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SUPERLIGA UGLY : PROMOTING FAN INTERACTION?

July 23, 2010

SUPERLIGA UGLY : PROMOTING FAN INTERACTION?

Ugly dustup at Toyota Park during the Chicago Fire’s 1-0 SuperLiga win over UNAM Pumas Tuesday Night.  I know Section 8 very well and they are a hardcore supporters group, but they don’t go cruising around Toyota Park looking to swat people with flag poles. What were those Pumas fans doing right on top of Section 8?

Oh, and just out of curiosity, Where the F was the security? From what I’ve gathered this went on for 8 to 10 minutes during the match.  Monterrey Security has been used at every Spanish language Chicago area soccer event, since I can remember, you’d think they’d eventually get better at their job.

Below is a link to a Chicago Tribune photographer Scott Strazzante’s ‘Shooting from the Hip’ page.  Strazzante post’s a wonderful photo of the brawl, but the comments section is full of first hand accounts, complaints, finger pointing and a bit of bitterness too.

CLICK HERE… CHICAGO TRIBUNE: SCOTT STRAZZANTE ‘SHOOTING FROM THE HIP’

JULY 20 – SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS NOTES AND RUMORS

July 19, 2010

JULY 20 – SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS NOTES AND RUMORS

LIVERPOOL SIGN JOE COLE

Joe Cole has picked Liverpool over Tottenham and Arsenal.

The out-of-contract England international has settled his personal wage demands with the Anfield club and, barring a medical, will sign a four-year contract with the club in the next 48 hours.

Reds boss Roy Hodgson has been attempting to prevent Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard from bolting to other clubs and the Cole signing will certainly help convince the current the existing Liverpool players that the new boss has designs of returning to the Champions League.

Though out of contract, Cole’s arrival will cross over with Yosssi Benayoun who is heading to Stamford Bridge, though Liverpool stands to gain $7.5 million swap.

The extra cash will help as Hodgson is facing the exit’s of Fabio Aurelio and Emiliano Insua, the former Fulham manager will be looking for a left back as soon as possible.

WERDER BREMEN TRYING TO LOCK DOWN OZIL

Bundesliga side Werder Bremen are still trying to work a deal out with sensation Mesut Ozil, but the giants of European football are waiting in the wings to snap up the German international.

Bremen are hoping to lock the World Cup Golden Ball nominee in spite of the fact that could sell the player for a fee in the range of  $26 million to Europe’s elite clubs.

The club have been trying to secure a new deal for the 21-year-old

“We were trying to find a solution on a new contract with Mesut Ozil up until the start of the World Cup, but we couldn’t,” Bremen general manager Klaus Allofs told German paper Kreiszeitung. “In the meantime we made good progress and were confident that we could fill in the final blanks with the right figures. We had our ideas but we have not been able to bring this to an end. We are not angry, no way. We intend to keep on trying.”

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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.

DESIGNATED PLAYER UPDATE: KANSAS CITY SIGNS MEXICAN INTERNATIONAL OMAR BRAVO

July 19, 2010

DESIGNATED PLAYER UPDATE: KANSAS CITY SIGNS MEXICAN INTERNATIONAL OMAR BRAVO

The Kansas City Wizards have made the latest designated player coup, by signing Mexican international Omar Bravo from Guadalajara.

Bravo scored 106 goals in 290 appearances for Chivas and somehow managed to play for two seasons in Spain for Deportivo de Coruna as well. The standout striker moved back to Guadalajara in 2009 and continued to build on his reputation as a club legend.

Now the 30-year-old hopes to conquer America with his goal scoring exploits, but he will be missed by Guadalajara, as a release on the club website admitted.

“Omar Bravo is one of the greatest players of the sport in Mexico.” read the translated statement. “Now his arrival in the United States represents a major event for the growing number of football fans in that market. Thanks to the involvement of figures like Bravo in the MLS, the league becomes more exciting and each day takes on a more competitive level.”

Guadalajara owner Jorge Vergara chimed in his support as well.

“We are very proud of Omar, of everything he has accomplished and know his career will continue strong in MLS like it has been with Chivas,”  Vergara said in a news release. “We will miss Omar very much but we know he will bring much joy to fans who live in the United States, and that’s an important thing in football.”

Since the MLS Transfer window opened on Thursday a number of big names signed designated player contracts, but most were public knowledge, like DC United’s Branko Boskovic and Seattle’s Blaise Nkufo or ‘worst kept secrets’ such as Thierry Henry.

That seemed to change over the weekend as first the Chicago Fire and then the Kansas City Wizards locked up big name Mexican Internationals, with very little hype or fanfare and most fans were left to speculate on who the signings would be until the last minute.

The Fire announced the Signing of forward/midfielder Nery Castillo on Saturday at Toyota Park during a SuperLiga double header.

READ…FIRE SIGN DP, MEXICAN INTERNATIONAL NERY CASTILLO

READ…LAST WEEK’S DESIGNATED PLAYER WATCH

READ…DESIGNATED PLAYER UPDATE-LJUNGBERG DRAMA

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 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.

