Stoke join Everton, West Brom and Newcastle United in race for Man City’s Scott Sinclair

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Stoke City have joined the host of Premier League clubs battling for Scott Sinclair's signature. Potters boss Mark Hughes wants to raid his former club Manchester City for the 24-year-old winger. Everton, West Brom and Newcastle have already emerged as potential destinations for the £6m-rated former Swansea man.

Who should Klinsmann start vs. Jamaica?

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The U.S. Men's National Team takes on Jamaica in World Cup qualifying on Friday and with stars Landon Donovan and Michael Bradley set to miss out, Jurgen Klinsmann will have some important decisions to make on how he shapes his lineup without those two stars.

Without Donovan and Bradley, and potentially without Clint Dempsey, the U.

Schellas Hyndman: Brek Shea Came off Early Because We Needed Some Fresh Legs

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When FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman brought Brek Shea off the field in the 86th minute of Sunday's 1-1 draw with Seattle Sounders FC, many of those in attendance at FC Dallas Stadium and watching on TV were a bit perplexed. They wondered why Hyndman would bring off one of his top attacking players in what was still a 1-1 tie but a match where the final outcome remained very much in doubt.

On Brek Shea

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I've spilled a lot of virtual ink on Brek Shea. Like, a lot. So, as Shea possibly prepares to take his first important call up this week against Jamaica, I want to pull out a few of these past points that can still serve a purpose. I think, as always, perspective is key, but should more be expected of Shea?

Break Shea Called into US Camp for Qualifyers

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Brek Shea will join the U.S. Men's National Team in Miami on Monday to prepare for the squad's upcoming World Cup Qualifiers versus Jamaica, U.S. Soccer announced Sunday.

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Lineup Juggling: At Caledonia

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The Seattle Sounders have a chance to put their foot solidly in the door for advancement in the CONCACAF Champions League with a win over Trinidad and Tobago club Caledonia. In the three-team table format, wins are more important than ever, and a victory would force Marathon to beat Seattle at least once to move on.

Three (Two) For Three: MLS Week 25 Predictions

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This week, the playoff races start to heat up in D.C. and Los Angeles as the two teams in each conference's final playoff spot look to create some breathing room for themselves. We also have a match between the two teams at the top of the Eastern Conference, Sporting Kansas City and the New York Red Bulls.

"Off The Bench" Episode 21 Part 1 USMNT Upsets Mexico, Thoughts on Brek Shea and MLS Notes

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This is Part 1 of a 2 part episode. In part one, Luke and Pedro discuss the US Men's National Team and their victory over Mexico in Azteca. Heavily debated is the value of Brek Shea and what he brings to both club and country. Geoff Cameron's contributions are acknowledged and not once did we mention the name Jurgen Klinsmann through the entire episode.

Historic Win

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The United States pulled off a historic win tonight in Mexico City, winning the first game by the men's national team at the Azteca Stadium. A goal by Michael Orozco Fiscal in the 79th minute, set up by a great run from Brek Shea and a back heal from Terrance Boyd gave the US a 1-0 win. As a whole it wasn't really a game the US deserved as they showed very little going forward for much of the game.

Michael Orozco’s Historic Game Winning Goal at Estadio Azteca

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An unlikely trio of players created some US Soccer history on Wednesday night. Brek Shea, Terrance Boyd and Michael Orozco, all 2nd half subs for the US Men's National Team friendly against Mexico, combined for a goal in the 80th minute to give the US it's first victory in 75 years on Mexican soil.

Mexico 0-1 USA – Match Recap – Friendly – 15 August 2012

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The United States defeated Mexico 1-0 in an international friendly on August 15, 2012. It's the Americans first ever win at the Estadio Azteca. Very few gave the USA a realistic chance to get a result, let alone win, as Mexico have been dominant at the Azteca.

Mexico started out with most of the possession but the United States were committed to defending and absorbing pressure.

