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Colorado Rapids

Tonight's Word Is Dismantled

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Well, I didn't see that coming. Colorado took Seattle to the woodshed in the first half, scoring almost at will, and spotted themselves a 4-0 lead at half en route to a 5-1 win over the league leaders. The game started with my coin flip, won by the Sounders unfortunately, but that actually worked in the Rapids favor.

Clampdown

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Ah, the Clash
Back to the main point of this blog. Things don't get easier for the Rapids as their at the Supporters Shield leading Earthquakes tomorrow night. Not an easy place to turn things around. Game time tomorrow is 8:30pm on Altitude, so go out and enjoy the bike race in Golden, Boulder, or areas in-between, get a good dinner, and settle down for some soccer.

Portland Timbers @ Real Salt Lake Preview and Match Thread [6:00 PM]

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It has been a topsy-turvy week for the Portland Timbers. After traveling to Colorado and logging their poorest performance and worst loss of the year, the boys returned home on two days of rest and beat the first place San Jose Earthquakes.

Unfortunately, the packed schedule has taken its toll on the starting lineup, and now Franck Songo'o, Lovel Palmer, and Rodney Wallace are all likely unavailable for today's game.

Portland Timbers vs. San Jose Earthquakes (photos)

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Coming back from a miserable 0-3 loss to Colorado rapids last weekend the Portland Timbers bounced back to beat league leaders San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 on Tuesday night and enhanced their reputation as a team who can beat "in form" opposition when playing at JELD-WEN Field.

2012 MLS, Week 14: Big Wednesday Picks

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Vancouver looks to stay hot against the Red Bulls (Getty Images)

It is an over-sized Wednesday night in Major League Soccer. Six games on the menu all taking place west of the Mississippi River.

A couple of the games tonight look like real crackers too, just a shame they come in the middle of the week and aren't getting properly hyped by the league or aired on national TV here.

Manchester United

Job done and no more as Utd lead the pack

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The midweek fixture this week was no cup tie, no Champions League group game, just a fairly standard league game against West Ham. This is part of the run of games that I have said Utd need full points from. There's no real pressure on at the moment, everything is rolling by quite comfortably. Without being anywhere near great, Utd top the table, and still have another Champions League game where the result is irrelevant.

European Look Ahead: Milan Derby looms, Race for EPL title and more

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

As Real Madrid and Ajax officially wrapped up their league titles in midweek, three of the six major leagues in Europe have already crowned their champion.

The question of who will raise the Scudetto hinges on the penultimate weekend in Serie A as the Milan derby looms large and the league leaders jockey for position.

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Zenit Spent £70m To Sign Hulk And Alex Witsel

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While the transfer market has closed in most of Europe, it is still open in Russia, and Zenit St Petersburg announced their Champions League intentions with a sensational double swoop today for Porto striker Hulk and Benfica's Axel Witsel for a combined £70million.

"It's now official.

Swedish feet-ball

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Playing as a striker in emergency circumstances, Helsingborg debutant Alejandro Bedoya has just hopped on his bike to slam home the 37th minute opener in a key contest at league leaders Elfsborg. The defending champs trail the current throne-sitters by seven points with 12 games to play, so obviously a win today is paramount if they wish to repeat.

Real Salt Lake

"Off The Bench" Episode 22: Guest Kristi Colvin (Women's United FC), MLS Reactions, Referees and What Makes a Beard Manly

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In this episode Pedro and Luke discuss the weekend's best talking points. The San Jose Earthquakes are still league leaders, but with SKC, NYRB and RSL at their heels, can they hold on? Dramatic referee decisions in New York, woe for Portland, a solid match between Houston and Columbus, plus is Montreal a playoff contender?

Three For Three: MLSR Predictions

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Seattle Sounders FC (10-6-7) vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC (10-7-7)
William Schulz: Playing two matches on the road made last week was a rough one for the folks in Seattle. Losing a cup final followed by a last-minute loss to the nigh-unstoppable Earthquakes.

Former SKC Wizards Update

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Another week of former SKC Wizards updates. Two new former players are on the list Michal Mravec is playing in the Dutch second division, while Milos Stojcev is playing for FC Akzhayik, the league leaders in Kazakhstan. In fact, Stojcev scored on the weekend. Also active this week, was Yura Movsisyan, who scored 3 goals in two games this week.

Major League Soccer

Portland Timbers: The Epitome of the Sophomore Slump

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As a documented occurrence amongst many facets of western culture, the sophomore slump appears to have nabbed its next victim: our own Portland Timbers. That's not to say that the players, FO and coaching staff aren't responsible for this season, in fact they're the very cause of the these second year woes.

