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Friday Kickaround

*The second phase of ticketing for next year's World Cup in South Africa will begin Monday morning with approximately 100,000 available for all games except the semifinals and final. Each applicant is permitted to apply for four tickets per match for up to seven matches.

*USA defender Michael Orozco and his Mexican club, San Luis, will have to play a Copa Libertadores home game in Colombia. The club vice president is not happy about it.

*Philadelphia's MLS expansion club will unveil its nickname, colors and logo May 11 at a City Hall ceremony hosted by the mayor.

*The U.S. Open Cup timetable is set:
June 9 -- first round (amateur, PDL, USL)
June 16 -- second round (amateur, PDL, USL)
June 30 -- round of 16 (including eight MLS clubs)
July 7 -- quarterfinals
July 21-22 -- semifinals
Sept. 2 -- championship game

*Canadian goalkeeper Erin McLeod is still working through visa issues and has yet to join the Washington Freedom. So for Sunday's 6 p.m. match against St. Louis at Maryland SoccerPlex, Coach Jim Gabarra will use either Brianna Scurry, who did not perform particularly well in the first three games, or Katie Jo Spisak, who yielded three goals last weekend. Meantime, midfielder Sonia Bompastor has returned from French national team duty.

*The Refugee Center, a program of the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, will host a soccer tournament Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Cardozo High School in Northwest D.C. The center assists individuals and families brought to the D.C. area through the United Nations resettlement program.

By Steve Goff  |  May 1, 2009; 9:20 AM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Libertadores , MLS , U.S. Open Cup  
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Comments

The reaction of San Luis is understandable. Few teams would like losing a home game at that stage in any tournament. That's really unfortunate.

Posted by: sitruc | May 1, 2009 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Last night on Contacto Deportivo the leading health official in Bogota was saying they wouldn't allow the Mexican teams to play Libertadores Cup games in Colombia.

Here's an article in Spanish from Mediotiempo:

http://www.mediotiempo.com/futbol/santander-libertadores/noticias/2009/04/30/recomienda-colombia-aplazar-partidos-de-san-luis-y-guadalajara

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | May 1, 2009 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Too many MLS teams, not enough tradition. Name one true rivalry?

Posted by: aflores1 | May 1, 2009 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Everyone knows that Mexican teams have a home field advantage in [insert American city here]. Let them play en Los Estados Unidos.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | May 1, 2009 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Too many MLS teams, not enough tradition. Name one true rivalry?

Posted by: aflores1 | May 1, 2009 9:41 AM
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Obviously, you've never been in LA -- scratch that -- I mean Carson, on Superclasico Day. The whole city is alive with passion -- a pageant of colors and pride, and fierce competition. There's nothing like it in this country, except maybe a trip to your local Dunkin Donuts.

Posted by: fischy | May 1, 2009 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Tradition isn't pulled out of thin air. It takes time. I'd say United has the most tradition of any club in MLS at this point, but of course I am biased. United/Metrobulls isn't enough of a true rivalry for you? How about DCU/LAG? Still think the bad blood with Chicago continues to simmer.

Rivalry takes decades to really develop, the league simply hasn't been around that long. Touching on something mentioned in another thread about throwbacks, when the Whitecaps and Timbers enter the league in 2011 some old school and very heated rivalry will be reborn in the Pac NW. One could argue that if Portland and Seattle somehow clashed in the Open Cup this year that the fur flying in the stands could *rival* the action on the field... you'll see. You don't think there's gonna be beef when Philly actually starts playing in the league?

Posted by: DadRyan | May 1, 2009 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Just what sort of "visa issues" can a Canadian have? It wasn't long ago that visas weren't required for Americans or Canadians crossing the border. Is there concern that McLeod might take a goalkeeping job away from a deserving American, like Brianna Scurry? (Here's hoping).

Posted by: b18bolo | May 1, 2009 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Portland-Seattle is a true rivalry, though, as DadRyan correctly pointed out, that probably won't be seen in earnest again until 2011.

Posted by: captainhaddock | May 1, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Goff (or Tenorio): Do you have any info on the nature of the so-called visa issues? This has been going on for some time now.

Posted by: universityandpark | May 1, 2009 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Colombia has said no to allowing Mexican teams in the country:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/feedarticle/8484277

Also, does anyone think it's wise to allow Mexican teams to play those games here in the USA? Thousands of potentially swine infected Mexicans travelling here to support their teams would be very, very dangerous.

Posted by: ElPibe1 | May 1, 2009 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Chelsea is set to rock the butt-ugly RedBulls style cycling jerseys next season! United better not have plans to use these...
http://www.worldsoccershop.com/shop-by-team-chelsea-fc-chelsea-09-10-home-soccer-jersey.html

Posted by: DadRyan | May 1, 2009 10:42 AM | Report abuse

It wasn't long ago that visas weren't required for Americans or Canadians crossing the border.
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There have always been extra hoops to jump through, even for Canadians, for people who cross the border for anything other than a leisure trip of short duration. However, what could possiby distinguish McLeod from other CWNT regulars such as Sinclair?

Posted by: universityandpark | May 1, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Just what sort of "visa issues" can a Canadian have?

