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MLS Snapshot: Atlanta United 1-3 D.C. United (video)

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The game in 100 words (or less): Atlanta has been one of the most exciting teams in MLS over the opening two months of the season, but with a bit of luck and grit D.C. United spoiled the newcomers’ fun on Sunday afternoon. It was all the home side early on in the match, which was spearheaded by Kenwyne Jones‘ emphatic header, but D.C. responded well with some good pressure of their own. The win for D.C. moves Ben Olsen’s club into eighth place in the Eastern Conference. Meanwhile, Atlanta still holds the sixth and final playoff position through eight matches as Gerardo Martino’s side sits on 11 points.

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Three moments that mattered

9′ — Hosts apply pressure and hit D.C. where it hurts — This is exactly why Atlanta brought in Kenwyne Jones. Big body and deadly heading ability. Can’t stop that.

25′ — D.C. unexpectedly pulls level — It certainly wasn’t how Lamar Neagle drew it up but he and D.C. somehow equalized before the half hour mark after some sloppy Atlanta defending.

36′ — Acosta runs wild — Atlanta will probably want to look back on this moment and make sure they do a better job covering the diminutive attacker next time.

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Men of the match: Luciano Acosta

Goalscorers: Kenwyne Jones (9′), Michael Parkhurst — OG (25′), Luciano Acosta (36′), Sebastian Le Toux (55′)

MLS: Le Toux to join D.C., Timbers set to acquire Myers and more

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Two teams are set to bring in experienced players ahead of the new season, while another veteran has said his goodbye to his former club.

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D.C. United has reportedly signed veteran forward Sebastian Le Toux after spending last season with the Philadelphia Union and the Colorado Rapids.

According to SB Nation’s Black and Red United, Le Toux has inked a one-year deal with D.C. United. Le Toux has scored 57 goals in his time in MLS, with 50 of those goals coming with the Union.

Le Toux has also previously played for the New York Red Bulls, Vancouver Whitecaps and Seattle Sounders.


Meanwhile, the Portland Timbers are reportedly set to sign long-time Sporting KC defender Chance Myers, who spent the last nine seasons with the Western Conference side.

The 29-year-old had made 147 appearances for Sporting KC since joining MLS, while adding two goals over that span.


Dax McCarty posted a heartfelt message to New York Red Bulls fans, players and staff following the veteran’s move to the Chicago Fire.

The midfielder was recently traded to the Eastern Conference side after the spending the last five-and-half years with the Red Bulls, where McCarty served as the team’s captain.

Le Toux can snare second Open Cup title by beating his old club

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Sebastian Le Toux can earn his second Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title in five years if he can beat the team that got him his first.

Le Toux was a Sounders star back in 2009 when Seattle toppled DC United 2-1 to win its first Open Cup title. He’s also the all-time leading goal scorer in Open Cup history, with 14.

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The well-traveled 30-year-old wasn’t with the Sounders when they won their second and third titles in 2010 and 2011, but he has a chance to deny them their fourth when his Philadelphia Union welcome Seattle to PPL Park for Tuesday’s Open Cup final.

The veteran wrote an exclusive essay regarding his chances for our pals at Soccerly:

The final will take place in our home stadium, PPL Park, with all of our die-hard Philadelphia fans standing behind us. Seattle has already won this particular competition 3 times, in 2009, 2010, and 2011 seasons – now looking for their 4th US Open Cup title on Tuesday. With the Sounders on fire this season, they’re certainly not going to give the title up easily – and neither are we! We are going to need to stay motivated and hungry on the feel but I believe that the Cup is in our reach.

This is our first opportunity as a team to bring home a trophy for the Philadelphia Union franchise. Not only do the members of the team and everyone in the front office deserve this Cup, but also our fans deserve to see the Union claim a title for their beloved city – and that’s exactly what we plan to do.

The game is going to be a beauty, with Philadelphia looking to pick up its first ever Open Cup title and Seattle looking to keep advancing toward all-time title leaders Bethlehem Steel and Maccabi Los Angeles (5). A win for the Sounders would tie them with the Chicago Fire for the most Open Cup championships of any MLS team.

Union grab massive 3 points in Kansas City with 1-0 win (video)

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With each result meaning more and more for those mired in the playoff race (practically everyone), three points on the road against one of the only teams above the playoff race is about as good as it gets.

Maybe Machiavelli was a soccer fan, because for the Philadelphia Union, the ends most certainly justify the means.

John Hacksworth made two changes, and while it’s certainly possible if this game was replayed that Philadelphia would be slaughtered, the system worked and the Union slide into the playoff scenario – for now.

Hacksworth removed striker Sebastian Le Toux from his 4-4-2 that played to a 1-0 loss against Houston last week, and instead selected midfielders Michael Farfan and Michael Lahoud.

Philadelphia got the goal they needed thanks to a Conor Casey putback (their first goal in four matches), and they didn’t break the rest of the match.

Sure, Sporting KC had 62% of the possession.  Sure, the home side grabbed seven corners to Philadelphia’s one.  Sure, Sporting managed 19 shots to Philadelphia’s 8.  But of those 19 shots, just five went on net.

It was a wasteful, sloppy performance from Kansas City who are not in any immediate playoff danger but will be ruing falling in a game they easily could have dominated.

Sporting were missing Matt Besler for the second straight match, which still no one has been able to figure out.  Since wearing the captain’s armband against Real Esteli last week, he’s sat on the bench two straight games despite not appearing in the injury report.

As for Philadelphia, the win is about as monumental as you could possibly imagine. The points move them up into fifth position – the final playoff spot – in the East.  If that’s not enough good news, here’s their next three opponents: Toronto (9th place), D.C. United (last), and Montreal (lost two in a row).  And they finish up with KC again.

It’s not over yet, but the Union just put themselves in prime position to make the playoffs.  This just makes tomorrow’s Revs/Dynamo matchup that much bigger.  As if it needed it.

Video: First goal of 2013 Major League Soccer season

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Didn’t we all just know that Sebastien Le Toux was going to have a fabulous run in Philadelphia this year, back at “home,” back to the place where he was an out-of-nowhere All-Star three years back?

Clearly, it’s early, but what a fabulous start the man is having. On his return to PPL Park, the Union striker struck for Major League Soccer’s opening goal of 2013.

The likeable Frenchman had 25 goals over two seasons in Philadelphia. But things weren’t nearly as groovy early last year after a trade took Le Toux to Vancouver, nor in New York when the second trade of 2012 yielded similarly inferior results.

But here we are, and what a start Le Toux had in Major League Soccer’s opener. The Union striker found all the gaps in a Sporting Kansas City back line that, getting little help from a disheveled midfield, came close to being overwhelmed in this one.

The Union generated three good chances in the first eight moments. Not long afterward, Le Toux had the breakthrough on a great feed from Keon Daniel. (And how much better could Le Toux’s Union return been but for a 23rd minute miss, a real forehead-thumper!)

Here’s your first goal from MLS 2013:

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