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Help on the Way? A Good World Cup for U.S. U17 Team

October 21st, 2017 · No Comments · Brazil 2014, Fifa, Football, Landon Donovan, soccer, World Cup

Reaching the quarterfinals of a Fifa tournament is pretty much the definition of success, on the male side of the U.S. national soccer realm, and the Under 17 team just did it, at the U17 World Cup in India. And what does it mean for the senior side to have the kids get to the […]

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A Little Help, Please?

October 9th, 2017 · No Comments · Brazil 2014, Football, Russia 2018, soccer, World Cup

That’s what you say when the ball gets away and rolls into another court, in tennis or basketball. “A little help, please?” A request, not a demand. Which is what the U.S. national soccer team is asking of Mexico and Costa Rica. “A little help, please?”

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U.S. Soccer and Escaping Klinsmann’s Clutches

September 9th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Brazil 2014, Football, Landon Donovan, soccer, World Cup

I pretty much gave up advocating the dismissal of coaches and managers a decade ago. Maybe more. I make an exception for Jurgen Klinsmann. This man is doing so much harm to U.S. soccer that every day he mismanages this team leaves them in a deeper hole from which they must eventually climb. The 4-1 […]

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Seeing Chelsea Ousted … at 6 in the Morning

March 11th, 2015 · No Comments · Brazil 2014, Football, Paris, soccer, UAE

The biggest sports competition in Europe is not the various soccer leagues, nor any of the tournaments within those leagues. It is the European Champions League. The competition that brings together the best clubs in the continent. Which I try to watch when I am particularly interested in a match. The trouble? This time of […]

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Ballon d’Or and the Voting Breakdown

January 13th, 2015 · 2 Comments · Barcelona, Brazil 2014, Fifa, Football, France, Lists, soccer, The National, World Cup

First, the irony. World soccer governing body Fifa won’t tell you how its two-dozen executive committee members voted after they hand out the World Cup … But Fifa gives us chapter and verse on how the voting goes for the Ballon d’Or, the player-of-the-year award. Which Cristiano Ronaldo won tonight, as he should have, for […]

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Landon Donovan and a Potentially Awkward U.S. Farewell

August 26th, 2014 · No Comments · Brazil 2014, Football, Landon Donovan, soccer, World Cup

Two reactions, in quick succession, upon hearing today that Landon Donovan will play a farewell match with the U.S. national soccer team, in October. 1. It’s nice that they are giving him a chance to say goodbye. 2. Gosh, the whole thing could be awkward.

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Landon Donovan and Knowing When to Leave

August 7th, 2014 · 2 Comments · Brazil 2014, Football, Landon Donovan, soccer, World Cup

I didn’t think The End would come so quickly. No, Landon Donovan did not play at the World Cup in Brazil. No, he has not had a particularly productive Major League Soccer season. Yes, he is 32, which is not young for an attacking player in the modern game. Yes, he has been carrying injuries […]

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From the World Cup to … Fujairah?

July 18th, 2014 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Arabian Gulf League, Brazil 2014, Football, soccer, The National, UAE, World Cup

One of the surest ways to move your soccer career forward is to do a little something with a successful team at the World Cup. Like the one that ended on Sunday. —Luis Suarez scored two goals against England, bit a guy, and got a huge deal to more from Liverpool to Barcelona. —Toni Kroos […]

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A Step into the Void

July 14th, 2014 · No Comments · Baseball, Basketball, Brazil 2014, Football, Journalism, NBA, Newspapers, NFL, soccer, Sports Journalism, Tennis, The National, UAE, World Cup

A lot of sports editors around the world today weren’t exactly surprised that, with the end of the World Cup, not a whole lot is going on … but it still represents an unpleasant reality. A limited number of scheduled events in the near future. It is the case in the UAE, and it is […]

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Brazil 2014: This Is the End

July 13th, 2014 · No Comments · Brazil 2014, Football, soccer, The National, World Cup

My three wishes for the World Cup championship match: 1. Someone scores in the first 90 minutes. 2. Argentina scores the goal. 3. Lionel Messi scores the goal, for Argentina. A big 0-for-three. Two topics, out of “Germany 1, Argentina 0” — in 120 minutes:

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