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Juan Agudelo Stoked On The Prem: Headed To The Potters

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Agudelo potting around in 2014....

Juan Agudelo late of the New England Revs, Chivas USA and Red Bull New York is skipping the pond and meeting up with the boys as he has signed a pre-contract with Stoke City in England's Premiership.

A source close to the negotiations told TSG that the deal is officially closed.

Op-Ed: MLS’s Empire State of Mind

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Bullseye?

Why "NYC II" makes sense ... by TSG staff

Lucky number 20.

MLS Soccer is a chugging juggernaut nearly every way you turn the sphere.

You want increased attendance? MLS will say, "Yeah, we got that!"

You want increased franchise value?

Jurgen Klinsmann

500 Days Out: 23 USMNT Boarding Passes for World Cup 2014

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Rio here we come!

by TSG staff

Welcome to 2013! Ready for 2014?

We are a few whiskers over 500 days away from finding out whether US's central defense is ship-shape, though we may never get there because this is one hellacious qualifying campaign. Yes, qualifying this year will be more volatile than Facebook's post-IPO stock price during a Long Term Capital crisis.

2012′s Lasting Moment: Geoff Cameron’s El Tri Flick-Off Header

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Forward to minute 2:45 on the video

What's that singular one-moment which says the most about US Soccer, progress, regression, promise?

In 2009, TSG picked "The Counterattack Heard Round the World" which was the height of the US team's "Confederation Cup" moment. It was a play of beauty. That play just narrowly edged the Charlie Davies Salute at RFK.

That Wasn’t Algeria: TSG’s USA vs. Guatemala Preview

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One player, though, was vindicated.

Scruff of the neck stuff it was not. Nor was it Algeria. Cathartic for Eddie Johnson; anything but for the nation he represented.

The United States is going through the reps in Kansas City today, preparing for the final game of this World Cup qualifying series.

USA vs. Jamaica Primer: Kingston’s Chalkboard Confessional

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Steve Fenn writes for TSG & BigDSoccer (a fantastic publication on FC Dallas). Be sure to check out TSG's Game Day Catch-all post, Orange Slices: USA v. Jamaica Like most US soccer fans, I spent the last couple day grousing about Klinsmann's Kingston catastrophe, letting my fear of qualification failure lead to anger, anger lead [.

Get Him the Damn Ball: The Brek Shea Story

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"Why never me?"

Alex Oshansky pops his TSG with this insightful piece on The Rooster, Brek Shea. You can find great soccer analysis and difficult to digest spreadsheets from Alex on his own blog, Tempo Free Soccer.

Brek Shea was a promising young MLS talent at the start of the 2011 season.

USA 3 – Antigua & Barbuda 1: Winning Ugly

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A painful victory...

It shouldn't have been in doubt.

And hopefully this review and the game this evening is an anomaly or just poor writing.

In the ultimate warm-up game that was the first stop in World Cup qualifying on the road to Brazil, the US stumbled forward, but forward nonetheless beating Antigua & Barbuda 3-1 on soggy home turf in Tampa.

Tropical Storming: TSG’s Official USA vs. Antigua & Barbuda Preview

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Will Tropical Storm Jerome be shut down by the Pitch Police? Stay tuned...

And now Canada and Brazil don't matter. Nor Scotland for that matter. Actually none of it matters. Wipe out the past two years aside from that "missing the Olympics" thing because now it's just going to be Michael Phelps, Michael Phelps, Michael Phelps it's World Cup qualifying season.

Williams hurts shoulder, out 4-to-6 weeks

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Danny Williams' place on the U.S. men's national team roster for next month's friendlies and June's World Cup qualifiers is in jeopardy.

The TSG 1899 Hoffenheim midfielder/defender is out for the last two games of the season after injuring his shoulder. According to Hoffenheim's web site, he will need to miss the next 4-to-6 weeks while recovering, which would make him fit right around the time that the U.

Bundesliga

German Bundesliga – Table – 30 September 2012

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Below is the German Bundesliga table through September 30, 2012.

