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English Premier League

Man City’s Stones keen to repay Guardiola faith

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London (AFP) – Manchester City centre-back John Stones says he is determined to repay manager Pep Guardiola for the faith he showed in him during his difficult first season at the Etihad Stadium.

Stones, 23, produced several error-strewn displays last season after joining City from Everton in a £47.

Man City’s Stones keen to repay Guardiola faith

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London (AFP) – Manchester City centre-back John Stones says he is determined to repay manager Pep Guardiola for the faith he showed in him during his difficult first season at the Etihad Stadium.

Stones, 23, produced several error-strewn displays last season after joining City from Everton in a £47.

Spurs stroll as Kane bags brace

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Huddersfield (United Kingdom) (AFP) – A Harry Kane masterclass ensured Tottenham cruised to a 4-0 victory against Huddersfield on Saturday.

Tottenham beat Cypriot champions APOEL Nicosia 3-0 courtesy of a brilliant Kane hat-trick on Tuesday and he was just as impressive in West Yorkshire, killing off Huddersfield inside the opening 20 minutes with two superbly taken goals.

Spurs stroll as Kane bags brace

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Huddersfield (United Kingdom) (AFP) – A Harry Kane masterclass ensured Tottenham cruised to a 4-0 victory against Huddersfield on Saturday.

Tottenham beat Cypriot champions APOEL Nicosia 3-0 courtesy of a brilliant Kane hat-trick on Tuesday and he was just as impressive in West Yorkshire, killing off Huddersfield inside the opening 20 minutes with two superbly taken goals.

Lukaku on mark as Man United score four again

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Swansea (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester United maintained their dream Premier League start as goals from Eric Bailly, Romelu Lukaku, Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial secured a 4-0 victory at Swansea City on Saturday.

Having put West Ham United to the sword with another 4-0 win in their opening game of the new campaign, United looked like being made to settle for a narrower scoreline for much of the game in South Wales.

3 reasons why new Arsenal formation is working

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The Gunners have been firing on all cylinders since manager Arsene Wenger switched formations. Wenger, who has been using a 4-2-3-1 formation for years now, recently adopted a 3-4-2-1 configuration about a month ago. The move to go with three central defenders at the back has helped the north London club win five out of their last six matches, including victories over both Manchester clubs.

3 reasons why new Arsenal formation is working

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The Gunners have been firing on all cylinders since manager Arsene Wenger switched formations. Wenger, who has been using a 4-2-3-1 formation for years now, recently adopted a 3-4-2-1 configuration about a month ago. The move to go with three central defenders at the back has helped the north London club win five out of their last six matches, including victories over both Manchester clubs.

Video: Liverpool celebrate Simon Mignolet’s clean sheets

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Congratulations to @SMignolet on keeping more clean sheets (16) than any other Premier League keeper in 2015. https://t.co/saEldJqLgS ...

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Chelsea Legend Petr Cech breaks Premier League clean sheet record @PetrCech

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Petr Cech broke the Premier League clean sheet record yesterday notching his 170th and it's a fantastic achievement. OK, he plays for Arsenal now but the majority of those clean sheets came from his time at Stamford Bridge and you can only congratulate the Chelsea Legend.

No one can and will ever forget the contribution Cech has made to Chelsea during the most successful period in our history with his heroics in Munich being the highlight!

TOTTENHAM 0-0 CHELSEA - Your opinions. A better performance?

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Chelsea drew with Tottenham 0-0 at White Hart Lane yesterday. In my view it was a good point and performance. What did you think?
Chelsea had been on the up with two good wins with clean sheets and I said before the game yesterday that this game could turn out to be a pivotal moment in our season.

Is Liverpool’s Simon Mignolet the Premier League’s best Goalkeeper?

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Is Liverpool's Simon Mignolet the Premier League's best Goalkeeper? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool's Simon Mignolet has now racked up 9 clean sheets in the Premier League, yet it is two other goalkeepers that have received the plaudits this season.

The Liverpool keeper's future had previously looked in doubt after he was dropped in December for Red's number 2 Brad Jones.

7 Intriguing Facts From Champions League Group Stage

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The Champions League group stage wrapped up last night with the 6th and final group match-day. Now that the first part of the tournament is over and the next part (the knockout rounds) don't begin until February, it's a good time to look back and review the statistics of the group stage.

1. Most Wins:

Real Madrid 6 wins: The reigning European champions racked up a perfect 100% score in the group stage with 6 wins out of 6.

7 Intriguing Facts From Champions League Group Stage

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The Champions League group stage wrapped up last night with the 6th and final group match-day. Now that the first part of the tournament is over and the next part (the knockout rounds) don't begin until February, it's a good time to look back and review the statistics of the group stage.

1. Most Wins:

Real Madrid 6 wins: The reigning European champions racked up a perfect 100% score in the group stage with 6 wins out of 6.

