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EPL Sack Race Will Get More, Not Less Intense

ESPN contributor Austin Lindberg on Friday published a startling statistic about England's Premier League: in the past 20 years, there have been an astonishing 215 head coaching changes. That's 54 percent of coaches in the 20-team league replaced, or 10.76 every season since 1995/96. As Lindberg notes, the most volatile coaching market in America, the NBA, falls nearly 20 percent ...
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Who Wants to Coach El Tri?

Who wants to take over for erstwhile Mexico coach Miguel Herrera? Presumably, lots of high-profile coaches -- after all, the job pays well, and with a likeable personality and a couple good showings in big tournaments, you could even become a celebrity in the country, earning extra money on the side shilling products in TV commercials or even swaying the ...
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In Defense of Herrera (the Coach, That Is)

It's hard to know what to make of Miguel Herrera's firing as head coach of the Mexican national team. On the one hand, he absolutely deserved it if it is true what was alleged: you can't punch people, no matter what they say about you, your tactics, what you look like, your family, whatever. Moreover, in the state of Pennsylvania, ...
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Blatter and Putin's Perfect Bromance

In the midst of all the Gold Cup hoopla this past weekend, you might have missed that far away in St. Petersburg, Russia, the preliminary draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup took place on Saturday. A couple of important things happened: the USA received a kind draw in the First Round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying; FIFA's executive committee ...
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USA's Identity Crisis

Sure, it was a game that didn't really matter, but it was also a game that nobody really wanted to see, either. Despite the appearance of the U.S. men's national team in the Gold Cup third-place game against Panama on Saturday, Fox Sports decided to keep the match on its also-ran station, FS2, opting to show Nascar on FS1, instead. ...
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How Zlatan Ends Up in MLS

According to reports in England and France, Manchester United on Friday accepted a 45.9 million-pound ($71.1 million) offer from Paris Saint-Germain for winger Angel Di Maria, a player whom the Red Devils bought only last year for a British record 59.7 million-pounds ($92.5 million). If other reports are to be believed, Di Maria's transfer could set off a chain of ...
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Smile Jamaica! (No Jurgen, No Cry)

Off The Post can count on one hand the number of times he's watched an entire game while already knowing the final score. Most soccer people refuse to do this, and for good reason: the passion that you feel for the game is completely drained, and every touch, tackle and hopeful forward run has this weird air of futility about ...
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The Problem with Drogba-to-MLS

If you've been following the news, it looks as though Chelsea legend Didier Drogba is about to move to MLS. The only question seems to be whether the Ivorian striker will head to the Chicago Fire or the Montreal Impact. According to Canadian radio station TSN, the Fire has the priority to sign the 37-year-old, but Drogba apparently prefers Montreal, ...
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Barca's in LA; Where are Messi and Neymar?

As you might have heard, Spanish treble winner Barcelona is in Los Angeles preparing for the first game of its International Champions Cup tour across the USA against Major League Soccer champ LA Galaxy. The game, which will be held at the Rose Bowl on Tuesday night, is sold out-in fact, according to some reports, it's expected to break the ...
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About That U.S. Senate Panel Hearing...

Following last Wednesday's U.S. Senate panel hearing on corruption in international soccer, British investigative journalist Andrew Jennings, who was invited to give testimony at last week's hearing, has given an interview on the "Soccer Morning" show with Jason Davis in which he calls for American soccer fans to demand the ousting of U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati and CEO ...
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Beckham and the Ghost of Marlins Park

As it turns out, David Beckham may yet get his MLS stadium near the water-although the Miami River might not be exactly what the former Los Angeles Galaxy star had in mind. Nevertheless, some 18 months after Beckham announced his intention to bring professional soccer back to Miami, the former England captain and his group of investors on Friday finally ...
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U.S. Soccer's Summer of Discontent Continues

Despite the recent on-field success of both the men's and women's national teams, it hasn't been a great summer off the field for the U.S. Soccer Federation. Following several scandals involving high-profile players from both the men's and women's teams, U.S. Soccer on Wednesday was asked to testify at a Senate subcommittee hearing tasked with examining corruption inside FIFA and ...
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Klinsmann and the Elephant in the Room

The U.S. men's national team might have topped the "Group of Death" at the CONCACAF Gold Cup, but by most accounts, Jurgen Klinsmann's men largely failed to impress despite amassing seven points from three games in a group containing Honduras, Haiti and Panama. The U.S. will play either El Salvador, Cuba or Guatemala, which it hammered 4-0 five days before ...
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Sterling Smites Liverpool, Again

As it turns out, Raheem Sterling knew exactly what he was doing. The England international on Tuesday successfully forced through his transfer from Liverpool to Manchester City for 44 million pounds ($68.8 million)-a record for an English international-, plus an extra 5 million ($7.8 million) should he meet certain targets (which, at these prices, he absolutely should), thus avoiding the ...
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The Sad, Strange Departure of Iker Casillas From Real Madrid

Has there ever been a stranger send-off for a club legend than goalkeeper Iker Casillas' parting of ways with Real Madrid? In a bizarre press conference, the 34-year-old, who makes way for the expected arrival of Manchester United No. 1 David De Gea, announced on Sunday morning that he was leaving the club he joined as a nine-year-old for Portuguese ...
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