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Sporting Kansas City

Sporting KC 1-1 NY Red Bulls – Match Recap – MLS – 26 August 2012

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Sporting Kansas City remained on top of the Eastern Conference with a 1-1 draw against the New York Red Bulls in Major League Soccer on August 26, 2012.

It was a similar fate for Sporting KC who dominated most of the match but had to settle for a draw. The home side started out quickly with a fourth minute Kei Kamara goal.

With the U.S. Open Cup Final set, who do you see winning?

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Tuesday night's U.S. Open Cup semifinals have set up a dream final between the three-time defending Seattle Sounders and a strong Sporting Kansas City side that will be hosting the final on Aug. 8th at Livestrong Sporting Park.

Sporting KC looked great defensively in shutting down the Philadelphia Union, while the Sounders attack looked very effective in routing Chivas USA by a 4-1 margin.

Offense Explodes As Union Pounds KC 4-0

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Soccer can be a cruel sport. Dominance doesn't always equal points, and the last two matches at PPL Park have proven that. After being zapped late by D.C. United to lose 1-0 last weekend while dominating possession and shots taken, ...

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McInerney brace leads Union in rout of KC

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The Philadelphia Union offense has been a case-study in frustration for much of the 2012 MLS season, but the Union finally found their attacking stride on Saturday night, rattling off four goals against the stingiest defense in MLS to give Union fans reason to feel optimistic about a turnaround.

Union, Sounders among potential U.S. Open Cup semifinal hosts

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The road to the U.S. Open Cup title may very well go through Seattle again.

Should the Seattle Sounders defeat the San Jose Earthquakes in Tuesday's Open Cup quarterfinal, the three-time defending tournament champions would host the semifinal match against either Chivas USA or USL Pro's Charlotte Eagles at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Wash.

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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.

Aztec MA Clinch First

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Aztec MA's plans to join the WPSL Elite may have been delayed till 2013, but that didn't stop the club from continuing their dominance in the Women's Premier Soccer League Northeast Division. The Aztec organization, which was formerly comprised of the Boston Aztec Breakers Reserve and Aztec U23, two teams that combined to win the past three WPSL Northeast Division titles, has again claimed first in the Northeast Division, now as the rebranded Aztec MA,  after a 4-0 win over the Seacoast United Phantoms.

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Arsenal 0 Sunderland 0 : Rusty Gunners

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New boys. Like duck to water, for Santi at least

One game. Not 3 points, just the one but a clean sheet achieved. Not the most ideal of starts I'll give you that. Yet, hardly the right time to go overboard with the reactions. Lots of teams draw games, just that it happened to us in the first game of the season.

Are Arsenal being punished by the Deins?

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David Dein was an integral figure in the rise to dominance of Arsenal in the last 30 years. He was vice-chairman of the Gunners between 1983 and 2007 but had to leave the club for reasons that are arguable. There is a school of thought that believes that Dein was forced out of Arsenal and [...]

World Cup

USA 1, Mexico 0: A Look Back

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Twenty four times over the course of 75 years.

That is how many times, and over how long a period of time, the U.S. Men's National Team had traveled south of the border looking for a win against Mexico. Twenty four times they tried and 24 times they failed to win, and 23 of those times they lost.

USMNT: Recruiting for a Punitive Expedition

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This has gone on long enough. Mexico has been in the ascendant in CONCACAF for over a year now. After a generation of US dominance, Mexico currently holds the regional championship in every age level, from the Gold Cup to the U-17 World Cup, and by the end of this week they may be Olympic Gold Medalists as well.

Richmond Forward Becca Wann selected to USWNT U20 World Cup Squad

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Courtesy: Richmond AthleticsBecca Wann (Chesterfield, Va.) has been selected to the U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team by head coach Steve Swanson to represent the United States at the 2012 FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup in Japan.

Becca Wann U.S. Soccer Bio: One of the two uncapped players on the roster, she made a late run to make the squad and adds tremendous athleticism (she plays soccer and basketball at Richmond) as well as a dangerous weapon on set plays due to her aerial dominance.

Domestic Football

Are We Being Left Behind? Robin van Persie and Manchester United.

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I started supporting watching football, and supporting Arsenal, in the early 90s. My first footballing memories are of us winning the league in 1991, followed by the cups that we won in the following years. But, I suppose more than anything, I was a child of two domestic football trends: the birth and subsequent explosive popularity of the Premier League, and the dominance of Manchester United of English football.

Flags a quiverin': on Cahill, and distant pride

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By Max Grieve

I watch European football in the green glow of the television in the dark; alone, more often than not. This is so because European football is played in Europe, and Europe has been so unkind as to not invite Australia into its exclusive company.

