Colorado Rapids

C.J. Sapong suffers concussion and fracture

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New signing C.J Sapong has been diagnosed with a concussion and a fracture in his left cheek

When folk say the Colorado Rapids played dirty in the 0-0 tie season opener, they meant it.

New Philadelphia Union striker/winger C.J. Sapong has been diagnosed with a concussion and a zygomatic fracture in his left cheek following a hit he took near the end of the first half of the season opener.

Rogers loaned to Stevenage

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Robbie Rogers has a new place to play until this winter.

Rogers was loaned Thursday from Leeds United to League One side Stevenage, where he will play for former Colorado Rapids manager Gary Smith. The loan extends until the end of 2012, at which point he will return to Leeds.


Rafael Land’s on His Neck in Horror Collision with Olivier Giroud

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I bet manchester United defender Rafael woke up this morning with a nasty headache after this horror collision with Olivier Giroud in last nights 0-0 draw at the Emirates.

And Rafael could probably count himself lucky it was nothing more serious than a concussion after he fell on his neck and into a ball.

Javier Orozco Suffers Concussion Following Nasty Collision With Post After Scoring (Video)

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Santos Laguna striker Javier Orozco suffered a nasty concussion after he collided off the post just after he scored his second of the game before having to go off with a nasty headache!

Nasty Phil Jones Injury Against Stoke (Video)

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Phil Jones nasty injury picked up in an aerial challenge with Jonathan Walters is not as serious as first suspected following a scan, however he did suffer concussion a bit like the rest of his team-mates would have got if Sir Alex Ferguson was still in charge after their shock 2-1 loss to Stoke today.

D.C. United

Moffat has been ruled out with a concussion

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Dynamo holding midfielder Adam Moffat, who suffered a concussion and a chest injury Sunday against D.C. United, has been ruled out of the second game of the Eastern Conference Championship with a concussion.

Moffat suffered the injury in the first half of the Dynamo's 3-1 victory Sunday when United's 6-foot-2, 205-pound defender Robbie Russell leaped into him and hit him with his thigh and arm in the head and chest.

Report: Namoff suing D.C. United for negligence

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Former D.C. United defender Bryan Namoff had his career end prematurely because of a concussion, and he is reportedly taking legal action against the club for failing to act with the proper care that could have prevented the ongoing medical issues he faces today.

Timbers sign defender, deal Chabala to D.C. United

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The Portland Timbers have had defensive issues for most of the 2012 season, and it is a reason they are out of the playoff race in the MLS Western Conference, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that the team shook up the roster on Thursday with another trade and an international player signing.

Major League Soccer

MLS Spotlight: John emerges from setbacks, adversity for FC Dallas

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George John has experienced his fair share of setbacks in the past year. But if the FC Dallas centerback's spirits have been dampened, he isn't showing it.

Last summer, a deal that would have sent John to English side Blackburn Rovers FC fell through.

Questions: Concussions

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Aug 14, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In Thursday's column, Tony sees a US National Team player go down with a concussion and asks again how long it will take before MLS and FIFA put player health first. How many concussions is it going to take before MLS and FIFA change their substitution rules?

Calen Carr voted MLS Player of the Week

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Soccer by Ives may have picked some English guy in Los Angeles to win the honor, but MLS had other ideas, announcing today that Houston Dynamo forward/midfielder Calen Carr was voted MLS Player of the Week.

What a fitting honor for a guy who is just back from injury, saw his team sign the excellent Boniek Garcia as a DP to fill what had become his position and after recovering from concussion he received in his Chicago Fire days, had serious doubts he might ever play again.

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.

Cristman Retires

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Adam Cristman (middle) scored ten goals in two seasons with the Revs. (Photo: Art Donahue/

Former New England Revolution striker Adam Cristman announced his retirement from professional soccer on Tuesday due to concussion-related issues after just six years in professional soccer.

Galaxy reserve striker Cristman retires with concussion issues, injured defender Gonzalez activated in surprise move

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Galaxy striker Adam Cristman has become the latest sports figure to retire because of concussion-related issues, the club announced today. Cristman, 27, made 13 MLS appearances over two seasons for the Galaxy, scoring one goal. "The concussions I have suffered this year have forced me to retire," Cristman said in

Questions: Marshalls Recovery

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (June 28, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In Thursday's edition of the 5 Questions, Tony asks how Chad Marshall's recovery from a concussion is going and emphasizes the need for a change in the substitution rule when it comes to concussions. Also, a look at Montreal's surprising scoring and MLS ratings on ESPN.


