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FC Dallas, Colorado Looking to MLS Cup

Kosuke Kimura displays the MLS Eastern Conference Trophy after his Colorado Rapids defeated the San Jose Earthquakes last week. (Photo Courtesy Colorado Rapids/MLS)

By Ryan Fleming

Colorado has been there before. Dallas has not.

Dallas posted an unbeaten streak of 19 (20, if you want to count its 1-1 friendly against Inter Milan). Colorado had a mere streak of five – impressive in its own right, but not as dominating.

Come Sunday, dismiss all the numbers, all the stats, the “should-haves” and “did-nots,” and focus on the Rapids and the Hoops. No more analyzing the past, but hanging on the present as both sides battle for the MLS Cup.
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Nominate The Soccer Guys For A Soccerlens Award

The Soccer Guys has been around for a little over a year now, and we’ve come a long way from covering the English Premier League and European soccer to what the site is today. Over the past year we have amped up the site with a few redesigns and more original content from around the globe. We started covering our local club, the New England Revolution, and the rest of Major League Soccer. Kevin and The Soccer Guys were selected by The Guardian in England to be part of its World Cup fan network and his twitter updates were featured on the British newspaper’s web site. We hope you have enjoyed reading our writing as much as we have enjoyed putting it out there.

We like to think we’re doing a pretty good job with the site and keeping you up to date on the world of soccer while keeping our columns fresh and interesting. If you think we do a stellar job writing about the beautiful game we would like to invite you to vote for The Soccer Guys as “The Best New Football Website” on this year’s Soccerlens Awards. (You can throw in a nomination for the best Football Journalist(s) and/or Blogger Kevin Koczwara and Ryan Fleming if you like, also.)

Here’s how to nominate the Soccer Guys:

Here’s how you can enter your nominations for the 2010 Soccerlens Awards:

1. Copy-paste the category list below in your email client.

2. Add your nominations for each categories (or just the ones you care about).

3. Send in your nominations to nominate@soccerlensawards.com.

The Categories:

* Best Football Website

* Best New Football Website – The Soccer Guys (www.thesoccerguysonline.com)

* Most Entertaining Football Website

* Best Football Gear Website

* Best Football Videos Website

* Best Club Fansite

* Best Football Podcast

* Best Football Blogger

* Best Football Journalist

* Best Niche Website

Send in your nominations to nominate@soccerlensawards.com

The Soccerlens awards started in 2007 by Ahmed Bilal, chief editor of Soccerlens.com to “recognise the efforts of independent football bloggers in creating valuable resources for football fans around the world.” The awards are an annual and are a way to show the world that independent media has an impact.

Check out more about the awards here.

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Black Cats Claw Points From Gunners

By Ryan Fleming

Sunderland striker Darren Bent scored the equalizer in the 95th minute against Arsenal on Saturday.

When Darren Bent rifled the game-tying goal past Arsenal goalkeeper, Manuel Almunia, on Saturday, Sunderland sent a statement to the league – we’re here to fight, so be prepared.

The Black Cats, which have only lost twice at the Stadium of Light in the last nine months, pulled off another upset in this new season, frustrating the Gunners and manager, Arsene Wenger, out of two all-important points. Following the second-half sendoff of Alex Song, 10 minutes after the break, the Gunners were totally outplayed and outworked.

Despite their 1-0 lead, the North London side scored on a fluke, once-in-a-lifetime sort of play. Sunderland defender Anton Ferdinand’s clearance was blocked by Cesc Fabregas, which drifted over goalkeeper Simon Mignolet and into the net.
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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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No More Second Guessing In D.C.

Courtesy New England Revolution (www.revolutionsoccer.net)

By Ryan Fleming

Despite the miserable, cold, rainy weather outside, the New England Revolution aren’t letting mother nature get them down. After coming off of their 1-0 season opening loss to the Los Angeles Galaxy last Saturday at the Home Depot Center, the staff and the Rev’s players alike have optimistic visions of sunny, bright skies coming into this weekend’s game against D.C. United.

“Under difficult conditions I think they played really well,” said Vice President of Player Personnel, Michael Burns. “It isn’t easy to have everyone come together, to gel, under just one game. I think from that aspect things went o.k.”

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