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      Re: Major League Soccer
      Reply #30: Mar 30, 2015 03:30:09 pm
      MLS Week 4

      One thing to remember when looking at these results: More than 50(!) players were missing from the league due to international duty. For example, Orlando could not fill out their bench. No joke. MLS wants to sign all these internationals but then proceeds to play through FIFA dates. Clown shoes, MLS. Clown shoes.

      New England 2-1 San Jose
      New England finally off the mark. Solid enough performance by them, and with Jermaine Jones coming back from injury in a little bit, they should start to click a little bit better. The match was played in awful conditions too: Some kind of rain mixed with snow mixed with rain.

      Montreal 2-2 Orlando
      Totally bizarre 10 minute span. Orlando concedes a silly penalty which Montreal score. Jack McInerney then scores a beautiful chip (check it out: http://www.mlssoccer.com/video/2015/03/28/goal-jack-mcinerney-beats-out-donovan-ricketts-high-flying-rocket) to give Montreal a 2-0 lead. And in less than 3 minutes, Orlando not only pull one back, but they equalize! Kaka was a total catalyst in that, getting an assist then a goal. I know I shouldn't be shocked that a former Ballon d'Or winner is class, but he still looks class.

      New York City 0-1 Kansas City
      Honestly, New York was due a loss and Kansas City was due a win, so this made perfect sense. Ike Opara had been getting on the end of a number of crosses so it was only a matter of time before he finally scored hah. Good win for KC on the road at Yankee Stadium.

      DC 1-0 Los Angeles
      Chris Pontius with a late winner to give DC a massive 3 points. The skill by Nick DeLeon to set the play up was pretty. LA don't look like they're clicking just yet. But they'll be fine thanks to their manager, Bruce Arena, who is the best in the league. Oh and they have some guy named Steven Gerrard coming.

      Columbus 1-2 New York Red Bulls
      RBNY! Big road 3 points, and they've taken 4 points on the road at Kansas City and Columbus -- not easy to do. Jesse Marsch has this side playing very well, which is no small feat considering NY stupidly fired Mike Petke and completely pissed off the fanbase. I've probably been the most impressed by them in the Eastern Conference.

      Vancouver 2-1 Portland
      Robert Earnshaw (remember him? :lmao:) comes off the bench and scores a late winner. Portland have been brutal to start the season, but at least Adi has looked pretty good up top. Vancouver with 9 points from 12 to start the season, which is damn good from them considering how strong Western Conference is. Gotta build up all the points you can.

      Houston 0-0 Colorado
      zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzz Colorado's winless and goalless streak continues! haha Houston look clueless. Is Cubo Torres really going to make THAT big of a difference?

      Dallas 0-0 Seattle
      Kellyn Acosta was sent off in the 17th minute, so all things considered, this was a solid point for Dallas, even if they were at home. Not to mention Dallas looked a bit more threatening with 10 men than Seattle did with 11. Of course, playing that Wayne Rooney lookalike Chad Barrett (Google it) will make it seem like you're playing with 10, so maybe Seattle did Dallas a favor :laugh:

      Chicago 1-0 Philadelphia
      F**k me sideways, we won! And we actually looked halfway decent, especially in the first half. Thankfully, Philly look just as crappy as the Fire do -- they didn't have a single shot on target against the team sitting in dead last going into the fixture. Yikes.

      Salt Lake 2-1 Toronto
      Late drama in this one too. Toronto equalize in the 88th minute. RSL score the winner one minute later -- that's so Toronto! -- through 19-year-old Jordan Allen. Toronto should be gutted after that.
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      Re: Major League Soccer
      Reply #31: Apr 02, 2015 02:04:12 pm
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      Reply #32: Apr 02, 2015 11:14:13 pm

      Vancouver 2-1 Portland
      Robert Earnshaw (remember him? :lmao:) comes off the bench and scores a late winner. Portland have been brutal to start the season, but at least Adi has looked pretty good up top. Vancouver with 9 points from 12 to start the season, which is damn good from them considering how strong Western Conference is. Gotta build up all the points you can.

