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  • Africa: CAF Champions LeagueMamelodi Sundowns 1 – 0 TP MazembePyramids 2 – 2 NouadhibouWydad Casablanca 1 – 0 ASEC MimosasSimba 6 – 0 GalaxyES Tunis 1 – 0 Al Hilal OmdurmanPetro de Luanda 2 – 0 Etoile du SahelAlbania: SuperligaVllaznia Shkodër 3 – 1 TiranaTeuta Durrës 3 – 0 Erzeni ShijakAlgeria: Ligue 1Paradou AC 0 – 0 US BiskraSaoura 2 – 2 CS ConstantineASO Chlef 2 – 1 El BayadhES Sétif 1 – 0 MC AlgerAngola: GirabolaRecreativo do Libolo 1 – 0 Desportivo HuílaInterclube 0 – 1 KabuscorpArgentina: Prim B MetroColegiales 1 – 1 San Martín BurzacoFlandria 1 – 0 […]
  • Africa: CAF Champions LeagueBelouizdad 3 – 0 MedeamaAlbania: SuperligaPartizani Tirana 3 – 0 KukësiLaçi 0 – 1 Skënderbeu KorçëEgnatia Rrogozhinë 1 – 1 Dinamo CityAlgeria: Ligue 1NC Magra 1 – 1 MC OranArgentina: Prim B NacionalNueva Chicago 2 – 0 Atlético RafaelaIndependiente Rivadavia 1 – 3 Barracas CentralHuracán 2 – 0 Rosario CentralTigre 1 – 0 Central Córdoba SdEAustralia: A-LeagueMacarthur 2 – 0 Melbourne CityGold Coast United 1 – 2 Gold Coast KnightsRedlands United 1 – 3 Brisbane OlympicLions 3 – 2 Rochedale RoversSouth Adelaide Panthers 0 – 5 Adelaide CometsPara Hills Knights 2 – 3 Adelaide CityHeidelberg United 3 […]
  • Argentina: Primera DivisiónGimnasia La Plata 1 – 3 InstitutoBelgium: CupAntwerp 3 – 0 KV OostendeBrazil: Copa do BrasilHumaitá 1 – 1 Sampaio CorrêaOperário FC MS 0 – 0 Operário PRTrem 0 – 4 Sport RecifeCEOV Operário 0 – 0 CriciúmaBulgaria: CupLudogorets 3 – 1 CSKA 1948 SofiaCosta Rica: Primera DivisiónHerediano 4 – 0 Municipal LiberiaSporting San José 4 – 1 Municipal GreciaCyprus: CupAnorthosis 2 – 3 Aris LimassolApollon 2 – 1 AEK LarnacaEgypt: Premier LeagueSmouha 1 – 1 Modern FutureZamalek 1 – 0 El DakhleyaFinland: Suomen CupAFC Campus 2 – 2 Liedon PalloJaPS / United 1 – 9 FCFJHP-47 0 […]

