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http://www.replicasocceruniform.com Crew defense takes new attacking role in latest win_1

Crew defense takes new attacking role in latest win Sebastian Miranda – May 12, 2012 Photo Credit: Getty Images

OBETZ, Ohio – In the course of just a month, Josh Williams went from an unused reserve to a capable replacement at center back to becoming one of the Columbus Crew’s best offensive threats.

He had a goal off corner kick http://www.replicasocceruniform.com disallowed because of a foul against Houston, and missed a bicycle kick by inches in the same match. He also had two attempts cleared off the goal line the following week at Portland and in the last match almost scored on FC Dallas.

“As far as I’m concerned I’m as much a part of the attack as the other guys,” he said.

The irony in his statement is he was the only one of the four defenders who did not pick up either a goal or an assist in the Crew’s recent 2-1 win over Dallas.

WATCH: Miranda heads Crew into the lead

http://www.replicasocceruniform.com American Exports preview- Ream, Bolton try to move on_1

American Exports preview: Ream, Bolton try to move on Tim Ream makes Bolton debut in victory

AMSTERDAM – The weekend ahead for Americans playing in Europe is filled with tempting match-ups, including the return to business of Tim Ream’s Bolton Wanderers. All times listed in ET.


Bolton vs. Blackburn (Saturday, 11 am on Fox Soccer 2Go)

American: Tim Ream (BW) – Hearts will be heavy but also full of hope when Wanderers host Blackburn in their first match since http://www.replicasocceruniform.com watching teammate Fabrice Muamba collapse on the field last week.

It remains to be seen if Ream reclaims his place after sitting that fateful cup game, but Stuart Holden remains out. Until last year’s home win at the Reebok, Bolton had allowed Rovers to run 10 games unbeaten at the Reebok.

Chelsea vs. Tottenham (Saturday, 8:45 am on ESPN2)

American: Brad Friedel (Spurs) – The American netminder and his teammates must cross London before trying to stop the rot. Friedel and Tottenham have but one point to show for their last four EPL games.

http://www.replicasocceruniform.com Henry stands with embattled Backe despite another flameout_1

Henry stands with embattled Backe despite another flameout

HARRISON, N.J. – New York http://www.replicasocceruniform.com Red Bulls head coach Hans Backe will not be fired, but that does not mean he will be manning the sidelines for the club in 2013.

Backe’s current three-year contract with the Red Bulls is set to expire at the end of the year and he has not had any indication from the club as to whether or not they want to re-sign him. Backe was asked repeatedly about what the future holds for him following New York’s season-ending playoff loss to D.C. United on Thursday, but the Swedish head coach refused to comment on that and whether or not he deemed this campaign a failed one for the club.

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LA, on the other hand, are likely to have a changed lineup from the one that tied Dallas last Saturday, with Landon Donovan saying he expected Bruce Arena to make some changes, especially after David Beckham and Robbie Keane didn’t train on Monday.

Further up the coast in Vancouver, the Whitecaps are hoping they can mount a challenge to LA and Seattle’s recent Western Conference dominance when it matters most – the second half of the regular season and into the MLS Cup Playoffs.

One player they will be counting on to accomplish that is Barry Robson, who is scheduled to join the team in June from Championship side Middlesbrough. Robson will arrive without accomplishing his goal of promotion with the club, a prospect that left the midfielder frustrated.

“I obviously came down here to play in the Premier League and it’s never quite happened,” said Robson. “It’s frustrating for me when I think about it. To come from a great club like Celtic playing at the highest level up there in Scotland the idea was to come down here with Gordon and win promotion and play at the highest level in England, too, but it never really worked out like that.”

http://www.replicasocceruniform.com Galaxy’s Keane stakes his claim as best forward in MLS_2

The Irish striker scored in the 21st and 34th minutes, Mike Magee added another goal in the 39th, and the Galaxy posted a 3-2 aggregate win to advance to a showdown with Real Salt Lake or the Seattle Sounders for a berth in the Dec. 1 MLS Cup title game.


