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NEC Nijmegen players get bikini car wash for winning man of the match

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Dutch side NEC Nijmegen is offering its players a bikini car wash if they win a man of the match award. Shunning the traditional bottle of champagne, NEC's hierarchy seem to believe that the prospect of getting their motor scrubbed by scantily clad ladies is the most effective way of getting the best possible performances [.

Liverpool v Arsenal Preview, Stats and Prediction

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Liverpool v Arsenal Preview by AM Arsenal travel to Anfield in their next match to face Liverpool. The Gunners have have already dropped four points from their opening two matches. Here is a preview for the game they promises to be a exciting affair. Liverpool injurys and suspensions The only injury concern for Liverpool at [.

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Newcastle fan on re-signing Carroll, Europe and Tiote

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After Alan Shearer lead Newcastle to the Championship before Chris Hughton brought them back up the following season, there really was a sense of doom and gloom surrounding the North East club. Mike Ashley was an incredibly unpopular owner and there was uproar when Alan Pardew was given the manager's job.


Jamaica 2-1 United States – Match Recap – WCQ – 7 September 2012

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Jamaica defeated the United States in CONCACAF 2014 World Cup Qualifying on September 7, 2012. It's Jamaica's first win against the USA in 19 matches. Few expected the match to be easy or a given for the United States as they were without key players Michael Bradley and Landon Donovan.

Things couldn't have started out better for the USA as Clint Dempsey scored in the first minute.

CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying – Match Recaps – 7 September 2012

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Jamaica, Honduras, Canada, Mexico, and Guatemala all won as El Salvador and Guyana played to a draw in CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying on September 7, 2012.

Cuba 0-3 Honduras

Honduras won their first match in Group C with a convincing performance at the Estadio Pedro Marrero.

31′ 0 1 Jerry Bengston 63′ 0 2 Victor Bernárdez 90′ +2′ 0 3 Marvin Chavez Canada 1-0 Panama

Canada moved on top of Group C with a crucial home win at BMO Field.

Jamaica rallies from early deficit to earn first win over USMNT

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For a second straight month, Jurgen Klinsmann and the U.S. men's national team made history, but this time the result was not one they wish to remember.

Weeks after beating Mexico for the first time at Azteca Stadium in a friendly, the United States resumed their World Cup qualifying campaign by suffering a 2-1 loss to Jamaica at National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica on Friday night.

Academy Alumni Post Big Midweek Effort for LA Galaxy

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Several former Development Academy players were responsible for the majority of the LA Galaxy's offense during the team's 4-0 victory against the Puerto Rico Islanders on Wednesday in CONCACAF Champions League play at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri product Tommy Meyer scored a seventh-minute header.

CONCACAF Champions League – Match Recaps – 22 August 2012

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The Houston Dynamo won at FAS, Caledonia were held by Marathon, and UANL earned a draw at Alajuelense in the CONCACAF Champions League on August 22, 2012.

CD FAS 1-3 Houston Dynamo

The Dynamo opened the CCL campaign with a strong victory Estadio Cuscatlan. Brian Ching started things off with a header from close range followed by 19th minute Cam Weaver header to make it 0-2.

home games

2012 Attendance: It's getting higher but so far still middle of the MLS pack

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The 2012 season has the Chicago Fire at a points per game average that is unseen since the Golden Era of 1998-2003. Forty-four points in 26 games is identical to the 2003 season pace when Chicago won its only Supporters' Shield. This will almost certainly be the first Fire team to hit 50 points since that 2003 season and it may happen before the team even plays 30 games.

Dynamo at Olimpia: Houston Gets a Big 1-1 Win

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Yep, you read that right, a 1-1 win. Let's be honest, any result in Honduras other than a loss was going to be a tremendous positive. Falling down a goal early, losing Nathan Sturgis to a red card and still pulling off a draw...well that's just epic.

The Dynamo are now in the drivers seat for qualification in to the knockout stages of the tournament.

Five Things We Learned: Revolution vs. Sporting K.C.

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Revolution midfielder Kelyn Rowe walks off the pitch after Saturday's 1-0 loss to Sporting K.C. (Photo: Kari Heistad/

So much for starting off the post-Shalrie Era on the right foot.

In a game that the Revolution looked mildly-interested at best, Sporting Kansas City threw their weight around, stole a goal, and pounded their opponent into submission on Saturday night.

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Rapids turn tables on Timbers, coast to home victory

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What a difference a few days made for the Colorado Rapids and Portland Timbers.

After Portland stifled the Rapids with a 1-0 result at Jeld-Wen Field last Friday to put the 2010 MLS Cup winners in last place in the Western Conference, the Rapids bounced back with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over the Timbers at Dick's Sporting Goods Park Wednesday night.

