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MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 3

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With week three all wrapped up, several teams continued to establish themselves as the real deal, while others have fans bracing for the long season ahead in unfulfilling fashion.

New York City FC missed several key opportunities as the Montreal Impact battled from behind at Yankee Stadium en route to a 1-1 draw.

Tuesday CCL Preview: Whitecaps against the odds vs. Tigres in semis

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The CONCACAF Champions League semifinals begin on Tuesday with the first leg between Liga MX Apertura champion Tigres and the Vancouver Whitecaps at Estadio Universitario.

The Whitecaps knocked off the New York Red Bulls, 2-1, on aggregate in the quarterfinals to reach their first-ever semifinal in the competition.

MLS Ticker: Goossens out for months, Glad doubtful for Saturday

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The mess in the Chicago Fire midfield got worse on Wednesday, as the club announced central midfielder John Goossens will undergo surgery on Friday for a defect of a deltoid ligament sprain in his right ankle. He is expected to miss five to six months because of the surgery.

"John's injury is cruel, particularly given the effort he was making on the play in added time,"said Fire general manager Nelson Rodríguez.

MLS Ticker: Evans injured, Hamlett named Red Bulls Sporting director and more

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The Seattle Sounders will be without a key defender to start the 2017 season.

According to the Seattle Times, Brad Evans could missfive-to-seven weeks due to a calf muscle strain. The versatile defender was a likely starter at right back, a position of weakness for the club.

MLS Ticker: Plata signs DP extension, DCU break ground on stadium, and more

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While not a flashy new player, Real Salt Lake completed the re-signing of a key component of its roster, locking Joao Plata up with a new multi-year DP deal.

The 24-year old winger has been a boon for RSL since his trade from Toronto FC in 2013, as he's notched 30 goals and 30 assists in regular season play, leaving him fifth and third respectively in club history.

On MLS: Shea, Barnes should both benefit from blockbuster trade

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Brek Shea and Giles Barnes were both in need of a change of scenery, and both big-name players received that on Saturday night as Orlando City and the Vancouver Whitecaps swapped the players in a blockbuster trade just one week before the regular season was set to begin.

Shea's career in Orlando started strong under Adrian Heath, but injuries combined with a regime change in central Florida led to less playing time for the former Stoke City and FC Dallas man toward the back end of the 2016 season.

Back in MLS, Fredy Montero ready for pressure of being Whitecaps' go-to scorer

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Fredy Monteroscored his last MLS goal with the Seattle Sounders on Oct. 7, 2012. Fittingly, that match was against the Portland Timbers in a 3-0 win.

The loss eventually led to theTimbers missing out on the MLS playoffs, with the Sounders qualifying as third-place finishers in the Western Conference.

SBI MLS Season Preview: Vancouver Whitecaps

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One of the more drastic declines in 2016 occurred in Vancouver when the Whitecaps went from second place in the Western Conference in 2015 to eighth place the next season. Thanks to a couple of astute acquisitions, the Whitecaps are hoping to rekindle their form from two years ago.

Champions League

Vancouver loses CONCACAF Champions League semifinal opener

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The 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League semifinal didn't go Vancouver's way. The Whitecaps lost 2-0 at Tigres to open the series. Tigres benefited from a 66th-minute own goal. Eduardo Vargas doubled the lead in the 87th. Tigres goalkeeper Nahuel Guzman didn't have to make a save to keep the clean sheet.

Vancouver tries again for MLS in the CONCACAF Champions League

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It's the Vancouver Whitecaps' turn to see if they can get past a Liga MX team in the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals. Two weeks into the MLS season, Vancouver will once again switch focus to the regional tournament, at Tigres tonight (10pm ET - Facebook Live). Not losing in Mexico is another old and not exactly flattering story for MLS.

MLS vs Liga MX in the Champions League semifinals

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It's MLS playing Liga MX in both CONCACAF Champions League semifinals and plenty of MLS season previews in the soccer news.

Philadelphia Union

Tactical Analysis: Philadelphia Union continue to gel into cohesive unit

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The Philadelphia Union offense shows signs growth

On a day with arctic winds, the Philadelphia Union offense displayed their potential with a solid performance against a talented Toronto FC side.

Building on a scoreless draw against the Vancouver Whitecaps, the Union put together a quality attack in addition to solid defense.

Jones, Union ready for tough Toronto task

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The first 90 minutes of Derrick Jones' Philadelphia Union career couldn't have gone any better. The 20-year-old defensive midfielder churned out an impressive performance in the club's 0-0 draw with the Vancouver Whitecaps in Week 1.

Week 2 presents a different challenge for the homegrown player as Toronto FC comes to Talen Energy Stadium for the Union home opener on Saturday.

Player of the week: Derrick Jones

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There was a lot placed on the shoulders of a homegrown player making his professional debut. No one could have expected a performance like this. Derrick Jones is PSP's player of the week.

