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SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 7-25-2010

July 25, 2010

SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 7-25-2010

ROSTER UPDATES

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TV UPDATES

Fox Soccer Channel has picked up the August 5th FC Dallas v Inter Milan match from Pizza Hut Park, which kicks off at 9pm ET.

FOX SOCCER CHANNEL FRIENDLY MATCHESALL TIMES EASTERN

July 21 – Celtic v Sporting CP, Fenway Park, Boston MA, 8pm

July 22 – NEW YORK FOOTBALL CHALLENGE – New York Red Bulls v Tottenham Hotspur, Red Bull Arena, Harrison NJ 8pm

July 23 – NEW YORK FOOTBALL CHALLENGE – Manchester City v Sporting Lisbon, Red Bull Arena, Harrison NJ 8pm

July 25 – NEW YORK FOOTBALL CHALLENGE – Tottenham Hotspur v Sporting Lisbon, Red Bull Arena, Harrison NJ 1pm

July 25 – NEW YORK FOOTBALL CHALLENGE – New York Red Bull v Manchester City, Red Bull Arena, Harrison NJ 3:30pm

July 25 – Manchester United v Kansas City Wizards, Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City MO 6pm

August 5 – FC Dallas v Inter Milan, Pizza Hut Park, Frisco TX 9pm

August 7 – LA Galaxy v Real Madrid – Rose Bowl, Pasadena CA 10:30pm

ESPN2 FRIENDLY MATCHES

July 28 – MLS All-Star’s v Manchester United, Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX 8:30pm

COMPLETE SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR

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US-MEXICO PLAYER TRANSFER NEWS

July 18, 2010

US, MEXICO PLAYER TRANSFER NEWS

US PLAYER REPORT

  • Everton captain Phil Neville told reporters this weekend that he knows L.A. star Landon Donovan wants to return to Everton.
  • US Team captain Carlos Bocanegra moved was sold from Rennes of Ligue 1 fellow French side Saint-Etienne.
  • According to the BBC, former Chicago Fire head coach Bob Bradley will sign an extension to stay on as head coach of the US national team.
  • Jozy Altidore is in high demand.  The latest clubs showing interest in legendary Dutch side Ajax and Turkish side Besiktas. Altidore’s current club Villareal has said they are entertaining offers for the 20-year-old American striker. Since then a myriad of European clubs from shown an interest. From Serie A sides Napoli and Palermo to Glasgow Celtic of the Scottish Premier League.
  • The sale of Michael Bradley from Bundesliga side Borussia Moenchengladbach to Everton has gained steam, according to the Express. Newly promoted Premier League side Blackpool is also rumored to be interested.
  • AC Milan defender Oguchi Onyewu has been targeted as Celtic’s back-up plan if the Glasgow super club can’t sign former England international Sol Campbell. Gooch has resisted all offers to be moved from the San Siro, longing for an opportunity to play in Serie A. He is even playing for free this season as a sign he wants to prove himself at Europe’s highest level. “He is adamant about staying at AC Milan,” Onyewu’s agent, Lyle Yorks, told the MLS website. “I’m really not even listening when something comes in anymore.” That doesn’t seem to stop the rumors surrounding the 28-year-old defender.
  • US midfielder Jermaine White may be pricing himself out of the reach of many clubs that could and would use him. After a trial with the Chicago Fire, Chicago (more…)

JULY 14 – SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS NOTES AND RUMORS

July 14, 2010

JULY 14 – SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS NOTES AND RUMORS

RED BULLS FINALLY LAND THIERRY HENRY

The New York Red Bulls have made the worst kept secret in soccer a reality today by announcing the signing of France international Thierry Henry as a designated player.

Without question, Henry becomes the most decorated player to ever take the field in the 14 year history of Major League Soccer. Capped 123 times for France, Henry has a resume that includes World Cup, European Championship and Champions League titles, in addition to a number of domestic championships and scoring titles.

The highest profile signing for the league since David Beckham’s arrival, the former Arsenal striker will hope to revitalize a Red Bull attack that includes co-designated player Colombian Juan Pablo Angel.

The 32-year-old Henry will likely play his first match July 22nd against Tottenham Hotspur in the New York Football Challenge.

The announcement was made Thursday as the day marks the opening of the Major League Soccer transfer window, and Henry is expected to be the first of many designated players brought into the league under the new policies that allow for as many as three designated players per team.

