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MLS playoffs 2020: Can Philadelphia Union finish out their fairytale year?

Perennial also-rans Philadelphia are the improbable favorites as the MLS playoffs kick off on Friday night. But usual suspects Seattle Sounders and Toronto FC are right there with themEighteen teams, 17 matches, 23 days. What promises to be the most un…

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Fans boo players kneeling for national anthem before MLS game in Dallas

Reggie Cannon rips fans’ ‘absolutely disgusting’ reactionNashville won 1-0 in both teams’ first match since MarchThere was a smattering of boos when players from FC Dallas and Nashville SC collectively took a knee during the national anthem before thei…

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A much-need respite or foolish risk? MLS welcomes back fans

FC Dallas will admit a limited number of supporters to its home game this week. Some experts think it’s too early to return to a semblance of normalityThe five-month wait has been hard for Luis Dollar, president of El Matador, an FC Dallas supporters’ …

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A much-need respite or foolish risk? MLS welcomes back fans

FC Dallas will admit a limited number of supporters to its home game this week. Some experts think it’s too early to return to a semblance of normalityThe five-month wait has been hard for Luis Dollar, president of El Matador, an FC Dallas supporters’ …

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Chris Richards’ journey from Dallas to Munich: ‘I knew I’d be balling at Bayern’

The defender is one of a host of young players to have moved from the US to Germany. With comparisons to Jerome Boateng, he may be among the bestThe rules kept changing, and they had hardly made sense to begin with. It didn’t matter to Chris Richards, …

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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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Why Houston Dynamo v FC Dallas is becoming MLS’s most vital rivalry

It may lack the glitz of the New York derby or the grudge match in the Pacific north-west but the Texas clubs are producing fine play on the field

The rivalry between the Houston Dynamo and FC Dallas lacks the pageantry of, say, the Sounders-Timbers feud up in the Pacific north-west. Though an official attendance of 22,115 showed up for Friday night’s showdown at BBVA Compass Stadium – Houston’s first announced sellout since July 2015 – the atmosphere was still somewhat short of raucous, and a sprinkling of bright-orange empty seats stood out from the crowd.

Houston-Dallas lacks the big city sparkle of the New York City FC-Red Bulls games, and the historical weight of matches pitting Toronto against Montreal. What the Texas Derby lacks in grandeur, however, it currently makes up for in on-field quality and stakes – a case can be made that, right now, it is the most compelling rivalry in all of Major League Soccer.

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FC Dallas: youth and the dark arts leave club close to the treble

Óscar Pareja’s team have already won the US Open Cup and the Supporters’ Shield, and an MLS Cup title would reward their distinctive youth-focused policy

When FC Dallas lifted the Supporters’ Shield on Sunday, it was hard not to view it as a job mostly done, but not fully complete yet. Their hunt for the treble is still on. They secured the US Open Cup in September, the Shield in October, and have their sights firmly set on lifting the MLS Cup in December for an season that would be unprecedented in US soccer. On top of that, last Thursday they advanced to the quarter-finals of the Concacaf Champions League. It has been a special season for Dallas, a season where almost everything has gone right, and the seeds of their long-term, youth-focused philosophy have finally started to bear fruit.

Related: MLS play-offs roundtable: our writers pick the postseason winners

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Landon Donovan joins the great US tradition of the sporting comeback

Plus: Jozy Altidore playing the soccer of his life; Playoff picture shapes up; Fixture congestion takes toll on FC Dallas; The Whitecaps’ lifeline

Michael Jordan came out of retirement to rejoin the Chicago Bulls. Mario Lemieux surprised the world when he returned to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Brett Favre? Well, he redefined the finality of retirement altogether.

Each player was celebrated for their athletic achievements across the country. While the United States has produced several promising soccer players in its history, few, if any, have achieved that status. In fact, only one has come close to carrying the label as the gold standard of American soccer: Landon Donovan.

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MLS weekend preview: LA Galaxy and Red Bulls adapt to life without stars

Plus: FC Dallas look to stay on top in the West; Union look climb and win East, Chicago just want it all to end; how far can Mastreoni take Colorado?

