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New England Revolution

Ire And Despair: Navigating The Doldrums Of Frustration

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As I'm sitting here in my kitchen, skipping my Evidence class and listening to the first real bad thunderstorm of the season, I'm struck realizing that I don't want to do this right now. I didn't get around to doing a joint questions preview for tonight's match (New England Revolution vs. Columbus Crew, to make this lede paragraph SEO-friendly) and now I'm basically on a schedule to try and get one done this morning, in time for it to be relevant.

Five Things We Learned: Revolution vs. Impact

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Revolution midfielder Lee Nguyen sparked a few chances in Sunday's 1-0 loss against the Impact. (Photo: Kari Heistad/CapturedImages.biz)

It's time to can the "one mistake killed us" excuse.

For the last six games, it's been become the go-to phrase when a bad bounce, an unsettling sequence of unwatchable defending, a concentration lapse, or a moment of indifference has cost the Revolution points.

Revolution Vs. Impact: Know Thy Enemy, Home Invasion

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The New England Revolution are looking to snap their long winless streak on Sunday night when they welcome the Montreal Impact to Gillette Stadium for the first time in history. The Revs played an ugly 1-0 loss against Sporting KC last weekend, while Montreal is coming off a comfortable 2-0 win despite going a man down in the 68th minute.

Soccer Players

West Brom sweep aside Everton for their best start, 2-0

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The clash of two unbeaten teams playing attractive, attacking soccer and it was the Baggies walking away with the full three points. Deservedly so. They were the dominant team bossing Everton in the midfield because of the excellent Youssuf Mulumbu. And a constant threat down the flanks through Peter Odemwingie and Liam Ridgewell.

Know your affiliate: Reading United AC

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Photo: Courtesy of Glenn Riegel/Reading United

EDITOR'S NOTE: PSP welcomes Sean Doyle, who provides an in-depth look at Philadelphia Union affiliate Reading United.

The future of Major League Soccer is showcased on glorious, warm (sometimes downright hot) summer nights in Reading, Pennsylvania.

English Premier League

Rapids failure now complete

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The implosion is complete.

The Colorado Rapids face a seven-game, end of the season slog in an attempt to salvage a couple of wins and a little bit of pride before the long off season.

Where those wins will come from is in doubt with the latest evidence of the team's ineffective attack coming in the form of Friday night's 1-0 loss to the Portland Timbers.

Fletcher ruled out Indefinately Through Illness

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Manchester United have been dealt a further blow in their attempt to retain the Premier League title with the news that influential midfielder Darren Fletcher will be ruled out of action through illness indefinately.

A club statement read: "Over the past year he has had several absence periods which we have attributed to a viral illness in order to respect his right to medical confidentiality.

We Told You Last Year Fergie Was Building a New Team

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It seems all the major footie Journalists have decided to jump on the band wagon, telling us about Fergie building a new squad of young tallent.

 But hold on a second just last season these guy's were telling us how United were finished as a major power in English football because of their ageing squad who won the Premier League Title last season.

Clint Dempsey

When In Roma: Michael Bradley, Champion’s League Hunting

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Gunning for the top... (photo credit: Matt Mathai)

This piece by Serie A and Roma expert Eric Giardini

Moving day....

This is the move USMNT fans have been waiting for.

With this move to Roma, Michael Bradley is taking a significant step forward in his career that should ultimately pay dividends at the international level as well.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV & SBI's Top Ten Matches to Watch

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North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham renew old acquaintances at the Emirates in the weekend's marquee match-up.

Arsene Wenger and the Gunners badly need a victory against their arch-rivals to keep their hold on fourth place in the Premier League, while Tottenham can solidify their hold on third place with a result on the road.

US Men's National Team

Hackworth: “Play without fear,” more news

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Photo: Daniel Gajdamowicz

Philadelphia Union

John Hackworth spoke at Wednesday's press conference about life as a the Union's new head coach. "The days have been long, but I enjoy the work. The group of guys that we are working with and the whole staff has been fantastic...but there is a lot of work to be done and it's the type of work anyone in my shoes would like to do.

Video: Galaxy's Donovan scores hat trick as U.S. demolishes Scotland

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United States 5 Scotland 1 This was an exhilarating display of attacking soccer by a rampant U.S. who were up by two within 10 minutes and won in a canter against an typically brittle Scottish team. The Galaxy's Landon "I'm so bored with soccer" (or something like that) Donovan showed

TSG’s Official USA vs. Panama Preview: Will The Third Time Be Charming?

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Will Jones sport the armband again? Will he have a better first touch?

When we last met out protagonist the USMNT it was doing battle north of the border, putting out a tiny skirmish, so to speak, that was attempting to be kindled by Venezuela.

The States controlled "the battle" and at the death put the South American foe to the proverbial sword, 1-0 after a dominating display especially in midfield against an overmatched opponent.

US Bests Slovenia 3-2, Becomes Belle Of The Ball For A Day

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Can't shake it.

Just can't shake it.

The US Men's team came under fire after Friday's loss to France for its inability to create attacking chances and it's failure to scintillate under new manager Jurgen Klinsmann. For a brief moment now, with a 3-2 victory on the road in Slovenia, the nervous fidgeting that was beginning to surround the team and it's new manager has quelled.

France 1, USA 0: A Look Back

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It wasn't a game USA fans will be re-watching for entertainment purposes, or one American players will want to remember, but the U.S. national team's 1-0 loss to France still offered up plenty of information, if not attacking soccer.

France was always going to be favored and expected to be the better side, even with a young lineup, but the U.