Post-match analysis: Whitecaps 0-0 Union

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The Union put in a strong performance that indicates they can find success on the road, but their lack of big chances leaves questions about the attack unanswered. Adam Cann dives in with about as thorough an analysis as you're ever going to read.

Player ratings: Whitecaps 0-0 Union

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Who impressed? Who didn't? PSP hands out player ratings for the Union's opener.

Union postgame: Union 0-0 Vancouver

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From BC Place, PSP has postgame video from Derrick Jones, Alejandro Bedoya and Fafa Picault. Also, a transcript of Jim Curtin's postgame remarks.

Mr. Jones and me look into the future: Vancouver Whitecaps 0-0 Philadelphia Union

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Derrick Jones debuts for the Union in a scoreless draw in British Columbia.

It wasn't the prettiest of matches, and it certainly did not produce any breathtaking highlights to be gawked at years to come, but the Philadelphia Union played a brand of effective soccer that netted them a nice 0-0 draw on the road against the Vancouver Whitecaps, a result many Union fans will gladly take.

Vancouver Whitecaps 0, Philadelphia Union 0: Recap and player ratings

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The Union come away with a point from the Pacific Northwest

The Philadelphia Union opened up the 2017 season with a 0-0 draw with the Vancouver Whitecaps. Fans got a good look at many of the Union's offseason additions with Jay Simpson, Oguchi Onyewu, Haris Medunjanin, and Derrick Jones making the starting XI, with Fafa Picault being substituted into the game in the 71st minute for Chris Pontius.

Union, Whitecaps play to goalless stalemate

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One of the speediest attacks in MLS was held scoreless at home by a team with questions in defense on Sunday night to conclude Week 1. The fast core of the Vancouver Whitecaps could not get past the stout back line of the Philadelphia Union, which led to a 0-0 draw at BC Place.

The Whitecaps were the brighter of the two sides in the opening 45 minutes, as they used a few strategies to work around the Union back line.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 0-0 Vancouver Whitecaps

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Philadelphia Union earned a point on the road as they played out a tight 0-0 draw against Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place.

Game Thread: Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Philadelphia Union

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Game Info

  • Date: Sunday, March 5, 2017
  • Time: 9:30 PM ET
  • Place: BC Place, Vancouver, BC
  • Television: The Comcast Network
  • Stream: MLS Live
  • All-Time Record: Philadelphia Union are 2-3-2 (W-L-D) against the Vancouver Whitecaps
  • Know Thy Enemy: Eighty Six Forever

Starting XI

  • Philadelphia Union: Andre Blake; Fabinho, Richie Marquez, Oguchi Onyewu, Keegan Rosenberry; Derrick Jones, Haris Medunjanin; Chris Pontius, Alejandro Bedoya, Fabian Herbers; Jay Simpson
  • Vancouver Whitecaps: David Ousted; Jordan Harvey, Christian Dean, Tim Parker, Sheanon Williams; Alphonso Davies, Andrew Jacobson, Matias Laba, Cristian Techera; Erik Hurtado, Kekuta Manneh


  • Philadelphia Union: John McCarthy, Ken Tribbett, Ray Gaddis, Warren Creavalle, Roland Alberg, Fafa Picault, C.

Union vs Whitecaps quick reference

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Get up to speed on the Union-Whitecaps series history. We've got match stats, highlights from our match reports and analysis, video highlights, and more.

Match Preview: Philadelphia Union vs Vancouver Whitecaps

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The Union open up their season in Cascadia country against a side not looking to be left behind by their rivals in 2017.

Game: Philadelphia Union vs Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Time: 9:30 PM Eastern, 8:30 PM Central, 6:30 PM Pacific, 2:30 AM UTC

Venue: BC Place (Vancouver, B.

Bayern thrashes Arsenal, Vancouver signs Fredy Montero: Brotherly Game Daily Links 2/16/17

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If you're ready for some links, gimmie a HELL YEAH!

Philadelphia Union News

Union scrimmage Orlando City SC as second Clearwater camp opens
The Union arrived in Clearwater, Florida to open their second Sunshine State preseason camp yesterday, February 14. Following an evening training session, the team got back on the field Wednesday afternoon in a closed-door scrimmage against Orlando City SC.

New York Red Bulls

Davies, Montero power Whitecaps into CCL semis

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Theoffseason acquisition everyone has been talking about and the youngster ready to captivate a league powered the Vancouver Whitecaps into the semifinals of the CONCACAF Champions League on Thursday night, with a 2-0 (3-1 aggregate) win over the New York Red Bulls at BC Place.

Sixteen-year-old phenom Alphonso Davies, who looked like a player with years of experience under his belt out on the field, handed the home side an early lead in the fifth minute on a shot from close range.

