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Major Link Soccer: The worst penalty decisions in the history of ever

Plus plenty of links about the World Cup (ok three).

Sorry bud.
Sorry bud.
Shaun Botterill

A lot of people are talking about Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Luis Suarez and the call that wasn't there, so the kind folks at the Guardian took some time to cobble together the worst penalty decisions in soccer history. The Australian take on it all is really quite terrible.


Brad Evans didn't mince his words with Fox Soccer when talking about the collapse of the Seattle Sounders last season as he very politely placed the blame on just about everyone. sat down with Sigi Schmid to quiz him on the top 20 MLS goal scorers of all time. He fared, meh, hitting some good names but leaving off some obvious ones.

Second-year left-back Dylan Remick is having a solid start to the preseason and might be creating a position battle with Leo Gonzalez for the starting spot. The Sounders picked Remick in the second year of the 2012 SuperDraft as a project player, and it looks like that decision might pay dividends this year.


The Vancouver Whitecaps officially signed goalkeeper Paolo Tornaghi on Tuesday. The Italian keeper started his career with Inter Milan before being loaned out to lower division Italian clubs. He eventually landed with the Fire in 2012.

Chivas USA is going through some growing spurts, and with talk of a potential rebranding of the team on the tips of tongues, The Goat Parade has some very harsh words for the whole thing. In their eyes, it isn't just a rebrand that is required, "but a rebrand of the rebrand".

Soccer club owners in St. Louis are in the works to submit an application for a new USL team in 2015. The overall end game is a MLS club in St. Louis, with the ghost of A.C. St. Louis well beyond everyone's memory.

Bloomberg has a video discussing the impact new owners are having on MLS and on the growth of the sport in the nation. sat down with Greg Lalas, editor-in-chief of, to discuss the business of the site and its future as he sees it.

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Despite increasing violence and unrest in Ukraine, the USMNT confirmed that a March 5 friendly is still on the books, although the team is in close contact with the State Department to monitor the safety of the situation. The game is scheduled to be played in Kharkiv, approximately 300 miles east of Kiev, where much of the violence has taken place.

Champions League

If you aren't flipping through SB Nation's preview of the Champions League, you are doing the whole internet thing wrong.

Michael Bradley's return to American(ish) soil has been met with praise and scorn, and the star fired back a response to Jurgen Klinsmann's concern about lack of American players in the Champions League. Klinsmann's comments drew a bit of discussion as well, as he said a lack of faith in one's abilities might be to blame for the void of American players.


Reports are flying out that Arsenal is set to make a move on Italian star Mario Balotelli. Balotelli reportedly has had a terse relationship with A.C. Milan as of late, opening the window for a potential move.

Ashley Cole's tenure in Chelsea might be coming to a close based on Jose Mourinho's comments. Cole's contract is done at the end of the season and he has fallen behind Cesar Azpilicueta on the depth chart. The left-back hasn't started a EPL game since Jan. 11.

West Ham is playing well these days, but that still hasn't stopped Sam Allardyce from praying for a mid-season break in the winter for the EPL. He cites the rest of Europe and injury risks as the main reason for change.

World Cup

FIFA announced the Brazilian city of Curtiba will still host the World Cup despite long delays with the construction of their stadium. The arena was scheduled to be finished in December.

The city of Recife said it won't foot the bill for FIFA's Fan Fest, an outdoor screening venue for fans without tickets. The cost is estimated to be approximately $4.6 million.

The World Cup isn't in Qatar until 2012, but there hasn't exactly been a whole lot of good pressing coming out of it. A recent release by the Indian government isn't going to help the cause with the report that more than 500 Indian migrant workers have died in helping construct the infrastructure for the event.

Rest of the world

Alessandro Del Piero will play for the Australian League All Stars against Juvenetus this summer. The Australians are quite excited by the prospect, but many Italians, who still hold Del Piero close to their heart, are less than thrilled by the idea.

Repeated racist behavior by the supporters of CSKA Moscow will play its next UEFA competition match at home behind close doors as punishment. This isn't the first time CSKA Moscow has had troubles with racism from the hometown crowd, and considering the World Cup will be in Russia in 2018, it is something that needs to be looked at seriously soon.

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