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Debating the MLS Eastern Conference Playoff Race

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In MLS, we're used to talking about the Western Conference and it's host of "popular" teams vying for playoff positioning near the end of each season. In 2012, the tables have turned and the Eastern Conference is turning out to be full of powerhouse teams and what will be an exciting playoff race down the final stretch of the year.

Henry strike carries Red Bulls past Fire

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Playing in torrid conditions, at an unusual time during a weekday and on short rest, Thierry Henry still found a way to snap his scoring drought.

Henry chested down a cross-field pass from Sebastien Le Toux and volleyed a left-footed blast from a tight angle off the far post and in at the 71st-minute mark for the only goal in the New York Red Bulls' 1-0 victory over the Chicago Fire at Red Bull Arena Wednesday afternoon.

MMCB: The Soundtrack of a Victory

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What a fabulous night of soccer at BBVA Compass Stadium. A 4-0 thumping of a 10-man D.C. United, Boniek Garcia scored his first goal, Will "Dancing Bear" Bruin got back on the score sheet and Brian Ching scored a Pirlo-esque penalty. No doubt everyone in attendance had a great time.

As for those us forced to take in the match on television, it was slightly less enjoyable.

Union’s 2012 Reserve League schedule released

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Photo: Earl Gardner

MLS released the Reserve League schedule on Monday. The schedule for the Philadelphia Union is as follows:

April 9 New England Revolution (10am, Chester Park)
April 11 Toronto FC (TBD)
April 15 Columbus Crew (6pm, Chester Park)
May 14 NY Red Bulls (10am, Chester Park)
May 26 at Toronto FC (6:30pm, BMO Field)
June 19 DC United (4pm, Chester Park)
July 10 at DC United (4pm, DCU training field)
July 21 at New York Red Bulls (5pm, Montclair St.

Portland Timbers

Portland Timbers @ Colorado Rapids Links and Match Thread [6:00 pm]

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Round two of the Portland Timbers home and away saga against the Colorado Rapids kicks off tonight at 6:00 pm as the Timbers desperately look for both their first road win (much needed for morale) and three more points. If they do indeed win tonight it would see the Timbers leapfrog Chivas USA to become the 7th place team in the Western Conference and come within only three points of over taking FC Dallas with 2 games in hand.

Welcome to a new feature: the Portland Timbers mailbag!

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With the long break in games, I thought it would be a great time to go in depth on some of the big news surrounding the Portland Timbers while announcing a new feature to the blog. A new email address has been created allowing you to email the Oregonlive Fan Blog with questions or comments, and we'll answer those queries each month (or possibly more depending on volume) in a Mailbag column.

Manchester City

Cristiano Ronaldo Hands In Transfer Request At Real Madrid

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Cristiano Ronaldo failed to celebrate his two goals against Granada on Sunday evening, and there are reports coming out of Spain that the Portuguese star had requested requested a transfer from Real Madrid after failing to get a new contract.

After the game on Sunday Ronaldo was asked about his lack of celebration and said:

: 'I'm sad when I don't celebrate goals it's because I'm not happy.

Luiz: "I'm older and wiser!"

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One person that should come away with credit for this season in my eyes is David Luiz. Remember when he first came to Chelsea? His defending was at times rash, he would drift out of position too many times and would dive into tackles when he never needed to when he could have just stood up and faced his attacker to make him get past him.

English Premier League

Was Arsenal leaving Highbury a mistake?

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In the 1940's many of us Avenell Road boys used to play football using the Avenell Road gate into Highbury as a goal.

We played with rag footballs (made by my Mum) and each of us took on the name of one of our heroes (I was Jimmy Logie), it was a great time in my life, we were so very poor monetarily but so very rich in friends, family and of course – football.

Was Arsenal leaving Highbury a mistake?

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In the 1940's many of us Avenell Road boys used to play football using the Avenell Road gate into Highbury as a goal.

We played with rag footballs (made by my Mum) and each of us took on the name of one of our heroes (I was Jimmy Logie), it was a great time in my life, we were so very poor monetarily but so very rich in friends, family and of course – football.

Arsenal midfielder reveals summer regret

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Aaron Ramsey has been outspoken about his delight at being chosen to represent Team GB at the London Olympics this summer but the Welshman admits that missing out on Arsenal's pre-season tour of Asia is disappointing.

Ramsey, 21, was on the receiving end of some severe criticism from the Gunners' community for his struggles in the second half of last season but vowed to improve his consistency next season.

Manchester United Sign Crewe wonderkid

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Media reports say that United have finally reached an agreement for Crewe's 18-year-old attacking midfielder Nick Powell for around £4m deal.

The highly-rated 18-year-old lit up League Two last season scoring 14 goals in 38 appearances from an attacking midfield role while helping his side beat Cheltenham 2-0 in the League Two play-off final.

VIDEO: New Powell Signing

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After weeks of speculation, Manchester United have confirmed the signing of Crewe Alexandra teen, Nick Powell.

"We have scouted Nick for months now. He is an exceptional talent and has been schooled well at Crewe," said Ferguson. "I'm delighted he has chosen to come to United. He has a lot to offer and we are all looking forward to working with him.

Sigurdsson Could Follow Rodgers

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Gylfi Sigurdsson does not see himself signing a permanent deal at Swansea and he would be interested in joining Liverpool but he has not yet spoken to Brendan Rodgers regarding a possible move to Anfield.
After arriving in January, the attack-minded Iceland midfielder took the Premier League by storm while on loan at Swansea from Hoffenheim and he seemed set to agree a long-term contract at the Liberty Stadium.

