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Clint Dempsey

Jamaica Stuns U.S.

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The United States road woes in CONCACAF 2014 World Cup Qualifying continued on Friday night as they fell 2-1 in Jamaica.

Clint Dempsey put the U.S. in the lead just 36 seconds into the match, but Rodolph Austin knotted the score directly off a free kick in the 23rd minute and then Luton Shelton scored the winner for Jamaica on another set piece in the 62nd minute.

Clint Dempsey – some stats and bar charts

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In September 2007 Clint Dempsey latched onto a loose ball and steered it left-footed into the Wigan net. The away crowd, jubilant, sang of the scorer: "He scores with his left, he scores with his riiiiight, that boy Clint Dempsey, makes Drogba look [censored]".

And so it proved. Dempsey has now scored 50 times for Fulham (six against Wigan): 10 with his left; 25 with his riiiight, 12 with his head and, entirely summing the man up, three with 'other'.

Clint Dempsey – some stats and bar charts

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In September 2007 Clint Dempsey latched onto a loose ball and steered it left-footed into the Wigan net. The away crowd, jubilant, sang of the scorer: "He scores with his left, he scores with his riiiiight, that boy Clint Dempsey, makes Drogba look [censored]".

And so it proved. Dempsey has now scored 50 times for Fulham (six against Wigan): 10 with his left; 25 with his riiiight, 12 with his head and, entirely summing the man up, three with 'other'.

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.

Report: US 3-1 Antigua & Barbuda

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The United States men's national team rarely gets to play they way the women's national team plays. That is, like they are so superior to their opponent that the real struggle is internal. Not: "How should we play to win?" But: How should we play if we want to take lessons from this practice-type match?

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Rapids turn tables on Timbers, coast to home victory

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What a difference a few days made for the Colorado Rapids and Portland Timbers.

After Portland stifled the Rapids with a 1-0 result at Jeld-Wen Field last Friday to put the 2010 MLS Cup winners in last place in the Western Conference, the Rapids bounced back with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over the Timbers at Dick's Sporting Goods Park Wednesday night.

Kickers headed to ULS PRO Postseason after 1-0 win over Barracuda FC

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ST. JOHN'S, ANTIGUA – David Bulow's lone goal earned the Richmond Kickers a 1-0 victory over Antigua Barracuda FC, punching the team's ticket to the postseason Friday night.

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Keeping Richmond's hopes of finishing second in the USL PRO standings alive, Bulow and Nozomi Hiroyama teamed up for the decisive play, four minutes after entering the match.

Cream of the Crop

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Elli Reed buried a 22nd minute goal to lift the Breakers to their first regular season title since 2003 with a 1-0 win over the Western New York Flash on Sunday.

With the win, the Breakers punched their ticket to a semi-final match against the fourth place Chicago Red Stars at 5pm on Jul. 25 at Sahlen's Stadium in Rochester, the site of this year's WPSL Playoffs.

Late Valdes winner lifts Union over Impact

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By JOEY SAMUEL

CHESTER, Pa. -- For more than 80 minutes, the first-ever meeting between the Philadelphia Union and the Montreal Impact left something to be desired. But in the last 15 minutes, that all changed.

Philadelphia took the lead in the 82nd minute when Lionard Pajoy pounced on a loose ball in the box, only for Montreal to answer moments later when the Union fell asleep on a corner kick and conceded an own goal.

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No. 7 UVA Women Shutout UNCW 2-0

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Women's Soccer Tops UNCW 2-0 For Third Straight Win Cavaliers conclude homestand with a 3-1 record

CHARLOTTESVILLE – The No. 8 Virginia women's soccer team concluded its season-opening homestand with a 2-0 victory over UNC Wilmington on Sunday in front of a season-high 1,129 fans at Klöckner Stadium.

Trio of D.C. United Women named to Super-20 All-Tournament Team

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Mónica Mendes (D), Lindsey Lane (M), and Stephanie Hamilton (F) where all named to the Womens' Super-20 All-Tournament Team.


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TAMPA, Fla. -- The Super-20 League announced its 2012 North American Finals All-Tournament Team today, honoring Colorado Rapids forward Karisa Price as the Finals' Most Valuable Player for leading her team to the championship this past weekend at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.

Videos

Jose Callejon Clouts Ball In Sergio Busquets’ Face At Point-Blank Range (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Pleasing, very pleasing. Here's Jose Callejon showing some true potential, clouting a loose ball into a prone Sergio Busquets' big breeze block face from no more than two feet away...

Completely accidental, we're sure.

Video: 101GG

Jose Callejon Clouts Ball In Sergio Busquets’ Face At Point-Blank Range (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Pleasing, very pleasing. Here's Jose Callejon showing some true potential, clouting a loose ball into a prone Sergio Busquets' big breeze block face from no more than two feet away...

Completely accidental, we're sure.

Video: 101GG

Euro 2012: Netherlands 0-1 Denmark – Dutch Shock At Krohn-Delhi Counter (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

To paraphrase cutting-edge pop trio Bros, this shock result has put the car among the pigeons. The Netherlands dominated the game in terms of possession and indeed shots on goal, but just couldn't put the ball in the back of the net.

