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Shipp leads Seattle to easy home win vs. NYCFC

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Occasionally it’s as easy as this: Seattle and New York City FC both played midweek before meeting Sunday in Washington.

But Seattle played in San Jose, a two-hour flight from home, while NYCFC played one day later and was in Orlando.

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The less rest and long trek were evident in the legs of the visitors, who did — for what it’s worth — wind up out-shooting the hosts 19-14.

Harry Shipp had a goal and an assist, and Gustav Svensson and Cristian Roldan also scored as Seattle Sounders rolled New York City FC 3-1 at CenturyLink Field.

Jesus Medina scored NYCFC’s lone goal.

Seattle is now five points back of sixth place in the West, while NYCFC fails to keep pace with East No. 1 seed Atlanta United.

Report: Montreal stakes its claim with acquisition of Shipp from Chicago

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Chicago Fire supporters will be wondering what its club has in store after reports say the club traded Homegrown Player and talented midfielder Harry Shipp to Montreal.

On the other side, Impact fans will be dreaming of what’s to come in the 2016 season.

Already boasting a potent attack that will keep Didier Drogba in the fold, the Impact acquired Shipp from Chicago for allocation money.

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The Fire continue their overhaul, now being run by general manager Nelson Rodriguez and new coach Veljko Paunović.

A former Notre Dame standout, Shipp failed to statistically build on his 7-goal, 6-assist rookie season but was marooned at times on a struggling Fire side.

One day after announcing a new deal for standout center back Laurent Ciman, Montreal has improved in its bid to follow-up a strong 2015 that saw a CONCACAF Champions League final and an energetic run that coincided with Drogba’s arrival.

Canada has three MLS sides, and this is another move that could stake the nation’s claim to a trio of title contenders.

MLS Player of the Week — Week 5

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Here’s the thing: barely anyone stood out as the overwhelming star of Week 5. Only two players (Harrison Shipp and Benny Feilhaber) tallied a multi-goal or multi-assist performance this weekend, and Feilhaber dropped his dimes via corner kicks after being largely ineffective and invisible all game long.

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Shipp deserves more recognition, but playing on a pretty bad Chicago Fire team, he’s not likely to receive near as much as he deserves. They simply won’t win enough for Shipp’s name to come up in Player of the Week and Team of the Week discussions unless you’re watching every game extremely close.

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So this week’s MLS Player of the Week is Chicago Fire midfielder Harry Shipp. Shipp’s two assists included the lay-off for Jeff Larentowicz’s game-winning goal (RECAP) and the cross to set up Shaun Maloney’s first goal for the Fire.

It’s understandable if you’re not watching the Fire every week, but Shipp continues to be worth the price of admission (or the time it takes to open up MLS Live) game in and game out. A call-up to the U.S. national team is in order for Ship as well.

MLS Players of the Week

Week 1: Tyler Deric, Houston Dynamo

Week 2: Chris Wondolowski, San Jose Earthquakes

Week 3: Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York Red Bulls

Week 4: Kaka, Orlando City SC

MLS Team of the Week — Stars of Week 5

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Week 5 of the 2015 Major League Soccer season is in the books, and while it still wasn’t the best soccer MLS has provided over the years, it sure was entertaining and mind-blowing at times.

Some of the league’s biggest stars returned from international duty last weekend, yet not a single one makes my Week 5 Team of the Week.

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There’s always room for center backs who make 10 clearances, nine interceptions, win two tackles, and block two shots in a single game (that’s Kendall Waston) in my Team of the Week. Just as there’s room for Harry Shipp’s two assists, the wonder goals of Obafemi Martins and Juan Agudelo and the outside-of-the-foot goodness of Sebastian Giovinco.

Thoughts? Questions? Agreements? Disagreements? (Of course not.) Leave them in the comments section, as always. I’m not afraid to defend my picks.

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Week 5 — MLS Team of the Week

Goalkeeper: Bill Hamid (D.C. United)


Defenders: Kendall Waston (Vancouver Whitecaps), Nat Borchers (Portland Timbers), Jamison Olave (Real Salt Lake), Joevin Jones (Chicago Fire)


Midfielders: Harrison Shipp (Chicago Fire), Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC), Javier Morales (Real Salt Lake), Diego Chara (Portland Timbers)


Forwards: Obafemi Martins (Seattle Sounders), Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution)


MLS Snapshot: Chicago Fire 1-0 Philadelphia Union

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The game in 100 words (or less): It was soccer in Bridgeview, which is to say, not exactly scintillating. On the positive side of things, soccer in Bridgeview almost always means our weekly dose of Harrison Shipp. The 23-year-old was on top of his game once again, as he assisted on the game’s only goal and could have/should have had another. The mazy, never-ending run through the entire Union midfield late in the game was just for good measure and to remind everyone not to forget about Shipp.

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Three moments that mattered

37′ — Mbolhi whiffs and Chicago are ahead — Shipp provided the tantalizing service to the top of the six-yard-box, Adailton made the slightest little bit of contact with his head and Rais Mbolhi was completely lost at sea as the ball floated into the back of the net. Not good goalkeeping, but the marking was just as poor.

55′ — Mbolhi atones with a huge one-on-one stop — Kennedy Igboananike found a gap between the two Union center backs and Shipp’s through ball was inch-perfect for the Nigerian forward, but Mbolhi made the kick-save from close range to keep the deficit at one.

75′ — Edu, one on one with the ‘keeper, pulls it wide — The chances were few and far between late on for the Union following Fred’s 72nd-minute red card. When the ball fell to Maurice Edu, behind the Chicago backline and only Sean Johnson ahead of him, Edu had to find the back of the net, or test the ‘keeper at the very least. Or cross for Sebasastien Le Toux at the back post. Edu did none of the above and pulled his harried shot five yards wide.

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Man of the match: Harrison Shipp — What other reason is there to watch the Fire? What other hope is there for the Fire? He’s usually the best player on the field for the Fire, and pretty regularly between either team, and he dominated again on Sunday.


Chicago Fire: Johnson, Gehrig, Larentowicz, Adailton, Palmer, Shipp, Polster, Stephens, Jones (Guly 84′), Igboananike (Watson 66′), Amarikwa

Goals: Adailton (37′)

Philadelphia Union: Mbolhi, Fabinho, White (Ayuk 83′), Vitoria, Gaddis, Lahoud, Edu, Wenger (Hoppenot 86′), Nogueira (Fred 67′), Le Toux, Aristeguieta