SHORT CORNERS – SOCCER NEWS, NOTES AND RUMORS

SHORT CORNERS – SOCCER NEWS, NOTES AND RUMORS

BOB BRADLEY TO NAME PRELIMINARY 30-MAN ROSTER FOR 2010 WORLD CUP TODAY

US Soccer and Head coach Bob Bradley will name his preliminary 30-man roster for the United States Camp leading up to World Cup 2010 in South Africa next month. only 23 of the 30 will make the trip, but the 23 must be from the 30 player pool.

The selection of the 30-man pool will air today at 2pm ET / 11am PT on ESPN2.

Rumors abound that both Brian Ching and Edson Buddle will be among those called in but the wires have been mum regarding Charlie Davies who is on the mend after a car crash in October and Herculez Gomez who has had a rebirth in the Mexican League.

Here is how the Experts see it unfolding

COUNTDOWN TO SOUTH AFRICA: PICKING THE 23-MAN US WORLD CUP ROSTER (SI.COM STAFF)

SBI’S 23 FOR 2010 – MAY EDITION (IVES GALRECEP)

US SOCCER TO FORMALLY SUBMIT WORLD CUP BID FOR 2018-2022

The United States will officially become a bidder for either the 2018 or 2022 World Cup’s on Friday when a delegation from US Soccer will formally hand over it’s Bid Book to FIFA at a ceremony in Zurich on Friday. No nation can match the United States on Stadium capacity and readiness.  The 18 host city finalists feature 21 venues that are all in compliance with FIFA standards and all have average capacities of more than 76,000. 12 of the stadiums feature capacities between 75,000 and 94,000. With the opening of new Meadowlands Stadium last Friday, all 21 of the stadiums included in the United States bid  are already functioning with 18 having been built in the last 20 years.

The host city finalists are Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, Seattle, Tampa and Washington DC.

CONCACAF CONSIDERING OVERHAUL OF WORLD CUP QUALIFYING

Jack Warner, President of CONCACAF said last week that the confederation is considering making the final round of World Cup Qualifying in the region a 12-team home and away series instead of the current 6-team, home and away Hexagonal.

“In response to the needs of our membership” Warner said in a statement, “we are proposing a new system that will provide substantially more playing opportunities while producing a fair and compelling qualifying competition.”

Who this 12-team Final round would benefit, is unclear. It certainly won’t have any effect on regional powerhouses Mexico and the United States. In the current Hexagonal, mistakes could cost a team points in a tight 10-team round, but the proposal actually ensures that the big teams can have three or four bad results in a 22-game schedule and still advance quite comfortably.

MEXICO FILLS THE SEATS IN WORLD CUP TUNE-UPS IN NEW JERSEY AND CHICAGO

A sold out crowd of over 60,000 at Soldier Field in Chicago saw an attack minded Mexico survive against a physical Senegal in a World Cup dress rehearsal for the El Tri. The match broke in the 60th minute with Alberto Medina pouncing on a spilled ball from Senegal Goalkeeper Khaim Ndiaye. Former Chicago Fire midfielder Cuauhtemoc Blanco returned to the Windy City and came on to play 30 minutes nearly setting up a second goal for Medina, but Ndiaye was up to the challenge.

Friday night saw the Mexican team in New Jersey to play Ecuador and to christen the brand new Meadowlands Stadium with a sellout crowd of 77,000. the atmosphere was there but goals were not. Mexico looked sharp in their new Black kits, but this team looked a long way away from World Cup ready.

One thing is for sure, Mexico will be crossing their fingers for the United States to be one of the future World Cup hosts, for El Tri a game in the United States is a home game.

BEASLEY OUT AT RANGERS

Midfielder DaMarcus Beasley’s time is up at Glasgow Rangers. The US International and World Cup hopeful had previously stated that he wanted to remain at Ibrox, but his twitter account said different on Sunday.

“Yes, I’m leaving, for everyone that asked,” Beasley wrote. “Will never forget my time at Rangers.”

RAFA TO STAY AT ANFIELD

Rafael Benitez wants to stay with Liverpool FC, for now anyway. Benitez has been under fire from fans and possibly even some players at Liverpool after a woeful season on Merseyside. Even Steven Gerard is thinking of jumping ship, but Rafa wants to stay and fix the mistakes of the club.

The beleaguered manager will apparently stay on at the club he took to two Champions League finals, though rumors abound that he still may move. Real Madrid are supposedly looking for Benitez to take the helm of the Galacticos, and Inter Milan are rumored to be ready to approach if Jose Mourinho jumps ship.

SPAIN RELEASE WORLD CUP SQUAD

Spain manager Vincente del Bosque has picked his 30-man provisional squad including three injured stars that he, and the entire country, are banking are on the mend.

NASL PLAYER MAKES NEW ZEALAND’S 23-MAN WORLD CUP ROSTER

FC Tampa Bay midfielder Jeremy Christie has received the call up for the New Zealand National team, along with New York Red Bull Andrew Boyens and former San Jose Earthquake and Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Simon Elliott. Former DC United standout and current Blackburn rover Ryan Nelsen also made the roster for the All Whites.

FURTHER READING-NORTH AMERICA

WHY THE US OPEN CUP MAY BE IN NEED OF AN OVERHAUL (SIMON BORG-MLSSOCCER.COM)

TOP TEN REASONS WHY NEW YORK SHOULD NOT GET ANOTHER MLS FRANCHISE (RAMIN MAJD-GOAL.COM)

WITH MONTREAL IN PLACE, MLS EYES 20TH FRANCHISE (JEFF CARLISLE-SOCCERNET)

PREPARE FOR MAJOR LEAGUE IMPACT ON CANADIAN SOCCER (RICHARD STARNES-OTTAWA CITIZEN)

SOUNDERS COACH SCHMID ‘THINGS ARE GOING TO CHANGE’ (JOHN BOYLE-HERALDNET)

THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME FOR TFC (PAUL ATTFIELD-THE GLOBE AND MAIL)

FURTHER READING-WORLD

YET AGAIN, RANGERS HAVE SHIFTED THEIR POLICY TO AVOID ANY BAD PUBLICITY (GRAHAM SPIERS-TIMES ONLINE)

RANGERS HAPPY TO HAVE A BIT OF MAURICE EDU (TOM DUNSMUIR-TIMES ONLINE)

FABIO CAPELLO READY TO RISK REPUTATION AT WORLD CUP (OLIVER KAY,MATT HUGHES-TIMES ONLINE)

AHEAD OF THE GAME: NEWCASTLE PLAN LEAVES CLUB ON QUICKSAND (THE GAME)

THE STATEMENT NEWCASTLE SHOULD HAVE RELEASED (GEORGE CAULKIN-THE GAME)

TOP SPANISH CLUBS POISED TO CREATE OWN DIVISION (REUTERS)

LA LIGA – A ‘DISASTER’? (PHIL BALL-SOCCERNET)


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