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LA Galaxy average attendance down 17% this season

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After the first 56 matches of the 2017 MLS season, the average reported attendance is nearly even with 2016. It’s currently down just 0.82%.

In MLS gameweek 6, New England and Philadelphia had disappointing reported attendances. But LA Galaxy continues to slide at the gate.

Weekend Video MLS Rewind: Galaxy and Chivas USA highlights

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While I was off sampling the charms of San Diego for a few days (ahem), the Galaxy were busy beating an awful Dallas team in ghastly weather conditions and Chivas USA defeated a dreadful Portland Timbers side that are a walking ad for changing the MLS schedule (does anybody outside

Soccer Business Bits: MLS Broadcasts, New Ball & More

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We wrote last week about Major League Soccer's efforts to keep the league relevant during the off season. The league is certainly making an effort in that regard with a couple of announcements today designed to keep fans interested and media reporting about the league. We'll start with big national broadcast news for the opening Major League Soccer weekend in 2012.

(Insert Joke Here About MLS' Balls Dropping)

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By its 17th year this really should have happened already. (If you didn't pick up on it... that was our "ball-dropping joke).

Major League Soccer released their new match ball for the 2012 season and despite it kinda looking like it's wearing a thong, we think it's pretty cool.

Sporting the league's colors and minimalist design the MLS ball is a close cousin to the new Tango 12 ball for this summer's European Championship.

Red Bulls-Galaxy, Philly-New England postponed due to Hurricane Irene

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Sunday promised to be a busy day in Major League Soccer on the East Coast, but that all changed as weather reports showed that Hurricane Irene would be bearing down on the area just as several MLS teams would be taking the field.

MLS has responded by postponing Sunday's marquee match-up between the New York Red Bulls and Los Angeles Galaxy, as well as the Philadelphia Union's match against New England at PPL Park.

Canada: Toronto make it three on the spin

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Toronto FC won their third consecutive Canadian title on Saturday

Toronto FC secured their third consecutive Nutrilite Canadian Championship title on Saturday. With the first leg tied at 1-1, the champions had to come from behind in their second leg 2-1 victory over Vancouver Whitecaps in order to win the Voyageur's Cup yet again.

Sloppy Night for 2011 MLS season kick-off

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J Hutcherson of US Soccer Player Newsletter writes of the 2011 MLS season kick-off between the Los Angeles Galaxy and Seattle Sounders.

Other than an unnecessary reminder that wet conditions and artificial turf might not be the best platform for flowing soccer, Tuesday's Major League Soccer opener didn't exactly give us much to work with.

Should Major League Soccer Look to Lower Leagues for an MLS Cup Solution?

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The Seattle Space Needle was painted specifically for MLS Cup 2009

We await the release of the 2011 Major League Soccer schedule in which we've been told we'll see changes to the playoff format. Perhaps one of the many possibilities for the delay is the league is looking to a new solution to MLS Cup final.

English Premier League

Creating a Comfortable Nest in Defence

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A very good Friday to you and I hope to find you well. Pre season means that the matches could fall on any day and that's exactly what happens today. Arsenal takes on reigning Premier League champions, Manchester City at the Bird's Nest Olympic Stadium in Beijing later today.

Tim Howard: He Scorez, He Sadz

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We weren't sure whether we could love Timmy Howard any more. Just to recap, we know that he looks like this naked and is clearly an 'all-round top bloke' if our recent convo with him was anything to go by. But his response to scoring a wind-assisted wonder goal vs.

LFC Fixtures: Blackpool game postponed until 12th January

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Liverpool's away clash at Blackpool today has been postponed due to the recent weather conditions across the UK, and a new date has been set for the tie.

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Winter Weather Proves That Premier League Should Put Fans First at Christmas

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Last weekend snowy weather conditions played havoc with the Premier League fixture list, next week will probably be similar. The recent inclement weather does raise one important issue though as far as the all important Christmas period is concerned; Why does the EPL make fans travel the length and breadth of the country when fixtures closer to home could easily be arranged?

Fulham Game Called Off

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Liverpool Football Club have confirmed that today's game against Fulham has been postponed. The decision has been ratified by the Premier League.
A Liverpool spokesman commented: "Club officials met with the Police this morning to assess the prevailing weather conditions.
"The safety of all fans attending the game is paramount and although the Anfield pitch is playable, the conditions around the stadium and further afield for people travelling to the match are such that the decision was taken, following Police advice on safety grounds, to postpone the game.

Snowday: Liverpool v. Fulham Called Off

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Liverpool Football Club have confirmed that today's game against Fulham has been postponed. The decision has been ratified by the Premier League.

A Liverpool spokesman commented: "Club officials met with the Police this morning to assess the prevailing weather conditions.

