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MLS Three Things: RBNY beats Atlanta, is a special club right now

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At this point, Jesse Marsch could take the USMNT job, Tyler Adams could bolt for the Bundesliga, and we’d still have to select the New York Red Bulls to finish with a home playoff game.

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That’s how well run RBNY is these days, which is to take nothing away from their coach and 19-year-old star, but considering they navigated a solid CONCACAF Champions League run en route to this start… well…. wow.

On a night when Luis Robles’ ironman streak ended, Kaku recorded two assists, and Ezequiel Barco bagged his second goal in three matches, they don’t even meet the requirements of our three things.

Form giants deliver more goals

Marsch’s men have been shutout once this season, and most multiple goals in four-consecutive wins. Three of those four wins have come on the road, at LA, Colorado, and now Atlanta.

RBNY has the best points-per-game in Major League Soccer, has scored the joint-most goals despite playing in the second-fewest games, and is allowing barely more than a goal-a-game.

Bet against ’em. We dare ya.

BWP delivers the goods

RBNY’s 33-year-old English star scored twice and won a penalty that Daniel Royer converted as he continued his assault on all future Red Bulls’ hopes of becoming the club’s leading scorer.

Bradley Wright-Phillips has almost 50 more goals than his nearest competitor, Juan Pablo Angel, and he makes headers look like child’s play.

Victory comes with a price

Kemar Lawrence was lost with a scary-looking face-plant on a clearance, and needed to be stretchered off the pitch. Hopefully it’s not long-term for the Jamaican back.

Jamaica upsets Mexico to reach Gold Cup final, face USMNT

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For the second straight tournament, Jamaica are headed to the final of the Gold Cup after knocking off Mexico, the side which beat them in the 2015 final, in the 2017 semifinal on Sunday.

New York Red Bulls defender Kemar Lawrence scored the game’s only goal in the 88th minute, making the most of Andre Blake’s man-of-the-match goalkeeping performance which spanned the entirety of 90 minutes.

[ RECAP: Super-sub Dempsey propels USMNT past Costa Rica ]

Blake put forth a stellar display of goalkeeping in the game’s opening 45 minutes, facing three shots on target and denying El Tri’s attackers on each and every occasion.

The pick(s) of the litter came in the 12th minute, when the Philadelphia Union ‘keeper pulled off a stunning double-save to deny Jesus Dueñas and Erick Torres. Dueñas fired first, aided by a wicked deflection, but Blake pulled off the reflexive kick-save, followed by Torres’ powerful strike through traffic seconds later.

15 minutes later, Torres earned himself a yellow card for what was undoubtedly, unquestionably a red-card, lunging “challenge” against Damion Lowe.

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The second half consisted of much the same things as the first, as Blake continued his clinic in the 65th minute. Jesus Gallardo fired a free kick through the Raggae Boyz’ wall, a knuckling shot which Blake didn’t see until very late but managed the put two fists behind the ball and punch it anyway anyway.

Blake’s counterpart, Jesus Corona, joined the fun in the 78th minute. Lowe rose highest to get to Owayne Gordon’s free kick, heading it inside Corona’s right-hand post, but the Cruz Azul ‘keeper was quick to scramble across his goal and palm the ball away at full-stretch.

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Two minutes before full-time, Lawrence produced the game’s only piece of purge magic, a curling peach of a free kick from 24 yards out. Corona went one way, Lawrence went the other and Jamaica are headed to their second straight Gold Cup final.

Jamaica will take on the U.S. national team in Wednesday’s final, at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.

Tuesday’s transfer rumor roundup: Rossi to Anfield, MLS back to Premier League

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If you missed it Monday, several outlets are saying that Manchester United may have found its next American player. New York Red Bulls academy back Matthew Olosunde, 17, has been drawing rave reviews in Manchester since joining the club to train during the summer. If he can land a work permit, he may be golden, with RBNY declining to comment on the matter.

