Friday, September 23, 2016

Some Soccer News for Sep 23, 2016

It's Day 267 of 2016.


$360
The price of a 2017 Supporters Season Ticket for Minnesota United
Go here
Use the code: DARKCLOUDSFOLLOW
Put down your $40 deposit
Expires 9/23 - Today is the last day!

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A concise timeline of the NASL teetering on the edge of coming apart at the seams. Includes links to all the key stories from the past few months. By Paul Kennedy of Soccer America.
  • Also has a statement from the North American Soccer League that says almost nothing and was released at 11pm on Thursday night.

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And now Fort Lauderdale has gone and done this:

Sad that these players would do this.

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NASL Week 23 schedule:
-Fri Sep 23
Miami v Puerto Rico
-Sat Sep 24
Fort Lauderdale v Tampa Bay Rowdies
Ottawa Fury v Minnesota United
Jacksonville Armada v Rayo OKC
Carolina RailHawks v Edmonton
Indy Eleven v NY Cosmos

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The year long recovery from knee surgery of Minnesota United winger Jamie Watson, who is back to top form. By Jeff Rueter of Fifty Five One.

Last Saturday Ottawa came to Minnesota and got 2 goals after the 80th minute to grab a 2-3 win. This weekend the roles are reversed and Minnesota plays at Ottawa with nothing but revenge on their minds. Who is stronger willed?

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NASL playoff Battle: (top 4 advance)
49 New York (7 games left)
43 Edmonton (8 games left)
42 Indy (7 games left)
36 Minnesota (7 games left)
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32 Miami (8 games left)
32 Tampa Bay (8 games left)
32 Fort Lauderdale (8 games left)

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The NWSL Playoffs start next week. 4 teams enter. 1 team wins.

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Tributary: du Nord Music Mix Vol 97 (download + extract)

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Learn a little something about the young American Caleb Stanko who is making a name for himself in the Swiss 1st Division and was recently capped for the USA. By Brian Sciaretta of American Soccer Now.

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Important win today!
Bob Bradley + Le Havre Tracker:
  • Results - Fri Sep 23 W 0-1 at Auxerre
  • Standings - 6th place, 4 points out of 1st after 9 played
  • Up Next - Mon Oct 3 v Sochaux

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Biggest games of MLS Week 29:
-Sat Sep 24
Toronto v Philadelphia
DC v Orlando
Salt Lake v Dallas
-Sun Sep 25
LA v Seattle

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Sebastian Giovinco is doing his thing in a big big way, and he is extremely happy with his choice to play for Toronto. By Kurt Larson of the Toronto Sun.

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Sacha Kljestan just keeps getting better and better for the New York Red Bulls, and now he is finally getting a 2nd shot a the US national team. By Filip Bondy of the New York Times.
  • Reflective words from Kljestan: "I played 46 games [for the USMNT], and I feel a lot of them I was pretty anonymous on the field and didn’t leave my stamp on the game. But now I’ve gotten a new chance, and I want to make every one count."

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Its very close to do or die for San Jose Earthquakes in the 2016 season. By Eliott Almond of the San Jose Mercury News.

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The Chase for 6th Place:
  • EAST
38 Montreal (5 games left) - Next: Sat at Red Bulls
36 New England (4 games left) - Next: Sun at Columbus
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34 DC (5 games left) - Next: Sat v Orlando
34 Orlando (5 games left) - Next: Sat at DC

  • WEST
41 Portland (4 games left) - Next: Sat at Houston
40 Kansas City (4 games left) - Next: Sat at San Jose
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35 Seattle (6 games left) - Next: Sun at LA
34 Vancouver (4 games left) - Next: Sat v Colorado
34 San Jose (6 games left) - Next: Sat v Kansas City

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Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend. By Barry Glendenning, Michael Butler and Alan Smith of the Guardian.



The Bird Is The Word

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Some Soccer News for Sep 22, 2016

It's Day 266 of 2016.


$360
The price of a 2017 Supporters Season Ticket for Minnesota United
Go here
Use the code: DARKCLOUDSFOLLOW
Put down your $40 deposit
Expires 9/23

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Minnesota United technical director Manny Lagos is headed to Scandinavia on a scouting trip. Everyone in town is covering it:
Fifty Five One - By Wes Burdine
Pioneer Press - By Andy Greder
Star Tribune - By David La Vaque (this one has the most words from Lagos)

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Minn United has 8000 season ticket deposits for next year.
  • I have no idea if that is good, bad or in the middle. I would love to hear that its double that number on Jan 1.

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Tributary: du Nord Music Mix Vol 97 (download + extract)

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Bob Bradley + Le Havre Tracker:
-Standings - 11th place, 6 points out of 1st after 8 played
-Up Next - Fri Sep 23 at Auxerre

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Lets see how other countries are doing with their trial runs of the Video Assistant Referee system. Let's try the Netherlands. From Reuters via the Guardian.