      Another ''soccer legend'' shows the yanks how it's done  :lmao:
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      Reply #33: Apr 02, 2015 11:21:01 pm
      Kaka and Gerrard in the MLS, not bad that.
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      Reply #34: Apr 03, 2015 02:33:40 pm

      Toronto is coming to Chicago this Saturday, so I'll get to see them up close. Both sides should be full strength too.
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      Reply #35: Apr 06, 2015 02:18:20 am
      MLS Week 5

      Orlando 0-1 DC
      You know how they always say if you don't finish your chances you get burned? Yep, that's what happened here. Orlando couldn't finish the bucket-loads of chances they created (some good saves by Hamid to be fair) and then DC gets a late free kick that Luis Silva puts over the wall and into the bottom corner. Second time this season Orlando got stunned at home in stoppage time.

      Chicago 3-2 Toronto
      HA! Some bad keeping in this, but an unexpectedly exciting match. Chicago are looking a lot better -- much better than even a few weeks ago -- and some of the new players are starting to bed in nicely. Nobody heard of Joevin Jones when the Fire signed him, but I've been impressed with his play at LB and even LM. As for Toronto, Giovinco showed up (what a talent!) but the rest of that team is a bit sh*t. It's hard to judge them, though, considering they won't play at home until May 10 due to stadium renovations, and in a league with poor travel, Toronto are getting shafted a bit with their schedule.

      Colorado 0-2 New England
      Colorado are sh*t. Their goalless, winless streak continues. At this pace, I hope they set the record. Now that Lee Nguyen is back for the Revs, New England are starting to click. Moving Agudelo wide instead of playing him as a 9 seems to work for them as it gives him a little bit more freedom.

      Seattle 1-0 Houston
      Obafemi Martins and Clint Dempsey are the best strike partnership in the league, bar none. I was surprised, in a good way, by how Houston played. Teams usually try to hunker down when they go to Seattle, but to their credit, Houston attacked and tried to play some football. It should be interesting to see how they look once Cubo comes in.

      Vancouver 2-0 Los Angeles
      Vancouver? Vancouver! First place. They look legit in the early going of the season. Rivero with another goal, and DiegoLFC's new favorite Pedro Morales had a great game. I'm not sure how many knew this, but back when Paul Dalglish was coaching the Austin Aztecs, he was really big on this young kid he had there, Kekuta Manneh. Manneh's been superb to start the season; such a threat down their left side. The Galaxy, meanwhile, have NOT looked good to start the season. They usually start slow, though, and I thought they really missed Jose Villarreal, who was a late injury scratch.

      Portland 3-1 Dallas
      ...will forever be known as "Tissue Gate" :laugh: The two managers, Caleb Porter and Oscar Pareja, were going at it the whole game, and at the end, Pareja offered Porter a tissue instead of shaking his hand :lmao: As for the game itself, great win for Portland and a bad one for Dallas. The Western Conference is going to be so tight by season's end.

      San Jose 0-1 Salt Lake
      Check out Javier Morales' volley. Sick goal. 3 points for RSL was pretty much expected in this one, so job well done for them. One thing about San Jose though is Dominic Kinnear's seeming refusal to play Tommy Thompson, even in garbage minutes at the end of games. Yeah, he's 19 years old and raw, but the kid has a lot of potential and plays well for the US u20 team.

