Soccer By Ives Archives for January 2007

The last full EPL Matchday of the year: Your running commentary

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Good morning folks. Today marks the final fulll day of soccer of the season and the English Premier League has been kind enough not to take this weekend off.

Instead, we have a robust schedule of matches, all of which can be seen either on Fox Soccer Channel or Setanta Sports USA. I will be busy attending to non-soccer matters today so I figured the least I could do was give you folks a post where you could add your comments on today's matches.

Meet Fulham's new manager: Roy Hodgson

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Fulham has named its permanent replacement for fired coach Lawrie Sanchez on Friday, choosing veteran manager Roy Hodgson to take over. Hodgson will be on the sidelines for Fulham's match against Birmingham.

What will this mean for the Americans? It shouldn't mean a thing for Clint Dempsey, who is a first-choice player no matter who is the coach, but it will be interesting to see what becomes of Carlos Bocanegra.

This weekend's soccer on TV

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It's all England, all the time this weekend. With the other leagues on Europe on a winter break, we will be forced to live on a steady diet of EPL action this weekend.

If the EPL isn't your cup of tea then you might consider watching GolTV, which will have several replays of some of the year's best games, from the Colombia-Argentina World Cup qualifier to a good Spain-Sweden Euro qualifier.

TGIF: The last weekend

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Good morning people. The end of the year is fast approaching and as we begin to find a slew of year-end stories capping the best games, moments and stories (mine is coming on ESPN.com shortly) I got to thinking about what exactly was the most memorable moment of 2007 for American soccer fans.

Americans Abroad: Boxing Day Rewind

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American soccer players had a busy Boxing Day in England on Wednesday, with 10 of them playing at least a half and nine earning starts (That's including Watford's Jay DeMerit and Millwall's Zak Whitbread.)

There were mixed results, from Tim Howard posting yet another shutout for Everton to Carlos Bocanegra watching his Fulham defense be torn to shreds yet again.

Morning Ticker: Olympic Qualifying Sked set, ManU in first, Fronaldo heads home and trouble for a former MLS player

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Good morning everybody. Let me start by apologizing for the low number of posts recently. I can assure you that the action will pick up after New Year's Day. For now, I will try to keep you updates on the goings on in the American and international soccer world.

Before we get into the day's events, I must make another request for SBI readers to take part in the SBI reader roll call.

Boxing Day EPL Soccer (Your running commentary)

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Good morning folks. It is the day after Christmas, which means you are either heading to work and hating it or you're laying around enjoying another day off.

It also means a full slate of Boxing Day English Premier League matches. I listed today's TV schedule yesterday. Now, you can follow along with the action here.

Merry Christmas from SBI (and Boxing Day TV Sked)

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Good afternoon and Merry Christmas to everybody. I hope your holiday was as enjoyable as mine was (and for those of you who don't observe Christmas, I hope you enjoyed the day off.)

It is around that time when you've unwrapped all the presents, the kids have spent a little time playing with all their new toys (the ones they like anyway), and things are a little slow.

Americans in European Soccer: Weekend Rewind

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Good afternoon everybody (good morning to the West Coast). As great as the European soccer action was this past weekend, it was also a great weekend for American players.

Why? No, there weren't goals in bunches (though Clint Dempsey scored another clutch goal for Fulham). It was great for American players because most of them started and played good minutes.

MMCB: The Christmas present that is European soccer

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Good morning folks. I know we're short on numbers at this time of year but I figured at least a few of you are stuck working on Christmas Eve and just might be looking to talk soccer.

I will post an Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind before noon and may have a post on the latest candidate to join the race for the Chicago Fire coaching job, so keep an eye out for those things.

SUPER SUNDAY: Real Madrid-Barcelona (Running Commentary)

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Good morning all. Today is arguably the best day of club soccer action of the year and I have decided to try and take it all in. It is 7am and Man U-Everton is under way. We will have AC Milan-Inter Milan at 9am, Atletico Madrid-Espanyol and Chelsea-Blackburn at 11am and arguably the best of bunch, Barcelona-Real Madrid, at 1pm (all times Eastern).