OVERALL HOME AWAY
POS TEAM P W D L F A W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts
1 Bayern Munich 6 6 0 0 19 2 3 0 0 12 2 3 0 0 7 0 17 18
2 Eintracht Frankfurt 6 5 1 0 16 8 3 1 0 10 7 2 0 0 6 1 8 16
3 Borussia Dortmund 6 3 2 1 16 8 3 0 0 10 1 0 2 1 6 7 8 11
4 Schalke 04 6 3 2 1 12 7 2 0 1 6 3 1 2 0 6 4 5 11
5 Hannover 96 6 3 1 2 14 9 2 1 0 9 5 1 0 2 5 4 5 10
6 Fortuna Düsseldorf 6 2 4 0 6 2 0 3 0 2 2 2 1 0 4 0 4 10
7 Bayer Leverkusen 6 3 1 2 9 7 2 1 0 5 1 1 0 2 4 6 2 10
8 Werder Bremen 6 2 1 3 9 10 1 1 1 4 4 1 0 2 5 6 -1 7
9 TSG Hoffenheim 6 2 1 3 10 12 1 1 1 3 5 1 0 2 7 7 -2 7
10 Hamburg SV 6 2 1 3 8 10 2 0 1 4 3 0 1 2 4 7 -2 7
11 Mainz 6 2 1 3 6 8 1 0 1 2 1 1 1 2 4 7 -2 7
12 Nurnberg 6 2 1 3 7 11 0 1 2 2 5 2 0 1 5 6 -4 7
13 Borussia Monchengladbach 6 1 3 2 7 12 1 1 1 6 6 0 2 1 1 6 -5 6
14 SC Freiburg 6 1 2 3 8 10 1 1 1 7 6 0 1 2 1 4 -2 5
15 VfB Stuttgart 6 1 2 3 5 12 0 1 2 0 4 1 1 1 5 8 -7 5
16 VfL Wolfsburg 6 1 2 3 2 10 0 1 2 1 7 1 1 1 1 3 -8 5
17 SpVgg Greuther Fürth 6 1 1 4 2 10 0 0 3 0 7 1 1 1 2 3 -8 4
18 FC Augsburg 6 0 2 4 2 10 0 1 2 1 5 0 1 2 1 5 -8 2

Champions League: 1st , 2nd , 3rd

Champions League qualifying: 4th

Europa League: 5th

Europa League qualifying: 6th , 7th

Relegation Playoff: 16th

Relegation: 17th , 18th

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German Bundesliga – Table – 26 September 2012

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Below is the German Bundesliga table through September 26, 2012.

OVERALL HOME AWAY
POS TEAM P W D L F A W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts
1 Bayern Munich 5 5 0 0 17 2 3 0 0 12 2 2 0 0 5 0 15 15
2 Eintracht Frankfurt 5 4 1 0 14 7 2 1 0 8 6 2 0 0 6 1 7 13
3 Hannover 96 5 3 1 1 14 8 2 1 0 9 5 1 0 1 5 3 6 10
4 Schalke 04 5 3 1 1 10 5 2 0 1 6 3 1 1 0 4 2 5 10
5 Fortuna Düsseldorf 5 2 3 0 4 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 1 0 4 0 4 9
6 Borussia Dortmund 5 2 2 1 11 8 2 0 0 5 1 0 2 1 6 7 3 8
7 Werder Bremen 5 2 1 2 9 8 1 1 0 4 2 1 0 2 5 6 1 7
8 Bayer Leverkusen 5 2 1 2 7 7 1 1 0 3 1 1 0 2 4 6 0 7
9 Nurnberg 5 2 1 2 7 9 0 1 1 2 3 2 0 1 5 6 -2 7
10 Borussia Monchengladbach 5 1 3 1 7 7 1 1 1 6 6 0 2 0 1 1 0 6
11 TSG Hoffenheim 5 2 0 3 10 12 1 0 1 3 5 1 0 2 7 7 -2 6
12 SC Freiburg 5 1 2 2 7 8 1 1 1 7 6 0 1 1 0 2 -1 5
13 VfL Wolfsburg 5 1 2 2 2 8 0 1 1 1 5 1 1 1 1 3 -6 5
14 Hamburg SV 5 1 1 3 7 10 1 0 1 3 3 0 1 2 4 7 -3 4
15 Mainz 5 1 1 3 4 8 1 0 1 2 1 0 1 2 2 7 -4 4
16 SpVgg Greuther Fürth 5 1 1 3 2 8 0 0 3 0 7 1 1 0 2 1 -6 4
17 VfB Stuttgart 5 0 2 3 3 12 0 1 2 0 4 0 1 1 3 8 -9 2
18 FC Augsburg 5 0 1 4 2 10 0 1 2 1 5 0 0 2 1 5 -8 1

