JULY 17: DESIGNATED PLAYER WATCH

July 17, 2010

UPDATED: DESIGNATED PLAYER WATCH

FIRE SIGN DP – MEXICAN INTERNATIONAL NERY CASTILLO

The Chicago Fire have announced the Designated Player signing of  Mexican International Nery Castillo who has been negotiating with Greek side Olympiacos, where he played from 2000-2007.

The 26-year-old Castillo, who played at Manchester City in 2008 as part of a loan deal; with his then club Shakhtar Donetsk, is a much more versatile player than Blanco.  Castillo can play up front, on the wing or can play an attacking role out of the midfield.

Castillo may be the answer to the Fire’s problems in terms of attack, but one can only hope that Carlos de los Cabos and Frank Klopas now turn their sights toward some defensive help.

The designated player announcement was made Saturday between Games 1 and 2 of the SuperLiga double header at Toyota Park.

RSL’S CHECKETTS HELPS RONALDINHO RUMOR STAY ALIVE

Real Salt Lake owner Dave Checkett’s has intimated that a DP signing may be headed to Los Angeles.

Checketts told radio listeners on KALL 10 Sports that he expected another big designated player signing in the league sooon, but quick assuaged people of the notion that it was a potential RSL signing.

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FIRE SIGN DP – MEXICAN INTERNATIONAL NERY CASTILLO

July 17, 2010

FIRE TO ANNOUNCE DP – MEXICAN INTERNATIONAL NERY CASTILLO?

FIRE SIGN DP – MEXICAN INTERNATIONAL NERY CASTILLO

The Chicago Fire have announced the Designated Player signing of  Mexican International Nery Castillo who has been negotiating with Greek side Olympiacos, where he played from 2000-2007.

The 26-year-old Castillo, who played at Manchester City in 2008 as part of a loan deal; with his then club Shakhtar Donetsk, is a much more versatile player than Chautemoc Blanco.  Castillo can play up front, on the wing or can play an attacking role out of the midfield.

Castillo may be the answer to the Fire’s problems in terms of attack, but one can only hope that Carlos de los Cabos and Frank Klopas now turn their sights toward some defensive help.

The designated player announcement was made Saturday between Games 1 and 2 of the SuperLiga double header at Toyota Park.

SPURS AND CITY US TOUR ROSTERS, SCHEDULES TV TIMES

July 17, 2010


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TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR & MANCHESTER CITY ROSTERS, SCHEDULES FOR 2010 US TOUR

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 2010 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR ROSTER

GOALKEEPERS: (3) Carlo Cudicini (ITA), David Button (ENG), Oscar Jansson (SWE)

DEFENDERS: (8) 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: (5) Tom Huddlestone (ENG), Jermaine Jenas (ENG), Niko Kranjcar (CRO), Luka Modric (CRO), Andros Townsend (ENG)

FORWARDS: (4) Robbie Keane (IRE), Ryan Mason (ENG), Jonathan Obika (ENG), Roman Pavlyuchenko (RUS)

HEAD COACH: Harry Redknapp

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 2010 US TOUR SCHEDULE, TV TIMES

July 17 – San Jose Earthquakes v Tottenham Hotspur, Buck Shaw Stadium, San Jose CA 4pm  ESPN

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

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

MANCHESTER CITY 2010 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR ROSTER

Goalkeepers: (4) Shay Given (IRE), David Gonzalez (COL), Joe Hart (ENG), Stuart Taylor (ENG)

Defenders: (12) 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: (9) 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: (6) Emmanuel Adebayor, Craig Bellamy, John Guidetti, Jeremy Helan, Alex Nimely, Jo Silva

MANCHESTER CITY 2010 US TOUR SCHEDULE, TV TIMES

July 17 – Portland Timbers v Manchester City, Merlo Field, Portland OR 10pm

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

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

July 28 – Manchester City v Club America – Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA

July 31 – Inter Milan v Manchester City – M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore MA

CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR, NEWS AND TV SCHEDULE

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE – THIRD ROUND QUALIFYING DRAW

July 16, 2010

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE – THIRD ROUND QUALIFYING DRAW

Third qualifying round – Non-Champions route draw
First leg: 27/28 July; Second leg: 3/4 August
Match Fixture
1 AFC Ajax (NED) v PAOK FC (GRE)
2 FC Dynamo Kyiv (UKR) v KAA Gent (BEL)
3 BSC Young Boys (SUI) v Fenerbahçe SK (TUR)
4 SC Braga (POR) v Celtic FC (SCO)
5 FC Unirea Urziceni (ROU) v FC Zenit St. Petersburg (RUS)
Third qualifying round – Champions route draw
First leg: 27/28 July; Second leg: 3/4 August
1 SK Liepājas Metalurgs (LVA) – AC Sparta Praha (CZE) v FC İnter Bakı (AZE) – KKS Lech Poznań (POL)
2 FK Aktobe (KAZ) – FC Olimpi Rustavi (GEO) v Hapoel Tel-Aviv FC (ISR) – FK Željezničar (BIH)
3 FC Sheriff (MDA) – KS Dinamo Tirana (ALB) v NK Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) – FC Koper (SVN)
4 PFC Litex Lovech (BUL) – FK Rudar Pljevlja (MNE) v Birkirkara FC (MLT) – MŠK Žilina (SVK)
5 FC Levadia Tallinn (EST) – Debreceni VSC (HUN) v FC Basel 1893 (SUI)
6 AIK Solna (SWE) – AS Jeunesse Esch (LUX) v Linfield FC (NIR) – Rosenborg BK (NOR)
7 FK Partizan (SRB) – FC Pyunik (ARM) v FK Ekranas (LTU) – HJK Helsinki (FIN)
8 FC BATE Borisov (BLR) – FH Hafnarfjördur (ISL) v FC København (DEN)
9 Bohemian FC (IRL) – The New Saints FC (WAL) v RSC Anderlecht (BEL)
10 AC Omonia (CYP) – FK Renova (MKD) v FC Salzburg (AUT) – HB Tórshavn (FRO)

SOCCER ON THE BOX – Soccer on US TV This Weekend

July 16, 2010

SOCCER ON THE BOX – Soccer on US TV This Weekend

There is some serious international flavor on the box this weekend.  European Clubs tuning up for the season by playing MLS teams, Mexican clubs battling MLS teams!

MLS teams against MLS teams!! Where will it all end? (Toronto, in November most likely.)

Don’t forget the U20 Women’s World Cup on ESPNU and ESPN3 to continue the international theme.

Friday, July 16

7:00pm International Friendly – Manchester United v Celtic – ESPN2

Saturday, July 17

10:00am Women’s Soccer – FIFA U-20 World Cup – Ghana v United States – ESPNU

Noon Women’s Soccer – FIFA U-20 World Cup: Switzerland v United States – ESPNU

3:30pm MLS – Philadelphia Union v Toronto FC – MLSDK

4:00pm International Friendly  – San Jose Earthquakes v Tottenham Hotspur – ESPN

7:00pm SuperLiga – Chicago Fire v New England Revolution – TeleFutura

7:30pm MLS – Columbus Crew v New York Red Bull – MLSDK

8:30pm MLS – FC Dallas v Real Salt Lake – MLSDK

9:00pm MLS – Colorado Rapids v Kansas City Wizards – MLSDK

9:30pm SuperLiga – Morelia v UNAM Pumas – TeleFutura

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CELTIC AND MANCHESTER UNITED ROSTERS FOR NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

July 16, 2010

CELTIC AND MANCHESTER UNITED ROSTERS FOR NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

CELTIC

Here is the Glasgow Celtic roster for the teams 2010 North American Tour which started on Wednesday at PPL Park in Philadelphia.  The roster has already changed since Celtic arrived and it may change again, and as early as Friday.  Poland International Goalkeeper Artur Boruc, who made over 200 appearances over five years with the club, was sold to Fiorentina just before the tour, leaving leaving only American Dominic Cervi and Boruc’s Polish compatriot Lukasz Zaluska as the only keepers on the squad.

