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Man City made to sweat by QPR again, 3-1

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The scoreline is flattering. This was a QPR side that made its ambition clear enough with its number of signings. It was Man City doing all the early pressing forcing corners and set pieces, one of which Yaya Toure scored from after Carlos Tevez's shot caromed off Bobby Zamora and fell to the big man.

Man City made to sweat by QPR again, 3-1

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The scoreline is flattering. This was a QPR side that made its ambition clear enough with its number of signings. It was Man City doing all the early pressing forcing corners and set pieces, one of which Yaya Toure scored from after Carlos Tevez's shot caromed off Bobby Zamora and fell to the big man.

Eden Hazard and linesman help Chelsea overcome Reading, 4-2

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szólj hozzá: Chelsea vs Reading 4:2 GOALS HIGHLIGHTS

It was Hazard time again. The Belgian has been on fire and there is no mistaking his impact in two consecutive wins. 4 assists in two matches! Reading as did Wigan found out he was a handful in the box leading to an opening penalty with Frank Lampard duly converting.

Arsenal 3-3 Norwich: Gunner’s Grip On Third Slackened By Late Morison Equaliser (Photos & Highlights)

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By Chris Wright

Arsenal's grip on their Champions League spot suddenly became incredibly tentative after coming back from 2-0 down to 3-2 up, only for Steve Morison to nab a deserved equaliser for Norwich in the last five minutes.

Yossi Benayoun opened the scoring after just 65 seconds with a slinky little number but Arsenal found themselves 2-1 down at the break after Wojciech Szczesny wafted Wes Hoolahan's tame effort over his line and was then left stranded as Grant Holt ballooned the Canaries ahead with a heavily-deflected shot from the edge of the area following a quicksilver counter-attack.

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.

Portland Timbers Coaching Search: Five Down, A Bunch To Go

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When this week is over the Portland Timbers will have interviewed their third head coaching candidate, according to team sources. Give the team another week and the number of interviews concluded should be at five. So just who should the Timbers be looking at? And what should they be looking for?

As it stands, the Timbers are in dire straits and look like they are on course to finish the season with the wooden spoon firmly in hand.

Moneyball

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The third round of the 2012 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup saw eight of the 16 participating Major League Soccer teams sent packing by lower-division sides (a record for number, obviously, but not percentage, as half of the field of eight crashed out in 2004′s fourth round). This has led to the usual sturm und drang on the internet, with some fans claiming the results are proof of everything from parity to the necessity of promotion and relegation to the existence of Bigfoot.

MLS Week 12: Play On Through

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In retrospect, Major League Soccer's choice to go head-to-head with the US National Team wasn't the best idea. The National Team gave a national audience an entertaining 5-1 win, including a glory goal by Michael Bradley and a Landon Donovan hat-trick. MLS... well, let's just say it was business as usual in the land of strange parity.

FIFA Interview: Landon Donovan On Klinsmann, Brazil 2014

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Donovan, the younger years...

Landon Donovan from a FIFA interview posted today:

In this, the first of a two-part interview, all matters Stateside are discussed, such as Los Angeles Galaxy's start to the Major League Soccer season, the dominance of Mexican sides in the CONCACAF Champions League, the appointment of Jurgen Klinsmann as USA coach and why the FIFA World Cupâ„¢ is so special.

Seattle Sounders

The MLS Trading Game

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Article by Leanne Elston


As far as I'm concerned, Major League Soccer is, aside from the League of Parity, also the League of Trades. (Known alternatively as the League of Wait, What? and League of No Really, Where Are They Now? respectively.) While player transfers are part of the game no matter where you go in the world (looking at you, Robin Van Persie), it's always felt to me like MLS has a particular affinity for trading, and trading, and then trading some more.

The MLS Trading Game

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Article by Leanne Elston


As far as I'm concerned, Major League Soccer is, aside from the League of Parity, also the League of Trades. (Known alternatively as the League of Wait, What? and League of No Really, Where Are They Now? respectively.) While player transfers are part of the game no matter where you go in the world (looking at you, Robin Van Persie), it's always felt to me like MLS has a particular affinity for trading, and trading, and then trading some more.

