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‘The wisdom was you needed a Beckham’: What can Atlanta’s rise teach MLS?

Graham Parker speaks with Atlanta United president Darren Eales on continuing their improbable rise and learning from their peersIt could have been so different.As the second-half wore on, and it became increasingly obvious that Atlanta were going to w…

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Atlanta United cap phenomenal ascent with MLS Cup title in second season

Atlanta United capture MLS Cup before record crowd of 73,019As it happened: Atlanta United 2-0 Portland TimbersJosef Martinez was instrumental as Atlanta United secured the MLS Cup in just their second season on Saturday night, defeating the Portland T…

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MLS Cup final: Atlanta United v Portland Timbers – live!

Teams meet at Mercedes-Benz Stadium for season finaleEmail Beau or tweet him at @duresport with your thoughts 12.31am GMT Kickoff time is 8:08 Eastern time. That’s a little after 5 p.m. on the West Coach. A little after 1 a.m. in England. A little afte…

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MLS Cup: Atlanta v Portland is much more than a battle of football hipsters

Critics and rivals of this year’s finalists often deride them as suspect newcomers. But soccer in both cities has been built over decadesBack before the start of the 2012 season, MLS commissioner Don Garber issued a cautionary note about the “ghost of …

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Tyler Adams becomes latest member of USA’s German finishing school

The midfielder has completed a move from New York Red Bulls to the team’s sister club in Leipzig. It is the culmination of a long-held dreamSoon after Tyler Adams signed his first senior contract with the New York Red Bulls in 2015, he went on a two-we…

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David Villa confirms he will leave New York City FC at end of year

Spanish striker’s contract expires on 31 DecemberHas become one of MLS’s most successful importsDavid Villa, one of MLS’s most successful imports, has announced an end to his New York City FC career.The club confirmed on Wednesday that the Spanish stri…

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Atlanta on verge of MLS Cup final after first-leg win over New York Red Bulls

Atlanta United 3-0 New York Red BullsCrowd of 70,016 cheers on team’s victoryJosef Martinez, Franco Escobar and Hector Villalba scored as Atlanta United blew out the Supporters’ Shield-winning New York Red Bulls 3-0 on Sunday in the opening leg of the …

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MLS playoffs: Atlanta United set up Conference final with New York Red Bulls

More than 70,000 fans see United beat New York City FCSporting KC will play Portland in Western Conference finalThe fans showed their love for the coach before the game. Then Atlanta United’s players made sure Tata Martino has to stick around for at le…

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Miami voters give Beckham approval to negotiate stadium deal for MLS club

Inter Miami looking to build complex on public golf courseBeckham’s group will now negotiate deal with cityDavid Beckham’s long-planned stadium deal is closer to reality. Miami voters gave city officials permission on Tuesday to negotiate a n…

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Josef Martinez: ‘I have a responsibility for all Latinos, given what’s going on’

The Atlanta United striker discusses breaking MLS’s scoring record, his hopes for this season’s playoffs and the political problems in his native Venezuela“I like to live peacefully and enjoy life, not just in soccer,” says Josef Martinez reflecting on…

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Wayne Rooney misses penalty in shootout as DC United exit MLS playoffs

DC United 2-2 Columbus Crew (2-3 pens)Former England captain had lifted team to playoffsWayne Rooney’s first season in MLS came to a disappointing end on Thursday night as the former England captain missed a penalty in a shootout defeat to Columbus Cre…

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Diego Valeri’s double lifts Timbers as NYCFC fracture Union in MLS playoffs

Timbers win 2-1 over FC Dallas to advance to two-leg semi-finalMaximiliano Moralez powers NYCFC in easy victory over UnionDiego Valeri scored two goals, the second with Portland a man down, and the Timbers beat FC Dallas 2-1 in an MLS knockout game Wed…

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Diego Valeri’s double lifts Timbers as NYCFC fracture Union in MLS playoffs

Timbers win 2-1 over FC Dallas to advance to two-leg semi-finalMaximiliano Moralez powers NYCFC in easy victory over UnionDiego Valeri scored two goals, the second with Portland a man down, and the Timbers beat FC Dallas 2-1 in an MLS knockout game Wed…

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MLS playoff predictions: will Rooney lead DC United to glory?

The former England captain has helped his team to a well-timed run of form. But Sporting KC and New York Red Bulls will be tough to haltShout out to Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s continued instinct for the memorable, and his former Manchester United colleague, …

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Wayne Rooney’s stunning free-kick continues DC United’s remarkable revival

Team were bottom of Eastern Conference when Rooney arrivedEnglishman has scored 10 goals in 18 apperancesWayne Rooney rolled back the years as his stunning 30-yard free-kick earned DC United a 1-0 home win over Toronto. The former England cap…

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Link-up with US and live data for fans: how Mexico’s league is thinking big

Mexico’s Liga MX is determined to grow and compete with Europe – and it is ready to integrate with MLS to achieve its goalHow do you solve a problem like the Liga? That’s Liga MX, by the way, Mexican football’s top flight. As football’s cultural (and f…

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MLS Ultras: plastic wannabes or sign of a thriving league?

Football in North America has been on a quest for authenticity for decades. It’s debatable whether hardcore fans are helping or hindering that goalWhen Major League Soccer kicked off for the first time back in 1996, European football’s Ultras culture w…

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores 500th career goal with stunning spinning volley – video

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored his 500th career goal on Saturday in LA Galaxy’s 5-3 loss to Toronto. The 36-year-old Swedish striker has now joined Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the only active players with 500 goals for club and country Continue re…

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David Beckham’s new MLS team will be called Inter Miami

Franchise’s name is a nod to Spanish-speaking communityClub have name but are still finalising plans for stadiumFrom the league that brought you exotic names such as LA Galaxy, Miami Fusion, Tampa Bay Mutiny and, um, DC United a new power has arisen. D…

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Clint Dempsey was gritty as hell – but he could also conjure moments of inspiration

The striker proved American outfield players could cut it in Europe and helped blaze a trail for the likes of Christian PulisicAfter Clint Dempsey’s somewhat surprising retirement announcement on Wednesday morning, his place in the overall hierarchy of…