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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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If the song remains the same, how can it be rewritten?

Thumped by Argentina in a Copa America Centenario semifinal, the U.S. will nonetheless take positives from getting that far. But what it means for the future is still a murky muddle.
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Stepping on toes? That's not the solution to improving U.S. soccer

Do you wonder what kind of advice Jurgen Klinsmann was giving his players during their loss to Argentina?
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USA reaps benefits of South American opposition

Reaching a Copa America Centenario semifinal against Argentina to be played on Tuesday is being hailed as an historic accomplishment for the U.S. national team.
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USA has reason to celebrate but suspensions sure take edge off big win

First, the good news from Thursday night in Seattle. The USA's 2-1 victory over Ecuador, which moved it into the semifinals of the Copa Centenario, marked the first time it has ever won three games in a row in a competitive tournament other than the Gold Cup.
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