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Home >Section 2 Around the Net > Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008
When Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk undertakes a project, you'd hate to bet against a man with "deep pockets, an acute sports marketing acumen, plus energy and creativity," says an editorial in the Ottawa Citizen. That's why there's "a very good chance" that his plan to bring Major League Soccer ... Read the whole story
Even as the Montreal Impact celebrated another fine result for the United Soccer Leagues' representatives in the Concacaf Champions League Wednesday, its defeated opponent vowed a terrible revenge. Joe Public coach Keith Griffith, whose side fell 2-0 to the Impact, boldly forecast that his side would win the return game ... Read the whole story
In Europe, when the coach of a troubled team receives a vote of confidence from the club's board, it's usually a prelude to his sacking just a few days later. The phrase has now entered soccer parlance as 'the dreaded vote of confidence.' One can only hope for the sake ... Read the whole story
Manchester City manager Mark Hughes has responded to Real Madrid coach Bernd Schuster's claim that Brazilian striker Robinho is content to be "a big player at a mediocre club" by having made the $58 million move from Real to City.   "Bernd is obviously a bit emotional about the situation," ... Read the whole story
Brian Glanville ponders the irony of FIFA Vice President Jack Warner being "outraged at being called a disgrace and a clown" by Sunderland's manager Roy Keane. "Remember," he rhetorically muses, "the gallant 2006 [Trinidad & Tobago] World Cup team who found they were being short changed by Warner and had ... Read the whole story
Former England, Chelsea and Manchester United midfielder Ray Wilkins has returned to Stamford Bridge for a second spell as assistant first-team coach. Read the whole story
"Since he [Juan Pietravallo] joined MLS in July from Veria F.C. of the Greek league, the Red Bulls have been a team transformed -- tougher, more confident and an emerging contender for the league title, something that could be seldom said during the club's inglorious and unfocused history." Jack Bell ... Read the whole story
"Those set pieces, along with the long throw-ins for Oguchi Onyewu to head, which are so threatening against Mexico and others, simply cannot be relied on against sophisticated opponents." Frank Dell'Apa analyzes what the U.S. needs to do to make its attack more potent. Read the whole story


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