Major League Soccer

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Say Bye to Chivas USA, But Hi to Vincent Tan, Maybe

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Welcome to this Tuesday edition of Freedom Kicks, in which we talk a lot about player development, a little about some other MLS teams, and even less about rapping, but still some rapping.

The soccer world was not quiet yesterday. And as tempted as I was to find links solely related to Ben Olsen and/or beards (if you don't know me, Ben Olsen and beards are kind of my things), I've got real soccer stuff for you instead this morning.

MLS 2014 Player Salaries Released – Top Earner Kaka Currently Raking In $7m Despite NOT Playing For A Club That Isn’t Actually In The League

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By Chris Wright

Kaka: Positively rolling in it

As is customary, the MLS Players Union have publicly released the 2014 salaries of each and every player in the league, with the usual suspects topping the list as expected.

However, far above the likes of Clint Dempsey, Jermain Defoe, Tim Cahill, Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane and Thierry Henry comes the MLS' new highest earner, Kaka, who is raking in a whopping great $7.

Lord Of The Mics: Bradley Wright-Phillips Takes On Yannick Bolasie In The Rap Battle Nobody Asked For (Video)

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By Chris Wright

We can't believe we completely missed the other five instalments, but the "Lord of the Mics VI" mixtape/compilation CD is almost upon us and the sixth entry in the oeuvre is set to be the best (much like the Police Academy franchise "City Under Seige" beinga true classic of the police farce genre), featuring as it does the long-awaited, much-hyped rap battle between Bradley Wright-Phillips and Yannick Bolasie.

Report: Chivas USA to go on potential two-year hiatus following nearly $100 million sale

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The future of Chivas USA has seemingly gotten a bit clearer as the league as reportedly found a buyer for the ailing club.

A report in ESPNFC.comstates thatMLS hasagreed to sell the club to an unknown investor for $100 million, with conditions of the sale requiring that the club goes on hiatus.

MLS Record Watch: October 2014 Edition

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When Landon Donovan found Robbie Keane for the Irishman's second goal of Sunday's 4-0 romp of the New York Red Bulls, he tied Steve Ralston's career MLS assist record with 135 for his career.

Landon Donovan wins fourth MLS Player of the Week award in 2014

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Landon Donovan tied the all-time MLS assist record and scored to win the MLS Player of the Week award in week 29. Read More

USMNT Open Thread: Jurgen Klinsmann makes more waves ahead of upcoming roster release

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USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann was the story with a report that he is considering a lower division call up. Read More

Galaxy Notebook: Arena praises Donovan; Zardes, Wright-Phillips reveal Keane admiration; and more

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Having coached Landon Donovan at both the club and international level, LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena has seen the growth of his star forward every step of the way.

Donovan tied the league's all-time assist record in Sunday's 4-0 victory over the New York Red Bulls, but Arena admitted that he didn'tbelieve that the 32-year-old forward was much of a passer until recently.

Cardiff Owner Vincent Tan Interested In Buying MLS Club

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Vincent Tan just won't go away.

The enigmatic and controversial Cardiff City owner, who has avoided dullness at all costs since coming to the Welsh club, has been quoted in an interview today saying he'd be interested in buying an MLS club.

Tan responded to rumors that he is looking to get out of Cardiff and looked towards his future in an interview with Sky Sports aboard a yacht in Malaysia.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Nick Hagglund

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Toronto FC rookie defenderNick Hagglund stepped up in a must-win game for his club.

The rookie defender scored a pair of goals, the first two of his MLS career, as TFC topped the Portland Timbers, 3-2, Saturday to keep the club'splayoff hopes alive.

Newcastle United

Football Vine: Newcastle’s Paul Dummett Spins Right Round, Like A Record Baby. Right Round

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By Alan Duffy

I doubt Newcastle fans will have found much to laugh about during their 1-0 defeat away at Stoke on Monday night. However, this footage of Paul Dummett rather losing his bearingstickled us here at Pies!

(Vine: James Williams)

Pardew To Have Serious Conversation With Owner

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There's not too much Alan Pardew could say after the game tonight, as Newcastle failed to score for the fourth game in six game in the league this season, and a huge problem we have is that we just cannot seem to score goals. Peter Crouch heads home the winner after 15 minutes That was [...]

Get Him Out – Mike Ashley’s Comment At End Of The Game

Newcastle united Blog at related • 3 views Look at this video at the end of the game tonight at Stoke, and try to lip read what owner Mike Ashley is saying to Managing Director Lee Charnley something like ¨Get him out¨. Newcastle fans are tweeting after the game that he said -¨Yep he's gone get him out.¨ It's hard [.

