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Major League Soccer

Portland Timbers Announce No Increase in Season Ticket Prices

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Good news for those of you who might have been dreading a possible annual rate increase in your beloved Portland Timbers season ticket package as the FO just sent out a press release announcing that the price you paid last year will be the price you pay later this year.

I think this goes without saying, but after struggling all season long and going through many a difficulty on and off the field, this is probably one of the smartest things they could have done.

Did MLS Block a Player Transfer?

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Article by Anders Aarhus
There was plenty to talk about with the MLS All-Star game last night as MLS defeated Chelsea 3-2. But just as intriguing as the victory was the interview with MLS commissioner Don Garber at halftime. Halftime interviews can be a waste of time, but kudos to the cast of ESPN, specifically Kasey Keller and Alexi Lalas, for asking some tough and direct questions.

Union confirms Le Toux trade

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The Philadelphia Union confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that Sebastien Le Toux has been traded to Vancouver.

In return, the club receives an undisclosed amount of allocation money.

Union head coach Peter Nowak said in the announcement, "While this decision wasn't easy, we are confident that the allocation money we receive will provide the flexibility for us to compile the best possible roster for 2012 and beyond.

Chris Paul trade saga provides Major League Soccer insights

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It's almost impossible to have escaped the saga of the Chris Paul trade(s) in the NBA but just in case you have, here are a couple of need-to-know facts.

  • Ownership of the New Orleans Hornets (Chris Paul's now former team) was sold to the NBA back in December 2010
  • Every owner in the NBA owns 1/29th of the Hornets but does not have any direct say in day-to-day operations
  • NBA commissioner David Stern had given full authority to Hornets General Manager Dell Demps to make whatever player moves he felt were in the team's best interest
  • The Hornets best player and NBA superstar Chris Paul was under contract for only one more season
  • Chris Paul recently told the Hornets he didn't want to sign with them after this season and would like to be traded
  • Rather than see the Hornets get nothing when Paul walks this summer, GM Demps worked out a three-way trade less than two weeks ago that would have shipped Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers and had a couple of players from the Lakers and the Houston Rockets come to the Hornets.

Colorado Rapids Fire Gary Smith

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Shocking move by the Colorado Rockies who fired coach Gary Smith. What makes this decision such a head scratcher is that Smith led the Rapids to their first MLS Cup less than a year ago.

Managing director Jeff Plush said Monday that he decided not to renew Smith's contract, which ended after the season.

Rapids, Smith Part Ways

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Gary Smith is now out as head coach of the Colorado Rapids. (Getty Images)

You could see the writing on the wall with this for several weeks. Gary Smith was not happy and neither were the folks above him with the Colorado Rapids.

Today, they made it official as the club announced they would be parting ways with the only head coach in their club history to guide them to a MLS Cup.

Conrad Retires

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United States National Team and Chivas USA defender Jimmy Conrad announced his retirement on Thursday. The 34-year-old had been attempting to return to the club after recovering from multiple concussions. "I spoke to people that are close to me, like my family, but mainly it was the doctors and coaches who helped me come to this conclusion," Conrad said in a press statement.

Landon Donovan To Miss All-Star Game

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Somewhere out there, someone is upset over this news. Quite frankly I and probably most of the die-hard LA Galaxy fans are not. Landon Donovan announced over the weekend that he will skip the MLS All-Star Game this week against Manchester United due to a nagging calf injury that has been bothering him lately.

Liverpool

Joe Allen: Welcome To Anfield

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He looks pretty chuffed...
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Liverpool have completed the signing of Joe Allen making it the shock of the century after he was spotted watching the lads versus Gomel, I hope whoever planned that one doesn't have to organise a surprise birthday party...

But nevertheless he's here and we're happy.

LAUDRUP WILLING TO SELL ALLEN TO LIVERPOOL

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Swansea manager Michael Laudrup said there is no point keeping a player who wants to leave, with Joe Allen's Liverpool-link remaining.

Allen, who was crucial during former manager Brendan Rodgers' reign at Swansea, could leave the Welsh club as rumours persist he will join his former boss at Liverpool for £15 million.

LFC Coach blasts: "He's been rushed into too many bad loan moves..."

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Sending young players out on loan to build experience is standard practice at top Premier League clubs, and Liverpool is no exception. However, Reserve team coach Rodolfo Borrell is worried that some loan moves can be counter-productive, and he argues that this has been the case for promising young striker Nathan Eccleston.

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Wenger on van Persie and Diaby, SZCZ feeling Bould

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Good morning, welcome to a brand new week and another round of the Robin van Persie affair. Like it or not, it is dominating proceedings and it's more irritating than getting up on a Monday morning with a hangover to listen to your dog chew a plant pot right beside your feet.

Yesterday, the manager re-iterated his desire to keep van Persie:

Van Persie is a world-class striker and I am a big supporter of him.

Chicago sells forward Puerari to Atlas

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With all of the Chicago Fire's recent forward acquisitions, there couldn't be room for everybody in Frank Klopas' stable of strikers, and Gaston Puerari is the odd man out.

