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LA Galaxy

MLS Western Conference Week 25: Home Stretch

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Well, the home stretch of the 2012 season is upon us. With Seattle's victory on Saturday over Chivas, San Jose is officially the first team to clinch a spot in the playoffs. The rest of the teams have roughly seven matches to make their case.

The top five of the Western Conference has been very stable in its composition all year, with four out of the five teams having solidified their place as early as April.

Goin' to Kansas City, gonna bring those three points back home

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As anyone involved in the construction business will tell you, foundation-building can be a frustrating thing. It's unglamorous, sometimes only distantly resembling the glittering structure you're ultimately trying to construct, and even if you follow all the plans, you frequently don't know exactly how good you did until it's far too late.

Arsenal

Is Arsenal driving away its marquee players deliberately to make money?

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Pimping the players? Its money to Stan the Man and the Arsenal septuagenarians

Is Arsenal breeding a particular type of player mercenary? Those without any loyalty to the club, constantly on the lookout for the big payoff from the next big club? It's so easy to trash them when it appears so black and white.

Adam Kemp – So ends another season of mediocrity under Wenger

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This season has been a complete failure and if you think otherwise then you're just unambitious! by Adam Kemp I can hear the accolades now as the once almighty Arsenal scrape third place by victory over West Brom. To even dare to consider this an achievement reflects on how far this clubs reputation has diminished [.

Major League Soccer

The playoff race

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Aug 27, 2012) US Soccer Players – Call it the pull towards mediocrity. Major League Soccer's odd version of parity is once again calling good teams into question while making sure there's no gap at the top of the table. With the top three even on games played, there's five points between first and third.

With Winter Gone TFC Must Retool...Again

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Article by Luke Lohr



Toronto FC have announced that yet another coach will be departing from the head coach position. Aron Winter joins five predecessors in leaving the position under less than successful circumstances. TFC has only one win in 10 league matches in 2012.

“Culture” Problem? What Culture Problem?

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In the US, people point to "culture" as our fundamental impediment to excellence.

And the arguments come in many flavors. But what they say essentially boils down to one theme:

Numbers

We don't have the numbers, they say.

  • Numbers in terms of audience
  • Numbers in terms of consumers
  • Numbers in terms of money
  • Numbers in terms of "best athletes" (whatever that means)
  • Numbers in terms of how many years MLS (or any infrastructure) has been around

They argue that if we did have the numbers (always sold out stadiums, NFL level TV audiences, MLB level player salaries, a 70 year old league instead of 19, etc .

Matt Reis

Oh Captain! My Captain!: Who Should Wear the Armband?

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When the New England Revolution traded away long-time fan-favorite Shalrie Joseph, they lost something far more important than any stat could ever indicate: a captain. With the club mired in mediocrity, and a fan base calling for blood on multiple levels, the time is now for a man to step up and lead this club into the future.

Revolution vs. Impact: Player Ratings and Man of the Match

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After every match this season, the staff here at The Bent Musket will be putting together player ratings. Ratings are on a 1-10 scale, with 5 representing a thoroughly average performance, and 6 a decent/capable showing. The final ratings will be averages of individual ratings from Steve Stoehr, Matty Jollie, and Abram Chamberlain.

Roy Hodgson

The aggregation of marginal gains increases scrutiny on Hodgson’s England and The FA

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I haven't written much over the past 2-3 weeks or so as being an English ex-pat living in the USA, my emotions have been completely caught up in that wonderful spectacle back home called the London Olympics. Day after day of supreme effort from British athletes has energized a nation and apparently cauterized the acid memories of ignominious performances from the England football team in successive international tournaments.

The aggregation of marginal gains increases scrutiny on Hodgson’s England and The FA

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I haven't written much over the past 2-3 weeks or so as being an English ex-pat living in the USA, my emotions have been completely caught up in that wonderful spectacle back home called the London Olympics. Day after day of supreme effort from British athletes has energized a nation and apparently cauterized the acid memories of ignominious performances from the England football team in successive international tournaments.

