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Home >Section 2 Around the Net > Friday, June 23, 2006
Poor officiating aside, the reasons for team USA's first round exit from the World Cup are obvious enough, says the New York Times. Poor tactics (a 4-5-1 when the team hadn't scored a goal yet), poor preparation (secrecy with respect to the line-up leading to a rift between coach and ... Read the whole story
What a way to go out: caught in possession in the last third of the field, tackle leads to painful injury, giveaway leads to goal, goal leads to World Cup exit. It was not a good day for captain Claudio Reyna against Ghana yesterday, a day that would be his ... Read the whole story
The soccer-haters can come out of the closet now. Not only is it okay again for them to loudly and proudly hate the sport loved by the rest of the world, it's expected. Call it their moment, and perhaps they've earned it. This World Cup has been a huge media ... Read the whole story
Graham Poll, England's only referee at the World Cup, will not be moving on to the next round, unlike his compatriots. The man widely regarded as one of Britain's best referees had a terrible time yesterday overseeing the crucial Group F decider between Croatia and Australia. Poll bizarrely booked one ... Read the whole story


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