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Messi or Rooney? You make the call!

Sorry I've been MIA...was in Vancouver for the Olympics, and have been swamped with tennis stories to preview the Sony Ericsson Open...but, time to get back into The Beautiful Game...lots going on...

1. Champions League draw announced today. Arsenal gets Barcelona (ouch!!) in the quarters. Manchester United vs. Bayern Munich. Lyon vs. Bordeaux in an all-French affair. Inter vs. CSKA Moscow. Arsenal and Barca played in the 2006 final. ManU best Bayern Munich in the '99 final. Who do you see going through to the semis??

2. Messi has scored 5 goals over the past two games. The Argentine star had a hat trick vs. Valencia, raising his Liga goal total to 22 goals over 23 games. He then scored two goals, and had an assist vs. Stuttgart in the Champions League. He has scored 29 goals in 32 games overall. ManU's English star Wayne Rooney has scored 32 goals in 36 games (25 in 30 in EPL). So, who's better? Why?

3. American Clint Dempsey scored the game-winner in Fulham's improbable upset over Juventus in the Europa Cup. Fulham was down 3-1 going into the final-leg match, needing a miracle. They got it, beat Juve 4-1 to take it 5-4 on aggregate. Next up for Fulham: Wolfsburg in the quarterfinals.  

4. They love Landon Donovan in Everton. Should he try to stay in England or come back to MLS? He may have no choice, but if he did, what would you advise??

World Cup is around the corner..stay tuned! Lots of fun stuff planned.

Michelle.

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I'll take Messi over Rooney by a hair only because he handles the ball like a magician and makes the players around him better. They're both fascinating players to watch on the pitch, though. You can't go wrong with either one.

I would advise Landon Donovan to stay at Everton. He seemed to love it, and he thrived there. He's accomplished all he can here in the MLS, and it is time for him to be on the next level, and since he was playing well over there, I would have advised him to stay if he could. I'm now sad that he couldn't stay. Also, with him playing well over there, it could only increase his confidence in his game going into the World Cup, and that would be good for the U.S.

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