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Seattle Sounders continue remarkable turnaround in win over Sporting KC

MLS Cup Playoffs: Nelson Valdez (88') Seattle Sounders 1-0 Sporting Kansas City

The Seattle Sounders continued their remarkable season turnaround with a late winner to beat Sporting Kansas City 1-0.

Here are three talking points from Thursday's MLS playoff match:

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1. Seattle serves SKC notice

You could have forgiven Sporting KC for not recognizing Seattle in the play-in game Thursday night. When the two teams last met on July 24, Sporting's 3-0 victory over listless Seattle turned out to be the final straw for Sigi Schmid, who was fired two days later.

To further emphasize...

 By Peter Thorne

West Ham must take EFL Cup form into tricky away fixture at Everton

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic is frustrated that crowd trouble has overshadowed his team's EFL Cup win over Chelsea.

West Ham advanced to the quarterfinals of the EFL Cup with a superb 2-1 win over Chelsea at the London Stadium on Wednesday night and, in the eyes of many fans, also officially opened the venue for football.

There has been a lot of nonsense spoken about the ground in Stratford, but much of it was sure to stick while the Hammers struggled. With their second home win in five days, talk of that has quickly dispersed. The new ground was buzzing under the floodlights and the atmosphere against Chelsea...

 By Jamie Smith

Andre Gray return gives Burnley options against Manchester United

Former Man United defender Paul Parker feels Man United's EFL Cup win over City will surely boost their confidence.

Burnley make the short trip to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United more in hope than expectation on Saturday, but manager Sean Dyche has his team selection options boosted by Andre Gray's return.

The striker is available after serving a four-match ban for abusive social media posts and Dyche must decide whether or not to put him straight back into the team.

Reinstating Gray to the starting lineup -- he was in the team for every game before his suspension -- would likely mean a shift from the...

Montreal Impact call on CCL nous to knock D.C. United out of MLS playoffs

Matteo Mancosu led the way with a brace as Montreal crushed DC United on the road to advance in the MLS Cup playoffs.

Three quick thoughts from the Montreal Impact's 4-2 win over D.C. United in the knockout round of the MLS Cup playoffs at RFK Stadium on Thursday.

1. Drogba is now Montreal's Plan B, not Plan A

At some point during the Montreal Impact's season, an idea began to be floated that would have seemed like heresy at the tail end of last season: the idea that maybe, just maybe, the Impact would be better if Didier Drogba started from the bench.

And by the time we got to the end of the season, it became...

 By Michael Wade

Steven Gerrard could make way for Wayne Rooney with LA Galaxy

Former Man United defender Paul Parker and FC's Jason Dasey discuss Jose Mourinho's options when it comes to Wayne Rooney.

The transfer window might be shut, but don't think the wheeling and dealing won't continue! Check out all the latest deals here.

Rooney to replace Gerrard in MLS

Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard could play a key role in Wayne Rooney swapping Manchester United for Major League Soccer's Los Angeles Galaxy, according to the Sun.

They reckon Rooney, who was out of favour under Jose Mourinho at United before being injured, could move to MLS, with the Galaxy already enquiring as to how much the England...

As Real Madrid boss, Zidane loyal to the style that made him a great player

The key stats ahead of the weekend's La Liga action, including an impressive unbeaten run for Zidane's Real Madrid.

After Real Madrid's Copa del Rey win in Leon -- 7-1 against hosts Cultural Leonesa -- a surprising fact has been highlighted by the Spanish media: Only three outfield players in the squad have not scored yet.

Most defenders, midfielders and, of course, forwards have managed to make the score sheet at least once, with the exceptions of Mateo Kovacic (not exactly a starter or a scorer), Casemiro (who has played only four matches after picking up an injury in September) and Fabio Coentrao (a full-back...