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English Premier League

What’s left to keep football fans entertained this season?

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What's left to keep football fans entertained this season? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Realistically, the Premier League title race is over. Manchester United are 12 points clear and cruising to yet another title.

Much like in La Liga, where Barcelona made a phenomenal start to the season, basically winning the thing before Christmas as Real Madrid floundered domestically and Atletico Madrid failed to produce the kind of results necessary to compete with the Catalans.

Fox Soccer Makes a Move

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Just a few quick hits from around the world of Fox Soccer. First, the television network has inked a deal with CONCACAF to serve as the television home of the Gold Cup and the Champions League for the next four years. At Fox's discretion, it can also stream the matches over its website. According to Soccer By Ives, the rights last thorough the 2015/16 event.

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1,500 Turn Up For Soccer Night in Newtown

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Through Soccer Night in Newtown, local families and children got a chance to meet with Major League Soccer and U.S. national team stars on Monday night. Participants came out to play in small-sided games and spend an afternoon thinking about the beautiful game rather than the devastation experienced by the Connecticut community in the wake of the Sandy Hook elementary school massacre, which took the lives of 20 first-graders and six teachers and staff.

The Philadelphia-Ankara connection

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I own scarves representing two pro soccer teams.

One is Philadelphia Union.

The other is Turkish club MKE Ankaragücü.

Do you know what else they have in common? They're the only two teams in the "worst team in the world" conversation with Toronto FC, who had lost nine straight league matches to open the season before beating the Union on Saturday.

Major League Soccer

Union Will Head To Deltona, FL During 2013 Preseason For Disney Pro Soccer Classic

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No more Peter Nowak, no more trips down to Costa Rica for fights against first division teams to will be the new direction of the Philadelphia Union.

The Union announced today that they will participate in Disney's Pro Soccer Classic, starting in 2013. The tournament will take place from February 9 to February 23.

Ref talk continues, “teachable moments,” vote Union youth, more news

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Talk about Sunday's refereeing disaster continues across the league. Hackworth says DC game had plenty of "teachable moments." Valdes named to PST Team of the Week. MLS ranked 8th in the world for pro soccer attendance. Mexico v USA top primetime broadcast. More news.

Why San Diego Is The Chris Wondolowski Of U.S. Soccer Cities

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Watching the MLS All-Star game in the heart of the Gaslamp District which for those playing the game at home is downtown San Diego – the question was asked why San Diego isn't considered for any of the ‘showcase' games of U.S. Soccer?

Surely a city that is the country's eighth largest, has the country's biggest youth soccer market and sits on the border of the soccer crazy nation of Mexico was worth a shot of hosting a game or two?

Beckham is Pelé's Equal

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In regards to U.S. professional Soccer development, from recognition to acceptance, Beckham is Pelé's equal.

If David Beckham never made another goal in MLS, it wouldn't matter. He has surpassed expectations. His mission is accomplished.

While it would be horrible and a hard pill to swallow if Beckham was to get hurt and not be able to play again or play to his same abilities(knock on wood), his contribution to boost the MLS profile and pro Soccer in the U.

Video Highlights: Beckham, Donovan, Keane Chop Down the Timbers 5-3

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David Beckham and Robbie Keane scored twice each, while Landon Donovan scored the other.

Beckham and Donovan assisted too. They each had an integral pass to accomodate Keane's goals.

The 'designated ones' put on a show at a raucous Portland stadium and for a national cable audience on NBC Sports Network.

Union To Play Rochester Rhinos In Third Round Of US Open Cup On May 29

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Last night's Lamar Hunt US Open Cup results left the Rochester Rhinos as the Philadelphia Union's opponent in the third round of the 2012 edition of the long running competition.

The Rhinos beat fellow New York club the Brooklyn Italians 3-0 to advance forward in the USOC. The United Soccer Leagues PRO team will now face the Union at PPL Park on May 29, the first every home game in the USOC for Philadelphia.

North American Soccer League

Jamie Watson Loaned to Minnesota Stars for Remainder of Season

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From the days of the Minnesota Thunder playing Real Salt Lake in USOC matches or when the NSC Stars played the Austin Aztex in the USSF D2 Pro League, whenever Jamie Watson touched a ball for those opposing sides, Minnesota pro soccer fans would chant, "You dive like Jamie Watson." The chant was started after [.

The last pro soccer All-Star Game in Philly

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The last time a pro soccer All-Star Game took place in Philly, the NASL's Team America all-stars took on England at JFK Stadium on May 31, 1976. Philadelphia-area born goalkeeper Bob Rigby and defender Bobby Smith were two of only six US players on the team.