Mexican international Efrain Juarez signed with the club on Thursday and is likely to join the team in time for the Manchester United clash Friday evening in Toronto.

Ireland international Daryl Murphy, signed on Friday from Sunderland is expected to join the Glasgow Superclub in North America as soon as possible.

Juarez and Murphy will join new signings Charlie Mulgrew, Joe Ledley and 30-year-old Korean World Cup standout Cha Du-Ri on a Hoops squad that hopes to take back the Scottish Premier League title from rivals Rangers.

CELTIC 2010 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR ROSTER

GOALKEEPERS: (3) Artur Boruc (POL), Dominic Cervi (USA), Lukasz Zaluska (POL)

DEFENDERS: (10) Andreas Hinkel (GER), Glenn Loovens (NETH), Jos Hooiveld (HOL), Darren O’Dea (IRE), Mark Wilson (SCOT), Paul Caddis (SCOT), Milan Misun (CZECH), Charles Mulgrew (SCOT), Cha Du Ri (S. KOREA), Thomas Rogne (NOR)

MIDFIELDERS: (9) Scott Brown (SCOT), Joseph Ledley (SCOT), Shaun Maloney (SCOT), Patrick McCourt (IRE), Marc Crosas (SPAIN), Aiden McGeady (IRE), Simon Ferry (SCOT), James Forrest (SCOT), Ki Sung Yueng (S. KOREA)

FORWARDS: (5) Marc Fortune (F. Guiana), Georgios Samaras (GRE), Morten Rasmussen (DEN), Benjamin Hutchison (ENG), Paul McGowan (SCOT)

MANAGER: Neil Lennon

MANCHESTER UNITED

Manchester United have released their travel squad for their tour of North America, players given a reprieve from the tour due to World Cup duty are United stalwarts Wayne Rooney, Park Ji-Sung, Anderson, Michael Carrick, Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic.

Newly signed Mexican Super-teen Javier Hernandez will join the Red Devils on July 27th, just before United battle the MLS  All-Star’s in Houston.

The star-studded injured ranks include Michael Owen, Owen Hargreaves, Gary Neville, Antonio Valencia and, of course, England captain Rio Ferdinand who was so sensationally injured just days before England’s World Cup opener against the United States.

MANCHESTER UNITED 2010 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR ROSTER

GOALKEEPERS (3) : Ben Amos (ENG), Tomasz Kuszczak (POL), Edwin Van der Sar (NED)

DEFENDERS (8): Wes Brown (ENG), Fabio Da Silva (BRA), Rafael Da Silva (BRA), Ritchie De Laet (BEL), Corry Evans (NIR), Jonny Evans (NIR), John O’Shea (IRL), Chris Smalling (ENG)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Tom Cleverley (ENG), Darren Fletcher (SCO), Darron Gibson (IRL), Ryan Giggs (WAL), Nani (POR), Gabriel Obertan (FRA), Paul Scholes (ENG)

FORWARDS (5): Dimitar Berbatov (BUL), Mame Biram Diouf (SEN), Javier Hernandez (MEX), Federico Macheda (ITA), Danny Welbeck (ENG)

MANAGER: Sir Alex Ferguson

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

July 16, 2010

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

MANCINI: MAN CITY MUST SPEND TO WIN

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini is not ashamed of his clubs spending spree, quite the contrary, the Italian believes the only way to win trophies is to spend big.

City has already spent $91 million this summer on David Silva, Yaya Toure and Jerome Boateng but clearly there is room for more changes at Eastlands as Mancini is still on the prowl for at least a striker and a defender to firm up the side.

