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Old 07-26-2012, 12:37 PM
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Major League Soccer 2012 Preview: Montreal Impact vs New York Red Bulls Predictions

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The Impact look to bounce back from the thumping they took last week from the Dynamos. The Montreal Impact ended a series of 10 games in 36 days with a 3-0 loss (halftime 1-0) against the Houston Dynamo, Saturday, at BBVA Compass Stadium, in Houston. The Impact started the game with three changes to the starting lineup. Midfielders Justin Mapp and Patrice Bernier, as well as defender Jeb Brovsky, were not in the starting lineup. Brovsky, who played the last 13 games, did not play due to a thigh injury.

Quebec-born defender Karl W. Ouimette, developed by the club’s Academy, played in his first ever career MLS game, replacing defender Zarek Valentin, who left the game in the 23rd minute as a result of an injury to his left ankle.

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The Red Bulls improved to 7-0-3 inside of Red Bull Arena this season with a 2-0 victory over the visiting Union, thanks to goals on each side of halftime from a reborn Kenny Cooper (above) and another shutout for goalkeeper Bill Gaudette and the New York defense.

The victory saw the Red Bulls move to 11-5-5 on the year and put them in first place in the Eastern Conference heading into Saturday night's action. It also ended a three-game winning streak for the Union (6-10-2) and gave them their second loss to New York this year.

Montreal Impact vs New York Red Bulls Predictions: Red Bulls 3-0 Over Impact

Face it The New York Red Bulls are one of the most difficult teams in MLS to beat at home. That said, The Red Bulls will make a statement in this game at the expense of the Impact. New York runs a high powered attack while the Impact is full of injuries. Red Bulls will jump out and control most of this match.

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Old 07-27-2012, 03:26 AM
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Major League Soccer 2012 Preview: FC Dallas vs LA Galaxy Predictions

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FC Dallas had Monday off to rest after playing three matches in eight days. They’ll get Wednesday off as well, but this time due to the MLS All-Star Game in Philadelphia. Hyndman will be in Philadelphia on Wednesday for a meeting of the MLS Technical Committee that he is a part of. Hyndman said the committee usually reviews notable or controversial plays, with members giving their opinion on whether fouls or cards should have been issued. Hyndman will fly back to Dallas in time for Thursday’s morning training session. Hyndman knows a strong LA Galaxy squad will take the field on Saturday (7 p.m. CT on NBC Sports Network), even if they don’t have all of their high-wattage stars. Landon Donovan is suspended for the match due to yellow card accumulation. “They’re a hard team to beat,” Hyndman said. “They are the team we’re aiming at right now to get that fifth [playoff] spot” But Hyndman isn’t worried about his squad. “It seems like when we play them we really do show up,” Hyndman said. FC Dallas tied LA 1-1 at the Home Depot Center on April 28, surrendering a late goal to the Galaxy.

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David Junior Lopes answered Gareth Bale's superb header, and the LA Galaxy claimed a 1-1 draw with England's Tottenham Hotspur in a friendly Tuesday night at The Home Depot Center.

Bale's header gave Tottenham a 17th-minute lead, and Lopes, with his first goal since joining LA in April, netted the equalizer in the 28t

The Galaxy made seven substitutions at halftime; Tottenham just two, bringing on six more players during the second half. Among LA's changes: rookie goalkeeper Brian Rowe making his club debut, Mike Magee returning from a shin injury, rookies Rafael Garcia and Tommy Meyer moving onto the backline, and Jack McBean joining fellow teen Villarreal up front. With LA fielding a less experienced lineup in the second half, Tottenham dominated the proceedings, but were unable to regain the lead despite a good look for Defoe and penalty appeals from Bale, Sigurdsson and youngster Harry Kane. The game was the fourth friendly the Galaxy has played against English opposition, though they have yet to win one of those games

FC Dallas vs LA Galaxy Predictions: FC Dallas 2-1 Over LA

The clubs are separated by just three points and FC Dallas has two games in hand. The Galaxy are coming off a two-game Pacific road trip, concluded with a crash in a 3-0 loss at Portland at midweek. Dallas is on fire as of late and it won’t help LA with Donovan Landon being suspended for this game

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Old 07-29-2012, 04:36 PM
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London Olympic Games 2012 Preview: Spain U23 vs Honduras U23 Predictions

Spain will face Honduras in the 2012 London Olympic Games men’s football Group D branch at the St James Park, the home of Premiership club Newcastle United, on Sunday, July 29.

