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Home > Section 2 Around the Net > Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2006
Soccer columnist Paul Gardner laments that the 2006 Major League Soccer playoffs opened with poor officiating and few goals. The four nationally televised first-leg games produced just eight goals, or 2.0 per game, which he said is even fewer, expectedly, than the 2.62 goals per game the league averaged this ... Read the whole story
Paul Gardner isn't the only pundit who wasn't impressed by the opening weekend of the Major League Soccer Playoffs. Grahame L. Jones, a columnist for the Los Angeles Times, writes: "Major League Soccer received the clearest of possible signals over the weekend that its playoff format needs rethinking as a ... Read the whole story
Much has been made in the Spanish press about the instant turnaround of Real Madrid after its Oct. 14 loss to Getafe. Since then, Los Merengues have recorded emphatic wins against Steaua Bucharest in the Champions League and then Barcelona in the La Liga clasico. There were whisperings prior to ... Read the whole story
Former AC Milan striker Andriy Shevchenko may be struggling to find goals in his first season at Chelsea, but his struggles are nothing compared to the problems his old club is collectively having in front of goal. Milan, consistently regarded as one of the world's top clubs, has scored just ... Read the whole story
In Italy's Serie A, the big guys are stumbling. Inter Milan, the favorite for this year's Scudetto, is managing good results without ever having looked like a champion, AS Roma looks at times unbeatable and absolutely indifferent at others, and AC Milan can't score, while still needing to compensate for ... Read the whole story

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