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Americans abroad & USA notes

GK Tim Howard 90 minutes in Everton's 2-1 home victory over Sporting Lisbon in first leg of Europa League round of 32 (second leg next Wednesday)

MF Landon Donovan 90 for Everton
D Jay DeMerit and Watford at QPR, postponed
F Kenny Cooper 29 in Plymouth's 1-1 tie with Swansea
D Frank Simek 90 in Sheffield Wednesday's 2-0 loss to Doncaster
F Mike Grella 30 in Leeds' 2-1 loss to Walsall

*Norway-based defender Clarence Goodson (IK Start) has been granted permission to join the U.S. squad ahead of the El Salvador friendly next Wednesday in Tampa. He is scheduled to arrive at training camp in California tonight. Start is in preseason.

*Following up our report about the USA friendly in Philadelphia on Memorial Day weekend, the match is set for Sat., May 29 against Turkey. We'll also learn soon about a May 25 tuneup that we suspect will be with the Czech Republic at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn.

By Steve Goff  |  February 16, 2010; 4:40 PM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Americans Abroad , U.S. men's national team  
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Road Trip!!!

Posted by: marksman37 | February 16, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

We're gonna be virtual regulars at the Linc for the first few months.....2 road trips in 6 weeks.

Lots of interesting business news I've run across, for MLS.

It seems we've probably seen the last of Chivas USA. The ownership was sued by the Chivas supporters, who actually own the trademark rights. They've withdrawn the brand registration, which means they're probably working up a new name and uniform to debut ASAP...unless they're trying to work out a settlement.

United is nearing the end of pretrial discovery on a lawsuit for the commission on the VW sponsorship. One unsurprising tidbit is that United's early solicitations noted a stadium naming rights possibility.

About stadiums -- here's one reason why the team is desperate to build their own....Philly's luxury prices, for Chester:

"The Philadelphia Inquirier is reporting on additional aspects of stadium and ticket sales. The team is attempting to sell more than $2 million worth of suites and other business packages. These include 15 seat, $50,000 a season suites with seats on the 27th row. The team is also selling 4 seat, $10k tables at field level, 28 $7,500 per seat seats behind the bench and 150 $2k field level seats."

Personally, I think the Union haven't learned the lesson of the Yankees, Mets and Nationals. The best seats will go unsold if you try to charge outrageous prices. Worse, that really hurts the team's overall sales because the TV images show lots of empty, prime seats.

A counter-example? The Whitecaps. They've joined withe the football BC Lions to build a temporary 27,000 seat stadium, which will be needed for a year-and-a-half during BC Place renovations...for the grand total of $14 million. I'm not even sure if that's $14M US or Canadian. Why not build something like that now, rather than waiting for some local government to build a $100-200 million dollar palace?

Posted by: fischy | February 16, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Wow, those prices equate to (assuming a 20 game season) $167, $125, $375 and $100 per ticket. Even the greatest franchise in the history of the universe (Seattle) might have a hard time selling tickets at that price. I wonder how many takers they have.

Posted by: Senor_Funk | February 16, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

39 days until United's first 2010 league match!


Philadelphia, here we come!!

Posted by: Curious99 | February 16, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

I could be wrong but I remember reading that Toronto put a high price tag for similiar tickets and actually sold them out.

Posted by: Norteno4life | February 16, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

We celebrated the upcoming friendly at Red Robin, where Mrs. 270 ate a Turkey BLT. I had a burger, so we'll win the matches we play in Johannesburg.

I might buy a walk-up ticket for the May 25 friendly. Will the box office take a check?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | February 16, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Norteno, the difference is Toronto is filled with soccer-mad, wealthier than average, English ex-pats, who see American ticket prices as a bargain compared to the Premier League.

Philly? Not so much. Just lots of poor Hmong kids playing soccer in the alleys...

(It's ok if you don't get that last one... only a few here will)

Posted by: alecw81 | February 16, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Of course, the only interesting match they give near me is in Hartford on a Tuesday. Ugh. 2 hours is a pretty hefty weekday commute. Maybe I'll make the weekend roadtrip to Philly for the Turkey game. but probably not.

Why the hell do they even play games on Tuesdays in inaccessible locations?! Hartford is a small city. Its more than an hour from NYC. Its 2 hours from Providence. It's more than that from Boston. Granted, it's close to New Haven, but I could probably do a head count of how many soccer fans there are in New Haven. BOO!!!

Posted by: kdiff813 | February 16, 2010 11:38 PM | Report abuse

Hartford works because its accessible for NYC suburbs and Boston, too, as well as Providence. It's the midway point between Yankees and Red Sox fans -- neutral territory. A midweek night, however, is not the best.