No torn ligaments for Freeman

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Christmas came early for Red Bulls fans. According to a team source, Red Bulls defender Hunter Freeman suffered a grade two MCL sprain in his left knee during the U.S. Under-23 national team's 3-3 tie with China last Sunday. The injury should sideline Freeman for six weeks, which means he shouldn't miss any significant pre-season training.

This weekend's soccer on TV

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Well, the weekend is here and it is time to prepare you for one of the best schedules of matches you will see all season.

No fewer than five top-quality matches will be on display on Fox Soccer Channel and GolTV this weekend. Barcelona-Real Madrid and AC Milan-Inter Milan is the kind of doubleheader soccer fans dream of and it should keep most of us glued to our seats this weekend.

SBI European Club Top 25

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Good afternoon folks. It is the Friday before Christmas and I know most of the regulars are hitting the stores or are stuck in traffic.

For those of you who happen to be in front of a computer, here are this week's European Club Top 25. Not a lot of change at the top, but that may not be the case next week after some very high-profile matches this week.

Fulham sacks Sanchez

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America's favorite English Premier League team is looking for a new manager.

Fulham has fired manager Lawrie Sanchez. The decision comes just seven months after became the full-time successor to Chris Coleman. Former Fulham player John Collins as emerged as a potential candidate and you have to wonder if Bruce Arena won't stump for this job too.

TGIF: The Champions League Draw

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Good morning everybody. No foreign greeting today. I'm sure some of you were growing tired of the different languages so I'll give it a break today.

This morning brought soccer fans one of the most exciting days of the season, the Champions League knockout round draw, and it DID NOT disappoint.

Greg Ryan Speaks

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Good evening all. Apologies for the afternoon absence of posts. Like some of you, I was trying to get some Christmas shopping done.

For those of you on the West Coast checking in, and there are a bunch of SBI readers in Cali, here is an interesting read courtesy of the Arizona Republic.

Morning Ticker: Nowak clarification, the concession speech, UEFA Cup update and Schopp

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Jo San everybody. It is Thursday morning and I'm sitting here trying to figure out how I will get my Christmas shopping done. I'm technically on vacation (have been all week), but as you know, SBI never really goes on vacation.

I will be taking a bit of a break from the blog today but before I do, here is some news to tide you over.

What was the best game of the year?

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Good afternoon folks. With the holidays upon us and New Year's around the corner, I couldn't help wondering what was the best soccer game I saw all year. There were plenty of candidates for the honor and picking one was downright impossible. I have some candidates I will discuss tomorrow.

For now, I want to hear from you, the SBI readers.

Morning Ticker: Osorio, Castillo, Man U eyeing a striker

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The news never stops in the soccer world, does it?

There are plenty of news stories to discuss today and I will try to go over some of them, as well as other nuggets, this morning. Before I get to that, I will make the now daily reminder to readers to take part in the SBI Reader Roll Call if you haven't already.

MLS rule changes: a closer look

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Guten Morgen everybody. There is plenty to get to on the American soccer news front this morning. The Juan Carlos Osorio press conference took up most of my afternoon on Tuesday and therefore kept me from blogging on two other newsworthy developments.

I will get to the U.S. Under-23 team's Olympic qualifying draw later this morning but for right now I wanted to talk about Major League Soccer's announcement of changes to its roster guidelines.

Spencer, Mariner the latest to interview for Fire post

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Houston Dynamo assistant John Spencer and New England assistant Paul Mariner have interviewed for the Chicago Fire's vacant head coaching position, sources in Chicago have told SBI.

Spencer and Mariner join Fire assistant Denis Hamlett and long-time Chicago soccer star Frank Klopas on the list of candidates to be interviewed by Fire president John Guppy.

The other Red Bull candidates

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So who were the other candidates that the Red Bulls seriously considered to replace Bruce Arena as head coach? Most you have heard before but at least one may surprise you.

According to sources with knowledge of the Red Bulls' coaching search, U.S. Under-23 national team coach Peter Nowak, Chivas USA coach Preki and St.

Osorio press conference recap (and other Red Bull tidbits-UPDATED)

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Hello folks. Apologies for the lengthy delay but there was a lot of networking to be done in NYC and I wound up getting stuck in traffic on the way back. That'll teach me not to bring the laptop.

