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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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CLICK HERE FOR… REAL MADRID PRELIMINARY ROSTER

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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SUMMER FRIENDLY UPDATE: REAL MADRID ROSTER (PRELIMINARY)

July 23, 2010

SUMMER FRIENDLY UPDATE: REAL MADRID ROSTER (PRELIMINARY)

Real Madrid announced their preliminary team roster for their 2010 USA Tour.  Some preliminary roster! The sheer weight of star power here is extraordinary. Four World Cup winners in a squad of only 13, and a midfield that would rival any in the world.

This team does not include the laundry list of potential signings rumored to be coming to the Bernabeau for the 2010-11 European season.

Newly appointed super manager José Mourinho will have his work cut out for him when picking a starting XI against legendary Mexican side Club América at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park on August 4, followed by a match against the Los Angeles Galaxy at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on August 7, the latter of which will be shown live on Fox Soccer Channel.

Watch this space for details when the complete touring roster is released.

Goalkeeper :

IKER CASILLAS – Spain

Defender :

ALVARO ARBELOA – Spain

SERGIO RAMOS – Spain

Midfielders :

CRISTIANO RONALDO – Portugal

KAKÁ – Brazil

ANGEL DI MARIA – Argentina

XABI ALONSO – Spain

RAFAEL VAN DER VAART – Netherlands

FERNANDO GAGO – Spain

MAHAMADOU DIARRA – Mali

LASSANA DIARRA – France

Forwards :

KARIM BENZEMA – France

GONZALO HIGUAÍN – Argentina

BARCLAYS NEW YORK CHALLENGE – COMPLETE ROSTERS, SCHEDULE

July 21, 2010

2010 BARCLAYS NEW YORK CHALLENGE – COMPLETE ROSTERS, SCHEDULE

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

Goalkeepers : Carlo Cudicini (ITA), David Button (ENG), Oscar Jansson (SWE)

Defenders : Gareth Bale (WAL), Calum Butcher (ENG), Vedran Corluka (CRO), Alan Hutton (SCT), Younes Kaboul (FRA), Kyle Naughton (ENG), Adam Smith (ENG), Kyle Walker (ENG),

Midfielders : Tom Huddlestone (ENG), Jermaine Jenas (ENG), Niko Kranjcar (CRO), Luka Modric (CRO), Andros Townsend (ENG)

Forwards : Robbie Keane (IRE), Ryan Mason (ENG), Jonathan Obika (ENG), Roman Pavlyuchenko (RUS)

MANAGER: Harry Redknapp

MANCHESTER CITY FC

Goalkeepers : Shay Given (IRE), David Gonzalez (COL), Joe Hart (ENG), Stuart Taylor (ENG)

Defenders : Dedryk Boyata (BEL), Wayne Bridge (ENG), Greg Cunningham (IRE), Javier Garrido (ESP), Vincent Kompany (BEL), Joleon Lescott (ENG), Ben Mee (ENG), Nedum Onuoha (ENG), Micah Richards (ENG), Kieran Trippier (ENG), Kolo Toure (COI), Pablo Zabaleta (ARG)

Midfielders : Abdisalam Ibrahim (NOR), Stephen Ireland (IRE), Adam Johnson (ENG), Michael Johnson (ENG), Scott Kay (ENG), Yaya Toure (COI), Andrew Tutte (ENG), Patrick Vieira (FRA), Shaun Wright-Phillips (ENG)

Strikers : Emmanuel Adebayor, Craig Bellamy (WAL), John Guidetti, Jeremy Helan, Alex Nimely, Jo Silva

MANAGER : Roberto Mancini

SPORTING CLUBE DE PORTUGAL

All players are Portugese unless otherwise noted.

Goalkeepers : Rui Patricio, Tiago Ferreira, Vitor Golas (BRA)

Defenders : Marco Torsiglieri (ARG), Daniel Carrico, Anderson Polga (BRA), Evaldo Fabiano, Leandro Grimi (ARG), Nuno Coelho, Joao Pereira, Abel Ferreira

Midfielders : Pedro Mendes, Marat Izamilov (RUS) , Maniche, Matías Fernández (CHL), Jaime Valdes (CHL), Miguel Veloso, Ander Santos, Simon Vukcevic (MNG)

Forwards : Carlos Saleiro, Florent Sinama-Pongolle (FRA), Yannick Djalo, Helder Postiga, Andre Martins, Liedson, Diogo Salomao, William Owusu Acheampong (GHA)