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Three Days in Utah

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The U.S. WNT trained for just three days in Utah before facing Canada on Saturday, June 30 at Rio Tinto Stadium. Kick-off is at Noon MT live on NBC with a 30-minute pre-game show starting at 11:3o a.m. MT.

Two of those trainings were at the Real Salt Lake training field and thanks to those folks from the club for the use of the pitch, which was in fantastic shape.

BORO SQUANDER 4 GOAL LEAD.

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It was good to actually see the Boro playing after such a long lay off because of the weather conditions, expectations were high, especially with the return of Richard Medcalf, a real class player in my book, it was disappointing to see Joel Hartley left out of the team, he was not even named as a substitute, also Dave Kemp, but Dave was at least included on the bench.

Gillingham Preview: On to 2011…

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As 2010 fizzles out, Boro have the chance to kick 2011 off with a bang when they travel down to Kent on Saturday to face Gillingham. 2010 has arguably been the greatest year in the history of the club. We stormed to the Conference title, got to another FA Trophy Final at Wembley and made the 3rd round of the FA Cup for only the 3rd time.

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FC Dallas battles from two goals down for dramatic comeback win vs. Sporting KC

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When Omar Bravo finished off a Teal Bunbury pass to give Sporting Kansas City a 2-0 lead on FC Dallas in the 68th minute on Saturday night, the match-up of top MLS clubs looked to be over. The home team was leading, the visitors were feeling the grind of a busy week, and it would have been easy for Dallas to look ahead to Tuesday's U.

Union Concede Late Equalizer to Sounders, Remain Undefeated at Home in 1-1 Draw

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Amid rainy, windy, and generally miserable weather conditions at PPL Park, the Philadelphia Union allowed a late equalizer to the Seattle Sounders FC's Alvaro Fernandez and drew 1-1.

The Union's lone goal was scored by Guatemalan striker Carlos Ruiz after his free kick took a deceiving dip in midair and got past goalkeeper Kasey Keller.

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Olubayo Adefemi: Gone Too Soon

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Olubayo Adefemi (r) celebrates after scoring a goal for his country in the Beijing Olympics. Image: Getty Images/Zimbio

We learned this morning that Nigerian defender Olubayo Adefemi died yesterday after losing control of his vehicle on a motorway in Greece. Adefemi was reportedly caught in bad weather conditions and crashed into a barrier while travelling to the airport for a flight to his home country, where he was due to finalise wedding plans.

Italy: Serie A Midweek Preview

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Roma will be fully rested heading into their home game against strugglers Brescia, with their game at Bologna on Sunday called off due to bad weather conditions.

Juventus coach Luigi Del Neri goes into Wednesday's match at Palermo under pressure after last weekend's 2-1 defeat to Udinese marked their third defeat in five games.

Arsenal

Lech Poznań-Sporting Braga 1:0. Lech Wins In Winter Olympics.

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Lech's dream like Europa League run may continue even further. Once again, as in the game against Juventus, Kolejorz grabbed a good result in horrible weather. Just as in the previous case, the game was a rather dull one and hard to watch (especially after the extraordinary Arsenal vs. Barca on Wednesday).

Nike CTR360 Maestri II

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The Nike CTR360 Maestri II Elite is designed for the player looking to master control on the pitch. Controlling the tempo with accurate passing, dictating the pace and creating chances are necessities for the midfield maestro.

Both Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal FC) and Andres Iniesta (Barcelona FC) personify the ultimate control players and both wear the CTR360 Maestri II Elite football boot.

Asian Football

Australia: Brisbane Roar their way to Minor Premiership

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Brisbane Roar are Hyundai A-League premiers

The Hyundai A-League, Australia's top flight football league, has concluded its regular season this weekend. The destiny of the Minor Premiership has been in the hands of Brisbane Roar for a few weeks already as they walked away with the regular season title by eight points from Central Coast Mariners.

AFC: Australia and South Korea through as expected

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In the latest round of 2011 AFC Asian Cup matches being played in Qatar there were no shocks to be had as Australia and South Korea confirmed their status as the two top teams in Group C and progressed to the quarter-finals of the tournament.

Australia finished top of the group when defeating Bahrain 1-0 in their final group match which was played today.

Wolves

When Bobby Charlton silenced the Kop in the FA Cup

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Liverpool 1 Man United 3, January 30, 1960

You've got to love the Scousers. When Liverpool were drawn at home to Manchester United in the 4th round of the FA Cup in January 1960 it was immediately declared an all-ticket match, naturally enough as United had already attracted the two largest league attendances of the season, despite being in the bottom half of the table.

Match against W.B.A. tomorrow postponed

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Yes, it's off. Due to the weather conditions of course. And on safety grounds. Maybe it was good for Wolves, as we may have more players inury free when we meet them. Many players should do just well with another week of training before they are ready to play again. Doesn't Morgan have a plane [...]