Champions League: 1st , 2nd , 3rd

Champions League qualifying: 4th

Europa League: 5th

Europa League qualifying: 6th , 7th

Relegation Playoff: 16th

Relegation: 17th , 18th

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Gyau on trial with St. Pauli

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Joe Gyau's quest for first-team playing time may involve a drop down to the 2. Bundesliga.

According to second-division German side St. Pauli, Gyau trained with the club Tuesday ahead of a potential move from TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. It is unclear whether that move would be a loan or permanent, but either way it would provide Gyau for a chance at first-team minutes that he is not receiving at Hoffenheim.

Tobias Sippel spricht Lautern die Bundesligareife ab

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Wir sind ganz tief am Boden, haben uns viel vorgenommen. Wir haben unser Bestes gegeben, aber man muss heute sagen, es reicht nicht für die Bundesliga.

Tobias Sippel, Torwart des Tabellenletzten 1. FC Kaiserslautern, spricht seinem Team nach der Niederlage am 29. Spieltag gegen die TSG 1899 Hoffenheimdie Bundesligareife ab.

Manchester City

UEFA Champion’s League: Is City For Real?

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(TSG will publish on an abbreviated schedule this week. The hamster needs some R&R in the Mentawaiian Islands.)

Real vs. Manchester City the headliner today. Can someone please build either one of those Schwarzanegger soundboards for Jose Mourinho quotes.... or at the least a language in Google Translate.

The Weekend: Live Commentary

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Rough end of week for TSG. We'll have more stuff next week.

Enjoy the final days of August(a).

Man City v. Liverpool the big one in Britland. RBNY vs. Sporting KC (and unfortunately no chance for another Espinoza-Henry tete-a-tete) the big one from the domestic selection.

Differencemaker?

Jamaica

USA 1, Jamaica 0: TSG’s Top Ten List

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Some quick takes courtesy the TSG DVR and laptop. Oh and for all those that slammed: Missed only one on the starters, JFT instead of Terrence Boyd. Go: 10• Winning the numbers game. Thankfully. Our USA-Jamaica Game One review called out the Klinsmann coaching staff for failing to put the right numbers and configuration in [.

USA vs. Jamaica Primer: Kingston’s Chalkboard Confessional

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Steve Fenn writes for TSG & BigDSoccer (a fantastic publication on FC Dallas). Be sure to check out TSG's Game Day Catch-all post, Orange Slices: USA v. Jamaica Like most US soccer fans, I spent the last couple day grousing about Klinsmann's Kingston catastrophe, letting my fear of qualification failure lead to anger, anger lead [.

passion

The Beautiful Game: Fair Trade And Soccer

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TSG's Beautiful Game Series explores how soccer brings about social change around the globe.

Here is Senda Athletics founder Santiago Halty


"The Beautiful Game" would not exist without a soccer ball. Something so simple can bring so many people so much joy.

Big Things Afoot: Pali Blues Appoint Goldman Brothers to Direct Club Operations

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I'm sure you read that title and thought, "Who?" "What?"

Goldman & Zack (*sorry guys, couldn't help it)

Well, meet Max and Zack Goldman, brothers and the new Directors of Operations for The Pali Blues. For those unfamiliar, the Pali Blues are a top semi-pro women's soccer team and the two-time defending Champions of the USL W-League.

