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Home >Section 2 Around the Net > Monday, Sept. 17, 2007
It looks like Barcelona has inherited Real Madrid's "galactico" problem, suggests Phil Ball of ESPN Soccernet. A lineup containing Ronaldinho, Leo Messi, Thierry Henry, Samuel Eto'o, Deco and the emerging Mexican starlet Giovanni Dos Santos might just have one ego too many, as evidenced by the noticeable lack of cohesion ... Read the whole story
By now the problems of Chivas USA, which currently has the fourth best record in MLS (but with games in hand), are well-documented: the strategy of borrowing the brand name of one of Mexico's most storied teams has backfired, offending some Chivas de Guadalajara fans while marginalizing those who don't ... Read the whole story
Frank Yallop's former team gave his current one a comprehensive rollover at the Home Depot Center on Sunday, becoming the first team in the West to clinch a playoff spot. Defending MLS champ Houston Dynamo, once the San Jose Earthquakes under Yallop, dominated the last third of an otherwise closely ... Read the whole story
A BigSoccer blogger who goes by the name VioletCrown wonders if Major League Soccer is becoming "un-American" in its quest for on-field quality and commercial success. He writes: "With all the talk on expansion threads of 'MLS is becoming like the NASL, expanding too fast.  I find it interesting that ... Read the whole story
England strolled through to the quarterfinals of the Women's World Cup with its biggest win in a significant tournament. Kelly Smith, the former Seton Hall and WUSA and W-League star, scored two more goals, celebrating with more discretion this time, to join Birgit Prinz and Marta, FIFA's most recent world ... Read the whole story


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