Starting Lineups

English Premier League

Possible Tottenham Starting Lineup vs Stoke + Prediction

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Possible Tottenham Starting Lineup vs Stoke + Prediction - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham will host Stoke City on Sunday, in what will be the second round of quick-fire Premier League fixtures after Christmas.

Spurs have made an underwhelming start to life under Tim Sherwood, with the former Spurs midfielder drawing his first match at home to West Brom on Boxing Day.

Possible Arsenal Starting XI vs Man City – Flamini and Ramsey to start

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Possible Arsenal Starting XI vs Man City Flamini and Ramsey to start - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal travel north on Saturday to face title rivals Man City at the Etihad Stadium. Arsene Wenger will be desperate for his side to return to winning ways in this crucial Premier League encounter.

England vs. France Preview: the Battle of the Already Battled

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England will win against France. Why am I so sure? Well, many disingenuous soccer sites make predictions based on starting lineups, the form and presence of star players, and a recent results. Here at Futfanatico, we solidly base our predictions on centuries old naval and cavalry warfare history. And archers.

Mario Balotelli’s latest indiscretion is no laughing matter | Richard Williams

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Mario Balotelli's latest indiscretion is no laughing matter | Richard Williams

Colourful and crazy as ever, the Manchester City striker is in hot water again after his red card at Anfield A great game for English football," Charlie Adam said afterwards. Not, however, a great game of English football, at least in the sense of one typifying national characteristics.

Tony Taylor

Recap: Weekend Portuguese action

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Tony Taylor and Caleb Patterson-Sewell both made their first division debuts in the starting lineups for Estoril and Setubal respectively, though neither could notch a win on the opening weekend.

U.S. U-23s draw, lose in final camp friendlies

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While the U.S. senior national team was busy getting a result in Slovenia, the U.S. Under-23 side training in Germany played to a draw and lost in a pair of friendlies against Bayer Leverkusen reserve and youth sides.

A few days after topping VfL Bochum's reserve team and drawing against Azerbaijan's U-21 side, the U-23s jumped out to a lead on a team comprised of Leverkusen's reserves and U-23s but settled for a 1-1 draw.

Major League Soccer

New England vs. Montreal: Live Game Thread

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For the Revs, it's all about wins from here on out. The time for adjusting and fixing mistakes is over. The time for producing results is now. Sitting in 8th place in the Eastern Conference standings with 23 points, the New England Revolution basically need to go on a late-season tear if they want to keep their playoff dreams alive.

Moneyball

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The third round of the 2012 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup saw eight of the 16 participating Major League Soccer teams sent packing by lower-division sides (a record for number, obviously, but not percentage, as half of the field of eight crashed out in 2004′s fourth round). This has led to the usual sturm und drang on the internet, with some fans claiming the results are proof of everything from parity to the necessity of promotion and relegation to the existence of Bigfoot.

Chicago Fire vs. Seattle Sounders - MLS #6 - Gamethread - 7:30 PM CST - NBC Nonstop (Chicago)

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I don't need much of a primer for this game. I know most of you feel the same way I do about Seattle. To say I want the Fire to kick them all around the pitch tonight would be an understatement. Not to mention pay them back for the US Open Cup Final loss last year in Seattle. Our Men in Red will certainly have multiple motivating factors to choose from tonight.

Panic Mode Settling In The East?

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Looks like it could be a long year for Peter Nowak. (Getty Images)

I know folks like myself and other writers out there didn't make this one easy going into the season. We all kept saying the Eastern Conference was the weaker side and how it would struggle against the West.

After two weeks of the new season, that statement rings true.

SBI Season Preview: Real Salt Lake

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photo by Bill Barrett/ISIphotos.com

By FRANCO PANIZO

Real Salt Lake almost had an unprecedented season in 2011, but the promising year ended sourly after the team fell short on two big occasions.

RSL was unable to finish off dream runs in the MLS playoffs and CONCACAF Champions league, losing to the Los Angeles Galaxy in the Western Conference Final and falling to Monterrey in heartbreaking fashion in the Champions League final.

