Western Conference

Portland Timbers

USL Week 15 Rewind: Monarchs lose, Timbers tie Orange County, and more

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Real Monarchs SLC lost their first game in almost three months, dropping points to the Tulsa Roughnecks.

The shutout loss was the first against the Monarchs this season and leaves them winless in their last two attempts. The Roughnecks did well to hold off the Western Conference leaders with two second-half goals.

Portland Timbers vs. Seattle Sounders Preview Interview

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The Portland Timbers host their arch-rivals, the Seattle Sounders, tomorrow evening in a match that could prove to be a turning point for the season of either side. The Timbers will be looking to take advantage of some home cooking as they return to Providence Park, but they will face a stiff challenge from a Sounders side looking to claw their way up above the red line in the Western Conference.

Fire v Timbers match preview

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The Fire added Trinidad & Tobago centerback Daneil Cyrus on loan from W Connection to bolster the back line but the biggest player news could be the debut of Gilberto in Portland. With the transfer window now closed it's time to focus on the games again. Martin Tomszak is back with a look at the Timbers.

D.C. United vs. Portland Timbers MLS live stream: Time, TV schedule, and how to watch online

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#DCUAfterDark returns as United takes on an under-pressure Timbers side.

D.C. United faces the Portland Timbers in a game that both teams kinda-sorta need to do well in. For United, two flat performances in a row have seen the Black-and-Red squander a chance to jump way out in front of the pack for the Supporters Shield, and a third would officially make this the worst period of 2015 thus far.

Opposition 11: What sort of lineup will the Portland Timbers field tonight against D.C. United?

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Trying to suss out Caleb Porter's moves in a midweek game is not that easy.

Life is often about perspective. The Portland Timbers are the last-placed team in MLS's Western Conference. Short rest, injuries, cross-country flights, consecutive turf games and an offense that has produced 1 (one) shot on goal in 180 minutes aside, D.

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 PRO to go to conference setup in 2015

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So many changes are coming to the USL PRO. So many.

First of all, big hat tip to the Reckless Challenge for unearthing all of this material. First of all, the third division is looking to make the jump to D2 status by 2017. Yes, basically meaning the US pyramid would have two second divisions with the NASL being the other.

Major League Soccer

FC Dallas and the birth of MLS 3.0

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FC Dallas is one step away from the MLS Cup after recording the most points in the league's ultra-competitive Western Conference in 2015. The team faces Portland in a two-leg tie with the right to represent the West in MLS Cup 2015 on the line. If Dallas advances and Columbus beats New York in the Eastern Conference final, Frisco will play host to MLS Cup 2015.

FC Dallas and the birth of MLS 3.0

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FC Dallas is one step away from the MLS Cup after recording the most points in the league's ultra-competitive Western Conference in 2015. The team faces Portland in a two-leg tie with the right to represent the West in MLS Cup 2015 on the line. If Dallas advances and Columbus beats New York in the Eastern Conference final, Frisco will play host to MLS Cup 2015.

FC Dallas end 3 game losing streak with 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake

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Penalty kicks and Fabian Castillo stole the show Saturday night at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas as FC Dallas defeated Real Salt Lake 2-0.

It may not have been one of the marquee matchups of MLS' 2015 "Rivalry Week" encore, but both teams entered the match desperately seeking points. FC Dallas looked to end a three game losing streak and keep the Western Conference title within reach, while Real Salt Lake hoped to gain momentum after just snapping a three game losing streak of their own with a win over Seattle Sounders one week ago.

FC Dallas end 3 game losing streak with 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake

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Penalty kicks and Fabian Castillo stole the show Saturday night at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas as FC Dallas defeated Real Salt Lake 2-0.

It may not have been one of the marquee matchups of MLS' 2015 "Rivalry Week" encore, but both teams entered the match desperately seeking points. FC Dallas looked to end a three game losing streak and keep the Western Conference title within reach, while Real Salt Lake hoped to gain momentum after just snapping a three game losing streak of their own with a win over Seattle Sounders one week ago.

Trailing 1-3, Sporting Kansas City mount incredible 4-3 comeback [VIDEO]

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Sporting Kansas City completed an historic comeback on Saturday night to defeat Western Conference leaders Vancouver Whitecaps 4-3.

Trailing the Whitecaps 3-1 in the 80thminute, Sporting's Dom Dwyer scored to give the Blues hope. Six minutes later, Paolo Nagamura equalized before getting the winner four minutes into stoppage time as Sporting Park erupted in ecstasy.

Trailing 1-3, Sporting Kansas City mount incredible 4-3 comeback [VIDEO]

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Sporting Kansas City completed an historic comeback on Saturday night to defeat Western Conference leaders Vancouver Whitecaps 4-3.

Trailing the Whitecaps 3-1 in the 80thminute, Sporting's Dom Dwyer scored to give the Blues hope. Six minutes later, Paolo Nagamura equalized before getting the winner four minutes into stoppage time as Sporting Park erupted in ecstasy.

