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Home >Soccer America Daily > Friday, March 9, 2012
[MLS SPOTLIGHT] Not for the first time has the soccer powers-that-be moved the goalposts during the game. In a conference call with reporters Thursday, MLS commissioner Don Garber waxed positive, with justification, regarding most elements of the league's status: fans and media in another expansion city, Montreal, brimming with anticipation; ... Read the whole story
[TELEVISION WATCH] One of the biggest stories of the first weekend of the MLS season is the launch of NBC's coverage with Sunday's game between host FC Dallas and the New York Red Bulls at 3 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network (the old VERSUS). Modeling its MLS coverage after ... Read the whole story
[THE PITCH] In her first dispatch from Sweden, Christen Press, the 2010 Soccer America College Women's Player of the Year and 2011 WPS Rookie of the Year, writes about what it is like getting out of her comfort zone. And she isn't only talking about the wind and cold of ... Read the whole story
[MLS 2012] Only one Eastern Conference team signed a Designated Player during the offseason. D.C. United acquired Albanian forward Hamdi Salihi. (New England upgraded Shalrie Joseph to DP status.) The imports of choice in the Eastern Conference were Colombians with seven players signed by five teams. The most active team ... Read the whole story
[MLS 2012] The Vancouver Whitecaps were the most active Western Conference team during the offseason, bringing in 12 new players, including four from Coach Martin Rennie's former club, the NASL's Carolina Railhawks. The 'Caps also had one of two Designated Player signings with the acquisition of Scotsman Martin Robson, who ... Read the whole story
[DATEBOOK] Major League Soccer launches its 17th season this weekend with eight games through Monday. The defending champion Los Angeles Galaxy hosts Real Salt Lake Saturday night in a rematch of the 2011 Western Conference final. The Montreal Impact plays its first game when it travels to the Vancouver Whitecaps. ... Read the whole story
[AMERICANS ABROAD] Jozy Altidore's AZ defeated Udinese of Italy, 2-0, in the first leg of their Europa League round-of-16 series. Altidore, who started and played the entire game, helped set up both goals in the second half. Read the whole story
[SCOREBOARD] Mark Blanco scored two goals to give El Salvador's Isidro Metapan a 2-1 win over UNAM of Mexico in the first leg of their Concacaf Champions League quarterfinal series. For all the Concacaf Champions League action ... Read the whole story

What They're Saying

"I've had a letter from the Premier League telling me to stop discussing the England manager's job. You can't believe it can you?"-- Manchester United coach Alex Ferguson on the Premier League sending out a letter asking him to stop talking about the vacant England manager position and Harry Redknapp's prospects of getting the job. The letter is believed to have been sent to all clubs at the request of Tottenham Hotspur, Redknapp's current employer. Ferguson said last month Redknapp is the best man for the job. (Guardian) ...More

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