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Young American centerback Cameron Carter-Vickers made his debut with Tottenham yesterday in a League Cup game, a 5-0 win over Gillingham. Here are CCVs post game comments. By Dan Kilpatrick of ESPNFC.

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NASL Week 23 schedule:
-Fri Sep 23
Miami v Puerto Rico

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A new team, Minneapolis City, just completed their first season in business and posted an article describing how it went, and even laying out the basics of their budget. Congrats to them on surviving. Anytime people set out on missions like this its inspiring. By Dan Hoedeman (team chairman) at Fifty Five One.

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Has Jose Mourinho lost his Wizard's hat, cape and wand? He does not seem to be the same coach he was previously. By Jonathan Wilson of the Guardian.



The Bird Is The Word

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Some Soccer News for Sep 21, 2016

It's Day 265 of 2016.


$360
The price of a 2017 Supporters Season Tickets for Minnesota United
  • Use the code: DARKCLOUDSFOLLOW
  • Put down your $40 deposit
  • Deal expires 9/23

NOTE: If you already made your deposit then you are all set. Nothing to see here. Your ticket rep will call you when tix go on sale at this price.

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This is such a great story. A kid with inoperable brain cancer got to see his favorite team Seattle Sounders, hang out with his favorite player Clint Dempsey, and meet the rest of the squad. Wonderful. From the Sounders. [VIDEO]

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Brutal. It looks like the Fort Lauderdale Strikers Brazilian owners are pulling out of funding the team, effective immediately. By Neil Morris of WRAL.
  • Bill Edwards, owner of Tampa Bay Rowdies, has shown his good side and has been loaning Fort Lauderdale money so they can continue paying some of their bills.

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Bob Bradley + Le Havre Tracker:
  • Standings - 9th place, 5 points out of 1st after 7 played
  • Up Next - Tue Sep 20 v Brest (1st place)

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Its a good day for American midfielder Perry Kitchen:


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Young American Lyden Gooch is getting a shot in the starting 11 at Sunderland early this season and he is not failing. By Chris Young of the Guardian.

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American Fabian Johnson scored a goal today for Monchengladbach as they tied 1-1 at Leipzig.

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In the wake of guys like Christian Pulisic being given such a huge chance to play at Dortmund the question gets asked more and more, are MLS teams doing their youth justice on the field? By Jeff Carlisle of ESPNFC.
  • The answer is no.

Another player getting rave reviews is 18 year old Cameron Carter-Vickers at Tottenham. (Article is about another player so you have to scroll down a ways for CCV mentions.) By David Hytner of the Guardian.
  • CCV made his Tottenham 1st team debut today in the League Cup. He played the full 90 and they won 5-0 over Gillingham.
  • Thanks to Brian Sciaretta for the heads up. Follow him for the very best on Yanks Abroad.

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The Chase for 6th Place!
  • Who is gonna grab the last spot in MLS Playoffs in each division:
EAST
38 Montreal - Next: at Red Bulls
36 New England - Next: at Columbus
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34 DC - Next: v Orlando
34 Orlando - Next: at DC

WEST
41 Portland - Next: at Houston
40 Kansas City - Next: at San Jose
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35 Seattle - Next: at LA
34 Vancouver - Next: v Colorado
34 San Jose - Next: v Kansas City

MLS goals leaders:
20 Bradley Wright-Phillips
17 David Villa
16 Sebastian Giovinco
15 Fanedo Adi
14 Giovani Dos Santos
14 Ignacio Piatti
14 Cyle Larin
14 Dom Dwyer

MLS assists leaders:
16 Sacha Kljestan
13 Sebastian Giovinco
11 Steven Gerrard
11 Mauro Diaz
11 Giovani Dos Santos
11 Joao Plata
10 Andrea Pirlo

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In the wake of Columbus Crew's horrible season everyone seems to have forgotten about their great young midfielder Wil Trapp. He continues to improve. By Paul Tenorio of Four Four Two.

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The 2017 MLS team logos ranked. By Fox Sports.

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UEFA announced the 12 cities that will host Euro 2020 games. I had to look one of them up cuz I had never heard of it and had no idea where it was: Baku.

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Real Madrid's perfect start to the season ended in Game 5 as they tied Villarreal 1-1 at home. -And Hertha Berlin were beaten in Round 4 by Bayern to end their perfect start.

Perfect starts to the season in the Big Euro Leagues:
(how many games with no losses, no ties)
6 Feyenoord
5 Man City
4 Istanbul Basaksehir
4 Bayern Munich



The Bird Is The Word

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Some Soccer News for Sep 20, 2016

It's Day 264 of 2016.


Aron Johannsson has a new (interim) head coach at Werder Bremen. Viktor Skripnik was winless in 3, with 2 goals scored and 12 allowed, and got fired on Monday.
  • They host Mainz on Wednesday.
  • BTW, ArJo's suspension for swearing at the ref is 2 games. Take that potty mouths - Germany does not approve.

