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Montreal Impact

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.

SBI MLS Team of the Month: Toronto FC

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Last year's MLS Cup finalists stood out among the pack throughout the month of August but, unlike last winter's finale, it was Toronto FC that emerged as the front-runner thanks to a fantastic month.

Toronto FC won four games while drawing another to increase the club's stranglehold atop the Eastern Conference.

Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley looking to carry TFC success to crucial USMNT matches

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Coming off of a four-game winning streak finishing with a big rivalry win for Toronto FC, Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley now turn their attention to the U.S. Men's National Team.

Sitting in third in the Hexagonal stage standings, the U.

Sebastian Giovinco scores two as Toronto FC burn Impact in Montreal

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In their first MLS game since the two teams met in the Eastern Conference final, Toronto FC took down the Montreal Impact on Sunday to continue their dominance atop the Eastern Conference.

After taking the Canadian Championship back in June, TFC took the first of two league games with a 2-0 win at Stade Saputo.

After exciting but drama-free win, Impact turn focus to playoffs, Toronto FC clash

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The Montreal Impact were free to simply celebrate their fourth straight win on Saturday night.

With transfer rumors and Ignacio Piatti's direct comments to Impact fans regarding contracts tensions, the bleu-blanc-noir always had something rain on their parade in recent weeks.

Major League Soccer

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.

SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 27

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It doesn't look like anyone will be catching Toronto FC in the regular season nor the SBI MLS Power Rankings, but there's plenty of movement behind them as the playoff push continues.

The Western Conference certainly has a Cascadia feel at the current moment as the Portland Timbers, Seattle Sounders and Vancouver Whitecaps duke it out for playoff positioning.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 27

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MLS was back with a full slate of matches this weekend as we learned the first playoff team of the year and saw a couple late goals.

Nemanja Nikolic finally scored again for Chicago Fire, but his goal was cancelled out by Bradley Wright-Phillips as New York Red Bulls earn a 1-1 home draw. (READ)

Toronto FC became the first team to clinch a playoff spot with a domination 4-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes, complete with a pair of goals from Jozy Altidore.

Giovinco's agent: 'Absurd' TFC forward hasn't earned Italy call-ups

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For Andrea D'Amico, Sebastian Giovinco's agent, the fact that Toronto FC's talisman is yet again absent from the Italian national team list ahead of the Azzurri's matches against Israel and Spainis "absurd."

Following his absence Giampiero Ventura's list, Giovinco continued to make his statement with another genius match as his brace led Toronto over the Montreal Impact, 3-1.

The Best of MLS Week 25: Sebastian Giovinco, Darlington Nagbe and more

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Toronto's big star continued to awe as he ran rampant in two matches, while an Eastern Conference side has full control of their playoff hopes after another impressive showing.

Elsewhere, this year's No. 1 draft pick propelled his side to their first away victory thanks to an exquisite performance.

Around The Forest: Paris Saint-Germain sign Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe on loan deal

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Toronto FC on a record blazing pace, Wondo tops Landon Donovan and more!

Portland:

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The Portland Timbers' 1-1 draw against the Seattle Sounders in their Cascadia Cup derby at CenturyLink Field on Sunday would have been an impressive result under any circumstances.

Rivalry Week in Canada

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Aug 25, 2017) US Soccer Players - When the next edition of Major League Soccer's marketing vehicle du jour - dubbed "Heineken Rivalry Week for sponsorship purposes - kicks off this weekend, the lion's share of attention will be on the Sunday night clash between the Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers.

TFC dismantle Union behind Sebastian Giovinco, Victor Vazquez

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Toronto FC earned their second winning streak of three games or more under the midweek floodlights at BMO Field by way of a 3-0 win over the Philadelphia Union.

Sebastian Giovinco, Nicolas Hasler and Jozy Altidore scored for the best team in Major League Soccer as the Reds extended their lead over New York City FC to seven points.

Around The Forest: Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta could leave at contracts end

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Patrick Vieira concedes Supporters Shield race, Jack Wilshere red carded in U23 match and more!

