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MLS enters Week 10: Crew SC hosts New England Revolution

This Week in MLS – May 1, 2017
  • Eastern Conference showdown takes center stage in prime time
  • In-form Toronto FC seeks to avenge MLS Cup loss against champion Seattle
  • Led by 11 MLS Homegrown and Academy players, U.S. U-17 squad on the brink of World Cup bid
  • Exclusive 2017 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target pre-sale underway
  • PRO officials honor one of their own through symbol of Huntington’s Disease awareness
  • Week 10 Game Previews

Eastern Conference showdown takes center stage in prime time
Two of the most exciting offenses in MLS will dazzle in Week 10, as an all-Eastern Conference showdown features the star power of New York City FC (8-4-3) against the up-tempo attack of Atlanta United (8-3-3) at Yankee Stadium on Sunday, May 7 (4 p.m. ET, Univision).

Facing a 2017 expansion side for the first time this season, NYCFC is eager to give Atlanta a few pages out of its own 2015 expansion book with dynamic attacking play highlighted from the reigning Landon Donovan MLS Most Valuable Player, David Villa, and 20-year-old midfielder Jack Harrison, who has become a game changer with incredible consistency. Harrison has already equaled his career-high scoring total set as a rookie last season, converting his shots at a 50 percent rate, putting away four of his eight attempts on frame.

With Villa out ill last week, Harrison put NYCFC on his back in a 3-2 win against Columbus Crew SC, opening the scoring in the eighth minute, then tucking away the game-winner in the 76th. With goals scored in three of NYCFC’s four wins this season, including finishes in the last three, Harrison is sitting second on the team in scoring, only behind the five goals and one assist produced by the world-renowned Villa.

With their 18 goals ranking second-best in the League, Atlanta United are just two points behind NYCFC in the conference standings heading into the match. With goalscoring shared among seven different players, Atlanta has a number of attacking weapons to utilize on Sunday in a match that has added significance to manager Tata Martino, who has lost battles for club and country against Villa, including the 2014 La Liga title and a 2010 FIFA World Cup quarterfinal.

In-form Toronto FC seeks to avenge MLS Cup loss against champion Seattle
Heartbreak ensued for Toronto FC the last time they faced off against Seattle Sounders FC, dropping a scintillating MLS Cup showdown that was decided in penalty kicks. On the heels of two straight victories, Toronto will look to avenge its 2016 MLS Cup loss when taking on Sounders FC at CenturyLink Field on Saturday in a nationally televised contest (ESPN/ESPN Deportes/CTV/TSN2).

The two squads are off to similar starts in the 2017 season showing the promise of potent offensive attacks led by their respective trio of playmakers.

Two USMNT standouts + an international star on each side of the ball
Seattle’s trio of Clint Dempsey, Nicolas Lodeiro and Jordan Morris has combined for 13 goals and assists this season narrowly outpacing Toronto’s marquee threesome of Sebastian Giovinco, Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley, who have accounted for 12 combined goals and assists.

Dempsey is the difference this time around
A notable difference in this matchup compared to MLS Cup is a healthy and in-form Clint Dempsey who has shined for club and country in 2017 with seven goals in all competitions after missing the end of 2016 due to an irregular heartbeat. Perhaps a healthy Dempsey along with home field advantage pushes Seattle to yet another victory over Toronto, but with the recent in-sync performances of Altidore and Giovinco nothing can be guaranteed as fireworks are expected in this dramatic rematch.

Led by 11 MLS Homegrown and Academy players, U.S. U-17 squad on the brink of World Cup bid
The United States Under-17 Men’s National Team is on the brink of qualifying for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup after winning all three of its group stage matches during the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championships, including an historic 4-3 defeat over Mexico. With a 20-man roster consisting of four MLS Homegrown Players along with an additional seven players who currently feature in MLS academies, the United States next face Honduras on May 3 and Cuba on May 5 at Estadio Maracana in Panama City with a chance to secure a spot for October’s U-17 World Cup in India on the line.