That scenario is  something that Robin Van Persie will be well used to with Arsenal, with the striker failing to make the most of a number of chances.

Brazil fall to Mexico, 0-2 as Gio Dos Santos scores a wonder goal

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El Tri have been one of Brazil's bogey teams, always managing to give them a hard time. Giovani Dos Santos, of Brazilian origin through his father, Zizinho who played for Mexican club Club America opened the account with a beautiful goal. He latched onto a diagonal wide on the left and then runs towards the goal as the Brazilians back off, stops abruptly to change direction and then with his left foot chips the ball sweetly across the face of the goal and over Rafael nestling at the far post.

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Man City Need To Come From Behind To Win While Hazard Impresses For Chelsea

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It was deja-vu all over again for Manchester City as the Premier League champions opened their title defence with a thrilling win over newly-promoted Southampton. Not only was the score exactly the same as that never-to-be-forgotten final home game against Queens Park Rangers last season, so was the scoring sequence, and even the ends they went in at the Etihad Stadium.

Spain 4-0 Ireland

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Goals:
Torres 4' 70'
Silva 49'
Fabregas 83'

It played out exactly as you expected it to play out.

Look, I don't mean this to be patronizing. But these two teams are in different classes, and we knew this before kickoff.

All the pre-match talk centered on Torres.

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Dynamo Reserves Win 2-0 over Sporting KC Reserves

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There was soccer today at HASP! And the Dynamo won!

Hey, after last Friday, we could all use a pick me up. Unfortunately, I wasn't at the game, so I'll have to offer up the official match report as evidence of the Dynamo 2-0 Reserve League victory over Sporting Kansas City. Cam Weaver continued to annihilate the Reserve League with a brace as the Dynamo moved in to a tie with the Rapids atop the Central/Mountain Division.

Kickers Split Weekend Series led by Yomby brace

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RICHMOND, VA – Two goals from defender William Yomby gave the Richmond Kickers a split of the weekend series on Saturday night as the home side held on to a 2-1 win against the Charlotte Eagles. Richmond's victory ended Charlotte's six game winning streak and pulled the Kickers back into sole possession of the sixth and final USL-PRO playoff spot.

Revs Get Big Point At Sporting Kansas City

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After a disappointing performance at Montreal on Wednesday, the New England Revolution got a battling 0-0 draw at Sporting Kansas City on Saturday night.

Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis made six saves to record his fourth clean sheet of the season and help the Revs (6-9-5, 23 pts.) snap a brief two-game losing skid, while Sporting KC (11-6-4, 37 pts.

HIGHLIGHTS: Philadelphia Union 0-1 D.C. United

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  • 00:33 - Kick off starts the game.
  • 00:46 - D.C. United losses the ball during a play started by Brandon McDonald that was supposed to play through Andy Najar. Josue Martinez starts the run of play for the Philadelphia Union, who move forward with the Costa Rican leading captain Carlos Valdes and Jack McInerney toward the United 18-yard box.

HIGHLIGHTS: Philadelphia Union 1 - 0 D.C. United

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  • 00:33 - Kick off starts the game.
  • 00:46 - D.C. United losses the ball during a play started by Brandon McDonald that was supposed to play through Andy Najar. Josue Martinez starts the run of play for the Philadelphia Union, who move forward with the Costa Rican leading captain Carlos Valdes and Jack McInerney toward the United 18-yard box.

Euro 2012 Day 2 Roundup: Van Persie, Podolski, Bendtner, and others

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Games in the Group of Death tend to be cagey affairs as teams cancel each other out, especially in the first round of fixtures where no one wants to lose. Today was no different as Denmark upset the Dutch while Germany eked out a win over Portugal with a solitary goal each.

Robin van Persie started for the Oranje amidst some chatter that Huntelaar might get the nod.

Euro 2012 Day 2 Roundup: Van Persie, Podolski, Bendtner, and others

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Games in the Group of Death tend to be cagey affairs as teams cancel each other out, especially in the first round of fixtures where no one wants to lose. Today was no different as Denmark upset the Dutch while Germany eked out a win over Portugal with a solitary goal each.

Robin van Persie started for the Oranje amidst some chatter that Huntelaar might get the nod.

Greek comeback flattens Poland, nightmare for Szczesny

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Poland kicked off Euro 2012 against Greece at the National Stadium in Warsaw in what proved to be an enthralling opening to the tournament.


Franciszek Smuda's Poland were given the perfect start against the 2004 champions.
The co-hosts talisman Robert Lewandowski headed in after 17 minutes to send the home fans into raptures.

USOC HIGHLIGHTS: Philadelphia Union 2 - 1 D.C. United

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  • 00:26 - Carlos Valdes runs up and strikes a hard free kick that dips in front of D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid, who is able to parry the shot to his right. A Union follow up is cleared off the line by Daniel Woolward, before Gabriel Farfan blasts it wide of the net.

