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EURO '08: Support for England's 'Sven lite'

By Paul Kennedy

A match against tiny Andorra Wednesday in Euro 2008 qualifying should put an end to England's scoring drought, but a big win will hardly lessen the pressure on embattled England coach Steve McClaren.

The Football Association offered its support Tuesday to McClaren, who has taken the brunt of the criticism for England's slow start in Euro ...
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MLS COUNTDOWN: Columbus has nowhere to go but up

By Ridge Mahoney

The worst team in the league last year has a lot of ground to make up if it is to reach the playoffs after missing them in 2005 as well as 2006.

In its first year with head coach Sigi Schmid, Columbus (8-15-9) had last place in the Eastern Conference all but locked up with ...

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BRAZIL: Stars return for friendly wins in Sweden

Brazil swept a pair of friendly games played in Sweden, defeating Chile, 4-0, on Saturday in Gothenburg and Ghana, 1-0, on Tuesday in Stockholm.

Ronaldinho scored twice against Chile, converting a controversial penalty and scoring direct from a free kick, for his first goals for Brazil in almost two years. Kaka and Juan scored the other goals.

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USA-GUATEMALA: Last chance for Eddie Johnson?

By Ridge Mahoney

Will this be the final, last, drop-dead chance that Eddie Johnson gets to get back on the beam for the national team?

He has a good track record against Guatemala, against which he scored last year in a 4-0 rout as well as in a World Cup qualifier in 2005. The match is being ...

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MLS CONFIDENTIAL:Doubling Up NBDPs at RBNY?

The price of a NBDP - Non-Beckham Designated Player - could be increased by more than a factor of two, if RBNY - Red Bull New York - closes the deal on the player it is pursuing.

According to a source with knowledge of the negotiations, MLS and English club Aston Villa have agreed on a transfer fee (undisclosed) ...

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YOUTH: Ferrari scores twice for U-20s against SMU

Sampdoria forward Gabriel Ferrari scored two goals and Freddy Adu buried the game-winner in the 90th minute as the U.S. U-20 national team beat SMU, 3-2, on Monday afternoon in Dallas.

Ferrari, 19, scored in both halves in his U.S. debut, but the Mustangs twice pulled even on goals by Dane Saintus and Scott Corbin.

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EURO '08: Italy faces difficult test against Scots

World Cup champion Italy faces a must-win situation when it hosts Scotland Wednesday in Euro 2008 qualifying at Bari's San Nicola Stadium.

With the Azzurri fourth in Group B -- five points behind Scotland and France and two behind Ukraine -- the pressure on on beleaguered coach Roberto Donadini.

Donadoni lashed out at media critics, saying ...

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GOLD CUP: U.S. opponents struggled in weekend friendlies

None of the USA's three Gold Cup opponents in Group B won in friendly games played iver the weekend.

Guatemala played to a 0-0 tie at Barbados on Sunday before heading to Frsico, Texas, where it faces the USA in a friendly on Wednesday night. FC Dallas star Carlos Ruiz was with his MLS club for MLS-USL Challenge in ...

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GAMES: Live and same-day delay on national TV


(All times Eastern unless noted. TV programming is always subject to change. Check your local listings and soccerTV.com)


MONDAY, March 26

FOX SOCCER CHANNEL
Friendly
JAMAICA-PANAMA (live), 9 pm.

TUESDAY, March 27

FOX SOCCER CHANNEL
Friendly
BRAZIL-GHANA (live), 1:30 pm

FOX SPORTS EN ESPANOL
Friendly
BRAZIL-GHANA (live), 1:30 pm
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HIGHLIGHT & MAGAZINE SHOWS: A Sampling


INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHT/NEWS SHOWS

FOX SOCCER SHOW
Fox Soccer Channel

Monday-Sunday, 10 pm ET

FOX SPORTS NOTICIAS
Fox Sports en Espanol

Monday-Friday, 2 pm ET

SKY SPORTS NEWS
Fox Soccer Channel

Monday-Sunday, 7 pm ET

GOL TV NEWS
Gol TV

Monday-Friday, 7 pm ET

A TODO GOAL (Goals from around the ...

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MLS: 100-plus game Direct Kick package for $79

Major League Soccer will again be offering its Direct Kick package that gives viewers access to more than 100 regional game telecasts.

All 195 games of the 2007 regular season, the 2007 Sierra Mist MLS All-Star Game, playoffs and MLS Cup 2007 will be available between the following outlets: MLS Direct Kick package and national broadcast partners ABC, ESPN2, ...

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USA: Donovan eviscerates Ecuador with hat trick

By Ridge Mahoney

He's asked the question a lot, especially after he shreds a defense as he did Sunday in a 3-1 thumping of Ecuador that featured the skills and speed and guile at which mere mortals can only marvel, and a killer instinct Landon Donovan sometimes lacks.

''It's not like other sports, especially basketball, where you might ...

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MLS WRAP: Preseason fine-tuning

By Ridge Mahoney

South Carolina and Puerto Rico were the venues for competitions over the weekend mixing teams from MLS and USL.

Dema Kovalenko scored in the final minute and Richard Mulrooney debuted for Toronto FC against several of his former San Jose teammates on Saturday in the Carolina Challenge Cup.

Kovalenko's goal scraped out a ...

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HALL OF FAME: Rothenberg to be inducted

Alan I. Rothenberg, former President of the U.S. Soccer Federation and chairman and chief executive officer of the 1994 World Cup organizing committee, will be inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

Rothenberg's induction will take place on Aug. 26 in ceremonies at the Soccer Hall of Fame in Oneonta, N.Y. Rothenberg will be inducted alongside Mia Hamm ...

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EURO '08: Turks stun Greece in Athens

Turkey remained unbeaten and untied in Euro '08 qualifying with a stunning 4-1 victory over archrival Greece, the defending European champion, in Athens on Saturday.

The Turks, who went into the game with 12 players injured or suspended, recovered from an early deficit to crush Greece thanks to goals by Tuncay Sanli, Gokhan Unal, Metin Tumer and Gokdeniz ...
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