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English Premier League

5 reasons for Arsenal supporters to be optimistic

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After a roller coaster of a summer, Arsenal can finally begin to move forward now that the transfer window has officially closed for Premier League teams. With the roster now set, let’s run through the five biggest topics of conversation about the Gunners looking ahead.

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5 reasons for Arsenal supporters to be optimistic

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After a roller coaster of a summer, Arsenal can finally begin to move forward now that the transfer window has officially closed for Premier League teams. With the roster now set, let’s run through the five biggest topics of conversation about the Gunners looking ahead.

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Joe Hart recalls “15-minute nightmare”

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Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart has urged his teammates to fight successfully for silverware every season but admits that the roller-coaster 2011-12 title race left him sweating on the final match-day.

City, who controlled their destiny going into the last game of the season at home to QPR, needed to match Manchester United's result to lift the title at the Red Devils' expense.

Joey Barton to train with Fleetwood Town prior to being shipped out by QPR

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I was reading the online version of my hometown newspaper yesterday when I noticed a breaking news article referring to QPR bad boy Joey Barton possibly training over the next few months with League Two newcomers Fleetwood Town. I found it strange that they would want to embark on such a publicity roller-coaster but having read about Fleetwood owner Andy Pilley's tremendous ambitions for his club, it really should come as no surprise to any of us.

Joey Barton to train with Fleetwood Town prior to being shipped out by QPR

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I was reading the online version of my hometown newspaper yesterday when I noticed a breaking news article referring to QPR bad boy Joey Barton possibly training over the next few months with League Two newcomers Fleetwood Town. I found it strange that they would want to embark on such a publicity roller-coaster but having read about Fleetwood owner Andy Pilley's tremendous ambitions for his club, it really should come as no surprise to any of us.

Ferdinand reveals United’s nightmares

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Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand admits that the roller-coaster finish to last season's Premier League title race left his teammates with many sleepless nights.

United led Manchester City by eight points with five weeks to go, but a shocking drop in their form allowed City to seize control of the battle on goal difference heading into the final match-day.

Reports: Redknapp leaving Tottenham

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What a whirlwind of a four months it has been for Harry Redknapp.

From emerging not guilty from a tax evasion trial in February to being the odds-on favorite for the England national team job until Roy Hodgson was offered the job to guiding Tottenham to fourth place in the Premier League only to have that not be good enough for the UEFA Champions League this year, Redknapp has been through quite the gamut in a short period of time.

Arsenal Season Review 2011-12 : The Broad Picture

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Hello all. I am back from the wilderness and from a very pleasant and memorable trip. Yellowstone is just a breathtaking place in so many ways and we were very lucky with the weather as well. Mendocino too was great fun as we went there with a close friend and his family. Don't know how but I managed to pick up a flu bug soon after returning and that's kept me down for the last couple of days.

Arsenal Season Review 2011-12 : The Broad Picture

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Hello all. I am back from the wilderness and from a very pleasant and memorable trip. Yellowstone is just a breathtaking place in so many ways and we were very lucky with the weather as well. Mendocino too was great fun as we went there with a close friend and his family. Don't know how but I managed to pick up a flu bug soon after returning and that's kept me down for the last couple of days.

Blues ace striving to be indispensable

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Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has put aside his frustration at not playing in the club's UEFA Champions League final triumph six days ago and is now determined to become an irreplaceable asset for the team.

Torres was reportedly seeking showdown talks with the club less than 24 hours after the glorious night in Munich but assurances were sent his way by the management and departing striker Didier Drogba.

D.C. United

D.C. United's four keys to victory over Sporting KC

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The mental game, pressure, and a specific match-up in the midfield are all important for United in tonight's match

D.C. United's 2016 season has been a roller coaster, with wins and losses generally following one another with regularity. They have one last chance to put together a winning streak before MLS takes a break for the Copa America Centenario, and that requires taking all three points against a Sporting Kansas City team that is also looking to bounce back from a dissatisfying loss last weekend.

Revolution vs. D.C. United: What to Watch For

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The Revolution face D.C. United tomorrow for the home opener at Gillette Stadium. Coming off last week's roller coaster draw in Houston, what should you expect from this Revs team?

Despite not gaining three points in the season opener, the Revolution were more than happy to leave Houston with one point after Daigo Kobayashi's 93rd minute equalizer allowed the Revs to escape with a 3-3 draw.

Major League Soccer

New CBA Agreement

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One day after a roller coaster of events in the MLS collective bargaining agreement negotiations, we now have a new CBA in place. Earlier this evening, it was announced that the league and the players union had agreed to a new five year deal that will take the two through the 2019 MLS season.

While it's brought happiness to the fans with the knowledge that there will not be a work stoppage, not everyone is happy with the deal (including apparently Sporting KC's representatives who according to sources voted against the deal).

