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Major League Soccer

Schellas Hyndman: Vancouver Whitecaps Still a Very Good Team

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When FC Dallas hosts Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Saturday night at FC Dallas Stadium, it won't exactly be their first taste of facing the second-year member of Major League Soccer. After all, FCD has faced the Whitecaps twice already in 2012, falling 1-0 at BC Place back earlier in the season. But Dallas did exact a bit of revenge in the last meeting, blanking Vancouver 2-0 to split their two trips at BC Place for the year.

Mariner Makes Triumphant Return

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Toronto FC head coach Paul Mariner was an assistant coach in New England from 2004-09. (Photo by CHRIS ADUAMA/aduama.com)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Toronto FC head coach Paul Mariner needed just one game to put an end to the Reds five year history of ineptitude at Gillette Stadium.

Mariner, who got his first taste of coaching in MLS as an assistant with the New England Revolution from 2004-09, led Toronto to a 1-0 road win over the Revs in Foxboro on Saturday night, putting an end to TFC's six game winless run (0-4-2) in New England, dating back to the club joining MLS in 2007.

Juan Agudelo Enjoys Experience Training With Liverpool

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USA international striker Juan Agudelo was left in awe after his trial experience with Liverpool.
The 19-year-old New York Red Bulls striker already has 15-caps to his name for Jürgen Klinsmann's national team, but got his first taste of European football during brief spells with Stuttgart and the Reds in recent weeks.

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The Bent Musket Presents....A New Chapter (With The Right Logo This Time)

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It's with great pleasure that I unveil the first step in the next evolution of The Bent Musket. In the next month SB Nation will be undergoing a dramatic upgrade to our platform and our editorial process. There will be much more detail to come but for now, the new logo below is just a first taste of what is coming for The Bent Musket.

Hot Time In Old Town on SB Nation United: The Next Evolution

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It's with great pleasure that I unveil the first step in the next evolution of Hot Time In Old Town. In the next month SB Nation will be undergoing a dramatic upgrade to our platform and our editorial process. There will be much more detail to come but for now, the new logo below is just a first taste of what is coming for Hot Time In Old Town.

Sneak Peek at the Future of tBG And SB Nation

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It's with great pleasure that I unveil the first step in the next evolution of the Brotherly Game. In the next month SB Nation will be undergoing a dramatic upgrade to our platform and our editorial process. There will be much more detail to come but for now, the new logo below is just a first taste of what is coming for the Brotherly Game.

Changes Coming To Sounder At Heart - A Tale In Three Parts | Part One: The Logo

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The entire network is undergoing changes. Most of these are happening in two parts. The first will be a set of unified logos. This will help SB Nation become a more unified set of blogs, portals, regional sites and straight up news.

It does not mean that the old logo was bad. Honestly sum anon did a damn fine job.

Introducing SB Nation United and the First Look at the New Stumptown Footy

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It's been an exciting past few months for those of us who write for SB Nation as we've been keeping quite a big secret under our hats. It shouldn't come as a surprise that our current design is a bit dated, to say the least, and as of today we can officially unveil that this tired old design won't be around for too much longer.

The Next Step in the Evolution of Dynamo Theory

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It's with great pleasure that I unveil the first step in the next evolution of Dynamo Theory. We've of course added our new co-managing editor Stephen Eastepp, but there's more coming! SB Nation is on the verge of something very cool and since we here at DT are part of SB Nation, we're going to be a part of the coming transition.

The Bent Musket Presents...A New Chapter

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It's with great pleasure that I unveil the first step in the next evolution of The Bent Musket. In the next month SB Nation will be undergoing a dramatic upgrade to our platform and our editorial process. There will be much more detail to come but for now, the new logo below is just a first taste of what is coming for The Bent Musket:


This is a small, but important sample of what is coming when our network undergoes its most exciting and radical transformation in the eight-year history of the company.

