A wild weekend demonstrates MLS's parity – and shows no one is safe

It’s early days as the season enters its second week but already there are signs that pre-season favourites may not have things their own way You remember Houston Dynamo? Perennial playoff team, always solidly organized to time their run just right for the post-season — last seen giving Owen Coyle…
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Patrick Vieira is the new NYC FC coach but Andrea Pirlo still has problems

Jason Kreis is out of the picture but New York City FC still combine attacking intent with defensive incompetenceCity Football Group run to tight deadlines. Jason Kreis was charged with delivering New York City FC to the playoffs in their expansion season, resulting in his firing when he failed. Now…
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Will LA Galaxy's stars lift MLS Cup? Our soccer writers predict the season

Columbus and Toronto look good bets for the East, Seattle and Portland should be strong in the West – and expect lots more fireworks from Sebastian GiovincoGraham Parker: Columbus look solid again and should be able to take advantage of the Red Bulls having a target on their back and…
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MLS pre-season power rankings: Nos 1-7 – the contenders

LA Galaxy are packed with stars but they are still lagging behind the likes of Columbus Crew, New York Red Bulls and FC DallasAfter the chaos of the 2015 off-season, this year has been relatively tranquil for the Supporters Shield holders, though there was a big move with the departure…
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MLS pre-season power rankings: Nos 8-14 – the outside bets

Portland Timbers were the champions last season, but expect them to be in the chasing pack along with Montreal, Sporting KC, and a new-look NYCFC The champions were the models of quiet consistency last year – so quiet that none of their MLS Cup winning team was named in the…
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Concacaf Champions League: Mexican quartet on top against best of MLS

DC United and RSL must overcome two-goal deficits to progress, while Seattle and LA Galaxy have to avoid defeat in Mexico. Who’s best placed to go through?Watching the four MLS sides battle gamely for little reward in the Concacaf Champions League last week felt a bit like watching the same…
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MLS pre-season power rankings: Nos 15-20 – the also-rans

Real Salt Lake, the Houston Dynamo, the San Jose Earthquakes and the Colorado Rapids should find themselves on the outside of the play-off picture looking inJason Kreis still casts a shadow over Rio Tinto Stadium even after all this time. It’s been over two years since he left Real Salt…
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Seattle Sounders v Club América: Concacaf Champions League – live!

The Sounders take on Liga MX’s fourth-placed team in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final. Follow it live with Graham ParkerEmail graham.parker@theguardian.com or tweet @KidWeil 5.33pm GMT Graham will be here shortly. In the meantime, read his preview of this week’s Concacaf Champions League games: Related: Concacaf Champions…
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Concacaf Champions League: which MLS side has the best chance to advance?

Four US teams take on a quartet from Mexico in the last eight, but with MLS still a couple of weeks from kick-off, can anyone stop the Liga MX juggernaut?The Concacaf Champions League enters the knockout rounds this week – and all four quarter-finals feature MLS sides up against Mexican…
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What we learned from USA v Iceland: Darlington Nagbe's missed opportunity

January is often a time for the US to look at emerging players but no one seized the chance to impress Jürgen KlinsmannTime was the January team camps were something of a curio in American soccer – their strategic significance stranded somewhere between the years when the USA squad was…
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