Friday, October 20, 2017

Some Soccer News for Oct 20, 2017

It's Day 293 of 2017.


"I really do feel for you Crew fans"
- Anthony Precourt (team owner) without 1 bit of irony on Twitter Thursday night.

In Austin TX working on a new stadium deal Columbus Crew owner Anthony Precourt stuck another shiv between the ribs of Crew fans. By Brian Hofmann for the Columbus Dispatch.

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Samantha Kerr of Sky Blue FC named NWSL Most Valuable Player of 2017.

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Looking at the mess in Columbus and the disaster of the USMNT and pushing those issues together into one giant mountain for American soccer to climb. By Charles Boehm for US National Soccer Team Players Assoc.

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14th Annual Dark Clouds End of Year Awards and Auction
Tue Oct 24
6:30pm (Auction runs 7:00 - 9:00 pm)
Lake Monster Brewing - St Paul

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IT'S ALIVE!


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MLS

Only 2 games this weekend have no effect on the post season.

Two big things could happen for Toronto this weekend:
  • They are tied for most points in a season at 68, a win or tie sees them set a new record.
  • They could also set a new record for wins. They are currently tied at 20.

All 22 teams have their seasons assessed. By Matt Doyle for MLS.

Week 33 Schedule:
-Sun Oct 22
(All games at 3:00pm CT)
PLAYOFFS + SEEDING Salt Lake v Kansas City
PLAYOFFS San Jose v Minnesota
PLAYOFFS Dallas v LA
SEEDING Atlanta v Toronto
SEEDING DC v New York Red Bulls
SEEDING New York City v Columbus
SEEDING Portland v Vancouver
SEEDING Seattle v Colorado
SEEDING Houston v Chicago
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Games of no value:
Montreal v New England
Philadelphia v Orlando

Western Race - 3 teams for 1 spot:
43 San Jose (12W) (-22GD) (36 GF) (v MU)
43 Dallas (10W) (-4GD) (43 GF) (v LAG)
42 Salt Lake (12W) (-7GD) (47 GF) (v SKC)
-tiebreakers: W, GD, GF

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MINNESOTA UNITED

Schedule:
-Sun Oct 22
San Jose Earthquakes v Minnesota - 3:00pm CT on Ch. 29

Know Thy Opponent - San Jose:
  • Fighting to hold the 6th and final playoff spot. Win and they are in.
  • Only lost 1 home game since Jun 1.
  • Last time these 2 teams met was on Apr 29 in Minneapolis and SJE won 0-1 on a 54th minute goal by Florian Jungwirth after a corner kick led to a scramble in the box.
  • Local connection: Jackson Yueill is from the Minnesota Thunder Academy.
  • Goals scored: 36 (3rd fewest)
  • Goals allowed: 58 (4th most)
  • Top goal scorers: Wondolowski(12), Qazaishvili(5), Urena(4), Hoesen(4)

How Minnesota United travels. By Andy Greder for the Pioneer Press.

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Majority: du Nord Music Mix Vol 143 (download + extract)

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USMNT - U17 World Cup

Big game for the USA youth on Saturday morning our time. And if they win the get the winner of Germany-Brazil in the Semifinal. What a bracket!

Quarterfinal schedule:
-Sat Oct 21
USA v England - 9:30am CT on FS2

USA Roster
  • G: Alex Budnik - Sockers, Carlos Joaquim Dos Santos - SL Benfica, Justin Garces - Atlanta United
  • D: Sergino Dest - Ajax, Christopher Gloster - New York Red Bulls, Jaylin Lindsey - Sporting Kansas City, James Sands - New York City, Tyler Shaver - New York City, Akil Watts - Portland Timbers
  • M: George Acosta - North Carolina, Taylor Booth - Real Salt Lake, Christopher Durkin - DC United, Blaine Ferri - Solar, Chris Goslin - Atlanta United, Indiana Vassilev - Unattached
  • F: Ayo Akinola - Toronto, Andrew Carleton - Atlanta United, Jacobo Reyes - Monterrey, Bryan Reynolds - Dallas, Joshua Sargent - St Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri, Tim Weah - Paris Saint-Germain
  • C: John Hackworth

Quarterfinals Schedule:

USA v England (Oct 21)
Germany v Brazil (Oct 22)
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Mali v Ghana (Oct 21)
Spain v Iran (Oct 22)
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Semis (Oct 25)
USA/England v Germany/Brazil
Mali/Ghana v Spain/Iran
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Final (Oct 28)

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USL PLAYOFFS - QUARTERFINALS

Eastern Conference Schedule:
-Fri Oct 20
Louisville City (#1) v Bethlehem Steel (#8)
-Sat Oct 21
Rochester Rhinos (#4) v Charlotte Independence (#5)
Charleston Battery (#2) v New York Red Bulls II (#7)
Tampa Bay Rowdies (#3) v Cincinnati (#6)

Western Conference Schedule:
-Fri Oct 20
Real Monarchs (#1) v Sacramento Republic (#8)
-Sat Oct 21
Swope Park Rangers (#4) v Phoenix Rising (#5)
San Antonio (#2) v Tulsa Roughnecks (#7)
Reno 1868 (#3) v OKC Energy (#6)

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USMNT

Could an interim head coach be named soon? By Jeff Carlisle for ESPNFC.

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Copa Libertadores returns next week for the Semifinals.

