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English Premier League

Spending Premier League money

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By J Hutcherson (Apr 20, 2017) US Soccer Players - There's a long tradition in professional sports in trying to figure out how the owners make their money. In America, the focus shifted from owners solely committed to their club to entrepreneurs and corporations with a variety of interests.

Former Premier League referees have urged the Football Association to Consider Introducing Video Cameras

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Referees in professional sports are usually the scapegoats when things go wrong because the decisions that they make have an impact on the result of the games that they officiate. As a matter of fact, referees have such an impact on games that online sportsbook soccer odds for teams change depending on the person officiating the game.

Major League Soccer

Atlanta United FC Poised to Make History

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Expansion teams don't tend to make the playoffs. If you trace the modern history of professional sports in the U.S., you'd be hard-pressed to find any team making the playoffs in their first year of existence. Winning the title as an expansion team would seem near impossible. Yet, after three weeks of the 2017 Major League Soccer season, expansion pro sports franchise, Atlanta United FC, looks like a serious championship contender.

MLS Salaries: Starting at the Rock-Bottom

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One of the key things for any employee entering the workforce is starting salary: it normally sets the baseline for future earnings and possible raises. That's why it's so sad that management has played professional sports player unions for fools, pitting veterans against rookies in negotiations (at least in North America).

Changing the College Soccer System

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In the debate on how to best achieve the first World Cup title for the United States, the differences between how youth are filtered into professional leagues in the U.S. verses other nations who have had World Cup success is often the main topic of conversation.All other national programs outside of the U.

Pre-Gaming: Union v. Chivas

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One of those rare teams in professional sports that plays better on the road than at home (see Flyers, Philadelphia), Chivas USA welcomes the surging, flying, soaring, hot-as-a-pistol Philadelphia Union to the Home Depot Center. Pointless at home and undefeated on the road, they might fare better if they called it the Away Depot Center.

Chicago Fire Fans Unveil Banner in Support of Gay Community

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Originally posted on Imagine2050

Last night, fans of the Major League Soccer (MLS) club Chicago Fire unveiled a massive banner displaying the rich diversity of the club's city, supporters and team. The banner featured the Chicago skyline with a backdrop of the rainbow flag with the words "Our City Our Club Our Diversity Our Strength".

MLS Season 17: What We Think We Know

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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 7, 2011) US Soccer Players -- The truth is that every new Major League Soccer season is more uniquely MLS than the last one. Things change for this League quicker than most. It's a League of moving parts, playing a game that is as much cultural movement as it is just another professional sports product.

World Cup

United States v Jamaica – Match Preview – WCQ – 11 September 2012

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The United States needs a win in CONCACAF 2014 World Cup Qualifying as they host Jamaica on September 11, 2012. The match will take place at Columbus Crew Stadium with kickoff scheduled for 8 PM USA EST.

USA manager Jurgen Klinsmann

"We gave away cheap free kicks and lost the game based on that.

Cherundolo, Bocanegra set to return to lineup for crucial qualifier vs. Jamaica

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COLUMBUS, Ohio-- There figure to be several changes made to the U.S. men's natinonal team's starting lineup heading into Tuesday's crucial World Cup qualifying showdown vs. Jamaica, and U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has already revealed some of them.

Soccer Players

Building for this Season

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (July 24, 2012) US Soccer Players – The insistence on building and keeping a core group of players in professional sports is something we see repeated across North American professional sports. In the National Football League, applying a franchise tag to a quarterback is almost a requirement.

The Good And The Bad In MLS

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 15, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Toronto ending the Los Angeles Galaxy's Champions League campaign at the quarterfinal stage probably didn't shock as many people as it should have. Regardless of how much League officials built up the importance of the Champions League, there's still a disconnect between MLS interest and interest in other competitions involving MLS teams.

Seattle Sounders

Stepping Away From The Ledge

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The Sounder's league record over the past 8 games has left their fan base frustrated and reeling. No one associated with the franchise is happy right now. A string of four losses and four draws in league play doesn't inspire confidence nor does it meet the lofty expectations everyone holds for the franchise.

The Bench is Waiting

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Saturday night the Sounders embarrassed themselves. Forget the referee, the crowd, the Montreal Impact. Intensity and focus matter in professional sports and the Sounders did not take the field in Montreal ready to play. There were moments of precision and brilliance from the Sounders. Eddie Johnson's goal was the result of beautiful interplay.