US Men's National Team

TSG’s Azteca Roster: Being Klinsmann

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Few remember that three years ago, it was a trip to Azteca that was the coming out party for Stu Holden on the USMNT "A" team...

TSG usually goes the route of trying to predict what the head coach, manager, or front office of some club will do. We remove (attempt to remove) personal biases and frankly it's more important in our minds to initiate conversation with our audience on the observations seen to date.

All Growns Up: Michael Bradley To A.S. Roma

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Seven years later.... (DCU Reserves vs. Metrostars Reserves, 10/09/2005)


In a move that TSG has pined for, for some time, Michael Bradley climbs through four different leagues with a detour at Aston Villa and comes out smelling pretty at Serie A side, and Champion's League hopeful, Roma.

Johnson continues to shine at left back for USMNT

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photo by John Todd/ISIphotos.com

By FRANCO PANIZO

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- No Timmy Chandler at left back. No problem.

For a second straight game, Fabian Johnson filled in for the absent Chandler at the position that has proved most troublesome for the U.

Herdling: What position? New USA jersey, yay or nay? More.

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Photo: Courtesy TSG 1899 Hoffenheim

Philadelphia Union

The Union confirmed on Monday that they have signed Kai Herdling on loan from 1899 Hoffenheim ahead of the close of the transfer window on Monday night.

Herdling is listed most places—from Wikipedia, to fussballdaten.de, soccerway.

italians

Euro 2012 Group C Day: The Day We Learn About the Azzurri

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Oh how we'll miss Gennaro Gattuso.

The biggest wildcard in these Euros? Has to be the Italians, no? Just a flat-out team breakdown.

They come in having lost their two friendlies this year, to the States (1-0) and Russia (just last week, 3-0) respectively. The Blues have two attackers that could be described as "combustible," but more appropriately.

2012 Euro Bumper Preview – Group C

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The group of really really wounded and might result in death if not treated quickly.

Group C preview written by TSG Serie A expert (but does he know about Bunga Bunga parties?) Eric Giardini

Click here for Group A preview
Click here for Group B preview

In Group C, which consists of Spain, Italy, Croatia, and Ireland, we have the last two World Cup champions (Italy in 2006, Spain in 2010) and the defending European Champion (Spain 2008).

ESPN

Euro Bumper Preview – Group A

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Slavek and Slavko (TSG is not sure yet which one is which) welcome you to the Euros

It's Euro time! You didn't think we here at TSG were going to let this competition slide thru the cracks did you? Some of us here at TSG, need as many excuses as possible to post pictures of handsome Franck Ribery.

Jay Bell Is Fired Up for MLS on NBC

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Jay Bell who once castigated Fox Soccer applauds NBC's effort

The dynamics of MLS broadcasting shifted this offseason when NBC won broadcasting rights for MLS and US Soccer matches over Fox. Through the bidding process and the early glimpses of NBC's treatment of MLS, it seems as if the league's new partner is embracing MLS more than Fox ever did.

Michael Essien

UEFA Champion’s League Final: Bayern vs. Chelsea Live

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In the battle of Bayern vs. Chelsea...Ribery vs. Drogba TSG's two pivotal players, TSG roots for....

Michael Essien. Knee surgeries have robbed the global soccer world of Essien's excellence.

May he shine today for the Blues. The hopeful scoreline? Bayern 0, Chelsea 0.....Essien 3.

Simmering For Wednesday: Barça vs. Chelsea

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Alves and Barca "victorious" in 2009

Yes, today has Real Madrid vs. Bayern Munich. Is there a doubt that Mourinho still has the chops to get the Munich into the Champion's League Final? Not really.

Tomorrow is the main event. Chelsea vs. Barcelona and Dani Alves had this to say in the Guardian about the 2009 semi-final second leg a 1-1 draw at the death that saw Barca through to face United in Rome.

