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Davies, USA, Marta, Bundesliga, TV

*USA forward Charlie Davies, seriously injured in an auto accident near Washington in October, was scheduled to undergo elbow surgery in Los Angeles today. "Can't wait to bend my arm again!" he wrote on his Twitter page.

*The USA training camp roster for the El Salvador friendly Feb. 24 in Tampa will be finalized this week. Between 20 and 26 players (most, if not all, from MLS) are likely to be invited for a camp that begins Feb. 10 at Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., before shifting to Florida on the 20th.

*St. Louis Athletica has acquired the No. 1 pick in Thursday's WPS disperal draft, which will distribute players formerly with the Los Angeles Sol. Athletica is coached by former Brazil national team boss Jorge Barcellos. Brazilian superstar Marta is available. You do the math. However, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting that Athletica will claim USA national team midfielder Shannon Boxx and Marta will end up in the Bay Area. In the trade, the Beat received defender Kia McNeill (17 starts), midfielder Angie Woznuk Kerr (18 starts) and the rights to second-round college pick Amanda Poach from Santa Clara.

"While we certainly would have loved to have Marta, the fact is that we have a game plan and a budget, and it is important to us that we stay true to that plan," Beat GM Shawn McGee said. Added Barcellos: "We were presented with an opportunity to make our club better."

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*Bundesliga chief executive Christian Seifert will attend the Super Bowl in Miami this weekend, the Insider has learned. A member of his traveling entourage said: "It's true that we play better [traditional] football, but Americans are so far ahead with marketing and promotion. We hope to learn from this experience."

*Soccer on TV:
England, Hull City-Chelsea 2:40 p.m. ET, Setanta
English FA Cup, Crystal Palace-Wolves 4:45 p.m. Setanta
Copa Libertadores, Libertad-Tachira 6:30 p.m. Fox Sports Espanol

*Americans Abroad:
F Jozy Altidore and Hull City vs. Chelsea
GK Marcus Hahnemann and Wolves at Crystal Palace
D Jay DeMerit and Watford vs. Sheffield United
GK Dom Cervi and Celtic at Kilmarnock

By Steve Goff  |  February 2, 2010; 12:20 PM ET
Categories:  Americans Abroad , Bundesliga , Germany , MLS , TV , U.S. men's national team , Women  
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How long before Germany starts poaching our best cheerleaders?

Posted by: PEddy | February 2, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

The Beat received defender...
Beat GM Shawn McGee...

Forgive my ignorance but I'm weak on WPS team names (and NHL). What city is the Beat from?

Posted by: 9Nine9 | February 2, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Ex' RBNY Jorge Rojas plays for Deportivo Tachira. He got about 15-20mins last game, coming in later in the second half.

Posted by: BolivianDCFan | February 2, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

A9Nine9: Atlanta-ish

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | February 2, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Atlanta, 9.

Posted by: Reignking | February 2, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

I'm confused by that statement. I thought most if not all of Marta's salary was being paid by Puma. If that's true, why would it effect the Beat's budget that much?

Or is this really just Puma's way of saying, um, Marta won't be playing in Atlanta . . . or St. Louis for that matter. She'll play where we say she'll play, and that will be San Francisco.

Though, of all the WPS cities, wouldn't Boston have the highest % Brazilians?

Posted by: OWNTF | February 2, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

from Beat Street, of course!

"Beat Street, the king of the beat,
I hear you rocking that beat from across the street,
and Beat Street is a lesson too,
because you can't let the streets beat you!"

Posted by: diego_r | February 2, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: OWNTF | February 2, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

I also can't wait for Davies to bend his arm again. It will be easier for him to push away English defenders at 2:30 pm local time on June 12 if he can bend his arm.

Posted by: WorldCup | February 2, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Its going to be hilarious if no one picks up marta's salary

Posted by: SexyOffender | February 2, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Jozy starts today.

Hull City: Myhill; Dawson, Gardner, McShane, Mouyokolo; Hunt, Boateng, Carney, Fagan; Altidore, Vennegoor of Hesselink

Subs: Duke, Mendy, Zayatte, Barmby, Geovanni, Kilbane, Zaki

Posted by: Reignking | February 2, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Hmm... who else needs a quick, creative, Brazilian, attacking midfielder? Think Marta would be willing to take on MLS?


Posted by: -rke- | February 2, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

I can't remember whether I've previously mentioned that Kennesaw, GA, the home of the Beat, has a high school whose teams are known as the Hoyas, of all things.

In other WPS news, it appears that the Liberty will not be playing in the Electric Chair in Chester. Instead, they have opted for the campus of exurban West Chester University, 18 miles to the northwest, I believe that Toyota Park will be the only MLS SSS with a WPS secondary tenant. (Do any of them have any other type of significant secondary tenant, or do they just do the occasional concert or high school throwball game?)

Posted by: universityandpark | February 2, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Hull may have the only stadium in the Premiership with rugby lines visible... early pressure on Chelsea, consecutive corners

Posted by: inzzo79 | February 2, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

@universityandpark: I think Pizza Hut Park does concerts and treats FC Dallas as a secondary tenent.

The HDC is pretty packed with other events (including the Xgames last year).

I'm not positive, but I *thought* Dicks Park hosted the Major League Lacrosse team in Denver.

Posted by: SoccerVA | February 2, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't Dick's host a team from the Lingerie Football League?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | February 2, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Seeing Marta, Bundesliga inn the title reminds me that she belongs in the Bundas liga (Portuguese joke)

Posted by: GeneWells | February 2, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

the Beat is an appropriate team for Kia McNeill considering the thrashing she gave Abby Wambach while "marking" her last year.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | February 2, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Hull may have the only stadium in the Premiership with rugby lines visible.

Hull prolly has the same grounds keeper that put pointyball lines on at RFK!

Posted by: 9Nine9 | February 2, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

@ I-270Exit1:

Well yes, but they only play "the crying game."

Posted by: asfoolasiam | February 2, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: DadRyan | February 2, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Reading's stadium also hosts London Irish, while Old Trafford has had Rugby League markings on it at times. Plus, there are more than a fe lower level grounds (Vicarage Road, for one) that ground-share with a league or Union club.

Posted by: EricB1 | February 2, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Hull may have the only stadium in the Premiership with rugby lines visible... early pressure on Chelsea, consecutive corners

Posted by: inzzo79 | February 2, 2010 2:52 PM

The soccer team is also called Hull City AFC (Association Football Club). . . because Hull Football Club is the rugby team.

Posted by: stancollins | February 2, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Hull is a Rugby Town. Soccer is definitely secondary in terms of fan interest.

Posted by: alecw81 | February 2, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Alec didn't your girlfriend play rugby for Hull?

Posted by: OWNTF | February 2, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

It seems that Nottingham Forest has an interesting historical association with another sport:

Posted by: universityandpark | February 2, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Interesting post University.

Interesting how America takes sports that already exist, tweek em, then call em our own.

Bandy-Hockey (w lots of help from Canada)
Football-We like the sport (sort of) so we changed the name to soccer.

Posted by: 9Nine9 | February 2, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

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