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Who is rollin' and who is stallin' for the USMNT right now. By Doug McIntyre of ESPNFC.

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John Brooks has been battling a back injury for quite a while now. Lets learn more about it. By Stephan Uersfeld of ESPNFC.
  • Its a real drag for Brooks to be hurt now cuz his team Hertha is tied at the top with Bayern Munich at 3-0-0 and the two teams face off on Wednesday in Bavaria.

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Will update when score comes in later today
Bob Bradley + Le Havre Tracker:
  • Standings - 9th place, 5 points out of 1st after 7 played
  • Up Next - Tue Sep 20 v Brest (1st place)

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Different American players develop at different speeds and levels. There is no magic wand. Its all legit depending on circumstances. By Steve Davis of Four Four Two.

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The Hex - Game 1
USA v Mexico
Fri Nov 11
MAPFRE Stadium, Columbus OH
FS1 + Univision
Time TBA

  • Due to the anticipated high demand for tickets to the match, U.S. Soccer will use a lottery system to allocate tickets among those who apply.



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Do you support or follow a NWSL team or at least pay attention? This is an update on where the league stands and how the future looks. By Jonathan Tannenwald of Philly.com.
  • I admit I know little about the league. I should know more. Here is my chance.

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A documentary film has been made about Mexican club Tijuana Xolos. By Alexander Abnos of Sports Illustrated.

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Matt VanOekel of Edmonton named NASL Player Of The Week.

Kelyn Rowe of New England Revolution named MLS Player Of The Week.

Villyan Bijev of Portland Timbers 2 named USL Player Of The Week.

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Bernardo Anor trained with Minnesota United today for the first time since early June when he suffered a broken ankle.

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All the latest scuttlebutt on Toronto FC and the Canadian soccer federation is right here. By Kurt Larson of the Toronto Sun.

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Frank Lampard of NYC has jacked up his other calf (not the one he hurt in the Winter) and will be out for a month.

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Joey Barton must be a really good player because he can't keep his mouth shut yet teams keep signing him. Who is he really? By Donald McRae of the Guardian.



The Bird Is The Word

Monday, September 19, 2016

Some Soccer News for Sep 19, 2016

It's Day 263 of 2016.


Americans were in a big game south of the border:
-Sat Sep 17
Pachuca 2-2 Tijuana
  • Omar Gonzalez v Michael Orozco + Paul Arriola
  • All 3 played, the first two going the full 90 and Arriola played 3.
  • Now in 4th and 2nd respectively.

Americans clashed in the Bundesliga too:
-Sat Sep 17
Monchengladbach 4-1 Werder Bremen
  • Fabian Johnson v Aron Johannsson
  • Both set up goals for their teams.
  • Johannsson came on as a sub at half time, but after setting up the goal in the 73rd min he was Red Carded in the 80th. He was ejected after he got in the referees face and screamed "That was a fucking handball," in English. Off you go.
  • Werder who are 0-0-3 to start the season.

Christian Pulisic had an OK weekend as he went 90 in the league game for Dortmund, a 6-0 win v Darmstadt - he scored 1 goal and also got 2 assists.
  • He turned 18 years old on Sunday too.

Timmy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt were leading Leverkusen 2-1 late in the game when Chandler was called for a foul in penalty box. Luckily for him and his team Chicarito (who had already scored once in the game) hit the post on his PK attempt and the score stood for a EF win.

William Yarbrough was in goal for Leon as they shut out America 2-0. -Afterward America fired head coach Ignacio Ambriz.

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Looks like DeAndre Yedlin will be given every chance to prove himself at Newcastle. By Jeff Carlisle of ESPNFC.

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Bob Bradley + Le Havre Tracker:
  • Standings - 9th place, 5 points out of 1st after 7 played
  • Up Next - Tue Sep 20 v Brest (1st place)

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And the Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy goes to... Louie Anderson, “Baskets.” (Loud rawkus cheering!)

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November the 6th of next year (2017) has been set for trials in the FIFA/CONCACAF/CONMEBOL bribery cases. Aaron Davidson is a part of this. By Nate Raymond of Reuters.
  • 18 people have already pleaded guilty in this case.

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NASL Week 22 schedule:
-Sat Sep 17
New York 0-0 Edmonton
Puerto Rico 3-3 Jacksonville
Indy 2-1 Miami
Tampa 1-0 Carolina
Minnesota 2-3 Ottawa
-Sun Sep 18
OKC 1-1 Fort Lauderdale

My Minnesota United Notes:
  • The Loons took a 2-1 lead into halftime, then gave up goals to the Fury in the 84th and 88th to throw away 3 points.
  • Jamie Watson put in a huge effort on the first goal which at initially appreared to be his 1st goal of the season, but on replay was shown to be an own goal. Never the less he beat the keeper and 2 defenders to force the goal. Impressive play.
  • Once the 2nd half started Ottawa were unrelenting, running very very hard after each and every ball.
  • One time very late the Loon pressed up very high and wreaked havoc on the Fury. As the play fizzled out a loud chant of More Of That came from the from the supporters. There would be NO more of that from the Loons though.
  • Minn defensive midfield of Brovsky and Pitchkolan (who moved to centerback) had a bad game.
  • This is the 3rd time this season that Minn has lost 2 in a row.
  • Damien Lowe was not in uniform for Minn due to a hamstring strain. It is said to be not serious.

