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Preview: The 2017 MLS Eastern and Western Conference finals

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Nov 17, 2017) US Soccer Players - The 2017 MLS playoffs lurch back into action on Tuesday. Columbus hosts Toronto and the Seattle Sounders visit Houston in the first-legs of the two conference finals. It will be 16 days since the last playoff game.

Around The Forest: New England Revolution hire Brad Friedel as head coach

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Robbie Rogers retires, a lot of roster moves as most teams head into the offseason and more!

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LA Galaxy's Robbie Rogers brings groundbreaking pro career to a close | MLSsoccer.com
Robbie Rogers called time on his groundbreaking 11-year professional playing career on Tuesday, a run that included two MLS Cup championships and the distinction of becoming the first openly gay male athlete to compete in a top North American professional sports league.

Major Link Soccer: au revoir, Patrice Bernier

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The Montreal legend has played his last match, and the playoffs take an ugly turn for Portland Timbers

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Portland likely broke half their players on a really bad field but they at least held a shutout draw in Houston. Diego Chara may have fractured his foot and if so would be out for the playoffs.

Win for Toronto, draw for Houston and Portland

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Toronto FC beat the New York Red Bulls 2-1 on the road to open their MLS Eastern Conference semifinal playoff series. Victor Vasquez put Toronto up in the 8th minute with Daniel Royer equalizing from the penalty spot three minutes into first-half stoppage time. Seb Giovinco won the game with a 72nd minute goal.

Dallas and the MLS player development model

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By Clemente Lisi – DALLAS TX (Oct 30, 2017) US Soccer Players – MLS teams are currently playing for a championship. Will Toronto FC replicate the success it achieved during the regular season? Can the Seattle Sounders repeat as champions? Will a surprise team, like the New York Red Bulls or Columbus Crew, emerge from the brackets?

While MLS attendance increases, the Union fall further behind

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Major League Soccer's attendance figures for 2017 show promise for most but decline for Philadelphia

The final Major League Soccer attendance figures were released for 2017, and it was by most accounts a huge success for MLS. Atlanta United set records for both the single-game attendance record (71,824 were in attendance to watch the season's last match against Toronto FC) and single-season attendance average at 48,200 - all while playing most of their season at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 33

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With one week left in the Major League Soccer regular season, there are plenty of teams heating up at the right time.

There are also teams holding on to their respective playoff lives, with tricky matches ahead on Decision Day.

Here's how our power rankings shape up after the penultimate Sunday of the season:

SBI MLS POWER RANKINGS (WEEK 31)

1 (Last Week- 1).

TFC ties MLS record for regular season points in home win over Impact

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An early goal from Jozy Altidore was all it took.

After Toronto FC fans lifted the Supporters' Shield before the game, TFC wanted to avenge their only home loss to bitter rivals Montreal Impact. Not only did they avenge their loss, they re-wrote history with a 1-0 win.

Now tied with the 1998 LA Galaxy, TFC are the all-time MLS co-record holders for points in the regular season with a total of 68.

Around The Forest: Gearing up for the MLS Playoffs

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USMNT headed into must win, Toronto has one more box to check and much more!

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For Toronto | By Sebastian Giovinco
I've been in Toronto nearly three years now, and there are two things I still have yet to see. One of those things is Niagara Falls. And I'll get there, eventually.

MLS Midweek Preview: Impact visit TFC, Atlanta faces Galaxy

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There may only be two midweek games on the schedule this midweek in Major League Soccer, but those matches should bring plenty of excitement due to the playoff implications.

Atlanta United continues their lengthy homestand at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, looking for a full 90 minute performance against the lowly LA Galaxy.

New York Red Bulls

TFC in precarious position following halftime brawl

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One week ago, Jozy Altidore was in the headlines for off the field incidents with New York Red Bull fans, calling them "classless" following leg 1 of the Eastern Confernce semi-finals. A week later, Altidore is in the headlines again.

During the second leg of the playoff series between the Red Bulls and TFC, Altidore played a part in two incidents, earning a red card during the halftime break.

MLS playoff handbags, DCU Academy alum update & more: Freedom Kicks for 11/6/17

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Was a wild Sunday, so pour a cup and join us.

Hi. Funny thing about one-year-olds, they give negative zero craps about Daylight Savings Time. The MLS held the second legs of its remaining three playoff series yesterday so let's get to them:

Toronto FC 0-1 New York Red Bulls: Reds avoid catastrophe.

Toronto, Columbus to meet in MLS East showdown

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New York (AFP) – Toronto FC advanced to Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference finals despite a 1-0 home loss Sunday to the New York Red Bulls in a playoff matchup marred by a half-time scuffle.

The heated encounter saw Toronto’s Jozy Altidore and New York’s Sacha Kljestan given red cards as tempers boiled over into shoving between the US national team members as players departed the field at half-time.

TFC survives Red Bulls push following Altidore, Kljestan red cards

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Emotional. Frantic. Tactical. Physical.

