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Allegri pleased with Juventus attitude despite stalement

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri praised his side’s attitude against Barcelona despite a 0-0 draw in Turin stalling last year’s finalists’ path to the Champions League last 16.

Five-time European champions Barcelona advanced to the knockout rounds and clinched top spot in Group D after the Turin stalemate.

Allegri pleased with Juventus attitude despite stalement

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri praised his side’s attitude against Barcelona despite a 0-0 draw in Turin stalling last year’s finalists’ path to the Champions League last 16.

Five-time European champions Barcelona advanced to the knockout rounds and clinched top spot in Group D after the Turin stalemate.

Major League Soccer

MLS Spotlight: John emerges from setbacks, adversity for FC Dallas

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George John has experienced his fair share of setbacks in the past year. But if the FC Dallas centerback's spirits have been dampened, he isn't showing it.

Last summer, a deal that would have sent John to English side Blackburn Rovers FC fell through.

Valdes "Very Happy to Come Back" to Colombian National Team

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The news of a national team call up should always bring a smile to a player's face, but for Carlos Valdes, this one was sweeter than most.

After two years out of the national team, Valdes was rewarded for his playso far this season and selected by head coach Jose Pekerman for a 24-player camp in Madrid, Spain ahead of Colombia's upcoming World Cup qualifiers in September.

Toronto adds another forward

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On Saturday, Toronto completed a trade with New York for forward Quincy Amarikwa who joins the Reds in exchange for a conditional draft pick. "With the injury to Danny Koevermans there became an immediate need to add some additional help up top and we feel Quincy will address this area," Toronto coach Paul Mariner said.

On Lopez, new numbers, what the Indy’s are doing, more news

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Philadelphia Union

Porfirio Lopez describes what he will bring to the Union: "Having a winning mentality is the most important thing in soccer. I'm going to try to bring my experiences and positive attitude into the group. Without a doubt, winning championships is the priority.

Cameron brings presence and positive attitude to US backline

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Geoff Cameron has been a standout for the Houston Dynamo of Major League Soccer, and has not only lead the Dynamo into the MLS Cup this past season, but also received a recent call-up to the US National team.

His play is worthy of national team consideration, but it's his presence and positive attitude that have been key components in his success.

One on One with Chris Wondolowski

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The season may not have gone as planned for the San Jose Earthquakes, or even for Chris Wondolowski. Still, despite his teams troubles, Wondo remains at the top of the charts in scoring. Currently he is tied with Dwayne De Rosario of DC United, each with 15 goals apiece. With one game left for the Earthquakes, San Jose fans are wondering if their striker will retain the Golden Boot honor for a second consecutive year.

One on One with Darrius Barnes

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Darrius Barnes has had an impressive three years in Major League Soccer. He entered the league in the 2009 SuperDraft. He was drafted by the New England Revolution and has remained a stalwart defender from day one. In his first season, he played every minute. That's no small feat for any player, let alone a rookie.

Manchester City

Mikel’s Mad Thinking

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Chelsea's midfielder, John Obi Mikel, must be in cloud cuckoo land after claiming that the Blues will regain the Premier League title and defend their Champions League trophy this season.
Speaking ahead of the campaign, which got off to a solid start with a 2-0 away win against Wigan, the 25-year-old Nigeria international is in an overly optimistic mood.

Dalglish Savours Semi Success

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Kenny Dalglish paid tribute to a 'fantastic performance' from Liverpool after watching his side book their place in the Carling Cup final.
The Reds held a 1-0 lead going into the second leg of their semi-final at Anfield but still displayed a positive attitude to finish the job and set up a Wembley showpiece against Cardiff.

Tough Europa League Draws for English Teams

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Difficult drawing for premiership teams didn't only happened in the Champions League but also in the second rate European competition, Europa League, where all three English representatives are being paired with tough sides.

Manchester United will be facing fellow Champions outcast, Ajax Amsterdam, while Manchester City are set to battle last season's champions Fc Porto and Stoke City got pretty much the toughest one with Valencia at sight.

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The Beautiful Game: Bay Area Represent, Street Soccer USA In Full Effect

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In the words of Chali 2na: "BAY......AREAAAAA!"

This piece by Chandrima Chatterjee. Find out how you can help the Bay Area Street Soccer USA team here.

