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I Opened 101 Soccer Fortune Cookies For You

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One fortune cookie after another in my brain was just cracked open and its contents written down. Totally free-flowed and not second guessed.

  1. Winning is important.
  2. Possession is the optimal, if not the only, way to develop a player to their potential.
  3. Possession significantly increases your chances of winning consistently at all levels of play.

Overlooking the Return of Pass and Move Football

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Following Sunday's disappointing result against West Bromwich Albion, there were two competing narratives. On one hand there was a desire to integrate the match and result into one of the main stories of the 2011-12 season—namely the one where Liverpool can't score even though they dominate possession.

Match Report: Union 1-1 Chivas USA

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On Sunday, the Union played Chivas USA to a drab draw in front of a sparsely populated Home Depot Center in Carson, California. After a slow-paced first half that yielded few chances, Justin Mapp opened the scoring in the second half before the sensational Juan Pablo Angel drew the home side level at the death.

Manchester United

Are Spurs really after this Manchester duo?

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While it's still hard to sort the real stories from the gossip, most of the players mentioned in connection with a move to White Hart Lane would be welcomed by fans into the club. There are exceptions however, and it was particularly worrying to see Charlie Adam's odds shorten to 6/4 on a move from Liverpool.

Will United Be Victorious at Villa?

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Wednesday's Carling Cup defeat to Crystal Palace was both embarrassing and disappointing for Manchester United, as even with an under-strength side, United were expected to take care of business at home against the Championship side. But with a couple of exceptions, that under-strength side put in a poor performance, and credit to Palace, they came [.

English Premier League

English Premier League – Season Predictions – 2012/13

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The 2012-13 English Premier League season is set to start on August 18, 2012 with Manchester United looking to unseat rivals Manchester City. It was a dramatic finish to last season as Man City scored a late goal to edge United for the league title.

So, who will win the title this season and which clubs will be relegated?

Summer Reading For Spurs Fans. A Harry-Free Zone

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Two e-books worthy of your consideration. And look, we're all busy people, credit crunch and all, so what can I say they're cheap. Very good, mind. Have a look.

Arthur Rowe a Neglected Spurs Legend Whose Legacy Lives On

We become Spurs fans via a variety of routes.

Where are the defenders?

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I think it would be fair to say if you were to ask most people to people look back at what has set this Premier League season apart from others the answer you'd get would have to be: high-scoring games. For a slightly more pessimistic view: bad defending.

It is in the big games where this has been most noticeable.

Why Chelsea Need To End Reign Of Player Power

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Why Chelsea Need To End Reign Of Player Power - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

When Andre Villas-Boas took over as Chelsea Manager in June 2011, he probably didn't envisage the club's dressing room being his biggest problem during his first season in English football. A dressing room filled with international footballers and seasoned professionals would surely have been an attraction for any potential Chelsea manager following the ruthless sacking of Carlo Ancelotti.

Low intelligence

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I have always thought that one (of the many) reasons that I did not become a footballer was because I am too intelligent. In fact, as has often been the case, with some notable exceptions (Jorge Valdano, Socrates, Ruud Gullit....), intelligent footballers seems to be more the exception that the rule, and at a time when the media scrutiny is so intense, the demand on a bit of brains in footballers

Real Madrid

THE INTERNET READERS BEST 11 SPANISH LIGA PLAYERS FOR 2011-2012

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More than 73.000 people voted on Spanish Sports online channel "marca.com" for what they believed to be the "Best 11 Players" of the Spanish Football League season 2011-2012. Marca - Best 11 season 2011-2012 As you can see the list is dominanted by Real Madrid & FC Barcelona players, with the exceptions being Javi Martinez (At.

Don’t Go To The Middle East, Come To United

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Schalke have today confirmed that legend Raul will be leaving the club on a free at the end of the season after two years in Germany. He was offered a contract from them but decided it was time to move on.

After an incredible career with Real Madrid, spending sixteen years in the first team, Raul was no longer first choice so decided it was time to leave.

Barcelona A Football Certainty To Win The Champions League in 2012

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Many people argue that there is no such thing as a certainty in sport, especially football but there are always exceptions to the rule and Barcelona winning the Champions League in 2012 looks just as good as a football certainty as you could find... The current odds of 13/8 about Barcelona winning the Champions League [.

Barcelona A Football Certainty To Win The Champions League in 2012

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Many people argue that there is no such thing as a certainty in sport, especially football but there are always exceptions to the rule and Barcelona winning the Champions League in 2012 looks just as good as a football certainty as you could find... The current odds of 13/8 about Barcelona winning the Champions League [.

MLS Teams

The Necessity for Soccer Supporter Groups

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I strongly believe that every league and team should have soccer supporter groups. One of the things that helped me appreciate and love the game is my fellow fans and supporter groups. They are a necessary part of the game day experience. When I go to MLS games, I know I'll find a soccer supporter group in a section that helps liven up game day with chants, displays, and dances.

The Necessity for Soccer Supporter Groups

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I strongly believe that every league and team should have soccer supporter groups. One of the things that helped me appreciate and love the game is my fellow fans and supporter groups. They are a necessary part of the game day experience. When I go to MLS games, I know I'll find a soccer supporter group in a section that helps liven up game day with chants, displays, and dances.

