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Quotes, Stats and Links: Moving on up Edition

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Portland moved up to 14th out of 19 teams and are no longer at the bottom of the west. Here is what everyone said after the game and the official stats.


Portland Timbers Quotes

Timbers general manager/interim head coach Gavin Wilkinson

On winning back-to-back games for the first time this season:
"It feels good.

Sounders U23s End First Season With Semifinal Loss

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In their first season in existence, the Sounders U23s won the toughest division in the PDL, won their first ever playoff match, and defeated 2009 PDL Champion Ventura County Fusion in the conference finals. That took them to the national semifinals yesterday in London, Ontario, where they faced Forest City London, who are on a bit of a cinderella run with the fewest regular season points of any playoff team.


Are You, Or Have You Ever Been, A ‘Full-Kit Wanker’?

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By Chris Wright

There is a phenomenon silently being chronicled on our behalf of which everyone is aware and yet dare not speak it's name the shameful, shameful existence of the 'Full-kit wanker': a grown man who is happy to be seen, striding around in public wearing a full football kit; shirt, shorts, socks, even shinnies the whole kit and caboodle.

Borini Likely To Join Liverpool

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Roma Sporting director Walter Sabatini confirmed earlier on Tuesday that Liverpool FC has expressed an interest in signing Striker Fabio Borini

Agent De Marchi told Radio Radio: "Roma has informed us of Liverpool's interest in the boy. Now it's up to Fabio to have his say."

And he added on IlSussidiario.

Borini Considering Reds Move

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Roma striker Fabio Borini is 'seriously considering' the opportunity to join Liverpool this summer, according to his agent.
The Serie A club's sporting director Walter Sabatini confirmed earlier on Tuesday that the Anfield outfit had expressed an interest in signing the 21-year-old.
Reds boss Brendan Rodgers knows Borini well, having worked with him during their time together at Chelsea and again during a loan spell with Swansea.

Dani Pacheco and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Word

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We've got a few things to get to as the Euros approach, but unfortunately there's only one story anyone seems to be talking about right now, so we'd best get it out of the way right off the top...

* Earlier today, Dani Pacheco Tweeted a message of luck to Glen Johnson, one of his closest friends at the club, ahead of the Euros.

Philadelphia Union

Playoff hopes on life support for Hackworth, Union

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A year ago, the Philadelphia Union were competing for the top spot in the Eastern Conference in their second season of existence. Now, they find themselves fighting just to remain in the hunt for a playoff spot.

On Sunday, the Union will face the team that holds the fifth and final playoff spot for the second week in a row when they take on D.

Red Bulls Get First Win At PPL Park

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This is a series that has been topsy-turvy over the course of the 2+ years of existence. This is why you have to be ready for a match like this. This is why you expect something this screwy to go ...

Visit http://www.majorleaguesoccertalk.com for the rest of the story.

Manchester United

Arsenal come out on top as Robin Van Persie sold to Man Utd

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£23m is a nifty piece of business for a semi to permanently crocked striker who when he can play healthy scores. The good thing too is that this bit of business was resolved so quickly before it became a major drag on the season's start.

Truth be told, RVP has been a peripheral figure in Arsenal's recent existence which explains why his departure doesn't have the same gut wrenching quality as say Cesc Fabregas last year.

Friendly Season: Poll Time

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Chelsea, Tottenham & AC Milan are among the big name teams heading to the United States as part of their Summer preseason. These teams will play MLS franchises and each other in what has become an annual rite of Summer. MLS teams cash in on the big gates, the European teams get some exposure and fans get a chance to see their favorite European teams.

Man Utd announces NYSE listing on day Higgs Boson officially exists

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Science made one of its most important breakthroughs today as we came to know what constitutes matter. It was also the day, Utd made an announcement that it would be listed on the NYSE to raise $100million in shares in an effort to erase a monumental $661m in debt. It took 50 years from the time Sir Peter Higgs posited the existence of a sub atomic particle (thereafter called the Higgs boson) as the binding glue that holds matter together, to its announcement today of its official existence.


I hate goodbyes – so this isn’t one

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Goodbye? More like hello.

Yes, a new day awaits us all. By now you are well aware of the latest development in the brief but cracking existence of Chelsea Offside. In short, this space, in just a few hours, will be no more. A redirect and a lovely archive at our new home, We Ain't Got No History will be all that's left of this small slice of the web I called home for a good long time.

Olympics 2012 Soccer – FIFA reviewing ‘sucker-punch’ to Abby Wambach

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The disciplinary committee of existence soccer's governing carcass is reexamining the played to the phiz that leaved U.S. forrad Abby Wambach with a sinister oculus during a contest against Colombia at the Olympics.

Olympics 2012 Football – Her Story, In Her Words

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From her traumatic maidenhood to being the better goaltender in the existence, Hope Solo is quick to tell her ghetto tale in her ain mode. Solo talked to NBCOlympics.com about opening up in her unexampled memoir.

Major League Soccer

Union Notes: Hackworth sees value in Cup loss, Okugo impresses and more

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The Philadelphia Union's first run into the later rounds of the U.S. Open Cup in team history came to an end Wednesday night, but manager John Hackworth thinks the 2-0 semifinal loss to Sporting Kansas City is a great opportunity for his team to grow.

The Dark Ages: What if the USA Fails to Qualify for Brazil 2014?

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Major League Soccer's existence, founded 1995, is enveloped through the four-year cycle of World Cups. And its growth has been connected to the success and failures of the US team at the tournament.

