Messiah

Final Four

Division III men’s soccer Final Four recap: Rutgers-Camden, Messiah advance for local final

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An improbable 75-yard free kick goal sends Rutgers-Camden to the NCAA Division III final against perennial powerhouse Messiah. Phil Naegely has a semifinal recap from San Antonio.

Mighty Messiah ends Oshkosh's season

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The UW-Oshkosh men's soccer team gave up just five goals in its first 23 matches of the season.

NCAA Division III power Messiah (Penn.) nearly matched that in 90 minutes Friday.

The third-ranked Falcons scored twice in the opening half hour, then added two in 74 seconds in the final four minutes as they secured a 4-1 victory over the fifth-ranked Titans in a national semifinal at the Blossom Complex in San Antonio.

Quick kicks: NCAA Division III finals

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UW-Oshkosh takes aim at its first NCAA Division III men's soccer national championship this weekend in San Antonio, part of an impressive final four semifinalists.

The unbeaten Titans, ranked fifth in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll, have allowed just five goals and posted 18 shutouts this season.

Centennial Conference

Divison III men’s soccer roundup: Conference play heats up, history is made, and more

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Phil Naegely rounds up the latest area Division III men's college soccer play.

Division III men’s soccer roundup: Upsets, blowouts and more

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Phil Naegely's roundup of area Division III college men's soccer now includes the NJAC.

expectation

Five thoughts on Arsenal 1 Wigan 2

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The weight of expectation on Chamberlain is bewildering
Considering I often complain about the crowd getting on players' backs, this might seem perverse, but the cheering for Chamberlain is ridiculous and unhelpful to the other players.

While the game was still going on with Arsenal on the attack, Chamberlain went over to the bench to get ready to come on.

Forget Euro 2012 Jack!

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Being young and enthusiastic Jack Wilshere will be itching to play football again.
The enthusiasm to get back out there on the pitch is all well and good but he must not rush his return to action because he could suffer repercussions in the future. Deadly serious repercussions.
Of course he want's to play for England this summer.

Cyprus v Scotland

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Ah. The nerves are a-jangling.

Scotland on the road again. At stake a place in Euro 2012, a boozed up tour of Poland and Ukraine with all the fun and futile expectation that goes with a major championship.


And then we wake up.

Scotland aren't in the play offs.

Manchester United

Paul Scholes’ tackling an unappreciated asset + Rooney’s influence + more

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Some observations on Manchester United's 4-0 win over Aston Villa, along with a bit of gushing over Paul Scholes ...

Paul Scholes

> Tackling an unappreciated asset of Paul Scholes

Paul Scholes, the scruffy, half-blind, asthmatic messiah brought down to Old Trafford in January to aid an ailing Manchester United side or already ailed according to some back then has shown that, despite its negative connotations, it's never so bad to act desperately.

Some Gooners Are Hypocritical Over Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

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Make no mistake about it, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has created a buzz amongst Gooners that is only comparable with Charlie Sheen mangled on Tigerblood.

The boy has burst onto the scene in explosive fashion since making his first league start for Arsenal against Manchester United last month.

5 Quick Reactions From Victory Over Liverpool…

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1. Beating Liverpool is always brilliant. Knocking them out of the FA Cup is great. Destroying all the good feeling and positivity that came with Kenny Dalglish's appointment is even better. Although I'm frustrated we didn't totally destroy them today. We dominated the game entirely, as you would expect for a side with an extra man for an hour, but just weren't clinical enough in the box.

Liverpool

Why Liverpool really need a New Stadium

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Sobering times for Liverpool fans – a season ago, we were celebrating how Kenny Dalglish, with the mantle of Messiah, seemed to effortlessly restore us back to form, after Woy's charges suffered 5 defeats in the last 8 league matches. But before you bring out the white robe and sandals for the King, even after the victory at Ewood Park this week, Liverpool's run of 6 defeats in 9 is comparable to Hodgson's record, which means for 2 seasons in a row, we've been talking – sacrilegiously – about the infamous 1954 season, the last time Liverpool were relegated (and 1 of only 3 occasions it has happened).

Keegan rants a bit about Newcastle United

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Kevin Keegan expresses some views about Newcastle United, Andy Carroll, the Liverpool game and Mike Ashley. Ex-Toon manager and twice Messiah Kevin Keegan has been giving Alan Pardew and Mike Ashley some grief over the weekend. First of all, KK was critical about the 'over-friendliness' shown to Andy Carroll by his former team-mates on the [.

