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Steve Nicol interview; World Soccer Talk Radio (1.29.16)

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The latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio features an interview with Liverpool legend and ESPN soccer analyst Steve Nicol.

During the interview, Steve Nicol chats about what it was like playing alongside so many legends and strong characters at Liverpool, the camaraderie of the Liverpool team in the early 80s, his pathway into coaching and broadcasting, the autobiography that's in the works, his opinions about Jurgen Klopp the manager, and more.

Steve Nicol interview; World Soccer Talk Radio (1.29.16)

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The latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio features an interview with Liverpool legend and ESPN soccer analyst Steve Nicol.

During the interview, Steve Nicol chats about what it was like playing alongside so many legends and strong characters at Liverpool, the camaraderie of the Liverpool team in the early 80s, his pathway into coaching and broadcasting, the autobiography that's in the works, his opinions about Jurgen Klopp the manager, and more.

Liverpool

Steve Nicol to Appear on The 2 Robbies Show at 5pm ET Today

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Today's episode of The 2 Robbies Football Show features former Liverpool, Scotland and New England Revolution star Steve Nicol.

Listen live to The 2 Robbies Football Show beginning at 5pm ET on www.NBCSportsRadio.com(or via the player below). Both Robbie Earle and Robbie Mustoe want to make the show as interactive as possible, so this is your chance to call in with your questions to 855-323-4622, or to tweet the guys ahead of the show @The2RobbiesFS.

Steve Nicol to Appear on The 2 Robbies Show at 5pm ET Today

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Today's episode of The 2 Robbies Football Show features former Liverpool, Scotland and New England Revolution star Steve Nicol.

Listen live to The 2 Robbies Football Show beginning at 5pm ET on www.NBCSportsRadio.com(or via the player below). Both Robbie Earle and Robbie Mustoe want to make the show as interactive as possible, so this is your chance to call in with your questions to 855-323-4622, or to tweet the guys ahead of the show @The2RobbiesFS.

Disastrous and desperate Liverpool could sack Brendan Rodgers soon, says legend Steve Nicol

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Liverpool's season has been summed up as "disastrous" and "desperate" following the club's latest set-back with...

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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is badly struggling, says ex-star Steve Nicol

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Brendan Rodgers is badly struggling at Liverpool with his odd team selection for last night's Champions League tie against Real Madrid...

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Brendan Rodgers has alienated lot of Liverpool fans after team selection against Real Madrid

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Brendan Rodgers has alienated lot of Liverpool fans after team selection against Real Madrid - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool legend Steve Nicol has slammed Brendan Rodgers for his poor team selection for their latest Champions League fixture against Real Madrid.

The Northern Irishman rested any first team players after their 1-0 defeat at the hands of Newcastle United on Saturday.

Mario Balotelli would have had his ‘head ripped off’ for shirt swap, says ex-Liverpool star Steve Nicol

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Mario Balotelli would have had his "head ripped off" in days gone by for swapping shirts with a rival during a game, according to...

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Nicol: Liverpool Should Target Bundesliga Duo

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Steve Nicol believes that Bundesliga goalscorers Robert Lewandowski and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar should be at the top of Liverpool's transfer wishlist for January, with the former Red questioning their pursuit of Daniel Sturridge and Tom Ince.
The side are in desperate need of support for Luis Suarez, who has been a star across the Premier League this season but is unlikely to be capable of holding up the fort up front on his own for the entirety of the season.

New England Revolution

SBI MLS Season Preview: New England Revolution

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BY KEVIN KOCZWARA

There was no sophomore slump for Jay Heaps. Instead, in his second year as the coach of the New England Revolution, the former Revs defender ushered the franchise to the playoffs for the first time since 2009. And, to his credit, Heaps did it with a collection of young and exciting players who weren't expected to begin really producing the kinds of performances they put in last year until this season.

New England Scouting Report: Ghosts of Seasons Yet to Come

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It's easy to become accustomed to success. It's easy for a fan base to become complacent. It's a soothing story to tell yourself that your favored franchise is just intrinsically better than those others, entitled to competitive seasons year after year while other teams languish. That even if the biggest prize of a Championship never comes, your team is guaranteed to at least be in the hunt every season.

Lilly, Nicol Inducted into NESHOF

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New England Soccer Hall of Fame board member Manny Lemos presents Kristine Lilly with her induction plaque at Sunday's ceremony. (Photo: Tony Biscaia/RevsNet.com)

SEEKONK, Mass. Kristine Lilly, the most capped player in soccer history, and Steve Nicol, who led the New England Revolution to four MLS Cup finals, were among seven inductees honored at the 35th Annual New England Soccer Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Johnson & Wales Inn on Sunday.

Revolution Revisited: Extras

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Revolution defender Jay Heaps takes the ball up the field in a 2002 game against D.C. (Photo: Chris Aduama/aduama.com)

Note: In 2002, the New England Revolution went from a team in turmoil to a collection of players on the cusp of bringing the franchise their first championship – all within the course of 35 games.

