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What the EPL is and isn't

LONDON --The world's best, top, most important, richest, most attractive, most widely followed league is up and running. The English Premier League may well be all of those things, or maybe just a few of them.


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Deja Bruce

There was a decidedly familiar air to Bruce Arena's words as he made his first move at the Galaxy: "Unfortunately ... in order to bring Eddie [Lewis] to the Galaxy we were required to make salary budget space available and our only available option was to move Carlos [Ruiz] ..."


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The Dunga Style: Effective - but not Brazilian

A weekend simply stuffed full of TV soccer, impossible to watch it all, both because of overlaps and because soccer-fatigue sets in sooner or later. Of the 16 games available over two days, the pick of the bunch, no doubt about that, was the first one, early on Saturday: the Olympic semifinal between Brazil and Cameroon. And, wouldn't you know, ...
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The Futile Pipe Dream of Olympic Glory

The Olympic Dream -- this distracting chimera that American soccer inflicts upon itself every four years -- is over. Once again, it has ended in failure. A lot of time and money and effort has been spent -- slap-bang, one has to notice, in the middle of the MLS season -- and there is absolutely nothing to show for it. ...
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Coming out of the Cosmos shadow?

We got used to the best in New York. Make that New Jersey -- or, more accurately but more clumsily, make it New York/New Jersey. Whatever, the Cosmos -- and please note that they dropped the geographical reminder, they were just plain Cosmos -- spoiled us.


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The Joys & Frailties of One Touch Soccer

It's odd how the idea of entertaining soccer has become almost a dirty word, or a dirty two words. Try mentioning it any soccer discussion and you're quite likely to get trashed as -- take your choice -- a romantic, a purist, a wimp, a know-nothing or just a plain idiot. Entertaining soccer, bah -- the very idea!
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SuperLiga: Another Boring Revs vs. Dynamo Final?

Don't rely on anything in soccer. Whenever you think you've got the sport sorted out, it strikes back with a sly sucker punch that flattens your theories. Just one year ago, the SuperLiga was a success at every level -- good games, good soccer, good crowds, good atmosphere -- and a good USA vs. Mexico (Galaxy vs. Pachuca) final. This ...
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SuperLiga: Another Boring Revs vs. Dynamo Final?

Don't rely on anything in soccer. Whenever you think you've got the sport sorted out, it strikes back with a sly sucker punch that flattens your theories. Just one year ago, the SuperLiga was a success at every level -- good games, good soccer, good crowds, good atmosphere -- and a good USA vs. Mexico (Galaxy vs. Pachuca) final. This ...
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