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Week in Review April 18-22, 2011

For your viewing pleasure, above is the video of Juan Agudelo scoring the goal of the year so far in Major League Soccer. Every time there is a story or interview saying Americans should temper their enthusiasm for him and hold off on predicting greatness, he does stuff like this. Enjoy him while you can MLS fans.

Now for the roundup of what else happened this week:

  • The Benny Feilhaber drama has ended for now with the midfielder claimed by New England after Chivas and Philadelphia passed on his rights. He was not traded to Houston, as was the rumor, and it looks like Shalrie Joseph will drop to a more holding role to make room for Feilhaber.
  • The Chicago Fire are shuffling their lineup again, according to  Can’t say that’s incredibly surprising.
  • Coach Wilmer Cabrera has made his call-ups to begin training for the U-17 World Cup in Mexico.  These are the type of players where you print out the list, wait four years, then go back and take a second look to judge how good of a team it is, based on where some of the players have gone.
  • ESPN as part of their “money” issue of their magazine broke out a list of the top paid U.S. soccer players playing overseas (defined to include players with dual citizenship).  The entire list is behind their pay wall, but the top five are not surprising although the order may be: Brad Friedel, Oguchi Onyewu, Clint Dempsey, Tim Howard, and Giuseppe Rossi.  Want to know why Freddy Adu hasn’t returned to the U.S.? He makes close to $900,000 on his current contract.
  • And finally, let’s hope the Lamr Hunt U.S. Open Cup winners celebrate more successfully than this.

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  1. Vnice

    April 24, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    So, thanks for that link to a site where I have to pay to read the article.

  2. Logan

    April 22, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    In defense of the Fire, they could have won that game against Seattle as they were clearly the better team. The Sounders didn’t beat them, Kasey Keller did. That said, against Portland and an LA team minus their stars, they looked unorganized, lackadaisical, and clueless. I’m all for giving Baggio or Bone some minutes, just hope they don’t go changing too much.

  3. alaboston

    April 22, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    I’m very curious as to why Luis Gil, who I think is still only 17 years-old though maybe I’m wrong, is not on the U-17s. Anyone know?

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