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Home >Section 2 Around the Net > Monday, Dec. 15, 2008
Women's Professional Soccer is set to announce Monday a three-year, $10-million deal with German company Puma to be its official equipment supplier, writes Matthew Futterman. "Women's soccer is on a tremendous growth pattern in the U.S.," said Jochen Zeitz, Puma's chief executive. "This is a huge opportunity for us." Its ... Read the whole story
AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti was initially not thought to be wildly enthused at the idea of taking L.A. Galaxy midfielder David Beckham on loan. Now, however, he thinks that Beckham will boost his injury-depleted squad when he arrives in January since Italian national team midfielder Gennaro Gattuso is out ... Read the whole story
FIFA President Sepp Blatter has said there is no way the 2010 World Cup will be moved from South Africa, after admitting earlier this year that soccer's world governing body did have contingency plans to move the event. "There definitely is no plan B or C, the only plan is ... Read the whole story
As Canadian midfielder Dwayne De Rosario is traded to his hometown Toronto FC, Andrea Canales lauds a player who "spun the notion that North American soccer consisted just of the U.S. and Mexico on its head by becoming one of the very best in MLS." At the same time, she ... Read the whole story
English native Roger Faulkner was the president of the 1994 World Cup Detroit Host Committee when a natural grass surface was laid at the Silverdome and four games attracted average gates of over 70,000. "Since then, we've seen absolutely nothing," he told Jo-Ann Barnas. Without a professional team, Michigan soccer ... Read the whole story
Glasgow Celtic "will battle it out with a host of European rivals to land American star Sacha Kljestan," writes a Scottish Sunday newspaper, without citing sources. It said the Chivas USA midfielder "is being tracked by Monaco, Heerenveen, FC Twente, Leverkusen, Schalke and Wolfsburg."    Read the whole story
Copa Sudamericana champion Internacional of Brazil turned down an offer of more than $6.8 million from the L.A. Galaxy for Argentine midfielder Andres D'Alessandro, reports Brian Lewis. He takes this as meaning "Landon Donovan is surely leaving Los Angeles. His trial at Bayern Munich must be going well, because if ... Read the whole story
"I always said the door of the national team is open for all the players. I will check him in January and after that I will decide if he is ready, if he is OK for the next squad." England manager Fabio Capello says that Newcastle's Michael Owen is still ... Read the whole story


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