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Morning Update

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So, due to some unforeseen circumstances I will be unable to make it to the Globe this morning. However, I wanted to let all of you know of my plans for the day. I'll be posting a piece after the World Cup Draw is over and possibly a Fire related column after that so be sure to check back throughout the day.

Morning Links

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Here are a few links to get your day started...

Former Fire defender Diego Gutierrez may have retired as a player at the end of the 2008 season, but he didn't leave the world of soccer when he hung up his cleats, as Charlie Corr points out here. Check out the article to learn about Diego's budding career as an agent (he represents Wilman Conde, Marco Pappa and Bakary Soumare, among others), his philanthropic work and more.

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  • The United States' World Cup jersey for 2010 could look like this... http://tinyurl.com/ykw3mc2 via @usopencup #

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  • The United States' World Cup jersey for 2010 could look like this... http://tinyurl.com/ykw3mc2 via @usopencup #

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  • The United States' World Cup jersey for 2010 could look like this... http://tinyurl.com/ykw3mc2 via @usopencup #

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  • The United States' World Cup jersey for 2010 could look like this... http://tinyurl.com/ykw3mc2 via @usopencup #

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  • The United States' World Cup jersey for 2010 could look like this... http://tinyurl.com/ykw3mc2 via @usopencup #

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  • The United States' World Cup jersey for 2010 could look like this... http://tinyurl.com/ykw3mc2 via @usopencup #

2009-10 Offseason

Vasquez hired as Chivas USA Head Coach

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Chivas USA became the second of five teams to fill their hole at head coach yesterday, when they hired former Chivas USA, L.A. Galaxy and Bayern Munich Assistant Martin Vasquez to lead the squad.

Vasquez (who is on the far right in the adjacent photo) replaces former Chivas USA and current Toronto FC Head Coach Preki at the helm of the Los Angeles club.

Fire to hold Open Tryouts December 8-9, Messi wins Ballon d'Or, And More

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The Fire has announced that they will hold their second annual open tryout for the team this year. Registration for the tryouts, which will take place on December 8-9 at the The MAX Indoor Soccer Center in McCook Ill., closes at 3 p.m. central time this Friday (December 4th). There is a $150 sign up fee that includes a ticket to April 10th's home opener against San Jose.

Monday Morning Poll Question: A European Head Coach?

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When the Fire decided not to renew the contract of former Head Coach Denis Hamlett last week, thoughts immediately went to where exactly the Fire would get their next head man.

The possibilities seemed to be pretty numerous, with several high profile MLS assistants and former/current head coaches coming to mind right off the bat.

Matchday: 11/29

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It's a huge day on the table for all of us soccer fans out here with several tremendous matches to pick from.

The big-time London 'derby' (that one was for all you Brits out there...) of Arsenal-Chelsea (10 a.m. CDT, FSC) opens things up this Sunday but that's just a teaser of the day's main course, Barcelona v.

The Designated Player Search

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Hey everyone, I hope you all had a good Thanksgiving (I know I did, the turkey was delicious...) but I'm back with more Fire news for you on what will hopefully be a leisurely day of leftovers, relaxing and maybe - for the adventurous amongst us - Black Friday shopping.

Today's post concerns the topic of the Fire's impending void at Designated Player.

Working on some interviews...

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Hey everybody, I'm working on getting some interviews with Fire personnel scheduled so I will hopefully have some stories up regarding the 'protected list' decisions later on. If the interviews don't work out, don't worry, I'll be back with another post today but the content will be slightly different.

North Carolina

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  • Drake wins a barn burner, will face North Carolina next weekend, winner advances to Final 4 via @DUBulldogs: Drake wins 6-4 #
  • Northwestern (Tombridge) falls to Tulsa 0-1, Golden Hurricane will face #1 Akron next weekend with winner advancing to Final 4 #
  • Indiana (Basecke) falls to North Carolina 0-1, with UNC advancing to play Drake next weekend with the winner advancing to the Final 4 #
  • KC Wizards Jrs U-15/16 tie St.

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  • Drake wins a barn burner, will face North Carolina next weekend, winner advances to Final 4 via @DUBulldogs: Drake wins 6-4 #
  • Northwestern (Tombridge) falls to Tulsa 0-1, Golden Hurricane will face #1 Akron next weekend with winner advancing to Final 4 #
  • Indiana (Basecke) falls to North Carolina 0-1, with UNC advancing to play Drake next weekend with the winner advancing to the Final 4 #
  • KC Wizards Jrs U-15/16 tie St.

