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So far, Jordan Morris' decisions have been the right ones

U.S. forward Jordan Morris turned down a move to German club Werder Bremen, which is rooted to the bottom of the Bundesliga and recently fired its head coach. He's playing in a lesser league for less money and is okay with his decisions.

MLS Playoff Watch: Breaking down the Eastern Conference's battle of bubble teams

With a month of the regular season to be played, no Eastern Conference team has clinched a playoff sot and no teams have been eliminated. Three teams could clinch this weekend but for others the chase is probably going to be decided on the final day.

Strenghtened Sounders set aside distractions to focus on postseason quest

The midseason arrival of Nicolas Lodeiro and the return to fitness of Roman Torres has bolstered the playoff push by Seattle, which won't have Clint Dempsey in the near future and need to make up six points with seven games remaining.

Talk of treble not heard at FCD

Tuesday night the U.S. Open Cup final sold out, and most of the 16,612 in attendance celebrated not just a rousing FC Dallas victory but yet another step in the growth and maturation of a major-market team that on and off the field has been a straggler for much of its existence.

Rested Revs will be tested by defining run of games

A formation changed and renewed commitment to defense has tightened up a porous Revs' back line, but two league games plus the Open Cup final during a span of eight days will stretch the resources of head coach Jay Heaps.

Pulisic helps USA play low and win high

I had high expectations of Christian Pulisic. He delivered -- and then some.

Christian Pulisic must start on Tuesday

Coaches like to be secretive about their starting lineups, which is the only way to explain why Jurgen Klinsmann answered so apprehensively about whether 17-year-old Christian Pulisic would start on Tuesday against Trinidad & Tobago.

More than a Hexagonal berth is on the line for USA in Caribbean tests

Does U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann take dramatic steps to revamp his team In qualifiers this month and friendlies in October, or does he stick to more or less the status quo as the .U.S. prepares for the start of Hexagonal play in November?

Doyle departure starts crucial new era in San Jose

With only two playoff appearances since it rejoined MLS in 2008, San Jose hasn't been able to find the right formula for success moving into a wonderful new stadium last year and instituting player development programs. Taking over for John Doyle as GM is Chris Letich but most of the pressure falls on head coach Dominic Kinnear, a friend of ...

Farewell, Hope Solo

I have admired Hope Solo for many reasons. I've sent YouTube clips of Solo's highlights to goalkeepers I've trained, because I believe that players learn more by imitating stars than from listening to coaches' advice.

Struggles of MLS Cup finalists are to be expected for smaller-market teams

Portland and Columbus defied the odds -- and economic reality -- by reaching the MLS championship game last year. Their problems this season are indicators that a steady increase in high-spending expansion teams can squeeze the resources of more frugal operations.

Olympic women's soccer: Our winners & losers

Olympic women's soccer left the taste of what might have been. A USA-Brazil semifinal at Maracana Stadium would have been awesome. As would have been -- for the cause of women's soccer -- a Brazil gold medal.

'Cagey' Swedes deserve some credit

The USA women fell short of the semifinals of a major tournament for the first time when they were beaten by Sweden in the quarterfinals, and on Tuesday the Swedes also beat host Brazil to reach the gold-medal game. They must be doing something right.

'Worst MLS signing' Lampard is tearing it up

A great run of form earned New York City FC midfielder Frank Lampard Player of the Week and Player of the Month honors as NYCFC regained the Eastern Conference lead.

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).