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Home >Soccer America Daily > Thursday, July 31, 2008
[OLYMPIC COUNTDOWN] In the first of two tuneup games before the Olympics, which begin next Japan next Thursday, the USA tied Ivory Coast, 0-0, in the opening match of the ING Cup in steamy Hong Kong on Wednesday. Read the whole story
It seems nothing - Mexican opposition, bad blood, scuffles, player absences, naked men running amuck on airplanes - can distract New England's players and coaches as they strive to make their first serious foray into international competition a triumphant one. Read the whole story
[MLS/OLYMPICS] Last year, midfielder Dax McCarty, 21, played for the USA at the U-20 World Cup. Now the third-year MLS player, who has made 11 appearances in 2008 for FC Dallas, is headed to the Olympic Games. Get to know McCarty in this profile by Soccer America's Bryan Alvarez that ... Read the whole story
[YOUTH] The U.S. under-20 national team got two goals from FC Dallas rookie Brek Shea and a goal apiece from the University of Michigan's Peri Marosevic and UNLV's Danny Cruz in a 4-0 win over Wales Wednesday to earn a split in its first two games at Northern Ireland's Milk ... Read the whole story
[TRANSFER TALK] Manager Roy Hodgson had a huge task ahead of him when was hired by Fulham in late December. The club, which had four Americans on its roster at the time, was languishing in the cellar of the Premier League standings and needed a serious turnaround to help avoid ... Read the whole story
[AUSTRALIA/VIDEO] Embattled Australian goalkeeper Mark Bosnich is making a comeback with the Central Coast Mariners in his country's A-League. Bosnich previously kept goal for Manchester United, Aston Villa and Chelsea in the English Premier League before substance abuse problems and declaring bankruptcy. Bosnich's opportunity with the Mariners opened up after ... Read the whole story
[OFF THE POST] For a few glorious hours, fans of Greek side PAOK thought they would be watching Zlatan Ibrahimovic score goals for the club when the team's official Web site inadvertently announced that the Swedish striker would be joining the side for the upcoming season. It turns out that ... Read the whole story
[UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE] Action heated up in the second round of UEFA Champions League qualifying, where Rangers, runner-up in last season's UEFA Cup, was held to a scoreless draw by FBK Kaunas at home in Wednesday's first leg. For all the second-round results ... Read the whole story


What They're Saying

"U.S. Soccer has a well-established hearing process to consider these types of situations. We're satisfied the hearing panel did their job and that the punishment is consistent with past, similar incidents." -- D.C. United President Kevin Payne on the U.S. Soccer Federation banning Chicago Fire star Cuauhtemoc Blanco from U.S. Open Cup play for two years for his involvement in a scuffle with D.C. United in a U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal July 8. After being red-carded, Blanco refused to leave the field in a timely manner and allegedly headbutted a United operations official. (Washington Post) ...More


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