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Home >Soccer America Daily > Friday, Aug. 29, 2008
[WORLD CUP 2010] U.S. coach Bob Bradley has named a 20-man roster for qualifying games against Cuba Sept. 6 in Havana and Trinidad & Tobago Sept. 10 in Bridgeview, Ill. Included is 22-year-old Mexico-based defender Michael Orozco, now famous for his 3rd-minute red card in the USA's loss to Nigeria ... Read the whole story
[AMERICANS ABROAD] An own goal by Dan Califf shattered Danish club Midtjylland's dream of a monumental upset of Manchester City in the UEFA Cup. Three other Americans, Carlos Bocanegra, Ryan Guy and Brad Friedel, all started for teams that advanced to the first round, which takes place Sept. 18 and ... Read the whole story
[AMERICANS ABROAD] Texan Jose Francisco Torres scored the first goal for Pachuca in its 2-0 victory over Puebla, its first win in six games in the Mexican First Division's Torneo Apertura. Read the whole story
[ITALY] AC Milan's signing of Brazilian star Ronaldinho was the big signing of the summer in Italy, but each of the five Serie A title favorites spent big on a Brazilian. Here's a look at the players who could play key roles in the race for the Scudetto that begins ... Read the whole story
[SPAIN] With three key attacking players -- including Italian-American Giuseppe Rossi -- injured, Villarreal's offseason signings -- notably Jozy Altidore -- will play an important role in its attack when La Liga opens this week. Read the whole story
[OFF THE POST] The International Herald Tribune reports that China's Propaganda Department has ordered Chinese media to stop bashing China's men's soccer team, which exited in the first round in the Olympics. It also had two players ejected: one for kicking an opponent in the groin and the other for ... Read the whole story
Twelve former European champions are entered in the group phase of the 2008-09 UEFA Champions League, which begins Sept. 16-17. Read the whole story
[TV] Action starts on Friday, when Colorado - in Coach Gary Smith's second game -- hosts Real Salt Lake. Smith, like Galaxy coach Bruce Arena, lost in his debut. ... Arena's Los Angeles travels to New England on Saturday. ... New York vs. D.C. United is crucial to both teams' ... Read the whole story


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"It's more than 30 years down the road now so I can tell you. It was in a match between my team, Nancy, and Nantes in 1975 -- and I was happy to do it. I also did it once in another match, but I cannot remember which one. But that was all. Never again." -- UEFA president Michel Platini admits that he took a dive or two during his illustrious playing career. Platini said his plan to experiment with five officials at a youth tournament later this year is intended to make it harder for players to simulate being ...More


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