Video: Man Utd old boy Gary Neville calls Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher a burglar

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The first Monday Night Football of the season was certainly not short on banter, or even the occasional piece of scousist humour. Debutant Jamie Carragher was, in the modern parlance, owned by Gary Neville, who compared him to a burglar. Neville was analysing Robin Van Persie's movement across the opposition backline and said he was [.

Video: Monaco 5-2 Tottenham

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Spurs took a right old thrashing a Harry Kaning, if you will in their pre-season friendly at Monaco. And the scoreline ended up being that most painful of results for Tottenham fans: 5-2. Andrea Raggi scored the only goal of the first-half for the hosts, but strikes from Lucas Ocampos and Radamel Falcao [.

Tottenham 1-1 West Brom – Late Strike From Morrison Keeps AVB Waiting For Win (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 West Bromwich Albion Premier League 25 August 2012

Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas saw a first league win in charge White Hart Lane snatched from his grasp in the dying minutes on Saturday.

Benoit Assou-Ekotto had given the Lilywhites the lead on 74 minutes after the home side had created a decent amount of chances.


Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini acknowledges defensive problems after Arsenal game

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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says his side will spend the coming week ironing out problems in their defence ahead of the new Premier League campaign. Last season's runners-up lost 3-1 to Arsenal in a friendly yesterday and their Chilean boss was concerned by his side's defending. He said: "Well, of course, it's not the [.

Arsenal’s beautiful new midfield

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Arsenal midfield now has a beautiful structure to it by AM After three consecutive clean sheets, Arsenal's new found defensive resolve has come under the spot light and so has Steve Bould and his contribution, and deservedly so, one has to look back the backline of the ‘Invincibles' to come across a more organized Arsenal [.

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United States v Jamaica – Match Preview – WCQ – 11 September 2012

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The United States needs a win in CONCACAF 2014 World Cup Qualifying as they host Jamaica on September 11, 2012. The match will take place at Columbus Crew Stadium with kickoff scheduled for 8 PM USA EST.

USA manager Jurgen Klinsmann

"We gave away cheap free kicks and lost the game based on that.

USA vs. Mexico - International Friendly - Gamethread - 7:00 PM CST - ESPN2, ESPN3, Univision

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The day is finally here for a soccer rivalry that is always full of fight, intrigue, and normally hostile play. When the US and Mexico butt heads, it's usually not pretty. It also doesn't help that the Americans will be playing tonight in Aztec Stadium, which has been an impenetrable fortress for the Yanks.

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Revolution vs. Union II: Player Ratings and Man of the Match

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After every match this season, the staff here at The Bent Musket will be putting together player ratings. Ratings are on a 1-10 scale, with 5 representing a thoroughly average performance, and 6 a decent/capable showing. The final ratings will be averages of individual ratings from Steve Stoehr, Corey Major, and Brendan Schimmel.

Player Ratings: New England Revolution vs. Philadelphia Union

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Matt Reis was easily the Revs top performer on Saturday. (Photo: Chris Aduama/

After each match the contributors to New England Soccer Today will rate the performances of the New England Revolution players who made an appearance on a 1 to 10 scale (1 horrendous, 5 average, 10 perfection).

New England 0 - 0 Philadelphia: Winless Streak Reaches 10 Games, 1st Time in Club History

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The New England Revolution made history tonight as they extended their winless streak to 10 games, more than any other team in the club's history.

Playing host to the Philadelphia Union for the only time this season, coach Jay Heaps decided to shake up the lineup tonight in lieu of recent performances as well as various injuries and fatigue as they entered the second of their three game home-stand spanning just 8 days.

Major League Soccer

The Worst Case Scenario

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Earlier this year, I was asked to write a Revolution season preview for Major League Soccer Talk. For the most part, I went into the season with realistic expectations. There were no delusions of Supporter's Shield nor MLS Cup in my head. The perfect season for these New England Revolution, with a new roster, and a new head coach, was just to play well and not finish dead last in the league.

Strong American influence on deadline day

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With only hours left in the transfer window, U.S. international Clint Dempsey finally got his wish as Fulham agreed to a deal with Tottenham on a £6 million move. The deal came after a few agonizing weeks saw Dempsey consistently rumored in moves to Liverpool and Arsenal, among others.

The 29-year-old American's desire to move to Anfield fell through today after a £4 million offer from the Reds was outbid by Aston Villa.

The Midfield General

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Shalrie Joseph helped tilt the midfield battle on Wednesday. (Photo: Kari Heistad/

For 21 minutes, the New England Revolution played and looked like the team  Jay Heaps envisioned. New England pressed. It attacked. The ball moved quickly and players whipped in early crosses.