The second leg of the Eastern Conference semi-final between Toronto FC and the New York Red Bulls was everything you could ask for in a knockout match.

In the end, the Red Bulls won the battle, but lost the war with a 1-0 victory at BMO field Sunday afternoon following a 2-1 loss on home turf in the opening leg.

MLS Playoff Preview: Toronto FC vs. New York Red Bulls

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The coronation of the MLS king is already set in motion.

Based off Monday's first leg of the Eastern Conference semifinal, it's not wrong to pencil Toronto FC into the East final, but the reality is there's still 90 minutes left to play.

The New York Red Bulls haven't been completely cast off, but they'll need to benefit from all sorts of luck.

Sacha Kljestan: Red Bulls must 'figure it out on their own'

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Greg Vanney spoke about Sebastian Giovinco after Toronto FC's road victory over the New York Red Bulls in leg 1 of the Eastern conference semifinals, and his words juxtapose perfectly with something Jesse Marsch said during his postgame press conference.

"He's amazing," Vanney said of his star.

Jozy Altidore hits out at 'classless' chants at Red Bull Arena

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Following the U.S. Men's National Team's World Cup qualifying failure, Jozy Altidore knew the boos were coming. However, he was none too pleased with the treatment at Red Bull Arena on Monday night.

Altidore and Toronto FC teammate Michael Bradley were jeered and booed throughout Monday's match, a 2-1 TFC win over the New York Red Bulls in Harrison.

Toronto FC's defensive unit steps up in victory over Red Bulls

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Toronto FC's 2-1 win over the New York Red Bulls on Monday night seemed like usual business in some ways. The Designated Players stood out, with Jozy Altidore having a strong night up front and Sebastian Giovinco grabbing the game winner from a freekick as the team collected yet another victory this year.

Sebastian Giovinco free kick powers TFC over Red Bulls

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Toronto FC came into their playoff match against the New York Red Bulls with a mountain of pressure and expectations. TFC needed big performances from the biggest players, and they got them.

Sebastian Giovinco, Jozy Altidore, Victor Vazquez, and Michael Bradley all outperformed the Red Bulls like-for-like players, and the final 2-1 result was a validation of TFC's historic year.

How to Watch MLS Playoffs: TV and Streaming Listings

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Check out our three Big Storylines, National TV and Streaming Listings, and From a Sounders Point of View.

Three Big Storylines:
  1. New York Red Bulls versus Toronto FC: Toronto FC set the all-time record for points in a single season this year with 69 points over 34 games, but after being the losing team in last year's MLS Cup they know that regular season records only go so far.

MLS Playoff Preview: New York Red Bulls vs. Toronto FC

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The New York Red Bulls thoroughly dispatched of the Chicago Fire to book their spot in the Eastern Conference semifinals. What awaits them will be a different test entirely.

Toronto FC is fresh off a record-setting regular season, one which saw the club seal a league-high 69 points. Now, TFC travels to Red Bull Arena to open their postseason against a Red Bull team that built a bit of momentum in a 4-0 beating of the Fire last week.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 30

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While the Supporters' Shield race wrapped up on Saturday, the playoff race tightened thanks to some results across MLS.

Toronto FC sealed the Supporters' Shield by defeating the New York Red Bulls. (READ)

The Columbus Crew locked up a playoff berth with a win over D.C. United. (READ)

FC Dallas' playoff hopes took a hit with a tie in Orlando.

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 30 of the 2017 season

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Here are the ten things we learned from Week 30 of the 2017 MLS season.

1. Toronto Clinches The Shield

In a coronation months in the making, Toronto FC won its and Canada’s first Supporters’ Shield on Saturday night at BMO Field with a resounding 4-2 win over the suddenly-reeling New York Red Bulls.

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 30 of the 2017 season

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Here are the ten things we learned from Week 30 of the 2017 MLS season.

1. Toronto Clinches The Shield

In a coronation months in the making, Toronto FC won its and Canada’s first Supporters’ Shield on Saturday night at BMO Field with a resounding 4-2 win over the suddenly-reeling New York Red Bulls.

TFC locks up Supporters' Shield with win over Red Bulls

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Toronto FC was denied a celebration last December, but the BMO Field crowd was treated to a trophy on Saturday evening.

A Justin Morrow hat-trick sealed the Supporters' Shield for Toronto FC, who topped the New York Red Bulls, 4-2, in Toronto. The win locks up the regular season championship for TFC with two matches to spare.

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News roundup: Union break records (good & bad), MLS playoff field set, more

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The Union's record-setting day, final numbers on the Union's season, MLS playoff field set, tons of news from Atlanta-Toronto, more news.

TFC equals points record with tie against Atlanta

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Sebastian Giovinco scored late as Supporters' Shield champions Toronto FC tied 2-2 with Atlanta United on Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, sealing the single-season record for points in an MLS season.

The first goal, though, was Atlanta's, as they earned a penalty in the 30th minute. The referee called a foul on Drew Moor, and Yamil Asad took the penalty, easily slotting past Alex Bono in the 31st minute.

