Semifinalists decided for the 2018 US Youth Soccer Far West Regional Championships

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Semifinalists decided for the 2018 US Youth Soccer Far West Regional Championships

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HONOLULU (June 22, 2018) — Two days of play remain at the 2018 US Youth Soccer Region Far West Regional Championships after quarterfinals took place Friday at the Waipio Peninsula Soccer Complex in Honolulu. Of the 210 teams who started in the tournament, the dreams of 56 remain alive entering the weekend’s semifinals and finals.

Following a day of rest, the teams showed great energy on Friday as they fought for semifinal berths. For 15U Girls Arizona Arsenal 03 Premier Teal (AZ), the team went to overtime to defeat Impact MN (UT), 2-1. The Arizona club isn’t a common name seen in the Far West Regional semifinals, and the team knows that tomorrow’s match will be a tough one.

“Not a lot of teams in our club have been to the semis, so that’s a big accomplishment for our girls,” head coach Brett Meskill said. “It was a good game [today]. Impact gave us a tough game. They scored on us in the second half. We had to find a way to come back in the last 15 minutes and then got one in overtime and just hung on. They did a great job so credit to them.”

“We’re going to give everything we’ve got tomorrow,” Meskill said. “Hopefully, we can be the first Arsenal team to make the finals at Regionals on the girls side.”

Regional winners of the 13U through 19U age groups earn a berth to the 2018 US Youth Soccer National Championships, which will be played July 23-29 at the Toyota Soccer Center in Frisco, Texas.

The US Youth Soccer National Championships will consist of US Youth Soccer Regional Champions in the 13U through 19U Boys and Girls age groups, as well as the US Youth Soccer National League qualifiers in the 14U through 18U Boys and Girls age groups to complete the field of 96 teams.

Highlights from Friday:

13U Girls
San Diego Surf 05 Academy Select (CA-S) came out with a 4-2 win over Crossfire United 05 THUSC (OR) to move onto the 13U Girls semifinals. Shaela Bradley earned the early lead for Crossfire as she scored in the second minute, but Surf responded well with a Nicole Anderson goal three minutes later. Surf stole the lead when a corner kick sent to the back post was touched by Samantha Wiemann and went into the goal. In the second half, Maryn Wolf increased Surf’s lead by one, and although Bradley scored again for Crossfire, Anderson earned her second goal of the game to top off the match.

14U Boys
LV Revolution FC Gunners (NV) heads to the 14U Boys semifinals after defeating 04 FBSL Tuzos Academy (AZ), 3-2. All five goals took place in the first half, and LV Revolution claimed a 2-0 early lead with a goal from Phillip Camacho in the fourth minute and a second from Maximo Zontecomani five minutes later. While Tuzos pulled one back with a low driven shot from Diego Moran, LV Revolution increased the gap once again when a free kick sent into the box led to a blocked shot, and Sheridan Rodrigues was there to follow it up. Jordin Figueroa Rivera put Tuzos within reach two minutes after Moran’s goal as he scored off of a corner kick play. Despite another full 35 minutes of play, Tuzos was unable to score the equalizer, and Tuzos will go on to the semifinals.

15U Girls
It took a 2-1 overtime win over Impact MN (UT) for Arizona Arsenal 03 Premier Teal (AZ) to earn a place in the 15U Girls semifinals. Arsenal had the majority of the offensive push in the first half with Impact playing more defense, and in the second half, Arsenal continued to string passes together and got shots off but just missed the frame of the goal. In the 59th minute, Impact’s Emma Neff launched a rocket just over the hands of the Arsenal keeper, but Arsenal came right back as Jessie Boult put the ball on target. Four minutes into the first overtime period, Arsenal earned the game winner as Boult scored her second of the match. Despite Impact’s efforts, Arsenal walked away with the victory.

16U Boys
In the 16U Boys age group, LVSA 02 Red (NV) defeated Colorado Rush 02 Academy (CO), 1-0 in overtime. In the first half, both teams matched up evenly. One of the best opportunities for LVSA came when Arturo Reveles blasted a shot, aiming for the top left corner, but Rush goalkeeper Kole Villescas tipped the ball over the goal. In the second half, Reveles tried to get past Villescas again after he beat a few defenders and took a shot, but Villescas cut off the angle to block the shot. LVSA gained the offensive momentum but couldn’t score in the 80 minutes. As the game went into overtime, Reveles finally broke through and scored the only game of the match in the 110th minute.

