Aug. 19 – With NBC’s investment, growth in MLS attendances, Jurgen Klinsmann’s appointment as US national team coach and the star-studded World Football Challenge, this was a super summer for soccer in the USA. INSIDER columnist Terry Baddoo ponders whether this can be the catalyst to turn the game in America from minor to major.

Aug. 2 – During United’s pre-season US tour Sir Alex Ferguson was quoted as saying that his team have just got to accept being second best to Barca right now. But don’t believe a word of it. Second best is not in the man’s DNA, writes INSIDER columnist Terry Baddoo.

July 14 – Premier League champions Manchester United are named as the world’s most valuable sports team. Only eight football teams make Forbes magazine’s top 50 list. Real Madrid are ranked fifth and Arsenal seventh but Bayern Munich and Chelsea are well down the rankings. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.