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MLS Cup final worth is celebrating as it turns 21

Seattle and Toronto personify the ambition shown by many big-market MLS teams, and after long years of frustration in both cities those teams have reached their first MLS Cup final. It is fitting that they meet in the 21st edition of the league's showcase event.
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Jordan Morris takes advice to heart in 'surreal' rookie season

Jordan Morris has gotten a lot of good advice in his rookie year from teammates and coaches on the Seattle Sounders, from national team players like Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore whom he'll face when the Sounders play Toronto FC in MLS Cup 2016 and from his family with which he still lives. But perhaps the simplest advice came from ...
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Bruce Arena is a safe bet compared to the gamble U.S. Soccer took on Klinsmann

It was an exciting and hopeful time, when U.S. Soccer hired Jurgen Klinsmann in the summer of 2011. The press conference at Niketown in New York City garnered media attention not seen for an American soccer announcement since MLS signed David Beckham in 2007.
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Jurgen Klinsmann, the U.S. years

More than five years with Jurgen Klinsmann in charge of the U.S. team ended Monday when U.S. Soccer relieved him of his duties as head coach and technical director. Triumphs and controversies marked his time with the U.S., just as had been the case with when he coached Germany and Bayern Munich.
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Tony DiCicco: Jill Ellis has USA on the right track despite Olympic setback

Tony DiCicco remains the only coach who has guided the U.S. women to a World Cup (1999) and an Olympic (1996) title. We asked DiCicco, also coach of the USA's 2008 U-20 Women's World Cup championship team, for his assessment on the state of the U.S. national team under Coach Jill Ellis, who took the helm in May of 2014.
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Klinsmann's promises of progress are not to be found

The 4-0 blowout loss in Costa Rica Tuesday night is grounds for real concern, not just for the result itself, but for a worrying malaise among the players in the first two Hexagonal matches.
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Asleep at the wheel, an old U.S. habit

First things first, the better team won on Friday night. Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio recalled Carlos Vela and Giovani dos Santos, starting them together in attack for the first time since he took over as coach and the first time since the 4-4 game against Trinidad & Tobago in the group stage of the 2015 Gold Cup, and he ...
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Americans' sporadic performance mars a great night for soccer

A decade and a half of dominance crashed to earth Friday night in Columbus, where Mexico ended a run of four straight World Cup qualifying defeats by beating the USA, 2-1,.
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Kinnear is anxious for 'awesome' encounter in Columbus

Every time the USA plays Mexico those who have taken part in the rivalry think about how much the dynamics have changed; Quakes head coach Dominic Kinnear, who briefly played in Mexico, was on the bench at the L.A. Coliseum for the first USA victory by a 2-0 scoreline in 1991.
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USL president Jake Edwards on Division II, expansion, MLS relationship and FC Cincinnati phenomenon

Jake Edwards just completed his second season as the president of the USL. The league expanded from 14 teams in 2014 to 24 in 2015 and 29 in 2016. It will have 31 teams in 2017 and more teams could be on the way in the future.
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Big names laid big eggs in the MLS conference semifinals

The byzantine MLS playoff schedule goes into hiatus at just the right time, allowing more time for three of the top four regular-season teams to dissect and digest how they faltered in the conference semifinals.
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Jermaine Jones will get USA audition in Sunday's Rapids-Galaxy playoff game

After nearly four months on the shelf rehabbing a knee injury, midfielder Jermaine Jones has returned to action for Colorado. Among those observing closely will be Jurgen Klinsmann, who a few hours after watching the Rapids-Galaxy game on Sunday will name his roster for the USA-Mexico Hexagonal opener next week in Columbus.
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Using home goals as tiebreaker is worth a try

Here's a bizarre thought: flip the script on the tiebreaker used in a two-leg series.
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MLS conference semifinals: Our predictions

The four Knockout-Round survivors host the first legs of the conference semifinals to be played as a Sunday quadruple header. Only Seattle prevailed in a low-scoring game (1-0) while the other three teams scored at least three goals.
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MLS television audience grows in Year 2 of new agreement

Buoyed by moves of all three national partners to feature broadcasts more prominently on their various networks, MLS television viewing averages increased for all three partners, ranging from 11 percent to 20 percent, though they all remain modest in the comparison to those of other major U.S. sports leagues and the soccer leagues the most popular with U.S. audiences.
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