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Atlanta and Sporting KC set to return to small group training starting on June 1
Atlanta United and Sporting Kansas City are the first two MLS teams to announce they will return to voluntary small group training on Monday after each received league approval to do so.

The most dramatic finishes in MLS Cup Playoffs history
If you needed any proof that steel is forged by the fire, do note that six of the victors from our top 10 thrillers (plus another half dozen from the close-but-not-quite group) survived these white knuckle episodes on their way to the league title.

Can US Youth Soccer, MLS tackle “travel soccer” conundrum?
Competitive youth sports has become big business. Very big. In recent years this has grown into a multi-billion-dollar industry, with soccer at the forefront. Current estimates of this economy range from $20-40 billion per year in the United States alone, and one projection forecasts it will swell to nearly $80 billion by the time the World Cup returns here in 2026.

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Americans Abroad Weekend Rewind: Sargent, Richards, and more
Josh Sargent made his third-straight start for Werder Bremen this weekend, playing a vital role in the club’s latest win.

Sancho superb for Dortmund, Gladbach hang in top four race as Bayern close in on Bundesliga title
After finishing in the top four of the Bundesliga 14 times from 1968 to ‘87, Borussia Mönchengladbach have done so only four times since. With a 4-1 win over Union Berlin on Sunday, however, they took key steps toward doing so again.