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Man Utd boss David Moyes thought Wayne Rooney had ‘gone soft’

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Moyes: "I think Wayne's attitude is he's a big-game player. Fans come to see people like him make the difference." pic.twitter.com/64d3nNRRem Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 21, 2013 Manchester United manager David Moyes says he is pleased to see a bit more aggression from Wayne Rooney because he thought the striker had "gone soft".

Analysis & player ratings: Union 1-2 Dynamo

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Well that wasn't the start John Hackworth would have been hoping for in his first match leading the Union away from PPL Park.

But it was only one match. And amid a regime change and a congested fixture schedule, it is hard to read too much into one less than sterling performance.

A Corona-tion in Nashville

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It's looking more and more like something special is going on with the U-23 US Men's National Team. Led by a prodigy-turned-elder-statesman, a team of prodigious talent is turning in to the most exciting group of players to come through the American system in a long time.

Fast start

It took eleven minutes of poking and prodding for the US to take the lead over Cuba on Nashville's LP Field.

English Premier League

GIF It: Spurs star Sandro slaps himself around the face

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How do you get yourself ready for the power and aggression of a Premier League midfield after a long injury lay-off? In the case of Tottenham midfielder Sandro, the answer appears to be to slap yourself around the face repeatedly until you're allowed on as a substitute. The Brazil international displayed an interesting approach to [.

QPR’s Stephane Mbia a little miffed by the location of his club: “I thought they were in Scotland”

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Stephane Mbia did nothing to stem the common belief that professional footballers havedramaticallylittle going on in between their heads after admitting anabysmalawareness of his club's geographical location. The QPR midfielder -who has recently complained that the Premier League was "nothing but battles" full of "cuts and bruises" hit theimbecilicsweet-spot at the weekend.

Reds captain preaches redemption

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Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is looking forward to seeing new manager Brendan Rodgers revolutionize the Reds' offense but wants his teammates to use last season's disappointment as a fuel to succeed in the coming campaign.

Gerrard has been out of action since England's Euro 2012 quarterfinal elimination but his teammates have continued to struggle, remaining without a win in their first two pre-season matches in the United States.

Reds captain preaches redemption

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Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is looking forward to seeing new manager Brendan Rodgers revolutionize the Reds' offense but wants his teammates to use last season's disappointment as a fuel to succeed in the coming campaign.

Gerrard has been out of action since England's Euro 2012 quarterfinal elimination but his teammates have continued to struggle, remaining without a win in their first two pre-season matches in the United States.

City defender wary of growing pressure

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Pablo Zabaleta is fully prepared for his Manchester City side to become the team to beat following their Premier League triumph two months ago.

A thrilling last-day win allowed the Citizens to celebrate their first league title in over four decades but now that pre-season training for the next campaign has already started, Zabaleta knows that the focus will shift on his teammates' ability to successfully defend their crown.

The Arsenal Uncivil War

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"Entities should not be multiplied unnecessarily."

Occam's Razor.

And so we have the Arsenal Uncivil War. The Arsenal way is no more.

Whatever the reasoning for two expected bombs landing in two sites occupied by the public, the inner workings or malfunctions of our football club have conspired to make summer yet again, the most foul of seasons for its fans.

2 – The Arsenal Uncivil War

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"Entities should not be multiplied unnecessarily."

Occam's Razor.

And so we have the Arsenal Uncivil War. The Arsenal way is no more.

Whatever the reasoning for two expected bombs landing in two sites occupied by the public, the inner workings or malfunctions of our football club have conspired to make summer yet again, the most foul of seasons for its fans.

Arsene Wenger: “I am a victim”

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has taken a swipe at former stars Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri, and Gael Clichy, insisting that he was a victim of their lack of commitment towards the Gunners' cause.

Wenger coached Fabregas, Nasri, and Clichy as they went from talented starlets to popular footballers across the continent, only to leave Arsenal and move elsewhere.

EXCLUSIVE: Time to unleash the Ox against Wigan, Arsene

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ARSENE Wenger should unleash Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to thrust Arsenal towards a Champions League spot in tomorrow night's clash with Wigan at the Emirates.

