The word on the streets is that Arsene Wenger is going to give Francis Coquelin his first appearance of the season and start him today against Southampton. Coquelin has been crying out for his opportunity and has spoken in the media about thinking of moving on if he was not getting any playing time at [.
Does Wenger get Henry on loan this winter? Last January, Wenger did something extraordinary for
Arsenal by bringing back one of his finest pieces of work in Thierry Henry. It was a mesmeric
return for the Frenchman who netted in his first appearance of his loan spell against Leeds in
We have lost track of how many really random posts we have written now, the last one being this
. This edition of the 'Really Random Post' series actually has a lot of randomness. There is news
about Usain Bolt, Craig Bellamy and Johnny Evans (I'm pretty sure that's a lot more randomness than
one can take), and it also has the regular news-makers Lucas Moura, Robin Van Persie, Luka Modric
and Andy Carroll.
Newcastle goalkeeper Tim KrulÂ picked up his 4th cap for Holland last night and his first
appearance for Holland in a competitive match, when he was in the Dutch goal in the 2-0 win over
Turkey inÂ WorldÂ Cup qualifying. Robin van Persie scores Holland's first goal With new manager
Louis van Gaal appointed after the disastrous European [.
I was lucky last night. I got to listen to Dan Kelly and Evan Whitfield call a Chicago Fire
Soccer Club MLS Regular season match because I live in Chicago and , my cable provider carries NBC
5 Chicago Nonstop. Those of you who didn't were forced to listen to the Revs broadcast consisting
of Brad Feldman (the Revolution's only play-by-play guy in their history who isn't (get ready for
this) Adrian Healey and Derrick Rae.
International tournaments give fans a chance to see women players from around the world in action.
People who only watch the men's game have little idea what this means for us. In the men's game,
you can see the best players whenever you want. They are on TV 24/7. They are in advertisements,
they get whole sections of some newspapers even when they aren't doing a thing.
Full game recap coming, but a post-game discussion got me to do some research. Namely people were
asking why Pareja seemed to be unwilling to play Casey and Cummings at the same time. I wondered
how much of that was by choice and how much was due to injury so I looked it up.
Only 9 times this season have they both been Probable on the injury report or better, and in each
of those games at least one of them was listed as Probable, so they've never been completely
healthy (Casey has been on the injury report every game this season).
Robbie Rogers has a new place to play until this winter.
Rogers was loaned Thursday from Leeds United to League One side Stevenage, where he will play
for former Colorado Rapids manager Gary Smith. The loan extends until the end of 2012, at which
point he will return to Leeds.
Fabricio Coloccini has recovered form injury and makes his first appearance of the season for
Newcastle United at Chelsea this afternoon. Coloccini comes in to partner Steven Taylor at the back
as expected, but Cheick Tiote has an injured knee and Vurnon Anita comes in for his first start in
the Premier League.
For the neutrals it must have been a good game, for us it was another "typical" Chelsea display in
a game that on paper, Chelsea should have won easily.
Now I mean no disrespect to Reading and their fans at all when I say that, but let's put things
into perspective here. A newly promoted side come to Stamford Bridge on a Wednesday night, on
Chelsea's first appearance at the Bridge since winning the Champions League and with plenty of
attacking talent on the pitch, surely it's a home banker isn't it?
Only one week ahead of the start of the new Premier League campaign, Arsenal new-boys Lukas
Podolski, Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud all made their first appearance for the Gunners away at
KĂ¶ln on Sunday.
All three impressed, although Frenchman Giroud did miss a few decent chances.
Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic is glad to have made his return to football with
yesterday's goalless exhibition match against Norwegian side Valerenga but has hoped for more
urgency from his teammates starting with next week's friendly against Barcelona in Sweden.
United and Barca won their respective leagues in 2011 and also squared off in a massive
Champions League final at Wembley, with the latter comfortably emerging the winner with a 3-1
Tuesday night was a good nigh for Major League Soccer three MLS sides were unbeaten against
their Premier League opponents. The Colorado Rapids beat Swansea City 201, while the LA Galaxy and
Spurs tied 1-1 and the Portland Timbers and Aston Villa tied 1-1.
In Colorado bothÂ teams wore black armbands and Swans captainÂ Garry MonkÂ placed a wreath at
the halfway line as the stadium stood in a moment of silence paying tribute to the lives that were
taken at the Aurora theater shooting last week.
CARSON, Calif.â€”Injuries, illness and a busy schedule meant a mostly reserve lineup for the Los
Angeles Galaxy in their Wednesday night CONCACAF Champions League matchâ€”nine of the starters were
under 23, including five rookies.
But that didn't stop the youngsters from crushing the Puerto Rico Islanders 4-0.