Now We’ll Find Out If Mike Ashley Was Only Joking

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Newcastle lost again at the Britannia Stadium by 1-0 to a decent Stoke side, but if Newcastle had more players with an eye for goal we could have done a lot better. Mike Ashley - has a decision to make Newcastle's weakness is the same as it was last season, so it's a pity we [...]

Video: Did Newcastle owner Mike Ashley just order Alan Pardew’s sacking on live TV?

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Scores of Newcastle supporters and amateur lip-readers reckons Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has just ordered the sacking of Alan Pardew live on Sky...

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Newcastle Lose 1-0 At Stoke In Close Game

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Newcastle lost 1-0 tonight at Stoke in a close game, and though the Newcastle players gave their all in terms of effort, we were just not good enough in that final third of the field, and the best chance for Newcastle went to local lad Jack Colback on 84 minutes, as he had a clear [...]

Krul, Janmaat And Tiote All Start – Cisse On Bench

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Alan Pardew picked the team we thought he would pick tonight, with Cabella in the withdrawn striker role and Sissoko and Gouffran on the wings. We would have preferred young Armstrong to have started in the number 10 position but this is still a very strong team we are fielding tonight, with Riviere the [.

Stoke City vs Newcastle United: Starting Lineups, TV Times and Open Thread

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We're only six games into the Premier League season, but it's already panic stations for Newcastle United footballers, fans and manager Alan Pardew. The Geordies sitsecond bottom in the table (only above Burnley on goal difference). A loss today and the pressure will surely mount on owner Mike Ashley to make a decision regarding Pardew's future at the club.


Classic Moments: Everton Über-Flop Alex Nyarko Suffers The Ultimate Indignity At Highbury, 2001 (Photos)

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By Chris Wright

This be the tale of one of Everton's most infamousduds, Alex Nyarko, and the day he suffered perhaps the ultimate indignity (at least as far asprofessional footballers are concerned) one fateful afternoon at Highbury back in 2001.

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Arsenal will NOT change approach for Chelsea! Oh Dear!

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When Arsenal travelled to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea in the Premier League in late March, we ended up with our biggest defeat of the season. And after that 6-0 humbling, made even worse by the fact that it was a landmark day for Arsene Wenger and was completely ruined by his arch enemy Jose [...

Tactics Column: Mesut Ozil looks leftfield in search of inspiration

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Mesut Ozil found form of sorts for Arsenal on Saturday in their 1-1 draw with Tottenham, delivering a performance that showcased his usual understated subtlety, but one without producing the telling, final punch. He had one big opportunity at the start of the second-half, gliding into space on the right-hand side before receiving a neat pass from Jack Wilshere, but his shot was hit rather tamely at Hugo Lloris.

Arsenal to ‘open talks’ with Real Madrid over cut-price Sami Khedira deal

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Arsenal are set to begin talks with Real Madrid over a cut-price January transfer for contract rebel Sami Khedira. Khedira, a long-term Gunners...

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Welbeck pushing himself TOO hard to improve for Arsenal?

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Danny Welbeck has only been an Arsenal player for a month and some of that was taken up by his time with the England national team during the last international break. And most Arsenal fans and pundits have been reasonably impressed with his contribution to the cause so far. Welbeck may have missed a few [.

Diego Costa will start against Sporting and hopefully Arsenal, says Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho

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.@willianborges88 and Jose Mourinho addressing the media here in Lisbon. #CFC Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) September...

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Manchester United

United back in action abroad!

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After their spending spree this summer, Manchester United have assembled so much attacking talent that the comparison with the Harlem Globetrotters has been almost impossible to escape.

United, however, could move a step closer to the famous American basketball outfit if plans to play lucrative overseas friendlies during the course of the season is to go ahead.

United heading in the right direction

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Robin Van Persie believes Manchester United are on the right track under Louis Van Gaal and they will soon step up a couple notches, once the injured players return and the squad is completely familiar with the new manager's methods.

Despite having nine players sidelined, with Ander Herrera a doubt ahead of Sunday after having been withdrawn on Saturday, United bounced back from a shambolic 5-3 defeat at Leicester to win 2-1against West Ham over the weekend, their second consecutive win at home and one Van Persie believes is a sign of more things to come.

