Zak Whitbread

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Zak Back?

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I have confirmed that Derby summer freebie Zak Whitbread does indeed have some early-stage interest from MLS, to go with a small clamor in England. I do not have any team names nailed down yet, and really only suspicions at this point. There will be an MLSS report up soon.- Greg Seltzer

Americans Abroad: Midweek Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

It was not a dream debut by any stretch, but it was one that Zak Whitbread is unlikely to forget any time soon.

A day after being loaned out to Derby County from Leicester City, Whitbread started and went the distance in a wild game in which he scored for the Rams.

Americans Abroad: Monday Rewind

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By DAN KARELL

There was a larger-than-usual contingent of Americans Abroad in action this Monday, as the English League Championship and leagues in Denmark, Belgium, Norway, and Germany all had matches throughout the day.

In Norway, Mix Diskerud helped his case for a potential national team call-up this summer, scoring in the 53rd minute of his side Rosenberg's 4-0 win over Brann.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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By FRANCO PANIZO

If Tim Howard and Everton are to extend their seven-game unbeaten streak on Sunday, they will have to do so against one of the hottest offensive teams in the Premiership right now.

The Toffees are set to host Chelsea in their final match of 2012, and Howard will likely need to put forth a big performance in order to stymie a team that has scored 14 goals in their last three games across all competitions.

Leicester City

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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The UEFA Champions League group stage is within reach for two Americans, but their teams will need to overcome first-leg deficits if they are to maintain hopes of competing on Europe's biggest stage and join the likes of Americans Jermaine Jones and Michael Parkhurst in the tournament field.

Zak Attack

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Hey, the UK press got one right! A couple of outlets got wind last night, and I can now confirm that Zak Whitbread is a Leicester City player. He just signed the deal, a two-year contract with club option for a third season. It should be announced by the club in the next couple of hours. A full MLSS report is already in the editor's basket.

Norwich City

Whitbread signs with Leicester City

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American defender Zak Whitbread signed a two-year deal with Leicester City, the club announced on Tuesday. Whitbread joins as a free agent after seeing out his contract with Norwich City. "We're really pleased with the business we have been able to do so far this summer," Leicester manager Nigel Pearson told the club's official site.

Whitbread set to sign with Leicester City

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Zak Whitbread will be staying in England after all. Just not in the Premiership.

The free agent American centerback is reportedly set to sign with Championship club Leicester City, ending weeks of speculation as to where his future lied.

Norwich releases Whitbread

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American defender Zak Whitbread has been released by Norwich City following another injury-plagued season.

Mid-Day Ticker: Norwich releases Whitbread, Canada unveils roster & more

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Zak Whitbread's career has hit a most unwelcome bump in the road.

The American centerback was released by Norwich City on Thursday after another injury-plagued campaign. Whitbread, 28, made 21 appearances for Norwich as the club finished midtable in its first season back in the Premier League.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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By FRANCO PANIZO

It is do-or-die time for Bolton Wanderers.

Staring relegation in the face, Bolton will only avoid the drop to the Championship if they win their game at Stoke City and Manchester City tops Queens Park Rangers on Sunday. Tim Ream should resume his role in central defense for the Trotters, and he will need to help shutdown the likes of Peter Crouch and Kenwyne Jones to give Bolton a chance at staying in the EPL.

Norwich v Liverpool :Team news,Probable Line up and Predictions

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Venue Carrow Road, Norwich
Date: 28/04/12
Kick-Off: 17:30 BST

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Liverpool have won just two of their last ten Premier League games. However the Reds away record is better than their home record and Norwich are not in the best form either, having also won just two of their last ten fixtures.

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Bolton Wanderers took a step in the right direction in their efforts to avoid relegation by beating Aston Villa earlier this week, but grabbing another result this weekend could be vital if they hope to stay up.

Bolton begin their home stretch to the season with a visit to Sunderland, where a win could go a long way in helping Tim Ream and his team secure another season in the Premiership.

Americans Abroad: Monday Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Clint Dempsey just cannot and will not stop scoring.

Just as Fulham looked set for defeat against Chelsea in their Monday match-up, Dempsey headed home the equalizer to give Fulham a 1-1 draw. The goal was Dempsey's third in his last two games and gives him 22 across all competitions this season.

Preview: Weekend English Action

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Tim Ream and Bolton host Clint Dempsey and Fulham, while Zak Whitbread and Norwich City welcome Tim Howard and Everton to Carrow Road.

Recap: Weekend English action

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Eric Lichaj celebrated his return to the Aston Villa lineup with a goal in their loss to Chelsea, while Clint Dempsey scored his 19th of the season in Fulhams's win over Zak Whitbread and Norwich City.

Preview: Weekend English action

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Eric Lichaj could see action in Aston Villa's game against Chelsea, while Clint Dempsey and Fulham welcome Zak Whitbread and Norwich City to Craven Cottage.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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By FRANCO PANIZO

With the list of Americans Abroad continuing to grow with each passing year, it is becoming more common to find duels between Americans.

This weekend provides a handful of them, and there will be at least one intriguing match-up on each day.

United Thrash Wolves And Extend Lead At Top

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Manchester United extended their lead at the top of the Premier League to four points after a 5-0 thumping of Wolves at Molineux, while Newcastle United moved to within  five points of a Champions League place after they beat Norwich City 1-0.

Sir Alex Ferguson's men barely had to get out of first gear as they were always in control at Molineux once they took the lead in the 21st minute through Jonny Evans's first goal for the club.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Michael Bradley was one of the key figures in the U.S. men's national team's upset win over Italy on Wednesday in part because of his ability to contain Andrea Pirlo.

His club, Chievo Verona, will be hoping Bradley can replicate that type of outing this weekend.