Pro notes: Pyzdrowski out for season

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Matt Pyzdrowski (Marquette) won't play for Swedish club Ängelholms FF again this season as he recovers from his third concussion in six months.

However, in an update posted online Wednesday, the 25-year-old goalkeeper wrote that he will "100% be back next season."

Pyzdrowski had played every minute between the posts for Ängelholms in Superettan play since joining the second-division club in January 2011 before going off at halftime of a 4-1 loss to Trelleborgs FF on July 29.

Pros: Concussion sidelines Pyzdrowski

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Matt Pyzdrowski (Marquette) has found a home with Swedish club Ängelholms FF, playing every minute of Superettan play since joining the club in January 2011.

But the goalkeeper was forced to the sidelines for the first time Sunday, coming off at halftime after suffering his third concussion of the year in a 4-1 loss to Trelleborgs FF.

Collin, Espinoza, and Angevine News

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Some player news for you today. First, more on the injury to Aurelien Collin from last night. Collin posted on Twitter that night that he had suffered a facial fracture after his challenge on Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien. Sporting KC announced today that Collin is set to miss 1-2 weeks because of the injury.

Former SKC Wizards Update

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Getting this update out early this week due to the holiday. All the games from tonight will be on next week's update. Boris Pardo is currently out of the country with the US Futsal national team as the back up goalkeeper to his Comets teammate, Danny Waltman. The US is 1-1 losing to Panama and beating Canada.

Stoppage Time

Whitecaps MF Barry Robson Suspended For Game Vs. Sounders

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The already short-handed Vancouver Whitecaps will be a little more so after learning that Designated Player Barry Robson was suspended for Saturday's game against the Seattle Sounders. The MLS Disciplinary Committee announced the punishment for "aggravated dissent against an assistant referee" on Saturday morning, just hours before the scheduled kickoff time.

Collin Injury Overshadows All Star Win for Sporting KC

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The MLS All Stars got a stoppage time winner from former Wizard, Eddie Johnson to defeat Chelsea 3-2 in the all star game at PPL Park outside Philadelphia, PA. The MLS all stars grabbed the lead through Chris Wondolowski, saw John Terry and Frank Lampard score to put the Blues in front. Chris Pontius scored an equalizer in the second half and Johnson scored the winner in stoppage time.


Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: Buzzing Edition

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The Timbers held a closed practice at their Beaverton training facility as they returned from their midweek day off. Where Wednesday's practice seemed somewhat unsettled at times, today saw the team out and joking with each other from the get go.

After the usual running, the team broke into groups for games of keep away and Gavin Wilkinson yelled for the "privileged kids" to get in the middle.

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: Free Trencito Edition

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The Portland Timbers held an open practice today at Jeld-Wen Field after Saturday's 1-0 loss to Chivas USA. Practice was active with the team splitting off into three groups doing fitness work and two short fielded games. The first half of practice was run by Gavin Wilkinson while Sean McAuley, the team's new assistant coach, took the second half.

Portland Timbers Man of the Match: Five and Counting Edition

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Returning home for their first game at Jeld-Wen Field in two weeks, the Timbers showed some fight in an ultimately futile 1-0 loss against Chivas USA last night. Several Timbers showed well, and but for some poor finishing and one mistake at the back the Timbers should have taken all three points from the match.

Portland Timbers vs. Chivas USA Preview and Match Thread

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Reading all the vitriol about Gavin Wilkinson over the last few days you'd be forgiven for forgetting the Timbers' first game under the new interim coach was just two weeks ago. It might be more comforting, I suppose, for a Timbers fan to convince him/herself that it has been three or four weeks, considering the eleven goals the Boys in Green have leaked with Wilkinson at the helm.

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: Middle Ground Edition

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The Timbers held a long training session today at their Beaverton training facility. With the team bolstered by their improved play at home against Aston Villa on Tuesday night, training was lively as the team prepares to take on Chivas USA this weekend.

Helping to run the proceedings was new assistant coach Sean McAuley.

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: See You Next Week Edition

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The Portland Timbers held their last training session before embarking this afternoon on a five day, two game road trip through Carson and Frisco. Today's per-game preparations necessitated a closed but short practice before the team heads off to the airport this afternoon.

The Timbers' line up was unchanged from yesterday with Eric Brunner, Chris Taylor, and Rodney Wallace all missing practice due to injury, while Jake Gleeson is still abroad with the New Zealand Olympic team.

