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French veterans among the Roland Garros wild cards

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Paris (AFP) – Veteran French players Pauline Parmentier and Nicolas Mahut are among those who have received wild-card entries to the main draw at Roland Garros, the French Tennis Federation announced on Wednesday.

Mahut, a 36-year-old veteran ranked 116th in the world, was a member of France’s Davis Cup winning team in November and will be able to play in the French Open for a 16th time.

French veterans among the Roland Garros wild cards

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Paris (AFP) – Veteran French players Pauline Parmentier and Nicolas Mahut are among those who have received wild-card entries to the main draw at Roland Garros, the French Tennis Federation announced on Wednesday.

Mahut, a 36-year-old veteran ranked 116th in the world, was a member of France’s Davis Cup winning team in November and will be able to play in the French Open for a 16th time.

Major League Soccer

2012 MLS Playoff Race: East Heats Up, West Less Complicated

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Chicago and New York are battling for playoff positioning in the East. (Getty Images)

The MLS Playoff race is hot folks. As we head into the final two months of the season, both conferences have different but good races going on as we try to figure out who will be the ten clubs that go to the post season dance.

Juan Toja Re-Signs With MLS

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You want an interesting nugget going into Friday? Here is one from Kyle McCarthy:

Former FC Dallas midfielder Juan Toja has signed with #MLS and will join the league through the allocation process, per a league source.

- Kyle McCarthy (@kylejmccarthy) August 23, 2012

Now since FC Dallas sold Toja a couple years ago and will go through the allocation process (see the current allocation order here).

Questions: Rule changes

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Aug 9, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Tony asks why MLS waited until August to announce playoff tie-breakers and questions the League's commitment to the Reserve League. How fair is it to change the rules about tie-breakers in the standings more than halfway into the season?

2012 MLS, Week 18: Fantasy Manager Recap

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It has been a couple rough weeks for my Fantasy Manager squad.

I took the big gamble this past round and used my one wild card (ultimate transfers).

The big 'ouch' was Chris Wondolowski going cold against FC Dallas. His coldness along with limited points from Saer Sene and Chris Rolfe gave my forwards one of the worst weeks so far in this game.

Quick Thoughts on United v. Red Bulls

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Apologies for the lack of posting of late. We have a new addition to Clan Fullback, and the baby is taking priority over blogging. Still, I was able to catch much of last night's loss to the Red Bulls and have a few thoughts which my sleep-deprived brain will struggle to transmit to my fingers...
  • Maicon-nective Tissue - I can't see how Salihi continues to start ahead of Santos.

Beware of Fire

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Revolution defender Kevin Alston will likely be kept busy against the Chicago's stealth attack. (Photo: Chris Aduama/aduama.com)

When the Revolution open up their three-game season series with the Chicago Fire at Gillette Stadium on Saturday night, a rivalry will be renewed.

Playing in tight and high emotion matches throughout the years in both the regular season and playoffs, there may be no greater and more classic rivalry in Major League Soccer than that between the Revolution and the Fire.

Major League Soccer 2012 Season Preview

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Major League Soccer 2012 Season Preview - The 90th Minute Soccer Blog

The 2012 MLS season will kick off on March 10th with 19 teams. The Montreal Impact will join the league which has 10 teams in the Eastern Conference and 9 in the Western Conference. Will the LA Galaxy repeat as MLS Cup champions?

Major League Soccer Revamps MLS Cup Format For 2012

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The playoffs and MLS Cup final are being completely revamped in 2012.

Instead of rotating the MLS Cup between different cities, starting in 2012, the MLS Cup final will be played at the home venue of the participating team with a higher regular-season point total. No more neutral fields, which is something that the MLS has done since 1996.

MLS ends neutral-site MLS Cup, makes conference finals two-leg

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Since the league's inception, Major League Soccer has been trying to find the right playoff format, right meaning one that gave some meaning to the regular season while creating increased fan interest during the post-season. The latest iteration came yesterday, when the MLS Board of Governors approved four major changes in the league playoff format: Top five teams in each conference, no wild-card slots.

MLS Announces Schedule Format For 2012

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Changes were bound to happen when Major League Soccer added a 19th club for the 2012 season. With an odd number of teams and a desire to reduce some of the travel for some clubs, the balanced schedule was going to go out the window for a while and changes were going to have to be made to the format.

Dwayne De Rosario Named 2011 MLS MVP

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Houston Dynamo fans will be a bit disappointed when they wake up this morning to discover that Brad Davis was not named the 2011 MLS MVP, but that disappointment will be tempered a bit since Dwayne De Rosario, once an important member of the Dynamo, is this season's MVP. In fact, the last time De Rosario won the MVP, in 2007, he was a member of the back-to-back MLS Cup winning Dynamo.

