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The 2008 World All-Star Lineup

After posting some of my predictions about the 2008 MLS All-Star lineup, I started thinking about the rest of the world and how MLS’s best would fare against their best 11. My conclusion? Not too well. But then again, what team could compete with such a collection of stars?

So, without further ado, as a companion to my MLS’s Best XI post, here is the lineup I would go with if I could choose from every player in the world:

Starting Eleven:

I would employ a 3-4-3 (simply too many great forwards to only put two up top):

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Soccer Teams Out Pace US Sports Teams in Revenue

Yesterday we covered the revenues of the top 20 soccer teams in the world in terms of revenue and how that Real Madrid Still Richest Soccer Club in the World . But how do Real Madrid and Manchester United stock up with the largest US sports franchises like the New York Yankees and Washington Redskins in terms of revenue?

Lets first look at the annual revenues of the teams in America’s largest leagues. According to Forbes magazine the top 5 baseball teams in terms of revenue are:

  • New York Yankees $277 million
  • Boston Red Sox $206 million
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Real Madrid Still Richest Soccer Club in the World

Numbers for the 2007-2008 season are available here

For the third straight year Spanish powerhouse Real Madrid topped the list of richest soccer clubs in the world. Three teams from the Premier League made the top five in Manchester United, Chelsea, and Arsenal, while another Spanish League team Barcelona is the other club in the top 5. The list is for the money generated but does not include transfer fees.

Dan Jones the partner in the Sports Business Group at Deloitte, the group that compiled the list, stated, “This is the first time that any country has had three clubs in the top five of the Money League. Arsenal’s move to the Emirates Stadium has transformed their revenues whilst Chelsea’s revenue increase sees them return to the top five.”

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LA Galaxy Fans Ask: “Et Tu, Alexi Lalas?”

I am not an executive with a soccer club. Heck, I have no management experience at all. Yet, sometimes I have to think I could do a better job than some of the people managing teams in the MLS. Exhibit A? Alexi Lalas.

Seriously, Galaxy fans have to be wondering what Lalas is thinking these days. On Friday, Lalas traded midfielder Quavas Kirk to DC United in exchange for defender Greg Vanney.

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Kansas City Wizards 2008 Season Preview

Kansas City Wizards

2007 Record: 11-12-7 (5th in East)

Coach: Curt Onalfo (2nd Year)

Key Players: Jimmy Conrad, Kevin Hartman, Carlos Marinelli

Key Pickups: Chance Myers (Drafted 1st Overall)

Key Losses: Eddie Johnson (to Fulham), Jose Burciaga, Jr. (to Colorado)

2008 Outlook: Average

Wiz fans approach the 2008 season with hesitance. Will Onalfo’s up-and-coming squad of 2007 show up again in 2008, or will KC continue to have success prove elusive? There are certainly lots of things that helped KC in 2007 that will be missing in 2008.

For starters, Eddie Johnson is gone.

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Houston Dynamo 2008 Season Preview

Houston Dynamo

2007 Record: 15-8-7 (2nd in West)

Coach: Dominic Kinnear (3rd Year)

Key Players: Brian Ching, Dwayne De Rosario, Wade Barrett, Pat Onstad

Key Pickups: Bobby Boswell (from D.C. United)

Key Losses: Joseph Ngwenya (to SK Austria Karnten), Nate Jacqua (to SCR Altach)

2008 Outlook: Excellent

Wow, did San Jose get screwed or what?

The Earthquakes return to the league this year, and have actually acquired a decent core of players for their (second) inaugural game. Meanwhile, the talent that San Jose used to root for has collected back to back MLS Cups. Same thing happened to poor, desperate Cleveland Browns fans who had Art Modell take that team to Baltimore, slap a new logo on their helmets then make them horrifyingly watch as the “Ravens” won the 2000 Super Bowl.

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Ronaldo’s Injury Sparks Rumors of an MLS Move

One of soccer’s all-time greats, Ronaldo, may have recently taken the pitch for the last time.

The Brazilian striker received some grim news yesterday regarding an injury he suffered during an Italian Serie A match on Wednesday. According to AC Milan team doctors, Ronaldo’s left kneecap ligament has ruptured for the third time and it is questionable whether he has the determination left to properly rehabilitate the injury so as to return to the field.

As his AC Milan contract was due to expire in three months anyways, it is highly unlikely Ronaldo will have a future with that club.

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2008 MLS Season Preview: All-Star Prediction Edition

Based on my own feeble-minded thoughts and opinions, here are my predictions for the MLS 2008 All-Star Team:

Assuming the team went with a 4-4-2…

Starting 11

Goalkeeper:

  1. Brad Guzan (CHV)

Forward:

  1. Luciano Emilio (DCU)
  2. Jozy Altidore (NYRB)

Midfield:

  1. Guillermo Barros Schelotto (COL)
  2. Dwayne De Rosario (HOU)
  3. Juan Toja (FCD)
  4. David Beckham (LAG)

Defense:

  1. Michael Parkhurst (NER)
  2. Jimmy Conrad (KCW)
  3. Wade Barrett (HOU)
  4. Jonathan Bornstein (CHV)

Honorable Mentions:

Forward:

  1. Juan Pablo Angel (NYRB)
  2. Cuauhtemoc Blanco (CHI)
  3. Taylor Twellman (NER)
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Chicago Fire – Off Season Notes

Spring training is in full swing for the Chicago Fire and the team is looking to improve on their late season run of last year losing to New England in the Eastern Conference Championship. Head coach Dennis Hamlett is looking forward to the 2008 season stating at the beginning of spring training stating, “We’re very excited this day has finally come. We’re anxious to get out on the field. We have a good blend of players. It’s time to get a look at them and build this team.”

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Revolution Head South

Everyone knows that New England in the fall is beautiful, but in the winter? One word, Brrrrrrrrr! This is why the New England Revolution have decided to head to more temperate climates, as the team heads to Bermuda to train for the upcoming MLS season. With the wintry cold conditions in New England it limits the outdoor training time of the Revolution. The Revs have spent the last couple of weeks training indoors working on their strength and conditioning, but there has not been much on-the-ball training.