Chivas USA: A good idea that was never really tried
Posted by Paul Gardner on Feb. 23, 3:01 p.m.
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
Posted by Paul Gardner on Feb. 19, 12:22 a.m.
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
Posted by Paul Gardner on Feb. 16, 4:25 p.m.
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
Posted by Paul Gardner on Feb. 14, 4:14 p.m.
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
Posted by Paul Gardner on Feb. 10, 4:18 p.m.
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
Posted by Paul Gardner on Feb. 3, 2:28 p.m.
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
Posted by Paul Gardner on Jan. 27, 12:44 a.m.
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
Posted by Paul Gardner on Jan. 22, 4:14 p.m.
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?
Posted by Paul Gardner on Jan. 6, 10:32 a.m.
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
Posted by Paul Gardner on Jan. 3, 1:22 p.m.
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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Remembering Stanley Lover
Posted by Paul Gardner on Dec. 30, 7:09 p.m.
So another friend has gone. I can't say Stanley Lover was a close friend -- we didn't see enough of each other for that. But he was a dear friend, a respected friend, and I am greatly saddened to hear of his passing.
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Red Bulls and Sounders Spurn the Creative Game
Posted by Paul Gardner on Dec. 19, 8:31 p.m.
As the 2013 MLS season climaxed we were treated to the unenviable experience of watching the New York Red Bulls and the Seattle Sounders -- two teams that had looked like wiping out everyone -- suddenly suffering hopeless slumps and departing from the playoffs, if not in disgrace, then certainly in disarray.
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College Soccer: Simply Unreal
Posted by Paul Gardner on Dec. 16, 12:25 p.m.
As college finals go, Notre Dame's 2-1 win over Maryland was quite a good one. Good, that is, within the limitations of the college game. Whether those limitations are imposed by the NCAA or whether they represent the way that the Division I coaches want things to be, I am no longer certain. It doesn't matter anyway: The limitations are ...
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Ref's failure to red-card Collin has major impact on MLS Cup
Posted by Paul Gardner on Dec. 9, 7:20 p.m.
Writing before MLS Cup, I picked out either Real Salt Lake's Javier Morales or Kansas City's Aurelien Collin as MVP candidates.
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MLS Cup: The KC Method vs. the RSL Style
Posted by Paul Gardner on Dec. 7, 12:14 a.m.
Scanning the Kansas City and the Real Salt Lake rosters for a likely MVP in today's final, two names -- representing two very different aspects of soccer -- stand out: Aurelien Collin for KC, and Javier Morales for RSL.
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