Chicago Fire

Paint by Numbers: Playoff Projections

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If the Chicago Fire make the playoffs this year, it will be their first time in the playoffs since 2009 when they missed out on the MLS Cup Final in a shootout. In case you, the reader, couldn't tell, we here at Hot Time In Old Town are very excited about this. Ryan had a quick post up yesterday to talk a bit about the standings, James briefly wrote about how we've done against the conference earlier this morning, and, about a month ago, Tweed had this interesting post looking at how the top teams in the Eastern Conference were looking.

MLS Spotlight: Durable Parke embracing heavy workload for Sounders

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It's not terribly often that Jeff Parke contributes on the offensive end. The industrious Seattle Sounders defender, in fact, is quick to acknowledge as much.

In his seven MLS seasons, Parke has been one of the more durable commodities the league has to offer, starting at least 20 games each campaign.

Champions League

Arsenal be bold: Offer a one year contract to Didier Drogba

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Reports from China indicate Didier Drogba and his former Chelsea team mate, Nicholas Anelka could leave Shanghai Shenhua because the club is unable to meet its wage commitments because of an escalating shareholder row. Both Drogba and Anelka earn a mind boggling £300,000 per week to play for 10th placed Shenhua.

Cristiano Ronaldo's Destiny Depends on His Dominance of Euro 2012

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Despite it being a physical impossibility, Lionel Messi casts a big shadow over the super-sized ego and talents of Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo. Barcelona's Messi usually outscores Real Madrid's Ronaldo. Barca is the team of the century largely because of the diminutive Messi's amazing balance, instinct and ability.

Wind Of Change Is Blowing Through Liverpool FC

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Apparently they name hurricanes using men and women's names, working their way sequentially through the alphabet.
After Irene left a trail of havoc up the eastern seaboard of America, I don't know what happened to Jose but there's no mistaking that Hurricane Kenny swept through Anfield in the last fortnight, carrying away lots of dead wood and depositing things in unlikely settings.

Dipping A Toe Into The Welsh Premier League

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Cardiff City supporter Neil Mace lives next door to The Cardiff City Stadium, so the Welsh Premier League isn't something that had previously occurred to him as a good idea. Last weekend, however, he took the plunge and this is what he found out.

As a Cardiff City fan, the Welsh Premier League has previously escaped my interest.

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Every year, Tottenham are linked with a galaxy of stars. On the forums you read ‘We need a striker, we need a left back, we need a centre half' and so on and so on. Virtually a whole team, despite just being a couple of wins
from a Champions league space last season.

The ITK's come out of the woodwork claiming that a friend of a friend of Daniel Levy's gardener has heard ********* (insert any world class player you wish), is in talks with the club about an imminent deal.

English Premier League

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After a disappointing opening day result with positives at St James Park, Gareth Johnson shares with THFC1882 his thoughts on the match as he watched from the stands and what lies ahead this season for us.

The opening day of any season is always special for me.

Football rules …… time for a change?

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The rules of football evolve slowly. Very slowly. Almost at a glacial pace. But watching various sports in this lovely (if wet) summer of Olympics on our doorstep shows how other sports develop and innovate, to preserve and develop the qualities and challenges of that sport. That begs the question: what rule changes could football adopt that would improve it?

Football rules …… time for a change?

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The laws of football evolve slowly. Very slowly. Almost at a glacial pace. But watching various sports in this lovely (if wet) summer of Olympics on our doorstep shows how other sports develop and innovate, to preserve and develop the qualities and challenges of that sport. That begs the question: what rule changes could football adopt that would improve it?

Quaker Oats Chicago Fire Oatmeal: Press Release in a Canister

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The Chicago Fire and Quaker teamed up to create a unique and one of a kind press release that coincided with the big announcement at Quaker Plaza yesterday. The classic Quaker Oats canister received a Chicago Fire makeover and why not? If our jerseys can say 'Quaker', why can't their canisters say Fire?

