Soccer By Ives Archives for January 2008

Nowak names 24-man Olympic qualifying roster

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U.S. Under-23 national team coach Peter Nowak has named a 24-man roster for next month's Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Jozy Altidore, Freddy Adu, Maurice Edu and Chris Seitz were among the standouts chosen.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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To call last weekend a bad one for American soccer plays in Europe would be an understatement.

Fulham lost again, as did Reading. Michael Bradley's Heerenveen blew a late lead and fell to sixth place in the Eredivisie after being in second place two weeks ago. Oguchi Onyewu's Standard Liege dropped points to KAA Gent and fell into second place in the process.

TGIF: Is MLS really bleeding talent?

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Admit it, you have seen the names of various MLS players moving on to Europe and you've thought to yourself, "There is something definitely wrong here."

You can relax folks. The sky really isn't falling. Is the league losing more players than in previous years? Yes, but will the league really be less talented than in 2007?

Champions League: Round of 16 Tuesday

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The long wait is finally over. Champions League soccer is back with some extremely appealing match-ups in the round of 16.

All the usual suspects have made it to the pre-quarterfinals, from Real Madrid to Manchester United, AC Milan to Barcelona. In some cases, we won't have to wait any longer for appealing pairings (like Real Mdrid-Roma, AC Milan-Arsenal)

Here are the Round of 16 pairings (home-and-home series), which begin this week:

TUESDAY

  • Inter Milan at Liverpool
  • Real Madrid at Roma
  • Chelsea at Olympiakos
  • FC Porto at Schalke 04

WEDNESDAY

  • AC Milan at Arsenal
  • Manchester United at Lyon
  • Barcelona at Celtic
  • Sevilla at Fenerbahce

Wondering where you can watch the games?

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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It was a very light weekend of action for American soccer players in Europe, thanks in large part to all the England-based Americans having the weekend off.

No, Michael Bradley did not score a goal. The U.S. national team midfielder's insane hot streak was halted as Heerenveen settled for a tie, dropping the club from second place to fifth place in the Dutch first division.

Conde: I want to play for the Red Bulls

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When Wilman Conde made the move from Colombian club Millonarios to Major League Soccer's Chicago Fire last year, he did so in order to continue playing for Juan Carlos Osorio, a coach he respected greatly and felt could him improve as a player.

Morning Ticker: Herron to Chicago, Borchers to RSL and Corrales to San Jose

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Good morning folks. Apologies for the slow morning (aside from the Vanney trade). I had to crank out a training camp piece for ESPN.com.

There are plenty of news nuggets in MLS today (and from earlier in the week).

Red Bulls vs. Hammarby (Red Bulls 3, Hammarby 1)

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Red Bulls defender Eric Brunner (left) and forward Oscar Echeverry (right) go for a header in Friday's match vs. Hammarby as rookie midfielder David Roth (background) looks on.

The Red Bulls are facing Swedish club Hammarby in a pre-season match that kicked off at 1pm Eastern.

This weekend's soccer on TV

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Call it the calm before the storm.

The Champions League returns this week with some amazing match-ups. Unfortunately, the weekend before those match-ups is light on marquee fixtures. With the FA Cup in action this weekend you have one amazing match, Arsenal vs. Manchester United, but you'll need to see that at a bar or pub (or pay per view perhaps?

Nation's best youth teams prepare for Winter Showcase

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A total of 44 youth programs from around the nation will converge on Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas this weekend for the U.S. Soccer Player Development Academy's Winter Showcase.

Red Bulls training camp update

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The Red Bulls completed their second pre-season friendly and have spent almost two weeks in California. If you're wondering how things are going, wonder no more. Here is a rundown of some tidbits from Red Bulls training camp.

Jeff Parke was nursing a groin injury, which is why he didn't play vs.

Nation's best youth teams prepare for Winter Showcase

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A total of 44 youth programs from around the nation will converge on Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas this weekend for the U.S. Soccer Player Development Academy's Winter Showcase.

Morning Ticker: Herron to Chicago, Borchers to RSL and Corrales to San Jose

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Good morning folks. Apologies for the slow morning (aside from the Vanney trade). I had to crank out a training camp piece for ESPN.com.