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: The Dawning of a New Era Edition

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Today the Timbers held their first practice, a closed one, since it was announced that John Spencer was out as head coach. Gavin Wilkinson ran the proceedings at the team's Beaverton training facility as the team continued to adjust to this big change. Although the initial warm ups, run by John Ireland, were the same, Wilkinson favored passing drills rather than games of keep away before practice was closed.

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: Ready For Real Edition

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The Timbers held a short, closed practice today before flying out to Salt Lake later today.

Franck Songo'o was missing from practice today, although he was spotted around the training enter after practice had reopened. According to John Spencer on last night's "Talk Timbers" on 750 The Game, Songo'o suffered a strained knee before coming out of the game against San Jose on Tuesday.

Portland Timbers @ Colorado Rapids Preview and Match Thread [6:00 PM]

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Last Sunday the Portland Timbers faced a huge test against their northern rivals the Seattle Sounders and they came out on top. It wasn't a pretty game. It wasn't an overtly dominant performance by the Timbers, but they dragged out a 2-1 victory... and that's what really matters, especially against a rival such as Seattle.

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: Flying High Edition

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The Timbers held a short, closed practice today at their Beaverton training facility before they fly out to Colorado later today.

Rodney Wallace practiced with the team today, staying on the field for the whole time for the second time this week (the other being yesterday, which I missed).

Shalrie Joseph

McCarthy Injury Disrupts Revs

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The Revs never recovered from Stephen McCarthy's early injury after he collided with Ryan Johnson on Saturday. (Photo: Kari Heistad)

Stephen McCarthy's early injury gave Toronto FC an opening to grab the lead and the New England Revolution were never able to recover from the early 1-0 deficit as they fell to TFC at Gillette Stadium on Saturday night.

Reds Shock Revs

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Shalrie Joseph was forced into emergency duty at center back eight minutes into the match on Saturday. (Photo: Kari Heistad)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Rookie Luis Silva scored in the eighth minute for the visiting Toronto FC and the Reds held on to win 1-0 over the New England Revolution on Saturday night in front of 12,180 at Gillette Stadium.

The Rest

FIFA Medical Committee proposes new concussion protocol

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After seeing several high-profile incidents at this summer's World Cup, FIFA are finally taking actionregarding the management of concussions.

FIFA announced Tuesday that the organization's Medical Committee has agreed to submit a new proposal to theFIFA Executive Committee in an effort to improve the handling of concussions.

Ugo Ihemelu talks FC Dallas and his career ending injury

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Almost since the moment Ugo Ihemelu sustained a concussion in a May 2012 loss to Colorado, the one question on everyone's mind was when the then-FC Dallas captain would return? Of course, that return never came the rest of the 2012 season and it also never came in 2013, leaving many to wonder if the Cedar Hill product would have to hang up his boots or would be able to return.

Video :: Is soccer headgear effective in protecting athletes against concussions?

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Unless you have been living on the moon the past 5-6 years, you surely have heard plenty of debate and discussion regarding concussions in sports. Particular attention has been given to concussion awareness training in recent years in hopes of better education coaches, parents, and players.

In the following video, Tad Seifert, M.

GIF It: West Ham youngster Dan Potts’ sickening clash of heads with Arsenal’s Bacary Sagna

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Arsenal's 5-1 thrashing of West Ham last night was initially overshadowed by what looked like a very nasty injury to Hammers defender Dan Potts. The 18-year-old full-back was involved in a horrible clash of heads with Arsenal's Bacary Sagna, which left him motionless on the floor for 15 minutes. The youngster was stretchered off the [.

Many English Football Teams Not Following Concussion Guidelines

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Many English Football Teams Not Following Concussion Guidelines

@TaylorTwellman posted this earlier today when the question of why there are so many fewer concussions in Europe was raised.

Will Global Warming Result in a Decline of Interest for American Football?

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There doesn't seem like much of a debate coming from Republicans this year regarding Global Warming. It would be hard to believe any scientist would be that dense to suggest there's nothing to worry about and the temperatures are just an aberration for this period of time in history.

In fact, it's so hot outside and getting increasingly warmer each year that young people may be choosing not to play football.

Musket Rounds: Oh What A Hangover Edition

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Hello everybody and welcome to our Thursday post-Independence Day Hangover edition of Musket Rounds! Despite taking the last two days off, we actually don't have too many interesting or relevant links to bring you. It could be that news has been slow, it could be that I need to start casting a wider net, or it could be that I'm tired and can't be bothered to be thorough.