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Manchester United

Newcastle vs West Brom – Match Preview

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Newcastle have played well the last couple of games at Sunderland and against Club Brugge in the Europa League, since we were taken apart 3-0, by Manchester United at St. James' Park a couple of weeks ago. But we really need to start picking things up in the league, and we have only 10 points [...]


European Weekend Preview: Tottenham takes on Chelsea, Juve battles Napoli, and more

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By NICK IUELE

Tottenham, a couple weeks removed from a big win over Manchester United, will face another stiff test in English Premier League table toppers Chelsea. Spurs new boy Clint Dempsey scored against Man U and twice in the United States' World Cup Qualifier against Guatemala on Tuesday, so it appears he is back in good form and could help with a potential upset.

Why this Premier League Season Could Be The Best Ever For Some Of The Wrong Reasons

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The last couple of weeks have been a blur for me. I wish I could say it's been hours spent playing FIFA 13, but it's been a combination of several things — helping my wife launch her food truck business, ... Continue reading →

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Holden making progress in his return from injury

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photo by Joe Toth/ISIphotos.com

By FRANCO PANIZO

NEW YORK -- To say Stuart Holden is eager to get back to playing soccer would be an understatement.

Holden has not appeared for either Bolton Wanderers or the U.S. men's national team since March 2011, picking up a knee injury in a match against Manchester United before suffering a setback as he neared his recovery last September.

New England Revolution

Juan Toja Arrives: How Will He Be Utilized?

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The New England Revolution tweeted and later reported in their weekly update that Juan Toja joined the Revolution for his first training session since signing with the squad a couple weeks ago. The former MLS All-Star arrived in the States on Sunday and it looks like promising for him to be available on Saturday against D.

Sounders v Chivas USA - Three Questions

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Is this facing Chivas USA thing getting a bit tiresome? Throw in an Open Cup match and suddenly the two sides are about to meet their fourth time. The Goats have transitioned quite a bit from that Open Cup meeting (Three Questions, Recap). They've added significant names to the roster but still got blown out by Seattle just a couple weeks ago (Three Questions, Recap).

2012 MLS, Week 26: Predictions

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Montreal and Columbus headline a busy holiday weekend. (Getty Images)

I probably should open up this post with a little housecleaning item. This week has been crazy busy at work, which would explain the lack of posts going on here. It happens. Plus, I've been working for a couple weeks on the side at getting this site a little more mobile friendly, which is something I hope to roll out either today or sometime next week.

2012 MLS, Week 22: Power Rankings

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After another full week of games and some upsets you'd expect some movement in this week's rankings. Well, you thought wrong. Only a couple teams made some noise in the rankings. I nearly made a new number one and almost moved a club back into the top tier but in the end decided against it.

Also, we have a new addition to the bottom tier as the four groups begin to get a little more evenly laid out.

Goodbye, Number 9

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Colombian striker Jose Moreno waived by the Revolution on Monday. (Photo: Kari Heistad/CapturedImages.biz)

Advertised as the New England Revolution's new number 9 back in February, Jose Moreno came to the club on loan from Colombian side Once Caldas with high expectations. From the beginning, nothing seemed to go as planned and now Moreno's time with the club is over after being waived on Aug.

Musket Rounds: Feilhaber, Guy, Reserves, EPL Photos, And More

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Good morning everyone! It's the middle of a bye week for the Revolution, so you'd expect news to be slow, but honestly there's more out there than I expected. Also, we've got the Euros starting on Friday, which is also the day that the USMNT takes on Antigua & Barbuda in their first World Cup 2014 Qualifier.

Seattle Sounders

Cascadia Cup: A Win Against the Seattle Sounders Would Go a Long Way This Season

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With the upcoming Cascadia Cup match against the Portland Timbers arch rivals the Seattle Sounders just over a week away, there are undoubtedly a lot of fans who are placing their remaining hopes of the season on winning the regional trophy. After all, with the chances of making the play offs all but mathematically ruled out, there's little else for Timbers fans to get excited for.

State of the MLS Run In: 9 Weeks to Go

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Previous Week

We've been pointing out for a couple weeks that it would take some real work for the roster of playoff teams to be shaken up from the 10 teams who've held the projected playoff spots for some time. Part of that work would be an extended run of bad play from the teams closest to the edge: the Vancouver Whitecaps in the West and DC United in the East.

