"It's difficult but we are in good shape, we have no injuries and the players are getting sharper by the day. Coming to America is great for the supporters over here that can see the team, but the downside is spending 11 hours on a plane with an eight-hour time difference." Cheslea assistant coach Steve Holland.
Heady U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley eager to match wits with Italy's best - from The Sporting News's Brian Straus: Playmaker one night, distributor and destroyer the next....
Real Salt Lake lacking intensity, discipline - from The Standard-Examiner's Justin Johnson: RSL boss Jason Kreis didn’t sugarcoat it either.
Miller brings goals, speed, work ethic - from The Province's Marc Weber: "The goal threat is a huge part of it," said Martin Rennie.
Convincing in Columbus - from The Kansas City Star's Charles Gooch: Columbus was the third-straight team to fail to score on KC.
Here come the Cosmos - from ESPN's Roger Bennett: "Our goal is to own our own brand, media rights and player contracts."
Sir Alex Ferguson focused on wrestling back crown for Manchester United - from The Guardian Jamie Jackson: the clock showing six weeks before the transfer window shuts ticks nervously for fans.
Doncaster still talking to Sky as blackout fears emerge - from The Herald's Graeme Macpherson: "It is what it is."
@fifamedia - FIFA Media: Sincere apologies to American football supporters. We of course meant to write earlier that Japan won the WWC Final a year ago IN Germany.
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