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Home >Section 2 Around the Net > Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008
Major League Soccer's 2008 MVP Guillermo Barros Schelotto plays "a graceful game, full of nuance and surprise," writes Shawn Mitchell. "A touch just so on a free kick. A dribble through a gaggle of defenders, off-kilter and off-balance, that ends how it started: Schelotto, head up, searching the field for ... Read the whole story
Columbus Crew coach Sigi Schmid has spotlighted New York's experienced overseas contingent as the main obstacle between the Crew and its first MLS Cup title. Colombian striker Juan Pablo Angel, with 16 goals this season, and veteran Dutch midfielder-forward Dave Van den Bergh, with eight, are his opponent's key players, ... Read the whole story
"It is all very well creating a circus but what of the act?" asks Andy Hunter after Diego Maradona's coaching debut for Argentina in Scotland Wednesday, which ended in a 1-0 exhibition win. The answer was: a "tentative first step for a team with designs on a third World Cup ... Read the whole story
The withdrawal of so many first-choice players from both rosters had lead many to declare England's friendly in Germany on Wednesday as meaningless, writes James Lawton. But "there can be no such thing when England visit the gaunt old stadium where Hitler used to strut and pose." Following World Cup ... Read the whole story
MLS deputy Commissioner Ivan Gazidis is the latest target in Arsenal's long search for a new chief executive, writes Charles Sale, quoting no sources whatsoever. Sale does point out, however, that Gazidis already turned down an approach from Manchester City for the same position because he did not want to ... Read the whole story
A Mexican paper has reported that Chicago Fire forward Cuauhtémoc Blanco will be loaned out to Mexico's Santos Laguna for the MFL playoffs to replace injured forward and leading goal scorer Christian Benitez. But Fire Technical Director Frank Klopas says it's not yet a done deal. Read the whole story
"It was very good result with strong performances in all the key departments and a big boost for our confidence. My nightmares are now turning into sweet dreams." South Africa coach Joel Santana after his side's 3-2 exhibition win over Cameroon, the next World Cup host's fourth successive victory. Read the whole story
"I think we got carried away with the first goal and thought things would be easy, but after it was 1-0 the team fell apart. Some of the goals we conceded were pathetic, as was the lack of concentration. We started to stretch ourselves, concede space and this cannot happen, ... Read the whole story


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