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Arsenal close to signing Ciprian Marica, says his agent

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Romania striker Ciprian Marica is on the verge of joining Arsenal, according to his agent. The 27-year-old is available on a free transfer after leaving German side Schalke at the end of last season. He was linked with a move to West Ham earlier this week, but his agent, Ioan Becali, claimed that Arsenal were [.

Mesut Ozil: I’d have joined Arsenal for free

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New Arsenal signing Mesut Ozil says he would have joined Arsenal for free. He says a phone call from Gunners boss Arsene Wenger sold him on a move to the Emirates to the extent that he would have gone even without all the financial trappings that came with his £42.4m transfer. He told German newspapier [.


Antonio Valencia ditches no.7 shirt. Is Cristiano Ronaldo returning to Man Utd?

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Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia has ditched the club's famous no.7 shirt in favour of no.25. As recently as Friday night's match against Sevilla, Valencia was still wearing no.7. But he reverted to his former shirt number for yesterday's Community Shield and the forthcoming campaign. The Ecuadorian wore no.


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We all know how bad the performance was last Friday night. We all know that Chelsea were well below par on the night and they have all openly admitted to the same. I wanted to have a proper look at game to see where things went wrong and I have to say that Atletico exposed Chelsea's defensive weakness time and time again and they were in fact that good!

World Cup 2014

On Tap: USA v Jamaica (the angry round)

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If you're wondering why there's been a great blinking chasm where there would otherwise be a conglomeration of my pithy rejoinders on USA v Jamaica Round 1, well, there's a fairly simple explanation. I didn't see it. Still haven't, and I don't plan on watching it. I don't have BeInSport or whatever it's called, and anyway I was on call on Friday night.

Recap: Jamaica 2–1 USA

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A disappointing result for the USMNT in Friday night's World Cup qualifier in Jamaica leaves them hoping to reverse their fortunes on TUesday night in Columbus or see their qualifying hopes in deeper jeopardy.

Ricketts, Canada move to top of group

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While many U.S. soccer fans are concerned about their team's standing in CONCACAF World Cup 2014 qualifying after Friday's matches across North and Central American and the Carribbean, it's a different story north of the border.

Tosaint Ricketts (UW-Green Bay) was a 66th-minute sub as Canada beat Panama 1-0 on Friday night in Toronto and moved into first place in their semifinal-round qualifying group.

Injuries A Big Problem For Newcastle’s Small Squad

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The news that Fabricio Coliccini has suffered a muscle strain in his right leg at the Argentine Training camp, and will now miss the game against Paraguay on Friday night was not good news for Newcastle manager Alan Pardew today. Fab Coloccini injured again in Argentina Newcastle did not manage to increase the size of their [.

World Cup

Just win, mon

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Super Timmy Howard "Well, here's another fine mess you've gotten me into." -- Oliver Hardy The dust has settled, somewhat, from the U.S.'s "shock" defeat in Kingston to Jamaica on Friday night in the second round of CONCACAF 2014 World Cup qualifying. Every round of qualifying for the United States is filled with some temporary peril, even if it only lasts a few days -- or hours.

International Results: Celebrate Good Times. Come On!

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Frank Lampard scored two while Steven Gerrard was on the pitch on Friday night. According to most pundits, this was a physical impossibility a couple of years ago. No wonder he looks confused. Image: Michael Regan/Getty Images Europe. How did you celebrate the international break? Jumpy claps? Piggy back racing?

Camp Update From Columbus

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  • Clarence Goodson is suspended for one match after picking up his second caution of the 2014 World Cup cycle during Friday's night game in Jamaica. Goodson departed camp this morning.
  • Steve Cherundolo participated in today's training session, having sat out in Jamaica to rest a calf strain
  • Tim Howard worked with the trainers this morning after suffering a contusion in his right leg Friday night.

Bengtson Scores In Honduras Win

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New England Revolution striker Jerry Bengtson and Honduras kept their World Cup hopes alive with an important 3-0 victory over Cuba at Estadio Pedro Marrero in Havana on Friday night.

Bengtson played the full 90 minutes in the match and scored the eventual game-winner in the 32nd minute. Bengtson's goal came off a left footed volley from just outside the 6-yard box after Georgie Welcome headed a cross from Emilio Izaguirre into his path.

CONCACAF Qualifying: Still to play

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Sep 8, 2012) US Soccer Players – World Cup Qualifying resumed Friday night with six games that were supposed to help dramatically reduce the number of teams that could clinch a spot to the six-team Hexagonal. They didn't. As a result of several shocking results, all 12 teams remain in contention for a spot in the final round.

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.

North And South: Irish Sides Struggle In The East As World Cup 2014 Gets Underway (Photos)

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By Alan Duffy

That's some divot

Both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland produced poor performances on Friday night in their opening World Cup qualifiers of the new campaign.

The North travelled to Moscow to face Fabio Capello's Russia.

Klinsmann: US ‘eager to move to next level’

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With a World Cup qualifier against Jamaica looming, U.S. national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann spoke about the recent moves a handful of players on his roster made towards the end of the international transfer window.

Clint Dempsey, Maurice Edu, Carlos Bocanegra, Geoff Cameron, and Oguchi Onyewu all switched clubs before the window closed, moves that Klinsmann describes as 'upward moves' to 'clubs of a certain caliber.

U of M Women's Soccer

Gophers Notch 5th Win of Season with Shutout of DePaul

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The Minnesota Gopher Women's Soccer team sprang back from their 1-0 overtime defeat on Friday night to win 3-0 on Sunday over DePaul in the teams second match of the Minnesota Gold Classic. It was a dominating performance for both the Gophers and Taylor Uhl. The sophomore forward accounted for all three goals giving Uhl [.

