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Video: Manchester United 1-0 Liverpool

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Manchester United bounced back from their derby defeat to Manchester City with victory over Liverpool in last night's Capital One Cup clash. A Javier Hernandez goal just after half-time was enough to secure the win for David Moyes' side. Liverpool had created the better chances in the first-half, but their slack defending of a corner [.

Video: Everton’s Kevin Mirallas scores (Scotland 0-2 Belgium)

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Everton's Kevin Mirallas scored a late goal to help Belgium to a 2-0 away win over Scotland in their World Cup qualifier. Steven Defour had given the Belgians the lead, but they had to wait until the 88th minute to add to that when Mirallas' neat turn aided by some slack defending left [...]

Chelsea

Video: Chelsea 2-1 Aston Villa

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Chelsea continued their winning start under Jose Mourinho with victory over Aston Villa in a spiky encounter. The Blues took an early lead when Villa's Antonio Luna was unfortunate to deflect Eden Hazard's effort in to his own net. The Spanish defender had scored a debut goal against Arsenal on Saturday, but scored at the [.

GIF It: John Terry. He fell over. (Liverpool 4-1 Chelsea)

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Chelsea skipper John Terry endured a torrid night against Liverpool yesterday. It literally couldn't have gone much worse in his nightmares, Jamie. A series of nutmegs, failing to pick up his man at set-pieces and some general slack defending was topped off by this embarrassing slip, which allowed Jordan Henderson to score for the Reds.

2012 ACN: Ivory Coast cruise past Equatorial Guinea, 3-0

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Didier Drogba could not be denied as he made up for a missed penalty by pouring in a brace. Ivory Coast added another through Yaya Toure as they send Equatorial Guinea, the co-hosts, out of the ACN. The Taranga Lions are through to the semi-finals.

Drogba will be missing today's huge showdown with Man Utd, and in his absence, Chelsea is hoping that misfiring Fernando Torres and Daniel Sturridge, take up the goalscoring slack.

The week that wasn’t: Week 22

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What a rough week I have had. My week was similar to Arsenals current form, depressing. Well screw all that, we still had a great week of football. So let me give you a slightly over the top review of the week that wasn't:

Arsenal

It was another dramatic week for the Gunners.

What is more important, the poppy or the poopy standard of English football?

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England is a great place for football. Yes, we all know that and their domestic structure is all too awesome, that's why we love it. But, internationally the English team and its players look nothing like their premier league avatar, instead they look like a bunch of boys in tutus who play Sunday morning football.

English Premier League

Video: Middlesbrough defender Seb Hines’ powerful headed own goal against Swansea

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Without the benefit of context, this finish looks like a defender taking advantage of some slack marking to power home a header from the edge of the six-yard box. To an extent that's true. Alas, Middlesbrough defender Seb Hines is heading into his own net. Hines' own goal proved to be the winning goal for [.

Footballers, are their wages fair?

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Footballers wages, fair or not?

You may think that I'm having a rant about footballers wages. However it's the opposite, I'm defending footballers wages. I believe their wages are justified for what they do and how hard they have worked throughout their life to get to where they are.

Wenger refuses to play blame game

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has rubbished the idea of spending time singling out individuals who performed poorly in the club's 4-0 defeat at AC Milan last night.

Wenger's stance on this season's struggles has been to consistently avoid blaming individual players, choosing instead to talk collectively about the team's struggles.

PL Recap: Chelsea 3-0 Wolverhampton

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Three points? A clean sheet? At the Bridge? What the hell?

Rebounding (Latent NBA Reference)

Well, that was certainly nice to see now wasn't it? After almost a month and change of suspect performances, last-minute defensive lapses, and whimsical finishing that made us all shudder, we put in a comprehensive 90-minute shift that should quell a few of the naysayers.

New England Revolution

Fagundez Provides Spark in Revs Win

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Diego Fagundez got his third start of the season on Wednesday. (Photo: Chris Aduama/aduama.com)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. Injuries and international absences may have decimated the New England Revolution's attack, but Diego Fagundez picked up the slack on Wednesday, helping spark the offense in a 2-0 upset win over the Columbus Crew at Gillette Stadium.

