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2019/2020 Season

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2 Chicago 0 0 0 0
3 Cincinnati 0 0 0 0
4 Columbus 0 0 0 0
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After Austin's weird journey to MLS, the hard work to build a team, stadium and fanbase begins now

Take the mic away? Avoid him? Kick him? MLS coaches have their (tongue-in-cheek) say as to how to stop the great man.
Austin FC has a long way to go -- over two years -- until its first game but Tuesday's announcement is the latest step on a positive path for the under-fire franchise.
Austin FC has a long way to go -- over two years -- until its first game, but Tuesday's announcement is the latest step on a positive path for the under-fire franchise.

AUSTIN, Tex. -- For a city that prides itself on keeping things weird, it's only fitting that Austin's journey to becoming an MLS franchise has been as strange as it gets.

Fifteen months ago, Anthony Precourt of Precourt Sports Ventures (PSV) announced his intention of relocating his Columbus Crew SC franchise to the Texas capital, setting in motion a wild series of events that ended with the Crew staying in Columbus with new owners, and Precourt getting his Austin wish as an expansion franchise...

FC Cincinnati selects UCLA's Frankie Amaya with top pick in MLS SuperDraft

Frankie Amaya, left, poses for a picture with MLS commissioner Don Garber after FC Cincinnati picked him No. 1 in the SuperDraft.
Frankie Amaya is the youngest player in this year's draft.

Expansion side FC Cincinnati selected UCLA midfielder Frankie Amaya No. 1 overall in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft on Friday.

"This is what I worked my whole life for," Amaya told MLSSoccer.com at the draft in Chicago. "This is a crazy moment."

Amaya, 18, is the youngest player in the draft, but his upside is such that he's expected to adapt well to the professional game, even in a central playmaking role that is usually the domain of foreign players.

The Generation Adidas player spent just one season...

MLS SuperDraft 2019: What you need to know as FC Cincinnati prepares for inaugural season

In an interview with ESPN FC's Seb Salazar, Bob Bradley opens up on what Carlos Vela must do to stand out in big games for LAFC in 2019.
Tim Howard explains how U.S. goalkeeper Zack Steffen can overcome the challenges posed by playing behind Ederson at Manchester City.

On Friday, college players from across the country will be hoping to receive the coveted call from one of Major League Soccer's 24 franchises during the four rounds of the 2019 MLS SuperDraft (Friday, 1 p.m. ET).

Here's what you need to know heading into the event:

Teams to watch

Fans of expansion franchise FC Cincinnati can expect their team to be very busy on Friday as it continues to try to stockpile talent for its first-ever season in MLS. This process will be helped in part by the purchase...

MLS '19 schedule released; FC Cincinnati to debut vs. Sounders

ESPN FC's Ale Moreno presents his top 10 goals from throughout MLS this season, but who will rank as number one in 2018?
Goalkeeper blunders were aplenty in Major League Soccer in 2018, headlined by this Shakastrophic moment by Stefan Frei.
Zack Steffen, David Bingham and other MLS goalkeepers made some stellar saves in 2018, but who tops Ale Moreno's list?
Guillermo Barros Schelotto opens up in his first interview with the LA Galaxy as to why he chose the club and his thoughts for the upcoming season.
HIGHLIGHTS: A look at Quakes newest signing Judson. 
Some goals require just that extra touch of class. Check out all the best curled finishes from the 2018 MLS season above!
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Alejandro Moreno is puzzled by Atlanta United's hiring of Frank de Boer, saying he doesn't match the blueprint developed in their first two seasons.
Ale Moreno looks at the highs and lows for Major League Soccer in 2018 ranging from die-hard fans, pitch invaders, Vikings and absolutely bonkers celebrations.
Some of the highest paid players in Major League Soccer aren't even exempt from Ale Moreno's top five own goals of 2018.
From a few hospital passes to some soft defending, Ale Moreno doesn't hold back on these top 5 defensive lapses during 2018 in MLS.
Major League Soccer wasn't short of quite a few filthy moves against defenders and Ale Moreno ranks his top five this season.
From Kei Kamara to Miguel Almiron, ESPN FC's Ale Moreno breaks down his top five misses from 2018 in Major League Soccer.
Journey back at a memorable career as two-time MLS Cup champion Brad Evans announces his retirement.
As Zlatan Ibrahimovic announces his return to MLS in 2019, relive his top five goals with LA Galaxy last season.
In his first interview since re-signing with the LA Galaxy, Zlatan Ibrahimovic discusses his decision to stay in MLS and lays out his goals for 2019.
Zack Steffen looks back at his more notable saves of 2018 during his time with the United States and Columbus Crew SC.
The FC crew weigh the pros and cons of the changes to the MLS playoff format, including single-elimination, more teams and no international break.

MLS announced its full schedule for the 2019 regular season on Monday.

The season's slate of games is highlighted by the debut of FC Cincinnati, who will play its first game on the road against the Seattle Sounders on March 2, and will play its first home game in MLS against MLS Cup finalist the Portland Timbers on March 17.

The schedule is also noteworthy for a pair of stadium-related events. Minnesota United will celebrate the opening of Allianz Field on April 13 when it hosts New York City FC,...

FC Cincinnati acquires defender Alvas Powell from Portland Timbers

Alvas Powell will join a formidable defensive line for MLS expansion side FC Cincinnati.

FC Cincinnati acquired defender Alvas Powell on Thursday from the Portland Timbers for $250,000 in general allocation money, as well as a percentage of the fee if the player is transferred outside the MLS.

Powell, 24, made 23 club appearances for Portland in each of the last four seasons. He won an MLS Cup with the Timbers in 2015, as well as playing in the 2018 MLS Cup loss to Atlanta. 

Powell is a Jamaica international, having made his debut for the Reggae Boyz in 2012. 

FCC, which will...