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New England Revolution

Five Questions: Revolution at Crew

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Tony Tchani (left) and Benny Feilhaber battle for position during the Crew's visit to Gillette Stadium on Jun. 16. (Photo: Kari Heistad/CapturedImages.biz)

Talk about a tale of two halves.

In the first 17 games of the season, the Revolution were a team with realistic playoff hopes. No, really.

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.

Revs successful in appeal of Cardenas card; Sounders' Gonzalez suspended

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Retroactive refereeing has now gone both ways.

The New England Revolution were successful in the first-ever appeal of a red card under the league's new system, getting Fernando Cardenas' fine and suspension for the card he received Saturday against Real Salt Lake rescinded.

Musket Rounds: Mansally, Revolution Empire, Brek Shea, Survival Sunday, & more!

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It's a rainy Tuesday in New England. The perfect type of day to spend a little extra time poking around the internet and a little less time doing "work" or being "productive". What's that? You don't know where to go or what to read? Oh, well, here... let us help you with that...


Revolution Links

Decision to waive Mansally painful one for New England - MLSSoccer.

Mark Geiger

Break the mold for MLS referees

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Following Sunday's refereeing debacle in DC, Nate Emeritz considers what might be done to improve officiating and suggests US soccer should invest in a prominent model of mature (not perfect) refereeing.

Sounders Crushed 4-1 By Montreal Impact

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One could blame poor refereeing. Or a lack of effort. Or that the Seattle Sounders played without passion. That would be passing off the blame. It wasn't in Seattle's head, or referee Mark Geiger's. Seattle was out played. Poor passing out from the backline compounded by poor passing in the middle.

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On losing

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Editor's note: Wanted to promote this to the front as I thought it was a good reflection. - Jeremiah

Losing sucks.

Particularly the way we lost last night -- in one of the most important games of the year, the team fought hard but couldn't quite get the result that we wanted, and it felt like we were playing 12 on 11 for most of the game.

Nightmares for Szczesny and Rosicky, but Arshavin shines for Russia

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Somewhat hilariously, I forgot that I had a long-planned dinner engagement last night, so missed both of yesterday's opening games of Euro 2012. I did remember to record them, but haven't had time to watch them as yet. Never mind though, I have seen the highlights, which makes me perfectly entitled to comment on what happened with considerable authority just like Alan Hansen does on Match of the Day.

Euro 2012: Michel Platini Warns Any Player That Walks Off Pitch Over Racist Abuse Will Be Booked

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By Chris Wright

Platini: Seen here with 'friend'

UEFA President Michel Platini was warned that any player who chooses to walk off the pitch in protest over racist abuse at Euro 2012 will be booked for their insolence specifically singling out Mario Balotelli, who has vowed to walk and/or kill any troglodyte fans that see fit to fling their filth at him during the tournament.

Euro 2012: Michel Platini warns of bookings for racism protest players

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This article titled "Euro 2012: Michel Platini warns of bookings for racism protest players" was written by Dominic Fifield in Krakow, for The Guardian on Wednesday 6th June 2012 19.53 UTC

Michel Platini has warned players they will be booked if they walk off the pitch at Euro 2012 in protest at being racially abused, though the Uefa president has empowered referees to halt matches if the issue flares up during the tournament.

Michel Platini says players who are racially abused will get a yellow card if they leave the pitch

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Thanks to the prevalence of racist incidents at domestic football matches in Poland and Ukraine, racism has been a hot topic in the build-up to Euro 2012. Italy's Mario Balotelli weighed in on the issue, saying he would simply walk off the pitch if he were subjected to racist abuse.

UEFA president Michel Platini, however, has insisted that Balotelli would have to stand there and take his racist abuse, or risk earning a yellow card for leaving the field.

Brazil waxes US, more news

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Checkout PSPs match report and look for an analysis piece later today.

As the Sporting News said about last night's USMNT game, "It quickly became apparent...that Brazil is not Scotland."

On the surface, The New York Daily News headline says it all: "US soccer outclassed and out-executed in 4-1 friendly against Brazil at FedEx Field.

Ovrebo confession settles heated debate

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Controversial Norwegian referee Tom Henning Ovrebo has admitted that his poor officiating during the 2009 Champions League semifinal between Chelsea and Barcelona cost the Premier League outfit a second consecutive final appearance against Manchester United.

