Don't Count Your Cosmos Before They've Hatched: Queens MLS Franchise Still Faces Multiple Obstacles

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Ever since the Post's Albany columnist Fred Dicker reported on Monday -- based solely on two unnamed sources -- that a deal for an MLS stadium in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park is "close to being wrapped up" and that construction "could begin early next year," the story has bounced around the journoverse like a free kick off Tobin Heath. WNYC chimed in with the news that Mayor Bloomberg had cited the project semi-approvingly ("My understanding is there's a lot of sentiment in Albany that they would be willing to do it"), while Bloomberg News did the same for Gov. Cuomo ("We support bringing major league soccer to New York and are working with MLS to make that a reality"). Deadspin, meanwhile, went off on an unnamed-source tangent of its own, insisting that "a really rich dude from the UAE" is in the lead to buy a Queens expansion franchise, which may or may not end up being a revival of the New York Cosmos.

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Five Questions To Ask About An MLS Soccer Stadium In Flushing Meadows Park

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The week before last, rumors began cropping up that Major League Soccer's long-running search for a place to put a new New York City team -- a search that had circumnavigated the boroughs from Pier 40 in the West Village to Randall's Island and Willets Point -- had settled on a site: the northeast corner of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, not far from the U.S. Open tennis center. On Friday, MLS president Mark Abbott declared that he's been talking to elected officials in Queens about the park site, and that MLS is "thrilled" at the prospect of "bringing the world's sport to the world's park."

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DEA Money Laundering; German Evacuation From WWII Bombs; Socrates Dies

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A New York Times report says the Drug Enforcement Administration has laundered money for drug cartels in an effort to "identify how criminal organizations move their money, where they keep their assets and, most important, who their leaders are." This controversial tactic was banned from use in Mexico in 1998, but due to an increase in drug-related violence, the practice has been used with "hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegal cash." The DEA "often allows cartels to continue their operations over months or even years before making seizures or arrests." [NYT]

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Tonight is the Last Night Ever To Enjoy The Current Nevada Smiths

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Grown people excited about balls at Nevada Smiths
It's been known that Nevada Smiths, that lovable East Village soccer bar where grown men went at six am to watch mostly scoreless games, would have to vacate its current Third Avenue home. And as EV Grieve recently noted, they're moving into a new location, a block north in between 12th and 13th, on Third Ave. But then Nevada Smiths announced via its own site that tonight would be the watering hole's last hurrah until the new year.

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Libyan Soccer Team to Wear Rebel Colors, Ending Qaddafi Family's Reign on the Sport

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Saadi Qaddafi signing for Perugia
The Libyan national soccer team has abandoned the green uniforms favored by Muammar Qaddafi in favor of jerseys sporting the rebels' colors. The Guardian reports that the change has been made for the team's African Cup of Nations qualifier against Mozambique today. While it may be a small, ceremonial change, it signifies a greater national shift. Members of the team were reported to have joined the rebels early in the summer, and now the entire squad will wear the black, red and green flag of the National Transitional Council.

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Soccer Fans Say NYPD Used Excessive Force After Uruguay Win

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After Uruguay defeated Paraguay in the finals of the Copa America on Sunday, ecstatic fans flooded the streets of Jackson Heights. Minutes later, dozens of police officers arrived at 37th Avenue and 84th Street and began pushing back the crowd. This led to scuffles between the soccer fans and the police. Residents felt that the police response was unjust; "I couldn't call 911. They were the same people abusing us," said Silvana Sislian, 46, manager of La Gran Uruguaya Bakery, to the Daily News.


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Women's World Cup Sets New Tweet Record

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Alas, the U.S. lost in Sunday's Women's World Cup final, ceding the first place spot to Japan, but worldwide there were other competitions -- on different fields -- afoot. As we watched the final moments with bated breath, people were tweeting about them like crazy around the world, surpassing the seven-month record for highest tweets per second and making it to 7,196. The next highest TPS was Japan, on New Year's Day 2011, which measured at 6,939. Comparatively, Osama Bin Laden's death reached some 5,100 tweets per second. Twitter geeks and soccer geeks, clearly, you are a match made in heaven. [Wired]

World Cupdate: USA and England Score the Same Amount of Baskets, Tie

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It's hard to explain the collective feelings of the United States when it comes to the World Cup this afternoon. As mentioned earlier, energy is a contagious thing, especially when it comes to bandwagon fans. And so it was going to take a pretty special underdog performance from the U.S. team to ensure they had a slight grip on the nation's attention. Things didn't start out well -- it took England only four minutes to strike, taking the lead and deflating American egos. But thanks to a crucial mistake by English keeper Robert Green, the U.S. was able to hang on for a 1-1 tie. Many are wondering, "What's with this 'tie' shit?" Let's settle this like men who roll around on the grass crying and holding their legs!

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USA vs. England World Cup Match Set to Dominate the Day; BP Subplot Boiling Under

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In June, 1950, at the World Cup in Brazil, the American team beat England 1-0. It was the last time the two teams met in the Cup and is still thought of as "the greatest upset in the history of World Cup soccer." The defeat humiliated the proud England team and crushed a nation. In America, at the time, no one really cared; our squad went on to lose later in the tournament and returned home as the same collection of scrubs and next-to-nobodies. Have things changed? Will they today?

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International Perspectives From a LES Soccer Club

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We thought all soccer enthusiasts huddled around a big-screen TV during the World Cup, but the soccer club at Manhattan Comprehensive, an international high school, played right through the games today at Roosevelt Park on the Lower East Side.

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