WFC’s Weekend Catch: The World’s Best Fixtures For 23-24 April, 2011

Things are getting tight everywhere in the football world, except, of course, the USA. One MLS side, Real Salt Lake, are even getting a pass on early games as they pursue the CONCACAF CL Final. Everywhere else, seasons are winding down. Bolton and Arsenal look to turn around recent adversities against each other on Sunday, Marseille look for a trophy in the Coupe de la Ligue on Saturday, Real Madrid play another match at the Mestalla, this time against Valencia, Feyenoord look for 10 goals worth of pay back against PSV and QPR seek a win against Cardiff that, barring the intervention of the FA, will have them planning for a Premier League season in August.

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Red Bulls and Galaxy Sing The Big Money Blues

With the Red Bulls paying out $11 million annually to Thierry Henry and Rafa Marquez and the Galaxy in the last year of a $250 million dollar deal with David Beckham, fans in NY & LA have failed to realise the same return on the investment as the league has as a whole. With the ‘Beckham Experiment’ almost at an end and the data condemning the on-pitch value of European superstars, one wonders whether the Galaxy and Red Bull supporters will be asked to continue sacrificing their championship dreams on the altar of good publicity?

The Next Step In The American Dream: The 2011 Major League Soccer Preview

With two new teams in the Pacific Northwest, the MLS has expanded to 18 teams, a 34-game schedule, a 10-team playoff and instantly added a six-pack of intense derby matches which could make 2011 a very interesting season.

Man United: Tales Of The Almost Beatables

It’s the second half of the season and Man United has yet to be beaten.  Already, there has been some talk of whether they can match Arsene Wenger’s Invincibles.  They consensus is that they are not as talented as that side, although that may be debatable.  If anything, they certainly seem more resolute than that … Read more

Channel Surfing: Et Vlan! At The Coupe de France, Big Clubs Need Not Apply and Arsenal Vets Come & Go

<Click> We interrupt Ligue 1 break to bring you news from the Coupe de la Ligue, from which ten sides from France’s top division were eliminated. Ten! The bottom five all went out, with the 6th bottom side, Nice, only through after pulling through a sudden death penalty shootout. Plenty of drama ensued, and, of … Read more

Major League Soccer– An American Soccer Experience

Football fans outside the United States may not have a deep knowledge of our top professional division, Major League Soccer.  Although the history of soccer in the United States is long and significant, MLS is a recent addition to the landscape.  The League was formed in 1993 and began play in 1996, the result of … Read more

Channel Surfing: Chelsea Rejects Russell Crowe, Ghost Of World Cup Past & Sochaux’s American Phoenix Rising

<click> Ligue 1 round-up This week, the big match was of Olympian proportions, between Lyon and Marseille. The match ended 1-1, the highlight being Mathieu Valbuena’s deflecting game leveler, which balanced out the lowlights of Taye Taiwo’s bellman like defense. The other key match, between strugglers AS Monaco and resurgent Paris Saint-Germain, ended 2-2, with … Read more

Move Over World Cup, Let MLS Show You How To Play A Cup Final!

This was exactly the type of match that Major League Soccer needed to demonstrate to the American sporting public that it has a product worth watching.  The marquee names and big clubs weren’t in Toronto to decide the 2010 MLS Cup champion but the two clubs that were proved that the league was steeped with … Read more

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