Live Soccer Tonight

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While MLS is in a bit of a lull, tiers 2 and 3 are ready to pick up the slack for soccer fans. You can find live soccer on your computer here:
7:00 pm- NASL Carolina RailHawks vs Puerto Rico Islanders HERE (Luke will be provided color commentary for the match)
7:05 pm- USL1 Richmond Kickers vs Rochester Rhinos HERE
7:30 pm - MLS New England Revolution vs Chicago Fire HERE (MLS Live service required)
7:30 pm- NASL Fort Lauderdale Strikers vs Tampa Bay HERE
8:35 pm- NASL San Antonio Scorpions vs Minnesota Stars HERE

Got more free soccer for fans to catch?

Post-Game Hangover: Reflections on Revs @ RBNY

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This weekend I had the pleasure and privilege of traveling with the Rebellion and the Midnight Riders to Harrison, NJ to see the New England Revolution take on the New York Red Bulls. Unfortunately, we lost, in case you didn't hear. But the trip was an incredible experience and I want to begin this piece by thanking all those who organized this epic journey, including The Bent Musket's very own Brendan Schimmel, for their hard work and tireless efforts to ensure a righteous time for all who went.

Post-Game Hangover: Reflections On Revs @ Quakes

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After taking a day of rest to think about everything, I guess the match Saturday night wasn't that bad. After all, that's what we do here at The Bent Musket--find the positives whenever and wherever we can. And if you're going to get the positive juices flowing out of me, then the start of the season is prime-time for it.

Mike Burns Cuts An Unsympathetic And Infuriating Figure

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Two weeks ago I put up a piece making a case for Mike Burns, or at least for giving him some slack in the coming months as he puts on the coaching search. I let everyone know that a lot of the criticisms we level at him for the construction of the squad might actually be misplaced, and while I can't say he's going to be great now that Stevie Nicol is gone, I also can't say there's a lot of evidence to say he'll be catastrophic.

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Bunbury out for season with torn ACL

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Sporting Kansas City's quest to add another trophy this season has suffered a major setback.

Starting forward Teal Bunbury is out for the season after tearing his ACL and suffering LCL damage in his left knee in the club's 1-1 draw with the New York Red Bulls Sunday night.

Union advance to Open Cup semis with victory over Harrisburg

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The Philadelphia Union may have suffered a scare, but in the end they were the ones who looked the most frightening.

Led by a brace from Lionard Pajoy, the Union advanced to the U.S. Open Cup semifinals with a 5-2 victory over USL Pro club Harrisburg City Islanders at PPL Park on Tuesday night.

We Want Our Cup Back

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Back when I posted about my 2012 Wishes, one of the wishes was wanting to get the 2000 MLS Cup back. For those that missed it, or don't know, the 2000 MLS Cup is not in Kansas City. The cup that teams get to keep after winning MLS Cup is in Dallas at the Hunt Sports Group Headquarters in Dallas.

Since that point, I've not said much about the the trophy or built off of that comment regarding getting the trophy back.

Kenny Miller

Whitecaps deal Hassli to Toronto FC

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Toronto FC were in desperate need of a proven striker and the Vancouver Whitecaps just happened to be looking to get rid of one.

The result was the second straight Friday blockbuster trade for the Whitecaps, who sent French forward Eric Hassli to Toronto FC for a first-round draft pick in 2014 and an international player slot through the 2013 season.

Scotland: Tonight's team

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Breaking with his normal routine of announcing his team the day before the game, Craig Levein has just announced the Scotland team for this evening's match.

Given that we knew Kenny Miller was out and that Darren Fletcher looked likely to play, you get absolutely no prize if you had already guessed this starting XI:

McGregor, Hutton, Caldwell, Berra, Bardsley, Fletcher, Bannan, Morrison, Adam, Naismith, Mackail-Smith

4-5-1?

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By the Numbers: Dallas Derby Set for Friday

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FC Dallas provided some drama on Wednesday night at the Development Academy Finals Week

There were some fireworks on Wednesday as FC Dallas scored a game-winning goal in the fifth minute of second half stoppage time to stay in the hunt for the U-17/18 championship match and set up a "Dallas Derby" against Group 2 leader Solar Chelsea SC on Friday.

Late Gordon goal helps Quakes tie Chivas

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Chris Wondolowski did not score or assist on a goal for the first time in eight games. That didn't mean that the San Jose Earthquakes didn't have anybody else to pick up the slack and rescue a point at home.

Alan Gordon headed home a cross from rookie Sam Garza to burn Chivas USA, one of his former clubs, in the 88th minute and salvage a 1-1 draw for the San Jose Earthquakes at Buck Shaw Stadium Sunday night.

