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Euro 2012 Draw in Review

MIKE CUMMINGS: For me, the two storylines from Friday’s Euro 2012 draw were Groups A and B. Group B is the all-time, nastiest of the nasty, the one Group of Death to rule them all. Group A? Well, my rec league team could win Group A, and our median age is somewhere north of 40.
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USA/Mexico in Review

MIKE CUMMINGS: The United States’ 1-1 draw with Mexico on Wednesday night served as a successful debut for new US coach Jurgen Klinsmann. Sure, the US fell behind early, again; the defense at times showed a few weaknesses, again; and we failed to beat Mexico, again. But several positive emerged from the match — enough to have reason to think Klinsmann’s reign will be a good one.

HOWARD MEGDAL: I generally agree with Mike on his takes, though I’d like to discuss some particulars where I differ. Continue reading

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USA/Jamaica in Review

HOWARD MEGDAL: Sunday’s 2-0 win against Jamaica showcased one of the two American team personalities on display in the Gold Cup. Neither one looks like it will give Mexico much trouble, however.

MIKE CUMMINGS: You’re right, Howard. It’s hard to imagine Mexico quaking in its collective boots over either USA Jekyll or USA Hyde. I’ve stopped worrying about which one will show up for each game, just like I’ve stopped wondering why it happens and how to make it stop. All I worry about now is whether I’m being unpatriotic when I openly root for the USA to suffer another embarrassing loss. Continue reading

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Gold Cup: USA/Canada Thoughts, Ford Field Thoughts

MIKE CUMMINGS: After the disastrous game against Spain on Saturday, an easy win was exactly what the US wanted in its Gold Cup opener Tuesday night against Canada. And that’s exactly what the Yanks got. There were plenty of positives,…

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Champions League Final: Initial Thoughts

MIKE CUMMINGS: So Barcelona is the best team ever. But we already knew that didn’t we? Continue reading

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Champions League Week in Review

MIKE CUMMINGS: Half of the Round of 16 is complete, and the biggest surprise so far has to be the performance of Tottenham Hotspur. Thanks to Peter Crouch’s first-leg goal in the San Siro, and the whole team’s professional return performance at White Hart Lane, Spurs are among the final eight teams of Europe. One team that won’t be there, and doesn’t deserve a place, is Arsenal. It’s hard to know which fact pleases Spurs fans more. Continue reading

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Diego Forlan: Player of the Year?

HOWARD MEGDAL: The votes are in for 2010′s player of the year. And the winner is… not Diego Forlan. Not according to World Soccer Magazine, not according to FIFA… no one had Forlan at or close to the top. This strikes me as a strange oversight.

MIKE CUMMINGS: I agree with all of this, but what I think we have here is a case of the Heisman Trophy voters rubbing off on their world soccer counterparts. In other words, the award went to the best player on the best team. Continue reading

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Manchester United vs. Tottenham Hotspur in Review

MIKE CUMMINGS: Another solid but underwhelming performance by Manchester United. And another solid but not-quite-enough performance by Tottenham Hotspur. Combine the two and you get a couple of questions. Will Man U ever lose this season? And are Spurs really ready to challenge for the title?

HOWARD MEGDAL: Not only did the 0-0 draw with Manchester United feel like a lost opportunity for Spurs, it is safe to wonder when they will receive a better opportunity. Continue reading

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Manchester United vs. Arsenal in Review

MIKE CUMMINGS: American sports lend themselves so easily to nicknames. That’s why a few years back, when Robert Horry developed a penchant for hitting game-winning shots in the NBA playoffs, he earned the nickname “Big Shot Bob.” So what we have here is a dilemma. What do you call Ji-Sung Park after his latest clutch performance for Fergie and ManU against Arsenal? Continue reading

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Chelsea Vs. Tottenham Hotspur in Review

HOWARD MEGDAL: In one of the finest matches of the season, both Chelsea and Tottenham told us quite a bit in a 1-1 draw Sunday at White Hart Lane.

MIKE CUMMINGS: For Chelsea, it wasn’t a must-win as much as it was a must-not-lose. For Tottenham Hotspur, it wasn’t a must-win as much as it was a must-win-if-we-want-to-be-taken-for-real. And if not for one Heurelho Gomes howler (sorry, Howard, but you’re wrong about this one), tonight we’d all be talking about whether Spurs are now the de facto fourth member of the Big Four. Continue reading

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