Liverpool FC: And The Heat Goes On…

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In a story heading straight for our 'hell no' files, 27-year-old Liverpool winger and England international, Stewart Downing, was arrested on suspicion of assault early Sunday morning following an altercation with a supposed  ex-girlfriend (rumoured to be Donna the doorstep dramatist Moloney) at the Cross Keys pub near Middlesborough.


Pele delivered pizzas for a Santos marketing campaign

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If you were wondering just how far 71-year-old Pele would go for his beloved former club Santos, the answer is apparently "delivering pizzas."

For the purposes of an ad campaign concocted by Santos' marketing department, Pele dressed in the uniform of a local pizza shop and spent a night making deliveries to unsuspecting customers.

Atletico Madrid Receive Shiny New Red Beetle Cars, Falcao And Diego Can’t Stop Smiling

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One of the perks of being a professional futbolito is obviously getting new cars sent to your doorstep every season (listen up, AC Milan fans!) While the European elite get to drive their shiny new Audis, Atletico Madrid's players received keys to our favourite car of all time instead a Volkswagen Beetle!


OTP’s Howard The Psychic Duck predicts… Portugal v Spain

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Despite his run of correct predictions, it's been a tough of couple of days for our Howard. Already living in a safe house after repeated kidnap attempts from leading sports bookmakers, he's also become an overnight public enemy number one, having backed Italy to overcome England on Sunday. Thankfully ducks' instinctive aversion to fire means [.

Euro 2012: Group B: Netherlands swamp Denmark but the Danes win, 1-0

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szólj hozzá: Hol - Dan 0-1

A moving sea of orange ceaselessly breaking on the doorstep waiting it to fall. But it did not happen as the Netherlands just could not put the ball into goal. Robin Van Persie was particularly egregious, his touch unsure, his finish woeful.

How did Paul Wilson come up with the analysis the Dutch did not win because RVP was stranded alone with the midfield not effectively linking up with him.

The MLS Grinder: Handicapping the playoffs

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The very definition of "strange alchemy" We've arrived at the doorstep. After weeks of conjecture and jockeying, we're banging on the door. So consider this your MLS playoff primer, where the Grinder will launch you into the postseason stratosphere with an explosive quality that DeRo's boot can't even match.

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U.S. Lands Olympic Berth

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It was no walk in the park, but United States claimed an Olympic berth after withstanding a spirited and stubborn Costa Rica to earn a 3-0 win Friday night.

Tobin Heath put the U.S. on the board with a 16th minute goal while Carli Lloyd followed up with an insurance strike in the 74th minute.

Badgers extend mastery over Phoenix

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Freshman forward Cara Walls (Wauwatosa East) scored for the second straight game as the University of Wisconsin women's soccer team maintained its perfect record against UW-Green Bay with a 1-0 victory in a non-conference match Sunday afternoon at the McClimon Complex.

Walls' goal came on the Badgers' third chance on a sequence in the 28th minute.


It’s raining defeats in Lancashire

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It's raining defeats in Lancashire

Linked by geography, separated by success: so read a Manchester United banner mocking their City neighbours early last season. It may have been folded up but the message applies elsewhere on United's doorstep.

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Reds Launch New Partnership

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Liverpool FC's history is littered with winning combinations - and now they are hoping to help conquer the academic world with another unique partnership.
The Reds have struck up an affiliation with Laureate Online Education - the online partner of the University of Liverpool - to help promote the institute's web-based degrees.

Real Salt Lake

Timbers live, D.C. eliminated after wild tie

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WASHINGTON -- After a late flurry of action both ways, two things are clear: The Portland Timbers' postseason chances are still alive, and D.C. United's season is over.

Despite late heroics from MVP candidate Dwayne De Rosario and a number of chances in the waning minutes, D.

