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African Cup, Sol, Cabanas, U-20s

*Three red cards for Algeria, four goals for Egypt, and the Pharoahs are headed to the African Cup final with a 4-0 semifinal romp. They will face Ghana on Sunday. Algeria and Nigeria square off in the third-place match Saturday.

*The Los Angeles Sol has, indeed, folded. A formal announcement is expected tonight or tomorrow. To clarify the status of Marta, the four-time FIFA player of the year who starred for the Sol last season, she is under contract and expected to be available in the dispersal draft next week. Presumably, the selection order will be the same as for the college draft -- expansion teams followed, in order, by the lowest finishers in 2009. As tempting as it would be to claim Marta, however, a club would inherit her enormous contract (an estimated $500,000). How many teams/investors are in position to do that?

*An update on the Salvador Cabanas shooting in Mexico City.

*The United States secured passage to the U-20 Women's World Cup with a 2-1 victory over Costa Rica in the CONCACAF semifinals in Guatemala City. The USA goals were scored by Boston College's Kristie Mewis in the 60th minute and Stanford's Teresa Noyola in the 71st before the Ticas scored in the 76th.

By Steve Goff  |  January 28, 2010; 4:43 PM ET
Categories:  Africa , CONCACAF , Mexico , Women  
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Wow! Hope Algeria saved some implosion for June 23rd.

Posted by: Kev29 | January 28, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Algeria had multiple opportunities to show some poise and class today and failed miserably.

Posted by: JkR- | January 28, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Egypt will win Africa again. How is that they always flame out so badly in World Cup qualifying?

The Cabanas shooting looks even more incomprehensible, if that's possible. This is why drunks should not be allowed to carry weapons, but in Arizona they are now free to carry in a bar. Dare I speculate as to whether this is a gun originally purchased in the USA and smuggled into Mexico, like the vast majority of guns in that poor country?

Posted by: fischy | January 28, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

There's a piece on mlsnet about Perkins. I realized something a bit ironic. Remember how we were all pushing for Bradley to cap Perkins a year ago, because Troy was talking about maybe trying for the Norwegian team? Well, with his wife's desire to return to the USA, there wasn't much chance of that happening -- and, if Troy hadn't been capped (Gold Cup? or before?), DCU wouldn't have had to trade to sign him. Ouch.

Posted by: fischy | January 28, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

So maybe we'll have two Martas in Atlanta.

Posted by: Reignking | January 28, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Birth rates in Barcelona are up 45% this week -- 9 months after Barca won the CL.

Posted by: Reignking | January 28, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

@ Reignking - and I can boast to riding one of them. I'll leave the "which one" up to speculation...OK, before rumors start a spreading I was in the ATL twice in 04 for training - heck of a city you have there mate.

Posted by: Kosh2 | January 28, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Never been MARTA, but I have been on BART.

Wait, wait. That didn't come out right.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | January 28, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Hey! Where'd all the "don't sleep on Algeria" folks run off to?

Posted by: DadRyan | January 28, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Don't sleep on Algeria. There ya go.

Posted by: TwinCity | January 28, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

SPeaking of DC United -- behindthebadge has some good news about preseason trials, I guess.

Lyle Adams is back. Although he didn't look very good when I saw Austin play, it's got to be a good thing to have last year's second-round pick in the fold.

For all those hoping DCU would draft Two-Boys Gumede to join Boyzzz Khumalo, rest easy. Two-Boys is on trial with DCU.

oOining them is a midfielder, Daniel Wasson, who returns to MLS (used to be with Rapids) after a run in the German second division; and a defender, Otto Loewy, who went undrafted a year ago after breaking his leg.

No mention of the world's greatest header-winner, UK's Barry Rice. Maybe later?

Posted by: fischy | January 28, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Or in 270's case...don't sleep on BART.

Posted by: Kosh2 | January 28, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

I believe that WPS actually compared favorably to USL-1, in terms of both attendance and TV ratings, last summer. You may as well ask how USL (USL/NASL?) stays afloat. In fact, the experience of USL and its predecessors (A-League, etc.) provides an example of what we are may very well see: one or two teams dropping out after each season, with a couple of expansion teams replacing them, so that the league as a whole continues, even though the cast of characters is constantly changing.

Also, nobody becomes a team owner in WPS with the expectation of making much money. Does anyone really doubt that, say, Maureen Hendricks has a pro bono motivation? The trick is to keep the losses as low as possible, because even pro bono types have their limits.

Finally, I'm a bit disappointed in AEG. They, like all the other investors, knew that they were going to lose money initially. If they weren't prepared to absorb at least a few years' worth of losses, they shouldn't have jumped into the pool in the first place.

Posted by: universityandpark | January 28, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

In the U20 tournament, That Ticos keeper didn't look as if she was more than about 5'5" tall. She was really at a disadvantage on free kicks such as that second goal.

BTW, in the previous match, the Mexicans shook hands with their USA counterparts after the final whistle, so there is sportsmanship, at least at the women's U20 level.

Posted by: universityandpark | January 28, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Having two Martas would be GREAT, but I wouldn't go see one cause I couldn't take one to see the other. ;)

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | January 28, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

So the Sol is not immortal after all.

Posted by: OWNTF | January 28, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

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