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Footy on the Telly April 20-27

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The By-Popular-Demand Curated List is bursting at the seams with good Footy this week.

Toronto FC, Chivas, and the memory of Chivas USA

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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Apr 18, 2018) US Soccer Players - The Concacaf Champions League final is at the halfway point. The drama will only ramp up in one week's time when Toronto FC visits Chivas de Guadalajara for the decisive finale.

While this matchup is not a USMNT vs Mexico tilt, the MLS vs Liga MX pairing has brought forward plenty of emotions on all sides of the US border.

Chivas take 'important step' with first leg win over TFC

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Chivas de Guadalajara entered Tuesday's match as underdogs, thanks in large part to their defensive style and less-than-inspiring form in Liga MX play. They left Tuesday's match winners, and are now certainly favorites to claim the CONCACAF Champions League crown.

The Mexican side went into BMO Field and stunned Toronto FC on Tuesday night, earning a 2-1 win on the road.

TFC left to rue mistakes that led to CCL final hole

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In some ways, Tuesday night went as Toronto FC expected it would. The reigning MLS Cup champions expected a cagey, physical Concacaf Champions League first leg, one featuring a lot of man-to-man coverage and few clear-cut chances.

What they didn't expect, though, was the hole they now find themselves in following a 2-1 defeat at BMO Field.

Toronto down a goal in the Concacaf Champions League

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The soccer news starts with the opening leg of the 2018 Concacaf Champions League final leaving Toronto FC with issues. Chivas takes a 2-1 lead back to Guadalajara for the second-leg next Wednesday. Playing in snowy conditions at BMO Field, Chivas took the lead when Rodolfo Pizarro scored just two minutes into the game.

Highlights: Chivas 2, TFC 1

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Chivas seizes advantage with first leg win over TFC in CCL final

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Toronto FC will have a lot of work to do in the second leg of the Concacaf Champions League final.

Chivas de Guadalajara came into BMO Field and emerged with a 2-1 win, putting TFC in a major hole heading into next week's second leg. As a result, TFC will need to score at least twice in Mexico to have any chance of winning the Concacaf Champions League.

Concacaf Champions League Final: Your Running Commentary

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The Concacaf Champions League final kicks off on Tuesday as cold temperatures and plenty of excitement await Chivas de Guadalajara at BMO Field.

Toronto FC has made a habit of starting hot in opening legs, and they'll need to do so again in Tuesday's first leg (8 p.m., Univision Deportes). Chivas is expected to come out and defend with strength, as the Liga MX side looks to put the tie on their terms heading back to Mexico.

Toronto’s big night

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It's Toronto FC's opening 90 minutes as the favorites to win the 2018 Concacaf Champions League. They host the first-leg against Chivas at BMO Field on Tuesday (8pm ET - Univision Deportes and go90 app) with a newly established track record of beating Liga MX clubs.

CCL Preview: TFC look to seize advantage in home leg against Chivas

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Toronto FC is one step away from a CONACAF Champions League crown. After vanquishing Mexican powerhouses Tigres and Club America, TFC is now set to take on another historic side in Chivas de Guadaljara, who booked their own spot by taking down the New York Red Bulls.

Throughout TFC's run through both MLS and the CCL, the reigning MLS Cup champions have been able to set a tone through home legs.

Toronto FC faces its biggest games

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Apr 13, 2018) US Soccer Players - There's a new challenge in front of Toronto FC, a challenge born from the club's remarkable success and a twist of fate. Don't screw it up.

What once was a mote of belief is now a fully formed expectation. Toronto FC plays for the 2018 Concacaf Champions League title as the final favorites.

The MLS report: the best week*

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It was almost the best week in MLS history. Instead, we got confirmation of the undisputed best team in league history. We take a look at Toronto's success and the Red Bulls failure.

Kickoff times announced for CONCACAF Champions League Final

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We now know when Toronto FC and Chivas de Guadalajara will battle for continental supremacy in the CONCACAF Champions League Final.

CONCACAF announced the kickoff times for both legs of the two-legged affair on Thursday.

The first leg at BMO Field will be played on Tuesday, April 17 with an 8:15 p.

Footy on the Telly April 13-20

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You'll need fuboTV or Univision Deportes to see if Toronto FC can best Guadalahara in the CONCACAF Champions League this Tuesday. In the meantime, turn off the Telly and get thee to Talen tonight.

Major Link Soccer: Mario Balotelli to D.C. United?

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MLS

ICYMI, Toronto FC are playing in yet another final. This time they are playing in the CONCACAF Champions League. Some think that Toronto is the favorite in the final, which is a new role of MLS.

