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D.C. United

D.C. United season review: Rob Vincent

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An unfortunate series of events cost the midfielder most of the 2017 season

Back towards the end of the 2016 season, as D.C. United pushed their way into the playoffs thanks to a months long scoring outburst, Rob Vincent became an important part of the team. Initially cast as a wide midfielder after leading the USL in goalscoring with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, Vincent had trouble earning much playing time.

How will D.C. United manage a month without Ian Harkes?

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Ben Olsen has a tricky problem to solve in central midfield now that Harkes is out

Lost in all the hullabaloo of D.C. United and their various big-name transfer targets (it's weird to even type that without scare quotes) is the fact that their best offseason addition, Ian Harkes, is out for up to a month due to an ankle injury.

USMNT vs. Jamaica Gold Cup preview, plus D.C. United disasters

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We have a lot of feelings to get through

It is a long Filibuster today, and it is a sadness sandwich with some USMNT in the middle. Jason, Adam, and Ben start by talking about D.C. United's epic failures last week, and first wonder if the Houston Dynamo loss was actually worse than the Seattle Sounders loss.

D.C. United 2017 Preseason Minutes Tracker v1.0

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There is fierce competition for starting spots

We are halfway through D.C. United's preseason, and the games start back up again this weekend. United has played three preseason games so far, and has done so against the US U-17 team, the Philadelphia Union, and Jönköpings Södra.

If you'd like the direct link to view the minutes tracker, click here.

D.C. United versus LA Galaxy lineup: All eyes on central midfield

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D.C. United opens their MLS season with all eyes on the central midfield

After two games in the Concacaf Champions league, D.C. United comes back to Major League Soccer to open the regular season. They do so by taking on their old rivals out in Carson, California: the LA Galaxy. The Galaxy have gotten a lot older and a lot stranger this season, and their performance in the CCL was even worse than United's.

D.C. United signs former Manchester City academy player Paul Clowes

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D.C. United is rounding out the roster, signing midfield draft pick Paul Clowes

The final roster for the start of the season is taking shape, as D.C. United announced today that they have signed second-round draft pick Paul Clowes. The ACC midfielder of the year captained Clemson's run to the College Cup final, where they lost to Jordan Morris' Stanford.

DC United adjusts to the loss of Dwayne De Rosario with 2-1 win

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Coach Ben Olsen was honored on Saturday night with a banner on the DC United Hall of Tradition for his years of excellence as a player. He began his career with United with energy to burn, a fierce desire to beat his man to win games, and the wisdom to constantly learn. He adjusted to the adversity of a severe ankle injury which moved him into a holding central midfield role.

Report: Wigan look to land Espinoza

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Roger Espinoza's Olympic performance for Honduras is still lingering in the front offices of clubs in England, and it appears as if one is eager to pry him away from Sporting Kansas City prior to the close of the European summer transfer window.

According to reports from England, Premier League side Wigan Athletic is looking to make a move for Espinoza, who is in the final year of his contract with Sporting KC and MLS.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Connor Lade

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No, Connor Lade did not get on the scoresheet, nor was he directly involved with either of the New York Red Bulls' goals Friday night, but his contribution was definitely felt in the club's important 2-0 victory over the Houston Dynamo.Â

The versatile Lade, who got the start at right back, helped lock down in-form Houston forward Mac Kandji, played a vital role in the clean sheet and was his usual active self up and down the flank to earn SBI MLS Rookie of the Week honors.


Can Arsenal replicate Germany’s Ozil experiment?

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To be honest I do not think that many Arsenal fans have ever thought about using the Germany international star Mesut Ozil in a deeper lying central midfield role, as the mercurial play maker is not exactly well renowned for his tracking back or his defensive awareness. That does not mean that Arsene Wenger has [.

Shaky Xhaka forcing Arsenal to pay Seri’s £33m transfer fee?

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How often have Arsenal fans and football pundits talked about the central midfield problem? Pretty much constantly ever since we lost the services of the warrior that was Patrick Vieira, with many feeling it is no coincidence that the Gunners have not lifted the Premier League trophy since the Frenchman left our club in 2005.

Is Gabriel transfer to give Chambers an Arsenal lifeline?

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It is fair to say that the Arsenal career of Calum Chambers has so far been a disappointing one, despite the former Southampton academy star coming to north London with a great reputation and being known for his versatility which has seen the young Englishman play at right back, Central defence and even central midfield.

Should Arsenal give Cazorla a new contract to deter Juventus move

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Santi Cazorla is a fan favourite at the Emirates since coming to North London in 2012. The Spaniard has seen his position pushed back during his time at the club, with Cazorla now featuring heavily as a central midfield rather than behind the main striker. However his position on the pitch remains valuable as ever [.

Ramsey – Arsenal are better with me in central midfield

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There is no doubt that Aaron Ramsey's performances have improved drastically lately and he is now one of Wenger's first names on the Arsenal team-sheet. The Welshman believes that this is simply because Wenger has started playing him in his natural position in the centre of midfield.