Gerrard Stars On Galaxy Debut

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Steven Gerrard marked his Major League Soccer debut with a goal as he inspired Los Angeles Galaxy to a come-from-behind 5-2 victory over San Jose Earthquakes. Watched by former Galaxy star David Beckham at StubHub Center, the ex-Liverpool and England captain scored one and had a hand in two of Robbie Keane's three goals to help the hosts win the 'California Clasico' and go top of the Western Conference.

Sporting KC are scoring goals, but they need to fix defensive frailties

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Tenpoints from two wins and four draws has Sporting KC sitting sixth in Major League Soccer's Western Conference.

Peter Vermes' team picked up its most recent draw last weekend at Houston's BBVA Compass Stadium in a wild 4-4 Texas shootout. The club's porous defense was overshadowed by Benny Feilhaber's late goal as the American international continues to be Sporting's most in-form player.

Sporting KC are scoring goals, but they need to fix defensive frailties

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Tenpoints from two wins and four draws has Sporting KC sitting sixth in Major League Soccer's Western Conference.

Peter Vermes' team picked up its most recent draw last weekend at Houston's BBVA Compass Stadium in a wild 4-4 Texas shootout. The club's porous defense was overshadowed by Benny Feilhaber's late goal as the American international continues to be Sporting's most in-form player.

Spurs Announce DeAndre Yedlin Arrival

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Tottenham have announced that United States right-back DeAndre Yedlin will join the club in January.

The Premier League side agreed to sign Yedlin on a four-year deal in August, but announced at the time that the 21-year-old would remain with the Seattle Sounders for the remainder of the Major League Soccer season.

Spurs Announce DeAndre Yedlin Arrival

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Tottenham have announced that United States right-back DeAndre Yedlin will join the club in January.

The Premier League side agreed to sign Yedlin on a four-year deal in August, but announced at the time that the 21-year-old would remain with the Seattle Sounders for the remainder of the Major League Soccer season.

MLS Western Conference Finals Preview – LA Galaxy vs. Seattle Sounders

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The LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders have been bitter rivals since Seattle was introduced as the leagues newest expansion team in 2007. The Sounders immediately made it known they wanted to be the biggest and most successful soccer team in North America, a designation the Galaxy had adopted when they brought in Landon Donovan and David Beckham and became a legitimate topic of discussion in sports circles around America.

MLS Western Conference Finals Preview – LA Galaxy vs. Seattle Sounders

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The LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders have been bitter rivals since Seattle was introduced as the leagues newest expansion team in 2007. The Sounders immediately made it known they wanted to be the biggest and most successful soccer team in North America, a designation the Galaxy had adopted when they brought in Landon Donovan and David Beckham and became a legitimate topic of discussion in sports circles around America.

Homegrown – MLS Western Conference Playoff Preview

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On this special edition of Homegrown, Jay breaks down the MLS Western Conference playoff picture. Other ways to listen: Download the Podcast Here!(Right click, save as) If you like this podcast please subscribe, rate, review, share, and comment. Let us know what you think!

MLS announces conference alignments for 2015, moves Houston Dynamo and Sporting Kansas City to the Western Conference

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In a flurry of news activity, Major League Soccer announced that Chivas USA was folding, that there would be a dispersal draft, and that Houston Dynamo and Sporting Kansas City were moving to the Western Conference.

In a flurry of news activity, Major League Soccer announced that Chivas USA was folding, that there would be a dispersal draft, and the conference alignment for next season all in one press release.

Sporting Kansas City

Match Day 26: Needing to Right the Ship

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Sporting KC are back in action after 10 days off after the club's 2-1 loss to the Colorado Rapids. Sporting now faces a 5 day cross country trip for back to back games. That starts tomorrow in Portland when KC takes on the Timbers at Providence Park. The two teams are currently tied for fifth place in the Western Conference only two points above the playoff line (but KC still has their games in hand).

Match Day 25: Sporting Head to the Rockies with 800 Friends

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Tomorrow Sporting KC take on the Colorado Rapids and look to end their first two game losing streak, but they won't be doing it all by themselves. They'll be doing it with traveling support of over 800 for the game. Once again a large traveling Cauldron is heading to the Mile High City to support Sporting KC.

Match Day 23: Games in Hand

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Tomorrow night at Sporting Park, Sporting KC will begin their process of making up the one to four games in hand on the rest of the Western Conference when they host the San Jose Earthquakes. It will also be Kansas City's fourth game in 12 days when you include last week's 3-1 US Open Cup win over Real Salt Lake.

Match Day 20: A Busy Month Starts

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Sporting Kansas City starts a busy month of August tomorrow at Sporting Park when they take on the Houston Dynamo at Sporting Park. KC play seven games this month, but the good news is that four of those seven games are at home, including three straight. In the stretch is also the club's US Open Cup semifinal against Real Salt Lake.

