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My XIth Soccer Hall Of Fame Ballot at related • 0 views

After wondering if I had finally run out of luck and been removed from the rolls of the voters for the National Soccer Hall of Fame, I was pleased to discover I am still in the good graces of the people who administer the thing (and who will re-open a proper Hall which may look like the rendering above in the years to come) and will get to cast a ballot for the eleventh consecutive year.

Questions: Goals and Penalties

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Tony is back with the soccer questions, looking at Joe-Max Moore's National Team contributions and the latest MLS player with 20,000 minutes. Read More

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Messi off the bench scores a brace as Barca beat Getafe, 4-1

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Adriano gets the Blaugranas started after Cesc Fabregas does all the brilliant spadework. Well into the second half, Pedro is brought down in the box and Messi who comes off the bench scores from the spot. The little maestro is at the right place at the right time to sweep into goal Montoya's cross for his brace.

Six gun salute for the Gunners as they sweep Saints, 6-1

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szólj hozzá: Arsenal vs Southampton 6:1 MOTD

The only imperfection in an otherwise perfect outing for the Gunners was the display of Wojciech Szczesny who could not preserve a clean sheet. A minor detail it would appear but an irritating one nevertheless. The rest was quite stellar.

Four Arsenal legends found Southampton a lucky charm: Will Oliver Giroud?

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It took Thierry Henry eight matches to open his scoring account for Arsenal, a period so fraught with self doubt that the winger turned striker admitted he had to be "re-taught everything about the art of striking." The drought ended on 18 September 1999 against Southampton, as Henry losing his marker, finds a sliver of space and curls his shot without any further elaboration.

World Cup qualifiers: Gomez's free kick secures USA's must win over Jamaica, 1-0

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The first half was a virtual lockdown of Jamaica in their own half as the USA created a blistering barrage of scoring chances that met either structural failure (upright, crossbar), Dwayne Millers's spectacular saves, or Nyron Nosworthy's blocks. In all, the USA could have easily gone up at least three up and made this a no contest.

Salary cap restrictions on the table for the Premiership

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There seems to be for the first time a serious debate on introducing salary cap restrictions a la NFL into the Premiership. This comes on the heels of a strengthened TV deal that would generate £3bn to be shared by all 20 clubs towards player transfers and wages.

The bottom line is that increasing and out of control wage demands have eaten into that pie leaving clubs with less to spend.

Adriano's blazing goal separates Barca from Valencia, 1-0

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Beautiful goal by Adriano Correia who was panned just last week for that mindless challenge on Cristiano Ronaldo earning him a red card. Ten man Barca went on to lose the Spanish Super Cup on Real's away goal advantage.

But the story is the plummeting form and minutes of Cesc Fabregas under Tito Vilanova.

Cristiano Ronaldo is "sad"

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No one would be caught dead with Irina Shayk. Putting up with her is just sad.

The Spanish media is all atwitter about Cristiano Ronaldo not celebrating his goals against Granada. Reports say he is "sad" at Real Madrid. There is talk he feels unloved in the locker room.

Have you ever noticed how Ronaldo can't tear his eyes away from the monitor when he scores goals as he barely acknowledges team mates jumping on his back, hugging him, pinching his cheeks in celebration?

Arsenal get a monkey off beating Liverpool for season's first win, 2-0

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Whoo! Hat tip to a wonderful collective effort by Arsenal on their trip to Anfield. Santi Cazorla and Lukas Podolski delivered the attacking goods while Abou Diaby was simply outstanding in centre midfield pushing up. The defense orchestrated by Thomas Vermaelen fell back in numbers keeping their shape as Liverpool recycled the ball repeatedly to try and crack them open.

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.

League Cup: Swindon shock Stoke at the Britannia in a thriller, 4-3

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James Collins scored a hat trick at the impregnable fortress, the Britannia stadium which saw Arsenal labour to a scoreless draw over the weekend. Seven goals were scored, three in extra time, as Stoke came back twice to level. Collins had the last answer in the 118th minute right after Peter Crouch equalized for the Potters.

Black cat curse dooms Toronto as they lose to Santos, 1-3

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With the clubs poised at a tantalizing 1-1 in the 83rd minute, a black cat streaks across the Toronto FC half of the field just in front of goal. In the next 10 minutes, Toronto concedes two more goals to lose the match, a CONCACAF Champions League group encounter, 1-3, to Santos Laguna at home.

What Ever Happened To: Hank Steinbrecher

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Aug 20, 2012) US Soccer Players – Hank Steinbrecher has been a ubiquitous presence on the American soccer scene for the past few decades. Elected as a builder into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2005, Steinbrecher was the recipient of this year's Werner Fricker award - the United States Soccer Federation's top honor.