MANAGER : Costinha

BARCLAYS NEW YORK CHALLENGE – COMPLETE SCHEDULE

NOTE: ALL TIMES EASTERN, ALL MATCHES AT RED BULL ARENA, HARRISON NJ, ALL MATCHES BROADCAST LIVE ON FOX SOCCER CHANNEL

July 22  – New York Red Bulls v Tottenham Hotspur, 8pm

July 23 – Manchester City v Sporting Lisbon, 8pm

July 25 – New York Red Bull v Manchester City, 3:30pm

July 25 – Tottenham Hotspur v Sporting Lisbon, 1pm

CELTIC-SPORTING: ROSTERS FOR FENWAY FOOTBALL CHALLENGE

July 21, 2010

ROSTERS FOR FENWAY FOOTBALL CHALLENGE

Football at Fenway Park will kick off again Wednesday Night at 8pm ET Glasgow Celtic take on Sporting CP at the famous Boston ball park.

The match will be show on Live on Fox Soccer Channel.

SPORTING CLUBE DE PORTUGAL:

All players are Portugese unless otherwise noted.

Goalkeepers: Rui Patricio, Tiago Ferreira, Vitor Golas (BRA)

Defenders: Marco Torsiglieri (ARG), Daniel Carrico, Anderson Polga (BRA), Evaldo Fabiano, Leandro Grimi (ARG), Nuno Coelho, Joao Pereira, Abel Ferreira

Midfielders: Pedro Mendes, Marat Izamilov (RUS) , Maniche, Matías Fernández (CHL), Jaime Valdes (CHL), Miguel Veloso, Ander Santos, Simon Vukcevic (MNG)

Forwards: Carlos Saleiro, Florent Sinama-Pongolle (FRA), Yannick Djalo, Helder Postiga, Andre Martins, Liedson, Diogo Salomao, William Owusu Acheampong (GHA)

MANAGER: Costinha

CELTIC ROSTER:

Goalkeepers: Dominic Cervi (USA), Lukasz Zaluska (POL)

Defenders: Andreas Hinkel (GER), Glenn Loovens (NET), Jos Hooiveld (HOL), Darren O’Dea (IRE), Mark Wilson (SCO), Paul Caddis (SCO), Milan Misun (CZE), Charles Mulgrew (SCO), Cha Du Ri (KOR), Thomas Rogne (NOR)

Midfielders: Scott Brown (SCO), Joseph Ledley (SCO), Shaun Maloney (SCO), Patrick McCourt (IRE), Marc Crosas (ESP), Aiden McGeady (IRE), Simon Ferry (SCO), James Forrest (SCO), Ki Sung Yueng (KOR)

Forwards: Marc Fortune (GUI), Georgios Samaras (GRE), Morten Rasmussen (DEN), Benjamin Hutchison (ENG), Paul McGowan (SCO)

MANAGER: Neil Lennon

MLS ALL-STAR TEAM – FULL SQUAD ANNOUNCED

July 19, 2010

MLS ALL-STAR FULL SQUAD ANNOUNCED

LA Galaxy head coach, and the coach of the 2010 MLS All-Star team, Bruce Arena named the remaining players in his squad that will take on Manchester United in Houston.

Arena went with : Real Salt Lake GK Nick Rimando, Revolution D Kevin Alston, Chivas USA D Jonathan Bornstein, Fire D Wilman Conde, Dallas D Heath Pearce, Dynamo MF Brad Davis, Dallas MF David Fereira, Revolution MF Shalrie Joseph, Rapids MF Jeff Larentowicz, Union F Sebastien Le Toux, Red Bulls F Juan Pablo Angel.

In addition to the squad picked by Arena there were two commissioner selections made by MLS big man Don Garber.  DC United’s Jamie Moreno and Brian Ching of the Houston Dynamo were selected as Commish’s two.

UPDATE: * Bobby Convey will replace Jonathan Bornstein in the All-Star squad due to injury.

Here is the complete squad.

