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2012 London Olympics: USWNT Defeat New Zealand, Move on to Semi-Finals

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In yet another match that was more about defense than anything else, the USWNT breezed by yet another team on their quest for Olympic gold. The victim this time around? New Zealand. Very similar to the previous match against North Korea, the US Women would only need one goal (they would get 2) to win this one, letting the defense do most of the work during the run of play at St.

Independence loses, US Wins

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When the Philadelphia Independence traveled to the West Coast to face FC Gold Pride on Saturday, they did so without the services of Amy Rodriguez, Lori Lindsey and Heather Mitts. Sara Larsson and Caroline Seger, both of whom play for Sweden, who faced the US on Sunday, had been released back to the Independence.

Lebron James

LeBron James Nike Commercial – The Ring Maker

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Nike was quick on the draw with a new LeBron James commercial after he won his first championship. This LeBron James commercial is called "The Ring Maker" and is actually really good. Scroll down and watch the video below.

In this LeBron James commercial, there is a ring maker who watches LeBron grow from a high school phenom into a powerhouse in the NBA.

Stop Teasing Us, LeBron

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LeBron James keeps talking as if he's considering participating in this year's Slam Dunk Contest. NBA fans have been begging him for years to join the competition, however he never has. And this year won't be any different. LeBron will back out, just like he has every year. It's just a matter of time and a matter of how much publicity he can get by teasing us along the way.

Obama Plays Basketball with Kevin Durant

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In early August, President Barack Obama played basketball with a bunch of NBA stars including LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade. One important player missing from that mix? Kevin Durant, arguably the best basketball player on the planet.

However, that omission was rectified about five weeks later.


P.S.N.L. fans select Portuguese Player of the Year 2011/12

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PSNL fans have selected once again Cristiano Ronaldo as the Portuguese Player of the Year for the 2011/12 season. Ronaldo gathered 88% of all votes placed and had another great year at Real Madrid, winning the La Liga title and scoring 60 goals in all competitions for Real. The 27 year old winger looks to be entering his prime and the sky is the limit for the phenom.

Good Player Guide #9 – Romelu Lukaku

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Romelu Lukaku

(Anderlecht / Belgium)

As one phenom says goodbye, another could be waiting in the wings.

Just a few weeks ago, Brazilian legend Ronaldo announced to the world that he was going to be retiring from football at the end of 2011. So it seems fitting that on exactly the same day his successor, Anderlecht wonderkid Romelu Lukaku was called up for the very first time to the Belgium senior squad ahead of their 1-0 friendly defeat against Croatia.

World Cup

USWNT Edge Out a Draw, Finish 1-1 Against Japan

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On a cold night in Japan, the USWNT managed to pull out a 1-1 draw against the squad that crushed their World Cup dreams just nine months ago. This was a game that the US Women could have easily lost as the Japanese played stronger football throughout the 90 minute match. The United States back line was constantly under pressure, and when there were offensive chances, balls were almost never on target.

Andy Najar Polls Twitter on National Team Choice

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- Jason Davis
Last night, Andy Najar, D.C. United's teenage Honduran-American phenom, put the question of which nation he should represent as an international to the people of Twitter. Considering the timing and the nonstop speculation over Najar's decision, the query caused what qualifies, in the soccer world at least, as a mild frenzy.

Transfer roundup: Cork to Burnley, Burkina Faso starlet joining?

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A couple of quickies.

Shipped out once again.

Cork heads back to Burnley
• The loan adventure for midfielder Jack Cork enters its seventh dimension. The 21-year-old is returning to Burnley for the second consecutive term, this time on a season-long loan.

Adu hopes to make U.S. squad in 2014

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Freddy Adu is heading back to Greece this week, his mind already on Brazil.

While definitely disappointed to be left off the U.S. roster for the World Cup in South Africa, the 21-year-old former phenom is focusing on the 2014 tournament after starting to revive his career this year at the Greek club Aris Thessaloniki.

The Bard’s 100 Best Soccer Players: T. Henry (#61)

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photo credit: themikelee

The Pick: A good many of you likely think I have Thierry Henry too high on this list (Arsenal, Barca and Bleus fans, for instance), and you could persuade me to put him lower by lecturing me about his +50 international goals, two Prem titles, La Liga title, Champions League title, World freaking Cup title, and his warehouses full of individual awards and accolades.

A tour of South Africa

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Want to get a closer look at the 2010 World Cup host? Let YouTube phenom Matt Harding be your guide.

A tour of South Africa

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Want to get a closer look at the 2010 World Cup host? Let YouTube phenom Matt Harding be your guide.


Genoa Sign Peruvian Jewel

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guest writer Juan Arango Peruvian side Universitario de Deportes announced that 17-year-old Andy Polo has packed his bags and will take a huge step in his career. Polo was recommended by Fiorentina man Juan Vargas and Genoa president Enrico Preziosi said he was willing to pay the money for the Peruvian phenom.

Daily Dose: April 20th, 2011

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Elano either has an ankle injury or is practicing diving. Equally likely.


  • Slinging money around to the little guys. (Avoiding The Drop)
  • And again. (The Spoiler)
  • And again. (Dirty Tackle)
  • Life at the end. (The French Connection)
  • Star Wars strip.


Initiation Project Begins – Jid Responds

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Remember how yesterday we wrote about our friend that we're aiming to initiate into the cult of football? Â (No? Read this real quick.)

Well, we emailed that link to him not only did he read the post, when we asked if he clicked through and read the three links we posted (one each for Messi, Balotelli, Dempsey) he replied via email (and gave us permission to blockquote):

i just read them all.

