MLS 2020: A Quarter Century of Soccer

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Philly dispatched KC fairly easily to become the first team to reach the semifinals.

Stock rising quickly for Brenden Aaronson and Mark McKenzie. It's always hard to get a true sense of interest, but it's clear that both are being watched by a variety of clubs in Europe. Both had nice games tonight, which included a very pretty assist by Aaronson.
 

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Philly dispatched KC fairly easily to become the first team to reach the semifinals.

Stock rising quickly for Brenden Aaronson and Mark McKenzie. It's always hard to get a true sense of interest, but it's clear that both are being watched by a variety of clubs in Europe. Both had nice games tonight, which included a very pretty assist by Aaronson.
It’s the turn to split two defenders that really does it for me - cheek & skill combined So nicely.

 

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Host Orlando City on to the semis with a big upset of LAFC. The equalizer came in the 90th minute and the underdog won the penalty shootout. Nani’s celebration after he made the winning penalty was an all timer.
 

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Host Orlando City on to the semis with a big upset of LAFC. The equalizer came in the 90th minute and the underdog won the penalty shootout. Nani’s celebration after he made the winning penalty was an all timer.
This tournament is blowing up every theory about home field advantage.

I was only half watching, but LAFC seemed to be drifting kind of listlessly until late, then they k Ike’s into gear realizing they might actually lose. Props to Orlando for keeping together and nicking a win.
 

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NYRB signed a 20 year old who was a fringe player at Brentford last season. Apparently, he was good for Southend United in earlier seasons. This sort of signing is extremely on-brand for the Red Bulls.

 

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The Timbers move to the final in a game that ended in a very hectic way. I'm sure Philly will be frustrated having missed a penalty and also having a late goal dubiously ruled offside.
 

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The Athletic reports that FC Dallas and Nashville will play a pair of games on August 12 and August 16, both in Dallas. Because these two teams dropped out of the tournament, whose group stages games count for the regular season standings, Dallas and Nashville need to play each other three times to make up for it.

Fans will be allowed at these games in Dallas, which is awfully reckless.

 

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MLS announced the schedule for the next phase of the regular season.


Everyone is playing 18 more games (plus three bonus FC Dallas vs. Nashville SC games). The first six games will be highly regionalized and have been scheduled. The final 12 are yet to be scheduled, in part because of the Canadian teams. They need to find a place in the US to set up camp if they won't be allowed to travel back and forth across international borders. The Canadian teams don't even have a schedule for this first phase yet.
 

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The August 6 episode of Allocation Disorder has a really, really good discussion of the obstacles that MLS faces in trying to grow its fanbase, its TV audience, and its revenue. Tenorio and Stejskal are IMO the two best in the business when it comes to the structure, finances, salary caps, and minutiae of rules/mechanisms of the league. I heartily recommend the podcast in general, though it may be too deep-in-the-weeds for some.

 

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And the Timbers hold on to win this thing.

This wasn't their prettiest game, but they've been good this tournament and it's been fun to see Ebobisse and Williamson play solid roles for them. Williamson in particular was really unexpected, having hardly played for them at all in the last couple of years. I find Ebobisse to be a player who is really easy to root for. He's an interesting guy.

Major progression for Orlando under Oscar Pareja. It would have been really unthinkable six months ago that they could have gotten this far.


The COVID Victim Derby between FC Dallas and Nashville SC is tomorrow!
 

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Nashville booked their first ever win last night with a 1-0 crapfest over Dallas.

There were roughly 5k fans in attendance, and some booed the players while they kneeled during the anthem. Apparently the players asked that the anthem not be played pre-game, same as during the MLS is Back tournament, but it was anyway.

Reggie Cannon has this to say post-match:

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Miami has signed Blaise Matuidi on a free from Juventus. Their central midfield is full of dull DMs and he'll provide some needed quality and ability to progress the ball forward. They also got him on a TAM contract, which means that they've preserved a DP slot for a potentially bigger signing.


NYRB shipped Alex Muyl to Nashville. He's been used less often at NYRB under Chris Armas. He's a terrier of a wide midfielder who is good in pressing schemes, but he lacks end product. I figure he'll be a decent fit in Nashville's very defensive scheme.

 

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Montreal sold English center back Luis Binks to Bologna and received him back on loan for the rest of 2020. They only just acquired him from Tottenham. Montreal plays a lot of weird games with Bologna, who share a common owner.