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Chicago Fire under pressure to deliver in 2017 following painful rebuild

The FC crew discuss the manner in which the Red Bulls went about trading Dax McCarty to the Chicago Fire.

"For me, this year is the year for Chicago Fire. We have nothing to lose this year, and I'm so confident that we'll do great things."

Speaking with ESPN FC from preseason camp, David Accam is feeling positive for the first time in a long time. After two years in which his individual play drew praise but not enough points for a losing Chicago team, Accam has noted the offseason influx of players like Dax McCarty, Nemanja Nikolic and Juninho, and is looking forward to finally enjoying a positive...

San Jose Earthquakes' barren spell has clock ticking on coach Dominic Kinnear

Herculez Gomez says Chris Wondolowski is being underutilised with the Earthquakes under coach Dominic Kinnear.
Quincy Amarikwa left a $2,200 tip for a cabbie in Las Vegas, which Herculez Gomez says is a testament to his character.

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- As San Jose Earthquakes general manager Jesse Fioranelli sits down in his chair, it's clear he hasn't quite settled into his new digs at Avaya Stadium.

The pictures adorning the wall and desk in his office belong to the previous occupant, Dave Kaval. While remaining the Quakes' team president, Kaval has moved up the 880 freeway to Oakland, where he's taken on the same role with the Oakland A's of Major League Baseball.

The state of Fioranelli's office -- which he's occupied a...

After a breakthrough in 2016, Toronto FC looks to build perennial success

Jozy Altidore reflects on the agony of losing the MLS Cup Final and how Toronto FC must use it as motivation.

There's no crueler way to lose a final than on penalty kicks, at home, to a team you didn't allow a shot on goal during 120 minutes. The two months that have passed since Toronto FC watched the Seattle Sounders steal MLS Cup at frigid BMO Field in December haven't changed that fact for TFC coach Greg Vanney.

Yet Vanney has a simple reminder for his players as the Reds enter the final stages of preparations for a 2017 season in which they'll be among the title favorites: last year is long gone.


Lucy Rushton Q&A: The role of analytics in building Atlanta United FC

Sebastian Salazar and Herculez Gomez discuss realistic expectations for Atlanta United in their first MLS season.'s Andrew Wiebe chats with Darren Eales and Carlos Bocanegra ahead of Atlanta United's first season.
It's been an active day in Atlanta, with players coming in and moving out in the wake of Tuesday's MLS Expansion Draft. ...
ESPN FC's Sebastian Salazar speaks with Carlos Bocanegra concerning Atlanta United's recent acquisitions.

With the 2017 MLS season set to start in less than three weeks, Five Aside caught up with Lucy Rushton, Atlanta United FC's head of technical recruitment and performance analysis. Rushton is a key player in the development and formation of the Atlanta side that will debut in the league on March 5. With the unique challenge of assembling a roster from scratch, statistical analysis plays a determinant role in the club's first ever season. Here is our full conversation.

How do you go about adapting...

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MLS club Philadelphia Union have vacancy for 'Chief Tattoo Officer'

Philadelphia Union have taken the unusual step of hiring their very own in-house "tattoo officer."

According to the job ad posted on the MLS club's official site, the role will largely entail assisting Union's playing staff with their various body art whims.

"Tattoos are a vital...

Jonathan Spector shelves Premier League ambition for Orlando adventure

Speaking before the move was confirmed, ESPN FC's Ross Dyer discusses Jonathan Spector and Orlando City.

Jonathan Spector found the idea of joining Orlando City so compelling, he was willing to give up on a dream to make it happen.

Spector joined the Lions last month, but prior to that move he had been the rare American player who had spent his entire career overseas, in his case playing 14 seasons with clubs in the top two tiers of English soccer. Along the way he achieved some memorable personal milestones. He played in the Champions League with Manchester United, as well as the Europa League...