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Thursday Headlines: Fergie Gets Frisky at Man U Semi-Final Celebration

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Sir Alex Ferguson acts like he’s been there before after the Carling Cup Semi-Final Win. (Off the Post)

Maurice Edu blames US Soccer for placing too much pressure on Freddy Adu. (Tribal Footall)

Arsenal will make the Emirates Stadium much more technology-savvy. (Arsenal Mania)

Emerson thinks Kaka should move to Real Madrid (The Beautiful Game)

MLS is not pleased with Sports Business Journal over wording. (LA Times)

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Columbus Brigade Threatens Treason Over Match Location

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Reports indicate that U.S. Soccer may choose a non-Columbus site, likely Salt Lake City, to host the home qualifying match with Mexico on Feb. 11.  Fans in Columbus are not pleased. 

Fans left the following messages on Big Soccer message boards, threatening to openly root for Mexico.  One even threatened to place a pipe bomb in U.S.S.F. president Sunil Gulati’s car.

If true I hope the US lose and Bradley gets fired. He’s the worst coach the USSF has ever hired. – MFRONE

Am I being petty if I hope* the U.S. doesn’t win because they (USSF) screwed with the streak (and because I’m bitter I won’t be able to go now)? – west ham sandwich

I never thought I’d see the day I’d be rooting for Mexico, but taking this game out of the one place in the US that the Tri absolutely hate and fear is the most shortsighted decision imaginable. Where can I get a Mexico shirt cheap? … I think this falls to Jack Warner’s toadie Sunil Gulati.
 – Bill Archer

If this goes down, Mr. Gulati better check under his car for a pipe bomb anytime he goes driving somewhere. – DrunkandDisorderly

Threats and Betrayal as Some Columbus Crew Fans React to Loss of US – Mexico World Cup Match (MLS Rumors)

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MLS Makes Competition Changes

397px-taylortwellman_2006_mls_cupMajor League Soccer announced changes for the 2009 season.

  • MLS will shut down the reserve division, diverting resources toward developmental programs.
  • Teams now can have up to 20 senior players, within the salary budget, and four developmental players outside the budget.
  • Teams will play a 30 game schedule, facing each team home and away with an additional two games.
  • The season will begin one week earlier on March 21 and the league will stagger the schedule to minimize conflicts with the FIFA International schedule.

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Bayern Munich Bring In Landon Donovan on Open-Ended Loan Deal

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Bayern Munich will loan Landon Donovan from the Los Angeles Galaxy until March.

“As a person and a player, I am completely different now to how I was then,” Donovan said.  “I have matured.  I am ready.  I believe I can keep up with all the other players, even if I am not the best player here.”

Donovan also addressed his first stint in Germany. “I recognize Leverkusen wasn’t the problem, I was,” he said.  “I just wasn’t ready for it.”

Donovan, 26, scored 20 goals in 25 MLS appearances last season.  He has 37 goals in 105 appearances for the United States.

Unlike Beckham’s move to A.C. Milan, the loan may not end at the start of the MLS season.

“The goal will be to see if we can get him long term, at least until the end of the season,” Jurgen Klinsmann told Bayern’s website.

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Bradley Summons Five Euro-Based Americans for National Team Duty

freddy-adu-monacoU.S. National Team coach Bob Bradley will call on five European-based players for Wednesday’s World Cup qualifier against Guatemala.

The lucky saps making the midweek trek are Freddy Adu (AS Monaco), Jozy Altidore (Villarreal), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa) and Troy Perkins (Valerenga).

The U.S. should field an experimental side, with many of the experienced European-based internationals withheld, because the match is meaningless and flying back and forth from Europe midweek is just nutty.

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Neven Subotic May Play for Serbia Rather than the United States

47Borussia Dortmund defender Neven Subotic has chosen his international destiny, which will be with Serbia rather than the United States, according to a report in the Serbian press.

According the report, Subotic will join the Serbian squad for their World Cup qualifying match against Romania on March 28.  

Subotic, 21, played at U-17 and U-20 level for the United States before being alienated from the National Team setup.  His first choice had been to play for Germany, though FIFA negated that option because he was never a German citizen.

U.S. Soccer denied the report.  It has yet to be confirmed whether they are merely in denial.

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The Big Lead » Blog Archive » The Onion Bag: Much Ado About Lando

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The Big Lead » Blog Archive » The Onion Bag: Much Ado About Lando

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Off the Ball: Barack Obama Elected President

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Some things, believe it or not, are more important than soccer.  For the first time in my lifetime, I can view politics unencumbered by fate.  We have a long way to go, and a hard road to walk.  But, tonight began the healing of the grievous scar created the past eight years.

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American Skilled Imports: Neven Subotic

Borussia Dortmund defender Neven Subotic might be a pivotal figure for the U.S. National Team at the 2010 World Cup, if he chooses to be.

Subotic, one of the best young defenders in Germany, has size (6’4”) and skill to match.  He played for the United States at U-17 level, but has evaded the U.S. setup after Thomas Rongen left him off the U.S. squad for the 2007 U-20 World Cup.

Because of his complicated nationality, he has yet to choose a senior national team.  He is eligible for Serbia (his parents’ nationality), Bosnia (the country of his birth) or the United States, where he spent his teenage years.

His first choice appeared to be Germany, where he spent his childhood, before discovering he was ineligible.  Subotic must choose a designation by his 21st birthday in Dec. 2009 and will pick a nationality after this season.  He would likely make the starting XI for any of the three countries, although his best chance for South Africa would be with the U.S.

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Saturday International Results 10/11/08

Romania 2 – France 2 Les Bleus returned from a two goal deficit, sparked by Yoann Gourcuff.  Has anyone successfully explained why Domenech is still employed?

Faroe Islands 1 – Austria 1 The first point for Faroe Islands in three years, against a team that pummeled France a month ago.

Jamaica 1 – Mexico 0 Huge upset for the Reggae Boyz.  Sven is tempering expectations.

United States 6 – Cuba 1 A great victory for Democracy.  The U.S. padded their stats and their FIFA ranking, qualified for next round.

Bulgaria 0 – Italy 0 Lippi and the Cup Winners had more yellow cards than shots on target.

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