Revs acquire former MLS All-Star through allocation

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Monday afternoon the New England Revolution announced that they acquired two-time MLS All-Star Juan Toja through the MLS Allocation process, after Toja officially signed with the league last week.

Toja will join the club upon the receipt of his International Transfer Certificate and U.S. P-1 Visa, and will occupy an international player slot on the roster.

Revs acquire former All-Star via allocation

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Monday afternoon the New England Revolution announced that they acquired two-time MLS All-Star Juan Toja through the MLS Allocation process, after Toja officially signed with the league last week.

Toja will join the club upon the receipt of his International Transfer Certificate and U.S. P-1 Visa, and will occupy an international player slot on the roster.

Hyndman: Matt Hedges & George John Getting Really Coordinated in Middle

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It only seems like it's been forever since George John and Ugo Ihemelu were paired together in the FC Dallas backline as one of the better center back tandems in all of Major League Soccer. Ihemelu hasn't played since May 6 due to concussion symptoms and honestly may not see the pitch again this year while John only recently returned from concussion issues of his own.

View From The Press Box: Awful Revs Lose To Sporting Kansas

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This was by far the worst New England performance of the season as they lost 1-0 to Sporting Kansas in front of 17,592 fans at Gillette Stadium on Saturday night.

The loss extended New England's (6-11-5, 23 pts.) winless run to five games (0-4-1), while Sporting KC (12-7-4, 40 pts.) snapped a three-game winless streak and vaulted back into a tie for first place in the Eastern Conference.

Lopes scores in Galaxy defeat to Real Madrid

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David Junior Lopes has developed a knack lately for scoring against big time European clubs.

A little more than a week after scoring an equalizer against Tottenham Hotspur, the 6-4 Center Back was at it again against Spanish power Real Madrid on Thursday. This time, Lopes cashed in a goal off a David Beckham set piece in the 24rd minute, but even that was not enough to prevent Madrid from once again outclassing the Galaxy for a third straight year courtesy of a 5-1 win over LA at the Home Depot Center.

LA Galaxy

Red-hot Juninho leads Galaxy over Whitecaps

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CARSON, Calif.—The Los Angeles Galaxy continued their lifetime series domination of the Vancouver Whitecaps, posting a comfortable 2-0 victory at the Home Depot Center on Saturday night.

The Whitecaps have never beaten the Galaxy, and they never looked close to pulling that off at any point during the game—they only had two shots throughout the 90 minutes.

Beckham stars, referee confounds as Galaxy trounce Metapan in CCL opener

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CARSON, Calif.--The LA Galaxy took down Isidro Metapan 5-2 on Thursday night in their opening CONCACAF Champions League match, but the win wasn't nearly as comfortable as the scoreline would suggest.

Despite flurry of second half cards, including the bizarre sending off of captain Robbie Keane, the Galaxy managed to hold off a quick and dangerous Metapan side.

Galaxy Notes: Dunivant nears return, Buddle held from reserve match & more

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The Los Angeles Galaxy saw their five-game unbeaten streak snapped on Sunday in a crushing 4-0 defeat to the Seattle Sounders, and not only did L.A. fail to score, but their defensive performance left a lot to be desired.

While the club continued to be without Todd Dunivant at left back, who has been sidelined with a calf injury since July 19, that was no excuse for how poorly they played against Seattle.

Real Madrid Squeaks Past Santos Laguna In Las Vegas

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Xabi Alonso and Sami Khedira scored in each half to give Real Madrid a 2-1 win over Mexican club Santos Laguna in a friendly on Sunday in Las Vegas.The Mexican champions offered a lot more competition for Madrid than what the LA Galaxy had in what what a competitive game.

It has been a long time since "Sin City" has seen a marquee team like Real Madrid and the 29,152 fans in attendance seem to enjoy the game despite the 102 degrees at kickoff.

Sounders v LA Galaxy - Gamethread

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The most important thing about tonight's nationally televised game is not the result. Today is one of those days with the odd confluence of real-life as both of tonight's MLS matches will have a moment of silence to respect the passing of Columbus Crew player Kirk Urso. This moment will be surrounded with crowds beyond comparison, a borrowing of some SeaFair style festivities, tifo and as many stars as have been on the pitch at once.

Record crowd watches Real Madrid trounce the Galaxy at Home Depot Center

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CARSON, Calif.-- There wasn't much the reigning MLS champions could do to contain the speed and skill of La Liga champions Real Madrid on Thursday night.

The Los Angeles Galaxy fell to Real Madrid 5-1 in front of a record crowd of 30,317 at the Home Depot Center, with L.

