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Home > Section 2 Around the Net > Friday, Sept. 28, 2007
Steven Goff of the Washington Post reports from Shanghai in his Soccer Insider that the intense media coverage of the USA's 4-0 loss to Brazil in the Women's World Cup semifinals and Hope Solo's comments afterwards led to U.S. Soccer's decision to make Coach Greg Ryan available to the media on ... Read the whole story
David Hirshey says Greg Ryan's decision to drop Hope Solo for "the 136-year-old Brinna Scurry" was right out of the Grady Little playbook. For those of you who aren't baseball fans, Grady Little was the Boston Red Sox manager whose decision to not take out ace pitcher Pedro Martinez late in Game ... Read the whole story
Jere Longman, writing in the New York Times' Goal Blog, also compares Greg Ryan's decision to pick Briana Scurry over Hope Solo to that of a baseball manager -- a manager playing the percentages with a certain hitter or pitcher. Previously, Scurry was 12-0 against Brazil and she "pitched 8 ... Read the whole story
U.S. coach Greg Ryan is being blamed for the Hangzhou massacre, but he's not the only one responsible for the defeat. Associated Press columnist Jim Litke says to play the blame game takes away from the fact that Brazil was a far superior team than the USA. Ryan's players only ... Read the whole story

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