17U Girls
HSC Bulls Academy (HI) defeated SGV Surf SB/HH (CA-S) to punch its way to the 17U Girls semifinals. The first goal came in the 27th minute with Kelci Sumida taking the credit. Less than 10 minutes later, Lauren Mukaigawa made it a 2-0 game. HSC continued to take control of the game and calmly played the ball around, but Surf came out of halftime with more energy, earning its chances by playing the ball over the HSC defense several times. HSC prevented Surf from capitalizing on any of its opportunities and even got a last-minute goal from Leila Mukaigawa.

18U Boys
It took kicks from the mark to determine that Downtown LVSC 00 Academy (NV) would go through to the 18U Boys semifinals, defeating Slammers FC 00 JL (CA-S), 2-1. Almost a full first half went by before Niko Dongmann netted a goal for LVSC, but Slammers came back in the 51st minute to tie up the match thanks to a Rafael Espinoza goal. Plenty of action took place through the remainder of the game and through two overtime periods, but the two teams had to line up for the kicks from the mark. LVSC claimed the shootout, 4-1 and heads to the next round.

19U Girls
Hawaii Heat FC 99 (HI) claimed a 2-1 victory over Classic Ahwatukee (AZ) to earn a spot in the 19U Girls semifinals. Hawaii had the majority of the offensive opportunities in the first half and took the lead thanks to Hailey Kawamura. After Kawamura received a cross from the right flank, she chest trapped the ball and took a shot, which was blocked but the ball was flicked back across the goal for Kawamura to run the ball into the goal. In the 60th minute, Jamie-Lyn Shimamoto picked up a second goal for Hawaii Heat, and although Classic Ahwatukee’s Madelyn Medina pulled one back, Hawaii Heat finished with the win.

Daily reports and complete results from the US Youth Soccer Far West Regional Championships are available on championships.usyouthsoccer.org/West.

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2018 US Youth Soccer Southern Regional Championships kick off in Greensboro, N.C.

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2018 US Youth Soccer Southern Regional Championships kick off in Greensboro, N.C.

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GREENSBORO, N.C. (June 22, 2018) — More than 210 teams, including seven returning US Youth Soccer Southern Regional Champions and Finalists, kicked off the 2018 US Youth Soccer Southern Regional Championships Monday at the BB&T Soccer Complex at Bryant Park in Greensboro, N.C.

Teams from all over the southern United States took the field with the goal of taking the next step toward claiming the coveted US Youth Soccer National Championship in their respective age group.

18U Boys FC Dallas 00 Premier (TX-N) is looking to use Southern Regionals as a launch pad back to Nationals after finishing as the 17U Boys finalists at the 2017 US Youth Soccer National Championships.

“It’s very important that we got this first win to get three points on the first day,” head coach Casey Cantor said. “The more points you can get in these first couple of days the less pressure you have to worry about on the last day. I am very proud of these boys for starting the Southern Regional Championships off the way they did.”

Cantor continued by talking about the goals of his FC Dallas team moving forward.

“We will use this result to develop and continue working on always improving,” continued Cantor. Results like this are good for the boys’ confidence. Hopefully, we can use this confidence to continue to move forward as our goal is to be back playing for the US Youth Soccer National Championship like we were last year.”

The 2018 US Youth Soccer Southern Regional Championships feature over 210 of the top boys and girls teams from the 12 State Associations that make up the US Youth Soccer South Region, with each squad competing for the 2018 regional title. Preliminary games will be held June 22-24, with quarterfinals, semifinals and finals taking place June 25-28.

Notes from a few of today’s games:

13U Girls
05 NCFC Elite (NC) defeated 05 Lady Lobos Rush Premier (TN), 3-0 in the opening day of 13U Girls play. NCFC kept the pressure on most of the game, hitting the crossbar multiple times but also finding the back of the net twice. NCFC earned its first goal after a scrum in front of the goal off a corner that was poked in from close range. NCFC added another goal ten minutes before halftime to bring the advantage to 2-0. Thanks to the goals from Lily Alexander and Crosby Nicholson in the first half, the pressure was on Lobos to try and battle back. The NCFC defense held strong and Brooke White added the game’s lone second half goal to seal the victory for the North Carolina side.

