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Chelsea staff and players express concern over Marco Van Ginkel

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Happy with the victory but sad for Marco's injury. Get well soon my friend. We are all with you.... César Azpilicueta (@CesarAzpi) September 24, 2013 Chelsea coaches and players have been sending well wishes to midfielder Marco Van Ginkel who suffered what looked like a serious knee injury during last night's Capital One [.

Backpage roundup: Sagna voices displeasure at summer sales, Vermaelen highlights Bould’s influence, Fabregas’ thoughts on Highbury exit, Frimpong’s return

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Sagna Unhappy With Summer Sales

Bacary Sagna has voiced his displeasure at summer sales of Robin van Persie and Alexandre Song, and said that the star duo's departure from Arsenal has left 'a lot of questions.'

In an interview with French magazine L'Equipe, the injured right back said: "Everyone was expecting Robin van Persie to leave, but Alex Song, that was a surprise.

Upside: Coming to America

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Their Words "It's difficult but we are in good shape, we have no injuries and the players are getting sharper by the day. Coming to America is great for the supporters over here that can see the team, but the downside is spending 11 hours on a plane with an eight-hour time difference." Cheslea assistant coach Steve Holland.

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Jose Mourinho to retain first-team coach Steve Holland when he returns to Chelsea

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Chelsea first-team coach Steve Holland will keep his job when, as widely expected, Jose Mourinho returns to the club. The Special One is due to seal his Stamford Bridge second coming in the next few days. You don't have to be into soccer betting to realise that the odds of 1/50 mean he is now [...]

Match Preview: West Brom vs Liverpool

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New eras begin in earnest at both West Bromwich Albion and Liverpool on Saturday's first day of the new Premier League season.
Both clubs have during the summer undergone changes in management following the respective departures of now-England boss Roy Hodgson and Kenny Dalglish.
There has in fact been a strange managerial symmetry between the two clubs over recent years after Hodgson joined West Brom following his sacking at Anfield while new head coach Steve Clarke previously worked as Dalglish's assistant.

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USA Crowned U-20 Women’s World Cup Champions After Beating Out Favourites Germany 1-0

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USA were officially crowned champions of the U-20 Women's World Cup after a closely-fought 1-0 victory over defending champions Germany in Tokyo tonight. Ironically for the Germans, Kealia Ohai's strike in the 44th minute was the first and only goal they conceded at the tournament and despite a successful campaign so far, they weren't able to fight off a hardworking USA side.

U.S. U-20 women set for rematch with Germany in World Cup final

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The U.S. Under-20 women's national team is a game away from being on top of the world for a record third time, but standing in its way is an opponent on a roll, and one that has already dealt the Americans a setback during this year's FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup.

UVA Women Release 2012 Schedule

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Virginia Women's Soccer Announces 2012 Schedule Cavaliers play 11 games at Klöckner Stadium CHARLOTTESVILLE – The Virginia women's soccer team announced its 2012 schedule today, which includes 11 home games at Klöckner Stadium and 10 contests against 2011 NCAA Tournament teams.

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Last Training in the Books

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This U.S. U-20 WNT held its last training together today and now only a good night's sleep and a few meals remain before the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Final against Germany at Tokyo National Stadium.

It's has been quite a journey for this young U.S. team, one they have enjoyed tremendously and one which has seen them grow as people and players across the entire cycle leading into this tournament.

USA Rises, North Korea Falls

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The starting XI vs. North Korea

In the eyes of many, the U.S. U-20 WNT went into the 2012 U-20 Women's World Cup semifinal in an unusal role: underdogs. Coming off a 3-0 loss to Germany in its Group D finale, and facing a North Korean team that had rolled through group play by scoring 15 goals, by far the most in the tournament, while featuring no less than 10 players from its 2012 Olympic, well, you can see why the Asian power was perhaps the favorite.

Sizzling in Saitama

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The U.S. U-20 WNT held its final practice today before the quarterfinal clash with North Korea on Aug. 31 (coverage starts at 6:20 a.m. ET on ESPNU and ESPN3) and it was the hottest day of numerous hot days the U.S. team has experienced in Japan.