Seattle Sounders

Lenhart's late winner leads Earthquakes to victory over Sounders

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While few could've predicted how it would happen, it would be hard for anyone to be surprised by what the San Jose Earthquakes pulled off Saturday night.

In what has become the latest in a series of astonishing late heroics by San Jose, Steven Lenhart scored a 93rd-minute winner to stun the Seattle Sounders and earn the Earthquakes a 2-1 victory at Buck Shaw Stadium.

Espinoza has Monster Game as Honduras Bow Out

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Honduras may be leaving the Olympics today after their 3-2 loss to Brazil in the quarterfinals of the soccer tournament, but they'll leave with their heads high, especially Roger Espinoza. Espinoza had an amazing game and earned himself a standing ovation from the neutral crowd at St. James' Park after he got sent off for his second yellow card in second half stoppage time.

Sounders trounce Chivas USA to book fourth straight trip to U.S. Open Cup Final

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By JASON MITCHELL

TUKWILA, Wash. - Thanks to a swarming 11-man effort, the brilliance of Osvaldo Alonso, and yet another goal from the suddenly torrid Eddie Johnson, the Seattle Sounders have reached their fourth consecutive Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final.

Pali Blues edge by Rush

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The Colorado Rush made a brave try at derailing the Pali Blues machine but came up short on Sunday as the California side slipped past the visitors 2-0.

With the win, the Pali Blues improved to 12-0-1 on the season. Colorado Rush fell to 5-4-3 and third place in the division with two games remaining.

Portland Timbers

Early lead not enough for woeful side

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In November 2010, the Colorado Rapids took to a cold Toronto field and won an MLS Cup. On Wednesday night, the team took the same field with hopes of linking "playoff" and "aspirations" into a reality.

Playing in a stadium where the Rapids were 0-5-0 against the home team, Colorado saw those hopes vanish in yet another 2-1 loss.

MLS Week 19 Recap

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Recaps by Pedro Gomes
Intro by Luke Lohr

As the All-Star Team was selected, league supremacy was battled for. Several goal filled matches littered the weekend including an eight goal thriller on NBC Sports. The San Jose Earthquakes quelled any naysayers and Toronto earned badly needed road points.

Timbers halt Earthquakes for key home victory

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Just three days after what was arguably their worst game of the year, the Portland Timbers responded to that disappointing show against Colorado by putting together the kind of victory has just might spark a full-blown turnaround.

The Timbers scored goals in each half, including Danny Mwanga's first for Portland since joining the team from Philadelphia, to earn a 2-1 victory against the San Jose Earthquakes on Tuesday night.

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Hope Solo’s impressive deflected-shot save against Canada

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The U.S. women's team played their final match before the London Olympics and goalkeeper Hope Solo once again came up big for her side. With the U.S. up 1-0 just before halftime, Canada mounted one last attack. Canadian legend Christine Sinclair took a low shot from outside the box that took a deflection off a U.

A Danish Surprise At The Euros

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Denmark stunned tournament favorites Holland on Saturday, winning 1-0 and throwing the "Group of Death" wide. In the group's other match, an unimpressive Germany side beat Portugal 1-0 as Portugal failed to take advantage of their scoring opportunities late.

Michael Krohn-Dehli scored against the run of play when he picked up a loose ball close to the penalty area in the 24th minute, left two defenders standing and shot through the legs of Maarten Stekelenburg from a tight angle.

Euro 2012: Danes shock Dutch, Germany tops Portugal

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The toughest group in the European Championships just got even more interesting after the team considered the weakest in Group B pulled off a stunning upset that has shaken up the tournament.

Denmark shocked the Netherlands on Sunday, playing excellent defense and benefiting from sloppy attacking play from the Dutch to post a 1-0 victory.

Philadelphia Union

Union 4-0 Sporting KC in pictures

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The opening of a great day of Union soccer.

The coaching staff and bench take in the national anthem.

Not many changes in this week's starting line up.

Lionard Pajoy's back heel sets up...

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Match Report: Union 4-0 Sporting KC

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Photo: Earl Gardner

Entering Saturday night's contest against Sporting Kansas City at PPL Park, the lingering questions around the Union camp focused on the team's poor finishing. Sixty-two seconds into the match, those concerns were answered.

Jack McInerney pounded home a loose ball for his first of two goals on the night, firing the Union to a 4-0 win over Sporting Kansas City 4-0.

The Rest

2012 Olympics: USWNT says cou cou!

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Cou cou is French for "hey girl."

If Les Bleues feel robbed today it's in the way you do after leaving the doors to the house unlocked and the windows wide open. They took the early lead with two quick, confident and gorgeous goals from Gaëtane Thiney and Marie-Laure Delie.

But the Americans kept their cool.

Breakers Make It Five Straight

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Katie Schoepfer scored two goals in Friday's 4-0 win over FC Indiana. (Photo: Chris Aduama/aduama.com)

The Boston Breakers extended their winning streak to five in Friday night's 4-0 thumping of FC Indiana.

Katie Schoepfer scored two goals while Kyah Simon and Bianca D'Agostino each put one through while goalkeeper Alice Binns made six saves to preserve her league-leading third shutout of the season.