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‘We want authentic’: how NBC’s British commentators won the US audience

For the British natives enlisted for NBC’s Premier League play-by-play duties, tailoring a style to fit an American audience has come quite naturallyMore than 30 years have passed since Arlo White, then a teenager, traveled from England to Chicago to v…

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MLS Cup: Five things we learned from Toronto’s cathartic, legacy-sealing win

Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore enjoyed sweet vindication as Toronto FC made their most compelling pitch for Major League Soccer’s best team everThe spirit of blame has been bouncing around US soccer circles since the USA’s World Cup elimination – bu…

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Jozy Altidore has last laugh to seal MLS Cup glory for Toronto FC

USA forward’s decisive strike erases memory of 2016 agony.Injury-time goal by Victor Vazquez seals historic domestic treble.Read Bob Williams’ minute-by-minute report of the match. For long stretches of this final it looked as if Stefan Frei was about …

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MLS Cup final: Toronto FC v Seattle Sounders – live!

MLS season reaches its climax in repeat of last season’s finalEmail Bob or tweet @williamsbob75 with your thoughts 9.42pm GMT 10 min: Huge save by Seattle keeper Stefan Frei to deny Jonathan Osorio… and then Giovinco hits the ball just wide from righ…

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Toronto FC, once the favourite punchline of MLS, aiming to have last laugh

The Canadian side go into Saturday’s MLS Cup final against the Seattle Sounders confident of becoming the team they always had the potential to beToronto FC were not so long ago Major League Soccer’s favourite punchline. Both on and off the field, they…

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Brad Friedel on how Mauricio Pochettino helped him become a coach

The former goalkeeper has been appointed the new head coach of New England Revolution. He says his experience in the Premier League will be invaluableMauricio Pochettino didn’t miss a thing. “He’s one of the very best out there and I have no problem sa…

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Caleb Porter out as Portland Timbers coach in surprise move

Porter, 42, had been coach of the Timbers for the past five seasonsPortland won MLS Cup championship in 2015 under his guidanceA person familiar with the decision confirmed that head coach Caleb Porter has parted ways with the Portland Timbers.The pers…

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Robbie Rogers, first out male athlete in US pro sports, retires from football

Defender came out in 2013 after being released by LeedsRogers won two MLS Cups and 18 caps for US men’s national team‘I could not have imagined the happiness I’ll take into retirement’Robbie Rogers, the LA Galaxy defender who became the first openly ga…

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Andrea Pirlo retires from football after leaving New York City FC

• Former World Cup and Champions League winner retires aged 38• Pirlo tweets statement after NYC FC are knocked out of play-offsFormer Juventus, Milan and Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo has announced his retirement from football at the age of 38.Pirlo, …

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MLS play-offs: Jozy Altidore says he was sucker-punched as Toronto progress

Striker sent off after clash with USA team-mate Sacha KljestanToronto FC will play Columbus Crew in Eastern Conference finalWestern Conference will see Houston Dynamo meet Seattle SoundersTop seeds Toronto FC advanced to MLS’s Eastern Conference final …

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Patrick Vieira: ‘I am doing what I love and I am where I want to be’

The New York City FC coach is preparing to lead his team in the MLS playoffs – and says he is not considering a return to Europe just yetPatrick Vieira is determined to focus on the here and now – but it appears an almost Sisyphean task given that he i…

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Where can an owner move their football club 1,000 miles on a whim? America

Columbus Crew’s owner plans to move the team from Ohio to Texas. And MLS doesn’t appear too bothered about stopping himComing off the United States’ failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, Major League Soccer fans needed good news. What they got ins…

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David Villa to Diego Valeri: the men who will decide the MLS playoffs

The teams are decided for the post-season. But who will have the biggest say on the destination of this season’s MLS Cup?Josef Martinez (Atlanta United) Nothing in Major League Soccer is as thrilling as an Atlanta United game at their new Mercedes Benz…

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Was MLS really to blame for USA’s World Cup failure?

