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Arsenal

England v Italy predictions: OTP talks to Arsenal great David Seaman

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Unless you're a particularly unscrupulous Italian player, predicting a result is haphazard at the best of times, but it certainly helps if you've had experience playing at the very top level. Step forward David 'Safe Hands' Seaman. The lovable lump, and 75-time capped England international, gave us his best guess at what will transpire when [.

Everton tomorrow, Henry statue and 33 passes

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I'm going to make this quick, because it's too late to garner much attention anyway.

Tomorrow we face Everton at the Emirates. I feel like I could just copy this preview from any game they've played over the past few seasons: They're a pretty good team, but they are struggling to score goals because they don't really have a good striker.

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Galaxy-KC Leftovers

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Some thoughts ahead of the Galaxy's game against Sporting KC on Saturday.

* No Beckham: David Beckham did not travel for the match. This isn't a surprise today but it was a surprise on Wednesday when we found out he wasn't at practice. I hadn't noticed him out there and turns out that was because he didn't train.

Round Up: Your Thoughts On Juan Diego Gonzalez

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The following are reader comments from our new series, "Your Take," that were posted here on the Brotherly Game on Sunday. Enjoy.

bluetooner:

#3 JDG
He is obviously in witness protection from the Columbian mafia, and can't be seen on TV.

danielfarrell:

My best guess is that he's there still here as a favor for a connection in Columbia, or because of his implications to our recruiting in Columbia.

Sounders Reserves Top Earthquakes Reserves on Tetteh Goal

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Sounders win! Sounders win! Sure, it was in the Reserve League, but there are standings kept so it counts. Most notable of course will be the Michael Tetteh goal late, at least to those browsing the story, but more important to the future for real League play is who plays, and where.

Would anyone accept a season with a Heritage Cup and Reserve League title?

Seattle Sounders

Seattle Sounders v San Jose Earthquakes | Projected Lineup, Statistics

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The injury report is piling up for the Sigi Schmid's Seattle Sounders FC. Where the Dynamo were a dead ball team with a singular potent threat out wide, the San Jose Earthquakes are a more complicated offensive team. The lineup adjustments are hard to guess, but with Seattle on a strong streak right now our best guess for the lineup is no changes in the starting XI.

Seattle Sounders v Houston Dynamo | Interactive Gamecard

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The injuries of the week force more of a guess on who will be starting for the Seattle Sounders than typical. With Mauro Rosales certainly out and Adam Johansson a game-time decision there could be two new starters. There is also the question as to which of Leo Gonzalez and Marc Burch will start. For the Houston Dynamo they are missing Kofie Sarkodie for Olympic Qualifying, but two players just returned from time with Jamaica causing questions at their left back and center attacking mid.

Sounders v Santos Laguna In Champions League | Match Day Card

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The tableau interactive cards will make their return with the MLS season, but due to a little bit of demand here is a return of the 2010 Match Day Quick Reference Card for tonight's game. As always the lineups are a best guess. For the Seattle Sounders the biggest question is David Estrada v Eddie Johnson.

Depth Chart: 3 XIs - Don't Let Me Down

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Halfway through their preseason the Seattle Sounders shook up the old depth charts quite a bit. It isn't just about the trade for Eddie Johnson (after which Sigi basically confirmed a return to big/small forward pairing), but there are talents better than expected who are rocketing up in our perception.

MLS Player Salaries: Sounders Added Players, Trimmed Payroll

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As they usually do twice a year, the MLS Players Union released salary data. As you'll see, there were a few surprises when it came to the Seattle Sounders.

Most notably, you'll notice that they managed to add two players -- Sammy Ochoa and Amadou Sanyang -- while also trimming their payroll.

CONCACAF Champions League: Monterrey Vs. Seattle Sounders, Projected Lineups

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We know that some of the regular Seattle Sounders did not make the trip to Monterrey, Mexico for tonight's CONCACAF Champions League match. Mauro Rosales, Fredy Montero, Kasey Keller and Jhon Kennedy Hurtado all, apparently, headed back to Seattle to prepare for Saturday's game against the Columbus Crew.

My Personal Battle - 2011 Part 1

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As long time readers of this blog know, the Rapids-Sounders matches always leave me in a bit of a pickle, as I was born in Seattle and raised in the Seattle-area. Every year that goes by makes it a bit easier though, especially since a couple of cousins have become die hard Sounders fans and season ticket holders.

Major League Soccer

Chicago Fire win some, lose some, flying home to the Windy City

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The Chicago Fire concluded Phase 2 of their preseason with split squad games today. A primarily first team lineup fell to the San Jose Earthquakes 2-0 thanks to goals from Steven Lenhart and Brad Ring. The second team defeated the Ventura County Fusion 2-1 on the backs of a penalty kick goal from Orr Barouch and a Pari Pantazopoulos header Barouch assisted on.

Renken Lands With Portland, Somehow Off Waivers

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Charles Renken is now a Timbers. (John Dorton/ISI)

It has been one of those days. First the Sebastien Le Toux trade now these two stories.

First up is former US youth phenom Charles Renken has been signed by the Portland Timbers. The Timbers got the youth star off of waivers somehow.

Sammy Ochos Signs MLS Deal

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I heard a peep about this yesterday but never got around to it. It turns out former U-20 national team forward Sammy Ochoa has signed a deal with Major League Soccer. He's fate will be up to the MLS Allocation order.

