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Video: Spurs old boy Gareth Bale scores on his Real Madrid debut

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Gareth Bale needed just 39 minutes as a Real Madrid player to score his first goal for the club. The world's most expensive player drifted off the flank to score an equaliser for his new side. Bale had not made much of an impact in the game against Villarreal until he found himself in the [...]

Women's U20 World Cup final: USA beats Germany, 1-0 to lift third title

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Kealia Ohai scores the game winner in the 44th minute following great work down the right flank by full back Crystal Dunn and then celebrates a la Megan Rapinoe.

Congratulations, girls, that was a sweet victory against a formidable opponent who had beaten the USA, 3-0 in the group stage.

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Tottenham confident of pipping Liverpool to Blackpool’s Tom Ince

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Spurs are hopeful of beating Liverpool to the £6.5 million signing of Blackpool winger Tom Ince, according to the Mirror. Chief executive Daniel Levy is keen to do business with the Seasiders as soon as possible and whisk the England under-21 international away from his dad, Bloomfield Road boss Paul, before their rivals start to [.

Video: Italian coach trips opposition winger

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We've seen physios, ball boys and fans run onto the pitch to make decisive tackles or goal-line clearances, but rarely have we seen a coach get involved in the action... and certainly not in a situation so lacking in danger as this. It comes from an Italian amateur match between Corpolò and Rivazzurra.

THE TACTICS COLUMN: BALANCE DOESN’T MEAN SYMMETRY

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The instinct with football teams and formations has always been to set them out symmetrically. That's normal because you want to make sure every zone is covered without obvious bias or weakness. However, formations are neutral and it's their application that decides their success and failures.

Stoke 0 Arsenal 0 : Comfortable In Defence, Sparkless Up Front

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Don Vito would be happy with the clean sheet

Second match of the new season, second draw of the new season. We are still level on the goal difference chart because we've neither scored any goal nor have we conceded any. Not so good for the first one but particularly pleasing for the second one.

Spurs linked with Spanish international winger

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Much of the media is expecting an announcement on Luka Modric to Real Madrid in the next few days and they also anticipate a replacement to be installed at the Lane shortly afterwards.

Alternatives to Joao Moutinho, whose fee is thought to exceed £30m are also being suggested and one of the more interesting of these is Malaga winger Santi Cazorla.

Luis Suarez- Hitman or Wing-man?

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There has been much debate about where the little Uruguayan should be deployed, up front or down the wings. Suarez has played on the wings before, in fact, he started his career down the right flank, he impressed at FC Groningen from this position, notching up 10 goals in 29 games, impressive, to say the least for a winger.

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U.S. Wins U-20 Women’s World Cup

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The United States U-20 Women's National Team won their record third U-20 Women's World Cup on Saturday, defeating Germany 1-0 in Tokyo, Japan.

The U.S. and defending champions Germany had each won two U-20 Women's World Cup titles in the five previous tournaments since the competition began in 2002.

McInerney's late winner gives Union comeback win over Revolution

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By JOEY SAMUEL

CHESTER, Pa. -- Even though it's still July, the Philadelphia Union and New England Revolution are already scrapping to remain in the playoff race. On Sunday, one team earned the win they needed, while the other was left wondering what could have been.

Breakers’ Postseason Hopes Over

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The title dreams harbored by the Breakers came to an end on Wednesday in a 3-1 loss to the Chicago Red Stars at Sahlen's Stadium in Rochester, NY.

Lauren Fowlkes, Lori Chalupny and Julianne Sitch all scored for the Red Stars while Amanda DaCosta provided the Breakers with a late consolation goal.

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Schellas Hyndman: Jackson Not a Player Who Will Score From Outside Area

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In the first half of Sunday's 1-1 draw with Seattle Sounders FC, FC Dallas midfielder Jackson delivered another goal for his side, the equalizer after the visitors had gone ahead thanks to a nice sequence from Seattle's Steve Zakuani and Mauro Rosales in the 20th minute. Jackson's tally was clearly a case of him being in the right place at the right time and capitalizing on the opportunity, something he's done quite well during his time with Dallas.

Schellas Hyndman: We Definitely Missed Castillo’s Pace vs. Seattle

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With Fabian Castillo unavailable for Sunday's 1-1 draw with Seattle Sounders FC, FC Dallas was definitely going to miss the young Colombian's pace on the right flank. To his credit, Jackson did a solid job filling in for No. 7 and even delivered the game-tying goal in the 32nd minute but after this one was in the books, FCD head coach Schellas Hyndman admitted he sure could have used Castillo, who ended a string of five straight starts due to a strained right hamstring.

