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Girls Soccer Jerseys CCL- Eliminated again, RSL want to avoid another funk_2

“We’ll just try and pick ourselves up and turn it around,” said captain Kyle Beckerman. “We’ve got some really important games coming up so we can still have a really good season if we get our stuff together.”

READ: The Throw-In: Last hurrah for RSL’s core group?

A key word for the team lies in Beckerman’s observation: together. Ever since Kreis took control as coach in 2007, he has preached the philosophy: “the team is the star.” So don’t expect anything different from the club.

"Nobody was frustrated at each other, just frustrated at the situation,” said midfielder Will Johnson. “You know, that’s CONCACAF. That’s the ugly side of CONCACAF. It always has been and as long as it continues like this, it always will be. So I think the guys are together and looking forward to getting back to MLS play and some real football.”

So for RSL, the question becomes: Will the elimination deflate the team or serve as a rallying cry? With a group of veterans, they all are at least saying the right things.

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Lekic signs deal in Denmark, won’t return to Revolution Rajko Lekic of the New England Revolution points something out. Photo Credit: Getty Images

The New England Revolution will enter the upcoming campaign with a completely new strike tandem after Rajko Lekic cinched his return to Denmark on Monday.

Lekic has signed a one-and-a-half year deal with Danish SuperLiga side Lyngby Boldklub, according to a press release posted on the club’s website. The 30-year-old forward will leave MLS after scoring six goals in 23 appearances during his one season with the Revolution.

The deal secures Lekic’s future after the Revolution opted to decline its option to retain his services in 2012. Revolution general manager Michael Burns told MLSsoccer.com earlier this month that his club had submitted a revised offer to Lekic earlier in the offseason and left the discussions open after the forward decided not to agree to those terms.

Lekic told examiner.com earlier this month that he rejected the Revolution’s proposal at least in part because he wanted a fully guaranteed deal for the upcoming campaign.

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American Exports: Donovan, Howard knock off Blues again Landon Donovan at Everton, shot of back Photo Credit: Getty Images

AMSTERDAM — Landon Donovan notched another assist and Tim Howard extended his Goodison Park shutout run to 256 minutes as Everton climbed into the better half of the EPL table with a 2-0 victory over visiting Chelsea on Saturday afternoon.

Two years and one day ago, the Toffees scored a 2-1 home win over Chelsea that included another Donovan assist. With four saves and some heady cross management, Howard ensured Everton did it one better this time. The US No. 1 has now won three straight home league clashes with the Blues.

Not long after Donovan whistled a shot by the post on four minutes, the home side took the lead through fellow loan returnee Steven Pienaar. The LA Galaxy midfielder made a bid to double the lead on 18 minutes, testing Chelsea netminder Petr Cech with a left-footed drive from long range.

The visitors gradually took control of first half play, but — in part aided by Donovan tracking back faithfully to defend — Everton allowed precious few open looks at Howard’s goal. The Toffees goalkeeper denied Daniel Sturridge and Fernando Torres before the break, then repeated the feat on Spain’s struggling striker past the hour.

Brazil Soccer Jerseys Gritty road win a rare, rewarding one for DC United

Gritty road win a rare, rewarding one for DC United
DC United head coach Ben Olsen Photo Credit: Getty Images

It’s been a trying four years for D.C. United and their supporters.

Despite a single US Open Cup triumph in 2008, the Black and Red have failed to impress in the league, missing the MLS postseason each of the past four seasons.

But if the storyline is going to change this season, Saturday’s gritty 2-1 win at New England could be the turning point.

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“Last year we probably find a way to lose that game,” said head coach Ben Olsen (above, right). “And I’m seeing some signs of this team figuring out ways to be winners.”

Olsen added that he didn’t remember the last time United won at Gillette Stadium, and that’s no surprise. It came way back in 2007, when George W. Bush was still the biggest name in Washington and Olsen’s ankles allowed hikid soccer uniformm to play week in and week out.

In fact, D.C. had not beaten New England in any competition and in any venue since a 2-1 victory in MLS play at RFK Stadium on Oct. 16, 2008.

But in the 2-1 win over the Revs on Saturday, the Black and Red overcame obstacles that they simply had failed to clear in seasons past. Conceding the early goal wasn’t in the game plan, but finding an equalizer in the first half and scoring a late winner in the second half hasn’t been a forte of this side in years.

Still, there is a long way to go. The last time that United won two MLS games in a row was in 2009, when they beat New York and Chicago in back-to-back weeks in June.

But after losses in their first two games this season, United have gone unbeaten in their past four, picking up eight points with two wins and two draws.

“The ultimate goal is playoffs and an Eastern Conference Championship,” United midfielder Perry Kitchen said after the game. “We’re not doing badly, but we’ve got to keep it going because last year we struggled with road wins and home wins too.”

United will have a chance to win that second consecutive game on Wednesday, as they quickly return home to D.C. to host the Montreal Impact before playing at home again on Sunday against the New York Red Bulls. The quick turnaround means that United will have to immediately refocus their attention on the Impact after dispatching New England.

