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Home >Section 2 Around the Net > Saturday, June 24, 2006
The media continues to pipe on and on about America's early exit from the World Cup. What happened? Was it just one bad performance and two referees sent to keep us from advancing to the second round? What happened? As San Francisco Chronicle columnist Bruce Jenkins says, "What happened? Did ... Read the whole story
Former U.S. goalkeeper Brad Friedel was outraged by some of the defamatory comments lobbed at Coach Bruce Arena from some of his former teammates following the national team's sorry exit at the hands of Ghana on Thursday. Friedel singled out TV commentators Marcelo Balboa and Eric Wynalda, teammates of his ... Read the whole story
In taking her dig at the "listless" American performance, San Jose Mercury News columnist Ann Killion focused on the disappointing Landon Donovan, who the media marketed as one of THE potential stars of the World Cup. "For all Donovan did in this tournament, he might as well have stayed in ... Read the whole story
USA Today tries to take some positives out of the U.S.'s failure in Germany. For one thing, Americans are watching this tournament in record numbers: about 5 million viewers saw the U.S. tie Italy; that's more than those households watching baseball on a typical Saturday. While MLS struggles in the ... Read the whole story
The New York Times witnessed the game from a Korean church, as 700 devoted fans streamed in to attend service together and then watch the match. Because the church's pastors are big soccer fans, viewings of the games have been organized to draw people to worship and watch soccer together. ... Read the whole story


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