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LA Galaxy

Donovan ties MLS assist record as Galaxy blow away Chivas USA in 'SuperClasico'

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By KAYLA KNAPP

CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy bounced back from their 4-0 loss to the Seattle Sounders in a big way on Sunday night. LA scored four goals of their own against Chivas USA, with Landon Donovan assisting all of them, tying the MLS record for assists in a single game.

Sounders Shock Galaxy 4-0

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In a highly anticipated Western Conference rematch with the Los Angeles Galaxy that included the debut of the Sounders' newly acquired designated player Christian Tiffert, 60,908 fans at Centurylink Field in Seattle were treated to a match that saw the Seattle Sounders cruise in a 4-0 rout.

Expecting the Unexpected- MLS So Far

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Article by Leanne Elston


At the start of this MLS season, it seemed like general consensus that the Western Conference would be stronger than its Eastern counterpart. With teams like reigning champions LA Galaxy and the consistently powerful Real Salt Lake, along with teams like the San Jose Earthquakes, Seattle Sounders, and Vancouver Whitecaps all looking for fresh glory, the West was poised to outdo the East.

THE MATCHUP: Toronto FC tools up for Home Depot decider

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90% of the Galaxy crowd arrive for the match
LOS ANGELES VS. TORONTO
CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGE QUARTERFINAL - 2ND LEG
 
HOME DEPOT CENTER - WEDNESDAY 10:30PM ET
TV: SPORTSNET ONE RADIO: THE FAN 590
 
THE KICKABOUT:
The atmosphere in the stands will be night and day from the 1st Leg of this CCL Quarterfinal but the competition on the pitch may very well surpass last week's tilt between Galaxy and TFC.

Midfield Shines in Tucson Opener

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Rookie Kelyn Rowe showed Wednesday why he and the Revs new midfield may finally be the cure for the Revs predictable attack of recent years. (Photo: Chris Aduama/aduama.com)

The last time the New England Revolution scored three goals in a winning effort came 10 months ago in a 3-2 victory over Sporting Kansas City.

English Premier League

Plan Needs To Go On Regardless

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Anyone remember me?

Hello and I hope you're having a good start to the week. I haven't missed anything these past 2 days, have I? Yeah, I know West Ham and Fat Sam are back in the Premier League. Was there anything else that happened?

Fine. We can't hide for it forever but you won't find me congratulating Chelsea for picking up the Champions League trophy.

Gibbs and Wenger: CL exit unacceptable

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Arsenal left-back Kieran Gibbs and manager Arsene Wenger have assured supporters attending tomorrow evening's Champions League second leg clash against AC Milan that the Gunners will be firing on all cylinders to mount a comeback from the 4-0 first leg defeat that left them on the verge of exit last month.

Sunderland 1 Arsenal 2 : Henry Caps Comeback

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Time to upgrade his statue to silver

If you're a Arsenal fan today, you'll be buzzing. Nothing beats coming from behind and winning by scoring in the final minute of the game. Especially when it's an away game and we weren't firing on all cylinders. Especially when the winning goal was scored by one of the club's greatest ever player.

Manchester United 3-0 Bolton Wanderers: Scholes On Song As Trotters Lose Again (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Manchester United 3-0 Bolton Wanderers Premier League 14th January 2012


Starting for the first time since his surprise emergence from retirement, Paul Scholes made it 18 Premier League seasons (out of 18) Â in which he's scored after netting the opener against Bolton, with the goal coming just before the break.

PL Preview: Chelsea v. Sunderland

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Too much time has been devoted to transfer activity in this space. It's time we get on with the business of matches. This weekend sees a rejuvenated Sunderland visit the Bridge for what promises to be an interesting affair. More, after the jump:

Down, but not out

In our last PL encounter, we put the screws to Wolves on the road, before a ten minute finishing salvo against Portsmouth in the FA Cup.

Match Report: Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Sunderland

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It wasn't pretty. On a cold December Sunday afternoon, Tottenham Hotspur saw off a resilient Sunderland to record a 1-0 victory and get back to winning ways in the Premier League.

Winning ugly is the sign of champions. Not getting carried away here, I'm not suggesting Spurs are going to win the title, there's a chance of it, but Manchester City are a scarily good outfit and their neighbours are impossible to write off.

Wenger Refuses To Rule Out Henry Come Back

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As Arsenal prepare to take on Man City in a thrilling encounter at the Etihad Stadium, rumours doing the rounds suggest that the club could re-sign legendary striker Thierry Henry on loan in January.

However, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has remain silent on the issue drawing more speculation that Henry could indeed be on his way back to the Emirates.

2011 EPL Week 15 Preview

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By Geoff Reid

Saturday
Arsenal vs Everton from the Emirates Stadium, London
After the 3-1 defeat away to Olympiakos in the Champions League during midweek where Arsene Wenger used largely reserve players, the gunners should be back to using the first team with the visit of Everton.

Wolves

Arsenal at Wolves… Liveblog!

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I'm going to try this. Having a small baby doesn't lend itself to careful concentration for two hours. (Also, I talk about having a baby a lot now.)

Kick-off is in four hours. This is a game we have to win. Bottom of the table team struggling to score, with a porous backline... yah, if we don't win, we don't deserve 3rd place, I'm thinking.

QPR preview + Henry, strikers and Diaby’s damage

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The good thing about the festive period is that any disappointments can be quickly offset. Today we face QPR having dropped a couple of points against Wolves and it's crucial we take all three today.