NASL Playoff Standings:
49 NYC
43 Edm
42 IE
36 MU
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32 Mia
32 TBR
32 FLS

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Biggest games of MLS Week 28:
-Sat Sep 17
Seattle 1-0 Vancouver
New York City 2-2 Dallas
-Sun Sep 18
Kansas City 2-2 LA
Toronto 3-3 Red Bulls

My MLS Notes:
  • Another big collapse for the Red Bulls - this time they lead 0-2 and then 1-3 and gave up the tying goal in the 86th minute. At this point its like watching Charles Barkley golf. [VIDEO]
  • Dallas is the first team in the Western Conference playoffs this season.
  • Jozy Altidore has scored 8 goals since Aug 1. Toronto will really need him to be hot 6 weeks from now in the playoffs.
  • Landon Donovan came on as a sub in the 74th min and less than 2 minutes later tied the game in KC with his first goal since un-retiring. [VIDEO]
  • Bradley Wright-Phillips became the 1t player in league history to score 20 goals or more in back to back seasons. As a matter of fact, I don't think any single player has scored 20 or more goals twice, ever, period, much less back to back.
  • New England finally started Juan Agudelo, Diego Fagundez, Kei Kamara, Lee Nguyen and Kelyn Rowe all on the field at the same time. It produced a big road win in Montreal.
  • Montreal has just 1 win in 7 games and is falling falling falling down the Eastern standings, getting ever so close to the crashing out of the playoffs.
  • Orlando has to be one of more baffling teams this season. After getting a new head coach they still keep making the same dumb mistakes - and now losing at home 1-4 to Columbus one of the worst teams in the league.

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The best MLS weekly recap - Essential reading. By Matthew Doyle of MLSsoccer.

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Statement:


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Playoffs - 6th place cut off line:
  • East
36 New England
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34 DC
34 Orlando

  • West
40 Kansas City
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35 Seattle
34 Vancouver
34 San Jose

Chase for the MLS Supporters Shield - the 4 leaders (all tied this weekend):
52 Dallas (30 Played) (1.73 points per game) - Next: at RSL
48 LA (30 Played) (1.60 points per game) - Next: v SS
47 Colorado (28 Played) (1.68 points per game) - Next: at VW
47 Toronto (29 Played) (1.62 points per game) - Next: v PU

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In Italy's biggest derby Juventus took the lead at Inter Milan in the 2nd half, but the home team stormed back with 2 late goals and handed Juve a rare league loss. (Only 5 losses in all of last season.)

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Perfect starts to the season in the Big Euro Leagues:
(how many games with no losses, no ties)
6 Feyenoord
5 Man City
4 Real Madrid
4 Istanbul Basaksehir
3 Bayern Munich
3 Hertha Berlin

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Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action. From the Guardian.

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Bundesliga Matchday 3: Top five talking points. From Deutsche Welle.



The Bird Is The Word

Friday, September 16, 2016

Some Soccer News for Sep 16, 2016

It's Day 260 of 2016.


Happy birthday to my great brother Bill.

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Americans in a big game south of the border:
-Sat Sep 17
Pachuca v Tijuana
  • Omar Gonzalez v Michael Orozco + Paul Arriola

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Americans clash in the Bundesliga too:
-Sat Sep 17
Gladbach v Werder
  • Fabian Johnson v Aron Johannsson

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The once prodigious American Joshua Gatt has come back from multiple surgeries on his left knee over the past 3 years. What's it like being back on the field for Molde? He is still only 25. By Brian Sciaretta of American Soccer Now.

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Bob Bradley + Le Havre Tracker:
  • Standings - 9th place, 4 points out of 1st after 7 played
  • Up Next - Fri Sep 16 Lost 2-1 at Bourg en Bresse
  • Things not going so smoothly at HAC.

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What if Mexico bailed on Azteca for World Cup qualifiers? Could happen. By Paul Kennedy of Soccer America.

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Oh My!
A movie about The Only Band That Matters - The Clash

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The "War On Drugs" has been a presence in my life since the 70s. Its a bigger joke than ever. [VIDEO]


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Grasshopper: du Nord Music Mix Vol 96 (download + extract)

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CONCACAF Champions League group stage Matchday 4 schedule:
  • NYRB has advanced to the knock out stage!
  • Red Bulls grab a very late goal to get the win.
  • Huge upset in Honduras as Pumas loses. 2 Mexican teams in get beat in the same week. Very rare.
  • Matchday 5 begins on September 27th.
-Thu Sep 15
New York Red Bulls 1-0 Alianza
Honduras Progreso 2-1 Pumas UNAM
Herediano 2-0 Plaza Amador

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NASL Week 22 schedule:
-Sat Sep 17
New York v Edmonton
Puerto Rico v Jacksonville
Indy v Miami
Tampa v Carolina
Minnesota v Ottawa
-Sun Sep 18
OKC v Fort Lauderdale

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Minnesota's opponent this weekend is Ottawa:
  • Have only allowed 13 goals in their last 14 games.
  • Only allowed 3 goals in past 5 games.
  • Tied their 5 previous games and lost the 3 that preceded that.
  • Have not won a game since Jul 30
  • Their leading goal scorer is Carl Haworth with 7. But none since Aug 21.

