Exhibition Games

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Ronaldinho, James to play exhibition games in Pakistan

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Karachi (AFP) – Brazil’s Ronaldinho, England’s David James and Dutch star George Boateng will be among seven top former players to feature in exhibition games in Pakistan in July, organizers said Thursday.

The games are part of plans to build on the “comfort zone” from the successful staging of the Pakistan Super League cricket final in Lahore earlier this month.

Ronaldinho, James to play exhibition games in Pakistan

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Karachi (AFP) – Brazil’s Ronaldinho, England’s David James and Dutch star George Boateng will be among seven top former players to feature in exhibition games in Pakistan in July, organizers said Thursday.

The games are part of plans to build on the “comfort zone” from the successful staging of the Pakistan Super League cricket final in Lahore earlier this month.

Major League Soccer

Monday After

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Major League Soccer descended upon Fresno, CA over the weekend for a preseason match-up between the Earthquakes and Galaxy. Billed as the Central California Cup, the match drew a sellout crowd of almost 13k. As we have repeatedly stated, these types of exhibition games provide the league with a great opportunity to spread its message beyond the MLS cities.

Aston Villa Beat Philadelphia Unioin 1-0 In Friendly Game

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On Wednesday night, Aston Villa did something no other international team had done before: beat the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park.

The Union, who had been 4-0 in international friendlies at their home stadium coming into the contest, beating Schalke, Everton, Celtic and CD Guadalajara, but the streak ended as they lost 1-0 thanks to a first-half goal from striker Nathan Delfouneso.

Stars Lose 1, Tie 1 in Exhibtion Games with Chicago Fire

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With only 3 days of formal team workouts under their belts, the Minnesota Stars FC hopped a bus and headed for Chicago. The team played two exhibition games against the Fire who have been in camp for over a month. Chicago was the only MLS team not in action this opening weekend of MLS play [...]

MLS and Chicago Fire 2012 Reserves League Schedule

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Major League Soccer released the 2012 Reserves League Schedule today. The league is still divided up into 3 divisions with the Chicago Fire playing in the Central/Mountain Division. As in 2011, the league will only consist of 10 games but Chicago Fire Reserves can set up other exhibition games if they want to.

Referee Spotlight: Alejandro Mariscal

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Referee Alejandro Mariscal gained some international experience during France's 1-1 tie against Brazil
The 2011 Development Academy Winter Showcase provides an opportunity for the country's top referees to be identified and trained in a positive learning environment. No test at the Premier Sports Campus here in Lakewood Ranch, Fla.

The Value of Friendlies

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MLS just played its All Star Game, which as we all know was Manchester United against an MLS All-Star 11 who had never played meaningful minutes together prior to Tuesday's training session. That was always bound to not end well, and it ended in predictable fashion, 4-0 to United (following a 5-2 loss last season).

Barcelona should be model for how soccer is best played

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MIKE JACOBS COLUMN, Evansville Courier Press, June 4, 2011

Those who watched Barcelona defeat Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League final last weekend were able to witness the potential of a soccer revolution here in the United States.

According to figures compiled by Nielsen Media Research, as reported by Soccer America, the telecasts of the game delivered a 2.

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Noticias: Lionel Messi Talks About His Son, Thomas Vermaelen And Puyol Meet In Ibiza

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Lionel Messi has been given the five star treatment in Bogota, Colombia, where he is presently based ahead of tonight's "Battle of the Stars", a charity match featuring some of the best Brazilian and Argentinean players from past and present. Naturally, as the best player in the world, you get your perks including a Presidential Suite with your name on the door a good two days before you arrive!

Dani Alves Breaks Collarbone And Will Miss Copa del Rey Final

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Barcelona defender Dani Alves has broken his collarbone in training and will miss the Copa del Rey final against Athletic Bilbao on May 25.

A statement on the Barcelona web site said:

During this Wednesday's training session, Dani Alves suffered a broken collarbone and after initial treatment it was decided by the Club's medical services that he will be operated on this evening at the Hospital de Barcelona by Doctor Carles Torrens.

