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MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 13

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Week 13 in MLS provided plenty of entertainment, with some rivalry matches and plenty of high scoring games.

The action got underway on Thursday, as the Chicago Fire beat FC Dallas, 2-1, with all of the goals coming in the first nine minutes. (READ)

Toronto FC continued their strong run of form with a dominant performance against the Columbus Crew, putting five goals past them.

As he leaves for USMNT duty, Bradley thinks TFC is in good hands

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TORONTO It's never easy to lose key players on international duty. It's especially painful for Toronto FC, riding high on an eight-game unbeaten streak and leading MLS by five points heading into the weekend.

TFC was missing Sebastian Giovinco due to injury and Jozy Altidore to suspension, but the Reds managed to crush the Columbus Crew, 5-0, on Friday night without their top scorers.

Vazquez, TFC thrash Crew to extend unbeaten streak

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TORONTO No Sebastian Giovinco, no Jozy Altidore, no problems.

Toronto FC was missing its two top scorers, but it still managed to extend its unbeaten streak as it shut out the Columbus Crew 5-0 at BMO Field on Friday night.

A sixth-minute penalty opened the scoring early for TFC after Jonathan Mensah hauled down Tosaint Ricketts in the box.

Win for Toronto, playoffs open in Liga MX

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Toronto FC got a 90th minute goal to beat Columbus 2-1 on the road. Federico Higuain converted a 28th minute penalty to put the Crew up at MAPFRE Stadium. Tosaint Ricketts equalized in the 81st and scored Toronto's winner in the 90th.

"That was by no means perfect from our side," Toronto FC coach Greg Vanney said.

SBI Question of the Day: Which MLS newcomer is off to the best start?

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We are more than a quarter of the way through the 2017 MLS season. As always, there are some surprise teams and standout players, many of whom are new to the league this year.

Atlanta United and Minnesota United have provided the league with some extra attacking quality.

MLS recaps, North American 2026 World Cup bid news: Brotherly Game Daily Links 5/9/17

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Philadelphia Union News

Sapong's hat-trick the third in Union history
CJ Sapong had a historic night for the Union, when he netted his first career hat-trick in a 3-0 win against New York Red Bulls.

A showcase of Major League Soccer stars shows how much the Union still need to improve
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MLS Week 10: The SBI Breakdown

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Week 10 was one of those odd weeks in Major League Soccer where almost every victorious team recorded a clean sheet. New York City FC was the only winner to concede a goal over the weekend, while Toronto FC gave up one tally on Wednesday night. Other than that, all the losers were shutout, although there was one draw on Saturday night between the LA Galaxy and Chicago Fire.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 10

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Week 10 of MLS action provide a few surprises, including one team earning their first win, and the league's hottest team dropping two on the road.

Sporting Kansas City opened the action in midweek play with a 2-0 victory over the New York Red Bulls thanks to Dom Dwyer.

Major Link Soccer: Sounders-Timbers to be broadcast on Fox following the FA Cup Final

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May 27 is shaping up to be quite a Saturday.

Seattle

The Sounders-Timbers match will have quite the lead-up on May 27, with FOX set to broadcast Chelsea-Arsenal FA Cup Final live prior to the first kick of Sounders-Timbers.

Osvaldo Alonso has cemented his place in the pantheon of MLS defensive midfielders, and, so far this season, has continued to stave off father time.

MLS Midweek Preview: Orlando City faces TFC, Sporting KC hosts Red Bulls

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The top two teams in the Eastern Conference will look to create some separation at the top of the standings during a rare midweek slate in Major League Soccer.

Orlando City tops the East after two months of play, but the Lions face their toughest test yet with a trip to BMO Field to take on MLS Cup runner-up Toronto FC.

MLS Ticker: Mancosu out 6-8 weeks, Asad suspended, and more

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Montreal Impact will be thin at forward for the next two months after losingstriker Matteo Mancosu to what has been diagnosed as a muscle tear in his thigh. He will be sidelined for between 6-8 weeks.

Mancosu, in his second season with Montreal, was substituted off the field in Saturday's loss to Vancouver after suffering an apparent thighinjury justfive minutes into the match.

MLS Week 9: Altidore and Giovinco

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Week 9 of the 2017 MLS season opened with Toronto shutting out Houston at BMO Field. Jozy Altidore opened the scoring in the 16th minute. In the 32nd, Serb Giovinco found Altidore to double the lead. Alexander Bono kept the clean sheet.

"We've talked about establishing BMO field as a hard place for visiting teams to come and I think the games we've played at home so far should have by and large been good," Toronto's Michael Bradley said.

TFC continuing to emphasize a faster possession-based game in midfield

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TORONTO — Games are often won and lost inthe center of the field. The midfield battle is constantly referenced as a point of emphasis in the game, because controlling that areausually leads to a positive result.

This was the case for Toronto FC after its 2-0 win over the Houston Dynamo on Friday night.

