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How New England Teams Have Fared in Minnesota

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Photo credit: New England Tea Men 1979 Yearbook

On Sunday, Minnesota United FC will host their first MLS home match against fellow expansion side Atlanta United FC before a national audience. While the Revolution won't play in the Gopher State until next season, let's take a look at how some of New England's pro sides have fared in Minnesota.

OTD: Marksmen & Coats Battle in Frigid Football Tilt

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Photo credit: American Soccer League 1921-1931: The Golden Years of American Soccer

With Saturday's Revolution match against Orlando City postponed due to blustery conditions in Foxboro, we look back at an equally frigid match that occurred 89 years ago today on Mar. 11, 1928.

Amid temperatures that hovered in the 20s at Marks Stadium in North Tiverton, R.

#TBT: Threadmen Beat Uniteds 2 to 1 (1/28/1922)

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(Editor's Note:Welcome to our new feature "Throwback Thursdays" -where every week we'll take a trip back in time tospotlight some ofthe clubs that made their mark on the New England soccer landscape. This week, wepay a visitto January 28, 1922 a datethat witnesseda clash between Fall River United and J & P Coats during the first year of the American Soccer League.

AC Milan

Serie A’s best starting XI of all time

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Despite it's recent decline, the Serie A has gifted us with some of the greatest sides in soccer history, from the post-war Torino side to the "Grande Inter" of the 1960's to Sacchi's AC Milan, Maradona's Napoli and Lippi's Juventus.

This XI encompasses players from different soccer eras, but they all have one thing in common: They were winners!

Serie A’s best starting XI of all time

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Despite it's recent decline, the Serie A has gifted us with some of the greatest sides in soccer history, from the post-war Torino side to the "Grande Inter" of the 1960's to Sacchi's AC Milan, Maradona's Napoli and Lippi's Juventus.

This XI encompasses players from different soccer eras, but they all have one thing in common: They were winners!

Bethlehem Steel

Book Review: Distant Corners By David Wangerin

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As MLS and the U.S. Soccer Federation try to create a modern soccer history, complete with its heroes, stories, and even villains, they often set aside our nation's soccer past to complete their narrative. We often forget that the United States had an incredible soccer history before 1994. Before the Seattle Sounders won three straight U.

WATCH Bethlehem Steel: The Forefathers of American Soccer [VIDEO]

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The history of soccer in the United States started long before the New York Cosmos won the NASL championship in 1972. In fact, the modern game of soccer first saw signs of life in the United States in the 1860s-1870s as immigrants came through Ellis Island and quickly shared their love of the sport across the different communities where they lived in the States.


Messi Breaks World Record Scoring 86 in 2012

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Via Lionel Messi returned to action on Sunday and not only did he show no ill effects of the knee injury suffered in Wednesday's Champions League match against Benfica, he scored two impressive goals to mark his place in soccer history.

Messi scored his 85th and 86th goals of the calendar year on Sunday, helping Barcelona post a 2-1 victory against Real Betis, and helping him break Gerd Muller's record for official goals in a calendar year (combined official club matches and national team matches).

World Cup qualifiers: Messi and Argentina overcome Paraguay, 3-1

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Leo Messi continues his incandescent national form which can only be good for Argentina's World Cup chances. The little maestro unleashed a free kick that swerved past the wall and lodged into goal. The Albiceleste's Real Madrid contingent also contributed with Angel Di Maria opening his country's account and Gonzalo Higuain adding to that tally.

Soccer Culture

Everton's moving tribute to the Hillsborough 96

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A moving tribute by the Toffees to remember the 96 fallen before the Newcastle game. To the Everton fans who made this day about fans no matter where and what stripe they support. And David Moyes showing that he's not just a manager but a class act through and through:

"I applaud the families who continued to fight for the ones they loved.

Real Madrid lose again this time to Sevilla, 0-1

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Piotr Trochowski's majestically swept in half volley following a corner in the 2nd minute was the game winner. "Sad" Ronaldo did not do much. It was a bad tempered match and after losing Real are in 10th position. Not exactly keeping up with Barca are they? Mourinho was quite blunt:

"I worry about my team.

Manchester City held to a standstill by Stoke, 1-1

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Peter Crouch must have committed about five handballs before scoring but the referee failed to spot even a single one. There was nothing dodgy however about Asimir Begovic's goalkeeping. He brought off at least three spectacular saves. However, he could not keep out Javi Garcia, who made his City debut as did Maicon and Scott Sinclair.

Queens Park Rangers hold off Chelsea, 0-0

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Not exactly Chelsea's best match. There was no Juan Mata but there was plenty of Frank Lampard which does not make for pretty viewing. There were two close penalty calls, the first when John Terry seemed to be gang tackled by Ryan Nelsen and then Eden Hazard was brought down by Shaun Wright- Phillips.

