Adversity

Real Salt Lake

Handicapping the Supporters’ Shield Race

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San Jose has the inside track to the Supporters' Shield. (US Presswire)

With the MLS All Star game last night I felt like the league is well past the halfway point to be able to begin doing a broader look at the league's Supporters' Shield race. I hope to do more installments of this race as we go along here.

One on One with Andy Williams

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At the end of the 2011 MLS season, one of Major League Soccer's veterans retired. After 14 years in the league, Andy Williams chose to hang up his boots and pick up a clipboard as he joined the RealSaltLake technical staff. After winning an MLS Cup, representing his national team and building a life in Utah, the Jamaican is able to look back on his career with pride.

English Premier League

Koscielny for Captain?

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Koscielny to be our new captain, now that he has agreed a new five-year contract?

The Guardian has been reporting this weekend that Koscielny has agreed a new five-year contract, and if this is true then that is fantastic news.

With TV and Mertesacker already on long contracts, it should mean that we can finally expect some consistency in our central defence.

Koscielny for Captain?

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Koscielny to be our new captain, now that he has agreed a new five-year contract?

The Guardian has been reporting this weekend that Koscielny has agreed a new five-year contract, and if this is true then that is fantastic news.

With TV and Mertesacker already on long contracts, it should mean that we can finally expect some consistency in our central defence.

Suarez - Reds Will Be Stronger

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Liverpool striker Luis Suarez is confident the Reds can emerge stronger next season after a turbulent campaign at Anfield.
The Merseysiders' season has been full of ups and downs, with Kenny Dalglish's men reaching two cup finals but struggling to make an impact in the Premier League.
Poor results in the league have heaped pressure on manager Dalglish, while director of football Damien Comolli was dismissed by the club earlier this month.

At Last There Is Nothing Left to Lose

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With three games squeezed into seven days and Jamie Carragher having started on Sunday, it was surprising to see Sebastian Coates begin the game on the bench against QPR. After coming on late in the first half as a substitute and subsequently being the only Liverpool defender blameless in Rangers' three late goals, and with not even the most hopeful fan entertaining dreams of a push for the top four any longer, it would be rather more than surprising were he to find himself once again starting on the bench against Wigan on the weekend.

teammates

Revolution Player Of The Month, June: Benny Feilhaber

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The New England Revolution had a somewhat bumpy June, going unbeaten, but doing it with a 1-0-3 record. In fact, the Revs haven't won since June 2nd against Chicago, and twice in a row now have had to come back from 2-0 down just to salvage draws out of what many would consider winnable games.

German giants leap to winger’s defense

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Bayern Munich have responded to Wesley Sneijder's accusations that the club has not been supportive of Arjen Robben following his penalty miss in the Champions League final defeat to Chelsea, particularly since the winger was jeered by some fans in a home friendly against Netherlands.

Tuesday night's exhibition match saw Bayern's Robben don his national team colors and every time he touched the ball, sections of the crowd voiced their disapproval by whistling at him.

Euro 2012

How Unique is Mario Balotelli?

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As this ad tells us, he's not Ronaldinho, Chris Waddle, Ronaldo, or Carlos Alberto Valderrama.

Nope, he's Mario Balotelli.

To me, Balotelli's life is a wonderful, inspirational story of courage and the ability to stand strong in the face of adversity.

Euro 2012: England unexpectedly expects a win against Ukraine

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This article titled "Euro 2012: England unexpectedly expects a win against Ukraine" was written by Barney Ronay in Donetsk, for The Guardian on Monday 18th June 2012 20.07 UTC

So: here we go again. England, unexpectedly, expects. There is something wearily familiar, but also irresistibly chipper, about the customary boomeranging of public sentiment when it comes to following England's footballers at a major tournament.

Euro 2012: Fernando Torres and Spain end Republic of Ireland hopes

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This article titled "Euro 2012: Fernando Torres and Spain end Republic of Ireland hopes" was written by David Hytner in Gdansk, for The Guardian on Thursday 14th June 2012 20.53 UTC

Anything can happen in 90 minutes, said Giovanni Trapattoni. But when Spain play like this and his Republic of Ireland team see their limitations so painfully exposed, only one thing can happen.

In memory of Manolo Preciado

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In memory of Manolo Preciado is a post from: Just Football

by William Abbs

The death of Manuel Preciado in the early hours of last Thursday morning plunged Spanish football into grief, relegating coverage of the country's build-up to Euro 2012 from the front page of the sports dailies.

In memory of Manolo Preciado

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In memory of Manolo Preciado is a post from: Just Football

by William Abbs

The death of Manuel Preciado in the early hours of last Thursday morning plunged Spanish football into grief, relegating coverage of the country's build-up to Euro 2012 from the front page of the sports dailies.

D.C. United

MLS Spotlight: Kitchen settling into demanding midfield role

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Perry Kitchen is no stranger to adversity, having been apart of the U.S. Under-23 men's national team that disappointingly did not qualify for this summer's Olympics in March. But while Kitchen struggled in the U.S. team's failed attempt to reach London, he has had no such problems in his second season in MLS.

Hamid overcomes adversity to shine in goal for D.C. United

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It has been a roller coaster 2012 for young D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid.

He started it by earning his first U.S. national team cap, and was subsequently named by no less than Jurgen Klinsmann as the No. 2 goalkeeper in the U.S. national team pool. He was starting on the U.

With club role defined, United's Kitchen looks forward to possibilities in 2012

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By AVI CREDITOR

WASHINGTON -- Perry Kitchen had just about everything including the kitchen sink thrown his way in 2011.

