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June 12, 2021

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MLS Power Rankings: Sporting Kansas City surge into top three, Inter Miami in freefall

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9:26 AM ET Jeff Carlisle Close U.S. soccer correspondent Jeff Carlisle covers MLS and the U.S. national team for ESPN FC. Kyle Bonagura Close ESPN Staff Writer Covers the Pac-12. Joined ESPN in 2014. Attended Washington State University. We have a new No. 1! The New England Revolution continue to......

Miami gets MLS-record $2M fine, $2.2M cap hit

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Major League Soccer has handed Inter Miami CF a $2 million fine — the stiffest in MLS history — over violations of the league’s salary budget and roster regulations. Along with the $2m fine to the club, MLS levied a reduction in allocation money of $2,271,250 spread out over the......

Talles Magno to NYCFC is good, but don’t compare him to Manchester City-bound Kayky

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Two quick conclusions can be drawn by the move of teenage striker Talles Magno from Vasco da Gama to New York City FC. One is that Major League Soccer is now a serious force in the market for young Brazilian talent. There has always been a strong South American flavour......

MLS Power Rankings: New England up to No. 2, Seattle still top, Columbus Crew climbing

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9:48 AM ET Jeff Carlisle Close U.S. soccer correspondent Jeff Carlisle covers MLS and the U.S. national team for ESPN FC. Kyle Bonagura Close ESPN Staff Writer Covers the Pac-12. Joined ESPN in 2014. Attended Washington State University. It was a weekend for close games — four different 1-0 wins,......

‘Wondo’ guided Cowell since Quakes forward was 14. Soon apprentice will eclipse master

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The first time Chris Wondolowski met Cade Cowell, the San Jose Earthquakes legend wasn’t in a good place. It was 2018, and the Quakes were in the midst of a wretched season in which they would finish dead last in MLS. Wondolowski wasn’t in the starting lineup either. So when......

Howard Webb on how MLS is getting VAR right and what other leagues can learn

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If there’s one man to speak to about the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) project, it’s Howard Webb. A former FIFA World Cup final and Premier League referee, Webb has been involved since the beginning when Major League Soccer became one of the first leagues in the world to use it.......

Columbus adds ‘Crew’ back to official team name

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Reigning Major League Soccer champions Columbus have reached an agreement with supporters that walks back some of the more controversial aspects of its recent rebrand, including adding back the word “Crew” to the team’s official name and logo. Members of the front office met with representatives of various Crew supporters......

MLS Power Rankings: Seattle reign supreme

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9:48 AM ET Jeff Carlisle Close U.S. soccer correspondent Jeff Carlisle covers MLS and the U.S. national team for ESPN FC. Kyle Bonagura Close ESPN Staff Writer Covers the Pac-12. Joined ESPN in 2014. Attended Washington State University. The Sounders look unstoppable, FC Cincinnati opened their brand-new stadium with a......

Why Columbus has angered fans after dropping ‘Crew’ from its name

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“Save the Crew” is taking on a whole different meaning. What was once a mantra (and a hashtag) to galvanize support to keep the Columbus Crew from relocating to Austin, Texas, the phrase may now need to be revived in order to save the “Crew” nickname itself. The Columbus organization......

MLS Power Rankings: Seattle still No. 1, Chicharito and LA Galaxy No. 2 after beating LAFC

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9:51 AM ET Jeff Carlisle Close U.S. soccer correspondent Jeff Carlisle covers MLS and the U.S. national team for ESPN FC. Kyle Bonagura Close ESPN Staff Writer Covers the Pac-12. Joined ESPN in 2014. Attended Washington State University. Seattle keeps winning, Minnesota keeps losing and the stars of Major League......

Vela in fitness race for ‘Chicharito’ showdown

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LAFC coach Bob Bradley said star striker Carlos Vela is still questionable ahead of his team’s derby against LA Galaxy and Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez on Saturday. “Carlos is doing a little bit [in training], which is always important for all of us,” Bradley said. “Carlos’ situation will still be looked......

After years of poor performances, Chicharito, Vanney have LA Galaxy back on track

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In a year where not a whole lot went right for anyone, even silver linings were hard to find for the LA Galaxy in 2020. Once Major League Soccer’s preeminent power — and a model for cultural relevancy and on-field success — the Galaxy missed the playoffs for the third......

MLS Power Rankings: Seattle soar back to No. 1, New England up to No. 2

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8:43 AM ET Jeff Carlisle Close U.S. soccer correspondent Jeff Carlisle covers MLS and the U.S. national team for ESPN FC. Kyle Bonagura Close ESPN Staff Writer Covers the Pac-12. Joined ESPN in 2014. Attended Washington State University. It was a weekend for big goals and big wins in Major......

Which MLS youngsters are ready for Europe?

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The number of American players in Europe seems to grow every transfer window and the likes of Christian Pulisic, and most recently Matthew Hoppe, have demonstrated that you don’t necessarily need to come up through a powerhouse MLS academy like FC Dallas in order to make the jump. However, there......

MLS Power Rankings: Chicharito takes LA Galaxy to No. 1 in Week 2

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9:17 AM ET Jeff Carlisle Close U.S. soccer correspondent Jeff Carlisle covers MLS and the U.S. national team for ESPN FC. Kyle Bonagura Close ESPN Staff Writer Covers the Pac-12. Joined ESPN in 2014. Attended Washington State University. It’s Monday, and we’re just waking up after another incredible weekend of......

LAFC’s time with Vela, Rossi may end sooner than later. Can they deliver an MLS Cup?

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Playing in an empty stadium in Orlando three days before Christmas, Diego Rossi got on the end of a lofted, close-range pass from Mark-Anthony Kaye and softly chipped the keeper to send LAFC into rarified air. In the two decades since the FIFA Club World Cup was founded, no team......

If LAFC’s Vela, Rossi are to win an MLS Cup, the time to make good on the hype is now

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Playing in an empty stadium in Orlando three days before Christmas, Diego Rossi got on the end of a lofted, close-range pass from Mark-Anthony Kaye and softly chipped the keeper to send LAFC into rarified air. In the two decades since the FIFA Club World Cup was founded, no team......

MLS is back, and so are the fans: Tifos from Opening Weekend

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2:36 PM ET Austin LindbergESPN FC Orlando City welcomed fans back to Exploria Stadium on Saturday for their Opening Weekend tilt against Atlanta United. Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports Opening Weekend of the 2021 Major League Soccer has come and gone, and the excitement for a new campaign was palpable around the......

MLS Power Rankings: Seattle No. 1 after Week 1; L.A. teams in top six

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9:45 AM ET Jeff Carlisle Close U.S. soccer correspondent Jeff Carlisle covers MLS and the U.S. national team for ESPN FC. Kyle Bonagura Close ESPN Staff Writer Covers the Pac-12. Joined ESPN in 2014. Attended Washington State University. Well, MLS is back for 2021, and the opening weekend saw no......

LAFC over Columbus Crew for MLS Cup? Our 2021 predictions, MVP favorites, team-by-team talking points

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The 26th season of Major League Soccer kicks off on Friday as Houston Dynamo host San Jose at BBVA Stadium (8 p.m. ET, ESPN+) and after a wild season in 2020, it’s a clean slate and a reset in 2021 with a full schedule, another new team (welcome, Austin FC)......

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