Anton Ferdinand vs John Terry (and Ashley Cole): No handshake

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He won in court and now he wants his handshake too? Anton Ferdinand snubbed John Terry and a bit later Ashley Cole, his co-conspirator declining to shake their hands. Lip reading Terry, he appears to say, "My handshake is better than yours, damn right!"

Utd's old and new post an impressive victory over Wigan, 4-0

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Danny Welbeck is a diver. His acting abilities earned Utd an penalty. So it was justice served when Chicharito Hernandez's soft spot kick was saved. Sir Alex Ferguson started Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes who was making his 700th appearance. The most intriguing change was 23 year old Alexander Buttner's appearance in place of Patrice Evra.

An oldie but a goodie: David Brent on football management

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Being: Liverpool is a FSC documentary with the first episode to be aired this Sunday, the 16th. There are enough examples to show Brendan Rodgers channels David Brent in his interviews. He also has a self portrait hanging on a wall in his living room. So without further ado, above a clip of Brent on football management.

Abou Diaby will not play Saints, Sagna and Wenger patch up

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Arsene Wenger has opted for caution following Abou Diaby's niggling hip injury sustained against Finland last Friday. He most likely will not feature in Arsenal's home game this Saturday against the Saints as a precautionary measure. Which given Diaby's extensive history of being crocked is probably a wise thing to do.

Barcelona's 2013-14 away kit to sport colours of Catalonian flag

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The Bars of Aragon, part of the Catalonian flag will feature in the 2013-14 kit

Two days ago, a million and a half Catalonians demonstrated in Barcelona in an unmistakably fervent call for independence from Spain. The president of Barcelona, Sandro Rosell attended that demonstration with his family as a private citizen, not representing the club.

Boris Johnson apologizes for his 2004 Spectator hit piece

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The Hillsborough Panel's report exposing a systematic and pernicious police cover up has in its aftermath generated a growing list of personalities apologizing for their part in blaming fans for causing Britain's most horrific peacetime tragedy. As many have put it, this was the mother of all cover ups.

Ivan Gazidis redefines Arsenal success

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There are many ways one can define success, especially in this football era which clearly divides the haves from the have nots. That is what one gets after reading Ivan Gazidis's Telegraph interview.

Gazidis is the CEO of Arsenal, and a marketing and PR man by profession who was hired to develop the commercial interests of the club.

The Sun's Dominic Mohan apologizes for "The Truth"

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The editor of The Sun, Dominic Mohan says, "we're deeply ashamed and profoundly sorry". At the background you can read a banner with the self anointed, "THE GREATEST PAPER IN THE WORLD." You can't get more alternate reality.

David Cameron's Hillsborough disaster statement and apology

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  • The panel finds that a total of 41 people out of 96 "had the potential to be saved" beyond the 1515 time determined by the original inquest.
This was the most chilling part of the whole report. There were many who had reversible signs and symptoms of asphyxia and their lives could have been saved if the coroner had conducted a thorough inquest and not stuck to an arbitrary cut off.

David Cameron apologizes for Hillsborough tragedy cover up

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Kelvin Mackenzie, the editor of The Sun whose infamous "The Truth" laid blame on the fans

Twenty three years later, the Hillsborough tragedy was revealed as resulting from a "failure in police control" and "multiple failures" within other organizations that compromised crowd safety.

World Cup qualifiers: Mexico qualify for the hex beating Costa Rica, 1-0

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Mexico at the Azteca Stadium beat Costa Rica through a Javier Hernandez header in the 60th minute. With a flawless record, a full nine points from three matches, El Tri coast to the hexagonal part of the CONCACAF qualifying round.

Five other countries will join them in this last round to decide the first three World Cup spots with a fourth that could be added potentially if they beat the top team of the Oceania Football Confederation which in this case is most likely to be New Zealand.

World Cup qualifiers: Even Andy Murray can't lift Scotland over Macedonia, 1-1

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The giddy highs of Andy Murray winning yesterday at the US Open gave way to the more familiar struggle of Scotland trying to qualify for a World Cup now going on its 14th year.

This time against an enterprising Macedonian side which was fortunate to get on the scoreboard through what looked like an offside goal scored by Nikolche Noveski.

World Cup qualifiers: Spain start their campaign beating Georgia, 1-0

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World Cup champions Spain had to eke out an 85th minute goal by Roberto Soldado to get past Georgia who elected to park the bus. It almost worked.

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.

World Cup qualifiers: England leave it late against Ukraine, 1-1

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Yevhen Konoplianka at 22 years of age is a marked man. Marked by bigger clubs who sat up and took note of the winger who had his way with Glen Johnson at will and scored Ukraine's goal with a beautifully curling shot from 20 yards out. A little bit of yevhen.