The Fire sold Puerari, a Uruguayan forward acquired in the offseason, to Mexican club Atlas on Wednesday for an undisclosed transfer fee.

English Premier League

Guzan ready to challenge for starting spot at Aston Villa

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By JOEY SAMUEL

CHESTER, Pa. -- Brad Guzan has spent four years as a backup goalkeeper at Aston Villa. But this year, as he and his club prepare for a new Premier League season, the starting spot could be within reach.

Earlier this week, Guzan put pen to paper on a new contract that will keep him at Aston Villa for at least the next three years.

Bebe to make triumphant return to Man United

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Ring the bells and wake the children -- the King of Old Trafford, Portuguese sensation Bebe, is returning to Manchester United after his almost not completely terrible loan spell in Turkey. The 21-year-old Sir Alex Ferguson bought sight unseen for £7.4 million in August of 2010 has yet to be unloaded and never spoken of again, so he will now rejoin Man United until that inevitably happens.

Muamba Unlikely To Play Again

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Fabrice Muamba's playing days could be over this is according to Peter Weissberg a leading heart specialist and director at the renowned British Heart Foundation. Muamba is said to be making steady improvement in his health since suffering a cardiac arrest while playing for Bolton in a FA Cup match will join the likes of Ruben de la Red and Sergio Sanchez who were forced to take a break from their careers after both were found to be having serious heart conditions.

Suarez Injury Update, Questioning the King, and Other Tuesday Notes

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Two weeks without club football? Check. The potential for the club's most important players to pick up injuries? Check. All the time in the world to stew over a bad performance leading into the break? Check. A fully functioning liver? That might depend on how many Liverpool players go to sleep Tuesday night without having picked up an injury between now and then.

Poll: Liverpool’s Most Underrated Player

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As last season moved along, a fairly strong consensus formed: Lucas Leiva was the most underrated player on the squad, and quite possibly the most underrated player in the league. Opinion, though, can shift, and by the end of the season he was the consensus player of the year for his club, a starter in midfield for his country, and had won over many of his former critics as the top tackler across Europe's five biggest leagues.

Arsenal

Wilshere Running Out of Time

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Limited to signing autographs for now

FA Cup semifinal today but it doesn't involves The Arsenal. There's a couple of Premier League matches, none of which involves us as well. Our game against Wigan will only be on Monday night and that give the players plenty of time to recover from the midweek exertions at Molineux.

Wilshere Running Out of Time

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Limited to signing autographs for now

FA Cup semifinal today but it doesn't involves The Arsenal. There's a couple of Premier League matches, none of which involves us as well. Our game against Wigan will only be on Monday night and that give the players plenty of time to recover from the midweek exertions at Molineux.

2011-2012 Guardian Previews: Arsenal

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With the Premier League start beginning, it's time for previews. Take it away, Amy Lawrence:

Gervinho might prove to be another classic Arsène Wenger bargain, an athletic and pacy ball player raring to step up a level, spirited over from France for a fee that doesn't make a certain manager with a well-documented devotion to cautious housekeeping choke as if he was asked to fix the Greek economy before breakfast.

Nasri has been ruthless, but has he really done anything wrong?

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I've been getting frustrated with the coverage of the Samir Nasri contract situation over the last week or so, particularly around the vitriol directed at him for his stance in negotiating his new contract and/or move to another club. I don't doubt for a second that he has been somewhat ruthless in his approach, but I've not seen anything that he's said or done that has left me thinking 'ooo, that's a bit off'.

Phil Jones transfer saga update

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So..it looks like we've made no further progress in regards to our bid for Phil Jones.

Soccernet is reporting that while we've agreed to personal terms with the player AND met the buyout clause in his contract, the most important thing hasn't been resolved. And that would be the actual transfer fee to convince Blackburn to sell him to us.

Arsenal Should Sell Cesc Fabregas

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I think Cesc Fabregas' time at Arsenal is nearing it's end. He has been a great servant since joining the club at age 16, but it may now be time to collect the fat check from Barcelona, allow Cesc to go where he wants, and use the money to move forward and improve the team as a whole. Sources say that Arsenal are looking for a fee of 35-40 million pounds for the captain, and if Barcelona, or any other club, meet that asking price, does anyone NOT think it would be in our best interest to take that kind of cash?

Arsenal Should Sell Cesc Fabregas

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I think Cesc Fabregas' time at Arsenal is nearing it's end. He has been a great servant since joining the club at age 16, but it may now be time to collect the fat check from Barcelona, allow Cesc to go where he wants, and use the money to move forward and improve the team as a whole. Sources say that Arsenal are looking for a fee of 35-40 million pounds for the captain, and if Barcelona, or any other club, meet that asking price, does anyone NOT think it would be in our best interest to take that kind of cash?