Minnesota United on the other hand:
  • Have only scored 9 goals in 9 games since Aug 1. Oof.
  • They have 2 wins 4 draws and 3 losses in that same time period.
  • The good news is that they are playing excellent defense. Since they gave up 4 goals to Miami on Aug 6 they have only allowed 3 goals in 7 games. That's impressive.

And lets end the Minnesota section with words from GM Manny Lagos. By Andy Greder of the Pioneer Press.

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Biggest games of MLS Week 28:
-Sat Sep 17
Seattle v Vancouver - 3pm CT on MLS Live
New York City v Dallas - 6pm CT on MLS Live
-Sun Sep 18
Kansas City v LA - 1pm CT on FOX.
Toronto v Red Bulls - 4pm CT on FOX.

Chase for the Supporters Shield - the 4 leaders:
51 Dallas (29 Played) (1.76 points per game) - Next: at NYC
47 LA (29 Played) (1.62 points per game) - Next: at SKC
46 Colorado (27 Played) (1.70 points per game) - Next: v SJE
46 Toronto (28 Played) (1.64 points per game) - Next: v NYRB

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More from former head coach Steve Nicol's forthcoming book: The crashing end with the New England Revolution. Via ESPNFC.



The Bird Is The Word

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Some Soccer News for Sep 15, 2016

It's Day 259 of 2016.


Even the women who are drawn in to work for FIFA are idiots! I had hoped they were smarter than the men:


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MLS covets that Hispanic and Latino market. The players are arriving in droves. by Luis Miguel Echegaray of the Guardian.

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The Loons are supposedly looking for a new head coach for next year. Anyone got a barf bag handy? By Jeff Carlisle of ESPNFC.
  • The two names listed in the article would make worse head coaches then having me do the job.

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Interview with MLS commissioner Don Garber. Covering many topics. By Brian Straus of Sports Illustrated.
  • He tells the story of why Minnesota remained United.

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A reminder of my MLS Preseaon Predictions: (CURRENT REMARKS)
  • Champion: Vancouver Whitecaps - NOT GONNA HAPPEN
  • MVP: Mauro Diaz - Dallas - VERY VERY POSSIBLE
  • Golden Boot: Kei Kamara - Columbus Crew - HAHAHAHAHAHAHA
  • Breakout: Gonzalo Veron - Red Bull New York - MOVING ON
  • Newcomer: Shkelzen Gashi - Colorado Rapids - NOT BAD BUT NOT WINNING
One out of the five is close. Right?

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Minnesota MLS Players No Go List:
(These are players currently in MLS that I don't want to see anywhere near a Minnesota United roster next Spring.)
Jalil Anibaba
Mehdi Ballouchy
Chad Barrett
Marc Burch
Bobby Burling
Hassoun Camara
Servando Carrasco
Brian Carroll
Conor Casey
Nick DeLeon
Conor Doyle
Andrew Dykstra
Eric Gehrig
Ned Grabavoy
Connor Hallisey
Michael Harrington
Atiba Harris
Jordan Harvey
David Horst
Andrew Jacobson
Adam Jahn
Jack Jewsbury
Jon Kempin
Brad Knighton
Daigo Kobayashi
Jeff Larentowicz
Abdoulie Mansally
Darren Mattocks
Jack McInerney
Tyrone Mears
Ashtone Morgan
Chance Myers
Paulo Nagamura
Dominic Oduro
Jacob Peterson
Alvaro Saborio
Josh Saunders
Chris Schuler
Bobby Shuttleworth
Nathan Sturgis
Steven Taylor
Nelson Valdez
Zarek Valentin
Tyson Wahl
Collen Warner
Je-Vaughn Watson
Joe Willis
Chris Wingert
Ben Zemanski

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Grasshopper: du Nord Music Mix Vol 96 (download + extract)

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Two of Stanley Kubrick brilliant movies are returning to the movie houses starting this weekend! Dr Strangelove kicks it off. I got my ticket thanks to Bill.
  • Next month is Kubrick's The Shining.
  • And also next month is Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver! (Just in time for the election.)

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My declaration of the day: Kellyn Acosta must play the defensive midfield role for USMNT. He is a freakin pitbull.