The U23s, the Huskies, and the Seattle Sounders Talent Pipeline

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MLS teams have very cramped rosters. You can argue whether the MLS obsession with parity is a good thing or a bad thing, but it's the law of the land and teams need to find ways to work around it. With a limited roster size and a salary cap, teams that want to compete don't have the luxury of carrying players that can't help in the short term.

Just Which Team is "The Best" of MLS?

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Article by Luke Lohr


With the All-Star break on the horizon, conversations tend to steer towards who the best players in MLS are and who deserves the call up. However, now the those questions lend themselves to the follow up of which team in the league deserves the title of "best".

Sounders Centric Power Rankings - Dude Abides

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Good things happen to bad people and bad things happen to good people. This is also true for teams in MLS. Of the teams in the graph (Cascadia plus preseason favorites for West title), as well as the San Jose Earthquake all have multi-game winless streaks. Seattle's isn't even the worst. Currently charging LA Galaxy holds that title with only 2 points in 7 played.

Sporting KC Scouting Report: A Spork I See Before Me, the Handle Towards My Hand

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As we know, MLS is a parity league. And this season has been particularly paritous (yes, that's a word, spellcheck), especially at the top. Real Salt Lake is the current top team in the standings (as well as our power rankings), but they only won 5 of their first 9 games and at one point had a 3 game winless streak.

Expecting the Unexpected- MLS So Far

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Article by Leanne Elston


At the start of this MLS season, it seemed like general consensus that the Western Conference would be stronger than its Eastern counterpart. With teams like reigning champions LA Galaxy and the consistently powerful Real Salt Lake, along with teams like the San Jose Earthquakes, Seattle Sounders, and Vancouver Whitecaps all looking for fresh glory, the West was poised to outdo the East.

Seattle Sounders vs DC United Scouting Report: My God It's Full of Stars

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What exactly to make of D.C. United's 4-1 dismantling of FC Dallas on national TV last week? Was it a sign that Ben Olsen's rebuilding project in DC is complete? Is it a sign that FC Dallas has suddenly plummeted from its perch as a Western Conference contender? Or is it just another sign of parity in a 2012 season that's already seen the Seattle Sounders, LA Galaxy, and Real Salt Lake lose at home to teams that didn't make the playoffs in 2011?

Staff Predictions For 2012: The Team

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Predictions and power rankings are both a somewhat foolish endeavour. So much can go wrong. Sometimes a player quits mere moments before a season, or an injury can happen, or an unknown can spring to the forefront as a difference maker. And yet, they also carry meaning. They show the thought process and when a survey of a relatively intelligent group thinks similarly they may capture some essence of truth or expectation.

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Malaga And Sevilla Get Opening Day Wins

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Aged 16 years and 98 days, Málaga forward Fabrice Olinga became the youngest scorer in Liga history as his late goal earned the Champions League play-off contenders a 1-0 victory at promoted RCelta de Vigo.

The second-half substitute made an immediate impact, first hitting the woodwork with a stinging effort and then bundling the ball in off his thigh for an 84th-minute winner, thereby eclipsing Iker Muniain's 2009 record by 191 days.

Messi helps Argentina see off Brazil in seven goal thriller

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The UEFA European Championships have started in earnest but on the other side of the Atlantic there was only one match that mattered this weekend. The two giants of South American football, Argentina and Brazil, met in a friendly match in New Jersey and thrilled the capacity crowd of 80,000 with seven goals and some stunning football.

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Columbus Crew will test DC United’s maturity

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Tonight's game at Columbus is not a season defining game, but it may well demonstrate whether the first 17 minutes of last Sunday's match at Houston or the 73 that followed were. Coherence and a small degree of dominance broke down when Bill Hamid was ejected and DC United failed to survive the loss of one player.

