Only One Football

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September 13, 2012 01:25 UTC
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Ireland Robbed by Not Just By Henry, But Also FIFA

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Thierry Henry does not have many fans in the Republic of Ireland tonight. The best footballer in the world, according to the Castrol Rankings, used his hand to put France through to the World Cup Finals next Summer. While the Boys in Green are red with fury and probably wouldn't object to a Hammurabi-like justice exacted on the former Arsenal ace, it should be kept in mind why France was playing Ireland at all.

An Atlantic League May Be The Only Hope For Celtic And Rangers

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On the pitch and among the fans, Celtic and Rangers may be the fiercest of football rivals. When it comes to the business end of things, namely the mission to maximize their financial potential by fleeing the Scottish Premier League, the Old Firm pair are partners in crime. Like any good rivalry, Celtic and Rangers need each other.

David Beckham, Thierry Henry and the New York Cosmos in MLS … A Perfect Match

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There were two big New York soccer rumors reported in the media this past week. The first was that Pele may be recruited by newly minted New York Cosmos owner Paul Kemsley to serve as President of the organization, which he intends to build into a lifestyle brand as well as a football club. The second is that David Beckham is eyeing New York, Miami or Montreal as the location in which to exercise his right to start a new MLS franchise.

MLS Should Take Advantage of USL Chaos To Create Second Tier

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There will never be promotion and relegation in Major League Soccer. At least not in the traditional, European sense. The franchise fees are too high to risk what would be perceived by American audiences as a demotion to a minor league. No, there will never be promotion and relegation in the MLS in the traditional sense.

Ireland Needs Stephen Back In The Fold

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In 2002, stubborn pride destroyed the Republic of Ireland's greatest ever hope of the ultimate World Cup glory.  The Irish squad comported themselves well in Japan & Korea, making the quarterfinals before losing a penalty shoot-out to Spain.  But every fan of Irish soccer looks back at 2002 and asks what could have been, if the stubborn pride that caused the manager Mick McCarthy and captain Roy Keane to butt heads on the island of Saipan, had subsided.

With Barca Miami Out, MLS Should Pick Vancouver And Portland

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FC Barcelona's bid to put a MLS club in Miami is dead, according to the great Ives Galarcep, and Vancouver now stands out as the front runner.  With New York City, Montreal and now Miami-backed-by-Barca fallen by the wayside and the Dow Jones at less than 50% of what it was last Fall, it makes sense for MLS to make the safe play as far as expansion is concerned.

Michael Bradley: America’s Roy Keane?

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Nearly a fortnight has passed since the United States beat Mexico in the opening hexagonal CONCACAF qualifier in Columbus, Ohio, and the one thing that stands out above all else from that intense match is that Michael Bradley is on his way to becoming America's Roy Keane.  While Freddy Adu wastes away in Monaco, Jozy Altidore's Spanish journey finds him failing to get minutes in La Liga Segunda and Giuseppi Rossi pretends he's not an American in an Azzurri shirt, Bradley's February dominance for club and country make him the most outstanding Yankee outfield player plying his trade on any side of the Atlantic Ocean.

Beckham Backout Behind Barca Butterflies?

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A few days ago the New York Times reported that FC Barcelona is having second thoughts on attaching their brand to the new Miami MLS franchise they have to this point backed.  Bolivian tech billionaire Marcelo Claure is the chief financier of the Miami bid.  FC Barcelona was thought to be splitting the costs of the MLS club with Claure, but from comments at Barcelona's biannual financial meeting it appears the Bolivian may be on his own.

AC Philadelphia Best Among MLS Philly Name Finalists

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It was reported this week that the Philadelphia MLS expansion franchise has narrowed down its potential names to a shortlist of four.  Since there's no existing Philly club and fan base coming over from the USL, as Seattle Sounders FC had, the field is wide open.  The choices are AC Philadelphia, SC Philadelphia, Philadelphia City and Philadelphia Union.

Talent Shortage Not An Obstacle For MLS Expansion

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Major League Soccer is expanding at a rate of about one team per year, and despite the uncertain economic situation in the world, is showing no signs of slowing down.  When a major sports league in the USA adds new franchises, one of the laments of the anti-expansion die-hards is that the talent pool is diluted and the quality of play in the league overall will suffer.

Sunderland Fans Ought To Show Keano The Love At OT

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When I read Thursday morning that Roy Keane had resigned as manager from Sunderland, I was filled with an expected disappointment.  I was hoping the comfort of a match coming up at Old Trafford would have seen him through the week and perhaps a plucky draw or shock win would turn things around.  If he could make it to the West Brom match, winning ways would be restored.

Sunderland: A Better Team Without Kenwyne Jones Starting?

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When Kenwyne Jones ran onto the pitch in the Wear-Tyne derby, the Stadium of Light erupted with cheers and applause.  Injured in an off-season friendly for Trinidad & Tobago, Jones was feared lost for the season.  His triumphant return against the hated Mags set the stage for a run up the table and glory for the Black Cats.

MLS’ Future As Bright As The Columbus Crew’s Yellow Shirts

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The improbable run of the New York Red Bulls ended today.  The good fortune and skill that led RBNY past the Houston Dynamo and Real Salt Lake showed itself again today in flashes but the odds evened out in the Home Depot Center this afternoon.

Guillermo Barros Schelotto ran the show for the Crew setting up all three goals.

Pujols Transforms St. Louis’ MLS Expansion Odds

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St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols today joined the St. Louis bid for a Major League Soccer expansion team.   The newly crowned National League MVP is a boon to the St. Louis effort as he is a first class sportsman with a first class reputation.  St. Louis barely missed out on last season's 2010 expansion sweepstakes with Philadelphia getting the nod.

Reports Of Their Deaths Were Greatly Exaggerated

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When the whistle blew at the Showgrounds in Sligo Friday night, Sligo Rovers clinched a 2-0 win over Bray Wanderers.  Near the same time, a whistle blew in Dublin calling an end to a match that saw Bohemians drop Cork City 3-1.  This confluence of events sent Sligo Rovers, a club headed toward financial ruin this Summer, into the money-rich Europa League and Setanta Cup tournaments for next season.