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Walker Zimmerman joins the U.S. centerback pool with solid performance

Two FC Dallas centerbacks were summoned to the first U.S, camp of 2017 and after Matt Hedges departed with an injury, Walker Zimmerman played the full 90 minutes in a 1-0 defeat of Jamaica.
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Rare USA golazo inspires some hope

One swallow doesn't make a summer, but the USA delivered something impressive with its goal in a 1-0 win over Jamaica.
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Greg Garza, soccer wanderer, finds place to start anew, again

A long voyage to several continents has led U.S. international Greg Garza to the MLS startup operation in Atlanta, where he hopes to follow in the footsteps of former captain Carlos Bocanegra.
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With first Arena game out of the way, U.S. players can re-focus on task at hand

The message going forward for the U.S, team after it opened 2017 by tying Serbia 0-0 couldn't be simpler: Just qualify, baby.
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MLS expansion teams address their needs directly

The first SuperDraft of the expansion teams United is in the books. Minnesota went for a striker, Atlanta picked a centerback. In both cases the teams filled a need while also fulfilling the vision of the head coach. UCLA forward Abu Danladi and centerback Miles Robinson, respectively, will forever be known as the No. 1 pick of their teams' inaugural ...
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Family team effort helps Abu Danladi rise to MLS No. 1 pick

Abu Danladi's mother was unable to come from Ghana to join him in Los Angeles and watch him become the No. 1 MLS SuperDraft pick because of visa complications. But Danladi was surrounded by plenty of family -- his American family -- to celebrate his move to Minnesota United.
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MLS 2017: How Eastern Conference teams look on the eve of preseason

The New York teams finished one-two in the regular season, but the conference's 2015 MLS Cup representative didn't make the playoffs and the teams from Eastern Canada lit up the postseason.
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MLS 2017: How Western Conference teams look on the eve of the SuperDraft

No more Robbie Keane or Bruce Arena in L.A., a coaching change in Houston, and a new champion in the Northwest cast the Western Conference in a very different light than in past years.
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USA's January Camp: It's all about the here and now

When Bruce Arena accepted the job as U.S. national team coach for a second time in November, he came armed with a binder containing the names of 48 players, his depth chart for the team.
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MLS Positional Awards: Bingham takes top goalkeeping spot

It was a strange year for goalkeepers in MLS. Colorado conceded the fewest goals with two keepers splitting time right down the middle and the keeper that had backstopped Portland to the 2015 MLS Cup title, Adam Kwarasey, left the league.
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MLS Positional Rankings: TFC duo heads the pack at outside back

MLS teams don't spend much on outside backs. They've been only marginally affected by increases in the salary cap, none are Designated Players permitted per team, and no team has yet spent any Targeted Allocation Money to sign one.
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MLS Positional Rankings: Birnbaum and Van Damme command the centerback slots

The three-man back line is gaining favor in MLS as well as around the world, but the standard four-back system prevails. Occasionally, a player will toggle between the central slots, but most players and coaches prefer to establish one side as their own. Steve Birnbaum has played well enough to earn callups to the U.S. national team, and in his ...
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MLS Positional Rankings: Lodeiro and Piatti dominate the flanks

Not many MLS teams field a truly dominant winger or wide midfielder; two that did, Seattle and Montreal, reaped the benefits. Nicolas Lodeiro led the Sounders to their first league title and Ignacio Piatti propelled the Impact to its first appearance in the Eastern Conference finals.
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MLS Positional Rankings: Kljestan, Felipe, Alonso top the midfield slots

For players who toil in the middle of the park, roles and classifications often overlap as tactics and formations change from game to game or even within a game. Coaches and general managers and pundits talk of a "No. 10," the playmaking hub around which the attack revolves, yet in many leagues around the world - including MLS - what ...
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MLS Positional Rankings: Wright-Phillips, Giovinco take top spots up front

Two players hit the magical 20-goal mark in the 21st season of MLS. Bradley Wright-Phillips scored 24 to notch his second Golden Boot and he tops our list of the league's best strikers, just ahead of 23-goal man David Villa. Sebastian Giovinco, the 2015 MLS MVP, ranked as top forward after another outstanding season.
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