14U Boys
VHSC Steamers 04 Black (AL) used the momentum of an early first half goal to carry the Alabama team to a, 2-0, victory over Mandeville SC Lakers Elite (LA). Kosi Udeh scored the game’s lone first half goal in the fifth minute of play to give VHSC an early, 1-0, lead. VHSC controlled the game for most of the first half, but could not find another goal allowing Mandeville to stay in the match. VHSC doubled its advantage in the 66th minute thanks to a goal by Nathanael Carpenter and the VHSC defense held Mandeville at bay to earn a 2-0 victory.

15U Girls
In a close 15U Girls game, Murfreesboro FC 03 Storm (TN) outlasted Discoveries 03 Lady Gold (SC), 4-3, to earn a win on day one. Murfreesboro’s Dakota Mitchell scored both of the game’s first half goals finding the upper left corner in the 15th minute and then hitting a shot into the opposite corner just seven minutes later to double her team’s advantage. Discoveries started clawing its way back into the game as Emily Robinson scored her team’s first goal just two minutes into the second half. Robinson’s teammate, Alondra Nieves Melchor, leveled the score in the 70th minute as Discoveries worked its way right back into the game. Just two minutes later, Delaney Mitchell put the Tennessee side back on top with a 3-2 lead. Dakota completed her hat trick in the 76th minute to nudge the advantage to 4-2 before Discoveries’ Melchor added her second of the game to try to push her team to a last minute comeback. Murfreesboro’s defense held on to earn the 4-3 victory and an important three points on day one.

16U Boys
02 Lobos Rush Premier (TN) fought back to earn a 2-2 tie against Concorde Fire North 02 Elite (GA) after taking an early first half lead. Lobos took an early lead in just the sixth minute of play thanks to a goal by Joseph Gruber but Concorde started to fight its way back into the game midway through the first half. Concorde almost leveled the score but saw a floating chance hit the crossbar. Concorde found its equalizer and took the lead just before half time thanks to goals from Pranay Fadis and Zachary Lyons. Lobos tied the game back up when Maximino Ramirez found the back of the net but neither team could break the deadlock before the final whistle and the game finished 2-2.

17U Girls
Fever United 01 Guerra’s (TX-N) goal scoring abilities were on full display in its victory over Energy East 01 (OK). The scoring started midway in the first half when Chandler Spradley gave Fever the lead, hitting a bomb from deep after Energy’s Mia Pendleton had just made a great 1v1 save. Just four minutes later, Cloey Seltzer increased the lead to 2-0 thanks to a great pass putting her in behind the defense. Seltzer added her second 15 minutes into the second half and then Spradley followed suit adding a second of her own pushing the advantage to four. Fever’s offense kept clicking late into the second half as Molly Lowe added one of her own and then Victoria Margiotta added a goal in added time to finish the scoring. ​

18U Boys
FC Dallas 00 Premier (TX-N) defeated 00 WHYFC White (NC), 3-0, to start its 2018 Southern Regional Championships campaign off with a solid win. FC Dallas took a 1-0 lead in the 16th minute of play thanks to a great sequence of passing. After a series of 3 or 4 passes, Jalen Starks received a final pass behind the defense and slotted his shot beyond the onrushing keeper. Late in the first half, FC Dallas extended its lead to 2-0. A corner kick from the left side was flicked across the box where Juan Pablo Rodriguez finished his chance to double the North Texas side’s advantage. WHYFC had a couple of counter changes in the first half but the FC Dallas defense and keeper, Trevor Jackson, kept their opponents from finding the back of the net. WHYFC pressed a little more in the second half but could not find the necessary passes in the final third to test the FC Dallas keeper. The North Carolina side’s best chance came early in the second half when they saw a header come across the box and the ensuing header went just wide of the target. FC Dallas added a final goal in the 76th minute as Diego Pareja hooked up Adrian Morales with a pass who then squeezed a ball underneath the keeper and followed the chance to tap it in.