Starting XI vote winners in BOLD

Commissioner selections in Italics

GOALKEEPER

Donovan Ricketts LA Galaxy, Nick Rimando Real Salt Lake

DEFENDERS

Omar Gonzalez LA Galaxy, Chad Marshall Columbus Crew, Jamison Olave Real Salt Lake, Kevin Alston New England Revolution, Jonathan Bornstein, Chivas USA, Wilman Conde Chicago Fire, Heath Pearce FC Dallas

MIDFIELDERS

Guillermo Barros Schelotto Columbus Crew, Kyle Beckerman Real Salt Lake, Dwayne De Rosario Toronto FC, Javier Morales Real Salt Lake, Marco Pappa Chicago Fire, Brad Davis Houston Dynamo, David Fereira FC Dallas, Shalrie Joseph New England Revolution, Jeff Larentowicz Colorado Rapids, Bobby Convey* San Jose Earthquakes

FORWARDS

Edson Buddle LA Galaxy, Landon Donovan LA Galaxy, Sebastien Le Toux Philadelphia Union, Juan Pablo Angel New York Red Bull, Brian Ching Houston Dynamo, Jamie Moreno DC United

The match, which kicks off at 8:30pm ET on July 28, can be seen on on ESPN2. Unfortunately the match coincides with  CONCACAF Champions League action.  The Seattle Sounders will actually be playing at the same time the All-Stars tussle with United, thus eliminating one of the Leagues most followed teams from being a part of the festivities.  The Columbus Crew and LA galaxy players will see limited time due to their participation in the Champions League.

MLS ALL-STARS NAMED

July 13, 2010

2010 MLS ALL-STAR STARTING XI  NAMED

The votes are in and here is your Starting XI to take on Manchester United at the MLS All-Star Game on July 28th at Reliant Stadium in Houston TX.

The players selected, were chosen by fans, the media, fellow players and MLS coaches and GMs with each group getting 25% say in the outcome (coaches and GM’s make up one group.

Keep in mind that the remaining 12 players will be announced on Thursday and that All-Star manager Bruce Arena can choose the actual starting XI from the entire squad.

A total of four Galaxy players make the XI followed by three RSL players and two from the Crew. One each from the Chicago Fire and Toronto FC. Landon Donovan will feature in his 10th appearance.

The MLS official website claims that 45,000 seats have been sold for Houston’s first ever All-Star game.

The match, which kicks off at 8:30pm ET and can be seen on on ESPN2, is scheduled right in the heart of CONCACAF Champions League action, and the Seattle Sounders will actually be playing at the same time the All-Stars tussle with United, thus eliminating one of the Leagues most followed teams from being a part of the festivities.  The Columbus Crew and LA galaxy players will see limited time due to their participation in the Champions League.  The league seems caught between high priorities here.

Having said that here are your heroes.

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LES ROUGES REPORT: An Occasional Update on Canadian Soccer

July 8, 2010

LES ROUGES REPORT

An Occasional Update on Canadian Soccer

NO CANADIAN WORLD CUP UNTIL 2034

Canada will not attempt to host the World Cup until at least 2034, according to the Canadian Soccer Association.

“Canada has great organizational ability to host a FIFA men’s World Cup, as it has for a Summer Olympics and two Winter Olympics, so certainly, from a Canadian perspective, we would be great hosts for a men’s World Cup,” said the CSA’s general secretary Peter Montopoli, who cited a number of concerns that would have to be addressed before the tournament could be even considered, including the proper time frame. “We would have to wait for our turn,”

The United States has put in a bid for the 2018 or 2022 World Cup and, if successful, the tournament would not likely return to North America for decades.

Montopoli also stated finance, infrastructure and national team performance as key areas that would have to be improved upon.

Stadium requirements would also have to be met, and the CSA would need a minimum of 10 world-class facilities capable of holding (more…)

SUMMER FRIENDLY UPDATE:REAL MADRID TO PLAY GALAXY AT ROSE BOWL

June 30, 2010

SUMMER FRIENDLY UPDATE:REAL MADRID TO PLAY GALAXY AT ROSE BOWL

The Los Angeles Galaxy have scheduled an August 7 match against Real Madrid at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California to replace the previously scheduled friendly against European Champions Inter Milan.

No reasons were given as to why the Inter Milan game is no longer going ahead as scheduled, but according to the Galaxy website, both the LA club and the Italian powerhouse agreed to reschedule for a later date.

Madrid, now helmed by Jose Mourinho is one of the most decorated teams in the history of the sport, dominating the early years of the European Cup, now known as the Champions League.

Los Galacticos played the Galaxy in 2005 at the Home Depot Center winning 2-0, but this match is scheduled for the venerable Rose Bowl.