Mexico 0 - USA 1

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The United States shutout Mexico on Wednesday night to record their first win at Estadio Azteca. Michael Orozco was the goal scoring hero for the USA, finishing off a sequence in front of the Mexico goal in the 80th minute that started with a run into the box from Brek Shea. Orozco had subbed on three minutes earlier.

Mexico to honor Olympic gold medal team prior to U.S. friendly at Azteca

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If Terrence Boyd, Sean Johnson, Joe Corona or Brek Shea needed a reminder of what they potentially missed out on by not getting a chance to compete in the Olympics, they will get as close a look as they will possibly want.

Mexico will honor its Olympic gold medal winning team prior to the U.

Brek Shea, Julian de Guzman, and Carlos Rodriguez Called for Friendlies

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Brek Shea (U.S.), Julian de Guzman (Canada) and Carlos Rodriguez (Panama) each joined their respective National Teams on Sunday to prepare for Wednesday's international friendlies. Shea traveled to Mexico City with the U.S. side, which will face rival Mexico on Aug. 15 at the Estadio Azteca. Kickoff for the USA's first friendly against Mexico on Mexican soil since 1984 is set for 7 p.

Portland Timbers vs. FC Dallas Player Ratings: Goodbye Perkins Edition

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Last Sunday was yet another game at home and, while we didn't get the result we all wanted, looking back it was a sad occasion for more than just the draw. It was Troy Perkins' last game as a Portland Timber. Of course, we didn't know it at the time, but with the recent trade, it's almost hard to remember the game at all.

Recap: Oh Captain my Captain! Portland ties FC Dallas on Jewsbury's goal

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Quick Recap:

The weather made it feel like FC Dallas was at home and the Portland Timbers were on the road but the result was not the same as the last game these teams played. Portland, namely Franck Songo'o, came out strong but were unable to get the opening goal in the first half and were then punished for a defensive mistake.

Jack Jewsbury Volley Earns Tie for Portland Timbers

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Jack Jewsbury, Portland Timbers vs Chivas, Photo: Gary Sheldon |

The battle between the two teams at the bottom of the Western Conference ended in a stalemate as the Portland Timbers and FC Dallas played to a 1-1 draw on a hot, steamy Sunday afternoon at JELD-WEN Field.

A goal by FCD forward Scott Sealy in the 51st minute – beautifully assisted by midfielders Brek Shea and David Ferreira – had Dallas in line for their second consecutive victory over Portland before a Zach Loyd red card and a late Jack Jewsbury golazo (below) brought the hosts level.

FC Dallas

Shea looks to make Stoke City debut

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Stoke City FC manager Tony Pulis has confirmed that former FC Dallas star, Brek Shea is in the roster for their trip to EPL foes, Fulham.

"I think Brek has been out for three or four months with an injury, so this is almost like a pre-season for him, but he is a fit lad I have to say.

"The work we have done with him has shown that he is very mobile and athletic, and very willing as well.

Anatomy Of A Goal: FC Dallas Deposits In Portland

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Return of MLS's Modric?

Aspiring coach Sean Monaghan was in attendance off Burnside to witness some Ferreira wizardry.

A hot Sunday afternoon at Jeld-Wen Field greeted two teams struggling to heat up in the Western Conference, Portland and FC Dallas. Both teams started the game out playing 4-2-3-1, with Scott Sealy and Kris Boyd the lone strikers for their respective teams.

Arsenal Injury News

No Koscielny in Arsenal squad for Coventry

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Arsene Wenger has named his 18-man squad fro the third round of the Capital One cup against Coventry City tonight. The main surprise, for me, is that Laurent Koscielny is not included. The French international central defender has been unable to get his place back to due to the excellent form of Per Mertesacker.

Is Fabianski finished at Arsenal?

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What do Arsenal do with Fabianski? by TS

A keeper's place is often the hardest to replace. Once a goalkeeper starts a match and performs well, chances are that he could retain that position until he proves otherwise. You could argue that all positions in football are like that, and you would be right, but in my opinion, none are as extreme as the man between the sticks.

