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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Patrick Vieira interview: 'I’m here at New York City FC to win'

The new NYCFC coach talks to Graham Parker about the lessons he learned at Manchester City, and why a salary cap could work in EuropeAbout halfway through Patrick Vieira’s press conference on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium — his first as New York City FC coach – the Frenchman was asked…
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Top pick Jack Harrison heads to NYC FC – but is the MLS SuperDraft broken?

Chicago trade No1 pick Jack Harrison to New York and bring in Brandon Vincent from Stanford in a draft whose importance has diminished in recent yearsWith every iteration of the MLS SuperDraft, it becomes harder to identify who might have done best out of the process. Never a wholly reliable…
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It's the Parkers! A complete review of the 2015 MLS season

After Portland’s victory over Columbus capped a topsy-turvy MLS season, soccer writer Graham Parker looks back on his best and worst of the yearSebastian Giovinco. Any player who finally tipped Toronto into a playoff spot was always going to be celebrated, but the fact that he sealed the deal by…
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With the Timbers' MLS Cup win Caleb Porter showed he is the real thing

The Portland coach has often caused a stir with his brash attitude but he made fine decisions as his team picked up momentum in the playoffsBruce Arena, Oscar Pareja and Pep Guardiola have a WhatsApp group going, messaging each other all the way through Sunday’s MLS Cup final. The common…
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Columbus Crew 1-2 Portland Timbers | MLS Cup match report

Columbus Crew 1-2 Portland TimbersGoalkeeping errors lead to two of games goalsTimbers time late season surge to perfectionIf it wasn’t a classic MLS Cup, it certainly had the most dramatic start in recent memory. Portland opened the scoring within seconds and added another after just seven minutes, to stun Columbus…
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MLS Cup: Columbus Crew v Portland Timbers – which team is stronger?

Portland have a better-stocked bench and more quality between the sticks, but Crew have the clear edge in attack. Our MLS writers break down the teams by positionCrew: Steve Clark’s “Yes! Yes! Yes!” celebration has been one of the more colorful aspects of Crew SC’s run to the final, with…
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Columbus Crew v Portland Timbers: final represents best of MLS

The MLS Cup finalists might not be the glamor clubs the marketing folk wanted, but they’re model MLS citizens – and that reflects positively on the leagueYou don’t have to go back far in time to see a similar final to the one we’ll have this Sunday. Try 2013.That year,…
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