Please, help me get away from all of you

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Cue up the Nellie McKay, I'm almost out of here.

I love doing interviews with Seattle writers. They're all so naive and when they think they're asking hard questions, they're lobbing softballs. So you know, it's all good in the land of My Little Pony Sing Along Blogs. Anyway, I talked to Joshua Mayers and a bunch of other jackals yesterday, hopefully for the last time in a while so I can forget about what transpired this year.

MLS Conference Semifinals: A Look Ahead

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 Photo by Brad Smith/ISIphotos.com


By THOMAS FLOYD

The first legs of the conference semifinals over the weekend created four very unenviable hills to climb.

The Los Angeles Galaxy, the Houston Dynamo and Sporting Kansas City all head home to protect leads while Real Salt Lake, the only winning team taking to the road, has the comfort of a three-goal cushion.

Tuesday Turnaround and a Candy Hangover

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Well it's November and that means Halloween is behind us. Still, October was a fantastic month in MLS that offered us a fantastic finale to the league where matches truly mattered and we saw Wild-Card matches where the fates of teams were decided. In less than a month we will have a new champion and with that a new off season.

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Kelly Smith: It's Always the Quiet Ones

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Kelly Smith celebrates a goal, her magic foot and the shoe it was in.When you teach you learn pretty quickly that the very smartest and most interesting students are often quiet. Some are painfully shy and intense listeners. Some only talk when they think they have something valuable to contribute and have a very the bar high when it comes to their sense of value.

Spurs midfielder: City striker is a threat

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Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Scott Parker has warned England that they must prepare carefully for Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli, who has been tipped to be Italy's wild card in Sunday's Euro 2012 quarterfinal between the two nations.

Balotelli, 21, scored 17 goals in 32 appearances across all competitions for the Barclays Premier League winners last season and was most recently on target in the Azzurri's 2-0 win over the Republic of Ireland on Monday night as well.

UEFA Euro 2012: The journey begins

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After a four-year wait, the European Championship returns with perhaps more interest level and excitement than ever before. The defending champion Spain is tipped to go all the way once again but there are 15 competitors ready to give the Spaniards a run for their money.

One of the brilliant aspects of Euro 2012 is the balance within each of the four groups that will battle it out from today (June 8) to the tournament final in Kiev on July 1.

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Liga MX Apertura Contenders, Relegation, and More Team Previews

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Preseason for the 2012 Apertura is in full swing and we are just two weeks from opening weekend. Last week we talked about the resurrection of the Copa Mexico, the name change to Liga MX, who is spending big bucks in the offseason, and we previewed six teams.

In this week's installment of Ordinary Orange Fan talks Mexican we'll take a look at my top three preseason picks to contend for the Apertura title, throw out a wild card pick, and look at the teams most likely headed for relegation to the Liga de Acenso (second division).

2012 Revolution Predictions

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Will Kelyn Rowe or Saer Sene have the bigger impact in 2012?  (Photo Credit: Joshua Pearson)

With the 2012 season set to kick-off on Saturday, the staff of New England Soccer Today and special guest Kevin Koczwara of The Soccer Guys took our best guess at how the New England Revolution will fare in 2012.

Rapids News and Notes - December 3rd 2011

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Sorry I went AWOL on everyone (which I'm guessing is about 5 readers at this point in the offseason ;)) for a few days, stomach flu sucks. A couple of interesting news items came out this week.
  • Colorado declined the options on Miguel Comminges, Danny Earls, Steven Emory, and Michael Holody.
Holody's 3 years of service means he's eligible to be selected by other MLS teams in next week's re-entry drafts.

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Teams Convening in Frisco for 2011-12 Development Academy Playoffs

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Players from around the country are battling the over 100-degree temperatures as they gather in Frisco, Texas, for the 2011-12 Development Academy Playoffs at the FC Dallas Stadium Complex.

The U-17/18 age group and its 32-team field opens the tournament on Monday, June 25, and the U-15/16 age group kicks off on Tuesday, June 26.

14 Division Spots up for Grabs Heading into Academy’s Last Regular-Season Slate

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It is crunch time for many Development Academy teams heading into this final weekend of the regular season.

Last weekend, 10 teams among the U-15/16 and U-17/18 age groups clinched a divisional spot to qualify for the 2011-12 Development Academy Playoffs, which kick off June 25 in Frisco, Texas.

