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Bedoya to USMNT, UCL results; Brotherly Game Daily Links 3/16/17

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If you're ready for some links, give me a hell ya!

Philadelphia Union News

Alejandro Bedoya Called Up to USMNT
The Philadelphia Union's captain will represent the US against Honduras and Panama in the upcoming hex matches.

FROM THE FILM ROOM: Breaking down Union vs.

Philadelphia Union home opener, Mix Diskerud on loan in Sweden: Brotherly Game Daily Links 3/11/17

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It's the home opener for the Union, get ready for the game with some links.

Philadelphia Union News

Match Preview: Philadelphia Union vs Toronto FC
Redemption is spelled U-N-I-O-N. At the very least, that's what the Union will hope as they square off with the team that eliminated them in 2016.

Jones, Union ready for tough Toronto task

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The first 90 minutes of Derrick Jones' Philadelphia Union career couldn't have gone any better. The 20-year-old defensive midfielder churned out an impressive performance in the club's 0-0 draw with the Vancouver Whitecaps in Week 1.

Week 2 presents a different challenge for the homegrown player as Toronto FC comes to Talen Energy Stadium for the Union home opener on Saturday.

10 things we learned from the MLS Conference Finals

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After one of the most thrilling games in MLS history on Wednesday night in Toronto, the MLS Conference Finals have concluded. Here are ten things we learned.

1. Canada Makes Its Mark

Due respect to the Western Conference Final, but, depending on what happens two Saturdays from now, the 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs will be remembered for the show Montreal Impact and Toronto FC put on over the last week and a half.

Toronto down Montreal to reach MLS Cup final

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Toronto (Canada) (AFP) Toronto FC became the first Canadian club to reach Major League Soccer's championship game after overpowering Montreal Impact 5-2 in a seven-goal thriller after extra-time.

Toronto, who had trailed 3-0 in last week's first leg in Montreal before recovering to score two crucial away goals, will now host the Seattle Sounders in the MLS Cup final on December 10.

Toronto down Montreal to reach MLS Cup final

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Toronto (Canada) (AFP) Toronto FC became the first Canadian club to reach Major League Soccer's championship game after overpowering Montreal Impact 5-2 in a seven-goal thriller after extra-time.

Toronto, who had trailed 3-0 in last week's first leg in Montreal before recovering to score two crucial away goals, will now host the Seattle Sounders in the MLS Cup final on December 10.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 9/23/16

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It's been a long week and the weekend is almost here, let's kick it off right with some links.

Philadelphia Union News

Reasons to watch the Union take on Toronto FC
Four reasons to watch Saturday's game at Toronto.

Edu poised for weekend return
A familiar face could help the Union against a dangerous Toronto FC side – Maurice Edu.

New York City moves to MLS top with Toronto draw

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New York (AFP) New York City FC moved to the top of Major League Soccer's Eastern Conference standings on Wednesday after extending their unbeaten run to five matches with a hard-fought 1-1 draw at Toronto FC.

City, fresh from a 2-1 victory over champions Portland on Sunday, took the lead through Ghanaian international Kwadwo Poku, the midfielder curling a finish past Clint Irwin on 16 minutes.

New York City moves to MLS top with Toronto draw

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New York (AFP) New York City FC moved to the top of Major League Soccer's Eastern Conference standings on Wednesday after extending their unbeaten run to five matches with a hard-fought 1-1 draw at Toronto FC.

City, fresh from a 2-1 victory over champions Portland on Sunday, took the lead through Ghanaian international Kwadwo Poku, the midfielder curling a finish past Clint Irwin on 16 minutes.

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 10 of the 2016 season

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Here are the ten things we learned from Week 10 of the 2016 MLS season.

1. Triumph in Toronto

No one needed to be told that Saturday night in Toronto was a Bloody Big Deal. It just was.

After an eight-game road trip to begin the 2016 season, TFC returned home to play FC Dallas at a newly renovated BMO Field.

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 10 of the 2016 season

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Here are the ten things we learned from Week 10 of the 2016 MLS season.

1. Triumph in Toronto

No one needed to be told that Saturday night in Toronto was a Bloody Big Deal. It just was.

