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Struggles of MLS Cup finalists are to be expected for smaller-market teams

Portland and Columbus defied the odds -- and economic reality -- by reaching the MLS championship game last year. Their problems this season are indicators that a steady increase in high-spending expansion teams can squeeze the resources of more frugal operations.
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Olympic women's soccer: Our winners & losers

Olympic women's soccer left the taste of what might have been. A USA-Brazil semifinal at Maracana Stadium would have been awesome. As would have been -- for the cause of women's soccer -- a Brazil gold medal.
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'Cagey' Swedes deserve some credit

The USA women fell short of the semifinals of a major tournament for the first time when they were beaten by Sweden in the quarterfinals, and on Tuesday the Swedes also beat host Brazil to reach the gold-medal game. They must be doing something right.
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'Worst MLS signing' Lampard is tearing it up

A great run of form earned New York City FC midfielder Frank Lampard Player of the Week and Player of the Month honors as NYCFC regained the Eastern Conference lead.
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Assessing the middle third -- of the MLS season

Coaches and executives often speak of dividing a season - much as they do of the field itself -- into thirds. You defend in your defensive third, try to control the middle third, and strive to exploit scoring opportunities in the final (attacking third).
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Schmid departure starts to clear Sounders' deck for Lagerwey

Eighteen months after joining the Sounders as president of soccer and general manager, Garth Lagerwey is plotting a new path forward in the wake of the club's dismissal of head coach Sigi Schmid, who had led the team since its formation as an MLS expansion team in 2009.
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Toronto FC must rebound after embarrassing defeat for crucial home stand

After an eight-game road trip to open the season, Toronto FC is in a playoff spot yet looking forward to moving further up the standings with a run of four straight games at BMO Field.
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Quakes need to build on stunning victory

Every struggling team looks for a spark, a turning point, a shift of fortune that transforms frustration into fruition and a tough season into a good one.
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MLS Midseason Awards: Villa and the other Kamara are among the leaders

The six major categories of awards presented each season by MLS run the gamut of experience, youthful promise, and performance.
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Are U.S. women ready for another union fight?

This should have been a good week for the National Women's Soccer League.
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Heath departure mirrors volatile history of MLS expansion teams

Popular with fans and press and successful in the USL, former Orlando City head coach Adrian Heath lasted only a season and half.
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SA's MLS Midseason Best XI

A midseason Best XI gives an idea of which players have most influenced their team's success and the top two teams in the overall standings, Colorado and FC Dallas, each have two representatives. Many big names are missing as the 2016 season heads into its second half.
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Projecting U.S. roster for September qualifiers -- five changes in 23

Three group matches and three knockout games in the Copa America Centenario affected the status of several players in the national-team pool. Next up is a pair of World Cup qualifiers in September against Caribbean foes, and then the meaty challenge of Hexagonal games starting in November.
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Soccer America's Copa Centenario Best XI

They went undefeated except against each other, so it's natural that players from champion Chile and runner-up Argentina dominate our Copa Centenario Best XI. Argentina outscored its foes, 18-2, and Chile bettered its opponents 16-5 until they stalemated in the final to force a penalty-kick shootout. The choices for Copa Centenario Best XI, as selected by the editors of Soccer ...
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Is Klinsmann worthy of a remarkably long tenure?

Next month marks the fifth anniversary of Jurgen Klinsmann's tenure as USA head coach.
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