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FC Dallas

Rapids failure now complete

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The implosion is complete.

The Colorado Rapids face a seven-game, end of the season slog in an attempt to salvage a couple of wins and a little bit of pride before the long off season.

Where those wins will come from is in doubt with the latest evidence of the team's ineffective attack coming in the form of Friday night's 1-0 loss to the Portland Timbers.

MLS Spotlight: John emerges from setbacks, adversity for FC Dallas

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By THOMAS FLOYD

George John has experienced his fair share of setbacks in the past year. But if the FC Dallas centerback's spirits have been dampened, he isn't showing it.

Last summer, a deal that would have sent John to English side Blackburn Rovers FC fell through.

Newcomer Wiedeman lifts Toronto FC to third straight win

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The acquisition of Andrew Wiedeman has paid immediate dividends for Toronto FC.Â

Wiedeman, sent to TFC from FC Dallas in exchange for Julian de Guzman last week, came off the bench and scored the game-winning goal Wednesday night at BMO Field, lifting TFC to a 2-1 victory over the floundering Colorado Rapids.

Seattle Sounders

Attacking the Flanks: Rosales and Johansson

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Perceptions of the Sounders have evolved significantly over the course of the season. Early in the year many people questioned whether Eddie Johnson could still score goals. Later, when it was clear that EJ found his shooting boots, there were concerns that Fredy Montero could not play alongside him.

Sporting KC Scouting Report: Into the Cauldron

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What most people don't understand is that home field advantage isn't always about where you play. Just as often, it's about what you're playing for. And no matter where the games are played, US Open Cup matches are home matches for the Seattle Sounders, because this is their Cup. It's our Cup. Sounders players have been stomped, cut, mocked, and bruised for it.

Michael Gspurning 'Ready' As Sounders Near Full Strength

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Michael Gspurning was deemed "ready" by Seattle Sounders coach Sigi Schmid following Thursday's training. The assumption being that Gspurning is due to make his first start since May 2, allowing for the obvious caveats that anything can happen between now and then.

This is undeniably great news.

Adrian Hanauer: Big Changes Could Be Coming

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The seven-game winless run has not gone unnoticed by Seattle Sounders leadership. I had a chance to catch up with Sounders GM Adrian Hanauer earlier this week and he made it very clear that something is going to have to change. That might be the Sounders simply playing better, but he's clearly not ready to just sit on his hands and hope that happens.

Are the Portland Timbers Ready for a Difficult July? [Poll]

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The Portland Timbers are currently in 7th place in the MLS Western Conference, just three points behind their next opponent, the Colorado Rapids. The team's win last weekend over the Seattle Sounders has given hope to fans and players alike that they have turned a corner and will now go on a winning run to surpass the losing run they just finished.

Timbers Vs. Sounders: Highlights, Stats, Quotes

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That did not go as planned. For the first time in the MLS era, the Seattle Sounders lost to the Portland Timbers. I wouldn't say the Sounders were outplayed, but I don't know that I'd say they were clearly outplayed in many of these seven games that they've failed to win.

Rather, this was a hugely frustrating continuation of an incomplete game being followed by a substandard result.

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Letters from Shanghai: From relegation battles to hopes of the Asian Champions League

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By Andrew Crawford, writing from Shanghai. View all letters here.

Two months into the second phase of the Shanghai Shenhua revolution, with Didier Drogba freshly installed as the team's new alpha male, the team have gone unbeaten over seven games.

Phoenix Held By Phantoms

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The GPS Portland Phoenix have already clinched one of the USL PDL Northeast Division's two playoff spots, but their hopes of reclaiming first took a blow on Thursday night with a scoreless draw against the Seacoast United Phantoms at in front of a reported 100 fans at Portsmouth High School in New Hampshire on Thursday night.

Phantoms Sneak by Voltage

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Jordan Thomas scored in the 25th minute and it was all the Seacoast United Phantoms would need to take a 1-0 home victory at Portsmouth High School against the visiting Vermont Voltage on Saturday night.

The win helps the unbeaten Phantoms (5-0-3, 18 points) keep within a point of the Northeast Division leading Ottawa Fury (6-1-1, 19 points).

