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Lee Nguyen: Sitting back is not in Revs' DNA 
The New England Revolution tied an MLS record when it scored nine goals in its first three playoff games, but ...
Champions League scenarios: 11 teams for five spots 
Eleven teams have qualified for the knockout stage of the Champions League, and 11 more teams, including Italian champion Juventus ...
What They're Saying: Jerome Valcke 
"It is easy to destroy a reputation, it takes one second, it takes years to build one." -- FIFA general ...
New York passes goal-anchoring law 
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill late that requires the state to come up with official regulations ...
Breaking down the NCAA Division I women's quarterfinals 
The NCAA Division I Women's Tournament moves into the quarterfinals with three games on Friday and one on Saturday. Form ...
Lee Nguyen: Sitting back is not in Revs' DNA
by Paul Kennedy on Wednesday, Nov 26, 2014 10:33 PM EST
The New England Revolution tied an MLS record when it scored nine goals in its first three playoff games, but despite a 2-1 victory over the New York Red Bulls that puts it in good shape heading in Saturday's second leg of the Eastern Conference final, Revs coach Jay Heaps says his team can play better.  
Soccer on TV 
There's Europa League and Mexican playoff action on Thursday. ... MLS semifinal, second-leg games are on Saturday and Sunday.
Video Pick: Bend it like Uesato 
Our favorite free kick goal of the week comes from J-League 2, where Consadole Sapporo's Kazumasa Uesato fools Jubilo Iwata's ...
The six faces of American soccer 
Soccer has been a serious endeavor in the United States since the late 1960s and the launch of pro soccer, ...
Soccer on TV 
Wednesday's UEFA Champions League action includes an Arsenal-Borussia Dortmund clash.
Gervinho Tries to Smuggle Woman into Italy  
Apparently, AS Roma and Ivory Coast forward Gervinho tried and failed to smuggle a woman onto his flight back to ...
Report: Wilshere Out Two-Three Months  
The Guardian on Monday reported that Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, who went off injured in the 2-1 loss to Manchester ...
Enrique: Messi to Play Different Positions for Barca 
Lionel Messi will be used both as the main striker as well as a wide forward in Barcelona's frontline as ...
Valcke: FIFA's Reputation is Damaged 
FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke on Tuesday acknowledged that it could take "years" to rebuild FIFA's reputation following the damage ...
Ribery Rips FIFA's Ballon d'Or  
Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery expects teammates Arjen Robben and Manuel Neuer to miss out on the 2014 Ballon d'Or ...
Youth Soccer Reporter

id2 all-stars headed to Argentina in 2015
[U.S. CLUB SOCCER] The annual National Selection International Tour is heading to South America for the first time in program ...
Soccer America Confidential:
Ridge Mahoney

Three takeaways from LA Galaxy-Seattle
The Western Conference finalists are separated by just one goal heading into the second leg in Seattle next Sunday. Here ...
College Soccer Reporter

Gamecocks head to quarterfinals for first time
[NORTH CAROLINA-SOUTH CAROLINA: Women] For the first time, South Carolina is headed to the NCAA Division I women's quarterfinals. It ...
Youth Soccer Insider:
Mike Woitalla

Robbie Rogers' Story of Soccer, Pain and Love
Robbie Rogers, like all players who make it to the higher levels of the game, spent a lot of time ...
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TV ignores vital referee influence in playoff soccer
There ought to be an acceptable explanation of this ... though I cannot, at the moment, think of one. Why on earth should there be a failure to see that, when soccer comes down to the really big games -- I mean the knockout games, the stage which MLS has reached -- the referee takes on a new and considerably magnified importance?

"It is easy to destroy a reputation, it takes one second, it takes years to build one."

-- FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke, who could not quantify the damage done to FIFA by the corruption scandal over the bids for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup and fallout from the failure to publish the full report by FIFA ethics investigator Michael Garcia. (Reuters)