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MLS LogoCharlie Davies scored his second goal in as many games as the New England Revolution were held at home by the Portand Timbers while elsewhere in MLS, Sporting Kansas City opened up a five-point lead at the top of the Eastern Conference as they cruised to a 4-1 win over Toronto FC.

Both teams came into the match at Gillette on the wrong side of the playoff standings, and it looked like it was going to be the Revolutions’s night when in the 27th minute Davies ran onto a Diego Fagundez through ball to make it 1-0.

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MLS LogoRemember all that gloating we had last month at the World Cup when the USA advanced out of the Group of Death while England was sent home early? How the progress of the national team was a sign of his far Major League Soccer has come? Well last night was reality check for the league as MLS sides went head to head with five Premier League sides and the results were not pretty.

In the five games, MLS managed one draw, scoring five goals and conceding 18! If you add in Seattle‘s 3-3 draw with Spurs last week, MLS is 0-5-1 in the six game tournament so far.

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SKC-MLS-CupThe new MLS Power Rankings are out and the Seattle Sounders stay in the number one position. What amazes me is that after losing seven games in a row, that the New England Revolution are viewed as only the third worst side in MLS. How bad are Houston and Montreal?

1: FC Dallas
Xander Bailey. Enough said.

Last Week: Bye
Last Five: W-W-W-L-W
Next MLS Game: July 28 vs. LA

2: Sporting Kansas City
Don’t usually get wound up about All-Star snubs, but to say Benny Feilhaber wouldn’t help vs. Bayern is bonkers.

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SKC StadiumFormer Barcelona academy player Oriol Rosell was interviewed bh Barcelona daily Sport last week and he apparently announced that Sporting Kansas City will play Manchester City next year.

“We’re at the level, we have good players,” Rosell told the newspaper. “For example, two are in the US national team that will play in the World Cup. We are a tough team. Two years ago Kansas beat Manchester United in a friendly and this year we will play [Manchester] City. In the CONCACAF Champions League, we won the group and got to the next round with terrible trips to Nicaragua and Honduras.”

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Sporting Kansas City claimed their second MLS Cup on Saturday by beating Real Salt Lake in a classic duo final. After a 1-1 draw through 120 minutes, Sporting won 7-6 in 10 rounds of penalties.

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Real Salt Lake had a chance to end the shootout with their eighth shot of the night, but the 36-year-old veteran goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen saved the the shot by RSL midfielder Sebastian Velasquez. SKC defender Aurelien Collin followed with a thunderous goal on SKC’s ninth shot, and RSL backup defender Lovel Palmer blasted his ensuing shot off the crossbar to hand SKC the title.

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The Sporting Kansas City 2014 schedule has been released and we have tickets to every big Sporting Kansas City match, both home and away this season.

Sporting Kansas City 2014 Schedule
May 18 3:00 ET Chicago v Kansas City – Buy Sporting KC Tickets
May 23 8:30 ET Kansas City v Toronto FCBuy Sporting KC Tickets
May 27 9:00 ET Kansas City v New York Red BullsBuy Sporting KC Tickets
May 31 7:00 ET DC United v Kansas City – Buy Sporting KC Tickets

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seattle-sounders-fansMajor League Soccer has announced its complete 2014 regular season schedule, and just as it did during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, MLS will take a two-week break between June 12-24, when the 2014 World Cup is taking place in Brazil.

The league’s 19th season will begin on Saturday, March 8 in Seattle, where the host Sounders will take on Sporting Kansas City at CenturyLink Field, followed by seven matches that evening and one on Sunday, March 9. The regular season will end on Oct. 26 before the MLS Cup playoffs begin the following week.

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Matt_Reis_RevsThe New England Revolution’s season came to an end in Kansas City last night as they lost 3-1 to SKC (4-3 on aggregate) in extra time in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

It was amazing that New England were able to force the game into extra time considering how bad they were in the first half. SKC dominated with 72% possession and an 11 to 2 edge in shots. It was as bad a half as New England have played all season, but goalkeeper Matt Reis was in inspired form to limit SKC to only one goal, from Aurelien Collin

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MLS LogoLast season Sporting Kansas City won the eastern conference in MLS but fell in the first round of the playoffs to the Houston Dynamo. Facing a repeat scenario after losing 2-1 in New England on Saturday, SKC manager Peter Vermes is already setting the groundwork for another early dismissal by blaming the referee for Saturday’s loss.

In Tuesday’s press conference Vermes claimed that the officials did not control the game saying:

“we’re going to have to take matters into our own hands,” if necessary.

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The New England Revolution hosted their first playoff game in four years as they beat Sporting Kansas City 2-1 in front of 15,164 at Gillette Stadium on Saturday. NE goals from Andy Dorman and Kelyn Rowe. Aurelien Collin scored for SKC.

This was far from a vintage New England opponent as they struggled to string two passes together against a physical opponent. New England’s 37.9% possession for the game is something that the Revolution will have to improve if they are to advance to the conference finals.

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