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5/2/12 1:43 P

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YIkes... yeah, there was a hush at Red Bull Arena when Henry went down. Looked like he was shot - no contact, not even running in the type of fashion that you'd think would cause a hamstring injury. Looked more like he was jogging, decided to imitate a baseball player sliding into home plate and that was that. But his was a gorgeous goal in that 7th minute for the win.

As for Cooper... Kenny humors me. I mean, he is just so big and *gawky* looking - like he shuold be playing rugby rather than soccer. My family refers to him as "Jolly Green", not that he's necessarily jolly, and certainly not green, but he is so freakin' BIG!!

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5/2/12 8:02 A

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Hate to see Henry's injury - was playing really well with Cooper and bringing him back to high level of confidence. I've enjoyed watching KC for years, think Bob Bradley did him wrong at times. Yeah, he may be inconsistent, but he shows some real promise at times.

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4/17/12 10:18 A

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We finally got a win!!! DOOP!!!

It was an ugly win, but I'll take it. Did we deserve it...probably not. LOL. But 3 points is 3 points. Peter Nowak is the most unpredictable manager I have ever seen. It's always interesting to see what he's gonna do. We lose Califf with a hamstring injury during warm-ups. We have veteran Chris Albright on the bench, but he throws in rookie Ray Gaddis. Luckily it paid off and Gaddis had a good game. Adu looked great. Nice to see him playing well again. We just need strikers to get on the end of his half a dozen great crosses he put in.

Yesterday Nowak signs yet another midfielder to add to our already crowded midfield. More than half our roster is midfielders. I assume it's because Roger Torres will be out for a few weeks. At least this new signing seems promising. He's from 1899 Hoffenheim. Here's to hoping!

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4/12/12 2:31 P

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I completely understand! I will be going to the All-Star Game, but was less than excited when I heard it will be against Chelsea. Not sure who they will be bringing. I'm sure they will finally cut their losses with Torres. Drogba will most likely be sold. Terry will be in court. They don't even have a manager. Pitiful. I guess that's what you get when you bring the blue bummers to town.

I was at the ManU game in Philly 2 years ago. I was one of the 50 Union supporters in the middle of the sea of red. hahaha

I'm on a strict no cheesesteak diet now. LOL. I'm about 15 minutes from Cherry Hill. They just opened up a Tony Lukes down the road. I've only been there once though and that was 2 months ago. I'm on a mission to get back into soccer playing shape so I can join one of the adult leagues around here.

I was trying to make it to London this year for the 125 year anniversary celebration at Emirates when they unveiled the Henry statue. My job got in the way. I will definitely be out there next year.

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4/12/12 1:42 P

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Wow Gboy ... a travelling supporter. The only time I've travelled was to Old Trafford (which made me a home supporter at the match even though I travelled a LONG way to get there), and anytime ManU is in the US, I try to get to matches within driving distance. I was in Philadephia (or Chester, wherever the field actually is) when United played the Union a couple of years ago. United played horridly that night. The best part of the trip was going for cheesesteaks ;-)

I would have been in Philly this summer for the All-Star game if any team but Chelsea (or Man City) were chosen for the All-Stars to play. I have such disdain for Chelsea, I won't even watch them play (unless they are playing ManU or a team competing with ManU ... aka Man City).

On the other hand ... I have some great friends in Cherry Hill, and, the fact is, the only real place on the planet to go to for cheesesteaks is Philly. So ya never know :-)

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4/10/12 4:48 P

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Alan, I understand completely. I have a lot of family in NY. In fact, my mom is from the Bronx. She loves to make fun of my Eagles, Phillies, and every other Philadelphia team. The Union are the only Philly team that she supports surprisingly. Or maybe she just doesn't want to offend me. LOL

I still stand by my Union...despite the horrible start to the season. After the ridiculous amount of moves in the off-season I expected a rough start, but not this bad. Hopefully they learn how to play together this week. Hopefully Nowak doesn't try yet another new formation this week. LOL.

I will be road tripping to a few away games this year. Columbus, NY, DC, and Montreal are definite. Still contemplating Chicago and Toronto.

