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Home >Soccer America Daily > Friday, May 23, 2008
What had been billed as a reunion -- a meeting of old and new -- transformed into a rivalry when the San Jose Earthquakes hosted the defending MLS champion Houston Dynamo Thursday night on national television. The Quakes are still last in the Western Conference, but after upending Houston, 2-1, ... Read the whole story
[AMERICANS ABROAD] New Mexican Edgar Castillo started at left back for Santos in its 1-1 tie at Monterrey in the first leg of their semifinal series in Mexico's Torneo Clausura. U.S. U-23 defender Michael Orozco did not play in San Luis' 1-0 loss at home to Cruz Azul on Wednesday. ... Read the whole story
[SCOTLAND] Like the English Premier League race, the Scottish Premier League race went down to the final day of the season with two teams tied for the first place, and the team with the edge in the tiebreaker prevailed without needing to win on a count of goal difference. Read the whole story
[LIBERTADORES CUP] Club America was last in the Mexican First Division this spring, but it's through to the semifinals of South America's Libertadores Cup thanks to its 2-1 aggregate victory over famed Santos of Brazil. Read the whole story
[OLYMPIC COUNTDOWN] The Olympic finals in China with Argentina or Champions League qualifying with Barcelona? Lionel Messi said he plans on playing for Argentina at the Olympic Games in August instead of Barcelona's Champions League third qualifying round series. Read the whole story
[TELEVISION] Wednesday's UEFA Champions League final between Manchester United and Chelsea on ESPN2 was the highest-rated and most-watched UEFA telecast in the network's history. In addition, the game drew the highest rating ever or ESPN Deportes, which has received Hispanic sample ratings since April 28. Read the whole story
[OFF THE POST] Viennese residents aren't exactly waiting in anticipation for the start of Euro '08 -- Austria is considered the weakest host team in the history of major international competition -- but locals are up in arms after learning that beer at the official fan zone in the historic ... Read the whole story
Columbus looks to hold on to its lead in the Eastern Conference when it hosts defending conference champion New England on Saturday. FC Dallas plays its first game under interim coach Marco Ferruzzi when it welcomes Real Salt Lake. D.C. United hosts FC Toronto three days after the Canadian team ... Read the whole story


What They're Saying

"We must extend the period of residency from two to five years. Today in Brazil, 6,000 professional soccer players are eligible to play for any league in the world." -- FIFA president Sepp Blatter, warning that half the players at the 2014 World Cup will be Brazilian if the trend continues of players switching nationalities. (Le Monde) ...More


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