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Real Salt Lake

The Bull & Its Horns: Two Matches, Two L’s

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RGVFC dropped both of their matches last week.

Toros Drop A Double

RGVFC played the best team in the USL on Wednesday, then the worst on Saturday. They lost both matches. In their midweek affair on ESPN, they lost 2-1 to Real Monarchs, the USL affiliate of Real Salt Lake. The Monarchs scored first, then Eric Bird wasn't able to convert a penalty kick.

Sounders wallop RSL to stay atop West

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By JASON MITCHELL

SEATTLE No Clint Dempsey. No DeAndre Yedlin. No problem.

In a battle of shorthanded teams sporting the best records in MLS, Seattle got all the scoring it needed on a controversial 42nd-minute Gonzalo Pineda penalty kick, then poured in second-half goals to top Real Salt Lake 4-0 in front of 39,245 at CenturyLink Field.

Marc Burch issues apology for his use of gay slur

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Taking full responsibility for his actions, Marc Burch has issued a statement apologizing for his use of a gay slur during the Seattle Sounders' win over Real Salt Lake on Thursday. The incident happened late in the match, apparently after he felt a RSL player had gone to ground too easily inside the penalty area.

AFP

Last-gasp Kobayashi holds nerve to deny Guangzhou

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Guangzhou (AFP) – Kawasaki Frontale captain Yu Kobayashi coolly chipped home a penalty in the fifth minute of stoppage time to grab a richly deserved 1-1 draw at Guangzhou Evergrande on Tuesday in the AFC Champions League.

The Japanese side laid siege to the two-time Asian champions’ goalmouth after the prolific Brazilian striker Alan put the home side ahead in the 26th minute with his third goal in three Champions League outings.

Last-gasp Kobayashi holds nerve to deny Guangzhou

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Guangzhou (AFP) – Kawasaki Frontale captain Yu Kobayashi coolly chipped home a penalty in the fifth minute of stoppage time to grab a richly deserved 1-1 draw at Guangzhou Evergrande on Tuesday in the AFC Champions League.

The Japanese side laid siege to the two-time Asian champions’ goalmouth after the prolific Brazilian striker Alan put the home side ahead in the 26th minute with his third goal in three Champions League outings.

AFC Champions League: Kawasaki’s Kobayashi pegs back Guangzhou

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Guangzhou (AFP) – Kawasaki Frontale captain Yu Kobayashi coolly chipped home a penalty in the fifth minute of stoppage time to secure a richly deserved AFC Champions League draw against Guangzhou Evergrande Tuesday.

The Japanese side laid siege to the two-time Asian champions goalmouth after the prolific Brazilian striker Alan put the home side ahead in the 26th minute with his third goal in three Champions League outings.

AFC Champions League: Kawasaki’s Kobayashi pegs back Guangzhou

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Guangzhou (AFP) – Kawasaki Frontale captain Yu Kobayashi coolly chipped home a penalty in the fifth minute of stoppage time to secure a richly deserved AFC Champions League draw against Guangzhou Evergrande Tuesday.

The Japanese side laid siege to the two-time Asian champions goalmouth after the prolific Brazilian striker Alan put the home side ahead in the 26th minute with his third goal in three Champions League outings.

Cazorla’s contested penalty sinks Saints

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London (AFP) Santi's Cazorla's controversial stoppage-time penalty gave Arsenal their first home win of the season as they saw off Southampton 2-1 in the Premier League at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

It was a bitter pill for the visitors to swallow, with Southampton still seeking their first win under new manager Claude Puel.

AFC Champions League

Asia brings in extra refs for goalmouth incidents

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New Delhi (AFP) Asia's football body said Thursday it would use extra referees to help stamp out goalmouth controversies in its top competitions, falling into line with Europe.

The additional assistant referees will patrol each goal area, helping out with the goal line, penalty and offside decisions that can be critical to a game's outcome.

Asia brings in extra refs for goalmouth incidents

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New Delhi (AFP) Asia's football body said Thursday it would use extra referees to help stamp out goalmouth controversies in its top competitions, falling into line with Europe.

The additional assistant referees will patrol each goal area, helping out with the goal line, penalty and offside decisions that can be critical to a game's outcome.

Houston Dynamo

The Bull And Its Horns: RGVFC Readies For Rangers

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After settling for a 1-1 draw last week against Real Monarchs, the Toros look for their first home win on Saturday vs. Swope Park Rangers.

2 Red Cards, 2 Goals, No Winner.

In their second home match of the year at the UTRGV complex, it was not an ideal start to the match for the RGVFC Toros.

Driver delivers winner as Dynamo knock off Galaxy

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By IVES GALARCEP

The Houston Dynamo have struggled on the road for a long time, and the task of trying to record their first road win since last July seemed extremely unlikely without Brad Davis and against the Los Angeles Galaxy on Sunday night.

The script didn't play out the way most would have expected.

