Columbus Crew SC rookie Niko Hansen gets on-camera shower after debut goal

March 26, 2017

Columbus Crew SC rookie Niko Hansen made quite an impression in his MLS debut on Saturday, scoring the winning goal in the dying minutes to earn his team a dramatic 3-2 result over the Portland Timbers. And while postgame interviews in soccer usually don’t rival those of baseball for the hijinks brought on by rowdy teammates, Hansen was inducted into the good old American tradition of getting embarrassed during his on-field…

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Armchair Analyst: Bruce is back as US beat Honduras like a drum

March 26, 2017

There’s a saying a friend of mine likes to drop even now and then, especially when watching young players. “Watch how good player is on the ball – that’s how good he is on the day. Watch how good a player is off the ball. That’s how good he is.” In recent or non-recent USMNT history there have been few better examples of this than Christian Pulisic’s first 20 minutes…

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Crew SC “send message” to MLS with win over Timbers: “We can hurt teams”

March 26, 2017

COLUMBUS, Ohio – After a disappointing start to 2017, Columbus Crew SC have arrived. The club’s first victory of the season came last week. But a visit from the previously unblemished Portland Timbers – playing in Columbus for the first time since their 2015 MLS Cup win – provided a chance to make more of a statement than dominating a goalless D.C. United side. “The idea was to send a…

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Clint Dempsey’s USA career comes full circle with hat trick in return

March 25, 2017

SAN JOSE, Calif. – After a nine-month absence from international play, Clint Dempsey gave birth to another bit of legend for his US national team resume. Making his first appearance in a US jersey since an irregular heartbeat sidelined him for the second half of 2016, Dempsey recorded his second career hat trick for the Americans, highlighting their 6-0 romp against Honduras on Friday at Avaya Stadium. The goals brought Dempsey’s career…

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2017 Generation adidas Cup to feature top U-17 clubs, video testing

March 25, 2017

MLS academy teams will be greeting some of the best from around the world in a few weeks as Real Madrid, River Plate and Chivas Guadalajara travel to Texas to play in the 10th edition of the Generation adidas Cup. The tournament, hosted by FC Dallas at the Toyota Soccer Center at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, beginning April 7, will feature 13 elite international clubs and 19 MLS academy teams…

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MLSsoccer.com Injury Report

March 25, 2017

NOTE: This injury report is compiled on an ongoing basis by MLSsoccer.com editors based on club game notes, news reports, and original reporting. Last Updated: March 24, 2017 Play MLS Fantasy CLUB INJURIES Atlanta OUT: D – Zach Loyd (groin injury) F – Josef Martinez (left thigh injury) – REPORT  Chicago OUT: M – Matt Polster (right knee strain) OUT: M – John Goossens (right ankle surgery 3/4, out 5-6 months) –…

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MLS Fantasy: The best options in an abbreviated Round 4

March 25, 2017

The goals kept coming in Round 3 of the 2017 MLS Fantasy season, but if you were clean-sheet hunting, odds are you were left a bit disappointed. One manager who played things correctly? Matt Press, who led MLSFLALLSTARS to an impressive score of 114 points. Congrats! The top fantasy manager in each of the first three rounds of the season has earned at least 100 points, but I doubt any…

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Ryan Hollingshead back at FC Dallas practice for first time since accident

March 25, 2017

FC Dallas defender Ryan Hollingshead returned to training with the first team Friday for the first time since suffering three fractured vertebrae in a car accident in Irving, Texas, on January 6. Hollingshead, 25, had been helping a driver in a car that had been involved in an accident when he himself was struck by a car. Following his accident, Hollingshead was in a neck brace for more than a month….

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MLS teams’ top USL prospects in 2017

March 24, 2017

Since first cracking open its doors to MLS partnerships in 2013, USL has become a vitally locked-in piece of the league’s development landscape. And it’s still expanding. To date, 10 teams own and directly operate their own USL teams, granting them unprecedented access to the identification, signing and development of their own MLS pipeline. Another two – San Jose and Houston – have a USL arrangement called a hybrid affiliate,…

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