And Wenger must instil the same mental toughness in the Gunners that helped them to Premier League victories against Manchester City and Wolves to avoid an upset against Roberto Martinez's side.

World Cup

Adriano Ditches Flamengo Training, Found Drinking In Dangerous Rio De Janeiro Favela (Photo)

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By Chris Wright

What if we told you one of these men is a professional footballer?

There's a strangely inevitable air to this, but the big news of the day down Brazil-way is that, having not turned up at a Flamengo training session just 13 days into his latest stint at his boyhood club, new signing Adriano (remember him?

USMNT: Recruiting for a Punitive Expedition

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This has gone on long enough. Mexico has been in the ascendant in CONCACAF for over a year now. After a generation of US dominance, Mexico currently holds the regional championship in every age level, from the Gold Cup to the U-17 World Cup, and by the end of this week they may be Olympic Gold Medalists as well.

Vancouver Whitecaps

FC Dallas steals victory from Real Salt Lake after late Ferreira goal

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By BRYAN ROBISON

FC Dallas made it three-for-three for the week and continued their strong form for August, as they escaped from Rio Tinto Stadium with a 2-1 win over Real Salt Lake on Saturday night. David Ferreira notched a late stoppage time goal to steal the win for Dallas, stunning both Real Salt Lake and the raucous crowd.

Rapids Women surge to 4-4 tie

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Rarely have two teams demonstrated what a tale of two halves can look like until the Colorado Rapids Women and the Santa Clarita Blue Heat squared off over the weekend.

Playing at home, the Blue Heat dominated the first half and took a commanding 4-0 lead in to the locker room.

For Santa Clarita, Laura Luis scored early off an Edite Fernandes assist in the fourth minute of play.

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MLS Spotlight: Red Bulls rookie Lade proving size doesn't matter

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By DAN MONTESANO

HARRISON, New Jersey-- Connor Lade is very aware of his size.

He understands that, more often than not, each time he steps onto the field he will be the shortest one out there. It's been this way his entire life, and now that he's midway into his rookie season with the Red Bulls, he knows things aren't about to change.

D.C. United Notes: Club eyes first place, injured group nears return and more

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D.C. United is on the cusp of earning what has turned into a rare distinction for the club this deep into the season in recent years. With a win over the New England Revolution Saturday night, D.C. will enter its three-week international break in first place in the Eastern Conference.

FC Barcelona

Jose Mourinho’s Eye-Poke Ban Lifted For Spanish Cup

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Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho's ban for poking Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova in the eye last year was lifted Tuesday, clearing the way for the pair to meet at the Spanish Super Cup next month.

Mourinho had been banned for poking Vilanova in the eye during an on-field brawl at the end of a Super Cup match last year.

How Best to Play Barcelona

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Chelsea isn't known as a team that parks the bus. The prevailing images of the London side all involve swagger and aggression, with high energy in midfield and Didier Drogba bullying defenders. Many of the players in this year's side set the Premiership scoring record in their last championship-winning season.

Real Madrid Confirmed La Liga Title After Trashing Bilbao at San Mames

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After three years of wait, Real Madrid eventually bring the La Liga title back to the capital city after confirming their season effort at San Mames stadium this midweek by trashing Athletic Bilbao 3-0.

Although there's still two more games left to play, Madrid's victory kept their seven points gap with Barcelona intact, so considering there's only six more possible points that Barca could earn, Jose Mourinho's side are mathematically un-catchable by the Blaurgrana.

CL Recap: Chelsea Hold On To Claim First Round Knockout

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By the skin of our teeth, we're walking away victorious. More, after the jump:

You already know

Just like that, we're heading to Spain with a 1-0 lead. Yeah, that actually happened. If you witnessed the match, you might have lost your mind. Barcelona did precisely what they came to accomplish- they knocked it about, made our defense chase the triangles, and altogether dominated the ball for extended stretches.

FA Cup

Tardy Musings on Spurs vs Chelski, Bolton…

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Chelski 0 – 0 Spurs

Awfully puzzling game this one, as you no doubt recall. The first half of dedicated non-aggression was followed by Chelski probably edging things, only for our lot to carve out enough clear-cut chances to hand out a right thrashing. Alas, the conclusion to draw was that our lot to a man need to spend a full week engaged in nothing but shooting practice (or they could just stick Defoe on the pitch, and watch as some of those chances miraculously cause the net to bulge).