USA v Mexico match report & player ratings

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Photo: Daniel Gajdamowicz

On the day when US Soccer officially entered the Jurgen Klinsmann era, it was fitting that within a 90 minute match, the quality of play on either side of halftime served to contrast a past system that lacked creativity with a new future of bright, attacking soccer.

Soccer Saturday wrap: Gold Cup, Galaxy, Chivas USA

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U.S. 2 Mexico 4

Golden boys: Mexico celebrates their win in style Gold Cup victory that featured a dazzling display of attacking soccer the U.S. just couldn't stay with (AP Photo).

*Staff writer Miguel Mendez has the game story.

But really you could boil it down to this comment from Tim Howard:

"We didn't get it done - that's what it's about.

Soccer Saturday wrap: Gold Cup, Galaxy, Chivas USA

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U.S. 2 Mexico 4

Golden boys: Mexico celebrates their win in style Gold Cup victory that featured a dazzling display of attacking soccer the U.S. just couldn't stay with (AP Photo).

*Staff writer Miguel Mendez has the game story.

But really you could boil it down to this comment from Tim Howard:

"We didn't get it done - that's what it's about.

Chris Wondolowski

Dismantle the goal: Philly-San Jose

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Soccer is a blame game. Goals aren't common, so when you give one up, everyone goes looking for someone to blame. But is it that simple?

Long-time PSP readers know I like to dissect goals. (I play center back. What do you expect?) So let's play.

We'll pick out the first San Jose goal, shown in the video below, not just because it's an absolute clinic of good attacking soccer, but also because the defensive breakdown may not be where it seemed to be.

What's missing in the U.S. camp, and how to find it

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I wrote for SI.com this morning about Jurgen Klinsmann and his biggest challenge ahead: identifying that final 10 percent, that little "something extra" from a talented young group that still clearly needs some seasoning.

Anecdotally, we can all see that something is surely missing, that extra sliver of quality that makes the difference at the highest level.

LA Galaxy

Some Soccer News for Thu Nov 10, 2011

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BREAKING NEWS:

LA Galaxy starting forward Chad Barrett suffered a dislocated ankle in training today and will miss the MLS Cup Final.

STARTERS

Official MLS Best 11 for 2011:
Kasey Keller - Seattle
Jamison Olave - Salt Lake
Omar Gonzalez - LA
Todd Dunivant - LA
Landon Donovan - LA
Brek Shea - Dallas
Brad Davis - Houston
David Beckham - LA
Chris Wondolowski - San Jose
Dwayne DeRosario - DC
Thierry Henry - New York
-7 of 11 are American

dN

Soccer By Ives announced their 2011 MLS Best XI.

Gameday: Conference Championships

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Today the MLS Cup finalists will be decided and two teams will earn humble silverware with a conference championship. Sporting Kansas City and the Houston Dynamo will square off to decide the East while the LA Galaxy and Real Salt Lake square off to decide the West. For the first time in what seems like ages, teams from the east and west are playing in their respective conference championships.

Finals Week Wrap

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Top five things to take away from 2011 Finals Week:

SO CAL CONQUERS: In the first year that Finals Week has been held outside of Carson, Calif., Pateadores and LA Galaxy became the first two teams from the SoCal Division to Development Academy championships in the four-year history of the program.

The Rest

NorwegianFreeKickerz Video by Helge

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This 13 year old Norwegian kid Helge Aleksander Selnes Nilsen sent us this cool video of him training for his team the NorwegianFreeKickerz which we are delighted to share with you.

Sit back and enjoy and if anyone knows a company or individual who would like to sponsor a kit or equipment for the FreeKickerz please get in touch and if you would or know of a team who would like to feature on Attacking Soccer please feel free to like our facebook page and leave a message with your video.

Harrisburg City Islanders Knock Off Another MLS Side

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One of the largest crowds of the season on City Island, Tuesday evening, witnessed another MLS upset win by the Harrisburg City Islanders.

The atmosphere and the game itself was fierce from the beginning, as the Viking Army and the Empire State Supporters, New York Red Bulls' supporter groups, brought about a hundred supporters.

With Olympic Qualifying set to kick off, Porter talks coaching style & much more

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U.S. Under-23 national team Caleb Porter is one of the most highly-regarded young coaches in American soccer, and his appointment to lead the United States through Olympic Qualifying didn't come as much of a surprise to those familiar with his success at the University of Akron.

Tottenham Hotspur International Player Development Camp Announced

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Tottenham Hotspur International Player Development Camp

Location: Covenant Park (Ellicott City, MD) Dates: April 2-6, 2012

Course Details: Times: 9am - 3pm Age: 9 - 17 years Price: $355

Applications: www.elitetournaments.com

The Tottenham Hotspur International Player Development Programmed will be hitting Maryland this April.

Madrid Is The Real Deal

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Barcelona beware: Real Madrid is ready to stage a coup in La Liga. No word as to whether it will be a peaceful coup of speedy, attacking soccer, or a... Read more »

Latin American Weekend Rewind

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By DAVID MOSSE

Velez Sarsfield took care of business on Sunday with a 2-0 win over Atletico Huracan, then watched on television as Lanus fell to Argentinos Juniors, handing the Clausura title to Ricardo Gareca's side with one round remaining. Velez was the best team throughout the competition and likely would have secured the trophy sooner had it not been pre-occupied with the Libertadores.

Chicago Soccer Camps; Chicago Fire, Chicago Red Stars & Brian McBride

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The Chicago soccer summer camp schedule is in full swing and if you have budding soccer stars at home or just young children who are looking for something to check out this summer, here are three top camps to take a look at. A quick summary is below and more information is after the break.

The Chicago Fire have teamed up with Youth Elite Soccer (Y.