Major League Soccer

Sounders' Offense 'Struggling' Only In Relative Sense

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There's no reason to pretend otherwise, the Seattle Sounders are not playing their best. If not for a defense that has so far been playing out of its mind, who knows where the Sounders would be.

Of course, where they are is pretty awesome. At 22 points through 10 matches, they are basically on pace for 75 points.

MLS 2012, Week 9: Fantasy Recap

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Week 9 was a solid one once again for my fantasy team, WVH AC. A decent 78 points put thanks to a few double-dips and a massive outburst by Chris Wondolowski. The Quakes' leading man bagged a nice 19 points for the week by since he was the team captain it was a double of that for 38 points.

Again, Wondo was the big winner on the week.

Escaping With A Draw

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Toronto FC were strong against Santos Laguna in the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League semifinal match, escaping with a respectable 1-1 draw.

Toronto FC were a bit unlucky not to get the second goal and take a victory down to Mexico. Santos went down to 10 men for the final quarter hour but Toronto FC were unable to take advantage.

Houston's Resurrection continues in Eastern Final

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Sporting Kansas City and the Houston Dynamo squared off in the Eastern Conference Final in front of 20,839 fans at LiveStrong Sporting Park in the win or go home match.

Both teams had experienced an up and down season but each were bringing impressive late season results into the match. Although Sporting KC might have been the favorite heading into the match Houston had developed a stouter defense of late and were undefeated in their last 6 matches heading into the Conference Final.

The Rest

Joey Barton: ‘I Would Walk Into The England Team!’

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TweetJoey Barton reckons he would walk into the England national team and took a swipe at Jordan Henderson as well in an outspoken tirade! Speaking on twitter, Barton cut no slack as he went for the proverbial headline-grabbing comments which, for all intents and purposes, is pretty hard to dispute! "Why are people giving me [.

Destiny On Demand

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Olympique Lyonnais vs. US Quevilly,

Coupe de France Final 2012, Stade de France.

The day your under-performing opponents become over-powering, is the day you know you shouldn't have left home at all. Yes, Lyon never ‘turned up' in the Coupe de la Ligue Final, to quote Rémi Garde.

Kitted Out: All Systems Glow For Nike

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Images via nikeinc.

We checked our editorial guidelines to see if we were obligated to run this video boasting a naked Neymar a mere two seconds in, and as it turns out, we are.

Being the kind of girls who pollute the environment with our every waking thought, we're grateful Nike has picked up our slack.

Reds pay the penalty for wasteful finishing..

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We appear to have two stock scripts at the moment be bloody awful and roundly beaten, or suffer misfortune (oft of the refereeing persuasion or perhaps a moment of slack defending) and lose because basically we can't either provide the final ball or finish to opportunities we may carve out ourselves.

Don't hold your breath

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 Relax. We can still qualify The JimmyG2 Column PAOK acting on Danny Blanchflower's advice equalised almost before we took the pitch. Then like 'New York; New York' they liked it so much they did it again. 2-0 down in 12 minutes through slack defending and the future looked bleak. As Danny had once suggested, 'Get your retaliation in first' But that is at least the 4th time we've been 2-0

WPS may lose DI status

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Women's soccer in America has encountered another setback. The top-tier female league in the United States, Women's Professional Soccer, is facing a loss of sanctioning by the U.S. Soccer Federation as a Division I league. Entering its fourth season, WPS "terminated" its Florida franchise, magicJack, bringing the number of teams down from six to five in early November.

Final 2011 US Open Cup Pickem Winner and Standings

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Hey, remember that? Yeah, I was a little slack in updating our pickem game results after the final. It's possible that I only just recovered from celebrating Osvaldo Alonso's cherry-on-top goal. But there's no time like the offseason. . wait, what's that? The season still isn't over yet? Whatever.

The Official “Where Has This Team Been All Year?” Blog

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I have to admit; I've pronounced the season to be dead more than once before. But you gotta cut me some slack, I wasn't counting on the absolute ineptitude of the rest of the Eastern Conference. Thanks to their shortcomings, the Red Bulls found themselves clinging to the tenth and final playoff spot after a draw away to Toronto.

LA Galaxy vs. Real Salt Lake: Match Night Commentary

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The Los Angeles Galaxy take on Real Salt Lake tonight in a match-up of Western Conference powers, and a game that could draw the Galaxy to the verge of the MLS Supporters Shield.Â

Real Salt Lake will try to spoil the Galaxy's party, while also snapping their own two-match losing skid.