With temps hitting 95 on the field and the heat index climbing to 11o, the players went through their paces during a short training that did not lack intensity, despite the heat.

Four Coaches Speak

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Not a bad media turnout for a U-20 WWC press conference in Hiroshima

All four Group D coaches came together for a press conference today at the Hiroshima Big Arch Stadium to dicuss tomorrow's second match day of the group.

Usually, most coaches are loathe to give any real answers when other coaches are around, but the four gaffers answered a some questions honestly and earnestly and set the stage for tomorrow's big match in which China and Ghana need results to stay in the tournament.

Clarke - I Was Sacked By Reds

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West Bromwich Albion head coach Steve Clarke has revealed he was sacked by Liverpool and would otherwise not necessarily have left the club.
The Scot is preparing to face his former employers on the opening day of the new Premier League season just months after previously working as Kenny Dalglish's assistant at Anfield.

Kassey Kallman Named to US WNT U-20 World Cup Squad

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After a year and a half of consistent play on the US U-20 Women's National Team, Woodbury, Minn. native Kassey Kallman has been called on again to represent her country. This time she and a squad of 21 players has been called together by head coach Steve Swanson. Kallman will represent the United States at the [.

Richmond Forward Becca Wann selected to USWNT U20 World Cup Squad

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Courtesy: Richmond AthleticsBecca Wann (Chesterfield, Va.) has been selected to the U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team by head coach Steve Swanson to represent the United States at the 2012 FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup in Japan.

Becca Wann U.S. Soccer Bio: One of the two uncapped players on the roster, she made a late run to make the squad and adds tremendous athleticism (she plays soccer and basketball at Richmond) as well as a dangerous weapon on set plays due to her aerial dominance.

Virginia Sophomore Morgan Brian named to USWNT U20 Team

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Morgan Brian Named to U-20 World Cup Team

Cavalier sophomore midfielder to represent the United States in Japan
CHARLOTTESVILLE – Virginia sophomore midfielder Morgan Brian (St. Simons Island, Ga.) was named to the United States team that will compete at the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup.

West Brom Seal Deal For Ben Foster

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West Brom head coach Steve Clarke has made his first signing at the Hawthorns, securing goalkeeper Ben Foster from Birmingham City.

Foster was one of the Baggies bright lights last season when he was on loan and it made sense for West Brom to sign him on a permanent deal. He was named Albion's supporters' player of the Year and players' Player of the Year and his 10 clean sheets, equalled the club record for the most shut-outs in a Premier League campaign.

Mariner's Team

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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (June 20, 2012) US Soccer Players -- For the longest time, you couldn't talk about former New England Revolution head coach Steve Nicol without mentioning his top assistant, Paul Mariner. It was Nicol that made the Revolution the annual contenders that they were, pushing for an MLS Cup title year-after-year, nearly winning one on a handful of occasions, and consistently finishing near the top of the League standings.

Mariner to lead Toronto FC

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Paul Mariner has paid his dues as a player and coach, so I was excited to learn on Thursday that Toronto FC announced that Mariner will become the club's seventh head coach in franchise history.

The longtime New England Revolution assistant Mariner now takes the reins, as TFC return to action on June 16 at Sporting Kansas City before playing in Houston against the Dynamo on June 20.

Ex-Liverpool And Chelsea Coach Steve Clarke Named New West Brom Boss

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By Alan Duffy

Holy God, will this managerial merry-go-round ever stop? Hot on the heels of Chris Hughton going to Norwich (to replace Paul Lambert who went to Aston Villa), Scottish coach Steve Clarke has been unveiled as West Brom's new boss, replacing England's main man Roy Hodgson.

Mariner Tabbed Toronto HC

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Former Revolution assistant coach Paul Mariner was appointed head coach of Toronto FC after the team relieved Aron Winter of his duties on Thursday.

Mariner spent six seasons (2004-2009)Â in New England as an assistant to longtime head coach Steve Nicol and heled guide the team to three straight MLS Cup finals.