Mancini admits that spending money on big-name players is the difference between most football clubs and Europe’s elite teams.

“Of course we have spent a lot of money this summer,” Mancini told The Mirror. “Everyone can see that is the case, but all the teams who have won the Premier League, or La Liga or Serie A in recent years have spent a lot of money. This is not a new thing.”

The City boss is quick to deny that spending money on new players means ignoring the Academy players trying to crack the first team.

“It is hard to win trophies if you do not invest in areas where you can improve. We are absolutely committed to the Academy and to developing our own talent. It is important that they know there is a path to the first team for them. We are working hard towards the kick-off on August 14 and everyone here has the chance to be in the squad that day.”

New City owner Sheikh Mansour has spent over $400 million in less than two years to put the Blue side of Manchester on par with the biggest clubs in Europe.

UNITED TO LOCK UP ROONEY FOR FIVE YEARS?

Wayne Rooney looks set to become the highest paid player in Manchester United history, according to the Mirror.

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JULY 15 – SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS, NOTES AND RUMORS

July 15, 2010

LUKAS PODOLSKI HAS PROVEN HE HAS THE STONES

JULY 15 – SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS, NOTES AND RUMORS

CHELSEA’S AFRICAN PAIR READY FOR PREMIER LEAGUE RETURN

Chelsea’s African duo Michael Essien and Jon Obi Mikel are set to return to Stamford Bridge after long injuries that kept both out of the World Cup.

Nigeria’s Mikel and Ghana’s Essien both had time during the World Cup to return to fitness and now look set to join the club for Chelsea’s opening Premier League fixture August 14.

“There should be no problem whatsoever,” Chelsea assistant Ray Wilkins told soccernet. “Mikel is slightly in advance of Michael Essien but they are both working very well indeed.

“They have been working double sessions for the last week and we will get them really firing before the season starts.”

AC MILAN IN FOR PODOLSKI, BUT ONLY IF…

AC Milan will splash to cash to but German striker Lukas Podolski, but only if they can first find a buyer for Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, preferably to a Premier League club.

The 1 FC Koln striker has come back into vogue after a successful run in the World Cup, and Milan have sized up the 25-year-old who is a more versatile player than Huntelaar, being able to play as a more conventional forward. Nothing however will move the Rossoneri to approach unless they have cah in hand for Huntelaar.

“Podolski will arrive only if one condition is met and that is the transfer of Huntelaar to the (English) Premier League, which would then open a few paths from a financial standpoint.” Milan Vice-president Adriano Galliani told Sky Sport 24.

BAYERN LOOKING FOR VAN DER WIEL

Bayern Munich have approached Dutch side Ajax regarding Gregory van der Wiel.

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SOCCER ON THE BOX: SOCCER ON US TV THIS MID-WEEK

July 14, 2010

SOCCER ON THE BOX: SOCCER ON US TV THIS MID-WEEK

Welcome back to the TV folks. The 2010 SuperLiga kicks off tonight and the Women’s U20 World Cup as well. Every match from the U20 WWC can be seen on ESPN3 but the US matches will be played on ESPNU, stay here for details of the American matches.

MLS Week 16 also kicks off tonight with the Wizards visiting Columbus in a match that will air on the MLS Direct Kick package at 7:30pm Eastern. Friday marks the next phase of the Summer Friendly cornucopia, with Manchester United and Celtic in a match that is NOT being billed as the Tussle in Toronto.

Next Week we will have SuperLiga, Friendlies, CONCACAF Champions Cup and the start of the Major League Soccer stretch drive.  Enjoy.