Posted by: b18bolo
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"visa issues" is just used as a euphemism for various bureaucratic issues. As a Canadian, she can drive or fly down to DC today if she likes, but only as a tourist. What she needs is a work permit. This requires a Department of Labor certification that she is an "alien of extraordinary ability" (a term which always makes me think of ET) and then a Department of Homeland Security approval. Once those two hurdles have been overcome, issuing a visa is usually a same day process. When big shot movie stars and basketball players need this, they get expedited service. I'm guessing -- and it is only a guess -- that WPS and the Freedom either haven't figured out how to navigate their way through the bureaucratic maze or the government departments in question just don't think they are important enough to warrant the special attention.

Sorry, probably more than you ever wanted to know about work permits.

Posted by: troy6 | May 1, 2009 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Can't the WPS just pay McLeod under the table, in cash? Of course, if ICE raids the Soccerplex, she'll be sent home.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | May 1, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

@ US gov't --

Hey! You! Get offa McLeod!

Posted by: OWNTF | May 1, 2009 10:58 AM | Report abuse

No apology needed Troy6. Every country has varying levels of difficulty in handling their process. Working as a courier in DC for some time I can say that some embassies are a lot easier to navigate than others... Inexperience in the process can easily keep you waiting when you shouldn't be. Call a reliable courier company and request they send you a ringer;-) No rookies allowed!

Posted by: DadRyan | May 1, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

I'm guessing -- and it is only a guess -- that WPS and the Freedom either haven't figured out how to navigate their way through the bureaucratic maze or the government departments in question just don't think they are important enough to warrant the special attention.
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But they don't seem to have had much trouble with the nationals of other countries, such as Bompastor or Sawa (unless Sawa had the foresight to get a green card back in her WUSA days).

Posted by: universityandpark | May 1, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

United won the coin toss... was it heads or tails though?

Posted by: sitruc | May 1, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Here is the skinny on the Philly announcement:

Team Name: Union Philadelphia
Colors: Navy Blue & Gold

Posted by: PhillyMLS | May 1, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

"Team Name: Union Philadelphia"

Let the mockery begin:

Onion Philadelphia.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | May 1, 2009 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Also, does anyone think it's wise to allow Mexican teams to play those games here in the USA? Thousands of potentially swine infected Mexicans travelling here to support their teams would be very, very dangerous.

Posted by: ElPibe1 | May 1, 2009 10:40 AM | Report abuse

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"very, very dangerous" - are you serious?! First of all, it's the friggin' flu...not a zombie virus.

Second, I think the original poster was saying that there are enough Mexican Americans and Immigrants in the US that the stadium would be full of El Tri supporters in many US cities. So, it's not like it would be opening the floodgates for the populace of Mexico to come to the US for a soccer game. Surely, some native supporters would want to come but so what. Screen 'em for the flu before the enter the country if you think it's going to be that big of a deal...

Posted by: combedge | May 1, 2009 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Or Bunion Philadelphia

and their supporters, the Sons of Bun

Posted by: OWNTF | May 1, 2009 11:54 AM | Report abuse

That would be Sons of Buns.

So, if we have "Union Philadelphia" -- really? that's a sucky name -- will we "Confederation Atlanta" in a few years? The first natural MLS rivalry...

Posted by: fischy | May 1, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

and starring Don Garber as "Abe Lincoln":

"an MLS divided against itself can not stand. thank God we have a single-entity ownership system."

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | May 1, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

"Colors: Navy Blue & Gold"

Waitaminnit. Someone in the league (*koff*Galaxy*koff*) already has those. Why not light blue and gold, since it seems that everyone in connection with the Philly effort is already wearing those colors?

Posted by: SportzNut21 | May 1, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

So, if we have "Union Philadelphia" -- really? that's a sucky name -- will we "Confederation Atlanta" in a few years? The first natural MLS rivalry...

Posted by: fischy | May 1, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Atlanta Rebels. Their supporters could immediately adopt "Johnny Reb" as the team song..."well you fought all the way, Johnny Reb, Johnny Reb..."

Posted by: SportzNut21 | May 1, 2009 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Union Philadelphia - We're not taking the field until you find 11 more no-show jobs for our cousins.

Union Philadelphia - No Homo

Union Philadelphia - Chester? I hardly know her!

Union Philadelphia - Jimmy Hoffa is definitely not buried in our stadium.

Thank you, I'm here all week.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | May 1, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Too many MLS teams, not enough tradition. Name one true rivalry?

Posted by: aflores1 | May 1, 2009 9:41 AM
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Another emerging rivalry is Seattle Sounders versus ACES (which is any club except seattle). There is trash talk and retaliatory banners all around.

www.aces09.com

Posted by: dculbb | May 1, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Does noon CET equal 6am EST?

Posted by: jermWV | May 1, 2009 1:24 PM | Report abuse

SportzNut21: Philly color combo is navy and metallic gold (like St. Louis Rams) - not the yellow-gold of the Galaxy. The navy blue is a more like the PA state flag than the Philly flag with its sky blue.

Posted by: PhillyMLS | May 1, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Should be Blue and Grey with little civil-war era hats. What a stupid name.

Seriously, and I thought the "Wiz" was perhaps the worst choice ever. This makes that choice look brilliant.....

Posted by: hacksaw | May 1, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Having grown up in Philly in the late 60's and 70's.

"Union Philadelphia" means they will demand excessive wages, not show up for work, and harrass any managment going into the stadium. On the flip side, they will have plenty of strikers.

Posted by: BlackandRedRedDevil | May 1, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

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