Portland:

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Both the Portland Timbers and Sporting Kansas City were the two MLS teams closest to the direct path of Monday's solar eclipse.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 24

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Late-game heroics was the theme of Week 24, as there were plenty of meaningful goals scored in the closing stages of MLS matches.

Diego Valeri tied the Portland Timbers scoring record in the club's win over the New York Red Bulls. (READ)

Ignacio Piatti shined bright once again in Montreal's win over Real Salt Lake.

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 Ticker: Matias Laba tears ACL, Nick Hagglund out 6-8 weeks and more

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The Vancouver Whitecaps suffered one of their most deflating losses of the season on Tuesday, as they learned midfielder Matias Laba will be out for the remainder of the season.

The Canadian club announced the 25-year-old Argentine is set to be away from the pitch until next spring, following an ACL tear in the midfielder's right knee suffered last Saturday at Gillette Stadium against the New England Revolution.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 23

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Both playoff races in Major League Soccer experienced shake ups during a busy weekend slate that featured 10 games.

Clint Dempsey once again stepped into the starring role for the Seattle Sounders in a win over Sporting KC. (READ)

Toronto FC thumped the Portland Timbers with four second-half goals.

Timber Cruise: Toronto FC 4, Portland Timbers 1

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A loss in Toronto is hardly something to hang your head about this year. This TFC team is on pace to finish as one of the best in MLS history, and at 8-0-3 heading into Saturday's game the Reds were tied with the Houston Dynamo for the best home record in MLS.

So Saturday's game was always going to be a difficult proposition, which unquestionably informed the Timbers' decision not to press Fanendo Adi and Liam Ridgewell back into duty.

Michael Bradley

Michael Bradley responds to Alexi Lalas' USMNT criticism

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Alexi Lalas' criticism of the U.S. Men's National Team made waves over the weekend, and the team's captain became the first to respond to Lalas' criticisms on Wednesday.

Hey #USMNT, @AlexiLalas has a message for you. pic.twitter.com/xzXfOywU22

- FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) September 11, 2017

Michael Bradley was asked about Lalas' recent comments, which called out the USMNT following a frustrating September international break that included a loss to Costa Rica and a draw in Honduras.

Michael Bradley determined to make 2017 special for USMNT, TFC

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By the time 2016 came to a close, Michael Bradley had reached a low point. The midfielder had been a part of two teams that ended the 2016 campaign with heart-wrenching moments, two groups of players in need of a spark to regroup, rebuild, and push on.

As captain of the U.S. Men's National Team, he'd been a part of a group that had failed to earn a point from the first two matches of World Cup qualifying, putting the team's chance at Russia in major jeopardy before that push even truly began.

Chicago Fire

Fire v Red Bulls match preview

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What Are They All About? New York Red Bulls

A sigh of relief. This past weekend the Chicago Fire won on the road in Montreal on the back of a Bastian Schweinsteiger goal. It was only their second win from the past nine matches but they did overcome a seven match away winless streak and will be hoping to build on the confidence that the Montreal result offered.

Fire v Minnesota United match preview

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What Are They All About? Minnesota United FC

Out of the running. This past weekend the Chicago Fire suffered their first home defeat of the season, losing 3-1 against Toronto FC. Perhaps more significant than the shattering of their eleven-match unbeaten streak at Toyota Park was the emphatic way in which TFC ended Chicago's Supporter Shield chances.

TFC take down Fire to extend lead atop Eastern Conference

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If Toronto FC wasn't already a heavy favorite to roll through the Eastern Conference, Saturday's result all but sealed the Canadian club's conference supremacy.

Behind a trio of different goalscorers, TFC topped the third-place Chicago Fire, 3-1, at Toyota Park.

Philadelphia Union

News roundup: Deflating draw, swooning for Seba, WCQ previews, more

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The Union do it again and a whole bunch of praise for Toronto FC and their Italian talisman.

Player Ratings: Toronto FC 3 – 0 Philadelphia Union

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Poor performances from several players overshadowed a few bright spots on the Union's final trip to Canada this season.