Manchester United

Vardy set to miss the United game

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Jamie Vardy picked up a second yellow card in Leicester's 2-2 draw against West Ham at the weekend for diving in the penalty area. Of course, his cheating nature came as no surprise to United fans, who were the victim of his diving last season. On that occasion, Vardy was awarded a penalty after diving when Rafael Da Silva was in breathing distance of him.

Scalping Swans

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The clock ticks over to the 72nd minute. A high ball is thrown into the penalty area, thousands watch in despair as an oversized, over vilified Belgian rises higher than any other to destroy Preston North End's dreams.

Throwing elbows, fouling two defenders and breaking hearts all over the North West, Marouane Fellaini thuds home the goal that will send Manchester United into an FA Cup quarter final.

Videos

VIDEO: Lingard defends Rashford after stonewall pen denied

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Manchester United beat Manchester City 1-0 on Sunday at the Etihad, but it should have been by more, after Marcus Rashford was fouled in the penalty area by Martin Demichelis. The Argentinian had the nerve to have a go at Rashford, trying to con the referee in to thinking the youngster had dived. When other players got involved, Jesse Lingard jumped in to defend Rashford.

VIDEO: Stonewall penalty United weren’t given against Arsenal

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Add this one to the list of dodgy decisions Arsenal get at Old Trafford, with Giroud trapping Rooney's leg between his in the penalty area. For the best view, see the third replay.




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Video: Cow pitch invasion in Poland

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A match in Poland was halted at the weekend because a cow had invaded the pitch. The bovine hooligan made some nice runs down the left wing before driving into the penalty area. But she showed she was prepared to track back too she's doesn't expect to stay in the box while you [...]


Video: Ref Andre Marriner gets clattered in the penalty area (Liverpool 6-1 Brighton)

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Foul, ref Comic Referee (Liverpool vs Brighton) by Anatolly7 Honestly, referees these days. The slightest contact in the box and they go down like a sack of spuds. Andre Marriner resisted the urge to award himself a penalty after being clattered in the penalty area during yesterday's FA Cup fifth round tie between Liverpool and [.

English Premier League

Jamie Vardy wonder-strike fires Leicester title bid; Video

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A wonder-goal from England striker Jamie Vardy helped prolong Leicester City's remarkable Premier League title challenge as they defeated Liverpool 2-0 at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday.

Vardy scored both of the Foxes' goals, taking his tally to 18, and the first was a stunning strike from the right-hand corner of the penalty area that capped another astonishing night for his team.

Jamie Vardy wonder-strike fires Leicester title bid; Video

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A wonder-goal from England striker Jamie Vardy helped prolong Leicester City's remarkable Premier League title challenge as they defeated Liverpool 2-0 at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday.

Vardy scored both of the Foxes' goals, taking his tally to 18, and the first was a stunning strike from the right-hand corner of the penalty area that capped another astonishing night for his team.

VIDEO: Did United deserve a penalty against Newcastle?

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Former Premier League referee David Elleray said the referee's interpretation depends on whether the hand or arm is in an "unnatural" position at the point of contact. "Referees look at two specifics did the hand or arm go towards the ball or in a manner which would block the ball, or is the hand in a position where it would not normally be?

Chelsea 1-1 Southampton: Analysis and Major Talking Points

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Chelsea 1-1 Southampton: Analysis and Major Talking Points - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea extended their lead at the top of the Premier League to six points with a 1-1 draw at home to Southampton this afternoon.

Diego Costa and a Dušan Tadić penalty inside the opening 20 minutes proved to be the only goals of the game as Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster put in an inspired performance.

Premier League Refereeing Decisions: Gameweek 29

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Even with just five Premier League games this week, there were plenty of talking points to pick out from the referee's performances.

Starting at Stamford Bridge, Spurs conceded four second half goals in a 4-0 defeat. However, at 1-0 to the Blues, refereeMichael Oliver gave a contentious penalty after a collision between Samuel Eto'o and Younes Kaboul in the penalty area.

Match Report: Liverpool 3 - 2 Tottenham

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Luis Suarez edged the battle of the player of the year contenders as he scored and earned the match-winning penalty to eclipse Gareth Bale and keep Liverpool's slim top-four hopes alive with a 3-2 victory over Tottenham.
The Premier League's leading scorer drew first blood with his 29th goal of the season - and 22nd in the top flight - and, although his opposite number had a hand in both of Tottenham's strikes, the Uruguay international had the last laugh by winning the late spot-kick from which Steven Gerrard scored.

Eddie Johnson Is All Grownsed Up

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Over the last four years, it has sometimes become a little too easy to forget that there was a reason Eddie Johnson was once considered to be the player that would lead United States soccer to the next level. Blessed with speed, athleticism and some impressive soccer skills, he had all the tools to succeed.

Arsenal

Ferguson: They say it was former Arsenal skipper Fabregas who threw pizza at me

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In Sir Alex Ferguson's autobiography, he has talked about the reaction of the Arsenal camp after United beat them 2-0 at Old Trafford and ended their 49 game unbeaten run.

Arsenal were furious about the result after United went 1-0 up thanks to a Ruud van Nistelrooy penalty. Replays showed that no contact was made.

