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Central Winger: How Jurgen Kinsmann is using USMNT diamond to multiple outcomes

Central Winger: One diamond, different looks – inside the USMNT's tactics
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Ahead of the final World Cup "tune-up" for the US national team this past Saturday against Nigeria, coach Jurgen Klinsmann played down the effect of the sudden formation change the national team has experienced since the 2-2 draw with Mexico in Arizona on April 2.

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Équipe en forme du moment, New England attire l’attention de tout le monde, y compris celle de l’équipe de Coup Franc qui lui a consacré son émission de la semaine (à écouter ici) au cours de laquelle nous décortiquons le club, son jeu et de nombreux paradoxes apparents :

Brazil Bracket Challenge: Brazil huge favorites to win, calculates Wall Street giant Goldman Sachs

Brazil Bracket Challenge: Goldman Sachs calculates Brazil as overwhelming favorites
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The bankers on Wall Street might have just given you the keys to completing the perfect bracket.

A detailed analysis by international investing heavyweight Goldman Sachs has projected host nation Brazil as the odds-on favorites to win this summer's World Cup, giving the five-time world champions a whopping 48.5 percent likelihood of triumph.

Castrol Index Weekly Top 20: In Week 12, Landon Donovan tops this list, too

Castrol Index: In Week 11, Donovan tops this list, too
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Landon Donovan has been winning just about everything lately – save a trip to Brazil, it seems – and he's also tops in the latest Castrol Index Weekly rankings, outpacing his LA Galaxy teammate Robbie Keane

Donovan notched two goals and an assist, setting the career MLS goals record and racking up 1832 points in 82 minutes on Sunday. 

New England Revolution's Diego Fagundez puts team before scoring with improved defensive work

Fagundez puts team before scoring with defensive work for Revs
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Diego Fagundez has yet to turn up on the scoresheet for the New England Revolution this season, but his game is evolving anyway.

The team’s leading scorer from a year ago is showing a penchant for dropping deeper into the defensive third over the last four games, a stretch in the which the club has, not coincidentally, gone 3-0-1.

Behind the curve: History says these five MLS teams should be worried about missing playoffs

History says these five teams should be worried about missing the playoffs
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Is it too early in the season to hit the panic button?

Chicago, Chivas USA, New York, Philadelphia, and Portland have all failed to reach eight points by their seventh game of the 2014 season, while Houston and San Jose are also in danger of missing that mark (the Dynamo have played six matches and the Earthquakes five). Check out the latest MLS standings here.

Central Winger: Why everyone is playing MLS Fantasy wrong - and why it's difficult to play right

The key to fantasy - why you might be missing it
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Let's start with a thought experiment. Suppose for a moment that you were given an additional MLS Fantasy team to manage alongside your current one. An expansion club, so to speak. Would you manage your B team the same way you would manage your first team?

Central Winger: Digging deeper on secondary pass – which players make life easier for teammates?

Central Winger: The secondary pass – who makes life easiest for his teammates?
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Back in June 2012, Central Winger introduced the concept of the "secondary pass," one of the many current methods of augmenting raw passing data. It's a part of the general ethos of this series to challenge raw numbers and rates and ask if we're accounting for an adequate amount of context to provide meaningful – if not yet actionable – results.

Our explorations into secondary passing is an exercise in just that.

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