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Why is it OK for coaches to advocate cheating?

When this sort of thing happens -- and it keeps happening in soccer -- you're left to ponder whether there is ever anything really new for the sport to explore.
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A sad, sad end for Steve Zakuani

There is one pretty obvious risk involved in playing soccer: That of a serious, career-ending injury. Pro players know that, they accept it. Fortunately, those serious injuries don't happen too often.
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Latino Inclusion: U.S. Soccer Takes a Step Backward

Hugo Perez is known as someone with strong connections in the California Latino communities. He also has an exceptionally keen eye when it comes to recognizing young players of promise. Those two attributes ought, one might reasonably suppose, to be of considerable use to U.S. Soccer and its national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
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New era in L.A. kicks off with same old FC B.S.

Try as I might, I cannot see the demise of Chivas USA and its replacement by a celebrity-conglomerate currently calling itself Los Angeles Football Club as a positive event for MLS.
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Rip Van Wenger wakes up to the obvious

What ever is it with Arsene Wenger and the Latin Americans? Because, here we go again -- but this time it really does look as though Wenger is having us on.
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FIFA's Scandalous Snub of Costa Rica

Should there be any lingering doubts about the total domination that Europe now has over the global game they have surely been put to flight by the announcement of the short list of candidates for the most prestigious individual awards in men's soccer in 2014: the Ballon d'Or (best player), and the FIFA World Coach of the Year.
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A Tale of Two Clasicos: From Madrid to Seattle

It seemed like a good idea -- to compare and contrast Sunday's big games. Two clasicos really: From Spain, Real Madrid-Barcelona, and right here the Seattle Sounders-Los Angeles Galaxy. Maybe it's stretching things a bit to dub the MLS game a clasico, if only because clasicos surely need a history. The American rivalry dates back only to 2009, a feeble ...
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How I referee Garber vs. Klinsmann

That MLS Commissioner Don Garber should be upset by Jurgen Klinsmann's thoughtless and really rather peevish comments on Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey is understandable. By coming back to the USA to play in MLS, Dempsey and Bradley are -- according to Klinsmann -- lowering their standards. Because MLS is an inferior league.
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To Landon Donovan: Ave atque Vale!

So Landon Donovan has had his special day ... and I cannot think of anyone involved in soccer in this country who more deserves to be honored in this way.
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The Need for a Holistic Approach to Soccer

One of the stranger things about soccer is that it is rarely, if ever, considered as a whole. There are, of course, endless discussions of its myriad details, from tactics to head dress, from simulation to offside calls ... but when was the last time you heard of a serious seminar on The State of the Game? The whole game, ...
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England -- belatedly and hesitantly -- begins to accept Latin talent

LONDON -- Change -- important, fundamental change -- seems to be arriving at last in English soccer. Slowly and reluctantly, of course. I'm tempted to say this is going to take time, but that overlooks the fact that the change I'm talking about has already taken up an enormous amount of time. About a hundred years, roughly speaking.
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Tactical fouls and studs-up tackles dangerously overshadowed by diving hysteria

LONDON -- This fatuous business of turning simulation, or diving, into the worst crime that a player can commit continues -- and continues to have ridiculous side effects.
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Magath's cheese poultice -- maybe not so whacky as it sounds

LONDON -- There's not much to be said -- well, nothing good -- about the short time that Felix Magath spent coaching Fulham. Seven months in charge, 20 games played, only four of them won.
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Coaches, Doctors or Refs: Who to trust with players' health?

LONDON -- You may have noticed that Jose Mourinho has plenty to say. You may also have noticed that virtually everything he says has Jose Mourinho as its focal point.
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Mad Dog and Fighting Pig find home in MLS -- in a good way, of course

Hard on the heels (and that phrase may soon acquire literal meaning) of the arrival of Jermaine Jones in MLS, comes the news that the Columbus Crew have signed Austrian defender Emanuel Pogatetz. Two players who can -- and I'm picking my words carefully here -- be described as hard men.
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