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News roundup: Sounders going to MLS Cup, Chris Pontius retires, CJ Sapong is Fire’s MVP

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Philadelphia Union

Allegedly, a new episode of the It’s Always Soccer in Philadelphia podcast was recorded last night.

Nashville SC “acquired” 2019 eMLS Cup winner Doolsta.


Strath Haven’s girls team beat Nazareth Academy, 2-0, to get to the states.

Northern Burlington beat Brick Township, 4-1, thanks in part to Aaron Osborne, who got a goal despite having a fractured elbow.

From flat on her back to back on the field, Haverford High’s Paige Snell‘s inspiring soccer story.

West Chester University’s Shane Hartey, a sophomore, scored two goals yesterday on the road for a 3-0 win over St. Thomas Aquinas.

Archbishop Ryan’s Gianna Monaco followed up her record-setting junior year with a championship win for her team.


The Sounders told Bob Bradley’s LAFC to “get lost” by beating them 3-1 in the Western Conference final. Atlanta and Toronto play tonight, with the MLS Cup on November 10th.

Chris Pontius announced his retirement. Can’t believe he’s only 32. Thought he was older.

CJ Sapong is the Fire’s MVP.

Luciano Acosta claims he’s leaving D.C. United.


Reign FC’s Bethany Balcer named Rookie of the Year.

A look at the Courage‘s season.


U.S. Soccer

Earnie Stewart said that Vlatko Andonovski’s USWNT won’t be as tactically rigid as Gregg Berhalter’s USMNT.

Around the globe

What happened to Miguel Almiron?

Atlético Madrid forward Toni Duggan discussed with The Guardian last year’s Champions League final, Twitter rumors, and why she left Barcelona.

Manchester United’s Chris Smalling says his early steps into veganism appeared to help his tendonitis.

Southampton players donate wages to help “put things right” after historic 9-0 home defeat.

The Union’s season may be over, but there’s always FC Union Berlin, who play Hertha BSC this weekend in the first Berlin derby.


  1. If I were in the position to afford being a betting man, I would have put the house on Sounders to win last night. How many times has it happened before? I feel similar, but not as strong, about Toronto. Let’s put it this way, I would NOT put any money on Atlanta to advance. That’s MLS for you. You can put a stunning season together and get beat by a team that finished 16 points behind you. It’s the magic of MLS cup. (Not at all being facetious or making a judgement. It is what it is.) I wonder how LAFC fans feel this morning? I’m not sure the Supporters Shield feels all that great right now.

    • John O'Donnell Jr says:

      LAFC played a trap game and didn’t play with the same enthusiasm that they played the Galaxy with the week before. Almost like the only thing that stood in their way was Atlanta. If Atlanta wins it all you can argue this was their better season compared to last year. New coach, lost their best player, won the U.S. Open Cup and beat the Mexican champion for the Campeones Cup. Unlike LAFC, they’ve had a much tougher road this year with all the distractions (remember fire the coach) and still have a chance to repeat. Quite impressive if they win it all.

    • Well, well, well. …. Look at that result.

      • John O'Donnell Jr says:

        To bad you aren’t a betting man.

        It was a good game, although I only got to see everything from the first Toronto goal on. Mind you I did say if they win and watching the game they were the better team. So who do you like in the rubber match for the Cup?

      • Ha! Yes. Tell me about it. I like Sounders for the cup. But wouldn’t be surprised if Toronto steals it. It’s exceedingly strange, I think, for Toronto to be in this final. They did finish fourth, though, so they haven’t been terrible. Crazy.

  2. Doolsta will be missed. just like our chief tattoo artist.

  3. Atlanta vs LA FC would’ve been huge ratings-wise. Toronto vs Seattle is so … 2017. Gonna be honest. Not really excited about this one. Quality goals from Toronto. Guess I’m pulling for them but, meh

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