Man City dig deep to overcome a spirited Saints side, 3-2

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szólj hozzá: Man City vs Southampton 3:2 HIGHLIGHTS

What an absolutely engrossing match. City showing the fortitude and strength to dig deep to come back to equalize and then score the winner gives an indication of how hard it will be to stop them from repeating as Premiership winners. This was on a continuum from the last match of last season with the title on the line against QPR and then Sergio Aguero producing that immortal moment in the very last minute.

A few thoughts on Rio Ferdinand's "choc ice" retweet

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No retreat, retweet

The FA has spoken. Rio Ferdinand is to be fined £45,000 for re-tweeting "choc ice" used to describe the sense of betrayal when Ashley Cole took the stand to defend John Terry in his racial abuse trial against Rio's brother, Anton Ferdinand.

There are a few ways of looking at this away from the abuse angle.

Spain win 2-1 over Puerto Rico as Cazorla and Fabregas score

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One current Arsenal player and a former one contributed to Spain's 2-1 winning score. Santi Cazorla swung a ball which had all kinds of movement past the Puerto Rican goalie and then Cesc Fabregas hit a full blooded volley to get Spain's second. Marc Cintron scored a consolation for PR.

Arsenal ready themselves with a 4-0 thumping of FC Koln

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Lukas Podolksi returned to his former club and scored a brace, the first through a penalty, and then sweeping in a second from a cross by Kieran Gibbs. Thomas Vermaelen opened Arsenal's account heading in a corner and Gervinho provided an exclamation point spurning his usual instincts to pass up a scoring opportunity and actually score himself.

2012 Olympics: Honduras's MLS connection send Spain crashing out, 1-0

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The mighty Rojas are done for. Well, at least their U23 team plus Adrian Lopez and Juan Mata.

Los Catrachos, the Olympics version sent Spain crashing out of the tournament with a 1-0 win as Roger Espinoza who plies his trade for Sporting Kansas City mailed in a cross that was met by Jerry Bengtson of the New England Revs for a perfectly placed header past David De Gea.

Don't mess with the Zlatan

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szólj hozzá: Ibrahimovic aprít a PSG-nél

Are you a zlatan for punishment? Blaise Matuidi, Jeremy Menez, and Nene find out against Ibrahimovic in training for their match against DC United. Body count high.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's first goal for PSG against DC United

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Good bit of skill and nice finish from the most expensive player in Ligue history. Afterwards, he talks about the goal, PSG's future, and his preparation. Here is Dwayne De Rosario's PK equalizer.

Arsenal hold Kitchee FC, 2-2 in pre-season friendly

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Gervinho was excellent. So was Theo Walcott and Abou Diaby. But in a familiar refrain, the defense was shambolic. Arsenal gave plenty of leg up to a very enterprising local team through Ignasi Miquel's giveaway and then flailed about in a losing attempt to clear the ball. Can't quite believe we only have only one more pre-season warm up left, against Koln.

Nuri Sahin to Arsenal?

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There is talk as per that the 23 year old Turkish midfielder who has found playing minutes hard to come under Jose Mourinho maybe on his way to the Premier League on loan, possibly Arsenal. Sahin was left out of Real's pre-season match against Benfica sparking transfer rumours.

As the recently concluded pre season match against City demonstrated, Arsenal had plenty of ball but again lacked that killer bit of midfield creativity to unlock the defense.

Juventus out of the race for Van Persie's signature

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Arsenal has dug its heels in deep and the asking price of £25 million for RVP is proving too much for the Bianconeri. Out of the three clubs in the race, Juve had come closest to matching Arsenal's price reportedly in the region of £16m which is £4m more than what Utd and City had to offer.

We salute Megan Rapinoe

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Earlier this month Megan Rapinoe came out and discussed her sexuality in Out Magazine. She has been in a relationship with an Australian soccer player for three years.

"I feel like sports in general are still homophobic, in the sense that not a lot of people are out," she says.

FSG showdown: Roma beat Liverpool, 2-1 as Bradley scores opener

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In a showdown between two teams with Fenway Sporting Group connections; Liverpool, the John Henry owned team had to bow before the Thomas De Benedetto led faction which took over Roma last year.

Michael Bradley who joined Roma earlier this month scored from a tight angle after Erik Lamela put him through.

MLS All Stars beat Chelsea on Eddie Johnson's last minute strike

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The MLS All Stars seem to have Chelsea's number and just like he did six years ago, Dwayne De Rosario proved to be a pivotal player in this years win too. The DC United midfielder set up Chris Pontius for the equalizer.

Before that two Chelsea veterans had sent their side ahead as John Terry scored from a header and then Frank Lampard batted the ball with his leg past Dan Kennedy after the goalie completely missed collecting a cross.