Liverpool Balk As ‘Headline’ Suarez Deal Hits Snag

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By Chris Wright

Liverpool's interim messiah Kenny Dalglish has vowed that the club will do their damnedest to bring in a 'headline' signing over the course of the next week or so, though the chances of said signing being Ajax forward Luis Suarez are looking increasingly remote.

How’s that Messiah working for you? He shouldn’t.

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Three games into his miraculous return to Liverpool, "King" Kenny Dalgish is yet to taste victory. His record stands at two defeats and one draw and, but for the clumsiness of Tim Howard in giving away a stonewall penalty yesterday, it might well be three losses on the trot.

For those who thought the Scot's biggest asset in being appointed was the ability to give the players and Anfield faithful a lift thus ensuring a short-team bounce in results the past week has truly been a reality check.

Two mouthwatering games in the English Premier League

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OK, so lose the honey do list and find time tomorrow to park your butt on the couch, blinker out all other distractions and settle down for the following belters...Man Utd vs Spurs and the Merseyside Derby, Liverpool vs Everton.

Should be two cracking games. Man Utd vs Spurs pits two teams who are doing well, while Liverpool vs Everton is a battle of the also rans.

Main Listening Report: Kenny Dalglish

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On this week's main report languagecaster.com profiles Kenny Dalglish, who last week took over as manager at Liverpool from Roy Hodgson.

Kenny Dalglish Looks To Turn Back Time

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Football seems to have a hold on those involved that many of us don't experience in our working lives. It's not too much of an exaggeration to say that I've been daydreaming about my retirement since about second year at school.

Football managers are different. They just keep going and going.

Liverpool FC Finally Look Like Liverpool Again!

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Wow, even after a frustrating game against Manchester United and Berbatov proving that he is as opportunistic as strikers come, nothing brought me more pleasure than seeing Kenny Dalglish back in the dug-out once more. After some 20 years, it is a surreal experience even if it was on television.

FC Barcelona

Offbeat Weds : Sevilla’s Alvaro Negredo Gets Married, Ronaldo’s Maldives Escapade & Dani Alves Nightclub Link

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Welcome to Offbeat Wednesday... our weekly special! In the jovial spirit of the week, let's start with Alvaro Negredo's wedding which took place on Christmas Eve. The Sevilla striker married the mother of Aitana, his ten-month old daughter in his  hometown.

Noticias : Brazil’s Maurine Scores For Her Late Dad & Xavi Saves The Day

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Wow, this is extremely heartwarming stuff! We told you last night that Maurine from the Brazil National Women's team made a personal vow to bring home the Pan American gold medal because it was her late dad's wish (he passed away on Sunday). Well, Dad must've been watching from above because Maurine scored the only goal in their 1-0 victory over Mexico last night!

Messi talks to school children

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With Lionel Messi having a hard time finding some free time in his busy schedule, the Argentinean playmaker/goal-scorer, still managed to meet with some school children in Spain. Talking to the children, Messi went on to talk about how he started to play football "Because he loved it".

"I started playing football because I loved it.

A concert, a kit, a uniting force? - A FC Barcelona jersey review based around an esoteric experience in NYC

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By Eric Beard, writing from Boston

I have yet to see surmountable evidence that Lionel Messi is one of us. His ability to do whatever the heck he wants on the pitch can only really be rivaled by "El Diego" himself. So when our friends at SoccerPro (soccer shop) sent us a styling long sleeve FC Barcelona jersey with the "Messiah's" name on the back, possibilities seemed endless.

Jurgen Klinsmann

U-S-A!: A Conversation

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Someone (me) once said (just now, for real) that American soccer is a question in search of a question mark. But who asked that question, and what other punctuation might it contain? To find out, we deployed two brilliant young sportswriters, the latest in electronic-communications technology, and the copy-paste function.

Don't be disappointed with the USMNT loss last night...

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Last night's game vs. Costa Rica was interesting for a couple of reasons. The US played a very attractive, attacking style of soccer (just as Klinsmann is wanting to implement), and bossed the opening 30 or so minutes, and also dominated other stretched of the match. Landon Donovan missed what should have been a for sure goal, and the US did have a couple of other chances but couldn't score.

Mid-Week Thoughts

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Recently I tweeted out asking what you think is wrong with MLS. I got a plethora of responses. Some were well thought out and some simply ranted and moaned without being realistic. I thought I'd address some of the more thought out ones. Number one on my list was a follow up to my previous thoughts on Jurgen Klinsmann.