Match Day 19: Ready to Accept the Consiquences

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Tomorrow night Sporting KC finish up their busy three games in seven day stretch with a game in Salt Lake. After a week that's seen them win against Montreal and advance to the US Open Cup semifinals, the team ends their stretch with one of the more difficult road trips in MLS. Salt Lake has never been an easy place to play, and KC is already 0-1 there this season.

Match Day 17: Back to Action

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After a week off, Sporting KC is back on the field tomorrow night in Vancouver against the Whitecaps. It'll be the first game back at BC Place since the World Cup final last weekend between the US and Japan. KC will return to Vancouver after last year's 2-0 loss there that many point to as the point that the wheels really started to come off in last year's campaign for KC.

D.C. United versus Sporting Kansas City lineup: Prelude to chaos

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D.C. United welcome Sporting Kansas City, Benny Feilhaber's hair, and Peter Vermes to town.

D.C. United welcomes a new member of the Western Conference back to RFK Stadium this Saturday as Sporting Kansas City comes to town. SKC is currently in the last playoff spot in the Western Conference, but are only 4 points out of first (though they already have a game in hand on United).

Sporting KC is Headed Back West

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The long rumored demise of Chivas USA was finally confirmed today by MLS. The team has ceased operations and their players will be dispersed via a draft. The team folding and the addition of New York City FC and Orlando City SC means that the Eastern Conference has 12 teams and the West has only 8, meaning realignment has taken place as well.

FC Dallas

Fire 3 Red Bulls 2 -recap and ratings

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MLS is hard to figure sometimes and the Fire are even more perplexing. After defeating front running FC Dallas at Toyota Park on August 2, Chicago proceeded to drop two games to Philadelphia and another to Western Conference bottom dwellers Colorado. The New York Red Bulls entered this game riding a five game unbeaten string, rested from a long break, and looked poised to overtake DC United at the top of the East with games in hand.

Fire 2 FC Dallas 0 - recap and ratings

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With thirteen games remaining in the season, time will do some damage to the Fire's playoff dreams but a nearly complete and healthy roster showed what they're capable of on Sunday night. A 2-0 win over the top team in the Western Conference and a club that had won five consecutive matches highlighted much of what Frank Yallop has planned for but hasn't been able to implement completely through the team's first 21 games.

Philadelphia Union vs. FC Dallas: The Whole Story - Match 3

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This week, the Union return home to PPL Park to face off against FC Dallas. From previews to reviews, this is the whole story.

tBG) FC Dallas was a strong team last year, and there wasn't a whole lot of turnover going into this season. Will that hurt or help as FCD sets out to win a very competitive Western Conference?

Opposite View: Three questions with Brian Wachholz of Big D Soccer

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This week we talk with Brian Wachholz of Big D Soccer - SB Nation's FC Dallas blog - about the other Philadelphia-Dallas rivalry.

tBG) FC Dallas was a strong team last year, and there wasn't a whole lot of turnover going into this season. Will that hurt or help as FCD sets out to win a very competitive Western Conference?

Chicago Fire

Fire v Rapids match preview

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It's another battle of the titans. With eleven games left in the Fire's season every match is a must win. Martin Tomszak takes a look at the Colorado Rapids, a team sitting at the bottom of the Western Conference.

What Are They All About? Colorado Rapids Preview

Two goals from Kennedy Igboananike, fighting spirit, a well-earned point, and hey, the club is worth $160m.

Fire v Sounders match preview

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Both teams are missing key players and the Fire have never beaten Seattle. Martin Tomszak takes a look at how they can do it this time.

What Are They About? Seattle Sounders

"One point is better than none". Even the most ardent of optimists had difficulty using that phrase after the Chicago Fire drew the Houston Dynamo last Friday.

The Rest

Cristian Roldan keeps unwrapping new layers of his game

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This is starting to look like a very deep team.

SEATTLE — Raise your hand if you saw that one coming. Now, put it down you filthy liars. Even the most enthusiastic Sounders fans surely didn't see a third straight three-goal outburst, especially in a game without Clint Dempsey, Jordan Morris and Nicolas Lodeiro.

MLS Power Rankings, Week 23: No movement, no problem

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The top 7 remain intact in this week's Power Rankings.

This week's MLS Power Rankings don't have much movement with the top tier teams. All of them entered the week seeking to either maintain their spot or move up by getting results. And, to their credit, all of them got positive results in their matches.

Episode 153 – All About Ty Harden

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Join the guys as they talk MLS and DC United news. The boys also grab their darts and make their annual Western conference predictions.

2015 Schedule Released

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MLS released the 2015 MLS schedule today, and now comes the fun part for all fans, planning the rest of the year, planning their vacations, planning their trips home, planning their road trips.


With Sporting's move to the Western Conference, Sporting gets a completely different make up of games than they have the last few years.