      Kansas City 3-2 Philadelphia
      INSANE final 10 minutes. Philly has the chance to go up 3-1, have a breakaway, hit the post, miss the follow up. KC equalize in stoppage time through Anibaba. And then Krisztian Nemeth -- Krisztian f**king Nemeth -- scores the winner like 2 minutes after that. M'bohli is easily the worst keeper in the league. He is atrocious for Philly.
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      Re: Major League Soccer
      Reply #36: Apr 09, 2015 04:40:19 pm
      MLS Week 6 (part one)

      Vancouver 2-2 Columbus
      Some midweek action last night. It was a pretty entertaining game, Kamara gave Columbus the lead twice, only for them to get pegged back by Rivero (again!) and Mattocks. Probably a much better point for Columbus than Vancouver considering it was on the road and with something of a makeshift backline. I'm really liking the look of Vancouver's LB Sam Adekugbe. Just 20 years old and loads of pace down that side.
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      Reply #37: Apr 09, 2015 07:25:29 pm
      And Montreal made it to the Champions League final, right? America will probably beat them but who knows?!
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      Reply #38: Apr 09, 2015 07:30:24 pm
      And Montreal made it to the Champions League final, right? America will probably beat them but who knows?!

      Yes! Just barely. They had a 2-0 lead, lost the second leg 4-2, but advanced on away goals.

      Truthfully, Montreal is crap and the CL final might end up being a very lopsided scoreline over the two legs (CONCACAF has the final over two legs, don't know why). America scored 5 goals in 32 minutes last night!
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      Reply #39: Apr 09, 2015 07:32:05 pm
      Yes! Just barely. They had a 2-0 lead, lost the second leg 4-2, but advanced on away goals.

      Truthfully, Montreal is crap and the CL final might end up being a very lopsided scoreline over the two legs (CONCACAF has the final over two legs, don't know why). America scored 5 goals in 32 minutes last night!

      Libertadores is the same, two legged final. No away goals rule for the final though
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      Reply #40: Apr 09, 2015 07:37:30 pm
      Libertadores is the same, two legged final. No away goals rule for the final though

      Copa Libertadores is a far more entertaining competition. It's so unpredictable!

      Liga MX pretty much has a monopoly on CCL. I really thought Salt Lake were going to pull the upset over Monterrey in 2011, but they fell short on aggregate, 3-2.
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      Reply #41: Apr 13, 2015 02:18:54 am
      MLS Week 6 (part two)

      Dallas 0-4 Colorado
      F***ing hell, Colorado! How you go from looking hopeless at finishing to putting FOUR passed one of the league's better teams at their own ground is MLS in a nutshell -- so unpredictable. Dallas looked unstoppable a few weeks ago, now not so much.

      New England 0-0 Columbus
      Last year in the playoffs, this was a total mismatch with New England hammering Columbus. This one turned out as expected though with some of the moves made by the Crew. New England finally got Jermaine Jones back from injury, which is a good sign for them. He completely carried them after joining in the second half of the season last year.

      Philadelphia 2-1 New York City
      Hey there, Philly! Stoppage time winner to give them their first win of the season and in which keeper Rais M'bolhi isn't even named in the squad (easily one of the worst signings in MLS history). Villa scored with a lovely touch to equalize at 1-1.

      DC 2-2 New York Red Bulls
      I guess DC found out a 2-0 lead really is the most dangerous (or at least true in this case). Really solid comeback from New York, responding to DC's second goal within a few minutes, and snatching a late equalizer on a rebound. Good match between two teams that should be near the top of the East come season's end.

      Houston 3-0 Montreal
      Ooh wee, Houston, dropping the hammer on Montreal. Montreal, in my opinion, are probably the worst team in the East, so this result isn't terribly surprising. But the general vibe from Montreal supporters is they're singularly focused on the CONCACAF Champions League final, so they don't care much.

      Kansas City 0-0 Salt Lake
      Another scoreless draw in MLS. This season has already had way too many of them.

      San Jose 1-0 Vancouver
      Another upset! Nyassi with the winner in the 75th minute or so to give San Jose a big 3 points. Vancouver were pretty off -- which is another thing about MLS: Teams can't seem to be able to play 2 matches a week.

      Portland 0-2 Orlando
      For some bizarre reason, both teams were wearing their away kits. As for the match itself, a very clever Cyle Larin goal gave Orlando the lead (he chested a cross in at the near post). It took Portland far too long to get any kind of attacking rhythm going, but by then Orlando put Rivas on and his pace instantly won them a penalty, which Kaka got two bites at due to encroachment. Another pretty good result for Orlando, especially at a ground as difficult as Providence Park. You wouldn't think it was their first season in the league.

