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JUNE 1 – SHORT CORNERS – INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS NOTES AND RUMORS

June 1, 2010

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JUNE 1 – SHORT CORNERS

INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS NOTES AND RUMORS

JOSE MOURINHO OFFICIALLY BECOMES REAL MADRID BOSS

Jose Mourinho was unveiled Monday as the new manager of super club Real Madrid, becoming the teams ninth manager in 6 years. Needless to say, the ‘Special One’ referred to himself quit a bit in his debut press conference.

“I don’t know if I was born to coach Real Madrid but I was born to be a football coach.” Mourinho said at the press conference. “I love important challenges. I am Jose Mourinho and I don’t change. I arrive with all my qualities and my defects.

“My attraction to Real Madrid is due to its history, its frustrations in recent years and its expectations to win. It’s a unique club and I believe that not to coach Real leaves a void in a coach’s career. Luckily, I’ve had a beautiful career and it makes me proud to have come here.”

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SUMMER FRIENDLY UPDATE: CELTIC FENWAY PARK MATCH ON?

June 1, 2010

SUMMER FRIENDLY UPDATE: CELTIC FENWAY PARK MATCH STILL A POSSIBILITY

Hopes of a Old Firm battle at Fenway Park in Boston may have died when Glasgow Rangers pulled out of their North American tour earlier this month, but a Celtic match at Fenway Park is still a possibility, according to Boston Red Sox President and CEO Larry Lucchino.

“It’s not definitely out, but it’s not definitely set either,” Lucchino said on New England Cable News program, This Week In Business.

The Celtic-Rangers match, originally billed as the “Battle of Boston’ would have been the first Old Firm match to be played outside of Scotland.  Tentatively schedule for July 21st during a Red Sox west coast swing, the match date would allow plenty of time for the grounds crew at the oldest stadium in Major League Baseball to revert from soccer pitch back to baseball diamond.

It is feasible that a match can still be scheduled for that date. Celtic is still interested in playing the match on that date, but scheduling another team is the lone hang-up.

“We are trying to find a second team, because it is important for us to use Fenway — and its charm and its central local and the fact that everyone knows how to get there and get out of there — it is important for us to use it year-round,” Lucchino said.  “It is also something that our fans look forward to.”

Local Major League Soccer side New England Revolution, who play at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro have that date free on their schedule and could make for a perfect potential opponent.

SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 5-30-2010

May 30, 2010

SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 5-30-2010

PORTLAND v ATLAS

The Portland Timbers have added Mexican side Club Atlas to a summer friendly lineup that already includes Manchester City and Boca Juniors.

The Mexico City based Atlas, who finished 10th in the 2010 Bicentario, will at take on the Timbers at PGE Park on Sunday, July 11, at 6 p.m local time.

PORTSMOUTH FC

Recently relegated Portsmouth, who will be coming to the Americas for the first time since going to South America in 1951, will be playing against Mexican perennial power Club America on July 14 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, then head north of the border to plat the an Edmonton FC Select XI on July 21 before shifting to the East Coast to meet DC United at RFK Stadium on July 24.

UPDATES ARE IN BOLD

ALL TIMES EASTERN

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SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 5-28-2010

May 28, 2010

SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 5-27-2010

PORTSMOUTH FC TO PLAY CLUB AMERICA, FC EDMONTON AND DC UNITED

Portsmouth, who will be coming to the Americas for the first time since going to South America in 1951, will be playing against Mexican perennial power Club America on July 14 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, then head north of the border to plat the an Edmonton FC Select XI on July 21 before shifting to the East Coast to meet DC United at RFK Stadium on July 24.

After a season that must go on record as one of the worst in the history 112 year history of Portsmouth FC, the newly relegated club is set to tour North America in preparation for the 2010-11 season in the Football League  Championship.

Portsmouth has gone almost $200 million into debt, they’ve gone into administration, had 12 points deducted from their 2009-10 season, were relegated, had to sell off their players, and lost their manager… all in one season. Oh, and against all the odds Pompey made it to the FA Cup Final.

UPDATES ARE IN BOLD

ALL TIMES EASTERN

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May 29 – Portland Timbers v Boca Juniors, PGE Park, Portland OR 10pm (FOX SPORTS NORTHWEST)

May 30 – Chicago Fire v AC Milan, Toyota Park, Chicago IL 8:30PM (FOX SOCCER CHANNEL – Note: Pregame begins at 8ET)

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SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 5-27-2010

May 27, 2010

SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 5-27-2010

TV UPDATE – Portland v Boca Juniors on Saturday May 29, will be aired on local Fox Sports Northwest as the opening half of a double header with the Colorado v Seattle Major League Soccer battle being shown on delay directly after the friendly.

UPDATES ARE IN BOLD

ALL TIMES EASTERN

MAY

May 29 – Portland Timbers v Boca Juniors, PGE Park, Portland OR 10pm (FOX SPORTS NORTHWEST)
May 30 – Chicago Fire v AC Milan, Toyota Park, Chicago IL 8:30PM (FOX SOCCER CHANNEL – Note: Pregame begins at 8ET)

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SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 5-25-2010

May 25, 2010

SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 5-25-2010

INTER MILAN TO PLAY FC DALLAS AND LA GALAXY

Newly crowned Champions of Europe, Inter Milan will play FC Dallas at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco Texas on August 5th and the Los Angeles Galaxy on August 7 at the Home Depot Center in Carson California.

