Thursday’s Upside: They’re Knocking On the Door

Their Words

“We did not have it as good as they have it now,” Razov said. “We did some good things, but I really didn’t start playing first-team pro games until I was 24. Now, they’re 17, 18, and they’re knocking on the door.” US National Team alum Ante Razov

The Radar

  1. Garber's response to Blatter.
  2. The open transfer window.
  3. FA Cup weekend in England.
  4. Liga MX's Clausura season starts on Friday.
  5. South Africa's domestic league.

Ten Stories

Commissioner Garber 'surprised' by Blatter's MLS comments - from SI.com's Grant Wahl: but the commissioner clearly wanted to provide details on the league's accomplishments.

Garber responds to Blatter’s criticism - from The Washington Post's Steven Goff: Garber said he was “surprised” by Blatter’s comments.

An ungrateful FIFA president - from Soccer America's Paul Kennedy: It's a classic half-empty, half-full look.

Kljestan on the Upswing for Both Club and Country - from American Soccer Now's Brian Sciaretta: "After that, I got married and that was the highlight of my life."

Everton the perfect fit for Leighton Baines - from Soccernet's Michael Cox: Both in sporting and personal terms, Everton suits him perfectly.

Wil Trapp: One ‘Bus Leads Home - from The Shin Guardian: At 19 years old, there is no point in Wil’s memory where MLS doesn’t exist.

Moyes' men can still dream that resolve may upset the odds against vast wealth - from The Independent's James Lawton: Yet their reaction went to the heart of their meaning.

What Andre Villas-Boas must do to avoid the slide that derailed Harry Redknapp's Spurs - from The Evening Standard's Tom Collamosse: Redknapp’s reliance on a core of key players left some tired and others short of rhythm when the crucial period of the campaign arrived.

STARIKOV AIMING HIGH IN 2013 - from Yanks Abroad's Brian Sciaretta: "So I'm just continuing to work hard and believe that everything will come."

Match-fixing scandal in South Africa overshadows Africa Cup of Nations - from The Guardian's Jonathan Wilson: Crucially he would choose the referee.

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