Major League Soccer

Goals, Goals, and More MLS Goals

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Article by Leanne Elston

Quantifying the entertainment value of a soccer league is, obviously, difficult. You might want to look at attendance, because people tend to show up to events they find entertaining. You might want to look at disciplinary statistics, because games with a lot of cards can be pretty entertaining in a trainwreck sort of way.

The Social Media Report: Introduction

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Alright, I'm not going to take this post into an explanation on how valuable Twitter is. The real time ability for celebrities, companies, politicians and rebels alike to communicate with their fans and followers in mass has dramatically changed the way we consume news and content.

Major League Soccer is unique.

Fire fans delighted with progress

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After a 1-1 draw with the Montreal Impact last week, the Men in Red returned to Toyota Park for their home opener against the Philadelphia Union on Saturday night. The new-look Fire found the back of the net in the 28th minute with a powerful header from Dominic Oduro, giving them a 1-0 lead.

The Union pressed in the final minutes, but Fire goalkeeper Paolo Tornaghi turned aside their efforts and gave the Fire their first victory of the season, improving to 1-0-1.

MLS Candy Dish: Le Impact de Montréal Mock Draft

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By Andrew Villegas The problem with the MLS expansion draft candy dish is that you have to wade through a hundred stale Tootsie Rolls (some of which cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, go figure) to get to that proverbial Snickers bar. This is the worst kept secret in American soccer. Teams stack the unprotected [.

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NOTE: The following is absolutely not a response from US Soccer President Sunil Gulati to supporters of the North American Soccer League after the letter they sent him yesterday, but it could be. If Gulati were inclined to respond. And exceedingly sarcastic. Read the faux-response after the jump.

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Portland Timbers vs. FC Dallas Preview and Match Thread [4:00 pm]

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Heading into tonight's match is about more than the three points that the Portland Timbers desperately need. It's about vengeance. It's about restoring the pride that a team like the Timbers should have given the city that loves them so much. With FC Dallas having outplayed Portland twice at home in embarrassing fashion (4-nil last year, 5-nil just a couple weeks ago) it's time for the Timbers to return the favor and deal Dallas the same kind of humiliating defeat.

THE TABLE FIVE REPORT : Toronto v. Chivas... or Can you do a match report of a match you didn't see?

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This will be the weakest report ever written. With our principle author slumming it up in England watching some non-league footie, no doubt, and yours truly had to give up his tickets for a wedding (congratulations Rob and Shannon), it was necessary for some kind of report since the others weren't really up to it.


Martinez Set To Snub Reds

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Roberto Martinez looks set to snub Liverpool in favour of a bumper new contract and large transfer kitty at Wigan.
Martinez has been Liverpool's number one choice to replace Kenny Dalglish and the Spaniard held talks with the Reds American owners in Miami last week.
There have already been rumours circulating that Martinez would turn down the chance to move to Anfield as he is unwilling to work under a Director of Football and now reports have claimed Latics chairman Dave Whelan has convinced him to stay.

A Trip Down Memory Lane With 1990 Panini Football Stickers: Photos

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Day two of cleaning up my garage unearthed some more gems. This time it's "Football '90," which is a small stack of Panini stickers from the 1990-91 season. There are about 50-75 stickers in all, nowhere near the entire collection. ...

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Injuries – Comparing United With Arsenal, Chelsea, City, Liverpool and Spurs…

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Even before the terrible news that Vidic's season is over, many of us were already questioning whether the football Gods were conspiring against United with an unusually high rate of injuries this season. Indeed, some have gone further, raising the concern that this is not an isolated phenomenon but the continuation of a trend that has been evident for several years—a fact that would point to a more earthly cause such as human incompetence, rather than the mischievous deeds of some dastardly deity.