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BIG TEAMS + GAMES IN EUROPES TOP LEAGUES

-Fri Oct 20
Schalke v Mainz
-Sat Oct 21
Napoli v Internazionale - #1 v #2
Hamburger v Bayern
Barcelona v Malaga
Chelsea v Watford
Huddersfield v Manchester United
Manchester City v Burnley
Eintract Frankfurt v Dortmund
Monaco v Caen
-Sun Oct 22
Marseille v PSG - #4 v #1
Tottenham v Liverpool - #3 v #8
Real Madrid v Eibar
Everton v Arsenal
Udinese v Juventus
Milan v Genoa
Torino v Roma
Celta de Vigo v Atletico Madrid



The Bird Is The Word

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Some Soccer News for Oct 19, 2017

It's Day 292 of 2017.


An ode to DC United's reign at RFK stadium. By Steve Goff for the Washington Post.

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How about a little Golden Gopher soccer Friday night?
  • Fri Oct 20 at 6pm CT
  • 75 degrees and sunny
  • You interested?
  • Lets do it!
  • 5 bucks is all it takes.

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Crew owner Anthony Precourt seems hell bent on moving his team to Austin, but this argument says ethically the team isn't his to move. By Brian Straus for Sports Illustrated.
  • But honestly, in 2017 there isn't really much space left for ethics in sports is there?

Could the Crew leadership look any stupider this week? Yes they can:


Columbus Crew owners are in Austin talking up the move. But its not a done deal. They need a stadium location. By Kevin Lyttle for the Austin Statesman.

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A shredding new album, 2nd one this year, by the great Obnox! Murder Radio pulsing with distortion is available now.

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MINNESOTA UNITED

Schedule:
-Sun Oct 22
San Jose Earthquakes v Minnesota

The Junior Loons (U13 + U14) are in Frisco TX this weekend for something called the Central Conference Boys Regional Showcase. (A Development Academy tournament.)
  • Their next games in the Twin Cities will be Sun Nov 5 against Minnesota Thunder Academy - the first TC-DA derby!

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Majority: du Nord Music Mix Vol 143 (download + extract)

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MLS

All the indicators have DC goalkeeper Bill Hamid heading to Midtjylland in Denmark.

Brian Carroll has announced his retirement. He played for DC, Columbus and Philly. He is 36 years old and played in 370 games (4th all time.)

Speaking of "All-Time" stats: Chris Wondolowski is only 12 goals away from Landon Donovan's record of 145. It don't see LD's record lasting much longer than next season.
  • The next 2 closest active players are Kei Kamara (98) and BWP (86.)

You think the quality of MLS is not improving? I think you are wrong. Check this out - new records were set in 3 very important categories:
  • Passes per game: 856
  • Passing accuracy: 79%
  • Passing accuracy in final third: 65%
  • Stats courtesy MLS

MLS teams with the most losses in 2017
19 DC United (-28)
18 Colorado Rapids (-17)
17 Minnesota United (-22)
17 LA Galaxy (-18)
16 Montreal Impact (-5)
15 New England Revolution (-9)
15 Real Salt Lake (-7)

New England is the only team in MLS that didn't win a single game away from home this season.

MLS Top Goal Scorers:
24 Nemanja Nikolic
21 Diego Valeri
20 David Villa
18 Josef Martinez
17 Ignaccio Piatti (27 GP)
17 Bradley Wright Phillips (32 GP)
17 Ola Kamara (33 GP)

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Abby Dahlkemper of North Carolina Courage named NWSL Defender Of The Year

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UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE - GROUP STAGE

Wednesday's Matchday 3 big results:
  • Bayern roughed up Celtic.
  • Chelsea + Roma went back and forth and ended tied. A good result for Roma.
  • Juventus beat Sporting CP sticking to 2nd place behind perfect Barca.
  • Matchday 5 is Oct 31 and Nov 1.



The Bird Is The Word

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Some Soccer News for Oct 18, 2017

It's Day 291 of 2017.


Front and center in Columbus:


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Anyone interested in a little Golden Gopher soccer Friday night?
  • Fri Oct 20 at 6pm CT
  • Supposed to be 75 degrees and sunny
  • You interested?
  • 5 bucks.
  • Lets do it!

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A vision for the future of soccer in America, by an actual visionary. By Peter Wilt for Midfield Press.

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US Soccer files its legal response to the lawsuit filed against them by the NASL. By Paul Kennedy for Soccer America.

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The new NASL team in San Diego has a name - 1904 FC.

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The return of the 2 Milans. From mediocrity Inter and Milan strive for significance again. By Rory Smith for the New York Times.

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A brand new album, the 2nd this year, by the great Obnox! Murder Radio is available now.

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MINNESOTA UNITED

Last game of the season coming up on Sunday in San Jose at Avaya stadium.

Minnesota United is dangerously close to breaking an ignominious record; Most goals allowed in a season.
  • The current record is 69.
  • MNUFC has allowed 67, with 1 game left to play.

The next opponent San Jose is in control of their playoff dreams. Win against Minn and advance. By Jeff Carlisle for ESPNFC.

MU is putting the push on for Abu Danladi to be named MLS Rookie Of The Year. He is a very good candidate.
  • Its an outdated award because more and more young players are coming in as Homegrown or on loan and only draftees are eligible.
  • Want to see this award scrapped in exchange for Young Player Of The Year.
  • But since the award is what it is I would have to vote for Julian Gressel of Atlanta, who has been fantastic all season long. Danladi is #2 on my ballot.

Schedule:
Sun Oct 22
San Jose Earthquakes v Minnesota

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Majority: du Nord Music Mix Vol 143 (download + extract)

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MLS

Sebastian Giovinco on why he's in Toronto and what it means to him. In his own words, for the Players Tribune.