Full Arsenal injury list ahead of Man City game – Great news on Wilshere and Frimpong

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With the biggest game of the season so far for Arsenal looming on the horizon, Arsene Wenger is edging closer to having a totally fit squad to choose from in the near future as just about all of Arsenal's long term injuries are close to resuming training with the first team squad.

Obviously everyone is excited to see Jack Wilshere back in full training (hopefully with a new extended contract) although Wenger is certain to ease him back into the first team gently in the coming months.

Mannone in as Arsenal lose Szczesney to injury!

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Szczesney to miss clash against Montpellier by TS

According to reports from ESPN, Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny will miss tomorrow's game following an ankle injury. The Polish international has not traveled with the squad for the Champions League clash against Montpellier.

US Men's National Team

Figuring out the USMNT midfield ahead of Tuesday's showdown vs. Jamaica

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There was a time not too long ago when the U.S. national team enjoyed a wealth of midfield options and a lack of forwards. As the team heads into Tuesday's must-win World Cup qualifier, the Americans are faced with the opposite problem.

Injuries to Michael Bradley and Landon Donovan have exposed a lack of midfield depth and left Jurgen Klinsmann's team lacking attacking punch and stability.

Who should Klinsmann start vs. Jamaica this time?

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Just two days removed from Friday's disappointing 2-1 loss to Jamaica, Jurgen Klinsmann is left to figure out just which 11 players he can turn to for Tuesday's crucial rematch against the 'Reggae Boyz' in Columbus.

There were few good performances across the board for the Americans, and some that should lead to changes in the lineup.

My clipboard

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This is not a prediction of who Coach Klinsi will summon for the Jamaica doubleheader in just a couple hours, it's who I would call. G - Howard, GuzanD - Cherundolo, Parkhurst, Goodson, Bocanegra, Lichaj, Castillo D/M -Â Cameron, SpectorM - Edu, Jones, Diskerud, Kljestan, Feilhaber, Dempsey, DavisA - Altidore, Boyd, Wondolowski, Johnson, Shea, Gatt -- A few notes: - Starters in boldface.

Soccer Science: Thinking Outside the Box

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Its a busy time of the "summer", orange fans. I put sarcastic quotation marks around "summer" because I am starting my fourth week of school, without a shred of sympathy for grade school children bemoaning the end of their breaks. Also, I'm a bit scienced-out for the week, so I'm going to let Opta add the science to the beautiful game as long as everyone is cool with that.

In Our Lifetime: Mexico 0 – 1 USMNT

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"If it be now, 'tis not to come; if it be not to come, it will be now; if it be not now, yet it will come: the readiness is all." – Hamlet, Vii It was an article of faith. There's really no better term for it. One day it would happen. Not might, not could, would. It had been so close before; in 1997 when Dooley hit the crossbar, in 2009 when an early.

Poetry Corner Kicks: An ode to the USMNT

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I have a new man-crush. Well, it's not really new, it's an old one that keeps coming back. It comes around the time of every USMNT game. Mr. Tim Howard, I salute you and your cat-reflexes. What a game, huh? I understand it was "just" a friendly, we got killed in the stats, and perhaps luck was on our side, but all that aside, the American side won.

USA vs. Mexico: Reflections On A 1-0 Win

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Call it what you want: a curse, a hex, some kind of hoodoo, whatever. Last night's victory for the United States over Mexico was an amazing, monumental achievement, and it lifted the malaise that has hovered over the USMNT when traveling south of the border for 75 years. This mystical spell has been broken, and nothing will ever be the same for either team.

Who should Klinsmann start vs. Mexico?

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When the U.S. Men's National Team takes the field at Estadio Azteca on Wednesday night, they will be facing arch-rival Mexico with a squad that will look far different from what most would consider an A team.

There is no Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley, Carlos Bocanegra, Steve Cherundolo or Jozy Altidore, which means Jurgen Klinsmann will have to rely on some new faces to try and help the USA earn a result in Mexico City, a place the United States has never won a match.


USA Roster for Two Upcoming World Cup Qualifiers Against Jamaica

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Here is the USA Roster for the 2 upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Jamaica.

