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MLS Awards: Giovinco leads list of MVP candidates

Voting closed Monday for the MLS individual awards and without knowing who the three finalists will be in each category, here's how we see the races shaping up.

Whitecaps own up to their shortcomings in 2016

The plight of defending champion Portland has been a running saga all season yet its foe in the season finale, Vancouver, has battled through its own issues and has no shot at a playoff spot heading into the game Sunday at B.C. Place.

Drogba and Saputo show the power of 'big personalities'

Players on big salaries often bring along big egos as well. Montreal owner Joey Saputo has forgiven Didier Drogba, who refused to be a sub last weekend against Toronto, and has decided not to suspend him.

What was the value of the USA's bumpy win in Cuba?

The USA's 2-0 win in a friendly over Cuba on Friday marked its first return to the island since September of 2008, when the USA beat the Cubans, 1-0, in a semifinal round qualifying game for the 2010 World Cup.

Paul Arriola takes advantage of opportunities for USA

On and off the field, fast starts are normal for Paul Arriola. He scored a goal in his first game for Club Tijuana in 2013 in an exhibition against Club America. Two weeks later, in his first Liga MX game, he registered an assist. His first U.S. callup last spring resulted in a goal against Puerto Rico, and last month ...

Options could lead to makeover of U.S. midfield

Strong performances by several players in friendlies against Cuba and New Zealand could create a logjam in the U.S, central midfield heading into the Hexagonal, which starts next month with a USA-Mexico showdown in Columbus.

Bob Bradley steps into a tough new world

Last season, 11 of 20 Premier League clubs changed managers, including major stars such as Louis Van Gaal and Jose Mourinho. Stepping into this cauldron is former USA head coach Bob Bradley, hired by Swansea City just seven games into the current season.

New NASL owner expects to see difference in how league operates

The interlocking and overlapping elements of North American pro soccer are among the issues facing owners of the NASL, which could be losing several teams for various reasons heading into an uncertain future.

So far, Jordan Morris' decisions have been the right ones

U.S. forward Jordan Morris turned down a move to German club Werder Bremen, which is rooted to the bottom of the Bundesliga and recently fired its head coach. He's playing in a lesser league for less money and is okay with his decisions.

MLS Playoff Watch: Breaking down the Eastern Conference's battle of bubble teams

With a month of the regular season to be played, no Eastern Conference team has clinched a playoff sot and no teams have been eliminated. Three teams could clinch this weekend but for others the chase is probably going to be decided on the final day.

Strenghtened Sounders set aside distractions to focus on postseason quest

The midseason arrival of Nicolas Lodeiro and the return to fitness of Roman Torres has bolstered the playoff push by Seattle, which won't have Clint Dempsey in the near future and need to make up six points with seven games remaining.

Talk of treble not heard at FCD

Tuesday night the U.S. Open Cup final sold out, and most of the 16,612 in attendance celebrated not just a rousing FC Dallas victory but yet another step in the growth and maturation of a major-market team that on and off the field has been a straggler for much of its existence.

Rested Revs will be tested by defining run of games

A formation changed and renewed commitment to defense has tightened up a porous Revs' back line, but two league games plus the Open Cup final during a span of eight days will stretch the resources of head coach Jay Heaps.

Pulisic helps USA play low and win high

I had high expectations of Christian Pulisic. He delivered -- and then some.

Christian Pulisic must start on Tuesday

Coaches like to be secretive about their starting lineups, which is the only way to explain why Jurgen Klinsmann answered so apprehensively about whether 17-year-old Christian Pulisic would start on Tuesday against Trinidad & Tobago.