Quote Sheet: Seattle Sounders vs FC Dallas

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Schellas Hyndman on Jackson: "Jackson has that explosive speed, something that you really can't teach players and as the game wears down he's got the high level conditioning. I thought he started running a little bit more on Gonzalez and their defenders, but he gave us everything he had. He's more of a flank player.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Connor Lade

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No, Connor Lade did not get on the scoresheet, nor was he directly involved with either of the New York Red Bulls' goals Friday night, but his contribution was definitely felt in the club's important 2-0 victory over the Houston Dynamo.Â

The versatile Lade, who got the start at right back, helped lock down in-form Houston forward Mac Kandji, played a vital role in the clean sheet and was his usual active self up and down the flank to earn SBI MLS Rookie of the Week honors.

Zusi, Sporting KC down DC United to retake top spot in East

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Just days after capturing the US Open Cup title over the Seattle Sounders, Sporting Kansas City carried that momentum back into MLS play and earned three huge points on Saturday.

Graham Zusi and Teal Bunbury each got their names on the scoresheet as Kansas City defeated DC United, 2-1, at Livestrong Sporting Park to put KC back in first place in the Eastern Conference.

EJ puts the ball in net and makes sweet boom boom (animated)

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Likkit's been sharing his brilliant work with gifs here for a little while. Do you want more on the front page?

EJ pew pew boom boom.

Are the Eddie Johnson haters converted yet? Can they see what this GAM can do for this Seattle Sounders team?

In arguably the biggest match of the season, the Sounders faced off against the LA Galaxy in a match that could've seen the Gals leapfrog the Sounders into third place in the western conference.

Impact Of Fernandez For Tiffert "Swap"

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With today's Summer transfer window closing the Seattle Sounders made two moves to dramatically shift their "Ideal XI." With Alvaro Fernandez heading to the Chicago Fire for allocation money and the newly official signing of Christian Tiffert as the team's sixth Designated Player the full impact won't be felt for a few weeks.

Late Johnson goal gives MLS All-Stars victory over Chelsea

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PHILADELPHIA -- It may have come in part because of a fortuitous deflection, but the MLS All-Stars pulled out a win for the first time in four years.

With penalty kicks looming, the MLS All-Stars grabbed a 3-2 victory over UEFA Champions League winners Chelsea thanks to a stoppage time finish from substitute Eddie Johnson.

Chelsea Give Sounders A Lesson In Clinical Finishing

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Forward Romelu Lukaku scored two goals as European champions Chelsea beat Seattle Sounders 4-2 on Wednesday night at Century Field.

There were impressive debuts from two of Chelsea's high-profile summer signings, Marko Marin and Eden Hazard, who also scored as all the goals came in an explosive first half.

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Jones scores winner as Schalke tops Augsburg

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Jermaine Jones has made quite a habit out of receiving yellow cards but on Saturday he picked up something entirely different: Three points for Schalke 04.

Jones scored the winner in Schalke's 3-1 triumph over FC Augsburg, making a long, dribbling run from the right flank before firing home a low shot to the far corner to give the club a 2-0 lead.

Liverpool 3-1 Bayer Leverkusen

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Goals:
Sterling 3'
Lucas 30'
Carroll 65'
Sam 75'

That was more like it, a much more reassuring friendly than the three in the USA. Which may have had something to do with the stronger XI, not all that different from the one which faced Gomel on Thursday. It was far stronger than expected, with Gerrard, Suarez, and Lucas all surprise starters.

English Premier League

Who Are Ya? Emmanuel Mayuka (Southampton)

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Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Emmanuel Mayuka Age: 21 Position: Striker Signed from: Young Boys Berne Fee: Undisclosed. Did you know? Looking at the video above, it's hardly surprising that Mayuka has moved. The video appears to have been posted on YouTube by his agent, complete with contact details so [.

Who Are Ya? Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea)

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Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Cesar Azpilicueta Age: 22 Position: Right-back Signed from: Marseille Fee: £7 million Did you know? Former Marseille player Eric Di Meco responded to president Jean-Claude Dassier claims that Azpilicueta was the future of the Spain national side's right flank by saying that, if that proved [.

Having Sides Is Better

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This is how we do it

Continuing our look at the team for the upcoming season, it's the turn of the full backs.

First choice on the right should be none other than Bacary Sagna. The French defender took to English football like a duck to water, ever since he joined us and has gone from strength to strength.

Cazorla Brings Much Needed Balance And Versatility To The Squad

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Transfer rumours are usually a waste of time but occasionally they come true. And when stories about the arrival of a world class player turn to reality it's difficult to contain the excitement. When Arsenal officially confirmed the arrival of Santi Cazorla I felt a big hole in the squad had been plugged.

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Santi Cazorla is finally at Arsenal

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The CF Malaga man is finally a Gunner. And he's losing no time talking about his ambitions to see Arsenal end a long drought without silverware. Cazorla seems to have come to the Emirates with the right attitude. His statement should earn many more fans.

"There's a very good squad here and we want to fight for titles and win titles.