Mario Martinez Joins Sounders, But Where Does He Fit?

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In case there were anymore of you out there concerned that Mario Martinez was nothing more than myth, the Honduran hero was actually training with the Seattle Sounders on Friday and will likely make his debut this weekend. Sounders coach Sigi Schmid Martinez could play as early as Saturday against the Vancouver Whitecaps, but would definitely play in Sunday's Reserve League match.

Is the Cascadia Cup All We Have Left? [Poll]

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We've already inundated you guys with previews for tomorrow's match and, having played FC Dallas just a couple weeks before there's simply not much more to say. So instead of rehashing the same content, once again, I figure some light discussion would be in order for this steamy Saturday afternoon.

Sporting KC Faces Philadelphia Tonight in US Open Cup

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TheCup.us mentioned.

Four Major League Soccer teams make up the semifinal round of the 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup which will be contested this evening. MLS sides Philadelphia Union, Sporting Kansas City, Chivas USA and three-time defending champion Seattle Sounders FC each won their quarterfinal matches on Tuesday, June 26.

Keeper Update - Meredith To Start, Ford Activated, Weber Hurt

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Seattle Sounders keepers are busy in the news today. Josh Ford, who once won the third keeper job over Bryan Meredith was activated from the short term injured list today. While he was only on the list from May 4th, his injury troubles go back to last year. With the news that Andrew Weber is out for 2-4 weeks Meredith will return to the starting lineup.

2012 MLS, Week 13: Power Rankings

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We're back with the weekly rankings after a couple weeks off.

A few changes throughout the rankings. Two clubs moved up into the top tier while two dropped out. I have a feeling we'll see similar movement in those two tiers for the next few weeks as we move further into the summer months.

The third tier is still chugging along in a massive style while the final tier is still the worst two clubs in the league (though FC Dallas is close to joining that group).

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Club Tijuana Climbs the Table, Santos Get Big Win Over Tigres

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Another big weekend in Mexico, filled with great games, surprises, and some teams further separating themselves from the rest. After 7 weeks, Toluca (17 points) sits atop the table, followed by Club Tijuana (16), Leon (13), Cruz Azul (13), Morelia (12), Atlante (12), Santos (11), and America (10).

Quotes, Stats and Links: Giant Killers Edition

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Hope every one had a happy and safe 4th.

Quotes

Portland Timbers Quotes

Timbers head coach John Spencer

On getting players ready after loss to Colorado:
"I think it's easy to get up for games here. The passion and energy that's in the stadium is just tremendous.

CD Chivas USA

Decoding the MLS Playoff Push & That Tiebreaker Thing

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Will Chivas shake off the Galaxy drubbing and muscle their way to the playoffs?

Steve Fenn with his second piece for The Shin Guardian

Sunday's Superclasico between Chivas USA and LA Galaxy was one of the few matches we have left in this MLS season with major playoff implications.

Portland Timbers vs. FC Dallas Preview and Match Thread [4:00 pm]

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Heading into tonight's match is about more than the three points that the Portland Timbers desperately need. It's about vengeance. It's about restoring the pride that a team like the Timbers should have given the city that loves them so much. With FC Dallas having outplayed Portland twice at home in embarrassing fashion (4-nil last year, 5-nil just a couple weeks ago) it's time for the Timbers to return the favor and deal Dallas the same kind of humiliating defeat.

Nos Audietis, Episode 60: Back In The Saddle Again

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Oh. My. God. As bad as it has been around these parts over the past couple weeks, Saturday felt like a rather massive relief. Not only did the Seattle Sounders win their first league game in almost two months. Not only did they look sharp doing it. But we also got to see Steve Zakuani play against the same team that put him out about 14 months ago.

Portland Timbers @ LA Galaxy Preview and Match Thread [4:00 PM]

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It's been a long time coming and truly this international break has seemingly gone on for forever but the wait is now over! As of 4:00 PM this evening we will, once again, see our Portland Timbers take the field against the LA Galaxy, a team they don't have a great record against away from home. But now is another chance to remedy that.

FC Dallas

FC Dallas Trade Talk Roundtable

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The topic of a possible FC Dallas trade, or lack thereof, has been a hot one for a couple weeks. So I pulled together a quick 3rd Degree roundtable of myself, Peter Welpton, and Todd Date to discuss the issue.

