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Home > Section 2 Around the Net > Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008
In the early days of Major League Soccer, assists were handed out to players like goody bags at a toddler's birthday gig. Nowadays, a pass has to "unlock" the opposition defense to qualify as an assist, writes Shawn Mitchell, and this season it's clear who is the chief locksmith -- ... Read the whole story
D.C. United's new holding midfielder Joe Vide wasn't supposed to be there. Not at D.C., who signed him up during an injury crisis after he was waived by San Jose, and not on the edge of the penalty area in a scoring position against the Colorado Rapids last weekend. But ... Read the whole story
The St. Louis women's team due to start play in Women's Professional Soccer next spring has hired Brazilian women's team coach Jorge Barcellos to be its coach and general manager. "We'll have a special look to the team with a lot of skill and creativity on the field," promised Jeff ... Read the whole story
Ten years ago, Ralf Rangnick, at that time coach of German second division leaders SSV Ulm, was mocked by the German soccer establishment after he appeared on German TV to explain how his team had succeeded by using a flat back four and zonal marking. The Germans still believed in ... Read the whole story
Columnist Dan Oshinsky has been trying to work out the U.S. equivalent to China's first Olympic track and field gold medalist, Liu Xiang. And then he came up with an answer -- the men's national soccer team. Liu shattered for the Chinese "the stereotype that they cannot compete in any ... Read the whole story
Former City Chairman John Wardle has loaned the team a total $12 million over the past year, reports David Conn, raising new doubts about the financial stability of the team's owner, the Human Rights Watch-condemned former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Read the whole story
An unnamed Dutch team is interested in signing Chivas USA's midfielder Sacha Kljestan after his displays for the U.S. Olympic team. Read the whole story
Manchester United central defender Nemanja Vidic has said that he would not want to stay in England long term because of the Manchester rain, and because all people do in the evening is watch TV. Well what do you expect when it's raining outside? Read the whole story

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