Jozy Altidore scores twice to lift TFC over Dynamo

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TORONTO Jozy Altidore became Toronto FC's second all-time leading scorer, as TFC defeated the Houston Dynamo, 2-0, at BMO Field on Friday night.

Altidore grabbed a brace in the victory, recording his 33rd and 34th goals in all competitions with TFC to move past Dwayne De Rosario on the team's all-time scoring list.

USL

USL Week 10: A Midweek Look Ahead

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With USL sides involved in the U.S. Open Cup, the first double game week of the season is upon us.

The Rochester Rhinos match against the Tampa Bay Rowdies will headline the midweek slate as the USL Game of the Week on ESPN 3. ESPN picked a good one as the Rowdies will look to take sole possessionof the top spot in the East.

USL Rewind: Rowdies, Battery keep battling atop East; SLC, San Antonio shine in West

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The ninth week of USL action saw the Real Monarchs and San Antonio FC continue to rule the roost in the Western Conference. The Charleston Battery and Tampa Bay Rowdies also kept their dogfight atop the East going strong. Reno 1868 got themselves another blowout win and a wild finish in New York gave Ottawa Fury FC a massive win over an MLS reserve side.

USL Week 9: A Look Ahead

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Week 9of USL action features a few top of the table match-ups to keep you entertained.

The big clash out East comes as the Pittsburgh Riverhounds and Louisville City battle it out in a showdown between third and fourth. Meanwhile, out West, the Real Monarchs sit in second place as they face the fourth-place Colorado Springs Switchbacks.

Seattle Sounders

Major Link Soccer: Canadian Championship semifinals begin

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Toronto FC will look to defend their crown and win their sixth championship

Seattle

Seattle Reign FC's 1-1 tie over the weekend against the Orlando Pride saw them drop from number one in the NWSL Power Rankings in the Latest NWSL Power Rankings.

Once again, Reign FC goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer is up for NWSL Save of the Week.

Stefan Frei takes home Save of the Week honors

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And, once again, it was Jozy Altidore he was robbing.

Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei has a knack for make exceptional saves against Toronto FC. During MLS Cup, it was "The Save" against Jozy Altidore that kept them in the game and eventually led to the Sounders first ever MLS Cup.

Last week, Frei made yet another exceptional save on Altidore.

Seattle Sounders vs. Toronto FC: Player ratings

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A few weeks ago, the Seattle Sounders played lousy in Vancouver and I said I wasn't worried. Well, having a depleted Toronto FC team come into CenturyLink Field and leave with all three points is very troubling. The 0-1 score line actually understates how ineffective Seattle has been against compact teams.

Seattle Sounders vs. Toronto FC: Community player ratings form

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Who gets the blame for this disappointing home loss?

This whole thing is more fun when you get to give credit for all the great plays in a match that lead to a satisfying home win for the Seattle Sounders. Instead, we're stuck spreading the blame around in number form after a defeat to Toronto FC that was thoroughly frustrating.

Toronto rides penalty, defense to road win over Sounders

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SEATTLE No Giovinco, no problem.

In a rematch of the 2016 MLS Cup, a shorthanded Toronto FC side visited the Seattle Sounders on Saturday afternoon and left town with a 1-0 win in front of 41,468 at CenturyLink Field.

Forward Jozy Altidore delivered the game's lone goal with a 23rd-minute penalty kick, driving a low shot into the corner netting as goalkeeper Stefan Frei dove the wrong way.

Did Toronto FC deserve their penalty? We’ll let you decide

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Referee Jair Marrufo said that Jozy Altidore was fouled in the box. Was he?

The MLS Cup final rematch against Toronto FC started pretty positively for the Seattle Sounders, but bad luck kept what looked like their opening goal from getting them on the scoresheet. Bad luck (or bad refereeing?

Columbus Crew

Late Ricketts goals lead TFC to comeback victory over Crew

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Toronto FC entered Wednesday's match with the Columbus Crew winners of four straight and, for about 80 minutes, it didn't look possible that that streak could get to five. Then, Toisiant Ricketts struck.

The TFC forward fired a pair of goals within the last 10 minutes, leading his side to a 2-1 win over the Crew on Wednesday at MAPFRE Stadium.

MLS Midweek Preview: Crew, TFC face off in battle of Eastern Conference contenders

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Toronto FC has lost just once this season and now, in the midst of an overwhelming run of games, the MLS Cup runners-up get a chance at some revenge against a fellow Eastern Conference contender.

Winners of four straight, TFC visits the Columbus Crew on Wednesday in the Canadian club's third match in an eight-day run.

Houston Dynamo

Player Ratings Houston Dynamo vs. Orlando City SC

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High marks for the Dynamo in their 4-0 win over Orlando City SC

The Houston Dynamo are one of the best teams when they're playing at home and they proved that again in their last match against Orlando City SC who, coming into this game, were the top team in the Eastern Conference. The Dynamo turned around a lousy 0-2 loss on the road to Toronto FC and thumped Orlando with a commanding 4-0 victory at BBVA Compass Stadium.

