Major League Soccer

Labor Day Weekend Lookout!

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Even though the Chicago Fire will not be taking the field until Sunday when they host the Houston Dynamo, it does not mean there are no MLS matches worth watching on Saturday. Matter of fact, there are three big matches with playoff implications taking place. The MLS has been catching some flack for the new unbalanced schedule this year, but this final third of the schedule is giving us some very intriguing matches to watch each week.

Soccer Marketing 101 - Turning Around the Chivas USA Brand

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Tray tables on Volaris' flights... very innovative.Like about half of the Major League Soccer clubs this season Chivas USA launched a new kit. We're not sure of the rhyme or reason to the rotation, but each team is set on some sort of timetable from adidas and this year we've seen new shirts (although nothing mind-blowing given the "house league" look that all adidas shirts seems to have) from Columbus, Los Angeles, New England, Chicago Fire, Real Salt Lake, D.

New shirt sponsor for Union and new coach for Temple

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Former Virginia Tech assistant Matt Gwilliam has been named the new head coach for Temple's women's soccer program. Good luck, sir!

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the Union have signed Bimbo Bakeries as a shirt sponsor. The deal is worth $12 million over 4 years, and also makes Bimbo a league sponsor, which opens up other advertising opportunities for the company, including stadium ads.


Arjen Robben Booed By Peeved Bayern Munich Fans During Holland Friendly (Video)

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By Chris Wright

"Bugger, probably should've scored that"

Last night Bayern Munich played Holland in an unfortunately timed and largely meaningless friendly at the Allianz Arena which was set up in order to compensate the German side for the hamstring twang that Arjen Robben aggravated at the 2010 World Cup an injury which forced him to miss the first two months of the following season, despite Bayern pleading with the KNVB not to play him in South Africa.

Did John Terry Racially Abuse Anton Ferdinand? (Video)

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By Chris Wright

He's already released a statement denying it, but John Terry is still getting flack from all corners this morning after the following video set the internet's bathroom curtains ablaze last night, in which the Chelsea shitbag appears to call QPR's Anton Ferdinand a 'f**king black c**t, f**king knobhead'.

Video: The world’s worst clearance

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20,000 pople don't see botched clearance Bend it like Beckham, spin it like a Tory media flack. What's with the empty terraces when there's football like this going on? We don't know where it's from but the Arab teams responsible for this are probably happy to remain unknown in the wider world for now.


Arshavin Reveals Why He Left Arsenal

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Arsenal striker Andrei Arshavin yesterday revealed that the lack of regular playing time was a major factor that influenced his decision to leave the club. Having made only a handful of appearances for the Gunners this season (most of them from the bench), Arshavin said that he was happy with his return to his old club.

DEFENDER: "Only Dalglish, Ferguson and Wenger could get away with that..."

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When Liverpool signed Andy Carroll for £35m, I'm sure the expectation amongst many fans was that he would be starting most games for the club. It hasn't worked out that way, and the former Newcastle man is spending more and more time on the bench.

Most managers would receive major flack for keeping the most expensive British player of all time on the bench, and many would (probably) be fearful of invoking the ire of the board, which would obviously want to see some return on investment.

Do We Still Dream of a Team of Carraghers?

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Do We Still Dream of a Team of Carraghers?

The reintroduction of Kenny Dalglish as manager of Liverpool Football Club has welcomed an entirely new brand of football. The philosophy of a pass and move game has seemingly been drilled into the entire squad, and everybody plays within that ideal.

Roy Gets Something Right and Friday Cache Clearing

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Foreshadowing: feel the randomosity.
And the foreshadowing.
But it still won't make sense later.

Roy Hodgson didn't start out too well with his post-Napoli comments, giving us more of the same. Every performance positive, point wonderful, and opponent difficult. Even if the opponent respected the shirt like this was a Liverpool side in Europe two years ago and so played even more tentatively than we did.

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Napoli v Chelsea - Who plays?

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Simple question but with a difficult answer as Chelsea simply cannot afford to have the same result as Arsenal did last week in Italy.

We're down in the dumps, struggling for form and taking flack from everywhere as AVB continues to struggle with our players. Like I said yesterday, it's as much the players fault as it is AVB and I am glad people are finally seeing that too.

Has someone had a word with David Luiz?

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For someone who has been described this season as being controlled by a kid on a Playstation, David Luiz has taken all the flack on the chin, concentrated on his game and for me, has got better. It's almost as if someone has had a word with him and has asked him to concentrate recently on the defensive side of his game.

PL Recap: Fulham 0-0 Chelsea

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Two points adrift of Spurs? Please no.

Anybody got anything? I don't.

We weren't really that bad to be honest. Well, at least at the back. The defense looks like the best in the league, as it should. That's only been solidified with the addition of Bob, who made a starting debut worthy of legend.

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Manchester City Fan Uses Replica Shirts To Make Wedding Dress, Celebrates Marriage By Watching Stoke

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By Alan Duffy

This story will either have you thinking that some football fans need to "get a life", or that some football fans' passion for the game is admirable. (After the flack I received over the Leon Osman article, I'm saying nowt this time).

EPL Academies In Asia

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With Liverpool getting flack for their insensitive handling of their new academy in India, called the Steve MacMahon Football Academy, the time may be right to reproduce, or regurgitate, an article I penned a few years back for ESPN. It is with Paul Shipwright, the guy at Arsenal who oversees their soccer schools around the world.