What the Galaxy can learn from Toronto FC

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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Apr 11, 2018) US Soccer Players - Champions are by nature superior to the competition. Some champions become legendary and even others immortalized. The LA Galaxy teams that won consecutive MLS Cup championships earlier this decade had the look of immortals.

Highlights: Toronto FC 1, Club America 1

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Toronto FC into CONCACAF Champions League final

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Toronto FC overcame an early injury to Jozy Altidore on Tuesday to book their place in the final of the CONCACAF Champions League with a 4-2 aggregate win over Mexico’s Club America.

Leading 3-1 after the first leg in Canada, Toronto travelled to Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca aiming to become only the third Major League Soccer team to reach the final in the Champions League era.

Toronto FC into CONCACAF Champions League final

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Toronto FC overcame an early injury to Jozy Altidore on Tuesday to book their place in the final of the CONCACAF Champions League with a 4-2 aggregate win over Mexico’s Club America.

Leading 3-1 after the first leg in Canada, Toronto travelled to Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca aiming to become only the third Major League Soccer team to reach the final in the Champions League era.

Chivas and Toronto advance to the 2018 Concacaf Champions League final

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MLS didn't setup a guaranteed winner for the 2018 Concacaf Champions League final and Liga MX didn't get a clasico. Instead, it's a Liga MX vs MLS matchup. Chivas USA and Toronto FC advanced on Tuesday night to the 2018 Concacaf Champions League final series beginning on April 17 and concluding on the 24.

Bono goalkeeping, Early Osorio goal power Toronto FC over Club America

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For the second time in four years, an MLS team from Canada will play for the CONCACAF Champions League title.

Bringing a 3-1 aggregate lead into the second leg at Estadio Azteca, Toronto FC only needed to keep Club America at bay in order to move on to the final. Not only did they keep the Mexican giants off the scoreboard, but they grabbed a goal of their own on the 12 minute from Jonathan Osorio to calm their nerves and allow them to defend their way to a 1-1 result and a 4-2 aggregate victory.

Toronto FC banking on experience, first-leg advantage heading into Azteca

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The Estadio Azteca is one of the most intimidating stadiums in all of soccer. The atmosphere mixed with the altitude of Mexico City make the Azteca a place where dreams go to die.

Up by two goals in its CONCACAF Champions League semifinal with Club America, Toronto FC is hoping it can earn a rare result in Club America's home cauldron.

How much does the 2018 Concacaf Champions League matter?

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We start the soccer news with a new version of an old question. Thanks to Concacaf revamping the Champions League, for the teams most likely to lift the trophy it's now a short-run knockout tournament. Eight games from late February to mid-April to win the championship, rather than first having to navigate a group stage.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 4/10/18

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Bedoya makes Team of the Week, CONCACAF Champions League preview, and more in today's links

Philadelphia Union News

Bedoya named to MLS Team of the Week
Bedoya was named to MLS Team of the Week after his exceptional performance against Western Conference foe San Jose Earthquakes.

Concacaf fines TFC, Club America; suspends Chivas player

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Concacaf handed out some punishments on Friday stemming from this week's Concacaf Champions League action.

The Disciplinary Committee has fined Toronto FC and Club Americafor general team misconduct during halftime ofTFC's semifinal first leg win over the Mexican side.The two teams engaged in a halftime confrontation on the way to the locker room, with Club America boss Miguel Herrera later accusing Toronto police of assaulting his players.

Highlights: Toronto FC 3, Club America 1

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ATF: Manchester United To Tour United States This Summer

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Also: Toronto FC beat Club America in CCL, everything you need to know about the eMLS Cup, Zlatan, Zlatan, Zlatan and more!

Portland

Year-over-year: How Thorns FC have changed the way they pressure their opponents | Portland Timbers
To the extent answers in NWSL mixed zones qualify as letting cats out of bags, Thorns FC head coach Mark Parsons did as much after his team's opening-weekend game against in North Carolina.

Toronto FC has a lot of work ahead despite two-goal advantage

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Things are looking good for Toronto FC in the CONCACAF Champions League after a 3-1 home win against Club America. They have a big two goal lead, but they know that there is a lot of work left to do if they want to become the first MLS side to play in the final since 2015.

"I think we can be happy with where we're at," head coach Greg Vanney said in the post-match press conference.

Toronto FC shrug off Herrera's pregame comments after win over Club America

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Club America head coach Miguel Herrera took a few shots at MLS in the lead-in to his team's CONCACAF Champions League semi-final showdown with Toronto FC, but the home team didn't allow his harsh words get in the way of their preparation for a big match.

"It is what it is," said defender Drew Moor after the 3-1 TFC victory.

