Fanendo Adi Suspended: How the Timbers Attack Without Him

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The MLS Independent Disciplinary Committee suspended Portland Timbers striker Fanendo Adi for this weekend’s Cascadia Cup clash against Vancouver Whitecaps for throwing an elbow at Sporting Kansas City’s Ike Opara last weekend. He has also been fined an undisclosed amount. Fanendo Adi Suspended: How the Timbers Attack Without Him Here’s the moment that drew the […] READ MORE


Homegrown Products Lead Talented Crop of MLS Rookies

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Last season’s MLS Rookie of the Year voting was easy. Jordan Morris had a stranglehold on the award from the moment the Seattle Sounders signed him to the most expensive homegrown contract in league history. This season will not be nearly as easy. Every team seemingly has academies churning out players at an unprecedented rate. […] READ MORE


The Portland Timbers Attack Needs Depth

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Fanendo Adi. Diego Valeri. Darlington Nagbe. Sebastian Blanco. David Guzman. Diego Chara. These six names are the cornerstone of a Portland Timbers attack that claims to be one of the league’s best. And, when all goes right, they are. Those six are responsible for 13 of Portland’s 16 goals so far this season. Valeri and […] READ MORE


Detroit City FC and the Detroit MLS Expansion Bid Can Work Together

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There are many competing forces in the Detroit soccer scene. There are a handful of amateur clubs on one side. Headlining the lot are Detroit City FC of the NPSL, who are breaking barriers every season by making national headlines with their dedicated supporters and grassroots foundation that have built the club into an amateur soccer […] READ MORE


Do Not Worry About Low MLS TV Ratings

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Everyone loves to talk about television ratings. One of the most cited indicators for any league’s popularity is how many sit down to watch games in the comfort of their own homes. These numbers have never been kind to MLS, and early numbers for 2017 continue that trend. This is not something soccer fans should […] READ MORE




Relax, FIFA Isn’t Ruining Soccer With the 48 Team World Cup

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In the 24 hours or so, I have done nothing but see negative reaction to FIFA’s plans for the allocation of spots in the expanded 48 team World Cup in 2026. Every take was about the qualification process being ruined, the tournament itself would be crap, and that fans wouldn’t turn out to watch lowly […] READ MORE


What a USL Third Division League Can Mean for American Soccer

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Sports Illustrated soccer writer Brian Strauss reported that the USL is looking to create a new third tier league in the American soccer pyramid. Their provisional division two sanctioning combined with the NASL retaining their provisional second tier status left a vacancy at the third tier. The USL, which has operated leagues on multiple tiers in […] READ MORE