Dallas has been the league leader in youth development, and they want to further that cause. By Sam Stejskal for MLS.

This year though has been a story of great heights to new lows for Dallas - what is going wrong? by Arch Bell for ESPNFC.

Bill Hamid has announced that he will not sign a new contract with DC United for next season. What is next? By Steven Goff for the Washington Post.
  • Hamid says we will all know where he is headed very soon.

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Adrianna Franch of Portland Thorns named NWSL Goalkeeper Of The Year

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David Letterman as he is today. By Geoff Edgers for the Washington Post.

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US SOCCER



A bevy of US Soccer topics: Landon Donovan for USSF pres? Why not Kyle Martino? Tab Ramos for USMNT interim? And a big $ surplus. By Grant Wahl for Sports Illustrated.

Another run at a possible USMNT roster for the November friendly at Portugal. By Brian Sciaretta for American Soccer Now.

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AMERICANS ABROAD

Christian Pulisic: After 3 rounds of UEFA Champions League group stage games Dortmund only has 1 point. Their chances of advancing past Real Madrid or Tottenham are slim.
  • Pulisic went 90 minutes yesterday but they could only manage a tie at APOEL.

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LIGA MX

Tonight: America v Guadalajara - its 2nd place hosting 2nd to last place. 9:00pm CT on Univision Deportes.

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UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE - GROUP STAGE

Yesterday's match 3 big results:
  • Real Madrid and Tottenham tied 1-1 in Madrid. Huge for the London team.
  • Liverpool stomped Maribor 0-7 in Slovenia.
  • Manchester City won over Napoli to remain perfect and pull away at the top.

Today's important games:
Benfica v Man United
Bayern v Celtic
Chelsea v Roma
Juventus v Sporting CP

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Just checking: The Chelsea player Zappacosta is Frank Zappa riding on the shoulders of Gal Costa, right?



The Bird Is The Word

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Some Soccer News for Oct 17, 2017

It's Day 290 of 2017.


Huge congrats to the Portland Thorns - NWSL Champions for 2017.

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du Nord MLS Hot Team Hot List Power Rankings

(Based solely on science using the 5 previous games, with no bias for prior standing or projections - just results. As of Tue Oct 17)

1 Columbus Crew
2 Toronto
3 Chicago Fire
4 Portland Timbers
5 Seattle Sounders
6 Colorado Rapids
7 New England Revolution
8 Houston Dynamo
9 San Jose Earthquakes
10 Vancouver Whitecaps
11 Atlanta United
12 Philadelphia Union
13 Real Salt Lake
14 Minnesota United
15 LA Galaxy
16 New York Red Bulls
17 Sporting Kansas City
18 New York City
19 Orlando City
20 Dallas
21 DC United
22 Montreal Impact

The irony of the #1 team is incredible.

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COLUMBUS CREW STADIUM ISSUE

A statement from Columbus Crew owner Anthony Precourt saying he will move the team to Austin TX unless he can get a new stadium built in Cow Town.

Local Columbus government officials are baffled by the announcement. (To be fair, most politicians usually are baffled.) By Kimball Perry + Rick Rouan for the Columbus Dispatch.

An interview with Precourt. By Jeff Carlisle for ESPNFC.
  • When Precourt bought the team from the Hunt family he had a clause written in that he could move the team to ONLY Austin TX.

I am sure the story will be closely covered the Columbus Dispatch newspaper.
  • There are more articles already on the site.

And what is the view from the capital city of Texas. By Kevin Lyttle for the Austin Statesman.

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This kinda of data speaks loudly, and probably directly to owner investment:

  • Minn United = 20,538 (10th in the league)

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USMNT STARS SPEAK LOUDLY AND WITH FRUSTATION

Jermaine Jones sits on his couch, turns on the video camera and stirs up some USMNT shit, and he is not always wrong. [VIDEO]

In his own way Claudio Reyna concurs. By Christian Araos for Empire of Soccer.

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Kickstarter: Documentary film on New Zealand rock band The Chills
  • Hurry - 2 days left!

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MINNESOTA UNITED

My MNUFC Notes:
  • I am not happy.
  • I was in Los Angeles for the game on Sunday in which the Loons lost 3-0.
  • With a few exceptions I would call the Minn players and coaches performance gutless.
  • Yes it was 100 degrees at kickoff. Didn't seem to effect the Galaxy players one iota.
  • And the Galaxy have been downright awful this season.
  • You could say the same for Minn United in about half the games this year - they have been awful.
  • I give the Loons full credit for being an expansion team, but at least an effort should be put forth even if you don't have the talent.
  • They have up a goal in the early minutes again for the 14th time this season - that shows so much mental weakness. Not prepared to play at all in almost half the games.
  • LA's best player was again Alessandrini. Everyone knows that. And everyone knows he goes left. How did Minn defend against him? They left him go left and he made them look like amateurs.
  • Yeah, I am pissed off.
  • Minn made two changes at half time and changed the formation and tactics - to me that means the coach completely whiffed on the starting lineup and got the formation and tactics wrong. Oof.
  • Starting Molino was almost laughable. A week ago Friday he was suspended from the last T+T CONCACAF World Cup qualifying game so he could have been back in Minnesota on Saturday, Sunday at the latest. Instead he stayed in T+T enjoying the good life, just check his Instagram, and never even flew to Minn. Instead he met the team in LA on the following Friday. Then the coach started him.
  • Again, there were no consequences for snubbing the team and teammates. Instead you get rewarded for it. Remember JVenegas walking out of training earlier this year? Its been selective punishment all season too. Which makes things doubly problematic. One guy gets punished, the next one doesn't. Favoritism at its worst. Destroys team chemistry.
  • Good game: Ibson
  • OK game: Boxall, Calvo, Martin, Finlay, Danladi, Warner, JVenegas, Ibarra
  • Bad game: Shuttleworth, Thiesson, Burch, Molino, Ramirez
  • Still angry.