Rare win, grab what you can TFC 1 Real Salt Lake 0

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A victory is a victory and each should be valued. At least that is what I have beentrying to tell myself on the drive home. They have been rare enough in 2011, aseason where TFC have played 26 games to reach the plateau of 4 victories.Somehow plateau does not seem like the right word. Perhaps it should be 26games to reach the doorstep of 4 victories.

The Rest

Five Questions: Revolution vs. Union

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With Saer Sene out for Saturday's match, the Revolution will need Ryan Guy to help add spark to the attack. (Photo: Kari Heistad/

History is on the line at Gillette Stadium on Saturday. But, unfortunately for the hosts, it's not the kind of history they're terribly anxious to achieve.

Simon’s Hat Trick Steers Breakers Over Mutiny

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SOMERVILLE, Mass. The weather wasn't the only thing that was hot at Dilboy Field on Wednesday.

With a form that matched the sizzling temperatures, Kyah Simon scored three goals to lead the Breakers to a 4-2 win over the Mutiny in the first showdown between the Commonwealth-based clubs.

"Both Shep (Katie Schoepfer) and Courtney (Jones) set me up with some really good goals," Simon said.

Myers own goal helps Timbers snap Sporting KC's run of perfection

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Sporting Kansas City's perfect run is over.

Right back Chance Myers inadvertently headed a Kris Boyd cross into his own net in the 41st minute to account for the only goal, as the Portland Timbers dealt Sporting KC their first loss of the season, a 1-0 decision at Jeld-Wen Field.

Thatcher Documents on Hillsborough Misinformation Leaked

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According to documents seen by the BBC, Margaret Thatcher was informed that the chief of Merseyside police and other high ranking officers blamed Liverpool fans for events at Hillsborough soon after the disaster which took the lives of 96 supporters in 1989. It's one more piece of the puzzle for those still demanding the full truth over twenty years later, yet despite that no release of behind the scenes information is a bad thing for those seeking justice, there is more than a hint of the political in these latest revelations.

Germany And Wolfsburg’s Christian Trasch Talks About Fan Abuse At Doorstep & Khedira And Ozil Clip

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How many ladies out there would like to examine the ears of the German National Team? Don't think you'll get away with only examining the Podolskis, Lahms or Gomezes in the squad we'll throw in Oliver Kahn's ears into the mix as well! (Gotcha!)Â

Anyway, Christian Träsch who is really getting his ear examined by the German NT's medical staff up there has opened up to Lothar Matthäus' favourite newspaper in the whole wide world Bild about "terrible fans" appearing at his doorstep after Wolfsburg's defeat to Hoffenheim last month.

Arsenal vs Manchester United Preview: Gunners Look to Put Pressure Back on Rivals at the Emirates

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There was a time not so long ago, a Manchester United team travelling to North London only meant one thing, and that was to get one over arch rivals Arsenal for the title. Now, with Spurs knocking on everyone's doorstep, ...

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Soccerblog wishes its readers a Happy New Year

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Flying high: A toast to RVP and hoping he continues his stellar form in 2012

Soccerblog readers, thanks for being with us. We ring in a new year full of soccer. The battle for European supremacy this summer will be the signature theme and we hope we can bring it to your doorstep in a manner of speaking.

AVB wants to join in during goal celebrations? Bitch please.

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The Sun more specifically, English media in general is at it once again. Peep:

CHELSEA last night confirmed their players are under orders to involve Andre Villas-Boas in their goal celebrations.

No words needed. Just Dave Chappelle and a microphone.

Kleanthous & Barnet FC vs The Local Council

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As the crowd of just over 1,700 filed out of Underhill after a six-three home defeat at the hands of Burton Albion last weekend, supporters of Barnet Football Club had little option but to face up to the prospect of another difficult season in League Two again this year. The club is in second from bottom place in the Football League with only Plymouth Argyle below them, and with Plymouth now having finally exited administration and Barnet having lost seven of their last eight matches, a club which has maintained it League Two status by he skin of its teeth for the last couple of seasons will be looking nervously at the trapdoor which is threatening to open up below it again.