Here is a quick rundown of what transpired today:

Osorio's contract is a two-year guaranteed deal.

Off to the Osorio press conference

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Hello again. Just checking in one last time before I head to Manhattan for the Juan Carlos Osorio press conference.

What I can say to Red Bulls fans is that Osorio is extremely excited about the opportunity. I spoke to Osorio at length last week and you could already tell he was ready to start work on building the Red Bulls in his image.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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Good afternoon everybody. It was a rather low-key weekend for Americans in Europe. There were no hat-tricks or crazy goals to speak of, though there was a shutout (by Tim Howard) and another win for Michael Bradley's Heerenveen. There was also another set of Did Not Play notes for Derby duo Eddie Lewis and Benny Feilhaber.

Morning ticker: News & Notes, new and old

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Shubhu prabhaat everybody. Today is the day Juan Carlos Osorio is introduced as the Red Bulls new head coach and I must say it is a long time coming for a coach who spent five years trying to get a break in MLS and here he is, about to take what amounts to his dream job in MLS.

There will be plenty to discuss about Osorio later today and in the coming days.

USA Under-23s leaves China with pair of ties

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The U.S. Under-23 national team is on the way back home after its two-game friendly series against China in China and the Americans were forced to settle for a pair of ties after a goal-less first match and some questionable officiating in the second match.

Robbie Rogers, Patrick Ianni and Charlie Davies scored first-half goals to stake the U.

Red Bulls to introduce Osorio on Tuesday

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Red Bulls fans, the wait is over.

The Red Bulls will introduce Juan Carlos Osorio as the team's 11th head coach at a press conference in New York City on Tuesday at 1pm. The introductory press conference will be held at the Hotel Gansevoort.

Osorio will become the club's 10th head coach (11th if you count Richie Williams' time as interim head coach).

Fire interviews Klopas and Hamlett

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Chicago Fire fans, if you have gotten over Juan Carlos Osorio's departure and are now focused on who will replace him, you should have your new coach soon.

According to sources in Chicago, Fire president John Guppy held/is holding interviews with leading candidates Frank Klopas and Denis Hamlett today.

Osorio announcement looming

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Those of you tired of waiting for an announcement on Juan Carlos Osorio's hiring as Red Bulls coach will be able to relax soon. Osorio and the Red Bulls are dotting i's and crossing t's on Osorio's contract at this point and an announcement will be made very soon, possibly tomorrow. One source suggested that a press conference was set for New York tomorrow afternoon (at the Hotel Gansevoort).

England, your new manager has arrived (You Write the Caption special)

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Fabio Capello was introduced as England's new manager on Monday. The new highest paid soccer manager in the world must now figure out how to justify his HUGE salary in a year when England won't play any meaningful games for a long while.

Perhaps the funniest, and most fitting aspect of Capello's press conference was him posing above with an England jersey with THE TAG STILL ON IT.

Monday Morning Center Back: The hangover

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Oglooni mend everybody (That's Mongolian if you were wondering. SBI has at least one reader there so I decided to show him some love.)

The American soccer news front has slowed to a crawl. No, Juan Carlos Osorio still isn't officially the Red Bulls head coach and yes, Juan Veron really did leave D.

Super Sunday: Arsenal, Man U and Milan prevail

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Good afternoon folks. It was a wonderful Sunday of soccer and while I'll get more in detail about this weekend's action tomorrow, I figured all the action today deserved a post and a place for you to discuss.

Arsenal downed Chelsea, Manchester United held off Liverpool and AC Milan thrashed Boca Juniors in the Club World Cup.

This weekend's soccer on TV

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The weekend is almost here and if you are starving for some high-profile matches, this is your weekend.

English Premier League fans will be downright giddy as the top four square off in a pair of Sunday blockbusters. Manchester United travels to Liverpool while Chelsea make the trip across London to face arch-rival Arsenal.

Veron says no to DC United

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Juan Veron's On again, Off again courtship with DC United has apparently ended in OFF mode.

According to a report out of Argentina, Veron has decided to stay with Argentine club Estudiantes rather than accept a lucrative offer from D.C. united that would have made him the club's Designated Player.

