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Mystery surrounds Hugo Perez's USSF status

A strange business, this Hugo Perez affair. He is no longer the coach of the U.S. U-15 boys national team. The USSF has -- well, what has it done? Fired him? No, not that. Perez is still a full-time Technical Advisor to the USSF.
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Toronto's Comedy of Errors Not That Funny

What is the appropriate response to the Great Purge in Toronto? Does one weep for an apparently doomed franchise as it goes through yet another desperate shake-up? Or is laughter the only way to respond, laughter in disbelief that the club has managed to find so many different ways of screwing things up.
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Where others fear to tread: Soccer Moms sue FIFA

Maybe it doesn't sound like a big deal, this business of "soccer moms" suing FIFA over concussion injuries. Maybe it is something that the FIFA biggies can laugh off. At any rate, you know that's what they'll try to do.
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Mourinho Brainwave: Forget About It

Here comes Jose Mourinho again. He's had an idea that he says will "make the game much better."
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As expected: permissive, English-style refereeing comes to MLS

Diego Costa, the man Chelsea hopes will solve its goalscoring problems, got off to a great start in his debut game on Monday, scoring after just 17 minutes.
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CAS confirms Suarez ban, UEFA victimizes Legia Warsaw

So the four-month ban on Luis Suarez, imposed for his biting of Giorgio Chiellini, will stand. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) turned his appeal down. No surprise there, really.
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Landon Donovan: The Most Gifted. By far.

It will not do to elaborate on Landon Donovan. As a soccer player, I mean. Words will simply cloud the simplicity and the beauty of his talent.
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Churlish Guardiola snubs Porter and exposes problems of MLS All-Star game

There are some rather important lessons to be learned from this week's MLS All-Star game. As these occasions go, this was one of the better games, featuring, for most of the time, Bayern Reserves rather than Bayern Munich.
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Walton's fantasy referee world: No guesswork, please.

Michael Bradley has had his say about MLS refereeing. He doesn't think much of it, and says that making it better should be the league's No. 1 priority. We, and Bradley, await the inevitable fine.
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KC's Aurelien Collin -- the great escape artist

Some seven months ago, writing on the day before the 2013 MLS Cup final between Real Salt Lake and Kansas City, I commented that KC defender Aurelien Collin "... is physical to the point of recklessness and seems to lead a charmed life right on the edge of red-card territory."
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Cheating and violence win top games -- does FIFA even care?

One's patience with FIFA begins to run out. By which I mean, of course, my patience.
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World Cup final ref gets big call wrong, punishes the victim, neglects concussion dangers

Of course there were concussion-incidents during the World Cup. Given that there are head-clashes in virtually every game of soccer that is ever played, that was to be expected.
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Soccer needs a Brazilian revival

RIO DE JANEIRO -- It took nearly two hours of often rather trite soccer for Germany to win this World Cup. The one goal that decided the final, from Mario Goetze, was a beauty ... in a game that, while it had plenty of tension and a sufficient number of near-misses and other highlights, was sadly lacking in that precious ...
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Alfredo Di Stefano: The complete player. Maybe the best, too.

RIO DE JANEIRO -- As Argentina was making its laborious way to the 2014 World Cup final, the word came from Spain: Alfredo Di Stefano was dead, at the age of 88. Di Stefano, the Argentine who many regard in awe as the greatest of them all.
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Germany on top of the world as Brazil searches for a way back

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Superlatives are definitely called for to describe Germany's blitzing of Brazil. No one expected anything like that. Who would, when nothing like it, even remotely comparable, has ever happened before. The host team of a World Cup being utterly humiliated, letting in seven goals right there, in front of its own fans, in a semifinal game.
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