After an eight-game road trip to begin the 2016 season, TFC returned home to play FC Dallas at a newly renovated BMO Field.

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 8 of 2016 season

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Here are the ten things we learned from Week 8 of the 2016 MLS season.

1. Toronto makes its move

The last time Toronto traveled down the 401 to Montreal, they were humiliated in the MLS Cup Playoffs. On that night, TFC didn't show up. It was 3-0 Impact at halftime.

But in the first derby of the year in Montreal on Saturday had a very different feeling.

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 8 of 2016 season

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Here are the ten things we learned from Week 8 of the 2016 MLS season.

1. Toronto makes its move

The last time Toronto traveled down the 401 to Montreal, they were humiliated in the MLS Cup Playoffs. On that night, TFC didn't show up. It was 3-0 Impact at halftime.

But in the first derby of the year in Montreal on Saturday had a very different feeling.

Fire acquire TFC forward Gilberto

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The Fire didn't take long in putting plan B into action once Didier Drogba decided to pursue MLS life north of the border. Chicago has acquired Toronto FC forward Gilberto on waivers. The pursuit asfirstreported via Fire Confidential twitter and confirmed by ESPN, intensified this weekend once Drogba's preference became known on Friday.

MLS attendances for gameweek 16 of the 2015 season

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For gameweek 16 of the MLS season, the reported attendances were pretty good across all venues. There were sellouts or near sellouts in Portland, Salt Lake, Seattle and Toronto.

After 156 games, the gain over 2014 continues at an increase of nearly 12%.

Here are the latest attendance data:

Gameweek 16 attendances
Colorado 15,585
DC United 17,213
Los Angeles 23,875
Montreal 17,820
NY Red Bull 20,053
Portland 21,144
Salt Lake 19,155
Seattle 39,971
Toronto 30,029
2014 2015
MLS Attendance Equal # of Home Games
2014 2015
Att Cap Att Att +/- GP % of Cap Cap
Seattle 42,771 43,426 40,217 -5.

MLS attendances for gameweek 16 of the 2015 season

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For gameweek 16 of the MLS season, the reported attendances were pretty good across all venues. There were sellouts or near sellouts in Portland, Salt Lake, Seattle and Toronto.

After 156 games, the gain over 2014 continues at an increase of nearly 12%.

Here are the latest attendance data:

Gameweek 16 attendances
Colorado 15,585
DC United 17,213
Los Angeles 23,875
Montreal 17,820
NY Red Bull 20,053
Portland 21,144
Salt Lake 19,155
Seattle 39,971
Toronto 30,029
2014 2015
MLS Attendance Equal # of Home Games
2014 2015
Att Cap Att Att +/- GP % of Cap Cap
Seattle 42,771 43,426 40,217 -5.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: CCL, CBA, TFC. Some other letters, too.

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We're closing in on CCL time again, not to mention MLS time, though CBA talks still loom. Today's links also take you to such exotic places as Qatar, France, and Toronto.

Today's Freedom Kicks are fueled by my anger at autoplay videos which should NEVER EVER BE A THING. Glaring at you so hard, ESPN FC.

2015 MLS Allocation Order – January 16 edition

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Following Thursday's SuperDraft there were a couple deals that shook up the Allocation Order for 2015. Montreal still sits atop the order but LA has made a move to move up the rankings in hopes of landing Sacha Kljestan. Toronto used their allocation spot to sign Jozy Altidore.

Last year LA ended up moving as high as number 2 in the order in hopes of landing Kljestan but were unable to at the time.

New York Red Bulls Edge One Step Closer to Playoffs

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Last night at Red Bull Arena, the New York team's playoff dreams took a step forward, while those of Toronto dimmed, especially with the Columbus Crew win against the Philadelphia Union. It is a close race to the finish this year with DC United at the top of the Eastern Conference, followed by the New England Revolution, Sporting KC, New York Red Bulls, and Columbus Crew currently sitting in the top five.