The 2012 Olympic Games: The Mens Event, Group Stage Round Three

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Anything the Team GB women's team can do, the men can do too, if with a good deal less style. After his side's 1-0 win over Uruguay yesterday, the Hope Powell of men's football, Stuart Pearce, declared that they had played some "outstanding football" to clinch a quarter-final place. Pearce's eyesight must be a good deal better than mine, but however hard it was to watch as a football match, Britain's win – of both match and group – was worthy and deserved.

Spoof: The Three Lions threaten to resign from England badge

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England last night received yet another crushing blow to their hopes of winning the European Championships. At a hastily arranged Wembley press conference, the Three Lions issued a joint-statement revealing that their position on the England badge was becoming 'increasingly untenable'. The three mournful looking mammals – who are kept behind titanium reinforced cages in the [.

England inspire hope with solid win over Belgium

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Over the past couple of seasons, I doubt that there has been a harsher critic of the England football team than myself. I have gone from a flag-waving, forget the scoreline, fanatical supporter to one who has grown tired of the mediocrity and feeble apologies and explanations from players and coaches.

Premature Rejection: The Fourth Estate And Roy Hodgson

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Once the announcement had been made, they acted with admirable speed. It took just two days from an announcement appearing on the Football Association's website on Sunday afternoon for an interview to be held and, this afternoon, a press conference to follow confirming that Roy Hodgson is the new manager of the England national football team.

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5 Simple Words Stagnating Your Soccer Development

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I'm serious. You must go nuclear with this.

If you want to get closer to excellence you must eliminate the following from your vocabulary:

  1. Pace
  2. Unlucky
  3. Target [forward]
  4. Obviously
  5. [I, You, They, He, She, We] Deserve it

These are the words of the status quo.

Hibs: Starting over

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This time last week Hibs were looking forward to a once in a lifetime Scottish Cup final.

Harold Wilson was a Huddersfield Town supporter so he probably knew that if a week is a long time in politics it can be an eternity in football.

A fairly miserable eternity at that.

The Hibs team that turned up at Hampden lacked belief and lacked desire.

Hibs: Starting over

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This time last week Hibs were looking forward to a once in a lifetime Scottish Cup final.

Harold Wilson was a Huddersfield Town supporter so he probably knew that if a week is a long time in politics it can be an eternity in football.

A fairly miserable eternity at that.

The Hibs team that turned up at Hampden lacked belief and lacked desire.

English Premier League

Hoilett move difference between promotion and relegation for Rovers

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Blackburn Rovers boss Steve Kean is facing a big dilemma, with rumours that Junior Hoilett may be heading to the Bundesliga this summer rather than staying in England.

Hoilett, who scored seven goals in 37 appearances last season, is a product of the Blackburn academy, but failed to help the club survive relegation during last term's torrid Premier League campaign.

Swansea 1, Liverpool 0: Time to Move On

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Swansea 1 Graham 86′
Liverpool 0

Fitting that, on the final day of a frustrating season, the best thing to happen to Liverpool didn't actually have anything to do with Liverpool. Manchester City stole the title from Manchester United with two goals in injury time, and that's about all that Liverpool supporters are left to celebrate.

Do Arsenal Deserve Third Place?

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If we retain the precious third spot after next weekend, will we, as fans, really be celebrating?

I don't mean celebrating as if we won a cup, or the league. But will we really feel satisfaction or accomplishment? I know, that with about eight weeks left, looking at the run in for ourselves, Spurs, Newcastle and Chelsea, it was exciting.

Do Arsenal Deserve Third Place?

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If we retain the precious third spot after next weekend, will we, as fans, really be celebrating?

I don't mean celebrating as if we won a cup, or the league. But will we really feel satisfaction or accomplishment? I know, that with about eight weeks left, looking at the run in for ourselves, Spurs, Newcastle and Chelsea, it was exciting.

PL Preview: Liverpool v Chelsea

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And so it goes, as per the schedule, that we are to do battle once more with Liverpool. In fairness, I could do without this routine of exercises, particularly after our weekend triumph. But the schedule is what it is, and we have a trip to Anfield on the books. So lets make the most of this then, and at rub some additional salt in those wounds.

