defensive midfield

D.C. United

How will D.C. United replace Marcelo Sarvas against NYCFC?

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Due to suspension and injury, United is short on potential defensive midfielders. Let's look at the remaining possibilities.

Defensive midfield has been a bit of a problem for D.C. United in 2017. It was widely considered a potential weak point coming into the year, and after two underwhelming games, it appeared that Marcelo Sarvas might be rotated out for Rob Vincent.

Sporting KC projected starting 11 to face D.C. United

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Opposition 11 is back to preview Kansas City in the season opener for both sides

The word "rebuild" has been tossed around a few times this offseason when people talk about Sporting Kansas City. It's a bit odd; yes, the club has two new wide forwards, and there's talk that defensive midfielder Ilie Sanchez is a game-changer, but other than that?

D.C. United officially signs Ian Harkes as a homegrown player

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Johnny's son will play for his father's team

D.C. United announced this morning that they have officially signed Ian Harkes to a homegrown player contract. The Wake Forest senior would have been a top three pick in this year's MLS SuperDraft, and is a a player who will challenge for starting minutes on day one.

Paid Their Dues: USL PRO Guys Making an Impact

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USL PRO trio has a good week, while it's misery for a few former Union players on winless MLS teams.

Chris Seitz got 90 minutes in goal on Saturday as Dallas defeated Toronto 2-1. Andrew Jacobson came off the bench in second half stoppage time. He is likely to continue doing so, as Hendry Thomas and Michel seem to be the preferred defensive midfield pairing.

MLS First Kick Countdown: 23 days - Will Perry Kitchen make the leap to elite in 2013?

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We knew he had the potential to be something special when D.C. United drafted him third overall in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft. We knew his ceiling was really high when the Black-and-Red moved him to his favored defensive midfield position at the end of his rookie campaign. Now, going into his third professional season, Perry Kitchen could be on the verge of something big.

Sporting Kansas City

Timbers Select Cicerone and Hernandez in Round 4 of the SuperDraft

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The Portland Timbers selected forward Russell Cicerone and defensive midfielder Romilio Hernandez in Round 4 of the MLS SuperDraft on Tuesday morning.

Lacking a pick in the Third Round of the SuperDraft as a result of the trade with New York City that netted the Timbers the rights to Gbenga Arokoyo, the Timbers made two selections in the Fourth Round.

Sporting Set to Trade Carrasco to Orlando for Okugo?

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Sporting KC looks like they are on the verge of addressing some of their defensive needs in the very near future. According to both and the KC Star, Sporting KC istrading midfielder Servando Carrasco and other considerations to Orlando City in exchange for Amobi Okugo. The trade would see two players that have lost their starting spot switching teams.

New England Revolution

Ending The Kelyn Rowe Holding Midfield Experiment

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Kelyn Rowe is a very talented midfielder, but should he be starting next to Gershon Koffie for the Revs over Scott Caldwell? No.

Just so everyone is very clear, I like Kelyn Rowe and he is very good at soccer.

But he should not be playing in a defensive midfield role for the New England Revolution, especially if Scott Caldwell is available.

Report: Revolution Interested in Whitecaps Midfielder Gershon Koffie

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With the Revs still needing reinforcement's in the defensive midfield, could the turn to the very successful well that has been the Vancouver Whitecaps?

With mid-summer Designated Player Xavier Kouassi scheduled for surgery to repair his right knee, the New England Revolution are reportedly interested in acquiring Gershon Koffie per Kyle McCarthy.

Maurice Edu

Silly Offseason Complaints Part 3: Maurice Edu should not play defensive midfield

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In his new series, writer Drew Gobrecht tells you why your complaints about the Union are wrong. We know he's being condescending, but deep down he's really insecure, and this is the only way he knows how to feel good about himself.

We're back with Part 3 of my new Silly Offseason Complaints series, where I tell everyone why they're wrong to be complaining so much about the Philadelphia Union.

World Cup Qualifying: USA vs. Costa Rica Lineup Projection

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The United States takes on Costa Rica this Friday in Denver in a must win game, especially with a visit to Azteca right on the heels of this game. No one really knows what lineup the mercurial German will run out, but that doesn't stop us from trying. My hope is that he will try a slightly more attacking lineup when at home, with only two defensive midfielders rather than his normal three.

Newcastle United

Newcastle Star Reveals Mad Men In Dressing Room

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Georginio Wijnaldumhas admitted that he was frustrated on Saturday when he had to move into a defensive midfield position after Cheick Tiote was injured after less than 25 minutes of the game against LeicesterCity. Newcastle lost the game 3-0 and were basically outfought andoutclassed by the club who went top of the Premier League for [.

Haidara, Perch And Gutierrez All Start

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The Newcastle team has just been announced, and it seems the reliable James Perch has been brought into defensive midfield, and Massadio Haidara starts at left-back. This is Massadio's very first Premier League start, but this lad has so far looked a good player for Newcastle, and Massadio is one of three changes made by [.