Major League Soccer

News Roundup: Union sign Mbaizo, Toronto lose to Chivas, Hack’s U-17’s defeat Norway

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Plus two Union U-15's going to Italy, Penn FC's opener broadcast locally, Dortmund coming to Pittsburgh, and more.

The MLS report: Laundry week

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It's time for the recap of the week that was in MLS. We take a look at a marquee matchup, some clean sheets, and how the Union's next opponent fared.

ATF: Fernando Torres To MLS?

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Also: Thorns get ready for home opener, Minnesota United sign another DP, Are Toronto FC favorites to win the CCL and more!

Portland

"Better start clearing more space:" Thorns already forcing Providence Park to make room for their honors | Portland Timbers
Amid the week's preparations that go into readying Providence Park for dueling home openers – from stocking concessions, to pressure washing sections, to rehearsing all the pre-, in-, and post-match routines – comes a subtle task few would have thought of, one born of the success Thorns FC have enjoyed in their first five seasons.

What can the MLS leaderboard already tell us?

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Apr 9, 2018) US Soccer Players – We may be just over a month into the 2018 MLS season, but it has already produced several milestones. From record-breaking goals to how the league's newcomers are faring, the season is already telling its story.

Doolsta finishes third in qualifying, advances to eMLS Cup playoffs

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Cormac Dooley had an even stronger second day at the FIFA18 tournament at PAX East in Boston on Friday

Four wins, four losses and a draw were enough for Cormac Dooley, aka Doolsta, to finish third place in the East and advance to the eMLS Cup playoffs in Boston on Friday.

The 17-year-old Irishman from West Chester, who is representing the Philadelphia Union at the tournament, had wins over LyesMTL (Montreal Impact), FIFA Abe (Orlando City) and swept a two-game set against SKAMZZ1992 (Columbus Crew).

Is MLS on par with Liga MX?

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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Apr 4, 2018) US Soccer Players - Twice, Liga MX clubs have gone to Toronto's BMO Field in search of a result in CONCACAF Champions League play this year. Twice, Liga MX clubs have left with a difficult result. Toronto FC seems destined for a spot in the Concacaf Champions League final, an accomplishment the club would obtain at Liga MX's expense.

Club America and Liga MX vs MLS

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Credit Club America coach Miguel Herrera for doing his part to add to the 2018 Concacaf Champions League story. Herrera took time out prior to the semifinal first-leg in Toronto to let anyone interested know his opinion on the Liga MX vs MLS comparison. Not at all surprising, he favors Liga MX across the board, with the belief that the correct Liga MX comparison is with the European leagues.

Real Madrid

Wednesday Freedom Kicks: TFC loses in CCL, Real to play in DC

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TFC needs to respond next week in Guadalajara.

Happy Wednesday everyone. Looks like it's going to be a bit warmer today, so let's start with some news:

Toronto FC 1, CD Guadalajara 2 | 2018 Concacaf Champions League Recap | MLS

Chivas de Guadalajara stunned Toronto FC, winning 2-1 at BMO Field.

Wednesday Freedom Kicks: Cristiano Ronaldo goes cycling, Toronto FC dazzles in Champions League, and more

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Get ready to see a lot of bicycles.

Happy Wednesday folks. If you see me on these streets gliding like I'm on a bike, I'm just channeling my inner Cristiano. Get your helmets on and obey all traffic laws...here. we. go.

You have to see Cristiano Ronaldo's stunning bicycle kick goal against Juventus | Managing Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo literally made the entirety of the Allianz Stadium in Turin applaud when he dazzled with an incredible bicycle kick against Juventus in UEFA Champions League quarterfinal action, his second in the match.

The Rest

Brotherly Game Daily Links 4/17/18

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Curtin stresses unity, Rosenberry reaches a milestone, and more in today's links

Philadelphia Union News

Curtin calls for unity, grit as Philadelphia Union's scoring woes worsen
Fifteen minutes into Friday night's game, Philadelphia Union winger David Accam raced down the field, took on several Orlando City defenders, forced Joe Bendik to make a diving save and waved his arms to fire up the Sons of Ben supporters group in Talen Energy Stadium's River End.

Galaxy and Ibrahimovic defeat Fire 1-0

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A first half stoppage time goal from Zlatan Ibrahimovic was all the Los Angeles Galaxy needed to earn all three points against the Fire on a cold and rainy day in Bridgeview. The match drew the largest crowd for a Fire game a Toyota Park with announced attendance of 21,915. The Fire were competitive but failed to get much going in the attack and now embark on a difficult stretch of games that will feature challenges against some of the better teams in the Eastern Conference.