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Front Row Soccer 9 hours ago
HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH (Day 12): Flores secures U.S. citizenship, but still eligible to play for El Salvador (2018)

HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH (Day 12): Flores secures U.S. citizenship, but still eligible to play for El Salvador (2018)

Andres Flores missed a Portland Timbers FC practice Tuesday, but he had a valid excuse.   Source: Front Row Soccer The post HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH (Day 12): Flores secures U.S. citizenship, but still eligible to play for El Salvador (2018) appeared first on Front Row Soccer.
Sounder At Heart 21 hours ago
Timeless Megan Rapinoe is stepping up at OL Reign’s crunch time

Timeless Megan Rapinoe is stepping up at OL Reign’s crunch time

Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports In the last 8 matches, Rapinoe has six goals and four assists. When OL Reign’s season kicked off, a narrative was starting to form around Megan Rapinoe. She missed all of the Challenge Cup due to back-to-back injuries — first to her ankle, and then a calf strain that took a while to heal. People began to talk, asking whether Rapinoe could still contribute to her club and national teams. Once the Reign forward got healthy, she silenced those outside voices. In the last eight matches, Rapinoe has scored six goals and earned four...
Front Row Soccer Sep 25, 2022
HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH (Day 11): Armas looks back on his career after his final game (2007)

HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH (Day 11): Armas looks back on his career after his final game (2007)

As he walked off the Gillette Stadium pitch Thursday night, Chicago Fire captain and midfielder Chris Armas realized the Eastern Conference semifinal loss to the New England Revolution probably his final game of his MLS career.   Source: Front Row Soccer The post HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH (Day 11): Armas looks back on his career after his final game (2007) appeared first on Front Row Soccer.
Waking The Red Sep 25, 2022
Recap: Toronto FC II advances to Eastern Conference final

Recap: Toronto FC II advances to Eastern Conference final

Jordan Perruzza during TFC’s match against FC Cincinnati at BMO Field on April 30, 2022. | Sean Pollock/Waking The Red A narrow win lifts the Young Reds over Philadelphia at BMO Field. TORONTO, ON - Hugo Mbongue scored the only goal of the match to push Toronto FC II past Philadelphia Union II in the Eastern Conference semifinal of the MLS Next Pro playoffs. The young forward was decisive early on, netting the winner just six minutes into the match for a 1-0 result at BMO Field on Saturday. Fresh off of signing his deal with the senior side, Mbongue was able to lead...
Sounder At Heart Sep 25, 2022
OL Reign clinch playoff spot with win at Houston

OL Reign clinch playoff spot with win at Houston

Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports Bethany Balcer and Veronica Latsko score for OL Reign. OL Reign’s three road matches in a week gauntlet run came to an end on Saturday night with a visit to Houston, Texas, to take on the Houston Dash. A draw was all that was needed for OL Reign to qualify for the NWSL playoffs, but the team made sure to leave no doubt about their objectives with a solid 2-0 victory over the Dash. Bethany Balcer kicked things off for OL Reign with a goal in the 29th minute. Veronica Latsko claimed an insurance goal in the 76th minute. WHAT WORKED: OL...
Tacoma Defiance have first trophy in sights as they enter playoffs

Tacoma Defiance have first trophy in sights as they enter playoffs

Marlon Vargas and Randy Mendoza are the team leaders in 2022. Sunday at 7:30 PM PT Defiance play their first-ever home playoff match, against Houston Dynamo 2. Over the past few years, the Seattle Sounders organization has taken trophies at nearly every level of play. The first team won the Concacaf Champions League and two MLS Cups. The Academy took two GA Cups and several other smaller trophies. Notably absent were trophies at the second-team level. Tacoma Defiance’s primary role is to develop talent. At that, they’ve been extraordinary. But there’s a gap in the...
Sounder At Heart Sep 24, 2022
OL Reign vs. Houston Dash: Gamethread and updates

OL Reign vs. Houston Dash: Gamethread and updates

Stephen Brashear-USA TODAY Sports 5:30 PM PT. Twitch. Watch with us. It’s been a long week on the road for OL Reign. The team concludes its three-game road trip today in Houston. The match at PNC Stadium kicks off at 5:30 PM PT and will stream exclusively on Twitch (search NWSLOfficial). OL Reign enters the match in third place with a 9-4-7 record (27 goals for, 19 against). The Houston Dash are just one point behind them in fourth and are 9-5-6 (33 goals for, 24 against). This is the Reign’s last road match of the season, and the team has just one home match...
Waking The Red Sep 24, 2022
Preview: Toronto FC II hosts Philly in MLS Next Pro playoffs

Preview: Toronto FC II hosts Philly in MLS Next Pro playoffs

Kadin Chung on the pitch at BMO Field during Toronto FC’s 2-1 win over Philadelphia Union on April 16, 2022. | Sean Pollock/Waking The Red The Young Reds will get a taste of the bright lights on Saturday night. Who’s ready for some playoff action at BMO Field? It won’t be the first team on the pitch on Saturday night, but instead, Toronto FC II takes on Philadelphia Union II in the Eastern Conference semifinals of the 2022 MLS Next Pro playoffs. The game can watched for free on MLSNEXTPro.com at 7:00 pm EST. After securing postseason qualification with a dramatic...
Sounder At Heart Sep 24, 2022
The Wonder Of It All

