MLS: 10 Key Matchups to Watch This Weekend

Football is winding down in England, Spain and Germany, but Major League Soccer is just hitting its stride. For all you Europhiles in the States, it's time to get wrapped up in the local version of the game.We've got Lee Nguyen facing the team that cut him earlier this season, Rafa Marquez trying to keep hold of his demons, and a game that might benefit from the institution of a mercy rule.Here are 10 key matchups to watch this weekend in MLS.Begin Slideshow
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10 Key MLS Matchups to Watch This Weekend

Thierry Henry is out with a hamstring injury, but Major League Soccer moves on without him to the tune of nine games this weekend.We've got a team captain returning to his old club, a youngster trying to replace a legend and Toronto just hoping to stop losing eventually.Here are 10 key matchups to watch this weekend in MLS.Begin Slideshow
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MLS Weekly Roundup: Rosario’s First Goal, Henry’s Injury, Dynamo’s New Home

There's no one even close to Sporting Kansas City in the Eastern Conference and the San Jose Earthquakes are leading the pack in the West.And yes, Toronto is still the worst MLS team you've ever seen. Stop piling on.But what else is going on in Major League Soccer?Glad you asked.Here's the weekly recap of what you might have missed.Begin Slideshow
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New York Cosmos: 8 Reasons It Would Be Great to Have Them in MLS

MLS commissioner Don Garber wants a second team in New York City. The New York Cosmos want to be that team.By most accounts, a deal to bring a second New York team into MLS is only a stadium deal away.While the Cosmos organization won't be the only group bidding for the franchise, they're the one that should get it.Here are 8 reasons why.Begin Slideshow
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Santos vs. Seattle: 6 Goal Blitz Knocks Sounders from CONCACAF Champions League

Seattle got the night's first chance, but Santos would prove far more lethal in the second match of their CONCACAF Champions League tie.The Sounders traveled to Mexico with a 2-1 advantage from the first leg. They looked likely to widen the margin in the eighth minute when a corner kick led to two headed chances in front of goal. First, Alvaro Fernandez saw his point blank header saved, then Brad Evans' follow-up found the gloves of Santos keeper Oswaldo Sanchez.At that promising early moment, Seattle fans couldn't have known what they were in for. Santos Grab the Game by Its ThroatChristian Suarez was superb for Santos all evening. He began the night on the left and just after Seattle's big moment in the eighth minute, the ball ended up at Suarez' feet outside the Seattle area.Suarez created space between three Seattle defenders and fired his shot in at the near post to open the night's scoring.Santos won the ball from the ensuing kick off, and a beautiful ball in behind Seattle's central defense found forward Oribe Peralta Morones.Despite having Seattle defender Jhon Kennedy Hurtado draped all over him, Peralta managed to turn with the ball and slip it past goalkeeper Michael ...
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MLS: 10 Players Who Can Win This Season’s Golden Boot

Last season, Dwayne De Rosario (DC) and Chris Wondolowski (SJ) scored 16 goals apiece to share Major League Soccer's Golden Boot.As the 2012 season prepares to kick off, we take a look at who has a chance to put up big numbers this year.  Can last year's leaders do it again?  Can a youngster step into the spotlight?  Will a new entrant to MLS make a statement?Here are, in no particular order, the 10 players most likely to lift the award at season's end.Begin Slideshow
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