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How Colorado’s Robin Fraser is breaking ground for black coaches in MLS

The longtime MLS assistant and former USA defender is only the second African American head coach in league history Robin Fraser stood stoic on the sideline at Red Bull Arena as the Colorado Rapids stymied the New York Red Bulls. To his right his forme…

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Colorado Rapids match to go ahead as scheduled despite plague

Rapids cancel fireworks due to plague-infested fleas in areaMatch will go ahead as scheduled despite local health scareThe Colorado Rapids have announced Saturday’s match with the Montreal Impact will go ahead as scheduled, but parking at Dick’s Sporti…

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Colorado Rapids match to go ahead as scheduled despite plague

Rapids cancel fireworks due to plague-infested fleas in areaMatch will go ahead as scheduled despite local health scareThe Colorado Rapids have announced Saturday’s match with the Montreal Impact will go ahead as scheduled, but parking at Dick’s Sporti…

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Tim Howard ends a career of individual brilliance but not much team glory

The former USA and Everton goalkeeper will retire at the end of the 2019 MLS season. He was the last of a generation that helped expand US soccerOn 1 July 2014, Tim Howard delivered his finest performance. Facing the likes of Eden Hazard, Kevin de Bruy…

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Stan Kroenke’s abject US teams a warning things may get worse for Arsenal

Gunners fans may well despair at their club’s woes but they should be thankful they don’t support one of his teams on the other side of the Atlantic

Arsenal supporters are rightly wondering if it can get any worse for their side. Two losses in three matches to open the Premier League season, a manager in Arsène Wenger who has seemingly lost his touch and precious little done during the transfer window to improve the talent on the pitch. But if Arsenal fans are dismayed at the way the club’s majority shareholder, Stan Kroenke, runs affairs at the Emirates, a glance at his US teams offers little hope things will improve.

The metaphor that best describes Kroenke’s sports franchises is that of a dumpster fire. But, in his case, a raging trash fire isn’t a metaphor. Two years ago, before Kroenke’s NFL Rams team took on the Pittsburgh Steelers, the turf in St Louis’ Edward Jones Dome actually caught fire, delaying kickoff by nearly 30 minutes.

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Tim Howard’s views on USA’s foreign-born players ‘dangerous’, says Jones

  • Jones says ‘I feel it’s not if you’re half American or full American’
  • German-born midfielder, 35, will play for LA Galaxy next season

Jermaine Jones has told ESPN that Tim Howard’s comments about national team players born or brought up overseas were “dangerous stuff” and that playing for USA wasn’t about being “half-American or full-American”.

Related: Will a 48-team World Cup lead to a Concacaf-Conmebol merger?

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Tim Howard’s views on USA’s foreign-born players ‘dangerous’, says Jones

  • Jones says ‘I feel it’s not if you’re half American or full American’
  • German-born midfielder, 35, will play for LA Galaxy next season

Jermaine Jones has told ESPN that Tim Howard’s comments about national team players born or brought up overseas were “dangerous stuff” and that playing for USA wasn’t about being “half-American or full-American”.

Related: Will a 48-team World Cup lead to a Concacaf-Conmebol merger?

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Jordan Morris scores to send Seattle Sounders to first MLS Cup

  • Sounders’ 1-0 victory gives them 3-1 aggregate win over Rapids
  • Seattle will play either Toronto FC or Montreal Impact in final

Jordan Morris scored in the 56th minute and the Seattle Sounders advanced to their first MLS Cup, beating the Colorado Rapids 1-0 on Sunday in the second leg of the Western Conference final.

Nelson Haedo Valdez set up the goal to help Seattle win 3-1 on aggregate. The Sounders will play Toronto or Montreal on 10 December for the title. Toronto host Montreal in the second leg of the Eastern final Wednesday night. The Impact won the first leg 3-2 in Montreal.

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MLS conference finals: Canadian sides tangle and Sounders target maiden title

Montreal and Toronto will face off in an all-Canadian tie for the right to face either Seattle or Colorado in the MLS Cup final

Seattle can be very Seattle. Renowned for being one of America’s most progressive cities, where same-sex marriage has been legal since 2012, where the minimum wage is higher than anywhere else in the US and where smoking marijuana is permitted, there is a certain spirit to the place that distinguishes it from anywhere else. That extends to sport.

Its NFL team – the Seahawks – practice yoga and eat free-range chicken organically raised specifically for the players. Its soccer team, partially co-owned by a film director and a comedian, commands a bigger following than any other in the United States. “It’s different here, have you noticed?” Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll once said, but it’s the Sounders who best reflect their surroundings.

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MLS conference finals: Canadian sides tangle and Sounders target maiden title

Montreal and Toronto will face off in an all-Canadian tie for the right to face either Seattle or Colorado in the MLS Cup final

Seattle can be very Seattle. Renowned for being one of America’s most progressive cities, where same-sex marriage has been legal since 2012, where the minimum wage is higher than anywhere else in the US and where smoking marijuana is permitted, there is a certain spirit to the place that distinguishes it from anywhere else. That extends to sport.

Its NFL team – the Seahawks – practice yoga and eat free-range chicken organically raised specifically for the players. Its soccer team, partially co-owned by a film director and a comedian, commands a bigger following than any other in the United States. “It’s different here, have you noticed?” Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll once said, but it’s the Sounders who best reflect their surroundings.

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Steven Gerrard could be set to announce his retirement after Galaxy KO

• Liverpool legend may now hang up boots following side’s defeat
• Robbie Keane could also have played final game for Galaxy

Steven Gerrard could be set to call time on his playing career after his Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy were knocked out of the MLS play-offs.

After Galaxy won the first leg of the Western Conference semi-final 1-0 against the Colorado Rapids Gerrard watched from the bench at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park as Shkelzen Gashi scored the only goal of the game in the return leg to take the match into extra-time and then penalties.