The Wonder Of It All

Photo by Jeff Halstead/Icon Sportswire via A Sounders fan finally makes a long-awaited return to Lumen Field. Anticipation tastes sweet. Tuesday night the Seattel Sounders welcome FC Cincinnati to Lumen Field. For the first time in six years, I get to see the Sounders play in person. As I prepared to board my flight from Cincinnati, I couldn’t stop fidgeting. I was coming home. A Sounders scarf draped across my shoulders, I wore my affiliation with pride. This club beats through my heart. This 2022 MLS season stutters along and the Sounders’ playoff appearance...
Sounder At Heart Sep 24, 2022
Realio’s Ratings: Opportunities continue to slip away

Realio’s Ratings: Opportunities continue to slip away

Bob Frid-USA TODAY Sports Rivals leapfrog Sounders in race for playoffs. Seattle had a chance to go into Canada for the second time this season to play a struggling team and get a much-needed win. Unlike their previous trip (to Toronto), the Sounders had a relatively first-choice lineup and also unlike that mid-season game, they fell behind in the first half. How many times have we seen Seattle “outplay” a bunkering Cascadia team only to be stunned against the run of play with goals that seem inexplicable, while wasting the few quality chances created against a...
Waking The Red Sep 24, 2022
Sebastian Giovinco says he has not retired, offers services to Toronto FC

Sebastian Giovinco says he has not retired, offers services to Toronto FC

Photo by Vaughn Ridley/ Via an Instagram story, Toronto FC’s all-time top scorer all but confirmed that his playing days are not over. Toronto FC’s all-time top goal scorer Sebastian Giovinco made headlines recently after announcing that he had “joined” the Juventus Academy Toronto. Although the initial release from the Italian club was vague, Giovinco then took to his own Instagram to confirm that he would be “working with Juventus on developing players at Juventus Academy Toronto.” View this post on Instagram A post...
Waking The Red Sep 23, 2022
Recap: Canada prevails 2-0 over Qatar in friendly affair

Recap: Canada prevails 2-0 over Qatar in friendly affair

Photo by JOE KLAMAR/AFP via Canada coasted to a comfortable victory over the upcoming World Cup hosts. The Canadian men’s national team had never played Qatar before today. Interestingly enough, in 2015 an U-15 match was played, Alphonso Davies and Jonathan David scoring for Canada in a 2-0 win. Today was almost a carbon copy repeat of that youth game with the same result and David scoring Canada’s second goal. Perfect way to start to the window #WeCAN #CANMNT pic.twitter.com/10Epp8yaeH— Canada Soccer (@CanadaSoccerEN) September 23, 2022 Today’s game was...
Sounder At Heart Sep 23, 2022
It’s ‘impossible’ for Raúl Ruidíaz to leave early, Peru coach says

It’s ‘impossible’ for Raúl Ruidíaz to leave early, Peru coach says

Photo by Omar Vega/ Guess that means Ruidiaz won’t be available on Tuesday. Peru men’s national team head coach Juan Reynoso called it “impossible” for Raúl Ruidíaz to be available to the Seattle Sounders for Tuesday’s match against FC Cincinnati. Ruidíaz is currently with Peru ahead of a pair of international friendlies against Mexico (Saturday) and El Salvador (Tuesday), but Brian Schmetzer had expressed some hope the forward would be released after the first match. It does not sound like that will happen. #Perú head coach Juan Reynoso dismissed the...
Sounder At Heart Sep 23, 2022
Five things to know when OL Reign face Houston Dash

Five things to know when OL Reign face Houston Dash

MikeRussellFoto / Sounder at Heart The Reign close out their road trip, hoping to book a trip to the postseason. OL Reign continue their push for the playoffs on Saturday, September 24, when they close out their three-game road trip with a match against the Houston Dash. The game kicks off at 5:30 PM PT and will stream exclusively on Twitch. OL Reign enters the match in third place with a 9-4-7 record (27 goals for, 19 against). The Houston Dash are just one point behind them in fourth and are 9-5-6 (33 goals for, 24 against). Due to how tight the playoff race is this...
Sounder At Heart Sep 23, 2022
Marlon Vargas named MLS NEXT Pro Best XI

Marlon Vargas named MLS NEXT Pro Best XI

Vargas had 12 goals and six assists in 23 appearances. Marlon Vargas enjoyed a breakout professional campaign with a team-leading 12 goals and six assists while leading the Tacoma Defiance to their best-ever finish. As a result, he has been named to the inaugural MLS NEXT Pro Best XI, it was announced on Friday. The honor was determined by a vote of the league’s head coaches and chief soccer officers, as well as league-wide broadcasters and content producers. Vargas first joined the Sounders Academy in 2016 and signed his first professional contract at 17 years old in 2018...

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