Name You’ll Remember Because It’s Being Beaten Into Your Head: Juan Manuel Iturbe

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I first heard of 17 year old Juan Manuel Iturbe back in the spring, though I believe it to be much earlier, just that at that point, he was merely 'that Paraguayan-Argentinean kid'.

The point being his stature was hardly demanding the type of hype he's now enjoying in some sort of super breakout season.

English Premier League

Evening Ticker: Dream debut for Aguero, San Jose signs new striker on loan and more

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Sergio Aguero is already beginning to look good for his money.

Despite reportedly not being 100% fit, Aguero came in as a second-half substitute for Manchester City and notched two goals and an assist in a 4-0 rout of Swansea.

Aguero replaced Nigel de Jong three minutes after the hosts were put 1-0 thanks to Edin Dzeko in the 57th, and it took only eight minutes to mark his debut with a goal — a cool finish following a low Micah Richards cross at the far post.

The Phil Jones conundrum

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Carlo likes the look of a cat named Phil Jones. The same Phil Jones who is likely out for the season.

What to do?

Soon to be joining the CFC?

Chelsea were first linked with Blackburn defender Phil Jones eight or so months ago. That speculation has heightened in recent times, with the club suffering a defensive crisis of sorts and the 18-year-old Jones becoming something of a phenom this season under former Rovers manager Sam Allardyce.

Aguero Doesn’t Want to Leave Atletico

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Last La Liga season had a very disappointing start in league play for Atletico Madrid. The club had only won three matches through December and was around the relegation zone for half of the season. But they turned it around with a three win January and finished on the upper half in ninth place by the end and also played in two respected Cup finals winning the UEFA Europa League Cup over Fulham in the process.

D.C. United

Freddy Adu set to join Union

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With the MLS transfer window set to close on Friday, 22-year-old playmaking midfielder Freddy Adu is set to join the Union, according to multiple sources.

The team will make the official announcement Friday at noon at PPL Park.

"The important thing is that we try shuffle the front line a little bit," said coach Peter Nowak on Thursday, when asked about any incoming personnel.

Trials and tribulations that go with being a young pro

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It is obviously challenging for a player to move from the youth ranks to the professional level, and where there are more examples of this happening now in Major League Soccer than ever before, there is certainly ups and downs with this process.

Steven Goff of the Washington Post writes of the challenges that young phenom Andy Najar is facing in his second season with DC United.

Quakes on the Cusp…

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...of getting to the playoffs since their return in 2008. DC United will be standing in their way, as well as Kansas City, who could dash the hopes of the team and fans for at least another week. The one sure way to guarantee a playoff spot for the Quakes is for the team to win and Kansas City to lose.

Three Questions: DC United

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If feels good to be facing DC United just before the historic World Cup break. United are clearly the class of the league when it comes to history, but the Sounders managed to win a trophy on DC's grass last year. I started the conversation with Black and Red United with a tiny bit of smack, and then got down to Three Questions.

Major League Soccer

Juan Pablo Angel’s Son, An Angel’s Son

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Too easy.

Juan Pablo Angel is one of those guys who's good at his trade, but not one you'd instantly expect to produce a footballing reincarnation of Jesus like you would, say, Kun Aguero and his wise yet worrying evolutionary use of the Maradona DNA. (Epic dribbler with the ball, epic dribbler from the mouth after a coke binge and in Manchester, of all places.

Hello, New World!

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This Thursday night, 14 April 2011, the Timbers Army will sing the official "Star Spangled Banner" at a stadium in the heart of Portland, Oregon, and the local football club will play its first home match in America's top division. The Timbers face Chicago's Fire. The match will occasion large amounts of beer consumption on premises and in the surrounding neighborhoods, and play its own small part in hastening the decline of the traditional nation-state.

The Rest

Linphomania Rocks Valentine's Day

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And, he does it again folks! He sinks three-pointer with .5-seconds left for the win.
Knicks come back in the 4th quarter Valentine's Night behind their Linsational point guard phenom. He has 27 points and 11 assists in Toronto for the gutty 90-87 win.
The New York Knicks haven't lost a game with Jeremy Lin as a starter or before when he came off the bench to play significant minutes.

On The Shoulder's of an Idol

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By Gordon Fleetwood, writing from New York City

It was the 87th minute in Japan's Asian Cup semifinal against South Korea when Shinji Kagawa hobbled off the pitch. With the game balanced on a knife's edge, it was a huge blow to Japan. They were now without one of their most talented players.

RBNY News, Notes & Moments Of The Year

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Good evening all! The New Year is just a few hours away, so let's get to some year-end RBNY news, as well as a look back at some of my favorite moments from 2010:

It seems like the MLS Superdraft just lost a round. With two more team's joining MLS this year, it will be three rounds (54 picks) instead of the four rounds (64 picks) from last January's draft.

Gaitán heads to Benfica

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Boca Juniors midfielder Nicolás Gaitán was transferred to Portuguese side Benfica for the sum of €8.4 million.

Portuguese media are reporting that the Argentine international has signed on with Benfica for the next five seasons.  Gaitán played in 78 matches for Boca where he scored on 13 occasions.

Player To Watch #17: Samuel Eto’o

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Number 17: Samuel Eto'o Country: Cameroon Club: Inter Milan, Italian Serie A Position: Forward American Professional Sport-Based "Soulmate": Zach Parise, Forward, New Jersey Devils At 15, Samuel Eto'o was plucked from his home in Cameroon, labeled a phenom and brought to the capital of Spain to battle for playing time with one of the most successful soccer clubs in the history of the world.