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Home >Section 2 Around the Net > Wednesday, April 29, 2009
The top players in Major League Soccer will face English Premier League team Everton in the July 29 MLS All-Star game at Rio Tinto Stadium in Salt Lake City. Everton, whose goalkeeper is American Tim Howard, recently advanced to the FA Cup final against Chelsea on May 30 and is ... Read the whole story
Referee Jair Marrufo and Fire star Cuauhtemoc Blanco are currently under investigation by the U.S. Soccer Federation and the league for their conduct during the 2-2 tie between Columbus and Chicago on Saturday. Multiple witnesses reported seeing Blanco broach the entrance to the referees' locker room following the game with ... Read the whole story
A study by a professor at the University of Barcelona published last week showed the combined debt of the 20 clubs in Spain's top league rose by more than 650 million euros to at least 3.5 billion ($4.6 billion) in the year through June 2008. The author of the study, ... Read the whole story
This weekend, all nine Mexican first division games will be played behind closed doors, a move aimed at stemming the spread of swine flu. "This decision was made ... in full awareness of the health emergency confronting Mexico," the Mexican soccer federation announced. Mexico's 18 first-division clubs will take a ... Read the whole story
AC Milan will go in search of an emerging coach rather than an established name if Carlo Ancelotti leaves at the end of the season, club owner Silvio Berlusconi, who is also Italy's Prime Minister, said on Wednesday. Berlusconi, who still thinks Ancelotti may stay, has fond memories of the ... Read the whole story
FIFA set out its plans Tuesday for drug-testing top-level soccer players in 2009 in a program agreed to with the World Anti-Doping Agency. FIFA declared the program a "soccer-specific" one, more "efficient" than previous efforts. Tests will target players classed in three high-risk categories: those sidelined for long periods through ... Read the whole story
Romania appointed Razvan Lucescu as national team coach on Wednesday, replacing Victor Piturca, whose contract was mutually terminated after poor results in 2010 World Cup qualifiers. Lucescu, 40, a former goalkeeper, coached Rapid Bucharest for three years, winning two Romanian Cups and reaching the quarterfinals of the UEFA Cup. Local ... Read the whole story


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