Mesut Ozil: ‘Arsenal can win the Premier League’

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@MesutOzil1088 and Arsene #Wenger in the press conference that shows once and for all that #OzilisaGunner #Arsenal pic.twitter.com/xHgEv5CjdK Arsenal.com (@Arsenal) September 12, 2013 Record signing Mesut Ozil says he can't promise to bring trophies to Arsenal but says the squad are capable of winning the Premier League.

Kei Kamara

Fantasy Focus: All Rev-ed Up

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All they do is Nguyen

Our leader this round was HICKENHÖPPER FC, who scored 125 points. Captain Kei Kamara (NE, $9.8) led the team with a hat trick and 38 points, while his teammate Lee Nguyen (NE, $11.00) tallied four assists and 19 points of his own. Roman Alessandrini (LA, $10.

Fantasy Focus: Quake in your boots

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San Jose players are leaders at every position

Our leader this round was Buzzards Beaks, with a score of 118. Kei Kamara (CLB, $9.7) wore the armband and scored 34 points with a goal and two assists over two games. Ethan Finlay (CLB, $9.2) scored a goal and an assist over two games for 14 points, and David Villa (NYC, $11.

Major League Soccer

SBI MLS Rookie of the Month: Jack Elliott

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The Philadelphia Union's season has certainly seen some ups and downs, but Jack Elliott's presence at the back has certianly exceeded all expectations.

Elliott continued to be a vital piece of the Union's backline throughout July, starting all six of the club's matches throughout the month.

Cristiano Ronaldo with another Champions League hat trick, Carlos Vela to MLS?: Brotherly Game Daily Links 5/4/17

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Philadelphia Union News

Trusty named No. 5 best defender under 20 by Major League Soccer
Future stalwart of the Philadelphia Union backline Auston Trusty was named the No. 5 best defender under 20 years old by Major League Soccer.

Blake second in Union history with 10 clean sheets
In the Union's match against LA this past Saturday, Andre Blake kept the Galaxy off the board, earning the clean sheet.

England

England’s Millie Bright eyes tough Dutch challenges

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Zeist (Netherlands) (AFP) – An equestrian rider as a child, Millie Bright opted for football before becoming the rock of England’s back four at the women’s Euro in the Netherlands.

Her hard tackling style has helped England to three clean sheets in four games so far with the Lionesses’ eyes on a historic success as they get ready for a semi-final against the hosts.

England’s Millie Bright eyes tough Dutch challenges

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Zeist (Netherlands) (AFP) – An equestrian rider as a child, Millie Bright opted for football before becoming the rock of England’s back four at the women’s Euro in the Netherlands.

Her hard tackling style has helped England to three clean sheets in four games so far with the Lionesses’ eyes on a historic success as they get ready for a semi-final against the hosts.

Chelsea’s Gary Cahill defends Man City keeper Joe Hart

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Chelsea defender Gary Cahill has praised his under-fire England colleague Joe Hart, saying he is "top drawer". Manchester City keeper Hart's form over the past 12 months has been questioned by many critics, not least his new club boss Manuel Pellegrini, who suggested that reserve keeper Costel Pantilimon could challenge for his first-team spot.

Arsenal

Who agrees that Arsenal need a new top class goalkeeper?

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Arsenal needs a world class goal-keeper ASAP! By Sylvester Kwentua Just this morning, I watched clips of Petr Cech while he was at Chelsea and I must say, I was really impressed by his heroics in between the sticks. He was a marvel to watch while at Chelsea, he had records of clean sheets while [...]

Emiliano Martínez convinces as Arsenal kepper

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Emiliano Martínez has had a chance to play for Arsenal, even though he's the third choice keeper, and he's kept three clean sheets in a team that was previously a defensive shambles.

His chance has coincided with the return of Laurent Koscielny from injury, but so what? I'm a fan of Wocheck, but I don't remember him playing so well for three games in a row.

Mertesacker: Arsenal’s defending improved after video analysis

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Per Mertesacker admitted that Arsenal's two important clean sheets came after their manager Arsene Wenger had them watch video playback of the loss to Spurs last weekend.

The Gunners completed consecutive 2-0 away wins over Swansea City and Bayern Munich this week, the latter being Bayern's first home loss this season.

Newcastle United

This Part Of Newcastle’s Game Important In Next 4 Fixtures

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When Newcastle went on a 9 winning streak in all competitions after the 1-1 draw at Aston Villa on 24th September, we had 5 clean sheets during that run and it was important the defense play well so we didn't need to score too many goals to win the game. With Dwight Gayle now out [...]

Newcastle Suffer Shocking 2-0 Defeat to Wolves – Anita Sent Off

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AfterNewcastlehad gone six wins on the trot and five clean sheets in a row and werecorded our biggest win on the road since 1962, today we went down to what was a shocking 2-0 defeat at home to Wolves who themselves had suffered a 4-0 thrashing to Barnsley on Tuesday night. And this was [...]

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Fantasy Focus: Stop me if you've heard this before...

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Landon. Again. And while we're here, it's also all about the U.