Atlanta United led all MLS clubs with three players developed in its academy system shining for the U.S., including a pair of Homegrown Players in forward Andrew Carleton and midfielder Christopher Goslin, with FC Dallas 15-year-old forward Bryan Reynolds Jr. and D.C. United midfielder Christopher Durkin rounding out the Homegrown contingent. In a historic match during group play, the United States captured a 4-3 win over Mexico to solidify its spot in the next round of play. The victory marked the third U.S. youth national team to secure a win over Mexico in the previous two months including the U-16 squad winning 3-0 in April and the U-20 squad prevailing 1-0 in February as part of its U-20 World Cup qualifying campaign.

With six of the United States’ 10 goals scored by MLS academy or Homegrown Players thus far in the tournament, the American squad looks in strong shape to secure a spot in the U-17 World Cup, needing a top-two finish in its group to advance.

Exclusive 2017 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target pre-sale underway
MLS fans who download the free MLS app will receive an exclusive pre-sale link for the 2017 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target before the pre-sale on Wednesday, May 3 and the general public sale on Thursday, May 4. The best of MLS will take on Spanish giants Real Madrid at Soldier Field in Chicago on Wednesday, August 2 at 9 p.m. ET.

For the first time in MLS All-Star Game history, a team from Spain’s La Liga will appear as the MLS All-Star opponent. Real Madrid, who is home to international stars such as four-time Ballon d’Or recipient Cristiano Ronaldo, Welsh forward Gareth Bale, and four-time La Liga Best Defender Sergio Ramos, is one of the most successful clubs in the world, claiming a record 32 La Liga championships and 11 UEFA Champions League titles.

More information on an exciting array of MLS All-Star Week events planned for Toyota Park, Fire Pitch, downtown parks and beaches and venues throughout downtown Chicago and Bridgeview, will be made available in the coming weeks. For up-to-date information on MLS All-Star Week, please visit

PRO officials honor one of their own through symbol of Huntington’s Disease awareness
The Professional Referee Organization (PRO) is paying tribute to one of their own, as all officials wear blue wristbands inscribed with the letters “HD” in May as a part of Huntington’s Disease Awareness Month in honor of former PRO official Terry Vaughn, who is battling the devastating disease.

Vaughn, a referee in MLS for 15 years, retired in 2012 after spending nine years on the FIFA panel, and officiating games in CONCACAF Champions League, and international tournaments such as the 2007 U-20 World Cup in Canada. He spent more than 20 years officiating college games and was inducted into the Nation Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association Hall of Fame (NISOA).

Huntington’s Disease is a hereditary, incurable, and fatal brain disorder that slowly deteriorates the brain’s nerve cells over time with serious effects on behavior, cognition, and emotional and social stability.

More information can be found at or at (US) or (Canada).


Week 10 Game Previews
Wednesday, May 3
Orlando City SC at Toronto FC, 7:30 p.m. (TSN)

  • Toronto FC won their second game in a row in a 2-0 victory against the Houston Dynamo at BMO Field, their first multiple wins in league play since last July 23-Aug. 6, when they won four in a row. Jozy Altidore scored a pair of goals, the seventh multiple-goal game of his MLS career, his fifth since moving to Toronto FC.
  • Making his first appearance since being injured early in the season opener on March 5, Kaká scored his first goal of 2017 as Orlando City SC won their fourth game on the trot with a 2-0 win against the Colorado Rapids, one shy of the club-record winning streak set in their inaugural season.

New York Red Bulls at Sporting Kansas City, 8:30 p.m.

  • Sporting won their third consecutive game at Children’s Mercy Park in a 3-0 victory against Real Salt Lake, extending their undefeated streak at home to a club-record 13 games, dating back to last June 19. Dom Dwyer netted his third goal of the season, all coming over the last four matches.
  • The Red Bulls won their third consecutive match with a 2-1 victory against the Chicago Fire, remaining undefeated for the season at Red Bull Arena. It extended their club-record home undefeated streak to 19 matches, dating back to last April 24, now tied for the sixth-longest in MLS history.