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2012 SBI College Soccer Season Preview: Rankings, Players to watch and more

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Photo by ISIPhotos.com

The 2012 Men's College soccer season is ready to kick off tonight around the country and the best teams and players in America will give soccer fans plenty of added entertainment to go along with their usual pro soccer fix.

Defending champion North Carolina is back, and despite all the new faces, the Tar Heels should be in contention again.

Champions League Preview: One of Pro Sport's Unlikeliest Battles, Metapan of El Salvador vs. the L.A. Galaxy

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This is the kind of match that only pro Soccer can host. A team representing one of the largest, most modern metro areas in the world, Los Angeles, takes on a team coming from a second-world country of a town of 19,000 people. Metapan of El Salvador would seem like a huge underdog, but they're not.


Metapan (is 30 miles outside of Santa Ana-which has a population of more than 200,000 and their own Soccer team) is a significant underdog, especially playing as a visiting team at the Home Depot Center in Los Angeles on Thursday night, starting at 10pm Eastern on Fox Soccer.

Awesome Video Highlights: Timbers vs. Sounders

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They were the underdog going into Sunday's afternoon affair versus the Seattle Sounders, but hometown fans would never had known it after the Portland Timbers won 2-1.

With a national television audience tuned in on ESPN, Portland Soccer fans showed how much they care about their MLS team.

Is OKC on the Radar Now for MLS?

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OKC is a one-horse town among the five major team spectator sports in the U.S. Of the NHL, NBA, NFL, MLB and MLS, they play only in the NBA.

There are only a few metro areas in the U.S. currently playing as one-horse towns.
One team is the Carolina Hurricanes of the NHL, which resides in Raleigh.

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Zak Boggs Retires Because He's Incredibly Smart

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Since this blog was founded in late 2010/early 2011, we've had a lot to say about Zak Boggs. Not all of it has been positive. However, this last time what we'd like to say is "good luck." The Revolution released this afternoon that Boggs, a third-year midfielder, has retired from soccer to accept a Fullbright Scholarship for medical sciences at Leicester University in England.

Who is Clive Charles?

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Clive Charles is a legend in the Portland area. He's been gone almost 10 years, succumbing in 2003 to prostate cancer.

Charles was a pro Soccer player for West Ham United in England beginning in 1970.

He then played for some other pro teams before making his way to the Portland Timbers in 1978.

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Canadian Team Boosts Women's Pro Soccer Potential

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The thrilling, controversial semi-final match of Women's Olympic Soccer stirred heavy emotions for Canadians.

The outcome may have been plagued by referee judgment, but it also may have stoked new flames for the Women's Pro game in North America.

Ironically, the loss may mean more for women's Soccer than a win would have.

Women's Pro League Final Takes Backseat to US Women's Olympic Team

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The highest level of women's pro Soccer in the U.S. played its final Saturday. The Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) Elite match was played in Rochester, New York, home of the Western New York Flash.

The game went to Pk's after the two finalists, the Flash and Chicago Red Stars, played 120 minutes to a 1-1 tie.

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Junior Flores Named to U.S. Men's U17 Camp Roster

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Junior Flores | Manassasa, VA Junior Flores (McLean Youth Soccer) has been selected by U.S. under-17 men's national team head coach Richie Williams to participate in the upcoming week-long training camp July 22-29 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The 40-player roster includes Twenty players who were part of the 2012 spring semester at the U-17 Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla.

Soccer Returns to R.I.

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The Reds hosted preseason tryouts in Seekonk, Mass. with the hope of finding players hungry to contribute during the team's inaugural season. (Photo: Rhode Island Reds FC)

After a three-year hiatus, semi-pro soccer officially returns to the Ocean State on Saturday when the expansion Rhode Island Reds FC kick off their inaugural season against the Brooklyn Italians at Cranston Stadium.

Montreal Impact

Musket Rounds: MLS Road Trips, Boxing Matches, Lee Nguyen's luck, Kaka and more

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Been a bit since we had a Musket Round, but with the All-Star game over - despite Lee Nguyen's and Clyde Simms' snubs - there is news in Revolution land.

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Revs aim to mesh defensive grit, attacking creativity | Revolution Soccer

This seems like an easy enough plan, hopefully we can see some progress in it.