"I'm delighted with the way I'm playing and how the team is playing," Ramsey said.

Cameron Earns MOTM Honors in EPL Debut

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You only get one chance to make a first impression. So Geoff Cameron decided to make his EPL debut a memorable one.

On Sunday, the Attleboro (Mass.) native earned Man of the Match honors after helping Stoke City's hold off Arsenal for 90 minutes during a 0-0 draw at Britannia Stadium.

English Premier League

Napoli boss Rafa Benitez eyes Manchester City’s Gareth Barry

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Rafa Benitez is set to continue his attempt to build a decent Premier League side circa 2008 at new club Napoli with a bid for Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry. Former Liverpool boss Benitez has already signed Pepe Reina on a year-long loan deal and yesterday he was linked with a move for Reds defender [.

Rooney: I Love Being The Playmaker

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Wayne Rooney has suggested that as he gets older and loses some of his pace, he plans to play in central midfield. Having played there a few times last season when United were hit by injuries, Rooney grew to enjoy the role, although would still prefer to play up front for the time being.

"I did my bit by dropping into a central midfield role when the team got hit by injuries last season," Rooney said in My Decade in the Premier League, which is being serialised by the Daily Mirror.

Edu completes three-year deal with Stoke, awaits work permit for eligibility

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Maurice Edu's move to Stoke City is officially complete.

Edu signed a three-year deal with Stoke Thursday, and the club has been given the green light by the English FA to finalize his work permit that will make him eligible for selection. According to the club's official website, it is unlikely that will be completed ahead of this weekend's match against Wigan Athletic, meaning that Edu will debut for the club following the international break.

Edu joins Stoke City

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Maurice Edu has found a new home and when he gets there he will see a familiar face.

The U.S. national team midfielder/defender has signed with English Premier League squad Stoke City, agreeing to personal terms with the club on Saturday. He joins the Potters just as U.

Newcastle United

Newcastle Make Nine Changes – Sammy Ameobi Starts

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Newcastle make nine changes form the side that drew with Sunderland on Sunday at the Stadium of Light. Sammy Ameobi starts, as does Papiss Cisse and as expected Gael Bigirimana and Cheick Tiote are paired together in central midfield. And it looks like Newcastle will play a 4-3-3 formation tonight, with Vurnon Anita making up [.

Anita Best Full Back On The Books – Bigirimana Looked Good

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One of the good things about the game yesterday was the form of both Vurnon Anita and 18 year-old Gael Bigirimana, with Anita looking good both in central midfield and at right back, and Gael having a very solid game in the middle of the park in the biggest test of his career so far on Tyneside.

Anita To Challenge Tiote And Cabaye For Starting Position

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With the news yesterday that Vurnon Anita was brought in to fortify the central midfield for Newcastle, there were question about who he would challenge for a first team spot, since both Yohan Cabaye and Cheick Tiote are already two of Newcastle's very best players. Vurnon Anita will play in central midfield Alan had [.

Chris Baird

Fulham 3-0 WBA

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All the misery seems misplaced now. Central midfield problem? Not when the back-up back-up plan can run a game against decent opposition. Chris Baird and his messier partner, Steve Sidwell, proved once again that at a stable club no single player is indispensible, no five players even. We can lament the mislaying of Dempsey, Dembele, Murphy, Etuhu and all the other stalwarts of days of yore, but there is much to be excited about, too.

Fulham 3-0 WBA

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All the misery seems misplaced now. Central midfield problem? Not when the back-up back-up plan can run a game against decent opposition. Chris Baird and his messier partner, Steve Sidwell, proved once again that at a stable club no single player is indispensible, no five players even. We can lament the mislaying of Dempsey, Dembele, Murphy, Etuhu and all the other stalwarts of days of yore, but there is much to be excited about, too.

luka modric

Real Madrid agree to $52 million transfer fee for Luka Modric

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Real Madrid have agreed to a transfer fee for Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Luka Modric reportedly for around $52 million or £33 million.

It's a move that should benefit both sides as Spurs get money to rebuild their squad and Real Madrid add depth with a highly regarded attacking midfielder.

Hudd, Dawson & Adebayor - AANP Weeps, Shrugs & Rejoices

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Hudd to Stoke

WEEP! Weep - and while you're at it wail and gnash your teeth – for Hudd is a lilywhite no more! Admittedly the veracity of the above does depend on a technicality, as the blighter has departed only on loan for now, but apparently AVB deems him too slow for this post-Corluka era.

Manchester City

Transfer Ticker: Edu move in the works, Johnson signs with Sunderland and more

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Maurice Edu's move to Stoke City is not complete yet, but Rangers manager Ally McCoist confirmed that the move is still in the works.Â

"I'm led to believe the Maurice Edu transfer to Stoke is still ongoing," McCoist told Sky Sports. "If and when that happens, he will go with our best wishes, but I don't think there has been anything concrete done with that at the moment.

