Tuesday’s Upside: The excitement of participating

Their Words

“I can assure the supporters that I will do everything in my power to make sure we have a national team we can all be proud of and one that, in time, can experience the excitement of participating in a major championship finals once again.” Scotland manager Gordon Strachan.

The Radar

  1. USA - Costa Rica in Commerce City.
  2. Combine to SuperDraft.
  3. Chivas USA's choices.
  4. FA Cup Wednesday.
  5. European club finances.

Ten Stories

Can "luck" and skill be separated in soccer? - from MLSsoccer's Devin Pleuler: But, I don't think that un-modeled bias is luck.

Despite shortcomings, college soccer is still relevant - from Goal.com's Avi Creditor: Don't think for a second that it doesn't serve a useful purpose, though.

QPR ready to spend big again in transfer window to avoid relegation - from BBC Sport's Ben Smith: "Football needs to change," he declared.

NFL could teach the Premier League a great deal about financial fair play - from The Independent's James Lawton: There are many such regulations, of course....

David Bernstein issue casts shadow over FA's 150th anniversary - from The Guardian's Owen Gibson: made harder by the FA's unending capacity to shoot itself in the foot.

Is Neymar smart to stay in Brazil? - from ESPN FC's Ed Malyon: Neymar is the smiling vanguard who reaches out to the world and tells us that things have changed.

The worst Madrid side since Mourinho took charge - from Inside Spanish Football's Jason Pettigrove: Aside from injuries, too many players in the Madrid team have not been playing at their maximum.

Ticket Prices And The Costs Of Having An Opinion - from 200%: The decision that supporters have to make is not a complicated one.

Australia falls back in love with beautiful game - from The Telegraph's Simon Briggs: Twas not ever thus.

Out of Africa: challenge to Hayatou raises the stakes - from World Soccer's Keir Radnedge: Hence any complaint against process must also be raised by a federation.

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