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Home >Section 2 Around the Net > Thursday, July 31, 2008
"Lost in the sturm und drang over the Hope Solo affair at last year's Women's World Cup was a painful truth: The U.S. was playing ugly soccer," writes Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl, who looks forward to the American women playing a better brand of soccer under Coach Pia Sundhage, who ... Read the whole story
Jeff Carlisle ranks the 16 men's Olympic teams and puts defending champ Argentina at the top of the list because the team is "flat out loaded." "This is especially true in midfield, where Juan Roman Riquelme and Javier Mascherano should dominate," writes Carlisle. "Up top, things are less certain with ... Read the whole story
Germany coach Joachim Loew and his players have rejected criticism of a public party that drew an estimated 100,000 fans in Berlin to celebrate the team's second-place finish at Euro 2008. The event was not a victory party, but a way of thanking fans, said Loew after German soccer federation ... Read the whole story
The Chicago Fire beat Everton, 2-0, on goals by Chris Rolfe and Tomasz Frankowski. The friendly win over last season's fifth-place finisher in the English Premier League was watched by 9,125 fans in Bridgeview, Ill. The Fire outshot Everton, 17-7. Rolfe scored in the 42nd minute off a cross from ... Read the whole story
Columnist James Lawton says Arsenal's 21-year-old Spanish star Cesc Fabregas' declaration of dedictation to his club amid transfer rumors is a breath of fresh air amid the "ingrate football stars sneering at the point of contracts and the loyalty that until now they have always implied." "Fabregas's astonishing statement of ... Read the whole story


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