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In mourning of Dos-a-Cero.

The whites appear to be cursed. Picture vs Panama.
The whites appear to be cursed. Picture vs Panama.
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MLS

Toronto FC is looking to imitate the success of their crosstown frenemies the Toronto Blue Jays, who just made the playoffs for the first time in some 20 years. On the verge of making their own debut postseason appearance, Toronto is getting excited by the idea of a playoff atmosphere.

By virtue of an incredible 60,000 in attendance for their first ever MLS match, Orlando City has all but clinched a new league expansion attendance record, beating the old average of ~31,000 by a few hundred people per match. But when they move to their new downtown stadium, their future max will be capped at less than 30,000. Atlanta United will have no such restrictions, and their season ticket deposit base has risen to over 26,000.

(on that note, the Sounders need 51,906 at their regular season finale against Real Salt Lake to set a new MLS single season attendance mark)

The Colorado Rapids still suck, earning what I can only assume is the highest soccer protest banner ever (unless last year's banner got a higher clearance.)

USMNT

Expect the American National representatives to start wearing black next year, in remembrance of the life of dos-a-cero. RIP 2002-2015.

Integrating Donald Trump's speaking voice into the US-Mexico promos was a terrible idea, but this tweet may have been even worse.

Would Jurgen Klinsmann's group have given up three goals if he'd looked at the Nats just across town? (Probably)

After a lackluster performance against Honduras, the United States is going to have to win two big games against big teams to earn a spot in the Olympics.

World

Tottenham Hotspur wants to host a bunch of NFL games, we assume to pick up a chunk of the American sports market. But as most practiced cases have shown, football and soccer on the same pitch makes both sides unhappy. Solution: Integrate a foldaway field to deploy when you have company over too good to play on an inflatable. It's been done, most notably in Arizona and Sapporo, but this one is splitting the field into three long parts.

Catch up on the European Championship Qualifying table here.