Revolution Revisited: Steve Nicol

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Steve Nicol inherited a defensively-flawed Revolution team in 2002 and turned them into a championship contender by season's end. (Photo: Chris Aduama/aduama.com)

Note: In 2002, the New England Revolution went from a team in turmoil to a collection of players on the cusp of bringing the franchise their first championship – all within the course of 35 games.

Revolution Revisited: Adin Brown

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Revolution goalkeeper Adin Brown was instrumental to the team's success in 2002, making a series of dazzling saves en route to the MLS Cup finals. (Photo: Chris Aduama/aduama.com)

Note: In 2002, the New England Revolution went from a team in turmoil to a collection of players on the cusp of bringing the franchise their first championship – all within the course of 35 games.

Five Things to Look for as the Revolution Close Out the Season

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Revolution rookie Alec Purdie may deserve a longer look before the season comes to a close. (Photo: Joshua Pearson)

The New England Revolution won't be playing in the MLS Cup playoffs for the third consecutive season. Yet, this isn't the same kind of season as the past two. This Revolution team isin the middle ofa rebuilding phase and there are already evidentsigns that its rookie head coach, Jay Heaps, has this team looking for more of an attackingendeavorthan the past two seasons combined.

Steve Ralston Captains The New England Revolution All-Decade Team

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Who feels like analyzing why we lost to the Montreal Impact this past weekend? Not me. It's depressing.

Instead, let us together reflect on better times in club history like the 2000s where the New England Revolution were perennial playoff powerhouses, won US Open Cup, Superliga and made repeated playoff runs.

Revolution Winless Streak Continues As They Lose 1-0 To Montreal

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The Montreal Impact beat the New England Revolution 1-0 at Gillette Stadium tonight thanks to a brilliant goal by Sanna Nyassi in the 61st minute.

It was a pretty drab first half with New England coming closest to scoring as first Tierney and then Sene rattled the woodwork.

Montreal set the tome for the game early when Patrice Bernier was lucky not to be given a straight red card for a brutal tackle on Benny Feilhaber inside the first ten minutes.

Five Things We Learned: Revolution vs. Sporting K.C.

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Revolution midfielder Kelyn Rowe walks off the pitch after Saturday's 1-0 loss to Sporting K.C. (Photo: Kari Heistad/CapturedImages.biz)

So much for starting off the post-Shalrie Era on the right foot.

In a game that the Revolution looked mildly-interested at best, Sporting Kansas City threw their weight around, stole a goal, and pounded their opponent into submission on Saturday night.

A New Chapter Awaits

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With Shalrie Joseph gone, the Revolution hope they can use the move to find the next centerpiece of their franchise. (Photo: Kari Heistad/CapturedImages.biz)

Since the 2003 season, Shalrie Joseph has been the foundation for the New England Revolution. A second round pick in 2002 out of St. John's University (NY), Joseph became one of Major League Soccer's best central midfielders.

THE MATCHUP: New Englishman's Revolution

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Probably best to fall in line ladsNEW ENGLAND VS. TORONTO
 
GILLETTE (THE BEST A MAN CAN GET) STADIUM
SATURDAY 7:30PM ET
TV: TSN 2 ----RADIO: THE FAN 590
 
THE KICKABOUT:
It's all a bit hard to get your head around tomorrow's TFC match after yet another day of tumult and seismic shifting for the club.

Revolution Mid-Season Grades: Off the Bench...Subs Have Been Studs

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Steve Nicol's coaching style irked me in one very specific way. I first realized it during the 2010 season when the losses started pouring in. Whether due to lack of depth, lack of talent or sheer unpreparedness--Coach Steve Nicol lacked the ability to adjust his strategy or game plan on the fly as a match developed or devolved into a loss.

Who should be hired as Portland's next coach?

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The dust is just settling in the aftermath of John Spencer's dismissal as coach of the Portland Timbers, with the second-year MLS club looking for a new candidate who will carry the team to new heights.

Gavin Wilkinson, the club's general manager and former coach during the team's USL days, has been given the interim reins for the remainder of the season while the club searches for its long-term replacement.

Musket Rounds: Dempey Transfer News, Bengtson, All-Stars, And More

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It's Tuesday, it's hot out, and it's another day of Musket Rounds. Today's pretty much chock full of news, including a wealth of New England Revolution talk and some news on our old friend Clint Dempsey. I've always said his best fit in the EPL would be with Arsenal, even though I can't stand the Gunners; perhaps Brendan Rodgers' new system will suit him better.

Post-Game Hangover: Reflections on SSFC @ Revs

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It's one thing to pat the Revs on the back for their last second, point-saving effort, but it can also be easy to overlook the fact that this game was the second in a row where they needed to throw everything they had at their opponent to make up for earlier mistakes. The mistakes are what the Revolution will want to focus on--both defensive and offensive--rather than the fortune they've been able to muster to ultimately just save face.

Mariner's Team

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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (June 20, 2012) US Soccer Players -- For the longest time, you couldn't talk about former New England Revolution head coach Steve Nicol without mentioning his top assistant, Paul Mariner. It was Nicol that made the Revolution the annual contenders that they were, pushing for an MLS Cup title year-after-year, nearly winning one on a handful of occasions, and consistently finishing near the top of the League standings.