Keane has 16 goals and seven assists in 23 games, including playoffs and CONCACAF Champions League, since returning in late June from Euro 2012, and Galaxy coach Bruce Arena proclaimed him MLS’ premier player after Wednesday’s triumph.

“Robbie’s a great player,” Arena said. “Robbie, since he’s come back from the European Championship, has been the best player http://www.replicasocceruniform.com in the league. He scores big goals, he’s competitive, he’s bought into MLS, he likes LA, he’s a great leader on our team and, when the whistle blows, he’s ready to play. He’s a great competitor.”

He was more or less unstoppable when LA most needed him, scoring the series equalizer with a blast off the left post following a nifty run from the left. He then fired the Galaxy ahead to stay with a run behind three defenders to collect a feed from Landon Donovan, dribble past Quakes goalkeeper Jon Busch and deposit into an open kid soccer uniformnet.

http://www.replicasocceruniform.com Big names turn on the magic for resurgent DC United_1

Big names turn on the magic for resurgent DC United Hamdi Salihi and Dwayne De Rosario Photo Credit: Getty Images

WASHINGTON — Under-utilized, often-criticized and having barely played together this season, D.C. http://www.replicasocceruniform.com United’s two Designated Players finally came to play in their 2-0 win over the Colorado Rapids on Wednesday night at RFK Stadium.

GOAL: Salihi cleans up

The DP duo of Branko Boskovic and Hamdi Salihi — along with 2011 MLS MVP Dwayne De Rosario — had started just one game together this season before the win over the Rapids, and that came all the way back in the opening day loss to Sporting Kansas City on March 10.

http://www.replicasocceruniform.com Brown returns to Chicago for “Ring of Fire” induction

Brown returns to Chicago for "Ring of Fire" induction
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Former Chicago Fire general manager Peter Wilt and then-coach Bob Bradley already had their eye on San Francisco Bay Seals center back C.J. Brown when they arrived at the 1998 pre-draft combine.

Bradley, a former D.C. United assistant, had seen the tough center back when the Bay Seals made an improbable run to the US Open Cup semifinals the year before, where they lost to D.C. United. After Wilt and Bradley talked to Brown, they were sure they wanted to make him the first pick in the Supplemental Draft for the expansion team.

“I just remember being very impressed with how composed he was, and how polite and professional,” Wilt told MLSsoccer.com. “You could see right away he was a good fit for the type of team we wanted to put together.”

Brown will be inducted into the Chicago Fire’s Hall of Fame on Wednesday night, an honor for a definitive franchise player who retired in 2010 with a club-record 372 appearances for the Fire during 13 seasons. Brown, who is now an assistant coach with Real Salt Lake, becomes the seventh member of the Ring of Fire.

PREVIEW: Fire host Real Salt Lake (8:30 pm ET, MLS Live)

Not a bad ending for a guy who actually hoped he would end up with his hometown San Jose Clash during the early days of the league.

WATCH: Klopas’ first memory of Brown

“When you leave to go to that combine, you’re hoping your hometown team wants to pick you,” Brown told MLSsoccer.com. “It was a blessing in disguise.”

Brown was known for his tough on-field personality on the field throughout his career. His 296 regular-season appearances are tied for 15th all-time in MLS.

“He had his goatee and he looked like he wanted to eat you for dinner,” former teammate and fellow Ring of Fire inductee Chris Armas told MLSsoccer.com. “He understood how to roll up the sleeves and compete in every training, and in games.”

But his off-field persona was completely different. His willingness to connect with fans made him one of the most adored players in Fire history.

“People are paying money to watch us knock the ball around,” Brown said. “To go up to somebody and sign an autograph or an autograph for a kid shouldn’t be a big deal. If there are 100 kids out there, I’m going to sign autographs replica soccer Jerseyfor 100 kids.”

Brown was named Chicago Fire Humanitarian of the Year from 2001-03 for his roles with the Chicago Fire Foundation, Teammates for Kids, his soccer academy and other charitable ventures.