Toronto FC

Toronto FC vs. Santos Laguna: Your Running Commentary

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Five months after they fought in the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals, Toronto FC and Santos Laguna meet again in the regional tournament, this time in the group stage when the two duel at BMO Field (8 p.m., Fox Soccer Channel).Â

Considering it is just the second of four Group 1 games, it's a bit premature to call this a true "must-win" game for TFC; however, when taking into account how dominant both of these teams were against the third team in the group, Salvadoran side Aguila, and how dominant Santos Laguna can be at Estadio Corona, the Reds need to come up with three points to feel secure in their chances of winning the group and advancing to the knockout stage.

THE STARTING 11: Strange moments during TFC's Thanksgiving Team Dinner

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Never forget.With a coaching staff and a number of players far from home, it's always a nice touch to get everyone together for a bonding holiday meal. When Toronto FC sat down for their holiday supper, it was the first taste of a North American Thanksgiving for many of The Reds. The club no doubt wanted a special day for all involved but just like any family gathering, a few things went awry.

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Monday Morning Update from Mexico City

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Under cool grey skies, the first group of players were on the field this morning at the training site for the Cruz Azul academy. Nestled in a quiet corner of a neighborhood in the city, a plush green pitch awaited the 10 players who put in an hour's worth of work to get the travel out of their legs. After a long warm-up, they played 7 v.

Preview: Midweek German Cup action

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Timothy Chandler will get his first taste of the Franken-derby when Nurnberg host neighboring Furth while Jermaine Jones and Schalke make the short drive to take on the red-hot Foals.

English Premier League

Borini Makes Reds Move

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Liverpool have announced that Fabio Borini will be turning out at Anfield next season, with the striker having completed a move from Serie A outfit Roma.
The Italy international has passed a medical and signed a long-term contract.
His arrival on Merseyside makes him Brendan Rodgers' first signing since taking the Reds' managerial reins.

Russia Takes Foot Off Pedal And Straight Home

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Life's fair Giorgios

Chaos in Group A as the turnaround happened with the unfancied sides after the first group match go through at the expense of the teams that were pretty much the public favourite to advance after the said group matches. It provided all the drama and continued to make this a rather entertaining tournament.

Young And Raring To Go

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Hello to all and welcome. Not a great day so far? Well, let's try to cheer you up shall we. Jack Wilshere has completed his minor procedure surgery in Sweden and will now return to Arsenal to continue his rehabilitation. It's good that he has completed that and even tweeted a picture about it.

Young And Raring To Go

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First bow

Hello to all and welcome. Not a great day so far? Well, let's try to cheer you up shall we. Jack Wilshere has completed his minor procedure surgery in Sweden and will now return to Arsenal to continue his rehabilitation. It's good that he has completed that and even tweeted a picture about it.

Adam - Reds Reaching Peak

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Charlie Adam claims Liverpool have yet to play to their true potential this season, but hopes they will scale those heights against Manchester United.
Kenny Dalglish's side have made a steady start to the 2011/12 campaign and headed into the international break on the back of a morale-boosting derby victory over Everton.

Liverpool FC Transfers: Sebastian Coates Puts Pen to Paper for Reds

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http://assets.liverpoolfc.tv/uploads/coates03.jpg(Bleacher Report) After appearing in the stands at the Liverpool vs Bolton game over the weekend, Uruguayan defender Sebastian Coates has finished all the negotiations and paper work for his move from Nacional.

The player brings some great youthful vigor to the center of the back line and will slot in with Jamie Carragher, Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger as the top four choices for the Reds central defense.

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Canada v United States – Match Preview – Friendly – 3 June 2012

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Canada continues their centennial celebrations with a friendly match against the United States. The match will take place at BMO Field in Toronto, Canada on June 3, 2012 with kickoff is scheduled for 7 PM USA Eastern.

USA manager Jurgen Klinsmann

"Canada is always a team that can score a goal out of nothing, let's say with a set play or with a counter-break.

Gyau set for first team, Williams getting centerback look for Hoffenheim

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For U.S. Under-23 winger Joe Gyau, the future is now.