But it’s another RBNY player in the Premier League rumor mill today, and it’s a senior team back.

[ MORE: Monday’s transfer rumor roundup ]

Jamaican left back Kemar Lawrence has 26 caps, and he likely won’t have trouble getting a work permit. Where would the Supporters’ Shield winner go? Newcastle is linked, as is Leicester amongst a bevy of possible suitors.

American-born Italian international Giuseppi Rossi could be moving from Italy to England, according to Italian site ITA Sport Press. It’s said that Liverpool will be offering $27 million for the injury-plagued 28-year-old. When Rossi’s been healthy, he’s been dynamite, though, including 16 goals in 21 league matches for Fiorentina in 2013-14.

The Reds are also said to be looking into Marko Grujic ahead of a $7.5 million bid. According to the Liverpool Echo, they will try to outdo Roma, Inter Milan, and Chelsea.

Is Charlie Austin on the January market? HITC says he may and may not be, depending on who you speak with at Loftus Road. New QPR coach Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink expects Austin around all season, while R’s director of football Les Ferdinand said “every player has got his price”. Villa, Sunderland, and Newcastle continue to be linked with the target striker.

Antoine Greizmann says he’s not interested in a move to Chelsea, according to Canal Football.

Mid-season MLS awards: Best XI of 2015 (so far)

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Throughout the 2015 Major League Soccer season, every week we’ve taken a look back at the previous round of league games and pieced together our very own Team of the Week. Today, given that we’re near the halfway point of the season (depending on which team you use as a barometer), we’ll compile all of those previous Teams of the Week to form an MLS Best XI squad, so far.

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Columbus Crew SC’s Kei Kamara leads the league in scoring (12 goals) at the halfway point, while teammate Ethan Finlay leads the league in assists (10). Toronto FC’s Sebastian Giovinco is tied for second in goals and assists combined (15).

The full mid-season MLS Best XI is as follows:

Goalkeeper: David Ousted (Vancouver Whitecaps)

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Defenders: Kendall Waston (Vancouver Whitecaps), Matt Miazga (New York Red Bulls), Alvas Powell (Portland Timber), Kemar Lawrence (New York Red Bulls)

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Midfielders: Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC), Fabian Castillo (FC Dallas), Ethan Finlay (Columbus Crew SC), Benny Feilhaber (Sporting Kansas City)

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Forwards: Kei Kamara (Columbus Crew SC), Octavio Rivero (Vancouver Whitecaps)

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MLS Team of the Week — Stars of Week 10

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Week 10 of the 2015 Major League Soccer season is in the books, and it’s safe to say the last three days of MLS action was one of the best in recent memory. In 10 games played between Friday and Sunday, just one team — the Philadelphia Union — failed to score a goal.

Unsurprisingly, you’ll find not a single Union player on this week’s MLS Team of the Week.

[ FOLLOW: All of PST’s Week 10 MLS coverage | Standings | Stats | Schedule ]

Instead, you will find the likes of Kei Kamara and Bradley Wright-Phillips — scorers of braces — as well as Mauro Diaz and Pedro Morales — creators of goals a plenty. There’s also Nick Rimando, 93rd-minute-penalty-saving extraordinaire, because how could you not give that guy the nod?

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

[ MORE: 2015 MLS Team of the Week archive ]

MLS Team of the Week — Week 10

Goalkeeper: Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

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Defenders: Emanuel Pogatetz (Columbus Crew SC), Kemar Lawrence (New York Red Bulls), Nat Borchers (Portland Timbers), Alvas Powell (Portland Timbers)

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Midfielders: Mauro Diaz (FC Dallas), Pedro Morales (Vancouver Whitecaps), Matias Laba (Vancouver Whitecaps)

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Forwards: Kei Kamara (Columbus Crew SC), Bradley Wright-Phillips (New York Red Bulls), Giles Barnes (Houston Dynamo)

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