USMNT World Cup qualifying, Arsenal’s woes, and more: Freedom Kicks for 8/29/17

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Plus: Name that 2. Bundesliga club.

Happy Tuesday, folks! I still slightly can't believe that D.C. United won on Saturday with an actual goal that they themselves scored. Damn if the mood at RFK wasn't better than it's been all year.

Anyway, on to the links I've got for y'all today!

GIF It: Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere takes a boot to the testicles

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We still get a phenomenal amount of traffic from people Googling Jack Wilshere condoms... but it looks like the Arsenal star's contraception woes could be over. The England international took a forceful kick to the match balls during last night's victory for the Gunners against Reading. Now that's got to hurt.

Outstanding result marked by Bould fingerprints

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That was as convincing a win as I have seen from an away side an Anfield in recent years. Â Certainly it is not great Liverpool side but they are still a decent side with several very good players. Â It is easy to put the win down to Liverpool's woes but this is rather unfair on an Arsenal side that is looking like a really solid and organised unit, and one that is going to be extremely tough to

Striker: Koscielny and I were underdogs

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Arsenal's newest signing Olivier Giroud has shown no inhibitions in reminiscing on a difficult emergence as a youngster and believes that Gunners defender Laurent Koscielny went through similar experiences.

Giroud, 25, arrived in North London yesterday as Ligue 1′s leading goal scorer last season but when it comes to his journey, he insists that the beginnings were humble.

World Cup

Episode 110 – The Toronto Zone

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Join Chris, Mike, Randy and Martin as they talk about United's last two matches, including the 2-2 draw against Red Bull and the 1-0 loss against Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium. The guys have a lively discussion on United's present woes and also talk about the US's World Cup Qualifying campaign.

Euro 2012 Quarterfinal Preview, England vs. Italy: Anything But Penalty Kicks Please

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Not today man.

Zack Goldman says goodbye to the quarters.

Good morning! Today we've got our last quarterfinal, England versus Italy.

Both teams traveled to Euro 2012 with somewhat muted expectations, having underachieved at the last World Cup and feeling less than confident about their current squads.


MARCA Compile List Of Top 10 Highest Paid Players In The World

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By Chris Wright

Just to compound Cristiano Ronaldo's narcissistic woes, here's MARCA's little infographic of the highest paid players (salary-wise) in world football as is...

You've got to sympathise with Ron. How's a chap supposed to survive on a measly €10 million a year?

Cristiano Ronaldo's True Redemption: A Euro 2012 Championship

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Never one to shy away from being critical of the brightest and best players, I am going to resist temptation to slam one Cristiano Ronaldo. It's so in vogue after all, but I'm no trend follower. And, what's a couple of missed breakaways between friends?

Ronaldo certainly got his redemption Sunday against the dumpy Dutch to lead Portugal out of the Euro 2012 Group of Death and into the quarterfinals.


Transfer Deadline Day: Live Commentary

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Deadline day in the European transfer window is upon us, making today one of the busiest and wildest days of the year.

There have already been a number of moves completed or announced, and there should still be plenty more surprises and signings before the day ends.

American fans will want to know about American payers and today we should find out where Clint Dempsey will land after a dramatic summer with Fulham that should see him leave the club.

Dalglish Transfer Budget Slashed

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Kenny Dalglish will stay on as Liverpool manager next season – but the Scot will have his transfer budget cut drastically, according to The Mirror.
Liverpool have spent over £100 million in the last 18 months, bringing in the likes of Andy Carroll, Jordan Henderson and Luis Suarez.
Dalglish has achieved mixed results from his dealings in the transfer market, with Suarez proving an instant hit while the likes of Carroll and Henderson have struggled to turn around the Reds inconsistent form.


Only Heaven Knows...

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It is something that is bound to happen anytime amid the myriad of problems besieged the local football.

Never had the ground sentiment of the local fraternity sunk so low following an AGM that was held sometimes back with all cylinders fired from all corners angered and pissed off with the current stagnancy (based on observation of the various social media platforms).

Closing Arguments

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Below are some of the responses that I received on Twitter and in the comments of my post on the opening arguments on the question of whether Sporting KC fans are becoming cocky and over confident in the team. Seems a lot of people believe I am overreacting in ways, but there were quite a few that have agreed with me that there are fans that are starting to get over confident in the team.


