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10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 24 of the 2017 season

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Here are the ten things we learned from Week 24 of the 2017 MLS season.

1. Toronto Takes Control

The game of the weekend took place in Bridgeview, where those in the Chicago soccer community were calling the Fire’s clash with Toronto FC the biggest game at Toyota Park in five years.

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 24 of the 2017 season

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Here are the ten things we learned from Week 24 of the 2017 MLS season.

1. Toronto Takes Control

The game of the weekend took place in Bridgeview, where those in the Chicago soccer community were calling the Fire’s clash with Toronto FC the biggest game at Toyota Park in five years.

MLS Week 12: Dallas loses, Philadelphia wins

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After a run of Wednesday games, week 12 of the 2017 MLS season resumed on Friday. New York and Toronto drew 1-1 at Red Bull Arena. Bradley Wright-Phillips put New York up in the 38th minute with Benoit Cheyrou equalizing in the 70th.

"Obviously, it's positive we didn't lose the game," Toronto forward Jozy Altidore said.

Toronto stretches MLS win streak to six games

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Washington (AFP) – Canadian striker Tosaint Ricketts scored in the 77th minute to give Toronto a 3-2 victory over Minnesota United, stretching the Major League Soccer win leader’s victory streak to six matches.

Toronto’s club record run has featured five triumphs in 18 days and put the team atop the Eastern Conference at 7-1 with four drawn for 25 points.

Toronto stretches MLS win streak to six games

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Washington (AFP) – Canadian striker Tosaint Ricketts scored in the 77th minute to give Toronto a 3-2 victory over Minnesota United, stretching the Major League Soccer win leader’s victory streak to six matches.

Toronto’s club record run has featured five triumphs in 18 days and put the team atop the Eastern Conference at 7-1 with four drawn for 25 points.

MLS Week 10: Toronto wins MLS Cup rematch

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Week 10 of the 2017 MLS season saw Toronto get the better of Seattle at CenturyLink Field. In a rematch of the 2016 MLS Cup, Toronto won 1-0 on the road. Jozy Altidore converted a 23rd minute penalty for the game's only goal. Clint Irwin kept the clean sheet with two saves.

"Two weeks ago, a lot of people were concerned because we weren't necessarily turning some of those games into wins," Toronto coach Greg Vanney said.

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.

Toronto FC

Know Thy Enemy: Revs-Toronto (Part II) with Waking The Red

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One day, Toronto will play the Revs on full rest with a full roster. Today, is not that day.

A few weeks ago, the soccer gods blessed the New England Revolution with a home game against a depleted Toronto FC team. Today, the soccer gods have blessed the Revs with a road game against a tired TFC side.

A neverending onslaught of Christos, Toronto, Atlanta, and Philly: Filibuster

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This is the busiest time of the entire season

Adam is off celebrating the birth of his second child, so you're stuck with Jason and Ben for this episode. There has been so much soccer in these past six days that the US Open Cup match against Christos FC feels like years ago, and not just a week.

Engine Company: America’s Hat – A Tale of Chicago’s Evil Canadian Twin

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Seeing The Men in Red play at home is really just half the fun, but notall Fire fans are able to see them anywhere else. To experience the joys of anAway Game by proxy, OTFcontributor Jacob Peters provides us some backgroundon Fire supportergroup history on-the-road, established rivalries, and some footnotes onhow to effectively criticize, troll, and generally enjoy Fire away games.

Rochester Stumbled through Toronto en route to Charleston

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The Rhinos did not excite many with a scoreless draw at Toronto last weekend and prepare for a defensive showdown with Charleston Battery on Saturday

This past Friday, the Rochester Rhinos traveled north to face Toronto FC II and the team brought a point back over the border with them. In their second game of the 2017 USL season, the Rhinos failed to generate the same attacking fervor they did against Bethlehem Steel FC that sparked excitement in the fanbase.

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.

Philadelphia Union

Real Salt Lake rides an orange ball to victory and the rest of the week that was

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The best game of week six was Toronto versus Atlanta. Draws can be fun, especially when they involve other teams.

Toronto FC and Atlanta United had all the action, even if their match ended in a 2-2 draw. Giovinco is back to MVP form with a goal on his seven shots. The ATL continue to look like an East contender, plus they are fun to watch.

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.

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.

The Rest

Pies In Prague: An Introduction To The CEE Cup, The Under-19s Tournament Featuring Starlet-Laden Sides From Everton, Burnley And Leicester City

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Over the next week or two, Pies' man-in-the-field, Joseph Viney, will be in Prague to report in on the 2017 Generali CEE Cup the annual international Under-19s tournament for club sides from Central and Eastern Europe (hence 'CEE').

The Premier League will be represented by academy sides from Everton, Burnley and Leicester.

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.