Soccer By Ives Archives for January 2007

Tim Howard among six Euro-based American being called in for Mexico match

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U.S. Soccer will announce its roster for next week's showdown against Mexico later this week but SBI has learned that six European-based players are being called in for the match, including goalkeeper Tim Howard.

Howard and Manchester City mid

Onyewu and Ronaldo deals FINALLY done

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  After weeks of speculations and links to about a hundred different clubs, US national team defender Oguchi Onyewu and Brazilian striker Ronaldo both had their transfer deals completed today. Onyewu is on his way to Newcastle United and Ronaldo is he

The official MLS Allocation List

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For those of you who have wondered constantly what the MLS allocation list looks like at present, here is the MLS Allocation list as it stands right now.

Before we get to the list you should be aware of at least one major change in league poli

Ronaldo Part VIII: The rumor that won't die

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Just when you thought Ronaldo's move to AC Milan was done and we could stop wondering about a potential move to the Red Bulls, Madrid finds a way to prolong things. Negotiations between the European giants has stalled, leaving Ronaldo's transfer in li

The updated MLS Allocation List (Coming tomorrow morning)

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For those of you who have wondered constantly what the MLS allocation list looks like right now, Christmas is coming all over again. Tomorrow morning I will post the league's updated allocation list. It is an interesting piece of info.  It will detail

Real Salt Lake in REAL trouble after stadium deal falls apart

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Real Salt Lake is heading into its third year of existence and very well may not see a fourth after news broke on Monday that its stadium deal was halted. Now reports are suggesting that RSL owner Dave Checketts will sell the team.

Am I surpris

Add Rivaldo to the rumor mill

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Reports are beginning to surface linking former Brazilian World Cup star Rivaldo with a move to the Red Bulls. I can't say that the reports are credible, just that they exist.

Would Rivaldo be a good fit for the Red Bulls? Of course he would.

Agoos on Rivaldo: "We're not interested"

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Red Bulls technical director Jeff Agoos has put the whammy on any rumored links between Red Bull and Brazilian star Rivaldo, categorically denying any truth to reports that Red Bull has been in talks with the Olympiakos playmaker:

"There'

Waterreus deal finally complete

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The Red Bulls officially announced the signing of 36-year-old Dutch goalkeeper Ronald Waterreus today, ending weeks of not so interesting speculation about his potential arrival. The 'Magic Mullet' will be expected to supplant incumbent starting goalk

More Details on the Red Bulls' trade with Toronto

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If you read the details of the Red Bulls' recent trade with Toronto and felt like something was missing, you are right. The details surrounding the Red Bulls' trade of Abbe Ibrahim to Toronto for a draft pick and a swap of allocations were intentionall

Newcastle reportedly the new front-runner for Onyewu

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The Oguchi Onyewu transfer saga continues, this time with the U.S. national team defender being linked to a move to Newcastle United. Reports last week stated that French club Marseille had won the Gooch sweepstakes, but those reports appear to have b

Weekend observations

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Here are just some of the tidbits that stood out this weekend in the world of soccer:

Onyewu to Marseille. Reports have confirmed this as a done deal but neither Marseille or Onyewu's old club, Standard Liege, have gone public

South American Under-20 Championships on Fox Sports Espanol

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For those of you who have previously asked about the South American Under-20 championships they are being shown on Fox Sports Espanol, which is showing three matches today. Brazil is facing Colombia at 8pm. I'm not sure what the other games being shown

Onyewu transfers to Marseille

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After a week of hearing that Chelsea were closing in on Oguchi Onyewu it appears the English champions have lost out. According to reports, Onyewu is transferring to French club Marseille.

What does this mean for Onyewu? It remains unclear whe

Claudio Reyna, you either love him or hate him

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One thing that has always amazed me is how two groups of fans can see one player so differently. No player has sparked this dynamic more than Claudio Reyna. I have written a bunch of Reyna columns in the past, most of which have defended him as a playe

All of your Question Answered (Finally)

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Here are all the answers to all of your questions (Except for the ones I answered on Thursday). Once again I apologize for the delay but it's been a crazy few days AND there were a ton of questions:

JEFF- know there was talk on

Mo Johnston trades for Abbe Ibrahim's rights

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Mo Johnston wasn't happy just adding Edson Buddle to his new squad, Toronto FC. He had to go and get another one of his former New York forwards. This time it's Togolese forward Abbe Ibrahim. The speedy striker with the crap touch and suspect finishin