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Messi and Argentina Back on Track

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Millions of Argentinian fans can breathe a sigh of relief today after their team's sensational performance against CostaRica. May be beating CostaRica should never be considered sensational, but then considering their last two performance this was nothing short of sensational. It's not only the Argentinian fans who are relieved, but also the Barcelona ones.

Spain’s era of dominance may have only just begun

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Spain's era of dominance may have only just begun - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Always the perennial underachievers, the last few years have seen that theory put to bed. Though the senior team went out in the second round in the 2006 world cup, their previous group performances were electric and a sign of things to come, only hiccuping when faced with a certain purple patch conjured by the majestic Zinedine Zidane and assisted by a blatant dive from the then golden boy Thierry Henry.

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Quick Reactions To Blackburn…

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1. GET IN!

2. It takes a lot of bottle to step up and take a penalty, knowing that if you score, your team wins the league, and if you miss, you're going to get so much flack for the next week, and possible lifetime, if your team don't bail you out. For Wayne Rooney to smash that penalty in said a lot about his character and I'm very pleased for him.

"I think the pressure is what drives people on" - Cole

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Ashley Cole has is featured this morning in The Sun and has spoken of Chelsea's desire and hunger for success that is the force behind our resurgence and the fact that we have clawed back a 15 point gap to United by taking 25 points out of a possible 27. He said:
"When you win things, that's what makes you realise how good it is.

Professional Football

Blackpool Vs. The Premier League – The Losing Battle

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Despite Blackpool boss Ian Holloway's now void and empty resignation threat, the Premier League fined The Tangerines £25,000 for fielding a weakened team against Aston Villa on November 10th.

The steps taken, in which Wolves suffered a similar fate last season, were taken as it is was deemed that manager Holloway breached Premier League rules B.

Football’s dirty word meant the end for Allardyce

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Management is not an easy business.

For a start you get paid less than the players and you take all the flack. When you're a manager at a club with new owners, you find yourself riding a bucking Bronco... You know you're going to get thrown off, you just don't know when.

Part of a press release issued today on the official Blackburn Rovers website, referring to the sacking of Sam Allardyce says: "We have taken this decision as part of our wider plans and ambitions for the club".

The Mourinho Mentality: Success by Any Means Necessary

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While most of the football world condone last nights behaviour of Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos and Xabi Alonso, the clubs supporters and players will be more assured of their teams ambitions this season than ever.

With a manager such as Jose Mourinho in charge even the most naive would have to admit that there is a strong possibility that he asked his players to clear their bookings before the knock out phase of the Champions League.


Revolting Thais

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After failing to qualify for the AFF Cup semi finals Thai fans have filled the message boards pounding out their frustration and, interestingly, it seems that the FA are copping most of the flack and not Bryan Robson and the players.
The head, McD, says that the preparations were not the best and that the season had gone on too long and he felt tat key refereeing decisions had gone against the team.

Two things that deserve never to be mentioned again: Last night's match and Toronto FC fans

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Well, say this for MLS Cup 2010..... no one was killed.

So there's that.



Sigh, I've got to actually talk about this match?

Jesse Hertzberg from offstage: Yes!

Can I trash Toronto too?

Jesse again: Yes, but try talking about soccer first, please.

The Rest

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Villa fan on Young, silverware and no goals/assists Downing

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Poor Aston Villa. After assembling a half decent squad with some top youngsters ready to make their way through, they only go and employ the hapless manager who relegated their biggest rivals, plays dull football and dragged them down the table.

Damian Dugdale, from The Villa Blog, has looked ahead to the coming season.

Klinsmann speaks out on Porter, the U.S. U-23s, Gomez and more

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Caleb Porter's failure to guide the United States Under-23 men's national team to an Olympic berth led some to speculate whether he has a future in U.S. Soccer.

Not Jurgen Klinsmann.

During a media conference call, the U.S. senior national team coach emphatically stated that Porter's place within U.

Moyes’ gamble fails as Sunderland force replay

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Everton boss David Moyes knew he would take some flack following his weakened team selection for last week's Merseyside derby.

The Scot opted to make six changes from the side that had beaten Spurs and extended their unbeaten run to nine games the previous Saturday – with Phil Neville, Tim Cahill, Nikica Jelavic, Royston Drenthe, Leon Osman and John Heitinga all left out.


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Everyone has written Chelsea off this season haven't they and doesn't it really frustrate and wind you up? It does me, but in a way I prefer that because I have a feeling that come May next year, there will be alot of these "pundits" that will have egg on their faces.

As usual, most of the flack is aimed at the Chelsea "old guard" in the likes of John Terry, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba.

Confusion Surrounds LPI Future

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Again claims are being made that the breakaway league, the Liga Primer Indonesia, will not continue after the mid season break. Again though the claim is being made by PSM which doesn't seem to stop them being linked with Edward Wilson Junior and Pierre Njanka.
Yesterday, on Twitter so it must be true (!

The Finest Five 6.0: Speak Once Or Forever Hold Your Mouthpiece

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Partaking in this discussion does not affect your rights to be taken seriously as a footie fan. It just makes you a more complete one.

Kickette's Finest Five list has always been a controversial one with our readers.

We've caught a lot of flack over the years for not including Fernando Torres on this list.