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Marriner's Mistake -- but FIFA's Fault

The tangled situation and the snap decision that led EPL referee Andre Marriner to red-card the wrong player during Saturday's Chelsea-Arsenal game have been, and will continue to be, argued at tedious length.
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Klinsmann hardly the one to condemn rough play

Jurgen Klinsmann has a reputation for being well-organized and disciplined. I suppose, rightly or wrongly, you expect that from a German.
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Replacement Referee -- not quite what Alan Kelly bargained on

We now know the identities of the replacement referees PRO used to officiate this past weekend's opening MLS games. If there was any doubt about that, PSRA -- the referees union (recognized by the National Labor Relations Board as such) -- published a list of them on its website. Complete with photographs and short bios. The information was headed "MLS ...
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Ref lockout is a lose-lose situation for PRO and MLS

It's not easy to see what MLS is gaining from its hard-line stance in the ongoing dispute with PSRA, the referees union.
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NBC guru sees modern soccer as honest brave defenders against sneaky, cheating attackers

Jim Beglin, an Irishman, played soccer for Liverpool in the 1980s. If you're a Liverpool fan you will remember him, if not you probably won't, there was nothing particularly notable about his soccer career. Except for what happened in February 1987, when Beglin broke his leg -- that is, he had it broken for him by a wild tackle from ...
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Chivas USA: A good idea that was never really tried

Adios Chivas USA. A pity, that. But I can't make much of an argument in their favor -- both on and off the field, they have slowly sunk into sub-mediocrity. And when results and attendances and income evaporate, what is a league to do?
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Howard Webb and the referees' fear of the penalty kick

First -- to make one thing very clear -- I think Liverpool can blame itself for losing its FA cup game to Arsenal on Sunday. Sure, it played well, did enough warrant a win -- but it simply didn't finish the chances it created. The stats tell the story: Shots on goal, Arsenal 3, Liverpool 7 -- final score Arsenal ...
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Honoring Tom Finney -- a gentleman and a soccer player for the ages

A legend of English soccer has died. All the games in England this weekend began with the opposing teams lined up to observe a minute's silence, or more likely -- and more naturally -- a minute's applause -- for Sir Thomas Finney, dead at the age of 91.
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The art of ignoring rules -- and blaming them when things go wrong

I have some strange statements from top soccer people to deal with. We'll start at the top. With Sepp Blatter, who has been giving us his opinions on the "triple-punishment" dilemma.
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Development Academy players hit college roadblock

A long list of names can be currently found on the U.S. Soccer website. The names are there because of the arrival, on Feb. 5, of National Signing Day. These are teenage players who have made their college choice.
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A wacky weekend of soccer in England and Spain

Exactly what is going on here? Maybe the soccer planets, if there be such things, are in disarray, not in the right alignment or wherever it is they're supposed to be.
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Falcao's Injury: Beyond Bad Luck

Despite an ambiguously optimistic pronouncement from the surgeon, it seems likely that Colombia's Radamel Falcao, now recovering from an operation to repair a torn ACL, will not be fit in time to play in the World Cup.
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Eusebio and Bert Williams -- how they shook up my soccer thinking

A pair of soccer names that once meant a lot to me recently turned up in the obit columns. Bert Williams and Eusebio. I never met Williams. I did have a short interview with Eusebio during his short stint with the Boston Minutemen in 1975.
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Time for FA Cup to hibernate?

A weekend of English FA Cup games, it seems to me, has done nothing to showcase all that glamour and excitement that we are told, relentlessly, is the hallmark of this oldest-of-all soccer competitions.
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A Look Back at 2013

A brief look back at the progress of American soccer in 2013. As usual, it's a pretty incoherent sort of progress, but progress it is, I'm sure of that.
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