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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. 11 hours 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

The Full 180: A look back at Sporting KC's dramatic three-goal, three-point comeback

Soccer is often an emotional sport. When time allows, The Full 90 likes to look back at the most recent Sporting KC game, but without all that pesky emotional reaction getting in the way. We try and re-examine the game under a new light, looking for facts/patterns/gifs and offering some hopefully fresh analysis/theories/ridiculousness. We're gonna try calling this Full 180 (because we've watched the game twice) on the recommendation of Twitter friend Alex Goedken. Thanks, Alex. The name is still under a probationary period, though. We'll see if it sticks.

Sporting Kansas City took a few hundred fans to face the Colorado Rapids last weekend in search of some consistency in this young MLS season. When all was said and done, KC left Denver left with all three points after a valiant come-from-behind 3-2 victory.

There are plenty of talking points from this game. Though, not many of them came in the first half.

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Charles Gooch. April 2

The Full 90 Review: Sporting KC survives Quakes

Soccer can be a rather emotional sport. Thusly, when time allows, The Full 90 likes to take a look back at the most recent Sporting KC game but without all that pesky emotion getting in the way. We'll look at facts/patterns/gifs and offer some analysis/theories/ridiculousness. Here goes.

Let's kick this off with a little dose of perspective.

At this point in the 2013 MLS Cup-winning campaign, Sporting Kansas City was 1-1-1 with just four points. That was accomplished without a draining two-leg Champions League aggregate series with the current Mexican powerhouse Cruz Azul. Or playing five games in 15 days while juggling defensive rotations thanks to injuries and yellow cards.

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Charles Gooch. March 26

Sporting Kansas City not worried about scoring woes

Sporting Kansas City midfielder Benny Feilhaber says the scoring will come — and that perhaps it will eventually come in bunches — but the process is moving along rather slowly.

It’s been a relatively dry start for the Sporting KC offense, which has produced only three goals in its first four matches heading into Saturday’s tilt with San Jose, which gets underway at 7:30 p.m. at Sporting Park.

The club’s forwards have been shut out altogether. Feilhaber, defender Aurelien Collin and defender Kevin Ellis have provided the three goals.

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By SAM McDOWELL. March 21

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