He was a notch above his better known team mate Andriy Yarmalenko whose biggest contribution was two bits of play acting that resulted in Jermain Defoe's goal being annulled as well inadvertently creating the break away that resulted in Konoplianka's strike.

World Cup qualifiers: USA face a must win situation against Jamaica

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Clint Dempsey once again will lead the attacking

The USA sit behind Jamaica in Group A, tied for second with Guatemala. The Americans meet Jamaica today, for the second time in four days after their first match resulted in a historic victory for the Reggae Boyz. The Guatemalans travel to Antigua and Barbuda where they hope Carlos Ruiz and Dwight Pezzarossi, their in form strikers will continue to find their goalscoring touch.

Women's U20 World Cup final: USA beats Germany, 1-0 to lift third title

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Kealia Ohai scores the game winner in the 44th minute following great work down the right flank by full back Crystal Dunn and then celebrates a la Megan Rapinoe.

Congratulations, girls, that was a sweet victory against a formidable opponent who had beaten the USA, 3-0 in the group stage.

World Cup qualifiers: Messi and Argentina overcome Paraguay, 3-1

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Leo Messi continues his incandescent national form which can only be good for Argentina's World Cup chances. The little maestro unleashed a free kick that swerved past the wall and lodged into goal. The Albiceleste's Real Madrid contingent also contributed with Angel Di Maria opening his country's account and Gonzalo Higuain adding to that tally.

World Cup qualifiers: Belgium's big men beat Wales, 2-0

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Vincent Kompany's inch perfect header and Jan Vertonghen's sizzling free kick provided the scoring highlights.

This might be the best Belgian side since the Enzo Scifo- Jan Cuelemans- Nico Claesen- Eric Gerets era. The present squad can choose between the goalkeeping abilities of Simone Mignolet and Thibaut Courtois.

World Cup qualifiers: Jamaica beat USA for the first time, 2-1

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The USA celebrated a historical win over Mexico beating them for the first time in Mexico about three weeks ago. Today, it was the Reggae Boyz recording their first win ever against the USA in nineteen meetings as they took advantage of a midfield without Michael Bradley and his potential link up with the men on top.

World Cup qualifiers: England crush hapless Moldova, 5-0

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Frank Lampard collects a brace from a spot kick and a header. Jermain Defoe combines with Alex Oxlade - Chamberlain in an Arsenal- Spurs hook up to score a third. James Milner collects a fourth after a clever interchange involving Tom Cleverley and Theo Walcott. And Leighton Baines finishes off hapless Moldova with a deflected free kick.

Bacary Sagna prepares the ground for his final year

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More proof that Alex Song's departure was not because he was a disruptive locker room presence but governed by an economic imperative. And it comes from Bacary Sagna, probably one of the calmest presences in the Arsenal locker room and not given to hyperbole. In an interview with L'Equipe:

" Everyone was expecting Robin van Persie to leave, but Alex Song, that was a surprise.

Pia Sundhage steps down from US Women's national team

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Pia Sundhage returns to Sweden

Caught in the midst of angst and anxiety of Arsenal getting on board with scoring, comes the news of Pia Sundhage's stepping down as US Women's national team coach over the weekend. She joined in 2007 in one the lowest points in team history, the 4-0 loss to Brazil in the World Cup semi-finals following a huge conflagration between Greg Ryan and Hope Solo which resulted in the US goalie's dismissal.

Wayne Rooney slows down

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He doesn't have hair, he's fat, he doesn't score

" Then I remember - I drank a few bevvies while I was away. I'm stocky. I'm not like Ryan Giggs, all bone and lean muscle."

So writes Wayne Rooney in his new book, My Decade in the Premier League. He now has problems walking for at least a half hour the morning after a game.

The Rest

Saying goodbye to a Seattle soccer institution

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The tale of Seattle's longest running soccer shop and the family behind it, the Schmetzers.

It was a seminal moment in the shared experience of Seattle area soccer history. To the casual observer it would've appeared to be American boys run amok. To Walter Schmetzer, however, it was the inspiration that would launch a business of 43 years and probably thousands of stories.

Football's Oldest Derby

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Football's oldest derby takes place this Sunday, 30th July 2017, for the 157th year.

The World's oldest football derby will once again take place on Sunday 30th July as Sheffield FC face Hallam FC. Now in its 157th year, the derby was first played on Boxing Day 1860 under the original "gentleman's rules" and is a celebration of football's true and original values of Integrity, Respect & Community.

The Oval - the first home of soccer

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Since the dawn of religion, worshippers have venerated sacred places and objects in honour of a greater faith.

For football lovers, touring a city's stadium is akin to visiting its cathedral, and in the case of such hallowed grounds like the Bombonera, Camp Nou, Azteca or Maracana, who can disagree there is something transcendental about the arenas where unforgettable rites of football have taken place every week for years.