19U Girls
AFC Lightning 99 Elite (GA) opened up the 2018 Southern Regional Championships with a powerful statement following a big win over Sunrise Sting (FL). AFC’s Taylor Malasek opened the scoring in the 25th minute then added a second goal just nine minutes later. Mollie Belisle added to the advantage scoring just two minutes later to push the advantage to 3-0 heading into half. The floodgates opened in the second half as the game began to get away from Sunrise. Emily Mason scored first in the second half after pounding home a ball clipped into the box. Jolie Ryff beat her defender up the left side and hit a low cross into the box to Belisle who finished her chance to adding her second of the game to make it 4-0. Belisle finished her hat trick two minutes later and then Chloe Thompson added another for AFC after cutting her defender in the box, taking a touch towards the middle and then hitting her shot to the near post beyond the keeper. Belisle added her fourth of the match and then teammate Abbie Crane added the game’s final goal in the 72nd minute.

Regional winners of the 13U through 19U age groups earn a berth to the 2018 US Youth Soccer National Championships, which will be played July 24-29 at the Toyota Soccer Center in Frisco, Texas.

The US Youth Soccer National Championships will consist of US Youth Soccer Regional Champions in the 13U through 19U Boys and Girls age groups, as well as the US Youth Soccer National League qualifiers in the 14U through 18U Boys and Girls age groups to complete the field of 96 teams.

Daily reports and complete results from the US Youth Soccer Far West Regional Championships are available on championships.usyouthsoccer.org/South.

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About the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series – The US Youth Soccer National Championship Series provides more than 10,000 teams from US Youth Soccer’s 55 State Associations the opportunity to showcase their abilities against the best in the nation while emphasizing teamwork, discipline and fair play. The yearlong competition begins with over 185,000 players in the US Youth Soccer State Championships. These champions and selected wildcard teams, through US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues, advance to compete in one of four US Youth Soccer Regional Championships. Champions (13U through 19U) from each regional event advance to the US Youth Soccer National Championships. The 14U through 18U Boys and Girls age groups have four teams representing the US Youth Soccer National League. Overall, the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series provides the nation’s top collegiate coaches with the premier stage to identify and scout the most coveted players in the country. For more information, visit championships.usyouthsoccer.org.

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2018 US Youth Soccer Midwest Regional Championships Kick Off in Westfield, Ind.

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WESTFIELD, Ind. (June 22, 2018) – The 2018 US Youth Soccer Midwest Regional Championships kicked off Friday at Grand Park Sports Complex in Westfield, Ind.

Teams comprised of state champions as well as US Youth Soccer Midwest Regional League wildcards, commenced day one with hopes of advancing to knockout rounds, and ultimately earning a berth to the 2018 US Youth Soccer National Championships in Frisco, Texas.

Madison 56ers Soccer Club (WI) earned its first win of the tournament in the 16U Boys group as they got one step closer to the National Championship.

“Being here was a goal we set at the beginning of the season and we are just happy to put another check in the box,” head coach Tim Bruner said. “We rose to the occasion and settled in to play the way we have all year; the results took care of itself.”

The 224 participating US Youth Soccer Boys and Girls teams in the 13U through 19U age groups represent 14 State Associations- host Indiana Soccer, and Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio North, Ohio South, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Some highlights from Friday’s games:

13U Girls
Tudela FC 05 Elite Showcase (IN) and CSA Impact United 05 Nike Black (OH-N) opened group play in the 13U Girls bracket with a tightly contested game. Play began back and forth early in the midfield with neither team gaining control. In the middle of the first half, CSA applied pressure in the box after a cross, but were unable to capitalize. Tudela got a shot off late in the first half but missed the net leaving the game knotted at zero. CSA closed out the first half on a corner kick, the game went to halftime tied at zero. Both teams opened up the second half with more back and forth play which continued for much of the half. In the 60th minute, Lydia Bordfeld was able to find the back of the net to give Tudela the 1-0 lead with 10-minute remaining. CSA kept fighting till the end, earning a corner kick as regulation expired, but the header missed right of the net. Tudela held on to earn its first win of the tournament.

