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Toronto FC 2017 winner of MLS Supporters Shield for top regular season team


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Toronto FC captures Supporters’ Shield for top seed in Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs

TFC earns first MLS trophy on track for record-breaking season after missing the playoffs three years ago

NEW YORK(Saturday, September 30, 2017) – Major League Soccer tonight announced that Toronto FC has secured the 2017 MLS Supporters’ Shield, earning the top seed in the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs by virtue of achieving a 19-5-8 record and 65 points, which no other team can surpass in the final weeks of the MLS regular season.

After staking claim to the coveted Supporters’ Shield and remaining untouchable atop MLS standings since July 19, Toronto FC is polishing its first piece of MLS hardware during one of the most impressive campaigns in League history. Earning a berth to the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs a full six weeks prior to season’s end, the reigning Canadian Championship victors have equaled the fastest postseason qualification by any club since 2006. With Supporters’ Shield firmly cementing TFC as the No.1 seed in the playoffs, Toronto is awarded a first-round postseason bye, and will play its first playoff match in the Conference Semifinals against the winner of the lower-seeded Eastern Conference Knockout Round.

Complete Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs qualification procedures and format can be foundhere.

Setting sights on consecutive MLS Cup appearances, Toronto boasts an 11-game unbeaten streak from July 5-September 16, and is on pace to potentially surpass a number of League records, including most goals per game and the greatest margin of goal differential in a single season. Netting an average of 2.22 finishes per outing, TFC (by season’s end) could eclipse one of the highest goal scoring averages since the 2.12 goals per game standard set by the San Jose Earthquakes in 2012. Proving success on both sides of the ball, TFC could also be within reach of the goal differential record, as the club currently holds a margin of +36 with two games remaining to reach the +44 mark set by the LA Galaxy in 1998.

Led by U.S. Men’s National Team players Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley, Greg Vanney’s star-studded squad also includes 2015 Landon Donovan MLS MVP Sebastian Giovinco, who has finished a single-season record five goals on set pieces in 2017. Off the boots of unsung midfield hero Victor Vazquez, who leads the League with 16 assists, TFC has also found success through consistent play from a strong contingent of Canadian National Team players.

The Supporters’ Shield, introduced by organized fan groups, is awarded annually to the supporters of the team with the best regular season record in MLS. The Supporters’ Shield has been won by a total of 11 different MLS clubs throughout the league’s 21-season history, with both the LA Galaxy and D.C. United hoisting the trophy a record four times. Of the previous 20 winners, six have gone on to win MLS Cup, one has lost in the Cup final, seven have been eliminated in the Conference Championships, while seven have lost in the Conference Semifinals.

Major League Soccer Supporters’ Shield winners

2017: Toronto FC (19-5-8, 65 points)
2016: FC Dallas (17-8-9, 60 points)
2015: New York Red Bulls (18-10-6, 60 points)
2014: Seattle Sounders FC (20-10-4, 64 pts.)
2013: New York Red Bulls (17-9-8, 59 pts.)
2012: San Jose Earthquakes (19-6-9, 66 pts.)
2011: LA Galaxy (19-5-10, 67 pts.)
2010: LA Galaxy (18-7-5, 59 pts.)
2009: Columbus Crew (13-7-10, 49 pts.)
2008: Columbus Crew (17-7-6, 57 pts.)
2007: D.C. United (16-7-7, 55 pts.)
2006: D.C. United (15-7-10, 55 pts.)
2005: San Jose Earthquakes (18-4-10, 64 pts.)
2004: Columbus Crew (12-5-13, 49 pts.)
2003: Chicago Fire (15-7-8, 53 pts.)
2002: LA Galaxy (16-9-3, 51 pts.)
2001: Miami Fusion (16-5-5, 53 pts.)
2000: Kansas City Wizards (16-7-9, 57 pts.)
1999: D.C. United (23-9-0, 57 pts.)
1998: LA Galaxy (24-8-0, 68 pts.)
1997: D.C. United* (21-11-0, 55 pts.)
1996: Tampa Bay Mutiny* (20-12-0, 58 pts.)