Bruce Arena’s team take the field against Columbus on Saturday without a win in six – and without two of their stars. The Galaxy failed to win a game in the month of August, and now they’ll finish the season without Gyasi Zardes and Nigel de Jong. Zardes broke his foot and won’t play again this term, while De Jong is back in Europe, having signed with Galatasaray.

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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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Patrick Vieira psyched out by Marsch, and time runs short for Sigi Schmid

The NYCFC manager was rattled in his side’s latest derby disappointment, while it’s time for Seattle’s longtime manager to relinquish his post

Patrick Vieira is unshakeable. That has been his defining characteristic, first as a player and now, as a manager.

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MLS preview: why the Hudson River Derby isn’t this weekend’s big game

The two best teams in the West meet on Saturday, and Dallas and Colorado should serve up a treat for the fans

This is a real lip-smacker. Dallas have surged to 40 points, and stand clear at the top in the West. Colorado are on their tail, three points back but with three games in hand. Colorado are unbeaten in 14 games; Dallas have won four of the last five. Dallas score goals, and plenty of them; Colorado have the league’s best keeper and a superb defensive record, having conceded just 13 all season. Forget the derby in New York: this is the weekend’s biggest game.

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Timbers push Sounders closer to the bottom, and NYC FC’s young star

Plus: FC Dallas stay strong at a dark time; Columbus Crew must give up on what they once were; and Earthquakes defeat the odds against Toronto

The Portland Timbers have been waiting on Diego Valeri and Lucas Melano to arrive. And both men answered the call against their most hated rival.

Valeri missed the last three matches for Portland, dealing with injuries. While the Timbers did not lose in his absence, they certainly looked short of ideas, playing out three drab draws. Meanwhile, the oft-criticized Melano was showing flashes of potential in attack, but fell short of finding – or creating – goals.

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MLS weekend preview: what the New York Times got wrong about US soccer culture

Plus: Seattle gear up for the Cascadia Cup; a fiery affair; Montreal and New York City FC fight it out; and FC Dallas’s midweek disaster

On Tuesday, the New York Times published an article by Jay Caspian Kang on soccer. The headline was certainly provocative: The Dark Side of American Soccer Culture. It sounded like an interesting long read.

Unfortunately, it didn’t quite work out like that. Kang’s essay was stylishly written, but it was no 6,000-word deep dive into the inner workings of a burgeoning soccer culture; rather, it was based on his experiences of visiting CenturyLink Field to watch the Sounders this summer, and from a close reading of Among the Thugs, the American writer Bill Buford’s rather breathless account of spending time with soccer hooligans in England in the 1980s. The book was published in 1990.

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MLS preview: NYC FC emerge as favorites in the Hudson River derby

Patrick Vieira has shaped a side that has climbed to the top in the East, while in the West the MLS champions continue to struggle

It’s here. New York City FC have the glitz and glamor, the big-name coach, the telegenic European superstars, and the world famous stadium – albeit one that belongs to a baseball team. New York Red Bulls have the tradition and the history, an atmospheric soccer-specific arena, and possession of the Supporters’ Shield. “Twenty years late and a stadium short,” the Red Bulls fans zinged their rivals – but then NYC FC fans can retort: well, at least we’re not named after an Austrian energy drink. New York media have been making a big deal of this game, with a slew of ads on TV and many billboards plastered around the city. Let’s just hope it’s no dud.

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MLS weekend preview: how will Kei Kamara’s shock move affect the league?

New England Revolution have landed a potential gamechanger in the Sierra Leone striker; and the top two in the East meet in MontrealWell, how about that for a trade? On Thursday, Columbus Crew, second bottom in the Eastern Conference, made an announcem…

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MLS previews: will Philadelphia Union continue to surprise?

Toronto FC finally end their epic road trip in Portland, while the Union are hoping they can continue to succeed in the East

Wednesday was a night for parity. Three midweek games were played, three 1-1 draws were recorded – and six coaches were reasonably happy.

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