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Around The Forest: Timbers to begin construction on expansion after the season

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Sporting Kansas City take home USOC, Columbus Crew - the best team you're not watching? And more!

Portland:

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Connie Valeri gleefully sprinted onto the field at Providence Park to give her dad, Diego Valeri, a high five shortly after the Portland Timbers picked up an important home win against the Colorado Rapids in late August.

Open Cup title for Sporting, Atlanta keeps rolling

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There were two games on the MLS schedule along with the 2017 US Open Cup final. In the Open Cup, Sporting Kansas City beat the New York Red Bulls 2-1 at home to take the trophy. Latif Blessing put Sporting up in the 25th minute with Daniel Salloi doubling the lead in the 66th. New York's Bradley Wright-Phillips pulled a goal back a minute into stoppage time.

Meara on the verge of history with Red Bulls

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Ryan Meara's start in the U.S. Open Cup final for the New York Red Bulls brings great joy to a player who has seemingly been a victim of circumstance throughout his career.

With regular starter Luis Robles available, some viewed the selection as controversial. As Jesse Marsch lamented, it was not an easy choice.

Melia on the US Open Cup: “It’s everything for us”

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Sep 18, 2017) US Soccer Players – Sporting Kansas City's Tim Melia is having the best season of his career. He's in the conversation for the league's Goalkeeper of the Year award.

Melia ranks among the league's best in a series of major categories, including goals-against-average, shutouts, penalty saves, and overall save percentage.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 28

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MLS got a record-setting weekend started in exciting fashion with a thrilling draw in front of a giant crowd.

Atlanta United and Orlando City put on a show for an MLS record crowd of 70,425 as the two southern rivals battled to a 3-3 draw. (READ)

Tony Tchani banged home an extra time equalizer to give the Vancouver Whitecaps a valuable away point in Columbus.

That’s a Wrap

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The good news about Saturday's match at Children's Mercy Park? The Revolution didn't lose by seven goals. The bad news? Another red card undermined their efforts.

Teal Bunbury scored early, but Krisztian Nemeth's dismissal set the stage for another letdown in Saturday's 3-1 loss to Sporting Kansas City.

MLS Ticker: De Jong to leave Galatasaray, Impact re-sign Jackson-Hamel, and more

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Nigel De Jong is set to leave Turkish side Galatasaray this January, opening the door for him to join up with D.C. United, according to Yeni Safak in Turkey.

De Jong was linked with D.C. United during the club's spending spree in the summer transfer window, but a deal was not reached.

Sporting KC holds on for road tie with Crew

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Sporting KC had been struggling on the road heading into Sunday's clash with the Columbus Crew and, even after a midweek defeat, the Western Conference contender was able to hold on to a point.

After falling to NYCFC on Wednesday evening, Sporting KC bounced back to earn a point from a 1-1 draw with the Columbus Crew.

Major Link Soccer: Sporting KC sign Martinique’s Kevin Parsemain

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The former Sounder returns to MLS. SKC also bring in a 15-year-old. Meanwhile, Yedlin is out for the upcoming WC qualifiers.

Seattle

Check out this preview of the upcoming NCAA women's college soccer seasons in Eastern Washington and Idaho. WSU will focus on better shot selection and quality as the year begins.

Dynamo's match against Sporting KC postponed due to hurricane

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Hurricane Rodney has claimed an MLS match before it even makes landfall on the Texas coast.

Houston Dynamo were slated to host Sporting Kansas City at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday, but the impending hurricane has postponed the match. The Houston Dash of the NWSL were supposed to play North Carolina Courage on Sunday.

The Best of MLS: Week 24

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With the playoff races heating up, one player and his team took Major League Soccer by storm throughout Week 24.

In addition to a big week from that Eastern Conference team, a few rookies stood out in the fiercest competition for Rookie of the Week yet.

Here's who our staff chose as the best of MLS for Week 24:

Player of the Week

No one is Major League Soccer is hotter than Ignacio Piatti.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 24

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Late-game heroics was the theme of Week 24, as there were plenty of meaningful goals scored in the closing stages of MLS matches.

Diego Valeri tied the Portland Timbers scoring record in the club's win over the New York Red Bulls. (READ)

Ignacio Piatti shined bright once again in Montreal's win over Real Salt Lake.

Bounce-back win over FC Dallas puts Sporting KC atop Western Conference

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The best way to bounce back from a tough loss is to knock off a close competitor in your conference. Just ask Sporting KC, who did just that on Saturday evening, defeating FC Dallas 2-0 at Children's Mercy Park.

Peter Vermes' side remained undefeated at home in league play using goals from Diego Rubio and Gerso Fernandes to edge its Western Conference opponents one week after losing in Seattle.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 23

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Both playoff races in Major League Soccer experienced shake ups during a busy weekend slate that featured 10 games.

Clint Dempsey once again stepped into the starring role for the Seattle Sounders in a win over Sporting KC. (READ)

Toronto FC thumped the Portland Timbers with four second-half goals.