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Despite the national team and U21 sides being successful in recent competitions, Spain U23 have not reached this stage in the Olympics for 12 long years. In fact, it was their winning of last year’s UEFA U21 Championship that guaranteed them a place in this competition. Current team coach is Luis Milla and key players include Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea.

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This is Honduras’ third time at the Olympics and they have qualified after winning three and losing two games at the Concacaf U23 Championships, the key match being the 3-2 triumph against El Salvador in the semi-finals before being conquered by Mexico in the finals. The offense is led by Roger Rojas and Eddie Hernandez. Nicknamed Los Catrachos, the team is headed by coach by Luis Fernando Suarez.

Spain U23 vs Honduras U23 Predictions: Spain wins 1-0

Spain has a better record, having fewer losses in the recent games compared to Honduras. But Spain hasn’t been this high in the league for so long, there is still a possibility of being beaten by Honduras. Odds will be a win by Spain, but a close call.

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London Olympic Games 2012 Preview: Brazil U23 vs Belarus U23 Predictions

The Powerful Brazil meets Underdogs Belarus at Manchester’s Old Trafford on July 29.

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Brazil is labelled as the "all-time top Olympic performer'' despite never winning the competition. Brazil has never won an Olympic Football tournament, but they have finished runners up twice in 1984 and 1988, third twice in 1996 and 2008, and fourth once in 1976. Compared to most of the 16 teams participating in the 2012 games, that record is an impressive one. The Brazilian Team gained entry into the 2012 Olympic tournament by winning last year’s South American U20 Championship in Peru, where star striker Neymar scored an outstanding nine goals. Squad coach Mano Menezes, is keen to put the trophy in the cabinet to give the national team some momentum when they host the 2014 Fifa World Cup and the Olympic gold medal is the lone major soccer trophy that Brazil has never won, and so the pressure is high on the Brazilian National Team than any other nation to succeed in London, with rumors that Menezes could be fired if the outcome is anything other than the gold medal.

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Belarus’ journey to the 2012 London games has been nothing short of miraculous. First, theyshocked the highly favored Italy in a two-legged playoff just to qualify for the 2011 UEFA Under-21 Championships, which served as Europe’s ticket to the 2012 Olympic tournament, then somehow they managed to sneak into the Games as third-place finishersregardless of losing three of their five matches in the tournament and being outscored 8-5. To the minds of many, and safe to say on paper as well, the squad won’t be going too far.

However, shock and upsets are the key factors on why the Belarusian team is in the tournament after all. This being said, an upset just might waiting around the corner.

Brazil U23 vs Belarus U23 Predictions: Brazil 3-1

To many of those who will be reading this, a 3-1 victory is an understatement. But regardless, Brazil, with Neymar, the most talented individual player in the Olympic field plus a strong team behind, will be going far in the 2012 London Olympics.

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London Olympic Games 2012 Preview: Korea U23 vs Gabon U23 Predictions

Korea will face Gabon in the 2012 London Olympic Games men’s football Group B branch at the City of Millenium Stadium in Cardiff on Wednesday, August 1.

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Korea Republic qualified with three wins and three draws in six matches. The team has a strong offense led by Arsenal striker Park Chuyoung who has played in the 2006 and 2010 World Cups for the Koreans. In 59 appearances for the club, the striker has scored 25 times and is tied for 7th on the all time list for the squad. Ji Dongwon, Kim Bo-Kyung, and Koo Ja-Choel will also add support to the strong Korean offense. Defense for the Korea is rather solid with the exception of a few injuries, but the team should be able to put up a good battle with its speedy offensive talent.

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Gabon is some sort of unknown wild card of the tournament. They struggled and won in the group stage in the qualifying tournament with one win, one loss, and one tie. Then they turned it up in the knockout rounds with a win over Senegal and then a championship win over Morocco. The team got goals from six different players including a brace from Emmanuel Ndong Mba in their win over Ivory Coast. That was their victory in any international tournament. They have never won a CAF African Cup of Nations and have never qualified for the World Cup. This marks their first appearance at the Olympic Games and the team's chance to make its name known on the international stage.