Olympic football

Olympics: Brazil 3-0 South Korea – Selecao Waft Past Korea And Into Gold Medal Match (Photos & Highlights)

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By Chris Wright

Neymar takes his instructions to 'crush South Korea' a little too literally

Despite a brief period of early South Korean dominance and a largely crap first half, Brazil more or less sauntered through to the Olympic final with a comfortable 3-0 win at Old Trafford courtesy of a goal from Romulo and a second-half double from Leandro Damiao who now sits pretty at the top of the scoring charts having taken his tournament tally to six.

Olympics: Brazil 3-0 South Korea – Selecao Waft Past Korea And Into Gold Medal Match (Photos & Highlights)

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By Chris Wright

Neymar takes his instructions to 'crush South Korea' a little too literally

Despite a brief period of early South Korean dominance and a largely crap first half, Brazil more or less sauntered through to the Olympic final with a comfortable 3-0 win at Old Trafford courtesy of a goal from Romulo and a second-half double from Leandro Damiao who now sits pretty at the top of the scoring charts having taken his tournament tally to six.

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TSG’s Azteca Roster: Being Klinsmann

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Few remember that three years ago, it was a trip to Azteca that was the coming out party for Stu Holden on the USMNT "A" team...

TSG usually goes the route of trying to predict what the head coach, manager, or front office of some club will do. We remove (attempt to remove) personal biases and frankly it's more important in our minds to initiate conversation with our audience on the observations seen to date.

MLS Weekend Wrap-Up: Dallas Demolishes Portland, New York Remains Undefeated at Home and Houston Takes Down Portland

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In the weekend leading up to the MLS All-Star Game, some teams showed their dominance, while others took steps in the wrong direction. Saturday saw Dallas FC make a complete mockery of the Portland Timbers, who have now lost four in a row. Meanwhile, the New York Red Bulls continued their impressive home lossless streak, dispatching the Union 2-0.

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Impact continue strong home form, topples Union at Stade Saputo

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By BRYAN ROBISON

One pattern had to end on Saturday night, as the Montreal Impact welcomed fellow Eastern Conference foe Philadelphia Union to Saputo Stadium for the first time. The Impact, winners of their last three home matches, faced off against the Union, winners of three of their last four.

Sounders v Caledonia AIA in Champions League - Gamethread

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This is one of those games that is hard to scout. Not many know anything about Caledonia AIA, those that do work for soccer teams or agencies. The good news is that the Seattle Sounders have plenty of contacts. They also clearly did their prep. For the fan, this game features an opponent that tries to bring the ball up the field on the ground and is willing to play a high pace game.

Two years after World Cup triumph, Spain's dominance still reigns

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Spain's dominance on the international stage is now four years and running, a period that began with La Furia Roja's triumph at the 2008 European championship and one that was punctuated at the beginning of this month, with their second consecutive continental title.Â

In between that, Spain had its greatest moment -- capturing the 2010 World Cup, an event that happened two years ago today.

D.C. United

Columbus Crew will test DC United’s maturity

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Tonight's game at Columbus is not a season defining game, but it may well demonstrate whether the first 17 minutes of last Sunday's match at Houston or the 73 that followed were. Coherence and a small degree of dominance broke down when Bill Hamid was ejected and DC United failed to survive the loss of one player.

Seattle fan favorite Levesque retiring

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One of the Emerald City Supporters' favorite players is stepping away from the game.

Roger Levesque will retire after Wednesday's friendly against Chelsea, according to The Seattle Times, ending a nine-year career spent mostly with the Sounders, both in USL and MLS.

First Edition of our 2012 Playoff Odds

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Now that we've more or less reached the halfway point in the 2012 season, it's time to start looking at the playoff odds generated by our season simulation. As a reminder, I simulate the remainder of the MLS season 10,000 times based on a team's home and away goal scoring results, weighted for recent games.

Euro 2012

The Euro 2012 Poem… “German dominance came undone,...

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The Euro 2012 Poem...

"German dominance came undone, as Balotelli showed his good side. The Italians were grateful to see his Jekyll, and not his Mr. Hyde."

Remember when Spencer Owen brought us the Premier League poem to review the 2011/12 season? Well, he's back to address the drama that unfolded in Ukraine and Poland.

Euro 2012 Final : Spanish And Italian Futbolitas Share Predictions, Send Their Light And Strength!

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Euro 2012 Final Spain vs Italy (Kiev, Sunday : 1945) The Euro 2012 is finally upon us and what better way to celebrate it than with our Spanish and Italian Futbolitas Christina (Madrid) and Verdiana (Milan) respectively? They discuss what it means for their economically-affected nations to reach the final, what they will tell the players, their fears, excitement and of course, predictions!

Spaniard: Mario Balotelli is a star

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Cesc Fabregas has identified Mario Balotelli, Antonio Cassano, and Andrea Pirlo as Italy's greatest threats for Spain in the Euro 2012 final but despite describing the latter as the most dangerous, he is most wary of the sudden impact that the Manchester City striker can have on a match.

The secret behind Spain's dominance in recent years lies in their excellent possession game but given how smoothly Pirlo can create chances for Cassano and Balotelli, Fabregas knows that the Azzurri will be difficult to beat.

