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Revolution vs. Chivas: 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, Matty Jollie, and Brendan Schimmel.

Revolution vs. Crew: 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 Corey Major and Brendan Schimmel.

Revolution vs. Fire: 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 Corey Major, and Matty Jollie.

Revolution 0, Toronto 1: Player Ratings

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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, Matty Jollie, and Abram Chamberlain.

Post-Game Hangover: Reflections on TFC @ Revs

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"The game never caught rhythm," Jay Heaps said post-game. "It was shameful to be honest with you."

I don't think anyone can argue with coach Heaps on that one--the rhythm was really never there for the Revs. And it seems to all tie back to the 2nd minute injury to Stephen McCarthy.

Post-Game Hangover: Reflections on Fire @ Revs

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It's hard to really say much about this match because, well, not a whole lot happened. One thing that I think was really apparent, however, is that the Revs' strength and depth at midfield was finally realized. With both Clyde Simms and Ryan Guy out due to injury, the Revolution were still able to dispatch a first string midfield.

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The Arsenal Defense Cornered

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After watching our first two matches, I have some thoughts and observations I'd like to share. This may be (hopefully) a busy week, so as you read this some personnel may have changed.

I have been keeping up with the blogs, and there is an unusual amount of agreement among fans about the defense, and the team in general.

The Arsenal Defense Cornered

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After watching our first two matches, I have some thoughts and observations I'd like to share. This may be (hopefully) a busy week, so as you read this some personnel may have changed.

I have been keeping up with the blogs, and there is an unusual amount of agreement among fans about the defense, and the team in general.

The Versatile Arsenal

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Firstly let's look at what ‘versatile' means:

"Capable of or adapted for turning easily from one to another of various tasks, fields of endeavour"

Arsène Wenger is a well-known for being a visionary and a game changer; we've all heard the stories about how he changed certain aspects of the team when he first arrived.

The Versatile Arsenal

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Firstly let's look at what ‘versatile' means:

"Capable of or adapted for turning easily from one to another of various tasks, fields of endeavour"

Arsène Wenger is a well-known for being a visionary and a game changer; we've all heard the stories about how he changed certain aspects of the team when he first arrived.

Andrei Arshavin – One Last Hurrah

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Transfers are very much on my mind, but it's tough as I have no idea what my budget is. I am going to hazard a guess that I have £10m before I have to launch into the "sell to buy" category. We already have Podolski to ease the pressure on Robin, so where is strengthening needed. I say a more creative advanced midfielder, and a defence stiffener.

Andrei Arshavin – One Last Hurrah

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Transfers are very much on my mind, but it's tough as I have no idea what my budget is. I am going to hazard a guess that I have £10m before I have to launch into the "sell to buy" category. We already have Podolski to ease the pressure on Robin, so where is strengthening needed. I say a more creative advanced midfielder, and a defence stiffener.

Lewandowski would be perfect for Arsenal

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Lewandowski perfect for Arsenal? by CB After winning both the Bundesliga and the DFB Pokal with Borussia Dortmund, Robert Lewandowski seems ready to try on a new challenge. Although Lewandowski has only played for Dortmund since 2010, he rapidly managed to get noticed by some of the biggest clubs in the Premiership, such as Manchester [.

Lewandowski would be perfect for Arsenal

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Lewandowski perfect for Arsenal? by CB After winning both the Bundesliga and the DFB Pokal with Borussia Dortmund, Robert Lewandowski seems ready to try on a new challenge. Although Lewandowski has only played for Dortmund since 2010, he rapidly managed to get noticed by some of the biggest clubs in the Premiership, such as Manchester [.

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Portland vs LA: What Portland needs to do to win

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In each of Portland's last 2 home games they have come out strong and actually scored the first 2 goals of the game. If the Portland Timbers want to win this game they will need to do so again. Writing that is easier than actually doing it, especially with how inconsistent Portland has been.

Side note: For all those who are hoping to see some changes in the line-up I want to warn you to not get your hopes up.

Recap: Different strategy but same result

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Quick recap

Portland tries to be more defensive and it works for the first half as they keep the score 0-0. In the second half the flood gates open and in 17 minutes RSL scores 3 for the win. 3-0 loss.

First Half

John Spencer trotted out a line-up featuring 3 defensive midfielders and 2 attacking mids.

How Portland can be the RioT Police

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With the quick turn around and my Honey Do List pretty long I am going to make this short and sweet. For every position I am going to list all the things they need to do in order for Portland to get out of Rio Tinto Stadium with a result.

Troy Perkins:

He needs to continue to make the saves he has been making and commanding the defense in front of him.

Cascadia Cup Preview: How Portland can Win

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It is the end of the work week and only one more rain filled day to go! Leading up to Sunday we have already seen the trash talking from both sides (here and here.) and the preview material, with a great read on getting to know the enemy from Andrew. The energy is building and on every UEFA 2012 broadcast I have seen ESPN has been hyping the game.