Matches + Scores:
-Fri Sep 7
Jamaica v USA
-Fri Sep 11
USA v Jamaica

Brad Guzan - Aston Villa
Tim Howard - Everton
Sean Johnson - Chicago Fire
Nick Rimando - Real Salt Lake
Carlos Bocanegra - Racing Santander
Geoff Cameron - Stoke City
Steve Cherundolo - Hannover
Maurice Edu - Stoke City
Clarence Goodson - Brondby
Fabian Johnson - Hoffenheim
Michael Orozco - San Luis
Michael Parkhurst - Nordsjaelland
Jonathan Spector - Birmingham
Kyle Beckerman - Real Salt Lake
Joe Corona - Tijuana
Joshua Gatt - Molde
Jermaine Jones - Schalke
Brek Shea - Dallas
Jose Torres - Pachuca
Danny Williams - Hoffenheim
Graham Zusi - Sporting Kansas City
Jozy Altidore - AZ
Terrence Boyd - Rapid Vienna
Clint Dempsey - Tottenham
Herculez Gomez - Santos Laguna

This is a great looking roster.

Union Freekicks, Should Zac MacMath sit out?

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Talking Philly Union, young goalkeepers and tricky spots

Prosoccertalk asks if Zac MacMath should be sat after a few games of sloppy play.

Power Rankings : [] [Fox Soccer] [Yahoo!] Prosoccertalk [1-10] [11-19]

Power rankings for this week.

Analysis & player ratings: Union 1-3 Fire

The highest rating given out was a seven, which went to the referee.


Klinsmann’s Squad for Jamaica I and II

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Ream, Shea & Cameron are in. Who else?

Cameron on the go

USA v MEX: What the hell did we just see?

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Tonight the USA Men's National Team played the Mexican National Team in Stadium Azteca. Most people probably could care less about a friendly, even one in Mexico. I, for one, am always intrigued by these international friendlies, but not so much for the results. I love the opportunities presented to guys who might not normally get the opportunity to get decent minutes against quality competition.

The Rest

Glenn Whelan ‘leaves a pig’s head’ in Stoke team-mate Kenwyne Jones’ locker, Jones smashes his windscreen

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It's definitely the end of term at the Britannia Stadium. Following the pasting Michael Owen's Merc received, Stoke's squad have now allegedly turned to leaving dead animals in each other's lockers. Kenwyne Jones reportedly went to his locker today only to find a pig's head inside. The finger of suspcion imeediately pointed to Republic of [.

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Playing at Stadium of Light English Premier League Home Team Sunderland Keeper Simon Mignolet Midfield Sebastian Larsson; Lee Cattermole; Jack Colback; James McClean; Stephane Sessegnon; Forwards Louis Saha; Defense Craig Gardner; Carlos Cuellar; John O´Shea; Kieran Richardson; Subs Away Team Reading Keeper Adam [.

Union Freekicks - Friday, August 17th

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Hackworth delighted to secure Cruz

After coaching Cruz with the U-17's Hackworth knows what he will get out of Cruz, and he is excited.

Union acquire Danny Cruz

Philadelphia trad Pajoy and an International spot to D.C. for Cruz.

Okugo making Union's roster decisions tougher

Okugo's stellar play in the back might make it hard for coach Hackworth to choose his defenders when Valdes gets back.

U.S. win in Mexico for the first time ever

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It was just a friendly, both sides left out key players and the intimidating Estadio Azteca had a lot of empty seats, but the U.S. still beat Mexico 1-0 for a surprising and historic first ever win in Mexico. In 24 previous matches over the course of a bitter and often violent 75-year rivalry, the U.

Lenhart's late winner leads Earthquakes to victory over Sounders

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While few could've predicted how it would happen, it would be hard for anyone to be surprised by what the San Jose Earthquakes pulled off Saturday night.

In what has become the latest in a series of astonishing late heroics by San Jose, Steven Lenhart scored a 93rd-minute winner to stun the Seattle Sounders and earn the Earthquakes a 2-1 victory at Buck Shaw Stadium.