Freddy Adu

Union land Herdling on loan from Hoffenheim

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The Philadelphia Union took advantage of the final few hours of the transfer window being open, as they bolstered their attacking depth by signing a player with European experience.

Philadelphia acquired German midfielder/foward Kai Herdling on loan from German Bundesliga club TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, the Union announced on Monday.

Caleb Porter & The US U-23′s Open Olympic Qualifying With Cuba

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Caleb Porter, hoping for the US to stick out in the CONCACAF crowd...

Editor's Note: No in-depth preview here today.

Jay Bell will be covering the Olympic qualifying semi's and final at Livestrong Park in Kansas City for TSG.

The United States Under-23 Men's National Team opens Group A play in the 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament against Cuba at 9 p.

The Rest

The N.A.S.A. Roundtable … (Nerds Attack Soccer Analytics)

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Landing a rover on Mars is CHILD'S PLAY compared to figuring out who's really helping a soccer team win. ... Yeah, we said that.


This piece originally ran in August of 2012

What happens when TSG reaches out to a bunch of nerds in high places who like numbers, triangle passes, Barcelona analogy misappropriations, Dax McCarty data, Roger Espinosa heat maps and deal in things called "machine learning" & "regression analyses?

Thomas Müller braucht eine Sonnenbrille

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Da brauche ich wohl morgen eine Sonnenbrille auf der Wiesn.

Thomas Müller, Mittelfeldspieler des FC Bayern München, nach dem 2:0 Erfolg gegen die TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, in der Müller einen Cut unterhalb des Auges erlitten hatte und genäht werden musste.

Das große Sterben im DFB-Pokal

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1. FC Nürnberg Hertha BSC Berlin TSG 1899 Hoffenheim SV Werder Bremen Eintracht Frankfurt Greuther Fürth Bitter, bitter....diese sechs Bundesligavereine sind in der ersten Runde des DFB-Pokals gegen unterklassige Teams ausgeschieden! Und alle hatten sie fest damit gerechnet, dass sie da in einem ganz lockeren Spiel mal eben so die 2.

TSG’s Serie A Expert Giddy About the Romans in Boston’s Hallowed Coliseum

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Two old-timers meet: Roma & Fenway that is...

TSG's Serie A expert Eric Giardini takes in his beloved AS Roma in Beantown

Way back in March when it was announced that Roma and Liverpool were playing a friendly in Boston at iconic Fenway Park I knew there was no way I was going to miss it.

Winner 2010 Don’t Tread Challenge: USA 2, Spain 0

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Never need an excuse, or any excuse, to show the first winner of the TSG Don't Tread Challenge Video Contest.

Still a keeper for many USMNT fans.

Three years ago today the US "flips the script and takes a pass at calling 'Uncle'"

Always a fine video.


USA vs. Brazil Primer: Is Pato Ducking His Talents?

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As in Pato loves the nightlife....

TSG's Serie A expert and Silicon Valley hopeful Eric Giardini on one troubled duckling...

What is there to say about Alexandre Pato?

Pato's real passion: Berlusconi

The AC Milan striker, who currently spends more time on the training table and off gallivanting around Milan with Barbara Berlusconi than on the field at the San Siro, is the most experienced striker on this very young Brazil roster.

Report: Vasco Accused of Slave-Like Football Training

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To be sure, this story is one that is not without precedent.

From the AP....

Brazilian club Vasco da Gama has been ordered by a juvenile justice judge to immediately suspend activities at its youth training facilities because an investigation found teenage footballers were living in "slave-like" conditions.

Musket Rounds: Dempsey, Video Replay, Reserves, Identity, And More

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We're getting into the middle of a long week between matches and, as is typical, news in New England Revolution land is sparse at best. News elsewhere has kept up, though, and thus the rounds have more ammo today than yesterday. Let's not waste any time.

Revolution Links

Reserves: Union 4, Revs 2 | New England Revolution
Kenny Mansally is trying to stake his claim for a spot in the 18 against DC, and his two goals against the Union reserves are sure to at least keep him in the conversation.