Breaking Down the competition: Chicago Fire Edition

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Over the last 5 games the Portland Timbers have gained 5 points and this next game is another opportunity to move up the standings. The Chicago Fire come into the game with 10 points in their last 10 games and the last game was a win at Sporting Kansas City. Currently the Fire sit in 4th place in the East with 15 points.

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Will Portland win tonight?

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The obvious answer is not if they play like they did against Colorado. However Portland is Dr Jekyll on the road and Mr Hyde at home. They also tend to play to the level of their opponents and since San Jose is the best team in the league right now one could expect Portland to come out strong and wanting to play.

Philadelphia Union At Seattle Sounders - Game #8 - A Preview Talk With Sounder At Heart

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This week I chatted with Dave Clark of Sounder at Heart, SB Nation's Seattle Sounders site. Clark and I discussed various things about the teams, including broadcasters. Some very good tactical information about how the Philadelphia Union can exploit the Sounders' defense this afternoon.

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Euro Thoughts Part 5: The Quarterfinals

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I watched 2 of the Quarter Finals in the comfort of my home (Portugal vs. Czech Republic & Germany vs. Greece) and the next 2 (Spain vs. France & England vs. Italy) in a hotel lounge in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It's interesting to note that the football matches paired up nicely with the viewing experience that I had for each one.

Euro 2012: Who Makes Your ‘Team Of Round One’?

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By Chris Wright

It's gone by in the wink of an eye, but with Ukraine's win over Sweden last night bought the opening round of group games at Euro 2012 to a close.

Here's our select XI from the first eight games...

GK Przemyslaw Tyton (Poland): Coming on to replace the red-carded No.

Breaking down the opposition: Columbus Edition

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After two crazy weeks of movement, sexism and generally craziness it is time again to focus on the pitch. The Columbus Crew are coming into the game with a 4 match losing streak and we all know the Portland Timbers recent run of form. Either way it could be an ugly game but if Portland does win it would be a big step in the right direction for them.

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Chicago Fire vs. Columbus Crew - MLS #15 - Gamethread - 7:30 PM CST - NBC Nonstop (Chicago)

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It's that time again folks. Fire gamedays are always fun, but it's even better when we are facing the Crew. With the game only a few hours away, the cauldron of hate should be bubbling for many Fire fans. Not only are we playing a rivalry match, but we get to do it at home in front of Section 8 and our wonderful fans.

Chicago Fire vs. New York Red Bulls - MLS #14 - Gamethread - 4:00 PM CST - NBC Sports

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The Fire are finally back in action today. Happy gameday everyone! And we also have a primetime NBC slot to watch it on. I know I for one am extremely excited. And our Men in Red really need a good showing today. Given the game is at home, 3 points would be a big confidence boost coming off of the stretch we had in terms of bad losses.

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Danso, Gleeson, Palmer and Wallace Called Up by National Teams

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The Timbers front office announced that four Timbers players will be serving with their respective national teams during the FIFA international break between May 23 and June 16. The players mentioned in the press release were CB Futty Danso, GK Jake Gleeson, MF Lovel Palmer and MF Rodney Wallace.

Because of the long break from MLS competition, neither Lovel Palmer nor Rodney Wallace will miss MLS matches.

Compilation of Timbers 2012 Player Ratings (post HOU)

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NOTE: Click on each of the charts below for bigger (more readable) versions.

Thanks to all who followed the survey link and submitted player ratings for the Houston match. We had another week with over 100 responses. Here is the distribution of your player ratings...

The rest of the charts are after the jump.

The Rest

Release the Kraken: It's Time for Gargan To Start Again

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Last Wednesday's game against DC United reinforced a point that many Fire fans have come to the conclusion of: it's time for Dan Gargan to be re-inserted into the starting XI. Although the team as a whole had an off game against DC, Jalil Anibaba was especially deficient at the RB position. He had a large share of the blame on a couple of DC's goals, and ever since moving to RB to make room for Austin Berry in the starting lineup, he has struggled to be honest.

Post-Game Hangover: Reflections on Revs @ Montreal Impact

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The second half of the 2012 MLS Season has really not gotten off to a great start in Foxboro, as the Revolution dropped a sloppy 2-1 decision in Montreal last night. The loss dropped New England to 1-7-1 on the road this season, and with the loss came another sobering fact: the Revs have fallen to seventh in the Eastern Conference.

Red Bulls Reportedly Sign Nesta

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Red Bulls Reportedly Sign Nesta

While the Union are set to trade their captain and starting CB, the Red Bulls reportedly acquire Alessandro Nesta.

Friendly Game, Friendly Thoughts

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[Editor's note: Promoted to front page for eye witness analysis. Good stuff]

Sticking with recent tradition, here's my thoughts on the Philadelphia Union friendly game versus FC Schalke 04. In honor of the game being a friendly, I'm going to keep my comments friendly - or, at least, as friendly as possible.