Revealed: The stats that show why England are miles behind Spain… and the man who aims to put it right

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Revealed: The stats that show why England are miles behind Spain... and the man who aims to put it right

We all know how big the gap is on the field, a fact likely to be reinforced at Wembley Saturday. While Spain bask in the glories of their world and European titles, reaching the last eight in three successive tournaments under Sven Goran Eriksson up to 2006 is starting to look like England's second golden era.

Kenny Dalglish vs. Roy Hodgson: First 27 games comparison. Who did better?

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My last article showed how Liverpool have improved across the board during Kenny Dalglish's first 27 games in charge, but how does Dalglish's team stack up against Roy Hodgson's? This comparison of each manager's first 27 games provides the answer, and it's a lot closer than you might think.

Hodgson was constantly denigrated by fans but as the figures below show, on some levels, his results were not too dissimilar to Dalglish's:


* Under Dalglish, Liverpool score more, concede less, win more away games and achieve a higher points-per-game average.

LFC quizzes on your iPhone

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I've been a fan of for a while both for their LFC quizzes and a stack of general footy ones (such as the football miniatures one) There is now an iPhone app so you can play these quizzes on your iPhone & iPod touch which is reduced from £1.79 to 59p today and tomorrow. It works offline too so you can play on your commute, get it on the app store here

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World Cup

Psychic Llama Predicts Champions League Final Result – Put Everything You Own On Chelsea (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Remember Il Pulpo Paul? The mystic octopus who was denounced by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and then secretly assassinated by the CIA after 'predicting' a stack of results at the 2010 World Cup? Remember? Paul? Okay? Well now forget him, because there's a new psychic animal in town a llama from Ashdown Forest Llama Park in east Sussex (of course he's going to be a Chelsea fan).

1990 World Cup Panini Stickers Featuring Some Familiar Faces: Photos

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I went through a stack of Panini stickers from the 1990 World Cup today, and picked out eight different stickers that I thought you would be interested in. Click on the above photo for a larger photo. A lot can ...

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Paul The Psychic Octopus Is Dead

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By Ollie Irish

Paul is an ex-octopus. RIP football's greatest psychic mollusc, nay, football's only psychic mollusc.

Yes, Il Pulpo Paul, who correctly 'predicted' (rolls eyes) a stack of World Cup results this summer, has passed away (according to a spokesperson at his aquarium) insert your lame "He didn't see that coming.


Home Average After 4 Games

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KC had another standing room only crowd for last night's game against Real Salt Lake, the 4th SRO crowd of the season. The 19,422 actually puts Sporting KC ahead of last seasons attendance rate which was the highest attended game ever. Here's a look at the rest of the 4th home game attendances in team history.

15th Home Game Attendance

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photo courtesy of Jarred Donalson

With just 2 home game left in the season, Sporting KC has set a record for average attendance. No one could show up for the team's final two matches against Columbus and New York, and KC would still set an attendance record this season. KC's average if no one shows up the final two games of the season would be 15,589, topping the 15,573 that was set in the 2003 season.

Newcastle United

Derek LLambias – Hughton A Great Guy But He Had To Go

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Derek Llambias has come out and explained why the club sacked Chris Hughton in December of 2010 and replaced him with Alan Pardew. Chris Hughton - a great guy and a very good manager Derek has given a stack of interviews since Newcastle's excellent financial results were released yesterday, and most of what he says [.

Soccer World:Lambert glad for chance to catch breath

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Norwich City have made an impressive start to their latest campaign in the top flight of English football, but manager Paul Lambert is grateful for the current international break which he believes will give his squad the chance to take stock of their achievements to date and recharge their batteries ahead of the next stage of their season.


Rangers FC: Rights Or Responsibilities?

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Scarper while you still can or hang in there and hope for the best? Ally McCoist and his boys have some tough decisions to make. Image:Â Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images.

It's crunch time at SPL club Rangers FC, Kickettes. The future of the club depends on the outcome of protracted negotiations between players and joint administrators David Whitehouse and Paul Clark, who must cut costs.


