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Pelada: A Beautiful Story About the Beautiful Game

 By Ryan Fleming

It’s called various things throughout the world. Games of pickup soccer can be played anywhere – at least I’m confident of that now – and played by anyone. “Pelada,”as it’s called in Brazil, means naked – or stripped down to its core. The documentary, made by two former collegiate soccer stars, showcases the the places, both exotic and natural that the Beautiful Game can be played, as well as the characters who participate in a game that they truly love despite the difficult magnitude of their surroundings.

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Ligue 1 Top Spot Up For Grabs

By Ryan Fleming

Oh, how the mighty fall. After losing their first leg of the Champions League quarterfinal to fellow French rival, Lyon, Bordeaux now finds itself out of the pole position in Ligue 1 after suffering three-straight defeats.

Last weekend, the French giant slipped up against AS Nancy Lorraine, 2-1, despite controlling play throughout the match – owning 71 percent of possession. Fernando Cavenaghi tallied for Bordeaux, tying the match at one, but Issiar Dia put the northern France side up for good in the 72nd minute.

Cavenaghi was one of Bordeaux’s best players last year, but this year he has been nearly invisible – only starting in 11 matches compared with last years 23.  Yoann Gourcuff, another Bordeaux star, has just returned to the spectacular form  the young French international has been known for. If the side from southern France even dares to dream of beating Lyon in the second leg and capturing the league title, Cavenaghi and Gourcuff, especially, will have to be the stars their fans know they can be.

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Revolution Get First Win in D.C.

Courtesy New England Revolution (www.revolutionsoccer.net)By Kevin Koczwara

Kenny Mansally helped the New England Revolution (1-1-0, 3 pts.) notch their first win of the 2010 campaign with a 2-0 victory over D.C. United at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., Saturday night with a pair of goals less than a minute apart.

Mansally came on in the 68th minute for rookie Zack Schilawski, who looked frustrated with the Revolution’s lack of ability to get the ball to their strikers in dangerous space. Mansally got himself involved in the Revolution counterattack right away when he scored the first goal of the game in the 79th minute. Mansally put away his first opportunity on net when it came to him from a beautiful cross by Chris Tierney on the left side of the midfield.

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MLS Week 1 Highlights

By Kevin Koczwara

The first week of MLS play started off just as most had expected. Seattle beat the newcomers, The Philadelphia Union, pretty easily. Los Angeles beat an ailing New England side, who didn’t go without a fight despite their short bench. Real Salt Lake picked up where they left off last season with a thumping of San Jose. The Texas teams played to a draw, Houston and Dallas, which is no surprise because they are on about the same level. Chivas struggled to score goals, like usual, against a tough minded Colorado side. New York beat Chicago in their home opener at their beautiful new stadium with a miraculous goal. Kansas City trounced D.C. United. And the Columbus Crew beat up Toronto.

Their weren’t man surprises in the result column, but their were some great goals. Here is a recap of all of them courtesy of ESPN.

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Revolution Missed Chances In LA

 

 

Courtesy Revolutionsoccer.net

By Kevin Koczwara

The Revolution barely had any time to get their feet on solid ground when the Los Angeles Galaxy pounced on them in the sixth minute with a demoralizing opening goal. Edison Buddle headed the ball into the upper part of the net after a beautiful set-piece cross from Landon Donovan, last year’s MLS MVP.

The match was the season opener for both teams, Galaxy (1-0-0, 3 pts) and Revolution (0-1-0 0, pts) and the last game of opening weekend for the MLS.

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Losing Their Man

By Ryan Fleming

As Celtic found themselves out of the race for the SPL title, the Glasgow side has many improvements to make, the first being solidifying their offense.

Irish international Robbie Keane is donning the Hoops jersey and scoring goals at a record pace. But lets not forget, in Celtic’s last match against their cross-town rival, Rangers, on Feb. 28, “Keano” couldn’t muster a goal and saw his side drop the match, 1-0, and slide another three points behind Gers. Currently, Celtic find themselves 10 points behind Rangers and have played one more game.

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Time to Put The Gloves Away

By Ryan Fleming

Now, I’ve read books like “Among the Thugs” and seen movies such as “Green Street Hooligans” and both confused me more than guided me in answering the question: what is soccer hooliganism?

I thought I was a fan – an avid supporter of my team, watched every game or at least made it paramount within my things-to-do. I wore hats, shirts, jerseys – you name it, I wore it. I assumed that is what “fans” did.

Apparently I was grossly mistaken.

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Champions League Quarterfinals Draw In Perspective

By Kevin Koczwara

The next stage in Champions League play has been set today. Teams have been told who will face in the next round, and who their potential opponents could be.

This year’s quarter-finals and semi-finals have potential to be great match-ups. These next rounds could also become major coming out parties to the smaller clubs involved. With the likes of CSKA Moscow, Bordeaux and Lyon all making it further than expected.

So let’s break down each pairing and each route to the finals in Madrid.

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Messi In Class of His Own

By Kevin Koczwara

After watching yesterday’s Champions League game between Barcelona and VfB Stuttgart, I got to thinking about what Lionel Messi has meant to that game of soccer, Barcelona, and soccer fans.

Then I decided to jump over to ESPN’s Soccernet and see what the writer’s over there were saying about the boy-wonder. I read a column by Tom Adams, and the comments, and got to thinking about the argument Adams was making– Rooney is not as good as Messi, but he is a prolific goal scorer.

I cannot agree or disagree with Adams. I am stuck in the middle. Messi is a genius with the ball at his feet. He can dribble and imagine moves no other player has veer thought of or tried. He can create scoring chances from all over the field, for himself and his teammates. And he is only 22 years old (makes me wonder how my life has panned out at 22). The game comes so easily to him that it is frightful.

But is it fair to compare Rooney and Messi?

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Revolution Making Strides Despite Season's Rainy Forcast

Courtesy New England Revolution

Courtesy New England Revolution

The New England Revolution are making big moves in New England right now, despite a player strike on the horizon. Today, it was announced that the Revs have signed a season long agreement with media giant Comcast. The Revs will televise 27 of the 30 games on Comcast’s New England based channel, showing them in glorious high-definition for over 4 million viewers.

“We are very excited to partner with Comcast SportsNet to bring the Revolution in high definition to our fans across New England,” Revolution Chief Operating Officer Brian Bilello said. This move can hopefully bring the Revs to a regular television audience in high-definition, bringing in some new viewers and fans. This will also help establish the team as a staple in New England as the Summer roles in.

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