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Playoff Implications; A Statistical Look at the Proposed NASL Format Changes

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Editor's note: This post originally appeared on Jesse Erdmann's blogScreaming at Pigeons. Jesse is a long time friend and technical consultant to IMSoccer anddu Nord futbol. He is also a board member for theDark Clouds, supporters ofpro soccer in Minnesota. After reading this post it will become clear that Jesse loves soccer and loves numbers [.

Show Your Support for Professional Soccer in Minnesota Tonight at the Stars FC Match

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If you're going to the Minnesota Stars FC match tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Blaine, Minn., make sure you seek out a member of the Dark Clouds supporters group and ask them where you can sign a letter that will soon be sent to the NASL office. That letter asks the NASL team owners and [...]

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NSC Minnesota Stars x Dark Clouds x Oasis

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So this is a kind of cool clip that was sent to me by NSC Minnesota Stars defender Kevin Friedland with the following note attached.

Hey Shawn,

Hope you are well.

I wanted to share a video from the first leg of the NASL Championship and the last home game in Minnesota.

Some Soccer News for Fri Oct 21, 2011

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STARTERS

Fox has won the bidding for the USA English language TV rights ($450 Million) for the 2018 & 20222 World Cups. Meaning ESPN is out. And Telemundo gets the Spanish language rights in USA ($600 Million). Univision is out.

dN

New York claimed the last available MLS playoff spot last night.

Some Soccer News for Thu Oct 20, 2011

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STARTERS

Jamie Hill of Yanks Abroad reports that Jozy Altidore has been replaced in the first 11 at AZ by coach Gert Verbeek due to his lack of effort and poor fitness.

dN

Hey Everyone! Take a deep breath and begin holding it NOW! Because tomorrow (Friday) FIFA will tell us all about their new reforms to curb corruption within their ranks.

Some Soccer News for Wed Oct 19, 2011

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STORY OF THE DAY

Steven Goff of the Washington Post reports that Charlie Davis of DC United has filed a $20 Million lawsuit against the night club and event sponsor who served alcohol to the driver of the car he was a passenger in 2 years ago that resulted in a horrific car accident that killed one passenger and severely injured Davies.

American Outlaws

U.S. Men’s National Team vs Mexico Watch Party in the Twin Cities

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Come join Minnesota supporters of the U.S. Men's National Team, along with readers of IMSoccer News, duNord Futbol, and members of Minneapolis and St. Paul American Outlaws and the Dark Clouds supporters group for a US National Team friendly watch party at the Sweetwater Bar & Grille. U.S. FACES MEXICO AT ESTADIO AZTECA:Â Before the [.

U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Guatemala W.C. Qualifier Watch Party in the Twin Cities

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Come join Minnesota supporters of the U.S. Men's National Team, along with readers of IMSoccer News, duNord Futbol, and members of Minneapolis and St. Paul American Outlaws and the Dark Clouds supporters group for a US National Team Olympic Qualifying watch party at the Sweetwater Bar & Grille. The US Men's National Team plays Guatemala [.

U.S. vs. El Salvador CONCACAF Men’s U-23 Olympic Qualifying Watch Party in the Twin Cities

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Come join Minnesota supporters of the U.S. Men's National Team, along with readers of IMSoccer News, duNord Futbol, and members of Minneapolis and St. Paul American Outlaws and the Dark Clouds supporters group for a US National Team Olympic Qualifying watch party at the Sweetwater Bar & Grille. The US Men's U-23 National Team [.

U.S. vs. Cuba CONCACAF Men’s U-23 Olympic Qualifying Watch Party in the Twin Cities

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Come join Minnesota supporters of the U.S. Men's National Team, along with readers of IMSoccer News, duNord Futbol, and members of Minneapolis and St. Paul American Outlaws and the Dark Clouds supporters group for a US National Team World Cup watch party at the Sweetwater Bar & Grille. The US Men's U-23 National Team [.

U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Italy Watch Party in the Twin Cities

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Come join Minnesota supporters of the Men's National Team, along with readers of IMSoccer News, duNord Futbol, and members of Minneapolis and St. Paul American Outlaws and the Dark Clouds supporters group for a US National Team World Cup watch party. The US National Team plays Italy in a friendly from Stadio Luigi Ferraris [.

U.S. Men’s National Team vs Panama Watch Party in the Twin Cities

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Come join Minnesota supporters of the Men's National Team, along with readers of IMSoccer News, duNord Futbol, and members of Minneapolis and St. Paul American Outlaws and the Dark Clouds supporters group for a US National Team World Cup watch party. The US National Team plays Panama in a friendly from Estadio Rommel Fernandez [.

U.S. Men’s National Team vs Panama Watch Party in the Twin Cities

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Come join Minnesota supporters of the Men's National Team, along with readers of IMSoccer News, duNord Futbol, and members of Minneapolis and St. Paul American Outlaws and the Dark Clouds supporters group for a US National Team World Cup watch party. The US National Team plays Panama in a friendly from Estadio Rommel Fernandez [.