Looking at MLS Salaries

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The annual mid-summer dump of player salary information by the Major League Soccer Player's Union has hit, and as always, it makes for a great read for fans. As always, there is plenty of fodder for discussion for fans looking critically at the list of salaries. The Revolution's all new Designated Player Jerry Bengston is making only $120,000, suggesting that his DP status is based on his transfer fee and not his salary.

North American Soccer League

NASL Week 18: A Look Back

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The San Antonio Scorpions were tripped up in their quest to finish the regular season atop the NASL table, as they suffered a defeat that has made things much tighter in the standings.

NASL Week 18 Recap: Islanders Beat Scorpions, Trail League Leaders by a Point

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Sunday's final regular season meeting between the two teams who've jockeyed for first place most of the season ended with an away win for the Puerto Rico Islanders, 2-1, at the San Antonio Scorpions' Heroes Field. Â Saturday in the NASL the Tampa Bay Rowdies staged a furious comeback to earn a point against their hosts, [.

NASL Week 17: A Look Back

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By FRANCO PANIZO

There's winning in style and then there is what the San Antonio Scorpions just did to the Carolina RailHawks.

The Scorpions recorded the biggest rout of the season on Saturday, humiliating the RailHawks, 8-0, at Heroes Stadium. San Antonio jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first 15 minutes of the game, but it was the six-goal second half that really pleased the 7,186 fans in attendance.

NASL Week 15: A Look Back

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The race for first place in NASL is heating up, and the Tampa Bay Rowdies are right in the thick of things.

The Rowdies inched one step closer to the top spot in the league standings this past Sunday, picking up a 1-0 victory over FC Edmonton that came courtesy of a late goal and despite them being down to 10 men.

Scorpions Stay Atop NASL Standing with Bayona Strike

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The fourth of July festivities were scheduled for today at Heroes Stadium in San Antonio, Texas but not before NASL league leaders SA Scorpions FC took on FC Edmonton to round out a busy week for both clubs. FC Edmonton drew with the Puerto Rico Islanders on the weekend amid a structural change in formation [.

USL Pro

USL Pro: A Look Back at Week 14

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The Charleston Battery's quest to take first place became more difficult this past weekend, as they suffered a pair of surprises losses to the rising Charlotte Eagles.

The Eagles first blanked the Battery, 2-0, on Friday courtesy of two goals in the second half.

USL Pro: A Look Back at Week 13

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Orlando City SC were forced to settle for a pair of somewhat disappointing draws in their two games in two days this weekend, but the way in which they grabbed a result in the second match was testament to the team's character.

Manchester City

Newcastle Average Home League Crowd Just Short Of 50,000

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Newcastle United have recorded their highest home attendance for more than 35 years. Newcastle's famous fans Sunday's last home game against league leaders Manchester City, saw 52,389 supporters in the ground to watch Newcastle take on league leaders Manchester City, which we fianlly lost 2-0, after a brave effort.

Kompany – Newcastle Among The Best In The League

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Newcastle held Manchester City for 70 minutes on Sunday, before the league leaders finally breached the determined  Newcastle defense. Vincent Kompany challenges Demba Ba on Sunday And it was an excellent goal too by one of Man City's real stars Yaya Toure. Yaya is a top player, because he produces when it matters he's like the mail man (post man) he always delivers, and his [.

Kompany – Newcastle Among The Best In The League

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Newcastle held Manchester City for 70 minutes on Sunday, before the league leaders finally breached the determined  Newcastle defense. Vincent Kompany challenges Demba Ba on Sunday And it was an excellent goal too by one of Man City's real stars Yaya Toure. Yaya is a top player, because he produces when it matters he's like the mail man (post man) he always delivers, and his [.

Manchester City’s Summer 2012 Transfer Targets

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Manchester City's Summer 2012 Transfer Targets - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Backed by their wealthy owners, Manchester City have spent a fortune on players including Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Carlos Tevez in recent seasons.

It's fully expected that the Manchester club will continue to spend big to bring in new, quality, players as soon as the transfer window re-opens.

Match Preview – Newcastle vs Manchester City

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With Arsenal surprisingly loosing 2 points yesterday and drawing 3-3 at home to Norwich City,  Newcastle's home game with league leaders Manchester City takes on even more prominence today if that's possible. That makes it one defeat and three draws in the last four games for Arsenal - and that's 9 points dropped, and both Newcastle and Tottenham are now only 2 points behind the Gunners with a [.