Dynamo v Toronto FC: The "Worst Team in the World" Comes to Town

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Just four days after a tough victory over FC Dallas in the Texas Derby, the Dynamo will be back to work tomorrow night at BBVA Compass Stadium. This time, it's Toronto FC, an Eastern Conference foe who has put the struggle in struggling so far this season.

This will be Paul Mariner's second match in charge of Toronto after replacing Aron Winter less than two weeks ago.

Few Minutes With Brek Shea

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Last week I was given the chance to talk to FC Dallas midfielder Brek Shea on his involvement with Deuce Brand watches. Below is a little interview with him on how things are going right now for him, FC Dallas and why he is teaming up with Deuce Brand.

WVH: How has the last couple weeks been for you?

International Soccer

Goal-line technology approved, to be used in upcoming tournaments

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The day so many soccer fans have been waiting for has arrived. Yes, goal-line technology has been approved by FIFA.

The decision was made by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) during a meeting in Zurich on Thursday, with two different systems getting the green light.

NTR: Who Are You Rooting for in Euro 2012? [Poll]

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With just about two weeks to go until our next MLS regular season game, we're getting a little light on stuff to write about here on Stumptown Footy. I mean, practices are interesting and all, but without some sort of action, game, transfer etc. to back it up with they can get a little dull. As such, we'll be incorporating a bit more off topics discussions and in depth analysis over the next couple weeks starting today!

The Rest

Dutch federation promotes acceptance campaign with footballer wearing a closet

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A couple weeks ago, the KNVB launched a campaign promoting acceptance of gay footballers with a commercial depicting a guy wearing a closet while playing. The goofy depiction, which has aired on Dutch television, concludes with the words, "Why not come out of the closet? Your team is on your side.

We´re on our way

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As I said in my analysis a couple of weeks agothis Wolves team own the potential to climb right back up to the Premier League. The defeat by six goals to Chelsea doesn't change my estimation of the team a bit. Why not so? Well, there are many reasons to that. Firstly, we played the [...]

Late-Breaking Walcott Defection

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For my first Arsenal match in August 2006, covered in the 10 am spilled beers and yell spit of fellow patrons at Nevada Smith's in New York, I saw Robin van Persie and Theo Walcott come on as subs after Thierry Henry had done something or other phenomenal. My buddy Roland, who deserves all the blame for me being a Gunner, had filled me in on the Walcott World Cup call up fiasco and considered van Persie his favorite player.

Dynamo v Toronto FC: Match Three of the Late Season Gauntlet

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The Dynamo play the third game of their late August/early September six match in 19 day gauntlet. There is plenty of good news though as we hit the half way point. The Dynamo are 1-0-1, fresh off their first ever in Central America over C.D. FAS on Wednesday. More importantly, the team's depth (a word rarely associated with MLS sides) stood up well in the mid week, allowing Kinnear to hold back most of his starters ahead of this weekend's TFC match and this coming Thursday's trip to Honduras for their second CCL match.

MMCB: Building A Rico Case

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If you've ended up here for a discussion of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, I apologize, this post isn't for you. If you've ended up here to discuss the return of Ricardo Clark to the Houston Dynamo, then you're in the right place.

Unless you've been away from the Internet for the last couple weeks, you've probably heard the news that midfielder Ricardo Clark has re-signed with the Dynamo after over two years in Germany.

Soccer Science: Plasticity

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Its been a wonderful couple weeks, Orange fans. Helmets removed at will, Bears a-dancing, and wins to go along with it all. I'm even getting caught up in the excitement. Sometimes I find myself ripping off my bike helmet on the way to school just to do the "Dancing Bear" across the BCM campus. Needless to say, morale is high.

Cup tie, new signing? It’s Tuesday in Union land

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Philadelphia Union

Two things for Union fans to look forward this Tuesday, the expected announcement of the Bakary Soumare signing and tonight's Open Cup match.

Going into tonight's US Open Cup quarterfinal match, I have one burning question for you: Who will fill in for the suspended Carlos Valdes?

Cleary I Am Not Posting Every Day Right Now

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I am in the middle of a couple weeks of vacation right now and did not plan ahead of time as to weather or not I would be posting every day. I had decided that I did not want to make a plan for these couple of weeks, and its now pretty clear that I am only going to post when I feel like it. So there you go, an explanation.