U.S. Men’s National Team vs Venezuela Watch Party in the Twin Cities

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Come join Minnesota supporters of the Men's National Team, along with readers of IMSoccer News, duNord Futbol, and members of Minneapolis and St. Paul, American Outlaws and the Dark Clouds supporters group for a US National Team World Cup watch party. The US National Team plays Venezuela in a friendly from the University of [.

U.S.A. vs Slovenia Watch Party in the Twin Cities

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Come join Minnesota supporters of the Men's National Team, along with readers of IMSoccer News, duNord Futbol, American Outlaws Mpls. & St. Paul Chapters and the Dark Clouds supporters group for a US National Team watch party. The U.S. will first face Slovenia on Nov. 15 in Paris. Kickoff at Stozice Stadium in Ljubljana, [.

U.S.A. vs France Watch Party in the Twin Cities

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Come join Minnesota supporters of the Men's National Team, along with readers of IMSoccer News, duNord Futbol, American Outlaws Mpls. & St. Paul Chapters and the Dark Clouds supporters group for a US National Team watch party. The U.S. will first face France on Nov. 11 in Paris. Kickoff at the famed Stade de [.

Minnesota Stars vs Fort Lauderdale Strikers NASL Championship Watch Party in the Twin Cities

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Come join Minnesota supporters of the NSC Minnesota Stars, along with readers of IMSoccer News, duNord Futbol, American Outlaws Mpls. & St. Paul Chapters and the Dark Clouds supporters group for a NASL watch party. The NSC Minnesota Stars travel to Florida for the second leg of the NASL Championship Series against the Fort Lauderdale [.

Seattle Sounders

Some Soccer News for Fri Jul 6, 2012

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STARTERS

The debut podcast episode of the du Nord Futbol Show is ready for your listening!

dN

Marc Stein of ESPN reports that DC United is about to get new investors.

dN

Montreal made the signing of Italian centerback Alessandro Nesta official today.

Some Soccer News for Mon Oct 31, 2011

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STARTERS

GOLDEN GOOSE EGGS! My Minnesota Stars won the NASL Championship on Saturday night down in Fort Lauderdale by tying the Strikers 0-0 after winning the 1st Leg at home 3-1! Oh what a glorious rainy night in South Florida for the Dark Clouds and all Minnesota players, staff, fans, families and friends!

Some Soccer News for Thu Oct 6, 2011

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STARTERS

Rumors began pouring out this afternoon that Chuck Blazer would step down as General Secratary of CONCACAF at years end. Confirmation came a short while later. It will be interesting if we hear any story behind this move.-Bill Archer at Big Soccer with the story.
-Blazer will NOT step down from his FIFA executive committee post though.

Minnesota Stars FC

Dark Clouds Supporters Partner with Surly Brewing to Offer Complementary Beer at Tailgate

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Limited amounts of complementary Surly beer will be available  at this Saturday's tailgate for the Minnesota Stars FC game which will kick off at 7:30 at the National Sports Center Stadium in Blaine, Minnesota. The Minnesota Stars FC supporters group, Dark Clouds, has developed a unique relationship with Surly thanks to one of it's members, Rich Harrsion [.

Dark Clouds Supporters Partner with Surly Brewing to Offer Free Beer at Tailgate

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Limited amounts of Surly beer will be available for free at this Saturday's tailgate for the Minnesota Stars FC game which will kick off at 7:30 at the National Sports Center Stadium in Blaine, Minnesota. The Minnesota Stars FC supporters group, Dark Clouds, has developed a unique relationship with Surly thanks to one of it's [.

Ride Free to Minnesota Stars Metrodome Home Opener; Metro Transit to Provide Free Rides

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As was announced in the notes of the Dark Clouds supporters summit, if you live within the Metro Transit area you will be able to ride free to the Stars FC home opener at the Metrodome on April, 7. The Minnesota Stars FC announced officially today that they have partnered with Metro Transit and all [.

Frank Clark

Dear John

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My dear beloved Forest, what on earth has happened to us? We used to have such great times and were so happy together and now we just seem to be drifting apart. Your flowing moves used to excite me to the point of distraction, and the climax to those moves was often unbelievable. Your passion and commitment used to warm me on a cold Saturday afternoon when we spent time together, but now your caresses have become cold and uncaring.

Dear John

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My dear beloved Forest, what on earth has happened to us? We used to have such great times and were so happy together and now we just seem to be drifting apart. Your flowing moves used to excite me to the point of distraction, and the climax to those moves was often unbelievable. Your passion and commitment used to warm me on a cold Saturday afternoon when we spent time together, but now your caresses have become cold and uncaring.

Twin Cities

Thursday Night: Happy Holidays with the Dark Clouds - (PARTY!)

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RSVP: Happy Holidays with the Dark Clouds

Miss the smell of smoke bombs, the throbbing bass of Ludwig, Neal on scales and the screaming?
Well, we can't promise any of those, but you can at least commiserate with like minded folks.
Take advantage of this chance to get away from those persistent holiday visitors and see your real family, the Dark Clouds.

