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Archive for November 2009

Belief System

The front pages of Salt Lake City’s major newspapers this morning, hours after Real Salt Lake became the second #8 seed in history to win MLS Cup: Was it the greatest game ever? No. Finals rarely are. LA had the better of things early, but Real hung in there again, and Cup MVP Nick Rimando… (read more)

Not So Fast, My Friend

Statement tonight from the United Soccer Leagues: “In response to the Team Owner’s Association (TOA) announcement that the Tampa Bay Rowdies and Crystal Palace Baltimore will be joining a prospective new professional soccer league, United Soccer Leagues (USL) has issued the following statement: “Both the Tampa Bay Rowdies and Crystal Palace Baltimore have contractual commitments… (read more)

Party Like It’s 1979

The future of American soccer appears to be the past of American soccer. It’s being reported that the new breakaway league consisting of several former USL clubs has registered the name North American Soccer League, apparently with the intent of using it at launch next spring. There are those of us old enough to remember… (read more)

The Hand Of Gaul

Yes, that was a handball. Deux handball, no less. Thierry Henry‘s last-gasp equalizer sent the French through to South Africa and sent Ireland scrambling to try to force a replay “in the interests of fair play.” I agree that’s the fair thing to do. I don’t think there’s any way in hell it’ll happen. That… (read more)

St. Paul

It was twenty years ago today that Paul Caliguiri struck the hyperbolically-named Shot Heard Round the World. This goal in Port of Spain gave the US men’s national soccer team a 1-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago and put the Americans into the World Cup for the first time in forty years: American soccer fans,… (read more)

In Under The Wire

So, thanks to my man Dan Loney, I am reminded that Soccer Hall of Fame ballots are due tonight. Last year, I apparently had until early December. Caught me off guard. Anyway, last year I voted for Jeff Agoos, Mauricio Cienfuegos, Raul Diaz Arce, Marco Etcheverry, Joy Fawcett, Robin Fraser, Pato Margetic, Victor Nogueira, Preki… (read more)