  • Real Salt Lake beat LAFC 3-0 during a snowstorm in Utah on Saturday. After the match, LAFC head coach Steve Cherundolo did not mince words about his opinion of the decision to play the game in such extreme weather. Cherundolo said the only positive he could take was that no players got injured, but it was a “disgrace” the game was played. “It was an absolute joke we had to play today,” Cherundolo told the media after the match. “It was one of the worst professional sporting events I’ve ever seen in my life. I feel terrible for the players […]
  • The Portland Timbers are in advanced talks over to sign Argentine forward Germán Berterame from CF Monterrey, sources briefed on the deal tell The Athletic. Those sources confirmed the Timbers have bid $15 million, which would be one of the biggest deals in MLS history. The deal is not agreed or finalized yet. Monterrey can still keep the player. César Luis Merlo was first to report the offer. Berterame, 25, moved to Atletico San Luis from San Lorenzo in 2019. He was reported to be signed by San Luis’ parent club Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2022 before being […]
  • Inter Miami showed that Lionel Messi doesn't need to do it all himself in a 5-0 win over Orlando City.
  • The Professional Referee Organization (PRO) announced referee assignments for Saturday’s match involving Inter Miami and Orlando City, initially listing Guiherme Ceretta as the center referee, but has since replaced Ceretta with Jamie Herrera, according to PRO’s official assignment list. The change was made after it came out on social media that Ceretta had several photos of himself in an Inter Miami kit. The X account MLSRefStats first brought the photos to light. Herrera was initially listed as the fourth official for the match. Ivan Cid Cruz is now the fourth official. “Referee…
  • Major League Soccer executives were “pleased with the performance” of the match officials who replaced those represented by the Professional Soccer Referees Association (PSRA) for the opening games of the regular season, according to a memo sent by MLS executive vice president Nelson Rodriguez to the MLS board of governors and obtained by The Athletic. The PSRA officials who work MLS games are being locked out in the opening weeks of the season as they seek a new collective bargaining agreement with the Professional Referee Organization (PRO), the MLS-owned entity that manages the…
  • The league and the U.S. Soccer Federation announced the new tournament format after months of discussions
  • The San Jose Earthquakes are in advanced talks to sign star free agent Carlos Vela, sources briefed on the talks tell The Athletic. Vela is out of contract after six successful seasons with LAFC, in which he scored 93 goals in 188 competitions across all competitions, winning MLS MVP and Golden Boot in 2019 with a league-record 34 goals along with 10 primary assists. He was named to the league’s Best XI three times, won MLS Cup 2022 and the Supporters Shield. Sources say the deal to join the cross-state San Jose Earthquakes is not finalized yet, but that could […]
  • Messi has achieved everything in soccer — except this
  • Former Newcastle United midfielder Matty Longstaff has signed for Toronto FC. The 23-year-old, who is the brother of Sean Longstaff, has joined the MLS side on a two-year contract with the option of a further year. Toronto head coach, John Herdman, said: “I’m thrilled to welcome Matty to our squad. “His Premier League experience and dynamic playing style will add depth to our midfield and complement our tactical blueprint.” Longstaff hasn’t played a competitive game of football since suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury while on loan at Colchester United in 2022. He…
  • The Portland Timbers have terminated their corporate sponsorship with DaBella Exteriors, a home improvement services company specializing in roofing and siding, that was the club’s new front-of-shirt sponsor. The announcement came Wednesday on the heels of a report by The Oregonian detailing that the chief executive of DaBella, Donnie McMillan Jr.,is facing a lawsuit that could uncover complaints that he sexually harassed at least three female employees. The lawsuit against DaBella, a company founded in the Portland area, and McMillan Jr., was made public on Feb. 23. The Timbers learned of…
  • Major League Soccer will play another weekend of games with replacement referees after representatives from the Professional Soccer Referees Association (PSRA) and the Professional Referee Organization (PRO) met in New York City on Wednesday and failed to reach an agreement in an ongoing labor dispute. Following Wednesday’s impasse, PRO notified the PSRA on Friday that a previous week’s contract offer to the officials would remain on the table until midnight on Monday, March 11, adding that if that offer is not accepted and ratified, its next offer to the PSRA would include…
  • The United States men’s national team announced on Tuesday night that it will play a friendly against Brazil before their Copa America campaign later this year. The friendly will take place on June 12 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Georgia. Just announced on TNT: @USMNT to face world power Brazil, Wednesday, June 12, in the second edition of the Allstate Continental Clásico. Coverage from Orlando via TNT and @SportsonMax to kick off at 6:30 pm ET. pic.twitter.com/ZP121Q8tC0 — TNT Sports U.S. PR (@TNTSportsUS) February 28, 2024 The game against the five-time World Cup winners…
  • The sporting and competition committee meeting included 13 owners from around the league, plus MLS executives
  • An uproar over soccer history and a labor dispute make Messi MLS's ultimate security blanket…for now.
  • USL side Birmingham Legion is set to sign U.S. youth national team defender Ramiz Hamouda, according to multiple sources briefed on the deal. Hamouda, 15, had plenty of interest within MLS, as well, but will get his professional career started in the USL. The Sporting Kansas City academy product was not offered a homegrown deal, but the New York Red Bulls offered to trade for his homegrown rights. That deal ultimately did not come off. Other teams including the Philadelphia Union and Columbus Crew were interested, the sources said. Hamouda, a left-footed center back, went on trial with the…
  • Manchester United assistant coach Eric Ramsay has been announced as the new head coach of Minnesota United. The Athletic broke the news last week that the 32-year-old had agreed a deal to become the MLS club’s new head coach.  The Premier League side have now confirmed that Ramsay will leave the club after Manchester United’s Premier League game against Manchester City on March 3. Ramsay told his new club’s website: “I’m incredibly excited to be joining a club with such a strong football culture, a fanatic fan base and a brilliant infrastructure. I’ve spoken to a…
  • Neville says he felt at home with Portland from his very first conversation with the club
  • The LA Galaxy were in control of the game for long stretches of Sunday night visit from Inter Miami, but a late sending off and a later goal from Lionel Messi resulted in a 1-1 draw. Miami’s depth in midfield was once again a concern, but all it took was a little bit of magic between Messi and Jordi Alba to rescue a result and avoid Miami’s first loss of the young season. Messi 🔗 Alba WHAT A GOAL! pic.twitter.com/LuYpsiAb2X — Major League Soccer (@MLS) February 26, 2024 And that’s why Inter Miami is considered one of the favorites in […]
  • Even with Messi and other aging former Barcelona stars joining the ranks, MLS is getting younger
  • A ruling by a European court has given some MLS owners revived hopes of leaving the U.S. Open Cup