SBI European Club Top 25

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Good afternoon folks. If you were wondering what happened to the SBI European Club Top 25, the Juan Carlos Osorio news earlier in the week forced me to move it to later in the week and the truth is I think it will stay.

There wasn't much of a shake-up at the top of the rankings, with Inter Milan holding on to the No.

Morning Ticker: Capello on his way to England, Nery for sale and Peru's party fiasco

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Dobri ranok everybody. If you're wondering what language that is, it is Ukrainian (at least that's what the internet tells me).

I will be posting the European Club Top 25 early this afternoon as well as this weekend's Soccer on TV schedule so keep an eye out for those. For now, here are some nuggets to tide you over:

English managers slam Capello hiring

With Fabio Capello set to become England's new manager, there was bound to be some criticism from English managers at another foreigner being hired.

It's Q&A Time

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Good afternoon folks. It is a SLOW news day today on the soccer front (for now) so it is probably a good time to have another Question and Answer session.

You know the routine by now. Ask me your soccer related questions (on topics from MLS to international soccer) and I will try to provide you with an answer.

Champions League Knockout Rounds: The Draw

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Buon Giorno everybody. The group stages of the Champions League are over and we now know the 16 teams that will battle through the tournament's knockout round.

Friday will mark the most exciting aspect of the tournament that doesn't involve on-field action. The draw for the last 16 will be held and we are sure to see some very tasty match-ups.

Morning Ticker: Capello to England, Milan reaches Club World Cup final,

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Remember when there was a rumor of a potential David Beckham-Fabio Capello reunion with the LA Galaxy? Well, the reunion is happening, but not in Los Angeles.

Reports out of the UK have Capello set to take the England national team managerial post vacated by Steve "Dead Man Walking" McLaren on Thursday.

MLS selects seniors for MLS Combine

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Major League Soccer announced the 54 college seniors who will take part in the MLS Combine in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida from Jan. 11-15.

Here they are (Players to watch in bold):

2008 ADIDAS MLS PLAYER COMBINE LIST BY POSITION


GOALKEEPERS (5):
Dominic Cervi (University of Tulsa);Brian Edwards (Wake Forest University); Andrew Kartunen (Stanford University); Casey Latchem (Ohio State University); Steve Sandbo (Southern Methodist University);


DEFENDERS (19):
Scott Bolkan (Stanford University); Matthew Britner (Brown University); Eric Brunner (Ohio State University); Adrian Chevannes (Southern Methodist University); Sean Franklin (California State University Northridge); Matt Hatzke (Santa Clara University); David Horst (Old Dominion University); Andy Iro (University of California - Santa Barbara); Julius James (University of Connecticut); Jonathan Leathers (Furman University); Rauwshan McKenzie (Michigan State University); Ryan Miller (University of Notre Dame); Brandon Owens (University of California - Los Angeles); Andre Sherard (University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill); Julian Valentin (Wake Forest University); Yomby William (Old Dominion University); David Worthen (University of North Carolina - Greensboro); Mike Zaher (University of Tulsa); Geoff Cameron (University of Rhode Island);


MIDFIELDERS (23):
Jeremy Barlow (University of Virginia); Eric Burkholder (University of Tulsa); El Hadj Cisse (North Carolina State University); Hugh Cronin (North Carolina State University); Pavle Dundjer (University of Illinois - Chicago); Joe Germanese (Duke University); Brian Grazier (Saint Louis University); Pat Healy (Towson University); Andrew Jacobson (University of California); George Josten (Gonzaga University); Stephen King (University of Maryland); AJ Kulp (Old Dominion University); Peter Lowry (Santa Clara University); Ryan Maduro (Providence College); Pat Phelan (Wake Forest University); David Roth (Northwestern University); Shea Salinas (Furman University); Luke Sassano (University of California); Ben Shuleva (Southern Methodist University); Dan Stratford (West Virginia University); Michael Videira (Duke University); Andy Wright (University of West Virginia); Cesar Zambrano (University of Illinois -Chicago);


FORWARDS (7):
Ely Allen (University of Washington); Xavier Balc (Ohio State University); Ryan Cordeiro (University of Connecticut); Kevin Forrest (University of Washington); Joseph Lapira (University of Notre Dame); Sherron Manswell (Boston College); Lukasz Turnicz (University of Rhode Island)


What do you think of this group?