*Awarded retroactively


Crew SC with 2-0 win over D.C. United clinches berth in 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs

Josh Williams in 2017 By Hayden Schiff from Cincinnati, USA - DSC_4799, CC BY 2.0, https


Justin Meram scored Crew SC's second goal, his 13th of the season, 10th at home (courtesy Columbus Crew SC)


62,280 Wil Trapp Crew SC captain How does it feel for the veterans to get back to the MLS Playoffs after a down season in 2016 9 30 2016

62,281 Wil Trapp Crew SC captain What did the veterans say to the younger guys when team was stagnant in midseason to get going again 9 30 2017

62,282 Wil Trapp Crew SC captain Did you ever think there is no reason why this team can’t be in playoffs with all the talent in this room 9 30 2017

62,283 Wil Trapp Crew SC captain The media & fans feel the team should win every game but the MLS is so tough there is no way 9 30 2017

62,285 Wil Trapp Crew SC What has Pedro Santos added to this lineup since coming in during midseason 9 30 2017

62,286 Wil Trapp Crew SC captain Crew SC team is more dangerous with Pedro Santos as a playmaker 9 30 2017

62,287 Wil Trapp Crew SC captain How has it been having Josh Williams back on the team after he played for Toronto FC in 2016



Black & Gold earn postseason berth for third time in four seasons under Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter;
Special Pay As We Play Plan for playoff matches now available on-sale at


For Immediate Release: September 30, 2017

COLUMBUS — Columbus Crew SC has officially clinched a spot in the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs, returning to the postseason for the third time in four seasons under Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter. With two regular-season contests remaining, Crew SC is assured of finishing no lower than sixth place in the Eastern Conference by virtue of its win against D.C. United at MAPFRE Stadium earlier this evening. The win against D.C. United was the Black & Gold’s 12th regular-season home victory of 2017, setting a new club record for most regular-season wins at home.

Final postseason seeding will be determined in the coming weeks as the Black & Gold (15-12-5, 50 points) conclude the regular season along with all other MLS clubs. Crew SC Season Ticket Members, 10-Match Plan holders and the general public each have the option to purchase the Pay As We Play Plan for playoff matches at a discounted rate from single-match pricing with the flexibility of only being charged for matches once they are guaranteed to be played. The Pay As We Play Plan, which includes tickets to each potential match held at MAPFRE Stadium through the Eastern Conference Championship, continues to be available at


This season, six teams qualify from each conference for the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs. The two winners from the Eastern Conference Knockout Round, featuring matches between the third and sixth seeds as well as the fourth and fifth seeds, advance to face the first and second seeds in the Semifinals, with the lowest advancing seed from the Knockout Round facing the first seed.

IN THE POSTSEASON: Updated Eastern Conference standings available at
2017 marks the club’s return to the postseason for the first time since the Audi 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs, when Crew SC won the Eastern Conference Championship. This is the 14th all-time postseason berth for the Black & Gold as well as the seventh berth for the club in ten seasons, a streak that began in 2008, a year that Crew SC won the first professional championship for Columbus by capturing that season’s MLS Cup.

Up next, Crew SC travels to take on Orlando City SC at Orlando City Stadium on Sunday, October 15 (5:00 p.m. ET / The CW Columbus, Spectrum Sports, BCSN2, CD102.5 FM, La Mega 103.1 FM, English radio stream available on


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Former Purdue football coach Joe Tiller, one of college football’s brilliant offensive minds, dies at 74


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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Joe Tiller, one of the most beloved and popular figures in Purdue Athletics history, passed away Saturday morning at the age of 74 in Buffalo, Wyoming.

Tiller served as the Boilermakers’ head football coach from 1997 to 2008. The winningest coach in school history, he posted an 87-62 record, including 53-43 in Big Ten Conference games. Tiller’s 149 games coached are the most in Purdue annals.