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CONCACAF Champions League group stage Matchday 4 schedule:
  • Oh! Monterrey got picked off last night in Panama. Upset City. Tigres fans are overjoyed! Mighty Monterrey is OUT of the competition!
  • Portland went to the Purple Monster's Cave and had the usual done to them. They scored first by still lost.
-Thu sees Red Bulls (home) and Pumas (away) in action.
-Wed Sep 14
Arabe Unido 2-1 Monterrey
Saprissa 4-2 Portland Timbers
-Thu Sep 15
New York Red Bulls v Alianza
Honduras Progreso v Pumas UNAM
Herediano v Plaza Amador

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NASL Mid-Week 22 schedule:
-Wed Sep 14
Miami 1-0 Carolina
Edmonton 0-0 OKC

NASL Up To Date Standings:
48 New York Cosmos
42 Edmonton
39 Indy Eleven
36 Minnesota United
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32 Miami
31 Fort Lauderdale
30 Carolina RailHawks
29 Rayo OKC
29 Tampa Bay Rowdies
23 Ottawa Fury
17 Jacksonville Armada
10 Puerto Rico

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Biggest games of MLS Week 28:
-Sat Sep 17
Seattle v Vancouver - 3pm CT on MLS Live
New York City v Dallas - 6pm CT on MLS Live
-Sun Sep 18
Kansas City v LA - 1pm CT on FOX.
Toronto v Red Bulls - 4pm CT on FOX.

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Dallas got jealous of LA making a splash with Landon Donovan, so they hooked a fish of their own - they brought back Guatemalan super-villain Carlos Ruiz:


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3 Americans in a big game south of the border this weekend:
-Sat Sep 17
Pachuca v Tijuana
  • Its Omar Gonzalez v Michael Orozco + Paul Arriola

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Bob Bradley + Le Havre Tracker:
  • Standings - 8th place, 4 points out of 1st after 6 played
  • Up Next - Fri Sep 16 at Bourg en Bresse

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Leicester starts off the Champions League the right way, with a strong win. They aren't off to the best of starts in English Premier League, so this give hope for a turn around. By Rory Smith of the New York Times.



The Bird Is The Word

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Some Soccer News for Sep 14, 2016

It's Day 258 of 2016.


Clint Dempsey trained with Seattle today for the first time since undergoing diagnostic testing for an irregular heartbeat. By Matt Pentz of the Seattle Times.
  • UPDATE:



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A long interview with Loons boss Manny Lagos. By Ryan Tolmich of SBI.
  • Word on the street is that Damien Lowe is battling a slight hamstring thingy. Prognosis unknown.

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US Open Cup Final:
-Tue Sep 13
FC Dallas 4-2 New England Revolution
  • Huge congrats to FC Dallas, fans and staff.
  • NER got a fantastic early goal by Juan Agudelo, created by high pressure and quick decisions.
  • FCD stormed back and eventually had a 3-1 lead at half time.
  • FCD came at the Revs from every angle in the last 30 minutes of the half.
  • NER had to make 2 injury subs in the first half, and seemed to have no answer to the Dallas outside attackers.
  • Dallas added a 4th late, and NER got another from Agudelo for the final score.
  • Mauro Diaz was incredible for Dallas. What a player!
  • I believe the last time Dallas won a trophy was 1997. I'm not kidding. Here's the story of last night's big win. By Brian Straus of Sports Illustrated.

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Its been discovered that Franz Beckenbauer who was the VOLUNTARY head of the 2006 World Cup Committee was given $6.2 Million (by one of the FIFA event sponsors) for his role. Was that unaccounted for money payment for the job he did, or something else all together? The scheisse is getting deep in Germany. Via Deutsche Welle.

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CONCACAF Champions League group stage Match Day 4 schedule:
  • Vancouver has advanced to the knock out stage. The first team to do so. They have the full 12 pts with 1 game to play.
  • 15 year old Alphonso Davies got the game winner for Vanc.
  • Kansas City has been eliminated from the tournament. Just 1 point from 3 games. Oof.
  • And Police United got their collective ass BLISTERED by Pachua. Wow.
  • 11 goals for Pachuca! 11!
  • Monterrey goes tonight.
  • And the juicy Saprissa v Portland game.
-Tue Sep 13
Sporting Kansas City 1-2 Vancouver Whitecaps
Police United 0-11 Pachuca
Real Esteli 1-1 Suchitepequez
-Wed Sep 14
Arabe Unido v Monterrey
Saprissa v Portland Timbers
-Thu Sep 15
New York Red Bulls v Alianza
Honduras Progreso v Pumas UNAM
Herediano v Plaza Amador

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UPDATED: UEFA Champions League group stage - Big teams in action:
  • Barca + Bayern put up big big numbers.
  • Messi(3), Suarez(2), Neymar + Iniesta. Good luck beating them when they do that.
-Tue Sep 13
PSG 1-1 Arsenal
Barca 7-0 Celtic
Bayern 5-0 Rostov

  • Dortmund ran up the score in Poland.
  • Kun Aguero bagged 3 as Man City skewers Gladbach.
  • Juve did a faceplant at home.
-Wed Sep 14
Man City v Gladbach
Real Madrid v Sporting CP
Legia v Dortmund
Juve v Sevilla

Christian Pulisic went the full 90 today and grabbed a nice assist for Dortmund in the UCL.