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Bernier brace leads Impact past DC United 3-0 for fifth consecutive win

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The Montreal Impact finished their astounding August in style, defeating DC United 3-0, to finish the month 4-0. The win, their fifth in a row, and sixth consecutive victory at Stade Saputo, pulled the Impact within a point of fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings.

Chicago Fire vs. D.C. United - MLS #25 - Preview

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The Chicago Fire will take their three-game winning streak to the nation's capital Wednesday night to battle a struggling D.C. United side who has one win in their last five games. However, United have yet to lose a home game since the opening week of the season having logged an 8-1-3 record with a +15 goal differential.

MLS Teams

Portland Timbers Need to Sign a Big Defender This Off Season [Poll]

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Perhaps not as glamorous as a marquee striker or midfielder, as what we've come to expect from MLS teams in the recent years, but I think, if anything, these past two road games have shown that the Portland Timbers desperately need to bring in a marquee, veteran defender to command and lead the back line.

Chicago Fire- A look at the current roster

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Although we play Toronto FC tonight I thought this would be a good time to look over the current roster we have after the transfer window has closed. We added some pieces and we certainly have some new looks to the team. This got me thinking about some of the possibilities that we may see in the immediate future.


Reserve League #7: Chicago Fire vs. Colorado Rapids

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The Chicago Fire Reserves defeated the Colorado Rapids Reserves by a score of 3-1 on a sunny mid-August afternoon at the Toyota Park practice field today. Much like the first team, the reserves conceded the first goal before retaliating with three unanswered goals from Daniel Paladini, Dominic Oduro, and Victor Pineda.

U.S. Beat New Zealand 2-0, Advance to Semis

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The U.S. Women's National Team will advance to the Olympic semi-finals after defeating New Zealand 2-0 in Newcastle on Friday.

Goals from Abby Wambach and Sydney LeRoux combined with Hope Solo's third consecutive shutout punched their ticket to the next round, where they will face either Canada or Great Britain.


Chicago Fire vs. Toronto FC - MLS #22 - Three Questions

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Our regular 3 questions exchange is back and just as good as ever. I worked with Duncan Fletcher over at Waking the Red for this exchange. Tomorrow night is going to be very fun. The Fire will have a chance to scrub away the bad taste from the late equalizer given up in San Jose last weekend. There is no better way to do that than earn all 3 points tomorrow night in front of the Fire faithful at Toyota Park.

You wait O'Dea for a defender - then Darren comes along

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By the scruff of the neck...Well not exactly "the bossman" TFC supporters may have expected but an intriguing signing nonetheless. After the disappointment of being stymied in their quest to land Olof Mellberg a couple of weeks back, The Reds had to look elsewhere for a Don Garber Approved (TM) defender and instead landed young Irish International Darren O'Dea.

The Rest

Your first look at FIFA 14

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The first sneak previews of FIFA 14 have been released and it promises to be tiki-taka-tastic. Among the new features are four that encourage users to build play through midfield and dictate the tempo of a match. Those features are: Protect The Ball, which will enable players to fend-off and block defenders from the [.

Sounders v Chivas USA Again - Gamethread

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If you feel like you've seen enough of Chivas USA imagine being the players and coaches that watch that match tape to get ready for them. In many ways those past performances are not indications of much. Few teams in MLS have added so much talent during the season. It's certain that none have done that while not really getting better.

Don’t tell me that you think it’s green …

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I suppose it's axiomatic to say that Arsenal's is a much more green and pleasant land in the aftermath of a good victory. The scorched earth of transfer deadline day has (temporarily at least) given way to the first flower of spring. I still have my misgivings about the squad, but there seems little point in recycling them now.

Tribe Women Shutout Akron 4-0

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Women's Soccer Dominant in 4-0 Win Over Akron Courtesy
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Behind three first-half goals, the William and Mary women's soccer team cruised past Akron, 4-0, on Sunday afternoon in its final game of the First Tennessee Lady Vol Classic.

Dynamo v Toronto FC: How to lose 2 points in 5 minutes

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It was the best of halves, it was the worst of halves. Ultimately, this game will be judged upon the result and its effect upon playoff standings. The Houston Dynamo came back home after a smashing victory in El Salvador against CD FAS to face very inconsistent Toronto FC. The Dynamo had a 20 game unbeaten streak at the Cage, in the Oven, and they had every hope of continuing their home dominance.

Union Freekicks - Thursday, August 16th

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USA makes history, beats rival Mexico

USA beats Mexico 1-0, in Mexico for the first time ever. I don't care if it was just a friendly.

Soumare focused on road ahead

Soumare puts his debut loss behind him, and looks to move forward hoping to make the Union one of the best defenses in the league again.