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Champions League

Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini: ‘We’re only thinking of Aston Villa, not Bayern Munich

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Nobody at Manchester City is letting their thoughts wander towards next week's Champions League clash with Bayern Munich. That's according to boss Manuel Pellegrini who says that he and his players are entirely focused on their game against Aston Villa. He said: "I am sure that nobody of us is thinking about Bayern Munich.

Upside: Pretty good game

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Their Words "I think it was a pretty good game actually. We had plenty of possession and made some great openings without actually finishing them. But I have no criticism of my team tonight, they applied themselves well." Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson. Other Sources Mexico-USA is prime-time hit - from Soccer America's Paul Kennedy: Univision averaged more than 4.

Valencia game could be a fair indicator of Tottenham’s progress

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Pre-season friendlies can often tell us very little about our side and how it's progressing for the real battle ahead. As the campaign draws closer however, the matches seem to get tougher and our match against Valencia tomorrow night could be a good pointer as to how we are developing under AVB.

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Video: Arsene Wenger praises ‘patient’ Arsenal

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger praised the patience of his side as they secured a 1-2 away win against Marseille in their Champions League opener. The Frenchman was happy to see his players ride out a strong performance from the home team in the first-half, then take their own chances in the second-half.

Suarez Goal Secures Liverpool Progress

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Liverpool secured their progress to the group stages of the Europa League last night after a 1-1 draw with Hearts. The Reds were supposed to go through with ease but a rather dire majority of the game was only livened up when Hearts found a goal late on, luckily for Liverpool Luis Suarez managed to find a return.

Rodgers Plays Down Cole Injury

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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers played down Joe Cole's injury after the playmaker was substituted during the Reds' 1-0 Europa League third qualifying round victory over Gomel.
Cole, who spent last season on loan at Lille, lasted just 23 minutes before he was replaced by 17-year-old Raheem Sterling at the Central Stadion in Belarus.

A Punch in the Face

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Colombia played a good game: they have hustle and you can see flashes of real skill in their ball handling. But they were clearly frustrated by the USWNT, which seemed sometimes relaxed and in the groove and sometimes distracted. But they were dominant nevertheless. Those flashes of insouciance would have driven me mad - nothing worse than playing a team that's thinking about the next match while it's dispatching with you.

English Premier League

Video: Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini wary of Stoke’s aerial threat

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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is getting into the swing of Premier League stereotypes by claiming he is concerned about Stoke's aerial threat ahead of today's match. The Chilean's side face the Potters at the Britannia Stadium today. City have looked vulnerable from set-pieces this season, so Pellegrini seems to be in no doubt as [.

Jesus Navas wants Man City to flex their muscles against Arsenal

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Manchester City winger Jesus Navas says his side will use their friendly against Premier League rivals Arsenal to demonstrate their strength. The two sides meet in Helsinki today for a pre-season friendly, but Spain international Navas seems to think it is a great opportunity to set down a marker ahead of the new domestic season.

Rodgers Wants To Protect Raheem Sterling

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers wants to shield Raheem Sterling from the hype which has proved a millstone for other potential stars in the Premier League.
The 17-year-old has been earning rave reviews as the positive spark in his club's otherwise poor start to the new season and he has been tipped for a bright future.

Chelsea 2-0 Newcastle - Meireles takes the plaudits for me!.

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I have to say I really thought we played well. Considering Newcastle will be up there challenging for the top four positions this season, Chelsea put in a great performance and were worthy winners.

I think if you are a Newcastle fan, you would agree that you really missed Tiote in midfield and the new boy Anita struggled to bridge the gap.

Pick the team/formation for Chelsea v Newcastle tomorrow.

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Come on Chelsea fans I want to hear from as many as possible on this. With no disrespect to Wigan or Reading, Newcastle is our first of the bigger games this season especially as we still have what happened at the Bridge towards the end of last season fresh in our minds.

Chelsea have started with two wins from two and will be looking to take another three points against Alan Pardew's good Newcastle side and as we all know, this is far from being a home banker!

Pick the team/formation for Chelsea v Newcastle tomorrow.

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Come on Chelsea fans I want to hear from as many as possible on this. With no disrespect to Wigan or Reading, Newcastle is our first of the bigger games this season especially as we still have what happened at the Bridge towards the end of last season fresh in our minds.

Chelsea have started with two wins from two and will be looking to take another three points against Alan Pardew's good Newcastle side and as we all know, this is far from being a home banker!

Chelsea 4-2 Reading - Hard work - Credit to Reading.

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For the neutrals it must have been a good game, for us it was another "typical" Chelsea display in a game that on paper, Chelsea should have won easily.

Now I mean no disrespect to Reading and their fans at all when I say that, but let's put things into perspective here. A newly promoted side come to Stamford Bridge on a Wednesday night, on Chelsea's first appearance at the Bridge since winning the Champions League and with plenty of attacking talent on the pitch, surely it's a home banker isn't it?

