game plan

English Premier League

Newcastle’s Task At Old Trafford Is Very Tough – But Not Impossible – Here’s Why

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ManchesterUnited have some injury concerns for the game against Newcastle on Saturday and do we. Mikel Merino, Paul Dummett, and ChristianAtsuwill not make the game, and captain Jamaal Lascelles is extremely doubtful. [...]

Gunner: Dream to play at Anfield

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Arsenal goalkeeper Vito Mannone is prepared to deputize for the injured Wojciech Szczesny in Sunday afternoon's visit to Liverpool and has stated that it has been his dream to play at Anfield.

Mannone kept a clean sheet when he stood in for Szczesny at Stoke last weekend and although he admits that the Reds' attack poses a more dynamic threat, the Italian is excited to cope with the challenge.

Gunners disputes Mourinho’s assertion

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Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has refuted Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho's assertion that competing with La Liga duo Real and Barcelona is the most difficult challenge for any team, arguing that the Premier League remains the toughest in the world.

Mourinho spent much of the summer defending the competitiveness of La Liga, insisting that the quality of his Madrid side and their Catalan rivals is superior to all others in the world, not merely their current Spanish competitors.

Liverpool Lose To Roma 2-1 At Fenway Park

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In front of a loud pro-Liverpool crowd, Liverpool fell 2-1 to Roma at Boston's Fenway Park last night.  Liverpool were second best on the night as the team is having trouble adjusting to Brendan Rodgers passing philosophy.

Rodgers' game plan is based around his team holding on to possession and they simply weren't good enough at doing it against Roma.


United States v Jamaica – Match Preview – WCQ – 11 September 2012

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The United States needs a win in CONCACAF 2014 World Cup Qualifying as they host Jamaica on September 11, 2012. The match will take place at Columbus Crew Stadium with kickoff scheduled for 8 PM USA EST.

USA manager Jurgen Klinsmann

"We gave away cheap free kicks and lost the game based on that.

Canada v United States – Match Preview – Olympics – 6 August 2012

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The United States are one match away from the final as they host CONCACAF rival Canada in the 2012 Women's Olympics Tournament semifinals. The match will take place at Old Trafford in Manchester, England on August 6, 2012 with kickoff scheduled for 19:45 local time (UK).

Canada manager John Herdman

"One of the big threats we've got to take care of, and what we've paid attention to, is the illegal marking in the box on their corners and free kicks.

Spain Advance To Euros Final On Penalties

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Spain remain on course to become the first country to win three titles in succession after they beat Portugal 4-2 on penalties last night after a drab 0-0 semi-final.

The World Cup holders will defend their Euro title against Germany or Italy on Sunday after a dramatic penalty shootout triumph over Portugal.

Spain Beats Portugal On Penalties

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Spain remain on course to become the first country to win three titles in succession after they beat Portugal 4-2 on penalties last night after a drab 0-0 semi-final.

The World Cup holders will defend their Euro title against Germany or Italy on Sunday after a dramatic penalty shootout triumph over Portugal.

two games

Portland Timbers @ Colorado Rapids Player Ratings: So That Happened Edition

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I went into Wednesday's game with a slight ray of optimism and hope that f the Portland Timbers were able to focus and win on the road -- for the first time this season -- that they would then be in a decent position and shape to make a daring late-season play off run. As slight a chance that might be, it was there prior to the game against the Colorado Rapids.

USA Downs North Korea 1-0 Finishing Olympic Group Play Perfect

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In a game that was not beautiful, the US still managed to dominate the play and win. Abby Wambach scored the loan goal of the game. The North Koreans finished the game a woman down after second half sub, Choe Mi Gyong was given her second yellow in a five minute span for a harsh tackle on Lauren Cheney.

Feels Like We Just Did This

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This schedule for Sporting KC is just crazy, the continue to have 2 games a week and will through about mid August, especially if they make the US Open Cup final in August. Tomorrow they continue with a game on the 4th of July in Canada against the Montreal Impact in KC's first trip to the Canadian city.

LA Galaxy

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.

Chivas USA Shows Respect for Tournament, Opponent with Win

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Article by Luke Lohr
Photos by Rob Kinnan

Chivas USA did their due diligence prior to their match with the Carolina RailHawks. Rather than take the tier 2 team lightly, the MLS side sent a scout ahead of their match and reviewed film to understand their opponent.

Real Madrid

Gracias Valdes (Barcelona 3 – Real Madrid 2)

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Guti thanks Valdes for his act of 'generosity' on Twitter
It was the second consecutive Super Copa Espana featuring Real Madrid and Barcelona as the combatants. This time however, it would be Real Madrid coming in as La Liga Champions and Barca as the Copa Del Rey Cup Holders (a reverse from last year).

