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Family team effort helps Abu Danladi rise to MLS No. 1 pick

Abu Danladi's mother was unable to come from Ghana to join him in Los Angeles and watch him become the No. 1 MLS SuperDraft pick because of visa complications. But Danladi was surrounded by plenty of family -- his American family -- to celebrate his move to Minnesota United.

MLS 2017: How Eastern Conference teams look on the eve of preseason

The New York teams finished one-two in the regular season, but the conference's 2015 MLS Cup representative didn't make the playoffs and the teams from Eastern Canada lit up the postseason.

MLS 2017: How Western Conference teams look on the eve of the SuperDraft

No more Robbie Keane or Bruce Arena in L.A., a coaching change in Houston, and a new champion in the Northwest cast the Western Conference in a very different light than in past years.

USA's January Camp: It's all about the here and now

When Bruce Arena accepted the job as U.S. national team coach for a second time in November, he came armed with a binder containing the names of 48 players, his depth chart for the team.

MLS Positional Awards: Bingham takes top goalkeeping spot

It was a strange year for goalkeepers in MLS. Colorado conceded the fewest goals with two keepers splitting time right down the middle and the keeper that had backstopped Portland to the 2015 MLS Cup title, Adam Kwarasey, left the league.

MLS Positional Rankings: TFC duo heads the pack at outside back

MLS teams don't spend much on outside backs. They've been only marginally affected by increases in the salary cap, none are Designated Players permitted per team, and no team has yet spent any Targeted Allocation Money to sign one.

MLS Positional Rankings: Birnbaum and Van Damme command the centerback slots

The three-man back line is gaining favor in MLS as well as around the world, but the standard four-back system prevails. Occasionally, a player will toggle between the central slots, but most players and coaches prefer to establish one side as their own. Steve Birnbaum has played well enough to earn callups to the U.S. national team, and in his ...

MLS Positional Rankings: Lodeiro and Piatti dominate the flanks

Not many MLS teams field a truly dominant winger or wide midfielder; two that did, Seattle and Montreal, reaped the benefits. Nicolas Lodeiro led the Sounders to their first league title and Ignacio Piatti propelled the Impact to its first appearance in the Eastern Conference finals.

MLS Positional Rankings: Kljestan, Felipe, Alonso top the midfield slots

For players who toil in the middle of the park, roles and classifications often overlap as tactics and formations change from game to game or even within a game. Coaches and general managers and pundits talk of a "No. 10," the playmaking hub around which the attack revolves, yet in many leagues around the world - including MLS - what ...

MLS Positional Rankings: Wright-Phillips, Giovinco take top spots up front

Two players hit the magical 20-goal mark in the 21st season of MLS. Bradley Wright-Phillips scored 24 to notch his second Golden Boot and he tops our list of the league's best strikers, just ahead of 23-goal man David Villa. Sebastian Giovinco, the 2015 MLS MVP, ranked as top forward after another outstanding season.

Who's who of the MLS expansion race

MLS announced details of the timetable for the next wave of expansion that will take the league from 24 to 28 teams. MLS commissioner Don Garber mentioned 10 markets that have expressed interest in bidding. Here's a look at how these markets stack up, who's behind their bids and what stands out about soccer in them.


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.

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 ...

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.

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.