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Michael Bradley

Rapids Make It Two For Two In Canada

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3 points makes even this ugly game look beautiful. A lousy pitch and both teams missing their most creative midfielders (Sanchez and Bradley) led to a lot of over the top balls and aimless passing. The Rapids did a good job of adapting and finding a way to win, but neither team is going to look at this game as a particularly good showing.

The US Roster To Face-Off With Russia In The Cold

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The US plays Russia Wednesday morning.

This morning finally Jurgen Klinsmann saw fit to tell the US fans who was playing.

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The camp participants are:

Welcome back guys!

GOALKEEPERS (3):Tim Howard (Everton), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

DEFENDERS (6):Carlos Bocanegra (Racing Santander), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Nuremberg), Maurice Edu (Stoke City), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim)

MIDFIELDERS (7):Michael Bradley (Roma), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Joshua Gatt (Molde), Joe Gyau (Hoffenheim), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim)

FORWARDS (4):Juan Agudelo (Chivas USA), Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Herculez Gomez (Santos Laguna)


World Cup qualifiers: USA with key absences take on Jamaica

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No Landon Donovan or Michael Bradley

The USA return to World Cup qualifications today with their match against Jamaica at Kingston. They are without Landon Donovan and Michael Bradley who are out with injuries. Amongst the midfielders, Bradley has an established reputation for his box to box contribution and link up with the strikers up top.

Diego Valeri

Portland Timbers 2014 preview part 7: Midfielders

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In part 7 of our 2014 season preview for Oregonlive.com about the Portland Timbers, we look closely at the team's midfield. It was a source of strength in 2013 due to several player changes, and it would appear that 2014 will only add more talent to an already solid group of individuals.

2013 Portland Timbers season preview: midfielders (part 7)

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In part 7 of our Portland Timbers season preview, we look at the Timbers midfield in greater detail. Melding some holder players with MLS veterans and talented youth should energize this group greatly, and give Coach Caleb Porter plenty of options to populate his game-day lineup.

Portland Timbers add Diego Valeri as third Designated Player

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The Portland Timbers added their third designated player when they acquired Argentine midfielder Diego Valeri on loan from Club Athetico Lanus for the 2013 season. Valeri will occupy an international spot on their roster, and by the remarks made after the deal, the team is hoping this relationship will be a long standing one.

New England Revolution

2013 MLS Best XI Revealed

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No real shockers in the 2013 MLS Best XI. The league announced the list of the best players from this past season today during a Google Hangout online.

This year MLS players, club leadership, and media members voted one goalkeeper, three defenders, four midfielders and three forwards to the Best XI, listed below in alphabetical order within each position:

Goalkeeper –Donovan Ricketts(Portland Timbers)
Defender –Matt Besler(Sporting Kansas City)
Defender –Jose Goncalves(New England Revolution)
Defender –Omar Gonzalez(LA Galaxy)
Midfielder –Tim Cahill(New York Red Bulls)
Midfielder –Will Johnson(Portland Timbers)
Midfielder –Diego Valeri(Portland Timbers)
Midfielder –Graham Zusi(Sporting Kansas City)
Forward –Marco Di Vaio(Montreal Impact)
Forward –Robbie Keane(LA Galaxy)
Forward –Mike Magee(Chicago Fire)

After finishing the regular season atop the Western Conference, the Portland Timbers led all teams with three players named to the Best XI.

Five Questions: Revolution at Dynamo

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Revolution forward Diego Fagundez tries to escape Dynamo wingback Corey Ashe in a May 19th clash between the clubs. (Photo: Kari Heistad/CapturedImages.biz)

Before we review this week's questions, let's review the following issues confronting Jay Heaps before the opening whistle at BBVA Compass Stadium:

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Arsenal

Video: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini will both play plenty of games

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Arsene Wenger says Arsenal have healthy competition in midfield this season. The Gunners boss said he expects injured Mikel Arteta to be able to force his way back into the starting line-up, but says the Spaniard, recent signing Mathieu Flamini and his other midfielders will all have plenty of chances to play over the course [.

Video: Arsene Wenger praises Arsenal midfield

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger reserved special praise for his midfielders after recording a 3-0 win at Fenerbahce. Aaron Ramsey was on the scoresheet and named man of the match. He was ably assisted by Jack Wilshere, albeit you could tell the England international was short of match fitness. And the likes of Tomas Rosicky and [.

Arsenal’s Greatest Midfielders Day 6

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Continuing our Summer series of articles in search of Arsenal's greatest ever team, this week we continue our quest for the greatest midfielders to include in our team.Don't forget totake the opportunity to choose your personal favourite midfielder by voting in the poll at the end of the week.

Arsenal’s Greatest Midfielders Day 6

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Continuing our Summer series of articles in search of Arsenal's greatest ever team, this week we continue our quest for the greatest midfielders to include in our team.Don't forget totake the opportunity to choose your personal favourite midfielder by voting in the poll at the end of the week.

