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Ref Watch

Much ado has been made of the apparent handball by which Carlos Ruiz controlled a pass before scoring the first goal in FC Dallas's 2-1 playoff win over Colorado, yet a similar play earlier in the match hasn't received nearly as much attention. On that occasion, Thiago Martins appeared to settle a ball with his upper arm as he broke ...

Red Bull Revival? Not!

The most successful coach this season for the moribund Red Bulls? Easy. Richie Williams, in a landslide.

As the interim coach after replacing Mo Johnston (2-3-7) in late June, Williams went 3-3-2, and all of those losses were road games.

Bruce Arena is getting props for guiding RBNY into the postseason, but if anything, his influence ...


Ref Watch

Two critical refereeing decisions went against Colorado in its 3-1 loss to New England Sept. 30, yet in both cases, the right call was made.

Rapids coach Fernando Clavijo complained when a penalty kick was called after defender Aitor Karanka, attempting to clear a ball, kicked Jay Heaps in the face as Heaps headed a shot at goal.



The obstacles of moving abroad

Foreign players vying for a work permit in England can be denied by a single vote or a single game.

In the former case, Tottenham Hotspur's appeal on behalf of U.S. midfielder Bobby Convey resulted in a split 3-3 vote by the six-man panel of executives, coaches and former players who decide such things. In this case, a tie ...