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Arsenal be bold: Offer a one year contract to Didier Drogba

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Reports from China indicate Didier Drogba and his former Chelsea team mate, Nicholas Anelka could leave Shanghai Shenhua because the club is unable to meet its wage commitments because of an escalating shareholder row. Both Drogba and Anelka earn a mind boggling £300,000 per week to play for 10th placed Shenhua.

Fernando Torres refused the chance to take penalty against Birmingham

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Chelsea's 2-0 win in their FA Cup fifth round replay against Birmingham marked something of a new start for the club. Yet another manager has been paid handsomely to make a hasty exit and since he wasn't overwhelmingly popular among all the players, there is likely a refreshed feeling in certain corners of the dressing room.

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Sporting KC 1-1 NY Red Bulls – Match Recap – MLS – 26 August 2012

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Sporting Kansas City remained on top of the Eastern Conference with a 1-1 draw against the New York Red Bulls in Major League Soccer on August 26, 2012.

It was a similar fate for Sporting KC who dominated most of the match but had to settle for a draw. The home side started out quickly with a fourth minute Kei Kamara goal.

Late Henry Goal propels Red Bulls past Fire

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A bizarre mid-week day game was probably not something the Chicago Fire were too thrilled with when initially looking at the 2012 MLS Schedule. Still, with twenty minutes to go, it looked as if the Fire would be able to hang on and steal a point on the road against the New York Red Bulls.

Thierry Henry changed that.

Arsenal’s Hopeless Players

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A dictionary definition of "hope" is: "the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best."

In recent games there have been certain Arsenal players who, when they receive the ball, induce in me the opposite of hope.

What I mean by this is the very personal effect they have on me when watching the game.

Arsenal’s Hopeless Players

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A dictionary definition of "hope" is: "the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best."

In recent games there have been certain Arsenal players who, when they receive the ball, induce in me the opposite of hope.

What I mean by this is the very personal effect they have on me when watching the game.

Liverpool 1-1 United

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Goals:
Gerrard 68'
Chicharito 81'

So close. But Liverpool can't take full advantage of chances created, and United keeps scoring late goals. Narratives are awesome.

Both managers would have been happy with the first hour of play. United's surprisingly defensive lineup – without Rooney, Nani, and Chicharito and with Phil Jones in midfield – limited Liverpool opportunities.

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Birchall winner leads Crew past D.C. United

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The Columbus Crew had been losers of three of their past four matches, but they scored a sorely-needed victory just before the all-star break to boost their chances of catching the playoff pack in the East.

Midfielder Chris Birchall raced onto a Jairo Arrieta pass just after halftime and beat the D.

Arsenal 1-2 Manchester United: No End In Sight.

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Surprised? No. Disappointed? Of course.

Watching that match was painful, and I'm sure most of you caught the match. I will describe the match in laconic detail, in order to spare us the pain:

First Half: We were dire. Really, really dire. We couldn't get out of own half for most of the half, as United, who weren't so hot themselves, probed for an opener.

Liverpool 1-1 Manchester City

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Goals:
Kompany 31'
Lescott (og) 33'

I guess a second consecutive late winner against more-fancied opposition is asking too much. Still, if not for Joe Hart, we'd be reveling in one.

Today's match was far more in line with what I expected last week against Chelsea.

Michael Bradley

Extra Double Bonus BNN

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Fresh Rapid Vienna catch Terrence Boyd was setting off the ostinato cello for reals on Tuesday night, providing the greatest source of bite in attack during a 2-1 friendly loss to visiting AS Roma.The clip below shows some of his exploits, including the goal, but unfortunately omits a second half chance when he forced a fine tip-over save from distance.

Player Ratings: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Antigua & Barbuda

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After each match the contributors to New England Soccer Today will rate the performances of the United States National Team players who made an appearance on a 1 to 10 scale (1 horrendous, 5 average, 10 perfection). This week Sean Donahue contributed ratings for the USA's 3-1 win over Antigua & Barbuda.

Player Ratings: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Honduras

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After each match the contributors to New England Soccer Today will rate the performances of the United States National Team players who made an appearance on a 1 to 10 scale (1 horrendous, 5 average, 10 perfection). This week Sean Donahue contributed ratings for the USA's 1-0 victory over Honduras.

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Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: The Lost Quotes Edition

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I am feeling under the weather, so I didn't get out to the Timbers training session today. Sorry folks. At least this gives me a free moment to bear down and transcribe some more quotes form the last few days.

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John Spencer

On the Timbers game against Seattle

I thought that when we controlled the first half and controlled possession we created chances.

Three Midfielders, Two Halves

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It's been awhile since I trawled through the Guardian chalkboards for interesting items. I know, we all missed it.

I remain convinced that Liverpool changed tact in midfield during the interval. The key seemed to be Spearing, more willing to stay in his own half and shield the defense rather than pressing higher up the pitch and leaving gaps.

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Cash Is So Last Millennium – Class Is So Permanent: Match Report

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Written by TotalArsenal

Today, Arsenal had a chance to make a statement of where it stands in the current hierarchy of English football. This was not just a game we needed to win to keep us in contention for a top-four finish – no, this was also a game in which we needed to demonstrate to ourselves again how good we really are.

