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Manchester United 2-2 Fulham Highlights

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Manchester United again failed to grab all three points at Old Trafford in probably the most onesided game your likely to see this season.

Fulham took the lead totally against the run of play in the first half before parking the bus as they say in football as United banged in 82 crosses of which none were converted into goals.

Arsenal MUST improve their shot ratio

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Any Gooner who watched Arsenal struggle against 10 man Fulham at Craven Cottage may be surprised at the staistics, especially the one that shows that the Gunners registered an astonishing 90 percent pass success rate, with 84 percent of their final third passes finding the target as well. Arsenal also made nearly three times as many passes as Fulham in the game.

Harry Redknapp wants ‘absolute class’ David Beckham to join QPR

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Both Londoners, media darlings and wrapped in St George patriotism, Harry Redknapp and David Beckham are a super-bromance just waiting to happen.Despiteperceivedwisdom that the former England skipper would be out of his depth in the top tier of football, he has always been backed by a splurge of superlatives from good ol' Harry.

Talking Tactics: How is Brendan Rodgers changing the philosophy at Liverpool?

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Talking Tactics: How is Brendan Rodgers changing the philosophy at Liverpool? is a post from: Just Football

Brendan Rodgers' Anfield career has already been an eventful one. Liverpool put behind them a humiliating 3-0 defeat at West Brom on the opening day of the Premier League season, by recording a hard-fought 1-0 win away over Hearts in a Europa League play-off match.

Top 10 conclusions Premier League weekend 26-27 August

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1. If Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel was a golfer, he'd have finished yesterday on level par (and probably be barred from the clubhouse due to the tattoos and shaved head). 2. Any Manchester United fans hoping that David De Gea had spent at least some of his summer learning how to deal with crosses were [.

Stoke 0 Arsenal 0 : Comfortable In Defence, Sparkless Up Front

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Don Vito would be happy with the clean sheet

Second match of the new season, second draw of the new season. We are still level on the goal difference chart because we've neither scored any goal nor have we conceded any. Not so good for the first one but particularly pleasing for the second one.

A Burden Shared

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Baton passed over to them

This is the last of the look at the squad and we're at the forward line now. On the official website, there are 9 players listed there. One, we would not talk about because at this point, he's probably looking at what's the best route to got to Old Trafford. There's another 2 more which also doesn't warrant mention because just like the one before, they are on the verge (in the loosest sense) of leaving the club.

Fair Result

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Last night at Livestrong Sporting Park, Kansas City played their second friendly of the season against Stoke City of the English Premier League. With a team made up mainly of the Swope Park Rangers, Sport held their own against the Premier League side drawing 1-1 in what would probably be considered a fair result.

Manchester United

Top five conclusions: Real Madrid 1-1 Manchester United

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1. Jose Mourinho vs Sir Alex Ferguson? It might as well have been Tony Pulis vs Joe Kinnear. Set-pieces and crosses were what this was all about. 2. Cristiano Ronaldo laughs in the face of gravity. He hung in the air to head in his goal. 3. David De Gea made one of the best [...]

Luton devise a plan to help Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea to deal with crosses

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Ingenious. Got a keeper who's a bit dubious underneath the high ball? Simply place a sign saying 'CLAIMS SPECIALISTS' behind his goal facing the opposition strikers for the entire match. They won't even bother crossing the ball anymore knowing that the goalie would only claim it from the air like a specialist in any case.

Arsenal

Winterburn wants Arsenal to adapt to Giroud

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Nigel Winterburn made nearly 700 league appearances in his career, most of them for Arsenal during his 13 years at Highbury. He has seen the team change alot over the years from the George Graham era through Arsene Wenger's remodelling of the team.

The former defender thinks that the current Arsenal team are missing a trick and squandering the talents of their new French striker, Olivier Giroud.

Two Arsenal eras combine for attractive and efficient victory

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Liverpool 0 Arsenal 2 (Podolski 31, Cazorla 68)
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There was a moment in today's game where you sensed that something had changed with this Arsenal side. Lukas Podolski had just put us into the lead after an electric break involving Santi Cazorla, but up until then the match had been fairly even, so a response was expected.

Liverpool v Arsenal – Player Ratings Diaby M-o-M!

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Liverpool v Arsenal – Player Ratings by AM Mannone – 6 He wasn't disturbed in the first half, but didn't look quite confident handling crosses and aerial balls. Made one good save from Shelvey, but spilled another from the same player and must be thankful to Vermaelen for being first to the rebound.

Carl Jenkinson set to start in Arsenal’s opening game?

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The young right-back Carl Jenkinson seems to be set to be Bacary Sagna's understudy while Arsenal wait for their first-choice defender to recover from his second broken leg, and the youngster has admitted that Arsene Wenger has already told him that he wants to push forward down the wing as much as possible to try [.

