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FA Cup quarter-final replays scrapped

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London (AFP) FA Cup quarter-final replays will be scrapped from next season, the Football Association announced on Thursday.

The last-eight stage of the cup competition will revert to a sudden-death format over one weekend in a bid to ease English football's congested fixture list.

"The Emirates FA Cup remains at the heart of English football and this change adds to the excitement of the competition and will benefit the wider game in general," FA chief executive Martin Glenn said.

FA Cup quarter-final replays scrapped

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London (AFP) FA Cup quarter-final replays will be scrapped from next season, the Football Association announced on Thursday.

The last-eight stage of the cup competition will revert to a sudden-death format over one weekend in a bid to ease English football's congested fixture list.

"The Emirates FA Cup remains at the heart of English football and this change adds to the excitement of the competition and will benefit the wider game in general," FA chief executive Martin Glenn said.

FA Cup quarter-final replays scrapped

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London (AFP) FA Cup quarter-final replays will be scrapped from next season, the Football Association announced on Thursday.

The last-eight stage of the cup competition will revert to a sudden-death format over one weekend in a bid to ease English football's congested fixture list.

"The Emirates FA Cup remains at the heart of English football and this change adds to the excitement of the competition and will benefit the wider game in general," FA chief executive Martin Glenn said.

FA Cup quarter-final replays scrapped

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London (AFP) FA Cup quarter-final replays will be scrapped from next season, the Football Association announced on Thursday.

The last-eight stage of the cup competition will revert to a sudden-death format over one weekend in a bid to ease English football's congested fixture list.

"The Emirates FA Cup remains at the heart of English football and this change adds to the excitement of the competition and will benefit the wider game in general," FA chief executive Martin Glenn said.

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E.P. Grabs Win in Cup Opener

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FALL RIVER, Mass. Jimmy Hernandez and Armando Gomes each scored to steer East Providence to a 2-0 win over Lindo's ST in the first leg of LUSA Cup competition on Sunday at Billy Gonsalves Field.

Hernandez gave E.P. the early lead with an 8th minute strike while Gomes added an insurance goal in the 65th minute to cap the scoring.

Taunton Eagles Take 1st Leg of LUSA Cup

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FALL RIVER, Mass. Dean Williams scored the lone goal to lead the Taunton Eagles to a 1-0 win over Fall River Sports in the first leg of LUSA Cup competition at Billy Gonsalves Field on Saturday.

Williams scored in the 44th minute while Eagles keeper Sean Gonsalves made five saves to give the Eagles a crucial one-goal advantage going into Wednesday's second leg in Taunton.

Fall River Closes Out Campaign With 4-0 Win

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EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. Edmundo Juarez scored twice to lead Fall River Sports to a 4-0 win over a short-handed East Providence Sports in Sunday's regular season finale at Riverside Recreation Park.

Juarez, who scored in the 15th and 30th minutes, led the way while Lester Ramirez and Chris Arruda scored in the 26th and 28th minutes, respectively.

FA Cup

BEKO signs FA Cup partnership

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The FA has announced that Beko, the UK's number one major domestic appliance brand, will become an Official Supporter of The FA Cup, the world's most prestigious domestic Cup competition.

England Announce Nike Kit Deal

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England have announced a new sponsorship deal with leading sports giant Nike, who will feature on the first England Nike design in spring of next year, ending the associations partnership with Umbro.

Nike will become just the third shirt designers for the England national team having also wore Admiral shirts in the past.

Why Roberto Di Matteo deserves to stay on as Chelsea manager

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Even though Chelsea won the FA Cup and Champions League this season, there's still some doubt whether interim manager Roberto Di Matteo will return for next season. He took over the position after Andre Villas-Boas was sacked and even though the team finished sixth in the EPL, the two trophies have made for a successful season.

Clint Dempsey

MNT on the Move

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The final day of the European transfer meant moving day for several veteran players of the U.S. Men's National Team, with deals being decided literally at the last minute. The changes represent a big opportunity, including moves to bigger leagues, bigger clubs, and European Cup competition. Here's a review:
CARLOS BOCANEGRA (RACING SANTANDER)The U.

Bracket-matics: Street Soccer USA’s 2012 NYC Cup (& Win A Signed Dempsey Jersey)

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This week, Street Soccer USA's NYC Cup competition hits the Big Apple!

Street Soccer USA is designed to assist men, women, and youth of all ages who lack permanent housing. The SSUSA model brings builds relationships of trust through the constant supportive community of the team.

75% of players will move off the street within a year of joining the program.

Real Salt Lake

Western Conference Week 23: Coping

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When the home team is in last place, there are things we sometimes do to make the remainder of the lost season more bearable. Especially if we're regular contributors to a blog that covers said last place team.

1. Get really excited about next year. Obviously, with news that the Portland Timbers' next head coach will be hired soon, many Timbers fans have high hopes for what a new coach might be capable of.

