Desert Diamond Cup

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  1. The Richuation

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    TUCSON, Ariz. — Time for four MLS clubs to put a little something on the line.
    Althought the 2012 Desert Diamond Cup, which kicks off on Wednesday here at Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium, is part of preseason, the fact that all four clubs taking part — LA Galaxy, New York Red Bulls, Real Salt Lake and New England Revolution — have intriguing storylines heading into 2012 makes this tournament that much more important. After all, it is the final serious warmup competition for all of them.

    Storylines

    LA Galaxy — The defending MLS Cup champions enter 2012 somehow even more dangerous than they were in 2011. The addition of Edson Buddle gives them the most accomplished and potent attacking tandem in MLS, and this tournament will afford Buddle time to find his rhythm with just David Beckham this time around, as likely strike partner Robbie Keane didn't make the trip and Landon Donovan is still recovering from the flu. How coach Bruce Arena lines up the backline, which will be without injured star Omar Gonzalez for up to six months, will give some insight into how the LA defense will hold up in the early going of the season.

    New England Revolution — Rookie coach Jay Heaps has begun an evolution (!) at the club he starred with for nearly a decade. He has bolstered the attack with the addition of big French striker Saer Sene, who should see lots of time here, as will new Colombian center back John Lozano. The preseason revelation, if you can call the No. 3 overall draft pick such a thing, has been Kelyn Rowe, who has already shown his skill and attacking willingness on the flank. But the key, as ever, will be the on-field generals: midfielder Shalrie Joseph and goalkeeper Matt Reis.

    New York Red Bulls — Thierry Henry is back from his Arsenal loan, and he has a new partner up top: offseason acquisition Kenny Cooper. But coach Hans Backe also has English terrier Luke Rodgers to turn to. So could he go with a three-man frontline? In the first match, the Red Bulls will play mainly reserves, saving their starters for Thursday's friendly with Pumas UNAM in Phoenix, but after that, the first team should take center stage, including new center back Markus Holgersson. The real question to be answered in Tucson is: Who is the No. 1 in goal for New York?

    Real Salt Lake — Injuries have devastated the RSL lineup this offseason. At present count, the club could be without upwards of eight starters when the season kicks off against the Galaxy on March 10. So this tournament gives an opportunity to several promising talents looking to make the squad or jump into a starters' role. Reports are that third-year centerback Chris Schuler has impressed in preseason matches thus far, and young draft picks Enzo Martinez and Sebastian Velasquez could bring some flair and fancy footwork to bear.


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    New England 0 - 0 LA
    New York 1 - 1 RSL
    Feb. 25, 8 pm LA vs. RSL
    New York 1 - 0 New England
    RSL 0 - 2 New England
    LA 1 - 1 New York

    Mar. 3, 8 pm Consolation Match
    Mar. 3, 10 pm Championship Match

     
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    still not got my fifa disc back yet hopefully will do tomorrow
     
  5. The Richuation

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    What happened to it?
     
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    Cool. I will be around all night.
     
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    snapped getting it replaced man
     
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    may i ask how it was snapped? LOL
     
  9. Randiesel75

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    Girlfriend
     
  10. The Richuation

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    Manual crossing will do that to you at first...
     
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    haha it was my wee girl that stood on it lol

    took me 6 months to get the hang of manual crossing but it still gets me now and then
     
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    New York 1
    New England 0

    Goals
    22' T. Henry

    Assist
    T. Tainio

    MotM
    7.10 F. Rost

    Shots
    NY = 11(5)
    NE = 8(2)

    Possession
    NY = 50%
    NE = 50%

    Fouls
    NY = 2
    NE = 1

    Probably my favorite match thus far on manual. The pace is really perfect when we play, from my perspective.
     
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    That Henry goal was very nice... I just couldn't hit the broad side of a barn.
     
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    You had some close goals, I couldn't believe I pulled out the victory. In the second half we parked the bus and played counter attack, just looking for the opportunity to let you in deep before launching. It never happend, but then again, we played great defense.

    Sorry about the outdated rosters. Just pulled the new data down and my new keeper is 20 points less, we're in trouble !
     
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    No biggie on the rosters, that's what the preseason is for. And yes I noticed you are in keeper trouble. At least he is young in case you run a career mode with him.
     
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    Results updated in top post.
     
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    When do you pickup the new copy?
     
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    Either of you guys around. I've been super busy (and will be until Monday with work/school/and a huge research paper. I could run one or two tonight if we start soon though
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    What about lil' ol me?
     
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    Lol I just replied to our post. Are you around now bro I can run one?
     
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    Yea, I'll hop on.
     
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    hopefully tomorrow man
     
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    be on in 5
     
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    Just played two TFL games... done for night... maybe this weekend
     
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    I have a big paper due Monday. May have to wait till then, but we will see bud. Might need another break.
     
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