“Joe Tiller was one of the great coaches in all of Purdue history,” Purdue president Mitch Daniels said. “The next time we go to the Rose Bowl, our first thoughts will be of him, and we will miss him every day in between. Our hearts go out to Arnette and the entire Tiller family.”​

Prior to Tiller’s hiring in November of 1996, Purdue football had played in a total of five bowl games. In the preceding 15 years, the Boilermakers managed merely a 54-107-5 record. Tiller introduced the spread offense to Purdue, featuring three, four, even five wide receivers and forcing defenses to cover the field from sideline to sideline. It was a radical change from the smash-mouth Big Ten style and, in the basketball-crazed state of Indiana, was dubbed affectionately “basketball on grass.”

The result was 10 bowl games, including the 2001 Rose Bowl, an average of more than seven wins per season and a Big Ten championship in 2000. Tiller coached 64 players who went on to the National Football League, six All-Americans and two Academic All-Americans.

Tiller was recognized as the 1997 Big Ten and national Coach of the Year.

In addition to the Rose Bowl, the Boilermakers played in the 1997 Alamo, 1998 Alamo, 2000 Outback, 2001 Sun, 2002 Sun, 2004 Capital One, 2004 Sun, 2006 Champs Sports and 2007 Motor City bowls. Purdue was nationally ranked in the Associated Press poll for 80 weeks — tied for the most under any coach in school history — including a high of No. 5 during the 2004 season.

“Today is a very sad day for me and the entire Purdue family,” said Drew Brees, who played quarterback for Tiller from 1997 to 2000. “Coach Tiller was an important person in my life and to so many other guys who played for him. He did so much more than teach us how to win. He taught us life lessons and how to be great leaders and men. My thoughts and prayers are with Arnette, Julie, Renee and Mike.”

Tiller topped Jack Mollenkopf for the most wins by a Purdue coach with his 85th victory – a 32-25 verdict over Central Michigan at Ross-Ade Stadium on Sept. 20, 2008.

“The entire Purdue football family is saddened to learn of the passing of coach Joe Tiller,” Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm said. “The respect he garnered from both his former players and the Purdue community speaks volumes for his contributions to the game and this university. He molded together a blueprint for success for Purdue football and pursued his vision in a way that players and fans were able to embrace. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Tiller family.”

Tiller served as head coach of the East team in the 2015 East-West Shrine Game and earned a 45-27 victory. He played for the West team in 1963 and became just the fifth individual to both play and coach in the Shrine Game.

From 1983 to 1986, Tiller was assistant head coach, defensive coordinator and defensive line coach at Purdue under Leon Burtnett.

“Joe took a chance coming back to Purdue, and all Boilermakers, and me in particular, are grateful,” said former Purdue athletics director Morgan Burke, who hired Tiller. “Joe was the best evaluator of talent I have ever seen. His dry wit endeared him to his players, and he knew how to coach and motivate them. I know the Purdue family joins me in expressing our condolences to Arnette and all of his family.”

The charismatic Tiller endeared himself to Boilermaker fans everywhere with his sense of humor and humility.

“People ask me about my legacy at Purdue, and I guess I see myself as a guy who came in and fit the place, and the place fit him – a man of the people,” Tiller said in 2008. “I’ve always prided myself on being able to get along with anybody, whether they are a major donor or someone who comes to one game a year. I’ve tried to respect everybody, so I would like my legacy to be that I was a good guy who could also coach football.”

In January of 2008, Tiller was awarded the Order of the Griffin, one of Purdue’s highest honors, given to individuals whose commitment to the university goes well beyond the call of duty, and whose strength and vision have greatly benefited the institution. He was appointed head coach emeritus by the board of trustees Nov. 21, 2008.

Tiller was inducted into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame in 2012 and the Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame in 2013. Joe Tiller Drive, located immediately north of Ross-Ade Stadium, was named in his honor in 2015.