Friday, May 5
Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Colorado Rapids, 10 p.m. (TSN)

  • The Rapids had their losing streak extended to four games, and their overall winless streak to six matches, in a 2-0 loss at Orlando City SC, their longest since a six-game run without victory from Sept. 9-Oct. 10, 2015.
  • Whitecaps FC won their first game away from BC Place this season in their 2-1 win against the Montréal Impact, putting an end to a three-game losing run away from home and a five-game road winless streak overall. Cristian Techera scored his second goal of the season, now with two goals and an assist over his last five games.
  • The Rapids have won the last six meetings between the teams at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, including a 2-0 victory last Aug. 6 in the only meeting in Commerce City. Whitecaps FC have won there once ever, in 2012.

Saturday, May 6
Toronto FC at Seattle Sounders FC, 3 p.m. (ESPN)

  • It’s a rematch of the 2016 MLS Cup, won by Sounders FC in a penalty shootout after the teams went 120 minutes without a goal, last Dec. 10 at BMO Field.
  • Sounders FC came back from a 0-3 deficit to claim a 3-3 draw with the New England Revolution at CenturyLink Field – the 10th team in MLS history to come back from three goals down to record a draw, the second this season. Nicolas Lodeiro scored his third goal of the season and added his fourth assist.

Montreal Impact at D.C. United, 6 p.m.

  • Luciano Acosta scored his third goal of the season as D.C. United won for the first time away from RFK Stadium this season, defeating Atlanta United 3-1 at Bobby Dodd Stadium and concluding a three-game road swing. The triumph snapped a four-game road winless streak, dating back to the regular-season finale last year.
  • The Impact suffered their first loss at Stade Saputo this season, falling 2-1 to Vancouver Whitecaps FC. It put an end to a four-game home undefeated streak, dating back to last Sept. 28. Marco Donadel scored his first goal of the season, his first in MLS league play since July 11, 2015.

New York Red Bulls at Philadelphia Union, 7 p.m.

  • Union remained winless for the season, the only team in MLS still without a victory in 2017, following their goalless draw with the LA Galaxy. Union have gone 15 league games since their last victory, a 2-0 win vs. Sporting KC last Aug. 27, now tied for the fourth-longest winless streak in MLS history.
  • The Red Bulls have won the last two meetings between the teams, winning once on each ground. Last year’s Red Bulls win in Chester was their first since 2012, ending a five-game regular-season winless run there.

New England Revolution at Columbus Crew SC, 7:30 p.m.

  • Crew SC have lost back-to-back games for the first time this season, following their 3-2 home loss to New York City FC on Saturday evening. It was their first consecutive defeats since the final two games of the 2016 season. Ola Kamara scored his fifth goal of the season, his second in the last three games, now tied for fifth in the MLS Golden Boot standings.
  • The Revolution recorded a third consecutive draw and their fourth in their last six games, hauled back into a 3-3 draw by Seattle Sounders FC. The Revs were the 10th team in MLS history to lose a three-goal lead and record a draw, the second this season.
  • Juan Agudelo netted a pair of goals, now with six for the season, tied for second in the MLS Golden Boot standings, with three goals in the last two games. It was the fourth multiple-goal game of Agudelo’s career, his second this season.

Orlando City SC at Houston Dynamo, 8:30 p.m.

  • The Dynamo lost their third match in three outings away from BBVA Compass Stadium this season, falling 2-0 at Toronto FC. The defeat extended the Dynamo’s road winless streak to five games, dating back to last year, the longest since their club-record 20-game road winless run was snapped last Aug. 6.
  • The teams are meeting for the third time ever. Orlando City SC has the only victory, in the first meeting between the clubs, a 1-0 win March 13, 2015 at BBVA Compass Stadium.

FC Dallas at Real Salt Lake, 9:30 p.m.

