Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
MLS All-Star Coach Nicol Hits Back at Critics
ESPN Soccernet, July 20th, 2007 2:45PM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

New England Revolution coach Steve Nicol hit out at critics over the level of play in Major League Soccer Thursday night after coaching the league's All-Stars to a 2-0 victory over Scottish champion Celtic. "First of all, if you look at the people that are probably criticizing and having a go, they probably don't know anything about the game," he said, adding that the British press often diminishes the American league in order to sell papers. Nicol believes the All-Stars' comprehensive win -- which could have easily been by more -- against the UEFA Champions League-bound side will be a great boost to the league's profile.

Last year, the MLS All-Stars beat then-English champion Chelsea, 1-0, thanks to a thunderbolt from Houston's Dwayne De Rosario. The Canadian international was at the forefront again last night, controlling midfield along with Dynamo teammate Ricardo Clark. De Rosario created the first goal for Juan Pablo Angel, the game's MVP, and set up Juan Toja for the second, drawing a foul at the top of the box after nutmegging his defender.

"I think we deserved to win the game," Nicol said. "We've come a long way in 11 years and we've really reached a point where we may be on the threshold of really taking that extra step." The Revs coach lauded the league's decision to bring in players like Angel and David Beckham, who commanded most of the media's attention despite not playing Thursday night. Nicol said the former England captain would "up the ability and the professionalism and the desire of everybody around him," adding that at 32, he's not yet past his best.

Read the original story...



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
High school vs. club debate rages in New Jersey    
High school vs. club has long been an issue on the boys side, culminating with the ...
Man United's Falcao Out Two Weeks    
Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao will be out for another two weeks with a "new injury", ...
Arsenal's Injury Woes Ahead of Man United Clash     
While much has been made of the injury crisis facing Manchester United coach Louis van Gaal, ...
Bolton Coach Fumes at Klinsmann    
Bolton Wanderers coach Neil Lennon on Friday slammed USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann for what he called ...
Liverpool Investigates Sturridge Injury    
Liverpool has opened an investigation into Daniel Sturridge's persistent injury problems after the striker suffered yet ...
Report: Messi Could Leave Barca over Tax Threat     
According to unnamed sources cited by Spanish newspaper El Confidencial, Lionel Messi may leave Barcelona due ...
Chelsea's Costa 'Totally Recovered' From Injury    
Jose Mourinho on Friday revealed that star striker Diego Costa, who missed Spain's 3-0 win against ...
Klopp Hints at Reus Departure     
Jurgen Klopp admitted that he is powerless to keep Marco Reus at Borussia Dortmund, and hinted ...
Report: Blind Injury Not as Bad as Feared     
Manchester United on Thursday was boosted by the news that defender Daley Blind will be out ...
Parma Deducted Points for Missing Payments    
Serie A club Parma will be deducted between one and six points this season for failing ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives