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La Galaxy's Zlatan Ibrahimovic gives Ed Sheeran an audience with 'God'

This past weekend saw Ed Sheeran kick off his massive tour of the United States with a sell-out show at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

Among the 90,000 fans packed into the arena, one quite literally stood head and shoulders above the rest, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic taking time out of his busy schedule to enjoy the show.

As you might expect, the LA Galaxy striker was in typically humble form on social media having met with Sheeran after the gig to trade jerseys.

"When the genius Ed Sheeran...

MLS Power Rankings: Josef Martínez keeps Atlanta United out in front, D.C. United joins the playoff race

1. Atlanta United

Record: 15W-6D-4L
Week 24 ranking: 1

Any reason to demote United from their long-held position atop the MLS Power Rankings melted with a 3-1 win over Columbus on Sunday. Josef Martínez scored his 27th goal of the year in the victory, joining Roy Lassiter, Chris Wondolowski, and Bradley Wright-Phillips as the league's all-time single season record holders. How far the Venezuelan can go beyond this mark is anyone's guess.

2. New York Red Bulls

Record: 15-3-6
Week 24 ranking:...

Seattle Sounders', LA Galaxy's return to prominence revives once-fierce rivalry

Check out every goal from another wild week in MLS, including late winners in Toronto and Colorado, and an even later winner in D.C.

Clint Dempsey and Lamar Neagle of the Seattle Sounders reminisced earlier this week about the climactic end to 2014, when they faced the LA Galaxy twice in a row to close the regular season and again in the MLS Western Conference final.

Seattle triumphed in October, lifting its first ever Supporters' Shield in front of its home fans, but Los Angeles got the last laugh, edging into the MLS Cup final it would ultimately win.

"Me and Clint were actually just talking about that game, when Juninho scored...

David Beckham's Miami MLS team's name, crest potentially revealed by trademark filings

David Beckham takes time for ESPN FC's Alexis Nunes to announce his plans for an MLS franchise in Miami.

Back in January, Major League Soccer confirmed David Beckham's Miami franchise as the league's next expansion outfit. Eight months later, the team has a name, colors, crest and start date, if logos filed with the U.S. Trademark and Patent Office are anything to go by.

Welcome to MLS, Internacional Club de Futbol Miami -- or Inter Miami.

The recent filings were submitted by MIPH, LLC, the same company that filed the trademark for "Miami Freedom," the proposed name for the site that would be home...

MLS Power Rankings: Wayne Rooney sends D.C. into a frenzy, NYCFC makes up ground on Atlanta

1. Atlanta United

Record: 14W-6D-4L
Week 23 ranking: 1

There was no game on the weekend for Atlanta, and its margin at the top of the standings in both the Eastern Conference and Supporters Shield race is down to a single point over the Red Bulls.

2. New York Red Bulls

Record: 15-2-6
Week 23 ranking: 2

Bradley Wright-Phillips set yet another record by posting at least 15 goals in a season for the fifth straight year when he scored the lone goal in New York's 1-0 win on the road against Chicago....

Sporting KC has its skeptics, but this could be where the old narrative ends

Check out all the goals from a wild Week 23 in MLS, including Seattle's comeback, a six-goal thriller in Orlando and much more.

Grand, sweeping narratives have little patience for nuance.

They don't particularly care that Sporting Kansas City was a few good breaks from defeating the eventual MLS Cup champions in both 2015 and '16. SKC coach Peter Vermes grumbles that if video review had been in place then, his team would have beaten Portland in Providence Park and Seattle at CenturyLink Field in back-to-back playoffs, and they were oh-so-close to triumph even without VAR.

The bare facts of it, however, state that Kansas...