Maradona Gets High
I knew that might get your attention.
The Argentine legend joined, among others, Bolivian President Evo Morales and former DCUer Marco Etcheverry, for an exhibition in sky-high La Paz to raise money for flood victims and to protest FIFA's attitude about altitude.
"You have the right to play where you were born," Maradona told the crowd. "That cannot be decided neither by God nor much less by Blatter." (God and Blatter mentioned in the same sentence. Troubling, to say the least.) Video highlights at the bottom of the thread.
*Still no final agreement, but sources tell me U.S. officials are very optimistic that they will soon complete deals for the much-discussed friendlies against England (May 28) and Argentina (June 8), which would sandwich a match against Spain (June 4). Have the Americans ever played such illustrious opponents consecutively in such a short period of time, even at the World Cup? Last year they faced Mexico, Argentina and then Paraguay. In 2006, there were the Czechs, Italians and Ghanaians at the World Cup. In 2003, Turkey, Brazil and Cameroon. In 2002, a Germany-Mexico-Ireland trio. In 1998, Brazil-Mexico-Netherlands. In 1995, Argentina-Mexico-Brazil. In 1993, Brazil-England-Germany.
*For Insider loyalists planning to attend tonight's DCU match, you will see some changes at Estadio RFK. United has taken over the Nationals team store and opened its own shop. The foul poles are gone. Some, but not all, of the Nats' signage has been removed. Sadly, the eyesore dugout in the north end remains and the area behind it is, and will remain, a gravel pit. Most importantly, the field is in outstanding condition -- no more seams!
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