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More TAM means more pressure across the board for MLS clubs

Just five months after its introduction, Targeted Allocation Money has taken in a greater role in MLS player acquisitions. The league announced Wednesday that each team can spend up to $800,000 per season in 2016 and 2017 to acquire higher-salaried players without them counting against the limit of three Designated Players.

Timbers add a club they didn't have before -- and it lands them an MLS title

Caleb Porter has never lacked for believing in his teams or his players. Nor has he been afraid to say when they played well. After the Portland Timbers rode out their first MLS Cup title with a strong second half against the host Columbus Crew, Porter wasn't afraid to tell it like it was.

Flagship franchises duel in MLS Cup final

They started out in MLS 15 years apart, so Columbus and Portland in many ways personify what MLS was in its formative years and what it has become. Crew SC pioneered the building of soccer-specific stadiums that are the foundation of remarkable growth and since being re-branded have ushered in a new era featuring such success stories as the Timbers, ...

Portland takes road from also-ran to MLS Cup thanks to a role change -- and plenty of humility

The Portland Timbers are the poster child for MLS parity.

What will new and Improved TAM mean for MLS?

Apparently, Targeted Allocation Money has been such a success since being implemented by the Galaxy and others four months ago that the Board of Governors is finalizing plans and procedures to increase its value.

Our MLS Playoff Best XI

MLS has released its Best XI for the 2015 season, Robbie Keane plus 10 first-time recipients. Just six of them were around for the conference finals, and only two of them make Soccer America's MLS Playoff Best XI, Luis Robles and Kei Kamara.

Breaking down Sunday's FC Dallas-Timbers MLS playoff game

Of the two regular-season champions that are down by two goals heading into the second legs of the conference finals, FC Dallas supposedly has the slightly easier task.

Breaking down Sunday's Red Bulls-Crew MLS playoff game

Nine times this season the Red Bulls have won a regular-season game that will be good enough to win the Eastern Conference finals outright or send the series to extra time. A win by three goals will suffice and a 2-0 score at the end of 90 minutes triggers an additional half-hour. On the Columbus side of the ledger, eight ...

Fire go outside the box to hire Paunovic

One season with the Philadelphia Union is the full extend of Veljko Paunovic's MLS experience, yet he's been chosen by the Chicago Fire to revive its dismal showing of the past few seasons.

It's time to give pro/rel a rest

In retirement, Landon Donovan, it seems, has too much time on his hands. If you follow him on Twitter, you were bombarded by the conversation he touched off when he asked, "Should we have pro/rel in MLS?"

Breaking down Sunday's Timbers-FC Dallas MLS playoff game

FC Dallas and Portland,MLS rivals for just five seasons, form one of the league's more intriguing matchups. FCD has been around since the league started but underwent a major rebranding a few years ago after starting out as the Dallas Burn. The Timbers are a throwback to the old NASL days that have forged a whole new version of Northwest ...

Breaking down Sunday's Crew-Red Bulls MLS playoff game

Both legs of the Eastern Conference finals between Columbus and New York are sold out, which sets up a classic meeting between the 2008 MLS Cup finalists.

Replacing Klinsmann is the lower-risk option: Time for a fresh start

First of all, throw out of any equation to rate Jurgen Klinsmann's job performance the USA's 6-1 win over St. Vincent & the Grenadines, which was captained by a coast guard officer and started a fisherman at forward.

Andres Cantor on Hispanic support for the USA, MLS, women's game and his toughest assignment

Andres Cantor has inked a multi-year contract extension with Telemundo, which sets him up to do play-by-play for the next two World Cups. For TV and radio, Cantor's has already covered seven World Cups,

Round one points out higher price of semifinal results in Concacaf World Cup qualifying

Honduras and Panama suffered costly defeats as the semifinal round of Concacaf World Cup qualifying got underway Friday, and a win for the next USA opponent -- Trinidad & Tobago -- could actually work to the favor of the Americans after their 6-1 thrashing of St. Vincent & The Grenadines.