No Ronaldo this year for Red Bulls

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The inevitable finally happened on Thursday as Brazilian star Ronaldo headed to Italy for a physical that will clear the way for his transfer to AC Milan. Red Bulls fans holding out hope that the World Cup star would join Beckham in MLS, and specifica

Your Questions Answered (Part One)

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As most of you know, I spent yesterday writing about Claudio Reyna. There was my ESPN column on Reyna as well as two stories for the Herald News, a general story on his signing and a story where Reyna declares himself healthy. I also managed to cover a

Bradley names his camp for Mexico match

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Here is the list of players who will make up the training camp for the U.S. national team's upcoming friendly against Mexico on Feb. 7th. The list does not include the European based players likely to be called in for the match:

Reyna addresses injury concerns

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Claudio Reyna didn't dodge questions about his injury past and revealed that part of his problems have stemmed from bad diagnosese from team doctors at Manchester City that led to him playing with injuries that he wound up making worse:

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Latest on Ronaldo

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AC Milan is closing in on Ronaldo, with word that AC Milan officials will travel to Spain on Monday to close the deal.

Here's a crazy scenario to consider. Let's say Real Madrid won't budge on its demand for a transfer fee, and Milan won't giv

Q&A on its way

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Sorry for the delay in posting the question & answer session but Claudio Reyna's impending arrival threw a wrench in my plans. We also set a new record for questions asked this time around. I'll try to have them done by the afternoon but if that doesn'

Red Bulls to introduce Reyna on Wednesday

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The Red Bulls will introduce Claudio Reyna as the team's newest player at a press conference tomorrow at Giants Stadium. The news shouldn't surprise anybody but what will surprise some is that Reyna will be counting as a designated player, which leaves

Galaxy road schedule revealed

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Now that we know David Beckham won't be arriving before the summer to play for the Galaxy, Major League Soccer has announced the Galaxy's road schedule for the 2007 season here it is (Not really, but why not have some fun with it?)

Road games w

The US lineup vs. Mexico (My take)

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So you're wondering what team Bob Bradley will field for the upcoming friendly against arch-rival Mexico? I'm wondering the same thing. From what I'm hearing Bradley will call in between four and five foreign-based players (not counting the guys alread

Man City releases Reyna from contract

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Manchester City has agreed to terminate Claudio Reyna's contract, meaning he will be able to make the move to the Red Bulls without a transfer fee. This is an interesting development because the belief had been that part of the reason the Red Bulls mi

Onyewu to Chelsea picking up steam

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Chelsea's rumored interest in Oguchi Onyewu has produced strong talks about the English champions acquiring the U.S. national team defender, according to this story. The AP story was very revealing in terms of Real Madrid's interest in Onyewu and his r

Rossi off to flying start at Parma

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For those of you who missed it, Giuseppe Rossi scored in his debut for Parma this weekend. Here is a clip of the goal, which helped Parma defeat Torino. Here's a story out of Manchester on his debut.

Rossi is on loan from Manchester United for

It's Q&A Time

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With so much going on during the past week I figured it was time for another Question & Answer session. Send your questions to the comments section of this post and I will have answers posted for Wednesday morning. Whether it's U.S. national team, MLS

My take on the US-Denmark match

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Yes, it was Denmark's B team (Not C team) and it was just a friendly, but you cannot discount the result and the importance of getting off to a winning start for U.S. coach Bob Bradley.

The most promising aspects of the match were the performa

A great debut for Bob Bradley

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Hey folks, sorry for the lack of posts this weekend but I needed a break from the blog. I'll be sure to avoid any more post droughts for a good while. Saturday marks three post-less days since we kicked things off in November so I don't think I've reac

Some U.S. national team tidbits ahead of the Denmark match

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For those of you who haven't read it, here is my column for ESPN on Saturday's match. The summation is that the Americans need to beat Denmark. I know, I know, no kidding.

Here's a great morsel, courtesy of the Mexican national team, which anno

Red Bulls land Randi Patterson in supplemental draft

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The Red Bulls have landed a solid forward prospect in the MLS Supplemental Draft, nabbing UNC-Greensboro forward Randi Patterson. The Red Bulls also took American University midfielder Sal Caccavale and UPenn goalkeeper Danny Cepero.

