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Home > Section 2 Around the Net > Friday, March 20, 2009
After being rumored for a few weeks now, and just two days from making Vancouver the league's 17th team, MLS made things official on Friday by announcing that Portland will become the second of two expansion teams set to begin play in 2011. Portland becomes the third team (including Seattle) ... Read the whole story
Concacaf, the confederation that governs North, Central American and Caribbean soccer, announced today that it has received a $10 million grant from FIFA to fund a two-year program intended to develop the professional leagues of 11 select countries within the region. The main priority of the redundantly named "WIN in ... Read the whole story
A trio of recent Champions League rivalries will be revived in the 2009 edition of the competition, as UEFA announced in the quarterfinal draw today in which Chelsea will meet Liverpool for the fifth time in as many years (adding to the 22 times the two teams have met across ... Read the whole story
The recent rift between Argentina coach Diego Maradona and veteran midfielder Juan Roman Riquelme has not surprisingly drawn strong reactions from fans of Boca Juniors, the team where both national treasures gained fame early in their respective playing careers. But that reaction has not been what one might expect, with ... Read the whole story
The UEFA Cup quarterfinal draw also occurred on Friday, with perhaps the most intriguing match-up being Manchester City vs. Hamburg, who lost two players to the EPL team within the last transfer year and have former Tottenham coach Martin Jol at the helm. The other three pairings find the second ... Read the whole story
"The coolest part for me -- after spending my whole career in Europe -- I was very nervous about coming home and being let down. Just kind of thinking 'why did I come home for this?' But what was so tremendous about everything that I've had so far from the ... Read the whole story
"We know that [Juan Pablo] Angel is amazing, but I want to create my own history." 21-year-old Colombian midfielder Fredy Montero, who was involved in all three of Seattle's scores in their season opener, on how his admiration for Red Bulls' MVP candidate and fellow countryman Juan Pablo Angel doesn't ... Read the whole story
"My love for this sport, which has given me plenty over the years, has allowed me to feel young, not only in terms of the physical side, but also from the spiritual one. I have had the fortune of always playing in my hometown and I have always had the ... Read the whole story

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