International Friendlies

Noticias : France Pull Off Last Minute Win Over Iceland, Italy Singles Out Mario Balotelli

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Last night's international friendlies saw Valencia's Adil Rami assuming his new-found role as France's unlikely hero after scoring a stoppage time winner against Iceland to make it 3-2! Rami proved this by hoisting two of his teammates, including Philippe Mexes, over his shoulder in celebration.

Are You Going to the Club America Game Tonight? [Poll]

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Tonight is the second of four total international friendlies and the first of three in the month of July. It also happens to be the singular international friendly that was not included as part of the Portland Timbers season ticket package which means that if you want to see the guys play tonight you're absolutely going to have to fork over some cash.

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Arkansas Faces SEMO Friday At Lake Country Soccer

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Arkansas' soccer team closes its spring exhibition season with a pair of games on the road this weekend.

The Razorbacks, under the direction of first-year head coach Colby Hale, play Southeast Missouri State on Friday and Saint Louis on Saturday.

The SEMO game is Friday at 7 pm on Lake Country Soccer Field in the Cooper Sports Complex in Springfield.

Roster Update for the Chicago Fire

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After keeping things low key in February, the Chicago Fire finally went about making some roster moves last week.

March 6, 2012 - Signed Hunter Jumper

March 7, 2012 - Signed Arne Friedrich

March 8, 2012 - Signed Paolo Tornaghi

March 11, 2012 - Waived Pari Pantazopoulos

Thoughts on each transaction and an update on the full roster picture is after the break.

Pioneer men open with Creighton

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The No. 19 University of Denver men's soccer team opens the regular season against No. 6 Creighton at CIBER Field on Saturday at 7 p.m.

The Pioneers earned a pair of draws last weekend against Wisconsin and Ohio State in exhibition games.

Denver returns 17 letterwinners, including eight starters, from a squad that won the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation regular season championship in 2010 and earned an at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament, the team's second in the past three seasons.

WPS

Alex Morgan Rumored To Be Seattle Sounders Women's Next Big Signing

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Alex Morgan is rumored to be the next big-name signing by the Seattle Sounders Women, sources close to the situation have indicated to Sounder at Heart. Her signing could be announced next week.

Morgan was arguably the breakout star of the most recent Women's World Cup, scoring goals in both the semifinal and final for the United States women's national team.

Deals and no deals

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Before last week's announcement of the cancellation of the 2012 WPS season, it was widely reported that the league and magicJack owner Dan Borislow had reached an agreement to settle their ongoing legal battles that would involve his team playing a series of exhibition games against WPS teams.

While those reports made clear that any settlement was contingent upon the approval of US Soccer, it appears now that US Soccer and FIFA rules would have prohibited any exhibition games involving non-league magicJack playing WPS teams.

WTF WPS?

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Imagine a bad breakup with someone you shouldn't have hooked up with in the first place, someone who seemed perfect for you but who belittled you to your friends, was a slob, didn't pay their half of the rent and utilities and criticized your sexual performance. Now imagine having to have that person spend one weekend a month at your house for the next two years.

ESPN

Zimbabwe FA suspends 67 players following match-fixing scandal

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Thanks to Robert Mugabe's unique approach to democracy and socioeconomic policy, the Zimbabwe national football team doesn't get a whole lot of action outside of Africa and Asia. The Warriors are about to get a lot less action, as the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) has suspended 67 players following a match-fixing scandal.

Those Guys Have All The Fun - Soccer Edition, V

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The next to final mention of soccer in the ESPN history book is on page 715, courtesy of writer/personality Bill Simmons.

Now, I can appreciate that Simmons is a new fan to the sport of soccer, but honestly, nothing makes me roll my eyes more than a) Those who act as if Americans, not English, invented the word "soccer" for the game b) Those who act as if the sport needs to change to appeal to Americans.

Those Guys Have All The Fun - Soccer Edition, V

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The next to final mention of soccer in the ESPN history book is on page 715, courtesy of writer/personality Bill Simmons.