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.

UPDATES ARE IN BOLD

ALL TIMES EASTERN

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May 25 – Fiorentina v Juventus, Rogers Centre, Toronto ON

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SUMMER FRIENDLY UPDATE: Fox Soccer Channel Expands Coverage of Summer Friendlies

May 24, 2010

FOX SOCCER CHANNEL EXPANDS COVERAGE OF SUMMER FRIENDLIES

MAY MATCHES

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 from Qwest Field on Wednesday and Chicago Fire v AC Milan from Toyota Park on Sunday.

Both matches are scheduled to be shown LIVE on the channel.

The Boca-Sounders match, which kicks off at 10:30pm ET (7:30 PT), will be the second summer friendly to air on FSC after the New York Red Bull v Juventus match, which aired on Sunday.

Next Sunday’s Fire-Milan match, which kicks off at 8:30pm ET will feature a half hour pre-match show beginning at 8pm ET.

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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 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: 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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UPDATED SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR

May 12, 2010

2010 SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR

Updated: May 12 2010

European club soccer makes a return to Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium as Manchester City will face Serie A titans Internazionale Milan on July 31.

This is the first North American match announced regarding this summer for Inter Milan, a team which is one of the most popular, successful, lucrative in the world. Managed by Jose Mourinho, one of the most unique personalities in the game, Inter will looking to win their first European Champions League Final on May 22 and are poised become Serie A Champions for as a 5th consecutive year.

The Baltimore match is the fourth scheduled match of Manchester City’s North American summer tour. City, who finished 5th in the Premier League, will play two matches at the New York Football Challenge at Red Bull Arena in Harrison NJ from July 22-25, then take on Mexican power Club America July 28 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, before heading to Baltimore to take on Inter.

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SUMMER FRIENDLY UPDATE: VALENCIA PULL OUT SUMMER TOUR, CELTIC STEPS UP

May 11, 2010

SUMMER FRIENDLY UPDATE: VALENCIA PULL OUT SUMMER TOUR, CELTIC STEPS UP

Valencia CF, who currently sit in 3rd place in the Spanish Primera División, has withdrawn from their summer tour of North America, leaving dates with DC united, New England Revolution and Philadelphia Union up in the air.

The Spanish club has given no reason for the withdrawal.

This is a double blow for DC United who also lost their July 24th date with Glasgow Rangers when the Scottish Champions pulled out of their North American tour earlier this week.

How this will affect United and New England remains to be seen, but Philadelphia Union have already filled their calendar with Scottish Super-team Glasgow Celtic.

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SHORT CORNERS – SOCCER NEWS, NOTES AND RUMORS

May 11, 2010

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.

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SUMMER FRIENDLY UPDATE: RANGERS PULL OUT OF SUMMER TOUR AND OLD FIRM MATCH IN BOSTON

May 10, 2010

SUMMER FRIENDLY UPDATE: RANGERS PULL OUT OF SUMMER TOUR AND OLD FIRM MATCH IN BOSTON

Glasgow Rangers are pulling out of their July North American Tour and canceling a high profile Old-Firm contest planned for Fenway Park in Boston, according to Rangers chief executive Martin Bain.

“We have decided not to pursue that [match],” Bain told the BBC.

“Instead, there is the possibility of matches in Australia and an announcement on that will be made in the next couple of days.”

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SUMMER FRIENDLY UPDATE: MANCHESTER UNITED v ALL-STARS AND OTHERS

May 6, 2010

SUMMER FRIENDLY UPDATE: MANCHESTER UNITED v ALL-STARS KANSAS CITY AND PHILADELPHIA

Manchester United will play five matches in the United States, Mexico and Canada in July, including a showcase match with the Major League Soccer All-Star’s, in the run up to starting their 2010-11 Premier League campaign in August.

The world-famous Red Devils will begin their tour in Canada, taking on perennial Scottish power Glasgow Celtic in Toronto at Rodgers Centre.  The Friday, July 16 match will be played on an overlaid natural-grass pitch, brought in for the game. (more…)

SHORT CORNERS – SOCCER NEWS, NOTES AND RUMORS

April 30, 2010

FULHAM IN EUROPA LEAGUE FINAL, LIVERPOOL FALL IN SEMIFINALS

If you had bet in August that Fulham FC would be the last English team remaining in European competition this season, you would be a rich person indeed.

Fulham, powered by two late goals, pushed past Bundesliga side Hamburg Thursday Night at Craven Cottage to advance to the Europa League Finals on May 12.

Ironically, the 2010 Final will be played in Hamburg at the HSH-Nordbank Arena where Fulham managed a 0-0 draw in the first leg of the Semifinals.

Fulham will be playing Athletico Madrid who eliminated Liverpool FC and thus ended the dreams of an all-English Final.

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