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Looking forward to North American soccer in 2018

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Dec 26, 2017) US Soccer Players – The final week of December is a time to look forward to a new year. It is also a time to look back on the last 12 months. American soccer came to a crossroads in 2017. There was some negative, but plenty of positives to emerge from a sport that continues to gain in popularity.

MLS increases Kljestan ban over playoffs scuffle

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New York (AFP) – Major League Soccer has doubled Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan’s ban for a half-time incident in the MLS Cup playoffs last month to two games.

MLS said on Friday that it had concluded a thorough internal investigation of the bust-up during a game between the Red Bulls and Toronto FC and issued Kljestan with an additional game suspension and an increased fine “as a result of an interaction with stadium security personnel”.

MLS increases Kljestan ban over playoffs scuffle

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New York (AFP) – Major League Soccer has doubled Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan’s ban for a half-time incident in the MLS Cup playoffs last month to two games.

MLS said on Friday that it had concluded a thorough internal investigation of the bust-up during a game between the Red Bulls and Toronto FC and issued Kljestan with an additional game suspension and an increased fine “as a result of an interaction with stadium security personnel”.

MLS Ticker: Atlanta's bid for Barco stays at $12 million, Cheyrou retires and more

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Atlanta United's bid for its latest big-name transfer target has remained the same despite recent reports.

According to ESPN, the Five Stripes have stood firm at their $12 million bid for Argentine Ezequiel Barco, who currently plays for Independiente.

The report claims Barco is willing to give $1 million of his part of the deal to Independiente to help solidify the move to MLS.

The status quo in the CONCACAF Champions League

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Dec 20, 2017) US Soccer Players - Toronto FC just made history over the course of the 2017 MLS season. Toronto became the first Canadian MLS team to life the MLS Cup, part of a triple haul of trophies. They also set the MLS record for most points earned in a season.

Eastern Conference final rematch headlines MLS home openers

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The Columbus Crew and Toronto FC will renew hostilities on March 3 at BMO Field to kick off the 2018 Major League Soccer season.

The rematch of the 2017 Eastern Conference Final will be part of a seven-game slate on March 3, while four games will be played on March 4, including LAFC's inaugural match against the Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field.

TFC depth, new format could help MLS achieve CCL glory in 2018

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Major League Soccer has achieved more than many could've imagined over the last five years, but there's still one glaring hole on the league's resume.

Although it will be a tough task for the five MLS clubs entered in the CONCACAF Champions League, the elusive prize the league has searched for could finally end up in the trophy case in April.

TFC signs U.S. U-17 forward Ayo Akinola as Homegrown player

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Another member of the talented U.S. U-17 Men's National Team signed a first-team deal on Monday.

Forward Ayo Akinola, who recorded a goal and an assist at the U-17 World Cup, signed with Toronto FC as a homegrown player.

"Ayo is a versatile player that can play as a number nine or out wide," Toronto FC vice president of soccer operations and general manager Tim Bezbatchenko said.

MLS Ticker: Moor re-signs in Toronto, Seitz to the Dynamo, and more

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Defender Drew Moor is returning to Toronto for another season with the defending MLS Cup champs. The Dallas native signed a one-year extension with an option for 2019 on Friday afternoon, the club announced.

"Few words can express what it means to me and my family to continue representing Toronto FC.

Toronto tells their story

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Dec 13, 2017) US Soccer Players - When Toronto FC joined Major League Soccer more than a decade ago, the league was only just launching into something that could be called the "modern era". 2007 was the first year of the Designated Player rule, a groundbreaking step by MLS leadership that allowed clubs to sign high-priced players with famous pedigrees.

Lifting trophies in Toronto

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By J Hutcherson (Dec 12, 2017) US Soccer Players - Toronto isn't exactly title town in any sport. The Toronto Blue Jays won the World Series back-to-back in the early 90s, the high point for trophies their southern neighbors would care about. The NHL's Maple Leafs are a marquee club that hasn't skated with the Cup since 1967.

The 2017 MLS season in review

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Dec 11, 2017) US Soccer Players – Are they the best team in MLS history? That's the question many are asking following Toronto FC shutting out Seattle for the 2017 MLS Cup. Winners of the 2017 MLS Supporters' Shield and the Canadian Championship, Toronto has the treble.

5 things we learned from MLS Cup 2017

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Photo credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Here are the five things we learned from MLS Cup 2017.