      LA 0-1 Seattle
      As close to being a heavyweight bout as there is in MLS. Always a great fixture. Seattle started brilliantly, but LA took the lead through Alan Gordon a few minutes after Jaime Penedo made his third or fourth quality save to keep the match scoreless. It was basically all Jaime Penedo from there on out, too; he was outstanding.
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      Reply #42: Apr 13, 2015 02:00:43 pm
      I really don't understand the MLS schedule. Toronto did not play this weekend again?
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      Reply #43: Apr 13, 2015 03:14:25 pm
      I really don't understand the MLS schedule. Toronto did not play this weekend again?

      To tell ya the truth, neither do we.

      Toronto has a weird schedule due to stadium renovation. They won't have a home game until May 10!
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      Reply #44: Apr 13, 2015 04:42:52 pm
      I know he's not in the MLS anymore, but found a nice interview from Adu.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXab7AFIS5I#ws

      Shame he never fulfilled his potential, and refreshing to hear a player admit he's made mistakes. Still can't believe he's 25, he's been around for so long :o
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      Reply #45: Apr 23, 2015 07:08:49 pm
      MLS Week Seven (I'm late with this)

      New York City 1-1 Philadelphia
      Philly with a late goal to equalize. This match was on a Thursday, the day after a weirdly scheduled USA-Mexico match, so NYC was missing Diskerud in midfield.

      New York Red Bulls 2-0 San Jose
      Easy breezy for RBNY in this one. They continue to be one of the more solid sides this season.

      Columbus 3-0 Orlando
      Orlando had a man sent off, but still. They got hammered. Columbus' first really good win this campaign.

      Dallas 3-2 Toronto
      One of the weirdest things I've seen, that's for sure. Dallas jumped out to a 3-0 lead, then the game is halted in the 41st minute or so and delayed for about 3 hours due to weather. Giovinco scored twice within six minutes, but it wasn't enough.

      Colorado 1-3 Seattle
      Obafemi Martins scored a sick goal in a relatively easy one for Seattle.

      Salt Lake 0-1 Vancouver
      A couple of red cards for Salt Lake in this one. Vancouver became the first Canadian side to win at RSL, which is impressive in and of itself.

      Los Angeles 2-1 Kansas City
      LA back on track after that big win over Seattle last week. This was another big win.

      Philadelphia 1-2 New England
      Philly took the lead on an excellent free kick, but NE capitalized on a few lazy moments and got the win. Good for the Revs, bad for the Union.

      New York City 0-1 Portland
      NYC punished for being so wasteful in the first half. Portland got the winner in the 80th minute and it was no surprise to see it was Darlington Nagbe who started the sequence for the goal. Class player when he's up for it.
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      Re: Major League Soccer
      Reply #46: Apr 24, 2015 02:39:49 am
      Whats the go with Portland Timbers?

      Everytime  I flick channels they seem to have full capacity stadium and a good atmosphere.

      Do they do that timber chopping thing at every home game?
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      Reply #47: Apr 24, 2015 02:55:01 am
      Whats the go with Portland Timbers?

      Everytime  I flick channels they seem to have full capacity stadium and a good atmosphere.

      Do they do that timber chopping thing at every home game?

      Yes, they saw off a piece of log every time a goal is scored. They probably have one of the best atmospheres in the MLS.

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      Reply #48: Apr 24, 2015 02:57:54 am
      Dallas 3-2 Toronto
      One of the weirdest things I've seen, that's for sure. Dallas jumped out to a 3-0 lead, then the game is halted in the 41st minute or so and delayed for about 3 hours due to weather. Giovinco scored twice within six minutes, but it wasn't enough.

      Toronto seems to be jinxed haha. Weird schedule, even weirder games, combining for a poor start to the season, although their squad seems to have potential.