Defence is key for Irish against Spain – Kilbane

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"I think the key will be the defence. Everybody realises that and accepts that. They've got real quality in attack, the Spanish have. It's heavy billed as the Real Madrid and Barcelona team, they've got a lot of quality players. But I think all the Irish need to do is remain disciplined throughout.

head coach

Longwood Men's Soccer Season Preview

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2012 SEASON PREVIEW – LANCERS OPEN AT COASTAL CAROLINA FRIDAY FARMVILLE, Va. -- After winning the 2011 Atlantic Soccer Conference (ASC) Tournament Championship, the Longwood University men's soccer team returns to action in 2012 as a new member of the Big South Conference.
"We're looking forward to further developing Big South rivalries," said head coach Jon Atkinson.

TSG’s Azteca Roster: Being Klinsmann

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Few remember that three years ago, it was a trip to Azteca that was the coming out party for Stu Holden on the USMNT "A" team...

TSG usually goes the route of trying to predict what the head coach, manager, or front office of some club will do. We remove (attempt to remove) personal biases and frankly it's more important in our minds to initiate conversation with our audience on the observations seen to date.

World Cup

USA 1, Mexico 0: A Look Back

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Twenty four times over the course of 75 years.

That is how many times, and over how long a period of time, the U.S. Men's National Team had traveled south of the border looking for a win against Mexico. Twenty four times they tried and 24 times they failed to win, and 23 of those times they lost.

USA 3 – Antigua & Barbuda 1: Winning Ugly

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A painful victory...

It shouldn't have been in doubt.

And hopefully this review and the game this evening is an anomaly or just poor writing.

In the ultimate warm-up game that was the first stop in World Cup qualifying on the road to Brazil, the US stumbled forward, but forward nonetheless beating Antigua & Barbuda 3-1 on soggy home turf in Tampa.

USA Draws Canada; TSG Draws Observations

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Not Scotland....

Well, you can't say you didn't see this one coming.

If you're Jurgen Klinsmann that is.

The US finished up their pre-World Cup qualifying friendly series with a sluggish display north of the border in Toronto, drawing the Canadians on their home turf in a battle of scoring futility.

New England Revolution

Post-Game Hangover: Reflections on IMFC @ Revs

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"What's going on?"

That seems to be the question on everyone's mind right about now. Another costly mistake, another game without any goals, another home loss--it's all starting to become too routine. For a team that showed such promise in the first half of the season, the New England Revolution now look like a team with no identity, no communication, no bite, and no answers.

Post-Game Hangover: Reflections on SKC @ Revs

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It seemed that everybody was ready to point out how physical Sporting Kansas City was on Saturday night against the Revs. And, yeah, they're right-KC really took it to us. But let's not forget that this was the third time we played them this year. So, shouldn't that physical element have been part of the game plan coming into this one?

New England 0 - 1 Kansas City: Lackluster Revs Offer No Answers To KC's Physical Play

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The first half was a rather sad state of affairs for the Revs, with passing lacking and a finishing touch very absent in the final third. Although the possession stat was almost even between the two sides, it certainly didn't look it, as Sporting Kansas City dominated the run of play and put together six shots on goal.

Wasted Set Pieces Prove Costly

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Just eight minutes into Saturday's 1-0 loss to Toronto FC the New England Revolution found themselves down a goal and forced into a makeshift backline due to Stephen McCarthy's early injury.

That left the Revs with 82 minutes to claw their way back against the second-worst defense in MLS, a Toronto back line that had allowed 35 goals in 19 games.

Five Things We Learned: Revolution vs. Toronto FC

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Referee Hilario Grajeda had his hands full during much of Saturday's 1-0 Revolution loss to Toronto FC. (Photo: Kari Heistad)

In hindsight, it was easy to be duped by the Revolution during the last six weeks.

Beginning with the 2-0 win to Chicago on Jun. 2, the local XI remained unbeaten for five straight games.

Revolution Mid-Season Grades: Off the Bench...Subs Have Been Studs

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Steve Nicol's coaching style irked me in one very specific way. I first realized it during the 2010 season when the losses started pouring in. Whether due to lack of depth, lack of talent or sheer unpreparedness--Coach Steve Nicol lacked the ability to adjust his strategy or game plan on the fly as a match developed or devolved into a loss.

The Couch Captain: Revs 0, Columbus 0

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If ties are like kissing your sister, 0-0 draws have got to be like kissing your grandmother. Saturday night in Foxboro left a lot to be desired even though it got off to a flying start for the Revs when Benny Feilhaber narrowly missed putting the Revs in front after only mere minutes.

The match, however, didn't continue to follow that pattern at all.

semi finals

Sounders Women Game Thread

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This is for all the marbles today. If the Sounders Women can beat the Pali Blues, they will earn their place in the semi finals. After being beaten by the Pali Blues in their previous two matches against them, the odds are in the favor of the Sounders. If they can get Veronica Perez and Lyndsey Patterson involved early, it can be done.