Bad start for Liverpool and Rodgers

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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers felt harshly treated by referee Phil Dowd after seeing Liverpool crash to a 3-0 defeat at West Brom on the opening day of the Barclays Premier League .

Dowd awarded two second-half penalties, the first of which also saw Daniel Agger red-carded and the second awarded for Martin Skrtel's foul on Long which was tucked away by Peter Odemwingie.

United skipper: We need Barca friendly

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Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic is glad to have made his return to football with yesterday's goalless exhibition match against Norwegian side Valerenga but has hoped for more urgency from his teammates starting with next week's friendly against Barcelona in Sweden.

United and Barca won their respective leagues in 2011 and also squared off in a massive Champions League final at Wembley, with the latter comfortably emerging the winner with a 3-1 score.

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says the quality of the match is more important than transfer talk

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Arsene Wenger has dismissed the whirlwind of transfer speculation surround Arsenal saying that tomorrow night's match against Fenerbahce is what really matters. The Gunners have been linked, unsuccessfully, with a series of targets over the summer. The latest player to be targeted by the north London club is Newcastle's Yohan Cabaye.

Revolution vs. Chivas: Player Ratings and Man of the Match

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After every match this season, the staff here at The Bent Musket will be putting together player ratings. Ratings are on a 1-10 scale, with 5 representing a thoroughly average performance, and 6 a decent/capable showing. The final ratings will be averages of individual ratings from Steve Stoehr, Matty Jollie, and Brendan Schimmel.

Revolution Vs. Impact: Player Ratings and Man of the Match

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After every match this season, the staff here at The Bent Musket will be putting together player ratings. Ratings are on a 1-10 scale, with 5 representing a thoroughly average performance, and 6 a decent/capable showing. The final ratings will be averages of individual ratings from Corey Major, and Matty Jollie.

Revolution vs. Impact: Player Ratings and Man of the Match

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After every match this season, the staff here at The Bent Musket will be putting together player ratings. Ratings are on a 1-10 scale, with 5 representing a thoroughly average performance, and 6 a decent/capable showing. The final ratings will be averages of individual ratings from Steve Stoehr, Matty Jollie, and Abram Chamberlain.

Revolution 0, Toronto 1: Player Ratings

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After every match this season, the staff here at The Bent Musket will be putting together player ratings. Ratings are on a 1-10 scale, with 5 representing a thoroughly average performance, and 6 a decent/capable showing. The final ratings will be averages of individual ratings from Steve Stoehr, Matty Jollie, and Abram Chamberlain.

New England Revolution

Revolution 2 - 0 Crew: Postgame Quotes and Highlights

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Doesn't it just feel good to get a win again? The Columbus Crew were probably the hottest team in MLS going into Wednesday night's clash in Foxboro; but they were exhausted and far from home, and the New England Revolution took advantage. It was a trap game for the Crew and a much-needed vote of confidence for the Revs.

Revs vs. Union in a Nutshell

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The Union midfield did well to silence Fernando Cardenas and the Revolution's midfielders. (Photo: Walter Silva)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. A game to forget for the both the New England Revolution and the Philadelphia Union. A dour 0-0 draw where neither team really showed a desire to score a goal or put the opponent on the back foot.

Record Futility

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17-year-old Diego Fagundez made his second start of the season on Saturday. (Photo: Walter Silva)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. The New England Revolution set the club record winless streak on Saturday night, failing to win their tenth straight match in playing to a dire scoreless draw with the Philadelphia Union at Gillette Stadium in front of 11,841.

Revolution vs. Fire: Postgame Quotes And Highlights

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Well, that wasn't fun. The New England Revolution went to Toyota Park insisting that they were going to cut out the defensive mistakes, and instead made two major errors on the way to a 2-1 loss to the Chicago Fire. The first goal was a penalty, no question; Brad Feldman and Jeff Causey can babble and bluster all they want about it being a bad call, but that was a good call by the ref, who had a pretty good game overall.

Road Form Not Good Enough

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Just over two weeks ago the New England Revolution looked primed to make a run at the playoffs. The club was in the midst of a five game unbeaten streak, sitting in sixth place in the East and closing in on the fifth and final playoff spot while preparing to face the worst team in the league, Toronto FC, at home.

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.

THE SOUTH STAND REPORT - Toronto v Colorado... or OMGWTFDannyNoooooo...

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Dude, that was horriffic. Can we blame the turf? Gillette Stadium? Unfair. Poor Danny K out for the season with a torn ACL. Just when it was OK to put away the umbrellas, here we are on the cusp of another sh*tstorm.

Strangely enough, Toronto did hold off New England long enough to take all the points and are in the midst of a 2 game win streak.