Fabian Johnson lasted the whole 90 for Gladbach playing a day late in the UCL at Manchester City after biblical rain canceled Tuesdays game. Yeah, they lost badly.

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The rule book UEFA hands out to every participating club in the Champions League is in depth, important and a little weird. By Rory Smith of the New York Times.

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Interesting reading about the restaurant critic at the New York Times, Pete Wells, including some infamous run-ins with David Chang and Guy Fieri. By Ian Parker of the New Yorker.

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Mountain Singers live at Little Canada Bingo!
A video posted by Billy McGuire (@bill_mcguire) on


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Samantha Kerr of Sky Blue named NWSL Player Of The Week.

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Ale Moreno's Weekly MLS Award Show. From ESPNFC. [VIDEO]

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You remember Steve Nichol don't you. Long time coach of New England who lost 4(!) MLS Cups Finals. Oof. Anyway. He has written a book and ESPNFC has printed a little of it. Get a little taste of potatoes, Niger night bugs and Clint Dempsey.

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NASL Mid-Week 22 schedule:
-Wed Sep 14
Miami v Carolina
Edmonton v OKC

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Its chaos off the field for the Fort Lauderdale Strikers. By Bryan Kay of the Guardian.



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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Some Soccer News for Sep 13, 2016

It's Day 257 of 2016.


MLS Expansion Draft news:
  • Minnesota and Atlanta will each get to pick up to 5 players from current MLS teams. Those teams will lose no more than 1 player. Draft will take place on Dec 13.
    UPDATE: "The 20 current MLS clubs will have the ability to protect 11 players from their rosters."

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US Open Cup Final
-Tue Sep 13
FC Dallas v New England Revolution - at 9pm CT on ESPN2 and UDN
  • Prediction: I am going to go with the home team Dallas in a Penalty Kick Shootout.

Yesterday I ran a poll on Twitter:
Who ya got in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup Final?
86% Dallas
14% New England

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Dario Cvitanich of Miami named NASL Player Of The Week

Giovani dos Santos of LA Galaxy named MLS Player Of The Week

Irvin Herrera of Saint Louis named USL Player Of The Week

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The amazing triple spiral. [VIDEO]

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NASL Week 22 mid-week schedule:
-Wed Sep 14
Miami v Carolina
Edmonton v OKC

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CONCACAF Champions League group stage Match Day 4 schedule:
  • Desperation time for SKC against VW. Its probably the biggest game of the round. SKC must win or they are getting KTFO! Vanc has 6 pts to KCs 1.
  • Pachuca has an important game tonight too, on the road in Belize.
-Tue Sep 13
Sporting Kansas City v Vancouver Whitecaps
Police United v Pachuca
Real Esteli v Suchitepequez
-Wed Sep 14
Arabe Unido v Monterrey
Saprissa v Portland Timbers
-Thu Sep 15
New York RB v Alianza
Honduras Progreso v Pumas UNAM
Herediano v Plaza Amador

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Measuring the current form of potential USMNT players. Hot > Cold. By Doug McIntyre of ESPN.

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American winger Josh Gatt returned to the field last Sunday and played the last 35 min for Molde in a 0-0 tie v Haugesund. Gatt has been on the shelf for the better part of 3 years with knee injuries.

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The only American in the UCL this season is Fabian Johnson of Monchengladbach. Today they travel to Manchester City.
  • NOTE: This game was postponed due to heavy rain in Manchester flooded the field. No word on replay date. How about tomorrow?

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UEFA Champions League group stage begins today as well. Here is the full schedule.

Big teams in action:
-Tue Sep 13
PSG v Arsenal
Barca v Celtic
Bayern v Rostov
-Wed Sep 14
Real Madrid v Sporting CP
Legia v Dortmund
Juve v Sevilla

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Perfect starts to the season in Euro Big 8:
(how many games with no losses, no ties)
5 Feyenoord
4 Man City
4 Sportin CP
3 Juventus
3 Real Madrid
3 Istanbul Basaksehir
2 Bayern Munich
2 Hertha Berlin
2 Genoa



The Bird Is The Word

Monday, September 12, 2016

Some Soccer News for Sep 12, 2016

It's Day 256 of 2016.


Americans in Europe Over The Weekend:
  • Danny Williams scored a PK 5 minutes into 2nd half stoppage time winning the game 2-1 for Reading over Ipswich on Friday.
  • Bobby Wood cracked home his 2nd goal in as many games for Hamburger, which is great, but they lost 3-1 at Leverkusen, and only have 1 point from those 2 games.
  • Aron Johannsson got his first goal of the year for Werder Bremen, on a Penalty Kick. But they lost as well, 1-2 v Augsburg
  • The German press was raving about the performance by John Brooks for Hertha, naming him Man Of The Match in their 0-2 win at Ingolstadt.
  • DeAndre Yedlin scored his first goal for Newcastle, getting this teams 2nd goal very late in the match as they won 2-0 v Derby County.