ADVANCE WARNING: Happy Holidays with the Dark Clouds - (PARTY!)

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Happy Holidays with the Dark Clouds

Miss the smell of smoke bombs, the throbbing bass of Ludwig, Neal on scales and the screaming?
Well, we can't promise any of those, but you can at least commiserate with like minded folks.
Take advantage of this chance to get away from those persistent holiday visitors and see your real family, the Dark Clouds.

The Rest

Some Soccer News for Wed Apr 4, 2012

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STARTERS

My beloved Minnesota Stars FC begin defense of their NASL championship this Saturday! If you live anywhere within driving distance of the Twin Cities then I fully expect to see you at the game. There are no excuses.
-And the Dark Clouds have a new motto for 2012.

Champions League QF: Bayern Munich coast past Marseille, 2-0

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szólj hozzá: Marseille 0-2 Bayern GOALS

There is a full scale revolt going on by the deeply unhappy Marseille fans against their club. L'OM lost seven straight matches in the Ligue till their weekend draw against Nice, were knocked out of the French Cup by third division US Quevilly, and their third string goalie Elinton Andrade was drafted for the Bayern Munich match following Steve Mandandas suspension.

When The Clock Struck Thirteen: Darlington FC Goes To The Wire

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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. There can be few other sets of football supporters that have had to bear up to the sort of agony and exhilaration that the supporters of Darlington FC have had to put up with yesterday but eventually, more than an hour after final confirmation one way or the other of the clubs fate was due to be announced, those concerned with saving the club emerged before the press to make the announcement that so many had hoped for: Darlington Football Club remains alive for now, at least.

Announcing Twin Cities Futsal - January Men's Recreational League

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Come and challenge the Dark Clouds team with your own squad of ringers. (Lemme know ASAP if you want to play on our team!)

Men's Rec League will begin on Wednesday, January 18th.

"Matchpix" - December 2011

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  • 2012 Pre Season starts... Geylang United(26/12/11)
2012 Pre-season Training starts with Geylang on Boxing Day 2012.

Dark Cloud Supporters Holiday Get-Together Tonight

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Miss the smell of smoke bombs, the throbbing bass of Ludwig? The Dark Clouds can't promise any of those, but they do promise you can commiserate with like minded folks if you attend their holiday get-together tonight in St. Paul and Señor Wong Cocktail Lounge. Take advantage of this chance to get away from those persistent [.

Be Patient Kop Faithful: Old Red Dalglish Will Deliver New Reds to Europe

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John Henry's promise to restore Liverpool to former glory placed great faith in an old legend. He's beginning to deliver.

Neil Blackmon examines why the skeptics about Dalglish's tactics and managerial ability are likely wrong.

A year ago, as  Liverpool stumbled out of the gate to a mid-table Christmas position, dark clouds swirled around Anfield and more than one commentator uttered the frightening "end of an era" cliché about England's "other" most storied club.

SPL Should Consider Fan Investment

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Football loves its phrases. We speak of a player getting stuck in and having good feet for a big man, while saying his form is poor as he's gone off the boil. Some squads play Route One football and others just run about.  The sports lexicon is thick with these and many other sayings that at times can remind us in short order what message is attempting to be conveyed a little Richard Keys banter if you like and on other occasions cause us to grind our teeth slightly at their overusage again, a little Richard Keys banter if you like.

Some Soccer News for Mon Oct 24, 2011

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STARTERS

Fort Lauderdale here I come! The team that nobody wanted is going to win the cup. See all the details below in the NASL section.

dN

New England Revolution head coach Steve Nichol was relieved of his duties today.
-Who will replace him? Who would want to?

Get Yer Stars Tickets! Get Yer Stars Tickets!

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DO! NOT! MISS! THIS!

NASL Championship Finals - 1st Leg

NSC Minnesota Stars v Fort Lauderdale Strikers

Sat Oct 22
7:30pm

National Sports Center Stadium
Blaine MN

Huge pre-game tailgate with the Dark Clouds, including kegs of beer provided by Surly!

Some Soccer News for Fri Oct 7, 2011

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NASL PLAYOFFS

You have NO excuse for not attending the Stars home Semifinal game on Saturday night.

Surly Brewing will be pitching in for the Dark Clouds supporters pre-game tailgate party by providing free beer to everyone 21 years old and over. Hooray beer.

dN

Semifinals - Home & Home Series
Matches & Scores:
1st Leg
-Sat Oct 8
NSC Minnesota Stars v Carolina RailHawks
Ft Lauderdale Strikers v Puerto Rico Islanders
2nd Leg
-Sat Oct 15
Carolina RailHawks v NSC Minnesota Stars
Puerto Rico Islanders v Ft Lauderdale Strikers

TEAM USA - EL EQUIPO DE TODOS

Michelle Kaufman of the Miami Herald on Jurgen Klinsmann's vision for the USA team.