There are plenty of news nuggets in MLS today (and from earlier in the week).

DC to deal Vanney to Galaxy

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The Los Angeles Galaxy is set to address its defensive woes by adding one of the league's best veteran defenders.

The Galaxy is set to acquire defender Greg Vanney from D.

UEFA Cup: Round of 32

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And then there were 32.

The third round of the UEFA Cup is ready to kick off today with several quality match-ups. The home-and-home series begin with 10 matches on Wednesday and six more on Thursday.

Hoping to catch some of the action? Setanta Sports will be showing matches, included the Everton-SK Brann tilt today.

You Write The Caption (The best from the USA/Mexico photo)

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Good morning all. I'm sure some of you have been anxiously awaiting the results of the most recent "You Write The Caption." Well here they are. The 10 best captions submitted by you, the SBI readers, to go along with this great picture of Jozy Altidore and Rafael Marquez.

Captions are on the jump.

Morning Ticker: Giusfredi update, Fulham's Cousin deal and Kanu eyes Aussie move

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Good morning all. Okay, I know, it isn't even really morning anymore on the East Coast (although I say before noon counts as morning). It's morning somewhere though, like the West Coast, where folks are just making their way to work.

Whether you've already made it through the winter mess on the East Coast, or are enjoying the sun out West, here are some news nuggets to get you through the early afternoon and morning.

USA slips to 26 in FIFA World Rankings

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The U.S. national team has slipped six spots to 26th in the latest FIFA World Rankings released on Wednesday.

Three African teams jumped ahead of the United States after the recent African Cup of Nations. Ghana moved up a remarkable 29 spots to 14th, Cameroon jumped eight spots to 17 and Ivory Coast moved 14 spots to 24th.

End of the road for Ronaldo?

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Is this the end?

Ronaldo, one of the best forwards in the history of soccer, could be looking at the end of his playing career at the age of 31. The Brazilian star ruptured a ligament in his left knee on Wednesday, putting his future in serious doubt.

He has had his injury issues and fitness issues but I still consider Ronaldo one of the best players I have ever had the good fortune to watch play.

Morning Ticker: Addressing the Renteria rumor, Brazilian midfielder in Galaxy's sights and Angulo injured

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Good morning folks. As you can tell, it has been a pretty slow week as MLS clubs go through the paces in pre-season camps. There is always some news to go over. I have a few tidbits for you but before I get those I will address a rumor that has picked up way more steam than it needed to.

Stop of you've seen this scenario play out.

CONCACAF President backs England bid for 2018 World Cup

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In one of the more bizarre U-turns in recent memory. CONCACAF president Jack Warner is now backing England's bid to host the 2018 World Cup. This comes just months after Warner was adamantly opposed to FIFA doing away with the rotation system for hosting the tournament, a move that has paved the way for a European nation like England to be the host in 2018.

Red Bulls sign Oscar Echeverry

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The Red Bulls have bolstered their forward crop by signing Colombian striker Oscar Echeverry.

The 30-year-old forward is expected to step in and push for starts and is seen as the team's main cover for Jozy Altidore, who is expected to miss several matches.

You Write the Caption: The best for Beckham in Africa

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Good afternoon all. As I do some housecleaning on SBI I found another old You Write the Caption whose winners I hadn't chosen. It was for the following amazing picture of David Beckham during a charity event in Africa.

There were plenty of great submissions. The 10 best are after the jump.

DC to deal Vanney to Galaxy

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The Los Angeles Galaxy is set to address its defensive woes by adding one of the league's best veteran defenders.

The Galaxy is set to acquire defender Greg Vanney from D.

UEFA Cup: Round of 32

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And then there were 32.

The third round of the UEFA Cup is ready to kick off today with several quality match-ups. The home-and-home series begin with 10 matches on Wednesday and six more on Thursday.

Hoping to catch some of the action? Setanta Sports will be showing matches, included the Everton-SK Brann tilt today.

Red Bulls fall to Chivas USA, 1-0, in preseason opener

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Ante Razov scored in the fourth minute off a feed from Sacha Kljestan to give Chivas USA a 1-0 preseason victory against the Red Bulls at Home Depot Center in Carson, California.