Korea U23 vs Gabon U23 Predictions: Korea wins 2-1

Korea and Gabon have been performing well, but Korea has the upper hand. Korea being the powerhouse, may avoid upsets by stopping Gabon’s scoring by being consistent with their defense.

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London Olympic Games 2012 Preview:Senegal U23 vs UE Emirates U23 Predictions

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Enters the Olympic Games by way of the CAF Under-23 Championship in Morocco. This will be the first time they have competed on this level of competition.

The current side is coached by former senior national team tactician Abdoulaye Sarr, with the players entering camp on November 21, just five days before their opening game of the tournament.

Most of the players are based in France, with a smattering in other parts of Europe such as Norway, Portugal and Spain.

Oumar Wade (Lille, France), Abdoulaye Sané (Rennes, France) and Dieylani Fall (Auxerre, France) are all striker to be wary of, while Pape Maly Diamanka (Rayo Vallecano, Spain) looks a fine prospect as well.

Defender Lamine Gassama (Lyon, France) is a full international already, while fellow defenders Saliou Ciss and Kara Thioune (both Tromso, Norway) have been making a name for themselves in Scandinavia as well.

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UA Emirates recently came off of a 1-1 draw to Gabon and last week exploded offensively by scoring a 4-2 victory over New Zealand. Qualifying for London 2012 gives UAE their first ever appearance in the Men's Olympic Football Tournament and is yet another feather in the cap of coach Mahdi Ali. The experienced supremo previously led his country to victory in the 2008 AFC U-19 Championship, as well as a place at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt the following year. Much of the credit for their Olympic success must go to the close bond between coach and players, many of whom have spent a number of years under Ali's wing.

Senegal U23 vs UE Emirates U23 Predictions: 1-0 UA Emirates Over Senegal

Both teams come in with a lack of experience. This will be a test for both teams but, in the end UA Emirates has a better sound attack and a stingy defense to keep Senegal at bay . Look for a low scoring match but, UA Emirates will control the tempo.

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London Olympic Games 2012 Preview: Brazil U23 Vs New Zealand U23 Predictions

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After pretty much cementing himself as the 1st choice attacking midfielder for Mano’s squad during the last run of friendlies at Europe and USA and being linked to Tottenham and Chelsea, with the most likely landing place the latter, Oscar was also featured among the starters in the 1st Brazil U23 squad for the Olympics in London.

Mano Menezes built a squad composed of Rafael Cabral; Rafael, Thiago Silva, Juan and Marcelo; Sandro and Rômulo; Hulk and Oscar. This awkward line-up with no attacking reference was faced by Neto; Danilo, Bruno Uvini and Alex Sandro; Ganso, Lucas and Alexandre Pato; Neymar and Leandro Damião.

There could be only 18 players in the Olympic call-ups, and that’s why Mano couldn’t land complete teams at both sides. But the training today focused on defense. It also showed how Mano is willing to stick to his starter team in the most of the last friendlies.

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The New Zealand U-23 national football team, also known as the Oly Whites, represents New Zealand in U-23 competitions, namely the OFC U-23 Championships and the Olympic Games.

The Oly Whites are reigning Oceania Champions and represented the region at the 2008 Beijing Olympics – the team’s only appearance at the Summer Olympics to date.

Since 1992, the men’s Olympic Football Tournament has been an U-23 event with three overage players allowed per game.

Brazil U23 Vs New Zealand U23 Predictions: 3-1 Brazil Over New Zealand

This will be a very entertaining match but, at the end of the day Brazil is Brazil. They will dominate this match like any other though I see New Zealand not being a complete push over this will be an easy one for team Brazil

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London Olympic Games 2012 Preview: Great Britain U23 vs Uruguay U23 Predictions

Great Britain squares off against Uruguay for a Group A match at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium on August 1.

