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Battery score late to top Hammerheads, claim USL Pro Championship

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For the second time in three years, the Charleston Battery are the USL Pro champions.

The Battery ended their dream playoff run on by grabbing a 1-0 victory over the Wilmington Hammerheads in the USL Pro Championship at Blackbaud Stadium on Saturday night, giving Charleston their second title since 2010 and fourth overall.

Taunton Eagles Take 1st Leg of LUSA Cup

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FALL RIVER, Mass. Dean Williams scored the lone goal to lead the Taunton Eagles to a 1-0 win over Fall River Sports in the first leg of LUSA Cup competition at Billy Gonsalves Field on Saturday.

Williams scored in the 44th minute while Eagles keeper Sean Gonsalves made five saves to give the Eagles a crucial one-goal advantage going into Wednesday's second leg in Taunton.

UEFA Champions League – Match Recaps – 28 August 2012

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Anderlecht, BATE Borisov, Dinamo Zagreb, Malaga, and Braga all advanced to the Group Stage in the UEFA Champions League on August 28, 2012.

Anderlecht 2-0 AEL

The home side scored two late goals to secure their place in the Group Stage. AEL were able to hold onto their 2-1 lead from the first lead until the 81st minute when Anderlecht's Deiudonne Mbokani scored.

La Liga

Good Win For Levante In Europa League

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Levante enjoyed its first European Cup game in the club's over 100-year history, as it beat Scottish side Motherwell 2-0 in Scotland to all but secure a place in the Europa League group stages is practically secured.

The Valencian club only took a few minutes to settle its early nerves in Scotland and assert its superiority.

Big Win For Malaga In Champions League

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Many of headlines around Malaga this summer have been focused on the club's financial situation. But now that financial situation looks a little bit rosier as Malaga are on the cusp on qualifying for the lucrative group stages of the Champions League after beating Panathinaikos 2-0 at home in the first-leg of their Champions League play-off tie.

Barca’s Puyol Lauds Return Of Abidal, Villa And Alex Song’s Arrival After Defeat To Sampdoria

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Barcelona held a grand ceremony of sorts at the Nou Camp last night to introduce their new squad players for the La Liga season, despite their 0-1 loss to Sampdoria in the Gamper Trophy. Unfortunately, football's own Master of Ceremonies himself Pepe Reina, couldn't be around to host the 'show' (for obvious reasons!

Euro 2012

LLL: Alex Song Arrives At Barcelona, David Villa, Jesus Navas Introduces Newborn Son To Fans & Pepe’s Collision Course

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David Villa marked his return to regular first-team football by scoring in Barcelona's 5-1 win over Real Sociedad last night. Clearly, he had already planned to score before coming on (with a little bit of help from his teammates) as he celebrated his recovery by removing his jersey to reveal one of the sweetest T-shirts ever made one with his family's photograph on it and the words "Impossible without you!

Fans despair at Poland exit and Czech through

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Fans of co-hosts Poland were consoling themselves after their team crashed out of Euro 2012 on Saturday. Franciszek Smuda's, who resigned shortly after the game could only watch as his team went down 1-0 to the Czech Republic in Wroclaw. The Poles had plenty of chances in the match but were thwarted by Petr Cech, the Czech goalie rediscovering his end of season form for Chelsea.

Ukraine v France – Match Preview – Euro 2012 – 15 June 2012

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Co-host Ukraine look to remain unbeaten in Euro 2012 as they face Group D favorites France. The match will take place at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk, Ukraine with kickoff scheduled for 18:00 local time.

Ukraine manager Oleh Blokhin

"I think England and France are leaders of world football.

Jakub confident of home advantage

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Poland captain Jakub Blaszczykowski says the co-hosts can achieve anything with the backing of the home crowd.

The Borussia Dortmund star was the hero in Poland's second Group A match, scoring a stunning equaliser as the host nation secured their second 1-1 draw of the tournament against Russia in Warsaw.