Results:
-Sun Oct 15
LA Galaxy 3-0 Minnesota
Schedule:
-Sun Oct 22
San Jose Earthquakes v Minnesota

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USMNT - U17 World Cup

After faltering badly in their 3rd group stage game and falling all the way to 3rd place and a tough Round of 16 game against a group winner they came out on fire and proved that they are for real - winning 5-0 over Group B winning Paraguay. Onward and upward.
  • Tim Weah smashed home a hat trick.

England is up next for the USA. England + Japan ended 0-0 and Eng won 5-3 in Penalty Kicks.

Round of 16 Results:
-Mon Oct 16
USA 5-0 Paraguay - USA goals by Tim Weah(3), Andrew Carleton + Josh Sargent.

Quarterfinal schedule:
-Sat Oct 21 USA v England - 9:30am CT on FS2

USA Roster
  • G: Alex Budnik - Sockers, Carlos Joaquim Dos Santos - SL Benfica, Justin Garces - Atlanta United
  • D: Sergino Dest - Ajax, Christopher Gloster - New York Red Bulls, Jaylin Lindsey - Sporting Kansas City, James Sands - New York City, Tyler Shaver - New York City, Akil Watts - Portland Timbers
  • M: George Acosta - North Carolina, Taylor Booth - Real Salt Lake, Christopher Durkin - DC United, Blaine Ferri - Solar, Chris Goslin - Atlanta United, Indiana Vassilev - Unattached
  • F: Ayo Akinola - Toronto, Andrew Carleton - Atlanta United, Jacobo Reyes - Monterrey, Bryan Reynolds - Dallas, Joshua Sargent - St Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri, Tim Weah - Paris Saint-Germain
  • C: John Hackworth

Round of 16 Schedule/Results:

Colombia 0-4 Germany
Germany v ? (Oct 22)
Brazil v Honduras (Oct 18)
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Paraguay 0-5 USA
USA v England (Oct 21)
England 0-0 (5-3) Japan
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Mali v Iraq (Oct 17)
? v ? (Oct 21)
Ghana v Niger (Oct 18)
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France 1-2 Spain
Spain v Iran (Oct 22)
Iran 2-1 Mexico
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Semis (Oct 25)
Final (Oct 28)

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WORLD CUP

UEFA Playoffs Schedule:
1st Leg
-Thu Nov 9
N Ireland v Switzerland - 1:45pm CT
Croatia v Greece - 1:45pm CT
-Fri Nov 10
Sweden v Italy - 1:45pm CT
-Sat Nov 11
Denmark v Ireland - 1:45pm CT
2nd Leg
-Sun Nov 12
Switzerland v N Ireland - 11:00am CT
Greece v Croatia - 1:45pm CT
-Mon Nov 13
Italy v Sweden - 1:45pm CT
-Tue Nov 14
Ireland v Denmark - 1:45pm CT

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MLS

You know it, you love it - Ale's Weekly MLS Awards. [VIDEO] By Alejandro Moreno for ESPNFC.

Sell baby, sell! One idea for fastest way for MLS to improve - start selling players more often. By Paul Tenorio for Four Four Two.

Week 33 Schedule:
-Sun Oct 22 (All games at 3:00pm CT)
PLAYOFFS + SEEDING Salt Lake v Kansas City
PLAYOFFS San Jose v Minnesota
PLAYOFFS Dallas v LA
SEEDING Atlanta v Toronto
SEEDING DC v New York Red Bulls
SEEDING New York City v Columbus
SEEDING Portland v Vancouver
SEEDING Seattle v Colorado
SEEDING Houston v Chicago
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Games of no value:
Montreal v New England
Philadelphia v Orlando

Western Race - 3 teams for 1 spot:
43 San Jose (12W) (-22GD) (36 GF) (v MU)
43 Dallas (10W) (-4GD) (43 GF) (v LAG)
42 Salt Lake (12W) (-7GD) (47 GF) (v SKC)
  • tiebreakers: W, GD, GF

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  • Paul Riley of North Carolina Courage named NWSL Coach Of The Year
  • Ashley Hatch of North Carolina Courage named NWSL Rookie Of The Year

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  • Dane Kelly of Reno 1868 named USL Golden Boot winner (18 goals)
  • Tomas Gomez of Rochester Rhinos named USL Golden Glove winner
  • Chris Wehan of Reno 1868 named Assists Champion winner (12 assists)

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  • Bryan Burke of San Francisco Deltas named NASL Player Of The Week
  • Nemanja Nikolic of Chicago Fire named MLS Player Of The Week
  • Ever Guzman of San Antonio named USL Player Of The Week

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USL PLAYOFFS

Eastern Conference Schedule:
-Fri Oct 20
Louisville City (#1) v Bethlehem Steel (#8)
-Sat Oct 21
Rochester Rhinos (#4) v Charlotte Independence (#5)
Charleston Battery (#2) v New York Red Bulls II (#7)
Tampa Bay Rowdies (#3) v Cincinnati (#6)

Western Conference Schedule:
-Fri Oct 20
Real Monarchs (#1) v Sacramento Republic (#8)
-Sat Oct 21
Swope Park Rangers (#4) v Phoenix Rising (#5)
San Antonio (#2) v Tulsa Roughnecks (#7)
Reno 1868 (#3) v OKC Energy (#6)

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US SOCCER

With no coach, and who knows what roster the USMNT have scheduled a game for next month:
-Tue Nov 14
Portugal v USA - 12:45pm CT - broadcast TBA
Estadio Algarve, Faro

Players that could be possible for this game. By Jeff Carlisle for ESPNFC.