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      Reply #49: Apr 24, 2015 05:02:41 am
      Yes, they saw off a piece of log every time a goal is scored. They probably have one of the best atmospheres in the MLS.



      Haha fair play, that's definitely different :lmao:
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      Reply #50: Apr 24, 2015 06:01:10 am
      Yes, they saw off a piece of log every time a goal is scored. They probably have one of the best atmospheres in the MLS.



      Yeah it looks impressive every time they show clips of the MLS.

      Thought it was at the start of every game only.
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      Reply #51: Apr 24, 2015 11:02:31 am
      Yeah it looks impressive every time they show clips of the MLS.

      Thought it was at the start of every game only.

      I believe that it's after a goal and the goal scorer gets the keep the slice of timber

       :D
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      Reply #52: Apr 24, 2015 11:09:17 am
      I believe that it's after a goal and the goal scorer gets the keep the slice of timber

       :D

      Score a goal, get wood.  Think we've sorted out Flanno's next club, when he eventually moves on or, pun intended, semi-retires.
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      Reply #53: Apr 24, 2015 03:15:27 pm
      Toronto seems to be jinxed haha. Weird schedule, even weirder games, combining for a poor start to the season, although their squad seems to have potential.

      I'm not sure the squad is all that great though. They have three big players in Bradley, Giovinco and Altidore, albeit slightly out of form, but the rest of the team isn't great. They have little cohesion and the coaching has been poor since the team formed.

      Plus, while MLS does tend to have a lot of journeymen on each team, Toronto seems to have to the low end of the spectrum. I think that's the one thing that makes LA manager Bruce Arena the best in the league: He recognizes the overall lack of quality in the league but is astute at picking up guys who are solid enough to form a cohesive unit play a supporting role to his star players.

      I believe that it's after a goal and the goal scorer gets the keep the slice of timber

       :D

      Yep, the goalscorer gets to keep the slice of wood as a gift from "Timber Joey." :laugh:
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      Reply #54: Apr 24, 2015 04:59:09 pm
      I'm not sure the squad is all that great though. They have three big players in Bradley, Giovinco and Altidore, albeit slightly out of form, but the rest of the team isn't great. They have little cohesion and the coaching has been poor since the team formed.

      Plus, while MLS does tend to have a lot of journeymen on each team, Toronto seems to have to the low end of the spectrum. I think that's the one thing that makes LA manager Bruce Arena the best in the league: He recognizes the overall lack of quality in the league but is astute at picking up guys who are solid enough to form a cohesive unit play a supporting role to his star players.

      You certainly know far more than I do, but when I look at the spine Bradley - Giovinco - Altidore, I think it must be a very strong team for that level! But obviously that is never going to be enough if the rest of the team is crap
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      Reply #55: Apr 27, 2015 12:18:38 am
      I believe that it's after a goal and the goal scorer gets the keep the slice of timber

       :D

      That's mental.

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      Reply #56: Apr 27, 2015 04:30:39 am
      MLS Week Eight

      Chicago 1-0 New York City
      Three wins on the bounce for the Fire, NYC now winless in their last 6. It looks like the pieces are finally falling into place for Chicago and this team can be decent, at least at home. Accam is an exciting player. That said, Chicago was up a man for nearly 70 minutes and still only won 1-0. New York City were crap with 11 too, so maybe a slight bit of disappointment for Chicago that they couldn't add to their GD.

      Colorado 1-1 Dallas
      Decent match. Blas Perez got stupidly and needlessly sent off which enabled Colorado to grab an equalizer in the second half.

      Columbus 4-1 Philadelphia
      Wooosh. Great win for Columbus, obviously! 3-0 at half, took their foot off a slight bit to allow Philly a goal, but regained it 4-1. Never in doubt, really, and it looks like Columbus is starting to find some kind of form: Back-to-back wins, outscoring the opposition 7-1 in the last two matches.