14U Boys
Nationals Union 04 Black (MI) began play quick in the 14U Boys group against Raiders FC (IL). Just six minutes into the game National’s Jeremy Sharp scored to give them the early lead. After the quick goal, both teams fought hard up and down the field throughout the first half. In the middle of the first half Nationals earned a corner kick but could not capitalize to extend its lead, taking the 1-0 lead to halftime. The teams continued the back and forth play in the second half with Raiders keeping Nationals on their heels. Jake Ursitti found the back of the net in the 62nd minute to extend the lead to two for Nationals.

15U Girls
Evolution 03 Red (IL) earned its first win in the 15U Girls group against CDA Premier 03 (OH-S). It was a low scoring affair that went scoreless through the first half. The first goal came just 11 minutes into the second half from Taylor Korosec to give Evolution the 1-0 lead. Evolution held on to the narrow lead to earn the win.

16U Boys
In the 16U Boys group, Madison 56ers Soccer Club (WI) and VSA 02 Premier (IA) opened play with a tense battle to the final whistle. Madison pushed the tempo early getting into its offensive part of the field. They continued to control the game throughout much of the first half as they got multiple looks on goal. Neither team was able to find the back of the net in the first half, leaving the game knotted at zero after 40 minutes of play. Both teams came out ready continue to compete in the second half, but it was Madison that found the back of the net first in the 59th minute on a goal from Angel Quechol Tecuatl. VSA was awarded a free kick late in the second half that they put on goal but got saved. Madison earned its first win after holding on to the 1-0 lead.

17U Girls
The 17U Girls group opened up with TFA Elite 01 (OH-S) against FC Pride 01 Red (IN). TFA opened play fast, scoring just six minutes in off a goal from Peyton Miller. Just three minutes later, Madelyn Pittman netted her first goal of the tournament to extend the lead for TFA. The first half of play was controlled by TFA, who took a 2-0 lead to halftime. FC Pride came out strong in the second half, immediately applying pressure on the defense of TFA by getting multiple opportunities on goal. TFA was able to extend its lead to three when Julia Hoffmann scored her first goal of the tournament. The defense of TFA held strong to preserve the 3-0 lead and earn the team its first win of the tournament.

18U Boys
Sporting BV Pre Academy 00 (KS) got the scoring started early in the 18U Boys division against Prior Lake Predators (MN). Just one minute into the opening game Luke Sutter found the back of the net to give Sporing BV the quick lead. In the 27th minute, Kevin Andrews netted the equalizer for Prior Lake. Noah Mabry found the back of the net just eight minutes later to give the lead back to Sporting BV who held on to win the game 3-2.

19U Girls
Faith Branson helped lead KC Blaze Blue Angels Academy (KS) to its first win in the 19U Girls division against Kentucky Fire Juniors 99 Red (KY). Branson gave KC Blaze the 1-0 lead just seven minutes into the game. KC Blaze took that lead into halftime. The game went scoreless until the 90th minute when Branson found the back of the net for her second goal of the game to secure the win for KC Blaze.

Regional winners of the 13U through 19U age groups earn a berth to the 2017 US Youth Soccer National Championships, held July 23-29 at the Toyota Soccer Center in Frisco, Texas.

The US Youth Soccer National Championships will consist of US Youth Soccer Regional Champions in the 13U through 19U Boys and Girls age groups, as well as the US Youth Soccer National League qualifiers in the 14U through 18U Boys and Girls age groups to complete the field of 96 teams.

Daily reports and complete results from the Midwest Regional Championships are available on http://www.idevmail.net/link.aspx?l=16&d=26&mid=3689921&m=10198

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Schedule announced for 2018 US Youth Soccer Eastern Regional Championships in Spotsylvania, Va.

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FRISCO, Texas (June 22, 2018) — US Youth Soccer is proud to announce the schedule for the 2018 US Youth Soccer Eastern Regional Championships http://www.idevmail.net/link.aspx?l=19&d=26&mid=3689921&m=10195 to be held June 29 through July 3 at the Publix Virginia Soccer Training Center and Embrey Mills Complex in Spotsylvania, Va.