Yes, that's trialist and former MetroStar Diego Serna on the ball (with Claudio Suarez closing him down).

Morning Ticker: My latest Jozy column, Man U interested in Lyon pair and stories on Toronto and San Jose

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Good morning folks. If you are on the East Coast then you are probably still thawing out from the commute to work. Here are some stories to help warm you up and get your day going.

First, here is my column in today's Herald News on Jozy Altidore.

CONCACAF in Europe: Weekend Rewind

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And the list keeps growing.

Good afternoon folks. Welcome to the latest installment of CONCACAF players in Europe, our weekly recap of how the region's best players did in Europe's best leagues. Last week was the first installment and, thanks to some helpful readers, I have been able to expand the list.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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Death, taxes and Michael Bradley scoring goals.

The boy wonder did it again, notching the equalizer in Heerenveen's 1-1 tie with Eredivisie leaders PSV Eindhoven on Saturday. The tie moved Heerenveen into second place in the Dutch First Division. The goal raised Bradley's goal total to 17 total goals and 13 league goals.

TGIF: A final look at USA-Mexico

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Good morning everybody. If you are still talking about or thinking about the USA-Mexico game, don't fret. You are not alone.

There is so much to talk about from that game but one thing I wanted to say is that while there are some issues raised from that game I really don't think there is reason to be in panic mode about any particular aspect of the U.

Giusfredi leaves Seton Hall, close to deal with Spartak Moscow

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All-Big East forward Eliseo Giusfredi has left the Seton Hall soccer program to pursue a professional contract in Europe.

The Seton Hall junior has chosen to forgo his final year of eligibility and will depart for Spain later today to join Spartak Moscow, which is wrapping up pre-season training.

This weekend's soccer on TV

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If you are a soccer fan in the United States you might not realize it but this is the time of year many American sports fans dread. The NFL season is over and baseball season is weeks away. The NBA and NHL are in the middle of rather meaningless regular seasons and only college hoops seems to produce decent games.

You Write The Caption: USA-Mexico edition

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Good afternoon folks. Apologies for the light posting today but I'm still recovering from the trip to Houston. I had a good time in Texas but am definitely glad to be back in Jersey.

Before we get to the weekend I thought it would be a good time for another You Write the Caption. When I saw this photo I knew American soccer fans could have a field day with it, so here goes.

Gomez to Colorado official (and what it means)

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The Colorado Rapids have their playmaker. The question just how much did the Rapids spend to get him?

After agreeing to a trade with D.C. United for his rights, the Rapids signed Argentine midfielder Christian Gomez. The Rapids traded a first-round pick and, according to the Washington Post's Steve Goff, their designated player slot for two years as well.

Saturday Soccer: Your Running Commentary

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Good morning all. It is a busy Saturday in the European soccer world and I'm sure many of you are watching the EPL, La Liga and Serie A games today (among other leagues). Feel free to share your thoughts on today's games at the bottom of this post. Whether it's an amazing goal, terrible call, or great game in general, let us know what you're watching today.

So long Denilson: FC Dallas bust signs with Palmeiras

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FC Dallas fans, it is a sad day in Frisco. Brazilian star Denilson has decided to pass up a chance to play for the Hoops again and will instead become the wasted signing of Brazilian club Palmeiras.

No word yet on who FC Dallas will bring in to pick up the slack in the dribble tricks and can't beat anybody off the dribble department.

Giusfredi leaves Seton Hall, close to deal with Spartak Moscow

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All-Big East forward Eliseo Giusfredi has left the Seton Hall soccer program to pursue a professional contract in Europe.

The Seton Hall junior has chosen to forgo his final year of eligibility and will depart for Spain later today to join Spartak Moscow, which is wrapping up pre-season training.

TGIF: A final look at USA-Mexico

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Good morning everybody. If you are still talking about or thinking about the USA-Mexico game, don't fret. You are not alone.

There is so much to talk about from that game but one thing I wanted to say is that while there are some issues raised from that game I really don't think there is reason to be in panic mode about any particular aspect of the U.