1. Toronto Claims Its Place in History

It hadn’t been the easiest of journeys through the playoffs for Toronto FC, but on Saturday evening at BMO Field, they left no doubt as to their place as one of the best MLS team ever assembled.

Sounders squander epic Stefan Frei performance

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TORONTO For one of the few times in their nine-year playoff history, the Seattle Sounders were outworked, outplayed, and simply outclassed on Saturday afternoon.

Oh, and outscored.

The history books will show they suffered a 2-0 loss in the 2017 MLS Cup to host Toronto FC at a raucous BMO Field (once again packed and surging after so many lean years).

Football: Altidore, Vazquez seal MLS Cup for Toronto

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Montreal (AFP) – Toronto FC claimed their maiden MLS Cup crown on Saturday, capping a magical Major League Soccer season with a 2-0 triumph over Seattle Sounders in Toronto.

Jozy Altidore fired Toronto into the lead in the 67th minute and Vazquez sent the crowd at BMO field into a frenzy when he sealed the win in the fourth minute of second-half injury time.

Football: Altidore, Vazquez seal MLS Cup for Toronto

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Montreal (AFP) – Toronto FC claimed their maiden MLS Cup crown on Saturday, capping a magical Major League Soccer season with a 2-0 triumph over Seattle Sounders in Toronto.

Jozy Altidore fired Toronto into the lead in the 67th minute and Vazquez sent the crowd at BMO field into a frenzy when he sealed the win in the fourth minute of second-half injury time.

Altidore, Vazquez seal MLS Cup for Toronto

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Montreal (AFP) – Toronto FC claimed their maiden MLS Cup crown on Saturday, capping a magical Major League Soccer season with a 2-0 triumph over Seattle Sounders in Toronto.

Jozy Altidore fired Toronto into the lead in the 67th minute and Victor Vazquez sent the crowd at BMO field into a frenzy when he sealed the win in the fourth minute of second-half injury time.

Altidore, Vazquez seal MLS Cup for Toronto

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Montreal (AFP) – Toronto FC claimed their maiden MLS Cup crown on Saturday, capping a magical Major League Soccer season with a 2-0 triumph over Seattle Sounders in Toronto.

Jozy Altidore fired Toronto into the lead in the 67th minute and Victor Vazquez sent the crowd at BMO field into a frenzy when he sealed the win in the fourth minute of second-half injury time.

2017 MLS Cup: Toronto FC 2 – Seattle Sounders 0

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Toronto FC won the 2017 MLS Cup on Saturday, beating the Seattle Sounders 2-0 at BMO Field. Once again, Jozy Altidore made the difference for Toronto, scoring in the 67th minute. Victor Vazquez doubled the lead four minutes into stoppage time. Alex Bono made two saves to keep the clean sheet.

Goals from Altidore, Vazquez push Toronto FC past Sounders to win first MLS Cup

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From the moment Toronto FC stepped off the field following the 2016 MLS Cup final, the focus has been on redemption. They got it on Saturday while sealing a place among the best teams in MLS history by claiming the club's first MLS Cup and winning a historic treble.

Jozy Altidore fired the opening goal before Victor Vazquez added another in stoppage time to cap off a historic 2017 with a 2-0 MLS Cup victory over the Seattle Sounders on Saturday at BMO Field.

Your MLS Cup Line-Ups

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No surprises of any kind in the Seattle eleven, but it is interesting to see Toronto FC come out in a 4-4-2. I'm predicting a lot more action than we saw in last year's taut MLS Cup clash. Here's your @Delta Starting XI for today's #MLSCup vs @TorontoFC! Tune in to ESPN at 1:00 p.m. PT. It's time to #DefendOurCup!

Toronto FC vs. Seattle Sounders 2017: Time, TV schedule and how to watch MLS Cup online

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The last game of the MLS season is a repeat of 2016's final. Let's hope for more goals this time.

At long last, the 2017 MLS Cup final is upon us, with Toronto FC hosting the Seattle Sounders in a rematch of last year's final. Same teams, same venue, but hopefully not the same game. In 2016, TFC smothered the Sounders, holding them without a shot on goal for 120 minutes only to be unable to solve Stefan Frei.

Sounders vs. Toronto FC MLS Cup Final, live stream: Game time, TV schedule and lineups

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ESPN coverage starts at 1 PM. Watch with us.