  • Real Salt Lake suffered their second consecutive defeat, the second time this season they’ve lost back-to-back games (the first under new head coach Mike Petke), in their 3-0 loss at Sporting Kansas City.
  • FC Dallas remained undefeated for the season – still the only MLS club without a loss in 2017 – following their 2-2 draw with the Portland Timbers at Toyota Stadium on Saturday evening. FC Dallas have now gone six consecutive games in Frisco without loss, since last Oct. 1.

Chicago Fire at LA Galaxy, 10:30 p.m.

  • The Galaxy saw their winless streak extended to three games, a pair of losses following by their scoreless draw with Philadelphia Union. The Galaxy have been shut out at the attacking end for the last 187 minutes, now three times for the season.
  • The Fire have suffered back-to-back losses for the first time season following their 2-1 loss at the New York Red Bulls. It was a third consecutive defeat away from Toyota Park for the Fire, still winless on their travels this season. The Fire are now riding a nine-game road winless streak, since a 3-0 win at the Montréal Impact last Aug. 20 put an end to an MLS-record 36-game road winless run.
  • The Galaxy have not lost to the Fire since 2010, a 3-2 Chicago victory in Carson on Aug. 1. In the eight meetings since, the Galaxy have won five with three draws, including a 2-2 draw last Aug. 24 at Toyota Park.

Portland Timbers at San Jose Earthquakes, 10:30 p.m.

  • The Quakes put an end to a seven-game winless streak, winning for the first time since March 11 when they opened the season with back-to-back victories, defeating Minnesota United FC 1-0 at TCF Bank Stadium. The win was also the first of the season away from Avaya Stadium, ending a nine-game road winless streak dating back to last Aug. 27, equaling the fifth-longest in club history.
  • The Timbers took points from a third away match out of four on the season, reaching a 2-2 draw at FC Dallas. Fanendo Adi scored his sixth goal of the season, tied for second place in the MLS Golden Boot standings, and added an assist – the second time this season he’s had a goal and one assist in the same game.

Sunday, May 7
Sporting Kansas City at Minnesota United FC, 1:30 p.m. (FS1)

  • Minnesota United FC had their two-game undefeated streak put to an end, falling 1-0 to the San Jose Earthquakes. The loss also snapped a two-game home winning streak for MNUFC in Minneapolis.
  • Sporting and goalkeeper Tim Melia recorded their fifth shutout of the season in the 3-0 win vs. Real Salt Lake. They have allowed just three goals over their first eight matches, equaling the third-fewest goals conceded of any team through eight games in MLS history.

Atlanta United at New York City FC, 4 p.m. (Univision)

  • This the first meeting between a member of the expansion class of 2015 (NYCFC and Orlando City SC) and the current expansion teams (Atlanta United and Minnesota United FC).
  • NYCFC won a second game in a row on their travels, defeating Columbus Crew SC 3-2 at Mapfre Stadium on Saturday evening. Jack Harrison scored a pair of goals, his first career multiple-goal game (in 29 MLS league appearances). Harrison has a goal and/or an assist in four of the last five games, with four goals and an assist in that span.
  • Kenwyne Jones scored his second MLS goal, both coming in the last three matches, but Atlanta United conceded their most goals since coming into the league in a 3-1 defeat by D.C. United.







2 goals against Crew SC garners NY City FC’s Jack Harrison MLS Player of the Week

NEW YORK(Tuesday, May 2, 2017) – New York City FC forward Jack Harrison was voted the Alcatel MLS Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for the ninth week of the 2017 MLS season.

The 20-year-old Harrison notched the first brace of his MLS career in NYCFC’s 3-2 victory over Columbus Crew SC at MAPFRE Stadium on Saturday, with the team improving to 3-0-0 this season and 6-1-0 all-time when the Englishman scores a goal. Harrison now has four goals and one assist on the season, equaling his scoring total from last year’s rookie campaign. With the victory, New York City FC now sits in third place in the Eastern Conference standings with 13 points (4-3-1 overall record).

