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Around The Forest: Sporting Kansas City’s Tim Melia wins goalkeeper of the year

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Matt Doyle talks Caleb Porter, Luka Modric outcast to all-world midfielder, USMNT legend Landon Donovan, NWSL lands in Utah and more!

Portland

Armchair Analyst: Caleb Porter's Portland tenure comes to a close | MLSsoccer.com
It was unexpected. Caleb Porter had guided a dinged and damaged Portland Timbers team to the top of the Western Conference during the regular season, and then – as they proceeded to pick up a few more dings, and sustain yet more damage – they battled gamely in the Western Conference semifinals before falling, 2-1 to Houston.

Tim Melia wins 2017 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year

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Sporting Kansas City's Tim Melia is the winner of the 2017 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year award. Melia started 31 games making 91 saves and recording ten shutouts. Those numbers had him well ahead across all voting categories, taking 50.29% of the total vote. Philadelphia's Andre Blake finished in 2nd-place with 10.

SBI MLS Goalkeeper of the Year: Tim Melia

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Tim Melia has experienced a winding road through MLS. In 2017, he was the last line of defense in a Sporting Kansas City unit that allowed only 29 goals, fewest in the league and eight fewer than their nearest competitor. A lot of the team's success is thanks to the strong goalkeeping work of the 31-year-old from New York.

Ike Opara wins 2017 MLS Defender of the Year

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Sporting Kansas City's Ike Opara is the 2017 MLS Defender of the Year, the league announced on Thursday. When Opara was on the field, Sporting Kansas City gave up 23 goals in 30 games and recorded 11 shutouts. He led the voting across all categories, taking the Player Vote with 31.

Sporting KC suffer another early postseason exit amid falling out of form

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Sporting Kansas City became the Buffalo Bills of the MLS knockout round on Thursday night.

Peter Vermes' men dropped their fourth consecutive knockout-round game to the Houston Dynamo in extra time at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Unfortunately, the club is no stranger to faltering down the stretch and exiting the postseason in disappointing fashion.

SBI's 2017 MLS Playoff Predictions

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Playoff season is upon us, and that means it's time to predict how things will play out when the best teams in MLS collide.

MLS play always tends to be unpredictable, especially when the postseason rolls around, but the entire SBI editorial staff took a crack at mapping out the upcoming playoff picture.

Real Salt Lake close campaign with win over SKC but fall short of postseason

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Coming into Sunday's home date with Sporting Kansas City, Real Salt Lake knew a win paired with other results would see them in the 2017 MLS Playoffs. They did their job, but those other matches didn't go their way and their season is now over.

Despite a pair of first-half goals and a 2-1 home win at Rio Tinto Stadium, Mike Petke's side were eliminated from playoff contention following San Jose's win over Minnesota United.

Around The Forest: USMNT can qualify for Russia on Tuesday

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Look out for Diego Rubio, several teams interested in Atlanta United's Miguel Almiron, Andrea Pirlo set to retire and more!

Major League Soccer:

Diego Rubio emerging as dangerous scoring threat for Sporting Kansas City | MLSsoccer.com
After missing most of the first half of 2017 due to an ACL tear, Diego Rubio has taken advantage of newfound playing time with Sporting KC to become the club's primary scoring threat over the last month.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 32

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Despite the small schedule during the international break, each MLS match that was played this weekend carried some type of importance.

The New York Red Bulls clinched a playoff spot with a win over the Vancouver Whitecaps. (READ)

Brent Kallman's late header rescued a home draw for Minnesota United against Sporting KC.

MLS Week 31: Shutout for the Red Bulls

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MLS went with a short schedule due to the international break, with only six teams in action. The New York Red Bulls shutout Vancouver 3-0 at home. Daniel Royer opened the scoring in the 33rd minute with Bradley Wright-Phillips doubling the lead in the 58th. Felipe finished off the goals in the 72nd minute.

Late Kallman header rescues a point for the Loons against SKC

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A late goal and some stoppage time goalkeeping heroics kept honors even in Minnesota United's home finale against Sporting Kansas City.

Diego Rubio opened the scoring just before half time for visitors, but that was cancelled by Brent Kallman's header in the final minutes as Minnesota United and Sporting Kansas City played out a 1-1 draw.

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:

Daughters in Portland Timbers family find inspiration close to home with the Portland Thorns | OregonLive.com
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.

Houston Dynamo

MLS Playoffs, Houston Dynamo vs Portland Timbers Game 1: How to watch, lineups and more

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Houston host game one of the Western Conference semifinal against Portland.

Who

Houston Dynamo vs Portland Timbers

What

It is game one of the home-and-away series between the Houston Dynamo and the Portland Timbers. After beating Sporting Kansas City in the knockout round of the MLS playoffs Houston advanced to now face the Timbers.

