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English Premier League

Di Canio the first major casualty of sack race as season kicks into gear

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The new football season may only be a few weeks old but already we are starting to see some movements on the 'Managerial Merry-go-Round'. We are not even in October yet but Paolo Di Canio has already become the first major casualty in the Premier League having been given the sack as manager of Sunderland.

Five Arsenal predictions for the start of the new season

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In ten days time, we will be licking our lips at the imminent prospect of live premier league football.

I have really enjoyed watching Arsenal in the friendly games: not the results, which are meaningless anyway, but the individual performances of our players.

It was great to see Diaby and Arteta again.

Five Arsenal predictions for the start of the new season

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In ten days time, we will be licking our lips at the imminent prospect of live premier league football.

I have really enjoyed watching Arsenal in the friendly games: not the results, which are meaningless anyway, but the individual performances of our players.

It was great to see Diaby and Arteta again.

Sympathy For Buriram?

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Normally, not from me. But players are only players and their reward for a good run in the AFC Champions League has been to play five games in 17 days; a gruelling schedule by anyone's standards.

That run has seen them win one, draw two and their defeat against Thai Port last weekend was their second on the spin after their 4-3 reverse at home to Chonburi.

FC Dallas

FCD Has Total of Six Expiring Contracts

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With five games remaining and FC Dallas' playoff hopes remaining just a flicker, it's more than likely time to start addressing which players have expiring contracts and which don't for FCD. This is by no means an exhaustive list as this piece was mainly done to show which contracts were expiring.

Red-hot Juninho leads Galaxy over Whitecaps

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BY KAYLA KNAPP

CARSON, Calif.—The Los Angeles Galaxy continued their lifetime series domination of the Vancouver Whitecaps, posting a comfortable 2-0 victory at the Home Depot Center on Saturday night.

The Whitecaps have never beaten the Galaxy, and they never looked close to pulling that off at any point during the game—they only had two shots throughout the 90 minutes.

New England Revolution

Draw Something: Philadelphia Union 0, New England Revolution 0

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The Philadelphia Union entered this game having not picked up a win in five games. The New England Revolution entered this game having not picked up a win in nine games. It felt like something had to give tonight in Foxboro. Only it didn't, and both teams' winless streak continued.

In the first half, the Philadelphia Union played a strong possession game, and while they succeeded in limiting New England Revolution to chances, the Union did little to generate chances themselves.

2012 MLS Playoff Race: Hot and Not

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David Ferreira and FC Dallas are putting pressure on the rest of the Western Conference. (Getty Images)

A few weeks ago the MLS playoff races in both the Eastern and Western Conference looked rather boring. Both were just a five team race to determine which team was seeded where and no one from the outside was really threatening to crash the party.

Joseph Had “Rocky Relationship” with Heaps Before Trade

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Jay Heaps and Shalrie Joseph chat during a preseason drill. On Monday, Joseph asserted that he and Heaps had a "rocky relationship" in the weeks leading to his trade to Chivas USA. (Photo: Chris Aduama/aduama.com)

Happy days they were not for Shalrie Joseph as his time in New England came to a close.

Recent play leaves Heaps frustrated

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Following a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Sporting KC on Saturday night, Revolution head coach Jay Heaps did not hold back when voicing his thoughts on his clubs effort and recent play.

The loss extended the Revs winless streak to five games (0-4-1), and was also the eighth time this season the Revs were held scoreless.

View From The Press Box: Awful Revs Lose To Sporting Kansas

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This was by far the worst New England performance of the season as they lost 1-0 to Sporting Kansas in front of 17,592 fans at Gillette Stadium on Saturday night.

The loss extended New England's (6-11-5, 23 pts.) winless run to five games (0-4-1), while Sporting KC (12-7-4, 40 pts.) snapped a three-game winless streak and vaulted back into a tie for first place in the Eastern Conference.

New England Trio Earns PDL Honors

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Alencar Junior's division-leading 10 goals were good enough to earn All-PDL honors on Monday. (Photo: Chris Aduama/aduama.com)

A trio of New England-based players were named to the All-Conference PDL Team for the Eastern Conference on Monday.

Defender Pat Boucher (CFC Azul), forward Alencar Junior (Worcester Hydra) and midfielder Jason Massie (GPS Portland Phoenix) were selected through a vote of team management, according to the league's official release.

MLS Rankings: Week 20

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Every week the New England Soccer Today crew will look beyond the standings to rank each of the 19 Major League Soccer (MLS) teams. This week Brian O'Connell and Sean Donahue contributed rankings. Comments are followed by the ranker's name and the rank they gave that team.

