Upside: Only if

Their Words

“In football you can’t have any regrets because you’ll look back over your career and say ‘I should have’ and ‘only if’. The ones who actually succeed are the ones who do it.” Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert.

The Radar

  1. MLS pre-season training.
  2. Domestic cups in Europe.
  3. Aston Villa’s semifinal.
  4. Roma vs Inter.
  5. Attendance for Cup of Nations.

Ten Stories

Shea’s pending departure would be the latest in mass MLS star exodus – from’s Avi Creditor: In any other year, MLS could handle a departure like that and carry on.

Salary-cap issues & difference of opinion lead to Union’s decision on Adu – from’s Dave Zeitlin: “We’re trying to make sure we find a solution that’s good for the Philadelphia Union and good for Freddy,” Hackworth said.

Dynamo kick off preseason camp with goal of making playoffs – from The Houston Chronicle’s Jose de Jesus Ortiz: “And (this year) is no different to get a chance to try to win a championship.

Coachless Red Bulls Heading to Florida – from The NY Times’ Jack Bell: The Red Bulls remain the only one of the league’s 19 clubs without a coach.

Small roster at Crew camp to expand – from The Columbus Dispatch’s Adam Jardy: The plan is for that to change — and soon.

Tottenham lay down marker by bucking trend to take four points off Manchester United this season – from The Telegraph’s Paul Kelso: They were rewarded with an outcome even rarer than a Sunday cancellation in the Premier League era.

Blues draw blank again as they settle for a point at Saints – from The Liverpool Echo’s Greg O’Keeffe: Granted Everton were better in the second half….

Fulham’s fury as Manchester United Cup discount hits away fans – from The Evening Standard’s David Smith: “We would never have agreed to that.”

Argentina and Brazil’s youth teams flounder in World Cup qualification – from BBC Sport’s Tim Vickery: They may well believe that an early dose of failure can bring its own benefits.

Champions Zambia malfunction when required to go on front foot – from The Guardian’s Jonathan Wilson: Last week, Renard insisted that the squad was “better than last year at the same stage.

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