Tuesday Kickoff: Arsenal eye M'Vila, Man. City close in on Sinclair and more

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With a new void in his midfield, Arsene Wenger may turn yet again to another rising French star to try and bolster his club.

Arsenal's interest in Stade Rennes midfielder Yann M'Vila has reportedly been rekindled as the close of the summer transfer window nears. If M'Vila were to sign with Arsenal, he would join a group of young Frenchmen to sign with the club over the last few years that includes Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy, Abou Diaby and most recently Olivier Giroud.

The Rest

Breaking down D.C. United’s midfield problems, plus Western Conference Finals: Filibuster podcast

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Technology is not our friend

There was so much about D.C. United's season to break down last week that we moved some of it to this week. After Jason, Adam, and Ben talked about the central defense and defensive midfield last week, we we start by talking about the rest of central midfield this week.

Your USMNT Line-Up v Portugal

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Well... I got the back line I wanted, the central midfield triangle I asked for is there, and Sapong gets a shot. And yet, all I can think about is how we should bar coaches from using a 4-4-2. I mean, why??? Hrmph. Go time in Portugal. Introducing your final #USMNT starting XI for 2017.Lineup notes » https://t.

Portland beats Washington Spirit 2-1

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Portland edged out the Spirit 2-1 at home in a narrowly-contested, often nervy battle that saw the Thorns go down a goal before digging their way out to get the win.

Contrary to expectations, the Thorns stuck with the triple-center back formation they deployed against North Carolina last week, with Katherine Reynolds joining Emily Sonnett and Emily Menges for her first start of the season.

Pogba Named To Europe’s Best XI

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His form has been criticized by pundits in the media all season, but According to the CIES Football Observatory, Paul Pogba was one of the top midfielders this season.

Judged on categories like rigour, recovery, distribution, chance creation and take-ons, Pogba is one of the three highest ranked defensive central midfielders in Europe's top five leagues.

Liverpool 1-3 Swansea

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Ayew 20' 67'
Cork 33'
Benteke 65'

A central midfield with a combined five league starts and combined age of 41 with Martin Skrtel behind them. What could possibly go wrong?


Liverpool were very, very bad today. Honestly, there's not much more to be said.

2016 Depth Chart: Center Midfielders

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The Union's central midfield is largely unchanged from last year.

In an offseason marked by widespread change, the center of midfield has largely been left unaltered. Stalwarts Vincent Nogueira and Brian Carroll are back for their third and sixth seasons, respectively. Mid-season acquisition Warren Creavalle has been re-signed, and it looks like Maurice Edu will finally be able to play exclusively in the middle of the park, his natural position.

Panamanian midfielder Jeanine reportedly still on Sounders' radar

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Back in August the rumor was that he would be coming in the Winter. It's essentially transfer season and the rumor is back.

Seattle Sounders FC need some help in the central midfield. Even if they retain Osvaldo Alonso they would only have the Cuban, Erik Friberg and Cristian Roldan are the only two currently under contract.

4 Youngsters to Watch in La Liga

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La Liga is one of the best leagues in the development of young players and I've picked my top 4 that you should look out for in the next coming years. These are my picks and just who I think can go on to achieve great things in their careers. Some have been in and around La Liga for a while but there are some who are going to get the attention they truly deserve.

A time for tumbleweed........

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I summarised by thoughts yesterday and having endured yesterday's transfer window, I have to say I feel betrayed by the club. Â There is no other way of putting it. Â Defensively we are solid, up front we are short with the failed Chamakh being relied on as 3rd choice, and central midfield is a potential disaster zone.

SBI College Preview: UNC's Lopez takes starring role for defending champions

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With all of the talent that Mikey Lopez had around him last season, it was understandable for the U.S. Under-20 midfielder's contributions to get a bit lost in the shuffle at the University of North Carolina.

Missouri State Bears Soccer Double-Header Friday

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The Missouri State Bear's have a double-header on tap Friday night.

The Lady Bears will lead off at 6:00 pm when they host Nebrask-Omaha. The Maverick's made the move from D2 and the MIAA two years ago and is in the final year of their transition to D1 and the Summit League. Coached by CBC grad Don Klosterman, a win Friday night would be his, and the program's, 200th overall to go with one national title (2005 D2).

Robin van Persie: United build a fearsome arsenal

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Robin van Persie or Nick Sobotka?

"Defend, defend ... defend, defend, defend," the Manchester United fans cry in unison, as the opposition launch a counter-attack, outnumbering the United defence by six to one. This is a re-working of the elaborate "attack, attack, attack" chant that so often boomed out of the stands in the seasons before, now a humorous, yet slightly concerned response to the signings of Shinji Kagawa, some Chilean bloke and Robin van Persie from Arsenal.