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Home >Soccer America Daily > Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011
[USA CONFIDENTIAL] Just how much a challenge Jurgen Klinsmann has as U.S. national team coach is reflected in the paucity of options he had in selecting his team for the two upcoming friendly games, beginning with Saturday's match against Honduras. There are only a few players whose absence from the ... Read the whole story
[MLS SPOTLIGHT] Vancouver opened its new facility, B.C. Place, in the same manner it departed a previous home, Empire Place, by losing to a Northwest rival. Yet general manager Bob Lendarduzzi, who played in both venues for the NASL Whitecaps three decades ago, is hopeful the second MLS season will ... Read the whole story
[DATEBOOK] There is an abbreviated MLS schedule this week -- Vancouver-Real Salt Lake on Thursday and New England-San Jose and Seattle-Philadelphia on Friday -- due to its international fixtures, including the USA-Honduras friendly and World Cup 2014 qualifying in Concacaf. For the complete schedule through the end of the regular ... Read the whole story
[DATEBOOK] World Cup 2014 qualifying in the Concacaf zone continues with the third day of group play in the second round. Of interest to the USA is play in Groups E and F, whose winners will join the USA and Jamaica in their semifinal round group next year. For all ... Read the whole story
[VIDEO PICK] Spanish central defender Inigo Martinez became a YouTube star (4.5 million hits) a month ago with a 30-yard, back-heel own goal playing for Spain's U-21s. Last weekend, the 20-year-old Real Sociedad central defender scored his first La Liga goal, a rocket from the center circle. Read the whole story

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"It's not the first time it's happened and that's also why I follow the Florentine referee's performances to see if I need to expect some telephone threats. I always hope that he referees well. But in any case, it's never nice to hear someone tell you on the telephone they're going to kill you."-- Gianluca Rocchi, an unemployed 44-year-old Italian who shares a name with Serie A referee Gianluca Rocchi. Ref Rocchi's performance during Inter Milan's 3-0 loss to Napoli last Saturday resulted in the other Rocchi received threatening phone calls. (AP) ...More

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