No Kaka for MLS but Tim Cahill is ready

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As per Thierry Henry, all that keeps the Red Bulls from an official announcement is Tim Cahill's medical examination. By the way, that also puts the kybosh on Kaka's MLS arrival.

Suzanne Vega sings "Luka"

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The song is a haunting elegy to child abuse, a very serious matter. But a different Luka is hogging the football world's headlines at present and he's none too happy either. So here is the re-worded song.


My name is Luka
I work at White Hart Lane
I am on the TV a lot
Yes I think you've seen me before

If you hear something
Some kind of trouble, some kind of fight
Just don't ask me what it was
Just don't ask me what it was
Just don't ask me what it was

I think it's all because of Levy
I try not to talk too loud
Maybe it's because they need me
I try not to act too proud

They want to keep me till I die
After that, you don't ask why
You just don't argue anymore
You just don't argue anymore
You just don't argue anymore

Yes I think it's going to be Real
I was ready to walk out last year
Well, if you insist this is what I'll say
40mil for me is chicken feed, hombre
But Levy, all you do is bitch and moan
With nothing gained, nothing thrown

Just don't ask me how I am [X3]

My name is Luka
I work at White Hart Lane
I am on TV a lot
Yes I think you've seen me before

If you hear something late at night
Some kind of trouble, some kind of fight
Just don't ask me what it was
Just don't ask me what it was
Just don't ask me what it was

And they want to keep me till I die
After that, you don't ask why
You just don't argue anymore

Thierry Henry's fantastic strike against the Chicago Fire

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Thierry Henry's 10th goal of the season and his first since April 28th after which a hamstring injury kept him out for six weeks couldn't have been a sweeter reminder that the legend still has it. All hail the king!

With this win, the Red Bulls are in second place in the Eastern conference.

Carlos Bocanegra and Maurice Edu set to leave Rangers

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Rangeramerica no more: Carlos Bocanegra and Maurice Edu seek new homes

As anticipated Carlos Bocanegra and Maurice Edu will not be part of newco Rangers, the entity formerly known as Rangers FC, who will begin their lives in the third division of the SFL.

According to owner Charles Green, the pair would have considered staying on if they had dropped one league below but playing in the basement was always going to be a tough sell for the US internationals.

Robin Van Persie might have overplayed his hand

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So RVP apparently slunk back to training camp on the first day, two weeks after dropping that bombshell where he refused to sign a new contract citing differences with the club's future ambitions. Now, he wants to resolve his future at the club as soon as possible over a future meeting. No date has been set.

Abby Wambach in ESPN's Body Issue

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Abby Wambach. Intelligent. Articulate. Toned. Magnificent.

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NESHOF Induction Ceremony Set for 11/4

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Current Revolution head coach Jay Heaps was one of eight inductees honored during last year's New England Soccer Hall of Fame induction ceremonies. (Photo: Tony Biscaia/

PROVIDENCE, R.I. The New England Soccer Hall of Fame will conduct its 35th annual induction ceremony on Nov.

Madison Hall calls for nominations

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Do you know someone who has made a big contribution to soccer in the Madison area?

The Madison Area Soccer Hall of Fame is seeking nominations for its fourth induction class, which will focus on the 1990s.

Nominations are being accepted for individuals in one of four categories: player, coach, referee and builder.

Soccer Coaches & Coaching

AC Milan offers €13m for Kaka's return

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Adriano Galliani went on the charm offensive talking about Kaka.

"Certain love affairs never end. They go a long way away and then come back"

A day after, the club reportedly put together a €13m offer for Kaka's return to the San Siro after a disappointing number of seasons at Real Madrid.

Sepp Blatter sets off German firestorm

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More Sepp Blatter or blather. He is now insinuating that the 2006 World Cup was rigged to favour Germany.

When asked by the Swiss publication Blick about rumors of corruption surrounding the decisions to award the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments to Russia and Qatar respectively, Blatter responded: "World Cups being purchased.

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We had to turn in our 2017 Player Ballots for the National Soccer Hall of Fame a couple of weeks ago, but I've just now gotten around to publicly posting my ballot. I am a Hall of Fame voter for the 12th straight election, and, as I have every year, I'll make my ballot and the rationale for my selections public.

Remembering the US in the 1998 Gold Cup

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Clemente Lisi looks back at the United States National Team's win against Brazil in the 1998 Gold Cup. Read More

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In contrast to the process of filling out my National Soccer Hall of Fame ballot, my Indoor Soccer Hall of Fame ballot was a breeze. It's only the second time we've made selections the inaugural class of 12 was inducted two years ago. With so many deserving candidates and so few already in, the first few stabs at this will consist of Level I guys (the absolute best players ever).