The Euro 2012 Quarter-Finals: Czech Republic 0-1 Portugal

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So, we have had our twenty-four hour break and it is on to the quarter-finals the business end, if you will of the 2012 European Championships. And if there is one player above all others who looks as if he may be the one that is talked about in hushed tones when this tournament is talked about in years to come, it is likely that it will be the moustache-twirling pantomime villain of European football, Cristiano Ronaldo.

Euro 2012

Portuguese men o' war fail to stop the Spanish succession

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For a while, it looked like the last day of Spain's empire.

Portugal's attack-minded approach in yesterday's Euro 2012 semi-final had freaked the world champions into launching hit-and-hope clearances. Tiki-taka was only a memory as the white shirts of the Lusitanians squeezed the space between defence and midfield and closed down the Spaniards ferociously throughout the first half.

Greece bails out as Germans advance

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The markets don't lie. Germany holds the whip-hand over Greece. And despite a heroic comeback straight out of Euripides, Teutonic willpower triumphed and the odyssey ended in Gdansk.

Georgios Samaras' unlikely equaliser came courtesy of a cheeky shirt-pull, an infringement all too visibly unpunished throughout Euro 2012.

Parker: We can’t suddenly become Spain

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England midfielder Scott Parker believes that no one can begin to match the fluidity in Spain's football all of a sudden but is confident that Roy Hodgson's astute tactics can guide the Three Lions to a win over any team.

Speaking ahead of Sunday's quarterfinal face-off against 2006 World Cup winners Italy, Tottenham Hotspur's Parker emphasized that rather than worrying about their remaining competitors, the Three Lions must adhere to Hodgson's formula for success.

Euro 2012 Thoughts Part 2: England becomes a ‘Small Team’

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I wanted to watch Poland again last night: unfortunately I've caught the flu. To be sick and in need of sleep / rest while a tournament whose matches take place at 12 midnight and 2:45 am is a horrible experience. I thus chose sleep last night in favor of tonight's tasty match offerings from the Group of Death.


Report/Analysis: Guatemala 1-1 USA

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Ah, yes, the sweet, painful slog that is CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying, there you are. Oh, how I'd missed you. First, Antigua & Barbuda make themselves more of a nuisance than hoped for, and then Guatemala does the same. Last night's 1-1 tie in Guatemala City is a worthy away point for the U.S. against a team much superior to Antigua & Barbuda, so sour grapes are not called for, but all the same, I miss watching the U.

A Danish Surprise At The Euros

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Denmark stunned tournament favorites Holland on Saturday, winning 1-0 and throwing the "Group of Death" wide. In the group's other match, an unimpressive Germany side beat Portugal 1-0 as Portugal failed to take advantage of their scoring opportunities late.

Michael Krohn-Dehli scored against the run of play when he picked up a loose ball close to the penalty area in the 24th minute, left two defenders standing and shot through the legs of Maarten Stekelenburg from a tight angle.

The Rest

Exciting Kunalan Returns

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PETALING JAYA: Negri Sembilan are hitting top gear and coach Mohd Azraai Khor Abdullah is grinning from ear to ear. The defending champions started off with a lacklustre 1-1 draw with Felda United in their opening Group C match but proved their title aspirations by whipping Sime Darby 4-0 in their second match on Saturday.

Wigan 0-2 Chelsea: Three points in bullet points

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  • One could not have asked for a better opening fixture. It was the perfect opportunity to formally announce our title ambitions. Ryan Bertrand started in midfield ahead of Ramires who did not travel to Wigan because of an injury concern. Chelsea teased us with the possibility of a Wigan rout in the opening minutes.

Red Bulls Rewind: A difficult debut for Tim Cahill

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Battling heavy heat and overwhelming humidity through 90 minutes of play from virtually a central defensive midfield position against a superior opponent was not exactly the way Tim Cahill, the New York Red Bulls organization or their fan base pictured the Australian's debut.

Rapinoe Named Bud Light Player of the Match

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Megan Rapinoe had yet another great game in the 2012 Olympics. She had one assist and one goal in the match against Colombia today. In a match that was chippy and uneven, Rapinoe was able to focus and carry the match. It seemed as if the Colombian's game plan was to disrupt and slow the game any chance they got.

Barcelona-USA U11s Fall to Weston FC in Danone Nations Cup Final

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Orlando, FL Following the overtime, pk's, post game celebrations, and the long journey out of the complex we reached our hotel at 10:30 am. The boys had one hour to rest. Instructions were crystal clear. Rest your bodies with legs elevated, hydrate with plenty of gatorade, and eat fruit and power bars to refuel before the final.