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Revolution Vs. Toronto: Tierney Goal Steals A Late Point Up North

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They left it late and made the fans sweat, but the New England Revolution scored with almost the last action of the match to draw 2-2 with Toronto FC at BMO Field on Saturday night. The draw improves the Revs record to 5-7-3, but leaves them still searching for their first ever win in Toronto.

US Takes Point from Guatemala

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In the end, a draw was probably the deserved result, but the U.S. National Team missed no shortage of opportunities to extend their lead before Guatemala grabbed a late equalizer in their eventual 1-1 draw in Guatemala City on Tuesday night.

Clint Dempsey gave the U.S. the lead five minutes before halftime and the U.

Real Heartbreaker

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Despite playing a clean, possession-oriented match, the New England Revolution paid dearly on a pair of set pieces, as they dropped a heartbreaking 2-1 loss to Real Salt Lake Saturday night at Gillette Stadium.

Salt Lake secured the first goal when Nat Borchers headed a Javier Morales free kick through in the 68th minute.

Match Review & Highlights: Uruguay 2 – South Korea 1

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A proper opening to the knockouts is what we wanted and it's definitely what we got even if it was played under a deluge of rain and there were more people on the pitch than in the stands by the end of it.

Uruguay nabbed the victory late but it was an excellent show and the winner of Ghana v US is in heaps of trouble in the quarterfinals.

NSC Stars Lose to Tampa Bay Rowdies 3-1

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The NSC Minnesota Stars fell to the very hot Tampa Bay Rowdies Thursday night by a score of 3-1. Tampa came out-passing Minnesota early and it wasn't long before they lashed one by goalkeeper Matt Van Oekel who received his first start in a Stars uniform. The goal came on a defensive break down which has been a problem for the Stars in recent games.

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Rapids surge drowns Goats

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The Colorado Rapids parlayed one goal into four and turned a tight match with Chivas USA into a 4-0 victory Saturday night at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City.

Kamani Hill got two goals, Jeff Larentowicz buried a penalty kick and rookie Tony Cascio found his second of the year as the Rapids ended a three-game losing streak.

Colorado v Columbus (2-0) – Rapids Rush Past Ineffective Crew

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Rapids' Strategy
With Nyassi on fire, it was easy for Gary Smith to maintain his dynamic strike partnership with Omar Cummings. The home side employed their usual 4-4-2 lineup with Mastroeni and Larentowicz in central midfield and Mullan and Thompson on the flanks. The first half strategy was to switch the ball across the field to Mullan who was in acres of space because the Crew kept a narrow defensive shell.

2010 Playoffs: First Leg Thoughts

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Sign at Pizza Hut Park this past weekend where FCD beat RSL 2-1 in the playoff opener for the two clubs. (Getty Images)

The opening round of the 2010 MLS Cup Playoffs went about as I thought it would. A couple home teams did their part while two road teams were able to snag slim leads heading into the return leg of the first round.

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Moor Of That Please!

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That is how you start a season! The boys in burgundy controlled the game and kept attacking and were rewarded with a 2-0 win. A stat indicative of the Rapids dominance is attempts on goal, with Colorado having 17 to Columbus' 5. The biggest negative to the match was the home side's inability to convert those attempts to shots on target, only getting 5 accurate strikes off (compared to Columbus' 3).

Real Madrid Wins To Set Up Barcelona Meeting

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Real Madrid set up a potential Copa Del Rey quarter-final against FC Barcelona after a 1-0 victory against Málaga earned the Whites a 4-2 aggregate win.

It was a tense night as Malaga only needed a 1-0 victory in order to advance on the away goals rule. In a very tactical first half the best chance fell to Sergio Ramos, whose header right before half-time just missed the target.

Portland ties a game but feels like a loss: San Jose away recap

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Quick Recap:

The Portland Timbers scores first and against the run of play in the first half but gives up a goal in the second half to take 1 point from the San Jose Earthquakes on the road.

First Half:

By far the starting line-up for this game was the most unusual line-up the Timbers haves used all season.

Three and a Big One. Weekend picks

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So I was reading an excellent piece from Steve Davis (link here) about the US-El Salvador game tomorrow at Big Sandy. Davis speculates about line-up options for the US and also includes this little tidbit:

(Brian) Ching is almost sure to be in the lineup. His ability to rattle around and make things happen by winning second balls will be critical against what is sure to be a crowded Salvadoran defensive third.

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Hat-Trick Hero, Joe Hammes, Leads Wave Over Struggling Norfolk Squad

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The Milwaukee Wave coasted to an easy victory Saturday night in the U.S Cellular Arena against the Norfolk SharX. The Wave was led by Joe Hammes, who put up an impressive eight points in their dominating 21-7 performance.

From the opening whistle Milwaukee controlled every aspect of the game.

Hat-Trick Hero, Joe Hammes, Leads Wave Over Struggling Norfolk Squad

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The Milwaukee Wave coasted to an easy victory Saturday night in the U.S Cellular Arena against the Norfolk SharX. The Wave was led by Joe Hammes, who put up an impressive eight points in their dominating 21-7 performance.

From the opening whistle Milwaukee controlled every aspect of the game.

U.S. Open Cup: Charleston puts out Fire in PKs, Red Bulls fall and more

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By ANTHONY ZILIS

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. - After scoreless periods of regulation and extra time in the third round of the U.S. Open Cup, the Chicago Fire were defeated in penalty kicks, 3-0, by the Charleston Battery in front of 2,526 at Toyota Park.

