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Frank De Boer struggles early in MLS as Pity and Atlanta United fail to fire

The Five Stripes won the title in just their second season. But after the departure of two key figures they have struggled to find a new identityGonzalo “Pity” Martínez was welcomed to the US with a song. As he stepped off the team bus, Atlanta United …

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Landon Donovan’s eccentric career: ‘I try not to just accept everything society says’

As he stages another comeback from retirement, one of US soccer’s finest ever players reflects on money, fame and why he chose America over EuropeAs the lights swirled in the darkness of an aging San Diego arena three weekend ago, stepped through the “…

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FC Cincinnati’s Nazmi Albadawi on stepping up to MLS and playing for Palestine

The midfielder had a manic winter, playing in the Asian Cup and getting married. Now he’s ready to help his team in their first MLS seasonAs off-seasons go, the one Nazmi Albadawi just plowed through could be best described as truncated. First the atta…

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Proud Boys and skinheads: MLS faces an incursion from the far-right

The far-right is a growing menace in the United States. And there are signs it is beginning to infect North American soccerWhen they kicked off their first-ever season in 2015, New York City FC were known for players like Andrea Pirlo and David Villa. …

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Proud Boys and skinheads: MLS faces an incursion from the far-right

The far-right is a growing menace in the United States. And there are signs it is beginning to infect North American soccerWhen they kicked off their first-ever season in 2015, New York City FC were known for players like Andrea Pirlo and David Villa. …

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Why many LA Galaxy fans don’t believe David Beckham deserves a statue

The former England captain has been honoured for his time in LA. But players like Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan were far more crucial to the teamDeciding on a statue is never easy. There is the archetypal celebration statue, as demonstrated by the Th…

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LA Galaxy unveil statue of David Beckham at MLS opener

Englishman helped bring attention – and players – to MLSFC Cincinnati beaten by Seattle Sounders in league debutMajor League Soccer’s past, present and future all converged at on Saturday night. One of the most prominent events of the opening day of th…

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Is promotion and relegation any closer in US soccer?

America’s international teams go through ups and downs but the issue of promotion and relegation in domestic leagues refuses to dieA year after Carlos Cordeiro was elected US Soccer president in a free-for-all that threw everything in the sport up for …

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How MLS and the Scottish Premiership became unexpected frenemies

Both leagues are unable to compete in financial terms against the European elite, and a mutually exploitative relationship is developingMatt Polster either made the best or the worst decision of his career in January. Not long ago he was seen as a futu…

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Miguel Almirón: Newcastle just secured possibly MLS’s finest ever export

The Paraguay international who spirited Atlanta United to an MLS Cup is bound for the Premier League, where he will be the creative playmaker Rafael Benítez has long covetedAs the transfer window was closing on Thursday, Newcastle United secured the si…

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Newcastle close to record deal to sign Miguel Almirón from Atlanta

• Fee for Paraguay midfielder believed to be around £20m• Rafael Benítez hopeful Almirón will be first January signingNewcastle have agreed a deal in principle to sign Miguel Almirón from Atlanta United for a club-record fee believed to be around £20m….

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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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Wayne Rooney spoke ‘broken English’ at time of arrest, says police report

Footballer was arrested in December for public intoxicationFormer England captain plays for DC United in MLSThe former England captain Wayne Rooney was speaking “broken English” when he was arrested for public intoxication and swearing at a Washington …

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Is Christian Pulisic the first part of a US European invasion? Not so fast …

The new Chelsea player is the latest of a number of Americans making moves to big European clubs. But the US youth system remains fractured and fractiousOf all the tales told of the USA’s failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, the most haunting dep…

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How a group of fans in a bar saved Columbus Crew from extinction

When the team’s owner announced plans to move the Crew 1,000 miles south to Texas, supporters vowed he would not get his wayWhen Columbus Crew fans were making their wish for 2018 there was a simple dream: that their team would stay in their city and n…

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Sigi Schmid’s contribution helped shape the very ground MLS stands on

The most successful manager in MLS history, with Bruce Arena, topped a tree including virtually every active coach in the leagueIn the summer of 2016, as the LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders prepared to face each other in an MLS regular season game, a gr…

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MLS champions Atlanta United appoint Frank De Boer as new head coach

Dutchman’s last job was brief spell with Crystal PalaceDe Boer replaces Tata Martino, who left after title winMLS champions Atlanta United have appointed Frank De Boer as their new head coach. The Dutchman is back in management for the first time since…

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Fidgety MLS changes playoffs again – this time for the better

It can be wearying to watch the league tweak the postseason again and again. But there is a certain logic behind the most recent changesMLS president Mark Abbott has a fondness for describing the league as “nimble”. It’s a characterization that serves …

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Zack Steffen is unlikely to ever play for Man City. So why did he join them?

The goalkeeper is one of the US’s most promising players. But he’s more than likely swapping a starring role in MLS for a loan move from CityPep Guardiola knows what he likes in a goalkeeper. The Manchester City manager has changed the way football loo…

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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…