Swansea City Progress Report for August-September

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As a Swansea City supporter, consider me unimpressed by the season thus far for the Welsh team. While the Swans are sitting comfortably in fifth position, the team still could be doing much better than they are currently. It's that feeling of "could be doing better" that has undermined the Swans for the past couple of seasons, where they've lacked that killer instinct to make the difference between an above average Premier League side and a more dangerous contender to be feared by even the top English clubs.

Gary Neville brands Man Utd captain Wayne Rooney ‘stupid’ over West Ham red card

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Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville says Wayne Rooney's red card challenge on West Ham's Stewart Downing at the weekend was...

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Video: Adnan Januzaj scores a great goal for Man Utd U21 vs Spurs

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Adnan Januzaj is yet to really find favour with Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal but he keeps scoring amazing goals for the under-21...

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Jogo 185/2014 - Amistoso - Eslováquia 2x0 Montenegro

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Mais um jogo amistoso, foi realizado no dia 23/05/2014, na cidade de Senec-SVK, onde jogaram as seleções da Eslováquia (46° no ranking da FIFA) e a seleção de Montenegro (54° no ranking da FIFA).

Antes desse jogo, as 2 seleções nunca jogaram:

Slovakia 2 - 0 Montenegro Senec NTC Senec 1 - 0 Vladimír Weiss Jr.

Campeonato Russo - Segunda Divisão - 2014/2015

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Pos. Team GP Pts W D L GF GA +/-
1 FK Tosno 12 24 7 3 2 19 15 4
2 Krylia Sovetov Samara 12 24 7 3 2 17 7 10
3 Tom Tomsk 12 22 6 4 2 21 12 9
4 Anzhi Makhachkala 11 21 6 3 2 17 6 11
5 Volgar Astrakhan 12 20 5 5 2 15 12 3
6 Gazovik Orenburg 12 20 5 5 2 20 11 9
7 Shinnik Yaroslavl 12 17 3 8 1 16 12 4
8 Luch-Energiya 11 17 5 2 4 17 16 1
9 Sokol Saratov 12 17 5 2 5 15 17 -2
10 FK Yenisey 11 16 4 4 3 13 10 3
11 Baltika Kaliningrad 12 16 4 4 4 12 13 -1
12 Volga N.

Jogo 184/2014 - Amistoso - Marrocos 4x0 Moçambique

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Mais um jogo amistoso, foi disputado no dia 23/05/2014, na cidade de Faro-POR, onde jogaram as seleções do Marrocos (76° no ranking da FIFA) e a seleção de Moçambique (114° no ranking da FIFA).

Antes desse jogo, as 2 seleções jogaram:
Copa da África
1998 Bobo Dioulasso 13/02/1998 MAR 3:0 (2:0) MOZ First stage

Eliminatórias Continentais
2013 Marrakech 13/10/2012 MAR 4:0 (1:0) MOZ Final round
2013 Maputo 09/09/2012 MOZ 2:0 (0:0) MAR Final round

Morocco 4 - 0 Mozambique Estádio de São Luís 1 - 0 Omar El Kaddouri (29) 2 - 0 Youssef El Arabi (36) 3 - 0 Aatif Chahechouhe (64) 4 - 0 Youssef El Arabi (88)

Campeonato Russo - Primeira Divisão - 2014/2015

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Pos. Team GP Pts W D L GF GA +/-
1 Zenit 9 25 8 1 0 26 4 22
2 CSKA Moscow 9 21 7 0 2 20 8 12
3 Dynamo Moscow 9 19 6 1 2 23 12 11
4 Kuban Krasnodar 9 19 5 4 0 12 6 6
5 Terek Groznyi 9 18 5 3 1 13 4 9
6 FK Krasnodar 9 17 5 2 2 15 6 9
7 Spartak Moscow 9 17 5 2 2 13 10 3
8 Rubin Kazan 9 13 3 4 2 10 12 -2
9 Lokomotiv Moscow 9 12 3 3 3 10 8 2
10 Mordovia Saransk 9 11 3 2 4 7 9 -2
11 FK Ufa 9 10 3 1 5 7 9 -2
12 Amkar Perm 9 7 2 1 6 7 15 -8
13 Torpedo Moscow 9 4 1 1 7 8 25 -17
14 FK Rostov 9 4 1 1 7 10 29 -19
15 FK Ural 9 4 1 1 7 9 17 -8
16 Arsenal Tula 9 1 0 1 8 2 18 -16

Jogo 183/2014 - AFC Challenge Cup 2014 - Maldivas 0x0 Palestina

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Mais um jogo da AFC Challenge Cup 2014, foi realizado no dia 23/05/2014, na cidade de Male-MDV, onde jogaram as seleções das Maldivas (153° no ranking da FIFA) e a seleção da Palestina (165° no ranking da FIFA).

