Best (or in this case worst) Quote of the Week:

“I kept piercing the Estudiantes strikers with a needle.  We know that top division players don’t like contact, they don’t like if we waste time or if we play dirty. So that was the way to do it. Football is like that. Football is for the clever.”

Federico Allende, a defender for Argentina’s lower division Sport Pacifico, quoted in an interview with a Columbian radio station about using a needle against strikers from a top-division club in a first round Copa Argentina match.  It apparently worked since Club Pacifico won 3-2. (BBC)

Best article discovered from outside of The Republic this week:

United States men’s U-20 coach Tab Ramos discussing the future of American soccer after the team advanced to the knock-out rounds of the FIFA U-20 World Cup in South Korea earlier this month. (Paul Gardner/Soccer America)