Posted by: fischy | February 17, 2010 12:04 AM | Report abuse

United is nearing the end of pretrial discovery on a lawsuit for the commission on the VW sponsorship. One unsurprising tidbit is that United's early solicitations noted a stadium naming rights possibility.

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Fischy

Just wondering what your source for this tidbit is, fischy. Is this in one of the public filings on PACER describing the discovery?

Posted by: DCUSince96 | February 17, 2010 6:49 AM | Report abuse

Now that Guus Hiddink is coach of Turkey, the match will be that much more interesting.

Posted by: bigwave | February 17, 2010 7:40 AM | Report abuse

Now that Guus Hiddink is coach of Turkey, the match will be that much more interesting.

Posted by: bigwave

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If Turkey is led by a Goose does it mean the Chickens are coming home to roost?

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | February 17, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse

English ex-pats, who see American ticket prices as a bargain compared to the Premier League.
Posted by: alecw81 | February 16, 2010 10:36 PM

Um, Alec? My MUFC Season Tickets cost less than my DCU Season tickets. Granted the exchange rate is favorable right now -- and the travel costs are a [female dog].

Posted by: BlackandRedRedDevil | February 17, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Speaking of DCU, May 29th is a home game v. Chivas USA. Also the rescheduled date for Sonny Landreth at the Birchmere. So I think I'll be following on the BBerry.

On the other hand the Linc is awfully close to Pat's and this Philly native is craving a Mushroom Cheesesteak.

Posted by: BlackandRedRedDevil | February 17, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

Someone please describe for me how beautiful Rooney's goals have been. Sigh.

Posted by: BlackandRedRedDevil | February 16, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

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First off a cross from Valencia on the right flank, to Rooney on far post, header back across into upper 90 near post, side netting. Second a brilliant lofted ball from the left side over the back line and landing right on Rooney's head as he makes a perfectly timed diagonal run through a seam.

But the best goal was Seedorf's for ACM. Hope Goff can post it, it was a ridiculous assist from Ronaldinho and finish by Seedorf.

Very fun game to watch.

And Sonny Landreth + John Hiatt = Solid Gold.

Posted by: OWNTF | February 17, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

PS -- Beckham should be a mortal lock for South Africa barring injury or an attak of idiocy on the part of Capello.


ACM/MUFC video highlights
http://www.livesoccertv.com/match/115778/ac-milan-vs-manchester-united/

Posted by: OWNTF | February 17, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

@DCUSince96: The VW thing was brought up a while ago. A certain group claims that they initiated DCU-VW sponsorship meetings but were not compensated.

@ Joel_M_Lane: Well done sir! Well done indeed.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | February 17, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

I thought Hiddink was going to get the Liverpool job -- not some poultry country.

And we're off and running.....

Posted by: BlackandRedRedDevil | February 17, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

"Cristman plays a lovely ball to the back post and Barklage nods it home.." DCU reseve team wins again. Join us next next week as Cristman & Barklage travel to Richmond to battle The Kickers lead by that savy veteran center back & GW coaching legend George "2 foot tackle" Lidster still going strong at age 49. Bryan Namoff meanwhile is still cuckoo for cocoa puffs & Santino Quaranta lead the DCU delegation to Dundalk, MD today where he broke ground on the new Inner Harbor VWUnited Park @Looney's Pub Stadium...I hear they will have VW taxi's taking people back & forth from the stadium to Fells Point!
This franchise is sinking boys..... Chang needs investors & a President with some kind of plan.
Who's up for a road trip to Philly?

Posted by: Zipfutbol | February 17, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

@ Zipfutbol

I agree with you that DCU has had better times, but things can turn around over the course of a year. I mean look at the Republican Party pre 2009 as oppose to now. So I do not think you totally count out a turnaround of this franchise. Hopefully Chang will get his investor(s) and we can start from there.

Posted by: no_recess | February 17, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

For all you Freddy Adu haters, he scored another goal today while playing 65 minutes for Aris. I hope he keeps it up.

Posted by: no_recess | February 17, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

I mean look at the Republican Party pre 2009 as oppose to now. . . . Hopefully Chang will get his investor(s) and we can start from there.

Posted by: no_recess | February 17, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

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Hopefully Chang will not have to scribble answers on his hand for the investment road show. That may not persuade many investors that he knows what he's doing.

Posted by: OWNTF | February 17, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Who's up for a road trip to Philly?

Posted by: Zipfutbol

Really? With you? I'm game.Maybe you me, PowerBoater69 and Gene Wells can carpool up there.

Posted by: DadRyan | February 17, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

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