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

CF Pachuca is fast becoming a breeding ground for talent; American talent. Pachuca has not one but THREE Americans on it’s roster.  Two of them saw (more…)

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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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

CLICK HERE FOR 2010 SUPERLIGA ROSTERS

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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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…)

US OPEN CUP UPDATE : MLS TEAMS, VENUES ANNOUNCED FOR ROUND THREE

June 18, 2010

US OPEN CUP UPDATE : ROUND THREE DETAILS ANNOUNCED

US Soccer announced details regarding Round Three of the 2010 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup just days after Round One concluded.

Eight Major League Soccer teams will enter the tournament in the Third Round, joining the winners of the Round Two matches which all take place next Tuesday, June 22.

The winner of the Carolina battle between the NASL Carolina RailHawks and Charleston Battery of USL-2 will be rewarded with a trip to Toyota Park to take on four-time US Open Cup Champions Chicago Fire.

The Columbus Crew will host either NASL team Rochester Rhinos, a team that in 1999 became the (more…)

2010 MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER SALARY LIST RELEASED

June 15, 2010

2010 MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER SALARY LIST

Leave it Major League Soccer and the MLS Players Union to release the 2010 salary numbers when the whole world is watching the action in South Africa.

Needless to say, David Beckham is still the highest-paid player in Major League Soccer.

Beckham, who hasn’t played this season for the Los Angeles Galaxy because of a torn Achilles tendon, again tops the league at $6.5 million in guaranteed compensation this year, according to the list released Monday.

Landon Donovan, Beckham’s Galaxy teammate, is second at $2.13 million, followed by Juan Pablo Angel of the New York Red Bulls at $1.92 million. Toronto FC’s Julian de Guzman ($1.72 million) and Seattle Sounder Freddie Lungberg ($1.31 million) round out the top 5.

U.S. World Cup team players, aside from Donovan, include the Galaxy’s Edson Buddle ($188,448), Chivas USA’s Jonathan Bornstein ($100,000) and Real Salt Lake’s Robbie Findley ($87,316).

THE 2010 MLS SALARY LIST (ALPHABETICALY)

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THE 2010 MLS SALARY LIST (BY MLS CLUB)

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MLS WEEK 11 – IN OTHER WORDS… AND NUMBERS

June 8, 2010

MLS WEEK 11 – IN OTHER WORDS… AND NUMBERS

MONDAY MLS BREAKDOWN: WONDER GOAL COULD END SEATTLE SCORING DROUGHT (KYLE MCCARTHY-GOAL.COM)

MLS WEEK 11: SAME STORY DIFFERENT PLAYER FOR LA (USSOCCERPLAYERS.COM)

MLS WEEK 11 THOUGHTS AND RECAP (DREW EPPERLY-WVHOOLIGAN.COM)

FIVE THINGS TO TAKE AWAY FROM MLS WEEK 11/POWER RANKINGS (STEVE DAVIS-SI.COM)

WVH POWER RANKINGS WEEK 11 (DREW EPPERLY-WVHOOLIGAN.COM)

TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME: WEEK 11 (PETER C-MAJORLEAGUESOCCERTALK.COM)

2010 MLS ATTENDANCE (MLS DAILY)

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.

SOCCER ON THE BOX – SOCCER ON TV THIS WEEKEND

June 3, 2010

SOCCER ON THE BOX – SOCCER ON TV THIS WEEKEND

ESPN2 to provide 24 straight hours of World Cup Pre-game

World Cup coverage will start a day early on ESPN2, next week as the channel will be offering a 24 hour pregame. That is straight World Cup coverage, discussion, documentaries, interviews and even a concert featuring the Black Eyed Peas and Shakira. Well done ESPN2.

MLS in talks with cable channel Versus

Major League Soccer’s deal with Fox Soccer Channel is up at the end of this season and league officials have met with exec’s from Comcast owned sports network Versus. It is certainly to early to tell if MLS is courting other broadcast partners to influence later negotiations with Fox, which currently has rights to MLS games as well as matches organized by the MLS owned Soccer United Marketing, or to discuss Versus’ strategy for development of the MLS and it’s broadcasts. Versus has certainly done a very good job for the NHL in a similar capacity. We shall see.

Soccer on TV this weekend

Certainly the match that has everyone excited, is the final tune-up for the US national team ahead of next week’s World Cup Group C opener against England on June 12.

Saturday morning’s match against Australia on ESPN2 / Galavision should be more than a final dress rehearsal for the side, it should be a good chance to see how the US’s Ultimate XI looks over 90 minutes.

In MLS action, DC and RSL renew the extra time US Open Cup thriller from Wednesday night, with RSL hoping for a different (more…)

SOCCER ON THE BOX: Soccer on TV this Weekend

May 28, 2010

SOCCER ON THE BOX: Soccer on TV this Weekend

Tons of World Cup tune-ups on the box this weekend, but don’t bother looking for the Ireland v Algeria match on the ‘ol Box, because you won’t find it.

Why didn’t any network pay for the rights to show American fans a rare glimpse an unknown Group C team? Plus, I just want to see Ireland play, stupid Thierry Henry. Very frustrating.

Other tune-ups include the US v Turkey on Saturday in a match that not only will be the last on American soil until after the World Cup, but it will be the first time we might see the United States play at ‘Fully Armed and Operational’ levels.

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

May 28, 2010

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

US NATIONAL TEAM STOPS IN AT THE WHITE HOUSE

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

AVRAM GRANT TO MANAGE WEST HAM UNITED

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

ESSIEN RULED OUT OF WORLD CUP

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

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