New England Revolution

Five Questions: Revolution at Crew

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Tony Tchani (left) and Benny Feilhaber battle for position during the Crew's visit to Gillette Stadium on Jun. 16. (Photo: Kari Heistad/CapturedImages.biz)

Talk about a tale of two halves.

In the first 17 games of the season, the Revolution were a team with realistic playoff hopes. No, really.

Revs Lose Another Game By One Goal

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The New England Revolution are in free-fall mode at the moment. The 2-1 loss in Chicago last night, extended the club's winless streak to seven games (0-6-1) dating back to early July. The streak is the team's longest since going seven games winless from July 23 through Sept. 7, 2011 (0-2-5).

MacDonald nets winner as Fire top Revs

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By JEFFREY KRAUSE

BRIDGEVIEW, IL.- Fans at Toyota Park were treated to plenty of goal-scoring action early and often in Saturday night's Chicago Fire-New England Revolution, with three goals coming in the first 15 minutes of the match. Luckily for most of those fans, the Fire came away with the edge during that flurry, as they continued their recent hot form with another victory.

Summer Transfers 2012: Revolution Waive Jose "Pepe" Moreno

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The New England Revolution have waived Colombian striker Jose Moreno this morning, according to the team's official twitter feed. "Pepe" Moreno, 30, made seven appearances in 2012 (five starts), scoring one goal.

New England acquired Moreno on loan from Once Caldas in February, but it took over a month for the striker to arrive in Foxboro.

Charting out the rest of the season for the Chicago Fire and the top teams in the MLS East

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The Chicago Fire have 13 games remaining in the 2012 MLS Regular Season. They currently sit in 5th place in the Eastern Conference.

Team Pts New York 38 Houston 37 Kansas City 37 D.C. 33 Chicago 32 Columbus 28 Montreal 27 Philadelphia 23 New England 23 Toronto 19

The top five teams in the East qualify for the playoffs so the Fire would just squeeze in for the final spot.

2012 MLS, Week 20: Predictions

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Chivas hopes to knock off the Galaxy this weekend. (Getty Images)

The weekend is finally here folks. I have to say this felt like a longer week than normal but now that Friday is finally here we can focus on the task at hand with this weekend's slate of games.

Another full weekend, seven games on Saturday with one on Sunday.

MLS Rankings: Week 17

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Every week the New England Soccer Today crew will look beyond the standings to rank each of the 19 Major League Soccer (MLS) teams. This week Sean Donahue and Brian O'Connell contributed rankings. Comments are followed by the ranker's name and the rank they gave that team. *Note: Games played on July 3rd were not included in these rankings.

4-1, 4-1, 4-1, Gives Reason for the Sounders to be Wary

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The Sounders had trouble containing Revolution midfielder/forward Diego Fagundez in their last battle. (Photo: Chris Aduama/aduama.com)

(Editor's note: The following preview originally appeared on Prost Amerika on June 29, 2012.)

By: Steve Clare, Prost Amerika

New England's recent form does not provide much of an indication to what Sounders FC will encounter in Foxborough this Saturday.

Five Things We Learned: Revolution vs. Crew

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A.J. Soares and the Revolution defense helped keep the Crew off the board in Saturday's 0-0 draw. (Photo: Kari Heistad)

Depending upon who you ask, Saturday night's 0-0 draw was either a step forward or a more of the same from an inconsistent attack. Or both. Or neither.

The Revolution were aiming for three points, but fell two short of that goal.

MLS Week 15: Match Night Commentary

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After an extended break, Major League Soccer is back in full swing tonight, with seven games to be played and some history to be made.

Stade Saputo opens for business in Montreal, with the Impact unveiling their new home with a match against Seattle. The Houston Dynamo welcome FC Dallas to BBVA Compass Stadium for the first installment of the Texas Derby to be played at the new Houston Stadium.

Portland Timbers

Matchday @Red Bull Arena: Red Bulls vs Timbers

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Back to the Cathedral!Good morning! The Portland Timbers come to the Cathedral of Football for the first visit since they foolishly decided to trade one Kenny Fuckin' Cooper to the Red Bulls. We all know what has happened since: 13 goals for New York, the firing of John Spencer and a comfortable spot at the bottom of the West for Portland.

Early lead not enough for woeful side

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In November 2010, the Colorado Rapids took to a cold Toronto field and won an MLS Cup. On Wednesday night, the team took the same field with hopes of linking "playoff" and "aspirations" into a reality.