Other signings ready to sign officially on Thursday include Spanish forward Mista who has signed with Toronto FC, Swiss international Blaise Nkufo who has signed to Seattle Sounders from Dutch Champions FC Twente, Branko Boskovich will join DC United and Venezuela’s all-time leading scorer Giancarlo Maldonado has signed with Chivas USA on a loan from Mexican side Atlante..

REDKNAPP EXTENDS SPURS STAY

Tottenham Hotspur have locked up manager Harry Redknapp through 2013.

The 63-year-old manager guided the White Hart Lane club to it’s first Champions League berth last season, and has been rewarded with a three year extension.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy reacted to big money offers from .

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JULY 13 – SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEW NOTES AND RUMORS

July 13, 2010

JULY 13 – SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEW NOTES AND RUMORS

UNITED IN FOR BALOTELLI?

The Agent for Italian striker Mario Balotelli has confirmed that red sides of Manchester is interested in the 19-year-old’s services.

Inter Milan still has the player under wraps for three more seasons but for the proposed $50million price tag, the club could be persuaded to let him go, according to the players agent Mino Raiola who is heading to England to begin negotiations.

“The interest of Manchester for Balotelli is concrete and both clubs have confirmed it,” Raiola told Calcio Mercato. “The player is clearly happy to be followed by [Manchester United coach Sir Alex] Ferguson.”

The petulant striker clashed with then Inter Milan boss Jose Mourinho, but new manager Rafael Benitez wants to meet and evaluate the player before letting him go.

“I want to speak to him and get to know him better as a person.” Benitez said. “All the quality players are important to me. But I need to see him, get to know him and see how he works.”

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti thinks that Manchester United would be an ideal fit for the Italian sensation.

“They are a team with great tradition, which helps that type of player,” he told Sky Sport24. “Here, the environment is different and I think a player with his character could find it better than in Italy. It’s difficult to find a player so young with his quality, and England has a lack of players at that level.”

Ancelotti mentioned he would be happy to coach a player like Balotelli.

BAYERN WON’T BREAK THE BANK FOR LEFT BACK

Chief executive officer Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says that Bayern Munich will not sign Fabio Coentrao or Michel Bastos this summer, even though the team is in need of a left back.

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JULY 12 – DESIGNATED PLAYER WATCH

July 12, 2010

JULY 12 – DESIGNATED PLAYER WATCH

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER TRANSFER WINDOW OPENS ON THURSDAY

The MLS transfer window opens this Thursday July 15, and in addition to a certain high profile signing being announced in New York, Seattle’s Blaise Nkufo, DC United’s Branko Boskovic, Chivas USA’s Giancarlo Maldonado and Toronto FC’s Mista will also become official members of their respective teams.

Here is the lowdown on who is coming, who is rumored to follow and (tear) who is just not an option.

RED BULLS SET TO NAME THIERRY HENRY ON THURSDAY

The New York Red Bulls have lined up a press conference to announce their second designated player on Thursday.

Though no names have been mentioned the signing will come as a surprise to no one and is widely considered the worst kept secret in the game.

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JULY 8 – SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS NOTES AND RUMORS

July 8, 2010

JULY 8 – SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS NOTES AND RUMORS

OZIL NOT GOING ANYWHERE, SAYS BREMAN

Interest in Werder Breman’s midfield maestro Mesut Ozil is at a fever-pitch across Europe. A situation that can only get more sensational with Bremen general manager Klaus Allofs claiming that no one in the World Cup has performed better than the German International, but Allofs was not putting his prize talent, who has a year left on his contract at Breman, in the shop window.

“Transfer income is one of our main income sources,” Allofs told German paper Bild. “But we also have to think about our sporting goals. We have the Champions League preliminaries coming up and we need a good team to be successful in Europe,”

“Mesut’s current contract runs until 2011 and we’re keen to extend his stay at the club. However, we’re not planning to cash in on him if he refuses to ink a new deal. We could decide to keep him until his contract expires.

“We’d rather not see him leave on a free transfer next year, but it’s definitely an option. Mesut is going nowhere for now.”

That is not stopping the giants of European football from making the attempt to snatch the 21-year-old. Ozil is being saught by Inter (more…)

MONDAY SHORT CORNERS – INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS, NOTES AND RUMORS

June 28, 2010

MONDAY SHORT CORNERS – INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS, NOTES AND RUMORS

FABIANO LOOKS TO MAN U AND MILAN

Luis Fabiano has already netted twice for Brazil in the 2010 World Cup, but the Seville striker has made it known he is looking to leave Sevilla for a big club with a chance at some silverware, and he wants it all to happen rather quickly.

