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Chelsea v Atletico Madrid - It's all or nothing for Atletico - Three points wins the group for Chelsea.

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Chelsea take on Atletico Madrid at Stamford Bridge in match-day six of the Champions League knowing that having already qualified for the knock-out stages, victory will win the group.

The Dilemma for Antonio Conte tonight will be how to approach the game this evening.

Chelsea's start to the season

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Last season's emphatic title win feels like a million miles away now as we enter September and the tough run up to Christmas at Stamford Bridge. Despite the hiccup at Burnley which saw a full strength squad beaten 3-2 on the first day of the season, the rest of August and early September's games have been business as usual for the Blues.

Crucial month coming up for Arsenal

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Before the next international break comes around in the second week of October, Arsenal face four league games that could have a massive impact on the whole season. With a bit of luck and no disasters, Arsene Wenger could have a full strength squad to choose from after those internationals, and if the Gunners are [.

Brazil x Team GB probable starting line-ups 20 July 2012

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Brazil will take on Team GB in a friendly international at Middlesbrough's Riverside stadium later today. Mano Menezes will put out a full-strength side with Oscar, Neymar and Hulk all starting. Manchester United target, Lucas Moura, is on the bench alongside Paulo Henrique Ganso.
Brazil squad in full here
Team GB (possible): Butland, Taylor, Bertrand, Richards, Dawson, Rose, Cleverley, Ramsey, Sinclair, Giggs, Bellamy
Coach: Stuart Pearce
Brazil: (probable) Rafael Cabral, Rafael da Silva, Juan, Thiago Silva, Marcelo, Sandro Ranieri, Romulo, Oscar, Neymar, Hulk, Leandro Damião
Coach: Mano Menezes
Date: 20 July 2012
Kick-off: 19:45 (London) 15:45 (Brasília)
Venue: Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough

United States Men's National Team

For first time under Arena, USMNT heads into camp with full-strength squad

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Bruce Arena has already been in charge of the U.S. Men's National Team for roughly six months. During those six months, Arena has taken charge of two friendlies and two World Cup qualifiers as the USMNT jumped back into the picture following a rough qualifying start.

Now, with two more vital matches looming, Arena gets his first taste of a full roster, one which is among the strongest USMNT squads put together in quite some time.

USMNT vs. Mexico friendly live stream: Time, TV schedule, and how to watch online

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Yes it's a cash grab, but there may actually be a certain usefulness to this game beyond padding balances at the bank.

You're welcome to have conflicted feelings about tonight's USA vs. Mexico match. Neither team is at full strength, and several factors - the non-FIFA window timing, the foolishness of once again playing on temporary grass laid on artificial turf, etc - bolster the thinking that this is more of a cash grab than a game scheduled for soccer reasons.

Who should the USMNT call up in October?

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The U.S. Men's National Team's next pair of friendlies are fast approaching, and it is time to start thinking about just what the team will look like that takes the field against Ecuador and Honduras.

Jurgen Klinsmann recently stated that he plans on bringing a full-strength team for these friendlies, but with the MLS playoff races in full swing, Klinsmann could have a tough time pulling certain players away from their teams.

Portland Timbers

Portland Timbers at LA Galaxy Preseason Preview

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The Portland Timbers are on the road this weekend, headed south for their first true away preseason game in years. With an eye toward last season's abysmal road record, the Timbers will hope that Saturday's match against the LA Galaxy will help to get the team primed for a more successful year of matches away from Providence Park.

Portland Timbers vs. Chivas USA Preview and Match Thread

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Reading all the vitriol about Gavin Wilkinson over the last few days you'd be forgiven for forgetting the Timbers' first game under the new interim coach was just two weeks ago. It might be more comforting, I suppose, for a Timbers fan to convince him/herself that it has been three or four weeks, considering the eleven goals the Boys in Green have leaked with Wilkinson at the helm.

Seattle Sounders

Sounders start same XI, Club America with single change

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With everything to play for Seattle Sounders FC started their full strength XI. There should be few changes in how it plays.

YOUR @SoundersFC starting XI for Club América:




— Sounders Matchday (@LIVESounders) March 3, 2016

Club America made a single change to the midfield entering Andrade.

MLS Match Week Nine (SBI Live Commentary)

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The New England Revolution travel to Canada today to take on Toronto FC in one of the more intriguing match-ups of MLS week nine.

Jermain Defoe is back in the starting lineup as TFC takes a full-strength team into today's Eastern Conference showdown against a Revs side that is close to full strength as well now and enjoying a good run of form.

Michael Gspurning 'Ready' As Sounders Near Full Strength

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Michael Gspurning was deemed "ready" by Seattle Sounders coach Sigi Schmid following Thursday's training. The assumption being that Gspurning is due to make his first start since May 2, allowing for the obvious caveats that anything can happen between now and then.

This is undeniably great news.

New York Red Bulls

Opposition 11: Who will the New York Red Bulls start tonight against D.C. United?

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A very consistent NYRB side should be at more or less full strength tonight despite playing mid-week.