A rematch in MLS Cup is a great thing. Toronto FC has the storyline of revenge, merged with the possibility of being the greatest team in MLS history. Only one thing stands in their way. The Seattle Sounders aren't interested in last year. They are unconcerned with history.

Sounders at Toronto FC, MLS Cup Final: Full coverage

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It's a rematch of Seattle's first ever MLS Cup victory. Watch on ESPN, UniMás, TSN, TVAS, or MLS LIVE at 1 PM PT on December 9, 2016.

The 2017 MLS Cup Final is a rematch of the 2016 contest that Seattle Sounders won, but the two teams are different. Toronto FC set the record for points earned by an MLS team with 69.

The Silver Mines

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In my humble opinion, Saturday's championship match-up between holders Seattle and home-side favorites Toronto FC has every ingredient needed to make it one of the greatest MLS Cup duels in league history. I could see anything happening at BMO Field, all the way from another tightly-played chess match to a seven-goal slugfest.

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TFC, Rapids drawn together in CONCACAF Champions League round of 16

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Toronto FC and the Colorado Rapids were drawn against each other for the round of 16 of the 2017-18 CONCACAF Champions League on Monday night.

Although they play in the same league, TFC and the Rapids were allowed to be pitted against each other because they come from two different nations.

MLS Cup 2017: A Look Back

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The MLS season is officially over following Saturday's MLS Cup as Toronto FC solidified its place among the league's best ever teams.

Toronto FC completed a historic treble over the weekend by knockout off the Seattle Sounders, 2-0, at BMO Field. The win saw TFC earn the club's first MLS Cup while also locking down a treble that includes a Canadian Championship and a Supporters Shield.

Toronto’s trophy and the challenge for the rest of MLS

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The soccer news starts with a new MLS Cup champion. Toronto FC took the title and made it about a team coming together to makeup for almost getting there the year before. 2016 loomed large for Toronto throughout 2017. They knew what that felt like, and not revisiting that disappointment became the driving push behind their 2017 success.

Seattle Sounders vs. Toronto FC, MLS Cup: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"The final game is what matters most, and we didn't come to play." -Cristian Roldan

Match Recap

SUMMARY

Seattle Sounders FC 0 - Toronto FC 2

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Venue: BMO Field

Referee: Allen Chapman

Assistants: Adam Wienckowski, Jeremy Hanson

Fourth Official: Kevin Stott

VAR: David Gantar

Attendance: 30,584

Weather: Clear

SCORING SUMMARY

TOR - Jozy Altidore (Sebastian Giovinco) 67'

TOR - Victor Vazquez 90'+4'

MISCONDUCT SUMMARY

TOR - Victor Vazquez (caution) 90'+5'

LINEUPS & STATS

Seattle Sounders FC - Stefan Frei; Kelvin Leerdam, Román Torres, Chad Marshall, Joevin Jones (Nouhou 90+1'); Cristian Roldan, Gustav Svensson, Nicolás Lodeiro - captain, Clint Dempsey, Victor Rodriguez (Jordan Morris 71'); Will Bruin

Substitutes not used: Tyler Miller, Tony Alfaro, Harry Shipp, Lamar Neagle, Jordy Delem

Total shots: 7 (Dempsey, 4)

Shots on goal: 2 (Jones/Dempsey, 1)

Fouls: 9 (Svensson/Lodeiro, 2)

Offside: 1 (Dempsey, 1)

Corner-kicks: 3 (Lodeiro, 3)

Saves: 9 (Frei, 9)

Toronto FC - Alexander Bono; Steven Beitashour, Drew Moor, Chris Mavinga, Justin Morrow; Michael Bradley - captain, Marco Delgado (Benoit Cheyrou 90+3'), Jonathan Osorio (Armando Cooper 85'), Victor Vazquez; Sebastian Giovinco, Jozy Altidore (Nick Hagglund 86')

Substitutes not used: Clint Irwin, Nicolas Hasler, Eriq Zavaleta, Tosaint Ricketts

Total shots: 22 (Giovinco, 7)

Shots on goal: 11 (Giovinco, 4)

Fouls: 3 (Beitashour, 2)

Offside: 1 (Morrow, 1)

Corner-kicks: 11 (Vazquez, 9)

Saves: 2 (Bono, 2)

Post-Match Quotes

BRIAN SCHMETZER – HEAD COACH, SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC

It seemed like especially in the first half Toronto was first to everything.