James Perch Starts – Papiss Cisse On Bench

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As expected James Perch comes in for Cheick Tiote in the defensive midfield position and Shola Ameobi is again preferred to Papiss Cisse up front. Otherwise, the team is as expected and it's a strong one to take on a good West Brom side this afternoon. And as expected Shane Ferguson, Gabby Obertan and Sammy [.

Arsene Wenger

Analyzing Arsenal’s midfield options in the transfer market

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Arsenal is widely considered to be looking into adding multiple players during the upcoming summer transfer period. While in years past the Gunners have tried to add squad depth, this year's Arsenal team will most likely not sign five or six players, but only two or three top quality stars.

One particular position that the north London club will certainly look to strengthen is in the defensive midfield.

Analyzing Arsenal’s midfield options in the transfer market

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Arsenal is widely considered to be looking into adding multiple players during the upcoming summer transfer period. While in years past the Gunners have tried to add squad depth, this year's Arsenal team will most likely not sign five or six players, but only two or three top quality stars.

One particular position that the north London club will certainly look to strengthen is in the defensive midfield.

Wenger – I took a gamble on playing Diaby against Chelsea

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Abou Diaby has been outstanding since his return to the Arsenal team this summer, and Arsene Wenger has admitted that he took a calculated gamble by putting him on the pitch against Chelsea this weekend despite knowing that the French international wasn't at 100% before the game.

The gamble didn't come off though as Diaby broke down after just 17 minutes of the game, but Wenger doesn't seem overly worried about it.

Wenger – Chelsea will test Arsenal’s defensive balance

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Both Arsenal and Chelsea are unbeaen and todays game between the two will give the victor a great advantage in confidence and points in the race for the Premiership title, and Arsene Wenger believes the midfield battle will be a big factor in deciding who gets the points.

Alex Song was nominally Arsenal's 'defensive midfielder' last season, but with his departure Wenger believes that he has no-one in the team that be given that title any more.

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With Lucas Leiva, the midfield Monster suspended for Liverpool's game at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday, who do you think should replace him in the crucial defensive midfield role ahead of Ian Holloway's side?

Jordan Henderson is the obvious choice as he is a natural midfielder who would give us some stability in the centre.

Poll – Defensive Midfield v Everton

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Liverpool face Everton at Goodison Park at the weekend with both sides looking for better fortunes as they sit in unfamiliar territory on 7pts, either side of the dropzone. With Roy Hodgson likely to deploy at least one defensive midfielder when the Reds take on their rivals from across Stanley Park, alot of attention will be focused on the midfield that is selected given recent performances as well as tactical positioning.

The Rest

How Should the Revolution Use Its Open Roster Spots?

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4 unsigned players who could fill the team's biggest roster holes.

Another preseason has nearly come to a close in Tucson, Ariz., which means the final Revolution roster has started to take shape.

New center backs Antonio Mlinar Delamea and Benjamin Angoua have begun to acclimate. Rookies Brian Wright, Napo Matsoso and Joshua Smith have made an impact in friendlies.

Sweden international joins Sounders

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Gustav Svensson will provide much needed depth at defensive midfield.

The one glaring hole in the Seattle Sounders' roster was filled on Monday when the team officially announced the signing of defensive midfielder Gustav Svensson. The 29-year-old gives the Sounders a veteran presence to offset what was starting to look like an exceptionally young bench

Svensson spent last year starting 28 of 30 matches for Chinese Super League team Guangzhou R&F, who finished sixth in the most recent campaign.

Pick the Houston Dynamo Lineup against Columbus Crew SC

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Who do you want to see in the starting XI for the Dynamo?

The Houston Dynamo are coming off a humiliating 4-1 loss to the LA Galaxy in a game where the Dynamo led by 1 inside the first minute, but had the Galaxy capitalize on defensive and midfield errors. The Dynamo will face off against Columbus Crew SC, the reigning runners-up to the MLS Cup currently sitting in 9th place in the Eastern Conference, and are hoping to turn their defensive woes around.

Enough Is Enough

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Enough is enough. If ever we needed confirmation that Jose's time is up, his after match comments at the King Power Stadium ram home that point unequivocally. If you doubt me - and the pro Mourinho party out there are still painfully hanging on to past glories (note the tense) - just replay the video of his interview.

Manchester United: Phil Jones claims club is coming together in preseason

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Phil Jones continues to push for more first team action as he ages into his role as a versatile defender and at times defensive midfield cover. The young English international is hoping to avoid injury this season after being sidelined for much of the first half of 2012-13 due to a knee operation.

DAVID LUIZ - The Defensive Midfielder

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There's no doubt that David Luiz wowed us in the defensive midfield position against Monterrey, he was spraying balls forward at will and provided us with a directness that we have thus far severely lacked from our deep midfield.

He looked very composed playing further forward, his runs were powerful and effective, his long passing was very good, his close control was impressive and overall he honestly looked like he was made to play in that position.

Who was your USMNT Man of the Match?

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The U.S. men's national team enjoyed one of their most thorough performances under Jurgen Klinsmann in their victory over Jamaica on Tuesday night, and several players put forth strong showings in a 1-0 win that was not as close as the score indicates.