Thoughts and notes in the final two weeks

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I've been terribly busy when it comes to updating this space anymore. The day job, the managing Big D Soccer and well...life all have gotten in the way of this place. What can I say, it happens.

So much has happened in the last couple of weeks in Major League Soccer.Between the end of the season, the playoffs ahead, the millions of drafts that MLS will go through, the CBA and of course the SuperDraft, the next few months appear to be a wild roller coaster ahead of us here.

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly Philadelphia Union; Match Day 24

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A roller coaster of a week ends on a low after high flying heights. There is much to be celebrated, but it was a crash landing Friday night.

The Good: Individual Performances

Andre Blake was the stand out performer against Houston. His MLS debut might have been a loss, but there is still great promise for the future of his career.

MLS Spotlight: John emerges from setbacks, adversity for FC Dallas

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By THOMAS FLOYD

George John has experienced his fair share of setbacks in the past year. But if the FC Dallas centerback's spirits have been dampened, he isn't showing it.

Last summer, a deal that would have sent John to English side Blackburn Rovers FC fell through.

World Cup

Adu opens up about his career, still holding out hope for World Cup

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By IVES GALARCEP

Freddy Adu has seen his career hit another state of limbo, with a training stint at League Championship side Blackpool the newest development in his roller coaster career.

In a recent interview with the club, Adu opened up about the state of his career, his aspirations, and he even revealed that he hasn't given up hope on the World Cup.

U.S. U-20s Arrive in Japan, Gear Up for Women's World Cup

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Morgan Brian leaves the ball for an overlapping Samantha Mewis

If you are a fan of all the U.S. WNTs, there's little time to recover after the roller-coaster that was the 2012 Olympics Game as the U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team has arrived in Japan to prepare for the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup.

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Clint Dempsey snatched by Spurs an hour away from deadline

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Dempsey will be AVB's new whipping boy

All the smart money was on a move to Liverpool or Dempsey staying put. Liverpool in a bizarre twist offered no better than £5m which was actually worse than Villa's offer of £5m plus £2m at the end of the season. Villa were the first club to start the Dempsey roller coaster in the beginning of the day.

TORRES: "We've talked and I just want to start next season already!"

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After the Torres story broke soon after Chelsea won the Champions League, it's been good to hear an update from Nando as it was clear he needed to speak with the club. I wrote a post straight after the story broke and made it clear that he has never said he wanted to leave and what's wrong with wanting to confirm the clubs plans for him and the future!

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USL Pro Playoffs: Wilmington, Charleston advance to semifinals

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The Wilmington Hammerheads got off to a slow start in their first round playoff match against the Richmond Kickers, but an improved second half saw them find the back of the net three times en route to pulling off an upset on the road.

Tom Parratt found the back of the net in stoppage time to score the winner in Wilmington's 3-2 victory over Richmond on Saturday in a game that was a roller coaster of emotions for both sides.

NASL Week 17: A Look Back

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By FRANCO PANIZO

There's winning in style and then there is what the San Antonio Scorpions just did to the Carolina RailHawks.

The Scorpions recorded the biggest rout of the season on Saturday, humiliating the RailHawks, 8-0, at Heroes Stadium. San Antonio jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first 15 minutes of the game, but it was the six-goal second half that really pleased the 7,186 fans in attendance.

Opinion

Foundations of a Soccer World: David Wangerin, 1962-2012

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"I have never believed that something needs to be achingly popular for it to be interesting, and for a soccer fan born in the wrong country at nearly the wrong time, few things are more fascinating than the peculiar roller coaster the game in America has ridden across the decades. As near as I can tell it's story has never really been told.

Deceptive Cons: Tigre & the Beat of the Argentine League

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Everybody loves a roller coaster. The sudden highs and lows offer excitement from the banality of normal life. Soccer offers a similar promise. In Tigre, a modest town just 17 miles North of Buenos Aires, an amusement park known as "Parque de la Costa" hugs the riverfront. However, none of their rides can compare with the current season of Tigre's soccer club, who before Sunday stared both a championship and relegation in the eye.

Jurgen Klinsmann

Hamid overcomes adversity to shine in goal for D.C. United

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It has been a roller coaster 2012 for young D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid.

He started it by earning his first U.S. national team cap, and was subsequently named by no less than Jurgen Klinsmann as the No. 2 goalkeeper in the U.S. national team pool. He was starting on the U.

Gomez boosts his USMNT stock

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After the recent run of USMNT matches, no player improved his standing in Jurgen Klinsmann's plans more than Herculez Gomez.

The Santos Laguna striker made the most of his recent call-up, impressing Klinsmann enough become a regular starter in the U.S. National Team's preferred 4-3-3 formation, even starting ahead of highly-regarded Jozy Altidore.