MLS Midseason Review (Part II): One-Liners, Recanterizations & Observations

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Jared DuBois: This year's Nick Labrocca Award: Lee Nguyen – The Don Juan of Saigon is having a hell of a start to the season

In Part I, TSG reviewed the not-so-heady preseason MLS picks from our so-called panel of experts.

In Part II here, the lot of these previously-deemed experts attempts to backpedal and shade our original perspective to make it more palatable that we are not idiots.

DC United seeks more strikes

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The 1-1 tie on Wednesday showed yet again that it's parity time in MLS. DC United has barely lost to the extremely hot Kansas City and barely tied expansion Montreal. Even their big win against FC Dallas was not as easy as it looked. Most games this year will be close.

The team that reads its opponent well, devises a good strategy, and then has the discipline to execute it will win more often than not and rise toward the top.

New England Revolution

Revs by Numbers: Revs 0, Crew 0

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Stalemate: any position or situation in which no action can be taken or progress made; deadlock. Yep, that sounds about right doesn't it? Saturday night in Foxboro was just that in the form of a soccer match. Columbus parked the bus and got ten men behind the ball and looked to counter, and the Revolution defense continued to improve, resulting in a 0-0 draw.

Converting an Impressive Loss into a Learning Opportunity

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Yes. I was impressed by the Sounders' performance last Saturday against San Jose. Fielding a starting lineup cobbled together out of spare parts and held together by bubble gum and bailing wire, Sigi Schmid and the Sounders put in a noteworthy effort against San Jose's first team Starting Eleven. When Jhon Kennedy Hurtado went down at halftime, the Sounders were without the services of 11 men on their 30 man roster.

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UEFA: European Championships – A Brief History

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The UEFA European Football Championship has enjoyed a rich variety of formats and winning teams since its inauguration in 1960. The very first tournament saw seventeen nations enter at the start of the competition with the semi-finals and final played in Paris over a four day period resulting in the Soviet Union becoming the first ever winners.

Dynamo v Portland Timbers: No Time For Rest Dr. Jones

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The emotional home opener at the newest cathedral of soccer in America is passed and it's time to get down to business. The Dynamo have limited time to recover and prepare themselves mentally and physically for a well rested Portland Timbers team that is desperate for points.

It's been a hectic week for the Dynamo, the dreaded side effect of having to compress the season's home schedule in a shortened amount of time.

Crunchy Power Rankings

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One topic that we've covered for years here on Sounder at Heart is the outsized impact of luck on the result of a single game of soccer. In our series on parity in the 2010 offseason we pointed out that in terms of game parity - that is, the likelihood that a worse team will beat a better team due to luck - soccer is rivaled among major sports only by baseball.

Juventus Finish Season Unbeaten In Italy

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Juventus wrapped up their historical season with a routine 3-1 win against Atalanta today. The win ensured that the new Italian champions finished their 38-game season unbeaten.

It was a day of celebration for the newly anointed champions, and Luca Marrone's tenth-minute opener set the tone for a momentous day.

Money laundering and football; some rather interesting examples

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By: Anne

This article is Part II of a 3-part series that is intended to provide information about precisely how money laundering works on a global scale. Because my personal take is that, if the criminals know how to do it, why not all of us? And the truth is that, without such parity [.

Football GIF: Injury-Time Overhead Kick Equaliser With Overhead Kick Assist

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By Chris Wright

Trailing 2-1 as their Asian Champions League with Japanese side Nagoya Grampus Eight ticked over into injury time last night, Seongnam (of South Korea) were getting desperate and needed something super duper special to restore parity. What followed was roughly one full level above 'super duper special'.

Pearce Rules Himself Out Of Full Time England Job

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Following England's 3-2 home loss to the Netherlands last night, caretaker manager Stuart Pearce has ruled himself out of contention for the post of England coach.

Pearce however, maintained that he would still like to manage the team for the Euro's. Playing in front of a 70,000 crowd, The Three Lions started the match brightly and heading into the break the stage looked set for an England victory.