Wednesday, July 14

Noon U20 Women’s World Cup – United States v Ghana – ESPNU

7:30pm MLS – Columbus v Kansas City – MLSDK

8:00pm Superliga – New England v UNAM Pumas – TeleFutura

9:30pm Supeliga – Chicago v Morelia – Galavision

Thursday, July 15

8:00pm MLS – DC United v Seattle – ESPN2

8:00pm Superliga – Houston v Pachuca – TeleFutura

10:30pm Chivas USA v Puebla – Galavision

Friday, July 16

7:00pm Manchester United v Celtic (from Rogers Centre, Toronto ON) – ESPN2

CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILED INFORMATION REGARDING SUPERLIGA TV TIMES

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2010 SUPERLIGA: WHAT TO WATCH FOR

July 14, 2010

2010 SUPERLIGA – WHAT TO WATCH FOR

FAMILIAR FOES – PACHUCA v HOUSTON

Possibly the best rivalry between an MLS club and a Mexican Club, these two have put on some of the best club matches seen on this continent in the CONCACAF Cahmpiosn League/Cup. The two sides played a memorable  SuperLiga semifinal goal fest in 2007 with the 10 man Dynamo getting a late equalizer to send the match to extra time only to see Pachuca take the match on penalties. The 2010 edition of this rivalry will be the Group A opener for both clubs. If you see only one SuperLiga match this year, make it this Thursday at Robertson Stadium.

SISTER SIDES? MORELIA v CHICAGO

The Chicago Fire and Mexican club Morelia have a sister club relationship.  They have had since 2003 and the Fire even sported Morelia colors for a few matches in the clubs 2004 MLS Season. What this relationship means, I have no idea, as the two clubs haven’t met since before the deal was made..

It was the quarterfinals of the  CONCACAF Champions Cup (Precursor to the current Champions League) in 2002 and the Fire came back in the 2nd leg of the tie at then home Cardinal Stadium in Naperville IL, only to see their efforts couldn’t stave off elimination.

So Wednesday Night the sister-clubs meet for the first time in eight years.  Outside of the Houston-Pachuca match, this may be, on paper anyway, the tie of the group stages.

PACHUCA: TEAM (MEXICAN) AMERICA

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2010 SUPERLIGA ROSTERS

July 14, 2010

2010 SUPERLIGA OFFICIAL TEAM ROSTERS

CLICK HERE FOR SUPERLIGA SCHEDULE AND TV TIMES

NOTE: The Rosters for Group B have been finalized and are included below with Uniform numbers, whereas Group A rosters are still only preliminary.

PRELIMINARY TEAM ROSTERS – GROUP A

CHIVAS USA

Head Coach: Martin Vásquez

Goalkeepers:Dan Kennedy, Zach Thornton

Defenders: Carlos Borja, Jonathan Bornstein, Yamith Cuesta, Darío Delgado, Jorge Flores, Ante Jazic, Mariano Trujillo, Michael Umaña

Midfielders: Rodolfo Espinoza, Blair Gavin, Michael Lahoud, Gerson Mayen, Paulo Nagamura, Osael Romero, Marcelo Saragosa, Cesar Zamora, Ben Zemanski, Alex Zotinca

Forwards: Justin Braun, Chukqudi Chijindu, Maykel Galindo, Eduardo Lillingston, Giancarlo Maldonado, Jesús Padilla

HOUSTON DYNAMO

Head Coach: Dominic Kinnear

Goalkeepers: Pat Onstad, Tyler Deric, Tally Hall

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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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2010 SUPERLIGA: SCHEDULE, TV TIMES

July 14, 2010

2010 SUPERLIGA: SCHEDULE, TV TIMES

SuperLiga 2010 Schedule, TV Times

All Times Eastern

Wednesday, July 14

8:00pm New England Revolution vs. Pumas UNAM Gillette Stadium – Foxborough, MA – TeleFutura

9:30pm Chicago Fire vs. Monarcas Morelia Toyota Park – Bridgeview, IL – Galavision

Thursday, July 15

8:00pm Houston Dynamo vs. Pachuca Robertson Stadium – Houston, TX – TeleFutura

10:30pm Chivas USA vs. Puebla Home Depot Center – Carson, CA – Galavision

Saturday, July 17

7:00pm Chicago Fire vs. New England Revolution Toyota Park – Bridgeview, IL – TeleFutura