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MLS weekend: Atlanta United pick a star in Tata Martino, and Seattle hit form

The MLS newcomers announced a coach with a real pedigree, and fans should be excited. Plus, Portland look worried as Seattle find form at just the right time

Earlier this week, Atlanta United FC, MLS’s expansion team for 2017, made headlines as they introduced to the world their first ever manager. And what a pick it was: 53-year-old Gerardo Tata Martino arrives to America as one of the most experienced coaches to have ever graced Major League Soccer. Aside from his run with the Argentinian national team (just three losses from 29 matches, including reaching the final of the 2015 Copa America and the 2016 Centenario) and a topsy-turvy season with Barcelona, Martino also helped Paraguay reach the quarter-finals of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. A hard-fought 1-0 loss to eventual champions Spain ended Paraguay’s most successful run in the tournament’s history.

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MLS weekend preview: LA Galaxy and Red Bulls adapt to life without stars

Plus: FC Dallas look to stay on top in the West; Union look climb and win East, Chicago just want it all to end; how far can Mastreoni take Colorado?

Bruce Arena’s team take the field against Columbus on Saturday without a win in six – and without two of their stars. The Galaxy failed to win a game in the month of August, and now they’ll finish the season without Gyasi Zardes and Nigel de Jong. Zardes broke his foot and won’t play again this term, while De Jong is back in Europe, having signed with Galatasaray.

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MLS weekend preview: Alejandro Bedoya could be signing of the season

Plus: Dempsey to benefit from Lodeiro’s signing; fit and focused Altidore could come good; Rapids must get back on track; Red Bulls poised for summer surge

On the face of things Alejandro Bedoya is a fairly unremarkable signing even for a team like the Philadelphia Union, not exactly accustomed to welcoming such prolific internationals on designated player contracts. But it is Bedoya’s unremarkability that makes him such an exceptional signing. His arrival could be a defining moment in the Union’s season.

The former Nantes and Rangers midfielder hasn’t been signed to shift shirts, but to serve a purpose in Jim Curtin’s side. Bedoya isn’t the most eye-catching of players – he won’t dribble past opponents like Sebastian Giovinco or fire a long-range drive into the roof of the net like Didier Drogba – but he will make the Union a better side both in the defensive and attacking side of the game. The 29-year-old is the midfield dynamo they have so far lacked this season.

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Bradley Wright-Phillips’ new record; and Frank Lampard edges into relevance

Plus: the Rapids’ winning run ends abruptly; Toronto FC’s best is back to his best; and Jason Kreis’s triumphant return

A record-setting night started in atypical fashion for Bradley Wright-Phillips.

The Red Bulls striker spent most of the match in solitude, unable to get a clear touch in a dangerous position, thanks in part to a choking Chicago Fire defense. But as has been the case since he joined the team in 2013, a bit of space was all he needed to show his form.

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Patrick Vieira psyched out by Marsch, and time runs short for Sigi Schmid

The NYCFC manager was rattled in his side’s latest derby disappointment, while it’s time for Seattle’s longtime manager to relinquish his post

Patrick Vieira is unshakeable. That has been his defining characteristic, first as a player and now, as a manager.

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MLS preview: why the Hudson River Derby isn’t this weekend’s big game

The two best teams in the West meet on Saturday, and Dallas and Colorado should serve up a treat for the fans

This is a real lip-smacker. Dallas have surged to 40 points, and stand clear at the top in the West. Colorado are on their tail, three points back but with three games in hand. Colorado are unbeaten in 14 games; Dallas have won four of the last five. Dallas score goals, and plenty of them; Colorado have the league’s best keeper and a superb defensive record, having conceded just 13 all season. Forget the derby in New York: this is the weekend’s biggest game.

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Tim Howard happy to be back in MLS after more than a decade away

The USA stopper’s homecoming has boosted the Rapids’ ticket sales, and he’s eager to show he can win in a league that’s much better than it was when he left

Major League Soccer is in a different place from when Tim Howard last patrolled the league’s penalty areas way back in 2003. The 20-team league is twice the size it was then. New York has two clubs, and neither is named the MetroStars, who played in a mostly empty NFL stadium then – though that was better than the Dallas Burn playing in a high school stadium.

Related: Adrian Heath’s firing shows ruthlessness at heart of the Orlando City project

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Sebastian Giovinco’s struggles, and MLS All-Stars assessed

Plus: Red Bulls feel the absence of Lloyd Sam; Tim Howard could be the final piece in the Rapids’ MLS Cup puzzle; and Kei Kamara is back with a bang


When Antonio Conte omitted Sebastian Giovinco from his Italy squad for this summer’s European Championships Greg Vanney must have raised a glass in the Azzurri coach’s honour. Don Garber probably didn’t, given Conte’s accompanying comments about MLS, but Giovinco’s absence in France this summer was seen to be to the benefit of Toronto FC. That was the assumption, anyway.

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Why the power in MLS has shifted firmly to the Western Conference

Western teams appear faster, stronger, more competitive and more tenacious – and teams from the East are too quick to fire the coach when things go wrong

As the halfway point of the 2016 MLS season rounds into view after a pause for the Copa America, this season is looking as hard to predict as any other. One prediction that was easy to make, however, was that the Colorado Rapids would beat the Chicago Fire when play resumed two weeks ago. They duly did, and their 2-1 win cemented their perch at the top of the Western Conference, at least for a short period. (They now sit a point back of Dallas, but with two games in hand.) Colorado have arguably been the league’s top team this year; Chicago are the league’s worst. It was about as hard of a guess as Argentina choking in another final.

Related: Montreal better without Drogba; and NYC FC’s best Englishman isn’t Lampard

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