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Top 5 iPhone apps for soccer aficionados

From gaming to message boards, you can be a fan wherever you go

With Thursday’s launch of “MLS Matchday 2010,” the new official MLS app for iPhone and iPod touch, we’ve got apps on the mind.

Specifically, apps for soccer freaks like us.

Gaming, match highlights, news or live broadcasts, yes, there’s an app for all that.

Here are the top 5 iPhone apps for soccer fans. 

KickSwerve

Originally released in 2009, the single-player game KickSwerve is to soccer what Golden Tee was to golf: simple, fun and highly addictive. There is no defending, no goalkeeping, not even any passing. Just the pure joy of bending freekicks into the back of the net.

Developed by Pixelcocoa, it’s the kind of time suck that never grows old. 

FIFA 11

How do you adapt a game is best enjoyed on a wide-screen to fit into the palm of your hand?

Simple. Eliminate a few buttons.

EA Sports’ FIFA 11 app delivers a mobile soccer experience that doesn’t feel truncated. Nor does it feel like a clumsy port of its PS3 or XBOX 360 cousins. With the ability to make attacking runs with the swipe of a finger, pass to a teammate with as single touch, and dole out stylish skill moves with a simple double-tap, this year’s pocket-sized version of the venerable footie franchise is the real deal.

Fox Soccer Channel

Let’s face it. There will come a time when you will not be in front of the TV to watch the weekend’s big EPL game. Maybe at your wedding. Or your divorce. Either way, FSC’s app is your lifesaver.

The free version features the latest EPL and UEFA Champions League news and scores, but it’s the paid version that really shines. You get live streaming of games plus access to in-game highlights, stats, team lineups and more.

BigSoccer

Need to stay connected to a heated debate while on the go? Searching for the latest transfer rumors? With BigSoccer’s app, you can troll the biggest soccer message boards on the Internet from wherever you are. Also get live scores, tables, fixtures and news from leagues worldwide. Let the debate begin. And continue.

MLS Matchday 2010

This is it, MLS fans. You asked for an iPhone app and you got one. And it’s free, to boot. Featuring match highlights just moments after they happen, complete game highlights, live scores and play-by-play of every game, MLS Matchday 2010 offers the coolest gameday experience on the web.

Personalization is one of the key features. Fans can customize the experience for quick access to their favorite club’s news, photos, rosters, and scores. You can even select your club’s chant to play when you open the app, and tell your friends about it via integrated Facebook commenting afterward.

All that, plus easy access to exclusive content like the AT&T Goal of the Week, The Daily, and the ExtraTime Radio podcast.

Not bad for a freebie, eh?

Download MLS Matchday 2010 for FREE!