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Five Things We Learned: Revolution vs. Toronto FC

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Referee Hilario Grajeda had his hands full during much of Saturday's 1-0 Revolution loss to Toronto FC. (Photo: Kari Heistad)

In hindsight, it was easy to be duped by the Revolution during the last six weeks.

Beginning with the 2-0 win to Chicago on Jun. 2, the local XI remained unbeaten for five straight games.

Revolution Mid-Season Grades: Off the Bench...Subs Have Been Studs

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Steve Nicol's coaching style irked me in one very specific way. I first realized it during the 2010 season when the losses started pouring in. Whether due to lack of depth, lack of talent or sheer unpreparedness--Coach Steve Nicol lacked the ability to adjust his strategy or game plan on the fly as a match developed or devolved into a loss.

2012 MLS, Week 19: What To Watch For

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Toronto is finally finding their form but will it be enough against New England? (Getty Images)

We are rolling on in July as Major League Soccer heads into Week 19 another busy week to say the very least.

Last night Toronto edged out rivals Vancouver 3-2 thanks to a late goal. The Whitecaps got a brace from rookie Darren Mattocks, a guy that may be working his way up the Rookie of the Year ladder.

Heaps, Revs making all the right moves

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Last season, the New England Revolution finished with the worst record in MLS, winning only five games all year. The off-season saw a changing-of-the-guard, with longtime manager Steve Nichol being replaced by former-Revolution great Jay Heaps.

Heaps promised to make the Revolution a 'more difficult' team to play against and preached an attack-oriented style of play.

Revs Defeat Red Bulls, 2-0

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Lee Nguyen opens the scoring for the Revs in the 24th minute. (Photo: Walter Silva)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. Lee Nguyen scored early and Jerry Bengtson added a late insurance goal on his debut as the New England Revolution grabbed an important 2-0 win over the New York Red Bulls in front of 14,374 at Gillette Stadium on Saturday night.

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NASL Week 21 Recap

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Article by Doak Gips

I thought coming into this week, we would be talking a little more about how the NASL playoff picture would be a little clearer. Of course, every team did everything possible to not move away from each other. Well, thats a bit of an over statement, as the bottom of the table became a little clearer, but that doesn't help many people.

Muang Thong Are Back

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Last year was a bit of a non event in Thai football. It had plainly been decided before a ball was even kicked in anger that the teams from a certain city would be allowed to win everything including American Idol and the Boat Race.

For the rest it meant going through the motions. Yes, they were allowed to win games but, heaven forbid, not against the favoured teams from the favoured city.

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Wayne Rooney: What a difference a year makes

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This time last season, if Wayne Rooney had been ruled out for a month, we would have been totally gutted. As well as being the glue that holds our team together, showing great vision on the attack and working tirelessly to help win the ball back, he also scores a huge proportion of our goals. He scored a goal in each of our opening two games last season against West Brom and Spurs, before scoring a hattrick against Arsenal in our third game.

Liga MX - New Logo, Theme, and Season Has Arrived

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It's time for another post to get you, the Dynamo faithful, out of your comfort zone, and into some Mexican soccer talk. I hope you have been enjoying this addition to the Dynamo Theory website, and I've sparked an interest in following some of the teams south of the border. Over the last three weeks we've talked about the history of the league, the name change, offseason moves, team previews, and some predictions.

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Sounders Loan Michael Tetteh To Ft. Launderdale Strikers

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For the second time in about a year, the Seattle Sounders have loaned out Michael Tetteh to a Florida-based lower-division team. This time, he's joining the Ft. Launderdale Strikers of the NASL as they head into the final stretch of their season. Last year, he played a handful of games for Orlando City of the USL-Pro.

Spurs v Newcastle Betting Preview

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Tottenham face a tough away trip to St James' to take on Newcastle in the opening fixture of the new Premiership season, and are a top priced 2.88 with Paddy Power and Stan James to come away with all three points. The stats are certainly not good as far as the Lilywhites are concerned as when playing away from home on the opening day of the season they have won just one of their last eight (one draw) and lost the last three in a row.

Union dominates sluggish Toronto in comprehensive 3-0 win

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By JOEY SAMUEL

CHESTER, Pa. -- Less than a month into the tenure of interim manager John Hackworth, the Philadelphia Union suddenly look like a whole new team.

Led by some outstanding attacking performances and a rock-solid defense, Philadelphia dominated possession and dictated the tempo for the duration as they defeated last-place Toronto FC, 3-0, in front of a near-sellout crowd at PPL Park on Sunday afternoon.