MLS Cup

Seattle Sounders vs. Toronto FC: MLS Cup player ratings

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Biff! Bang! Powww! Whaaamm! Flrbbb! Zammm! Oof!

After a dominant run through the Western Conference playoffs, it would have been great to see the Seattle Sounders play spectacularly and win a second straight MLS Cup. It would have been okay to see the team perform decently and fight for a chance to win.

Major Link Soccer: Darlington Nagbe heading to Atlanta?

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MLS Expansion draft and MLS Cup ratings.

Seattle

We can take one small victory over losing MLS Cup this past weekend. Ratings rose 75% from 2015, the last time ESPN aired the final. So, take that.

MLS

A lot of change is going on with the Portland Timbers. First, it was Caleb Porter and the Timbers parting ways.

Lessons from MLS Cup: Sounders must start reloading now

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Degree to which Sounders were outplayed needs to be a warning sign.

TORONTO, Ontario — To say the Sounders were overwhelmed in Saturday's MLS Cup final rematch may not quite do the situation justice.

From almost the opening whistle until the bitter end, Toronto FC dominated. The 2-0 scoreline understated the degree to which they were the better team, as only several world-class stops by Stefan Frei kept it from getting completely out of hand.

Greg Vanney's tactical shift pays off for 'bold' TFC in MLS Cup win

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Greg Vanney took a risk on Saturday. It was a calculated risk, sure, but it was a risk nonetheless. After spending the better part of two seasons riding a five-at-the-back set to MLS dominance, Vanney unleashed a major tactical wrinkle with an MLS Cup on the line.

Facing off with a tough Seattle Sounders team, Vanney surprised many when his lineup was announced as a 4-4-2 diamond.

Michael Bradley's focus, dedication lead TFC to first MLS Cup

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Michael Bradley didn't win the MLS Cup MVP, but he was quietly one of the best players on the pitch.

His passing was clinical. His defense was responsible, quick, and impenetrable. He was the leader for Toronto FC when they needed it the most.

"Tonight, I think just his overall awareness and his positioning and where he needs to be," praised head coach Greg Vanney after the match.

Toronto FC satisfies its MLS Cup obsession with dominant victory

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Toronto FC set out with one goal in the 2017 season: win the MLS Cup the team was so close to capturing in 2016. With Saturday's 2-0 win over the Seattle Sounders, they did just that, and capped off one of the greatest seasons MLS has ever seen.

"Lifting this trophy has been an obsession for the last 364 days," said captain Michael Bradley.

Soccer TV: Toronto FC vs Seattle Sounders

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It's the MLS Cup final on the weekend soccer TV schedule. Toronto FC hosts the Seattle Sounders on ESPN for the second year in a row. The 2017 Liga MX Apertura season concludes over the weekend with the second-leg of the final series.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 12/8/17

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Philadelphia Union News

The 12 days of Union Kits-mas
In the history of the Philadelphia Union franchise, the team has worn a total of 12 official jerseys.

MLS News

Houston Dynamo complete full transfer for Juan David Cabezas
After spending 2017 on loan, Dynamo sign Colombian midfielder.

The Rest

The offseason trend in MLS

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Dec 27, 2017) US Soccer Players - The word "trend" in a modern context suggests something ephemeral. Even if the shift of direction eventually morphs into the status quo, the initial push towards establishing it can only happen once. Trends aren't fads, but they also aren't exactly accepted as permanent from the outset, either.

Jozy Altidore provides taste of greatness with MLS Cup-winning goal

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TORONTO Throughout his decade in the spotlight, Jozy Altidore has been an American soccer star, a pariah and everything in between. He's been a punching bag for criticism and a beacon of hope, sometimes all at the same time. The forward has experienced great highs and great lows throughout his career, and there's little doubt that the past 365 days have likely been the lowest of those lows.

SBI MLS Cup Man of the Match: Michael Bradley

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He didn't score a goal, provide any assists in the MLS Cup Final but Michael Bradley was the best player on the pitch on a chilly night at BMO Field.

Bradley was the responsible player at the back of the TFC midfield, breaking up any Seattle attacks before they could get started. He was the primary passer in a midfield dominated by red shirts.