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3/27/12 1:31 P

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Super cool experience! My son has a LA Galaxy shirt that was signed years ago (Hartman was still goalie) that we ended up shadow boxing since it had almost all the team autographs on it - he'll treasure that well into adulthood! I'm sure that was an awesome moment to meet TH - class act! Hope the hives are better, but I do understand the infliction

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3/27/12 1:26 P

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Wow. Harry played in the NASL? Guess he wasn't quite up there in the same part of the stratosphere as Pele, Beckenbauer, Carlos Alberto, etc... with the Cosmos.

Went to opening Red Bulls match at Red Bull Arena on Sunday. Nice to see them finally win. Apparently Arsenal's US Supporters Group was invited to the match for a Q&A session with Thierry Henry after the match. As a Red Bull season ticket holder I was invited to attend. On the downside, I was surrounded by probably 1000 rabid Gooners, which, as a Man United supporter made me break out in hives. On the bright side though - I had a seat in the first row for the Q&A and got to shake Henry's hand and he signed my #14 Red Bulls shirt!! That shirt is now going up on the wall in my exercise room at home. Guess I'll have to now buy the 2012 season shirt. (For those who don't know me, I am the Imelda Marcos of football shirts - at last count I had 93, mostly EPL, mostly ManU and England National Team, but with a smattering of shirts from La Liga, Israel, Serie A and Eredvisie (sp?) leagues. Oh yeah, and my one MLS - Red Bulls shirt, which I now won't wear anymore!

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3/24/12 3:43 P

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Yes, I use to watch him play in the 70's when I lived Seattle! I still have a poster of the Sounders during that time....he looks like such a young lad. :)

Go Sounders!!!

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3/24/12 2:19 P

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Heading out for our home team's first game of the season: Go Crew!

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3/23/12 3:51 P

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I just learned yesterday that Harry Redknapp was a player/manager for the Seattle Sounders. I had NO idea!


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3/19/12 11:31 A

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Hi GBoy. I certainloy understand the can't root for DC or NY teams. As a born and bred NYer, I was raised to have a certain disdain for all teams Philadelphian - particularly the Eagles ("The Fumble") and Flyers. I can't say I really have a disdain for any MLS team - unless of course they're keeping the Red Bulls out of the playoffs (which would mean my season tickets are not as valuable as I hoped they'd be). There are just two "real" football (i.e. the sport we're talking about in this team) teams whose shirt I would never wear: Man City and Chelsea. Man City, because being a United fanatic, they are like the Yankees are to my beloved (yet admittedly lousy) Mets - the "other" team in the city. As for Chelsea, it's probably not the squad so much I dislike, but Roman Abromovich, who brought the George Steinbrenner (notice the link again to the Yankees :-) mentality of "buy yourself a championship team when you have money that no one else does". Grrrr. I didn't even mind him buying up an all-start starting XI, but when he started buying up players to warm the bench just so that they would not be competition against Chelsea, that's when the deep disdain came in.

Anyway ... here's to football - no matter what league, skill or age level, or gender!!

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3/17/12 10:14 A

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You sound pretty passionate - our kind of guy!

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3/16/12 4:20 P

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I'm a huge Philadelphia Union fan.I've been a member of the Sons of Ben before Philly ever had a team. DOOP! I have been a season ticket holder all 3 seasons. Before the Union entered the league I was a Real Salt Lake fan. Before then I didn't really follow the league. I watched USL. I could never really bring myself to support DC or NY even though they were closer. It's a Philly thing. hahaha

My favorite team of all time is Arsenal. Go Gunners!!! Robin Van Persie for president! Even with NY Red Bulls being the enemy, I will never boo Henry. He's a living legend to us Gooners.One of the mighty Invincibles.

"We love you Arsenal, oh yes we do!"

Outside of the EPL I like Inter Milan in Serie A, Real Madrid in La Liga, FC Koln in Bundesliga, Club America in Mexican Primera, Rochester Rhinos in USL-PRO (I'm biased because my brother plays for them)...I just love soccer. I don't care what league is on TV, I will watch. I spend most of my time watching the beautiful game no matter where it is played.