Heaps' Roster Clean-up Continues, Revs Waive Mansally

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Today, via press release, the New England Revolution announced that they will be parting ways with midfielder Kenny Mansally. Mansally was originally brought to the club by former head coach Steve Nicol in 2007 along with fellow Gambian midfielder Sainey Nyassi. The 23-year-old made 89 regular season appearances for the Revs, which included 6 goals and 5 assists.

U.S. U-20 WNT Starts World Cup Preparations; Kassey Kallman Included in 25 Player Roster

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CHICAGO (April 2, 2012) After a successful CONCACAF qualifying campaign in Panama in March, the U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team now begins its run to the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Japan with a training camp from April 9-15 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. U.S. U-20 WNT head coach Steve [.

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Steve Ralston Captains The New England Revolution All-Decade Team

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Who feels like analyzing why we lost to the Montreal Impact this past weekend? Not me. It's depressing.

Instead, let us together reflect on better times in club history like the 2000s where the New England Revolution were perennial playoff powerhouses, won US Open Cup, Superliga and made repeated playoff runs.

A New Chapter Awaits

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With Shalrie Joseph gone, the Revolution hope they can use the move to find the next centerpiece of their franchise. (Photo: Kari Heistad/

Since the 2003 season, Shalrie Joseph has been the foundation for the New England Revolution. A second round pick in 2002 out of St. John's University (NY), Joseph became one of Major League Soccer's best central midfielders.

Revolution Mid-Season Grades: Off the Bench...Subs Have Been Studs

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Steve Nicol's coaching style irked me in one very specific way. I first realized it during the 2010 season when the losses started pouring in. Whether due to lack of depth, lack of talent or sheer unpreparedness--Coach Steve Nicol lacked the ability to adjust his strategy or game plan on the fly as a match developed or devolved into a loss.

Who should be hired as Portland's next coach?

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The dust is just settling in the aftermath of John Spencer's dismissal as coach of the Portland Timbers, with the second-year MLS club looking for a new candidate who will carry the team to new heights.

Gavin Wilkinson, the club's general manager and former coach during the team's USL days, has been given the interim reins for the remainder of the season while the club searches for its long-term replacement.

Musket Rounds: Set Pieces, Ryan Guy, US Open Cup, KickTV, & more!

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New Jersey is now adequately in the rear view. The Colorado Rapids are in town tonight and the Revs need to start proving that they know how to score some goals. To hold you over until kickoff, here's some Musket Rounds. Have at 'em!

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Wasted Opportunities - NE Soccer Today

Sean Donahue has a look at the Revs' poor set pieces and lack of play from the wings in their loss to New York on Saturday.

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Liverpool 0-2 Arsenal – Feeble Reds Out-Gunned At Anfield (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Liverpool 0-2 Arsenal Premier League 2nd September 2012

Three games played and three clean sheets will no doubt please Arsenal coach Steve Bould, as the Gunners once again produced a disciplined and defensively solid performance against Liverpool, this time with added goals too.

Clarke Sympathy For Dalglish

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Former Liverpool first-team coach Steve Clarke admits he feels sympathy for Kenny Dalglish, who was sacked by the Merseysiders last month.
Clarke moved to the Reds in January 2010 to work alongside Dalglish, who had made a dramatic return to the Anfield hot-seat 19 years after he had first quit the post.

Portland Timbers Training Notes and Quotes: Danny Mwanga Edition

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Today's closed practice at the Timbers training center saw the introduction of forward Danny Mwanga to the team. Mwanga took part in the full practice and was mobbed by the press afterward.

Once again Eric Brunner was not at practice as he continues to recover from a concussion suffered against Vancouver.

Futsalroos in shame game?

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Australia went through to the last four of the Asian Futsal Championships last night in their 3-2 win over Kuwait.

They have now qualified for the World Cup.

But last nights game had shades of Germany Austria back in the 80's when both teams simply failed to attack ensuring a 0 -0 score and both teams qualified.