“Georgia’s Triumph: The MLS Soccer Renaissance”

In the heart of Georgia, where the charm of the South met the passion for soccer, a new chapter in the world of sports was about to unfold. The year was 2023, and Major League Soccer (MLS) had set its sights on Georgia, granting the state not one but two professional MLS teams – Atlanta United FC and Savannah Strikers FC.

The news spread like wildfire through the cities and towns of Georgia, capturing the imaginations of soccer enthusiasts young and old. Among them was Ethan, a talented young player from a small town near Savannah, who dreamt of becoming a professional soccer player one day.

In Atlanta, the inaugural MLS team, Atlanta United FC, had already assembled a squad of international stars and promising local talent. They were led by Coach Martinez, a seasoned tactician who believed in the power of unity and teamwork.

As the team’s colors – red, black, and gold – were unveiled, the city embraced Atlanta United FC with open arms. The newly constructed “Peach Dome Stadium” stood as a beacon of soccer excellence, ready to witness history in the making.

In Savannah, the excitement was just as palpable. The city’s MLS team, Savannah Strikers FC, was determined to make their mark. Led by Coach Davis, a former player with a passion for nurturing young talent, Savannah Strikers FC was a mix of experienced players and eager youngsters.

Their stadium, “Riverfront Arena,” nestled along the picturesque Savannah River, was a symbol of the city’s commitment to soccer and the dreams of its young players.

The inaugural MLS season was nothing short of thrilling. Atlanta United FC’s home matches at the Peach Dome Stadium became a spectacle of soccer grandeur, with fans creating an electrifying atmosphere, singing and chanting in unison.

Ethan, who had traveled with his family to watch an Atlanta United FC game, was mesmerized by the skill and passion on display. The players’ camaraderie and the love shown by the fans inspired him to pursue his own dreams with renewed vigor.

Meanwhile, in Savannah, young players like Ethan found hope and inspiration in Savannah Strikers FC. The team’s commitment to developing local talent gave them a chance to dream big, believing that one day, they too could grace the Riverfront Arena’s hallowed turf.

As the season progressed, the rivalry between Atlanta United FC and Savannah Strikers FC grew. The “Georgia Derby” became one of the most anticipated fixtures in the MLS calendar, with both teams vying for supremacy and local bragging rights.

During one memorable derby match, Ethan watched in awe as the Savannah Strikers FC stunned Atlanta United FC with a last-minute goal, securing a historic victory. The city erupted in joy as fans celebrated their team’s triumph.

But the story didn’t end there. As the years passed, Georgia’s soccer landscape continued to thrive. Atlanta United FC and Savannah Strikers FC became powerhouses in the MLS, representing the state with pride and attracting international attention.

Ethan’s dream came true as he joined the youth academy of Savannah Strikers FC. Under the guidance of Coach Davis, he honed his skills and emerged as one of the most promising talents in the state.

As Ethan stepped onto the field for his first professional MLS match, the cheers of the crowd enveloped him. It was a testament to Georgia’s soccer renaissance, where dreams were nurtured, and a passion for the beautiful game united people from all walks of life.

And so, the story of professional MLS soccer in Georgia continued to unfold, with Atlanta United FC and Savannah Strikers FC leaving a lasting impact on the state’s sports culture. They proved that the South was not only a place of rich traditions but also a land where soccer triumphed, inspiring future generations to reach for the stars and make their mark in the world of soccer.

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