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Home > Soccer America Daily > Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Only one MLS team will face Mexican opposition in the Concacaf Champions' Cup semifinals this year, with D.C. United drawing the short straw to face defending champion Pachuca on Tuesday. Houston, which was eliminated by Pachuca in last year's semis, opens its two-game semifinal series against Deportivo Saprissa of Costa ... Read the whole story
[MEXICO] Hugo Sanchez, whose 16-month stint as Mexican national team coach included two losses to the USA and one tie with the archrival, has been fired. Sanchez's ousting comes two weeks after he failed to qualify Mexico for the 2008 Olympic Games. Read the whole story
[IN THE SPOTLIGHT] Brazilians have long had a big impact in countries like Portugal, Spain, Italy and France, but their influence has now spread to countries like Turkey, where Fenerbahce, coached by former Brazilian great Zico, is expected to start five Brazilians on Wednesday when it hosts Chelsea in the ... Read the whole story
The UEFA Champions League moves into the quarterfinals with games Tuesday and Wednesday this week and next. Action kicks off Tuesday with a pair of games: Roma-Manchester United and Schalke-Barcelona. For all this week's Champions League action ... Read the whole story
[OFF THE POST] Gustavo Semino of Chilean club Huachipato was red-carded for pushing a ball boy and then punched a field-invading fan. Semino, whose strike reportedly knocked a tooth out of the fan's mouth, was apprehended by police and arrested, as was the fan. Read the whole story
[WOMEN'S OLYMPIC QUALIFYNG] U.S. women's national team head coach Pia Sundhage named her 20-player roster for 2008 Concacaf Olympic women's qualifying tournament that begins Wednesday in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. The squad includes four relative newcomers who spent last fall playing in the U.S. college ranks -- Rachel Buehler, Tobin Heath, ... Read the whole story
[TV] David Beckham, who earlier in March was featured on "60 Minutes," will appear on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on Tuesday (NBC, 11:35 pm ET/PT) Read the whole story
[YOUTH] In the first international tournament under new U.S. under-17 national team coach Wilmer Cabrera, the USA finished with two wins and two losses and captured seventh place at the 36th annual Mondial Minimes hosted by tiny French club FC Montaigu. Carlos Martinez led the Americans with three goals, including ... Read the whole story

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"I don't have to stand here like a rocket scientist and tell you what we need because I think it's pretty obvious what we need. We need creative players who can put the ball in the back of the net. And we're working tirelessly on bringing those players here." -- John Carver after his first game as Toronto FC coach, a 2-0 loss to Columbus on Saturday. (The Globe & Mail) ...More

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