Arsene Wenger has told Arsenal youngster to take advantage of the "fantastic opportunity" to establish himself as a first-team regular. Injuries to Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain have presented the 18-year-old with the chance to get some game-time under his belt. The German youngster featured in last weekend's victory against Stoke, and Wenger wants [.
We've all done it. Screamed at Gervinho, I mean. When the match is
firmly encamped in the tenterhooks phase; both teams engaging in thrust and cautious
counter-thrust; the tension so palpable that you could cut it with the switch-blade Steve Bould
undoubtedly carries around in his back-pocket: Gervinho gets the ball, attempts a dribble, jinks
impressively past his man, and tonks it woefully out of play.
Transfer rumours are usually a waste of time but occasionally they come true. And when stories
about the arrival of a world class player turn to reality it's difficult to contain the excitement.
When Arsenal officially confirmed the arrival of Santi Cazorla I felt a big hole in the squad had
Barcelona new boy Neymar ended up in a heap in the floor after falling over during a Nike promotional event in Bangkok. Proving that Jermaine Jenas didn't know he was born when he complained about being in a goldfish bowl, the Brazilian star was expected to dribble round in circles at full speed on a [.
Roman Abramovich has long envisaged a time when Chelsea bring through homegrown talent, so you can imagine his was delighted to see Josh Turnbull, son of Blues keeper Ross, score at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. The toddler picked the ball up on the edge of the box, dribbled into the area, stopped to literally pick [.
Hulk has now left Porto to join Zenit St Petersburg. Before completing his transfer, he decided his
parting gift to the club could be a final goal and winding up every non-Porto fan in Portugal. With
Porto trailing 1-0 in Hulk's final match, a drop-ball restart after an injury which usually
protocol dictates should [.
Horrible, horrible mistake by Victor Valdes. What was he thinking? With the match in the bag for
the Catalans by a mile, Valdes's bad first touch on a back pass allows Angel Di Maria to swoop down
on him and as the goalie tries to clumsily dribble the ball away, loses his nerve and balance,
falls and a predatory Di Maria gratefully finishes off.
A brace from Altidore was good for a point at the ArenA. He had the equalizer and the go-ahead in
the 48th and 50th minutes to give the Cheese Farmers an opening-day draw against the defending
champs. His first came after he collected a long diagonal ball down the left, beat Toby
Alderweireld off the dribble, held off Gregory Van Der Wiel and shelfed his shot from the six like
it was his job.
The New England Revolution tweeted and later reported in their weekly update that Juan Toja
joined the Revolution for his first training session since signing with the squad a couple weeks
ago. The former MLS All-Star arrived in the States on Sunday and it looks like promising for him to
be available on Saturday against D.
If I was asked to describe Nani in a word, then I would say 'Frustrating'. Forget about me, I
think almost every United fan would say that and I don't think I need to tell any of you why we
think so. The game against Everton itself was a perfect example of a typical Nani performance so
irritating at times that I was ready to hurl every solid object that was within my reach at the
As I touched upon in an article on Saturday, Freddy Adu has not lived up to his role as a
playmaking winger enough this year. A few games, specifically his pre-second yellow card play
against the New York Red Bulls, have shown that he has the mindset and ability to properly adjust
to the role he thrust himself into this offseason, but Adu has disappointed routinely out of a high
spot in the Philadelphia Union's offense.
Not all of the Sounder at Heart nicknames stick, and this one hasn't, but Cordell Cato still
offers some of Katniss. He's speed is so notable (the fire) that many overlook his other skill
sets. Cato's passing is best demonstrated by his low, quick crosses at about 20 yards out. His
dribble is good enough that he isn't going to give it up often and he reads the game well enough
that he generally doesn't push himself past his skill set.
Having a top forward doesn't only ensure that a team will score a ton of goals; it also keeps
the squad's supporters happy. As important as a solid defense and a gifted midfield are, they
simply don't offer the excitement of a winger beating two defenders off the dribble and slotting
the ball into the far post.
I have to admit that watching England make easy work of the Moldovan national team on Friday in
their opening World Cup Qualifier for Brazil 2014 was a pleasant experience in direct contrast to
their previous competitive match in the Euro2012 Quarter Final loss against Italy in the early
If there's one lethal weapon futbolitosÂ will be wearing at the Euro 2012 tournament,
it's the brand new Adidas' PredatorÂ® Lethal Zones boot, made up of five, unique
super-light (SL) rubber and memory foam 3-D zones designed for complete ball
Manchester City came from behind to beat Southampton and Chelsea won at Wigan Athletic in the
the English Premier League on August 19, 2012.
Wigan Athletic 0-2 Chelsea
Chelsea scored two early goals and cruised to a victory in the opening round. The visitors
started very quickly as Eden Hazard sent a great pass to Branislav Ivanovic who got behind the
defense on a counterattack.