The US Youth Soccer Eastern Regional Championships will feature top teams in the 12U through 19U age groups. Round robin games will take place Friday, June 29 through Sunday, July 1, with semifinal matches Monday, July 2. The US Youth Soccer Eastern Regional Champions will be crowned following final games on Tuesday, July 3.

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US Youth Soccer State Champions and select wildcards in the 12U through 19U Boys and Girls age groups from 15 State Associations, including from host Virginia Youth Soccer Association will participate in the event. The other state associations represented include Connecticut, Delaware, Eastern New York, Eastern Pennsylvania, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York West, Pennsylvania West, Rhode Island, Vermont and West Virginia.

Teams competing in the Regional Championships advanced through the first step of the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, where more than 10,000 teams began their journey at the US Youth Soccer State Championships. State champions advance to the one of four US Youth Soccer Regional Championships, where nearly a thousand teams compete.

The US Youth Soccer National Championship Series is the country’s most prestigious national youth soccer tournament. The event provides more than 185,000 players from US Youth Soccer’s 55 state associations, the opportunity to showcase their soccer skills against the best competition in the nation while emphasizing teamwork, discipline and fair play. The Series is known as the ultimate destination for the country’s collegiate soccer coaches and the future of soccer.

For complete game scores, stories, standings, video and more from the regional and national finals, visit the online home to the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, http://www.idevmail.net/link.aspx?l=21&d=26&mid=3689921&m=10195 http://www.idevmail.net/link.aspx?l=22&d=26&mid=3689921&m=10195 For the latest in the Eastern Regional Championships, visit http://www.idevmail.net/link.aspx?l=23&d=26&mid=3689921&m=10195 http://www.idevmail.net/link.aspx?l=24&d=26&mid=3689921&m=10195

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About the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series The US Youth Soccer National Championship Series provides more than 10,000 teams from US Youth Soccer’s 55 State Associations the opportunity to showcase their abilities against the best in the nation while emphasizing teamwork, discipline and fair play. The yearlong competition begins with over 185,000 players in the US Youth Soccer State Championships. These champions and selected wildcard teams, through US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues, advance to compete in one of four US Youth Soccer Regional Championships. Champions (13U through 19U) from each regional event advance to the US Youth Soccer National Championships. The 14U through 18U Boys and Girls age groups have four teams representing the US Youth Soccer National League. Overall, the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series provides the nation’s top collegiate coaches with the premier stage to identify and scout the most coveted players in the country. For more information, visit http://www.idevmail.net/link.aspx?l=26&d=26&mid=3689921&m=10195 http://www.idevmail.net/link.aspx?l=27&d=26&mid=3689921&m=10195

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About the United States Youth Soccer Association (US Youth Soccer) – US Youth Soccer – “The Game for ALL Kids!” is the largest youth sports organization in the country and largest member of the United States Soccer Federation, the governing body of soccer in the United States. US Youth Soccer registers more than 3 million players annually, ages 5 to 19, and over 900,000 administrators, coaches and volunteers in 55 member State Associations. US Youth Soccer programs provide a fun, safe and healthy environment for players at every level of the game. For more information, visit http://www.USYouthSoccer.org. http://www.idevmail.net/link.aspx?l=28&d=26&mid=3689921&m=10195

Your Friday Kick Off

Ten duels on MLS card …
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Kick Off: Ten duels on MLS card | Steffen to the shelf | Lions add O’Neill

Here is everything you need to know about MLS and North American soccer this morning:

Conference leaders defend home turf

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Josef Martinez is in strong form for Atlanta and reportedly garnering interest from abroad. | USA Today Images

Supporters’ Shield front-runners Atlanta United will try to rebound from their midweek home loss in Open Cup play against a Portland team that is unbeaten in 10 across all competitions (4:30 pm ET | FOX – full TV & streaming info). Five Stripes strike ace Josef Martinez is reportedly a target for Liga MX giants Club América, but head coach Tata Martino insists they have no need to sell anyone, even if they receive a big money offer. READ MORE | PREVIEW

Meanwhile, West leaders Sporting KC are set for a Saturday contest against Houston, who happen to be one of their least favorite guests (8:30 pm ET | TV & streaming info). The Dynamo are unbeaten in their last four visits, and hold a 5-4-7 all-time edge in league meetings in Kansas City. PREVIEW