Now, I can appreciate that Simmons is a new fan to the sport of soccer, but honestly, nothing makes me roll my eyes more than a) Those who act as if Americans, not English, invented the word "soccer" for the game b) Those who act as if the sport needs to change to appeal to Americans.

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Sounders Attendance Is Really Something To Behold

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That the Seattle Sounders will set another MLS attendance record is not really news. In fact, they already have the single-season MLS attendance record. In the game against DC United, the Sounders broke their old record, which they set in 2010 when they broke the record they set in 2009. Sense a pattern?

At the Coliseum

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As usual with anything LA, Carmageddon has been overblown. I got here to the stadium so early for the Real Madrid - Galaxy match up that they wouldn't even let me in for half an hour. Luis disagrees, but I like the LA Coliseum. Yes, it's a crumbling concrete heap, but that gives it something of a more authentic feel - isn't the real Coliseum a ruin as well?

The Rest

Corner: The Working Vacation

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Scotland provided us with an unnecessary reminder of what it looks like when one team shows up not quite ready to play 90 minutes of soccer. Though this is normally associated with friendlies, this isn't a concept solely limited to exhibition games. What Scotland exhibited was a team that couldn't convert tactical planning to on-field coherency.

Portland Timbers U23s Weekly Round-Up: Kitsap, Vancouver, and the NCAA

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Here you can find out what is going on with the Timbers U23s including practice notes, quotes, news, and previews of just what is happening this week.

Timbers U23s Lose 3-1 to PSA Elite in Open Cup

Despite a goal by USA U-20 player Eric Miller in his debut for the U23s, the Little Timbers were unable to find their way past amateur side PSA Elite in their first ever US Open Cup match last Tuesday.

Visit to the Tsunami Zone

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After lunch today, many of the U.S. players visited the areas of Sendai and Natori that were most impacted by the earthquake and tsunami a little more than a year ago.



The players visit the highest ground for miles, but it wasn't high enough for those trying to escape the tsunami

Of course the U.

Portland Timbers to Host La Liga's Valencia May 23rd

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Well, Merritt Paulson has been teasing us for weeks about the upcoming exhibition games and now we know exactly who one of them are: Valencia of Spain's top division La Liga! I know some of you were clamoring for Villa Real, but really Valencia is a much better team in the current La Liga season and will, hopefully, provide a much more enjoyable experience for all.

The “champions of the West” come to Philly

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When Tacony FC traveled to St. Louis in December of 1911 in one of the first tours pitting the largely immigrant-based East Coast teams against the largely native-born teams from the West, they had lost only three games in two years. The confidence they felt on departure proved to be premature and they returned to Philadelphia with a 4–4 draw against St.

The Ultimate Cup tournament created by Kickers, Chesterfield United merger

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A new youth soccer tournament created by the merger of the Chesterfield United Icebreaker and the Kickers Invitational, The Ultimate Cup tournament features a Girls and Boys weekend, scheduled to launch February 24-26, 2012 and March 2-4, 2012. Applications are available; click here for the Girls Weekend application, and here for the Boys Weekend application.

Miami Heat Exhibition Game at FIU

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This time of year, we're used to watching NBA preseason action. However, with the NBA lockout putting things on hold, we'll have to settle for exhibition games of another sort. But there's an interesting one being put together that will take place on the campus of Florida International University on October 8th.

Time is running out at Goodison Park

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When I was a boy, the Merseyside Derby ranked up with those Old Firm games from North of The Border in passion and sheer entertainment. At that time, Everton were no better a team than they are now, and I'll grant you that in those days, Liverpool were the dominant team, not only in England but across the whole of Europe.

Wave set for Two Exhition Games

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Even though the MISL season has not begun you can still catch some great soccer.

The Milwaukee Wave will play two exhibition games this upcoming week featuring members of the 2011 Championship Team.

The Summer Soccer Showcase will be held on Wednesday, July 20th at 1 pm and the Beach Soccer game on Saturday, July 23rd at 2 pm.