The United States defeated Mexico 1-0 in an international friendly on August 15, 2012. It's the
Americans first ever win at the Estadio Azteca.Â Very few gave the USA a realistic chance to get a
result, let alone win, as Mexico have been dominant at the Azteca.
Mexico started out with most of the possession but the United States were committed to defending
and absorbing pressure.
The USA opened CONCACAF 2014 World Cup Qualifying with a victory over Antigua & Barbuda on June
8, 2012. It was a 3-1 victory a a much closer match than most expected.
It started out on a positive note for the USA as Carlos Bocanegra pounced on a rebound following
a corner kick. Antigua and Barbuda, who are a small country with a small population (about 85,000),
were not expected to get anything out of the match and likely were going to struggle to keep the
The Revs midfielders desire to dribble over playing the ball quickly has hurt the team lately.
(Photo: Chris Aduama/aduama.com)
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. It's the same story, just different night for the New England Revolution. The
Montreal Impact came into Foxborough and took advantage of the one mistake New England made, while
the Revolution didn't have an answer for Montreal's defensive shape.
Thanks to Mr. Peabody and Sherman for the Assist this Week Can you believe that
it has been nearly an entire month since SUB WATCH graced the pages of The Viper's Nest? Oppressive
summer heat, weekday games, a cross-country business venture and a top secret diversion into the
depths of the Marianas Trench are all to blame for this long absence.
One could blame poor refereeing. Or a lack of effort. Or that the Seattle Sounders played
without passion. That would be passing off the blame. It wasn't in Seattle's head, or referee Mark
Geiger's. Seattle was out played. Poor passing out from the backline compounded by poor passing in
Sir Alex Ferguson rarely confirms who are transfer targets are so when he opted to tell the
media that we were trying to bring in Lucas Moura from Sao Paulo and Robin van Persie, conspiracy
theories started to circulate amongst some United fans. Was he under instructions to make the club
look more competitive to help with the IPO?
There's always an attempt to replicate great moments â€”Â particularlyÂ goals â€”Â in the
playground, though any young fan who enjoyed Danny Welbeck's winner against Sweden for England on
Friday evening would have difficulty pulling it off. It was an audacious piece of skill; the fact
that it was initially seen as lucky, cynically dismissed as a fluke, made it an altogether
better goal as the replay showed Welbeck react instinctively to Theo Walcott's cross by turning,
then letting the ball gently bounce onto the back of his boot away into the right of Swedish
goalkeeperÂ Andreas Isaksson.
The first sneak previews of FIFA 14 have been released and it promises to be tiki-taka-tastic. Among the new features are four that encourage users to build play through midfield and dictate the tempo of a match. Those features are: Protect The Ball, which will enable players to fend-off and block defenders from the [.
Women's Soccer Tops UNCW 2-0 For Third Straight Win Cavaliers conclude homestand with a 3-1
CHARLOTTESVILLE â€“ The No. 8 Virginia women's soccer team concluded its season-opening
homestand with a 2-0 victory over UNC Wilmington on Sunday in front of a season-high 1,129 fans at
Last night saw the first El Clasico of the season, with Barcelona triumphant 3-2 with a second
half that exploded with goals.
Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring with a bullet header, however the Madrid lead was
shortlived as virtually from the kick-off Pedro raced clear and hit a low shot to the back of the
net to level matters.
LONGWOOD FALLS TO WILLIAM AND MARY 3-1 IN EXHIBITION FARMVILLE, Va. -- The Longwood men's soccer team dropped a 3-1 exhibition contest to William
and Mary of the Colonial Athletic Association on Monday evening at the Athletics Complex in
Farmville. The Lancers' lone goal came in the 61st minute of play when senior Patrick
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The Portland Timbers again open the road going down a goal and look listless in the attack.
Chivas looks just as bad offensively, except for the ability to exploit the Timbers' LB, but
defensively they look miles ahead of Portland. 1-0 loss
Gavin Wilkinson trotted out the 4-2-3-1 just like the Galaxy game but this time he had Futty
Danso in stead of David Horst and Diego Chara in for Palmer.
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
Ex-professional football players occupy a unique position in British society. For anyone else of
any other profession or social standing, years having engaged in an activity on a professional
basis day-in day-out would afford you with a modicum of respect and a reputation for expertise. You
have been there, on the inside.
Orlando, FL Following the overtime, pk's, post game celebrations, and the long
journey out of the complex we reached our hotel at 10:30 am. The boys had one hour to rest.
Instructions were crystal clear. Rest your bodies with legs elevated, hydrate with plenty of
gatorade, and eat fruit and power bars to refuel before the final.