Colorado Rapids

Rapids "Lose" A Draft Pick Today

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Last month a number of rapids fans (including me) thought the Rapids would have two first round picks in next week's Superdraft. After trading our pick to New England last offseason for Jermaine Jones we got LA's first round pick when we sent JJ to them. We also had a first-round pick from Toronto in the Clint Irwin trade.

Colorado Faces The Rapids Beyond The Wall

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Giovinco, that you?
Toronto makes its trip down from the great white north tomorrow and they bring with them a couple of old friends. Drew Moor and Clint Irwin make their return to the Dick after being traded in the offseason. I hope the fans will give them the send-off they deserve, before watching them lose to our Rapids.

So Long Clint!

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That really says it all. Today the Rapids traded away one of the great players of the last few years. He was the Player of the Year last year in my opinion and the last place we needed to spend time, effort, or money improving. In exchange we got Targeted Allocation Money, Toronto's highest 3rd round pick tomorrow, and a conditional 1st round pick next year.

Philadelphia Union

Goal of the Year candidates, Conor Casey retires: Brotherly Game Daily Links 10/28/16

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Thank god it's Friday.

Philadelphia Union News

Barnetta, Bedoya represent Union in AT&T Goal of the Year voting
The Union may have lost, but they can still take home Goal of the Year, go vote!

Toronto 3, Union 1: Notes and quotes
After ten long months, the 2016 Philadelphia Union season came to an end with a 3-1 playoff loss in Toronto.

Philadelphia Union and MLS News and Notes 12-19-15

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Toronto gets good, Columbus grabs Ashe, Orlando fans get mad, and JJ takes to Twitter about his pay.

Toronto acquires Will Johnson from Portland | Waking the Red

Toronto FC bolstered their midfield by adding Will Johnson from the Portland Timbers for Targeted Allocation Money and a conditional second round pick in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft.

Opposite View: Three questions with James Grossi of Waking The Red

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This week we talk to James Grossi of Waking The Red, SB Nation's Toronto FC blog, about the upcoming match between the Philadelphia Union and TFC.

tBG) It wasn't quite the "Bloody Big Deal", but Toronto brought in Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco, among others. What was the fan reaction to this offseason?

Toronto FC

Fire notebook - season closes in Toronto

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The Fire can avoid becoming the first team in MLS history to finish at the bottom of the league standings if they can defeat Toronto FC and get help from Houston. The Dynamo currently sit two points ahead of Chicago with a trip to Colorado looming this weekend. Coach Veljko Paunovic cited that as motivation for the final match of the year during his conference call with media on Wednesday afternoon.

Richmond Kickers' away struggles continue against Toronto

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With two shots cleared off the line, Richmond unable to find an answer for TFC II

The Richmond Kickers' struggles on the road continued Wednesday as they suffered defeat to Toronto FC II. A 2nd half goal by Salvador Bernal Flores made the difference. 4-0 at home, Richmond had only mustered an 0-2-1 record in away matches.

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. Toronto FC

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We have complete player evaluations from the Portland Timbers 2 to 1 victory over Toronto FC from back on May 1. Marks are included for every Timbers player that appeared, plus composite marks for the coaches, offense, defense, opponent and officiating.

Watson "afraid to tackle" due to PRO changes

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Officiating was once again the focus of the postgame after Saturday's 1-1 draw with Toronto. The calls have left Heaps exasperated, and some players like Watson unsure of what's a legal play these days.

One point is better than none, to be sure, but when at home, three points are always best.

Match Day 3: Welcoming Canada Again

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Sporting Kansas City welcome another Canadian side to Kansas City this weekend as Sporting KC will play host to Toronto FC at Children's Mercy Park on national television on Sunday. Both teams come into the game unbeaten with Kansas City sitting at 2-0 while Toronto sits at 1-0-1 after a 2-2 draw against New York City FC last week.

THE MATCHUP: 99 Problems and 9 Points are 9

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NEW YORK VS. TORONTO RED BULL ARENA - SATURDAY 7PM ET TV: TSN 4
MANUFACTURED DERBY NAME: "The Must-Win Part VII: Cronin's Revenge"
FACTS* AND STATS** NEW YORK RED BULLS - This will be the final fixture between New York and Toronto this season (barring playoffs - snort) thus robbing local Toronto fans a reason to wear Thierry Henry kits to TFC matches like that's ok - Security has been heightened as usual for a night fixture in Harrison, New Jersey as autumn is the natural feeding time for the local C.

