Monthly Archives: April 2012

Check or Raise? Barcelona wants to see Chelsea’s hand.
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Check or Raise? So here is the scenario, you are in a heads-up game of high-stakes no-limit Texas hold’em. You get dealt pocket 7s, and decide to raise. Your opponent calls. The flop comes, showing a 10 of clubs, 9 … Continue reading

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Youth Development – are we taking the fun out of it?
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I’m in Holland today, meeting with the man in charge of youth development at Ajax, one of the greatest academy programs in the world. This is where Bergkamp came from, and before him the mighty Johan Cruyff. Before the recent … Continue reading

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Big World Out There
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The thing about writing about the world of soccer is that it really is a big world out there. With our own American sports everything is local. Even if we live in a country that is 3,000 miles across. With … Continue reading

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Galaxy off to rocky start
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The lingering image of the 2011 MLS season was of David Beckham raising the MLS Cup high above his head in celebration. Then once Beckham surprised just about everyone by turning down French big spenders PSG to stay in Los … Continue reading

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Referee errors deciding the fate of EPL teams
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It’s been a bad few days for the men in black in the English Premier League. Some very bad calls could cost a few clubs a lot of money – about $40 million. That’s what a club loses the first … Continue reading

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Dempsey is the Man!
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When Fulham take the field, Clint Dempsey is the man. On Saturday against Bolton Wanderers, the referee’s hand went up 25 yards from the home-team’s goal. Up stepped John Arne Riise, the Fulham left-backed famed for probably the most powerful … Continue reading

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Player development stumbling along the wrong path?
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Kansas City, Kansas. Olympic Qualifyers: Sitting in the beautiful Livestrong Park in KC on Saturday evening watching a gallant El Salvador fall in extra time to Honduras before Mexico dismantled the game, but badly overmatched Canada in the nightcap, all … Continue reading

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