Timbers sign U.S U-20 midfielder Renken

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One of the more potential-filled midfielders in the U.S. youth pipeline is coming to MLS.

The Portland Timbers have acquired U.S. Under-20 midfielder Charles Renken through the MLS waiver process, according to a team release, bringing the 18-year-old to the Pacific Northwest from TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.

MLS 101: New Player Drafts, Generation adidas, Trades, Waivers and Roster Exceptions

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The MLS 101 series will be a "living/breathing document" in that I will continue to edit and update these post to keep up to date with the inevitable changes that MLS will make. I encourage you to bookmark the post so you can use them as a reference going forward.

In this edition of MLS 101, it's time to tie up some lose ends about MLS roster rules, along with player movement and acquisition.

Major League Soccer

Staggering Out of the Gates | a DC United Match Reaction

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Well, that went about as expected. Sporting KC are one of the strongest, if not the strongest, team in the Eastern Conference, and return almost their entire starting lineup from last year. Little wonder that they looked more fluid on the ball and in their movement than a United side that is still figuring itself out and integrating new pieces.

MLS cracks down on Dynamo supporters

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In part because of the smoke bombs and a few obscenity bombs Dynamo supporters dropped during the playoffs, Major League Soccer has sanctioned the Dynamo's supporter groups and withdrawn some the exceptions MLS usually makes for supporters groups. Since this is my blog, I'll give you my opinion. As a parent, I want a clean [.

Monday MLS Breakdown: Application Of Home Grown Player Rule - Goal.com

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Monday MLS Breakdown: Application Of Home Grown Player Rule - Goal.com

The most complete look at the current state of the HGP rule and the exceptions to the rule that have been granting. Yes, Brent Richards was an exception, but there have been a few others.

There's also a nugget that now seems to incentivize a club operating an amateur PDL team in order to main their connections to former U18 players who are then at colleges.

The Rest

Chicago Fire vs. Houston Dynamo - MLS #26 - Fireside Chat with the Dynamo

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Ok, ok. It may be a bad pun but it makes more sense than the "3 Questions" moniker. Why, you may Ask? Well, most exchanges are more than 3 questions, and some are one sided only (like today's). To me, it made more sense to re-name question exchanges rather than using an incorrect title. So, from now on, my questions exchanges will now be Fireside Chats.

On Vagueness and EXCLUSIVES: Can England's stars truly be this boring?

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By Henry Cooke, writing from London

Prior to England's clash with Italy at Euro 2012, Scott Parker was asked a simple question. Would he be holding any grudges against Mario Balotelli, the man who had stamped on his head earlier in the season?

Noticias : It’s A Blue Day For United As Maradona Arrives In Manchester

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When your son-in-law is playing a vital role in the Manchester Derby, you're allowed to turn up and sit next to Giannina at the VIP stands, even if you had spent the whole time opposing his move to the club and whispering "Real Madrid" softly into his ears.

Such exceptions only apply in England because a) he's Maradona, b) no one can stop him from walking into any room and c) Pele is not around.

So while Seattleites will continue to set the standard for MLS attendance and atmosphere, they will...

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So while Seattleites will continue to set the standard for MLS attendance and atmosphere, they will probably have to set aside their hopes of welcoming the U.S. national team

Seattle is a great soccer market. So why won't the U.S. national team play there? A search for answers - Soccer Insider - The Washington Post

Exceptions are made for LA, for Salt Lake, for Foxbourough, for Tampa, for New Jersey, but not for Seattle.

MLS 101: Re-Entry Draft, Contracts, "Right of Refusal" and the CBA

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Lesson One: Roster Rules and the Salary Cap

Lesson Two: Allocations, Lotteries, DPs, Discoveries and Home Grown Players

Lesson Three: New Player Drafts, Generation adidas, Trades, Waivers and Roster Exceptions

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Lesson Four: Re-Entry Draft, Contracts, "Right of Refusal" and the CBA

Welcome to another edition of MLS 101.

WAG Watch: High Fashion Hair Curlers?

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Last time we checked, wearing hair rollers in public was a "Don't" in most sensible ladies' books.

Well thanks to a recently misinterpreted decree from Vogue, the British press is now claiming that the baffling, mind-boggling and completely WAG-like trend of wearing hair rollers whilst out and about is now in fashion.

Portland Timbers Training Notes & Quotes: Day Five Edition

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Fitness continued to be the focus for the Portland Timbers as they neared the end of their first week of preseason training in 2012. The sun shone brightly on the turf and allowed some players to shed their extra layers. Again the players participated in an 8v8 half field scrimmage after warming up and doing a few drills, but the consistent theme throughout the session was keeping everyone constantly in motion.

Do Former Superstar Players Make Good Managers?

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I started thinking about this question again in the wake of some recent comments by Dennis Bergkamp about what's going on at Arsenal. He stated his views about tactics, a need for a true goal scorer, and Patrick Vieira. Naturally, this led a few writers to wonder if Bergkamp would be a good future manager at Arsenal.

On Tap: USA v Honduras

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In memory of Al Davis' death today, I'll rip a page from his book to provide some helpful advice for Klinsi today: Just score, baby. With a few exceptions, the style points have been there. We've seen advances in stylish play that seemed a pipe dream during RoboBob's preference for the robotic, some brief glimpses of progress in this 4-3-3 implementation and some serious defections, most notably