Daily news roundups

MLS offseason news, soccer books, catchphrases

If you didn’t see the Chelsea v Fulham match yesterday, it was a 1-1 tie. Amobi Okugo sums it up well on the twitter.

The Red Bulls continue to insist they will embrace another MLS team in the Big Apple. It’s going to be lonely playing in front of 1,500 people in Harrison in 2014.

Alex Morgan is one of Scott French’s best stories of 2011. I’m fine with that.

Another is the growth of the LA and Chivas USA academies. 

Jay Heaps is rebuilding the New England Revolution, but they will still struggle in 2012.

Portland Timbers announcer John Strong has been awarded Call of the Year for his screams when Darlington Nagbe juggled the ball before volleying it into the far corner.

The three best footy books of 2011, according to The Ball Is Round.

Landon Donovan isn’t eligible yet, but Everton still has to play soccer. Yesterday they pulled out a tie with Sunderland thanks to a disastrous penalty call by referee Howard Webb. See it here.

YSC remembers Danny Califf’s talk on the power of a catchphrase.

Manchester City were held goalless for the first time all season yesterday. Roberto Mancini doesn’t get accused of being too defensive very often when he has Mario Balotelli, Kun Aguero and Edin Dzeko rotating up top.



  1. Ed Farnsworth says:

    I haven’t read any of the books listed by The Ball is Round but they appear to be about the English game. For those looking for something about the American game, check out David Wangerin’s Distant Corners, in which the author expands on his previous history of soccer in the US, Soccer in a Football World. Also, Dave Lange’s Soccer Made in St. Louis is an excellent, and beautifully designed, book on the history of the game in that city.

  2. Adam, Alex Morgan could slap you in the face and tell to go @#$* yourself and I think you would be okay with that…

  3. Adu training with La Liga side Rayo Vallecano. MacMath training with Everton.


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