“As soon as the World Cup is over I will make a quick decision on my future – and while it is going on I hope Sevilla can open discussions.” Fabiano told the Daily Star Sunday. “I have enjoyed my time here but I now need to be at a giant.”

“I have a real chance of winning a World Cup here in South Africa, and that is what I must stay focused on even though I know my future has to be sorted soon. I have made it clear that I will not be signing a new contract with Sevilla and at 29 I now need to join a club where I can start challenging for the highest honors from the first season.

“The choice will come down to Manchester United and AC Milan. That is the sort of team I want to be signing for, one of the true giants of Europe. I think the way Manchester United play football is very attractive, I must be honest and say Premier League football attracts me and also the way Manchester United play football attracts me.”

“You think about being Wayne Rooney’s strike partner and that is very attractive for any striker. I think the style of Premier League football suits me and I think I could score goals and be very successful there. Their coach is a winner, their players are winners and they are one of the few teams in Europe challenging for the top honors season after season.”

The Brazilian also made clear the type of club he won’t be playing for.

“I have heard Tottenham Hotspur made an inquiry about me but, with all respect, that is not somewhere I am going to be able to win the Premier League (more…)

DESIGNATED PLAYER WATCH

June 27, 2010

DESIGNATED PLAYER WATCH

With The World Cup winding down, it is only a matter of time before Major League Soccer fans will begin to look forward to their teams’ to target tantalizing talent. So here is an occasional look into the rumors and facts regarding the potential crop of household names coming to a soccer specific stadium near you.

MLS TO BATTLE BIG EUROPEAN CLUBS FOR POSSIBLE DP’S

Thierry Henry’s quick exit from the World Cup with France will have many New York Red Bull fans sharing a secret smile. Henry is expected to ink a two-year designated player contract with Major League Soccer to play Eastern Conference leaders.

Although the deal has been long-rumored to be done, there are still rumblings that the player may end up in the Premier League.

Henry is not the only example of MLS having to fight for potential DP’s.

Reports out of Spain have Real Madrid icon and MLS DP target Raul being wooed by Serie A side Sampadoria and Premier League side Blackburn Rovers. These reports come justdays after Bundesliga side Shalke 04 put in a bid.

Capped 102 times for Spain and a life-long Real Madrid player, the 33-year-old has found himself surplus to requirements with Los Merengues. Schalke are looking for someone to replace Kevin Kuranyi who moved on to Dynamo Moscow.

Juventus Striker David Trezeguet is also being pursued by MLS but now seems to have an offer from Ligue 1 side Bordeaux.

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JUNE 24 – SHORT CORNERS-WORLD SOCCER NEWS AND NOTES

June 24, 2010

JUNE 24 – SHORT CORNERS-WORLD SOCCER NEWS AND NOTES

FRENCH PRESIDENT TO INVESTIGATE L’IMPLOSION
French president Nicolas Sarkozy is to hold a government meeting on Wednesday to get to the bottom of the implosion of the national team and their disgrace at the World Cup.

“The President wants any decisions to be taken calmly and without haste,” a government spokesman told the press. “Knowing the interest he has in football, you can imagine that he isn’t indifferent to what happened.”

Sarkozy is scheduled to hear striker Thierry Henry’s side on Thursday, as the government investigation begins.

Prime Minister Francois Fillon, sports minister Roselyne Bachelot and junior sports minister Rama Yade will join the president to discuss the events that took place in South Africa.

“Those responsible for this disaster must accept the consequences, first the players, then the team management and after them the football federation,” Bachelot told Europe 1 radio on Wednesday.

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JUNE 21 – SHORT CORNERS – INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS NOTES AND RUMORS

June 21, 2010

JUNE 21 – SHORT CORNERS – INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS NOTES AND RUMORS

CHERUNDOLO AGREES TO HANNOVER EXTESION

US International Steve Cherundolo, a free agent who has been linked with teams from Serie A to Major League Soccer after the World Cup concludes, has agreed to a contract extension at Bundesliga side Hannover 96.

Hannover were eager to sign the right back to a two-year extension which will keep Cherundolo at the club through 2012.

The clubs official website broke the news that Cherundolo verbally agreed to the two-year extension with a one-year option that will keep him at the club he has played at for 11 years, his entire professional career.