Recap: Weekend English action

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Tim Ream made his Premier League debut in Bolton's loss to Chelsea, while Zak Whitbread and Norwich City went down to Manchester United in heartbreaking fashion.

Kljestan and Shea replace Donovan, Torres and Chandler on USA roster

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Sacha Kljestan and Brek Shea have been called in as emergency replacements for the U.S. men's national team after a rash of injuries and illness hit the roster originally called in by Jurgen Klinsmann.

Landon Donovan (bronchitis), Timmy Chandler and Jose Torres (both injured) will miss Wednesday's friendly against Italy, and have been replaced by Kljestan and Shea.

Preview: Weekend English action

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Tim Ream hopes to make his Premier League debut for Bolton as they play Chelsea, while Zak Whitbread looks to return from injury for Norwich City's game against Manchester United.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Landon Donovan's time with Everton is nearing its end and while he may want to make an impact in all of his remaning games with the club, this weekend's match might be at the top of his list.

Everton are set to face Chelsea in a match that will pit Donovan against the likes of John Terry, Juan Mata and Florent Malouda.

Saturday Ticker: Sporting KC tops San Jose, Henry scores in Arsenal romp and more

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Sporting Kansas City's quest to repeat as Eastern Conference regular season champions began today with a 2-1 pre-season victory against the San Jose Earthquakes in the pre-season opener for both clubs.

Kansas City midfielder Konrad Warzycha delivered the game-winning goal, converting a free kick to break a 1-1 deadlock.

Mid-Day Ticker: Cold weather threatens European slate, Bornstein plays & more

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Frigid temperatures and snowstorms across Europe are starting to take their toll on the soccer schedule.

Saturday's anticipated match between Roma and Inter Milan has already been postponed because of snow blanketing Rome. The Cesena-Catania match has also been called off, and that is in addition to four midweek Serie A games having to be rescheduled because of the snow.

Preview: Weekend English action

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Zak Whitbread and Norwich City look to continue in the FA Cup as they take on West Bromwich Albion, while Jonathan Spector and red hot Birmingham City play Sheffield United in cup play as well.

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The German Bundesliga kicks back into full gear this weekend, and with it could come a direct head-to-head duel between a pair of U.S. men's national team players.

Steve Cherundolo and Fabian Johnson could do battle when Hannover 96 and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim resume their Bundesliga campaigns on Saturday.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Sir Alex Ferguson celebrates his 70th birthday today and his Manchester United will try to give him a present in the form of a victory and sole possession of first place when the Red Devils take on struggling Blackburn today.

Manchester United pulled even with Manchester City during the most recent set of Premier League matches, but can pull ahead with a victory against a Rovers side that has endured a nightmare season under manager Steve Kean.

Preview: Early-week English action

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Zak Whitbread and Norwich City meet Brad Friedel and Tottenham, while Clint Dempsey and Fulham make the short trip to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea in a busy post-Christmas round of games.

Recap: Weekend English action

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Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur climbed to third in the Premier League standings as they beat Sunderland, while Tim Howard and Everton tied Zak Whitbread and Norwich City at Goodison Park.

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With the word that Landon Donovan is heading to Everton in January, the Toffees are suddenly feeling confident about their chances of climbing back into the top half of the English Premier League standings. If they can make that move before the new year will depend largely on whether Tim Howard and Co.

Preview: Weekend English action

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Zak Whitbread looks for his second start in a row in Norwich City's game against Tim Howard's Everton, while Brad Guzan and Aston Villa host Liverpool.

Recap: Weekend English action

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Zak Whitbread returned from injury in a winning effort as Norwich City took down Newcastle United, while it was a tough day for Clint Dempsey and Fulham as they fell to Swansea City.

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Report: Whitbread In Talks With Revs

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The New England Revolution are pursuing free-agent center back Zak Whitbread, according to a report on MLSSoccer.com, the official website of Major League Soccer. The report stats Whitbread's agent informed the site the sides were "well into talks".

New England has been worryingly thin at center back since the start of the season, exacerbated by the long-term absence of Darrius Barnes after left knee surgery in April as well as red cards to Andrew Farrell and Jose Goncalves throughout the season and injuries to emergency center back Jermaine Jones.

Peltier Move Exposes Leicester’s Flawed Transfer Policy

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The proposed exit of Leicester City midfielder, Lee Peltier, has exposed just how flawed the Foxes' transfer policy was last season.

The previous summer, Leicester spent over £10m on nine new players, in a bid to reclaim a place in the Premier League. Their plan backfired spectacularly, with boss, Sven Goran Erickson, sacked by October, leaving a squad unfamiliar with each other to battle on their own.

Musket Rounds: Open Cup, Guzan, Rhody Connections, USMNT, And More

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Hello ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the hump-day edition of the Musket Rounds. The New England Revolution aren't the most newsworthy team around, but the recent announcement of their US Open Cup opponents has at least given us something to harp on. Like how, for example, it's going to be held in Harrisburg, and I obviously can't go.

Some Soccer News for Thu May 17, 2012

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STORY OF THE DAY

This is some of the most powerful stuff I have ever seen written on soccer!
Wayne Drehs of ESPN with an incredible report (words, photos, audio & video) on Bob Bradley and his life in Egypt as the national team manager! I love this!
-Drehs also writes about Bradleys relationship with the teams star player Mohamed Aboutrika.

Preview: Weekend English action

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Clint Dempsey will look to help Fulham take all three points against Zak Whitbread and Norwich while Brad Friedel and Tottenham look to keep pressure on the league's elite when they visit Swansea.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Zak Whitbread is on the brink of doing something that he's only done once this season: Start consecutive games.

A week after returning to Norwich City's lineup in a surprise victory over Newcastle, Whitbread appears set to start for the Canaries when they play Tim Howard and Everton.