There's less than two weeks until the 2012 Street Soccer USA National Cup in NYC, yet there's one team that's been quietly yet diligently working away at practices, fundraisers and program building over the past few years and they are contenders both for the Cup and for the hearts of fans.

Job Opening: Ferrum College - Assistant Women's Soccer Coach

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Job Opening: Ferrum College - Assistant Women's Soccer Coach

Ferrum College seeks an Assistant Women's Soccer Coach. The selected candidate will assist the head coach in the recruitment of new student athletes, retention of current players, aid in the implementation of a practice plan and weekly game plan, work with video editing software, comply with all NCAA Division III rules as well as the USA South Athletic Conference and institutional policies & procedures, and other duties assigned by the Head Coach and/or the Director of Athletics.

More on the Return of Stuart Holden

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Holden is back and ready to get in the mix

U.S. midfielder Stuart Holden is back in business after playing for the first team at Bolton in their 1-0 victory on Sept. 20 against Aston Villa, ending a rehab stint of precisely six months and two days.

We spoke with Stuart in this exclusive Q&A about his feelings about the return, his performance, and his conversation with U.

New England Revolution

Hard Work Becoming A Culture For The Young Revolution

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The difference in attitude and energy from the 2011 New England Revolution to this year's 2012 incarnation is palpable even through a television screen. The players seem looser, more intense, and more exuberant, and it's showing in both style and results on the field.

Perhaps more importantly, the players seem younger.

MLS Notes: Revs introduce Heaps, Keller wins Save of the Year and more

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The Jay Heaps coaching era in New England is officially underway.

Heaps was introduced as New England Revolution head coach at Gillette Stadium on Wednesday, taking over for the ousted Steve Nicol.

Heaps retired from playing for the Revolution in 2009 and was most recently a color analyst for the team's television broadcasts.


Oh Andy….

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Today, Andy Johnson officially signed for QPR on a two year contract, leaving Fulham after four seasons of patchy service. Tim has a great run down of Andy's impact at Fulham from earlier this year here, albeit with some not particularly glowing conclusions.

So what will we remember of Andy's time at Fulham?

Oh Andy….

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Today, Andy Johnson officially signed for QPR on a two year contract, leaving Fulham after four seasons of patchy service. Tim has a great run down of Andy's impact at Fulham from earlier this year here, albeit with some not particularly glowing conclusions.

So what will we remember of Andy's time at Fulham?

La Liga

Malaga Grab Fourth Place Spot, Atletico and Bilbao Disappoints Again

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Malaga move themselves back into fourth place after picking up an important 2-1 win over home team ,Espanyol, on Sunday, with goals from Ruud Van Nistelrooy and Martin Dimichelis.

It wasn't an easy ride though for Manuel Pellegrini's side as they were forced to make a comeback after trailing a goal down in the first half from Philippe Coutinho.

Mourinho Admitted Luck Against Vallecano, Bemoans at Low Away Support

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Real Madrid successfully grabbed another important victory in La Liga after beating Rayo Vallecano with a goal from Cristiano Ronaldo, the result obviously pleasing for the Galacticos' coach, Jose Mourinho, but he admitted that it was a rather fortunate win for them.

Mourinho gives lots of credit for Vallecano, who in his eyes actually deserved a point from the game, considering the positive attitude that the home side showed.

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Is Drew Brees' Time Up with the New Orleans Saints?

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Drew Brees may feel it is time for a change. He may ask for a trade.

The Saints may give him what he wants because he put the team on his back for the last few years without reservations.

Skipper: Starlet will become Arsenal superstar

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Robin van Persie has tipped Arsenal youngster Ryo Miyaichi to achieve greatness at the club given the Japanese starlet's work ethic and positive attitude towards the game.

Van Persie watched from the sidelines as Miyaichi and the rest of Arsenal's Carling Cup squad defeated Shrewsbury Town 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium but even before the kick-off, he only had good things to say about his prodigal teammate.


VASoccerNews Q&A: Christian Metzler, Inspirium Soccer Award Winner

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Recently Pat McStay of Virginia Online Soccer News was able to catch up with Christian Metzler of Woodbridge, VA. Metzler who is an All-State goalkeeper recently received the first annual Inspirium Soccer Award along with a $7,500 academic scholarship.