ARSENAL SHOPPING FOR DEFENDERS

Arsenal is still pursuing Lorient centre back Laurent Koscielny despite having a $12 million bid turned down by the Ligue 1 side.

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JUNE 16 – SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS NOTES AND RUMORS

June 15, 2010

JUNE 16 – SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS NOTES AND RUMORS

RAFA BACKS DALGLISH FOR LIVERPOOL

Rafa Benitez may be gone from Liverpool, but he has an opinion on who his replacement should be.

The newly installed Inter Milan boss thinks former Liverpool star Kenny Dalglish should succeed him at Anfield when he spoke to the Italian media in his first press conference at Inter.

“I think they should look at Kenny Dalglish,” Benitez said. “He is the best man for the job. The owners should listen to the fans because they are unhappy.

“No one knows the club better than Dalglish, and he wants the job and in my opinion he should get it.”

Fulham manager Roy Hodgson is the bookmaker favorite to get the Liverpool job, though former England manager and current Ivory Coast manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has also throw his hat in the ring.

ALCARAZ IMPRESSES NEW BOSS

Antolin Alcaraz had a big day on Monday, it’s no surprise he said that the day was “the most beautiful day of my life.”

He signed for his new club Wigan Athletic of the Premier League and scored a World Cup goal in front of his new club manager.

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SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 6-7-2010

June 7, 2010

SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 6-7-2010

CELTIC MATCH AT FENWAY PARK CONFIRMED

The long rumored Celtic match at Fenway Park is now official.

The Fenway Football Challenge will see Scottish powerhouse Glasgow Celtic take on Sporting CP of Portugal on July 21 at 8pm ET. The match, which will be the 19th soccer match to be played at the ballpark, will be televised locally by sports network NESN.

Tickets will range from $20-$120 and go on sale at noon on June 22.

CLUB AMERICA TO PLAY CRUZ AZUL IN ADDITION TO MAN CITY AND PORTSMOUTH

The ‘Clasico Joven’ is coming to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena California this summer as two Mexico City super clubs will renew their rivalry on July 10, the day before the 2010 World Cup Final.

The ‘Young Classic’ is the Mexico City derby between Club America and Cruz Azul, but that derby will be transplanted to the Los Angeles area to be contested in front on 90,000+ ex-patriot Mexicans.

America has already scheduled a July 14 match against English side Portsmouth in San Diego and a July 28 match against Manchester City in Atlanta.

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SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 5-24-2010

May 24, 2010

SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 5-20-2010

INTER MILAN TO PLAY FC DALLAS

Newly crowned Champions of Europe, Inter Milan will play FC Dallas at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco Texas on August 5th at 9pm ET.

Treble winning Inter, who also play Manchester City at M&T Bank stadium in Baltimore on July 31 will add Dallas to their summer tour in preparation for their Serie A, Coppa Italia and Champions League titles.

FOX SOCCER CHANNEL TO AIR SUMMER FRIENDLIES

Fox Soccer Channel has lined up a tasty menu of Summer Friendlies. This week the network will show both the Seattle
Sounders v Boca Juniors on Wednesday and Chicago Fire v AC Milan on Sunday. The Fire-Milan match will feature a half hour pregame.

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SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 5-20-2010

May 20, 2010

SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 5-20-2010

Portland add Boca Juniors, Red Bull adds Cruzeiro.  TV for Red Bell v Juventus and Galaxy v Boca.

MATCHES IN BOLD ARE UPDATES

MAY

May 19-22 – CHICAGO SISTER CITIES CUP – Toyota Park, Bridgeview IL

Chicago Fire, Paris-Saint Germain, Legia Warsaw, Red Star Belgrade

May 19 – New England Revolution v Benfica, Gillette Stadium, Foxboro MA

May 23 – Montreal Impact v Fiorentina, Saputo Stadium, Montreal QB

May 23 – New York Red Bull v Juventus, Red Bull Arena, Harrison NJ (FOX SOCCER CHANNEL)

May 23 – Los Angeles Galaxy v Boca Juniors, Home Depot Center, Carson CA (FOX SPORTS WEST / GALAVISION)

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SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 5-19-2010