Match against W.B.A. Postponed

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Yes, it's off. Due to the weather conditions of course. And on safety grounds. Maybe it was good for Wolves, as we may have more players injury free when we meet them later on. Many players should do just well with another week of training before they are ready to play again. Doesn't Morgan have [...

The Rest

Downpour dominates Celta-Alaves semi-final stalemate

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Madrid (AFP) Celta Vigo and Alaves have it all to play for in the second leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final after neither side could make the breakthrough in a first leg nearly washed out by awful weather conditions.

Celta, who knocked out Real Madrid in the quarter-finals, had the better of the chances on home soil but they were denied twice by the woodwork and some fine goalkeeping by Fernando Pacheco.

Pearland West’s Little League game postponed

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Pearland West's scheduled 2 p.m. CDT game in the Little League World Series on Thursday has been postponed because of rain in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. All scheduled games were called off.

Pearland West, the Southwest champion, will play Wilshire-Riverside, the Northwest champion from Oregon, at 10 a.

Ukraine boss: France are world leaders

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Oleh Blokhin has reiterated that his Ukraine side is still far from qualifying for the UEFA Euro 2012 quarterfinals despite entering this evening's battle against France atop Group D.

In his pre-match press conference, Blokhin told reporters that his philosophy is not entirely down to humility and that he truly believes that France and England his team's next two opponents are global leaders in football.

Barcelona-USA U11s Fall to Weston FC in Danone Nations Cup Final

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Orlando, FL Following the overtime, pk's, post game celebrations, and the long journey out of the complex we reached our hotel at 10:30 am. The boys had one hour to rest. Instructions were crystal clear. Rest your bodies with legs elevated, hydrate with plenty of gatorade, and eat fruit and power bars to refuel before the final.

Regarding the Friendly Against Valencia... An Informal Poll

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So I'm in the middle of working on the player ratings right now -- they'll be up in a bit, never fear! -- and it struck me that tomorrow is the Valencia friendly! It's not that I had completely forgotten, but rather with last weekend's win and the upcoming important Cascadia Cup match on Saturday I just had other stuff on my mind.

Barca Bury Bayer Leverkusen 3-1

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Alexis brace leads Barcelona to victory against Bayer (Photo: JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Image)

Barcelona all but assured their passage to the quarter-finals of the Champions League with a 3-1 road victory over Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday night.

Guardiola's road warriors have returned, as the Catalans picked up their first away win in four matches, cruising past their German hosts in dominant fashion thanks to a brace from Alexis Sanchez and a clincher from Leo Messi.

Gophers Draw Wisconsin in Big Ten Border Battle

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University of Minnesota 2-2 University of Wisconsin–Madison The cold and windy conditions in the Twin Cities on Thursday were the same conditions in Madison, Wisconsin where the women Gophers soccer team traveled for the border battle between the two Big Ten schools. With the tough weather conditions, the Badgers (7-3-2, 2-0-2) may have thought they [.

SPAIN DEFEATS BELGIUM 1 - 4 | U - 19 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP | GROUP B

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The SPANISH FOOTBALL U-19 TEAM defeated BELGIUM 1 - 4 in todays EUROPEAN U-19 CAHMPIONSHIP Group B match held in Rumania. The game was cancelled yesterday after severe weather conditions stopped the match in the 18th min with Spain leading 0 - 1. Spain U-19 Football The "re-match" started well for Spain ( bad for Belgium ) when in the 11th min the Belgium goalkeeper Casteels was sent off

Don't be so quick to blame the coach for your team's poor play

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At times, it seems that coaches in professional sports are shuffled more often than the decks at Vegas blackjack tables. And when the cards finally land, the hand can be a raw deal: with even a hint of distress, managers take heavy fire from team brass, sponsors and fans, all of whom have different stakes at risk and their own set of expectations for success.

Revs admit good fortune amid controversial ref calls

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By JONATHAN VERA

CARSON, Calif. – Depending on who you asked, the only thing worse than the weather during the Los Angeles Galaxy's 1-1 tie vs. New England was the officiating.

Referee in charge Hilario Grajeda negated a goal scored by Juninho early in the first after LA's Mike Magee "fouled" keeper Matt Reis.

Why do I support January World Cup 2022!

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Qatar winning the World Cup 2022 bid sparked so much controversy in the world media and blogs. Now, Blatter recent comments that he expects WC 2022 to be held in January will even spark more controversy. I predict people will say, why FIFA is changing the World Cup rule if the conditions of a country is not suitable to host a World Cup in the first place?

Farewell to an Old Trafford legend – Good luck Ole

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The arctic like weather conditions has ensured that Manchester United fans have got no football to look forward to for another week. It gives us the chance to say farewell to a legend who has...

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