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Americans In Mexico Status Report:
  • Jose Torres continues to start for Tigres. (2nd Place)
  • Omar Gonzalez is an automatic first 11 for Pachuca. (6th Place)
  • Michael Orozco starts every game and Paul Arriola is the first player off the bench every game for Tijuana. (1st Place)
  • William Yarbrough is the starting goalkeeper for Leon. (16th Place)
  • Jorge Villafana starts at left fullback for Santos Laguna. (17th Place)
  • Jonathan Bornstein is the left fullback of choice for Queretaro. (13th Place)

Coming up on Sat Sep 17, several Americans face off in Pachuca v Tijuana

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A closer look at those accomplishments and more from American's playing in foreign leagues this past week. By Brian Sciaretta of American Soccer Now.

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US Open Cup Final
-Tue Sep 13
FC Dallas v New England Revolution - at 9pm CT on ESPN2 and UDN
  • Prediction: I am going to go with the home team Dallas in a Penalty Kick Shootout.

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My Minnesota United Notes:
  • Lost 1-0 at New York
  • Cosmos had 1 1/2 quality chances and beautifully finished 1 of them for the win.
  • Minn had a great chance to close the gap at the top as 2nd place Edmonton and 3rd place Indy lost too. But no.
  • The most dangerous player on the field for the Loons was Lance Laing but he was the first player subbed off, in the 70th min. Booooo.
  • I know Laing has some huge holes in his game this season, especially in the hustle and defense departments, but the guy charges forward and threatens the opposition goal. Very few teammates do the same.
  • Christian Ramirez had 3 or 4 golden chances and was denied every time.
  • The Loons should have buried the Cosmos, but again that killer instinct is not in this team. I have no idea how a team finds it, but over the past few years this team has rarely had it.
  • Up next: Sat Sep 17 at home v Ottawa

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NASL Week 21 results:
-Sat Sep 10
Fort Lauderdale 2-1 Indy
New York 1-0 Minnesota
Puerto Rico 0-0 Tampa
Carolina 0-0 Ottawa
-Sun Sep 11
Edmonton 0-2 Miami
OKC 3-2 Jacksonville

11 goals in 6 games = 1.8 goals per game. Belly flop!

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Miami is making a run at the Fall season. They are up to 3rd place with 22 points, but still 8 behind the Cosmos. Miami will probably have to win the Fall to make the playoffs.

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Hey, you know, just in case you need to stay on top of the basics in the NFL: Here’s What We Learned in Week 1. By Benjamin Hoffman of the New York Times.

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Former USWNT star Abby Wambach has a new book coming out, and in it she describes her years long battle with alcohol and pills. by Anne Peterson of AP.

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Landon Donovan came on as a sub for the LA Galaxy in his first game back and played about 10 minutes. This was his expression when the final whistle blew:
A photo posted by brucio mcguire (@brucedunord) on


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MY MLS Notes:
  • Toronto moves into 1st place in the East. We are coming very close to finally calling this team successful on the field.
  • 6 goals in 8 games for Jozy Altidore since returning from a hamstring injury. That doesn't include the 3 he scored in 2 games for the USA last week. Wow.
  • Tim Howard had that big game Colorado fans were hoping for since he joined the team this summer, shutting down the talented Dallas offense on the road and getting a vital 0-1 win.
  • Orlando scored first in LA, but then gave up 4 straight goals and any shot at road points.
  • All the teams have 5-7 games left in the regular season. Almost no room for error left now.

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The best review of MLS Week 27. By Matthew Doyle of MLSsoccer.com.
  • After taking a lead in games New York Red Bulls have proceeded to drop 18 points.

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Most interesting looking games in MLS Week 27:
-Sat Sep 10
Dallas 0-1 Colorado Rapids
Portland Timbers 1-0 Real Salt Lake
-Sun Sep 11
New York Red Bulls 2-2 DC United
LA Galaxy 4-2 Orlando City

44 goals in 12 games - 3.7 goals per game. Very good!

MLS Playoff Chase - 6th Place:
East
34 Orlando
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33 New England
33 DC
West
38 Portland
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34 Vancouver
33 San Jose
32 Seattle

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NYCFC technical director and former USMNT captain Claudio Reyna talks about how he used techniques for "vision" on the field to make him a better player. A lot of American players could really benefit from this idea. By Glenn Crooks for Empire Of Soccer.

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Bob Bradley + Le Havre Tracker:
  • Previous - Sat Sep 10 2-2 Valenciennes
  • Standings - 8th place, 4 points out of 1st after 6 played
  • Up Next - Fri Sep 16 at Bourg en Bresse

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English Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action. From the Guardian.



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