Tiller’s 18-year head coaching record, including six seasons at Wyoming from 1991 to 1996, was 126-92-1, a .578 winning percentage. In 1996, Tiller led the Cowboys to a 10-2 record, the Western Athletic Conference championship game and a No. 22 final national ranking. Wyoming played in the 1993 Copper Bowl.

In 1989 and 1990, Tiller was assistant head coach, offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Washington State. Prior to that, he was offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Wyoming in 1987 and 1988.

From 1974 to 1982, Tiller spent nine seasons with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League. He was an assistant coach (offensive and defensive lines) from 1974 to 1976, interim head coach for six games in 1976 (2-3-1 record), assistant general manager from 1977 to 1980 and director of administration and player personnel from 1980 to 1982.

Tiller was an assistant coach at Washington State from 1971 to 1973, spending one year as defensive line coach and two years as offensive coordinator and offensive line coach. In 1965, he began his coaching career as an assistant (offensive and defensive lines) at Montana State and was there through 1970.

A native of Toledo, Ohio, Tiller attended Rogers High School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in secondary education from Montana State in 1965. He was an honorable mention All-American offensive tackle and team captain for the Bobcats. Tiller was drafted by the Boston Patriots of the American Football League in 1964 (18th round) but did not sign. He played for Calgary of the CFL during the 1964 season.

Tiller was inducted into the Montana State Athletics Hall of Fame in 1998.

Tiller is survived by his wife, Arnette; daughters, Renee and Julie; son, Michael; daughter-in-law Hilda; and grandchildren, Paulina, Lily, Gus and Tori. Tiller also is survived by brothers Charles Tiller of Manning, South Carolina, and Marvin Tiller of Toledo.



On Coach To Cure MC Weekend in College Football, Ohio State contributing $10,000


OSU Buckeyes players with Jacob Jarvis in 2014 ( photo by Terry Gilliam, courtesy OSU Athletic Communications)

Ohio State Contributing to Coach To Cure MD Weekend

Football program will raise $10,000 in name of Jacob Jarvis for a fourth consecutive year

COLUMBUS, Ohio This is the weekend in college football when every coach is on the same team. For the 10th consecutive year, college coaches nationwide will join in support of the Coach To Cure MD program to raise awareness and funds for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Football fans at the games will be asked to donate to research projects supported by Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy.


Ohio State’s football coaches and support personnel will wear Coach To Cure MD patches on their shirts and pullovers Saturday at High Point Solutions Stadium when the Buckeyes take on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.


In addition, the football program will continue its tradition of raising funds in the name of Jacob Jarvis, the local 17-year-old high school junior who has been an inspiration to the team since first meeting coach Urban Meyer back in the summer of 2013.


Football fans can help support the fight to end Duchenne by either going online to or by texting the word CURE to 50555 to make a $10 donation in honor of this year’s anniversary.

Jacob, as well as his little brother, Noah Studebaker, has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, the genetic disorder that results in muscle degeneration and unfortunately has no cure as of now.


The diagnosis hasn’t affected the profound impact that Jacob has had on the Buckeyes. He gives the team spirit. He gives them hope. And he gives them confidence to succeed … every time they see him. At games. In the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Or at practice, which he regularly attends with his step-father, Chad Studebaker, and/or his mother, Traci Studebaker, and brother Noah.


“When he comes into a room, it gives you a little perspective on your life,” Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett has said. “He brightens up everybody each and every time he comes around us. He’s a Buckeye and just a kid that loves Ohio State and the people around Ohio State.”


Current Denver Bronco Jeff Heuerman is extremely close to Jacob.


“I think part of him was put here to change our lives … to change this football team and this coaching staff,” Heuerman said in 2014 just before the Buckeyes defeated Oregon to win the first College Football Playoff national championship.


“I’m thankful for the time I’ve had with him.”


“I love him,” Meyer has said. “I feel good when I see him. He’s like seeing my son. And he’s part of the team now.”