Johannesburg

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  • 200 days until WC2010 RT @FIFAWorldCupTM: Johannesburg celebrates 200 days: http://bit.ly/6JgEb9 #

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  • 200 days until WC2010 RT @FIFAWorldCupTM: Johannesburg celebrates 200 days: http://bit.ly/6JgEb9 #

Golden Goal

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  • RT @BobJordan: Concordia Cobbers women's soccer fall to a superior Lynchburg team, 0-4. FInish 18-1-2. WashU already thru to the Final Four. #
  • RT @SLUMensSoccer: It's gameday. SLU vs. Tulsa, NCAA Second Round. 2 p.m. Free web stream and GameTracker. #
  • MVC soccer advances to 3rd round, beating Big Ten in 2nd round RT @DUBulldogs: Drake wins 1-0 in first OT #
  • RT @SLUMensSoccer: Halftime score.

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  • RT @BobJordan: Concordia Cobbers women's soccer fall to a superior Lynchburg team, 0-4. FInish 18-1-2. WashU already thru to the Final Four. #
  • RT @SLUMensSoccer: It's gameday. SLU vs. Tulsa, NCAA Second Round. 2 p.m. Free web stream and GameTracker. #
  • MVC soccer advances to 3rd round, beating Big Ten in 2nd round RT @DUBulldogs: Drake wins 1-0 in first OT #
  • RT @SLUMensSoccer: Halftime score.

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  • Daily latte at my favorite coffee shop in St Louis. Check out the DeMun location too at Kaldi's Coffee House http://loopt.us/T8wagQ.t (PIC) #
  • Preparing for Class 2 Final, go Bolivar! Catholic at 4pm, CBC vs SLUH at 6pm! at AB Soccer Park http://loopt.us/Sq3CbA.t (PIC) #
  • JC Helias is down 0-1 to Cape Notre Dame at halftime.

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  • Daily latte at my favorite coffee shop in St Louis. Check out the DeMun location too at Kaldi's Coffee House http://loopt.us/T8wagQ.t (PIC) #
  • Preparing for Class 2 Final, go Bolivar! Catholic at 4pm, CBC vs SLUH at 6pm! at AB Soccer Park http://loopt.us/Sq3CbA.t (PIC) #
  • JC Helias is down 0-1 to Cape Notre Dame at halftime.

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  • Daily latte at my favorite coffee shop in St Louis. Check out the DeMun location too at Kaldi's Coffee House http://loopt.us/T8wagQ.t (PIC) #
  • Preparing for Class 2 Final, go Bolivar! Catholic at 4pm, CBC vs SLUH at 6pm! at AB Soccer Park http://loopt.us/Sq3CbA.t (PIC) #
  • JC Helias is down 0-1 to Cape Notre Dame at halftime.

The Rest

Chelsea - Back in the Champions League and right up there with the biggest clubs in the world.

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Chelsea's sponsorship deals tally up to one of the biggest in football history, according to the latest infographic from Betfair.
Yokohama Rubber Company are sponsoring us roughly £60 million per season as both the main shirt sponsor and on the sleeves.
This ranks fifth on Betfair's chart, with Manchester United's £75 million deal with Chevrolet and Adidas topping us among Premier League sides.

Happy Christmas, ’tis the season for ho-ho-hoping

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If I was to mark our Christmas scorecard, I'd probably give it about a 5 (as indeed did Gooner's Diary in this piece in the Guardian).

It's been far from disastrous, with a smooth passage through to the Champions League group stages being the highlight. If you look at the bigger picture rather than individual results, under Wenger we rarely do disastrous one of the reasons for his impressive longevity.

A day at the football

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Something I tried out today hope you enjoy. Took a lot of snapping and a bit of luck catching the right piece of video...

Hillsborough 25 years on - Justice for the 96.

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25 years ago, 96 people went to a football match to watch their team and never came home. 25 years on, the families and friends of those are still fighting for "Justice for the 96". Today, the people of Liverpool will remember and tributes will be paid to those who lost their lives and those who continue to fight.