DC trades Boswell to Houston for Wells

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It looks like D.C. United has a new goalkeeper and the Houston Dynamo has a new all-star blogger.

The Washington Post's Steve Goff is reporting that D.C. United has traded Bobby Boswell to the Houston Dynamo for Zach Wells and a future draft pick.

The deal isn't a complete surprise given the imminent sale of Troy Perkins and D.

Champions League: Matchday Six (Your running commentary)

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Good afternoon folks. The final day of the Champions League group stage is upon us and there are still some spots in the knockout round up for grabs.

Rangers and Lyon will face off with the winner assured of second place in Group E. Rangers need just a tie to advance while Lyon must find a way to win at the Ibrox.

Morning Ticker: MLS hot stove, Osorio limbo and Galaxy targets strikers

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Ohayo everybody. The MLS season has been over for a month, and the next season isn't for four more months, but the winter fireworks are well under way.

Here are some MLS-related nuggets (and one world soccer update) to go over this morning:

Juan Carlos Osorio is STILL NOT the new Red Bulls head coach.

Red Bulls losing first round pick in Osorio deal

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If you are a Red Bulls fan who was working on your draft board ahead of next month's MLS Draft, you can erase the first round.

The Red Bulls will be surrendering their first round pick, No. 7 overall, in the Juan Carlos Osorio compensation package. That gives Chicago the No. 7 and No. 12 picks in what is expected to be a deep draft.

Seattle MLS fans, keep an eye on the Sounders

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If you were wondering why Seattle MLS co-owner Adrian Hanauer decided to have the USL Seattle Sounders play in 2008 after it was initially believed that the team wouldn't play next year, you can credit a shrewd bit of negotiating on Hanauer's part.

According to sources, Hanauer, who also owns the Sounders, basically told MLS that if the new Seattle MLS team would not be able to retain the rights of any of the Sounders players then he was going to disband the reigning USL champions after the 2007 season.

Americans Abroad: Weekend rewind

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You can start calling Michael Bradley a goal machine.

Bradley was the unquestioned star among Americans Abroad last weekend, netting a first-half hat-trick to lead Heerenveen to a 4-2 derby victory against Groningen on Sunday.

Bradley wasn't the only American to do well. Bobby Convey was stellar in helping Reading knock off Liverpool on Saturday.

Champions League: Matchday Six

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It is do or die time for Liverpool.

The English club must beat Marseille on the road today to secure a place in the knockout round of the Champions League, and likely to salvage the job of under-fire manager Rafa Benitez. The match will be shown on ESPN2 at 2:30pm.

This isn't the only match with drama today.

The Osorio Move

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Buenos dias everybody. It is early Tuesday morning and fans in Chicago and New Jersey/New York are waking up to the reality that Juan Carlos Osorio is leaving the Fire to coach the Red Bulls.

They are also waking up to second and third hand accounts of what led to Osorio's departure.

Who is next for the Fire?

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With Juan Carlos Osorio on his way to the Red Bulls, the Chicago Fire is once again in need of a head coach. Fire fans are up in arms about Osorio's departure but the focus should be on who will be chosen to continue the work Osorio began.

With the MLS Draft five weeks away, and European transfer window three weeks away, Chicago needs to hire a head coach ASAP.

Red Bulls to hire Osorio

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(SBI EXCLUSIVE)

The Red Bulls are set to name former Chicago Fire head coach Juan Carlos Osorio as the team's new head coach, according to sources close to the deal. The decision came after the Red Bulls and Fire reached an agreement late last week on compensation for Osorio, who joined Chicago as head coach in July and helped lead the Fire to the Eastern Conference final.

MoJo: I'm staying as head coach

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You have probably heard the rumors by now. Toronto FC was supposed to gearing up for a major shakeup involving head coach Mo Johnston moving into a front office position, with either New England head coach Steve Nicol or Revs assistant Paul Mariner taking over.

The rumor was just that, a rumor.