Patterson

Ronaldo "only interested in AC Milan"

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In what has to be crushing news for many Red Bulls fans, Ronaldo has stated that he is only interested in playing for AC Milan.

I can't say I'm surprised by this. MLS was always going to be a last resort for Ronaldo if no big European team step

U.S. Under-20s roll to 4-1 win in qualifying

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Clifton native Danny Szetela enjoyed a strong game and Harvard forward Andre Akpan delivered a hat-trick to give the U.S. Under-20 national team a 4-1 victory against Haiti in CONCACAF qualifying for the U.S. Under-20 World Championships.

One p

Man U sends Rossi on loan to Parma

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Clifton native Giuseppe Rossi is on the move again. Manchester United is sending the young forward on loan to Parma, the club where Rossi developed as a youth player.

Rossi left Clifton to train in Parma's youth academy at age 14. He spent two

Chelsea eyeing Onyewu

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According to a couple of reputable newspaper blogs in England, Chelsea is considering buying Oguchi Onyewu as a temporary fix to their defensive woes. That link also provides some interesting background into the simmering feud between Chelsea manager J

Milan make formal offer for Ronaldo

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According to World Soccer Magazine, AC Milan have made a formal offer for Ronaldo. The $7.75 million  a year salary quoted in the story sets the bar extremely high for the Red Bulls when it comes to Ronaldo's end of the deal but it should be noted th

Latest on Ronaldo

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So here's what we know so far:

Real Madrid doesn't need Ronaldo anymore and they'd be more than happy to see him leave.

However, if he wants to stay and there are no good offers then they'd be happy to keep him (this isn't actually tru

Dave Van Den Bergh's roster status

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So you're wondering why Dave Van Den Bergh counts as a senior internatonal even though he is married to an American? Here's the rundown.

He approached Kansas City about setting the wheels in motion on receiving his green card but the Wizards w

Real Madrid reveals the obvious, they want Ronaldo gone ASAP

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Real Madrid has revealed that they want Ronaldo to leave. This should start a bidding frenzy for the services of the Brazilian striker. If the Red Bulls aren't in that line with a truckload of cash, Red Bulls fans should start protesting at team headq

Reyna and Waterreus not signed YET

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Contrary to some reports that surfaced late last week, neither Claudio Reyna or Ronald Waterreus has put pen to paper yet on deals to become Red Bulls. A well-placed source confirmed this to me today. So technically, Reyna is still Man City property a

AC Milan the latest to line up for Ronaldo

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AC Milan is seriously interested in signing Ronaldo according to this report. With each passing day it feels less likely that the Brazilian star is joining the Red Bulls, at least not in 2007.

For those of you waiting for the Q&A, I am finishin

Your Questions Answered

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Sorry for the delay but here they are, my answers to your questions. Enjoy:

JIM-Assuming the Dutchmen and Reyna, and that the remaining DP/SI will be a striker:

Will it be a 4-3-3 for the Red Bulls?

If so, how

The Q & A will post on Monday

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Hello all, sorry for the lack of posts this weekend but I needed some time off after the crazy week in the soccer world. I'll be posting the Q & A on Monday morning.

Beckham will never play for Real Madrid again

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In a move that really shouldn't surprise anybody, Real Madrid coach Fabio Capello has state that David Beckham is finished with Real Madrid.

It makes complete sense for Capello to not want to play Beckham when Beckham has such a huge deal alre

Juventus in bid for Ronaldo

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Italian powerhouse (and Serie B prisoner) Juventus has made a bid for Ronaldo, another potential road block in the Red Bulls attempts to bring the Brazilian star to to MLS. Reports have stated that the Red Bulls have offered Ronaldo a five-year, $120 m

NO green card for Richards

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Just got word that Red Bulls draft pick Dane Richards does NOT have a green card. Sorry for the confusion.

Red Bulls draft Dane Richards (He has a green card)

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The Red Bulls landed themselves a speedy wing midfielder/forward in Clemson standout Dane Richards with the 19th overall pick in the draft.

Richards is a 23-year-old Jamaican international, HOWEVER, team sources tell me he has a green card so

Red Bulls draft Akron midfielder Sinisa Ubiparipovic

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The Red Bulls draft their second midfielder/forward of the day in Akron's Sinisa Ubiparipovic.