CARSON, Calif.â€”It was a tense affair from the minute the whistle blew to start the game in
Carson on Sunday afternoon. Both LA Galaxy and FC Dallas are in the playoff hunt, and as we come
into the final stretch of the regular season, the intensity of every match is amplified.
FRISCO, TX -- The Los Angeles Galaxy were able to escape both the heat and FC Dallas Stadium with a
victory on Saturday night in front of a stadium record 22,565 in attendance. After notching five
goals against Portland a week ago, FC Dallas was unable to make a dent on the scoreboard this time
around, as they fell to the surging Galaxy, 1-0.
Robin Van Persie and Shinji Kagawa's debuts were the ones that Manchester United fans were most
interested in as their side faced Everton last night. But there was also a first appearance for
little known Peruvian mountain dweller Andes Ron. Ron came on as a late substitute after a mix-up
in the middle of Anderson's [.
Portuguese attacker Bebe still has a future at Manchester United, according to Alex Ferguson,
after the forgotten man of Old Trafford popped up to secure a draw for United at the death against
Ajax Cape Town.
Making his first appearance for the Red Devils in 17 months, the ÂŁ7.
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.
The Dynamo fell 2-0 at Red Bull Arena to the New York Red Bulls, ending Houston's five match
winning streak and dropping them back to second place in the East for the moment. Goals from Markus
Holgersson and Jan Gunnar Solli were the difference, that and the Dynamo's inability to convert
From the season opener to the present day, the Red Bulls have been steadily fighting (and
overcoming) injuries all year long.Â Saturday's match against the Union continued that trend as
comeback player Brandon Barklage fell with a hamstring injury despite New York's victory.
The Revolution earned a big three points tonight as they defeated their I-95 rivals the New York
Red Bulls at Gillette Stadium thanks to goals by Lee Nguyen, his third of the season, and brand new
Designated Player Jerry Bengtson, his first of the season in his very first appearance. The Revs
sought out to not only secure three points but also put together a complete defensive performance
without any mistakes, both of which they were successful at tonight.
Jack McInerney's controversial red card, handed out against the Montreal Impact for his
involvement the post-Martin Rivas headbutt 'scrum,' has left a hole at the starting false nine or
central advanced forward role in the Philadelphia Union's hybrid 4-3-3.
The Union's options to replace McInerney have little starting experience in Philadelphia colors,
but they do provide the team with some attributes not seen on the field otherwise.
Lee Nguyen scored his fourth goal of the season just before the halftime break to temporarily
pull the New England Revolution level, but it wasn't enough as the Revs suffered a 2-1 loss in
their first-ever meeting with the expansion Montreal Impact on Wednesday night at Stade Saputo.
Nguyen's 44th-minute goal â€“ which was originally credited as an own goal to Montreal
goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts but was later changed â€“ cancelled out Patrice Berner's opener from
the penalty spot in the 28th minute.
Well, doesn't this feel like deja vu? It wasn't too long ago that Stephan el Shaarawy of AC Milan was making his first appearance as the Goal of the Week winning goal scorer with a sublime effort. Today, El Shaarawy scored perhaps the finest goal of his career, in a Champions League contest none the less, against Zenit.
Hey there and welcome to the New England Revolution vs. Chivas USA live game thread! Let's get
down to the nitty gritty here: this is a match that even the struggling Revolution should win.
Chivas can't score - like, literally can't buy a bucket - and in the last three games
they've conceded a whopping eleven goals.
Ninety minutes in a reserve league game have prepared Bakary Soumare for a possible debut for
the Philadelphia Union. The 6-foot, 4-inch tall central defender has waited a few months to make
his first appearance for the Union.
"I've never had to wait so long," Soumare told reporters at a press conference, which included
interim head coach John Hackworth, today.
Before most fans had ever heard of Massimo Luongo, his first appearance in the Spurs spotlight
was to miss the vital penalty in our Carling Cup tie with Stoke last season. With apologies for
even mentioning that, it's pleasing to report that the player's reputation enhanced throughout the
remainder of the campaign.
In November of last year, a non-league football club made its first appearance at its new home
ground. This in itself is nothing truly remarkable. After all, football clubs relocating has been a
common enough sight over the last quarter of a century or so. For this particular club, though, the
move was a special one, bringing, as it did, to an end twelve years of asset-stripping, internecine
arguing and a battle to keep senior football alive in a borough on the periphery of London that had
become synonymous with one of the best known names in non-league football.
Portuguese starlet Joao Carlos Teixeira made his first appearance in a red shirt when he appeared
during the U18s' friendly 8-1 win over Exeter on Saturday morning.
The midfield playmaker, who arrived at the Academy from Sporting Lisbon, enjoyed a 25 minute
run-out in the second half.
The Portuguese youth international didn't feature for the Academy last term because of a niggling
back problem, but now fully fit, he is set to be a regular in Kirkby this season.