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What Thierry Henry has learned from the MLS playoffs

ESPN FC's Taylor Twellman wonders if Thierry Henry and Bradley Wright-Phillips will be too much for a weary Sporting KC side ahead of their MLS Cup playoff match on Thursday.

Thierry Henry may be going into Thursday night's single-game knockout match against Sporting Kansas City surrounded by a lot of speculation about his future, but he's also going into it with a wealth of playoff experience to look back on in his time with New York Red Bulls. Graham Parker caught up with him for an exclusive conversation about what he's learned from the competition that determines the MLS regular season champion -- including his take on away goals, which playoff loss hurt most and...

 By Chris Wright
2 hours ago

Manchester United fan carves Louis van Gaal, Manuel Pellegrini pumpkins

With both Halloween and, more importantly, the first Manchester derby of the season now within spitting distance, a football fan from Lancashire has successfully spliced the two together like some kind of ungodly lab experiment gone awry.

Simon McMinnis, who comes down firmly on the United side of the Manc divide, has spent the majority of his week so far creating jack-o'-lantern effigies of the two managers going head-to-head at the Etihad on Sunday using two enormous 15kg pumpkins he purchased...

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Betting Blog: Manchester City to beat United in derby despite wobble

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini stated that his side are lacking confidence following their premature exit from the Capital One Cup.

The Manchester derby has always had something about it, no matter what the relative health of the two teams has been at the time -- and when they meet at the City of Manchester Stadium on Sunday, both have something to prove. City need to show they have not lost the aura of champions while United must sense the chance to take advantage of their neighbours' up and down form.

City have veered between brilliance and something far more ordinary this season and their midweek exit from the Capital One...

 By Chris Wright
3 hours ago

Hamburg keeper Jaroslav Drobny makes painful save vs. Bayern Munich

Jaroslav Drobny winces after blocking the ball with a sensitive part of his anatomy.

Seeing that they went on to lose 3-1 anyway, Hamburg goalkeeper Jaroslav Drobny probably wishes he hadn't bothered making one particular save during his side's DFB Pokal defeat against Bayern Munich on Wednesday night.

The moment came shortly before half-time when the Czech shot-stopper inadvertently repelled Philipp Lahm's close-range effort using a rather sensitive part of his anatomy.

You can almost pinpoint the moment that Drobny's eyes start to water, but -- and kudos to him -- the Hamburg...

3 hours ago

Theo Walcott availability gives Arsenal turbo-charged boost vs. Burnley

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain compared his Arsenal teammate Alexis Sanchez to Luis Suarez during the weekend. So how do their numbers stack up through their first nine career Premier League matches?
Theo Walcott scored five Premier League goals in 13 appearances last season.

This weekend, Arsenal come up against Premier League strugglers Burnley. It's a superb opportunity for the Gunners to gain another three points and continue their climb up the table. Their confidence will be boosted not just by two consecutive victories, but also by the return to fitness of Theo Walcott.

The last time these two sides met was in March 2010. On that occasion, Arsenal ran out 3-1 winners. Walcott was among the goalscorers, cutting in from the right flank to fire home with his left...

9 hours ago

Three Points: FC Dallas capitalize on good fortune in 2-1 win vs. Vancouver

Michel scored on a penalty kick in the 84th minute as FC Dallas beat the Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 to advance in the MLS Cup playoffs.

Three quick thoughts after FC Dallas ended the Vancouver Whitecaps season in controversial fashion with a 2-1 win at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, where FCD will face the Seattle Sounders on Sunday (9 p,m. ET, ESPN2/WatchESPN) in the first game of the two-leg Western Conference semifinals.

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1. Vancouver got jobbed

Mark Geiger is among MLS's most experienced referees and was the league's lone representative at the 2014 Word Cup in Brazil, where his performance drew mostly positive reviews. Those...