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Major League Soccer

David Villa brace lifts NYCFC to first home win of MLS season

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David Villa scored twice to lead New York City FC to their first home win of the Major League Soccer season, a 3-2 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps.

The triumph ended a seven-game winless streak for Patrick Vieira's men, who rallied from an early 1-0 deficit at Yankee Stadium.

David Villa brace lifts NYCFC to first home win of MLS season

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David Villa scored twice to lead New York City FC to their first home win of the Major League Soccer season, a 3-2 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps.

The triumph ended a seven-game winless streak for Patrick Vieira's men, who rallied from an early 1-0 deficit at Yankee Stadium.

New York City FC slump to MLS loss as star midfielder Andrea Pirlo dropped

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New York City FC boss Patrick Vieira's shock decision to omit Italian star Andrea Pirlo from his squad failed to pay off in a 2-0 Major League Soccer defeat to the Union in Philadelphia.

Vieira on Saturday stressed that Pirlo wasn't injured, and his absence was strictly a coach's decision.

New York City FC slump to MLS loss as star midfielder Andrea Pirlo dropped

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New York City FC boss Patrick Vieira's shock decision to omit Italian star Andrea Pirlo from his squad failed to pay off in a 2-0 Major League Soccer defeat to the Union in Philadelphia.

Vieira on Saturday stressed that Pirlo wasn't injured, and his absence was strictly a coach's decision.

SBI Question of the Day: Who is the most overrated player in MLS?

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While players like Cyle Larinand Ignacio Piatti are currently lighting up MLS in the early stages of the new season, some of the league's biggest names have yet to make an impact for their respective clubs.

ESPN FC recently conducted a survey of MLS players in an attempt to establish the most overrated players in the league.

NYCFC Notes: Lampard questionable, Vieira talks Pirlo and more

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NEW YORK If New York City FC is to win its home opener and improve to 2-0 this weekend, the club may very well have to do so without Frank Lampard.

Lampard is stillrecovering fromthe calf strain that forced him to miss Week 1's road victory over the Chicago Fire, and is in a race against time to get fit for Sunday's game against Toronto FC at Yankee Stadium.

5 things we learned from MLS opening weekend 2016

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Major League Soccer has kicked off the 2016 season and set a record amount of goals on opening day. With the fixtures coming fast and furious in the weeks to come, here are five things we learned from week 1.

1. Patrick Vieira off to a winning start, defense still needs work

Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira got off to a winning start in charge of New York City FC.

5 things we learned from MLS opening weekend 2016

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Major League Soccer has kicked off the 2016 season and set a record amount of goals on opening day. With the fixtures coming fast and furious in the weeks to come, here are five things we learned from week 1.

1. Patrick Vieira off to a winning start, defense still needs work

Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira got off to a winning start in charge of New York City FC.

When will the first superstar manager arrive in MLS?

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High mountains have been conquered in luring biggie-big names into Major League Soccer. David Beckham was foremost, of course, but Andrea Pirlo, Didier Drogba, Kaka and quite a few others aren't exactly $1.50 hamburger, either.

But we live in a day when players aren't the only superstars of the global game; a few managers have arrived into this exalted place, this lighted stage of tactical enlightenment and leadership savvy.

When will the first superstar manager arrive in MLS?

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High mountains have been conquered in luring biggie-big names into Major League Soccer. David Beckham was foremost, of course, but Andrea Pirlo, Didier Drogba, Kaka and quite a few others aren't exactly $1.50 hamburger, either.

But we live in a day when players aren't the only superstars of the global game; a few managers have arrived into this exalted place, this lighted stage of tactical enlightenment and leadership savvy.

MLS Ticker: Ronaldinho mulling MLS move; NYCFC won't loan Pirlo; and more

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Ronaldinho has been flirting with a move to the MLS for years now, and speculation regarding his transfer to the U.S. has swirled up once again.

The 35-year-old Brazilian legend is considering options to play in MLS and Dubai, per an ESPN Deportes report. Ronaldinho apparently meet with people in Miami to discuss potential offers.

MLS or Qatar: Where is the best place for a last big pay day

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MLS or Qatar: Where is the best place for a last big pay day - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Opportunities have never been greater for declining footballers who are no longer cut-out for the major leagues in Europe. With the global expansion of football stretching from the Q-League to the MLS, extra money has entered football which has provided a final pay-out for some lucky stars.