Liverpool v Roma, July 25th Fenway Park, Boston

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Liverpool have announced that they will be travelling to North America in July for a 12-day tour that will include at least two matches.

Boston will serve as Liverpool FC's home base throughout the tour and the team will conduct its pre-season training sessions at Harvard University.

Olympics

Newcastle Not Afraid Of Anybody This Season – Tim Krul

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The lads were white water rafting yesterday at Eiskanal in the city of Augsburg, Germany that was constructed as the canoe slalom venue for the 1972 Summer Olympics, and they seemed to have a great time of it, and then there was a team dinner in Munich to celebrate manager Alan Pardew's 51st birthday.

Can we really replace Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS)?

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There has been a lot of talk lately about the W-League and the WPLS taking the place of the WPS in the United States. Some are even saying that the WPLS Elite League will be hard for teams to leave if the WPS returns. While I am supportive of the Elite League (and recognize it is growing and just in early stages), and thankful that both leagues have provided our players with a place to play the game they love, I'm hesitant to think that these leagues stand any chance in providing the opportunities that the WPS can.

Can we really replace Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS)?

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There has been a lot of talk lately about the W-League and the WPLS taking the place of the WPS in the United States. Some are even saying that the WPLS Elite League will be hard for teams to leave if the WPS returns. While I am supportive of the Elite League (and recognize it is growing and just in early stages), and thankful that both leagues have provided our players with a place to play the game they love, I'm hesitant to think that these leagues stand any chance in providing the opportunities that the WPS can.

football club

THANK YOU DIDIER DROGBA (VIDEO)

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Today is the day that Didier Drogba announced his next move in his career and it's been the worst kept secret in football hasn't it!.

Drogba has confirmed he is moving to Shanghai Shenhua on a two and a half year deal and will join up with Nicolas Anelka.

Drogba said:
'Today I can inform you that I have signed with Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua for a two and a half year deal.

Kuyt Humbled By Support

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Dirk Kuyt has revealed he has received many messages of support from Liverpool fans after ending his six-year association with the club to join Fenerbahce.
The 31-year-old, who fell down the pecking order at Anfield last season, admits his increasing lack of game time was behind his decision to move on.

North America

Reds To Tour North America

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Liverpool has announced that they will face Roma in a pre-season friendly in Boston during a trip to North America this summer.
The Reds will play the Italian giants on 25th July at Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, who share owners with the Anfield club.
The match will form part of the ballpark's 100th anniversary celebrations.

Liverpool Schedules Roma In Boston

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Taking advantage of mutual connections, Liverpool will be using Boston's Fenway Park this summer to host AS Roma on July 25th. Liverpool is owned by Fenway Sports Group president John Henry, and one of his partners in Fenway Sports Group - Thomas DiBenedetto - owns AS Roma. "We had a great time playing in front of our supporters in Asia last year and it will be good to give our fans in North America the.

The Rest

HTIOT Interview Series: Sherjill MacDonald

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If you have been a long time reader of HTIOT, you have seen an occasional interview pop up on the site. We did a few interviews with various people and players involved with the Chicago Riot of MISL. And I personally had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Fire legend Peter Wilt. Interviews are always a way to have a little fun and find out more about the person on the other end of the conversation.

The Monday (Tuesday) After

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I hope everyone had wonderful holiday weekend and enjoyable end of Summer. For fans of Major League Soccer, the post-labor day period means its time for the final push to the playoffs. Fall is a great time for soccer in the United States and the playoffs are now just weeks away.

In truth the biggest business news over the last few days came from across the sea, with the transfer window closing across Europe.

Chelsea vs Paris Saint-Germain From Yankee Stadium, In Pictures [PHOTO]

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Here's a selection of photographs from the Chelsea against Paris Saint-Germain match Sunday from Yankee Stadium in New York City. As you can see from the images, it seemed that everyone had a great time. Â Â

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Visit to Alnwick Castle

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Alnwick Castle

The U.S. WNT underwent its usual world championship acclimation here in the U.K., which means not much training for the first few days, but instead some relaxation and sight-seeing. Part of that included a trip to the fabulous Alnwick Castle, home to the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland.

Nos Audietis, Episode 53: Brad Evans Pays Us A Visit

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The reason we ask most of our guests to come on is because we think they'll be good. Occasionally, they exceed our high expectations. And then others just kinda blow us away. Brad Evans falls into that last category.

Maybe it won't come off as good to you as it did to us, but we absolutely had a great time hanging out with Brad (is it cool if we call him that?

MLS Spotlight: Cameron keeps improving as one of the best in MLS

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Geoff Cameron has kept very busy over the course of the past six months.Â

From playing playing in friendlies with the U.S. men's national team to continuing his transition to centerback with the Houston Dynamo, Cameron has not had too many dull moments since falling at the hands of the Los Angeles Galaxy in last season's MLS Cup final.

Pros: Big goal for Ricketts in Romania

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It had been a while since Tosaint Ricketts (UW-Green Bay) scored for Politehnica TimiÅŸoara.

He picked a great time to end his drought.

Ricketts' 83rd-minute goal, his first for the club since early November, gave host Poli Timişoara a 1-1 draw with Gloria Bistriţa on Wednesday in a matchup of teams tied atop the Romanian Liga II Seria 2 table.

Great time lapse video of 2012 opening night. Of course Kejsare beat us to it in...

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Great time lapse video of 2012 opening night. Of course Kejsare beat us to it in the Fanshots....