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Backline: USL - Islanders And Impact Are Favorites

The USL First Division is getting a lot of respect.

World Cup Qualifying: Europe

Will Northern Ireland's luck hold out and take it to the World Cup finals in South Africa? And what about Hungary, which shares the Group 1 lead with Denmark, and also hasn't qualified for the finals since 1986? On the other hand, the biggest disappointment in European qualifying has been Portugal, which can't buy a goal.

World Cup Qualifying: USA

The first of four qualifying double-dates produced the standard four points as the USA beat Trinidad & Tobago, 3-0, in Nashville after tying, 2-2, in San Salvador, but also left some niggling questions yet to be resolved.

MLS: Home From Abroad

Clint Mathis, Bobby Convey and Eddie Lewis all have played in the World Cup and lived the ups and downs of European soccer. For different reasons, they have returned home to settle down. They are discovering new roles on their MLS teams.

Women's Professional Soccer: Brandi Chastain

She's 40, she's whipped off her jersey and flashed a sports bra to celebrate winning a Women's World Cup, she's won world and domestic championships, and after more than two decades of competitive play she's learning another new position.

Women's Professional Soccer: Marta

USA men's coach Bob Bradley once compared defending against Brazil to being fleeced by the shell game; no matter where you think the ball is, or it's going to be, it pops up somewhere else.

Backline: Sullivan Brings Unique Perspective To Telecasts

The mind of Christopher Sullivan works in myriad ways, and dozens of times a year, during telecasts of MLS matches or international games, viewers of Fox Soccer Channel hear the views and ideas of a former U.S. international steeped in many facets of the game.

He played collegiately at the University of Tampa and professionally in Germany, Hungary, Sweden, ...

Youth Beat: MLS Shakes Up Youth Game

North Texas provides an example of how the youth landscape is changing now that MLS has entered the fray.

MLS: A Heavy Responsilbility

As MLS expands so does its need for players. Five players in MLS this year typify categories of players on which the league must depend because of financial constraints and other factors. Each carries a heavy responsibility in his team's fortunes.

2009 MLS Preview: Western Conference

1 - Salt Lake
Team on the rise has eye on the big prize

Clint Mathis says he's healthier and fitter than he's been the past few years, and that could be bad news for the rest of MLS.

"I feel good," said Mathis after scoring both goals in a 2-1 Real Salt Lake win over ...

2009 MLS Preview: Eastern Conference

1 - Columbus
Warzycha takes over top job at top team

One might forgive fans of the Columbus Crew if they feel somewhat aggrieved despite celebrating their first MLS Cup triumph just four months ago.

Head coach Sigi Schmid, who in three seasons transformed the Crew from bottom-feeder to top dog, bolted for Seattle, and in ...