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Bethlehem Steel FC could make history in Rochester

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It's as easy as win and in

What a year it has been. In a season of twists and turns, hot and cold runs, and a few surprising season series wins, Bethlehem Steel FC are three points away from the USL playoffs. They just have to get past a pretty cohesive Rochester side.

After a solid and really entertaining throttling of a struggling Toronto FC II side, Bethlehem just need another similar performance against Rochester, who are also practically a lock for the playoffs this year.

Tom Soehn interested in becoming the Revolution’s permanent manager

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Soehn would "of course" be interested in coaching the Revs in 2018.

The departure of Jay Heaps could be a sign that big changes are coming to the New England Revolution. In fact, the roster and coaching staff could look radically different next year. While the future is unclear, interim head coach Tom Soehn wants his players to enjoy these last few games.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 9/24/17

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Union win big, USMNT World Cup jersey leak, and more in the links.

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Union-Fire observations: Chris Pontius helps end 6-game winless streak
Chris Pontius helped the limping Union stun the potent Fire, 3-1, on Saturday night, ending a six-game winless streak.

Revolution grab late winner against TFC

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It took 80 minutes for goals to grace the match, but the New England Revolution escaped the last goalfest with the three points, beating Toronto FC 2-1 at Gillette Stadium.

The deadlock was broken in the 82nd minute, with the home side taking the advantage. Chris Tierney found Lee Nguyen running into the penalty area, who inched closer to goal before taking his shot.

Revolution 2, Toronto 1: Late goals give Revs three points

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Well those last few minutes were fun, huh?

After allowing ten goals in two games, the New England Revolution recorded 2-1 win over league-leading Toronto FC.

Toronto's Tosaint Ricketts appeared to score a goal in the 23rd minute but the striker was deemed offside. Ricketts threatened the Revs' net three minutes later, but Cody Cropper was there to make an outstretched save.

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Jozy Altidore suspension upheld by independent panel

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After an appeal process, it turns out Jozy Altidore is set for a suspension after all.

Toronto FC announced on Wednesday that an independent panel has upheld Altidore's red card from the second leg of TFC's Eastern Conference semifinal clash against the New York Red Bulls. Altidore was dismissed following an incident with Sacha Kljestan and the Red Bulls in the tunnel at halftime.

Nos Audietis, Episode 265: Bring on the Dynamo

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Sounders are in Western Conference finals for the third time in four years.

The Seattle Sounders are back in the Western Conference finals. That's two years in a row they've made it this far, three times in the past four -- with the lone exception seeing them knocked out in penalties -- and four times in the past six.

Toronto FC makes a semifinal statement

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From what we've already seen from the MLS Conference semifinals, just scoring is an accomplishment. To do it twice and win on the road is almost a proclamation. That was Toronto FC in Harrison, New Jersey on Monday night. 2-1 over the Red Bulls and an obvious advantage going into Sunday's deciding leg.

How to Watch MLS in Week 33, TV and Streaming Listings

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Check out our Three Big Storylines, National TV and Streaming Listings and From a Sounders Point of View

Three Big Storylines:
  1. Eleven of the twelve MLS Cup playoff spots are locked in heading to decision day. The Eastern Conference is set with Toronto FC securing the Supporters' Shield and a bye but New York City FC, the Chicago Fire, Atlanta United FC and Columbus Crew SC all have a shot at the 2 seed and the second bye.

Sebastian Giovinco reiterates Italy aspirations, talks up TFC

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Sebastian Giovinco still believes that Toronto FC and MLS don't get the credit they deserve, but he also hopes that credit comes in time for the World Cup next summer.

Giovinco reiterated his hope for a national team call-up while stating his belief that the level of MLS is one that would challenge plenty of players throughout the world.

Kamara Lifts Revs to Victory

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. Kei Kamara's late goal allowed the Tom Soehn Era to start on a positive note following Saturday's 2-1 win over Toronto FC at Gillette Stadium.

Soehn, who served assistant prior to the dismissal of former coach Jay Heaps on Tuesday, made his first appearance as head coach in a match that seemed destined to end scoreless.

Ignacio Piatti, Anthony Jackson-Hamel propel Impact past TFC

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It didn't take long for the Montreal Impact to assert their dominance against the league's best team, and the result is one that keeps them in the playoff hunt for another day.

Ignacio Piatto and Anthony Jackson-Hamel provided two goals apiece, leading the way in the Montreal Impact's 5-3 win over Toroto FC on Wednesday.

Match Recap: Harrisburg City Islanders 2 - Toronto FC II 1

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Harrisburg secures a come from behind victory thanks to a Ropapa Mensah brace.

It's getting quite late in the season for the City Islanders, but they still ran into a couple of 2017 firsts during their match against Toronto FC II on Saturday night. This would ultimately end up being Harrisburg's first match of 2017 where a player scored a brace, which is either the sign of a troubled offense or a well spread out attack (it's probably more of the first than the second).