Bradley, Spector to be Inducted into Sockers FC Hall of Fame

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Defender Jonathan Spector (left) and midfielder Michael Bradley (right) will be inducted into the Sockers FC Hall of Fame.

U.S. Men's National Team midfielder Michael Bradley and defender Jonathan Spector will be inducted into the inaugural Sockers FC Chicago Hall of Fame on Saturday, June 16.

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The Playoff Hunt: Week 13

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It's mid-June and the New England Revolution are in the thick of the playoff hunt in the Eastern Conference. Let that sink in. It's been a little while since we've had the pleasure, and excitement of a Revolution playoff hunt, and I for one cannot contain my excitement.

Each week heading into the match we're going to keep you up to date on the playoff implications it carries, as well as the impact on the rest of the league.

Schedule and Playoff Changes for 2012

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MLS has come out today with the schedule and playoff format for the 2012 season, and already the Twitterverse has blown up about it. As expected, gone is the balanced schedule of playing each team home and away. Back is the conference heavy schedule designed to cut down on travel for most teams (save Houston who is still separated from Dallas and will now play their closest rival only once next year).

Who will advance to the MLS Cup final?

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Photo by David Bernal/ISIphotos.com

By Sunday's end, the MLS playoff field will be narrowed down to two clubs.

No wild card teams remain in the postseason picture after the overall top seed Los Angeles Galaxy disposed of the New York Red Bulls Thursday night.

THE BULLFIGHT RESUMES AT THE L.A. SLAUGHTERHOUSE

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The Red Bulls misinterpret the phrase, "Show some fight, boys." Felled by an air punch after the final whistle, Rafael Marquez pulled off an Academy Award-worthy performance, while Stephen Keel (hand on face) boringly falls from an actual punch.

The L.A. Galaxy takes to the pitch Thursday night at home (11 p.

Harry Redknapp

Tottenham, City and Liverpool must fight form and history this weekend

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Tottenham, City and Liverpool must fight form and history this weekend - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The Premier League title and the Champions League places are far from a done deal. Both Manchester City and Tottenham have blown healthy leads in first and third place respectively to fall down to second and fourth, and while City's depth and sheer quality (not to mention a recall for Carlos Tevez) may yet save their title challenge, Tottenham don't have that wild card to call upon.

Several ways to improve transfer deadline day

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Every transfer window comes to an end and that end is usually a tremendous, over-analyzed, mess of boring idiocy. There's reporters stretching guesses and rumors into a hostage situation worthy of live coverage, Harry Redknapp giving interviews through his car window like he's struggling to order a Whopper at the Burger King drive-thru, roving bands of street urchins loitering outside stadiums and, above all, mass confusion over player movements that often don't even happen.

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Dynamo v Toronto FC: Match Three of the Late Season Gauntlet

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The Dynamo play the third game of their late August/early September six match in 19 day gauntlet. There is plenty of good news though as we hit the half way point. The Dynamo are 1-0-1, fresh off their first ever in Central America over C.D. FAS on Wednesday. More importantly, the team's depth (a word rarely associated with MLS sides) stood up well in the mid week, allowing Kinnear to hold back most of his starters ahead of this weekend's TFC match and this coming Thursday's trip to Honduras for their second CCL match.

Euro 2012: Group Stage Worst XI

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By Chris Wright

Taking into account both pre-tournament expectations and performances therein, here's our XI of the biggest flops, bumberclarts and turgid let-downs from the group stages of Euro 2012...

Shay Given (Rep. of Ireland): Poor Shay.

Seattle Sounders at FC Dallas - Gamethread

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Deep in the heart of Texas is a little stadium with no name where FC Dallas plays some soccer. On most nights they have one of the strongest starting XIs in MLS. This night that won't be true. Instead, they will have a hodge-podge team heavy with players who are of Olympics age. The Seattle Sounders FC may rest a few players, but what they won't do is put out a lineup where the goal is a 0-0 or 1-1 draw.

Baltimore Blast vs. Missouri Comets Preview 12/9/2011

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By Joel Greenwaldt

Baltimore Blast (5-1) vs. Missouri Comets (5-3)

Game Time: 12/9/2011 7:35PM

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What needs to go right for the Blast:


  • Stop the recent skid at home: Dating back to the last season's MISL Championship Game, the Baltimore Blast have lost their last two games at home.

Bravo wins, Smith leaves

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Gary Smith, who led the Colorado Rapids to an improbable championship in 2010, was shown the door on Monday.

The coach, who had agreed to a new contract, and the team announced a parting of the ways on Monday afternoon. The departure came the same day that Rapids players cleared out their lockers following a 4-0 aggregate loss to Kansas City in the Eastern Conference semifinals.