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Fake plastic unease: Can MLS become a world-class league on artificial turf?

Major League Soccer’s ambitious goal of growing into one of the world’s best leagues is ever compromised with so many of its teams still playing on artificial surfacesIn every other way, it was a marquee event. The sight of 69,274 fans, a stadium recor…

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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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Portland Timbers’ Jeremy Ebobisse: ‘What’s going on in America now is shocking’

The 22-year-old has established himself as one of the US’s most promising forwards. But he is equally comfortable discussing race, immigration and politicsJeremy Ebobisse has a lot to say, but he chooses his words carefully.“We’re in a specific job tha…

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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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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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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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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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Goals, goofs and gaiety: just another regular weekend in MLS

This was supposed to be a season of maturity for Major League Soccer, but as Portland’s 4-2 win over Houston showed, it still has some growing up to do

International breaks in the Major League Soccer season, like the over-emphasized punctuation marks in a Victor Borge stand-up routine, are interruptions that take on a comedic effect. One could lament the nascent season’s loss of important players so that Canada can play a friendly against Scotland, or so the US can continue muddling through World Cup qualification. Laughing, however, is more enjoyable. One might as well embrace the opportunity afforded by the strip-mining of rosters for international matches to ruminate on the state of the league. The three-week marker in a 34-week season that will end with most teams making the playoffs in an inopportune time for prognostications, but why should that stop anyone?

Related: Wilmer Cabrera, loyal lieutenant in Colombia’s dream team, thriving in MLS

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Goals, goofs and gaiety: just another regular weekend in MLS

This was supposed to be a season of maturity for Major League Soccer, but as Portland’s 4-2 win over Houston showed, it still has some growing up to do

International breaks in the Major League Soccer season, like the over-emphasized punctuation marks in a Victor Borge stand-up routine, are interruptions that take on a comedic effect. One could lament the nascent season’s loss of important players so that Canada can play a friendly against Scotland, or so the US can continue muddling through World Cup qualification. Laughing, however, is more enjoyable. One might as well embrace the opportunity afforded by the strip-mining of rosters for international matches to ruminate on the state of the league. The three-week marker in a 34-week season that will end with most teams making the playoffs in an inopportune time for prognostications, but why should that stop anyone?

Related: Wilmer Cabrera, loyal lieutenant in Colombia’s dream team, thriving in MLS

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Goals, goofs and gaiety: just another regular weekend in MLS

This was supposed to be a season of maturity for Major League Soccer, but as Portland’s 4-2 win over Houston showed, it still has some growing up to do

International breaks in the Major League Soccer season, like the over-emphasized punctuation marks in a Victor Borge stand-up routine, are interruptions that take on a comedic effect. One could lament the nascent season’s loss of important players so that Canada can play a friendly against Scotland, or so the US can continue muddling through World Cup qualification. Laughing, however, is more enjoyable. One might as well embrace the opportunity afforded by the strip-mining of rosters for international matches to ruminate on the state of the league. The three-week marker in a 34-week season that will end with most teams making the playoffs in an inopportune time for prognostications, but why should that stop anyone?

Related: Wilmer Cabrera, loyal lieutenant in Colombia’s dream team, thriving in MLS

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MLS players would prefer Ibrahimovic to Messi and say Portland have best fans

  • Annual ESPN players’ poll reveals Swede is top designated player pick
  • Portland fans considered league’s best, ahead of Seattle Sounders
  • ‘The discrepancy between DPs and minimum salary guys in insane’

Today’s MLS players believe Portland Timbers have the best fans, think regular salaries are much too low, and would love to see Zlatan Ibrahimovic join the league – more so than Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo.

Related: What to watch in MLS this season: 22 teams, top talent and Tata Martino

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Minnesota United claim unwanted MLS record after 5-1 debut loss at Portland

Minnesota United’s first ever game in MLS got off to a historic start, of a kind.

The Loons’ 5-1 defeat against Portland represented the heaviest defeat by an expansion side making their debut. Before Friday night’s game, no MLS expansion team had lost by more than two goals in their first game.

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Why it’s time for Darlington Nagbe to quit Portland and MLS

His move to Celtic might have fallen through, but the Timbers midfielder has nothing left to prove in America, and a fresh challenge would do him good

Brendan Rodgers was left confused by the first question posed over Celtic’s interest in Darlington Nagbe. Asked about a player called “Darling”, the Northern Irishman didn’t immediately process who or what he was being pressed on. It’s fair to say Nagbe’s name isn’t exactly renowned in Scottish soccer circles.

Related: Seattle’s triumph, and good riddance to Gerrard: the 2016 MLS season in review

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MLS: who needs what to make the playoffs on Decision Day?

The Eastern Conference is all but decided but there are still three playoff places to fight for in the West as we enter the final weekend of the regular seasonMLS will make history this Sunday as all 20 teams kick-off at the same time (4pm ET) on the l…

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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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Seattle turn Western Conference play-off race into a fight to the death

Plus: Red Bulls collapse on the road again ; NYC FC find home comforts; an unenviable streak ends; FC Dallas paying the price for not signing a striker

They wasted a lot of time this season, but boy, the Seattle Sounders are making up for it. Sunday’s Cascadia Cup win over the Portland Timbers means that since firing Sigi Schmid the CenturyLink Field side have drawn one and won three of their four league matches, lifting them into play-off contention in the West. A race that looked to have settled into a rhythm just a few weeks back is now a chaotic hot-mess. Seattle haven’t just lit the fuse, they’ve sparked a raging furnace.

The 3-1 win over Portland was probably their most satisfying under Brian Schmetzer yet, with the Sounders at their attacking best against their closest rivals. Clint Dempsey has finally found the groove that makes him one of the most potent attackers in the league, but it is the improvement of his supporting cast – and the introduction of Nicolas Lodeiro – that has been most stark.

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Seattle turn Western Conference play-off race into a fight to the death

Plus: Red Bulls collapse on the road again ; NYC FC find home comforts; an unenviable streak ends; FC Dallas paying the price for not signing a striker

They wasted a lot of time this season, but boy, the Seattle Sounders are making up for it. Sunday’s Cascadia Cup win over the Portland Timbers means that since firing Sigi Schmid the CenturyLink Field side have drawn one and won three of their four league matches, lifting them into play-off contention in the West. A race that looked to have settled into a rhythm just a few weeks back is now a chaotic hot-mess. Seattle haven’t just lit the fuse, they’ve sparked a raging furnace.

The 3-1 win over Portland was probably their most satisfying under Brian Schmetzer yet, with the Sounders at their attacking best against their closest rivals. Clint Dempsey has finally found the groove that makes him one of the most potent attackers in the league, but it is the improvement of his supporting cast – and the introduction of Nicolas Lodeiro – that has been most stark.

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