Monthly Archives: November 2009

Fire’s latest coaching departure a bad sign for Chicago’s future

What do you get when you take an overbearing and meddling owner and a stubborn head coach? You get a marriage that was never going to work. Such is the case in Chicago, where the Fire is looking for its … Continue reading »

Posted in MLS- Chicago Fire | 88 Comments

Liverpool ousted, Barca rolls in UEFA Champions League

Liverpool's nightmare season got a bit worse on Tuesday after Fiorentina's 1-0 win over Lyon knocked the EPL club out of the UEFA Champions League. Liverpool did its part, beating Debrecen, 1-0, but a penalty kick by Peruvian defender Juan … Continue reading »

Posted in European Soccer | 22 Comments

Chicago Fire parts ways with Denis Hamlett

  Photo by ISIphotos.com In a move that seemed inevitable for months, the Chicago Fire has parted ways with head coach Denis Hamlett and has chosen not to re-sign him as head coach. Hamlett's contract expires at the end of … Continue reading »

Posted in MLS- Chicago Fire | 53 Comments

Ben Olsen officially retires

  Photo by ISIphotos.com One of the longest tenured MLS players called it a career today, as D.C. United midfielder Ben Olsen officially announced his retirement from professional soccer at a press conference at RFK Stadium. The 32-year-old played through … Continue reading »

Posted in Major League Soccer, MLS- D.C. United | 63 Comments

UEFA Champions League: Your Running Commentary

Matchday Five of the UEFA Champions League group stage kicks off today with several crucial match-ups featuring some of the world's biggest and best clubs. Few match-ups are more enticing than FC Barcelona-Inter Milan, which headlines today's schedule of matches. … Continue reading »

Posted in European Soccer | 38 Comments

SBI’s Mock 2009 MLS Expansion Draft

  Photo by ISIphotos.com The Philadelphia Union will select its first set of players on Wednesday in the 2009 MLS Expansion Draft and while there is no guarantee that the ten players chosen will make Peter Nowak's team, it is … Continue reading »

Posted in Major League Soccer, MLS- Expansion, MLS- Philadelphia Union | 123 Comments

UEFA Champions League: A Look Ahead

When the groups were drawn for the UEFA Champions League in late summer, Inter Milan and FC Barcelona were penciled in as the top two teams in their group. Nobody told Russian champions Rubin Kazan, who have turned Group F … Continue reading »

Posted in European Soccer | 20 Comments

CONCACAF throws support behind USA bid to host World Cup

The United States bid to host a World Cup in either 2018 or 2022 received a major boost from home region CONCACAF, with confederation board members voting unanimously to back the U.S. bid to host one of the next two … Continue reading »

Posted in International Soccer, U.S. Soccer | 55 Comments

MLS Expansion Draft Protected Lists Unveiled (UPDATED)

Major League Soccer has released the lists of players protected from Wednesday's MLS Expansion Draft, which the expansion Philadelphia Union will use to select ten players from the remaining unprotected players on the league's 15 team rosters. MLS Cup Final … Continue reading »

Posted in Major League Soccer, MLS- Expansion, MLS- Philadelphia Union | 174 Comments

New second division soccer league revives NASL

  The league that folded more than 20 years ago is set to return, though in name only. The USL breakaway league officially announced Monday that they would revive the name North American Soccer League to use for the new … Continue reading »

Posted in U.S. Soccer | 58 Comments

Will David Beckham play for England in South Africa?

The 2009 season is over, and it was a disappointing end to the Galaxy's season. Falling on penalties to Real Salt Lake means that an offseason of rest and recovery awaits for the MLS Cup runner-up. That's true for all … Continue reading »

Posted in World Cup 2010 | 36 Comments

Afternoon Ticker: FIFA calls emergency meeting, Wigan to refund fans and more

by TRAVIS CLARK After a week of controversy around Europe, Sepp Blatter and FIFA have taken notice, and are posturing themselves to take action. Soccer's governing body has called a meeting for December 2 in Cape Town, South Africa, in … Continue reading »

Posted in European Soccer | 49 Comments