Why I'm Not Going to the Schalke Game

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Yesterday afternoon, a friend of mine texted me, saying he had tickets to tomorrow night's clash between the Union and German Bundesliga team FC Schalke 04. I considered for a minute before turning him down, and the only reason I took as long as I did to mull it over was because I hadn't seen this friend in a while, not because I had any interest whatsoever in the game.

Garber Says MLS Could Use Goal-Line Technology

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One thing Major League Soccer hasn't been afraid of in it's 17 years of existence is trying new things. The fact couldn't be more true when MLS Commissioner Don Garber tells reporters that he supports goal-line technology and that the league could be one of the first to implement it.

"We're interested in being a test league and we hope that we could achieve that,"Â MLSÂ Commissioner Don Garber said Thursday while speaking to the Associated Press Sports Editors.


The MLS Grinder: A Clasico to remember

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Wondo, your MVP frontrunner at the turn. Game of the Week San Jose 4, LA Galaxy 3 There have been moments in the brief flash of light that has been MLS' existence that the league makes you stop for a moment and marvel. Goals, transfers and individual bits of skill often fill this void, though these moments of tempestuous brilliance are often kept at a reasonably low rate of return so as

Argentina Clausura: Arsenal win first title beating Belgrano, 1-0

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Arsenal Football Club or better known as Arsenal De Sarandi in the Argentinian league won their first Premier Division title yesterday beating Belgrano, 1-0 through a Lisandro Lopez goal and then had to wait about 5 nerve wracking minutes as Independiente held second placed Tigre to a 2-2 draw.


Euro 2012 Qualifiers wiki – Xavi urges Spain to make history

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Xavi says Spain have a "outstanding chance to do yore" as the European and existence champions intent for a third tourney romp. HTTP://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/image/61279000/jpg/_61279576_xavi-getty.jpg

Euro 2012 Predictions – Euro 2012: We shot ourselves in the foot again, admits Duff

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THE dreaming is over. Few expected it to be fulfilled against the existence champions but the frame lesions of unforgiving letdown are however rude. We have all the games


Beat Frisco Week: Remember, They're NOT Spectators!

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Marketing is a difficult task for every business, organization and sports franchise. It takes skill to not only create interesting and appealing advertising, but executing the campaign is equally as difficult. Done well, it can change the fortunes of a company. Done wrong, it can make you the focus of ridicule from consumers.

Tranmere’s Revitalization under Ronnie Moore

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Our latest guest post sees us very pleased to welcome Paul Harper, co-host of the Totally Tranmere podcast and the author of an eclectic blog. Here at TTU, we would admit to having covered the Prenton Park club less than we would like to have done in our three years of existence so to be able to call upon the services of Paul is something of a boon.

The Rest

Sex Tape Shopping With Gerard Pique & Shakira

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Image: Bauer Griffin. The arguably most talked about couple in Spain seems to be dangerously closer than ever to having their sexual interactions broadcast to the world. While Shakira's reps originally denied, denied, denied the existence of any sex tape blaming two of the Colombian singer's former employees for winding everybody up it's [.

Napoli owner tries to fake out media by saying Edinson Cavani going to ‘cold city’ Manchester

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Napoli owner and producer of awful movies Aurelio De Laurentiis has a history of conducting press conferences the odd way he goes about the rest of his existence. Last year, he unveiled Gokhan Inler to the press by having the player wear a lion mask. And now, on the final day of the summer transfer window, he decided to have a bit more fun with the media in a press conference about Edinson Cavani's future.

Snapshot: Welcome To Division Three – Rangers Start From Scratch With a 2-2 Draw At Peterhead

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By Alan Duffy

A flare is let off behind the Rangers' goal at Balmoor

Demoted and discredited, the mightly Rangers started a new, less glamorous phase of their existence with a hard-fought 2-2 draw away to Peterhead yesterday.

A capacity 4,500 crowd watched the Gers struggle to get anything out of the game, with a last-gasp Andy Little equaliser at least partly saving the blushes of the former giants.

Introducing The Seventy Two Archive

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As many of you will be aware, recent weeks have witnessed the closure of The Seventy Two - a blog also devoted to matters football league and a resource that proved to be incredibly popular in the two years of its operation. Before David Bevan launched the site in 2010, The Two Unfortunates had bumbled along rather - in our first year of existence, we covered the Championship alone but took a very laissez faire attitude towards publicity - aside from our then handful of contributors, my dad was pretty much our only regular reader.

TFC vs Your Footy “First Love”

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Thoughts on how the existence of Toronto FC makes it possible for us to see special players like Thierry Henry in the flesh... as long as he loses!
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Chelsea Release Architect Renderings of Battersea

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Self explanatory. Hit the jump for images of what the club are imagining a proposed move to Battersea would look like.

The Future

While Chelsea might have hit a roadblock regarding the proposed move to Battersea, it has not stopped the upper levels of management from pushing forward with their imagined vision for the club's potential new home.

Report: Vasco Accused of Slave-Like Football Training

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To be sure, this story is one that is not without precedent.

From the AP....

Brazilian club Vasco da Gama has been ordered by a juvenile justice judge to immediately suspend activities at its youth training facilities because an investigation found teenage footballers were living in "slave-like" conditions.

Many Positives to be Drawn from Minnesota Stars 0-0 Tie with Carolina RailHawks

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The Minnesota Stars played the Carolina RailHawks to a 0-0 draw on Saturday evening at the Metrodome in downtown Minneapolis in front of crowd of 8,693. That attendance number is the largest in the Stars 3-year existence. It's also one of the largest crowds in the 23 consecutive year history of pro soccer in Minnesota [.