Jack Harrison (courtesy NY City FC)

Harrison put NYCFC on the board in the early moments of the match, receiving Maxi Moralez’s pass directly in front of goal and chipping goalkeeper Zack Steffen with a quick left-footed shot to give his squad a 1-0 lead in the eighth minute of play (Watch Goal).

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft would then give NYCFC the game winner in the 76th minute off teammate Yangel Herrera’s interception. Harrison found Herrera’s pass in the box and slickly squeezed a left-footed shot past a charging Steffen into the back left corner of goal for a 3-2 advantage (Watch Goal).

NYCFC returns to action this Sunday, May 7 when it hosts Atlanta United at Yankee Stadium (4:30 p.m. ET, Univision/

The MLS Player of the Week is selected each week of the regular season by a panel of journalists from NASR. The group consists of members of print, television, radio and online media.





MLS Disciplinary actions from Week 9

NEW YORK (May 2, 2017) – The MLS Disciplinary Committee has suspended Real Salt Lake defender Chris Schuler for one game and issued an undisclosed fine for serious foul play that endangered the safety of an opponent in the 10th minute of Salt Lake’s match against Sporting Kansas City on April 29 (VIDEO ). Schuler will serve the suspension during RSL’s next match on Saturday, May 6 against FC Dallas. 

Portland Timbers midfielder Dairon Asprilla was found guilty of simulation/embellishment during the 58th minute of the Timbers’ match against FC Dallas on April 29 (VIDEO). The MLS Disciplinary Committee has issued Asprilla an undisclosed fine.

Additionally, the MLS Disciplinary Committee has suspended Atlanta United midfielder Yamil Asad for one game and issued an undisclosed fine for violent conduct in the 83rd minute of Atlanta’s match against D.C. United on April 30 (VIDEO). Asad will serve the suspension during Atlanta’s next match on Sunday, May 7 against New York City FC.





Memorial Tournament 2017 field to include Adam Scott, Justin Thomas an Jon Rahm

Major champion Adam Scott joins World No. 10 Justin Thomas and rising star Jon Rahm to compete

Dublin, Ohio – Officials of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide announced today that the Tournament has accepted entries from 2010 Master champion Adam Scott, World No. 10 Justin Thomas and rising star Jon Rahm to compete in the 42nd edition of the Memorial May 29 – June 4 at world-renowned Muirfield Village Golf Club.


Scott has been a model of consistency throughout his professional career, recording at least one PGA TOUR victory in all but four years (2005, 2009, 2012 and 2015) since joining in 2003. Along the way, the 36-year-old Australian native has collected 13 TOUR wins, including the 2013 Masters Tournament, and career earnings totaling $46,045,007. Scott is coming off his third multi-win season, with back-to-back victories at the 2016 Honda Classic and World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship. He has finished inside the top-10 two times in seven starts during his 2016-17 campaign and is ranked No. 11 in the world. Scott will be making his 10th start at the Memorial, looking to add to his career Tournament earnings of $934,361.33. He has recorded three top-10 finishes at Muirfield Village Golf Club and has a Tournament scoring average of 71.56. He matched his best Tournament finish in his last appearance at the Memorial in 2014 when he tied for fourth place, a feat he first accomplished in 2006.


Thomas, 24, kicked off his 2016-17 PGA TOUR campaign in dominant fashion with three wins in his first six events. Now with 13 starts on the season he has an impressive six top-10 finishes, just one shy of his total through 28 events last season.  The Kentucky native has already achieved a season-best in earnings with $4,449,220 in route to a No. 10 world ranking and No. 2 ranking in FedExCup points. In three seasons on the PGA TOUR Thomas has career earnings of $10,884,161 and is one of only eight players in TOUR history to card an 18-hole score of 59 during competition, which he achieved earlier this year in the opening round of the Sony Open in Hawaii at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu. Thomas will be making his fourth start at the Memorial. His best results came in 2014 when he finished tied for 37th place. His Tournament earnings total $25,420 and his scoring average at Muirfield Village Golf Club is 73. Thomas missed the CUT in 2016 after back-to-back rounds of 77.