MLS Cup 2011 Eve: Galaxy host the Houston Dynamo in Carson Sunday

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Old reliable: Underrated Todd Dunivant, as Dane Richards and the New York Red Bulls would testify, has been among the chief reasons for the Galaxy's smothering defense this season (Photo by Getty Images).

The telecast from a sold-out Home Depot Center in Carson is set to start at 6 p.

From The Press Box: Revs v Crew

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Gillette Stadium Before The Gates Opened

New England Revolution and the Columbus Crew met in the Revs last home game of what has been a miserable season. New England comes into this match with a record of 5-15-12 while Columbus is 12-12-8.

While the Revs are playing for pride, a win for Columbus puts them in the playoffs.

D.C. United

Analysis & player ratings: Union 4-0 Sporting KC

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Talk about a reversal of fortunes.

At this time last week, positives were taken from a losing performance. The Union had played well, just not well enough. Despite controlling the match against DC United, the visitors had stolen a late goal, and three points, at PPL Park.

Revolution vs. Chicago Fire: Live Game Thread

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The New England Revolution will take the rainy Gillette Stadium pitch tonight looking for their first win of the 2012 season against an Eastern Conference opponent. The Fire come into this game with a record of 5-4-3 and a road record of 2-3-1. Both clubs are still feeling the burn of being eliminated from the US Open Cup tournament on Tuesday, both by lower division sides, and will surely be hungry for three points to help ease the pain.

Sounders Have Passed Early Tests Of Depth

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This being a bye week, we're all searching for stuff to talk about. The topic du jour seems to be the Seattle Sounders' depth, or perceived lack there of. It's been debated here in the comments sections, but got a little bit more of my interest because of stuff that has been said over at MLSsoccer.

Chicago Fire vs. DC United - Let there be video - Carolina Challenge Cup - 4:00 PM CST

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Chicago Fire take on D.C. United at 4:00 PM CST and yes, this game will be video streamed. The video link will be here during the match. This is the opener of the 2012 Carolina Challenge Cup. Games versus the Columbus Crew and Charleston Battery will follow on February 29 and March 3 respectively.

Time for Nowak to show his managerial worth

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Photo: Nicolae Stoian

Philadelphia Union manager Peter Nowak can prove Sunday just how good a manager he really is.

It will happen when the starting lineup is announced.

Outsiders may think Nowak's a potential coach of the year, but those who follow the Union closely know he's been a better executive than a chooser of starting lineups.

PPL

Union vs Sporting KC quick reference

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All-time record: 0–1–3
At PPL Park: 0–0–2
At Livestrong Sporting Park/CommunityAmerica Ballpark: 0–1–1
Goals for: 2
Goals against: 4

Did you know.

5 big fan questions ahead of Saturday’s game

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The winless Union head into Saturday's match against the Vancouver Whitecaps with only two goals to their name. While much attention has been directed at the team's on-field issues in recent weeks, it is impossible to ignore the impending return of Sebastien Le Toux.

When the franchise's leading light was transferred north of the border, all eyes turned to the schedule and this early season showdown with the Whitecaps.

Looking at the Union’s starting midfield lineups

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Photo: Nicolae Stoian

After the Philadelphia Union gave away the lead to draw with Houston at PPL Park on August 6, we posted an article that, among other topics, looking at the consistency question. The question wasn't so much consistency on the field—little did we know that the Union were in the beginnings of an eight game winless streak.

Colorado Rapids

First Friendly In The Books

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The Rapids played their first friendly of the preseason today against the Ventura County Fusion at Oxnard College in California. The game was a scoreless draw and with no coverage its hard to draw much of anything from the result, but here are the starting lineups for each half (* denotes trialist):

1st Half:
Cascio - Amarikwa - AkpanThompson - Nane - LaBauexFreeman - Marshall - Palguta - Zapata*Ceus
2nd Half:
Angulo* - Archer* - ArmstrongThompson - Nane - Guido*Huazo* - Marshall - Palguta - AbabioJoyce
Obviously this was a game for some of the reserves to try to make their mark in competing for a starting spot.

