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Liverpool’s Europa League campaign begins today against Unirea Urziceni. The surprise champions of the Romanian league made a good showing in the Champions League group stage, finishing in third place and only one point behind Stuttgart.

Urziceni is located in southeast Romania. It takes almost half the town to fill up the 7,000 seat stadium where Unirea Urziceni plays their home games. Thus, the team has been using Steaua Buchuresti’s massive facility 15 miles away for Champions league fixtures. This agreement is one of many between Urziceni owner Dumitru Bucsaru and Bucuresti’s Gigi Becali. The two oligarchs are close business associates and they have grown closer as Unirea has rocketed up the Romanian league ladder. This has led to speculation that Becali is considering a takeover of Urziceni. Both businessmen made their money through dubious land deals with the government (or in Becali’s case, the army) so their interests are intertwined on many levels. (more…)

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For a glimpse of what fans of one of the Union’s Axis of Evil are thinking about the new squad, check out this piece in a DC United blog.

More on our fair city’s hosting of the USA v Turkey friendly on May 29 and 2018/2022 World Cup hopes from the Inquirer.

The US will play the Czech Republic in another friendly ahead of the World Cup at a yet to be determined location on May 25.

Update on Clint Dempsey’s recovery from knee injury.

More opinion on the meaningfulness of Landon Donovan at Everton from Sports Illustrated.

U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage replaces midfielder Tobin Heath with Megan Rapinoe for 2010 Algarve Cup squad. The tournament kicks off on February 24 in Portugal.

Rutgers new head coach Dan Donigan adds two new assistants to his staff.

New MLS website news, Benitez, shopping incident, and soccer-related-violence-not associated-with-hooliganism-news update after the jump. (more…)

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