Simply stated, the Urban Meyer era at Ohio State wouldn’t be the Urban Meyer era without Jacob Jarvis in it. He’s truly a special young person who has impacted a tremendous amount of student-athletes, coaches and representatives of this program. That’s why for the past three years the program has raised more than $10,000 each year to give to Duchenne muscular dystrophy in the name of Jacob Jarvis.


The program will do it again this week.








Miguel Almiron of Atlanta United chosen #1 by 24 Under 24 player series; Crew SC’s Kekuta Manneh selected


Miguel Almirón (courtesy Atlanta United)

Atlanta United midfielder Miguel Almirón voted No. 1 in 24 Under 24 series
Almirón highlights star-studded group that features seven Designated Players; Top 10 was unveiled Thursday on ExtraTime Live driven by Continental
NEW YORK (Thursday, September 28, 2017) – announced today that Atlanta United midfielder Miguel Almirón has been voted the No. 1 player in the 2017 24 Under 24. The top 10 players were unveiled on a special edition of ExtraTime Live driven by Continental on Facebook Live.

Almirón headlines a star-studded group that features seven Young Designated Players, including fellow Atlanta player and eighth-ranked Héctor Villalba, Real Salt Lake teammatesAlbert Rusnák and Jefferson Savarino, D.C. United newcomer Paul Arriola, Houston Dynamo striker Alberth Elis and FC Dallas midfielder Carlos Gruezo. The average age of this Designated Player group is 22.5 years old.

The caliber of this year’s ranking encapsulates the increased talent and experience in this series with a balance of 13 returnees and 11 newcomers. Seven Homegrown Players make up the list, with four Homegrowns ranked in the top 10. Fourteen clubs are recognized in the 2017 series, and four teams have three representatives: Atlanta, Dallas, New York City FC and Salt Lake.

With Almirón’s top billing, Atlanta becomes the first MLS expansion franchise to achieve the No. 1 spot since the 24 Under 24 series began in 2010.

Highlighting the top five:
The 23-year-old Miguel Almirón has played a crucial role in his first MLS season as a key contributor to Atlanta’s exciting expansion campaign. The Paraguayan international has doled out 13 assists and tallied nine goals in 29 matches this year. Recently referred to as Atlanta’s “heartbeat” by teammate and MLS veteran Jeff Larentowicz, Almirón recorded a memorable hat trick during Atlanta’s 4-1 victory over the Houston Dynamo on May 20. He has also shined among the league’s best, earning a spot on the 2017 MLS All-Star Team and appearing in 10 games with Paraguay’s national team, including the Copa America Centenario and 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying.

At No. 2, FC Dallas Homegrown Player and budding U.S. National Team midfielder Kellyn Acosta continues to add to his credentials for both club and country. Gaining 24 Under 24 recognition for a third straight year, Acosta has moved up the list from being voted fourth in 2016 and 14th in 2015. The Plano, Texas native has already surpassed 100 career appearances since signing with FC Dallas in 2012. One of four players in this year’s 24 Under 24 who were part of the U.S. National Team’s 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup-winning squad, Acosta is among the likes of  Dallas and U.S. MNT goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez, Seattle Sounders FC forward Jordan Morris and D.C.’s Paul Arriola.

New York City FC midfielder Jack Harrison becomes the fifth person in the 24 Under 24 series’ history to earn back-to-back top-three rankings. Harrison, who was No. 2 in 2016, comes in at the No. 3 spot this year. The top selection in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft is thriving during his sophomore campaign with NYCFC, establishing himself as an unsung offensive threat alongside 2016 Landon Donovan MVP winner David Villa. Recording a career-high 10 goals to go with six assists in 31 matches, Harrison has played a vital role in leading NYCFC to its second straight Audi MLS Cup Playoffs berth.