9:30pm Monarcas Morelia vs. Pumas UNAM Toyota Park – Bridgeview, IL – TeleFutura

Sunday, July 18

8:00pm Houston Dynamo vs. Chivas USA Robertson Stadium – Houston, TX – TeleFutura 10:30pm

Pachuca vs. Puebla Robertson Stadium – Houston, TX – TeleFutura

Tuesday, July 20

8:00pm New England Revolution vs. Monarcas Morelia Gillette Stadium – Foxborough, MA – TeleFutura

9:30pm Chicago Fire vs. Pumas UNAM Toyota Park – Bridgeview, IL – Galavision

Wednesday, July 21

8:00pm Houston Dynamo vs. Puebla Robertson Stadium – Houston, TX – TeleFutura

10:30pm Chivas USA vs. Pachuca Home Depot Center – Carson, CA – Galavision

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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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LEGO WORLD CUP FINAL!

July 13, 2010

LEGO WORLD CUP FINAL!

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 12 – SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS NOTES AND RUMORS

July 12, 2010

JULY 12 – SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS NOTES AND RUMORS

FABREGAS HAPPY TO STAY AT ARSENAL

Cesc Fabregas has been hinting at a move to Barcelona all summer , but he seems to have changed his tune regarding his current club Arsenal.

The Spanish international has called his North London side a “world-class club” and suggested he is ready to stay put for the coming season.

“All I can say is that this World Cup victory is for all the Arsenal players and fans. They are a world-class club.” the 23-year-old told reporters after Spains World Cup Triumph. “I had a text message of congratulations from Arsene Wenger. He said I deserve it. I just think this is for everyone at Arsenal who helped me get to where I am now. I am an Arsenal player and proud to be.”

Fabregas had previously made no secret about his desire to move to Barcelona for the coming campaign, the club he loved as a kid and managed by his boyhood hero Pepp Guardiola.

STUTTGART DENY MADRID BID FOR KHEDIRA

Rumors of German international Sami Khedira moving to Real madrid from Bundesliga side Stuttgart have yet to become reality, according to club director Jochen Schneider.

“We have no offer. That is based only on speculation in Spanish sport newspapers,” Schneider told Bild. “And after his holiday we will sit down together and see whether we can extend his contract beyond 2011.”

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SUMMER FRIENDLY UPDATE – MANCHESTER UNITED ROSTER, REAL MADRID IN CALI, TV SCHEDULES

July 11, 2010

SUMMER FRIENDLY UPDATE – MANCHESTER UNITED ROSTER RELEASED

Manchester United have released their travel squad for their tour of North America, which begins this week.  More notable then those on the roster may be those left off as injuries and World Cup duty have limited the star power on Sir Alex Ferguson’s side.

Players given a reprieve from the tour due to World Cup duty are United stalwarts Wayne Rooney, Park Ji-Sung, Anderson, Michael Carrick, Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic.

Newly signed Mexican Super-teen Javier Hernandez will join the Red Devils on July 27th, just before United battle the MLS  All-Star’s in Houston.

The star-studded injured ranks include Michael Owen, Owen Hargreaves, Gary Neville, Antonio Valencia and, of course, England captain Rio Ferdinand who was so sensationally injured just days before England’s World Cup opener against the United States.

