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Nicol Interested In USMNT Post

New England coach Steve Nicol has revealed that he will certainly listen to any offers made by U.S. Soccer – but says he doesn’t really expect to be in the running. The Scottish boss is busy at the moment preparing his team to fight a first leg MLS playoff deficit to Chicago at home this…

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Hondurans Turn To Maradona

The great Diego Maradona has been invited for talks with the Honduras soccer federation with a view to becoming the national team coach. The federation are keen on the idea of Maradona leading Honduras into the qualification campaign for the 2010 World Cup. “We’d like to know his intentions so we can analyse whether we…

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Chelsea Delighted With Cole's Return

Joe Cole made a goalscoring return for Chelsea netting their first in the 2-0 Carling Cup victory at Blackburn that marked his first start of the season after a knee injury. Chelsea’s assistant manager, Steve Clarke, said: “Everyone is pleased to see Joe back. He had a nasty injury pre-season and it took him a…

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Major League Reality Check

During the past World Cup, much was made of a little “cheat sheet” describing the penalty kick tendencies of the Argentine players which a goalkeeping coach gave to Jens Lehmann just before he saved two of them to help the Germans advance to the semifinal round of the tournament. It might have been the tiny…

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Who Knows When I'll Return-Adriano

Adriano landed in Brazil today after Inter allowed him to leave for his home-country in order to resolve his ‘on and off the pitch’ problems. Upon his arrival, the striker had these words to say to the many journalists that flocked to meet him at the Rio de Janeiro International Airport. “I can’t carry out…

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We're Not Out Of Anything Yet – Gerrard

Liverpool may have been down after their disapopointing Premiership defeat at Old Trafford by Manchester United, but they are not out of anything yet – and captain Steven Gerrard thinks they can still challenge for the title this season because United and Chelsea are bound to slip up. Gerrard, 26, was a pale imitation of…

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Real Willing To Part With Becks?

Real Madrid are willing to sell David Beckham for £5 million in January, according to today’s press reports. The former England captain has been mainly on the periphery at the Bernabeu this season, and recently revealed how upset he is with the situation. He has started just four games under new coach Fabio Capello, and…

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Gerrard's All Right – Benitez

Despite the clamour for Steven Gerrard to be switched from the right wing into central midfield – where he himself is alleged to prefer playing – Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez insists he will continue to use his captain on the right side of midfield. Gerrard looked a peripheral and frustrated figure during Sunday’s defeat of…

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Garcia Unhappy Over Early Hook

Chivas USA attacker Juan Pablo Garcia was not at all pleased by coach Bob Bradley’s decision to yank him in the 68th minute of their MLS playoff victory over Houston. The midfielder had an audience of PSV Eindhoven scouts, who saw him launch into a tirade against the boss. “I am no part-time player,” he…

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Coach Should Be Mad At Us – Ching

Houston Dynamo strike star Brian Ching knows the team let down coach Dominic Kinnear with shabby set piece defending in their MLS playoff opening 2-1 loss to Chivas USA. “He’s mad that we weren’t paying attention to details, those two free kicks – as well, he should be,” Ching told MLSNet. “We should be pissed…

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Fabregas: We're Title Contenders Now

Having won three of their four away games to date, Arsenal are showing genuine title-winning credentials – according to midfielder Cesc Fabregas. Arsenal have beaten Manchester United, Charlton Athletic and Reading in succesive away games, whereas last season they exhibited an alarming frailty away from home as teams appeared to have devised a way of…

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Sarachan Content With Advantage

Chicago coach Dave Sarachan admits it would have been nice to grab an insurance tally in their opening win over New England, but says he will take the 1-0 edge they will take on the road Saturday. A Justin Mapp free kick conversion would be all the Open Cup champs would need. “This is a…

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Djorkaeff Set To Retire A Red Bull

Veteran New York attacker Youri Djorkaeff has confirmed that he will hang his boots when the team’s MLS playoff odyssey ends. With the team facing away matches so long as they advance, the former France star worked his final Giants Stadium affair in the opener, a slim loss to D.C. United. “I think now I’ll…

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Rooney Cites Red Card For Fitness Dip

Wayne Rooney believes the red card he was shown in an Amsterdam pre-season tournament is responsible for his form so far this season – not any hangover from the World Cup. Rooney, who turns 21 on Tuesday, seem to have rediscovered his form in the last few games, though he has still not scored since…

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Nicol Keeps It Simple For Game 2

New England boss Steve Nicol didn’t need to think long to find the reason for their 1-0 MLS playoff defeat at Chicago, as well as what they can do to pull a home rally. The Revs put eight of 12 shots on target, but could not beat hot Fire hand Matt Pickens. “I think we…