At No. 4, Vancouver Whitecaps FC 16-year-old phenom Alphonso Davies earns his first appearance in 24 Under 24. Davies signed as a Homegrown Player last year at age 15, and is this season earning regular minutes for one of the top-rated Western Conference sides of 2017. Davies’ breakout moment was with Canada’s national team when he recorded a brace during a 4-2 victory against French Guiana in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup. With three tournament goals, Davies was named to the Gold Cup Best XI, earned the Young Player Award and won the Golden Boot, providing a glimpse of what’s to come for Whitecaps FC.

Rounding out the top five is Orlando City SC forward Cyle Larin, who earned the No. 1 ranking in 2016 and has been named to the the 24 Under 24 series on three consecutive occasions. The 2015 AT&T MLS Rookie of the Year and top selection in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft is delivering once again with 12 goals in 27 games, and he has produced 43 goals in 86 matches during his three-year MLS tenure.

For full coverage of 2017 MLS 24 Under 24, including interviews, features and more, 24 Under 24 winners:

  • 2010: Fredy Montero, Seattle Sounders FC
  • 2011: Brek Shea, FC Dallas
  • 2012: Darren Mattocks, Vancouver Whitecaps FC
  • 2013: Darlington Nagbe, Portland Timbers
  • 2014: DeAndre Yedlin, Seattle Sounders FC
  • 2015: Fabian Castillo, FC Dallas
  • 2016: Cyle Larin, Orlando City SC
  • 2017: Miguel Almirón, Atlanta United

2017 24 Under 24:
1. Miguel Almirón, Atlanta United^
2. Kellyn Acosta, FC Dallas*
3. Jack Harrison, New York City FC
4. Alphonso Davies, Vancouver Whitecaps FC*^
5. Cyle Larin, Orlando City SC
6. Yangel Herrera, New York City FC^
7. Jordan Morris, Seattle Sounders FC*
8. Héctor Villalba, Atlanta United^
9. Paul Arriola, D.C. United^
10. Tyler Adams, New York Red Bulls*^
11. Yamil Asad, Atlanta United^
12. Alberth Elis, Houston Dynamo^
13. Cristian Roldan, Seattle Sounders FC
14. Carlos Gruezo, FC Dallas
15. Albert Rusnák, Real Salt Lake
16. Ronald Matarrita, New York City FC
17. Erik Palmer-Brown, Sporting Kansas City*
18. Justen Glad, Real Salt Lake*
19. Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla, Montreal Impact*^
20. Jesse Gonzalez, FC Dallas*
21. Luciano Acosta, D.C. United^
22. Jefferson Savarino, Real Salt Lake^
23. Kekuta Manneh, Columbus Crew SC
24. Diego Fagundez, New England Revolution*

*Homegrown Player
^Player making his first appearance on the list

By Position:
Goalkeepers (1): Jesse Gonzalez (FC Dallas)
Defenders (3): Ronald Matarrita (New York City FC), Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City), Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake)
Midfielders (14): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Luciano Acosta (D.C. United), Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls), Miguel Almirón (Atlanta United), Paul Arriola (D.C. United), Yamil Asad (Atlanta United), Alphonso Davies (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Diego Fagundez (New England Revolution), Carlos Gruezo (FC Dallas), Jack Harrison (New York City FC), Yangel Herrera (New York City FC), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC), Albert Rusnák (Real Salt Lake), Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla (Montreal Impact)
Forwards (6): Alberth Elis (Houston Dynamo), Cyle Larin (Orlando City SC), Kekuta Manneh (Columbus Crew SC), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC), Jefferson Savarino (Real Salt Lake), Héctor Villalba (Atlanta United)

Team Totals:
Atlanta United (3)
FC Dallas (3)
New York City FC (3)
Real Salt Lake (3)
D.C. United (2)
Seattle Sounders FC (2)
Columbus Crew SC (1)
Houston Dynamo (1)
Montreal Impact (1)
Orlando City SC (1)
New England Revolution (1)
New York Red Bulls (1)
Sporting Kansas City (1)
Vancouver Whitecaps FC (1)


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