MANCHESTER UNITED 2010 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR ROSTER

GOALKEEPERS (3) : Ben Amos (ENG), Tomasz Kuszczak (POL), Edwin Van der Sar (NED)

DEFENDERS (8): Wes Brown (ENG), Fabio Da Silva (BRA), Rafael Da Silva (BRA), Ritchie De Laet (BEL), Corry Evans (NIR), Jonny Evans (NIR), John O’Shea (IRL), Chris Smalling (ENG)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Tom Cleverley (ENG), Darren Fletcher (SCO), Darron Gibson (IRL), Ryan Giggs (WAL), Nani (POR), Gabriel Obertan (FRA), Paul Scholes (ENG)

FORWARDS (5): Dimitar Berbatov (BUL), Mame Biram Diouf (SEN), Javier Hernandez (MEX), Federico Macheda (ITA), Danny Welbeck (ENG)

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MANCHESTER UNITED 2010 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR SCHEDULE

July 16   7:00pm  Manchester United vs. Celtic FC  Rogers Centre, Toronto ON (ESPN2)

July 21     7:30pm  Manchester United vs. Philadelphia Union,  Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia PA

July 25    6:00pm  Manchester United vs. Kansas City Wizards  Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, MO (Fox Soccer Channel)

July 28    8:30pm  2010 AT&T MLS All-Star Game vs. Manchester United  Reliant Stadium, Houston TX (ESPN2)

July 30   9:00pm  Guadalajara vs. Manchester United  Estadio Chivas, Guadalajara Mexico

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CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: PRELIMINARY ROUND HOSTS, DATES AND TV TIMES ANNOUNCED

July 10, 2010

CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: PRELIMINARY ROUND HOSTS, DATES AND TV TIMES ANNOUNCED

Five Major League Soccer teams, four Mexican teams and one USSF Division 2 team make up 10 of the 24 sides involved in the 2010-11 edition of the tournament.
Major League Soccer & USSF Division 2 Teams
2009 Major League Soccer Champions Real Salt Lake and 2009 Supporters Shield Winners Columbus Crew were both drown right into the Group Stages in Groups A and B respectively.
Seattle Sounders, winners of the 2009 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup will play Salvadoran Clausura Champions Isidro Metapán and MLS Cup runners-up Los Angeles Galaxy were drawn against impressive USL side Puerto Rico Islanders, who advanced to the semifinals of the competition two years ago. Both ties are part of the two-legged Preliminary Round. Advancing teams will be placed in Groups C and D respectively.

Canada will be represented by MLS team Toronto FC, winner of the 2010 Nutrilite Canadian Championship will take on Motagua who were runners up in the 2010 Honduran Clusura.

Mexican Teams

The two Mexican Champions Toluca and Monterrey, like Columbus Crew and Real Salt Lake, advanced directly into the Group Stage.

The two Mexican Champions will be kept apart in the group stages from their Major League Soccer counterparts, but if either Santos Laguna or Cruz Azul advance out of the Preliminary Round, they will be placed in Groups A and B with Real Salt Lake and Columbus Crew. Similarly, if Seattle and LA advance out of the Preliminary Rounds, they will be placed in Groups C and D with Monterrey and Toluca respectively.

The complete list of ties and groups is listed below.

The first leg of the Preliminary Round begins The tournament will begin on July 27-29 with the second leg taking place the following week; August 3-5.  The Preliminary round winners will advance to the Group Stage, the first round is set for August 17-19.

UPDATE: TV Times for Mexican team matches on Galavision added

CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

PRELIMINARY ROUND SCHEDULE

ALL TIMES EASTERN

HOME TEAM LISTED FIRST

FIRST LEG

Tuesday, July 27

8pm – Toronto FC (MLS) vs. Montagua (HON) FOX SOCCER CHANNEL

8pm – San Juan Jabloteh (TRI) vs. Santos Laguna (MEX) GALAVISION

10pm – Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS) vs. Puerto Rico Islanders (USSFD2) FOX SOCCER CHANNEL

10pm – San Francisco FC (PAN) vs. Cruz Azul (MEX) GALAVISION

Wednesday, July 28

8pm – Tauro FC (PAN) vs. Marathon (HON)

10pm – Brujas (CRC) vs. Joe Public (TRI)

10pm – Seattle Sounders (MLS) vs. Metapan (SLV) FOX SOCCER CHANNEL/GALAVISION

Thursday, July 29

10p – CD FAS (SLV) vs. Xelaju (GUA)

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