Cash Is So Last Millennium – Class Is So Permanent: Match Report

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Written by TotalArsenal

Today, Arsenal had a chance to make a statement of where it stands in the current hierarchy of English football. This was not just a game we needed to win to keep us in contention for a top-four finish – no, this was also a game in which we needed to demonstrate to ourselves again how good we really are.

Video: Charlie Adam v. Arsenal

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It wasn't all bad for Charlie Adam against Arsenal on Saturday—it was only almost all bad. He did, as usual, supply a handful of cutting cross-field passes that effectively switched play. He found Martin Kelly in space on a pair of occasions as Liverpool's fullback joined the attack late and unmarked.

Arsenal 1 – 0 Leeds: Match Thoughts And Individual Analysis

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In a way this was a fairy tale return for Thierry Henry. Wenger acknowledged as much in his post-match press conference when he said,

It was like a dream when he scored, it was the story you would tell a kid. It is not often like that in our game.

But one could as well say there was an air of predictability about the football and the result.

Spurs regain that winning feeling

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What has two thumbs and couldn't be more desperate to leave?Hold tight comrades, this is the serious shit now. Rejuvenated Sunderland came to the Lane on Sunday with a cunning plan to further derail our campaign after the damage inflicted by Corporal Pulis' Stoke Taskforce the week before (ably assisted by rear gunner Foy, it must be said).

CHELSEA 3-5 ARSENAL: AVB'S BUBBLE HAS BURST!!

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I have stated that AVB's bubble has burst in the title of this post and this is exactly what has happened yesterday. For too long we have seen our defensive deficiencies and we knew we had been struggling to keep clean sheets. After conceding three a Old Trafford we were worried but the fact we played so well in attacking United it was more or less played down.

Arsenal 2 – 1 Bolton: Match Thoughts And Individual Analysis

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When I saw the starting line-ups, my initial reaction was that this was going to be a very tough game that will demand a special performance from the Gunners if they were to qualify. After the final whistle, I doubt anyone will argue that it wasn't an exceptional effort from an interesting collection of young and experienced footballers in red and white.

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Match Report: Liverpool 0 - 2 Arsenal

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Liverpool was condemned to their worst start to a season for half-a-century as Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla gave Arsenal victory at Anfield.
On what would have been Bill Shankly's 99th birthday, the Reds equalled the record of his newly-promoted side in 1962-63 by collecting just one point from their opening three games.

Match of the Weekend 2 – The Scottish Cup Final: Hibernian 1 Heart of Midlothian 5

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Having waited 118 years for a second all-Edinburgh Final, the Scottish Cup final ended up being a disappointment for neutrals, and especially Hibernian fans, as Heart of Midlothian ran out comfortable 5-1 winners, for their eight victory in the competition, their third Cup win in fourteen years. It was a game overshadowed by controversy, especially concerning the decision at the start of the second half, which saw Hearts awarded a penalty and Hibernian reduced to ten men.

Liverpool 1-2 Chelsea

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Goals:
Ramires 11'
Drogba 53'
Carroll 65'

So close, yet so far. The Liverpool of old threatened to reappear, but fell just short of another fabled cup final comeback. By millimeters, and "aided" by the woodwork. Just not good enough to make up for self-inflicted mistakes, both individual and tactical, but painfully, frustratingly close.

Swansea 0 Newcastle 2 – Cisse’s Brilliant Brace Gets All 3 Points

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Papiss Cisse scored two brilliant opportunist goals for Newcastle in the game at Liberty Stadium this afternoon, as the Newcastle defense hung on well,  as Swansea had most of the play but couldn't quite cut out any real good chances. But it was that Newcastle number 9 Papiss Cisse who had a half chance after 5 minutes and he [.

Match preview: Union v Whitecaps

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What: Philadelphia Union v Sebastien Le Toux Vancouver Whitecaps

When: 4pm EST

Where: PPL Park

TV: ABC6

Have you heard the news? The Vancouver Whitecaps are coming to town, and once again their top striker is a tough Frenchman.

Difference Maker

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Oduro wasn't shy to take shots from tight angles for Chicago last night, and he had quite a few of them (including one off the crossbar). Salihi had one such half-chance from a poor angle, and he wasn't shy either.

The difference? He buried his.



Caveat: Nolly in the Chicago net.

Smith - from MLS to FA Cup

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Npower League One promotion hopefuls Stevenage Football Club hosted third place EPL side Tottenham Hotspur in the fifth round of the English FA Cup this past weekend in front of a capacity crowd of just over 7,000 at Broadhall Way. Stevenage was led by a familiar face to MLS fans.

Only a few weeks ago, Stevenage announced the arrival of their new manager Gary Smith, formerly of Major League Soccer's Colorado Rapids, who has led an impressive opening few weeks in charge already seeing his new club to two wins and a draw in the league and now this Sunday's impressive FA Cup draw against Tottenham.

Flounders Get Spanked, Throw Tantrum in Salt Lake

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Álvaro Saborío scored two for Real Salt Lake, and the Seattle Sounders reacted with frustration to their 3-0 loss in the first leg of the Western Conference Semifinals. RSL dominated from the early minutes, pounding eleven shots at Seattle's geriatric keeper while holding the Flounders to exactly zero shots on target for the duration of the match.