SHORT CORNERS: International Soccer News Notes and rumors

SHORT CORNERS: International Soccer News, Notes and Rumors


Bob Bradley was never looking for a result in Tuesday nights US National Team tussle with the Czech Republic in Hartford.

The match was always going to be about certain players fitness levels, and a last chance to impress for some others.  The result, a 4-2 loss, was secondary to evaluation.

The US starting defense did well for 45 minutes even though Oguchi Onyewu was playing his first match since October and Regular starters Jay DeMerit and Captain Carlos Bocanegra did not dress.

Clarence Goodson who started in the middle with Onyewu looked impressive. He not only had a sound match defensively, he played a part in both US Goals, possibly playing himself on to the flight to South Africa on Sunday.

The match was 1-1 after 45 minutes, but the changes at the interval and into the second half, were both curious and costly.

The second half was a different story as Gooch came off and midfielder Maurice Edo was moved to the center of the defense. Though capable of playing that role surrounded by regular defensive starters, he was left high and dry by Jonathon Bornstien, Heath Pearce and Steve Cherundolo.

On the offensive side of things, Edson Buddle, making his first appearanvce for the National Team in seven years, looked creative and thretening in the first half.

Brian Ching and Herculez Gomez, both of whom played the second half, made good cases to be included on the 23-man roster which Bradley will announce tomorrow.

Others that looked good enough to make it were Jose Francisco Torres Stuart Holden and Alejandro Bedoya.

International Friendly Results / Schedule

Tuesday May 25

Cameroon 0-0 Georgia (Linzer Stadium, Linz, Austria)

Greece 2-2 North Korea (Stadion Schnabelholz, Altach, Austria)

Nigeria 0-0 Saudi Arabia (Craven Cottage, London)

Ireland 2-1 Paraguay

USA 2-4 Czech Republic

Wednesday May 26

Chile v Zambia

France v Costa Rica

Mexico v Netherlands

Uruguay v Israel

Thursday May 27

Belarus v Honduras

South Africa v Columbia

Denmark v Senegal


One of the hottest commodities in the European game this off-season is Fernando Torres. Liverpool’s Failure to qualify for the 2010-11 Champions League led to rumors of the clubs big names, such as Torres and Steven Gerrard moving on.

This may not be the case, according to Torres’ Manager.

“For the moment, I can assure fans that Fernando will continue at Liverpool next season,” Peton told Punto Radio.

“Everything is down to Liverpool’s attitude but for the time being Fernando is happy at the club and has a good contract.

“Liverpool have not spoken to us about his future, so he is just concentrating on playing at the World Cup.”

Chelsea and Real Madrid were both interested in Torres who has scored 56 goals in only 79 appearances for Liverpool since he joined the club in 2007.


Major League Soccer’s inability to promise the release of players for the 2007 editions of the CONCACAF Gold Cup and the Copa America was partial to blame for Juergen Klinsmann pulling out of negotiations with US Soccer to be the teams Head Coach after the 2006 World Cup.

“There were different opinions, you know, what players could get the permissions in MLS, what role it plays,” Klinsmann told reporters at the ESPN Campus. “And I thought here, it’s not going the right directions in that specific moment. … So I said, ‘You know, it’s OK, move on.”’

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