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Portland Timbers Man of the Match: Fourth Time's the Charm Edition [Poll]

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After failing to shut out their opponents in their last fifteen league matches, a run that started in May, last night the Timbers finally were able to keep their opponents off the board in a herculean defensive effort. The Timbers didn't quite click on the offensive end of things but the team were able to put together several moments of magic in the first half that let them keep the pressure on Colorado and put one in the back of the net.

Recap: Portland's 2012 woes continue

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Quick Recap:

The Portland Timbers rolled out a modified 4-5-1 and actually looked decent going forward. However none of the chances actually created a goal and in the end it cost Portland the game. Chivas USA scored the only goal of the game past the hour mark. 1-0 loss.

First Half

Brent Richards was rewarded with his first start of his career and Portland played Darlington Nagbe and Diego Chara played the attacking base in an inverted pyramid in the center.

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Sounders Take Caledonia Out Of Champions League

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Dealing with recent travel problems, wet & heavy grass and the peculiarities of CONCACAF officiating the Seattle Sounders pushed by Caledonia AIA in a game that in many ways was a repetition of the last meeting. Three goals for the Sounders v one pk goal by the Trinidad side. Scoring was opened by Alex Caskey on assists by Zach Scott and Sammy Ochoa.

Left Midfielder Could Come To Define Sounders' Season

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For the first time this season, we can look at the Seattle Sounders roster and make reasonable decisions about their Best XI. Whether or not we all agree on what that Best XI is, the candidates are all healthy and available. There are at least a few positions where there's some good debate to be had, but the one I find most interesting is at left mid where three players are already vying for the starting spot and a couple more could be entering the conversation soon.

Sporting KC 1-1 (3-2 on pens) Seattle Sounders – Player Ratings – US Open Cup – 8 August 2012

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Sporting Kansas City won the 2012 US Open Cup on penalty kicks over three-time defending champions Seattle on August 8, 2012.

Below are player ratings for the match (1 being worst and 10 being best).

Sporting KC

Nielsen 7.5 Wasn't tested that often but made the saves when it mattered including the shoot-out

Sinovic 6.

New England Revolution

The Midfield General

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Shalrie Joseph helped tilt the midfield battle on Wednesday. (Photo: Kari Heistad/CapturedImages.biz)

For 21 minutes, the New England Revolution played and looked like the team  Jay Heaps envisioned. New England pressed. It attacked. The ball moved quickly and players whipped in early crosses.

Revolution vs. Crew: Player Ratings and Man of the Match

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After every match this season, the staff here at The Bent Musket will be putting together player ratings. Ratings are on a 1-10 scale, with 5 representing a thoroughly average performance, and 6 a decent/capable showing. The final ratings will be averages of individual ratings from Corey Major and Brendan Schimmel.

Jerry Watch London 2012: Bengtson, Honduras Through to Quarter-Finals

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One of the more popular questions after someone produces a standout performance is often times, "well, what will he do for an encore?". After a double in his first match against Morocco, and then scoring the only goal in the match that eliminated Spain, fans across the soccer universe were wondering what the newly-minted Revolution DP striker was going to do against Japan, in a match that Honduras needed a result in to go through.

Fulham

GIF It: David De Gea’s mad skills (Manchester United 3-2 Fulham)

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Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea staked his claim to move above Victor Valdes in the Spain pecking order with this daring piece of skill during Saturday's win over Fulham. Now, if only he could catch crosses...


Only Fools and Horses

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Something that flew somewhat under the radar this past week was the announcement that Marcello Trotta has signed a new contract with the club. For those that reacted to news, the response was pretty muted, with many expressing a mild surprise that the club had seen sufficient talent and upside to offer new terms.

Only Fools and Horses

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Something that flew somewhat under the radar this past week was the announcement that Marcello Trotta has signed a new contract with the club. For those that reacted to news, the response was pretty muted, with many expressing a mild surprise that the club had seen sufficient talent and upside to offer new terms.

FC Dallas

Anatomy Of A Goal: FC Dallas Deposits In Portland

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Return of MLS's Modric?

Aspiring coach Sean Monaghan was in attendance off Burnside to witness some Ferreira wizardry.

A hot Sunday afternoon at Jeld-Wen Field greeted two teams struggling to heat up in the Western Conference, Portland and FC Dallas. Both teams started the game out playing 4-2-3-1, with Scott Sealy and Kris Boyd the lone strikers for their respective teams.

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.

FC Dallas' 2012 Season is Almost as Depressing as Portland's

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FC Dallas players walking out of the tunnel on Sunday beneath chants of "PT! FC!" will almost certainly find a bit of a spring in their steps.

After all, they just beat this team 5-0 two weeks ago and have a 12-5 advantage over the Portland Timbers since they joined the league in 2011.