The 2006 MAC player of the year, Ubiparipovic is a Serbian-born green card holder who registered seven goals and seven assists for the University of

Arvizu to be traded (more like given away)

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According to league sources, the Red Bulls are going to trade young forward David Arvizu to Chivas USA for a fourth-round supplemental draft pick, which is basically the MLS version of a bag of balls.

The Red Bulls are cutting ties with the on

MLS Draft Up Next

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Talk about being overshadowed. The 2007 MLS Draft is going to go down as the least significant event in the league's history thanks to the signing of the blond dude.

Those of us who are still interested will be preparing to watch the draft, whi

MLS Draft (Runing Diary)

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12:35: The Fire fans are drowning out the Columbus Crew fans at the draft. Some day, the Fire fans will come up with their own chants instead of ripping off every well-known chant in world soccer. If I hear them butcher the Argentina c

Luis Figo, the one that got away (Fortunately)

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Luis Figo, who had long been linked to a move to the Red Bulls, spoke for the first time since agreeing to a deal with Saudi club Al Ittihad. His quotes appeared in this report.

The best part of the story? This line from Figo:

"If

The $250 Million figure is NOT Beckham's MLS salary

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The biggest uproar I'm hearing regarding the Beckham signing is over the reported five-year, $250 million deal Beckham received. That figure is not a real number.

The $250 million figure is what MLS is throwing around by combining his salary (

Is Edgar Davids Next?

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According to this BBC report, FC Dallas is trying to land Dutch midfielder Edgar Davids.

Saudi club makes bid for Ronaldo

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Red Bulls fans who have penciled in Brazilian striker Ronaldo as Red Bull property had better beware. The same club that bought Luis Figo is now on the trail of Ronaldo, according to this report

The fact that Al Ittihad is trying to buy Ronal

It's Q&A Time (Send your questions)

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I knew this week would be the week when the craziness would commence, but I didn't expect things to get THIS crazy. With Beckham's signing, the upcoming MLS Draft, as well as the U.S. national team's long-awaited return to the field, it is definitely t

Red Bulls trade for Dave Van Den Bergh

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The Red Bulls have answered the Galaxy's blockbuster signing of David Beckham with a major acquisition of their own. They have acquired Dave Van Den Bergh from Kansas City for a third-round supplemental draft pick.

Yes, I was kidding about the

Beckham to MLS now OFFICIAL

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Major League Soccer just put out a release announcing that David Beckham has officially signed a contract to play for the Los Angeles Galaxy. He will join the Galaxy in the summer, after he plays out his contract with Real Madrid. There has been nothi

ABC News Reports Beckham to MLS

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Good Morning America reported this morning that the David Beckham to MLS deal has been completed. The report stated that the Los Angeles Galaxy will officially announced the signing tomorrow.

Beckham Story gets confusing

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So apparently Real Madrid's sporting director was misinterpreted and never said Real Madrid wasn't offering Beckham a contract. In this story, sporting director Pedrag Mijatovic simply said that Beckham hadn't been offered a new contract YET.

The Red Bulls Roster Building Game Plan (My take)

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Okay, if I hear one more person say, "He better not take up a DP slot" I may just throw my laptop through a window.

Since I just bought this thing let me try and paint a picture of what the Red Bulls MIGHT be doing. Bear in mind I hav

Waterreus deal is done

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As first spotted by Metrofanatic, the AZ Alkmaar website has reported that Ronald Waterreus is on his way to the Red Bulls on a one-year deal with an option for a second year.

Here's a link to the AZ website story on the deal:

Waterreu

Real Madrid to cut ties with Beckham

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Busy day today as Real Madrid announced that it would let David Beckham leave this summer. That sound you hear is Alexi Lalas diving to the ground to thank the heavens. You can expect Beckham to leave Real Madrid ASAP and he could be in a Galaxy unifo

The Bruce Arena Interview

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It appears the Herald News website hasn't posted the story I wrote today off my interview with Bruce Arena, so here it is:

By IVES GALARCEP

Herald News

Bruce Arena's off-sea

Bruce Speaks

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I finally spoke to Bruce Arena on Tuesday after leaving him alone for a while. He had plenty to say regarding some of the rumors out there as well as the team's approach this off-season. No, he didn't spill the beans on any particular players but he d

Dempsey receives Work Permit

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To the surprise of few, Clint Dempsey received his work permit after appealing for one. He can now begin his career at Fulham and the army of Dempsey lovers can breath easy. The chosen one is on his way to England.