POTD : Man City Wins Community Shield With Samir Nasri, Tevez and Toure Show As Di Matteo Backs Ivanovic

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Blame it on the fatigue or preseason woes (yes, they do exist!) for Chelsea, but their 3-2 loss to an impressive Manchester City side earlier today cannot possibly be attributed to any of those reasons. The Community Shield is often viewed as a prelude to the Premiership season, a curtain raiser of sorts based on the premise of providing a motivational boost to the eventual winners.

FA Cup final: Chelsea wins football's oldest competition again

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szólj hozzá: Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool Goals

Ramires was always a motor, a non-stop blur of pumping legs and arms. But his lack of a footballing brain always seemed to get in the way of that perspiring flourish. No longer. The Brazilian has shown a number of world class finishes in huge matches.

Major League Soccer

Portland Timbers: The Epitome of the Sophomore Slump

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As a documented occurrence amongst many facets of western culture, the sophomore slump appears to have nabbed its next victim: our own Portland Timbers. That's not to say that the players, FO and coaching staff aren't responsible for this season, in fact they're the very cause of the these second year woes.

Three for Three: MLSR Predictions

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The writers of MLSR take their picks in what we think will be the three most important matches of the upcoming week. Agree? Disagree? Let us know in the comments below.

PhiladelphiaUnion (5-9-2) vs. Sporting Kansas City (10-5-3) Lamar Hunt U.

Fans of United Episode 13 - United Flip the Script

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Fans of United hosts Devon McTavish, Eric Hunsaker, and Chris Wimmer discuss United's theft of a win on the road in Philly, continued attendance woes at home, and another big Eastern Conference road match in New York for the Black-and-Red.

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Timbers manager: Time running out

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On Sunday, the Portland Timbers faced the LA Galaxy with each club in dire need of a victory and three points. Â Both clubs have endured disappointing seasons, with each positioned near the bottom of the Western Conference standings.

The Galaxy edged the Timbers by a result of 1-0. After the match, the Timbers inability to produce any offense was the topic of discussion for manager John Spencer.

Chivas USA scoop up Aguedelo, Califf for Lahoud, cash

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If you've been following the Twitter frenzy this morning you know that in one fell swoop, Chivas USA may have solved their defensive issues and attacking woes today by picking up promising U.S. striker Juan Agudelo for cash from the New York Red Bulls and exchanging midfielder Michael Lahoud with

The Quick and Easy Ones...

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Happy Monday to you. Here are a few things floating around my head as Week 9 of MLS action comes to a close.

The Montreal Impact are showing the signs of life. The Impact have recorded their first road win and for the first time ever, back to back MLS wins for the club. That they did so against Sporting Kansas City is all the more impressive.

Questions: Goals, Leads, 433, United, San Jose

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Apr 17, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Time for questions, with Tony asking about Portland's defensive problems, the mindset needed to play a 433, and scoring woes at DC United. How often does a team lead MLS in both goals scored and goals allowed? Not often even at this stage, but right now, the Red Bulls are in the conversation, having scored 16 (first) and allowed 10 (tied.

2012 MLS, Week 5: What We Learned

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My weekly recap of the weekend's action is up over at SBNation.com. Give it a read as I look into Sporting KC and their ridiculous start to the season, the Galaxy's woes and I also ponder how good the Red Bulls actually are at this point in the season.


Portland Timbers

FC Dallas Preview: Three Questions with Big D Soccer

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This week I was fortunate to be able to get in contact with Daniel Robertson of Big D Soccer to discuss the upcoming game and FC Dallas. We asked three questions of the other person about the team they cover and even added a bonus question.

Questions for Big D Soccer:

FC Dallas and The Portland Timbers have had their fair share of 2012 woes is there a specific reason for Dallas' struggles this year?

Cheer up! The Portland Timbers Have Scored Before and They'll Score Again [Video]

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Another disappointing loss yesterday along with a discernible lack of goals. I don't blame Portland Timbers fans for being frustrated. I'm frustrated as much as everybody else. The worst part about the recent losses to Cal FC and the LA Galaxy, however, isn't so much that they're losing, although that definitely doesn't help, but that they're losing without scoring anything.

How Long Does John Spencer Have to Turn the Portland Timbers Around? [Poll]

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So far this season we have already seen two different coaches sent packing for under-performing during the first third of the season. First Aron Winter was let go for Toronto FC's staggeringly awful start to the season and now, as of just few minutes ago, we saw the Philadelphia Union give Peter Nowak the boot after some incredibly questionable moves on and off the field throughout the season and a disappointing start to the season for a team that made the play-offs last year.