The match will be the Galaxy’s first at the 88-year-old stadium since last August when they were defeated by the Catalan giants Barcelona. The Galaxy were based at the Rose Bowl from their inaugural year in 1996 through the opening of the Home Depot Center in 2002 Major League Soccer debuted in 1996. The 92,000 seat venue, which will also see Cruz Azul take on Club America this summer, has hosted a World Cup Final, Women’s World Cup Final, a Gold Medal Olympic Match in addition to many Super Bowls and college football championships.

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MLS NEWS NOTES AND RUMORS and WEEK 13 PREVIEW

June 25, 2010

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER RETURNS TO ACTION – MLS WEEK 13 PREVIEW

Most everyone’s eyes will be on the World Cup this weekend, and rightly so, the sheer weight of match-ups over the next four days is incredible.

Having said that, lets take a look at what we have in store for ourselves this weekend and touch on some of the stories we may have missed while over-indulging in the World Cup Garden of Eden.

PPL PARK OPENS IN PHILADELPHIA THIS SUNDAY
The Philadelphia Union fans will agree with Tom Petty, the waiting is the hardest part, but now the wait is over as Peter Nowak’s boys will christen their new home, PPL Park on Sunday against Seattle Sounders at 5pm ET. The match will be shown on ESPN2 and will see Union attempt to turn around a less than stellar Expansion campaign. Union are dead last in the East having garnered 7 points from 10 matches. Philly fans will be hoping that the League’s newest Soccer Specific gem will provide the inspiration for some points down the stretch.

SACHA KLJESTAN MOVES TO EUROPE
Belgian Champions Anderlicht acquired Chivas USA captain Sacha Kljestan during the World Cup break leaving the Goats, who are in the midst of a five game losing streak, missing some key talent.  Manager Martin Vasquez has brought for Chivas USA midfield standout Paulo Nagamura back into the side with an aim to fill the missing Kljestan’s shoes. Another help for Chivas might come in the form of Venezuelan international
Giancarlo Maldonado who is training with the team.

BLAISE NKUFO IS COMING TO SEATTLE
This deal was done early in the season, but since then we have all had a chance to see Nkufo play for Switzerland in (more…)

SUMMER FRIENDLY UPDATE: JUVENTUS v CLUB AMERICA at COWBOYS STADIUM

June 8, 2010

SUMMER FRIENDLY UPDATE: JUVENTUS v CLUB AMERICA at COWBOYS STADIUM

Various sources in the Dallas area are reporting that Club America will be returning to Cowboys Stadium on July 18 to take on Serie A legends Juventus.

America have schedule a number of pre-season matches in North America in the run up to their 2010 season which begins in late July, played Chelsea at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington TX in 2009 in the first ever event at the 90,000 seat venue.

Juventus, who played two matches in North America to wrap-up their 2009-10 season already, will be coming back for their own pre-season training.

America has scheduled matches against Cruz Azul in Pasadena CA, Portsmouth in San Diego CA and Manchester City in Atlanta GA. Their scheduled meeting with Pachuca in Phoenix that has been canceled, but may be moved to another California venue.

WHITECAPS UNVEIL NEW CREST, TICKET DETAILS

June 8, 2010

VANCOUVER WHITECAPS UNVEIL NEW CREST, TICKET DETAILS

The Vancouver Whitecaps held a press conference at the Vancouver Convention Centre on Tuesday morning to unveil what they called ‘the new brand that will lead the 36-year-old club into a new chapter as an MLS outfit.”

The team released the logo (above) which will be the brand that will carry them forward into their first Major League Soccer season in 2011.

The club will be unveiling the designs for their 2011 Season kits, complete with jersey sponsor at a later date and merchandise with the new logo is already available.

Vancouver also announced that they will push for one last round of MLS season ticket deposits beginning on Saturday. The ‘Caps will accept $50 deposits for 2011 MLS seasons tickets, which start at $319 for 17 matches.

The Whitecaps, who will play at a refurbished Empire Stadium for the 2011 season, have capped season ticket sales at 16,500 and have already taken 10,000 deposits, meaning this last push will be for fans to grab the remaining 6,500 seats.

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

June 8, 2010

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

INJURED STARS DOWN, BUT NOT OUT
There may be good news for some of the high profile players at the 2010 World Cup who were injured over the weekend and some may even be able to play in the tournament.

Netherlands forward Arjen Robben is planning to travel to South Africa in hopes of joining his Dutch teammates. The Bayern Munich star has a small tear in his left hamstring but is hoping intense physiotherapy will help him take part in South Africa.

