Top 5 must-see soccer games on US TV this weekend

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With just one title race still being run in earnest across European football’s top five divisions, for the remainder of the 2017-18 campaign we’ll have to take enjoyment from games in isolation.

The one title tussle of major interest is in Italy, although what looked at one point like it was going to be a five-horse race is on the verge of becoming a two-way scrap.

Top 5 must-see soccer games on US TV this weekend

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With just one title race still being run in earnest across European football’s top five divisions, for the remainder of the 2017-18 campaign we’ll have to take enjoyment from games in isolation.

The one title tussle of major interest is in Italy, although what looked at one point like it was going to be a five-horse race is on the verge of becoming a two-way scrap.

Champions League

Video: Jurgen Klopp shows you his murder face (Napoli 2-1 Borussia Dortmund)

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Ever wondered what Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp would look like if he was killing someone? He gave us a pretty good clue during last night's Champions League defeat to Napoli. The German boss flew into a crazed rage when Gonzalo Higuain scored what proved to be the winner. After coming close to biting the [.

Frings out for season with hip injury

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Toronto FC started the season with three Designated Players. None of the three will finish the season on the field with the club.

With Julian de Guzman traded to Dallas and Danny Koevermans out for the season with a torn ACL comes word that captain Torsten Frings will be forced to miss the remainder of the season with a hip injury that requires arthroscopic surgery.

Your thoughts on the Champions League draw for Chelsea?

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So the Champions League draw has been made and Chelsea face Shakhtar Donetsk, Juventus and Nordsjælland. What looked like being the group of death doesn't look so bad now.

Here is the remainder of the draw as per a screen shot from

So what do you people think?

Chelsea 4-2 Reading - Hard work - Credit to Reading.

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For the neutrals it must have been a good game, for us it was another "typical" Chelsea display in a game that on paper, Chelsea should have won easily.

Now I mean no disrespect to Reading and their fans at all when I say that, but let's put things into perspective here. A newly promoted side come to Stamford Bridge on a Wednesday night, on Chelsea's first appearance at the Bridge since winning the Champions League and with plenty of attacking talent on the pitch, surely it's a home banker isn't it?


Video: Ref Mark Clattenburg forgets his cards (Reading 0-0 Liverpool)

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Referee Mark Clattenburg suffered an embarrassing moment during yesterday's encounter between Reading and Liverpool when he realised he had forgotten his cards. Clattenburg forgot to bring his notepad and yellow and red cards out for the second-half of the match. He only realised he had left the items in his dressing room when he attempted [.

GIF It: Tottenham loanee Adam Smith goes head first over the hoardings (Millwall vs Burnley)

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A 2-0 home defeat to Burnley will have hurt Millwall's players but Tottenham loanee Adam Smith felt it worse than most. The 21-year-old discovered the dangers of running at pace towards the edge of the pitch in icy conditions. Smith ended up flying over the advertising hoardings in painful fashion. Thankfully he was able [.


Schaffer leads Tribe women to shutout over Villanova 1-0

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VILLANOVA, Pa. - The William and Mary women's soccer team recorded its fourth-straight victory with a 1-0 triumph at Villanova on Friday morning. Senior Mallory Schaffer provided the game-winner off an assist from classmate Cortlyn Bristol in the 80th minute. The win improves the College's record to 4-2, while Villanova falls to 1-4-2.

Tribe Women Shutout Spiders 3-0

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Three Second-Half Goals Power Tribe Past Spiders Courtesy WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The William and Mary women's soccer team defeated Richmond, 3-0, Wednesday night at Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field. In second-half action, W&M netted three goals in the span of 10 minutes as it distanced itself from the visiting Spiders.


MALOUDA: RDM right to do what he has?

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As you know I posted up the "Tweet" that Florent Malouda posted stating that he was banished to train with the U21's for the remainder of his Chelsea contract.

Since then it seems that Lyon are keen to offer Malouda a way out of the club as it's obvious that he doesn't fit into RDM's plans for the season.

MALOUDA BANISHED! - Reveals on Twitter training with U21's!

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This afternoon Florent Malouda has revealed that he is to train for the remainder of the season with Chelsea's U21's and confirming that unless he leaves, he will take no further part in Di Matteo's plans for the season.

He confirmed the news a short time ago on Twitter as below:

I have to say his "tweet" will not impress the Chelsea management at all but I guess you can understand his frustrations.

D.C. United

State of the MLS Run In: 8 Weeks to Go

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Previous Week

Finally! We started publishing the odds over a month ago and since then the same roster of 10 playoff teams have been favored to make the playoffs, and by a pretty good margin. In the first edition I pointed out that the best chance at a shakeup was Columbus displacing Chicago.

