Friday, January 19, 2007

Soccer news & Notes: 1/19/2007

Hugo names squad for Mexico match vs. USA.
Mexican coach Hugo Sanchez named his squad for several upcoming matches, starting with the February 7th match up against the USMNT in Glendale, Arizona. Hugo did not call up any of the European based players, but did add Francisco "Kikin" Fonseca and Jared Borgetti who just recently returned from stints abroad. Goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez was also named to the squad.

Real Madrid dumped from Copa del Rey.
When it rains, it pours. At least it is in Madrid for Los Galacticos as they suffered yet another humiliation, this time in the Copa del Rey. Real Betis, who is currently sitting in the relegation zone (18th out of 20th) in La Liga, scored a late goal to draw with Real 1-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu. The first leg of their series was a 0-0 draw and Betis moves on due to the away goals rule.

MLS All Star Rumors
There are already rumors floating around regarding the 2007 MLS All Star game. Steve Goff of the Washington Post has mentioned that MLS is looking to have the match held midweek in July and that Denver is the likely host. Furthering that news, it is being suggested that the Rapids GM announced at a Supporters meeting that MLS will hold the match on July 19th, which is inline with Goff and would be part of the Thursday night ESPN schedule. The other main “news” is that the MLS All Stars will again be playing against a foreign club, this time being Celtic from Scotland. Having the All Stars playing against a foreign club is a good idea, if there is really any type of god idea from the All Star game, which I think MLS should never hold anymore. However, playing Celtic in their pre-season is not that great an idea. DC United pasted them 4-0 at RFK last season, so how much of a challenge are they going to be for the All Stars?


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