As a rookie, Kitchen started 30 of a possible 34 games for D.C. United, splitting time across three positions.

Abe Thompson

NASL Midweek Action: Strikers Hand Islanders First Loss as Aly Hassan Shines

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Sometimes adversity brings out the best in us. Â Going into Wednesday's match with the undefeated Puerto Rico Islanders, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers were without their head coach, Daryl Shore, forward/assistant coach Abe Thompson and dependable defender Toni Stahl due to suspension following Saturday's match with the San Antonio Scorpions.

NASL Midweek Action: Strikers Hand Islanders First Loss as Aly Hassan Shines

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Sometimes adversity brings out the best in us. Â Going into Wednesday's match with the undefeated Puerto Rico Islanders, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers were without their head coach, Daryl Shore, forward/assistant coach Abe Thompson and dependable defender Toni Stahl due to suspension following Saturday's match with the San Antonio Scorpions.

Aston Villa

Jonjo Shelvey Tells Off Andy Carroll, Needs to Start on Saturday

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Liverpool's squad have collectively let their heads drop in recent weeks, seeming to at least on some level buy into the woe-is-me narrative suggested by many who believe the season's only real problem has been a lack of luck and not tactics, execution, and team selection on the back of perhaps the most wasteful transfer window in the club's history.

WAG! The Musical

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Oh it's happening, Kickettes. And it will be starring a real live WAG.

Jessica Lawlor, girlfriend of Aston Villa's Stephen Ireland confirmed on Twitter this morning that she will have a role in WAG! The Musical. Jess added,

In my role I am simply making fun out of the pre conception that ppl have formed of 'WAGS'.

clash

West Ham should not panic

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West Ham United's 4-2 reverse in today's crunch clash with Reading would have seemed apocalytic if it were not for the torpor that the home support showed in adversity - fortune wasn't so much hiding as participating in out and out hermit status as the team tumbled and even the bubbles had to be artificially produced via vents at the pitch side.

Hat Trick, QOTD Time... If you could go to any away game to Support the Fire, where would it be?

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It's high time again for another hat trick and QOTD. Today's piece will focus a bit more on the USMNT as a couple of big games loom tonight and this weekend. One of the matchups includes two American soccer icons in a clash this weekend, which should make for must watch TV. Also follow after the break to have your say in the QOTD.

Soccer Players

Eric Abidal will undergo a liver transplant

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Who can forget the Santiago Bernabeu erupting in applause as Eric Abidal walked into the limelight of the Champions League finals last year, his first appearance in months, battling liver cancer. Barca was already enjoying a special moment cruising to the title over Man Utd. Abidal's brief appearance was the cherry on top.

JACOBS: RESPONDING POSITIVELY TO NEGATIVES IS A KEY TO SUCCESS ON THE FIELD, COURT

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"Life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you react to it".

Whether you first heard this quote from pastor and author Charles R. Swindoll or famous football coach Lou Holtz, its message is clear — you are measured not by what happens to you, but in how you respond to those challenges.

The Rest

USA Crowned U-20 Women’s World Cup Champions After Beating Out Favourites Germany 1-0

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USA were officially crowned champions of the U-20 Women's World Cup after a closely-fought 1-0 victory over defending champions Germany in Tokyo tonight. Ironically for the Germans, Kealia Ohai's strike in the 44th minute was the first and only goal they conceded at the tournament and despite a successful campaign so far, they weren't able to fight off a hardworking USA side.

By the Numbers: SLSG Missouri in Group 2 Driver's Seat

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Two match days are in the books for the U-15/16 age group. The U-17/18s playing their final group games tonight.


After two match days in the U-15/16 age group, the New York Red Bulls and St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri have ground out results and taken the lead in their respective groups.

New Season, New Club… New Mungo

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The new season is looming, and we are delighted to announce that Mungo will be returning for the new season in the next few few weeks, with Mungo McCrackas having returned to Scotland after his year long stint with Primrose Hill Ramblers in London. Here's our resident artisan Ed Carter to tell you a little bit more about his return to Scotland.

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

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Pollyanna had a hand in writing this one. You know, the girl with the constant optimism? Over the last 6 weeks I have been pretty much depressed every Saturday night, except for the week of the Sporting KC Game. However with the help of the community here I got through it and now I want to help everyone else.

Veterans lead the way in crucial Game 1 win for the Blast

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By Joel Greenwaldt @Joel Greenwaldt The Baltimore Blast faced a ton of adversity in their 8-2 victory in Game 1 of MISL Eastern Division Final against the Rochester Lancers. For starters,...

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Coventry Fans Defiant

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Coventry City fans were in vocal and defiant mood during the 2-0 defeat at Reading yesterday. Several rousing choruses of their signature Eton Boating Song rang out and the raw commitment that perhaps only comes with adversity and temperatures hovering around zero degrees was on full display. Among the targets for opprobrium were the club's owners since 2007 – Sisu Capital – a cabal whose very mention led the comments section to combust after Ian Palmer so expertly picked apart Coventry's parlous financial state during our recent Turmoil Week.

Harry and England: Whose Is the Greater Love?

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The public are comfortable with Harry Redknapp. His rumpled, down-to-earth persona harks back to a bygone era before football became a commercial monster, evoking soft fuzzy Sunday evening television images of a time when society was less complicated and life was better. With Harry, like him or not, you know where you are.

A-B-C...or Adversity Reveals Character?

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A favorite quote of mine comes from a statement I heard years ago about adversity being a building block in developing one's character. I used to even prescribe to the theory: 'A B C - Adversity Builds Character'.

Helen Keller once said, "Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet.