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15 Nov

Major League Soccer Will Miss Zlatan, Even if He Won’t Miss MLS

Never has a player performed the role of villain better than Zlatan Ibrahimovic, with his quips and his elbows as razor sharp as his finishing. And let’s face it, MLS needs villains even more than it needs heroes.

From ESPN

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11 Nov

The Secret Behind Seattle’s MLS Dynasty? Efficiency

Major League Soccer’s original super franchise has made an understated, under-the-radar efficiency their calling card – and it served them well en route to their improbable second title.

From The Guardian

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08 Nov

MLS Cup Final Preview: The Storylines

Sunday brings us a familiar title bout, as the Seattle Sounders and Toronto FC will meet in Washington in bids for their second MLS Cup title.

From NBC Sports

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27 Oct

How ‘Captain America’ Pulisic Announced His Arrival With a Hat Trick for Chelsea

The 21-year-old USA winger marked his first Premier League start since August with a perfect hat-trick (left foot, right foot and header) in the Blues’ 4-2 win at Turf Moor.

From BBC Sport

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15 Oct

Is Zlatan the Best MLS Designated Player of All Time?

In the past 12 years, a Designated Player has taken up a roster spot roughly 500 times. No one has ever been better-paid or scored as regularly, on a minute-to-minute basis, than Ibra.

From ESPN

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14 Oct

The Remarkable XI of Players Who Retired in 2019

With every year in the sport, it’s inevitable that a number of legendary players will hang up their boots and it feels as though 2019 has been particularly ruthless.

From Give Me Sport

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11 Oct

Study Shows Messi Is Statistically Nearly 3X Better Than Any Other Footballer

It’s hard to quantify just how much better Messi is than everyone else but ESPN may have come closest with their stats-based analysis into the best shooters in football.

From Give Me Sport

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10 Oct

Lionel Messi Plans to Retire at Barcelona, Confirms He Wanted to Leave

The Argentine superstar has been with the Catalan club his entire career after coming through their La Masia academy, and has won four UEFA Champions League titles, 10 La Liga crowns and has been named the best player on the planet six times.

From NBC Sports

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09 Oct

Zlatan Gets a Very Zlatan Statue in His Hometown

Ibrahimovic, 38, whose first name has been trademarked in Sweden, is one of the top players of his generation, with 13 league titles in Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and France. He signed with the Galaxy in 2018 and has 52 goals and 17 assists in 56 MLS games.

From Los Angeles Times

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08 Oct

The Impossible Annual Task of Choosing an MLS Best XI

Forget about a functional XI when you’re putting together an MLS Best XI. That’s true in most leagues, to be fair, but the offensive firepower in MLS puts up gaudy numbers as silky attackers are given a bit more free rein than they’re used to in previous leagues.

From NBC Sports