Worldwide Soccer Manager 2007 headed to US by year's end

Sports Interactive's soccer-coaching sim dribbles onto PCs and Macs this October; new feeder clubs, scouting system added.

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American gamers questioning Team USA's losing opening-game strategy in the World Cup will have a shot at running their own team later this year. Sega of America today announced that Worldwide Soccer Manager 2007 will be available for the PC and Mac this October.

Late last week, the European equivalent, Football Manager 2007, was announced for a Christmas release on the same platforms, plus the Xbox 360 and PSP. Today's announcement from the American arm of Sega made no mention of an American release for the console and handheld versions.

As previously revealed, the new game will feature feeder clubs, a sort of soccer take on minor league teams. The youth squad and scouting systems have been retooled to deepen both features. Player interaction was also given a facelift, allowing crafty managers to use the media to their advantages, or rip their teams a new one after a disappointing loss.

Sports Interactive was acquired by Sega in April, with the intent to increase "focus on Western development as part of its long-term strategic plan."

Woldwide Soccer Manager 2007 has not yet been rated, but Worldwide Soccer Manager 2006 bore the E for Everyone label. No price has yet been announced.

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