SHORT CORNERS – International News, Notes and Rumors 5-28-2010

SHORT CORNERS – International News, Notes and Rumors 5-28-2010

US NATIONAL TEAM STOPS IN AT THE WHITE HOUSE

Bob Bradley and his 23-man US National Team stopped by the White House for a World Cup send off Thursday. The team got to meet the President and Vice President as well as Former President Bill Clinton.

AVRAM GRANT TO MANAGE WEST HAM UNITED

Many will feel that Avram Grant is a glutton for punishment. After do his best in the worst possible situation at Portsmouth, Grant will take the reigns at struggling West Ham United, replacing Gianfranco Zola in the position. Grant resigned from his post at Portsmouth after the team’s unlikely appearance in the FA Cup Final.

ESSIEN RULED OUT OF WORLD CUP

A huge blow was dealt to Ghana’s World Cup ambitions as Michael Essien was ruled out of the World Cup due to a knee injury suffered during January’s African Nations Cup. Ghana manager Milovan Rajevac had been hopeful that Essien would be ruled fit in time but the FA released a statement stating that the Chelsea star would not be fully fit until late July.

UNITED SECURE WORK PERMIT FOR MEXICAN STRIKER

Manchester United had secured a work permit for 21-year-old striker Javier Hernandez, newly acquired Chivas de Guadalajara. There was concern that Hernandez had not qualified for his permit because he hadn’t played in 75% of Mexico’s Internationals in the two-year period, but United pled the case that the striker is an ‘exceptional talent’ and the Home Office agreed.

WORLD CUP TUNE-UPS

Thursday May 27

Belarus 2-2 Honduras (Villach, Austria)

South Africa 2-1 Columbia

Denmark 2-0 Senegal

Friday May 28

Algeria v Ireland

Saturday May 29
Cameroon v Slovakia
Germany v Hungary
New Zealand v Serbia
North Korea v Congo DR
Spain v Saudi Arabia
USA v Turkey

Sunday May 30
Chile v N Ireland
Chile v Israel
Cote d’Ivoire v Paraguay
England v Japan
France v Tunisia
Mexico v Gambia
Nigeria v Colombia – canceled
South Korea v Belarus

SUPERLIGA TEAMS AND SCHEDULES ANNOUNCED

The 2010 SuperLiga, contested between Major League Soccer and Federación Mexicana de Fútbol (FMF) teams had been finalized. Matches will take place over a seven-day period in July with the knockout stages to announced at a later date.

Group A will feature MLS sides Houston Dynamo and Chivas USA plus FMF sides Puebla and Pachuca.

Houston and Pachuca, who have US Internationals Herculez Gomez and José Francisco Torres on their roster, have created an intense rivalry over the years.

Group B has MLS sides Chicago Fire and New England Revolution hosting Morelia and UNAM Pumas of the FMF.

2010 SUPERLIGA SCHEDULE

Wednesday, July 14

New England Revolution vs. Pumas UNAM (Gillette Stadium – Foxborough, Mass.) – 8 p.m. ET

Chicago Fire vs. Monarcas Morelia (Toyota Park – Bridgeview, Ill.) – 9:30 p.m. ET

Thursday, July 15

Houston Dynamo vs. Pachuca (Robertson Stadium – Houston) – 8 p.m. ET

Chivas USA vs. Puebla (the Home Depot Center – Carson, Calif.) – 10:30 p.m. ET

Saturday, July 17

Chicago Fire vs. New England Revolution (Toyota Park – Bridgeview, Ill.) – 7 p.m. ET

Monarcas Morelia vs. Pumas UNAM (Toyota Park – Bridgeview, Ill.) – 9:30 p.m. ET

Sunday, July 18

Houston Dynamo vs. Chivas USA (Robertson Stadium – Houston) – 8 p.m. ET

Pachuca vs. Puebla (Robertson Stadium – Houston) – 10:30 p.m. ET

Tuesday, July 20

New England Revolution vs. Monarcas Morelia (Gillette Stadium – Foxborough, Mass.) – 8 p.m. ET

Chicago Fire vs. Pumas UNAM (Toyota Park – Bridgeview, Ill.) – 9:30 p.m. ET

Wednesday, July 21

Houston Dynamo vs. Puebla (Robertson Stadium – Houston) – 8 p.m. ET

Chivas USA vs. Pachuca (The Home Depot Center – Carson, Calif.) – 10:30 p.m. ET

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