Speaking after his first session, Robben told reporters “It is impossible to say whether that (a return) will only be about four days or a week away. It was tedious exercises. But we will do everything to
get fit. I’m very hopeful.”

Meanwhile, Didier Drogba has undergone successful surgery on his broken arm and was due to link up with his Ivory Coast teammates yesterday.
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SHORT CORNERS – JUNE 7 – INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS, NOTES AND RUMORS

June 7, 2010

SHORT CORNERS – JUNE 7 – INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS, NOTES AND RUMORS

INJURIES PLAGUE WORLD CUP

It was a black weekend in many World Cup camps as Rio Ferdinand, Didier Drogba, Arjen Robben and Andrea Pirlo were all injured a week before the start of the World Cup.

More than just ‘big names’ some of the players that went down over the weekend were key to their teams success and will not be easily replaced

Ferdinand who was to be captain for England and a staple on the backline, suffered a knee ligament injury in training and will join David Beckham in the VIP box to watch the opening match with the United States June 12. Ferdinand has already been rep[laced in the squad by Michael Dawson.

Arguably the best striker in the world, Ivory Coast’s Drogba dislocated his elbow in a friendly against Japan on Friday. Coming off his best season ever, the Chelsea striker was the key element and talisman for the Elephants as they prepared for a tough Group G battle against Brazil, (more…)

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 UPDATE: FENWAY PARK TO HOST CELTIC v SPORTING

June 7, 2010

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

The match, being referred to as 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.

Originally billed as the Battle of Boston, Celtic were to host perennial rivals Glasgow Rangers in the first ever ‘Old Firm’ derby to be played outside of Scotland.  That deal fell through when Rangers canceled their North American tour after being offended by a Boston Globe article that (more…)

SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 6-5-2010

June 5, 2010

SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 6-5-2010

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.

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SUMMER FRIENDLY UPDATE: CLUB AMERICA v CRUZ AZUL TO BATTLE AT THE ROSE BOWL

June 5, 2010

SUMMER FRIENDLY UPDATE: CLUB AMERICA v CRUZ AZUL TO BATTLE AT THE ROSE BOWL

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.

Club America re-hired former Mexico coach Manuel Lapuente to his third spell at the team. He will get plenty of chances to see the squad play before the 2010-11 (more…)

SUMMER FRIENDLY UPDATE: FIRE v CLUB AMERICA AT WRIGLEY FIELD STILL IN THE PLANNING STAGES

June 4, 2010

A Friendly at the Friendly Confines?

SUMMER FRIENDLY UPDATE: FIRE v CLUB AMERICA AT WRIGLEY FIELD STILL IN THE PLANNING STAGES

Will there be a Friendly at the Friendly Confines? Perhaps in the near future.

A match between the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer and Mexican super club America has been in the works for a while now, though it’s way to early to give any details or even to pinpoint a date, or even target this season as a possibility. This story seemed to catch ‘fire’ due to an entry from Luis Arroyave’s ‘About Last Night…’ blog.

Though it is true that there is something in the works, it isn’t as easy as it looks to schedule an event at Wrigley, during the summer when the Cubs play an 82-game home schedule.

The Chicago Sting of the old North American Soccer League played at Wrigley, but soccer hasn’t been played at the North-Side Stadium since 1984. In recent years Wrigley has hosted big-name summer concerts tours, such as the Police and Elton John / Billy Joel. In 2009 the 95-year-old venue hosted the NHL Winter Classic between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Detroit Red Wings and this fall college football will return to the venue for the first time since 1938 when Northwestern hosts Illinois.

JUNE 4 – SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS, NOTES AND RUMORS

June 4, 2010

JUNE 4 – SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS, NOTES AND RUMORS

SACHA KLJESTAN TO JOIN ANDERLECHT?

Reports out of Los Angeles have US and Chivas USA Midfielder Sacha Kljestan is set to complete a move to Belgian side Anderlecht.

The Chivas USA captain, had a brief loan spell with Celtic in 2009, will join an Anderlecht team that won the 2009-10 Belgian Jupiler League and qualifies for the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round.

Kljestan will join his new team when the summer transfer window opens in July.

FABIO CANNAVARO MOVES TO UAE CLUB

Italian defender Fabio Cannavaro made a shock move to Al-Ahli, a club in the United Arab Emirates.

The 36-year-old had been hoping for a return to his hometown club Napoli next season after he was released from his contract with Juventus, but that move was apparently not in the cards, much to the chagrin of Napoli fans.

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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.