The fate of MLS's Eastern Conference - and possibly the Supporters Shield - may well hinge on tonight's game between D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls. Any game between MLS's first rivals is going to be heated and tense, but as has happened in recent years it now also involves two actual good sides.

Henry set for Red Bulls return, Cahill likely to play vs. Union

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The New York Red Bulls might not be at full strength when they host the Philadelphia Union this weekend, but they will be pretty close to it.

Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke said Tuesday that Designated Players Thierry Henry and Tim Cahill have recovered from their respective knocks and shouldbe available for Saturday's Eastern Conference showdown at Red Bull Arena.

Tottenham Need To Strengthen

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Tottenham Need To Strengthen - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Spurs 2-0 pre-season loss to Valencia on Thursday night is not a sign that Spurs should panic, but it did show the weaknesses currently prevalent in the Spurs squad and showed the need to bring in reinforcements.

Jermaine ‘JJ' Jenas and Jake Livermore in midfield struggled to both keep possession and press the opposition while the defensive high line loved like a childhood teddy bear by Andre Villas-Boas was at fault for the second of the Valencia goals.

Tottenham Need To Strengthen

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Tottenham Need To Strengthen - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Spurs 2-0 pre-season loss to Valencia on Thursday night is not a sign that Spurs should panic, but it did show the weaknesses currently prevalent in the Spurs squad and showed the need to bring in reinforcements.

Jermaine ‘JJ' Jenas and Jake Livermore in midfield struggled to both keep possession and press the opposition while the defensive high line loved like a childhood teddy bear by Andre Villas-Boas was at fault for the second of the Valencia goals.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: Seattle Sounders

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The Los Angeles Galaxy have been on the rise in recent weeks, but the Seattle Sounders brought them back to reality with a thorough victory.

The Sounders dismantled a full-strength Galaxy side, 4-0, at CenturyLink Field in a week that also included a 3-1 triumph over Caledonia AIA in the CONCACAF Champions League.

Red Bulls Notebook: Injury report, Cahill silence and more

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From the season opener to the present day, the Red Bulls have been steadily fighting (and overcoming) injuries all year long. Saturday's match against the Union continued that trend as comeback player Brandon Barklage fell with a hamstring injury despite New York's victory.

Help on the way for injured Red Bulls

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Last weekend, the Red Bulls fell to the New England Revolution 2-0, failing to create quality scoring chances while playing without six of their regular starting eleven.

The Red Bulls currently sit in third place in the Eastern Conference while battling injury woes all season long.

After the disappointing loss to the Revs, NYRB finally received some good news on Wednesday with word of a few key players returning.

Injuries finally taking a toll on Red Bulls

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Earlier this season, a decimated New York Red Bulls lineup managed to tie a club record for consecutive victories with five wins in a row despite heavy losses to their starting eleven. Bench players, newcomers and rookies all helped keep the Red Bulls' season afloat, securing three shutouts while outscoring opponents, 8-3.

Landon Donovan

CONCACAF Champions League – Match Recaps – 23 August 2012

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The Los Angeles Galaxy cruised past Isidro Metapan and Municipal won at Chorillo FC in the CONCACAF Champions League on August 23, 2012.

Los Angeles Galaxy 5-2 Isidro Metapan

The Galaxy won their opening Group Stage match in the CONCACAF Champions League despite a red card and being without Landon Donovan.

USMNT attempts to conquer Azteca

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It is the U.S. men's national team's house of horrors, one of the more daunting places to play around the world. And it looms Wednesday night.Â

The U.S. men's national team has never won at the storied Estadio Azteca, and despite bringing a less-than-full-strength squad to Mexico City for Wednesday night's friendly against El Tri, the challenge remains the same: Finally put a "1" in the "W" part of the W-L-T column that current reads 0-8-1 all-time at Azteca, 0-19-1 all-time in Mexico City and 0-23-1 all-time on Mexican soil.

LA Galaxy Scouting Report: The Stars Come Out

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Last time the LA Galaxy came to town they were far from full strength. Thanks to a combination of David Beckham's porcelain reticence to play on turf and Bruce Arena's attempt at canny lineup shuffling with another match three days later, the Galaxy's brace of Eurostars stayed home. And they were without Omar Gonzalez, who missed the entire first half of the season with an injury.


Brendan's Boys In Bonnie Scotland

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Could Carroll get a start?...
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Hearts are the opposition for Liverpool on Thursday night as they continue their attempts to proceed through the Europa League rounds. The Reds will look for a result to take back to Anfield and with Manchester City looming at the weekend they will surely want to go about this in the easiest way possible.

Liverpool at West Brom 08.18.11

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10am ET, live in the US on FSC

Last four head-to-head:
0-1 West Brom (h) 04.22.12
2-0 Liverpool (a) 10.29.11
1-2 West Brom (a) 04.02.11
1-0 Liverpool (h) 08.29.10

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 3-1 Leverkusen (h) [friendly]; 3-0 Gomel (h); 1-0 Gomel (a)
West Brom: 2-0 Nottingham Forest (a); 3-1 Walsall (a); 1-1 Sheffield Wednesday (a) [all friendlies]

Referee: Phil Dowd

Guess at a line-up:
Johnson Skrtel Agger Enrique
Lucas Henderson
Downing Gerrard Borini

The Premier League officially starts tomorrow.