Woodbridge Goalkeeper wins Inspireum Soccer Award, Scholarship

Watch his inpirational video!

CRAIG BELLAMY reveals his admiration for potential Lucas replacement...

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Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva is (sadly) out for injured for the rest of the season, and there are several candidates in the frame to cover for him, including Jay Spearing, Jordan Henderson and Jonjo Shelvey. Craig Bellamy has played alongside all three (either in training or on the field), and he reserved special praise for one of the three youngsters.


One-on-One with A.J. DeLaGarza

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A.J. DeLaGarza enters his second consecutive January camp with seasoning and success under his belt, and with a new coach at the helm comes a new opportunity to represent the United States. The diminutive centerback will be looking to take advantage of his three weeks training as he seeks his first cap with the full National Team.

Practice Report: Injuries, Recovery And Planning To Win

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With a game against CS Herediano that can nearly lock-up entry into the knockout round of the CONCACAF Champions League on Tuesday and a Saturday game against the Vancouver Whitecaps that can assure the MLS Cup Playoffs things were generally upbeat at Starfire for the Seattle Sounders. There are still individual players who are carrying injuries and others recovering from injuries/fitness that will change how Sigi Schmid manages his gameday lineups.

The Rest

NFL Needs Terrell Owens, Matt Flynn to Make Waves

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In an unusual way, the Seattle Seahawks are a high profile team this year being counted on to make a solid impression. They have an all-time college coach in Pete Caroll trying to lead them with one of the few star running backs left in the league, Marshawn Lynch.

The Seattle Seahawks made a run a couple of seasons back in the playoffs of 2011, but fizzled out in the 2011-2012 season.

Snapshot: Mayor Of Poznan Thanks Ireland Fans For The Memories

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By Alan Duffy

Forget what comedy grump Roy 'stick it up yer bollox' Keane said, the Irish fans' performance at EURO 2012 was worth celebrating, even when their team failed miserably on the pitch. And in gratitude to the Irish fans' positive attitude and general friendliness, the Mayor of Poznan, Ryszard Grobelny, organised a little gesture of his town's appreciation with this rather nice billboard.

Preview: Union at Dynamo

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What: Union at Houston Dynamo

When:Â Saturday, June 30. 8:30pm EST

Broadcast:Â CSN, MLS Direct Kick, MLS Live

When a team is struggling, a coach can make all the changes he wants. If they work, he's a genius. If they don't, they probably didn't make things that much worse.

Portland Timbers Practice Quotes and Notes: Postgame/Pregame Practice

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After last night's preseason game against the San Jose Earthquakes, the Portland Timbers were in full on recovery mode today. The players taht started last night did some brief fitness drills on the field before heading inside early on to continue their workout in the team gym. The rest of the players, including second half substitutes Darlington Nagbe, Lovel Palmer, and Bright Dike stayed out in the cold for a more vigorous workout.

Akiyoshi The Bulgar

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For me last year, or was it the year before, Taisuke Akiyoshi (pictured left scoring for SAFFC against Sengkang Punggol in 2010) was one of the most exciting players in the SLeague playing for SAFFC. Unfortunately he couldn't keep his early season form going all year and faded.

But other noted his potential and after being released by SAFFC he has now signed for Bulgarian side Slavia Sofia.

Portman Road avoids Managerial Sacking Season, thankfully

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Just 10 games into the season the cull of managerial staff across the Championship has already begun.

But, is it too early?

Steve McClaren's resignation has come as no shock bearing in mind the state Nottingham Forest find themselves in at the moment. But ask a Forest fan how they feel about his exit and they will likely tell you the same thing my Forest fan friend @ibrahimmustapha: 'His heart's not been it for weeks so it was the right thing for him to go, but the problem runs much deeper than just needing a new manager'.

Chuck Norris Can Do Anything. Hans Sarpei Can Do More.

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Kyriakos Papadopoulos tries to read out Hans Sarpei's favorite Facebook pages.

Up until two months ago, Hans Sarpei's sole 15 seconds of Internet fame was a YouTube clip of him getting a ball in the face. But now he suddenly stands alongside of Chuck Norris.

All thanks to none other than Felix Magath Facebook legend himself who signed him.