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Home >Soccer America Daily > Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2008
The ultimate tests for an Abby Wambach-less U.S. women won't come until later in the Olympic soccer tournament, but starting out against traditional rival Norway in Qinhuangdao on Wednesday may be a stiff enough challenge to a team abruptly deprived of its most potent weapon. Read the whole story
[OLYMPIC WOMEN] On the eve of the Olympic opener against Norway, U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage spoke about the progress the team has made since she took over late last year. The Swede says the Americans, 21-0-1 in 2008, have made great strides on defense and in midfield but admitted ... Read the whole story
[OLYMPIC WOMEN] Only five countries have won medals in Olympic women's soccer: the USA, Brazil, Germany, Norway and China. It would be a surprise if the medalists at the Beijing Olympics don't come from this quintet of women's soccer powers. Here's a look at key players from each of these ... Read the whole story
Two days before the Opening Ceremonies, Olympic soccer will begin on Wednesday morning with live coverage of the USA-Norway women's game on MSNBC and Universal HD. Soccer coverage will also be available on various NBC networks, including USA, CNBC and Telemundo. Complete soccer coverage will be available on the NBC ... Read the whole story
[TRANSFER TALK] Real Madrid's signing of Dutch midfielder Rafael van der Vaart from German side Hamburg SV in a $20 million transfer deal could spell the end of the Spanish champion's protracted pursuit of Portuguese international Cristiano Ronaldo. Read the whole story
[MLS] Midfielder Juan Toja has been transferred from FC Dallas to Romanian club FC Steaua Bucharest. The 23-year-old Colombian joined Dallas last season from Argentina's River Plate and made 43 MLS appearances, scoring eight goals. Read the whole story
[AMERICANS ABROAD] Northern California product Jesus Padilla, 21, scored Chivas Guadalajara's first goal in a 5-2 loss to Spain's Barcelona in a friendly Sunday in front of 40,717 fans at Chicago's Soldier Field. Read the whole story
[OFF THE POST] Foreigners are no longer welcome in Malaysia's pro leagues. In an effort to improve the national team's standard of play and reduce clubs' burgeoning debt, the Football Association of Malaysia has decided to make its Super League a strictly domestic organization. FA Deputy President Khairy Jamaluddin explained ... Read the whole story

What They're Saying

"It was great. I mean Barcelona -- c'mon! How often do you get to see them? It was a little short, but we got some signatures." -- Andes Baeca, a 20-year-old tourist from Canada who was among "the plethora of joggers, bikers and others" who stopped to watch FC Barcelona when the Spanish power held a training season in New York City's Central Park on Monday ahead of Wednesday's friendly with the New York Red Bulls. ( ...More

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