I live in South Jersey and teach kids in Camden how to play soccer. It's nice to be able to bring soccer to the inner city kids. Maybe some of them will grow up with CJ Sapong on their wall instead of Lebron James. At least that's my dream! hahaha

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3/14/12 11:13 A

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New York Red Bull fan, simply because they are my local team. If and when the Cosmos make it to the MLS, I'll be rooting for them again as I did back in the 1970's. But MLS soccer is even less tactical and more poorly played than watching my nephew and his U-13 team play. But I do enjoy the atmosphere and Red Bull arena surprisingly makes one of the best Cuban sandwiches around!!

In general though ... Glory Glory Man United!! Where real football is played with ultra high quality.

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3/9/12 4:35 P

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Teams I rout for the most are:

1. Seattle (my home town)
2. Los Angeles (where I live now)

In EPL Man U is my fav too! Hubby and I have been following them for years.


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3/9/12 3:24 P

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So who is everyone pulling for this year? I do tend to root for the Galaxy and the Sounders, but really just enjoy watching all the games. Not as fanatical for one team in the MLS as i am in the EPL (glory glory Man United!!!). Used to be a huge NE fan when Twellman was playing, but not so much since

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3/9/12 12:34 A

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Yes, it is! Plus now there are cities/states just waiting to get in the league; Las Vegas, New York Cosmos, MN.....

Woo hoo, can't wait!


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3/8/12 5:44 P

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First touch - just two days away emoticon

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2/21/12 12:33 P

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Also looking forward to the upcoming season - don't really have one team that I follow - everytime I start liking a team and it's key players, they end up going overseas, LOL. I am enjoying the elephant dying ground where the "has beens" are migrating to the league to have a last chance at glory. I'm actually not being sarcastic - the older players are actually elevating the quality of play - if not selling tickets!

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Ahhhh... the NASL ... those were the days. I was a huge NY Cosmos fan, and even practiced with their reserve team for a year until I tore up my knee (effectively the start of the end of my playing career). I'm waiting for the Cosmos to buy into MLS - their executive staff is great, including Eric Cantona, Pele, and others. But I'm not sure how they'll succeed in the NY market with the Red Bull fairly well established there. (And in fact, I have Red Bull season tickets, so I'm torn.)

Anyway... I am looking forward to the season. No, it's not the EPL, La Liga, or even the Championship or League I in England (MLS soccer is still pretty poor) ... but the games are here in the US, and with football-specific stadiums like the Home Depot Center and Red Bull Arena, it does make for a great atmosphere to watch the games, regardless of quality. And a lot less expensive that travelling to England to watch matches there!! :-)

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2/14/12 2:19 P

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I'm really looking forward to this season. I'm a huge Seattle Sounders fan, I grew up there and followed the Sounders since the NASL days.
I have moved to Southern CA, and I'm looking forward to watching the Galaxy play.

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1/31/12 4:33 P

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I think the quality of play in the MLS has gotten better over the years, however, it is still far away from the top leagues in the world. There is waaaaay too much long ball. It is like nails on a chalkboard every time I see them launch the ball up the field on nothing but a wing and a prayer. Too much playing the ball in the air instead of keeping it on the ground where they can control it. That being said, I am a season ticket holder for the Philadelphia Union and I will always be a season ticket holder. Although I almost got rid of my season tickets today when we sold Le Toux to Vancouver. hahaha. The league is growing rapidly. I look forward to seeing where it will be in 10 years.

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I'll certainly agree it's getting stronger off the field. I think MLS finally has the proper marketing and television markets (including NBC and ESPN) that popularity in the sport will be on the rise.

As for quality of play on the pitch ... I still think the MLS is one of the poorest levels of play in the world. Getting the Henrys Beckhams, Keanes, etc... is great for publicity, but the game is still played like it was in the 1970's - tons of long balls played down the wings, hopeful centering pass, no one there to shoot. I started playing back in 1972. Interestingly, youth teams play a more sophisticated game than the pros do. Would love to understand why. Guess it begins with the managers. They may be European, etc... by birth, but they tend to play a game that they think will be populare to Americans. E.g. The hail mary pass is loads of fun to watch and hope it works in American Football. It should not translate to English style pass and chase (run) in the beautiful game.

Just my 2 cents.

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1/12/12 7:52 A

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Just thought i'd start a discussion about the upcoming MLS season.

The league seems to be getting stronger lately both on and off the field, and with the addition of a 19th team (Montreal) this year should be one of the best yet.

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