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30Sep/140

Report: Vincent Tan, Peter Guber Part of Group That Could Buy Chivas USA

Chivas USA, which will suspend operations for at least the next two seasons, per Jeff Carlisle of ESPN FC, may have found a new owner quicker than expected. Vincent Tan, the controversial owner of Cardiff City, which participated in the Premier League last season, is part of a group that's interested in purchasing the troubled MLS side, according to Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated.  Tan is one of many names that are involved in the group that's on the verge of purchasing the California club. Peter Guber, a Hollywood producer and co-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Golden State Warriors, is also part of the setup. Tom Penn, a former NBA executive, and Henry Nguyen, a Vietnamese-American businessman, are the two others who are involved. According to Carlisle, the league says it's looking for $100 million for the sale of Chivas USA. The club will return once the new owners build a new stadium for the team. Exposition Park is a potential site, but the group wants a stadium in downtown L.A. Assuming the four partners buy Chivas USA, it would most likely begin operations in 2017 under a new brand, dissolving the current Chivas name. MLS could approve the sale by next week at the ...
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30Sep/140

Top 10 Defenders of the 2014 MLS Season

As the 2014 MLS campaign comes to a close, Bleacher Report will examine the top 10 defenders, midfielders and strikers from this season. The goalkeepers list can be found here. In this edition, the best defenders will be analyzed based on their technique, communication skills, positioning and frequency of individual errors. All stats used are from WhoScored.com and MLSSoccer.com. Here are the 10 best defenders of the 2014 MLS season.Begin Slideshow
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30Sep/140

MLS Player Power Rankings After Matches from September 26-28

Everywhere you turned this weekend, the stars of Major League Soccer were scoring goals.  Robbie Keane, Landon Donovan, Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins were among the plethora of big-name scorers in Week 29.  It just so happens that all five of those players sit near the top of the MLS Player Power Rankings along with rising stars Gyasi Zardes and Dom Dwyer, who both scored a goal this weekend too.  With so many stars vying for the top spot this week, it was hard to choose the best player in the league, but one exquisite piece of finishing helped us make the final decision.  Continue reading on for a look at who earned the top spot in the MLS Player Power Rankings. Begin Slideshow
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29Sep/140

5 Things We Learned from MLS Week of September 26-28

It was another great week of action in Major League Soccer as the LA Galaxy and the Seattle Sounders continued to battle for supremacy in the Supporters' Shield race and a handful of teams continued to fight for the final playoff spots in the East and the West. There were also some terrific goals to see and a horrific injury for the Portland Timbers' Will Johnson. Here are "5 Things We Learned" from this week in MLS.Begin Slideshow
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29Sep/140

Robbie Keane Chips in Filthy Goal for LA Galaxy Against New York Red Bulls

Robbie Keane is still doing the business in the MLS, scoring a brace of goals as LA Galaxy crushed New York Red Bulls 4-0 on Sunday night.The pick of the goals was his first, set up by Landon Donovan after a driving run.Keane had plenty still to do, but his dinked finish over goalkeeper Luis Robles was something else.[MLS, YouTube] Read more MLS news on BleacherReport.com
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29Sep/140

MLS Team of the Week: Donovan, Keane & Bradley Highlight Week 29’s Best XI

The stars of Major League Soccer came out to play in Week 29 and they impressed in a wide variety of ways.  From the usual star-studded display put in by the Galaxy to some major goals scored by a few United States internationals, this weekend was full of impressive performances.  Although the big names will get all the attention, there were a few players who shocked us with big games as well. Continue reading on to see which players earned a spot in the latest MLS Team of the Week. Begin Slideshow
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29Sep/140

Winners and Losers from MLS Matches from September 26-28

Just like we all expected, the matches across Major League Soccer in Week 29 provided the playoff race with plenty of twists and turns.  A few teams in each conference put together strong wins against quality opposition to boost their respective playoff resumes, while a few clubs failed to take advantage of the opportunity presented to them.  In some of those crucial clashes, the stars of the league played major roles, which got us even more excited for the home stretch of the regular season.  Continue reading for a look at the biggest winners and losers from MLS Week 29. Begin Slideshow
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26Sep/140

6 Bold Predictions for MLS Matches from September 26-28

As we witnessed Wednesday night at Toyota Stadium, the unexpected can happen in any game down the stretch in Major League Soccer.  For the rest of Week 29, players who have been off the radar will try to replicate David Texeira's double, but unfortunately we are not that bold to predict who that player will be.  However, we do have bold predictions featuring the wild and crazy Eastern Conference playoff race and two strong defensive proclamations.  Continue reading on for a look at our six bold predictions for MLS Week 29. Begin Slideshow
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25Sep/140

5 Key Battles for MLS Matches from September 26-28

Before we can get all googly-eyed about Sunday's clash between New York and LA, and the juicy attacking battles that match presents, we have to take a look across the rest of the league for key battles to watch.  Starting with Friday's Eastern Conference showdown at Sporting Park, Week 29 possesses the potential to produce plenty of star-studded clashes.  And of course, some of these battles are picked from games that contain massive playoff implications with five weeks left to fight it out for the eight remaining spots in the MLS Cup playoffs. Seattle and LA have already punched their tickets to the postseason.  Continue reading on for a look at the five key battles you should watch this weekend in MLS. Begin Slideshow
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24Sep/140

FC Dallas vs. Seattle Sounders: Betting Odds, Preview, Prediction

The Seattle Sounders recently had their five-match winning streak snapped, and the loss was not only a bad one, but a costly one as well. With the 4-1 loss to New York, the Sounders dropped into a first-place tie with the Los Angeles Galaxy in the Western Conference with only a handful of matches left. In a midweek match, the Sounders look to get back on track, but they are on the road and the betting underdog facing FC Dallas. Dallas looks like it will be making the playoffs, but if it keeps up its recent play, that may not be the case. Dallas is in the fourth spot in the West—six points clear of fifth-place Portland and eight points clear of Vancouver. However, Dallas has lost three of its last four matches, including the last two. The sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark have Dallas as the MLS betting favorite at home, with odds of 7-5. Seattle is at 9-5, and the draw line is 12-5. The Sounders are tied with Portland for the most goals scored in the MLS, and while their offense was playing well in their winning streak, they only scored one goal in their last match. Seattle’s Obafemi Martins and Clint Dempsey have combined to ...
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