Tough New York tests for TFC, FCD

On Sunday, New York City FC will wager their unbeaten home record against a team they often struggle to beat in any locale, defending MLS Cup champs Toronto FC (5 pm ET | TSN4/5 – full TV & streaming info). Despite the fact that new boss Domenec Torrent has yet to arrive at Yankee Stadium, the Bronx bombers are going about business as usual in preparation for this important game. READ MORE | PREVIEW

The New York Red Bulls will open the gates on Saturday for a visit from FC Dallas (6 pm ET | UniMás, Twitter – full TV & streaming info). Although the Texans are the hottest team in MLS with their four straight league wins, they’re 0-6-1 while being outscored 16-2 in their last seven at Red Bull Arena. PREVIEW

Interleague clashes at LAFC, Philly

Columbus will try to end a four-game win drought when they make their first ever visit to LAFC on Saturday night (10:30 pm ET | TV & streaming info). The visitors will need to do it without starting netminder Zack Steffen, who is out for an undetermined length of time with a knee injury. READ MORE | PREVIEW

The weekend MLS slate will kick off in Philadelphia, where the Union play host to suddenly streaking Vancouver (5 pm ET | TSN1/4 – full TV & streaming info). Sam Stejskal examines how the Whitecaps’ previously anemic attack has become both productive and exciting over the last several weeks. READ MORE | PREVIEW

RSL, Sounders seek home comforts

Real Salt Lake will aim for their seventh consecutive league win at Rio Tinto when San Jose comes to town for Saturday’s Western Conference duel (10 pm ET | TV & streaming info). While the Quakes are winless in six league games, they are also 3-1-2 in the last six overall series meetings. PREVIEW

To the north, Seattle will host a Saturday affair with Chicago (10 pm ET | TV & streaming info). While the visiting Fire are unbeaten in five across all competitions, they’ve also lost six straight times at CenturyLink Field. PREVIEW

Competing slumps in Orlando

Orlando City will be looking to halt a six-game skid when they return home to face a Montreal side that has lost six away games in a row (7:30 pm ET | TVAS – full TV & streaming info). The Impact are eager to beef up their attack, and Ouest-France claims they’re pondering a swoop for veteran Guingamp striker Jimmy Briand for just that purpose. READ MORE | PREVIEW

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Caleb Porter has reportedly interviewed for the vacant Orlando coaching position. | USA Today Images

Currently lacking a head coach, Orlando City are even busier with potential moves. Paul Tenorio of The Athletic says that the Lions have already interviewed Caleb Porter for the open position, while a couple other names from the domestic scene also reportedly under consideration. In the meantime, Pro Soccer USA reports that Orlando City have shored up their central defense depth by luring Excelsior defender Shane O’Neill back to MLS. READ MORE | O’NEILL SIGNS

Can Rapids get well at home?

League cellar dwellers Colorado will shoot for their first win in over two months when they host Minnesota United for a Saturday tilt (9 pm ET | TV & streaming info). The Loons, who have dropped five straight road games, earned a 2-2 share on their only other visit to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. PREVIEW

Report: Galaxy lead Hamad chase

According to Swedish daily Expressen, the LA Galaxy have the inside track on multiple MLS suitors in the chase for Hammarby’s Swedish winger Jiloan Hamad. The paper reports that the 27-year-old, who has eight goals and six assists across all competitions at the midway point of the Allsvenskan campaign, would be most inclined to finish out the season with league leaders Hammarby before moving across the pond. READ MORE

Ticos tumble vs. Brazil

A Costa Rica side with plenty of MLS representation held on for 90 minutes vs. mighty Brazil in their second World Cup game, but ultimately fell 2-0 thanks to a pair of stoppage-time goals from Phillippe Coutinho and Neymar. LAFC’s Marco Ureña and Portland’s David Guzman started for the Ticos, while Minnesota’s Francisco Calvo was a 75th-minute substitute. READ MORE

MLSsoccer.com Must-Watch

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Brian McBride & Cobi Jones: World Cup 2026 will win over soccer skeptics

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