Match report: Toronto FC 3-0 Philadelphia Union

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Toronto easily handled Philadelphia, winning 3-0 at home with goals from Giovinco, Hasler, and Altidore. PSP has the match report after disappointing result.

Not Great!: Toronto FC 3-0 Philadelphia Union

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Yeah, this was bad.

The Philadelphia Union entered Toronto with a pipe dream of breaking Toronto FC's season-long home unbeaten streak or at least a slightly more realistic dream of leaving BMO Field with a singular point. Unfortunately, both of those dreams were smashed early and stomped on for the duration of the match as the Union left the pitch victims of a dispiriting 3-0 defeat to Toronto FC.

Match preview: Philadelphia Union at Toronto FC

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With the playoffs an ever-narrowing point of light in the distance, the Philadelphia Union try and rebound from their weekend collapse on the road again against the best team in MLS, Toronto FC.

Portland Timbers

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Portland:

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Post match quotes and notes vs Toronto FC

Major League Soccer:

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TFC thumps Timbers with dominant second half performance

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After a slow first half, three goals scored in the span of 18 minutes were enough for Toronto FC to run away with a ninth home win in 2017.

TFC was far from deadly in the first 45 minutes, but a dominant second half saw the Canadian side cruise past the Portland Timbers, 4-1.

The Rest

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).

Victor Vazquez powers TFC to big win over Galaxy

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With Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco out of the lineup, Victor Vazquez put on a master class against the struggling LA Galaxy as TFC inch towards history week by week.

Vazquez was active all game long, driving the TFC attack, creating high percentage chances, and even calling his own number scoring the third goal of the match.

Major Link Soccer: Crystal Palace sacks Frank de Boer

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The Dutch manager is out after four league matches.

Seattle

CenturyLink Field got a major facelift that you probably didn't notice, the Seahawks upgraded the video boards and control room to provide the best fan experience possible. The Sounders should get some benefit of that.

MLS

Soccer clubs prefer soft turf due to its predictability and that it slows the ball down more akin to traditional grass but NFL sides like hard turf that is easier to run and get speed on.

Jozy Altidore brace leads TFC's thrashing of Quakes

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There are many reasons why Toronto FC lead the Supporters Shield race, but once of them is the team's form at BMO Field. On Saturday, they stepped up yet again for a lopsided win on home turf.

Thanks to a stellar brace performance by Jozy Altidore, Toronto took care of business against a feeble side in their 4-0 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes.

Alex Bono shines in TFC’s rivalry win as club continues Supporters' Shield push

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The Montreal-Toronto rivalry is a blue and red affair, but one of the stars in Sunday's Toronto FC win was dressed in green.

Alex Bono, TFC's 23-year-old goalkeeper, was impressive in the Reds' visit to Stade Saputo. Within the first 15 minutes, he denied both Michael Salazar and Blerim Dzemaili to keep his team from conceding to the then-red hot Montreal Impact early.

Toronto FC 3 Fire 1 - recap and ratings

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A game that has been circled on the calendar for months finally provided an answer to the question about whether or not the Fire could win the Eastern Conference. Although the answer itself is one that they didn't want to hear, the 3-1 loss to Toronto FC doesn't close the book on the 2017 season. The Fire simply aren't as good as TFC.

Richmond edges out Toronto FC II in 2-1 win

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Saves from Travis Worra and two new goal scorers made the difference

On a humid Saturday night in Richmond, the Kickers took on Toronto FC II and won. TFCII's MLS parent club is enjoying a banner season, but they find themselves at the bottom of the USL table along with Richmond. Both teams came out attacking, recognizing an opportunity to bag three points against a struggling opponent.

Steel outlast Junior Reds in Bethlehem

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Bethlehem keep proving themselves when it matters

The most complete game from Bethlehem Steel FC all year. Full stop. After a big win over Charleston and an even bigger draw against Charlotte, Brendan Burke didn't even mention Toronto FC II's standing in the Eastern Conference all week in preparation for a difficult match.