Gyau confirmed on his own Twitter feed that he will be in TSG 1899 Hoffenheim's matchday 18 against Hannover 96 this weekend for the first time. Hoffenheim is dealing with a number of injuries, and Gyau, who has been playing well for the club's U-23 team, is going to get his first taste of first-team life in the Bundesliga in what could prove to be a seminal year in the 19-year-old winger's career.

LIVERPOOL MIDFIELDER admits: "I'm not playing at my best..."

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After 16 hours without a goal or assist, Liverpool winger Stewart Downing was dropped for the Chelsea game last Sunday, which was his first taste of bench duty this season. Liverpool went on to win at Stamford Bridge, with Craig Bellamy - ostensibly Downing's replacement - having a excellent game, which doesn't bode well for Downing's first team chances over the next few games.

International Soccer

MLS Notes: Nyarko gets Ghana call-up, Wenger used at forward and more

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Dominic Oduro won't be the only member of the Chicago Fire getting his first taste of international soccer in Wednesday's Ghana-Chile friendly at PPL Park.

Patrick Nyarko has been called in as a late addition to Ghana's roster, marking his first call-up on the international level.

McCargo positive on first US experience

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After getting a positive first taste of international soccer in the recent Olympic team camp in Duisburg, Tyrone McCargo looks forward to continued involvement with his American teammates.

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Vertonghen or Caulker?

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Reports over the weekend linked Tottenham to their long term target Jan Vertonghen and he had some complimentary things to say about the club which sparked off another set of media rumours commenting on a possible summer transfer.

Vertonghen is a Belgian international, currently playing for Ajax and has been mentioned at times in the press as being a long term successor to Ledley King.

Union look to experienced few as club's first trip to postseason approaches

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By KEITH HICKEY

With their franchise's MLS playoff debut approaching, members of the Philadelphia Union are getting ready what will be, for most of them, their first taste of the MLS postseason.

Of the 27 players on the Union's roster, 15 are 23 years old or younger.

Arsenal

Owen Coyle excited about Arsenal’s ‘baby’ Miyaichi

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The Bolton manager Owen Coyle revealed today that he was tracking the young Japanese star Ryo Miyaichi even last season when the Arsenal loanee was getting his first taste of senior football at Feyenoord last season, and immediately knew that he was a star of the future. He has been proved right after Miyaichi's impressive [.

UEFA Champions League Match Day 6 Previews

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By Geoff Reid

Group E
Chelsea vs Valencia from Stamford Bridge, London
At some point today, someone is going to go home disappointed with these two teams level on points in joint second place, and one point behind leader Bayer Leverkusen.

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Cherundolo and Boyd Kick Off Europa League Qualifying

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Steve Cherundolo gets back in the swing of things today in Europa League


As the summer rolls and the Americans abroad continue to kick back into gear, two U.S. internationals take their first step toward European competition this season with action in the third round of qualifying for the Europa League.

EURO 2012 : Del Bosque Announces Spain’s Final Euro Squad Without Soldado, Critics Question Midfield

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Vicente del Bosque announced his 23-man Spanish squad heading to the Euro Championships yesterday and the biggest surprise was the fact that Fernando Torres was picked over the highly-lauded Roberto Soldado! QUE? Del Bosque for all the commandeering respect he demands obviously factored in Nando's recent Champions League win.

Five Questions: Revolution at Sporting K.C.

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A week after falling 1-0 to San Jose, the rebuilding Revolution will face a stiff challenge in Saturday's match at Sporting K.C. - the same Sporting K.C. that many are projecting to capture the Eastern Conference crown. On paper, it's a classic early-season mismatch.

But that doesn't mean the Revolution can't steal a point – or three – from Peter Vermes' team.

Portland Timbers Practice Quotes And Notes: First Practice Back, So Far

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The Portland Timbers were welcomed home to the Rose City by a slight drizzle and some short field, 9v9 scrimmaging. New signing Franck Songo'o was on display, looking dangerous as a left midfielder and sporting bright orange shoe laces that could probably be seen from space while Charles Renken got his first taste of training in Portland.