Waterreus deal is legit

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I didn't believe it at first but apparently the Red Bulls long-rumored deal with Dutch goalkeeper Ronald Waterreus is legitimate. Fans shouldn't worry though, the former Rangers goalkeeper won't be coming as a designated player. In fact, he might arriv

Columns on Reyna and the US National Team (A deeper look)

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For those of you who missed them, here are the first two stories I've written this week:

A column on Claudio Reyna's chances of coming to the Red Bulls

And

A column on the five players with the most to gain and prove in the curr

U.S. Under-20 Qualifying Roster Announced (Bradley not released by Heerenveen)

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Thomas Rongen announced the roster that will attempt to qualify the U.S. Under-20 national team for next summer Under-20 World Cup in Canada. No real surprised on the roster except for the absence of Michael Bradley, who was not released by his club te

Reyna wants out of Man City (First step to coming home?)

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Claudio Reyna is ready to leave Manchester City, according to this story today.

Man City manager Stuart Pearce was quoted as saying that Reyna is unhappy and that there is some sort of family issue. Whether this is legitimate or this is simply

My observations from last week

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The posts have been less frequent this week but I can tell you things will start to pick up next week as the Red Bulls wake up from their winter slumber to start putting together the 2007 roster. I thought there would be some news this week but there w

Fight Night

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I saw the absolute best soccer fight I think I've ever seen this weekend. It was the  tail end of the Sevilla-Real Zaragoza match on GolTV when Sevilla striker Luis Fabiano starts chirping with Zaragoza defender Carlos Diogo.

The two South A

Top 10 things Bruce Arena has done so far this off-season (One more time)

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There was a good reaction to this Top 10 list but I have a feeling not everyone caught it the first time around, so here it is one more time. Here are the Top 10 things Bruce Arena has done this off-season while he hasn't been signing new players for R

Steve Jolley retires

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Steve Jolley, one of the more popular players in Red Bull/MetroStars history, has decided to retire.

Waived last month by the club, Jolley originally had plans to head into spring training with an eye toward fighting for a playoff spot but he

Onyewu-Fulham talks stall

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So much for Fulham building a mini U.S. national team. Talks between the London club and Belgian club Standard Liege ove a potential transfer of U.S. national team defender Oguchi Onewu have fallen apart, according to this story. The most surprising p

Figo staying at Inter (For now)

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As most of you recall, Luis Figo was supposed to be heading to the Middle East to cash in on a deal with Saudi club Al Ittihad. According to this story, Figo is staying put at Inter Milan.

What does this mean for MLS? Not much really, at least

Fulham Closing on Onyewu

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Apparently Fulham is determined to become the most popular European team in the United States. The Cottagers already have Brian McBride and Carlos Bocanegra, and Clint Dempsey is a work permit away from coming aboard, but NOW Fulham is closing in on U.

catching up on the MLS news

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For those of you who have been too busy partying and enjoying the holidays to keep up with the goings on in MLS, here are some tidbits to catch you up on in case you missed them:

Clint Dempsey sold to Fulham, pending work permit approv

Red Bulls sign........NOBODY

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Stock up on your water and batteries folks, the natural disaster that is the Red Bulls' 2007 season is on its way. Okay, I'm kidding, but some fans are already nervous about the fact that there has been no news about the club being close to any potent

U.S.-Ecuador NOT happening at Giants Stadium

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Those of you were planning to save up to catch the rumored friendly between the U.S. national team and Ecuador on March 25 at Giants Stadium can relax, that game isn't happening. Not in Jersey anyway.

A source tells me the United States will no

Beasley is back

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That sound you hear is DaMarcus Beasley's career resurrecting, coming back to life after being on life support after so many months of inactivity and invisibility.

The American winger was written off as being on a serious downward spiral afte

Happy New Year (And today's Soccer on TV)

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It's 2007 folks and you know what that means. It means no more dwelling on last summer's World Cup and it's time to look ahead to what should be an exciting year for American Soccer.

For those you of you interested in some light reading, here's