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Diamonds in MLS Rough: Michael Ballack is Just Fool’s Gold

By Kevin Koczwara

Drew Carey, a part owner of the Seattle Sounders as well as a comedian and former television star, took part in a panel discussion about soccer analytics at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference on Saturday, March 3. He represented Major League Soccer on the panel that included mostly technical directors from European clubs. And yet, Carey, not a career soccer person or scout, unveiled the most wisdom on how teams are tying to use analytics, especially his team in a global market flushed with teams and money.

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The Dutch Job: Jozy Altidore’s Resurgence with AZ

By Kevin Koczwara

Jozy Altidore’s move from Major League Soccer to Europe looked like a bust a few months ago. The former New York Red Bulls forward moved to La Liga side Villareal on June 4, 2008 for $10 million, making him the most expensive American player ever bought from Major League Soccer, surpassing the $4 million Fulham paid for Clint Dempsey. He was just 18 years old then. The world looked like it was at his feet.

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Jozy scores in AZ debut

Jozy Altidore already scored as many goals for his latest club, AZ of the Eredivisie, as he scored for Hull City while on loan from Villareal in 2009/10 season (he played 28 games for Hull City that season).

It took one match for Altirdore to get himself on the score sheet for his new club. That’s a good sign for the U.S. Men’s National Team. The striker still has the potential that so many people saw in him while he was breaking through the ranks at the New York Red Bulls while still a teenager. And don’t forget that he’s still relatively young at 21-years-old.

Altidore’s goal comes at the 8 minute mark, or so, in the highlight below. It’s the least impressive of the four goals from the match between AZ and PSV. New USMNT coach Jürgen Klinsmann will hope that some of the skill displayed in the other goals will rub off onto the forward.

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Who Will Win The World Cup?

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By Kevin Koczwara and Ryan Fleming

Ryan and I talked about a lot of stories we could write about who could and who would win the World Cup over the last few months. I have rattled my brain over and over again trying to make arguments for players and teams I like, but only one team stood out from the rest for me — it was almost the new look Brazil team lead by Dunga. Ryan thought about who could win the World Cup, especially on style points — so not the new look Brazil. He kept coming back to a certain color, a certain team that has had bundles of talent, but only one major trophy. Our picks are similar in this way. We each picked a team that has never won a World Cup, but has certainly had the talent to do so. We both picked teams that are about attacking their opponents, not sitting back and waiting. We picked teams that as Americans turn us on to the beautiful game.

Let’s take a look…

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