His willingness to sign autographs and to make appearances on behalf of charities was unparalleled among Fire players.

“It wasn’t a show with him, it was real stuff, and the fans feel that,” Armas said. “His wife calls him ‘the mayor’ because when she’s getting tired, getting ready to leave at 10:30 at night after a game, ‘the mayor’ is shaking hands and talking to people.”

The Fire lost a fateful coin-flip in 1998, which allowed the Miami Fusion to have the first pick in the MLS College Draft. The Fire got the the first pick in the Supplemental Draft, where they picked Brown, starting a relationship that was one of the best in franchise history.

That’s not a bad consolation prize.

“C.J. represents to me, what the Chicago Fire should be,” Wilt said. “That’s a hard-working, talented athlete who is also a good teacher and a great representative in the community.”

http://www.replicasocceruniform.com Meyer the center of attention as LA begin Cup defense

Meyer the center of attention as LA begin Cup defense

CARSON, Calif. — The LA Galaxy seem to be getting healthy just in time for the Major League Soccer playoffs, with Landon Donovan, David Beckham and Todd Dunivant back from injury and Edson Buddle in the best shape he's enjoyed all season.

That’s not the case on the backline — three center backs remain out, including starter A.wholesale soccer jerseyJ. DeLaGarza — but Tommy Meyer's growing comfort and confidence in the middle is alleviating doubts about LA's defense, especially after a shutout victory Sunday http://www.replicasocceruniform.com over Seattle.

The Galaxy has been strong at the back since Omar Gonzalez returned in July from a knee injury, but ailing bodies around the field — including Dunivant at left back — contributed to a subpar spell that followed five straight shutouts, all competitions, from late August to mid-September.

LA had conceded seven goals in a four-game MLS spell before Sunday's clean sheet, winning just once in the span — over Toronto FC, who netted a pair — so the performance against Seattle bolstered confidence in advance of Thursday's Western Conference wild-card game against Vancouver (10:30 pm ET; NBCSN, TSN/RDS2 in Canada).


“It was a huge point of emphasis for us to get that shutout, and we did it,” Dunivant said of the season finale. “It wasn't perfect. They had some opportunities, and we've already looked at video of that and [are trying] to correct that going forward. We know in the playoffs you need to win with shutouts. You can't rely on winning, 4-3 or 3-2. That's not the best recipe in the playoffs.”

Goalkeeper Josh Saunders came up huge on several occasions to keep Seattle out, but LA are buoyed by the partnership Gonzalez and Meyer are building in DeLaGarza's absence.

Meyer, a rookie out of Indiana, had made just four league appearances before he was thrust into the middle when DeLaGarza sustained a sprained MCL in a Sept. 30 game at Colorado. He's grown with each appearance since.

“He's doing very well,” Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said during Tuesday's media conference call previewing the Vancouver game. “He started the year where itwas a little difficult for him being a young player coming into the league, and he more than any player we've seen over the year has improved a lot. He's absorbed a lot of information and done a great job over the last couple of months.

“We saw Tommy's improvement and knew that if he were to get on the field for us we'll be fine,” Arena added. “For the last month or so he's moving along well, and he's a good center back.”

READ: The slate's "wiped clean" for Galaxy in postseason

Dunivant says Meyer is “a completely different player now than he was five months ago. He's grown by leaps and bounds … started to feel comfortable in his own skin, and that makes a big difference on the field.”

DeLaGarza said Tuesday there was no timetable for his return and that “maybe” he'd be back in time if the Galaxy reached MLS Cup on Dec. 1. So Meyer will be critical for LA through the playoffs, however long they survive.

He says he's ready.

“I'm a lot more aware in the games and realize I have to make plays and not just play it safe,” Meyer said. “The first couple of games I played, I was definitely trying to not make mistakes, trying to play it safe, and as a center back you have to make plays, you have to step in and win tackles. Those are the little things I think I learned defensively that really help me now.”


replica AJAX SOCCER JERSEY Bowen returns to Chivas USA from loan stint in Belgium

Bowen returns to Chivas USA from loan stint in Belgium
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CARSON, Calif. – Fresh off his year-long loan in Belgium, forward Tristan Bowen is back with Chivas USA and eager to make an impact with the Rojiblancos.