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 23 of the 2017 season

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Here are the ten things we learned from Week 23 of the 2017 MLS season.

1. Sporting Kansas City’s Gamble

When Sporting Kansas City shipped Dom Dwyer to Orlando two weeks ago, the thought was that SKC would use the boatload of money it was receiving to strengthen its attack before the end of the summer transfer window.

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 23 of the 2017 season

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Here are the ten things we learned from Week 23 of the 2017 MLS season.

1. Sporting Kansas City’s Gamble

When Sporting Kansas City shipped Dom Dwyer to Orlando two weeks ago, the thought was that SKC would use the boatload of money it was receiving to strengthen its attack before the end of the summer transfer window.

U.S. Open Cup

Sporting KC add another trophy with another strong team performance

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Superstars have never reigned supreme at Sporting Kansas City.

Manager Peter Vermes has instituted a culture based off four core values that has set the club up for success, with Wednesday's U.S. Open Cup victory being the team's fourth trophy in six years.

The establishment of a winning culture is why Matt Besler signed a long-term deal to stay in Kansas City, why Graham Zusi trusted the move to right back and why a young corps of attackers shined bright and filled a void let by Dom Dwyer that was supposed to be too big to fill according to some.

Highlights: Sporting KC 2, New York Red Bulls 1

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Sporting KC tops Red Bulls to win U.S. Open Cup

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Sporting KC has made a habit of winning trophies in recent years, and they added another to their collection on Wednesday at the expense of the New York Red Bulls.

Goals from Latif Blessing and Daniel Salloi in either half were enough for Sporting KC, who lifted a fourth U.S. Open Cup crown at Children's Mercy Park via a 2-1 win over the visiting Red Bulls.

U.S. Open Cup Final preview: Red Bulls, Sporting KC find different meanings in chance at trophy

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May 3, 2017; Kansas City, KS, USA; New York Red Bulls midfielder Alex Muyl (19) dribbles the ball against Sporting KC forward Graham Zusi (8) in the second half at Children's Mercy Park. Sporting KC won 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Sporting KC and the New York Red Bulls have experienced very different levels of success throughout their history.

Feature

Technically Speaking: #SKCvNE

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Welcome back to another edition of "Technically Speaking," where our resident coach and former pro Rick Sewall dissects the Revolution's latest performance.

Have a question for Rick? Fire away in the comments section!

NESoccerToday: Now that we've seen back-to-back Revs games in which the video assistant referee has had a profound effect on the outcome, what do you think of the concept?

Bunbury: Loss ‘Difficult to Put Into Words’

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Within a seven-minute span, Revolution midfielder Teal Bunbury went from potential hero to just another passerby during Saturday's 3-1 loss at Sporting Kansas City.

Barely four minutes after the opening whistle, Bunbury scored to give his team just what it needed: an early lead in a hostile environment.

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Revolution 1, Sporting KC 3: Undisciplined Revs squander early lead

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Krisztian Nemeth red card spoils strong start for the navy and red.

Days after suffering a 7-0 loss to Atlanta United, the Revolution looked poised to bounce back with an inspired performance against Sporting Kansas City. But a strong start went for not, as the club conceded three straight goals en route to a 3-1 defeat.

Revolution vs. Sporting KC: Preview, Projected Lineups and How to Watch

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It's gut check time.

In the first half of Wednesday's 7-0 loss to Atlanta United, the Revolution watched their playoff hopes fade away. Now, there's no team in soccer that wants a fresh start more than the navy and red. They'll get that chance Saturday when they visit Sporting Kansas City.

Here's what you need to know about the match:

Current Form

New England: L-L-W-W-L
Kansas City: D-L-W-L-D

Chances to Win

The odds don't favor the Revolution this weekend.

Timber Cruise: New York City FC 0, Portland Timbers 1

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Well that weekend couldn't have gone much better for the Portland Timbers.

Not only did the Timbers earn an improbable 1-0 win at inevitable Eastern Conference runners-up New York City FC, but nearly every other result went their way, too: The Sounders dropped points against the Galaxy at home, FC Dallas got burned by Atlanta United, Sporting Kansas City took only one point from their two-game Eastern swing, and the Houston Dynamo lost to the Colorado Rapids at home (?

Brotherly Game Daily Links 9/11/17

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Union's next opponent, MLS results, and Messi's new Barcelona contract "soon."

Philadelphia Union News

Red Bulls Hold on to a draw at Chicago
Union face the Red Bulls in a marque Sunday afternoon, let's see how their last game went.

MLS News

MLS Ola Kamara strikes to help Columbus to 1-1 draw with Sporting KC
Ola Kamara scored his 15th goal of the season in first-half stoppage time as the Columbus Crew played to a 1-1 draw with Sporting Kansas City.

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Storylines: NYCFC vs Portland Timbers

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The Timbers travel to the city that never sleeps

The Story So Far

With the international break over, we can return to our regularly scheduled programming. The last time we saw the boys in green and gold was the derby with Seattle that finished in a 1-1 draw, a decent result on the road in a hostile environment.