Arsenal’s Greatest Midfielders Day 5

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Continuing our Summer series of articles in search of Arsenal's greatest ever team, this week we continue our quest for the greatest midfielders to include in our team.Don't forget totake the opportunity to choose your personal favourite midfielder by voting in the poll at the end of the week.

Arsenal’s Greatest Midfielders Day 5

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Continuing our Summer series of articles in search of Arsenal's greatest ever team, this week we continue our quest for the greatest midfielders to include in our team.Don't forget totake the opportunity to choose your personal favourite midfielder by voting in the poll at the end of the week.

Arsenal’s Greatest Midfielders – Day 4

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Continuing our Summer series of articles in search of Arsenal's greatest ever team, this week we continue our quest for the greatest midfielders to include in our team.Don't forget totake the opportunity to choose your personal favourite defenderby voting in the poll at the end of the week.

Arsenal’s Greatest Midfielders – Day 4

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Continuing our Summer series of articles in search of Arsenal's greatest ever team, this week we continue our quest for the greatest midfielders to include in our team.Don't forget totake the opportunity to choose your personal favourite defenderby voting in the poll at the end of the week.

Arsenal’s Greatest Midfielders Day 1

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Continuing our Summer series of articles in search of Arsenal's greatest ever team, this week we begin our quest for the greatest midfielders to include in our team.Don't forget totake the opportunity to choose your personal favourite defenderby voting in the poll at the end of the week.

Arsenal’s Greatest Midfielders Day 1

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Continuing our Summer series of articles in search of Arsenal's greatest ever team, this week we begin our quest for the greatest midfielders to include in our team.Don't forget totake the opportunity to choose your personal favourite defenderby voting in the poll at the end of the week.

Fellaini or Capoue for Arsenal? Let’s look at the stats

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Let's Play Moneyball by NS

Moneyball (2011), as some of you might know, is a Hollywood movie starring Brad Pitt based upon the true story of Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane's successful attempt to assemble a baseball team on a lean budget by employing computer-generated analysis to acquire new players (Courtesy IMDB).

Who Arsenal should buy? – Midfielders

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Wenger has the money Part 2

Yesterday, I touched upon what strikers we could use with the recent news revealing that Wenger has £40 million to play with in January.
Looking at our midfield, it seems a bit lacking in quality at times. Without Diaby our midfield doesn't seem physical enough for games like Stoke, West Ham, Man City etc.

Wenger – I took a gamble on playing Diaby against Chelsea

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Abou Diaby has been outstanding since his return to the Arsenal team this summer, and Arsene Wenger has admitted that he took a calculated gamble by putting him on the pitch against Chelsea this weekend despite knowing that the French international wasn't at 100% before the game.

The gamble didn't come off though as Diaby broke down after just 17 minutes of the game, but Wenger doesn't seem overly worried about it.

Will Arsene save his prodigy Cesc?

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Poor Cesc: torn between the love for his adopted family in London and his birth family in Catalonia, he decided last summer to return to his original home, only to find himself not fitting in properly there anymore.

Will Arsene save his prodigy Cesc?

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Poor Cesc: torn between the love for his adopted family in London and his birth family in Catalonia, he decided last summer to return to his original home, only to find himself not fitting in properly there anymore.

Rodgers Wants More Technical Players

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is adamant Britain can produce players as technically proficient as their continental counterparts.
Rodgers has endured a difficult start to his reign at Anfield, with his style of play taking time to take hold at the Merseyside club.
The Northern Irishman places a premium on technical ability in his midfielders - describing Joe Allen and Arsenal's Santi Cazorla as "the two best players on the field, the two little guys, the technicians" after last week's defeat to the Gunners - but such comfort in possession is generally a characteristic more commonly ascribed to foreign players.

Videos

Willian vows to respectfully fight his Chelsea team-mates

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Chelsea signing Willian has promised to fight his new team-mates but he's going to do it with respect. The Brazilian is keen to carve out a place in the Blues' starting line-up. And given the array of attacking midfielders at Jose Mourinho's disposal, the 24-year-old knows he will have to scrap it out for [.

Southampton striker Rickie Lambert reacts to surprise England call-up

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Rickie Lambert is the surprise name in Roy Hodgson's latest England squad. The Southampton striker has been called up for next week's friendly against Scotland at Wembley. The 31-year-old scored 15 goals last season, which was his first in the Premier League. Explaining the call-up, Hodgson said: "I think if a man has really worked [.

Out of the Mix

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Being as Klinsi seems a bit allergic to playing central midfielders with possession/playmaking capabilities, I am here to provide him some antihistamine. It's a new clip of nearly every goal and assist notched by Mikkel Diskerud for club and country. I say "nearly" because it is missing one Stabaek and one Gent assist.

