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Nudged out of playoff field, Seattle Sounders know it's three points or bust | MLS Heineken Rivalry Week

Three points or bust for Seattle in Rivalry Week clash
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SEATTLE – Since their inaugural MLS season in 2009 the Seattle Sounders have established themselves as a perennial playoff contender, qualifying for the postseason every year of the club’s existence.

As they gear up for Sunday afternoon’s rivalry week showdown with the Portland Timbers at CenturyLink Field (4:30 pm ET; ESPN in the US, TSN2 in Canada), that streak is in unexpected jeopardy.

Orlando City's Cyle Larin hopes he gets credit for would-be rookie record goal in rain-soaked draw

Orlando's Larin hopes to get credit for would-be rookie record goal
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ORLANDO, Fla. – Cyle Larin believes he should be credited with the Orlando City goal from their 1-1 draw with the Chicago Fire that would have given him the new MLS rookie goal-scoring record, after the crucial strike was ruled an own goal by the Fire’s Eric Gehrig.

Real Salt Lake rue failure to capitalize on chances as playoff hopes continue to fade after loss to FC Dallas

RSL rue inability to convert chances vs. FC Dallas as playoff hopes fade
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Real Salt Lake’s playoffs hopes took a massive blow on Saturday night.

Vancouver Whitecaps disappointed to see two key players ejected in "difficult" loss to Houston Dynamo

'Caps disappointed to see two key players ejected in "difficult" loss to Dynamo
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The Vancouver Whitecaps' troubles in Texas continued Saturday night in a 2-0 loss to the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium that saw the 'Caps finish the match with just nine men.

Birthday boy Pablo Mastroeni gets gift from his Colorado Rapids: "One of the best presents I've gotten"

Mastroeni gets "very great birthday present" from his Rapids vs. Sporting KC
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COMMERCE CITY, Colo. – It was a win gift wrapped for Pablo Mastroeni.

On the Rapids head coach’s 39th birthday, his side earned another result at home Saturday night, defeating Sporting Kansas City 2-1 to extend their current win streak to three straight games.

Tesho Akindele makes good on promise to head coach Oscar Pareja by scoring in FC Dallas victory

FC Dallas' Akindele makes good on goal promise to head coach Pareja
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FRISCO, Texas - After being notified that he would be receiving his first start in nearly three months the night before Saturday’s 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake, FC Dallas forward Tesho Akindele made a bold prediction to his coaching staff.

That prediction turned out to be a reality.

Houston Dynamo's Ricardo Clark celebrates return to lineup with key goal in win over Vancouver Whitecaps

Clark picks up where he left off with key goal in return to Dynamo lineup
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HOUSTON – The plan was for Ricardo Clark to take his foot off the pedal.

The Houston Dynamo midfielder was making his first appearance back in the lineup Saturday night against the Vancouver Whitecaps after missing four matches due to a hamstring injury. So while he sat back to prevent another setback with his health, midfield partner Alex was the one who was supposed to get forward.

Peter Vermes critical of match officials after Sporting Kansas City lose lead and match vs. Colorado Rapids

Vermes critical of officials after Sporting KC lose lead and match to Rapids
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Some MLS managers speak cryptically when it comes to offering their criticism of referees and their work, hoping to avoid potential league sanctions.

Not Peter Vermes. And not on Saturday.

The Sporting Kansas City manager had some choice words for referee Jorge Gonzalez and his team of officials following Saturday night's 2-1 away loss to Colorado.

Orlando City SC 1, Chicago Fire 1 | MLS Match Recap

ORL 1, CHI 1: Lions, Fire split points on long night at stormy Citrus Bowl
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ORLANDO, Fla. – Thunderstorms and torrential rain tried their best to keep Orlando City SC and the visiting Chicago Fire off the Citrus Bowl turf. But the battle of two fading playoff hopefuls did finally go the full distance – albeit to the satisfaction of neither team.

Philadelphia Union lament ejection of assists leader Cristian Maidana with playoff hopes "fading"

One-two punch: Union lament Maidana ejection with playoff hopes "fading"
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CHESTER, Pa. – As if the Philadelphia Union didn’t have enough to be upset about following a 1-0 home loss to the New England Revolution on Saturday, midfielder Cristian Maidana provided the cherry on top of a brutal night.

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