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Rate of Exchange

How will MLS fare in the offseason rate of exchange, i.e., the players it sells or loses overseas to those it imports?

Right away, the league has fallen slightly behind on the American side of the ledger, with EPL clubs Reading and Fulham in the hunt for Eddie Johnson and Clint Dempsey, respectively, and Brian McBride and, maybe, ...

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Mo Moves?

Toronto FC coach Mo Johnston probably isn't finished with the wheeling and dealing that highlighted the expansion draft last Friday.

Defender Tim Regan, waived by the former MetroStars last year and picked up by Chivas USA before being exposed in the expansion draft, is rumored to be on his way back to New York in exchange for talented but ...

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Beckham Buzz


Ah, pity the poor souls who will be selected in the expansion draft. Whatever slim chance they had of generating any real noise outside of Toronto is being nearly drowned out by the Designated Player Frenzy, aka, the Beckham Buzz.

For nearly two years AEG president Tim Leiweke has been on the Beckham beat. Although he started a ...

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Coach Search

Two MLS head coaching jobs are open and a third may be also if Sigi Schmid leaves Columbus to work with Juergen Klinsmann, whose employment as U.S. national team head coach is drawing near.

As to this possibility, Schmid said only, "You'd have to ask [U.S. Soccer president] Sunil Gulati or Juergen." Schmid has stated he wants to finish ...

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MLS Cup '06: Soccer America Report Card

HOUSTON 1 NEW ENGLAND 1 (Houston wins 4-3 on penalties.)

PLAYER RATINGS
(1-low; 5-average; 10-high)

New England: Reis 6, Heaps 5, Parkhurst 6, John 6, Dorman 5, Ralston 6, Hernandez 5, Joseph 6, ...

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MLS CUP: Strike Forces, Flank Facts, Redemption, Bottom Line


Of the myriad factors to be in play Sunday when New England plays Houston in MLS Cup 2006 (3:30 pm ET on ABC), these may be the most compelling:

STRIKE FORCES. One of the matchups favoring Houston is Brian Ching against just about anyone on the Revs. They can deploy Shalrie Joseph or even Taylor Twellman on set ...

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New Direction in Dallas

So Colin Clarke has taken the fall for his team being upset not once, but twice, in the MLS conference semifinals by Colorado despite being the higher-seeded team.

Did he deserve it? Well, the blame for a disappointing performance always falls in the same direction, and for losing twice in the playoffs with a chance to play in the ...

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Scheduling Issues in 2007

At this point, about all that's known about the 2007 MLS season is that it will consist of 13 teams.

After that, who knows? Some decisions may be announced next week, when the league's Board of Governors meets at MLS Cup, but several thorny issues need to be finalized.

A single-table, ballyhooed by strident cyber-experts regardless of its ...

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Expansion Plans; Improved TV

As MLS Cup 2006 approaches, coaches and general managers are receiving updates and information regarding procedures for an expansion draft to be held Nov. 17, the Friday after the championship game.

Several directives have gone out and plans are still being formulated. A few points of note regarding procedures in the current version:

Teams can protect only 12 ...

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