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  • Ancelotti: "Di María didn't play because I didn't need him"

    A very annoyed Carlo Ancelotti spoke to the media after the loss to Atlético de Madrid to discuss several topics, like the substitutions or the controversy surrounding Khedira and Di María. Carlo Ancelotti was understandably unhappy after the loss. The Italian coach says this game represented the…

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  • Barcelona charging just $3,000 a year to convert American kids into fans of the club

    European clubs have been attempting to win over fans in the U.S. with summer tours for years now, but Barcelona might have discovered the most effective and profitable way to achieve this mission: youth academies that teach kids to be fans of the club for the low price of $3,000 a year.

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  • Danny Welbeck deemed surplus to requirements by Louis van Gaal

    According to a report in the Evening Standard, a few top English clubs are looking to capitalise on Louis van Gaal's disinterest in United striker Danny Welbeck. The London Evening Standard are reporting that van Gaal has given the England international permission to leave Old Trafford, with both…

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  • Mourinho hails ousted keeper Cech

    Jose Mourinho has praised Petr Cech for the goalkeeper's reaction to being left out of Chelsea's opening Premier League game of the season. Cech, the club's number one since arriving at Stamford Bridge in 2004, sat on the bench during the 3-1 opening day victory at Burnley, with Thibaut Courtois…

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    Portland in the Pros

    In this feature produced by portlandpilots.com, former University of Portland women's soccer players talk about their experiences at the school, and playing professional soccer.

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  • No act: Tom Hanks wants sod for Women's World Cup

    TORONTO (AP) — Tom Hanks takes his soccer seriously. And when the Women's World Cup comes to Canada in 2015, he wants the games played on grass fields.

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  • Soccer-Ligue 1 top scorers

    Aug 22 (Infostrada Sports) - Top scorers of the Ligue 1 on Friday 3 Mevlut Erding (St Etienne) 2 Mathieu Duhamel (Caen) Daniel Wass (Evian Thonon Gaillard FC) Diego Rolan (Girondins Bordeaux) Dario Cvitanich (Nice) Alexandre Lacazette (Olympique Lyon) Andre-Pierre Gignac (Olympique Marseille)…

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  • Jermaine Jones potential move to MLS gets weirder

    Report says the United States midfielder has agreed to terms, but only if he's allowed to join Fire, which MLS is unwilling to guarantee. Just when it appeared as though Jermaine Jones' move to Major League Soccer was nearing a simple solution, now come reports that whatever happens is going to be…

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  • Manchester United target will not feature against Atlético

    The Spanish radio station Cadena Cope states that Ángel Di María is out of the squad list for tomorrow's game. Despite Carlo Ancelotti confirmed yesterday that Di María is still a Real Madrid player and he would be treated accordingly, it seems his situation is about to change. According to Cadena…

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  • Whitecaps FC-Galaxy Preview

    The Los Angeles Galaxy's recent defensive deficiencies were masked in their last match by a stirring comeback. Should they be exposed Saturday night at home against Vancouver, much of their playoff cushion could be gone along with a perfect record in their meetings with the Whitecaps in Los…

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  • Balotelli will not disrupt Anfield dressing room, says Rodgers

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insisted Friday no player would be allowed to disturb the "fantastic environment" at Anfield as the Reds appeared to close in on signing controversial striker Mario Balotelli. Reports in several British newspapers said the 24-year-old Italy international would have…

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  • Stoke City-Hull City Preview

    Hull City take on Stoke City at the KC Stadium on Sunday at the end of a busy week for manager Steve Bruce and his team. The Tigers opened their Premier League campaign with a 1-0 victory at Queens Park Rangers last Saturday, with defender James Chester heading home a 52nd-minute winner and…

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  • Mackay used racial slur to describe Cardiff's Tan

    Former Cardiff City boss Malky Mackay allegedly called the club's Malaysian owner Vincent Tan a "chink" in a text message, the Daily Mail newspaper reported Saturday. Mackay has been embroiled in controversy over claims that he and right-hand man Iain Moody swapped racist, sexist and homophobic SMS…

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  • UNM soccer coach suspended for 1 week over hazing

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- New Mexico women's soccer coach Kit Vela has been suspended for a week without pay and most of the team is suspended for one game over a hazing incident.

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  • Ten-man PSG held by struggling Evian

    Paris Saint-Germain once again came unstuck against their bete noire Evian on Friday, being forced to settle for a 0-0 draw after having Yohan Cabaye sent off in their Ligue 1 clash in Annecy. Evian have caused problems for PSG at their Parc des Sports in the recent past, knocking the capital club…

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  • Friday Freedom Kicks: DC United, MLS, and Sundry Soccer Links for 22 August 2014

    Can't Hold Him Back: D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid's career on the rise | MLSsoccer.com:  A well-deserved, glowing profile of Bill Hamid, this is.  I did not realize that the "can't hold us back" motto was coined by him at Red Bull Arena during the 2012 playoffs.  Now everything makes sense.…

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  • Atletico Madrid become champions of Comic Sans after Diego Simeone gets sent off for patting official's head

    A Mario Mandzukic goal in the second minute of the Spanish Super Cup second leg was enough to give Atletico Madrid a 2-1 aggregate win over Real Madrid and start their season with a trophy. A trophy engraved with Comic Sans, but a trophy nonetheless.

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