D.C. United

Chicago Fire vs. D.C. United - MLS #25 - Preview

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The Chicago Fire will take their three-game winning streak to the nation's capital Wednesday night to battle a struggling D.C. United side who has one win in their last five games. However, United have yet to lose a home game since the opening week of the season having logged an 8-1-3 record with a +15 goal differential.

Montreal shakes up standings thanks to 3-1 win over San Jose

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By BRYAN ROBISON

There was no late match heroics for San Jose this time around, as they built themselves too big of a hole to come back from thanks to a two goal defecit. After falling behind early, Montreal charged back, scoring three unanswered goals, and winning their fourth consecutive home match 3-1 at Stade Saputo on Saturday.

DC Looking to Rebound Against Crew

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After their usual dismal defeat down in Houston, DC United and defending League MVP, Dwayne De Rosario will be looking to get back on track in Columbus against a Crew team that is mired in an even worse streak with only one win in their past five games. DC should just forfeit the points rather than [.

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International Rewind: Argentina top Germany, Spain squeak by Puerto Rico, and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Lionel Messi missed a penalty kick and was denied by the post on another chance, but that still do not stop him and Argentina from going into Germany and cruising to victory.

The Albiceleste extended their current winning streak to five games after picking up a 3-1 win over Germany in  one of the marquee matches of Wednesday's busy international FIFA date.

NASL Week 19: A Look Back

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By FRANCO PANIZO

FC Edmonton are back in the hunt for the playoffs.

The Eddies brought themselves within four points of sixth place in the NASL standings and the final playoff spot that comes with it by blanking the Puerto RIco Islanders, 1-0, at Clarke Stadium on Sunday.

USL Pro: A Look Back at Week 15

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Nothing can stop the Charlotte Eagles right now. Not even Mother Nature.

The Eagles extended their winning streak to five games this past Saturday by beating the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, 2-0, on Saturday night amid wet conditions. Devon Grousis scored the winner in the first half for Charlotte, and forward Chris Salvaggione came off the bench and added an insurance goal in stoppage time of a match that extended the Eagles' streak of games without giving up a goal to three.

USL Pro: A Look Back at Week 13

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Orlando City SC were forced to settle for a pair of somewhat disappointing draws in their two games in two days this weekend, but the way in which they grabbed a result in the second match was testament to the team's character.

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Hernandez, Guardado, Ochoa on 18-man Mexico roster for USMNT friendly

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If you thought Mexico were not taking next week's friendly with the U.S. men's national team seriously, you were wrong.

Mexico head coach Jose Manuel de la Torre has revealed his 18-player roster for the upcoming friendly against the United States at Estadio Azteca, and it is comprised of mostly first-choice players.

Illuminations: Gold Cup 2011 vs. “The 5-Game Tournament”

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Darius Tahir bifurcates the past two USMNT seasonal campaigns using the Klinsmann hiring as the fulcrum point.

The US takes on Mexico precisely one month from today. The game is a ceremonious marker in time for the US Men's National Team Program.

Illuminations: Gold Cup 2011 vs. “The 5-Game Tournament”

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2010-2011

2011 ?

Darius Tahir bifurcates the past two USMNT seasonal campaigns using the Klinsmann hiring as the fulcrum point.

The US takes on Mexico precisely one month from today. The game is a ceremonious marker in time for the US Men's National Team Program.

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Top 10 reasons why Sunderland are mad to fire Paolo Di Canio

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1. They've just allowed this bloke to sell arguably their best two players over the summer. 2. They've also allowed him to sign more than a dozen players for whom just about the only thing they have in common at the moment is that Paolo Di Canio wanted to sign them. 3. They went to [...]

Peter Crouch’s poor form down to lost teeth, says Stoke City boss Tony Pulis

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Stoke striker Peter Crouch's toothless performances in front of goal are because he has three less teeth than at the start of the season. That's according to Potters boss Tony Pulis. He reckons the 6ft 7in striker's collision with Newcastle defender Fabricio Coloccini last November is the cause of his loss of form.

Love-struck Lukas Podolski wants an Arsenal tattoo after just five dates

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Lukas Podolski has only just ended his on-off 17-year relationship with FC Cologne and he's already plotting a tattoo in honour of his new flame. But the Germany international isn't going to rush any decision to mark his affection for new club Arsenal in ink. Asked whether a Gunners' tattoo to match his Cologne one [.

Randers continues run in Silkeborg

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Charlie Davies and Randers fought to their fourth win in five games on a sunny Saturday afternoon in Silkeborg, with a late goal by winger Alexander Fischer being the lone decider.