Gophers Drop Heartbreaker in Opening Match of Minnesota Gold Classic

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Falcon Heights, Minn. – 9/7/12 On a chilly Friday night at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium, the University of Minnesota women's soccer team watched their valiant effort to upset No. 20 San Diego State go down the drain as the Aztecs notched the lone goal of the match in the first minute of overtime.

World Cup Qualifier

John Terry Out of Ukraine Match And Could Miss QPR Return: The Nightly EPL

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John Terry picked up an injury in England's match against Moldova on Friday night, and will miss Tuesday's World Cup qualifier against Ukraine at Wembley. While England will be able to cope without Terry, it also means that the Chelsea ...

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Where will you be watching Jamaica-USA?

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The U.S. men's national team's path to Brazil 2014 continues Friday night with the first of two World Cup qualifying matches against Jamaica in a five-day span.

The game in Kingston, Jamaica, is the first U.S. men's national team game to be televised on beIN Sport, a network that is being carried on Dish Network and DirecTV and has begun to be rolled out by Comcast in different markets around the country (call your local provider for the latest information leading up to first kick).

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Men’s National Team: Are We Overreacting?

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Friday night, things didn't go as well as had been hoped. A trip to "The Office," officially known as National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica, spelled a 2-1 loss for the U.S. Men's National Team. With three games played in Group ...

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Quick kicks: State men's recap

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It was a pretty good weekend for the Marquette, UW-Milwaukee and UW-Green Bay men's soccer teams, with five wins and just one loss among the sides.

The Golden Eagles remained unbeaten, while the Panthers extended their winning streak to three games and won their own tournament. The Phoenix, meanwhile, had a thrilling double-overtime victory on Friday night, but lost a key player to injury and settled for their second straight 1-1-0 weekend after losing Sunday.

UW men strike first, draw with Portland

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For the first time this season, the University of Wisconsin men's soccer team didn't play from behind Sunday afternoon.

Junior Chris Prince gave the Badgers the lead with a 76th-minute penalty kick, but Portland equalized in the 85th and the teams played to a 1-1 tie in the finale of the Portland/Nike Invitational.


Jamaica 2, USA 1: The States Now Must Spliff The Difference

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Look everyone has a rough day at The Office now and then. (Ouch...)

With Jamaica riding two free kicks to victory Friday night in the Caribbean, it's up to the USA to author their own Redemption Song Tuesday in Columbus. The arrangement tonight was sour for the States to the tune of a 2-1 loss to the Reggae Boyz who celebrated their country's national independence by liberating Jamaica from its winless streak against the visitors.

CONCACAF World Cup qualifying: A Look Ahead

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The U.S. men's national team will be looking to get a few steps closer to the 2014 World Cup when they take on Jamaica in their third match in the third round of CONCACAF qualifying on Friday, but they won't be the only ones in action.


College notes: Gerry sets NAC record

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Elaine Gerry (Sauk Prairie) opened her senior season for Edgewood College in record fashion.

The prolific striker broke the Northern Athletics Conference career mark for points and matched the record for goals as the Eagles blanked host St. Mary's 3-0 on Friday night in Winona, Minn.

BC Women Tie Stanford

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The seventh ranked Boston College women's soccer team earned a 1-1 draw after overtime at defending National Champions Stanford on Friday night. Preseason favorites and currently fourth ranked Stanford (2-1-1) had won 51 straight matches at home prior to the draw.

BC (3-0-1), who remained undefeated with the draw, fell behind early when Natalie Griffen chipped a shot over goalkeeper Alexa Gaul in the 11th minute.

The Rest

No. 11 Hokies beat Illinois 1-0

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Mayrose's early goal lifts No. 11 Hokies over Illinois, 1-0

Tech records best season start in program history

– The No. 11 Virginia Tech women's soccer team kicked off the Wake Forest Tournament with a 1-0 win over the Illinois Fighting Illini Friday night at Spry Stadium.

MLS Week 26: Settle down

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After last week's goal-fest, Week 26 returned to Major League Soccer's version of normalcy. The fun started on Friday night, when Portland beat Colorado 1-0 on a 45th minute Bright Dike goal. On Saturday, Columbus continued their streak with a 2-1 win over Montreal at Crew Stadium. As expected, it was Federico Higuain making the difference by assisting on both goals.

Non-League – And Welsh – Videos Of The Week: 02-09-2012

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The first Saturday of September brought a full round of non-league matches, and we have highlights of five of them for you in this weeks Non-League Videos Of The Week. Our first match comes from the Blue Square Bet South. You may have been reading a lot on this site about Truro City recently, and our first match features their home league match against Boreham Wood, which was played yesterday at Treyew Road.

No. 2 UCLA deals No. 11 UW first loss

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The University of Wisconsin women's soccer team went toe-to-toe against national power UCLA for 77 minutes on Friday night.

But the second-ranked Bruins finally solved the Badgers' stingy defense through New Zealand international Rosie White in the 78th minute and Zakiya Bywaters scored on a 70-yard run in the final seconds as host UCLA dispatched No.

Tottenham Missed Out On Joao Moutinho Joining Club By Minutes: The Nightly EPL

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Heartbreak for Tottenham Hotspur fans tonight as The Telegraph reports that the club was literally minutes away from signing Portugese midfielder Joao Moutinho, but the club didn't make the Friday night deadline. The clubs had agreed a fee for...

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Rapids failure now complete

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The implosion is complete.

The Colorado Rapids face a seven-game, end of the season slog in an attempt to salvage a couple of wins and a little bit of pride before the long off season.

Where those wins will come from is in doubt with the latest evidence of the team's ineffective attack coming in the form of Friday night's 1-0 loss to the Portland Timbers.