Defense Shines in Win

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Revolution right back Kevin Alston, shown here taking it past Red Bulls defender Conor Lade, was instrumental in the defense's shutout against New York on Sunday. (Photo: Kari Heistad)

Lee Nguyen and Jerry Bengtson grabbed the headlines for their offensive displays in the New England Revolution's 2-0 win over the New York Red Bulls, but it was the defense that was the key to victory on Sunday.

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Bigirimana Can Become A Newcastle Regular – And Soon Too

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Gael Bigirimana had a very good game for Newcastle on Sunday in a very important position, as defensive midfielder, and Alan Pardew today had sang the praised of the former Coventry City player, and said Gael got better as the game went on. Gael Bigirimana excellent game on Sunday And surely this is the [.

Malaysia beaten, contract talks, Cazorla and Frimpong

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So pre-season began in earnest yesterday with a 2-1 over a Malaysia XI, although it took a couple of late goals to do it.

Having gone ahead in first half injury time with a belter of a goal, the Malaysian side looked fit and determined to cause a 'shock'. We looked very much like a team which was playing its first real game and although we never really clicked we missed a number of very presentable chances.

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Real Madrid’s Supercopa Win: The Best Dressing Room Candids feat. Ronaldo, Casillas, Ozil, Khedira, Modric

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Real Madrid defeated Barcelona 2-1 to win the Spanish Supercopa yesterday, and really, image of Marcelo doing an abruptly executed Capoeira hand-stand in the middle of the pitch says it all! Jose Mourinho's pep talk must have played its part in the pre-match preparations how else can you explain the euphoria in the photo above?

Chicago Fire vs. San Jose Earthquakes - MLS #21 - Gamethread - 9:30 PM CST - NBC Nonstop (Chicago 5.2)

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Since I also had the match preview this week I got most of my thoughts out in that. So, the preamble for this gamethread isn't going to be very long. It will be a late game for most of us not on the West Coast, but it's going to be a good game nonetheless. For those wondering, the game should also be on MLS Live, so if you aren't in Chicago and have a Live account, you should be able to catch it on there.

Michael Bradley

FSG showdown: Roma beat Liverpool, 2-1 as Bradley scores opener

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In a showdown between two teams with Fenway Sporting Group connections; Liverpool, the John Henry owned team had to bow before the Thomas De Benedetto led faction which took over Roma last year.

Michael Bradley who joined Roma earlier this month scored from a tight angle after Erik Lamela put him through.

Liverpool vs. Roma 2012: Michael Bradley And Roma Beat Reds 2-1 At Football At Fenway

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Michael Bradley and AS Roma took Fenway Park by storm on Wednesday night in Boston, defeating Liverpool FC 2-1 in a preseason match. Bradley got on the scoresheet along with Alessandro Florenzi for the winners, while Charlie Adam provided the sole consolation goal for the Reds.

The first half was actually dominated by Liverpool.

The Rest

Quote Sheet: Leon at FC Dallas

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"It was a good game, a lot of goals. FC Dallas is an interesting team, with good players, well coached. So we're leaving happy with an important victory. [It was a great result for us] not playing at home. I am glad we were able to pick up a victory in front of a lot of Leon fans." - Leon coach Gustavo Matosas Paidon

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Portland Timbers vs. Vancouver Whitecaps Player Ratings: Cascadian Glory Edition

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Welcome to yet another player ratings! I'm happy to report that, well, we have something happy to report this week as the Portland Timbers put in an overall valiant effort in securing three much needed points in this year's Cascadian Cup competition. While the regular MLS season remains dismal, at least the Timbers are looking like a strong candidate for taking home the regional cup.

Internet Alight With Brilliant Moment, Run for Gold, "Revenge," Blah, Blah, Blah

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Predictably, the women in stripes, but sometimes just navy blue, are unavoidable this morning in any media, courtesy of their last-minute defeat of Canada yesterday, which, yes, was a remarkably good game. Good for them. In case you're somehow missing it, allow me:

U.S. Women's Soccer Team Beats Canada in Olympic Extra-Time Thriller
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Sounders August Schedule: Both Hard and Soft

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While the June schedule was tough, and the results even worse and the July schedule was tough with decent results August is a month in which one trophy can be won and two others can be set-up for success. Any shot at the Supporters' Shield will demand a month with many points. There's the opportunity to lift the Open Cup with one good game and the 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League starts with the longest competitive trip the Seattle Sounders have taken in their MLS history.

A Horrible Week Comes To A Lousy End

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More of the same from the Rapids. Boneheaded defending combined with a complete lack of creativity led to a 2-0 loss and the loss of the Rocky Mountain Cup, again. I won't discuss the Rapids offense because there was none. 0 shots on goal in the game. On the defense things were relatively solid until Wynne brain-locked again.