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Does playoff soccer have to be like this?

Watching Thursday night's Colorado vs. Columbus game was not an easy experience. After all, this game really meant something -- particularly for the Colorado Rapids. This was their chance, in the opening playoff game, to score a few goals, the theory being that they will need that cushion as they now have to go to play the return leg on ...
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MLS Playoffs Could Use Extra Officials

The MLS playoffs are upon us, accompanied by various organizational hiccups that could be quite embarrassing. I'll look at those in a moment, but first let me jump in immediately, with a suggestion to MLS that might help to reduce the red-face factor.
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Coutinho -- the latest Brazilian Gem

Last week's Inter-Spurs Champions League game grabbed a lot of headlines for the astounding way that Spurs, with 10 men, were able to come back from 4-0 down to a 4-3 final score -- courtesy of three goals from Gareth Bale. Three terrific goals from a 21-year-old player who gets better with every game, and who exemplifies the modern flank ...
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Why South American soccer's future looks bleak

How much longer can South American soccer last? I mean, how much longer can it continue being truly South American soccer, the soccer of artistry and goals?
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Fergie-Rooney spat: Don't mention the money

I must admit, I found Alex Ferguson's television appearance moving. He was talking to the press about Wayne Rooney. Trying to explain why Rooney wanted to leave Manchester United.
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FIFA Bidding Scandal: Why did Brit newspaper involve the USA?

Absolutely asking for it. That would be a concise comment on FIFA's bidding process for the rights to stage the 2018 and 2022 World Cups -- now engulfed in allegations of corruption.
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Do Defensive Tactics Really Pay Off?

Having been thoroughly miffed by the 6-4-0 formation that Scottish coach Craig Levein used against the Czech Republic last week, I noted his remarks before yesterday's game against Spain with considerable distaste.
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MLS Games Must Entertain

Twenty years ago, a few months before the 1990 World Cup, I asked the same question of two national team coaches: Did they feel under any obligation to play attractive soccer?
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The Dark Depths of Dutch Soccer

From being a fervent admirer of Dutch soccer -- back in the 1970s, the days of "total soccer" -- I have passed through the stages of being just an admirer, sliding down to a grudging admirer, and now that of occasional admirer.
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Too Few Goals, Too Many Injuries

Back in December a headline caught my eye. "Goals Galore Expected from Favorable Draw" it read -- referring to the Champions League pairings which had just been decided, pitting Spain's Sevilla against CSKA Moscow.
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How MLS's mighty have fallen

If MLS ran things the way that they do elsewhere in the world and employed the promotion/relegation system, then right now we should be looking at a quite extraordinary situation.
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