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Oba, we hardly knew ye, or why his China move matters

Let's say it's a Saturday night and you've been out and want to catch up on the day's MLS action.

Portland Timbers face added pressure loaded on MLS top dogs

Portland beat RSL, 1-0, to wrap up its preseason training stint in the desert. It has about a week to prepare for the Simple Invitational, its annual preseason tournament that this year brings in Minnesota United, Vancouver and Chicago.

Legal primer explains past and (possible) future of soccer litigation

The lawsuit filed by U.S Soccer against U.S. Women's National Team Players Association in U.S. District Court in Chicago has made plenty of news, but it will be a short case.

Chicago Fire's Paunovic is counting on new youngsters

A major makeover of the Fire under head coach Veljko Paunovic and general manager Nelson Rodriguez is underway in Florida, where the U.S. players summoned by Jurgen Klinsmann have joined their club for its preseason training.

For once, USA starts off a year just as it's supposed to

Defensive miscues. Sloppy touches. Blown assignments. Confusion. These negative facets of play have been part and parcel of U.S. friendlies played in January and early February, and they were present against Iceland a week ago Sunday and Canada last Friday.

Jozy shows he's still the man up front

U.S. soccer fans have a love-hate relationship with most of their big stars. For every fan who loved Landon Donovan as the greatest American player of all time, you could find another who thought he was a wuss for failing in Germany. Fans are equally divided about Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore.


Lee Nguyen on how he parlayed longer offseason into national team success

Revs attacker Lee Nguyen got his first U.S. start against Iceland last Sunday and turned in a strong 90 minutes as the Americans rallied for a 3-2 victory.

Revs' Heaps relishes competition and preaches consistency

Aside from the apparent departure of Jermaine Jones, not a lot has changed on the New England roster. Yet head coach Jay Heaps is going into preseason with important changes in mind.

USA-Canada match underscores Olympic issues for Klinsmann

A games against Canada Friday may be the last opportunity for USA coaches Jurgen Klinsmann and Andi Herzog to test their U-23 players prior to an Olympic playoff series aainst Colombia. Who will they choose?

Christian Pulisic, 'the American Jewel,' must be protected

I can think of 10 reasons we should be excited about Christian Pulisic. Those are each of the 10 touches on the Pulisic compilation video from his debut, at the age of 17, for Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.

Paths of Miazga and Cropper cross with both at crucial points

An FA Cup match this weekend between MK Dons and Chelsea is a tussle between a humble team and a global brand, as well as a meeting point of two young American players.

Return of Movsisyan reconnects Real Salt Lake with its rise to success

After five years in Europe, striker Yura Movsisyan has come back to Real Salt Lake on loan from Spartak Moscow. The Armenian forward played a vital role in RSL's emergence as an elite MLS team and he returns during a period of transformation.

Coaches-in-training ready to whip LA Galaxy locker room into shape

With three MLS titles in five seasons with the LA Galaxy and a scoring rate that seems to get better each year -- 20 goals in 24 games in 2015 to give him 73 goals in 108 MLS games -- Robbie Keane has had the best career of any big international star that has entered MLS since it implemented the ...

For once, some healthy signs are coming out of Toronto

A flurry of offseason moves has strengthened Toronto FC after it conceded as many goals as it scored, 58, and stumbled badly in its first playoff appearance.

Clint Dempsey on Jordan Morris, moving abroad and his national team future

Perhaps no player on the Seattle Sounders knows better what Jordan Morris was facing in deciding whether he'll join the Sounders or Werder Bremen -- the German club says MLS has won out -- than Clint Dempsey.