Euro 2012: Spain tops Portugal after Ronaldo-less PK round to return to final

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Spain's reign as European champion is still alive, and Cristiano Ronaldo only sat and watched as Portugal's tournament run came to an end.

After a scoreless 120 minutes, Spain outlasted Portugal on penalty kicks 4-2 at Donbass Stadium in Donetsk, Ukraine, with Ronaldo never getting the chance to take a penalty for Portugal.

Euro Thoughts Part 5: The Quarterfinals

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I watched 2 of the Quarter Finals in the comfort of my home (Portugal vs. Czech Republic & Germany vs. Greece) and the next 2 (Spain vs. France & England vs. Italy) in a hotel lounge in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It's interesting to note that the football matches paired up nicely with the viewing experience that I had for each one.

Spain 2-0 France

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Goals:
Alonso 19' 90+1' (pen)

I've never seen a side as comfortably in control with a one-goal lead as this Spanish side.

Compare today with yesterday's quarterfinal. No matter how dominant Germany were, they still conceded an unlikely equalizer and had to furiously rally in the final 30 minutes.

Euro 2012 Day 9 & 10: Podolski Celebrates Century, Four Gunners Return Home

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100 games for the national team! That's some achievement. Lukas Podolski should be proud of his efforts. He did celebrate it with a well-taken goal and is one of the two Arsenal players, along with Rosicky, who've moved on to the quarter-finals. But the news wasn't good for Van Persie, Szczesny, Arshavin, and Bendtner who all bow out.

Euro 2012: Denmark 1-2 Germany – Bender Sends Flawless Germans Into Quarters (Photos & Highlights)

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By Chris Wright

The permutations beneath them were myriad but the mathematics ahead of last night's concluding Group B fixtures were incredibly simple as far as Germany were concerned: a win over Denmark in Lviv would take them through with a flawless 100% record and win they jolly well did Lars Bender sticking away the winner on his full international debut to see off Denmark and set up a quarter-final tie against Greece *something something Eurozone something something Merkel*.

The Rest

Liga MX: Toluca continue their dominance, Chivas fall again

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The 2012 Apertura (opening) season is on it's final stretch run as several teams will be fighting for a spot in the liguilla (playoffs) over the last three weeks. 14 weeks are in the books and it would be hard pressed to find someone who predicted the table would look like it does.

Toluca is at the top of the Mexican first division with 29 points, followed by Club Tijuana (29 points), newly promoted Leon (24 points), Cruz Azul (22 points), and Club America (21 points).

Liverpool 1-1 Hearts

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Liverpool win 2-1 on aggregate

Goals:
Templeton 84'
Suarez 88'

A match for experimentation, a result that came oh so close to going the wrong way.

Downing at left back, a more orthodox 4-3-3 with Shelvey and Gerrard notably ahead of Allen, and Henderson and Morgan – making his senior debut – on the left and right of the front three.

2012/13 FC Porto Home Shirt

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2012/13 FC Porto Home Shirt - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The 2011/12 season was a good one for Porto as they soared to victory in the Portuguese Liga but their European performance was somewhat average. Outdone by APOEL and Zenit St. Petersburg in the UEFA Champions League and lost to Sporting in the Round of 32 of the Europa League.

Chicago Fire vs. New England Revolution - MLS #24 - Three Questions

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It's Friday and that means it's time for another 3 questions exchange. Bonus questions will again make their appearance this week as the Fire look to continue their dominance of the Eastern Conference at Toyota Park. The Men In Red will look to further climb up the Eastern Conference standings Saturday Night.

Milan Crush Olimpia

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Robinho scored and had an assist as AC Milan defeated Olimpia, 3-1, at Gillette Stadium. (Photo: Walter Silva)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Italian giants A.C. Milan cruised to an easy 3-1 victory over Honduran champions C.D. Olimpia at Gillette Stadium in an international exhibition on Saturday evening.

Recap: Wiener Neustadt 0-1 Rapid Vienna

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Rapid held their opponent scoreless for a second weekend, and maintained their dominance at the top of the standings with a win over struggling Wiener Neustadt.

Sounders Crush Chivas Advance To Fourth Straight Open Cup Final

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Starfire may not be magic, but special moments happen there. Wednesday night's game rarely seemed in doubt, and it was finished off by Sammy Ochoa with goal number 4, a fourth time ejecting Chivas USA from the Open Cup, a fourth time advancing to the Final and an opportunity for a historic #SE4TTLE.

SBI Mid-season MLS Defender of the Year: Jamison Olave

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Jamison Olave has been one of the most dominant defenders in MLS since joining Real Salt Lake in 2008, and this year has been no different.

Olave has enjoyed a strong start to the first half of the 2012 campaign, helping Real Salt Lake contend for the top spot in the Western Conference with his physical style, aerial dominance and ability on the ball.