MLS Assesses Its Future Following Big Summer

This summer showed Major League Soccer that attracting U.S. fans to the game is no longer an issue. It's engaging them that the league sees as its next step. MLS wrapped up its All-Star game celebration Wednesday night with a 2-1 victory over German power Bayern Munich. The match at Portland's Providence Park capped a wildly successful few months for the sport stateside, following the U.S. national team's run to the round of 16 in Brazil that drew record television ratings. And it was certainly not lost on the league when an exhibition match between Manchester United and Real Madrid drew nearly 110,000 fans at the Big House in Michigan last week. MLS is poised to expand to 24 teams by 2020, with a focus on steady - but not too rapid - growth. PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - August 8, 2014

Long Live the King

felixIt seems both the media and the players have run out of words to describe Felix Hernandez. Words like “unbelievable”, “unreal”, and “ridiculous” are batted around like a beach ball at a Dodges’ game. The truth is, nobody knows exactly how to describe the run Felix is on right now because no one in the history of the game has been on a similar run. In his last 15 starts, Felix has gone at least 7 innings

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Mariners Over Braves 4-2

felixcourt8614Felix Hernandez allowed one run in eight innings, extending his major league record of games with at least seven innings and two or fewer runs to 15, as the Seattle Mariners beat the Atlanta Braves 4-2 on Tuesday.

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Seattle Safety Looks To Impress In Temporary Stint

Jeron Johnson knows this is all going to end. That eventually Kam Chancellor will be back at strong safety and patrolling the Seattle Seahawks secondary. For now, Johnson is going to do all he can to leave a strong enough impression that should Chancellor ever need a break, the secondary will get along just fine. Johnson is beginning his fourth season with the Seahawks, going from the undrafted rookie out of Boise State who fought to make the roster to the established backup to Chancellor as Seattle's strong safety. But his role for Seattle goes beyond that. With Chris Maragos leaving for Philadelphia in free agency, Seattle has no true backup for All-Pro Earl Thomas at free safety. So for now, Johnson must know the free safety role as well. RENTON, Wash. (AP) – August 6, 2014

Sports August 5

sports3PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Steven Evans got the biggest cheers last night at the inaugural MLS Homegrown Game. Evans grew up in Portland and played at the University of Portland. After college, Evans signed with the Timbers as the team's second homegrown player. Last night, he was captain of a group of players from the program that seeks to develop team academy players.

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