The Rest

Six area college teams make NCAA DIII tournament field

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Elizabethtown, F&M and Rowan join automatic qualifiers Eastern, Haverford, and Messiah

Six area teams made the field of 62 for the NCAA Division III men's soccer tournament - three as automatic bids and the others as at-large.

Eastern, Haverford, and Messiah all qualified over the weekend when they won their conference tournaments, but Rowan, Franklin & Marshall and Elizabethtown still made it into the field as at-large entries.

Six local teams earn NCAA Division III Tournament berths

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Messiah missed out on the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 18 years, but there are plenty of teams from the area competing in the field of 61 this year.

Messiah College, 10-time winners of the NCAA Division III national championship in men's soccer, missed the tournament this year for the first time in 18 years, but there are six teams from the Philadelphia region that did make it into the 61-team field.

If we love and cherish him, please don't destroy him

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I shall not comment on the 2-0 loss to the Filipinos, since I wasn't there in the first place due to the work.

At this point of time that whenever a result like this that would caused a massive outcry, a name would always come to the picture and hailed him as the one and only hope for Singapore football.

And Jesus Wept: Thoughts on Dallas

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 Between the din bouncing off the walls of the Irish Mile's basement, and the sound of Jesus weeping, one could barely hear the Philadelphia Union somehow manage to sneak away from Dallas with a point. It was friend and fellow PUT blogsmith Jon Marks' birthday, and the Mile's soccer-friendly bomb shelter was full of South Jersey SoB's yelling at the flatscreens, fueled by a rare combination of rage, Guiness, and vanilla cake.

Crew vs RBNY: Thy Will Be Done

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The New York Red Bulls gave their most convincing performance of this young season, recording a massive away win over the Columbus Crew by the score of 4-1. Yes, the Red Bulls dared to be massive on the road, with Thierry Henry and Kenny Cooper scoring a brace apiece and rookie goalkeeper Ryan Meara putting in a near perfect, Man Of The Match (in my opinion) performance.

Merry Christmas One and All

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As you may have gathered I am a stubborn and grumpy individual at times, personally I am not a fan of what Christmas has become over time, I am not remotely religious either, other than a few moments when I believed Dennis Bergkamp to be the messiah (no offence intended to all those of you with a religion other than the Church of Bergkamp).

Top 6 finish on the cards, says Kev

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Former Newcastle United player and twice manager Kevin Keegan tips a top 6 finish for the club this season. Kevin Keegan has, as part of his punditry, tipped Newcastle for a top 6 finish, although he does qualify that a bit. Thrice Messiah Keegan said: "Long may their good start continue. "The results for Newcastle [.

Double Standard Mugs

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Some people out there make me laugh harder than when I'm watching Harry Redknapp having a twitching fit when S*urs are losing.

Many said Arsene Wenger needed to add to the squad and 'spend some fucking money' or Arsenal would free fall into the Orpington and Bromley Division 5 Sunday league in no time.

EXCLUSIVE: Nepal U16 wins bronze medal

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Heman Gurung amends his spot kickMost people had undoubtedly believed that Nepal U16 can go and win the title single handedly owing to the home advantage cum the long preparation for this championship. But the shocking defeat by the Indian means that our young team had to play at 1300 hrs rather than 1530.

Injection Of New Blood Needed To Match Dalglish's Intensive Care

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There is a well-known saying in American sport, often offered in support of coaches far more embattled than Kenny Dalglish at this stage of his second honeymoon.
It says that you can't make chicken salad out of chicken****. Dalglish may well consider his situation desperate enough to employ this coarse but vivid phrase when he sits down with owner John W Henry.

Match Of The Week 2: Eastleigh 1-1 Sutton United

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Sutton United will always be introduced as the team who knocked Coventry out in the Third Round of FA Cup in 1989. For non-league clubs, it was a giant-killing escapade towers above all other results and achievements; The promotions which have been ground out over a whole season, or worked on for years, the spectacle of the play-offs, the hurt of relegations, or the relief of close escapes, all become smudged like old newspaper ink by the pressing thumb of time, yet over two decades on the Coventry result remains fresh on page of history; the Sutton club shop still doing a trade in DVDs of the finest hour and a half in their long history.

Pardew appointment adds to the Newcastle humiliation

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This piece was going to be headlined "Ashley needs big appointment to appease Newcastle fans," But given the news filtering through this morning I think my new one is far more accurate.


Make no mistake Hughton's departure was not at the behest of the fans, who have been accused in the past of allowing their hearts to rule their heads when it comes to whoever the latest 'messiah' is.