GIF It: Wojciech Szczesny’s breakdance goalkeeping (Arsenal 1-3 Aston Villa)

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A penalty is never just a penalty when you've got Wojciech Szczesny in nets. In this incident against Aston Villa on Saturday, he saves a penalty, attempts a punch and pulls off a breakdancing move... and still ends up conceding. Still, you've got to admire those penalty area gymnastics.

D.C. United

SBI MLS Spotlight: Resurgent White a bright spot for struggling United

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SALT LAKE CITY As the final whistle blew Tuesday night in Sandy, United's players and coaches poured on to the field, mobbing their teammates in the penalty area. Ben Olsen got the gatorade bath; owners, staff members and players alike danced, sang and celebrated together.

Dike equalizer earns Timbers a point, cancels out controversial D.C. penalty

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D.C. United took a step closer to the Eastern Conference playoffs, while the Portland Timbers were left walking off the field in another game they felt robbed by match officials.

Timbers striker Bright Dike pounced on a loose ball in the penalty area to slot home a 79th-minute equalizer to help cancel out a Chris Pontius penalty and helpPortland salvage a 1-1 draw against D.

Newcastle United

Newcastle Beat 10 Man Wigan 3-0 – Hallelujah

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Newcastle were given a huge advantage in this game after 13 minutes when Demba Ba was fouled in the penalty area by Maynor Figueroa, and referee Mike Jones gave a penalty and since the foul robbed Ba of a goal scoring opportunity Figueroa was sent off and Demba Ba hit the penalty beautifully low [...

Is Manchester United’s Ashley Young A Cheat?

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For the second time in three games Ashley Young has got a penalty, when the TVÂ replays showed there was minimal contact at best with the opposing player. Ashley Young appealing for another penalty Yesterday Young went down in the penalty area, as he dragged hos left leg against Ciaran Clark, to ensure there was [.

Is Manchester United’s Ashley Young A Cheat?

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For the second time in three games Ashley Young has got a penalty, when the TVÂ replays showed there was minimal contact at best with the opposing player. Ashley Young appealing for another penalty Yesterday Young went down in the penalty area, as he dragged hos left leg against Ciaran Clark, to ensure there was [.

The Rest

Revolution 0, Atlanta 7: Revs make the wrong type of history

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Let's never speak of this game again.

The New England Revolution made club history on Wednesday night when they conceded seven goals against Atlanta United FC. The result was the team's worst-ever defeat.

The Revs found themselves in a hole just two minutes in when Miguel Almiron put Josef Martinez behind the defense.

Was ref right to award Rooney a penalty?

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With United 2-1 up against Preston last night, Phil Dowd awarded a penalty after Wayne Rooney went to ground in the box.

A penalty is awarded to the opposing team if a player commits any of the following offences in the penalty area in a manner considered by the referee to be careless, reckless or using excessive force:

kicks or attempts to kick an opponent
trips or attempts to trip an opponent
jumps at an opponent
charges an opponent
strikes or attempts to strike an opponent
pushes an opponent
tackles an opponent
holds an opponent
spits at an opponent
handles the ball deliberately (except for the goalkeeper within his own penalty area)

Thorsten Stuckmann got nowhere near the ball and if Rooney hadn't jumped out of the way, he would have been clattered.

Cesc Fabregas says Chelsea should have been awarded penalty against Saints

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Cesc Fabregas says Chelsea should have been awarded a penalty when he went down inside the penalty area with the Spaniard furious that he was...

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Americans Abroad: Thursday Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Tim Howard surely did not envision Boxing Day to go like this.

Taking on Sunderland in a Premiership fixture, Howard was controversially ejected in the 23rd minute after it appeared that he brought down Ki Sung-Yueng on a clear chance in the penalty area on Thursday.

Magee penalty helps Fire move step closer to playoffs with win vs. TFC

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The Chicago Fire moved a step closer to securing an Eastern Conference playoff berth after a Mike Magee penalty provided the difference in a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Toronto FC on Saturday at Toyota Park.

The Fire came in expected to win at home against a struggling TFC side, but the visitors gave Chicago a tougher tested than expected, as Ryan Nelsen went with a young midfield that did well against the Fire.

Ref Slapper Banned For Life

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In a total break with precedence Pieter Rumaropen, the Persiwa player sent off at the weekend for slapping the referee, has been banned from football for life! The ref's shirt was covered in claret and he needed stitches following the assault.

Pelita Bandung Raya defender Nova Arianto had steamed into the penalty area only to be felled by a two footed challenge.

GIF It: Scott Parker invents the snail tackle (England 1-0 Ukraine)

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England midfielder Scott Parker managed to invent the snail tackle during tonight's win over Ukraine. The Spurs man was practically crawling around the penalty area on his belly attempting to get a tackle in for his head. GIF via 101GG


Goals, shots and where they come from

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In 2011, the Philadelphia Union played 9 games before they conceded as many goals as they did in the first 3 games of 2012. Coming off the heels of two shutouts and the Union defense seemingly settling into the kind of form we've all come to expect after 2011, attention has sharpened on the Union offense.