Seven cities vying for USA World Cup Qualifying home games

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U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati identified six cities being considered for the U.S. national team's three home games in the second round of World Cup qualifying.

Washington D.C., Frisco (TX), Carson (CA), Denver, Seattle, Chicago and Columbus are in the running for the three U.S. national team home games in the second round of World Cup qualifying, assuming the United States advances past the first round.

U.S. national team reveals plans for high-profile friendlies (including match in the Northeast against a world power)

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U.S. Soccer confirmed its upcoming friendlies on the road against Poland on March 26 and Spain on June 4, but also revealed that two other friendlies against high quality opponents in May and June are in the works.

U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati stated that the U.S. men's national team is finalizing a match against a FIFA Top Five opponent on June 8 at a venue in the Northeast.

USA vs. Mexico: Running Commentary

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Good evening folks. I'm coming to you from Reliant Stadium where we are little more than an hour away from kickoff of the USA-Mexico friendly. You will be able to follow along with the match here. I will do a running commentary and will encourage all SBI readers to share their thoughts on the game in the comments section.

USA vs. Mexico (LINEUPS)

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Here is the U.S. national team lineup for tonight's match vs. Mexico:

---------Altidore-----Dempsey-----------

Convey---------------------------Donovan

------------Bradley----Clark-----------------

Corrales------------------------------Moor

----------Bocanegra---Onyewu-------------

-----------------Howard--------------------

BENCH- Guzan, Parkhurst, Edu, Feilhaber, Lewis, Adu, Noonan

Here is Mexico's Lineup:

-------------Bautista----De Nigris-----------

Vela--------Pardo-----Torrado---------Arce

Castro------Marquez--Magallon----Salcido

------------------Ochoa----------------------

BENCH- Michel, Rojas, Pinto, Cacho, Dos Santos, Naelson, Villaluz

Mexico's lineup is coming soon but early word is that Giovani Dos Santos is NOT in the starting lineup

USA-Mexico: The morning after

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What a match.

That's what comes to mind when thinking of last night's USA-Mexico friendly. Yes, there were plenty of mistakes and turnovers and missed chances but the intensity and back and forth nature of the match made it a truly memorable encounter.

Red Bulls Schedule unveiled

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Good afternoon folks. I've arrived from Houston and found MLS schedules already out. The Red Bulls 2008 schedule is an interesting one, but also disappointing in some ways.

What's disappointing? MLS not scheduling the Red Bulls first trip to Chicago until Sept. 6 is a serious mistake. There's no secret that Chicago Fire's fans and club are unhappy with the circumstances of coach Juan Carlos Osorio's departure.

Red Bulls Schedule unveiled

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Good afternoon folks. I've arrived from Houston and found MLS schedules already out. The Red Bulls 2008 schedule is an interesting one, but also disappointing in some ways.

What's disappointing? MLS not scheduling the Red Bulls first trip to Chicago until Sept. 6 is a serious mistake. There's no secret that Chicago Fire's fans and club are unhappy with the circumstances of coach Juan Carlos Osorio's departure.

USA-Mexico: The morning after

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What a match.

That's what comes to mind when thinking of last night's USA-Mexico friendly. Yes, there were plenty of mistakes and turnovers and missed chances but the intensity and back and forth nature of the match made it a truly memorable encounter.

CONCACAF Players Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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Know your enemy. Sun Tzu said it, as have countless others through the centuries. Here at SBI, we feel you, as American soccer fans, should know your enemies too (enemies on the soccer field that is).

So it is time to start updating you on how the other players in the region are doing in Europe.

Good morning from Houston

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Good morning all. I'm coming to you from Houston, where the US-Mexico rivalry is set to play its latest installment.

I made my way to Robertson Stadium on Monday for U.S. national team practice and couldn't help but feel like it was a MetroStars reunion. Tim Howard, Michael Bradley, Ricardo Clark, Ramiro Corrales and Brad Davis were all in the house, along with current Red Bulls forward Jozy Altidore.

Morning Ticker: Friedel inks new deal, Chivas USA lands Wicky and other news

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Good morning all. There have been a bunch of news nuggets in MLS and American soccer and SBI hasn't been able to get to all of them, so here is a rundown of some of the better tidbits to emerge in recent days:

Friedel signs extension- Blackburn goalkeeper Brad Friedel will have a little more time to hone that British accent.

