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John Shimer joined WEEI after creating Red, White, and Blue Army – www.redwhiteandbluearmy.com – a United States Men’s National Team soccer blog. He began his journalism career with the Newburyport Daily News where he quickly became the resident soccer aficionado due to his insights as a former player and coach as well as current United States Soccer Federation referee. Branching out, he also has spent the last two years as a featured North Shore Golf Magazine writer and Peabody/Lynnfield Weekly sports reporter.

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10/10/10 03:06 EST
The Boston Red Sox and Liverpool Football Club appeared ready for merger under the roof of the current Red Sox ownership New England Sports Ventures (NESV) after the Liverpool board of directors voted unanimously 3-2 to sell the English Premier League club for the bargain basement purchasing fee of £300 million (just over $476 million U.S.). Last Friday, step two was completed as the Premier League approved the sale to NESV headed by financier John Henry. There is, however, the small issue of current owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett’s lawsuit to block the impending sale, which if completed would render the duo with £144 in losses put into the team since their purchase in 2007 and without any semblance of a profit from the sale – the biggest two sticking points for why the club had not been previously sold. In fact Dubai International Capital (think Dubai Bank) -- Chinese investor Kenny Huang with backing from the Chinese government and Syrian businessman Yahya
07/16/10 07:32 EST
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The wonderful game of soccer’s time for a major overhaul has come. The 2010 South Africa World Cup showed how far the advances in technology have come with the ESPN camera angles. It also showed just how big a need there is for the game itself to be remedied by technology, as there were far too many big decision calls that were missed. According a study on ESPNsoccernet.com, the FIFA referees’ committee determined that in the 62 games prior to the World Cup, refs in the tournament got their decisions correct over 96 percent of the time. That figure may be correct, but when too many of the biggest decisions throughout the tournament are missed – as the United States fans know via Koman Coulibaly’s terrible no-goal call in the Slovenia match – something needs to be drastically changed and fixed. FIFA president Sepp Blatter has long been opposed to using replay technology. Suffice it to say, it will take a new president or governing board to overrule him on the
07/04/10 12:52 EST
With the semifinals set for this week, it’s time to look at who has impressed the most in the 2010 World Cup (stats are through the quarterfinals): The formation that I created for my best XI is an attacking Christmas tree – the 4-3-2-1 in front of the keeper. These may not necessarily be the best 11 players in the world right now, but they are the players that I think have played the best in South Africa and have been the largest inspiration to their teams with points given for creativity, imagination and the fortitude to go forward. Center forward: Diego Forlan (Uruguay) – 2 goals, 1 assist
 Honorable mention: Gonzalo Higuain (Argentina), Luis Fabiano (Brazil)
 Sure, several players have scored more goals like Higuain (4 goals), Robert Vittek (Slovakia, 4 goals), and Fabiano (3 goals), but not one has been more important to their team than Forlan has been for Uruguay. The silky smooth forward has been a revelation in this tournament, and although his
06/28/10 09:30 EST
I like many of our fellow American soccer fans needed to take a day to digest that quite frustrating lost opportunity and collect my thoughts. There are plenty of talking points from the game; Bob Bradley's selections, the poor central defending, the lack of finishing, how quickly the team was able to recover from the Algerian win, how they performed as favorites, and how two very key injuries last fall changed the fabric of the team. Ultimately I think Bob Bradley deserves a lot of praise for his decisions, his tactics, and his ability to adapt from qualification to the Confederations Cup through the friendlies earlier in the year on up to the World Cup. He gathered information, looked primarily at players abroad but also gave some players at home in the MLS a cup of coffee to inspire them for the future. He put together the best squad that he could field, including players that might not have had much experience at the national team level but had been in form i.e. Gomez and



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