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Nick Firchau and Matt Doyle take a look at the latest with struggling Toronto FC, and use the recent headlines there to ponder what's wrong with the Canadian MLS teams this season. If no Canadian teams reach the playoffs in 2014, is it a big step backwards for the league and its clubs north of the border?

They also break down the weekend's biggest matchup between the LA Galaxy and FC Dallas, answer readers questions and celebrate Matt's 38th birthday with a nice, morning ScotchComments or questions for the show? Email the guys at marchtothematch@mlssoccer.com or get them on Twitter at @marchtothematch.

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Nick Firchau and Matt Doyle usher in a new era of March to the Match, and they're breaking down one of the biggest games left on the 2014 schedule: Seattle and Real Salt Lake, one more time in the regular season. Who has the edge at CenturyLink Field on Friday night?

The guys also break down why the LA Galaxy have surged back to form over the past few weeks and what's gone wrong with Toronto FC and Sporting Kansas City, and they answer listener emails. Comments or questions for the show? Email the guys at matchtothematch@mlssoccer.com or get them on Twitter at @marchtothematch.

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It’s an emotional day at MLSsoccer.com as we say goodbye to longtime MttM host Jonah Freedman. Two-time MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Joe Cannon joins the guys to see him off, reminisce about how far the league has come in the post-Beckham Era and what still needs to change.

Plus, we shift our attention to the contenders in the Western Conference and what we think the postseason may hold for Real Salt Lake, Seattle, the LA Galaxy and FC Dallas – who are for real, by the way. And they may have the young player who is the next coming of Landon Donovan.

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Is this the last running of the Red Bulls? The guys take a close look at the Eastern Conference contenders and try to figure out if New York are among them. Are they good enough to survive the race? Or are we seeing the end of Henry, Cahill & Co. and an uncertain future for the Big Apple’s first MLS team?

And what to make of Eddie Johnson’s latest incident in D.C.? The enigmatic striker is again at the center of attention, but that may not be enough to derail United’s march back to the playoffs … where, by the way, we’re pretty sure Toronto FC are also headed, finally, for the first time.

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It's a special show direct from the Rose City, where MLSsoccer.com is holed up for the 2014 AT&T MLS All-Star Game vs. Bayern Munich. The inimitable Simon Borg joins the guys for a frank talk about the big match and ponder the real question: Is MLS past the point of even needing an All-Star Game? And if not, is it time to pull the trigger on MLS vs. Liga MX?

Then, TSN's Jason deVos and Luke Wileman stop by to take a hard look at what's eating Canadian soccer and what role Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal must take to end years of footballing futility in the Great White North. There may be no silver bullet ... except for hosting the 2026 World Cup.

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OK, armchair GMs: It's time for you to build your MLS team from scratch. Will you go foreign or domestic? Can you have both? Or are you going to have to pick between Designated Players or Homegrown players? Two-time MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Joe Cannon joins the show to discuss whether the foreign or domestic path is the better future of the league.

And what's going on with goalkeeper-rich Philadelphia? Can you have too many netminders? How will the latest news affect the Union's visit to East-leading Sporting KC? We also preview what's arguably the best feud in MLS: San Jose and Seattle, who collide at the brand-new Levi's Stadium.

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Did somebody say silly season? The rumors are flying fast and furious over big names heading to MLS during the summer transfer window. So let's predict who could be next. The guys come up with some proposed deals to bolster teams at midseason, such as: Kelyn Rowe to LA, Mo Edu to New York, Kenny Cooper to Columbus ... and how about this for a blockbuster? Try Chicharito to MLS on a discounted fee. Could it happen?

Meanwhile, it's producer Dan's last show as an MLSsoccer.com staffer, so naturally we put him in the hot seat and went "To the Matts" on two huge Western Conferences matches coming up in Week 20: Vancouver-Dallas and Seattle-LA. Game on.

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Jermaine Jones is dropping hints he's coming to MLS. So who wants the USMNT stalwart? And where would he fit? The guys have a few ideas of where to put a "nasty" World Cup veteran – including one stop near his summer home.

While we're at it, some more thoughts on Klinsmann's challenge moving ahead. Here's why US Soccer should give him the Arena/Bradley treatment and force him to produce in 2015.

And finally, we're passing the midseason mark in MLS. We hand out our awards at the halfway point, including MVP, Rookie of the Year, Newcomer of the Year and argue we're still on track with a handful of our preseason picks.

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Last week the gang took a look at what went wrong with the USMNT's 2014 World Cup adventure. This week, it's time to think positive. The Matts are together again, and  they "let it go," turning an eye toward 2015's Gold Cup and the very daunting task of replacing some key leaders on the roster.

It's also time for Brazil to have a blood-letting after the most shocking performance in World Cup history, and the suggestion is that they follow the German blueprint. Plus MLS is back in full swing - as is the silly season. Summer shopping lists are at the ready!

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Forget proactive, inventive, creative soccer. What Jurgen Klinsmann's USMNT really delivered was a scared, disjointed and overly timid performance that was destined to happen because of poor roster selection and poor tactics. And what makes it worse is that he did so while simply repeating the mistakes Bruce Arena made in 2006 and Bob Bradley made in 2010. When will US Soccer learn?

Plus a preview of the NBCSN July 4th double-header.

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