Euro 2012: Poland 1-1 Russia – Blaszczykowski Belter Keeps Poles In The Hunt For Knockout Stages (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

An absolute belter of a goal from Polish captain Jakob Blaszczykowski secured a vital 1-1 draw for POland against Russia on Monday evening, in a wonderfully entertaining game in Warsaw.

Russia were looking to build on their 4-1 destruction of the Czech Republic but saw Poland make the better start.

BBC Sport – Euro 2012: France 1-1 England

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BBC Sport Euro 2012: France 1-1 England.

England today embarked on their Euro2012 with a robust defensive display against an in-form France team that threatens to win Group D outright. England opened the scoring withna Joleon Lescott header while France equalised just 9 minutes later with a Samir Nasri strike from 20 yards out.

Poland v Russia – Match Preview – Euro 2012 – 12 June 2012

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Co-host Poland looks for their first win of Euro 2012 as they face Group A favorites Russia. The match will take place at the National Stadium in Warsaw, Poland with kickoff scheduled for 20:45 local time.

Poland manager Franciszek Smuda

"That psychological burden on the players from before the tournament has gone and in the next match we will not be under the same kind of pressure.

Ukraine 2-1 Sweden – Match Recap – Euro 2012 – 11 June 2012

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Ukraine's Andriy Shevchenko scored a brace to lead his side to a 2-1 victory over Sweden in the Euro 2012 group stage. It was a great performance by the captain and now puts Ukraine on top of Group D.

The match started out a bit slow with neither team generating many great chances. Things remained scoreless heading into the second effort where the match would open up dramatically.

Euro 2012: Ukraine 2-1 Sweden – Super Sheva Puts Sweden To The Sword (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

In the battle of superstar Milan strikers past and present, the old master Andrei Shevchenko defenitely came out on top against his Swedish counterpart, Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Bagging a superb brace in front of the Kiev crowd will surely go down as a career highlight for the veteran Shevchenko who showed that speed of thought can be just as deadly as speed of body.

Ukraine v Sweden – Match Preview – Euro 2012 – 11 June 2012

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Co-host Ukraine being the UEFA Euro 2012 tournament with a Group D match against Sweden. The match will take place at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine with kickoff scheduled for 20:45 local time.

Ukraine manager Oleh Blokhin

"We're like a good horse waiting for the race to start – we want to get going, but we're still waiting.

Russia Impressive While Poland And Greece Draws

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Euro 2012 got off to an incident-packed start on Friday with Group A favorites Russia thrashing the Czech Republic 4-1 while Greece spoiled the party for co-hosts Poland in a drawn opening match as both teams finished with 10 men.

Russia captain Andrei Arshavin turned in the kind of inspired performance that Arsenal fans forgot that he was capable of, as Russia put on a classic display of counter-attacking football in Wroclaw as they blew the Czechs away.

Poland 1-1 Greece – Match Recap – Euro 2012 – 8 June 2012

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1st Half

The first half was largely dominated by Poland who came out inspired by the home crowd. They created several good chances and it was Robert Lewandowski headed home a cross in the 17th minute. Lewandowski's goal was assisted by his Borussia Dortmund teammate Jakub Blaszczykowski.

The Bent Musket's Euro 2012 Day 1 Live-Thread Extravaganza!

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Hello everybody! I've decided I'm going to try something new - I'm going to establish daily live threads for the Euro 2012 festivities here at The Bent Musket. Unlike most of our live threads (like the other one I'll be posting tonight), these won't have to do with specific games. Consider them ongoing conversations between readers everywhere about the matches happening that day.


Rodgers: Signing will go a long way

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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has assured the club's supporters that yesterday evening's cracking goal against Gomel is only the beginning in the promising development of Fabio Borini at Anfield.

Borini arrived from Roma last month and wasted little time in making an impact as he struck home brilliantly to kick-start the 3-0 destruction (4-0 on aggregate) of the opponents from Belarus in front of a thrilled home crowd.