Qualifying Perspective: USA vs. Antigua and Barbuda

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I'll be the first to admit, I'm having trouble finding the right mood after the USA's 3-1 victory over Antigua and Barbuda. And, I sense I'm not alone.

A two goal victory gives the USA three points in our first qualifying game, I should be ecstatic, no? Then why aren't I?

For me (and maybe for everyone), however, my discontent did not start with that result.

The Rest

Nos Audietis, Episode 275: This is not going well

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The cavalry is a long ways off.

Quite the roller-coaster week we just endured. It started with about as depressing of a tie as I can remember, was followed by about as shocking of a road win as I can remember and then ended on a reasonably predictable loss that still sucked.

Jeremiah and Aaron discussed the season's start, expressed their continued frustrations that the transfer window closed without a signing and looked for reasons to not give up all hope.

Six Degrees: A Work In Progress

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Galaxy 2, Timbers 1

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Another 9-month roller coaster of supporting the Timbers and reading these Six Degrees. Be assured, dear reader, both activities will be up-and-down affairs, and sadly, we're not starting the year on a high note. Let's break down Sunday's 2-1 loss to the Galaxy.

Clint Dempsey may have to start in must-win World Cup qualifier

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Bobby Wood's injury has left Bruce Arena with some tough choices.

Clint Dempsey's status within the United States national team has been on quite a roller-coaster over the past few months.

First we expected Dempsey to at least get invited to January camp. After it was revealed he'd stay with the Sounders, head coach Bruce Arena strongly hinted that the USMNT would be playing the upcoming World Cup qualifiers without their second-leading all-time scorer.

Done at Last: Timbers Sign Sebastian Blanco

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They say good things come to those who wait.

And through a roller-coaster transfer saga, Portland Timbers fans have been eagerly awaiting final word on Sebastian Blanco for more than three weeks.

On Wednesday they got it as ESPN's Jeff Carlisle reported Sebastian Blanco is, at long last, a Timber.

CBA Rollercoaster (and van der Vaart)

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One thing this offseason that I've avoided much talk about at least on here is the negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement. The main reason I have has mainly had to do with the fact that it really isn't my area of expertise. I've never been part of a union, nor have I ever been part of labor negotiations so I don't feel comfortable being the one to talk about it much.

USA 2-2 Portugal: Inside the numbers of the emotional roller coaster

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The United States team gets their hero and zero award of the match and we break down how the team is navigating the group of death so far.

The United States Men's National Team gave the nation a thrilling roller coaster ride against Portugal. The ride ended abruptly on a down note, but it also took us so high we can't wait to get back on.

Fool or faithful? TFC 3 Impact Montreal 3

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I delayed writing this blog post. It was a roller coaster experience at the Big Bank Field Wed. night.
Within seconds of the game's start Montreal had scored. TFC came back within that half and scored 3, that's right 3! The second half started well for Toronto, but Montreal was able to strike twice.

A Game of Two Halves! The Chelsea Football FanCast #231

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Stamford Chidge and the Chelsea FanCast crew discuss the draw against Saints, the win against The Arsenal, is it toxic fans or Rafa's tactics and all the latest on the Chelsea roller coaster. Another week, another roller coaster ride. Two great first halves and two poor ones. Toxic atmosphere, Rafa's tactics or just no atmosphere?

Three Fun Facts About Teddy Sheringham

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The happy fam appeared at the recent Marie Keating Golf Classic Club in Kildare, Ireland. Here's Teddy Sheringham – the man who started Danielle Lloyd off on her serial baller roller coaster of skankocity – and his 26-year-old fiance Kristina Andrioti with their 8-month-old, George. FF #1: Teddy, (who used to play for the England [.

FC Atromitos vs Newcastle United Europa League match preview

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So where were you on March 15th 2007? It's over five years since the Toon were able to compete in Europe, and on that day, with Take That heading the UK charts with a Morrisson's Supermarket ad, we ended a roller coaster campaign (with wins over Celta Vigo, Fenerbahce and away at Palermo Tim [...]

THE MATCHUP: "It ain't easy beating Cheesy"

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"It's the cheesiest!"MONTREAL VS. TORONTO
 
STADE SAPUTO - WEDNESDAY 7:30PM ET
TV: TSN ----RADIO: THE FAN 590
 
THE KICKABOUT:
Let's look in the mirror for a second and be honest.

GRE 1-0 RUS: Spartan Spirit Takes Greece Through

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Group A's roller coaster has culminated with Greece progressing as runners up and the Czech Republic as winners. This was contrary to many predictions which had Russia going through at the top and the Czechs as runners up. Greece showed that the spartan fighting spirit amidst unfavorable standings pays off.