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Major League Soccer

Debating the MLS Eastern Conference Playoff Race

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In MLS, we're used to talking about the Western Conference and it's host of "popular" teams vying for playoff positioning near the end of each season. In 2012, the tables have turned and the Eastern Conference is turning out to be full of powerhouse teams and what will be an exciting playoff race down the final stretch of the year.

The Social Media Report: Introduction

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Alright, I'm not going to take this post into an explanation on how valuable Twitter is. The real time ability for celebrities, companies, politicians and rebels alike to communicate with their fans and followers in mass has dramatically changed the way we consume news and content.

Major League Soccer is unique.

The du Nord Futbol Show Podcast Ep. 4

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Episode 4 of the du Nord Futbol Show podcast has been posted!

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On this show we discuss Zombie Peter Nowak, The MLS All-Hair Team, Terrence Boyd's Austrian debut, Tim Cahill coming to America, plus other transfers, and a discussion of the MLS powerhouse teams.

Italian giants in MLS doubleheader

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Thursday afternoon, it was announced that Italian club AC Milan will face off against Brazilian powerhouse Cruziero as part of a special doubleheader being held at Gillette Stadium.

The match will take place on August 4th, with the clubs kicking off at 4:30 EST. Following this match will be the previously-scheduled game between the New England Revolution and Sporting KC.

Dynamo Sign Midfielder Oscar Boniek Garcia

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It's official, the Dynamo have a true right side midfielder at last. Honduran international Oscar Boniek Garcia, a player the team has been pursuing for over a year, will join the club in July pending his visa approval and a transfer certificate when the window opens on June 27th.

Here's what we know.

AC Milan

Soccer Powerhouse AC Milan Inks Deal With 10-Year-Old Girl

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Every soccer-crazy kid has the same dream – you're on holiday kicking the ball around and a scout from a big club scouts you. For for ten-year-old Aisha Saini of Scotland, that dream came true while she was in Spain on a summer vacation with her family.

Now it isn't that rare to sign a very young player on the chance they blossom into the next Messi, who was signed at the ripe age of 13 by Barcelona after years of playing in Argentina.

AC Milan vs. Olimpia: International Friendly Live Game Thread

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There's a New England Revolution game on tonight at 7:30, but Kraft Soccer has seen fit to make this Saturday viewing experience a bit unique by bringing us a double-header. Italian giants AC Milan will take on Honduran powerhouse CD Olimpia at Gillette Stadium, kicking off at 4:30 PM EST.

Milan is still in preseason mode, but with only a month or so until the start of the Serie A season, they will be looking to hone their match fitness after conceding the league title to bitter rivals Juventus in the 2011-2012 campaign.

A.C. Milan, Cruzeiro On Tap for Foxboro Friendly

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Following months of speculation surrounding a potential summertime friendly, the Revolution announced on Thursday that Italian powerhouse AC Milan and popular Brazilian side Cruzeiro Esporte Clube will meet on Aug. 4 at Gillette Stadium.

Kick off for the friendly is set for 4:30pm and will precede the Revolution's conference clash with Sporting K.

English Premier League

Gunners boss in for another midfielder

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Arsene Wenger has indicated that the nearly completed transfer of Alex Song to Barcelona will be followed by the arrival of a new midfielder at Arsenal and the replacement is likely to have creative qualities as well.

Song started off as a raw talent in the defensive midfield for the Gunners but turned into a complete box-to-box powerhouse by the end of last season.

Victory sign Dilevski

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Melbourne Victory has announced today that they've signed former Adelaide United and Brisbane Roar midfielder, Spase Dilevski, on a one-year deal. After spells at Dutch powerhouse PSV Eindhoven and English Premier League giants Tottenham Hotspur, Dilevski returned to Australia in 2005 when he made his Hyundai A-League debut for the Queenslanders, before a second stint

Major Blues transfer gains momentum

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One of the biggest transfer stories of the summer has been the potential move of FC Porto superstar Hulk. The Brazilian striker has been strongly linked with a blockbuster deal to Champions League winners Chelsea, and as the summer wears on the rumors are gaining more and more momentum.

Now, Chelsea midfielder Ramires has even publicly discussed the rumors, putting added pressure on Roman Abramovich to front the money needed to secure the signing of the attacking powerhouse.

Bicycle Kick

Bedoya scores in Helsingborg debut

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Another Americans Abroad season debut, another goal.

Alejandro Bedoya added himself to the list of Americans who have scored for their respective clubs in their debut games of the current campaign, netting a bicycle kick in his first game with Helsingborgs IF. Bedoya got off to a dream start with the Swedish powerhouse by scoring the opener in the 37th minute, his first goal in the Allsvenskan since May 2011, but he and Helsingborg would relinquish the lead and lose, 2-1.

Americans Abroad Spotlight: Boyd adapts to new surroundings at Rapid Vienna

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Photo courtesy of GEPA-pictures.com/Wien Energie

By FRANCO PANIZO

After the busiest summer of his brief professional career, Terrence Boyd joined Austrian club Rapid Vienna from German powerhouse Borussia Dortmund in July with the idea that he would find the necessary playing time to further his development.

2012/13 Kits & Jerseys

AC Sparta Prague Nike 2012/13 Home and Away Kits

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Czech powerhouse AC Sparta Prague (Czech: AC Sparta Praha) has launched its Nike 2012/13 home and away kits for its domestic and UEFA Europa League campaigns. According to a release...