      New England 4-0 Salt Lake
      Good Lord! Massive win for New England. I'm not sure I've seen a Salt Lake side get blown out like that in years. The worst part for them is that it really could have been a 6-0 or 7-0 scoreline if not for their backup keeper making some top saves.

      Houston 4-4 Kansas City
      The fourth goal-heavy result of Saturday's fixtures, and it was a real thriller. Krisztian Nemeth put Kansas City up 0-1 in the first two minutes. Then it's 1-1, 2-1 Houston at half, 3-1, 3-2, 3-3 in the 80th minute. Houston goes up 4-3 in the 83rd, Kansas City equalize on a screamer in the 94th minute. Brilliant game.

      Vancouver 1-2 DC
      Pedro Morales scored a lovely goal in the second minute for Vancouver, but DC grab the equalizer inside 10 minutes. Once Laba got sent off for a second yellow, DC always looked to be the winner. Chris Rolfe, who's easily one of my favorite MLS players from his time with Chicago, scored on a nice volley.

      New York Red Bulls 1-1 Los Angeles
      The result was about what I expected, but I didn't expect the second half to be as bland as it was. RBNY are still the only unbeaten team in the league, which is impressive. An 18-year-old kid scored for LA, officially confirming my status as an old man :laugh:

      Orlando 0-2 Toronto
      Hey there Toronto. Jozy Altidore at the double. That's 4 goals for him in 5 matches. He scored 3 goals in 50 at Sunderland! hahaha Orlando has yet to win a match at home -- which is a damn shame because their support is terrific. They deserve better in their own ground.

      Seattle 1-0 Portland
      The only legit derby in MLS. My favorite fixture every year because both teams and fans genuinely dislike it each other. It's brilliant. So of course, it was a disappointing match :laugh: Boring, cagey, not really that many hard fouls either. Dempsey scored the ugly winner on what was a slight howler.
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      Reply #57: Apr 27, 2015 01:48:53 pm
      Vancouver 1-2 DC
      Pedro Morales scored a lovely goal in the second minute for Vancouver, but DC grab the equalizer inside 10 minutes. Once Laba got sent off for a second yellow, DC always looked to be the winner. Chris Rolfe, who's easily one of my favorite MLS players from his time with Chicago, scored on a nice volley.

      I'll start a campaign for Flamengo to sign Pedro Morales! Do you have any idea how much he makes in the MLS? :D

      Orlando 0-2 Toronto
      Hey there Toronto. Jozy Altidore at the double. That's 4 goals for him in 5 matches. He scored 3 goals in 50 at Sunderland! hahaha Orlando has yet to win a match at home -- which is a damn shame because their support is terrific. They deserve better in their own ground.

      That was on tv here so I watched parts of the game. The 2nd goal came from a terrific long pass, Jozy almost missed it but scored the goal in the end. Great first touch too.
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      Reply #58: Apr 27, 2015 03:27:23 pm
      I'll start a campaign for Flamengo to sign Pedro Morales! Do you have any idea how much he makes in the MLS? :D

      That was on tv here so I watched parts of the game. The 2nd goal came from a terrific long pass, Jozy almost missed it but scored the goal in the end. Great first touch too.

      Yes I do actually! According to the MLS Players Union, Morales's base salary is $1.2 million a season with incentives and add-ons guaranteeing him $1.4 million.

      Yeah Altidore's first touch was brilliant, but the touch for the goal was clumsy and complete luck.
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      Reply #59: Apr 27, 2015 04:48:29 pm
      Yes I do actually! According to the MLS Players Union, Morales's base salary is $1.2 million a season with incentives and add-ons guaranteeing him $1.4 million.

      Hmm.. with the current exchange rate (which has been floating upwards a lot recently, but thankfully started going down again) of 2.9064 reais per dollar, this is just over R$4M a year or R$340k per month. That's certainly doable, Flamengo have paid more for some terrible players in the past :D My boss at the Organising Committee is part of the Flamengo board, I'll email him about Morales :P

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