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Home > Soccer America Daily > Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008
The long, twisting saga of Seattle FC's pursuit of Sigi Schmid will end Tuesday with the official announcement of his hiring, a day after MLS imposed a penalty on the expansion team for unspecified improprieties. Read the whole story
[U.S. WOMEN] When she took the job as head coach of the U.S. women's team 13 months ago, Pia Sundhage signed a deal that guaranteed her only nine months of employment. Upon an exhaustive review following the team's gold-medal performance at the Olympic Games, which U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati ... Read the whole story
[WPS] Women's Professional Soccer unveiled its first major sponsorship with Monday's announcement that Puma would be a founding partner of  WPS and an official sponsor of all WPS teams. Amid a difficult economic climate, the deal is a coup for WPS, which kicks off its first season in 2009. Read the whole story
[ENGLAND] Both Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo have escaped disciplinary action from UEFA and the English FA, respectively, after video examination of two recent incidents involving the players. Read the whole story
[FRANCE] French soccer folks like to look down on the drinking habits of English players, but that doesn't mean Frenchmen are teetotalers. French international Sidney Govou had his driver's license confiscated on the spot when he was found to be driving in Lyons at five times over the French alcohol ... Read the whole story
[U.S. UNDER-20 NATIONAL TEAM] A pair of Italian-based players, Vincenzo Bernardo of Napoli and Giuseppe Nazzani of Bologna, were among the five foreign-based players called into the U.S. under-20 national team training camp that began Monday in Sunrise, Fla. For the complete roster ... Read the whole story
[AWARDS] U.S. Soccer has announced the first four winners of the 2008 Best of U.S. Soccer awards presented by Soccer America following nearly three weeks of fan voting online at For the choices of Best Soccer Specialty Store, Best Soccer Bar, Best Soccer Blog and Best Fan Photo ... Read the whole story

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I realized that the problem was in the mind of the players. Now we are better. We need time and we will continue to work. It is important to be a psychologist but we need good players to win. Good psychologist, bad players -- it is impossible to win. We want to be better." -- Italian coach Fabio Capello, who took over as England coach in 2008, saying his main success of the year was changing the mentality of the players, who often performed well for their clubs but not for the national team. (Reuters) ...More

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