Morning Ticker: Arena wants a job, Lippi eyeing England, USC women win title

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Bruce Arena wants a job.

The former U.S. national team and Red Bulls coach has expressed his interest in the vacant Scotland job. It is a pretty smart move by Arena because coaching a UK national team is one way to score a club manager job in England, which I believe is Arena's ultimate goal.

Monday Morning Centerback: Americans Abroad and MLS

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Ahn nyeong ah se yo everybody. It is Morning morning and even though ice storms are covering large parts of the country, it is still soccer season.

There will be plenty to blog about today, from the U.S. Under-17 team's exploits this past weekend to updates on Toronto FC and the expansion Seattle MLS franchise.

Michael Bradley nets hat-trick in Heerenveen romp

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Michael Bradley cannot stop scoring.

The U.S. national team midfielder netted his first career hat trick on Sunday to lead Heerenveen to a 4-2 win against Groningen on Sunday. Bradley scored all three goals in the first half to help Heerenveen win its derby.

When was the last time an American scored a hat-trick in European soccer?

Life after soccer

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Good afternoon people. Sorry I couldn't come up with a foreign-language greeting for today but I was running a bit late.

I thought I would pass on some Life After Soccer notes on a couple of former Red Bulls/MetroStars players who have had (and are about to have) life-changing moments take place:

Long-time MetroStars defender Steve Jolley and his wife Pilar just gave birth to their first child, a daughter, last week.

This weekend's soccer on TV

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If you were hoping to see some high-profile European club matches this weekend, I'm afraid to break it to you. There aren't any can't-miss encounters.

That doesn't mean there isn't still some good soccer to watch. Fiorentina at Palermo and Espanyol at Zaragoza are two of the better matches on offer this weekend, while EPL lovers can turn to Liverpool-Reading and Manchester City-Tottenham for good match-ups.

Reyna leaning toward returning in 2008

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If you have been wondering about what Claudio Reyna's plans are for the 2008 season, it appears they involve playing for the Red Bulls.

According to sources close to the team, it looks as if Reyna has every intention of returning to the Red Bulls in 2008 and playing out the remaining year on his MLS contract.

Red Bulls-Earthquakes 2008 season opener is off

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The Red Bulls proposed 2008 season opening game against the expansion San Jose Earthquakes has been called off.

The match, which had been approved by Major League Soccer, hit a snag when it became clear that the Earthquakes new home, Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, would not have all of its renovations completed in time for the proposed March 29th date for the season opener.

Morning Ticker: Solo speaks, Milan arrives and Jose is closing in England

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Goedemorgen everybody. It is bright and early and I would be feeling just fine if I wasn't in the midst of an all-nighter. I just came from Atlantic City where some friends and I celebrated the last night of bachelorhood for one our buddies (well, not THE last night, but the last night 10 of us could pile into a limo and make a run to AC).

A look at the next generation

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If you are sitting around wishing there was some soccer to watch this afternoon, you are in luck.

The U.S. Under-17 national team will be playing Russia today on Fox Soccer Channel at 3pm. The match is part of the Nike Friendlies down in Florida.

I'm not sure which players will be playing, but you may get a chance to see U-17 national team standouts such as Maykell Bates (captain, standout defender, first-round MLS pick if he goes), Billy Schuler (The next star from Jersey), Zach MacMath (Yes, the U-17 goalkeeper called up to the U-23 tour of China) and Sheanon Williams (striker and another kid with a good pro future).

The Morning Ticker: Drogba's out, Solo and Scurry back in and Big Sam is safe (for now)

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"It was one of those days, not much to do.."

--Slick Rick

Bom dia everybody. It is a bit on the slow side today, with not much going on in the soccer world (at least not that can be written about yet).

Red Bulls fans, hold those travel plans

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If you are a Red Bulls fan who was planning to make the trip to San Jose for the 2008 season opener, you might want to hold off on making any travel arrangements just yet.

A source within Major League Soccer has informed me that there is a very real chance the schedule could be changed and the Red Bulls-Earthquakes season opener slated for March 29th at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara could be moved to a later date, thus no longer making it the season opener (or official return of the Earthquakes).