History repeats itself as Arsenal bow out meekly

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Sunderland 2-0 Arsenal

In a straw text poll before the match last night, I asked 7 people whether it was going to be W, D or L at the Stadium of Light. Four went for a win, two for a draw (one of which was me) and two for a defeat. It just goes to show that optimism often triumphs over despair, despite most of the evidence stacking up against it.

The Rest

Football betting can be fun – but have you tried online poker?

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The Top 5 Most Exciting Scoring Duos of MLS

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There's nothing quite like the chemistry of two strikers making music together by playing off of each other's strengths or setting each other up. Sometimes, one guy is the emotional header and the other is the acrobatic juggler or one guy is the stronger dribbler while the other has a quick boot.

In Soccer, a strong scoring duo makes all the difference for fans and for a winning record.

Height Discrimination In Football: Are Referees Biased Against The Taller Lads?

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Next time you see Peter Crouch complaining about a referee's call, you may want to consider these findings from a study by two Dutch academics. Though a couple of years old, it's one of the more interesting pieces of academic research I have come across recently. In a study titled "How embodied cognitions affect judgments: Height-related attribution bias in football foul calls" the authors (van Quaquebeke and Giessner) examine the decisions referees make – in particular the kinds of biased decisions they can make unconsciously.

Laporta Slams Lifting Of Mourinho Ban

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We are still six weeks away from the first El Clasico of the season but the rhetoric is already at a mid- season level.

The news that the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) had lifted Jose Mourinho's touchline ban imposed on him for poking his finger in the eye of then Barcelona assistant manager Tito Vilanova last season has not gone down well in Catalonia.

OK, everyone, Brad Davis showed up for us and now it's time for us to show up for him. Vote for...

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OK, everyone, Brad Davis showed up for us and now it's time for us to show up for him. Vote for his goal to be MLS' Goal of the Week. The video at this link here showcases the five contenders this week, and I think the true winner is clearly an Orange one. As I'm writing this, Lee Nguyen's is winning?

Its Bilbao v Atletico In Europa League Final

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Spanish duo Athletic Bilbao and Atletico Madrid will face off in the Europa League final slated for May 9th after defeating Sporting Lisbon and Valencia respectively in last night's semi finals.

Bilbao were 4-3 winners over Sporting while Atletico had a 5-2 aggregate win over Valencia.

Wednesday Practice Notes: Late Edition

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Sammy Ochoa was the most popular player interview after Seattle Sounders practice. The traditional target forward recorded a brace in the Reserve game against Chivas USA. He knows that the expectations from Sigi Schmid on the First Team or Ezra Hendrickson on the Reserves is to score goals. Sigi reminded the gathered media that players can and do work their way up from success in secondary competitions to meaningful minutes in MLS matches.

Lions Grow Up

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I've been calling for a Singapore team to play in Malaysia for several years. Singapore is safe, dull and nice. Aggression in Singapore is whining on internet forums or pushing past people to get on the MRT or to the head of a queue at a sale. Not the best environment for building a football team that can develop beyond their own borders.

Stevie: Spearing is the future of Liverpool

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Gerrard has hailed Jay Spearing as one of Liverpool's best players this season and backed the midfielder to enjoy a long and successful future at the club.

The Reds captain backed the midfielder to follow his footsteps and become an essential part of the Anfield setup. Spearing received praise for his performance in the 3-0 Merseyside derby win this week and Gerrard believes the 23-year-old has improved hugely this season.

"Matchpix" - February 2012

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Kenji Arai (L) and Alek Duric (R) tussling for possesssionA much cohesive Tampines Rovers benefit from some shrewd recruiting had shown plenty of depth in squad when they left Aleksandar Duri, Ismadi Mukhtar, etc.

The Monday Profile: Matt Phillips

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My friends and I often indulge in extended debate on the club vs. country issue and how so far, it's ‘OK' to support England. We eschew the jingoism, the hooliganism, the sheer repugnance of many of those called on to sport the jersey, the overreaction to defeat and over-anticipation of victory, the arrogance and the aggression, but still wish for a team we can support.