Three keys for the Dynamo against the Portland Timbers

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What the Dynamo have to do in their two leg aggregate series against the Portland Timbers.

With an ugly extra-time win over Sporting KC on Thursday in the MLS Cup playoff knockout round, the Houston Dynamo advanced to a conference semifinals matchup against the Portland Timbers. The first game is on Monday at BBVA Compass, and the second is Sunday in Oregon.

Around The Forest: Portland Timbers set to face Houston Dynamo in conference semi-finals

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Houston squeaks by Sporting KC, Crew beat Atlanta to move on in the MLS Cup Playoffs

Portland

Timbers to face Houston Dynamo in Western Conference Semifinals on Oct. 30, Nov. 5 | Portland Timbers
The Portland Timbers will face the Houston Dynamo in the first leg of the two-game, aggregate-goal Western Conference Semifinals in the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs at BBVA Compass Stadium on Monday, Oct.

Columbus and Houston advance from the knockout round

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Columbus needed penalties to get past Atlanta United in the knockout round of the 2017 MLS playoffs. The two teams finished scoreless through 120 minutes at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, but that says nothing about the quality of the game. Both teams had close chances, relying on the frame of the goal and quality play from their goalkeepers.

Dynamo edge Sporting KC on Alberth Elis extra time goal

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Despite two meetings against another already this month, Thursday night's showdown at BBVA Compass Stadium between the Houston Dynamo and Sporting Kansas City had a whole new level of importance. The winner would face off with the Western Conference's top seed, the Portland Timbers, while the loser would head into the offseason early.

MLS Playoff Thursday: Your Running Commentary

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The MLS Playoffs continue tonight with a pair of matches that bring a lot of intrigue with them.

Tonight's action gets started with Atlanta United hosting a playoff game in the inaugural season. The youngest team in the Eastern Conference takes on one of the oldest as the Columbus Crew come to town.

MLS Playoff Preview: Houston Dynamo vs. Sporting Kansas City

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The Houston Dynamo and Sporting Kansas City are no strangers to each other,

Not only did the two sides play twice in October to close out the regular season, they are familiar foes from the postseason as well.

The extra edge of bad blood should help fuel the final contest of the knockout round.

Playoff Edition: Previewing Houston Dynamo vs. Sporting Kansas City with the Blue Testament

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We spoke with Cody Bradley at the Blue Testament to discuss the knock out round of the Western Conference playoffs between the Houston Dynamo and Sporting Kansas City

The Houston Dynamo were able to secure a playoff spot for the time in three seasons and face a familiar foe in rivals Sporting Kansas City.

Playoff Edition: Pick the Houston Dynamo Starting Lineup against Sporting Kansas City

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Back in the playoffs, who do you want to start for the Dynamo when they host Sporting Kansas City?

This is it. It's noodle time. The Houston Dynamo are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2013 when they were eliminated in the Conference Finals by Thursday's opponent, Sporting Kansas City.

MLS Ticker: Tim Melia out for Thursday, A.J. DeLaGarza out for postseason and more

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Thursday's Western Conference knockout-round game between the Houston Dynamo and Sporting Kansas City will be without a few key figures.

Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Tim Melia, who missed the last three regular-season games, will not be able to play for Peter Vermes' side at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Houston Dynamo to play Sporting Kansas City in Thursday night playoff game

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The Houston Dynamo will host rival in first round of playoffs.

The Houston Dynamo will play Sporting Kansas City in the Knockout Round of the 2017 MLS Playoffs. Thanks to their fourth place finish in the Western Conference the Dynamo will host Sporting at BBVA Compass Stadium. The Dynamo haven't made it to the playoffs since 2013.

Houston Dynamo 0, Sporting Kansas City 0: Rate the Players and Quick Thoughts

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How do you think the Dynamo performed in their 0-0 draw to Sporting Kansas City?

At the beginning of the year I introduced a new way for the Dynamo Theory community to be a part of Player Ratings. After matches everyone will get a chance to submit how each player did on a scale of 1 to 10 which will be averaged out in a later article usually on Tuesday mornings depending when the game takes place.

Dynamo, Sporting KC both clinch playoffs with scoreless draw

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No goals went in, but the Houston Dynamo and Sporting Kansas City are both headed to the MLS Cup Playoffs.

SKC may have launched 27 shots, but only seven were on target and none beat Tyler Deric in the Dynamo goal as these two played out a scoreless draw at Children's Mercy Park.

The Dynamo were quite content to let Sporting control the run of play as they fell behind in the possession battle 69%-31% by the end of the match.

Houston Dynamo vs Sporting Kansas City: How to watch, lineups and more

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Houston face SKC

Who

Houston Dynamo vs Sporting Kansas City

What

Houston takes on Sporting Kansas City in one of the last games of the season. Houston got a midweek win over SKC at home but now they have to do it on the road. You can check out our full preview here.