A total of 130 points vaulted Eagles Screaming to the scoring lead this round. The duo of Landon Donovan (LA, $11.8) and captain Sebastien Le Toux (PHI, $8.4) scored 22 points each, with Le Toux contributing an assist over two games, and Donovan notching two goals and two assists in one game.

Fantasy Focus: Deep Impact

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MLS returns with a full slate, and four Montreal players lead the charge.

To kick things off we have Bayern Neverlusen leading the way this week with 97 points. Captaining the ship was Montreal's Jack McInerney ($8.2) with 28 points while playing twice, scoring two goals, and should probably get bonus points for scoring what will probably be goal of the year against Houston.

The Rest

RGVFC Post Season Player Evaluation: Goalkeepers

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To begin the year end player evaluations, we look at the Toros goalkeepers.

Unlike the Houston Dynamo, RGVFC's season has been over for a couple weeks now. Last edition, I was able to bring you an incredibly in depth breakdown of the season from head coach Junior Gonzalez. Today, to all the people who have been asking me about it, we begin the 2017 RGVFC Toros player breakdowns from yours truly.

Fantasy Focus: Yoshi’s Island

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Eat your enemies

The Wootcakers set the pace this round with 152 points. Nemanja Nikolic (CHI, $10.6) led the team with 22 points on three goals, while Nicolas Lodeiro (SEA, $12.2) was just behind him with 21 points on a goal and two assists. Brad Guzan (ATL, $6.6) kept two clean sheets for 19 points, rounding out the top three.

USL Midweek Rewind: Swope Park Rangers rolling, City Islanders earn a big draw, and more

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The Swope Park Rangers moved within five points of the Western Conference leaders after completing a Cascadia away trip that saw them win all three matches with clean sheets to boot.

After starting the season with three straight victories, the Rangers won just a single match over the next six outings.

Fantasy Focus: 20+ Crew

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Columbus midfielders ftw

With a score of 174 points, Vandelay Industries led the league. Captain David Villa (NYC, $11.1) posted two assists and 28 points to lead the team. Meanwhile, Justin Meram (CLB, $10.2) added a goal to his two assists for 20 points, and Joe Bendik (ORL, $5.1) earned two clean sheets and 18 points.

Sounders’ backup defenders shine in LA victory

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Tony Alfaro and Jordy Delem have two clean sheets from two starts this season

When the Seattle Sounders headed down to LA to face the Galaxy last weekend, they were coming off of a tough away loss to Vancouver. In that match, former Sounder Fredy Montero scored twice against them, and the Sounders only pulled one back despite having stat advantages in possession and shots.

Under-21s – Player Ratings 2015/16

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Joel Pereira Apps: 14 Clean Sheets: 67/10

The starting keeper has performed excellently throughout as the tall figure of Pereira has made some fine saves this campaign. There are some lingering worries with his decision making, but itcan easily be wiped from his game where as his shot-stopping ability can't be taught.

Sounders 2 vs Real Monarchs recap: Drawing point, clean sheets

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Plenty of attacking chances mattered little, as the keepers defined the Tuesday matchup.

Offense continued to be a struggle for Sounders 2 on Tuesday night, but a solid defensive performance in Utah gave the club a point and a 0-0 result against Real Monarchs. There were plenty of chances to take three points from Rio Tinto Stadium, but a young trio of strikers struggled with decision-making all night long, often taking too long to make pass-shoot decisions and sometimes not making decisions at all.

Union Academy in College: Game-Winning Goals and Clean Sheets

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Jelani Williams, Melvin Snoh and Thomas Shiiba score game-winners; Zack Steffen and Kyle Morton register clean sheets in the second week of the college soccer season.

Monmouth newcomer Jelani Williams, a St. John's transfer, didn't wait long to make an impact on his new team. The junior forward made his first start for the Hawks and delivered a golden goal in the 106th minute to beat Albany in double overtime Sunday afternoon.

Fantasy Focus: G.O.A.T.

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It's Chivas USA's world, and we're just living in it.

The leader this round isDenison Cabrallstars, with 94 points despite earning just 6 from three starting defenders. Captain Erick Torres (CHV, $8.8) led with 28 points and two goals over two games, and he's scored a goal in four consecutive games.

The history of FCD and clean sheets

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FC Dallas is eight games into the 2014 MLS regular season and still is without a shutout. But where does that rank in franchise history? Well, here's a quick look:

MOST GAMES INTO SEASON BEFORE RECORDING FIRST SHUTOUT

# of Games Year Coach
14 2002 Mike Jeffries
13 2007 Steve Morrow
11 2009 Schellas Hyndman
11 1998 Dave Dir
10 1997 Dir
8 2014 Oscar Pareja

So, when will this year's FCD team finally keep its first clean sheet?

Liverpool's Premier League Clean Sheets Under Brendan Rodgers

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A few assorted notes:

• Johnson's started every one of Liverpool's 22 Premiership clean sheets under Rodgers. Agger's started 20.

•I didn't include Liverpool's record or points-per-game when each defender starts in the above graphic because that's subjective to so many other variables.