Ovrebo's clear confession should go a long way in settling the on-going debate regarding the significance of his role in Barca's progression.

Fabregas And Iniesta Cautious Ahead Of Chelsea Fixture

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Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas believes that despite Chelsea's current inconsistent form, the Blues still remain a very difficult opponent to beat. Speaking during the pre-match press conference, Fabregas maintained that Barca's defense will have to be in top form if they are to stop Chelsea's counter attacks.

Does the law against diving need more clarity?

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Some players have always gone down too easily, there is no denying that, and it happens on numerous occasions in every game but the spotlight comes in high profile situations.

Speculation has been rife in recent weeks, especially with the actions of Manchester United's Ashley Young. The pacy winger has won his side two crucial penalties in their title run-in despite clearly going to ground far too easily on both occasions.

Major Link Soccer: Estrada's Backstory, Beach Soccer, Friendlies Not Trophies

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This week's addition of Major Link Soccer should help you get caught up on some of the Seattle Sounders stories we haven't covered here yet. Somehow, despite writing at least three stories a day, multiple FanShots and occasional FanPosts there is still other amazing Sounders related content out there.

Toronto FC

THE MATCHUP: Shh!... It's Champions League (Now with 30% more Freddy Hall!)

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Don't ask about the triangleTORONTO FC VS. C.D. AGUILA
CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE - GROUP 1
 
BMO FIELD - WEDNESDAY 8PM ET
TV/RADIO: NONE
 
THE KICKABOUT:
If an El Salvadorian footballer dives in a forest but it's only streamed online.

MLS Weekend Wrap-Up: Dallas Demolishes Portland, New York Remains Undefeated at Home and Houston Takes Down Portland

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In the weekend leading up to the MLS All-Star Game, some teams showed their dominance, while others took steps in the wrong direction. Saturday saw Dallas FC make a complete mockery of the Portland Timbers, who have now lost four in a row. Meanwhile, the New York Red Bulls continued their impressive home lossless streak, dispatching the Union 2-0.

Euro 2012

10 Things We’ve Sincerely Enjoyed About Euro 2012

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 By Chris Wright

And with the expulsion of several hundred kilos of confetti (UEFA bought a job-lot of silver tokens off Richard O'Brien when the Crystal Maze folded) into the night sky in Kiev after 25 days, 31 games and 76 goals, the carnival is over.

Video: Bizarre ref makes up his own rules in Singapore v Malaysia match

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Euro 2012 isn't the only international tournament taking place at the moment. In the Far East, Malaysia and Singapore met in the Causeway Challenge today. Both tournaments have been blighted with some strange refereeing. This video starts with Malaysia's goalkeeper having just saved a Singapore penalty.

Top 10 conclusions: Poland 1-1 Greece

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1. The opening match of Euro 2012 was a tale of dodgy goalkeeping, dodgy refereeing and bags of action. 2. Robert Lewandowski decided to show why Manchester United want him. Or why they don't want him but lots of people think they do. Either way, he scored the first goal of the tournament. 3. Wojciech [.

Arsenal

“Soccer” and refereeing in North America. And you thought PGMOL was dodgy…

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THE MEN IN BLACK

by Don McMahon, ex-NASL and international referee

Following the recent posts about officials in football, I thought it might be interesting to consider refereeing in North America, compared with elsewhere. I do this, having been a certified referee since 1970, and now retired from the Game after officiating at the [.

Arsenal secure Champions League spot as Fulop flops in 3-2 win

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szólj hozzá: West Brom 2-3 Arsenal

Ben Foster's injury withdrawal an hour before kick off turned out to be the best thing in Arsenal's afternoon at the Hawthorns. The Gunners actually turned in a poor display but sparsely played Martin Fulop who was Foster's stand in gifted the visiting side all their goals.

PGMOL looks after the Premier League refs. But are they serious?

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By Walter Broeckx

Thanks to a great link Phil sent to me we can have a further look at the PGMOL and the referees. The article itself can be found here http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/17668965 and it really is an interesting article where former world cup referee Clive Thomas is very critical about the standard of refereeing.

Mike Riley: the ref statistics you quote are simply wrong

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This is the fourth in a series of articles exploring what has gone wrong with the organisation of refereeing in the Premier League. The previous articles in the series are listed [.