Moving on and moving up as Dynamo eye Toronto

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So it would appear that someone seems to have let some Canadians come into town, and we all know what goes on when that happens.

Now, to be fair, the three Toronto FC players who got arrested after a drunken bar fight in Houston last night (My favorite part of this story was that one of them ran and then was caught up to by an HPD Officer!

Mariner to lead Toronto FC

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Paul Mariner has paid his dues as a player and coach, so I was excited to learn on Thursday that Toronto FC announced that Mariner will become the club's seventh head coach in franchise history.

The longtime New England Revolution assistant Mariner now takes the reins, as TFC return to action on June 16 at Sporting Kansas City before playing in Houston against the Dynamo on June 20.

With Winter Gone TFC Must Retool...Again

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Article by Luke Lohr



Toronto FC have announced that yet another coach will be departing from the head coach position. Aron Winter joins five predecessors in leaving the position under less than successful circumstances. TFC has only one win in 10 league matches in 2012.

Post-Game Hangover: Reflections On Dynamo @ Revs

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I'm going to re-use a quote that we already had on the site earlier today, because I think it bears repeating. In the locker room after Saturday's match, Ryan Guy said, "I think it's great to be disappointed with a draw. I think last year we would have been satisfied with a draw, and this year we're absolutely not.

Dynamo at New England Revolution: On The Road Again

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You know what sucks? That moment when you realize that after two matches at your wonderful new stadium, you still have to go back out on the road. That feeling of malaise is only increased by the fact said road trip is to the cavernous Gillette Stadium to play on that wonderful turf. At least the Revolution are an improving team now.

Musket Rounds: More Nguyen, Tierney, Joey Barton, USMNT, Newcastle, & more!

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Is it Saturday yet? No? Ugh. Well, might as well read about soccer in the meantime. Here's some links for you to make it through your morning, or whenever it is that you've stumbled into the wonderful work of The Bent Musket today.

Revolution Links

Nguyen earns player of the week honors - RevolutionSoccer.

Major League Soccer

Mariner Tabbed Toronto HC

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Former Revolution assistant coach Paul Mariner was appointed head coach of Toronto FC after the team relieved Aron Winter of his duties on Thursday.

Mariner spent six seasons (2004-2009)Â in New England as an assistant to longtime head coach Steve Nicol and heled guide the team to three straight MLS Cup finals.

Some Soccer News for Fri May 25, 2012

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STARTERS

For the first time this MLS season all 19 teams are playing in this round.

dN

Simon Borg of MLSSoccer.com reports that talk of a combined CONCACAF and CONMEBOL tournament in 2016 has taken a step closer to reality.
-The first ever Pan American Cup or Copa Panamericana is likely to be played in the USA in 2016!

The Rest

Abramovich could get rid of Chelsea fan favourite if this keeps happening, warns ESPN pundit

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Antonio Conte is apparently unhappy with Chelsea’s efforts in the transfer market if recent reports are to be believed.

Apparently, there is a backroom battle brewing at Stamford Bridge and the ESPN pundit Steve Nicol thinks that Conte needs to get in line or he could be out of a job soon.

Lilly, Nicol Headline NESHOF Class of 2012

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Former U.S. Women's National Team midfielder/forward Kristine Lilly and former Revolution manager Steve Nicol are among the New England Soccer Hall of Fame's 2012 induction class. (Photos: Chris Aduama/aduama.com)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The New England Soccer Hall of Fame, which has recognized the region's best players, coaches, referees, executives, and builders since 1978, has announced its 2012 class of inductees, all of whom will be honored during the Hall's 35th Annual Induction Ceremony on Sunday, November 4th at the Johnson & Wales Inn in Seekonk, Mass.

Post-Game Hangover: Reflections on Revs @ DCU

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It would have been fun to play spoiler in this one, especially because it's D.C. United. But, alas, I guess it wasn't meant to be at RFK Stadium this year. Nevertheless, I don't feel too upset after this one because I think the Revs did put in a pretty good shift on the whole. However, there were of course some pretty costly mistakes that ultimately did us in.

The other side of the coin

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Clint Dempsey's former Revs boss Steve Nicol has his say about Fulham manager Martin Jol's public claims that the US star is refusing to play.- Greg Seltzer

Zak Boggs Retires Because He's Incredibly Smart

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Since this blog was founded in late 2010/early 2011, we've had a lot to say about Zak Boggs. Not all of it has been positive. However, this last time what we'd like to say is "good luck." The Revolution released this afternoon that Boggs, a third-year midfielder, has retired from soccer to accept a Fullbright Scholarship for medical sciences at Leicester University in England.

THE MATCHUP: Winter's end?

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Goodbye old friend. Goodbye old friend's wispy 'stache.TORONTO VS. MONTREAL
AMWAY CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP
SEMI-FINAL 2ND LEG (0-0 AGGREGATE)
 
BMO FIELD - WEDNESDAY 8PM ET
TV: SPORTSNET ONTARIO
 
THE KICKABOUT:
What started a year and a half ago so optimistically could very well end with a whimper at the end of the Canadian Championship's ("The Cank" to its friends) semi-final.