Whitecaps look to break Toronto FC's run in Canadian championship final

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Meeting in the finals of the Canadian championship is nothing new for Toronto FC and the Vancouver Whitecaps, who have tangled for the right to hoist the Voyageurs Cup in each of the last three years. Even though Toronto FC has won all three of those meetings, one look at the MLS standings would suggest that it might just be the Whitecaps' year to break the hex and earn their first berth in the CONCACAF Champions League.

MLS Attendance Continues to Rise

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The Montreal Impact drew 60,860 fans, a Canadian pro soccer record, for its 1-1 tie with the Los Angeles Galaxy at Olympic Stadium. The Houston Dynamo sold out its opener at BBVA Compass Stadium with 22,039 fans on hand for its 1-0 win over D.C. United. For MLS team attendance rankings ...


Mike Woitalla of Soccer America reports on the continued rise of MLS attendance.

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New Cosmos Team Could Strengthen NASL and Leave Minnesota Without Pro Soccer

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The North American Soccer League announced on Wednesday their newest member of the league, the New York Cosmos. It was a happy day for the league after wooing the Cosmos for years. "The first week I was on the job last year we had a conversation with the prior ownership group of the Cosmos," said [.

FIFA Blocks American Political Advertising; Top 5 Nicknames for a Mitt Romney Soccer Team

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There were so many directions to go with this story when it first broke a couple of days ago.

Originally, many looked at the use of presidential politics on sports uniforms as amusing or satirical, like a Wag the Dog type of funny.

A fourth-tier semi-pro Soccer team running around in 'Vote for Mitt' unis has its irony.

Player of the Week: Chase Harrison

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Chase Harrison could have given up on pro soccer long ago.

It could have been after the 2006 season, when Real Salt Lake drafted him, loaned him out to a USL team that folded at season's end, and then waived him before he appeared in a single match. (The club drafted Chris Seitz a few months later.

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New Women’s Pro Soccer League Launching in 2013

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Today the US Soccer Federation in conjunction with the Canadian Soccer Association and the Federation of Mexican Football announced their new women's professional league launching in 2013. The announcement was that eight cities will be hosting teams, four of which already had pro teams back in the WPS era and four new cities who will be fielding brand new teams.

Union Freekicks - Thursday, August 16th

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USA makes history, beats rival Mexico

USA beats Mexico 1-0, in Mexico for the first time ever. I don't care if it was just a friendly.

Soumare focused on road ahead

Soumare puts his debut loss behind him, and looks to move forward hoping to make the Union one of the best defenses in the league again.

Soccer Speak USA Celebrates A Mini Milestone & Recaps On Its 5 Most Read Articles

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Recently Soccer Speak USA, a humble blog of ideas that was created to help act as discussion tool and more optimistically, a catalyst for change at the grassroots of U.S. soccer – surpassed 5000 hits.

Not a number that screams ‘listen to my me because my ideas are great' but rather an indicator that there are indeed people out there that believe soccer can reach its potential in this country through innovative approaches to help foster a cultural shift in the big four ‘Americanized' sports of NFL, Baseball, Basketball and Ice Hockey.

Video: Pelé Made U.S., New York Cosmos Debut 37 Years Ago

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In June of 1975, Pelé assisted on one goal and scored another on a header to help lead his New York Cosmos team to a comeback draw against the Dallas Tornado.

Pro Soccer's triumphs and tribulations have been well documented over the years. Much has been made about Pele's contribution and how he influenced the game's growth in the 1970's.

In recent weeks, top MLS officials have presented a detailed proposal to local politicians,...

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In recent weeks, top MLS officials have presented a detailed proposal to local politicians, outlining a plan for a 20,000- to 25,000-seat stadium on roughly eight acres near the northern end of the park.
The plan, still in its nascent stages, would create a home for a brand-new league team, as yet unnamed.

One and Done, Norfolk SharX to Cease Operations

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Norfolk SharX cease operations. ÿA famous saying that gets a lot of mention lately - "It's the economy, stupid" may be the perfect way to explain the news today that the Norfolk SharX professional indoor soccer team are now a part of history.
The following is an excerpt from the official statement released today by the SharX organization:

"The decision to cease operations was very difficult," states minority owner, team founder and president Marcie Laumann .

Springfield Demize Earn A Point Against St Louis Lions

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Following a 1-2 loss at home on Thursday the Demize traveled to St Louis on Saturday for the second of their two games against the in-state rival. They earned a point in the 1-1 draw via the goal by their captain, Gerard Barbero. Barbero made a nice run at the back post where he volleyed home Colin Elmrich's flick-on from a Demize corner kick.