Colorado Tries To Qualify for CCL Quarterfinals

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Tomorrow night the Rapids play their final group stage game of the Champions League in Torreon, Mexico against Santos Laguna. With a win Colorado will clinch 2nd place in the group and a spot in the quarterfinals. With an extremely unlikely 4 goal win they will win the group. A draw or loss does not eliminate them, but it leaves their fate in the hands of Real Espana and Isidro Metapan who play on Thursday.

US Men's National Team

Gamethread: USMNT vs. Panama; 7:30 PM CST; Galavision and ESPN3.com

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As I mentioned in my earlier Hat Trick post, we will have a gamethread on HTIOT going for the USMNT match tonight. The US will look to carry over the momentum from their win at the death vs. Venezuela into tonight's match. I am pretty excited to see how the USA will look tonight against an up-and-coming Panama side.

Mark one for the vets

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The U-23 back line had its guts ripped out yesterday in a 4-0 win to the Nats. Goals came from Chris Wondolowski, Benny Feilhaber, Teal Bunbury and Graham Zusi. SKC represent. Here were your starting lineups. Currently hunting around for a highlight vid. Will update as it comes. - Will Parchman

Tim Howard

Tottenham vs. Everton: Your Running Commentary

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Landon Donovan and Brad Friedel's highly-anticipated match-up is finally here.

The two Americans are both in their respective team's starting lineups, as is Tim Howard, for Tottenham's home game against Everton (2:45 p.m., Fox Soccer Channel). Donovan will look to help the Toffees upset the Spurs in his third game back while also attempting to silence one his most recent critics in Friedel in the process.

USA-France Game Preview

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Cherundolo is one of three players on the U.S. roster who is the captain of his club team

Here's all the news and notes you need to get prepped for the USA's first match against France since 1979, and the first ever in the famed Stade de France. A few to get you started ..

Get Yourself Ready For Ecuador

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Here is all the news and notes to get you ready for USA-Ecuador. Allow us to select some highlights ...

  • Tim Howard and Carlos Bocanegra are the only two players to have started all four matches since head coach Jurgen Klinsmann began. Brek Shea has started three and entered as a sub once (against Mexico), while Agudelo has come on as a substitute in all four.

The Rest

Seattle Sounders at Montreal Impact | Three Questions

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Saturday's match in Quebec will be the opener of Stade Saputo's MLS era. The Montreal Impact are in many ways similar to the Sounders, not just because of the players, but the number of connections they maintained to their USL & A-League past. They haven't been awful this year. The 3-7-3 record this year isn't in the horrid levels that most expansion teams experience.

Chicago Fire vs. Real Salt Lake - MLS #8 - Gamethread - 7:30 PM CST - NBC Nonstop (Chicago)/MLS Live

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Tonight is going to be a very special night indeed for Fire fans. Not only do we get to see the Men in Red continue their recent form of improving play, but CJ Brown gets inducted into the Ring of Fire tonight. The Fire legend certainly deserves such a highly regarded honor. How great will it be to see his name, number, and jersey every time you go to Toyota Park now?

Closing Arguments: Sporting KC vs KC Royals

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Here are some responses this week to the posting I made regarding Sporting KC's success vs the KC Royals struggles.


Anonymous

I brought a friend to the Real Salt Lake game...he said that it was the best game day atmosphere he had ever been to and that he wanted to come back on Cinco De Mayo.

Chicago Fire vs. Toronto FC - MLS #5 - Gamethread - 2:30 PM CST - NBC Sports

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Today is a great day to be a Fire fan. Although Chris Rolfe won't be able to make his debut today, the game will be on NBC Sports, and it is certainly a match that we can get 3 points out of. However, the Men in Red can't afford to overlook Toronto either. Although winless, they will no doubt be in desperation mode.