SuperCopa Tales (Real Madrid 2 – Barcelona 1: Real Madrid win Supercopa Espana 4-4 on Away Goals)

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My apologies for posting my thoughts on the match too late – I've only managed 3 hours of sleep since the night of the match (until last night). But, even as the fanfare from our victory dies down in the wake of being drawn with the Champions of Germany, Netherlands and England in the Champions League, I continue to find myself waxing lyrical about last Wednesday's (or in my case, Thursday early morning) match.

Real Madrid

Man Utd line-up Bastian Schweinsteiger as Fabregas alternative

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Manchester United have made Bayern Munich star Bastian Schweinsteiger their back-up option if a third and final bid for Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas fails this week. United will bid £35m plus £5m in add-ons for Fabregas, with Schweinsteiger waiting in the wings if Barca refuse to do business, the Sunday Mirror reports.

FIFA Name 15 Chosen Midfielders For FIFA/FIFPRO World XI 2012

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The worldwide players' union FIFPro and FIFA has announced the 15 midfielders shortlisted for the FIFA/FIFPro World XI 2012, part of the 55-player final shortlist to be revealed at a press conference in São Paulo on 29 November 2012.

After the unveiling of the five shortlisted goalkeepers and the 20 shortlisted defenders, the shortlist of 15 midfielders is now also known.

Essien and Meireles departures indicate a change to Chelsea's style?

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Chelsea have sold and loaned out Raul Meireles and Michael Essien and I get the impression that quite a few Chelsea fans are asking why?.

I admit, I was surprised to see the Meirles story break and for then for the deal worth £8m to be concluded fairly quickly especially after Chelsea loaned Michael Essien to Real Madrid.

Seattle Sounders

Chivas USA Scouting Report: Second Verse Same as the First?

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Just two weeks ago the scouting report on Chivas was that they were a miserly team that didn't score much but didn't allow many goals either. So naturally their following game versus the Seattle Sounders featured 8 goals, including Fredy Montero's first hat trick and some pretty unimpressive defending from Seattle that meant a 10 goal game wouldn't have been unthinkable.

FC Dallas Scouting Report : From the Ashes

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The Sounders put a big dent in Chivas USA's playoff chances last week and have a chance to finish them off with a knockout punch next week. Sandwiched between is the first of a one-two punch against the other team vying for the playoff spot the Vancouver Whitecaps seem so desperate to vacate.

FC Dallas won three matches in the first four months of their season - from March to the middle of July.

The Rest

24 Days till D.C. United: Jared Jeffrey vs. Lewis Neal - Who you got?

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Our countdown continues as we look at jersey numbers 24 and 25 and ask which of United's reserve central midfielders will see more time in 2014.

Our countdown to March 8 is back today, with another combination post looking at players number 24 and 25, who just so happen to play roughly the same position in Ben Olsen's tactical setup.

FIFPRO BEST XI TEAM 2013 MIDFIELDERS CANDIDATES LIST | 5 SPANIARDS

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Chelsea Star Oscar Talks About His Role In Jose Mourinho's Team

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Oscar may have only arrived in London at the start of last season, but the silky Brazilian has already established himself as one of the Premier League's most exciting midfielders. The 22 year old has settled nicely in England and has established himself as one of Jose Mourinho's top midfielders this term.

Portland Thorns Sign 4 Former Youth National Team Players

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The Portland Thorns added more players to their roster today with the announcement that they had signed four new players. The players are midfielders Becky Edwards, Allie Long and Nikki Washington and defender Nikki Marshall. All four of the players had played for the US youth national teams at one point and two of them played college soccer at University of North Carolina, where Cindy Parlow-Cone was an assistant coach.

TACTICAL VIEW: HOW CHELSEA LEFT THEMSELVES EXPOSED.

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We all know how bad the performance was last Friday night. We all know that Chelsea were well below par on the night and they have all openly admitted to the same. I wanted to have a proper look at game to see where things went wrong and I have to say that Atletico exposed Chelsea's defensive weakness time and time again and they were in fact that good!

Rooney: Other Managers Wouldn’t Have Dropped Me

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Between Boxing Day and New Year, Wayne Rooney, Darron Gibson and Jonny Evans went out for a meal and a few drinks with their WAGs.

The three players were dropped for our next game against Blackburn, amidst rumours that they were unable to train properly, presumably due to a hangover.

United went on to lose that game, with Rafael and Park starting as our central midfielders.

Early Nyarko goal sets the tone as Fire topple Dynamo to grab third place in East

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By JEFFREY KRAUSE

BRIDGEVIEW, IL- On a night when the Chicago Fire needed a result badly to keep their playoff prospects strong, Patrick Nyarko helped deliver a dream start.

The rest of Nyarko's FIre teammates saw to it that the perfect start culminated in the ideal result.