Real Madrid Squeaks Past Santos Laguna In Las Vegas

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Xabi Alonso and Sami Khedira scored in each half to give Real Madrid a 2-1 win over Mexican club Santos Laguna in a friendly on Sunday in Las Vegas.The Mexican champions offered a lot more competition for Madrid than what the LA Galaxy had in what what a competitive game.

It has been a long time since "Sin City" has seen a marquee team like Real Madrid and the 29,152 fans in attendance seem to enjoy the game despite the 102 degrees at kickoff.

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Pontius propels D.C. United to win over Crew

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In DC United's first league match since the MLS All-Star Game, Chris Pontius showed why he was chosen as All-Star MVP of that dramtic win over Chelsea almost two weeks ago.

Pontius pounced on a rebound and scored in the 49th minute of a key Eastern Conference showdown between DC United and the Columbus Crew on Saturday night, and United ended up holding on to earn a 1-0 win in front of 14,640 fans at RFK Stadium.

Pearce Remains Vindicated Despite Team GB Looking set for Last Eight

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He has his detractors, he has had few obvious well wishers, there are some even hostile to Stuart Pearce remaining at the helm of Team GB's challenge for gold at the London Olympics.

The animosity, both public and private, manifested itself after Pearce failed to name David Beckham in the final squad apparently for ‘football reasons' but it would appear that on the evidence of the opening two games, that Pearce is wholly vindicated.

Revs Throw Away Points in Philly

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Saer Sene's first half goal on Sunday wasn't enough for the Revs. (Photo: Joshua Pearson)

CHESTER, Pa. – The New England Revolution scored first and held a 1-0 first half lead against the Philadelphia Union, but maintained their disastrous road form, giving up two second half goals in an eventual 2-1 loss in front of 18,598 at PPL Park.

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Portland Timbers Man of the Match: Five and Counting Edition

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Returning home for their first game at Jeld-Wen Field in two weeks, the Timbers showed some fight in an ultimately futile 1-0 loss against Chivas USA last night. Several Timbers showed well, and but for some poor finishing and one mistake at the back the Timbers should have taken all three points from the match.

Portland Timbers @ Chivas USA Player Ratings: Another One Bites the Dust Edition

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Another road game, another loss. I'm coming up empty with why and how the Portland Timbers are having a worse season this year than last. On paper, the Timbers should be better in every aspect. They've been paying longer as a team, they have higher quality players, and more depth all around and yet.

The Rest

"Matchpix" - August 2012

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Fazrul Nawaz (pictured left) fired a shot acrossShimpei Sakurada's quick-thinking follow-up rebound off Tatsuro Inui's saved PK placed SAFFC to the League Cup semis with 2009 final rematch vs DPMM.

Quote Sheet: FC Dallat at LA Galaxy

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On Castillo's injury impacting the match: "Well of course we had to make a change, it forced us to bring Blas (Perez) on, we weren't sure, we thought Blas could maybe give us a good 30 minutes but he had to come on earlier. If you remember earlier in the game, Castillo was causing LA quite a bit of problems because of his speed and explosion.

Revolution Vs. Fire: Know Thy Enemy Part II

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The New England Revolution are headed into hostile territory on Saturday night as they travel to Bridgeview, Illinois and Toyota Park to take on the Chicago Fire. The Revs are locked into their worst stretch of the 2012 season, going six games without a win, including four consecutive losses. Chicago, meanwhile, just trounced Philadelphia 3-1 at PPL Park last week, and sit in fourth place in the Eastern Conference with a game in hand on all three clubs ahead of them.

Live: US vs. Mexico from the Azteca

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Will Orozo-Fiscal man the right flank and help protect Edu...or will he fall into line with his "one poor foul per game" history?

Where does Jose Torres play? Landon Donovan?

Does Herculez Gomez start up top by himself? Can Jermaine Jones avoid the pitch citations.

USA vs. Mexico about to get it on.

Sounders at Sporting Kansas City US Open Cup Final - Gamethread

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In Cup Finals numbers don't matter. It's a one-off game. It doesn't matter that the Seattle Sounders own the US Open Cup tournament. It doesn't matter that Sporting Kansas City hasn't given up a goal since the Third Round. It doesn't matter that Seattle has 26 more wins in all competitions since 2009.

U.S. women aim for complete showing in Olympic battle with Colombia

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This time, the U.S. women's national team will hope for 90 minutes of domination, not just 76.

After falling behind to France 2-0 in the opening 14 minutes of their Olympic run, the U.S. women straightened things out behind the explosive front line of Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan, the flank play of Megan Rapinoe and a rocket of a shot by Carli Lloyd.

E.P. Wins 2-0 Over Taunton Sports

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East Providence Sports found two goals from Jimmy Hernandez in Sunday's 2-0 win over Taunton Sports at Riverside Rec Park.

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. Jimmy Hernandez grabbed a brace for the hosts and Jimmi Underhill earned his first clean sheet of the season in East Providence's 2-0 win over Taunton Sports in LUSA League action on Sunday.