THE MATCHUP: Orange Is the New Bleurgh

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TORONTO VS. HOUSTON BMO FIELD - WEDNESDAY 7:30PM ET TV: TSN 4
MANUFACTURED DERBY NAME: "El Problemo"
FACTS* AND STATS** TORONTO FC - This is Toronto FC's Must Win Match 7 in a series of 9 - "A problem": The last two words of most sad TFC supporter jokes if Dynamo go up by a goal - "?

Sporting Kansas City

What We Want to Happen Today 10/11

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With a win last night, KC got themselves into the playoffs, now it becomes a matter of seeding for Sporting KC. Here's a look at the games today in MLS and who we want to win.

New England at Montreal
What we want to happen - Montreal win

A win by the Impact will keep Kansas City second in the Eastern Conference heading into the final two games.

What We Want to Happen Today 10/8

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Sporting Kansas City can clinch a playoff berth this weekend with a win over Chicago Friday and a loss by the Columbus Crew to the Philadelphia Union. Before that though, Sporting can get some further help in one of tonight's league games.

Houston at Toronto
What we want to happen - Houston win

A Toronto loss would keep them six points behind Kansas City with three games to play for the Canadian side, which currently sits in sixth place.

The South Stand Report

THE SOUTH STAND REPORT - Toronto v Houston... or Who does this matter more to?

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What the hell was that all about?
Without any scientific data whatsoever to substantiate the following claims, here's the percentage of how the game actually went, in no particular order.
  • 42% raining misery with terrible first half "action"
  • 27% a lack of luck for Toronto
  • 14% luck in favour of Houston
  • 9% high-level time wasting by Houston after their red card expulsion of A.

THE SOUTH COUCH REPORT : Los Angeles v Toronto... or is THIS a streak?

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I've been away on vacation but I've kept up with the trials and games of the Toronto "Football" "Club" (good thing the stadium is where it is). That Portland thing sounded crazy. And I did watch the Houston match at 2:00am in London (mostly because I snore really loud and the wife hadn't slept yet so I got up so she could sleep.

The Rest

NYCFC's prolific offense halted by Toronto's smothering press

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NEW YORK — Something had to give.

In a battle between New York City FC's high-octane offense and Toronto FC's smothering defense, one team's strength was going to nullify the other's, and it turned out to be the latter that prevailed in convincing fashion.

Hérculez Gomez ready to 'prove a lot of people wrong,' put Toronto behind him

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Toronto left him bitter. With that chip on his shoulder, Gomez is grateful for a "lifeline" from the Sounders.

Seattle fans have mostly known Hérculez Gomez as the guy who played briefly for the A-League Sounders and went on to bigger and better things, including a role on the US National Team and scoring the lone goal in the Seattle leg of Santos Laguna's victory over the Sounders in the 2013 CCL semifinal.

MLS Power Rankings, Week 25: I got 5 on it

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5 was the magic number in this week's Power Rankings

Five. One, two, three, four, FIF. That's how many goals San Jose, Toronto and LA dropped on their opponents this past week. It was a wild output of goals, particularly LA's star-studded goalfest on international TV. While some of the other matches this week contained some action, it was the Quakes' 5-0 stomping of Sporting, Toronto's 5-0 blanking of Orlando and LA's 5-1 beatdown of NYCFC that had everyone talking.

THE MATCHUP: Où est l'Playoffs?

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TORONTO VS. MONTREAL BMO FIELD - SATURDAY 2PM ET TV: TSN 4
MANUFACTURED DERBY NAME: "The 401 Derby"
FACTS* AND STATS** TORONTO FC - 2:1: The odds that TFC's post-match will include the words "mathematically", "still", "in" and "it" - Corners: Where General Managers paint themselves into when refusing to add the word "interim" in front of a late-season coaching hire's title - Jermain Defoe won't necessarily consider a defeat to Montreal on Saturday as a loss but more gaining a day towards his next emotional reunion.