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World Cup is opportunity personified for game in Canada

Just playing in the World Cup, which Canada hasn't done in more than 30 years, would be big boost in a land dominated by hockey and the NHL. .

U.S. women strengthen their influence and power with new CBA deal

Once the U.S. women's players had wrested control of their destinies away from a hired gun, they rather swiftly negotiated a new collective bargaining agreement with U.S. Soccer. Many issues remain to be resolved but in several areas the women made significant gains.

Three MLS teams in need of answers -- quickly

The Union has yet to establish itself as a threat in the Eastern Conference, and after nearly a decade among the Western Conference elite RSL and the Galaxy are beset by problems. These are crucial times.

Dempsey: Qualifying for the World Cup is bigger than breaking scoring records

In his bid to "stay relevant" and in the plans of national team head coach Bruce Arena, Clint Dempsey bagged four goals as the Americans earned four points against Honduras and Panama in World Cup qualifying play.

Bruce Arena makes the USA fun to watch

Before Friday's game against Honduras, I wondered whether the U.S. national team would bring joy to its fans, especially after seeing the sign at the entrance of Avaya Stadium announcing a $30 fee to park in the mud, added to that $86 ticket you bought if you didn't shell out for the more expensive seats.

Michael Bradley: USA prepared 'to tilt the bar in our favor' early against Honduras

As they train in San Jose for a crucial Hexagonal match against Honduras on Friday, the USA men are disgregarding distractions such as player absences and the math of getting enough points in the eight remaining games.

Next move for Real Salt Lake is the most crucial in a decade

The history of RSL is one of remarkable stability -- just three head coaches since starting up in 2005 -- but its MLS Cup title and appearance in the Concacaf Champions League final are fading further and further as MLS gets bigger and more competitive.

U.S. roster announcement: Bruce Arena's return marked by a singleness of purpose

Multiply the left-back debate with a few more positions each with several candidates and you'll have a matrix of myriad combinations and possibilities. Throw in a weekend of league games that could drastically alter the depth charts by the start of training Monday. This is USA Survivor 2017.

Quakes encouraged but not giddy after impressive opener

Four seasons without playoffs has left the fervent fans in San Jose discouraged, but a ray of hope shown through on a cloudy, rainy evening as the Quakes kicked off their 2017 season with an impressive 1-0 vanquishing of Montreal.

MLS 1-22: Ranking the teams on the eve of a new season

Eight different teams have played in the last four MLS Cup finals and last year, 2015 finalist Portland and Columbus both stumbled short of the playoffs. Seattle and Toronto FC don't seem capable of falling as far, but a bunch of teams believe they can wind up on stage in early December.

Random thoughts as the MLS season draws near

The 2017 MLS season starts next Friday, March 3, more than a month earlier than the inaugural campaign in 1996. The 2016 MLS Cup final was played Dec, 10, about seven weeks later than the first title game. Shorter offseasons mean there's much less time to absorb and process all the comings and goings of a rapidly growing league.

Walker Zimmerman joins the U.S. centerback pool with solid performance

Two FC Dallas centerbacks were summoned to the first U.S, camp of 2017 and after Matt Hedges departed with an injury, Walker Zimmerman played the full 90 minutes in a 1-0 defeat of Jamaica.

Rare USA golazo inspires some hope

One swallow doesn't make a summer, but the USA delivered something impressive with its goal in a 1-0 win over Jamaica.

Greg Garza, soccer wanderer, finds place to start anew, again

A long voyage to several continents has led U.S. international Greg Garza to the MLS startup operation in Atlanta, where he hopes to follow in the footsteps of former captain Carlos Bocanegra.

With first Arena game out of the way, U.S. players can re-focus on task at hand

The message going forward for the U.S, team after it opened 2017 by tying Serbia 0-0 couldn't be simpler: Just qualify, baby.