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MLS playoff predictions: Zlatan Ibrahimovic stands between LAFC and glory

Los Angeles’ newest team have been merciless this year. But a new playoff format brings an element of luck into the postseasonThe dominance of Los Angeles FC. Losing just four league games all year long, they set a new standard in Major League Soccer a…

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MLS playoff predictions: Zlatan Ibrahimovic stands between LAFC and glory

Los Angeles’ newest team have been merciless this year. But a new playoff format brings an element of luck into the postseasonThe dominance of Los Angeles FC. Losing just four league games all year long, they set a new standard in Major League Soccer a…

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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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Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement from football at age of 35

Midfielder made final appearance in 5-2 win for Chicago FireGerman won World Cup and Champions league during careerThe former Bayern Munich, Germany and Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has announced his retirement from football at t…

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Farewell to DaMarcus Beasley: a US star with no interest in the limelight

The former PSV and Rangers player never measured his worth in newsprint or television appearances and never cared about outside praise or criticismSunday was branded Decision Day in MLS, but for one of the finest players the American game has ever prod…

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MLS lifts controversial ban on anti-Nazi symbols at games

Fans had been ejected for displaying Iron Front bannersOpponents of ban included NBA legend Kareem Abdul-JabbarMajor League Soccer is lifting its ban on signs and banners featuring an anti-Nazi symbol for the remainder of the season and the playoffs. A…

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How Ibrahimovic and Rooney became advocates for MLS players’ rights

Major League Soccer’s two biggest stars are using their clout to expose the league’s flaws, ensuring their impact on American soccer won’t just be quantified by their number of goals scoredHe is one of the best strikers of his generation, yet for many …

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Banning fans’ free speech is not consistent with our vision of sport. Or democracy

MLS fans have been banned for displaying flags with the anti-fascist Iron Front symbol. But it is crucial that peaceful political statements are allowed in sports“Push ‘em back, push ‘em back, waaay back!” is a classic American football chant encouragi…

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Héber: from partnering Firmino in Brazil to replacing David Villa in NYC

Heber played alongside ‘Alberto’ Firmino in his teens before spells in Armenia and Croatia earned him a move to New YorkBy Joshua Law for Yellow & Green FootballHéber didn’t have to think twice. He had received a phone call from Srecko Juricic, spo…

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Is MLS blessed with brilliant attackers … or terrible defenders?

Goals are up this season in MLS and players such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic are thriving. But are they just feasting on easy pickings?Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s 50th game in Major League Soccer came earlier this month. The LA Galaxy suffered a soul-crushing 4-3 d…

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Sportswashing: how Saudi Arabia lobbies the US’s largest sports bodies

Saudi Arabia’s relatively sudden interest in sports can be construed as a soft power tactic to help distract from the kingdom’s ongoing human rights abuses and the Yemen crisisLast month, the foreign registration documentation for Saudi Arabia’s 2018 l…

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‘If he was 28, not 38’: Man Utd’s Solskjær plays down Ibrahimovic return – video

Ole Gunnar Solskjær said on Friday he will ‘always speak to’ Zlatan Ibrahimovic – but added that he didn’t believe the striker was serious about a return to Manchester United.Earlier this week, Ibrahimovic was quoted saying ‘if United needs m…

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MLS and Antifa: America’s top flight grapples with political signage ban

The lone major North American sports league to ban political statements inside stadiums is finding enforcement isn’t so simpleIf you’ve attended a Major League Soccer match at some point over the past month or so there’s a good chance that you’ll have …

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David Beckham’s MLS stadium site contaminated by arsenic, says report

Soil samples found barium and lead levels above legal limitsFindings could hike cleanup costs to $50m at proposed siteAn environmental report poses a new problem for the proposed site of David Beckham’s Major League Soccer stadium in Miami: Tests show …

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Alex Morgan says pay-to-play is hurting soccer in the US. Is she right?

The USA striker thinks the model for young players in America is broken. But figures such as MLS commissioner Don Garber disagreeDon Garber was utterly convinced Alex Morgan was wrong. While basking in the glory of another World Cup triumph, the US str…

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Frank de Boer: ‘Equal pay at international level now would be ridiculous’

The Atlanta United manager reflects on his short reign at Crystal Palace and explains why he thinks the equal pay debate is not overWhen José Mourinho called Frank de Boer “the worst manager in the history of the Premier League”, the Dutchman’s ego rem…

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Wayne Rooney revived DC United but Europe still clearly trumps MLS

The former England captain has been brilliant during his brief career in the States. But MLS is still a temporary home for the best players in the leagueWayne Rooney was always pretty clear about what he wanted to achieve in Major League Soccer. From t…

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Alejandro Bedoya on US gun violence: ‘People get stuck in their American ways of thinking’

The Philadelphia Union captain and USA international went viral on Sunday when he grabbed a field microphone after scoring and urged Congress to act to prevent further gun violenceAlejandro Bedoya was at home in the French city of Nantes in the fall of…

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Alejandro Bedoya on US gun violence: ‘People get stuck in their American ways of thinking’

The Philadelphia Union captain and USA international went viral on Sunday when he grabbed a field microphone after scoring and urged Congress to act to prevent further gun violenceAlejandro Bedoya was at home in the French city of Nantes in the fall of…

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Wayne Rooney says he is a player first in Derby County move – video

Derby County have confirmed that Wayne Rooney will join as a player-coach on an initial 18-month contract in January. Speaking to media, Rooney said he has ambitions to become a manager one day but will first focus on ‘helping the team win’. Roone…