Women top the charts with effort in 2008

December 24, 2008
CarlisleBy Jeff Carlisle, ESPNsoccernet
"Change" was the byword in this country's political arena in 2008, and it could certainly be applied to the U.S. soccer scene as well. Sure, there were some developments that had an air of familiarity about them. The U.S. women won yet another Olympic title and, as expected, the U.S. men safely navigated their way through the semifinal round of World Cup qualifying. But closer inspection reveals the paths taken by these and other teams weren't always conventional. The Columbus Crew experienced league ...

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