Upside: Overcome your fears

Their Words

"In today’s society being different makes you brave. To overcome your fears you must be strong and have faith in your purpose." US National Team player Robbie Rogers

The Radar

  1. U-20's open qualifying in Mexico.
  2. Arsenal in the Champions League.
  3. Oldham forces a replay with Everton.
  4. Tijuana in the Copa Libertadores.
  5. Altidore's goals.

Ten Stories

Robbie Rogers coming out, soccer's reaction, mark steps forward - from SI.com's Grant Wahl: The coolest thing to see Friday was the outpouring of support for Rogers on Twitter from the U.S. soccer community.

Op-Ed: E Pluribus Unum - from The Shin Guardian: Rogers eloquently and panoptically addresses the issue from the perspective of his own story....

U.S. Under-20s Looking to Show Progress - from The NY Times' Brian Sciaretta: "I think we’re motivated from seeing the things in the past."

New investor could bring soccer franchise, stadium to Orlando - from The Orlando Sentinel's Mark Schlueb and David Damron: The soccer stadium would be a new addition to that list.

Brazilian investor to provide $80M to build Orlando major league soccer stadium - from WFTV.com: The new stadium could be built just about a block from the Citrus Bowl, where Orlando City Soccer plays.

Arsene Wenger's economic downturn as priorities shift at Arsenal - from The National's Jonathan Wilson: The excuses and explanations are well worn.

Are We Witnessing The Collapse of Arsene Wenger's Arsenal? - from Forbes' Zach Slaton: A furious final 14 minutes of play couldn’t turn around the previous 80 minutes of nothing.

Alex Ferguson 'expects' a treble push from Manchester United - from The Independent's James Legge: He said: "The manager has stressed that he expects to go to the end in all three competitions."

Marek Hamsik's Napoli loyalty tested as he is robbed at gunpoint ... again - from The Guardian's Paolo Bandini: Both incidents have not been the limit of Hamsik's experience with crime in Naples.

Soccer and society: Madrid to Mason - from The Washington Post's Steven Goff: Cabrera’s soccer roots run deep.

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