One informed guy's short list for USMNT coaches. By Steve Davis for Four Four Two.

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AMERICANS ABROAD

Jonathan Gonzalez continues his incredible season at Monterrey. They beat Pachuca 2-0 and he was named Man Of The Match! He's 18.



The Bird Is The Word

Monday, October 16, 2017

Home Brewing Grog

Friday, October 13, 2017

Paintin' Fences

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Some Soccer News for Oct 12, 2017

It's Day 285 of 2017.


The celebrations in Egypt were incredible looking when they qualified for the World Cup:

  • We don't get nice things like this here.

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QATAR

Regional politics could be causing Qatar even more trouble than the accusations of horrible working and living conditions for stadium builders. By Dan Roan for BBC.

An interview with Qatar's world cup director. From the New York Times.

A Qatari who is President of both beIN Sports and Paris Saint-Germain FC is being accused of bribing FIFA officials for TV rights. From Swiss justice department. Thanks to Jonathan Tannenwald for the link.

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USMNT WORLD CUP QUALIFYING

Sunil Gulati has to step down immediately. He cannot be the one leading the hiring of a new USMNT head coach.

This interview with Bruce Arena is not his finest hour. By Steven Goff for the Washington Post.
  • "There’s no finger-pointing or excuses; it’s all on us." But then he offers up excuses galore. On the other hand he has this one hanging over his head, not ours.

Trying to sum up the USMNT failure. By Brian Straus for Sports Illustrated.

Amidst all the criticism don't forget that US Soccer has helped bring forth some very exciting young prospects. By Mike Woitalla for Soccer America.

Sporting KC coach Peter Vermes has to be a candidate to coach the USMNT next. What did he think about the elimination of the senior men's team from the World Cup? By Sam McDowell for the KC Star.

More reasonable examinations of failure. By Gabriele Marcotti for ESPNFC.

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MINNESOTA UNITED

If you are at the Minnesota United game in LA this weekend I hope to see you there.

Loons trying to figure out ways to keep Ramirez and Danladi on the field at the same time. By Megan Ryan for Star Tribune.

Minn will train in California next week.

Joe Greenspan is back on loan to Pittsburgh for their last game of the season.

Schedule:
-Sun Oct 15
LA Galaxy v Minnesota - 6:30pm CT on Ch 29
-Sun Oct 22
San Jose Earthquakes v Minnesota

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USMNT - U17 World Cup

Yikes! USA plonked a hard one and the loss drops them all the way to 3rd on tie breakers. Oof.
  • They must now play the winner of Group B or C, on only a couple days rest.

Group stage schedule:
-Fri Oct 6
USA 3-0 India - USA goals by Josh Sargent(PK), Chris Durkin and Andrew Carleton.
-Mon Oct 9
USA 1-0 Ghana - USA goal by Ayomide Akinola.
-Thu Oct 12
USA 1-3 Colombia - USA goal by George Acosta.
Dr. DY Patil Stadium - Navi Mumbai

USA Roster
  • G: Alex Budnik - Sockers, Carlos Joaquim Dos Santos - SL Benfica, Justin Garces - Atlanta United
  • D: Sergino Dest - Ajax, Christopher Gloster - New York Red Bulls, Jaylin Lindsey - Sporting Kansas City, James Sands - New York City, Tyler Shaver - New York City, Akil Watts - Portland Timbers
  • M: George Acosta - North Carolina, Taylor Booth - Real Salt Lake, Christopher Durkin - DC United, Blaine Ferri - Solar, Chris Goslin - Atlanta United, Indiana Vassilev - Unattached
  • F: Ayo Akinola - Toronto, Andrew Carleton - Atlanta United, Jacobo Reyes - Monterrey, Bryan Reynolds - Dallas, Joshua Sargent - St Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri, Tim Weah - Paris Saint-Germain
  • C: John Hackworth

Group A Standings:
6 Ghana (+3)
6 Colombia (+2)
6 USA (+2)
0 India (-5)

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MLS

Kansas City stumbled with yet another chance to clinch playoff berth last night.
-Houston was the beneficiary. And now has a 4 point cushion.

Week 32 Schedule:
-Wed Oct 11
KEY Houston 2-1 Kansas City
-Sun Oct 15
Chicago v Philadelphia
New England v New York City
New York Red Bulls v Atlanta - 4pm CT on FS1
Orlando v Columbus
Toronto v Montreal
KEY Colorado v Salt Lake
KEY Kansas City v Houston
LA v Minnesota
KEY Seattle v Dallas - 6:30pm CT on FS1
KEY Vancouver v San Jose
Portland v DC

Western Playoff Race:
48 Kansas City (12W) (+12GD) (v HD, at RSL)
47 Portland (13W) (+5GD) (v DC, v VW)
47 Seattle (12W) (+6GD) (v D, v CR)
46 Houston (12W) (+9GD) (at SKC, v CF)
43 Dallas (10W) (0GD) (at SS, v LAG)
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42 Salt Lake (12W) (-6GD) (at CR, v SKC)
42 San Jose (12W) (-22GD) (at VW, v MU)