Arsenal Should Sell Cesc Fabregas

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I think Cesc Fabregas' time at Arsenal is nearing it's end. He has been a great servant since joining the club at age 16, but it may now be time to collect the fat check from Barcelona, allow Cesc to go where he wants, and use the money to move forward and improve the team as a whole. Sources say that Arsenal are looking for a fee of 35-40 million pounds for the captain, and if Barcelona, or any other club, meet that asking price, does anyone NOT think it would be in our best interest to take that kind of cash?

Arsenal Should Sell Cesc Fabregas

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I think Cesc Fabregas' time at Arsenal is nearing it's end. He has been a great servant since joining the club at age 16, but it may now be time to collect the fat check from Barcelona, allow Cesc to go where he wants, and use the money to move forward and improve the team as a whole. Sources say that Arsenal are looking for a fee of 35-40 million pounds for the captain, and if Barcelona, or any other club, meet that asking price, does anyone NOT think it would be in our best interest to take that kind of cash?

Arsenal Should Sell Cesc Fabregas

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I think Cesc Fabregas' time at Arsenal is nearing it's end. He has been a great servant since joining the club at age 16, but it may now be time to collect the fat check from Barcelona, allow Cesc to go where he wants, and use the money to move forward and improve the team as a whole. Sources say that Arsenal are looking for a fee of 35-40 million pounds for the captain, and if Barcelona, or any other club, meet that asking price, does anyone NOT think it would be in our best interest to take that kind of cash?

Arsenal Should Sell Cesc Fabregas

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I think Cesc Fabregas' time at Arsenal is nearing it's end. He has been a great servant since joining the club at age 16, but it may now be time to collect the fat check from Barcelona, allow Cesc to go where he wants, and use the money to move forward and improve the team as a whole. Sources say that Arsenal are looking for a fee of 35-40 million pounds for the captain, and if Barcelona, or any other club, meet that asking price, does anyone NOT think it would be in our best interest to take that kind of cash?

Arsenal Should Sell Cesc Fabregas

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I think Cesc Fabregas' time at Arsenal is nearing it's end. He has been a great servant since joining the club at age 16, but it may now be time to collect the fat check from Barcelona, allow Cesc to go where he wants, and use the money to move forward and improve the team as a whole. Sources say that Arsenal are looking for a fee of 35-40 million pounds for the captain, and if Barcelona, or any other club, meet that asking price, does anyone NOT think it would be in our best interest to take that kind of cash?

Benfica

Champions League QL: Chelsea 1 Benfica 0

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szólj hozzá: Benfica 0:1 Chelsea HD

Salomon Kalou turns Fernando Torres's measured cross into goal in the 75th minute. David Luiz did not go nuts in front of his former club. He actually did well.

Roberto De Matteo kept Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard, and Michael Essien on the bench.

Ruben Amorim loaned to Braga by Benfica

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Benfica have loaned out midfielder/right back Ruben Amorim to Braga for the next year and a half. Amorim who had a falling out with Benfica coach Jorge Jesus, recently signed a contract extension with the club until 2013 but the club felt it was in their best interest to loan Amorim to Braga never the less.

Carlo Ancelotti

Poll: Would you sell Drogba and Anelka in January?

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There has been much talk recently about the futures of Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba, both of whom will see their contracts expire in the summer. Former Chelsea and AC Milan manager Carlo Ancelotti, for one, has talked up both players as potential targets for Milan, saying he could see them "fitting in very well" at the Italian club.

TRUST IN ROMAN ABRAMOVICH.

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No matter how we felt about Carlo Ancelotti or previous managers one thing remains and that's Roman Abramovich and the fact he is committed to Chelsea. We have to remember where exactly we would be without him at the club and I know there are a fair few Chelsea fans out there that do feel disgruntled at his running of the club and some of his methods.

The Rest

Italy Say They Will Quit Euros If Asked

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In indication of how much the latest match fixing and gambling scandals are impacted his team preparations for the Euros, Italian national boss Cesare Prandelli says that the Azzurri would quit Euro 2012 if they were asked to do so for the good of the game,

"If they tell us that it is in the best interest of football for Italy to not go to the European Championship then that won't be a problem," Prandelli told Rai Sport.

Gerard Pique & Shakira: Over Already?

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This post may or may not serve our hidden flogging-your-computer-with-gratuitous-Pique-pics agenda. Image taken 19.09.2011 at the Joan Mas concert.

Kickettes, before we begin, it's in your best interest to take this news with a grain of salt and shot of tequila.

Patron Silver chilled is our ace in the hole, just in case you're in the market for a more specific suggestion.

Fire sell Puerari to Atlas

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Gaston Puerari -- Getty ImagesThe Chicago Fire transferred Uruguayan forward Gaston Puerari to Club Atlas, the team announced Wednesday.

"Club Atlas was very keen on Gaston, and we made the decision to accept the offer based on the best interest of building our club," Fire interim head coach and technical director Frank Klopas said in a statement.

Tuesday Torso: Matias Silvestre, Catania

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If you aren't entirely – or even vaguely – familiar with Mr. Matias Silvestre, it be in your best interest to spend some time browsing through here. Image Credit: Maurizio Lagana/Getty Images Europe.