Liverpool 3-1 Bayer Leverkusen

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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.

The Rest

Revolution 2, FC Dallas 2: Revs open Tucson trip with a draw

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Cristian Penilla and Diego Fagundez help the Revs earn a point in the Mobile Mini Sun Cup.

The New England Revolution came from behind twice to earn a 2-2 draw against FC Dallas to open the Mobile Mini Sun Cup.

The first notable moment of the game occurred in the 9th minute when debuting midfielder Wilfried Zahibo issued an unpleasant tackle to Carlos Gruezo.

Sounders packed with confidence as they head to Minnesota

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Forward Will Bruin: "When we're at full strength and healthy, we're one of the best teams in the league"

The Seattle Sounders head to Minneapolis this weekend, to face MLS expansion club Minnesota United for the first time ever. Even though anything can happen in this league, it's fair to say that the Sounders have the upper hand against a club that likely would have chosen a much different inaugural MLS season.

Houston Dash vs Seattle Reign Preview: With a 0-8-0 record against the Reign, is there hope for the Dash?

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Silver Lining: The game is on Lifetime, therefore no go90 this weekend!

0-8-0 is the record for the Dash against Seattle, with the most recent defeat being in April with a 5-1 loss at Memorial Stadium. So far this season Houston has managed to win a whopping two games, with one of those being at home, and sit in 9th place on the table, barely ahead of the Washington Spirit who have a whole host of their own problems this season.

Starting XI against Crew is near full strength

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Stefan Frei, Osvaldo Alonso and Clint Dempsey all among questionable players that start.

There are only two less-than-ideal starters in Saturday's lineup against the Columbus Crew SC. Gustav Svensson is filling in for the still-injured Brad Evans and Will Bruin is in for Jordan Morris, who is out with a minor ankle sprain described as not "serious or long-term.

Fire notebook - injuries, transfers, and more

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In a coaching match-up of former players from each club flipped onto the opposing sideline, former Fire defender Jim Curtin will face off against former Union attacker Veljko Paunovic on Saturday. Chicago looks to be at less than full strength again and the home schedule that looked so favorable going into the season will be wasted if the Fire can't manage one win out of their first three games at Toyota Park.

Fire v Rapids match preview

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The Fire appear to be catching another club at just the right time with the Colorado Rapids coming into Toyota Park at less than full strength. The Rapids weren't expected to contend for much in the West this season but at 5-5-5 they've overachieved amid a string of injuries and reliance on several young players.

Fire v Timbers match preview

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Portland is no DC United. This will be a test for the revamped Fire side that should provide an indication of how much better the club is with Bakary Soumare and Mike Magee in the lineup. The Timbers have been one of the better teams in the West this season currently sitting in third place with a 5-1-7 mark.

Friendly: England 2-1 Italy – Happy Ending For Three Lions At The Wankdorf (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Resplendent in what looked like Poland's strip, England's overpaid, loutish footballers, totally devoid of Olympic spirit  like Chris Hoy or that one in the Modern Pentathlon, met Italy on Wedensday night in Berne's Wankdorf Stadium, only a few weeks after the Azzurri dumped them out of EURO 2012.

Preview: Mexico vs. USA

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While Mexico has called up a nearly full-strength roster, the US roster 10 MLS-based players and many notable absences. It could be a long night for the US.

New signings impress, the Gervinho Express, and RvP does something too

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When your stream is lagging behind your commentary, Arabic commentators are an immeasurable help. In normal circumstances, voice modulation and discernible enthusiasm can ruin an impending goal for you; but these brethren from the Middle East keep up such an impossibly high and jovial tempo throughout the game that it basically gives off the image of Arsenal punting it into the net every second.

Wood focused on full recovery

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After a tough 2011-12 plagued by recurring knee problems, longtime 1860 Munich youth player Bobby Wood is concentrated on patiently regaining his full strength in the new season.

Previewing Brazil’s WNT

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FIFA Ranking: 5 (as of July, 2012)
Coach: Jorge Barcellos
Number of Olympics Appearances: The US has participated in every Olympics where women's soccer has been a sport (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012), with two silver medals (2004, 2008) and two fourth place finishes (1996, 2000).

World Football Challenge – Match Previews – 21 July 2012

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The World Football Challenge continues its 2012 tournament with Major League Soccer side Toronto FC hosting English Premier League side Liverpool.

Liverpool will be without several of their top players such as Steven Gerrard, Glen Johnson, and Andy Carroll due to FIFA regulations for mandatory vacation following international tournaments.

Ask An American Fan: Olympic Soccer

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The 2012 London summer Olympics offer an appetizing platter of soccer, despite the roster age restrictions. Brazil is featuring close to a full strength squad, while Spain's B team could probably win a proper World Cup with a bit of luck. Thus, we asked a few Americans what they thought about the London games.