In terms of the team news I was expecting some changes today, the most obvious of which was a rest for Robin van Persie.

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Score tied, but victory in the heart TFC 1 SL 1

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TFC vs Santos Laguna – Champions League semi final – firstleg
Stunning. Wednesday night was a stunner. It dragged me back tocaring about this team and thinking that they have great things in their future.On a night when I least expected it, a ripple of pride was in the air.

Thick and fast: Patch up and move on

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Manchester City 1-0 Arsenal

Losses and goals conceded are always more palatable when your team acquits itself well. Giving up, or turning up expecting to win, or crumbling inexplicably has been something of a hallmark in recent seasons so one of the most pleasing things about this Arsenal side since October has been the blossoming of its spirit and its excellent attitude.

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Sounders look to finish off Santos in tonight's CCL decider

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The Seattle Sounders have made the trip south to Mexico in search of survival and chance to move a step closer to a CONCACAF Champions League title. It is a trip no MLS team has ever returned from triumphantly, but the Sounders look more than capable of making history.

The Sounders have taken a one-goal lead down to Torreon, Mexico, after posting a 2-1 victory in the first leg.

UEFA Champions League: Basel primed for the upset, Inter looks to rally

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

FC Basel will look to write another chapter to their Cinderella story today when the plucky Swiss champions take a one-goal lead into the Allianz Arena to face Bayern Munich in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16.

FC Basel is no stranger to playing the underdog.

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Big Away Win For Barcelona In Champions League

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Huge 3-1 win against Bayer Leverkusen in Germany last night by Barcelona. We all knew the stats going in: Barca had failed to win a round of 16 away match since Pep took over. The teams abysmal away form this year. And the injuries. The combination of those three had many fans wary of last night's game.

Next day’s reaction

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Bah. Just as the Odense fiasco represented more than just another defeat, so too did last night's pathetic exit from the FA Cup. Nobody's pretending it's easy to go to Everton and get a result if it was we'd manage to get points there once in a while but there's something horribly wrong about these disjointed farces.

Next day’s reaction

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Bah. Just as the Odense fiasco represented more than just another defeat, so too did last night's pathetic exit from the FA Cup. Nobody's pretending it's easy to go to Everton and get a result if it was we'd manage to get points there once in a while but there's something horribly wrong about these disjointed farces.

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Great Premier League betting tips from Paddy Power

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Click Here to get a free £50 Bet with Paddy Power Liverpool v Stoke According to reports, Liverpool are desperate to offload Andy Carroll this January. Unfortunately, there's no great demand for Noel Fielding look-a-likes so they may be stuck with the Geordie. Add into the mix the drawn out Luis Suarez racism row and [.

Great Premier League betting tips from Paddy Power

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The Rest

Kings of Cascadia! Well, more like Kings of BC!

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Quick Recap:

Portland Timbers control the first half for 45 minutes and 30 seconds and get the first goal. The 30 seconds they didn't control the game the Vancouver Whitecaps get a Corner on a dubious call and of course they score. Portland did not let the late first half goal get them down and they came out firing on all cylinders and got the go ahead goal.

Rapids Enter Their Death Zone

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In climbing, everything above 26,000 feet is the Death Zone
In 6 competitive games in Seattle (4 in MLS, 2 in USOC). the Rapids have lost 6 times, scoring 4 goals and allowing 16. Tomorrow the Rapids will enter their Death Zone again as they're in my hometown for a late game. Both teams are coming off of 4th of July games, Seattle was held to a scoreless draw in Sandy.

The Exorcism: Why 4-0 is More Than a Score

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A healthy Philadelphia Union, firing on all cylinders, coming together as a team and fulfilling the potential that was fast becoming a poor booby prize in place of results, was a sight to behold. Even without the loved and lost, even with a shite record behind them and uncertainty in front of them, when it came through, it came through with a vengeance.

Euro 2012: The Quarter-Finals – Spain 2-0 France

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If Germany versus Greece or Portugal versus the Czech Republic didn't quite scratch the itch after the end of the group stages of this summers European Championships, then this evenings blast of Saturday night fever from Donetsk surely must. Two heavyweights of international football both of which have won back to back World Cups and European Championships over the course of the last decade and a half squaring up to each other for the right to play Cristiano Ronaldo sorry, Portugal in the semi-finals of the competition.

Where will USMNT finish in the semifinal round of qualifying?

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Only two days separate the U.S. men's national team from the start of its 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign, but plenty of questions about the team still remain after the three summer friendlies ended with mixed results.

Whether it was tired legs at the end of a three-games-in-nine-days stretch or Canada's ability to stymie the U.

European Look Ahead: Napoli, Juventus square off; race in Spain heats up & more

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

The already-intense rivalry between Juventus and Napoli takes on added significance this weekend as both teams are in desperate need of a win.

Juventus, while still unbeaten, are four points behind AC Milan in the race for the Scudetto.

Portland Timbers vs FC Dallas: Preview Interview with Big D Soccer

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I am filling in for Geoff as time was of the essence for the writers of Big D and I was the only SF writer available at the time. I was able to ask the three questions of Big D soccer and was asked three in return. Big D also has a nice piece on the scouting the Timbers.

SF: There is a lot of European interest in a couple of your younger players, namely George John and Brek Shea, what kind of affect on the team and the players will this have?