Su Madre

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Part of Gordon R. Dickson's Childe Cycle is the story Lost Dorsai. It involves a young military musician from a warrior caste who has chosen not to kill. During the climax of the story he is part of a small force besieged by a much larger army. The larger force comes from a Hidalgo culture.

Betting On Yourself

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What a difference a week makes. A week ago I wrote about the young heart of the Sounders and this week, two of those players are now Impactioneers. (Hey, it sounds better than Impacters.) Much has been said in the aftermath of The Trade. But one comment in particular struck a chord for me.

Fitness Concerns Over Sammy Ochoa, O'Brian White Motivated Sounders To Make Trade

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With each passing day, it seems we learn a little more about the Eddie Johnson trade. On Monday, Seattle Sounders coach Sigi Schmid seemed to indicate that health and fitness concerns with Sammy Ochoa and O'Brian White were motivating factors behind the deal.

"I think certainly if O'Brian White wasn't injured and hadn't gone through what he went through last year, maybe we're not talking about this trade," Schmid said during a teleconference.

Euro 2012

2012 Euro: Spain vs France Preview

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Can Spain continue their form against France and advance to the semifinals? (Getty Images)

By Geoff Reid

Spain vs France
Mentality is everything in professional sports, and this is no different. Both the Spanish and the French are coming into today's quarter final clash in different places mentally it seems.

Recently published articles, some by professional sports journalists and many

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Recently published articles, some by professional sports journalists and many by amateur bloggers, have theorized, with virtually no supporting data whatsoever, that Robin van Persie is preparing to depart Arsenal for another club (i.e., Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, etc.) If you don't believe me, just try typing the phrase "Robin van Persie" into the Google search engine, and the words "transfer rumours" are all over the place.

England’s Once Brave Loses Umbro, and Capello

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Not exactly a great week if you're John Terry. More, after the jump:

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So if you're keeping score at home, that's Social Media Neophytes/Journo Hacks/Chelsea Naysayers 3, John Terry 0. First he lost the armband, which, in fairness many of us accepted with relative understanding.


Grading The Scorpions: Class Is In Session

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Before the season began, I wrote a brief Intro to our future rivals, the San Antonio Scorpions. Among reminders of my obvious disdain for San Antonio sports (or, more accurately, sport), I discussed how impressed I was with this particular franchise. Their philanthropic purpose, becoming the first ever sports franchise to fully support a charity (Morgan's Wonderland), is honorable to say the least, and their seeming transparency to fans was just super cool.

Ching, Dynamo keep win streak in perspective

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First of all, let's point out there is no such thing as an ugly win. Victories in professional sports are a lot like tax refunds you didn't expect. In other words, you'll take them whenever you can get them. "Six points is six points," Dominic Kinnear said. "It doesn't say 'ugly win' or 'dominating win' [.

Philadelphia Union

Califf: “They were looking to get rid of me”

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At Wednesday's press conference in which Peter Nowak announced that a deal was in place to trade Danny Califf, the spin was that the former Union captain was ready to go "home" to Southern California. Kerith Gabriel reports Califf's reaction when listening to the press conference was, "It made me want to throw up.

Flooding, timidity, money & more morning news.

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Philadelphia Union

Dave Zeitlin reports the Union believes that flooding the midfield has been the key to overcoming their slow start, even if it limits playing time for the team's young strikers. John Hackworth says, "That's a disadvantage to it, but it is what it is.

Fans, idols, and managers

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When I was about eight years old, my mother took my younger brother and me to Yankee Stadium and introduced us to third base coach and future general manager Gene Michael. As two boys growing up just outside New York City, we should have been thrilled to meet our hometown team's coach, but we didn't really care.

A Second Take on Le Toux, Red Flags Raised

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Sebastien Le Toux's departure from the Philadelphia Union certainly made headlines. There was much made of the incident after the player came out and spoke his side of the story. It was emotional and troublesome that, according to Le Toux, a professional club in MLS would dismiss a player in such fashion.

title IX

International Women’s Day… Title IX Edition

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Hi All,

I had the amazing privilege of sitting down with Dr. Christine Grant, a pioneer for women's intercollegiate athletics and Title IX. A bit of work and travel has set back my post, but in honor of International Women's Day I wanted to provide you with a little preview of Title IX. We have come so far, yet have so far to go.