Shakhtar Donetsk Nike 2012/13 Away Kit

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FC Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukrainian: Шахтар Донецьк) is a Ukrainian professional soccer club from the city of Donetsk. The club is currently a powerhouse in Ukrainian soccer with seven Premier League...

FC Copenhagen adidas 2012/13 Home and Away Kits

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Danish powerhouse F.C. Copenhagen (also known as F.C. København or FCK) recently signed a four year technical sponsorship deal with adidas. Løverne (The Lions) have since launched their adidas 2012/13...

CSKA Moscow adidas 2012/13 Home and Away Kits

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Russian powerhouse CSKA Moscow (Full name: FC Central Sport Club of the Army / Профессиональный футбольный клуб – ЦСКА) has launched its 2012/13 home and away kits from new technical...

PSV Eindhoven Nike 2012/13 Home Kit

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Dutch soccer powerhouse PSV Eindhoven have launched their Nike home for the 2012/13 season. After a 3rd place league finish for the third season in a row, the Boeren will...

World Cup

2012 Olympics: Japan upset heavily favoured Spain, 1-0

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Stop press. Spain finally beaten. In the pecking order of bragging rights, the Olympics may not be such a big deal compared to the World Cup or the Euro, but lets not forget it was not another European giant beating them, it was Japan. A perennial Asian powerhouse but not known for winning results against the big boys of world football.

A look back at USA's 2002 World Cup upset of Portugal

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It was one of the stunning, exciting and enjoyable moments in American soccer history, the U.S. Men's national team's stunning 3-2 World Cup upset victory against Portugal on June 5th, 2002. That day in Suwon, South Korea marked a turnaround for the sport in the USA, and helped spark the best World Cup run by the USMNT in half a century.

The Rest

Drawing a Line Between Fantasy and Football

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Who was the better player last season, Yaya Touré or Stephane Sessegnon? If your answer is Sessegnon, you're probably either a Sunderland fan, or you didn't watch the Ivorian powerhouse impose himself on the Premiership run-in – or maybe you're just one of those contrary souls who think Spain are boring and Portsmouth should be signing players on £5,000 a week.

FIFA U-20 WWC: Canadians Move the Ball Like Studs

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Studs like hugs.Everything I said earlier about how fearful the world should be of Japan and how they're securing their positions as a true force in women's soccer--if not one of the forces, a true effing powerhouse, in women's soccer--let me now apply this to the Canadians. It's exciting, I have to admit, as a fan of this game.

Sounders on Campus: College Season Preview

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This weekend marks the arrival of the college soccer season for most of Division I, and once again the Sounders Academy has spread a crop of talented young players across the American landscape. By my count, the Sounders are represented in over 20 institutes of higher learning. Here's a brief preview of what we'll be watching this season.

Mark Ogden on signing RvP, imploding and conspiracy theories

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Mark Ogden, Daily Telegraph Northern Football Correspondent, looks ahead to United's 2012-2013 season.

Scott the Red: United never implode at the end of the season. What do you think happened?

Mark Ogden: United have had a few wobbles during the run-in in the past, so it wasn't totally unusual that it happened last season.

GULF COAST TEXANS Win WPSL Championship

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PENSACOLA, Fla. — They call Shakira Duncan "S-Money" and Tina Murray "T-Money." Should it be "M-Money" for Mia Persson?The Swedish midfielder punctuated a superb performance Sunday with two goals as the Gulf Coast Texans outclassed a weary, shorthanded Aztec MA side on their home field to claim their first Women's Premier Soccer League championship.

ESSIEN: STICK OR TWIST THIS SEASON?

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With "reports" going around that Chelsea are "willing to sell" Michael Essien, I just wondered what the general opinion amongst Chelsea fans reading this all over the world is nowadays?

It's no secret Essien has had his injury problems and with persistent knee problems and those same problems have affected his Chelsea career of late.

Crew down struggling Real Salt Lake

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If Real Salt Lake were planning to get out of the current funk that they are in versus the Columbus Crew, they failed.

The Crew picked up a comfortable 2-0 win over RSL on Saturday night at Crew Stadium thanks to first-half goals from Tony Tchani and Eddie Gaven.

Tchani knocked in his second in as many games with a low shot to the near post while Gaven hit a left-footed effort from six yards out that smacked off the underside of the crossbar before completely passing the goal line.

Know your affiliate: Harrisburg City Islanders

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As the Philadelphia Union prepare to face Harrisburg City Islanders at PPL Park on Tuesday night in the quarterfinals of the US Open Cup, PSP is happy to welcome Derek Meluzio to provide some background information on the club. Derek is the man behind the City Islander's blog Upper 90, which will be familiar to readers of PSP's daily news roundups.

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.

Portland Timbers @ LA Galaxy Preview and Match Thread [4:00 PM]

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It's been a long time coming and truly this international break has seemingly gone on for forever but the wait is now over! As of 4:00 PM this evening we will, once again, see our Portland Timbers take the field against the LA Galaxy, a team they don't have a great record against away from home. But now is another chance to remedy that.

Canberra Football - Consultants say 18.000 registered players are a powerhouse of actons and POTENTIAL

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With over 18,000 registered players, football has become the largest outdoor sport in the ACT and surrounding region. Combine those numbers with participation in Futsal, and you have a powerhouse of action and potential.

See www.capitalfootball.com.au for the Communication Report - Will we ever fulfill this potential the Consultants talk of?