Upside: I’ll admit that

Their Words

“Bremen deserved their win, I’ll admit that. They applied far more pressure over the 90 minutes and above all, are a side with a great deal of quality in attack. As I said before the game, we wanted to keep a clean sheet. We didn’t defend all that badly but we couldn’t play our game in the second half, like we had done in stages of the first.” Hannover 96 manager Mirko Slomka.  

The Radar

  1. Klinsmann releases roster for Honduras.
  2. Hexagonal qualifying starts on Wednesday.
  3. Honduras declares Wednesday a national holiday.
  4. Match-fixing report from Interpol.
  5. MLS trades.

Ten Stories

U.S. opens tricky final round of World Cup qualifying at Honduras – from’s Grant Wahl: And more than ever for the U.S., there is also pressure from within….

Hex could be toughest ever for USMNT – from’s John Bolster: But this year, the two candidates for the role, Jamaica and Panama, seem unlikely to follow the script.

How Klinsmann put together his U.S. coaching staff – from’s Zac Lee Rigg: “A coach staff it’s extremely important, like a team, that the puzzle is the right one, that the chemistry is the right one,” Klinsmann said recently.

To Do the Expected, the U.S. Is Bracing for the Unexpected – from The NY Times’ Andrew Keh: Understanding the task, Klinsmann has toggled his stance quickly between confidence and caution.

MLS stars may finally get a chance on U.S. national soccer team – from The LA Times’ Kevin Baxter: “Now it’s my job to go out and make the most of it.”

Transfers a sign of MLS’ growing strength, not weakness – from The Sporting News’s Brian Straus: But in reality, they’re all part of MLS’ slow-growth plan.

British football warned not to be naive over match-fixing – from The Independent’s Robin Scott-Elliot: “However, we are surprised generally by the scale of the criminal enterprise involved and how widespread it is.”

Sad day for European football as scale of match fixing is exposed – from World Soccer’s Keir Radnedge: He repeated the well-aired assertion that much of the criminal activity was generated on behalf of a Singapore-based betting syndicate.

Low: It’s style, not graft, for Germany – from Soccernet’s Ian Holyman: Low believes that scenario fitted his vision of what he wants to achieve in football.

The final chapter: Beckham’s move to PSG – from Backpage Football’s Ciaran Kelly: Of course, the five-year spell had much greater significance for Beckham’s footballing career than many expected.

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