International Women’s Day… Title IX Edition

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Hi All,

I had the amazing privilege of sitting down with Dr. Christine Grant, a pioneer for women's intercollegiate athletics and Title IX. A bit of work and travel has set back my post, but in honor of International Women's Day I wanted to provide you with a little preview of Title IX. We have come so far, yet have so far to go.

The Rest

Barcelona: Liverpool Wanted 185m For Coutinho

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Barcelona claim that Liverpool were willing to sell Philippe Coutinho on the Spanish transfer deadline day.

Speaking at a press conference on Saturday, Barcelona's director of professional sports Albert Soler said the Merseyside club demanded €200 million (£185m) to make the deal happen.

Bringing In Revenue

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When you think of Professional sports and the money that these clubs make immediately Professional basketball, football, baseball, and hockey are most likely the sports that pop in your head. While those Professional organizations do bring in a ton of income, lets not forget Professional soccer. These Professional soccer clubs bring in just as much.

The Fear Factor

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While pondering the mysteries and obfuscations of the universe and the AAA, I suddenly realized that there is a common thread running through life and professional sports, like football, that could help explain, in some small way, the strange goings-on that occur in our beloved Game.

BeÅŸiktaÅŸ JK adidas 2012/13 Third Jersey

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Curently featuring Portuguese internationals Ricardo Quaresma, Simao Sabrosa, Hugo Almedia and Manuel Fernandes, Beşiktaş Jimnastik Kulübü (commonly called Beşiktaş) is a professional sports club based in Beşiktaş district in Istanbul,...

Chicago Fire vs. Houston Dynamo - MLS #17 - Three Questions

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I chatted with Zach Woosley over at Dynamo Theory for a 3 questions exchange ahead of tomorrow night's matchup at BBVA Compass Stadium. The Fire are riding a 3 game win streak into the match and will be looking to build on that. Our questions for Dynamo Theory are below. They have not had time to get questions to me yet but if they do, I will update the article to reflect those answers.

NY2 Nearly A Thing, Surrounding Community Might Someday Notice

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It says here that MLS has come close to securing a deal for a plot of land in the aptly named Flushing section of Queens (seriously, have you ever been there? It's great if you like chop shops and derelict buildings Citi Field, but otherwise...not so much) in order to place a second MLS team in the NY Area, and the first in New York City itself.

Asian Cup legacy for Canberra football - I want to hear the plan

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"We're building a platform," Michael Brown says. "We want to leave a legacy – we often talk about how good it's going to be – but what is it? How do we define it?
"We'll see other legacies in the fact that we need to upgrade some stadia and venues, and they will be local football facilities.

Teófilo Stevenson obituary

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This article titled "Teófilo Stevenson obituary" was written by Michael Carlson, for The Guardian on Tuesday 12th June 2012 14.29 UTC

Boxing holds a special place in the hearts of Cubans, and after Fidel Castro banned professional sports in the early 1960s, the country quickly became a dominant power in the amateur rings.

Popovich's culture in San Antonio is popular blueprint

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Gregg Popovich may be the best coach in American professional sports today.
What Popovich has done goes far beyond guiding his San Antonio Spurs to the best record in the National Basketball Association this season. He has created a template for NBA success. His influence extends so far that his presence is likely to be felt in the NBA Finals even if the Spurs don't make it.

The legacy of David Moyes

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Loyalty and longevity are rare traits in the world of professional sports. In Premier League soccer, keeping a team manager who has not won a trophy in 10 years is almost unheard of.

This week, David Moyes will complete a full decade as manager and coach at Everton.

It is an open secret that Everton, without a billionaire owner, struggles to spend anything like what the big boys of England's Premier League spend.

Sounder Investments

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Early in the classic baseball movie, Bull Durham, there is a scene where the veteran catcher, Crash Davis, ends up out back of a bar with the pitching protégé he's supposed to be helping to develop. Ebby Calvin ‘Nuke' LaLoosh wants to fight, but Crash hands Ebby a baseball instead and goads him into throwing the ball at Crash's chest.

Jeter proves to be worthy role model for Eli

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Eli Manning's star has never shined brighter as he leads his New York Giants into their 2nd Super Bowl in the past 4 years.

As accomplished and appreciated as Manning is now, he was not always held in that regard. Playing professional sports in the largest fishbowl of a media market like New York is not easy, as there are very high expectations to manage and distractions to avoid.