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The chants of "U-S-A! U-S-A!" can rev up again next summer.And this time, they won't conflict with the workday.
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FREIBURG, Germany (AP) — From a corner office of Freiburg's homely stadium, club chairman Fritz Keller gazes over one of the loveliest views in football. Autumn's reds, browns and golds streak the surrounding Black Forest. Buzzards wheel in the air above.But from a football business perspective, this beauty is sterile desert. Black Forest boars make for fine stews, but they don't buy tickets to games. Thick woods aren't good places to find young players who could become football's next superstars. Nature lovers will adore the woodland city's tinkling waterways where herons fish. But in the increasingly expensive business of football, it is far easier to bag sponsors and revenue in thickly populated urban and industrial areas like Dortmund and Munich.
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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Few might remember his knee surgery just three weeks before the World Cup, or the two goals he scored in a 2-1 victory over England in his first match in the tournament.The last and most memorable image of Luis Suarez is the striker biting Giorgio Chiellini in the shoulder in a group stage match against Italy, a play that earned him a four-month suspension.
10.22.201412:01 AM ET
CAPIATA, Paraguay (AP) — They don't get much smaller than Paraguay's Deportivo Capiata — or bigger than Argentina's legendary Boca Juniors.So when Capiata, a soccer club formed six years ago in an Asuncion suburb with a stadium holding just 7,000 fans, beat Boca 1-0 at its famed La Bombonera stadium in Buenos Aires, it was a shocker for the ages.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S women's soccer team is winning in a no-win situation. Of course, the Americans should beat Haiti by a bunch of goals. And, of course, the Haitians are going to park themselves in front of their own net to keep the score as respectable as possible.But the games must take place, part of the mandated ritual to qualify for next summer's World Cup. The United States completed Part I on Monday night with a predictable 6-0 win over underfunded, awe-struck Haiti to finish unbeaten — and unscored upon — in group play in the CONCACAF championship.
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