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Major League Soccer teams are hanging up their boots for a week and a half as focus in North America shifts towards the Copa America Centenario.

In two separate mid-week matchups, a pair of rookies opened up their pro accounts in impressive fashion. Philadelphia’s Fabian Herbers put Michael Parkhurst on ice skates above, while No. 1 overall pick Jack Harrison received a fortunate deflection to aid him for his opener.

Expect to see these goals as the first of many from these two.

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In the dying minutes of Wednesday night’s friendly against Ecuador, the U.S. men’s national team nudged their way forward. A win wouldn’t erase the memories of a dull first half, even if the script flipped at the break thanks in part to a couple of substitutions.

By the time the dust settled on a 1-0 win that will be quickly forgotten by most — save Darlington Nagbe, who scored his first goal in a U.S. jersey — one thing was clear: the 25-year-old midfielder needs to start at the Copa America.

Nagbe is a player whose raw talent and ability were easy to spot dating back to his days at Akron. They’ve remained, grown, flourished and at times appeared to stagnate since he was drafted by the Portland Timbers in 2011.

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Daphne CorbozWith the officially unofficial stance U.S. Soccer has taken requiring players to be in the NWSL in order to get a look on the U.S. women’s national team, the number of Americans competing at major clubs abroad has dwindled.

One of the standouts remaining is Daphne Corboz. The former Georgetown star signed with Manchester City last summer after finishing her degree on the Hilltop, and has enjoyed a strong start to the 2016 campaign.

Corboz scored the winner over the weekend in City’s 2-0 defeat of Birmingham, showing superb technique to finish a rebound in the first half.

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A year and a day after scoring his first and only goal for the U.S. men’s national team, Jordan Morris found the back of the net at the professional level for the first time.

Morris scored in the 71st minute, racing on to a perfectly-weighted through ball from Andreas Ivanschitz and nudging home past Philadelphia’s Andre Blake.

Back on April 15, 2015, Morris started and scored for the full team in a 2-0 friendly win against Mexico in San Antonio.

Making his sixth appearance for the Sounders this season, his goal above provided the winning tally as Seattle topped the Union 2-1 at CenturyLink Field.

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Cf97cW7UEAA3sF4It’s been a pretty terrible start to the 2016 season for the New York Red Bulls.

Supporters’ Shield winners in 2015, the Red Bulls have dropped five of their first six games of the current season, with the latest coming in a 2-0 mid-week loss on the road against San Jose.

There was at least one bright spot from the game: the introduction of 17-year-old Tyler Adams into the starting lineup, making his first MLS appearance. After signing with NYRB II, the U.S. U17 men’s national team veteran earned a starting nod in central midfield alongside Felipe in the team’s 4-2-3-1.

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Major League Soccer isn’t the only soccer league that uses playoffs to determine a champion.

Down Under, the A-League finals series (Australian for playoffs) kicked off early Friday morning Eastern Standard Time with an extremely compelling Elimination Final.

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Forgive us for posting a lot of Borussia Dortmund content over the past couple of weeks.

Part of that is down to the absence of our humble blogging overlord Will Parchman, and part of it is down to Christian Pulisic’s rise at the club.

Anyways, Dortmund is back in action for the second leg of El Kloppico, aka its matchup with Liverpool. This morning they posted a video demonstrating a pretty interesting routine. Keep an eye on Shinji Kagawa.

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rapidsStop the presses: the Colorado Rapids have been a decent soccer team in 2016.

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CgAfo1qW8AIkui1This summer, the U.S. women’s national team heads to Rio where it’ll try and capture gold for the fourth Olympics running and fifth overall. The only previous blemish against that record came at the 2000 Olympics down in Sydney, Australia.

The reigning World Cup winners learned their group fate on Thursday morning. Drawn into Group G, the USWNT will get games against New Zealand, Colombia and France.

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KlinsmannTime is running out for Jurgen Klinsmann to make his selections for this summer’s Copa America Centenario.

It’s a unique tournament, that viewed through a cynic’s lens, could be seen as little more than a cash grab for federations in North and South America.

That aside, there is plenty that Jurgen Klinsmann could get out of the tournament.

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