Their star, Brek Shea, having been humbled (for the bazillionth time) and given some time to "clear his head," could well return to the lineup on a mission.

The Rest

Video: Inter Milan keeper Samir Handanovic scores flying backheel own goal for Lazio

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We've all laughed or moaned at keepers who flap at crosses, but even David James at the height of his video games obsession would have struggled to make a miscalculation quite this bad. Inter Milan goalie Samir Handanovic completed misjudged a cross from Antonio Candreva and ended up backheeling the ball into his net mid-flight [.

Giroud loves playing alongside Theo Walcott

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The Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud took some time to find his feet in the Premiership this season, but now he seems to score every week, and usually it is because of crosses sent into the box by Theo Walcott.

The Frenchman thinks that his patnership with the contract rebel, who wants to replace Giroud as centre-forward, is a match made in heaven if Walcott sticks to his wing play and keeps supplying him with goalscoring chances.

Poetry Corner Kicks: Revolution 0 - Union 0

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Another draw. Who was it that said a tie is like kissing your sister? At the rate the Union have been going, we'll be making out with our sister by the end of the year. Not a pretty thought. Please Union, finish some chances to save us from our sisters! Enough with this analogy. Due to the almost comical results of the Union's play recently, I thought limericks might be in order for the recap.

Norwich Review, Ratings & Spurs Player Twitter Reaction

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Second match in a row that we have looked devoid of ideas, got a goal out of nothing, and then conceded late on. Long balls, panicky defending, the team looks as scared as a new born lamb walking down Tottenham high road late at night.

The first half was utter tosh. From Lennon there were a few successful crosses but more attempted and failed ones, mixed in with some some promising, yet fruitless runs by Bale.

MLS #26 - Chicago Fire vs. Houston Dynamo - Preview

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Sunday night our Chicago Fire return home to take on the third-place Houston Dynamo at Toyota Park as they look to improve upon the insipid 4-2 loss in the nation's capital to D.C. United from last Wednesday. Houston will be coming off a 1-1 draw in Thursday night's CONCACAF Champions League game in Honduras and will try to improve their league standing after two disappointing home draws against Columbus and Toronto.

A Work In Progress, and Progress Is Slow

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Bright start, on top early, turning to complete domination as the first half progresses. Creating a steady stream of chances that cry out for a finish, a mere touch but the crosses find only fresh air. Playing well after the break but gradually tire as the other lot come into it more. Defensive calamities suddenly appear where before there was calm and serenity.

Stoke City vs Arsenal: Preview + Free Live Streaming Links

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Preview:
Arsenal will travel to Stoke City on Sunday afternoon, for a fixture that hasn't been a particularly good one for them in the recent years. Last week's disappointing, yet encouraging performance creates a mixed atmosphere, and divided opinions before the clash.
Britannia Stadium - not a happy place:The last time Arsenal went to Stoke, they came away with the solitary point.

AC Milan vs. CD Olimpia: Italian Giants Cruise To Expected 3-1 Victory Over Honduran Champions

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If the traffic and the crammed parking on the way into the AC Milan vs. Olimpia match at Gillette Stadium was any indication, the Razor should have been rocking and loud as a tremendously entertaining match between two heavyweights of their domestic leagues ensued. Only half of that came to pass; the match was entertaining but the crowd was unusually sparse as Milan dusted up the Honduran champs 3-1 behind masterful goals and creative play from Robinho and Antonio Nocerino.

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes:

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The Timbers held a closed practice at their Beaverton training facility today. Practice started off tense and somewhat discombobulated as Gavin Wilkinson introduced some new drills under a cloudy sky, with striker Kris Boyd looking fed up with his teammates inability to grasp the drills which emphasized making runs and one-two passes.

Revolution 1, Union 2: Player Ratings and Man of the Match

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After every match this season, the staff here at The Bent Musket will be putting together player ratings. Ratings are on a 1-10 scale, with 5 representing a thoroughly average performance, and 6 a decent/capable showing. The final ratings will be averages of individual ratings from Corey Major, Matty Jollie, Abram Chamberlain, and Brendan Schimmel.

Rapinoe Named Bud Light Player of the Match

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Megan Rapinoe had yet another great game in the 2012 Olympics. She had one assist and one goal in the match against Colombia today. In a match that was chippy and uneven, Rapinoe was able to focus and carry the match. It seemed as if the Colombian's game plan was to disrupt and slow the game any chance they got.

Cordell Cato Chat - Man On Fire

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Not all of the Sounder at Heart nicknames stick, and this one hasn't, but Cordell Cato still offers some of Katniss. He's speed is so notable (the fire) that many overlook his other skill sets. Cato's passing is best demonstrated by his low, quick crosses at about 20 yards out. His dribble is good enough that he isn't going to give it up often and he reads the game well enough that he generally doesn't push himself past his skill set.