Philadelphia Union

Fans’ view: Where has the DOOP gone?

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Photo: Garrett Field

EDITOR'S NOTE: Here's the next in our series of fan posts, courtesy of Union fan and PSP reader James Scharnitz.

Where has the DOOP gone?

Which clubs come to mind when you think of sellout crowds, championship aspirations, and a world class football atmosphere.

THE SOUTH STAND REPORT : Toronto v Philadelphia... or would a Chumbawumba quote would be just too absurd

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Here's a fun fact about being 0-0-9 AND national champions at the same time : you start to expect things.

The mighty Robins looked really good against Vancouver mid-week and their persistence / luck paid off (finally). So as an opportunity to build momentum, the scheduling gods predicted both TFC's pending mediocrity and corner-turning momentum to hand us a date with one of the second-worst teams in the league in Philadelphia.

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Eden Hazard: What His Signing Symbolizes For Chelsea’s Future

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By signing Eden Hazard, Roman Abramovich has shown his club's desire not to be left trailing rivals Manchester United and Manchester City next season.

It shows intent and a money-backed desire to regenerate their ageing squad over the summer, a squad which was creaking at the knees despite FA Cup and Champions League success.

Hamann Fears For Liverpool

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Dietmar Hamann has warned Liverpool's owners to get things right this summer, or face a decade away from the Champions League.
Liverpool endured a dreadful league campaign under Kenny Dalglish, finishing eighth behind neighbours Everton. The Reds' 2011-12 performance represents their worst finish for nearly 20 years.

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THE SOUTH STAND REPORT : Toronto v D.C... or Is Eight really Enough?

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Here we are on the cusp of greatness. Generations will ask, where were you when JFK was shot? Where were you when the twin towers fell? Where were you when TFC set the benchmark for mediocrity? And my answers are (a) wasn't born yet, (b) waking up about to head to work, (c) in the same seat I always experience my mediocrity, halfway up 113.

Chelsea, Liverpool set to square off in FA Cup final

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Two teams dealing with the disappointment of having failed seasons in the Premiership will have the opportunity to salvage their underwhelming campaigns, as Chelsea and Liverpool battle for the FA Cup on Saturday.

The FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium (12pm, Fox Soccer Channel) will pit two sides looking to put their rabid fans at ease by winning some silverware after, by their standards, below-average seasons.

The Rest

Portland Timbers vs. San Jose Earthquakes Match Thread and Preview Interview [3:30 pm]

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The final game. After this there's nothing left for the Portland Timbers, at least in terms of on-the-field glory. So it's with that in mind that I really hope the Timbers are able to eek out a win. Sure, it wouldn't amount to anything, but it's always best to go out on a high note rather than a low.

Attacking The Different, the Unique

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  • You need to grow up ... too grown up, and you're no fun.
  • You need to show some class ... too much class, and you're a snob.
  • You're filthy rich ... too little money, and you're a loser.
  • You're an academic dropout ... too much academics, and you've got no real world experience.

Matchday 8: Ukraine-France & Sweden-England

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The last day of the 2nd round of group stage games, with Group D in action today. Yesterday's Group C matches were a contrast a tight match between Italy and Croatia that ended in a 1-1 draw, followed by a blowout 4-0 win for Spain, eliminating Ireland.

On to today: France travels to far eastern Ukraine to take on the co-hosts (can Ukraine build on King Sheva's fairytale first game, and continue his quixotic quest to the Kyiv final?

ANDRÉ VILLAS BOAS SOUGHT BY LIVERPOOL OWNERS

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Liverpool's increasingly frantic search for a new Manager have them focussed on André Viias-Boas.
According to many reports in the media this weekend, FSG have zoned in on AVB as their choice to succeed King Kenny at Anfield.

On his arrival yesterday at the Portuguese Cup Final between Academica and Sporting, the 34-year-old said: "I'm still choosing the right project and that decision will take the necessary time.