No Real Madrid for Altidore this winter

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If you are a Red Bulls fan who was worried about Jozy Altidore leaving the Red Bulls for a move to Real Madrid this winter, you can relax. For now.

Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon told media on Tuesday that Real Madrid will not bring in any new players during the winter transfer period.

The Morning Ticker: Ronnie, Timmy and more

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Yia Sou people. Here are some soccer news nuggets to tide you over this morning:

AGENT: No Chelsea-Ronaldinho deal

Ronaldinho's agent (and brother) categorically denied reports surfacing from Spain linking Ronaldinho to a move to Chelsea. The denials come after Spanish daily Marca reported that Ronaldinho has an offer from Chelsea that would pay him 10 million euros a year.

Your Questions Answered (The rest)

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Dobroye utro everybody. I finally made some time to finish off the rest of the most recent Q&A session. There were some tough questions, and some familiar ones. I was impressed to see so many questions and not have any of them be about the Red Bulls stadium or John O'Brien.

Now, without further delay, here are (the rest of) your questions answered:

MIKE- Ives, how can the US "fire" John Hackworth from the U-17 team only to give him a job on Bob Bradley's staff?

SBI Reader Roll Call

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Good afternoon folks. It is time to do another SBI reader roll call. Some of you may remember me doing one during the summer. Now that Soccer By Ives has reached its first full year of existence, it is time to do another one.

Here is what you need to do to take part. Simply post your name, where you live now (and hometown if its very different) favorite clubs and nationality in the comments section of this post.

SBI European Club Top 25

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Can anybody stop Inter Milan?

That's the question these days around Europe as the Italian champions keep plowing through the competition. Led by Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Inter is riding an 11-0-2 streak in its past 13 matches. Their only blemish this season was an early-season Champions League loss to Turkish club Fenerbahce.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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Good morning SBI Nation, it is Tuesday and there should be plenty to discuss today. I will start the day off with the weekly installment of Americans Abroad.

There were no goals scored by Americans this past weekend but there were more players playing than usual (at least it seemed that way).

Red Bulls to open 2008 season at San Jose

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(Seen First on SBI)

Red Bulls fans, you can start making your plans for the start of the 2008 MLS season. The Red Bulls will open the season on the road against the expansion San Jose Earthquakes on March 29th at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The match will be the Red Bulls' first chance to see former teammate Joe Vide, who is projecting to be a starting central midfielder for San Jose.

Some light reading on the U.S. Under-23 National Team

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Good afternoon folks. A few SBI updates for you. I won't be doing Americans Abroad today (Fulham plays today so I'll just wait a day) and I was unable to finish the rest of the Q&A (some real tough ones in the latest batch). I'll try to finish them tonight. There will also be a second SBI Roll Call coming in the near future.

NCAA Tournament: Bradley, UMass leading the Cinderellas into the Elite Eight

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The University of Massachusetts, Bradley University and Illinois-Chicago advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA men's soccer tournament this weekend, making it three unseeded squads left with national title aspirations.

Here is a rundown of the weekend's Sweet 16 action:

UMass, which knocked off No.

Mourinho leaving England door open

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Dzien dobry folks. I will be posting Americans Abroad as well as a college soccer update shortly. For now, consider the word coming out of England that former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho would consider coaching the English national team.

Does it really come as a surprise? It shouldn't. There is little debating Mourinho's class as a manager, and his established relationships with England stalwarts John Terry and Frank Lampard should only help matters.

Monday Morning Centerback: Euro 2008 and a brutal Group of Death

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Konichiwa people. It's Monday morning and I am struggling. Saturday night's frigid conditions in Newark got the better of me and now I'm nursing a cold that has me dragging a bit so apologies if you were looking for new posts on Sunday.

I will get to a wide range of topics today, from the NCAA tournament to the weekend's European club soccer action, but I wanted to start the week off talking about the Euro 2008 draw.

Ironmen's Opening Night

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Guess who's back? Yes, I have to apologize for neglecting SBI all day today but it was a bit hectic, particularly tonight with the New Jersey Ironmen's home opener. I'm coming to you live from what seems like a mile above the field at Prudential Center and I must tell you it was a pretty fun night.