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Home >Section 2 Around the Net > Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009
While some potential Major League Soccer expansion franchises are withdrawing their bids or receiving negative messages from league headquarters, the 2009 startup team Seattle Sounders FC is looking like one of the league's strongest clubs without having yet kicked a competitive ball. Not only is it set to become one ... Read the whole story
The general consensus on the L.A. Galaxy is that last season is best forgotten. But Coach Bruce Arena is still drawing lessons from the poor showing of a team he took over too late to rescue, pinpointing its brittle defense as the core of its problems. "We got pushed around ... Read the whole story
Europe's top clubs and its soccer governing body UEFA have started preliminary talks on measures to curb inflated transfer fees and players' wages, reports Darren Ennis. The European Club Association, which represents clubs such as Manchester United, Real Madrid and AC Milan, has proposed that teams should only be allowed ... Read the whole story
Former Chicago Fire goalkeeper Matt Pickens seemed top be on an upward path when he left the MLS team for England's Queens Park Rangers last year on a short term deal. But he never made it farther than the second-tier club's reserve team and was cut at the end of ... Read the whole story
"I won't walk home on my own again, that's for sure. It left a bitter taste in my mouth for a while, but I'm just glad justice has been done. It was a one-off incident. It upset me and disappointed me. It is not a fair reflection on Glasgow. It ... Read the whole story
"We're not anybody's fool. We've turned down negotiations for three different players because we felt the demands both from the [selling] club and, in essence, the players have been ludicrous. The perception that we are out there throwing money around is simply not true." Manchester City Executive Chairman Garry Cook ... Read the whole story
"We've got some tough games, we've a game at Man. United that really is so secondary to me now." Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp says he will send a second string lineup to face Manchester United in the FA Cup fourth round this weekend, because Premier League survival has become ... Read the whole story
"Sports events bind us together as a nation and it's vital, where possible, the public can watch them. It's also crucial for the development of sport that broadcasting deals represent good value for money for governing sports. The voluntary code strikes the right balance between audience and revenue." Senior barrister ... Read the whole story


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