Adnan Ilyas

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The Best Players Come From the Longest Odds

We've all heard of the stories of how legends like Pele and Maradona learned their craft playing street soccer in some of the poorest areas of their countries. Well, what do you do if you don't even have a street?


Arsenal to Announce Josip Drmic Shortly

Well, that escalated quickly. Just yesterday, we had Jospi Drmic himself saying that he wasn't headed to Arsenal. However, since then, news has broken out from various different publications that A...

Someone Important Signs new contract

No, it's not Sagna, but it might actually be even better...

How Kolo Toure joined Arsenal

Ray Parlour was there the day that Kolo Toure went on trial at Arsenal. Only, it was unlike any trial Wenger had seen before.

Ribery to Miss Champion's League tie due to Butt Surgery

Due to some health problems with his, ah, posterior, the French winger has gone under the knife and will miss at least the first leg of Champion's League.

Rhett Harty, former MLS player and Another Face in the Timber's Army

Rhett Harty has quite the story, from the first ever MLS trade, to a starter with NY, to retirement and travels abroad, to PTFC fan.

The Travels and Tales of Rhett Harty

MLS's website has a series titled "What Ever Happened To..." where they explore the lives of former MLS players. The latest piece has been the story of Rhett Harty, the NY defender who went out to find the world after retiring in his late twenties.

Americans and the Bias in Europe

We've all said something along these lines before: Americans are not appreciated in Europe. Americans are not given a fair shot in Europe. Americans are not given a chance in Europe. Here's some viewpoints from a few people, from Klinsmann, to American players, to the European technical manager with the NY Red Bulls.

Arsenal Loanee Heading to Colorado on Trial

Samuel Galindo probably isn't a name you know particularly well. He's a Bolivian kid who Arsenal picked up a few years ago. He's been bouncing around Spain and Bolivia on loan for the past few years and it looks like he might be heading to America. Stan Kroenke owns both Arsenal and the Colorado Rapids and this could very well be the first sign of cooperation between the two clubs.

U-17 wins Aegean Cup

Standouts in the friendly tournament include Haji Wright of the LA Academy and Joe Gallardo of Monterrey.

Interview with Patrick Barkley, Herbert Chapman Biographer

The BBC recently interviewed Barkley on Chapman and how he changed both Arsenal and the sport of football forever.

Berhalter talks back 3

The new coach has mentioned his interest in Juventus and how he admires their defensive style and formation.

Michael Parkhurst joins Camp Cupcake

Klinsmann has whittled down the USMNT January camp from 26 names to 22. Except five players left while Parkhurst came in. Parkhurst has played a fair amount with Klinsmann, though as a right back.

Yankey signs new Arsenal Women's contract

The 34-year old has extended her time in North London.

Xavier Soccer Player 10 overall Draft into MLS

I know this blog is generally about basketball, but here's some other Xavier sporting news. Nick Hagglund was the tenth pick by Toronto FC in the MLS Superdraft. Hagglund will be joining the team that has recently gained international attention for signing English striker, Jermain Defoe, and American star, Michael Bradley. Here's a video

Per Mertesacker Interview at

Our favorite German giant talks about Arsenal, his transfer, his German coworkers, and the German national team.

Theo Walcott takes Arsenal Player of the Month

Theo might be out for the rest of the season, but that doesn't mean that he can't still win awards. For his 4 goals and two assists in December, Walcott won Arsenal's Player of the Month by a large margin.

Rosicky to MLS?

I honestly don't see this happening. There's no club mentioned and I don't think he'd fit into the league that well. But, his contract will be up soon. We'll have to keep an eye on this one.

MLS, USMNT, and Real Salt Lake emerging star, Luis Gil, turned down Arsenal when going pro

There has been a lot from Arsenal about the emergence of American soccer. Ivan Gazidis is a former MLS deputy commissioner. Brek Shea trained at Arsenal a few winters ago. Wenger and other managers have talked about how the US is becoming the next source of talent. Well, here's some evidence of Arsenal actually looking at an American. But it also talks about how difficult it is for players from America to just get a chance because of the work permit rules.

New Statue!

In order to honor his contributions to the club, Peter Hill-Wood shall be forever immortalized in the Emirates. Well, at least his head and shoulders.

Cody Cropper, American Goalkeeper, to Make Debut for Southampton

Cody Cropper, 20, could very well make his debut this afternoon for Southampton in the English Premier League. Normally the third string keeper, Cropper has been bumped forward due to the injuries of the starting two keepers.

Will Trapp - Young Male Soccer Player of the Year

Every year, USSF names a US player for the Men's, women's and youth 'divisions'. This year, Will Trapp has been named the player of the year.

Corinthians shopping Pato... to Arsenal?

Apparently Roberto de Andrade, Corinthians director, admitted that they were working on getting either Arsenal or Spurs to show enough dough to move Pato out. Could this be for real? Is the 24 year old Brazilian even worth it?

Thierry Henry, Winning in Style

In the final game of the regular season, Thierry Henry scored a spectacular goal to bring his New York Red Bulls level with the visiting Chicago Fire. NY would go on to win 5-2 to clinch the Supporter's Shield, the award for having the best regular season record.

Martinez to Sheffield Wednesday

The young keeper looks to be heading out for a short loan.

Cazorla Interview (Spanish)

Favorite quote (translated to the best of my ability) "What did you think when you learned the club had acquired Özil? 'I freaked out! But not just that he would come here' "Explain?" 'That he might leave Real Madrid' Even the players were as shocked as we were!

Could we be interested in Brad Guzan?

It seems like Guzan of Aston Villa has been linked to a move to the red side of London. While Guzan has arguably been the best keeper for the past year or so, almost single handedly keeping Villa in a number of games, it is odd considering the form Szczesny is in at the moment.

Steven Beitashour Called up by Iran

Steven Beitashour, who was called up by Klinsmann for the last friendly against Mexico but did not play, has been called in by the Iranian federation for a qualifying match for the AFC Cup.


The Short Fuse Glossary Revamp

So, the glossary has needed some updating for a while now. I just went ahead and added everything that I could remember or find with 90+ seconds of research. I basically kept the original and just...

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