In succession, Brian McBride hit his penalty over the goal, Krzysztof Krol's shot was saved by Tim Melia and Wilman Conde sent his into the crossbar.

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Young stops a historical FC Basel victory

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A double order of Freis? That's not what Utd ordered but were forced to eat anyway

What a comeback from both FC Basel and Man Utd! Full marks to the Swiss team for not getting overawed by Utd's overwhelming Champions League record at Old Trafford.

Danny Welbeck's consecutive finishes a minute apart from each off Ryan Giggs's visionary passing and it appeared a cool winning result would be in the bag.

High Fives: Things We Learnt This Gameweek

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Abhinav's Note: Now that he's done with watching all the Shannon Tweed movies (erm... you know which ones) there ever existed, the Cynical Jerk is back to doing what he does best weekly round-ups. So here he is, with the 'High Fives' section this time around.

Okay, let's not dwell much on the age-old discussion of why I always write a note in my own posts.

High Fives: Things We Learnt This Gameweek

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Abhinav's Note: Now that he's done with watching all the Shannon Tweed movies (erm... you know which ones) there ever existed, the Cynical Jerk is back to doing what he does best weekly round-ups. So here he is, with the 'High Fives' section this time around.

Okay, let's not dwell much on the age-old discussion of why I always write a note in my own posts.

United Will Go On Without Ronaldo

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Cristiano Ronaldo's latest transfer to Real Madrid has sparked a lot of emotion - shock at the transfer fee, surprise at his exit, satisfaction that he's no longer in England, and despair for some United fans. As a United fan myself, I'm not entirely convinced that Ronaldo's exit is a disaster.

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Uruguay's World Cup worthy winner

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Winner: Uruguay's Luis Suarez celebrates his second goal and the winner against South Korea (AP Photo).

Let's be optimistic and assert that the U.S. just found out its quarterfinal opponent.

And a worthy one too, a rapacious Uruguay defeating South Korea 2-1 in a cut and thrust game decided by perhaps the classiest strike of the tournament so far from Luis Suarez.

2010 World Cup Preview: Group F

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Group F isn't great but don't sleep on Paraguay. (Getty Images)

By Geoff Reid

This group is one that should not give us any real surprises on paper, but then again you really never know because it's the world cup. The Italians are defending champions and will be favorites to top the group even though they haven't looked like champions in their warm up matches.

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Fort Lewis ends Mines’ comeback bid in matchup of region’s top two teams

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GOLDEN With a two-goal lead and a one-man advantage on the pitch, what did the Fort Lewis College men's soccer team learn on Friday against the Colorado School of Mines?

"We can't afford to let teams back in a game," Skyhawks coach Oige Kennedy said.

The Skyhawks scored twice in the first 30 minutes of Friday's match at the Colorado School of Mines Soccer Stadium.

My Dream is Alive!

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I have been saying since the tournament began that my dream final for the Champions League would be Manchester United versus Barcelona. Although it took them over 180 minutes to do it, Barcelona finally scored a goal and advanced to the final to make my dream matchup a reality.

Chelsea played a great game, and probably could have won if a few of the referee's calls went their way (more on that later), but ultimately I think Barcelona are the better team.

The Rest

How Portland can be the RioT Police

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With the quick turn around and my Honey Do List pretty long I am going to make this short and sweet. For every position I am going to list all the things they need to do in order for Portland to get out of Rio Tinto Stadium with a result.

Troy Perkins:

He needs to continue to make the saves he has been making and commanding the defense in front of him.

New England Revolution 1-1 Houston Dynamo: Revs Again Unable To Hold Lead, Reis Sees Red

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Revolution again failed to hold onto an early lead and had to settle for a 1-1 draw at home tonight with the Houston Dynamo. Despite typical heroics from Matt Reis and a bright start to the match, a chronic inability to keep possession dogged the Revs yet again and allowed Houston a gratuitous number of chances to get back into the match, making it only a matter of time until they did.

Strikers get first win

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By Pieter Brown - Members of the Miami Ultras along with our friends in Flight 19 made the trek up to Atlanta to watch the Fort Lauderdale Strikers eke out a win against the Silverbacks.
The Strikers looked disjointed through most of the game. Even though they were not at their best diminutive Martin Nunez scored a crafty goal in the 14th minute chipping the ball over the Silverback's keeper.

Puerto Rico Islanders Win 2010 USSF D2 Pro League Championship

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Puerto Rico Islanders 1-1 Carolina Railhawks – Puerto Rico win 2010 USSF D2 Championship 3-1 aggregate.

They may have been an unlikely winner of the 2010 USSF D2 Pro League Championship, but the #8 seed Puerto Rico Islanders were certainly deserving.

Galaxy vs Union Preview

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The Galaxy enter week six coming off of an away scoreless tie with Kansas City played in the rain and the smallest field in the league. Today they play the expansion Philadelphia Union who lost their top scorer, Sebastian Le Toux to injury in a mid-week US Open Cup qualifier. The Galaxy have scored seven and allowed one and have played the most consistent and strongest futbol of any team in the league to date.

How to choose a team....Part 2

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This blog marks my 100th post for The Free Kicks Report. I thought for this entry I would re-visit the 5th blog from August 2009 titled 'How to choose a team...' and give an update. The purpose of the first blog was to discuss why people choose a particular team as 'their' team - players, style of play, title contender, etc.

Thursday’s High School Girls Soccer Report

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Parkview Vikings - 1
Waynesville Tigers - 0
The Vikings got their goal from the always reliable Jess Maerz early in the 1st half. Jess collected a defensive clearance in the offensive end and sent a hard shot from about 25 yards out into a corner of the net.