Soccer Players

Champions League final: Chelsea win as Drogba bows out a legend

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szólj hozzá: Chelsea Bayern HIGH + PENS

Five years ago in Munich, John Terry was a picture of abject misery, slipping on the slick Luzhniki Stadium turf and missing his penalty as Utd held off Chelsea in a heartbreaking loss.

Today, we saw Chelsea do the impossible as they held Bayern at the Allianz Arena, their home stadium, through full time and extra time for 120+ minutes through so many near death experiences.

Hall of shame: Dave Bryan

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Dave Bryan looks on stonily as Roberto Martinez gives him a piece of his mind

Wigan was robbed of a win against Chelsea by an incompetent linesman. Dave Bryan was guilty of letting both Branislav Ivanovic and Juan Mata's goal stand although they were clearly off side, the first more so than the second.

Manchester City

What An Incredible Fluke XXXIV!

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In less than one week...

The PGMOB were forced to take Lee Mason off the Man City/WBA match last night fearing a crowd reaction to his dire performance on the Man Utd match at the weekend.

Alex Ferguson: "I thought Phil Dowd had a disappointing night, I must say."

Kenny Dalglish refers to "inexcusable" and "unexplainable" decisions against his side.

Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 33 Preview

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Arsenal took down Manchester City, and some interesting refereeing decisions helped Manchester United beat QPR and Chelsea beat Wigan, respectively... Now the games come thick and fast and while the race for third and fourth is WIDE open (Chelsea, Arsenal, ... Continue reading →

AC Milan

European Rewind: Man City fall again, Real Madrid and AC Milan lose ground

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

Start printing the banners and begin tying red ribbons to the Premier League trophy. Barring a miracle, Manchester United are going to be the champions of England.

Manchester City continued their terrible run of form with a 1-0 loss to Arsenal at the Emirates and the so-called "noisy neighbors" fall eight points behind United in the race for the Premier League title with six games to play.

Could Ibrahimovic And Mourinho be Right About Barcelona?

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AC Milan's Zlatan Ibrahimovic was utterly disgusted by the refereeing at his side's 3-1 defeat to Barcelona at the Nou Camp last might and it is obvious to understand why. Milan were looking to make it to the semi final for the first time since 2007 when they were crowned European champions.

The Rest

Vote for your worst refereeing decision of the night

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It's not usually the done thing on here to blame the referee for the result – it's the sort of thing that you like to leave for the club on the other side of town but last night's 0-0 draw at home to Lazio was pretty ridiculous.
If Clint Dempsey were voting here, he would probably argue that his goal was the most obvious,
"I thought I was level with the line, it was a good ball from Bale and as it went in I thought I'd opened my account but it was waved offside," he said.

Around The league Week 11 now available on CSRN

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Scott, Ted, and Chris discuss on the recent developments in MLS and review the first third of the season in MLS. Shawn Carroll also stops by to talk about the MLS Disciplinary Committee and the overall state of refereeing in Major League Soccer. Also Scott finally reveals some predictions for the rest of the season.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Sigi Schmid

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Photo: Courtesy of Seattle Sounders FC

In the latest installment of the Philly Soccer Show podcast, are joined by Seattle Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid.

Sounders coach Sigi Schmid joins co-hosts Greg Orlandini of KYWNewsradio and PSP's Eli Pearlman-Storch to discuss the powerful Western Conference, including the surprising San Jose Earthquakes, Eddie Johnson and his return from Europe, Osvaldo Alonso's midfield dominance, as well as concerns about refereeing across the league.

The Fixing of Glasgow Rangers v Zenit St Petersburg - A Flashback

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The post below was originally published on the Football is Fixed blog on October 5th 2008.

The questions remain - whereabouts did the money end up in both Glasgow and Munchen?
And, in the former case, was tax paid to the HMR&C?

Another criminal hyperreality hidden away in the corridors of power.

Well done Chelsea - UEFA's rent boys lose

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I am no Chelsea fan but one has to see the positive in tonight's result that sees Barcelona go crashing out of the Champions League against all the odds. Â It was just fantastic to see Barcelona's cheating not pay. Many of us Gooners went on about the dodgy refereeing and Barcelona cheating which robbed us in last year's knockout stages, the same happened to Chelsea tonight.