Man City Sign Six Year £120M Nike Kit Deal

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The rich get richer as Premier League leaders Manchester City have inked massive new six-year kit deal with Nike worth £120million.

The contract, which will come into effect in the 2013-14 season, replaces the Premier League leaders' existing deal with Umbro, who are now owned by Nike.

Man City Sign £120M Nike Deal

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The rich get richer as Premier League leaders Manchester City have inked massive new six-year kit deal with Nike worth £120million.

The contract, which will come into effect in the 2013-14 season, replaces the Premier League leaders' existing deal with Umbro, who are now owned by Nike.

Big Wins For Spurs And Newcastle

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Two terrific goals from Papiss Demba Cissé gave Newcastle United their first win in the league at Stamford Bridge since 1986, but Alan Pardew's men remain outside the top four on goal difference after Tottenham Hotspur also won away from home for the first time since December.

Receiving Davide Santon's ball infield, Cissé rifled a stunning shot beyond Petr Čech with 19 minutes gone at Stamford Bridge.

The Rest

CAN LIVERPOOL BEAT ARSENAL IN THE LEAGUE AND CUP?

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">http://www.simple-polls.com/script.js"> Arsenal versus Liverpool

With Liverpool facing Arsenal twice this month in both the League and the FA Cup, how do you think we will do against the League Leaders?

CAN WE BEAT ARSENAL IN THE FA CUP OR LEAGUE?

European Weekend Preview: Inter battles Juve; Bayern looks to clinch title; & more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

The final international break for the 2012-13 season has come and gone, leaving the members of Europe's top leagues with a little over two months of uninterrupted club competition to close out the calendar.

Our next Europa League opponents

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The Draw for the last 32 of this season's Europa League has been made and as you all know by now, Spurs have will face French side Lyon for the right to progress to the final 16. There could have been easier ties and as France heads for the start of 2013, Lyon are in second place in Ligue 1, level on points with leaders PSG.

Mike Chabala Appreciation Thread

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Another player gone this week, and so begins the reconstruction period. This time it wasn't necessarily a player who was beloved by fans, but was a player who contributed in the background, often coming on as a substitute in recent games. Still, that's not to say Mike Chabala didn't have a good time here in Portland, and hopefully the fans will remember his contributions to the team since last summer.

Recap: Weekend Norwegian action

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Steve Clark and Honefoss took a point against the league leaders, while Chad Barrett made his Norwegian debut for Valerenga.

Summer football heats up in Japan

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The first week of August means sweltering temperatures in Japan and the action in the J. League is also hotting up. Sanfrecce Hiroshima are the current league leaders just after the halfway point of the campaign, but second-placed Vegalta Sendai are hot on their heels.

Saturday's full round of action sees Sanfrecce host Shimizu S-Pulse in one of the day's highlight fixtures, while Urawa Reds welcome neighbours FC Tokyo to Saitama Stadium.

MLS Western Conference Week 16: Busy Week

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Apologies for missing last week's Western Conference update - it was a bit of a busy week. This week has been busy as well, with lots of personnel changes happening all around the league.

Since the last time I posted an update 25 MLS games have taken place, including three involving the Portland Timbers.

Pioneers Upset Fury

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The Ottawa Fury headed first to Connecticut on Friday and then to Western Mass on Saturday hoping to extend their lead at the top of the PDL's Northeast Division. What actually happened was quite the opposite.

After being upset 2-0 by CFC Azul (4-3-4, 16 points) Friday, the Fury suffered another disappointment, falling 1-0 to the Western Mass Pioneers (3-2-5, 14 points) in Ludlow on Saturday night.

Clausura 2012: round 15 fixtures

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The fifteenth round of the 2012 Torneo Clausura starts shortly as Godoy Cruz host Argentinos Juniors in Mendoza, and continues later tonight with Tigre taking on league leaders Newell's Old Boys. Later in the weekend, San Lorenzo travel to Santa ... Continue reading →

This Is Enfield: The Towners Resume Their Upward Trajectory

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The end of season play-offs are both exhilarating and exhausting. For the clubs that finish in places just below the automatic promotion places, everything comes down those two or three matches at the end of the season and they come so quickly after the end of the normal league season that the work that has gone into securing a place just above that dotted line can feel as if it has come and gone all too quickly.

ISL Transfer Window

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The Indonesia Super League transfer window has been and gone with some notable names moving. I have no idea about the supposedly official Indonesia Premier League though if the rumours are true then no bugger there has any money and clubs are leaving.

Former Persitara striker Prince Bello Kabir is back!