4-4-2 or 4-3-3? Pick the Houston Dynamo Lineup against Orlando City SC

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Who's in your starting XI?

The Houston Dynamo failed last week in their attempt to pick up points on the road for the first time this season in their 0-2 defeat to Toronto FC. This week they head back to BBVA Compass Stadium where they've been undefeated to take on Orlando City SC.

In last week's loss to the Reds, we saw Head coach Wilmer Cabrera utilize his new 4-4-2 which could have helped control the midfield a little bit better.

Houston Dynamo 0, Toronto FC 2: Rate the Players and Quick Thoughts

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Quick thoughts on the loss at Toronto FC and rate the player performances

At the beginning of the year I introduced a new way for the Dynamo Theory community to be a part of Player Ratings. After matches everyone will get a chance to submit how each player did on a scale of 1 to 10 which will be averaged out in a later article.

Houston Dynamo vs Toronto FC: How to watch, lineups and more

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Houston face Toronto FC for the first time this season.

Who

Houston Dynamo vs Toronto FC

What

Houston heads north to face Toronto FC Friday night. The Dynamo have long struggled to make it into the win column in Canada. Toronto sit in seventh place in the Eastern Conference. You can check out our full preview here.

Three Keys for the Dynamo against Toronto FC

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How to cut off Giovinco and Altidore and more on how the Dynamo can beat Toronto.

The Houston Dynamo home-heavy schedule for the opening two months of the season will be coming to an end soon. They're in Toronto this weekend, and then after two more home games, they enter a stretch in which five of their six matches will be on the road.

The Rest

Canadian Championship Rewind: Fury upset TFC; Whitecaps triumph at home

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The first legs of the Canadian Championship semi-finals provided one big upset. Ottawa Fury FC's pair of second half goals gave them a 2-1 advantage over Toronto FC in the first ever match between the two clubs. Toronto's wasted possession combined with Fury FC'sshocking efficiency provided the first leg upset at TD Place in the Canadian capital.

Robles penalty save helps Red Bulls tie TFC

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The penalty call was just, but the sequence leading up to it wasn't. Toronto FC drew a penalty call that threatened to give the Canadian club a winning goal, even as New York Red Bulls players protested against what appeared to be a clear foul by Jozy Altidore on Red Bulls defender Aaron Long.

The referee got that one wrong, but Luis Robles made it right.

Match recap: Bethlehem Steel FC 1, Toronto FC II 0

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Bethlehem steal a win up north

Last year, this type of game was all too familiar for Bethlehem Steel FC. Too many games were decided by one nil results that went against Bethlehem, and really those results were the only thing that kept them from a playoff appearance. All that to say Bethlehem will be more than happy with another clean sheet and stealing a victory on the road.

Giovinco, Hagglund set to miss time for Toronto FC

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Toronto FC's depth has helped the club earn six straight wins, vaulting the club to the top of the Eastern Conference. Now, that depth is about to be tested in a major way due to a pair of big injuries to crucialstarters.

Sebastian Giovinco is set to miss three weeks after being diagnosed with a quad strain, depriving TFC of the club's top goalscorer and creator.

TFC tops Minnesota United in five-goal thriller

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Toronto FC and Minnesota United have proven their attacking chops at various points throughout the MLS season but, on Saturday, it was the former that emerged victorious in a five-goal shootout.

Tosaint Ricketts scored once again, his third goal of the week, leading Toronto FC to a 3-2 win over Minnesota United at BMO Field.

Sounders vs. Toronto FC, recap: Controversial penalty, ineffective offense combine for frustrating result

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In a fairly even match that could have gone either way, referee Jair Marrufo became the deciding factor in Toronto's 1-0 win.

SEATTLE — In a game set up perfectly for the Seattle Sounders to get their season back on track, they instead turned in one of their most frustrating performances of the Brian Schmetzer era.

Wins for Toronto and Sporting KC

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Thursday's soccer news starts with last night's MLS action. At BMO Field, Toronto beat Orlando City 2-1. Seb Giovinco put Toronto up in the 9th minute with Jozy Altidore assisting and doubled the lead in the 38th. Kaka pulled a goal back for Orlando in first-half stoppage time.

"First and foremost we are really disappointed with the loss," Orlando coach Jason Kreis said.

Toronto FC takes down surging Orlando City on Giovinco brace

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There's little anyone can do to stop Sebastian Giovinco when he's at his best and, on Wednesday, even the often-dominant Orlando City backline fell victim to the Italian star's magic.

Giovinco scored a brace on Wednesday, firing hisfourth and fifth goal of the young season, in an impressive 2-1 win over Orlando City at BMO Field.

The Peel Episode 28: The Formation’s the Thing

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The guys break down the change of formation among other Dynamo talk

This week's Peel! After a solid(ish) home win against the San Jose Earthquakes the guys break down the match and set us for the next big road test versus Toronto FC.

Joining the guys as always is Carson from "The Bull and It's Horns" for the "Down in the Valley" report.