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Without a doubt, Team GB has been the most highlycontroversial team in the tournament to date. Great Britain’s entry into the competition has numerous issues clinging to it. Ever since it was decided that Great Britain will be entering a team in the football competition, there have been rumours of protest from the football clubs of the home nations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. These factors mostly lie on the issue of the independence of the clubs in participating in future championships as separate entities.

However, the majority of the players from the three Home Nations have from the very beginning displayed great enthusiasm in playing for Team GB., Ryan Giggs has been chosen as the captain of the team at the age of 38.His Welsh compatriot Craig Bellamy, a strong forward, is the third over-aged player in the squad but the rest of the players are promising youngsters such as Aaron Ramsey, Tom Cleverley, and Daniel Sturridge.

It is much too early at this stage to say whether or not Great Britain has a fighting chance against a team like Uruguay. Their entry into the competition was automatic, being the hosting nation.

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The Uruguay Olympic Football team has a pretty impressive Olympic record.The fact that the team is being led by ÓscarTabárez and consists of two-thirds of the force that led them to the World Cup semi-finals two years back, leaves very little room for any possible doubts. Indeed, Uruguay has every right to boast as one of the strongest squads among the sixteen teams competing in the 2012 Olympic football tournament.

Great Britain U23 vs Uruguay U23 Predictions: Uruguay 3-1

Let’s face it! Team Uruguay has all the artillery and their record shows that they have what it takes to go further up the ladder. Uruguay qualified for the 2012 Olympics by finishing second to Brazil in 2011 South American Youth Championship.

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London Olympic Games 2012 Preview: Egypt U23 vs Belarus U23 Predictions

August 1 will showcase Egypt against Belarus at Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Egypt qualified by finishing third place duringlast year’s CAF U23 tournament by beating Senegal in the third-place playoff. They won five, drew one and lost three of the qualifying games. The “Baby Pharoahs” have a sort of mission of healing.

It’s been a painful, tragic year in Egyptian soccer, marred by February’s Port Said Stadium disaster that left at least 79 people dead and over 1,000 injured after supporters of the home club,Egypt’s domestic league still hasn’t resumed their place in national football. But, players from both Al-Masry and Al-Ahly will share the plight for the Pharaohs in London, and a positive result would go a long way toward returning positive feelings about the game to the nation.

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One of the most popular questions regarding this year’s Olympic tournament remains, “Will Belarus run out of luck?” Certainly luck has played a major role in the National Squad’s journey to the 2012 London Olympic Games. But who is to say another shocker won’t happen?

Forward, Sergei Kornilenko, the fourth leading scorer in Belarusian history will be the primary attack for these European underdogs. It’s Belarus’ first ever entry into such a major tournament and the squad should do what it takes to keep the flames burning.

Once again, Belarus shouldn’t go far in this tournament, but in a relatively weak group beyond Brazil, another surprise is certainly within their reach.

Egypt U23 vs Belarus U23 Predictions: Draw 1-1

Let’s see here, bothunderdogs, one squad is on a mission of sentimental and nationalistic value, the other squad seems to have an acquaintance with Lady Luck, there’s no telling whatsoever as to who holds the key to victory on this coming match. Plus it’s too early in the stages to really determine anything.

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London Olympic Games 2012 Preview: Japan U23 vs Honduras U23 Predictions

Japan will face Honduras in the 2012 London Olympic Games men’s football Group D branch at the Ricoh Arena, on Wednesday, August 1.

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Japan dominated their qualifying for this tournament with a defeat to Syria as the only bad apple. A 2-0 win over Bahrain was the game that guaranteed progression in a qualifying marathon that saw them score 17 goals in eight matches and concede six. Team coach Takashi Sekizuka took over in leading the team in 2010.

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This is Honduras’ third time at the Olympics and they have qualified after winning three and losing two games at the Concacaf U23 Championships, the key match being the 3-2 triumph against El Salvador in the semi-finals before being conquered by Mexico in the finals. The offense is led by Roger Rojas and Eddie Hernandez. Nicknamed Los Catrachos, the team is headed by coach by Luis Fernando Suarez.

Japan U23 vs Honduras U23 Predictions: Japan wins 2-0

Japan has been doing well in the tournament, and they have recentlyy beaten Spain as well, 1-0. Japan is the obvious favorite, and believing that they’ll win this easily won’t be hard to swallow.

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