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NWSL CHAMPIONSHIP

-Sat Oct 14
North Carolina v Portland - 2:30pm CT on Lifetime

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NWSL 2017 BEST XI

  • G: Adrianna Franch - Portland Thorns FC
  • D: Abby Dahlkemper - North Carolina Courage
  • D: Ali Krieger - Orlando Pride
  • D: Becky Sauerbrunn - FC Kansas City
  • D: Casey Short - Chicago Red Stars
  • M: Jess Fishlock - Seattle Reign FC
  • M: Samantha Mewis - North Carolina Courage
  • M: McCall Zerboni - North Carolina Courage
  • F: Marta - Orlando Pride
  • F: Samantha Kerr - Sky Blue FC
  • F: Christen Press - Chicago Red Stars

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Josh Cohen of Phoenix Rising named USL Player Of The Month for September

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BIG TEAMS + GAMES IN EUROPES TOP LEAGUES:

-Fri Oct 13
Lyon v Monaco
-Sat Oct 14
Atletico Madrid v Barcelona
Liverpool v Manchester United
Manchester City v Stoke
Dortmund v Leipzig
Juventus v Lazio
Roma v Napoli
Crystal Palace v Chelsea
Dijon v PSG
Tottenham v Bournemouth
Watford v Arsenal
Bayern v Freiburg
Hertha v Schalke
Getafe v Real Madrid
-Sun Oct 15
Inter v Milan
Strasborg v Marseille



The Bird Is The Word

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Some Soccer News for Oct 11, 2017

It's Day 284 of 2017.


Not surprisingly I don't have a whole lot to say. But here are some of the words that have gone through my head in the last 18 hours: Pain. Disaster. Ugly. Awful. Disgust. Embarrassed. Humiliated. Angry.

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Donna Shalala is a US Soccer board member:


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Why? In 3 easy steps. By Jonathan Tannenwald for the Philadelphia Inquirer/Daily News.

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USA joins Chile, Ghana and Netherlands on the outside of the next World Cup.

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USMNT WORLD CUP QUALIFYING

Schedule:
-Tue Oct 10
Trinidad + Tobago 2-1 USA - USA goal by Pulisic
Ato Boldon Stadium - Couva

USA roster
  • G: Brad Guzan - Atlanta United, Tim Howard - Colorado Rapids, Nick Rimando - Real Salt Lake
  • D: DaMarcus Beasley - Houston Dynamo, Matt Besler - Sporting Kansas City, Geoff Cameron - Stoke City, Omar Gonzalez - Pachuca, Michael Orozco - Tijuana, Tim Ream - Fulham, Jorge Villafana - Santos Laguna, DeAndre Yedlin - Newcastle, Graham Zusi - Sporting Kansas City
  • M: Kellyn Acosta - Dallas, Juan Agudelo - New England Revolution, Paul Arriola - DC United, Alejandro Bedoya - Philadelphia Union, Michael Bradley - Toronto, Benny Feilhaber - Sporting Kansas City, Dax McCarty - Chicago Fire, Darlington Nagbe - Portland Timbers, Christian Pulisic - Dortmund, Gyasi Zardes - LA Galaxy
  • F: Jozy Altidore - Toronto, Clint Dempsey - Seattle Sounders, Chris Wondolowski - San Jose Earthquakes, Bobby Wood - Hamburger
  • C: Bruce Arena

T+T Roster
  • G: Adrian Foncette - Police, Greg Ranjitsingh - Louisville City, Glenroy Samuel - Morvant Caledonia United
  • D: Daneil Cyrus - Juticalpa, Kevan George - Jacksonville Armada, Curtis Gonzales - Defence Force, Triston Hodge - DirecTV W Connection, Alvin Jones - DirecTV W Connection, Josiah Trimmingham - Club Sando, Kevon Villaroel - North East Stars, Mekeil Williams - Colorado Rapids
  • M: Neil Benjamin Jr. - DirecTV W Connection), Levi Garcia - Alkmaar Zaanstreek, Khaleem Hyland - Al-Faisaly Harmah, Joevin Jones - Seattle Sounders, Jared London - Club Sando, Kevin Molino - Minnesota United, Nathan Lewis - San Juan Jabloteh, Leston Paul - Pasaquina, Kathon St. Hillaire - St. Ann's Rangers
  • F: Trevin Caesar - Sacramento Republic, Akeem Roach - Vida, Shahdon Winchester - Murcielagos
  • C: Dennis Lawrence

Hex Standings:
21 Mexico - CLINCHED
16 Costa Rica - CLINCHED
13 Panama (-1) - CLINCHED
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13 Honduras (-6) - PLAYOFF
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12 USA - OUT
6 Trinidad + Tobago - OUT

Hex Schedule:
-Tue Oct 10
T+T 2-1 USA
Honduras 3-2 Mexico
Panama 2-1 Costa Rica

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MINNESOTA UNITED

Last 8 games:
  • 4 wins
  • 2 losses
  • 2 ties
  • 14 points
  • 15 goals scored
  • 13 goals allowed
Goals by:
  • 5 Danladi
  • 3 Ramirez
  • 2 Finlay
  • 2 Molino
  • Ibarra
  • Nicholson
  • Kallman
Assists by:
  • 2 Finlay
  • 2 Thiesson
  • 2 Molino
  • 2 Ramirez
  • Ibson
  • Calvo
  • Nicholson
  • Danladi

Schedule:
-Sun Oct 15
LA Galaxy v Minnesota - 6:30pm CT on Ch 29 in Twin Cities.