CCL Preview: Whitecaps take on Red Bulls for spot in semis

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CONCACAF Champions League action continueson Thursday, as the Vancouver Whitecaps and New York Red Bulls duke it out for the last spot in the semifinals.

With Tigres and FC Dallas having already secured their advancement to the next round, one of Thursday's two contestants will attempt to join them in an all-MLS showdown on Thursday night.

Major Link Soccer - Long Live Zach Scott

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The She Believes Cup begins, CCL action resumes, and the US Open Cup format is set.


The Zach Scott testimonial match was last night and after many goals and multiple lead changes, Team Alonso ultimately won the the day.

Thanks, @zkscott #ZachScottTestimonial pic.

Whitecaps grab road goal and draw in CCL quarterfinal first leg vs. Red Bulls

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The New York Red Bulls may have had the edge on the Vancouver Whitecaps in possession, and shots, and good scoring chances, but by the end of Wednesday's CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal first leg, but it was the Whitecaps who left Red Bull Arena with control of the series after grabbing a 1-1 draw.

CCL Preview: Red Bulls take on Whitecaps, Tigres meet Pumas in quarterfinals

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The MLS season has yet to kick off, but two teams are set to get an early start to their competitive season Wednesday night at Red Bull Arena.

The New York Red Bulls welcome the Vancouver Whitecaps to Harrison, NJ as the American and Canadian teams face off in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals.

fredy montero

Fredy Montero won’t celebrate if he scores against Sounders

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Montero also defends himself against Brad Evans' tweet.

Opinions have been pretty well split over Fredy Montero's signing with the Vancouver Whitecaps.

On one side, there's people — frankly, like myself — who think Montero has a right to return to MLS and be close to his family. Plus, the Whitecaps are not the Portland Timbers, or even the LA Galaxy, in terms of the intensity of the rivalry.

We deciphered Fredy Montero’s first interview as a Whitecap

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His mouth may have been saying one thing, but his heart was saying another.

Fredy Montero loves Seattle, there's no question about that. He married a local woman, moved his family here and even continues to own a home in Bellevue. In the past, he's indicated that he'd like to play for the Seattle Sounders again, someday.

Portland Timbers

Timber Cruise: Portland Timbers 2, Vancouver Whitecaps 1

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Caleb Porter tried on Wednesday night. He tried hard.

For eight-and-a-half minutes of his ten-minute press conference Porter qualified every bit of praise. He found every nit that there was to pick. He insisted that he still wanted more out of his team — more fitness, more goalscoring, more sharpness on the ball, more defensive discipline.

Portland Timbers Close Out Invitational with 2-1 Win Over Vancouver Whitecaps

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The Portland Timbers finished out their preseason invitational with a win, beating the Vancouver Whitecaps comfortably despite the close 2-1 scoreline.

The Timbers took it to the visiting Whitecaps for early on in the match, dominating possession and creating a series of chances with their sharp passing and interplay.

The Rest

Altidore shines as TFC topples 10-man Whitecaps

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With World Cup qualifiers looming, Jozy Altidore stepped up in a big way to lead Toronto FC to a win over a Canadian rival.

The U.S. Men's National Team striker fired a goal and provided an assist, leading TFC to a 2-0 win over the 10-man Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place.

Second-half goals set Whitecaps back in CCL semifinal

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Tell me if you've heard this one before.

A Major League soccer club went down to Mexico for a knockout-round clash in the CONCACAF Champions League, played strong for 75-80 minutes and then gave up a dagger late in the contest.

The Vancouver Whitecaps followed that formula toperfection on Tuesday night in their 2-0 loss to Tigres in the first leg of their CCL semifinal at the Estadio Universitario.

Americans Abroad Midweek Preview: Pulisic, Johnson, Gonzalez and more

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World Cup qualifiers are just around the corner as several Americans take the field for midweek action.

In Germany, Christian Pulisic and Fabian Johnson take the field as they look to advance their side in non-league competitions. Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund face DFB-Pokal action on Tuesday against Sportfreunde Lotte while Thursday brings Johnson's Europa League clash with Schalke.

Earthquakes rally from two-goal deficit to overwhelm 10-man Whitecaps

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An imperfect start doesn't always mean an imperfect finish. The San Jose Earthquakes proved that at Avaya Stadium Saturday night.

The Earthquakes clawed back from an early two-goal deficit, taking full advantage of a David Ousted red card to score three unanswered goals on the way to a 3-2 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps, with their comeback capped off by a long-range winner from Anibal Godoy.

Orlando City trades Shea to Whitecaps in exchange for Barnes

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With less than a week remaining before the start of the MLS regular season, two teams got together for a blockbuster.

Orlando City has traded winger Brek Shea to the Vancouver Whitecaps in exchange for forward Giles Barnes, the two teams announced on Saturday.

Steel Profile: Josh Heard

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A glance at the potential of Bethlehem Steel midfielder Josh Heard