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There's a bit of noise about how the defence isn't so good now.

People are really pleased with AJ's form.

Under Roy Hodgson we never had these problems in defence.

But the forwards really suffered.

All of the above is not a coincidence!

Under Hodgson we rarely committed men ahead of the ball.

Tottenham Hotspur

Chelsea Test The Waters With £22m Opening Bid For Luka Modric

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By Chris Wright

According to Sky Sports News, Chelsea have submitted an opening bid of £22 million for Luka Modric this morning, presumably to test the waters and Tottenham's resolve to hold onto the wee scamp.

Sky reckon that Spurs rejected the offer out of hand, but that Chelsea are now preparing a further, larger offer and may keep doing so until their cross-city rivals eventually cave in, despite the top brass at White Hart Lane repeatedly stating over the course of the last few months that Modric is not for sale.

In Pictures: Fulham 1-2 Tottenham

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By Ollie Irish

Continuing our pictorial round-up of the weekend's Premier League action, we come to Fulham v Tottenham, and disengages neutral mode a triffic win for the mighty Lilywhites. It's also Fulham's first defeat of the season, after a stack of draws that Mark Hughes seemed way too pleased with.


An Unfortunate Mishap

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After Arsenal's loss in the Carling Cup final, I decided to open the second canister in that mysterious stack of dusty old D.W. Griffith films that were apparently never released in the 1910s and '20s. I don't know what this means, but I'm not sure how much longer I'm going to feel safe keeping these in the basement.

Untold Injury Index – Gameweek 12

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Arsenal History on Twitter @UntoldArsenal Untold Arsenal on Facebook here Untold Injury Index – Gameweek 12 By Dale Higginbottom What's this, two injury articles in a week? Well yes, given the midweek league games I thought another brief round-up was in order. We're now into Gameweek 12 and here's how the injury figures stack up [.

Untold Injury Index – Gameweek 10. We’re top once again

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Untold Injury Index – Gameweek 10 By Dale Higginbottom Gameweek 10 saw some interesting results and performances by the so-called title contenders but how do the injury figures stack up? Arsenal Vs West Ham Arsenal (7 injuries) Goalkeeper – Almunia (4) Defence – Vermaelen (7), Gibbs (3) Midfield – Frimpong (9), Ramsey (10), Diaby (3) [.

The Rest

Arseblog season preview 2012-13

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On the eve of each season I write a preview, which looks at where we are as the season kicks off. Obviously a lot can happen before the transfer window closes so these thoughts and conclusions are based on where we are now, not where we might in at the end of August.

Let the tradition continue, starting with:


Last season's verdict: I'm hoping Wojciech can establish himself properly, gain the experience he needs and really push on in his development.

Nos Audietis Episode 42: Operation Beat Santos Laguna

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It is finally here. This week the Sounders play what potentially could be the most important match as an MLS team as they take on Santos Laguna of the Mexican Primera División. The first of the two-legged series will be played on Wednesday March 7th at Century Link field at 7:00 pm. If you haven't gotten your tickets, by the way, you can get them at the box office.

BARNES: Barcelona would've been 'kicked off the park' in the 80s...

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How would Kenny Dalglish's superb team of 1987-1991 stack up against the current Barcelona team? Liverpool legend John Barnes was recently asked that question, and despite being a huge fan of Pep Guardiola's team, he questioned whether the likes of Messi and Iniesta would be able to cut it in an era where players hardly got any protection at all from referees.

Do Yourself a Favor...

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...and go buy Issue #1 of The Blizzard. It's a pay-what-you-like model, and I was suspicious of the £3 (~$5) suggested price for the ePub. But I'm a big fan of Jonathan Wilson, so I took the plunge and feel richly rewarded for doing so, both in the quantity and the quality of the work included. A nice stack of non-time-sensitive soccer/football journalism now sits on my phone, just waiting for those little gaps in the day to appear.