RSL back on track after beating Rapids

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In a match that didn't see much separating the two sides, a pair of bad defensive blunder ultimately paved the way for Real Salt Lake to rebound well from their most embarrassing loss of the season.

Fabian Espindola intercepted a bad back-pass from Marvell Wynne to help set up an Alvaro Saborio tap-in on the way to a 2-0 RSL victory against the Colorado Rapids at Rio Tinto on Saturday night.

Whitecaps pick up ninth shutout, Chivas' struggles at home continue

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CARSON, Calif.-- After a solid win at Colorado on Wednesday, the Vancouver Whitecaps were looking continue their road trip success. Chivas USA, back from their two week break in MLS action, came into Saturday night's match at the Home Depot Center trying to pick up their third win at home this season.

Major League Soccer

2012 MLS Playoff Race: East Heats Up, West Less Complicated

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Chicago and New York are battling for playoff positioning in the East. (Getty Images)

The MLS Playoff race is hot folks. As we head into the final two months of the season, both conferences have different but good races going on as we try to figure out who will be the ten clubs that go to the post season dance.

Sporting KC strive for more silverware

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On Wednesday night, Sporting KC defeated the Seattle Sounders in a penalty shootout to win the US Open Cup. The championship was the first piece of silverware for the organization since last winning the USOC in 2004.

With the USOC behind them, the club now aspires to add an MLS Cup Championship and CONCACAF Champions League trophy to their collection.

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.

Major League Soccer – Match Previews – 28 July 2012

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There are seven Major League Soccer matches this Saturday including the New York Red Bulls traveling to face expansion side Montreal and FC Dallas hosting the surging Los Angeles Galaxy. Western Conference leaders San Jose could expand their lead to four points as they host the Chicago Fire.

2012 MLS, Week 20: Power Rankings

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It was another busy, crazy week in Major League Soccer. Loads of games that saw the home teams go unbeaten. So with that there was plenty of movement in the rankings here. We have two new clubs in the bottom tier and above that saw teams swapping places left and right.

The playoff race is certainly heating up here!

SBI MLS Player of the Week: David Beckham

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The LA Galaxy are on a roll and one of the keys to their recent run of outstanding form has been the play of David Beckham.

The English superstar was at his signature best this past week, helping the Galaxy earn four points from two matches by delivering a goal and three assists.

Major League Soccer Weekend Match Previews – 14 July 2012

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The Los Angeles Galaxy travel to Portland, Columbus hosts Kansas City, and much more in MLS this weekend. There are seven matches on Saturday including top Western Conference sides San Jose and Real Salt Lake meeting.

Below are Major League Soccer Weekend Match Previews for July 7, 2012.

Tampa Bay Rowdies

NASL Week 22 Recap: Rowdies and RailHawks Triumph

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Labor Day weekend not only marks the unofficial end of summer, but also the beginning of the NASL playoff stretch run. Â On Saturday, the Tampa Bay Rowdies closed to within four points of first place San Antonio by winning 3-0 over Fort Lauderdale at Lockhart Stadium while the Scorpions drew on the road with the [.

San Antonio Scorpions Blank Tampa Bay Rowdies 4-0

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San Antonio Scorpions FC took on the Tampa Bay Rowdies at Heroes Stadium still holding on to the top spot in the NASL with 39 points before Sunday's match against the Rowdies. Â The Scorpions came in to the contest four points ahead of the Rowdies who were tied on points with Puerto Rico. Â In their [.

NASL Week 19: A Look Back

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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.


Not another grey day

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I owned that grey shirt and I loved it. Looking back now, I'm not entirely sure why, because it's pretty ugly, but I thought I looked the business in it. I can't imagine my parents were too pleased when I refused to wear it a few months after buying it. I wasn't a brat, I swear, but when the team stopped wearing it, I thought I should too.

Liverpool vs Arsenal: Preview + Live Streaming Links

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Arsenal will travel to Anfield on Sunday afternoon, to hopefully secure their first win of the season in a fixture that has seen a lot of drama in the recent years.

If you look back at the clashes between Arsenal and Liverpool, the hype around them in general has been deteriorating for the past 2-3 years, a time period coinciding with Liverpool's fall from title chasers to Europa League drop-outs.


U20 US Women Face N Korea In World Cup Quarterfinals Friday

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Via US Soccer Despite dropping its final Group D match in the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup with a 3-0 loss to defending champion Germany, the U.S. U-20 Women's National Team advanced to the quarterfinals of the tournament. Video highlights can be seen below.