MLS and the USMNT have helped each other out down the years. But the domestic league deserves at least some time under the microscopeA full week has passed since a dreadful 90 minutes took the USA from part of the World Cup furniture to tournament spec…

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NYC FC’s Jack Harrison making mark from St George’s Park to the Bronx

The New York City FC winger is making headlines on both sides of the pond after debuting for England’s Under-21s amid his club’s play-off pushThe moment Jack Harrison realized that he had finally made it in his home country was not when he stepped onto…

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USA star Alex Morgan kicked out of Disney World alongside MLS players

  • World Cup winner ejected along with former Derby player Giles Barnes
  • Striker’s goals have helped US to Olympic and World Cup wins

USA striker Alex Morgan was one of three football players cited kicked out of Walt Disney World after an argument at a party, police say.

Morgan was part of a group including Orlando City SC players Giles Barnes and Donny Toia who were issued citations by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. She is married to another Orlando player, Servando Carrasco. Barnes is a former England Under-19 midfielder and played in the Premier League for Derby County and West Bromwich Albion.

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New York City FC ‘golden boy’ Jack Harrison called up by England Under-21s

  • Midfielder has spent entire professional career in Major League Soccer
  • Player who left England to play in US ‘speechless’ at call-up

New York City FC midfielder Jack Harrison has been called up by England Under-21s for the first time for the Euro 2019 qualifiers against Scotland and Andorra. Harrison has been drafted in following the withdrawals through injury of Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Sheyi Ojo.

“It’s really good news for Jack, it’s really good news for the football club and of course I’m really pleased for him because he’s improved a lot and he loves the game,” said New York City FC manager Patrick Vieira. “I just want him to enjoy it – it will be a great, positive experience to be surrounded by players who play in the Premier League and I just want him to show how good he is because if the manager called him, it means he deserves it.”

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Football clubs should stop exaggerating their attendance figures

Clubs and leagues want to look popular, attract sponsors and justify government investment, but they shouldn’t lie to fans

By Ian Thomson for Nutmeg, part of the Guardian Sport Network

Football fans attach emotional significance to how many people turn up to watch their team play. We feel pride when our club packs out our home stands or takes a boisterous army on the road and we delight in mocking our rivals when clusters of empty seats punctuate their sections. Attendance ribbing is a time-honoured staple of supporter culture, albeit one now threatened by practices imported from the American sports industry.

A club’s attendance figures can be compared to the body’s heartbeat. They reflect overall health. Victories, defeats, goals scored and league position are key drivers behind a club’s popularity, but success on the pitch doesn’t necessarily translate into increased turnstile clicks. Stadium facilities must meet the needs of a diverse, modern-day support; directors need to follow a vision for the club that aligns with the fans’ expectations; sales and marketing departments have to capture the attention of the potential fanbase; and ticket prices need to be acceptable.

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For New York City FC, there’s literally no place like home

NYCFC’s ‘home’ game 110 miles from their temporary home ground reaffirmed the fact that one of the league’s star club’s are still without a permanent home

It was billed as a home game, but it was the loosest definition of the term. Even Patrick Vieira admitted as much. “We treated it like an away game,” the New York City FC head coach said.

On Saturday, New York City fans endured up to seven-hour round trips to East Hartford, Connecticut, for their ‘home’ game against the Houston Dynamo, a match they drew 1-1.

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Ashley Cole still burns: forgotten man will not forget his English foes | Ewan Murray

The LA Galaxy left-back is living a relatively quiet life in Hollywood but still blames the English press for the negative perception of him in his homeland

Confirmation that LA Galaxy have failed in their quest to reach the MLS play-offs may arrive on Sunday. If not, such news will not have to wait much longer. Twenty-nine regular season games thus far have returned just 27 points. Galaxy are second bottom of the Western Conference, an embarrassing scenario for a club defined by celebrity and success, to the point where almost $4m per year is currently bestowed upon Giovani dos Santos as a base salary and five MLS Cups are housed at the StubHub Center, where David Beckham used to be their most celebrated playing star.

Galaxy’s latest capitulation took place here in Atlanta on Wednesday, where they were 4-0 – and a man – down by half-time. Atlanta United, such a success on and off the field in this, their debut MLS season, did not need to bother adding to the scoreline. Sigi Schmid, who has endured a fraught time since returning as Galaxy’s head coach in late July, bemoaned a “lack of focus” in a defence that was pulled apart by Atlanta’s menacing front four.

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