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MLS CONFIDENTIAL: Fowled up? Rogers Returns; Simon Says ...

According to a source, negotiations with Robbie Fowler's representatives broke down when the player's salary demands suddenly increased from $1 million to $3 million.

An unidentified MLS club (not New England) was bidding to bring Fowler to MLS as a Designated Player at a salary of approximately $1 million. Fowler's contract with Liverpool expires in June and his ...

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OFF THE POST: Betting on Ronaldinho

Two decades since the southern Italian team of Napoli lured Diego Maradona into its ranks and won its first two Serie A championships, a supporters' group has come up with a plan to revive the club that now plays in Italy's second division.

Napoli has no means to land a major international star, such as Ronaldinho, whose Barcelona buyout ...

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CORRECTION: From yesterday's Daily

U.S. under-16 girls national team player Mariah Nogueira and U.S. women's national team player Casey Nogueira are not sisters. Yael Averbuch played for the USA in the 2004 Under-19 Women's World Cup.

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HALL OF FAME: Hamm and Foudy form first all-female class

U.S. women's soccer legends Mia Hamm and Julie Foudy will be inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in the Player Category for the class of 2007 -- the first all-female class inducted in the Player Category. The 2007 induction ceremonies will be held on Aug. 26 at the National Soccer Hall of Fame in Oneonta, N.Y.

Hamm ...

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WOMEN: Investors commit to launch of new major league

Four years after the WUSA folded following three seasons, Women's Soccer Initiative, Inc., has announced the commitment of six investment groups to launch a new major pro women's soccer league in 2008.

The six announced charter teams will be led by the following investors:

AEG: Greater Los Angeles
John Hendricks, Freedom Soccer LLC: Washington D.C.
Jeff Cooper, St. ...

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MLS: Player injured by Stoitchkov in 2003 files lawsuit

Freddy Llerena, who suffered a broken leg while playing for American University in a 2003 scrimmage against D.C. United, has filed a lawsuit against D.C. United, its former investors (Anschutz Entertainment Group), MLS and Hristo Stoitchkov.

The Washington Post reported that Llerena is seeking $5 million in compensatory damages from all parties and $5 million in punitive ...

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OFF THE POST: Jesus saves in 'Mexican' win at Vatican

The 16-team Clericus Cup kicked off at the Vatican last weekend as Mater Ecclesiae (Mother of the Church College), a team comprised mainly of Mexican priest trainees, defeated the all-Brazilian students of the Pontifical Gregorian University, 6-0.

The game opened the 16-team tournament in which 311 priests and seminarians -- from countries including Italy, the United States, Mexico, Papua ...

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MLS: World Cup vet Jimmy Conrad opts for home

By Ridge Mahoney

Kansas City defender Jimmy Conrad has agreed to terms of a four-year deal to stay in MLS after drawing some interest from foreign teams.

Swedish club Lillestrom FC tendered a transfer offer of $550,000 last month that was rejected by the league, and agent Lyle Yorks said there was also interest from a few ...

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DATEBOOK: USA to meet China in San Jose

The USA's fifth friendly of the year and final warmup before this summer's Gold Cup and Copa America will be against China at Spartan Stadium in San Jose, Calif., June 2 (8 pm ET/5 pm PT, live on ESPN2 and Galavision.

The USA and China have met seven times. The USA has won four of the encounters, lost once, ...

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U.S. SOCCER: Cordeiro appointed first independent director

Carlos Cordeiro is the first independent director appointed to U.S. Soccer's Board of Directors.

The three ''independent director'' positions were created at last year's AGM, when the organization's Board of Directors was reduced from 40 to 15. Cordeiro was appointed in a vote of U.S. Soccer's membership at its Annual General Meeting held last weekend in Los Angeles. The ...

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REF WATCH: Brazilian official gets holiday for misdirected red

Brazilian Rodrigo Martins Cintra has been banned indefinitely for ejecting the wrong player in a Corinthians-Rio Branco game.

In the first half, Rio Branco's Josias tripped a Corinthians player but Cintra showed a yellow card to Felipe, who, because he had already been cautioned, was red-carded.

''He thought it was one player but it was a different one,'' ...

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YOUTH: U.S. girls teams to face Germany

The U.S. under-17 and under-16 girls national teams are assembling at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., where they will host Germany's under-17 national team.

The U.S. U-17s and U-16s will meet March 2 before each facing Germany's U-17s twice March 4-7.

Illinois powerhouse Eclipse Select leads all clubs five five players among the 48 to the ...

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U-20 WORLD CUP: Mexico and Costa Rica complete the field

Mexico and Costa Rica clinched the final spots in the 2007 U-20 World Cup (July 1-22 in Canada) last weekend to complete the 24-team field.

The USA qualified from Concacaf's Group A along with Panama. Mexico hosted and topped Group B play with 2-0 wins over Jamaica and St. Kitts & Nevis, before tying Costa Rica, 1-1. The Ticos ...

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WORLD CUP: USSF board approves bid effort for 2018 World Cup

The U.S. Soccer Federation board unanimously approved a quest to bid for the 2018 World Cup during the federation AGM in Los Angeles.

The USA hosted the 1994 World Cup, which remains the best attended finals ever.

Also aiming to host the 2018 finals is England.

The 2010 World Cup is set for South Africa. FIFA's executive ...

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AMERICANS ABROAD: McBride scores in loss; Watford looks doomed

Brian McBride scored his 9th goal of the season, but Fulham fell, 2-1, to Manchester United, for which Cristiano Ronaldo's scored the late gamewinner. McBride played 79 minutes, Carlos Bocanegra went the distance in central defense; and Clint Dempsey, a 71st minute sub, was one of the Cottagers Ronaldo evaded on the way to scoring his 16th goal of the ...
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