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Brave they are, but lose they will

Can't say I'm a great devotee of Northern Irish soccer. But they came up against Portugal in a weekend World Cup qualifier, so I watched -- because of Cristiano Ronaldo.
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SNAFU at Toronto FC, but club expects gain without Payne

It can't be a good day for American soccer when one of its liveliest and most knowledgeable general managers is summarily fired. OK, he may well be one of the prickliest GMs, too. It's Kevin Payne I'm talking about, suddenly defenestrated by Toronto.
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Transfer Deadline Drama: Much Ado About ...

Utterly exhausted as I am by the incredible nail-biting, heart-stopping, nerve-wrenching, mind-boggling excitement of the final hours of the transfer window in England, I feel the necessity of revealing to you all the fabulous excitement of these tension-wracked 24 hours.
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Concussion: NFL gets off lightly. What's next for soccer?

Sixteen years ago, in this column, I drew the attention of our soccer bosses to the growing problems surrounding concussion injuries and the inevitability -- should those same bosses not address the issue -- of serious legal complications.
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ManU 0 Chelsea 0: The Very Essence of the Modern Game

You can be pretty sure that the sort of game churned out yesterday by Manchester United and Chelsea is not what NBC is looking for.
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Hawk-Eye's Here. Now We Await a Crucial Test.

For those who look to science as the ultimate arbiter for soccer's thorny problems, it has been a rather indecisive week. We have been getting our first look at the by-now famous, or notorious, goal-line technology, GLT. Which, just to complicate matters, is now to be known as Goal Decision System, GDS.
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German doping report: Inconclusive but worrying

Drugs again. Since the Berlin Wall came down in 1989, we've learned a lot about the state-sponsored doping schemes that the East Germans set up to ensure that their Olympic athletes were always among the best.
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Cosmos return begins with last-minute victory

So here we go again. The New York Cosmos starting up once more, right where they played over 40 years ago. On Long Island, at the stadium of Hofstra University.
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The New New New York Cosmos and Seamus O'Brien's Crystal Ball

I'm with Seamus O'Brien. The chairman of the New York Cosmos. Make that the New New New York Cosmos. For this is the second attempt to revive the legendary team of the 1970s.
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Heartbreak for Holden in the USA's lackluster Gold Cup final win

The sight of Jurgen Klinsmann striding along the touchline, pumping his fist in the air, after the USA had beaten Panama in the Gold Cup final was not one that sits easily.
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Phil Woosnam: A Great Soccer Pioneer

You never can be sure how history will interpret life, but let us hope that it acknowledges Phil Woosnam, who died on Friday at age 80, as one of the key pioneers of American soccer.
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English FA's ref review revamp falls short

Once in a while, a glimpse of undeniable reality disturbs the comfortable certainties of English refereeing attitudes. The least acceptable -- and the least explicable -- of those certainties is the notion that whenever a referee is uncertain about a call, he gives the benefit of his doubt to the defending team.
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England's search for flair: no end in sight yet

A month ago we had Harry Redknapp telling the world what he thought of English soccer: "We do not know how to play football." An extraordinary statement, particularly coming from a guy who is often cited as one of the few top-level, genuinely English coaches (of the English Premier League's 20 coaches, only four are English; Redknapp is not one ...
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The importance of Tab Ramos

At last, the USA has a coach with vision. For the first time in my experience of U.S. national team coaches -- an experience that reaches back over 45 years -- I am looking at a coach, Tab Ramos, who has the vision to take in the full extent of the rather tangled American soccer scene, and who has the ...
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The Latest Wrongheaded Ref-Bashing

Here we go again, alas, alas. And, for me, it really is alas, because once again we've got a good young American coach losing it and berating the referee. A few weeks back, it was John Hackworth and Caleb Porter. This time it's D.C. United's Ben Olsen erupting after his team's 1-0 loss to Vancouver on Saturday.
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