Just a friendly? Don't tell Mexico and the United States

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Good afternoon all. I'm writing you from, yes, you guessed it, my car. I managed to arrive somewhat early to Mexico practice only to find out that it is closed to the media. Now this isn't a big deal but as I sit in my car and notice a variety of security camped out at a variety of locations I can't help but fee like this is a lot of security for what is essentially a walkthrough the day before a friendly (Where's Bill Belichick when you need him?

No tough talk from Mexico day before the USA game

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A year ago around this time it was tough to miss the animosity and tension from Mexican players prior to the match against the United States in Phoenix. There was plenty of talk of finally winning on American soil and some tangible hatred toward the U.S. team as then new coach Hugo Sanchez promised to restore Mexico to the status of the region's unquestioned powerhouse.

USA press conference to be streamed live online

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U.S. national team head coach Bob Bradley and goalkeeper Tim Howard will speak to the media today at 5pm and U.S. Soccer will air the press conference live on www.Ussoccer.com.

The U.S. Soccer website is loaded with audio and video from the lead-up to USA-Mexico so be sure to check it all out.

Careful who you root for: Greetings from Houston

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This exchange just took place at Goode Company Texas BBQ here in Houston:

Restaurant employee (in Spanish): Who are you rooting for tomorrow, Mexico or USA?

Customer (in clear but very American accented Spanish: USA

Restaurant employee: Why would you root for USA?

ESPN cuts Wynalda loose

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Just weeks after ESPN made the decision to remove Eric Wynalda from its broadcast team for MLS and U.S. national team games, the network has completely severed ties with the controversial analyst.

USA vs. Mexico: Where will you be watching?

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Good morning all. Today is the big day, USA-Mexico, and I must say that their is an excitement surrounding this game like I haven't felt before. No, not that there is more excitement, just a different kind of excitement that I believe has to do with all the new blood that will play tonight.

The game is expected to be a sellout near the 70,000 mark which I believe will include more American fans than people think.

Red Bulls nearly lost Altidore to Reading

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SBI EXCLUSIVE

Lost in the commotion surrounding the European transfer of Eddie Johnson and the failed transfer move by Brad Guzan was a transfer bid that stayed under the radar and nearly became the biggest story of the MLS off-season.

Red Bulls and U.

Red Bulls nearly lost Altidore to Reading

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SBI EXCLUSIVE

Lost in the commotion surrounding the European transfer of Eddie Johnson and the failed transfer move by Brad Guzan was a transfer bid that stayed under the radar and nearly became the biggest story of the MLS off-season.

Red Bulls and U.

ESPN cuts Wynalda loose

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Just weeks after ESPN made the decision to remove Eric Wynalda from its broadcast team for MLS and U.S. national team games, the network has completely severed ties with the controversial analyst.

(Some of) Your Questions Answered

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Good afternoon folks. I am on my plan and pretty close to heading to Houston, but before I go here are some answers from the last Q&A session. Apologies for taking so long again. Things never do seem to slow down in the soccer world. Eventually I'll get the hang of answering them right away.

For now, I will offer up this post as well as another post that should be coming at around 3pm.

Q&A

Bullard goal gives Fulham clutch victory (and McBride returns)

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Fulham midfielder Jimmy Bullard curled a beautiful free kick past Aston Villa goalkeeper Scott Carson in the 86th minute to give the Cottagers a sorely-needed 2-1 victory at Craven Cottage on Sunday.

My take on the Christian Gomez trade

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Christian Gomez for a designated player slot and a first round draft pick. Think about that one for a second.

If you were a team that missed the playoffs last season and haven't finished better than fourth in the West for three straight seasons would you give all that up for a 33-year-old Christian Gomez?

Sorry Columbus (and FC Dallas), Zurawski signs with Greek club Larissa

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Maciej Zurawski has been one of the most commonly mentioned names during this MLS off-season. Linked with Los Angeles and most recently with the Columbus Crew, the Polish striker looked like a good bet to join Major League Soccer.