The story of the come-and-get-me plea

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In this protracted vacuum of idle nothingness, it's amused me to once again notice the proliferation of bonkers transfer-only phrases. You know, those ones that you never hear for the rest of the year, but suddenly become common currency. Tim Stillman spotted it too, all that pouncing and swooping, ('Pouncing on the tabling swoops') as did Rory Smith ('Cracking the transfer code') too.

BET VICTOR : "DOING A LEEDS"

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Seven year old Chelsea fan needs life-saving radiotherapy from Boston

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Please take a moment to read Alex's story and click the link below to donate. This is 100% genuine and please donate what you can to help him!.


UK: Wednesday 17 April 2013: Chelsea supporter, Alex Novakovic from Aylesbury has only two weeks left to raise £220,000 for life-saving radiotherapy to cure a stage four brain tumour – the specific treatment he needs to survive is only available in a few countries around the world, but due to its high demand, availability for treatment with these machines is in short supply
The seven year old and his family's lives were flipped upside down on 15 November 2012 at 18:00 when the young school boy collapsed at his dinner table after complaints of feeling unwell.

World Cup Qualifiers Today on ESPN/2/3

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World Cup Soccer Watch Party USA vs Algeria

ESPN is pulling out all the stops for its coverage of the USA's World Cup qualifiers Friday against Costa Rica and Tuesday at Mexico.

The Mexico-USA telecast will feature a one-hour pre-game show originating live from Mexico City, marking the first time ESPN is airing a one-hour pre-game preceding a World Cup qualifying match.

Fox Soccer Introduces “My Beautiful Game”

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FOX Soccer's new original series My Beautiful Game, premiering Saturday, Jan. 5 at 1:30 p.m. The six-episode series airs following live FA Cup action, starting with the premiere on Jan. 5 after live third-round action between West Ham and Manchester United at 11 a.m.

Through archived clips, pictures and commentary, each episode of My Beautiful Game explores a new and different theme from some of soccer's most storied events.

What Will You Achieve?

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Setting goals is an important part of growing, as an individual, employee or team-member. They must be concrete and measurable. It is also important to share it, as that brings others into your efforts so that they can help you and also help hold you accountable. If it's something you truly want to achieve, it's part of the process.

USA vs China Tonight – What A Year

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The U.S. Women's National Team will end 2012 at #1 in the FIFA Women's World Rankings. As Jack Bell of the NY Times Soccer blog notes 2012 began with a string of five consecutive shutouts and could end the same way if the U.S. should blank China in the final game of the team's Fan Tribute Tour.

Sandwiched in there, if that is the correct term, was a second consecutive Olympic gold medal after the American women defeated Japan in the final at the London Games.

Crowder Roughriders Sign 3 From United SC of Joplin

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Via the Joplin Globe Joplin Eagles forward Joe Rice and defender Will Krolman and College Heights Christian forward Brantly Gossett signed with the Rougriders. A signing ceremony was held at Bob Sneller Gymnasium on the Crowder campus. (L to R: Joe Rice, Will Krolman , Brantley Gossett, Brad Smith Crowder Head Coach)

"We want to control this whole southwest Missouri area, and if you plan to do that, you have to have Joplin," Crowder coach Brad Smith said.

XXXXXXX, a half-season wonder

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So I took an interlull-esque dip into blogs past, because I was just thinking about Giroud (footballistically), and I emerged with this:

11.09.10

Lose him and we are looking to Carlos ‘Chip It' Vela or heading back into Arshavin territory. So please, XXXXXXXX – no injury.

Afternoon Links

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So as I wait for tomorrow to arrive (Arsenal-Chelsea? Real Madird-Barcelona? Oh my!) I thought I'd share a couple of links with you guys to move your day along. Here we go...

Jimmy Bullard has a sit down with his teammates

After scoring a late equalizer for Hull during their match at Manchester City this morning, you wouldn't have thought that midfielder Jimmy Bullard would have felt the need to have a sit down meeting with his teammates.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

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Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. Why, you ask? Well, it's actually quite simple. Let me break it down for you, equation style...

Copious amounts of turkey + Artery clogging quantities of stuffing + Mashed potatoes fluffier than a cloud + 4 slices of pumpkin pie + Chowing down on whatever else is on the table + More copious amounts of turkey + More stuffing + A little bit of touch football and a coma-like nap = Best.