In Monday's other Group D match, China PR defeated Ghana 1-0 to finish the group stage with four points alongside the USA.

Point at the Big Arch

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The USA unfurled a banner after the China match to thank the people of Hiroshima who were so kind and helpful during the team's stay

The U.S. WNT drew 1-1 with China in its second Group D match at the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup on Aug. 23 which was not the result the young Americans wanted, but it still put the team in prime position to advance to the quarterfinals.

New England Revolution

SBI MLS Team of the Week: Columbus Crew

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The Columbus Crew picked up a pair of narrow wins at home during the past week, and that has placed them right back into the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference.
The Crew are four points shy of the final playoff spot in the East after picking up big victories in their two matches at Crew Stadium last week.

Bengtson’s Goal Eliminates Spain

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Revolution forward Jerry Bengtson scored the lone goal in Honduras' 1-0 upset win over Spain on Sunday in Olympic play. (Photo: New England Revolution)

A seventh minute strike from Revolution striker Jerry Bengtson eliminated heavy favorite Spain in Sunday's 1-0 win Honduras at St. James Park.

San Jose Earthquakes

Late Henry Goal propels Red Bulls past Fire

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A bizarre mid-week day game was probably not something the Chicago Fire were too thrilled with when initially looking at the 2012 MLS Schedule. Still, with twenty minutes to go, it looked as if the Fire would be able to hang on and steal a point on the road against the New York Red Bulls.

Thierry Henry changed that.

Wondolowski hat-trick leads Quakes past 10-man Real Salt Lake to stay atop West

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If there were any lingering doubts about the San Jose Earthquakes and their legitimacy as MLS title contenders, those doubts were erased on Saturday night by a dominating performance against the team closest to them in the standings.

Chris Wondolowski scored a hat-trick, bringing his total to a league-best 17, to lead the Earthquakes to a 5-0 thrashing of Real Salt Lake at Buck Shaw Stadium in San Jose.

MLS Western Conference Week 16: Busy Week

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Apologies for missing last week's Western Conference update - it was a bit of a busy week. This week has been busy as well, with lots of personnel changes happening all around the league.

Since the last time I posted an update 25 MLS games have taken place, including three involving the Portland Timbers.

The Rest

Scotland: Starting blocks

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What is a good start to a qualifying campaign?

That's been the subject of intense debate this week as Scotland prepare for another tilt at reaching a major championship.

Maybe not much of a debate actually.

First we had Craig Levein's assistant Peter Houston suggesting that four points from six against Serbia and Macedonia would be just swell.

Non-League Videos Of The Week: 18-08-2012

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The premier division of the Football Conference may have started last weekend, but this weekend is the one that we're marking as the start of the new football season and the return of our non-league videos of the week. Tonight, we have four matches from four different divisions as clubs get back to competitive action after their summer break.

Carlisle United FC Fila 2012/13 Away Kit

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With an eight place finish in the English Football League One last season, Carlisle United FC missed a playoff promotion spot by just four points. Looking towards a better finish...

90ish -- Road Trips Can Bring the Best out of Supporters Groups

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90ish -- Road Trips Can Bring the Best out of Supporters Groups

"Two weeks, 3000 miles, four points, new friends, and a lifetime of memories." -- James Hromadka from Texian Army. James shares a small snippet of his trip to Sporting KC, and how it changed his views on opposing Supporters Groups. Worth the read.

Early lead not enough for woeful side

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In November 2010, the Colorado Rapids took to a cold Toronto field and won an MLS Cup. On Wednesday night, the team took the same field with hopes of linking "playoff" and "aspirations" into a reality.

Playing in a stadium where the Rapids were 0-5-0 against the home team, Colorado saw those hopes vanish in yet another 2-1 loss.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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Saturday provides another fresh start for Charlie Davies, one which he hopes is just the beginning of the turning point that launches him back to his form of old.

A week after signing with Randers FC in Denmark, Davies, who has drawn the No. 8 jersey, has been named to the 21-man squad that will travel to Sonderjyske for the club's season-opening game in the Danish Superliga and could very well make his debut.

Match #17 Preview: Philadelphia Union Vs. Montreal Impact

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Setting: Saturday, July 14 at PPL Park in Chester; kickoff scheduled for 7:08 PM Eastern

Broadcast Information: The Comcast Network (JP Dellacamera, Bob Rigby), with coverage beginning at 6:30 PM Eastern with a pre-game show / TVA Sports (Frédéric Lord, Olivier Brett) in Montreal / MLS Live, Direct Kick (TCN feed)

Montreal's Record: 6-11-3, 21 points (eighth in East)

Montreal's Last Match: W, 2-1 vs.