Playing in a stadium where the Rapids were 0-5-0 against the home team, Colorado saw those hopes vanish in yet another 2-1 loss.

Major League Soccer

MLS Rankings: Week 21

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Every week the New England Soccer Today crew will look beyond the standings to rank each of the 19 Major League Soccer (MLS) teams. This week Brian O'Connell and Sean Donahue contributed rankings. Comments are followed by the ranker's name and the rank they gave that team.

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Chicago At Work

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (July 3, 2012) US Soccer Players – Major League Soccer has seven games on the schedule over the next two days, and another opportunity for a team or two to separate themselves. Up first is an unlikely choice. Houston plays Chicago in a game that could give us enough to argue one or the other as the true contender in the Eastern Conference.

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BC Women Stay Unbeaten

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The sixth ranked Boston College Eagles drew 2-2 with University of Central Florida on Sunday at BC's Newton Soccer Field. Kristen Mewis and Kate McCarthy scored for BC in the draw.

Boston College (5-0-2) extended their unbeaten run to seven games with the tie against UCF (5-1-1).

Mewis gave BC the lead at halftime with a 17th minute goal.

Ozarks O-Zone Increases The Ante

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Have you checked out the O-Zone yet? After offering soccer coverage for 7 years in the Ozarks, it's nice to see the local media finally stepping up their coverage of the beautiful game. A check of the Men's Soccer Page on the O-Zone website shows recent game reports, including photos, from Nixa-Greenwood, Central-Greenwood and Ozark-Parkview.

Lancers host Liberty Saturday

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LONGWOOD HOSTS FIRST-EVER BIG SOUTH MATCH
FARMVILLE, Va. – The Longwood University men's soccer team will host Liberty University in the Lancers' first-ever home Big South Conference contest on Saturday, September 1 at 7 p.m. at the Athletics Complex in Farmville. Admission is free for all of Longwood's fall sports home contests.

Report: Wooten loaned to Sandhausen

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If Andrew Wooten is to find consistent minutes in the 2. Bundesliga this season and further his development, it apparently won't be with Kaiserslautern.
According to a report, Wooten is set to go on a season-long loan to recently-promoted club SV Sandhausen in a quest for playing time.

Finnish fixture revamp raises standards, favours HJK

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The Finnish FA reorganised the league structure last season, taking the opportunity presented by Tampere United and AC Oulu's licensing difficulties to reduce the top league by two clubs and introduce a 33-game system. Twelve clubs now play each other club three times, squeezing an additional seven games into the short Finnish season.

D.C. United Notes: Korb set to step in for Russell, Willis gets another shot and more

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Chris Korb's likely reintroduction to D.C. United's starting lineup could not come at a more convenient time for the Ohio native.

With Robbie Russell suffering a foot injury at Houston Sunday and out for "somewhere in the month-plus region," according to D.C. United coach Ben Olsen, Korb will be looked at to fill in at right back starting with Saturday's match at the Columbus Crew.

Union vs Sporting KC quick reference

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Photo: Nicolae Stoian

All-time record: 0–1–3
At PPL Park: 0–0–2
At Livestrong Sporting Park/CommunityAmerica Ballpark: 0–1–1
Goals for: 2
Goals against: 4

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Hotspur Recap, Weekend matches vs Royals and Piranhas

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Hotspur vs RoyalsFredericksburg drop pair of games over weekend

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FREDERICKSBURG, Va.—The Fredericksburg Hotspur Premier Development League team got off to a quick start this season, going undefeated in the team's first seven games.

Forget the transfer stories for a few weeks

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Everywhere you look at the moment, people are fretting over transfers. Will van Persie still be here next season? What about Walcott's contract? Or Song's? Will M'Vila arrive, or Giroud, or maybe some other stars that we so desperately need? And what about the clearout? We still haven't got rid of anyone from that long list, surely we need to be getting on with it?

Sriwijaya 12 Points Clear

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The Sriwijaya steamroller shows no sign of halting. A tricky game in Balikpapan saw them end the game with 10 men yet still take home the three points.

Two goals in four minutes from M Ridwan gave the visitors an early lead before the prolific Aldo Baretto pulled one back for the home team.