Union and Perlaza Go Separate Ways

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The Philadelphia Union have announced that they have agreed to a mutual contract termination with forward Jorge Perlaza. Perlaza joined the Union this season in a trade which sent MLS Superdraft first overall pick Danny Mwanga to Portland. This move should come as a surprise to no one. Perlaza had not played or been available as a sub for the last ten Union games.

State of the MLS Run In: 11 Weeks To Go

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Previous Week

Despite the ESPN announcers perversely going on about Chivas making a run at the playoffs despite a heavy loss to the Galaxy, the jockeying at this point continues to be more about seeding than about the playoff participants. Chicago is starting to run away with the last slot in the East.

State of the MLS Run In: 12 Weeks To Go

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I'm going to start these a little sooner this season, in part because nothing else is going on this week (kidding!) and in part because the playoff race - at least the question of who is and who isn't in the playoffs - is resolving remarkably early this year. If we define a team as being in contention for a playoff spot if it has between a 20 and 80% chance of making it in, then our first State of the Run In last season in late August had 4 teams in contention - DC United, Houston, New York, and Chivas USA.

Season-End Table Projection Update: 45 Points?

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Gavin Wilkinson famously set a target of 45 points upon becoming the Portland Timbers' Interim Head Coach, saying it was a reasonable expectation an attainable goal for the rest of the season.

Two dreadful performances later, few Timbers fans would consider 45 points remotely possible. And indeed the updated end of season projections here on Stumptown Footy predict the team finishing with somewhere between 25 and 32 points.

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 [.

Ruben Luna Loaned to NASL’s San Antonio Scorpions

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FC Dallas Homegrown forward Ruben Luna will join the NASL's San Antonio Scorpions this week for the remainder of 2012. Dallas can recall Luna any time, if needed.

The post Ruben Luna Loaned to NASL's San Antonio Scorpions appeared first on 3rd Degree.

Major League Soccer

Sene Suffers Torn ACL

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. New England Revolution forward Saer Sene became the first player for the Revs to score double-digit goals in one season on Wednesday evening in a 3-3 draw with Chivas USA. Sene scored two goals in the game and looked a threat before pulling up in the second half grabbing his knee.

Marco Pappa to SC Heerenveen After All

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There have been stories of Marco Pappa joining Dutch side SC Heerenveen. There have been stories of Marco Pappa joining EPL club Wigan in the winter. It turns out the full story is a mix of the two. Pappa will join SC Heerenveen at the conclusion of the 2012 MLS Regular Season.

The Dutch league should suit Pappa better than the EPL so this is a very good move.

Kljestan scores in Anderlecht's UEFA Champions League qualifying win

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Sacha Kljestan has scored in league play in MLS and Belgium, for the U.S. men's national team and in the UEFA Europa League. He can now add UEFA Champions League goalscorer to his resume.

Kljestan scored the opening goal and assisted on the second tally in Anderlecht's 6-0 rout of Lithuanian side Ekranas in a UCL third-qualifying-round match on Wednesday, a win that sealed an 11-0 aggregate victory and puts Anderlecht within one round of the UCL group stage.

Galaxy send Barrett on loan to Valarenga

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The LA Galaxy have known for months that they would have to find a way to get Chad Barrett off their payroll in order to fit all the salaries they had compiled on their roster for 2012, and on Monday it appears they have finally found a way to make that move happen.

The Galaxy have sent Barrett on loan to Valarenga for the remainder of the 2012 MLS season, Galaxy writer Adam Serrano confirmed on Monday night.

Rodgers’ Reds held in Toronto

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Teenage striker Adam Morgan scored a crucial second half equalizer to rescue Liverpool from defeat but it wasn't enough to ensure a winning start to the club's North American tour in Toronto.

After a rather uneventful first half, MLS outfit Toronto FC took the lead 13 minutes following the interval as Quincy Amarikwa effortlessly slotted home a rebounded effort.

Portland Timbers recall Bright Dike, send Andrew Jean-Baptiste to Los Angeles on loan

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The Portland Timbers made one roster adjustment in preparation for their match with the Los Angeles Galaxy on July 14, recalling forward Bright Dike from the Los Angeles Blues of USL Pro. Dike was outstanding in his short stint with the Blues, scoring six goals in 10 matches. To keep their roster in compliance with MLS rules, the Timbers sent defender Andrew Jean-Baptiste to the Blues on loan for the remainder of the 2012 season, but he can be recalled at any point.

MLS announces All-Stars starting XI

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On Sunday, MLS announced the first 11 players that will compile the MLS All-Stars roster for the midsummer showcase against Chelsea.

The most notable selection of the 11 being LA Galaxy ace Landon Donovan, who will be making a record-breaking 12th consecutive All-Star Game appearance.

Galaxy teammate David Beckham will join Donovan, along with Thierry Henry, Dwayne De Rosario, and Chris Wondolowski, to name a few.