The 24-year old recently played with Estudiantes Tecos in Mexico is currently out of contract.

Sammy Ochoa Signs MLS Deal

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I heard a peep about this yesterday but never got around to it. It turns out former U-20 national team forward Sammy Ochoa has signed a deal with Major League Soccer. He's fate will be up to the MLS Allocation order.

The 24-year old recently played with Estudiantes Tecos in Mexico is currently out of contract.

Eddie Johnson Signs With MLS

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Eddie Johnson is back in MLS! (Getty Images)

There isn't a whole lot to report here yet. Eddie Johnson is back in Major League Soccer, the league announced the signing today during a press conference to talk about the new amendment to the Designated Player rule.

Johnson will be allocated to a team on Thursday.

Chicago Fire vs. Real Salt Lake - MLS #16: Gamethread

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The once and future kings of Major League Soccer, Real Salt Lake, enter today's game with a mortal 1-2-2 record over their last five games. The Chicago Fire's record of 1-0-4 over their last five is 2 points better for what it's worth. Marco Pappa is available for selection in tonight's game for the first time since May 28th when he started against the San Jose Earthquakes.

Game Preview

Season On the Line Tomorrow

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That's Jamie Smith dressed up as the Mad Hatter for Halloween yesterday.

Another quick turnaround as the Rapids face the end of their season tomorrow in Kansas City. Down 2 goals Colorado mus win by 2 to force overtime and PKs or 3 to win and move on. On top of the other problems a storm is rolling into KC tomorrow night (probably the front edge of what's rolling into Denver tonight) which could make the game sloppy.

Warning! Whitewater Ahead!

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The wettest fixture in the league happens tomorrow as the Whitecaps and Rapids face off in the rainy Pacific Northwest. Its also the final game in what has been a somewhat soggy season for the Rapids. Colorado has clinched a playoff spot though, and with a win they will clinch home field for the wild-card round.

MLS Cup 2010: The Rematch (Part 2)

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"No disrespect to the Eastern Conference, but tonight was the championship" -- Dallas defensive midfielder Daniel Hernandez after winning the Western Conference Championship in 2010

I just wanted to throw that in as a "friendly" reminder about our guests tomorrow. I expect him to get the official Class VI welcome for 90 minutes!

Portland Timbers vs. New England Revolution Preview and Match Thread

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First home game in just over three weeks! Can you feel the excitement. The city is positively buzzing with anticipation for tonight's big game against... the New England Revolution... Seriously! It's actually a really big game tonight. Regardless of who the actual opponent is there's a lot to be excited about for tonight's game.

Rapids Try To Put Dark Week Behind Them

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Its been a rough week for the Rapids. The Mullan incident hung over the team all week, and they're in the middle of a 3 game losing and scoreless streak. They try to right the ship tomorrow when the Chicago Fire come to town. Game time tomorrow at the Dick is 7pm. Class VI and the Pid Army are having a themed tailgate of Chicago dogs starting at 4pm in the regular spot.

Rocky Mountain Cup!

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Its that time of year again! The Rapids make their way West to play FaKe SaLt LaKe. I shouldn't need to remind anyone that on top of this being a big regular season match the Rocky Mountain cup is at stake! Unfortunately the "geniuses" at MLS League HQ decided this rivalry wasn't important enough and scheduled the game for a Wednesday night.

Mondragon

Philadelphia Union At Seattle Sounders - Projected Lineups, Statistics

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Hey there Union fans. I normally do these at Sounder at Heart and offered to throw it up there for your use. You can hover over or click on many of the data points and learn even more. The lineups are the best guess of the SaH crew and Scott. Sorry about the time and station being for Seattle fans, but you should know when/where to watch.

Who Should the Union Start Against DC United?

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Tomorrow night, the Philadelphia Union will begin their participation in the 2011 edition of the US Open Cup. The Union will have to win three games to earn a spot in the tournament proper, which they would enter at the Round of 16 along with 7 other MLS clubs.

The Union's first game will be at the Maryland Soccerplex against DC United.

The Rest

Wayne Rooney shot breaks 9-year-old’s wrist

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Seeing your favorite team play in person for the first time is a special day for any child. But when you spend the first half in terrible pain because your favorite team's star player accidentally snapped your wrist like a twig with a pre-match cannon shot, it tends to put a damper on the day.

2012 Revolution Predictions

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Will Kelyn Rowe or Saer Sene have the bigger impact in 2012?  (Photo Credit: Joshua Pearson)

With the 2012 season set to kick-off on Saturday, the staff of New England Soccer Today and special guest Kevin Koczwara of The Soccer Guys took our best guess at how the New England Revolution will fare in 2012.

PL Preview: Chelsea v. Sunderland

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Too much time has been devoted to transfer activity in this space. It's time we get on with the business of matches. This weekend sees a rejuvenated Sunderland visit the Bridge for what promises to be an interesting affair. More, after the jump:

Down, but not out

In our last PL encounter, we put the screws to Wolves on the road, before a ten minute finishing salvo against Portsmouth in the FA Cup.

Game 10: Dirty Fish

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Weather: 73 Degrees and cloudy

Surface: Natural Grass
Location: Stadium in Chester behind a couple of abandoned buildings with broken windows.
Referee: Hilario Grajeda
Line Judges: Bill Dittmar, Paul Scott
4th Official: Daniel Fitzgerald
Attendance: No official number posted.