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USMNT - U17 World Cup

Will they help heal some wounds? Pretty please.

Group stage schedule:
-Fri Oct 6
USA 3-0 India - USA goals by Josh Sargent(PK), Chris Durkin and Andrew Carleton.
-Mon Oct 9
USA 1-0 Ghana - USA goal by Ayomide Akinola.
-Thu Oct 12
USA v Colombia - 9:30am CT on FS2 + Universo
Dr. DY Patil Stadium - Navi Mumbai

USA Roster
  • G: Alex Budnik - Sockers, Carlos Joaquim Dos Santos - SL Benfica, Justin Garces - Atlanta United
  • D: Sergino Dest - Ajax, Christopher Gloster - New York Red Bulls, Jaylin Lindsey - Sporting Kansas City, James Sands - New York City, Tyler Shaver - New York City, Akil Watts - Portland Timbers
  • M: George Acosta - North Carolina, Taylor Booth - Real Salt Lake, Christopher Durkin - DC United, Blaine Ferri - Solar, Chris Goslin - Atlanta United, Indiana Vassilev - Unattached
  • F: Ayo Akinola - Toronto, Andrew Carleton - Atlanta United, Jacobo Reyes - Monterrey, Bryan Reynolds - Dallas, Joshua Sargent - St Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri, Tim Weah - Paris Saint-Germain
  • C: John Hackworth

Group A Standings:
6 USA (+4)
3 Colombia (0)
3 Ghana (0)
0 India (-4)

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MLS

Kaka has announced that he is leaving Orlando City at the end of this season.

Week 32 Schedule:
-Wed Oct 11
KEY Houston v Kansas City
-Sun Oct 15
Chicago v Philadelphia
New England v New York City
New York Red Bulls v Atlanta - 4pm CT on FS1
Orlando v Columbus
Toronto v Montreal
KEY Colorado v Salt Lake
KEY Kansas City v Houston
LA v Minnesota
KEY Seattle v Dallas - 6:30pm CT on FS1
KEY Vancouver v San Jose
Portland v DC

Western Playoff Race:
48 Kansas City (12W) (+13GD) (at HD, v HD, at RSL)
47 Portland (13W) (+5GD) (v DC, v VW)
47 Seattle (12W) (+6GD) (v D, v CR)
43 Houston (11W) (+8GD) (v SKC, at SKC, v CF)
43 Dallas (10W) (0GD) (at SS, v LAG)
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42 Salt Lake (12W) (-6GD) (at CR, v SKC)
42 San Jose (12W) (-22GD) (at VW, v MU)



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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Some Soccer News for Oct 10, 2017

It's Day 283 of 2017.


Germany in World Cup Qualifying:
  • 10 games
  • 10 wins
  • +39 GD
Yes, they are going to win the World Cup again next summer. Mark it down.

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Its official now - Netherlands is OUT of World Cup.
  • Other recent European qualifiers Czechia, Turkey and Ukraine out too.

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USMNT WORLD CUP QUALIFYING

Schedule:
-Tue Oct 10
Trinidad + Tobago v USA - 7pm CT on beIN
Ato Boldon Stadium - Couva

I will be at Town Hall Brewery in Minneapolis for T+T v USA tonight.

Regular updates from Trinidad + Tobago via social media. From ESPNFC.

T+T - the last hurdle. By Grant Wahl for Sports Illustrated.

Paul Caligiuri who put the USA into WC 1990 with a goal at Trinidad + Tobago has confidence in this current USA squad to do the same thing. By Paul Tenorio for Four Four Two.

Christian Pulisic has taken a beating during qualifying, and he better get used to it cuz its not going to stop any time soon. By Andrew Das for the New York Times.

USA roster
  • G: Brad Guzan - Atlanta United, Tim Howard - Colorado Rapids, Nick Rimando - Real Salt Lake
  • D: DaMarcus Beasley - Houston Dynamo, Matt Besler - Sporting Kansas City, Geoff Cameron - Stoke City, Omar Gonzalez - Pachuca, Michael Orozco - Tijuana, Tim Ream - Fulham, Jorge Villafana - Santos Laguna, DeAndre Yedlin - Newcastle, Graham Zusi - Sporting Kansas City
  • M: Kellyn Acosta - Dallas, Juan Agudelo - New England Revolution, Paul Arriola - DC United, Alejandro Bedoya - Philadelphia Union, Michael Bradley - Toronto, Benny Feilhaber - Sporting Kansas City, Dax McCarty - Chicago Fire, Darlington Nagbe - Portland Timbers, Christian Pulisic - Dortmund, Gyasi Zardes - LA Galaxy
  • F: Jozy Altidore - Toronto, Clint Dempsey - Seattle Sounders, Chris Wondolowski - San Jose Earthquakes, Bobby Wood - Hamburger
  • C: Bruce Arena

T+T Roster
  • G: Adrian Foncette - Police, Greg Ranjitsingh - Louisville City, Glenroy Samuel - Morvant Caledonia United
  • D: Daneil Cyrus - Juticalpa, Kevan George - Jacksonville Armada, Curtis Gonzales - Defence Force, Triston Hodge - DirecTV W Connection, Alvin Jones - DirecTV W Connection, Josiah Trimmingham - Club Sando, Kevon Villaroel - North East Stars, Mekeil Williams - Colorado Rapids
  • M: Neil Benjamin Jr. - DirecTV W Connection), Levi Garcia - Alkmaar Zaanstreek, Khaleem Hyland - Al-Faisaly Harmah, Joevin Jones - Seattle Sounders, Jared London - Club Sando, Kevin Molino - Minnesota United, Nathan Lewis - San Juan Jabloteh, Leston Paul - Pasaquina, Kathon St. Hillaire - St. Ann's Rangers
  • F: Trevin Caesar - Sacramento Republic, Akeem Roach - Vida, Shahdon Winchester - Murcielagos
  • C: Dennis Lawrence