Brendan's First In Front Of Kop

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Carra played his 700th game in Belarus...Gomel will be the opposition at Anfield on Thursday evening as Brendan Rodgers looks to send Liverpool through to the next round of the Europa League in his first match as manager in front of the Kop.

The first leg ended in a Liverpool win after Stewart Downing found the back of the net but it wasn't an easy victory for the Reds as Gomel provided the defence with several problems.

US Open Cup

Sporting Kansas City Defeat Seattle for the US Open Cup

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Article by Luke Lohr

It may not have been pretty, but it was dramatic. The Lamar Hunt US Open Cup Final ended in penalty kicks with the hosts capturing their second Open Cup Championship in franchise history. In winning the tournament, Sporting Kansas City accomplished a feat that no other team had previously accomplished in the last four years.

US Open Cup Preview

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Seattle Sounders face off against Sporting Kansas City in the Lamar Hunt US Open cup Final tomorrow, in Livestrong Park. Sounders have won the Cup the last three years running, the biggest criticism of their success is that is that they have played a majority of their US Open Cup matches in Qwest/CenturyLink or Starfire Sports Complex in front of their home crowd.

Major League Soccer

Valdes, Farfan shine in front of home fans at All-Star Game

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CHESTER, Pa. -- Carlos Valdes and Michael Farfan are used to playing at PPL Park, but they had never played in a game quite like last night, when each of them made their All-Star debuts in front of their home crowd.

When Aurelien Collin went down with a fractured cheekbone in the 36th minute, All-Star coach Ben Olsen called upon Valdes to fill in and play the rest of the match.

Portland Parts Ways With John Spencer

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John Spencer has been given the pink slip. (Getty Images)

The coaching hot seat list is clearing out. First it was Aron Winter, then Peter Nowak, and now it is John Spencer's turn at getting the pink slip.

Current General Manager Gavin Wilkinson, who coached the Timbers during their USL days, will reportedly serve as interim coach and the team will search for a permanent replacement during the offseason.

LA Galaxy continue to target Blues ace

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Wednesday night, the L.A. Galaxy fell to the Philadelphia Union 2-1 in front of their home crowd at the Home Depot Center. Missing from action was Galaxy star David Beckham, who was serving a one-game suspension after an accumulation of yellow cards.

Beckham used his suspension as an opportunity to invite the long-time Chelsea ace  Frank Lampard to view the game from a suite at the Home Depot Center.

The Era of Soccer Specificity

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (June 25, 2012) US Soccer Players -- The New York Red Bulls had a lot to be proud of on Sunday night, including finally filling Red Bull Arena for a League game. Credit the home crowd for waiting to show up in numbers for an Eastern Conference matchup rather than becoming yet another club that saves the big show of support for when LA is in town.

Mid-Week MLS Recap

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Article by Pedro Gomes
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MLS mid-week action got back into high gear with a total of 21 goals in 6 matches with number of late game heroics. The action came fast and furious around the league leaving many struggling to keep up with it all.

MLS Week 14: fan previews

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This article titled "MLS Week 14: fan previews" was written by Graham Parker, for guardian.co.uk on Friday 15th June 2012 13.00 UTC

As MLS resumes this weekend, coaches throughout the league may be regarding their fellow staff members warily. Two sackings in the international break, swiftly followed by two internal appointments, have shaken up the league and the Eastern Conference in particular, as various ownerships used the pause in the MLS schedule to look at the standings and wince at the look of them or possibly the taste if them, in the case of Nick Sakiewicz.

USA Cannot Hold Lead And Draw At Guatemala

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A brilliant 82nd minute free kick from Marco Pappa gave Guatemala a share of the points in their World Cup qualifier Tuesday night in Guatemala.

The Amercan's totally dominated the first half, looking like the home side as Guatemala was content to play their counterattacking game and looked for half-chances playing off Ruiz.

