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USL Update: Ellis joins Energy FC ahead of affiliate rivalry match

During the 2014 season, Sporting Kansas City has affiliation deals in place with two USL Pro teams to loan players out for experience: Orlando City and Oklahoma City Energy FC. Periodically, we'll catch up with how things are going in soccer's third tier.

In need of more consistent games, Sporting KC's homegrown defender Kevin Ellis is heading to Oklahoma City on loan.

Ellis started five games in all competitions to start the year replacing the injured Chance Myers. He scored the goal in the KC's 1-0 win over Cruz Azul in the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals matchup. Like most of the defense, Ellis struggled in the team's 5-1 loss to the Mexican club in the second leg.

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Charles Gooch. 9 minutes ago

MatchDay 6: Sporting KC faces first Eastern Conference test

Fresh off a bye week, Sporting Kansas City gets back to work with its first Eastern Conference opponent of the year: The Montreal Impact.

After three-straight losses to open the season, the Impact have drawn its last three matches. It's early days, but that's good for the worst record in the East.

On the other hand, Sporting KC weathered a difficult opening stretch and sit near the top half of the conference with a 2-1-2 record. They are brimming with confidence and spent most of the break working on their finishing.

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Charles Gooch. 2 days ago

MLS moves closer to dream of 24-team league with new Atlanta franchise

Just last summer, during the MLS All-Star Game at Sporting Park, Don Garber made a seemingly-radical proclamation: Major League Soccer would have 24 teams by the end of the decade.

At the time, that seemed like an ambitious, crazy and ambitiously crazy statement. The league was 19 teams strong, attendance was up and, while still concerning, TV numbers weren't the flaming tire fire they had once been. It seemed like slow and steady expansion to smart soccer markets had bolstered the league's bottom line, image and on-field product.

Apparently, slow and steady isn't really the plan anymore. From 2004 to 2012, the league added nine new franchises. In the last nine months: Four.

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Charles Gooch. 3 days ago

Atlanta lands MLS expansion team for 2017

Arthur Blank donned traditional soccer garb to mark his newest venture — an MLS team for Atlanta.

"I love this one," Blank said, looking down at the red, black and gold scarf draped over his dark suit. "I haven't taken it off since it was given to me. I may not sleep in it tonight, but I may. I haven't decided yet."

Major League Soccer announced its latest team Wednesday, an expansion team for Atlanta that will begin play in 2017 at the city's new retractable roof stadium.

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By PAUL NEWBERRY. 4 days ago

The Full 90 Reviewed: Defense carried the day in MLS Cup rematch

The Full 90 Reviewed is a look back at the most recent Sporting KC game, reviewing the match under a new light and going beyond the narratives and emotional reactions to the game. It features analysis, stats and gifs. I think we've settled on the name for now. Thanks to our Twitter friend @mrkchusker for suggesting it.

Sometimes, a championship rematch fails to live up to the hype.

That wasn't really the case between Sporting Kansas City and Real Salt Lake. These teams didn't like each other very much back in December and they didn't really play like they had a lot of love for each other last Saturday night.

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Charles Gooch. April 10

Three Things: MLS Cup rematch ends in entertaining but scoreless draw

For the second-straight game, Sporting KC and Real Salt Lake end 90 minutes deadlocked. Only, this time, there won't be penalty kicks to settle the outcome.

Like last year's MLS Cup, this was a game full of sound and fury (and slightly warmer temperatures), but ultimately no goals.

It was an exciting game (as most games between these two stylistic rivals tend to be) despite the misleading scoreline.

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Charles Gooch. April 5

MatchDay 5: Sporting KC vs. Real Salt Lake, a rivalry renewed

When the MLS 2014 schedule came out, this is one of the games a lot of people had circled.

An MLS Cup rematch. The whole "rivalry" thing. MLS Cup "ticket-gate." These shirts. Garth Lagerwey and Jacob Peterson's Twitter beef. This game. The Dom Dwyer and Nat Borchers thing.

There's a lot going on. But more than that, these are two highly entertaining, high-fouling, high-possession teams. It's a showcase event for Major League Soccer — even if MLS and NBC don't agree, but it's hard to argue with the overwhelming "Cascadia" thing overshadowing KC-RSL this weekend.

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Charles Gooch. April 5

San Zusi says 'de nada'

You might recall that Graham Zusi is something of a folk hero in Mexico.

Last year, on the last day of "The Hex," Zusi scored a power header in stoppage time in Panama. The goal leveled the game with Panama at 2-2 and, more importantly, pushed Panama below Mexico in the standings. (Aron Johannsson would go on to add another stoppage time goal, but that was just icing on the cake for Mexico.)

Mexico, despite losing 2-1 to Costa Rica and being all-in-all dreadful the entire campaign, were given a lifeline to the 2014 World Cup — a two-leg qualifier against New Zealand. Mexico won 9-3 on aggregate and will play this summer in Brazil.

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Charles Gooch. April 3

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