MLS Western Conference Week 13: Patterns Emerging

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Last week Ryan and I shared our competing analyses projecting what the MLS table is likely to look at by the end of the season. While there were some minute differences between our approaches, one trend seemed to be present in both models. Two groups are emerging in the Western Conference this year: a group of five teams that look set to take the playoff spots, and a group of four teams that might be out of the running long before the season ends.

With Only 1 Loss in 16 Competitive Matches, Minnesota Stars Look to Continue Run

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When the Minnesota Stars FC walked off the Rio Tinto pitch on Tuesday after drubbing MLS-based Real Salt Lake 3-1 in US Open Cup competition the same Real Salt Lake that won the MLS Cup in 2009, reached the 2010 CONCACAF Champions League final, and is top of the combined MLS table at the moment [..

With Only 1 Loss in 18 Competitive Matches, Minnesota Stars Look to Continue Run

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When Minnesota FC Stars walked off the Rio Tinto pitch on Tuesday after drubbing MLS-based Real Salt Lake 3-1 in US Open Cup competition the same Real Salt Lake that won the MLS Cup in 2009, reached the 2010 CONCACAF Champions League final, and is top of the combined MLS table at the moment the [..

Major League Soccer

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. Vancouver (second match of three)

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The Portland Timbers broke out of their losing streak with an impressive win over the Vancouver Whitecaps 2 to 1 to win their sixth match of the season, and take the lead in the Cascadia Cup competition. We have individual rankings for each Timbers player that appeared in the match, plus a composite rating for the coaching staff and the team.

Portland Timbers vs. Vancouver Whitecaps Player Ratings: Cascadian Glory Edition

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Welcome to yet another player ratings! I'm happy to report that, well, we have something happy to report this week as the Portland Timbers put in an overall valiant effort in securing three much needed points in this year's Cascadian Cup competition. While the regular MLS season remains dismal, at least the Timbers are looking like a strong candidate for taking home the regional cup.

Philadelphians Abroad: Is NYRB missing out on Hertzog?

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After pulling together the stats for this week's column and reviewing the Philadelphia area players that had an impact, I started to put together a headline in my mind: Hertzog impresses again in Wilmington.

If you've read Philly Abroad the last two week's you probably think that this feature is starting to sound like a broken record, but this got me thinking.

Red Bulls Notes: Backe sounds off on Open Cup, Tainio's prognosis worsens

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By DAVE MARTINEZ

Two messages have stayed consistent since the Red Bulls began their quest to compete in the 2012 U.S. Open Cup. First and foremost, they are in it to win it. Second, coach Hans Backe is not happy with the tournament structure set out by U.

Minnesota Stars FC Take the Money and Run Over Real Salt Lake

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In front of 17,212 fans at Rio Tinto Stadium in Salt Lake City, the visiting Minnesota Stars of the NASL (D2) defeated MLS side Real Salt Lake by a score of 3-1 on Tuesday night in the 3rd round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup competition. The Stars had won the rights to host [...]

Liverpool

League Is Priority For Rodgers

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As Brendan Rodgers prepares to begin Liverpool's Europa League campaign on Thursday, he insists the Premier League is the priority.
The Reds travel to face FC Gomel in the first leg of their third qualifying round clash in what will be Rodgers' first competitive match in charge.
But while the former Swansea boss would like to do well, he is adamant that the league is Liverpool's main target.

Liverpool’s 2012-2013 Fixture List Released

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We can take a brief break in the build-up to today's Group C matches to look at Liverpool's schedule for the upcoming Premier League season, which will kick off for Brendan Rodgers' side in the West Midlands. It'll be a challenging (to say the least) opening few weeks, particularly if Europa League matches are thrown into the mix, but what better way to start the season than against some of the league's best?

Fabio Aurelio Makes His Exit

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Of the players that are expected to leave this summer, there was only certainty around the departure of Fabio Aurelio. Today it's been widely reported that he'll head back to Brazil on a free transfer to join Gremio, where he'll surely see out the final days of his playing career. We've said goodbye to the player once before, which makes this a less traditional farewell post, but he's still deserving of a mention for the impact that he made during his time with Liverpool.

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Coming to America: Troph̩e des Champions РMontpellier vs. Lyon

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Tomorrow, Ligue 1 winner Montpellier will be facing Lyon in the Trophée des Champions, otherwise known as the French Supercup. Lyon have won this trophy seven times, more than any other team in the league. Also significant is that this is the fourth year in a row that this competition will be held on foreign soil.

[Starhub League Cup 2012] Let the show begin...

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Up for grab again.Here we go again as tomorrow will see the resuming of the League Cup competition with another chance for the clubs to complete for a silverware.

What has made it more interesting is that everyone will have their fair share of chances of grabbing one of the two pieces of silverware offered in this mid-season tournament now renamed as "Starhub League Cup" with the sponsorship that tied with the package announced earlier of the year.

US Open Cup

Open Cup Changes Have Been Fantastic, But More Needed

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When US Soccer made these wonderful changes to the structure of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, most of us who follow the tournament were thinking, "Thank goodness," to a new respect of this domestic cup competition. Surely it was ...