A decorated amateur, Rahm burst onto the PGA TOUR with three top-10 finishes in his first nine starts, including a T3 effort in his professional debut at the Quicken Loans National in June of 2016. The Spanish native captured his first-career TOUR title at the 2017 Farmers Insurance Open in just his 12th start, to go with five top-10 finishes in 11 starts this season. He is ranked No. 13 in the world and No. 4 in FedExCup points. This will be Rahm’s first Memorial Tournament appearance, however, not his first trip to Muirfield Village Golf Club. Rahm visited Dublin, Ohio last year during the final round of the Memorial to receive the Jack Nicklaus Award as Collegiate Player of the Year in Division I. The Sun Devil also was the first two-time winner of the Ben Hogan Award as a junior and senior at Arizona State.


The 2017 Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide is scheduled for May 29 – June 4 at Muirfield Village Golf Club. The public may call the Tournament Ticket Office 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays at 877-MT BADGE (877-682-2343) or visit to purchase badges. Kids 18 and under can attend for free with a ticketed adult. Daily practice round tickets for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are also available. The cost is $35 and they are valid for all three practice-round days.

About the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide

The Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide is held annually at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus. The Tournament, founded and hosted by Jack Nicklaus, is conducted each year with three goals in mind: to honor the memory of individuals living and deceased who have distinguished themselves in the game of golf; to showcase the world’s best golfers competing on one of the most challenging venues in the world for the enjoyment of spectators; and to benefit many Greater Columbus Charities in alliance with the Nicklaus Children’s Healthcare Foundation, Nationwide Children’s Hospital and numerous other local organizations. For more information, visit or call 614-889-6700.



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MLS names Orlando City SC goalkeeper Joe Bendik Player of the Month for April

Joe Bendik (orange) in goal defending Darren Mattocks attempts header on goal, By Paul Ottaviano, CC BY-SA 2.0, https

NEW YORK (Wednesday, May 3, 2017) – Orlando City SC goalkeeper Joe Bendik was voted Major League Soccer’s Player of the Month by members of the media for the month of April of the 2017 MLS season. 

The 28-year-old helped push Orlando to the top of the league standings with four wins in five April matches, ending the month with four consecutive victories. The Lions currently pace the Supporters’ Shield race with 18 points (6-1-0 overall record) behind a stout defense that has allowed five goals on the season, tied for second league wide. Bendik led all MLS goalkeepers with four April victories, while his three clean sheets this season, including two in April, rank second at his position.

Orlando began the month with a 2-0 loss at Columbus Crew SC’s MAPRFE Stadium on April 1, but quickly rebounded with a 1-0 victory at Orlando City stadium against the New York Red Bulls on April 9. Bendik made a pair of crucial saves against Bradley Wright-Phillips, including a diving stop in the opening minutes of the match (Watch Save) along with a swat in the 85th minute to keep the Red Bulls off the board (Watch Save ). The Georgia native would then lead Orlando to a 2-1 home victory over the LA Galaxy on April 15, recording five saves in the performance.

The Lions registered their first road win of the season on April 23 with a 2-1 victory over New York City FC at Yankee Stadium. Bendik dazzled with a season-high seven saves on the day, including a swift stop on a Rodney Wallace header from close range in the 68thminute (Watch Save). In the waning moments of the match, Bendik once again salvaged Orlando’s victory when stopping David Villa’s blistering shot in the 93rd minute (Watch Save). Bendik capped the month with Orlando’s fifth consecutive home victory, extending the team’s MLS record for a club opening a new stadium built from the ground up, with a 2-0 win over the Colorado Rapids on April 29.

Orlando City SC next travels to face Toronto FC at BMO Field on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET, TSN1/3/4/5/MLS Live) before playing the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday (8:30 p.m. ET, MLS LIVE).

MLS Player of the Month is voted upon by a panel of select national media members in a process conducted by MLS Communications.



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