Shutout for NYCFC

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Thursday's soccer news starts with NYCFC shutting out Sporting KC 1-0 at Yankee Stadium. Jack Harrison scored the game's only goal in the 84th minute. NYCFC goalkeeper Sean Johnson needed one save for the clean sheet.

"I think at the end of 90 minutes, they competed with more intensity than we did," Sporting coach Peter Vermes said.

MLS Midweek Preview: NYCFC, Sporting KC collide in match with major playoff implications

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Both New York City FC and Sporting KC have big time playoff aspirations, and the latest stop in the road to the postseason sees the two contenders clash in an interconference matchup.

NYCFC hosts Sporting KC on Wednesday in the lone MLS match of the evening, and it's one that could help vault either team to a more comfortable place in their respective conference.

Seattle Sounders

Seattle Sounders vs. Sporting Kansas City: Player ratings

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Once again, Cristian bossed the midfield for the full 90 minutes.

After playing an overtime game with starters midweek, everyone knew that Sporting Kansas City would bring a less than first-choice starting lineup. We also knew they wouldn't change their tactics one bit. SKC came out and pressed, stayed compact in the back, and were generally uncreative in their possession.

Osvaldo Alonso injury update: Midfielder declares himself 90 minutes fit

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This could mark Alonso's first start since July 4.

Fresh off winning their fifth match in six games and running their unbeaten streak to eight matches, the Seattle Sounders could be getting even stronger. Captain Osvaldo Alonso has declared himself fully fit and appears ready to reclaim his starting spot.

Seattle Sounders vs. Sporting Kansas City: Community player ratings form

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Rate the players in the 1-0 home victory over their conference rivals.

The Seattle Sounders enjoyed some consistency and health in their lineup and put in a strong shift to earn a 1-0 victory at home against Sporting Kansas City Saturday. After moving into the lead in the 36th minute, Seattle held steady to keep the clean sheet.

Dempsey hunde al Sporting Kansas City y los Sounders acarician la cima del Oeste

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Nada ni nadie parece detener a Clint DEMPSEY. Con su décimo gol de la temporada esta tarde contra el Sporting Kansas City, el delantero Sounders FC le ha dado a Seattle una victoria mas esta campaña (10) para alcanzar momentáneamente el primer lugar de la Conferencia Oeste de la MLS tras el 1-0 en el .

The Rest

The best eleven in the Open Cup

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Thursday's soccer news begins with an old issue for the US Open Cup and any tournament not considered up to league level. Coaches hedge. They can't resist the urge to rest players. They start different lineups. They try tactics and strategies that wouldn't be in play for games that really count. The ones worth three points in the league standings.

Sporting KC dominates 10-man Revs in home win

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The New England Revolution took a battering midweek to the tune of 7-0 thanks to a pair of red cards. Another dismissal doomed them on Saturday as goal after goal flew in once again.

Despite a goal from Teal Bunbury within the first five minutes, the Revs were pounded yet again on Saturday in a 3-1 loss to Sporting KC.

Report: Erik Palmer-Brown set to sign for Manchester City

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Erik Palmer-Brown has been on European radars for quite awhile, and he appears set to join one of England's giants in the near future.

According to the Kansas City Star, Palmer-Brown is set to sign with Manchester City following his contract's expiration at the end of the MLS season. The Sporting KC defender will join Man City in 2018 on a multi-year deal.

Houston Dynamo are back in action with the Colorado Rapids coming to town

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The Houston Dynamo will play their first match since Hurricane Harvey and will get to do it in front of their home fans when they take on the Colorado Rapids

The Houston Dynamo have not played since their 3-3 away draw with FC Dallas on August 23rd. What was supposed to be a double game week for Houston turned into just the away fixture in Frisco due to Hurricane Harvey which devastated the Houston area and much of the Texas Gulf Coast.

Late goal from Jack Harrison leads NYCFC past Sporting KC

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Although the club's biggest name was out of action, one of NYCFC's young stars helped lead them to a major home victory over a playoff contender.

Jack Harrison fired a late bouncing strike past Tim Melia, leading NYCFC to a 1-0 win over Sporting KC on Wednesday night in the lone midweek MLS match.

Graham Zusi a welcome option at right back as USMNT prepare for big match against Costa Rica

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The U.S. Men's National Team may have been dealt defensive injuries before the international break opened, but ahead of their next World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica on Friday, the team remains unconcerned, especially at right back.

Graham Zusi, the Sporting Kansas City player who made a name for himself as a midfielder in MLS and spent his first several years with the national team in that role, now serves as a right back for club and country.

Digging into Clint Dempsey’s 50 Sounders goals

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Sounders also run their shutout streak to club record 400 minutes.

SEATTLE — By now, we've grown accustomed to Clint Dempsey getting into a hot run of form. After scoring the game-winner in Saturday's 1-0 victory over Sporting Kansas City, the Seattle Sounders star has six goals in his past four games.