Upside: In any fit state

Their Words

“I don’t think he is in any fit state to talk to the referee about the decision. I think it speaks volumes that I am sat here and not the manager of this fantastic football club.” Manchester United assistant manager Mike Phelan.

The Radar

  1. That red card against Manchester United.
  2. The issue of intent.
  3. Houston’s lead in the CCL.
  4. CCL expectations for MLS.
  5. Another day of Champions League moments.

Ten Stories

Nani red card reveals Fox TV experts are 17 years behind the times – from Soccer America’s Paul Gardner: how often have they read the rules?

Ferguson suffers cruelty of the European Cup – from ESPN’s John Brewin: The effects of Nani’s sending off and the resultant defeat to Real Madrid have a distinct air of finality about them.

Fergie’s Lost Weekend Started Here – from Eoin O’Callaghan: For Fergie and United, the game was a water-shed.

Acid test for Club Tijuana against Corinthians – from’s Tom Marshall: The fact Xolos play on synthetic turf is a major advantage in the Libertadores….

Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner learning harsh lesson of Premier League club in freefall – from The Telegraph’s Paul Kelso: The difficulties faced by those who rode the last takeover wave offers another.

Soccer’s Battle for New York – from The Wall Street Journal’s Graham Parker: That pushing has become more pronounced recently.

MLS boss sets sights on Mexico – from The News Tribune’s Don Ruiz: although Garber implied the pay gap isn’t that significant.

Toronto FC continues to re-tool ahead of Sporting KC – from the Toronto Sun’s Kurtis Larson: “As I said, I wish pre-season would go for four or five more weeks.”

Borussia Dortmund Make the Big Leap Forward – from Bundesliga Fanatic’s Gerry Wittmann: there isn’t any that is a nightmarish draw, either.

As Tourist, Hughes Got an Earful of England – from The NYTimes’ David Waldstein: It was not only Hughes’s first foray into professional soccer, it was his first time outside North America….

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