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Friday Round-up

Thoughts, analysis, and lots of early Premier League and MLS team news.

Jeff Zelevansky

English Premier League

11 points with 11 Prem rounds to go - ESPN FC
Like La Liga and the Bundesliga, the battle to win the Premier League appears to over by the end of February. But with Champions League qualification and the relegation places still to be decided, plenty of questions remain. Here are 11 of them, one for each remaining Premier League round.

Premier League Fantasy Gameweek 28 Preview | Never Captain Nicky Butt
Chelsea brushed Middlesbrough aside while Everton took care of Oldham at home, but our focus now returns to the league, and specifically, Tottenham and Arsenal battling it out for a potential Champions League spot in London. Let’s do it.

We Went There: Tottenham vs. West Ham - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
Gareth Bale. I can't remember the last time I saw so many grown men terrified of one human being.

Gouffran: Yanga-Mbiwa will help Newcastle cope with Coloccini absence -
Newcastle attacker Yoan Gouffran is confident that Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa can fill the void left by Fabricio Coloccini should the Argentine fail to start against Swansea.

From Twitter

Major League Soccer

MLS suspends DC United's Dwayne De Rosario for two matches, will miss season opener |
De Rosario will miss Saturday's match in Houston, and will also sit out when D.C.'s home opener against Real Salt Lake on March 9.

MLS 2013 season preview roundtable: The long, cold offseason is over -
A long, cold (literally, you August-May calendar crazies, you) offseason is over and it is time for the 2013 MLS season.

Timbers sign forward Frederic Piquionne | Portland Timbers
The Portland Timbers today announced that the club has signed forward Frederic Piquionne to a one-year contract. He will be added to the roster pending the receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC) and a P-1 visa. Per league and club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Borchers, Morales, Wingert all out for Real Salt Lake season opener |

Steve Zakuani: ready to put both feet toward - ESPN FC
Zakuani is the one guy who has been there and done it before. If he can recapture the momentum he built going into the 2011 season -- if he can threaten double-digit goals -- Seattle's main problem is solved.

Chris Wondolowski remains major surprise in USA, Klinsmann era - MLS News | FOX Sports on MSN
Chris Wondolowski remains Major League Soccers biggest surprise. When will Jurgen Klinsmann, USA take notice?

SBI MLS Season Preview: The Breakout Best XI | Soccer By Ives
Several young players are poised to take on important roles for their MLS teams in 2013. SBI takes a look at the players we consider best bets to be the breakout players to watch this season.