New York City FC Star Andrea Pirlo Has Sandwich Created In His Honour

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You know you've made it in New York when they name a sandwich after you, and that's the very honour that one Manhattan deli has bestowed on New York City superstar signing Andrea Pirlo.

Speciality sandwich shop No.7 Sub, in conjunction with Howler magazine, have created 'the Pirlo' which, unsurprisingly, is an extravaganza of Italian foodstuffs.

Juventus

Another Brazilian Midfielder linked with a move away from Chelsea!

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It's not the first time and definitely will not be the last, but Oscar is being linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge this summer with Italian Newspaper Tuttosport claiming that Juventus want to sign him.

As I have said this isn't the first time the Brazilian has been linked with Juventus.

‘He’s A Beast With Two Wives’ – Andrea Pirlo Warns Chelsea Players About Antonio Conte’s Volatile Aggro Streak

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It's looking increasingly likely that Antonio Conte will be the man tasked with re-floating Chelsea'scapsizedluxury liner next season, with the Italy coach having held several rounds of talks with the club's top brassover the past couple of weeks.

Having played under him at Juventus for several years, hirsute pass-master Andrea Pirlo was wheeled out and asked what the Chelsea gang can expect with Conte at the helm.

Serie A midterm report: Juventus recovery throws holders into wide open title race

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Napoli were crowned Serie A's winter champions on Sunday following their 5-1 demolition of relegation fighters Frosinone. Despite Napoli's current form under first-year coach Maurizio Sarri, the Partenopei are looking over their shoulders at arch-rivals and reigning Scudetto holders Juventus as they close in.

Serie A midterm report: Juventus recovery throws holders into wide open title race

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Napoli were crowned Serie A's winter champions on Sunday following their 5-1 demolition of relegation fighters Frosinone. Despite Napoli's current form under first-year coach Maurizio Sarri, the Partenopei are looking over their shoulders at arch-rivals and reigning Scudetto holders Juventus as they close in.

FIFA 16 Top 20 MLS Players: Liverpool legend and former Chelsea duo included in list

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FIFA 16 Top 20 MLS Players: Liverpool legend and former Chelsea duo included in list - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

FIFA 16 is the latest edition of the video game published by EA Sports and was launched on 22 September in North America and two days later in Europe. The launch has already created excitement amongst the users of the game as they make several changes.

Juventus are struggling without Pirlo, Vidal and Tevez

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Juventus are struggling without Pirlo, Vidal and Tevez - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Juventus proved to the world what they were one of the best clubs in the world by making it to the Champions League final last season. Despite not winning the final against Barcelona, they did win the Serie A and the Italian Cup.

Philadelphia Union

Union bits, Bethlehem bits, Academy bits, Pulisic, more bits

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Lots of news bits.

Union grades, previews, and pre-season power rankings, Copa kickoff times at the Linc, more

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News and such.

McFadden on possible Union move, more news and such

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McFadden hopeful for move to the Union. Colin Kazim-Richards linked to the Union. More news.

News and such

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Newsy news bits.

Cosmos want to keep Fernandes, no Bethlehem Steel in US Open Cup, more news

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Cosmos want to keep Leo Fernandes when loan expires. MLS-owned USL teams not allowed in future US Open Cup tournaments. Curtin's challenges in 2015. More news.

Notes from Curtin’s presser, more news

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Notes from Jim Curtin's weekly press conference and more news.

“We can’t get over that hump”: recaps and reaction to NE loss, league results, US rosters announced, more

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REcaps and reaction to another Union home loss. That spitting incident. League wrap. USMNT roster for September friendlies. More.

Ronaldinho

Competition: WIN! A T-Shirt Or Print From Art Of Football’s Brand Spanking New ‘Artists’ Collection

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Since the last time we ran a competition in conjunction with them, the chaps over at Art of Football have been busy putting together a brand new collection, inspired by the players that truly made the beautiful game...well, beautiful!

Launched this very day, The Artists range containsa batch of lovely new prints and t-shirts featuring the sainted likes of Johan Cruyff, Diego Maradona, Pele, George Best, Bobby Moore, Eusebio and Ronaldinho all captured in Art of Football's signature splotchy collage style.