Czech Republic

Matchday 9: Group Stage Enters Final Round, Greece-Russia & Czech Republic-Poland Today

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The last round of group stage matches starts today, with the last two matches in Group A. Meaning that we'll have our first two quarterfinalists by the end of the day. It also means the day's two matches are played simultaneously. So get your picture-in-picture ready (or put one on your TV and stream the other on your computer).

Euro 2012 Matchday 5: Russia Invades Poland

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France and England draw, Ukraine beats Sweden in a thrilling match at Kyiv's Olympic Stadium, in front of a delirious home crowd.

Russia aims to defeat Poland in Warsaw in the day's big match:

12 June 2012 Group A More » Greece 18.00 Czech Republic Referee: Stéphane Lannoy (FRA) – Stadium: Municipal Stadium Wroclaw, Wroclaw (POL) Group A More » Poland 20.

The Rest

UVA Men Begin ACC Play With Win over Blue Devils

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Will Bates (Sr., Chester, Va.) scored in the 58th minute and the Virginia men's soccer team was stout on defense in picking up a 1-0 win over Duke Friday night at Klöckner Stadium. The match was the ACC opener for both squads and was played in front of 4,230 spectators, marking UVa's largest home crowd since Dec.

FIFA U-20 WWC: Are the American Back Line and Midfield Strong and Fit Enough to Hold Off the Germans?

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Unstoppable? Yes.The Nigerians gave the U.S. defense a run for their money today. During their semifinal match, the Super Falcons caught the American defense looking fragile and undisciplined quite a few times, but just couldn't capitalize (this may have something to do with the serious amount of dancing they do in the tunnel prematch, but no, okay, I can't prove that).

Recap: SK Rapid 3 - 0 SV Mattersburg

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A pair of goals from Terrence Boyd and a third from Christoph Trimmel propelled Rapid Vienna to victory in front of a home crowd on Sunday afternoon.

Six (more) things we learnt from the Fulham game

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While we have already gone over the Fulham game in quite some exhausting detail, there were some finer points that I felt got missed in the general excitement of the 'Ohmigood RvP, ohmigoood Kagawa, ohmigoood, Rooneeey, not funnyyy, blood-uh' moments that the match is primarily remembered for. So here is your dose of the more nuanced, previously-unnoticed points from the game on Saturday:

Ashley Young falls in every penalty box

I am getting really pissed with Ashley Young.

Boca Juniors goal celebrations hit 6.4 on the Richter scale

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Nike wanted to know just how powerful the trembles Boca Juniors fans produce so they set up seismographs throughout the Estadio San Juan del Bicentenario prior to the Copa Argentina final between Boca and Racing last week. Though the neutral ground only holds a little more than 25,000 people -- far less than the Boca's famously intense La Bombonera (which holds nearly 58,000), Boca fans still got the place shaking and registered a 6.

Sounders at Sporting KC Open Cup Final - Three Questions

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Are you stuck on gameday trying to wrap your head around this thing called "Going for a historical championship?" Just think what's going through the heads of the players. Not the Seattle Sounders players, they are a bit use to this. Even though a third of the team was not in the last US Open Cup final, Sigi Schmid says they are ready.

Out Of Town Games Lower Persija Crowds

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I lost count of how many times Persija were forced to play outside of their Bung Karno Stadium so here are the facts.

Manahan Stadium, Solo v Persela & Persija
Mandala Krida Stadium, Yogyakarta v Persipura & Persiwa
Kanjuruhan Stadium, Malang v Pelita Jaya
Segiri Stadium, Samarinda v PSPS
PTIK Stadium, Jakarta v Persiram

That, and the fact that two games were played behind closed doors (PSPS and Persiram) means Persija averaged just 9,255 per home game.

MLS Recap Week 16

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Article by Pedro Gomes
This weekend was full of early goals, fierce rivalries, and beautiful finishing. The action came fast and strong this weekend as teams all across the league really picked up the pace and the chase for the top of the standings. There is a new leader atop the Western Conference and almost a new team atop the Eastern.