'The wisdom was you needed a Beckham': What can Atlanta’s rise teach MLS?

Graham Parker speaks with Atlanta United president Darren Eales on continuing their improbable rise and learning from their peersIt could have been so different.As the second-half wore on, and it became increasingly obvious that Atlanta were going to win their first MLS Cup on Saturday night, it was possible for…
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Atlanta United cap phenomenal ascent with MLS Cup title in second season

Atlanta United capture MLS Cup before record crowd of 73,019As it happened: Atlanta United 2-0 Portland TimbersAtlanta United’s extraordinary opening chapter came to the ideal conclusion for hometown fans on Saturday night, as an MLS record 73,019 crowd saw them defeat Portland 2-0 to win MLS Cup, in only their…
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MLS Cup: Atlanta v Portland is much more than a battle of football hipsters

Critics and rivals of this year’s finalists often deride them as suspect newcomers. But soccer in both cities has been built over decadesBack before the start of the 2012 season, MLS commissioner Don Garber issued a cautionary note about the “ghost of the NASL” and how it still “haunts the…
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At last, the promising Gregg Berhalter gives USA a plan and a man to lead it

A far from exhaustive search for the USA’s coach has ended where many believed it would, but that doesn’t make it a failureSo Gregg Berhalter’s appointment as head coach of the USA mens team has finally been confirmed, to the apparent surprise of nobody but Julien Lopetegui’s agent. It’s brought…
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Italy v USA: international friendly – live!

Can a familiar name solve USA’s familiar problems?Scotland v Israel: Nations League – follow it live!Email Graham with your thoughts or tweet @grahamparkerfc 1.51pm GMT Graham will be here shortly, in the meantime here’s some transfer speculation regarding Christian Pulisic:Christian Pulisic has said he is open to moving to the…
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MLS playoff predictions: will Rooney lead DC United to glory?

The former England captain has helped his team to a well-timed run of form. But Sporting KC and New York Red Bulls will be tough to haltShout out to Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s continued instinct for the memorable, and his former Manchester United colleague, Wayne Rooney lifting DC United back to relevance;…
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Talking points from USA's matches against Colombia and Peru: who will replace Dempsey?

Plus: Sarachan has done his job; Berhalter looks like the new coach; Bradley may not be the answer but he’s the best version of the questionThese two friendlies come a year since the disastrous World Cup elimination in Trinidad. It feels far longer. A fractious US Soccer presidential race; the…
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USA v Mexico: international friendly – live!

Latest score and news as old rivals meet in Nashville Email Graham with your thoughts or tweet him @grahamparkerfc 1.01am BST MexicoMore on the team news in a moment, but first, Mexico. 12.55am BST Nothing friendly about it. Meet our starting XI for #USAvMEX, pres. by @ATT.Lineup notes » https://t.co/3CusXn168h…
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USA v Brazil: international friendly – live!

Clint Dempsey was gritty as hell – but he could conjure inspirationYou can email Graham here or tweet him @grahamparkerfc 12.01am BST Team News:Stand together. Rise together.Introducing our starting XI for #USAvBRA, pres. by @LibertyMutual.Lineup notes » https://t.co/Mqhvc2cD9p pic.twitter.com/Uklo2XmSZP 11.57pm BST USAStill waiting on confirmed team news, but here’s the…
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State of the league: MLS's growth remains steady rather than spectacular

As MLS pauses for Wednesday’s All-Star Game, the state of America’s top division is very much in the eye of the beholderAmid all of the annual clamor of All-Star week, one of the regular rituals is Don Garber’s state of the union speech, wherein the MLS commissioner will present a…
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