Pires, Ronaldinho & Scholes Heading To Kuwait

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KUWAIT: The Higher Organizing Committee of the Jaber International Stadium activities has revealed the names of the first six star legends who will play with Kuwait soccer stars Dec 18th. The committee said in a press statement that Brazilian Ronaldinho De Assis Moreira, Spanish Carles Puyol, UK's Paul Scholes, Italy's Andrea Pirlo, Gianluca Zambrotta and France's Robert Pires will be present at the event.

Frank Lampard

Lopez Joins NYCFC - Former SKC Wizards Update

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Mikey Lopez's time in Kansas City didn't go the way that most people thought it would. Over three seasons with KC the former first round pick played just 14 league games, making only 10 starts for Sporting KC. With a crowded midfield in KC and Lopez's Generation Adidas cap relief expired the writing appeared to be on the wall for the UNC product.

MLS Retirement Watch 2015

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Our annual look at the oldest players still plying their trade in the league, with a couple of particularly heartbreaking entries for Sounders supporters.

I grow old ... I grow old ...
I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled.

-- The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock (T.

New York City FC

MLS Ticker: San Diego pushes for MLS; Pirlo not planning winter loan; and more

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John Moores continues his pursuit of purchasing English Premier League club Everton, but the former San Diego Padres owner also has one eye fixed of bringing Major League Soccer to the California city.

According to a report from the San Diego Union Tribune, Moores is one of two parties investigating the possibility of bringing MLS to San Diego.

The Last Word on D.C. United's loss to NYCFC: Oh hey, there's that other shoe

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United showed us a 45 minute glimpse of the soccer that has carried them to the top of the table before reverting to their recent, problematic form.

For the first 45 minutes against New York City FC, D.C. United was back on course. Rather than hanging on for dear life, or digging themselves a gigantic hole in the first 21 minutes, or digging themselves a similarly-sized hole in just 4 minutes, United played steady, sturdy soccer at Yankee Stadium.

D.C. United 1-3 New York City FC: Player Ratings

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Numbers! Names! Bantz!

D.C. United went up to Yankee Stadium and played well in the first half against New York City FC. But the game has two halves, and the Black and Red looked less than perfect in the other, with involvement in the offense from Andrea Pirlo and David Villa as Citeh Lite won 3-1 over D.

Sepp Blatter

Union bits, more news

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Cosmos head coach says Leo Fernandes likely to return to Union for 2016. More news.

Lahoud honored for work in Sierra Leone, Mapp first ever free agent signing in MLS, more

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Got news if you want some.

Burke named as Bethlehem Steel head coach, five-point plan, more news

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The good news keeps coming in.

The Rest

Check out this excellent Lee Nguyen t-shirt

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Great Football Gear has designed a Lee Nguyen shirt that you're going to want to buy.

With so few clothing options, it can be difficult to rep your favorite MLS team in style. The people at Great Football Gear are trying to change that with their new line of shirts.

The soccer-oriented company is selling shirts that feature silhouettes of some of the league's most recognizable faces, including Didier Drogba, Andrea Pirlo, and Robbie Keane.

Top 10 Moments of the 2015 Revolution Season

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From clever tifos to remarkable goals, we break down the best of 2015.

Even though the 2015 Revolution season fell short of expectations, supporters still have plenty to lack back on. If nothing else, Scott Caldwell scored his first MLS goal. And that's something.

We break down the top 10 moments of the Revs' 2015 campaign.

FIFA Issue Veiled Threat To Gerrard, Pirlo & Co

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FIFA it seems aren't taking kindly to the idea players like Andrea Pirlo and Steven Gerrard could be lining up in a glorified circus game/friendly next week in Kuwait.

In the letter which is dated 9 December member associations are reminded Kuwait have been suspended from all football activities since the middle of October 2015.

New Nike Tiempo Legend VI Boots Aren’t Black, But They’re Still Quite Nice Regardless (Photos)

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Paolo Maldini and Romario going at it at the 1994 World Cup. That's the image we have in our heads whenever we heard the Nike Tiempo mentioned.

Plain black leather boots with a fold-over tongue,a white swoosh and N-I-K-E emblazoned in huge lettering across the heel. Nothing comes close.

Over 20 years later, Nike are still pumping out new Tiempo designs but none can hold a candle to the glorious originals.