“We just have to stay sharp,” Kitchen said, “and move onto the next one.”

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English Premier League Jerseys FCD’s Hyndman chooses to focus on positives after loss

FCD's Hyndman chooses to focus on positives after loss
Zach Loyd Photo Credit: Getty Images

Stuck in the middle of an eight-game winless streak, FC Dallas found themselves struggling to hold leads and score goals. At one point during the streak, FCD went 231 minutes without finding net.

Against Real Salt Lake on Saturday night, the offense finally started firing on all cylinders. They poured it on during the last 25 minutes, tallying twice, putting the home side on the back foot often and generally looking like a revitalized team.

OPTA Chalkboard: FCD get it going down the stretch, but it's not enough

And it wasn’t enough. DespiteGermany Soccer Jersey all their efforts, the winless streak hit nine as FCD crumbled in stoppage time, conceding a Nat Borchers goal in the 93rd minute to fall 3-2.

Nonetheless, head coach Schellas Hyndman is choosing to look on the bright side.

“We got realistically two guys running at you," he told MLSsoccer.com of his short-handed side. "We have Blas Pérez and Jackson. Everyone else is just filling holes right now. It’s encouraging to score two goals.”

And it was encouraging to see his side fight almost to the last against the table-topping Claret-and-Cobalt.

“I think it’s more encouraging to come back twice and not give up with the adversity that was out there,” Hyndman said.

Pérez, who leads the team with five goals this season, spent most of the time complaining to referees about a lack of calls, but came through in the clutch and tied the game 2-2 deep in the second half.

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The veteran striker claims that his score was somewhat of a silver lining, but with nearly a month-long break coming up, FCD need to do more than score a couple of goals.

“We need to take this loss and understand that we need to better ourselves a lot,” Pérez said. “It’s not worth anything if we go out and score and fight until the end if they score a goal to win it at the end. The work is just thrown to the floor.”

FCD need to earn points or this season could very well be over by the end of summer. However, Pérez believes the break will benefit the team by allowing key players to recover from injuries and to regain a focus that will allow them to make a run and finally break the winless habits.

“There are still a lot of games left. We have a lot of time to get healthy,” he said. “We’re going to try to do the right things so we can come back and get points.”

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Central Winger: Why possession stats are misleading Xavi, Iniesta and Messi – Central Winger Photo Credit: Getty Images

Possession is a statistic that is notoriously misleading. As suggested in last week’s article, it has been found in MLS (and leagues abroad) that winning a game’s possession battle can have little influence on actually winning that particular game. In light of some of these findings, this week’s article focuses on ways to improve our understanding of this statistic.

Soccer games are supposed to be 90 minutes long. That’s when the final whistle blows.

Depending upon how a particular game is being played, though, the amount of time that the ball is "active" can vary tremendously. For example, imagine two games – one relatively free-flowing game that has 80 minutes of active play, and the other a game plagued with ticky-tack fouls and anti-soccer tactics that sees the ball in play for just 60 minutes. These are not numbers pulled from a hat – many media outlets reported an average around 70 minutes of actual play during the 2010 World Cup.

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Crew View: Williams finally gets his chance Josh Williams Photo Credit: Getty Images

OBETZ, Ohio – Josh Williams walked off the practice field Wednesday and into four separate media interviews before heading into the training facility.

“It’s different,” he said of the attention. “I’m not used to it. I’ve been here three years and kind of stayed under the radar. If it means I’m playing, I’m happy with it.”

Yes, he is. Williams made his first MLS start and third career appearance when he lined up at center back alongside Chad Marshall for last Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Houston.

Williams, a former Cleveland State player, was signed in September 2010 and played in two CONCACAF Champions League matches, including a start against Joe Public of Trinidad, before the season ended.

He missed 19 games last season between a hip strain and a 10-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. He said he mistakenly took an over-the-counter supplement and apologized.

But the Crew stuck with him, and Williams played a half-dozen Reserve League games in 2011 and all four this season.

Netherlands Soccer Jerseys World Cup- MLSsoccer.com experts pick Brazil-Germany

World Cup: MLSsoccer.com experts pick Brazil-Germany
David Luiz Pick 'Em

MLSsoccer.com editors, Jesse Marsch and Cobi Jones will pick each match throughout the World Cup. Here's their pick for Tuesday's game:

World Cup Semifinals

Match

(Time)

TV

BRA v GER(Tue, Netherlands Soccer Jerseys 4 ET)

Correct Picks

Jason SaghiniDirector of Video

49%

(29 of 59)

Nick RosanoEditor

59%

(35 of 59)

Cobi JonesMLS and USMNT legend

61%

(36 of 59)

Matt DoyleArmchair Analyst

56%

(33 of 59)

Diego PinzonFutbolMLScheap thailand soccer jersey editor

61%

(36 of 59)

Kristel ValenciaFutbolMLS Editor in Chief

63%

(37 of 59)

Simon BorgSenior Editor

56%

(33 of 59)

Jesse MarschFormer USMNT Assistant Coach

61%

(36 of 59)

Ben BaerContent Researcher

64%

(38 of 59)