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Women's World Cup: Top 10 Stories

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The long road to respect

Women's soccer has come a long way in the last half century since the DFB, the powerful governing body of German soccer, attempted to ban a group of women from forming a national league in 1955. "Irreparable damage" would come to their bodies and "the public display of their bodies will offend ...
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MLS: Rating the All-Rookie XI

Fueled by the new Designated Player rule and an influx of foreign players, competition for roster spots forced rookies into the toughest situation of any group coming to MLS out of college since its launch in 1996. Several players who emerged started more than 20 games and played invaluable roles in their first seasons.

The race for MLS Rookie ...
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U.S. Abroad-Castillo: From New Mexico to Old Mexico

How a small-town U.S. boy ended up on the Mexican national team.

Even when Edgar Castillo was only 4 years old, he watched soccer games on television.

"He'd come over to our house to play with my boys," says Linda Lara. "If I turned on the television for a soccer game, Edgar would start watching. The other ...
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Youth Beat: Go Abroad, Young Man?

Interest from foreign clubs in teenage American players is at an all-time high and an increasing number of youngsters are considering leaving their homes to pursue their soccer dreams aboard.

One day Francisco Lletget noticed something slightly odd about the way his son, Sebastian, was eating breakfast, so he approached and took a closer look. While scooping cereal ...
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U.S. Abroad: Decision Time for Rossi

The name of American-born Giuseppe Rossi has arisen once again as U.S. head coach Bob Bradley scours the globe for players to restock his player pool. Rossi's career is steaming along as he scores goals for Spanish club Villarreal and the Italian under-21 team, for which he may play next year in the Olympic Games.

One way or another, ...
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MLS Newcomers Boost Profile

Only five Designated Players were signed in 2007 to varying degrees of success, yet many teams acquired players by more traditional means who have contributed greatly in their first MLS seasons.

The tale is told in MLS offices of how skittish were Chicago Fire officials to herald the arrival of Mexican icon Cuauhtemoc Blanco in early April.

A ...
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Josef Schulz Takes Dutch-Brazilian Approach

Worldwide search for player gold mine led Austrian Josef Schulz to South Florida.

Josef Schulz once spent two years traveling the world scouting young soccer talent. But on this day, nine years ago, he was just taking a walk with his wife, Barbara, in their Boca Raton, Fla., neighborhood.

They stopped to watch a pickup game and Schulz ...
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