2012 MLS, Week 18: Power Rankings

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After a week off, the Power Rankings are back here at WVH. Only a few moves to really talk about this week as the top four remained in the top tier. Only one club moved up a tier while the bottom two clubs look like they could be joining the third tier here shortly.

Team Rank (Last) Record (W-L-T) Comments Top Tier (teams seen to be head and shoulders above the rest) 1 (1) 11-4-4 37 pts.

World Cup Qualifiers

beIN Sport acquires television rights to USMNT road World Cup qualifiers

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Fans in the United States will no longer have to worry about U.S. men's national team World Cup qualifiers being shown on pay-per-view.

New sports network beIN Sport announced in a press release Wednesday that it has acquired exclusive rights to televise the national team's road qualifiers for the remainder of the 2014 World Cup cycle, starting with the final two matches of this round, Sept.

Tim Krul Returns To Pre-Season – Schedule Is Updated

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Tim Krul will be joining the Newcastle squad in Germany for the remainder of the first of their two mini-European tours in this pre-seaosn. Tim Krul in action last season we must have just scored! The Newcastle Assistant Manager John Carver had this to say to the Newcastle Journal this morning: "All of the lads who were at Euro 2012 or played in World Cup qualifiers [.

penalty kick

All-Time Leading Scorer Delicate Leads Kickers Past Dayton

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RICHMOND, VA – Matthew Delicate became Richmond's all-time leading scorer with a stoppage time penalty kick as the Kickers secured a hard-fought 2-0 victory over the Dayton Dutch Lions.
Entering the match as a 65th minute substitute, Delicate had a number of close calls before scoring his 64th goal in a Richmond uniform.

Closed Door vs. Norway

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The U.S. WNT finished up the on-field portion of its pre-Olympic training camp in Darlington with a closed door training match against Norway. The Norwegians, who failed to qualify for the Olympics after finishing third in Group D behind Brazil and Australia, were kind enough to drop down to England for the scrimmage.

Toronto FC

Amarikwa! F*ck Yeah!

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Apparently, with just under 2 weeks in the transfer window to go, Toronto FC is on the verge of signing 24-year old American forward Quincy Amarikwa.

The Up Side : He's young, he's probably cheap, he's a forward and most importantly, he's a PLAYER. Toronto's roster is badly depleted and with a lack of depth at defense as well as a lack of anyone up front, so this is a good move.

Koevermans to miss remainder of TFC season with torn ACL

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Resurging Toronto FC have been dealt a big blow in their quest to get out of the basement in the Eastern Conference, as striker Danny Koevermans has been ruled out for the remainder of the season.

Toronto FC announced Monday that Koevermans will miss the rest of the year after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee during the club's 1-0 loss to the New England Revolution on Saturday.

The Rest

Video: Bosnia-Herzegovina youngster Nermin Zolotić suffers horrific dangly broken leg

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FK Željezničar Sarajevo midfielder Nermin Zolotić suffered the sort of broken leg destined to sicken millions of YouTube viewers during this week's Bosnia-Herzegovina Premier League match with HK Zrinjski Mostar. The 19-year-old ended up with the lower section of his leg trapped underneath the boot of an opponent, with the remainder of his leg at [.

England Up To All-Time High Third Place In FIFA World Rankings – Behind Only Germany And Spain!

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By Chris Wright

Not that they matter one iota, but England have moved up into third place in FIFA's World Rankings an all-time high despite not playing a single competitive game in the month of July.

Yep. Due to whatever ridiculous algorithms FIFA use to construct their pointless dung heap, now only Germany and all-conquering reigning World and double European champions Spain are above Roy Hodgson's boys in the standings.

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: Practice Without Perkins

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After the big news of Troy Perkins' trade today the Timbers still practiced at their Beaverton training facility. Perkins was sighted briefly before practice as he stopped by to say goodbye to his teammates and clean out his locker.

Donovan Ricketts, who was picked up in exchange for Perkins, will practice with the team for the first time on Friday, according to Gavin Wilkinson.

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Before most fans had ever heard of Massimo Luongo, his first appearance in the Spurs spotlight was to miss the vital penalty in our Carling Cup tie with Stoke last season. With apologies for even mentioning that, it's pleasing to report that the player's reputation enhanced throughout the remainder of the campaign.

Club Nacional de Football Umbro 2012 Third Kit

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Reigning Primera División Uruguaya champions Club Nacional de Football has launched its Umbro third kit for the remainder of the 2012 season. The new kit joins the Nacional Umbro 2012...

Season-End Table Projection Update: Not Looking Good

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A few weeks ago Ryan and I shared our competing mathematical models projecting the table as we believe it will look like by the end of the season. Since then a lot of things have happened that have thrown those earlier projections right out the window.

For example, the LA Galaxy have gone on a bit of a run, winning four of their last six and climbing up the table in the process.