cup Title

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Ex-Revolution scorers Clint Dempsey and Chad Barrett both tallied to send the Seattle Sounders to their fourth U.S. Open Cup title following Tuesday's 3-1 extra time win over the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park.

Barrett, who played for the Revolution in 2013, canceled out Maurice Edu's 38th minute opener in the 47th minute, which sent the match into extra time.

Seattle Sounders win 2014 US Open Cup

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The Seattle Sounders lift the 2014 US Open Cup with a 3-1 overtime win over the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park. Read More

It's a Cup Final

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I have not been to a Philadelphia Union game but tomorrow that changes as I head to US Open Cup final vs. Seattle Sounders. Can't wait.

US Open Cup Preview: Philadelphia Union vs Seattle Sounders

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The Philadelphia Union play the Seattle Sounders in the 2014 US Open Cup final on Tuesday (7:30pm - GolTV). Read More

SBI MLS Team of the Week: Seattle Sounders

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In what was billed as a clash between MLS Cup contenders, the Seattle Sounders once again asserted themselves as the league's top team.

The Sounders officially clinched their spot in the playoffs and extended their lead over the rest of the Western Conference Saturday by claiming a 3-2 victory over fellow contenders Real Salt Lake.

SBI Weekend Rewind: Good start for Shea’s loan; MLS playoff race ramps up; and more

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It looks like a change of scenery was a good thing for Brek Shea. The U.S Men's National Team pool player notched an assist in his debut with Birmingham City on Saturday. The 24-year-old had left Stoke City in search of more minutes and moved to Birmingham last week on an emergency three-month loan.

Sounders’ Zavaleta progressing in transition to centerback while on loan with Chivas USA

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COLUMBUS, Ohio Eriq Zavaleta could not stop scoring goals.

That was the best way to describe Zavaleta's sophomore season, and last season in college, at Indiana University.

Analysing The Race For The MLS Playoffs

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September is here, and that means that Major League Soccer enters that period when the results seem to matter even more. Some teams have surprised thus far, others have followed form, but with a month and change left, teams that haven't risen to the top will be fighting to make the cut.

Let's group these teams into categories, and see how they all shake out:


Sure things:

DC United – A dismal 2013 behind them, their lead should help them withstand a slightly road-heavy backend of schedule.

Wins for Philadelphia, New England, and Seattle

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The Philadelphia Union, New England Revolution, and Seattle Sounders opened week 25 of the 2014 MLS season with midweek wins. Read More

‘Unidentified Fan’ Makes Defender Look Silly Before Scoring Cracking Chip vs Chivas USA (Video)

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How does Robbie Keane like his chips? With a side-serving of delicious nutmeg...

Nicely done, that man.

For the record, Keane's goal came as Galaxy ran out 0-3 winners over Chivas, keeping there four-game winning streak alive and sent them within two points of Seattle Sounders at the summit of the MLS Western Conference table.

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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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.

Dynamic Dempsey-Martins partnership proves to be difference in Open Cup

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CHESTER, Penn. Obafemi Martins had a strain. Clint Dempsey had an early missedopportunity.

Neither of those things prevented the dynamic duo from making a significant impact.

The Seattle Sounders emerged victorious from a hard-fought U.

You cannot get any closer than that to a trophy: Philadelphia Union 1-3 Seattle Sounders, a.e.t.

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It took extra time, but the Union eventually fell in a hard-fought match

A couple months ago, the United States found themselves deadlocked with Belgium with time expiring in the second half. With a chance to win the game, Chris Wondolowski was given a perfect opportunity to score a goal that would surely send the United States to the World Cup quarter-finals.

US Open Cup final match report: Union 1-3 Sounders (Extra Time)

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The Union turned in a valiant effort, but eventually gave up two goals in extra time as the visiting Seattle Sounders took home the 2014 US Open Cup.

Philadelphia Union fall in U.S. Open Cup Final

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There's always the MLS Playoff race

Well that did not go as fans had hoped.

The Union's magical run to the U.S. Open Cup Final ended on Tuesday with a 3-1 loss in extra time to the Seattle Sounders. The Philadelphia Union kept it close but despite their best efforts and many second half near misses, none of it was not enough to defeat an extremely talented Seattle Sounders side this evening.

Philadelphia Union vs. Seattle Sounders FC: A U.S. Open Cup Carol

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The Philadelphia Union play for their first trophy and host MLS' best team, the Seattle Sounders, in the 101st Final of the U.S. Open Cup. It feels like Christmas in September as we approach the game that even a Scrooge has to love.

The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is alive: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that.

US Open Cup Final Press Conference feat. Sigi Schmid and Kenny Cooper

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The Union and Seattle had a press conference party.

With the US Open Cup Final tomorrow night, the Seattle Sounders were in town to discuss the final with the Philadelphia Union during today's press conference. Typically Jim Curtin takes center stage but Kenny Cooper and Sebastien Le Toux, brothers from another mother, were the ones with the spotlight.

Three questions ahead of NYRB and the U.S. Open Cup final

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The Union are entering the most important home stretch in team history, beginning with two Eastern Conference six-pointers and the US Open Cup final in the span of a week. Kevin Kinkead asks who should start, who should come off the bench, and who should be rested.

San Jose Earthquakes

Just The Facts: The U.S. Open Cup Final

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Factoids to know for tonight's Open Cup clash between the Union and the Sounders.

With the latest installment of the country's oldest soccer competition looming, we take a look at some interesting stats and factoids from U.S. Open Cups past.

  • The Seattle Sounders have not played a road game during the 2014 U.

Galaxy stumble again, tie Earthquakes in San Jose

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It was the result that neither team needed, but the one they deserved, as the San Jose Earthquakes and LA Galaxy played to a 1-1 draw in the latest edition of the California Classico Sunday afternoon in front of a crowd of 10,525 at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara.

Andy Rose

The Whole Story: US Open Cup Final against Seattle Sounders

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The Union are hosting their first ever US Open Cup Final against Seattle in the final match of the 2014 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. From previews to post-match reviews, this is The Whole Story.

tBG) What has changed with the Sounders since the teams last met back on May 3?

SAH) A few personnel things are different.

Opposite View: Four, no FIVE questions with Sounder At Heart - US Open Cup Edition

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This week we talk with Dave Clark of Sounder At Heart, SBN's Seattle Sounders blog, about the upcoming US Open Cup Final between the Philadelphia Union and Seattle. Questions and hijinks ensued.

tBG) What has changed with the Sounders since the teams last met back on May 3?

SAH) A few personnel things are different.

Rose buries stoppage-time goal, lifts Sounders over Real Salt Lake

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SEATTLE It took 94 minutes and two DeAndre Yedlin assists, but the Seattle Sounders survived a back-and-forth battle of Western Conference heavyweights on Friday night, riding a last-gasp Andy Rose goal to a 3-2 victory in front of 38,976 at CenturyLink Field.

The Rest

Much-maligned Alexander demonstrating overlooked value for resurgent Red Bulls

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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.

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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Real Madrid's defense of their UEFA Champions League title begins on Tuesday afternoon.

Los Blancos host FC Basel with their two new midfield additions, Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez, each being handed starts, while the famed BBC of (Karim) Benzema, (Gareth) Bale, and Cristiano Ronaldo start in the forward three.

Marco Pappa, el mejor de Centroamérica

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Aunque su selección cayo 2 1 ante Costa Rica en la final de la Copa Centroaméricana realizada en el Memorial Coliseum de Los Angeles, Marco PAPPA, el mediocampista de los Seattle Sounders que regresó a la MLS este año, fue premiado con el Balón de Oro del torneó además de obtener el Botín de [.