Antes desse jogo, as 2 seleções jogaram:
2015 Kathmandu 12/03/2012 MDV 0:2 (0:0) PLE

Assistant Referees
Fourth Official

Maldives 0 - 0 Palestine


Stoke 1-0 Newcastle – Potters Win Pushes Pardew Closer To Magpies Exit (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Stoke City 1-0 Newcastle United Premier League 29th September 2014

This defeat for Newcastle at Britannia may well prove to be a turning point in the career of Alan Pardew, with the already-under-pressure Magpies' boss set for a meeting with club owner Mike Ashley.

Video: Aston Villa’s Paul Lambert and Roy Keane refuse to accommodate Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho’s early exit

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is becoming increasingly keen of sneaking down the tunnel before the final whistle is blown. As he headed down the...

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Video: Man City’s James Milner shows off ahead of Roma game

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James Milner is often pigeon-holed as a grafting, workmanlike midfielder. It's easy to forget he possesses some skills that even his most...

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The Rest

PSG To Miss Ibrahimovic For Barcelona Clash, As Blanc Says “Confidence” Has Not Evaporated

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Paris Saint-Germain will be missing their most controversial player and former Barca Bad Boy in Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 32, today, but that doesn't mean the Champions League is over for them! Don't you just want to roll your eyes when there is an overemphasis on one player in general?

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. Toronto FC

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We have complete player evaulations from the Portland Timbers 3 to 2 loss to Toronto FC back on September 27. There are marks for every Portland Timbers player that appeared in the match in addition to marks for the coaches, opponent and officials.

Report: Chivas USA To Go on Hiatus

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Chivas USA, rebranded or otherwise,will not field a team in 2015, and possibly longer according to an ESPN report that was published on Monday.

According to the report, which cites "multiple" unnamed sources, the team will suspend operations following the 2014 season.

Sidekicks Add Exhibition Games to Schedule

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The Dallas Sidekicks announced their exhibition season schedule today. Dallas will play at the Tulsa Revolution on Friday, October 10 at 2 P.M. The Revolution will return the favor by visiting the Sidekicks at the Soccer Spectrum in Richardson on Friday, October 17, also at 2 P.M.

Dallas opens the 2014-15 Major Arena Soccer League schedule versus the Missouri Comets on Saturday, October 25 at the Allen Event Center.

MLS Player Salaries released for September

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Another list for you to peruse and analyze as much as you'd like.

Via the MLS Player's Union, MLS Player Salaries as of September 15 are now available, but you can view them all text-y like here. 1st column is base salary, 2nd is guaranteed compensation:

DC Arnaud Davy M $ 212,500.

Jones’ Salary at $3.25 Million on Latest Players’ Union List

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Jermaine Jones is officially the highest-paid player in Revolution history after the latest salary list from theMLS Player Union revealed that the U.S. International is commanding a salary of $3.252 million.

Jones was acquired by the club following a blind draw conducted by the league in late-August.

Soccer News: Dominic Kinnear for Houston or San Jose?

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Is Houston Dynamo coach Dominic Kinnear interested in coaching the San Jose Earthquakes, or vice-versa? Read More

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A Look at Where Sporting's at and Where the Final Month Goes

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Sporting Kansas City is limping into the final month of the MLS regular season this year, having lost five of their last six league games (and come on how many people really count a win over Chivas any more). Since the beginning of August, only Colorado (2) and Chivas (1) have picked up fewer points than Sporting KC's 8 points.

Must-See Goal: Alvaro Recoba

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Free agent Holden told he can return to Bolton when ready

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Stuart Holden's injury history has been highly publicized, but former club Bolton Wanderers would be more than happy to have the American midfielder back when he is ready to make his return.

Seven months after a second right knee operation, Holden is now a free agent after his contract with Bolton expired over the summer.

Chelsea ‘favourites to land Everton’s Ross Barkley as Man City cool interest’

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Chelsea are the new favourites to land Everton star Ross Barkley after Manchester City decided they won't be making a move for him, according...

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NASL Week 13: A Look Back

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Forward Miguel Ibarra grabbed headlines Monday, but it was forward Christian Ramirez whose late goal ledthe way for the Minnesota United Sunday.

The Minnesota United forward scored a one-touch goal his club-record 16th of the season off a cross from reported USMNT call-upIbarra in the 89th minute to give Minnesota United all three points in a 3-2 victory over Ottawa Fury FC Sunday.