Where

Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas

When

Sunday, October 15 at 6:30 pm CT

How to watch

KUBE

Sports Radio 610 AM

Univision Radio 1010 AM

Fan Lineup

Fans went with the 4-3-3 this week with Tyler Deric starting in goal.

Pick the Houston Dynamo Starting XI against Sporting Kansas City: Part 2

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Who should lineup for the Houston Dynamo in their away fixture at Sporting Kansas City?

The Houston Dynamo did their postseason dreams a favor by getting a win earlier this week against our out-of-state rivals Sporting Kansas City. Although the Dynamo did not have a strong start and conceded a goal in the first half, they were able to find form and get three huge points.

Win for Houston and Kaka says goodbye in Orlando

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Thursday's soccer news starts with MLS action. Houston came back to beat Sporting KC 2-1 at BBVA Compass Stadium. Jimmy Medranda put Sporting up in the 33rd minute. Tomas Martinez equalized for Houston in the 63rd with an own-goal proving the difference in the 77th.

"The game had a playoff feel," Houston midfielder Ricardo Clark said.

Major Link Soccer: Sunil Gulati could be the first domino to fall

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Also: Kaka is leaving MLS, and Houston does Seattle a favor

MLS

Orlando City SC's Captain, Kaka, has announced that he will not renew his contract after this season.

Getting on Twitter and saying you will do something to your body if a player or team does something in general is not always the best thing.

Dynamo keep postseason hopes alive with win over Sporting KC

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Thanks to a pair of second half goals, the Houston Dynamo remain very much alive in the Western Conference race.

The Dynamo notched a 2-1 home win over Sporting KC on Wednesday night to move up to fifth in the Western Conference standing. With two games left in the season for each team, the Dynamo have a three-point lead in sixth-place FC Dallas and a four-point lead on seventh-place Real Salt Lake.

Houston Dynamo vs Sporting Kansas City Final Score: Own goal helps Dynamo to victory over SKC

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The Houston Dynamo defeated Sporting Kansas City 2-1 on Wednesday night.

The Houston Dynamo and Sporting Kansas City faced off on Wednesday night in a make-up of their game that had to be postponed due to Hurricane Harvey. Instead of playing the game in late August the game was moved to the second week of October and right around World Cup Qualifying.

Houston Dynamo vs Sporting Kansas City: How to watch, lineups and more

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Houston host Sporting Kansas City Wednesday

Who

Houston Dynamo vs Sporting Kansas City

What

Houston's postseason destiny is in its own hands and that means they must get results down the stretch if they hope to avoid missing the playoffs for a fourth straight year.

Previewing Houston Dynamo vs. Sporting Kansas City with the Blue Testament

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We spoke with Thad Bell at the Blue Testament to discuss the first of two incredibly important meetings between the Dynamo and Sporting Kansas City

The Houston Dynamo were able to move up the table into a postseason position following their 2-1 win over Minnesota United FC, but they haven't punched their ticket to the playoffs yet.

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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The Rest

WATCH: CJ Sapong breaks Union's single-season scoring record

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Sapong has broken a seven-year club record.

With nearly an hour left in the 2017 MLS season, CJ Sapong has surpassed Sebastien Le Toux's club record of 14 goals in a single season.

Sapong was rewarded for his hard run to the far post, as he only needed to tap in a tidy cross from Fafa Picault.

Sounders vs Colorado Rapids, live stream: Game time, TV schedule and lineups

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Every MLS game starts at 1 PM. Watch this one on JOEtv or in stadium with us.

Win and the Seattle Sounders get to rest. They can also get a bye if they draw, Portland loses AND Sporting KC doesn't win. It's easier if Seattle beats the Colorado Rapids, who are just an awful soccer team with less than half a goal scored per road match this year.

Whitecaps edge Sporting KC to remain atop West

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Saturday's game was a big test for the Vancouver Whitecaps, and they passed with flying colors.

In a match that saw two late dismissals, the Whitecaps went into Children's Mercy Park and picked up a 1-0 win over Sporting Kansas City. The win, which sealed the Whitecaps' postseason spot, keeps the Canadian side atop the Western Conference, four points ahead of Saturday's opponent.

After winning U.S. Open Cup midweek, Sporting KC edge Galaxy in home victory

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It was a heck of a week for Sporting KC.

After claiming the U.S. Open Cup midweek, Sporting KC took down the LA Galaxy, 2-1, on Sunday at Children's Mercy Park. The win moves Sporting KC within one point of the top of the Western Conference while keeping the team unbeaten at home.

In the 18th minute, Daniel Salloi scored his second goal of the week and third of the season, scoring on an assist from Diego Rubio.

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.