Hex Standings:
21 Mexico (+10) - CLINCHED
16 Costa Rica (+7) - CLINCHED
12 USA (+5)
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10 Panama (-2)
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10 Honduras (-7)
3 Trinidad + Tobago (-13)

Hex Schedule:
-Fri Oct 6
USA 4-0 Panama
Mexico 3-1 T+T
-Sat Oct 7
Costa Rica 1-1 Honduras
-Tue Oct 10
T+T v USA
Honduras v Mexico
Panama v Costa Rica

4th place team will play home and home series with Australia for a spot at the World Cup.

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MINNESOTA UNITED

Kevin Molino has been named MLS Player of the Week! Wow.

Even playing at TCF Bank this season has set highlights and traditions. By Andy Greder for the Pioneer Press.

Schedule:
-Sun Oct 15
LA Galaxy v Minnesota - 6:30pm CT on Ch29

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USMNT - U17 World Cup

With 2 wins in 2 games the USA is looking good, and will face Colombia on Thursday. -If the USA wins the group they will take on a 3rd place team. But if they finish 2nd in the group they would most likely face Iran or Germany.

Group stage schedule:
-Fri Oct 6
USA 3-0 India - USA goals by Josh Sargent(PK), Chris Durkin and Andrew Carleton.
-Mon Oct 9
USA 1-0 Ghana - USA goal by Ayomide Akinola.
-Thu Oct 12
USA v Colombia - 9:30am CT on FS2 + Universo
Dr. DY Patil Stadium - Navi Mumbai

USA Roster
  • G: Alex Budnik - Sockers, Carlos Joaquim Dos Santos - SL Benfica, Justin Garces - Atlanta United
  • D: Sergino Dest - Ajax, Christopher Gloster - New York Red Bulls, Jaylin Lindsey - Sporting Kansas City, James Sands - New York City, Tyler Shaver - New York City, Akil Watts - Portland Timbers
  • M: George Acosta - North Carolina, Taylor Booth - Real Salt Lake, Christopher Durkin - DC United, Blaine Ferri - Solar, Chris Goslin - Atlanta United, Indiana Vassilev - Unattached
  • F: Ayo Akinola - Toronto, Andrew Carleton - Atlanta United, Jacobo Reyes - Monterrey, Bryan Reynolds - Dallas, Joshua Sargent - St Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri, Tim Weah - Paris Saint-Germain
  • C: John Hackworth

Group A Standings:
6 USA (+4)
3 Colombia (0)
3 Ghana (0)
0 India (-4)

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MLS

KC goalkeeper Tim Melia left the game against Minn last Saturday with a hamstring thingy, and the team says he could miss as much as a month. That would mean playoff games. Huge blow cuz he might be the best in MLS these days.

This Red Bulls team belongs completely to Jesse Marsch - do they have what it takes to make waves in the playoffs? by Christian Araos for Four Four Two.

Atlanta United has given technical director Carlos Bocanegra a contract extension.

Italian legend Andrea Pirlo has announced he will retire at the end of this season. Too bad MLS fans didn't get to see much from the maestro.

The Eastern Conf teams will be battling for seeding over the last 2 weeks.

The West still has 7 teams fighting for 5 spots in the playoffs. So there are a lot of big games ahead.
  • The Facts On The Western Race:
48 Kansas City (12W) (+13GD) (at HD, v HD, at RSL)
47 Portland (13W) (+5GD) (v DC, v VW)
47 Seattle (12W) (+6GD) (v D, v CR)
43 Houston (11W) (+8GD) (v SKC, at SKC, v CF)
43 Dallas (10W) (0GD) (at SS, v LAG)
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42 Salt Lake (12W) (-6GD) (at CR, v SKC)
42 San Jose (12W) (-22GD) (at VW, v MU)

Week 32 Schedule:
-Wed Oct 11
KEY Houston v Kansas City
-Sun Oct 15
Chicago v Philadelphia
New England v New York City
New York Red Bulls v Atlanta - 4pm CT on FS1
Orlando v Columbus
Toronto v Montreal
KEY Colorado v Salt Lake
KEY Kansas City v Houston
LA v Minnesota
KEY Seattle v Dallas - 6:30pm CT on FS1
KEY Vancouver v San Jose
Portland v DC

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MLS PLAYOFF CERTAINTIES

EAST - New York Red Bulls, Columbus, Toronto, New York City, Atlanta, Chicago
WEST IN (1 of 6) - Vancouver
WEST OUT (2 of 5) - Colorado, LA, Minnesota

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Due to all the destruction in Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico FC will play all 5 of their remaining games this season AWAY.

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  • Kevin Molino of Minnesota United named MLS Player Of The Week
  • Eamon Zayed of Indy Eleven named NASL Player Of The Week
  • Stefano Bonomo of New York Red Bulls II named USL Player Of The Week

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AMERICANS ABROAD

John Brooks is back training with Wolfsburg.

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Mexican players are rallying together to form a players association to represent them in a united front to bargain with Liga MX and Mexican FA. By Tom Marshall for ESPNFC.



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Monday, October 09, 2017

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