New England Revolution

Former SKC Wizards Update

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The European seasons are starting to kick off, meaning more players appearing on the report regularly. With KC's scoring woes, it hurts a little seeing both Herculez Gom ez and Yura Movsisyan scoring in their club's season opener. Here's the rest of this week's update.

Active without a club or unknown
Stephane Auvray
Chris Brunt
Doug DeMartin
Birahim Diop
Pablo Escobar
Mauro Fuzetti
AJ Godbolt
Tom Gray
Willy Guadarrama
Santiago Hirsig
Aaron Hohlbein
Jonathan Leathers
Carlos Marinelli
Ryan McMahen
Anthony Noriega
Ryan Pore
Sergei Raad
Ofori Sarkodie
luke Sassano
Sam Scales
Ivan Trujillo
Lance Watson

Davy Arnaud - Montreal - Started and played 90 minutes in Montreal's 2-1 win over New England.

Revolution vs. Impact: Know Thy Enemy

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The New England Revolution are gearing up for a three-match road trip by traveling north of the border to Quebec to take on the MLS newcomers known as the Montreal Impact on Wednesday night for their second game in just four days. It will be the second time in a row the Revs have faced a Canadian side, having just fallen to Toronto 0-1 on the weekend.

New England 0 - 1 Toronto: Late-Game Heroics Not in the Cards in Rematch

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The Revolution lost to Toronto FC for the first time on their home pitch tonight by way of a first half Luis Silva goal that the Revs were unable to answer. Unfortunately, the Revs were unable to conjur any of the magic they've had in recent weeks and could not claw back into the game, though they sure tried, and thus their league-leading unbeaten streak was snapped by the Canadian club.

Five Questions: Revolution vs. Dynamo

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Lee Nguyen and Chris Tierney hope that Saturday's clash against the Dynamo will deliver more opportunities to celebrate. (Photo: Tony Biscaia/RevsNet)

It may not carry the same cache as the Revolution-Dynamo clashes of years past, but Saturday's affair between the former MLS Cup rivals offers a number of its own storylines.


Transfer Window Closing

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MLS' secondary transfer window is set to close on Friday, the 27th. KC has announced one signing during the window, Neven Markovic, and another looks set to happen, Oriol Rosell. Two central defenders that have helped to address some of the concerns that I'd personally had regarding our depth in defense.

USWNT Dispatch China With a 4-1 Victory

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With the Olympics quickly approaching, it would seem the USWNT are prepared to take on whoever will be thrown at them when they head to London. Pia Sundhage's squad played a great game of football in front of a sold out crowd at PPL Park on Sunday, coming up with a big win against China. This match also marked the debut of new matching kits for both the USMNT and the USWMNT, who put them to good use.

US Open Cup

You're Sigi - How Do You Fix It?

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Seattle is in a very tough patch of MLS play. In their last five league games a 0-3-2 record with a negative six goal differential have watched them fall from a clear first tier team in the SB Nation MLS Power Rankings with an average ranking of 2.26 to one that could be out of the top six. Once the dominant team in Sagarin they are now ranked 8th.

No extra suspension for Garfan, Pep quits Barca

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Philadelphia Union

In case you missed it, Peter Nowak was fined and suspended for two games for leaving the technical area and initiating contact with an opposition player during last Saturday's win against Chivas USA. The next time he'll be on the sidelines will be against Schalke.

The Rest

Conroy, Huskers add to Badgers' woes

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Mayme Conroy scored early and late for the Nebraska women's soccer team Friday night.

The sophomore forward gave the visitors an early two-goal lead, then capped her first career hat trick with a 92nd-minute game-winner as the Cornhuskers beat the University of Wisconsin 3-2 in overtime in a Big Ten Conference match at the McClimon Complex.

Ever Banega’s Car Woes Continue, New £200k Ferrari Burns To A Crisp

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By Chris Wright

Having already snapped his own ankle in twain by reversing over his own foot at a petrol station (putting himself out of action for six months in the process) earlier in the year, Ever Banega car woes took a new, altogether more incendiary twist yesterday after the Valencia midfielder's new £195,000 Ferrari caught fire on the road out of the club's training facility and burnt to a cinder.