May 19, 2010

SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 5-19-2010

MATCHES IN BOLD ARE UPDATES

MAY

May 19-22 – CHICAGO SISTER CITIES CUP – Toyota Park, Bridgeview IL

Chicago Fire, Paris-Saint Germain, Legia Warsaw, Red Star Belgrade

May 19 – New England Revolution v Benfica, Gillette Stadium, Foxboro MA

May 23 – Montreal Impact v Fiorentina, Saputo Stadium, Montreal QB

May 23 – New York Red Bull v Juventus, Red Bull Arena, Harrison NJ (FOX SOCCER CHANNEL)

May 23 – Los Angeles Galaxy v Boca Juniors, Home Depot Center, Carson CA (FOX SPORTS WEST / GALAVISION)

May 23 – Benfica v Panathinaikos, BMO Field, Toronto ON

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SUMMER FRIENDLY UPDATE: Complete Rosters for Chicago Sister Cities Cup

May 18, 2010

SUMMER FRIENDLY UPDATE: Final Rosters set for PSG, Legia and Red Star

Paris-Saint Germain, Legia Warsaw and Red Star Belgrade have released rosters for the Chicago Sister Cities Cup which begins on Wednesday Night at Toyota Park, outside Chicago.

Red Star omitted star forward Dejan Lekić who is with the Serbian National team in their preparations for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, but for the most part are bringing the core of the lineup that helped the team finish 2nd in the Serbian Jelen SuperLiga in 2009-10.

PSG’s roster boasts some huge names in Grégory Coupet, Mateja Kežman and Claude Makélélé, to name but a few.

Makélélé, in addition to having more accent marks in his name than many of the Red star players have vowels, is one of the most decorated players in the tournament, having won a World Cup and European Championship with France and a Champions (more…)

SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 5-18-2010

May 18, 2010

SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 5-18-2010

MAY

May 19-22 – CHICAGO SISTER CITIES CUP – Toyota Park, Bridgeview IL

Chicago Fire, Paris-Saint Germain, Legia Warsaw, Red Star Belgrade

May 19 – New England Revolution v Benfica, Gillette Stadium, Foxboro MA

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SUMMER FRIENDLY UPDATE: PSG and Red Star Rosters for Chicago Tournament

May 17, 2010

SUMMER FRIENDLY UPDATE: PSG and Red Star Rosters for Chicago Tournament

Paris-Saint Germain and Red Star Belgrade have released rosters for the Chicago Sister Cities Cup which begins on Wednesday Night at Toyota Park, outside Chicago.

Red Star omitted star forward Dejan Lekić who is with the Serbian National team in their preparations for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, but for the most part are bringing the core of the lineup that helped the team finish 2nd in the Serbian Jelen SuperLiga in 2009-10.

PSG’s roster boasts some huge names in Grégory Coupet, Mateja Kežman and Claude Makélélé, to name but a few.

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SUMMER FRIENDLY UPDATE: Chicago Tournament Training Schedules – Legia Warsaw to train in Grant Park.

May 17, 2010

SUMMER FRIENDLY UPDATE: Chicago Tournament Training Schedules – Legia Warsaw to train in Grant Park.

The Summer Friendly season kicks into high gear this week as the Chicago Fire gear up to host the first ever Chicago Sister Cities International Cup, featuring Paris-Saint Germain from Paris, France, Legia Warsaw from Warsaw, Poland and Red Star Belgrade from Belgrade, Serbia.

The Chicago Fire have released a training schedule for the four teams, designed to bring about attention from the local European fans and generate media interest in the tournament. The highlight of the schedule is including a fascinating and unprecedented Grant Park training session with Polish giants Legia Warsaw.

Grant Park, situated right in the heart of downtown Chicago will provide an intriguing venue for a training session with Chicago’s lakefront and skyline looming over the training. Expect Polish fans to be in large numbers to see the team practice, a truly wonderful PR move by the Chicago Fire and the City of Chicago who have worked together to establish this tournament.

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SUMMER FRIENDLY UPDATE: CALENDAR UPDATED 5-14-2010

May 14, 2010

SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 5-14-2010

MAY

May 19-22 – CHICAGO SISTER CITIES CUP – Toyota Park, Bridgeview IL

Chicago Fire, Paris-Saint Germain, Legia Warsaw, Red Star Belgrade

May 19 – New England Revolution v Benfica, Gillette Stadium, Foxborough MA

May 23 – Montreal Impact v Fiorentina, Saputo Stadium, Montreal QB

May 23 – New York Red Bull v Juventus, Red Bull Arena, Harrison NJ

May 23 – Los Angeles Galaxy v Boca Juniors, Home Depot Center, Carson CA

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