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Preview: Philadelphia Union Head To Hersey To Take On Harrisburg City Islanders In Friendly

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Tonight the Philadelphia Union take on their USL-PRO affiliate, the Harrisburg City Islanders in a friendly match at Hershey Park Stadium. After a 3-2 win Saturday evening over the Reading United AC (a USL-PDL affiliate), the Union look to go three for three in midseason friendlies (2-1 win against FC Schalke 04, 3-2 win versus Reading United).

No Nowak & Valdes for USOC 3rd round

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When the Philadelphia Union host their first ever US Open Cup match at PPL Park on Tuesday, they will do so without the services of coach Peter Nowak and captain Carlos Valdes.

A Union spokesperson told PSP on Thursday morning, "Peter and Carlos Valdes will not be available for the game on Tuesday because of red cards received last year.

World Cup

The European Cup and the New Europe

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During international football competitions like the European Cup, eleven players briefly become their country, for a time, on the pitch. A nation is a difficult thing to grasp: unpalpable, mythic, flighty. Historians might labor away to define the precise contours of a country's culture and institutions, and even sometimes attempt to delineate it's soul, while political leaders try mightily (and persistently fail) to stand as representatives of it's ideals.

What Would Thuram Do?

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In 1996, after France narrowly defeating Bulgaria to move on from the group stages of the European Cup competition, the French defender Marcel Desailly made a striking accusation during a press conference. Hristo Stoichkov, the star Bulgarian striker, had racially abused him during the game. "Hey Desailly, do you know that little kids are dying of hunger in your country," Desailly claimed Stoichkov had said to him on the pitch during one of a number of heated entanglements.

NTR: Pan America Cup to be held in USA in 2016

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NTR: Pan America Cup to be held in USA in 2016

Great news for fans of domestic championships as it appears that the Pan America Cup competition between national teams from both CONCACAF and CONMEBOL (South America) is moving forward and will have its first ever competition held here in the U.S.

This is really great news because it'll add a new level of competition for the USMNT beyond Mexico and bring a whole new wave of respect for our regional competition.

The Rest

Americans Abroad Wednesday Preview: Johnson, Wood, Wagner and more

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Wednesday is a busy day for Americans throughout both Europe and Mexico.

Two U.S. Men's National Team regulars combine in the headlining match of the day, which comes in German DFB-Pokal action. A spot in the competition's semifinal is on the line on Wednesday as Bobby Wood and Hamburg face off with Fabian Johnson and Borussia Dortmund for the right to join Timmy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt in the next stage.

Lincoln’s stunning FA cup upset fair warning to Arsenal for Sutton tie

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If Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal players were slipping into any kind of a complacent frame of mind ahead of the fifth round FA cup tie against the lowest ranked team still in the famous ould cup competition, then the shock result o9f Lincoln City today should knock it out of them. It had already [...

Big Spending Penang Humbled By Kuantan

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Ok so it looks like a cup competition and it feels like a cup competition but does it have the upsets like a cup competition? The second round of the Malaysia FA Cup was spread over Friday and Saturday and luckily for the old romantics out there, like me, there were one or two results of interest.

Big spending Penang were probably the biggest scalp to fall, losing 3-1 away to second tier Kuantan in an eventful tie.

GIF It: Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez’s men with long hair fetish

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Winning a cup competition can bring out strong emotions. In the case of Chelsea interim manager Rafa Benitez, a dramatic victory in tonight's Europe League final appeared to stimulate a fetish for men with long hair. His first port of call after the final whistle was to approach Benfica manager Jorge Jesus from behind and [.

The Romance Of The Third Round Of The FA Cup

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The romance has gone from the game for some, whilst for others it can be difficult to say whether they still love it or hate it. This weekend, however, is a chance for all football supporters to put how seriously twenty-first century football takes itself and enjoy one of the hardier perennials of the English football calendar the Third Round Proper of the FA Cup.

Pros: Historic win for Smyth in Norway

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Shannon Smyth (Mequon/Milwaukee DSHA) helped her Norwegian club make history last week.

Amazon Grimstad beat host Sandviken 1-0 in the quarterfinals of the NM Cupen on Tuesday in Bergen and advanced to the semifinals of the cup competition for the first time in its 14-year history.

Top it up to spur all up as Starhub League Cup 2012 set for another thriller...

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The League Cup Draw result (credit: Albirex Niigata (S) FC)As part of the arrangement announced earlier this year, local communication provider Starhub will be the title sponsors of this season's League Cup tournament, the second domestic cup competition for the involving S.League clubs.

With the exception of Harimua Muda, the remaining 12 teams of the league will be taking part in this tournament, now called "Starhub League Cup", that will kick off in late July and conclude in mid August before the resuming of the Round 19 fixtures of the S.

The Rundown: Italy and Spain Trade Blows, Draw 1-1

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A chess game of a match. Italy goes up 1-0 to drop a goal less than three minutes later where it would stay 1-1. Below is the collection of thoughts and observation known as "The Rundown." Agree, disagree and contribute your thoughts in the comment section. Full post match analysis and stats can be found here.