His time overseas will not be a guaranteed prerequisite for a jump into the starting lineup, however – he’ll have to wait a bit first for his chance to show what he learned during his European adventure.

Bowen took part in his first training session with the club on Wednesday after arriving in Southern California a few weeks ago after a grueling stint with Belgium second-division side KSV Roeselare. The forward has some time to get fit for Chivas, as he is not eligible for selection until the opening of the summer transfer window on June 27.

“I went through a long season, I was fit when I got back, but I took maybe two and a half weeks off just doing nothing and resting my body because I think I played maybe 38 games out there,” Bowen told MLSsoccer.com. “Coming in right now, I’m not the best, but it’s definitely going to get better. The training staff is going to a good job of getting me where I need to be to the point where I can come in and contribute with the team.”

Just what exactly Bowen can contribute to the team, though, remains in question.

During his time with Roeselare, Bowen scored three goals in 24 appearances, which included 13 starts. But what made his stint impressive was that Bowen continued to improve as the season wore on, starting in four of the last five games.

While the 21-year-old forward describes the Belgium second division as “not as technically sound as MLS” and – for the lack of a better word – “more cutthroat,” Bowen believes that he learned a great deal from the aggressive league.

“It’s a mentality towards training,” Bowen said. “Over there, there are guys that aren’t on a contract so whatever money that they get paid is from winning games, practices are a hundred miles an hour, people flying into tackles and the mentality of just being overly aggressive at times. After living away from home, getting through the hard times and the good times as well, most importantly [I learned about] staying leveled, keeping a good head and just being balanced.”

The prospect of bringing Bowen back to the fold is an intriguing one for head coach Robin Fraser, who recently sat down with Bowen to discuss where he could fit into a Chivas offense that has changed greatly since Bowen left last August.

“We just talked about how it went, how he felt his progress had gone over the last almost year now,” Fraser said. “For us it’s an opportunity to look at a player who’s gotten some different experience, some growth experience and we’re anxious to get him back on the field.”

While Fraser is excited to see what Bowen learned with Roeselare, the Rojiblancos boss admitted his staff will evaluate just where Bowen fits into the squad – something that could mean potentially another season in Belgium.

“It’ll be a decision that works for all of us, meaning us as a club and certainly foGermany Soccer Jerseyr Tristan and his future,” Fraser said. “Certainly having been there, the opportunity is there for him to go back. It’s a matter of seeing what works for all parties.”

Although his return is by no means a guarantee, Bowen is planning to do what he can to earn a spot on the Rojiblancos.

“[My goal is] to be consistent, to be more aggressive and help the team,” Bowen added. “To be a little more on top of myself and push the envelope, give the coaches a hard time in picking the team and helping the team out.”

Adam Serrano covers Chivas USA for MLSsoccer.com. He can be reached atadam.m.serrano@gmail.com


http://www.replicasocceruniform.com Rimando runs away with Week 8 Save of the Week honors

Rimando runs away with Week 8 Save of the Week honors
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Nick Rimando just keeps racking up the weekly awards.

For the third time in eight weeks, the Real Salt Lake goalkeeper took home the Save of the Week award for Week 8, claiming top honors for a sprawling save against Toronto FC.

Rimando doubled up his closest cosoccer jersey suppliermpetitors (Joe Cannon and Zac MacMath) and left a pair of saves by the Red Bulls' Ryan Meara in the dust.

Check the voting totals below.

Week 7 Voting Results

1. Nick Rimando (RSL) 40.87%

2. Joe Cannon (VAN) 20.88%

3. Zac MacMath (PHI) 20.65%

4. Ryan Meara (NY) 11.22%

5. Ryan Meara (NY) 6.39%

For a complete list of the Save of the Week winners in 2012, click here.

WATCH: Rimando pushes away Johnson's flick