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Archives: Feb. 2008


Socrates? Clodoaldo? Garrincha?

Pleasing on the eye though it may be, one could argue that Brazilian football wouldn’t have quite the same mythic status if the players had names like Joe Dokes or Harvey Schmedlapp or even Nicky Butt.

The one name thing definitely adds to the mystique, no? That ’80s-era marauding left back Junior. Zico, the white Pele. Rivelino and Romario and Ronaldo and Ronaldinho. Jairzinho. All too cool.

Ever wonder if you’d be

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Philadelphia gets its franchise

Major League Soccer announced the addition of a Philadelphia franchise today. Here’s the story from The Associated Press:

Philadelphia-area gets 16th MLS team

CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — The Philadelphia suburb of Chester was awarded a Major League Soccer team on Thursday that will start play in 2010.

The unnamed team will play in an 18,500-seat stadium planned for the Delaware River waterfront. The stadium is part of a $414 million redevelopment plan for the city, which is southwest of Philadelphia.

MLS Commissioner Don Garber said Philadelphia provides a natural rivalry with several other East

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Sounders re-sign goalkeeper

The Seattle Sounders announced today the re-signing of goalkeeper Chris Eylander.

The release from the team:


(Seattle, WA) – The Seattle Sounders have re-signed Chris Eylander, the starting goalkeeper from the 2007 USL First Division championship team. Eylander will be in his third year with the club.

"Chris had a phenomenal 2007 season which culminated with his dominance in the post-season," said Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer. "We are thrilled to have him back this year and will look for him to continue to grow as a goalkeeper."

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Seattle not the only franchise looking for a name

Philadelphia will apparently be in that boat too when MLS announces next week that it will put a franchise there, to start play the season after the Seattle team in 2010.

The team already has a supporters club, the Sons of Ben – SoBs, get it? – who have the coolest logo ever. They’re already riling up the neighbors in D.C. and New York and merited a look from the Guardian in London (HT: Center Holds It)

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Two local sides bring home the hardware

Congrats to the Blue Starz from the University Place Soccer Club and Sparta 94 from North Tacoma Soccer Club, winners of the Washington State Youth Soccer Association Commissioner’s Cup.

The Blue Starz beat Crossfire, 2-1, to win the girls under 15 trophy, while Sparta beat Avalance FC by the same score for the girls under 13 title.

The state’s youth championships continue this coming weekend with semifinals in the Challenge and Championship cups. All games are held Saturday and Sunday at the Starfire Soccer Complex in Tukwila.


Ty Harden back to Seattle?

There’s lots of speculation among the beat writers that cover the LA Galaxy that defender Ty Harden intends to play with the Seattle franchise.

How else to explain, they figure, the UW Husky’s decision this week to leave the Galaxy after a successful rookie season that saw him get as many minutes as any other player on the Galaxy roster save Landon Donovan?

Theory is that he doesn’t have much leverage with the club, so the only way the Junction City, Ore., native could get back up here was to walk away from the

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Critical mass at Doyle’s

Good to see a decent crowd down at Doyle’s Saturday morning to watch Manchester United demolish – and really, that’s putting it mildly – Arsenal in the 5th Round of the FA Cup.

By halftime we reckon there were 40-50 footy fans in the house, many of whom didn’t seem to let the 9 a.m. kickoff dissuade them from a pint or two. (The United supporters at the next table were on a pint-per-goal pace, which we’re sure made for an interesting rest of the day.)

We’ve been in there to watch a Sunday morning match

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