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MLS, American abroad, World Cup bids

*I wish I could share some MLS labor news with you, but there haven't even been any whispers today. Neither camp has issued an official update either. Maybe talks have moved into a CIA bunker in the West Virginia hills.

*Defender Lawson Vaughn, a candidate at right back, is no longer at D.C. United training camp, club officials confirmed. They declined further comment. Vaughn wrote on his Facebook page that he had been let go. Pending league formalities, United is planning to soon announce the departure of Vaughn and midfielder Danny Szetela (who was waived Tuesday). [UPDATE: DCU issued an official release saying Szetela is gone, but because Vaughn was on trial, there will not be a formal statement concerning his release.]

*As expected, the Houston Dynamo announced the acquistion of Jamaican defensive midfielder Lovel Palmer (Harbour View), who had been on trial with the club at training camp. Palmer, 25, has 12 caps for the Reggae Boyz and helped set up the goal against Argentina in a 2-1 friendly loss last month.

*New England announced it had agreed to a new contract with defender Darrius Barnes, who in 2010 became just the second rookie in league history to play every minute in the regular season. Terms were not disclosed; he earned $34,000 last year.

*American midfielder Michael Bradley is starting for 12th-place Moenchengladbach at No. 13 Cologne (3:30 p.m. ET kickoff).

*Not that it had a chance, but Indonesia is now out of the running to host the 2022 World Cup because "adequate governmental guarantees were not provided by the relevant deadlines," FIFA announced. Formal bids must be submitted by May 14. Assuming the 2018 Cup is awarded to a European candidate (England, Russia, Spain/Portugal or Netherlands/Belgium), the '22 tournament will be held in the USA, Australia, Japan, South Korea or Qatar.

By Steve Goff  |  March 19, 2010; 3:45 PM ET
Categories:  Americans Abroad , FIFA , Germany , MLS , USA World Cup bid  
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Comments

Ach! Sie haben nichts? Nein! Dies kann nicht!

Wo kann ich sehen Michael?

Posted by: fischy | March 19, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

The 2022 World Cup should be awarded to the winner of the USA-Australia friendly on June 5. Go to extra time & penalties if needed.

(I mean, Qatar? Seriously? Japan or South Korea? So soon after 2002? Never mind Mexico '70 and '86 - that was a fluke that should not be repeated.)

Posted by: Miles_Standish_Proud | March 19, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

I thought FIFA didn't want governments to interfere with them?

Posted by: Reignking | March 19, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

2022 Australia!

But it would be winter there so it would suck.

Posted by: vmrg1974 | March 19, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

FIFA is like everyone else, asking the government for $$ and then saying "stay out of our business."

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | March 19, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

2022 Australia!

But it would be winter there so it would suck.

Posted by: vmrg1974 | March 19, 2010 3:57 PM
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And what do you suppose it will be in South Africa this year?

Posted by: DCU_Rick | March 19, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

FIFA is like everyone else, asking the government for $$ and then saying "stay out of our business."
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Sounds like Palin's Alaska. Perry's Texas, etc....

Posted by: fischy | March 19, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

2022 Australia!

But it would be winter there so it would suck.

Posted by: vmrg1974 | March 19, 2010 3:57 PM
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And what do you suppose it will be in South Africa this year?

Posted by: DCU_Rick | March 19, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

vuvuzela or didgeridoo?

Posted by: VTUnited | March 19, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Go Terriers!

Posted by: Reignking | March 19, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Hammer time for barely-relevant soccer news on a late Friday:

Andrew Shue still alive, has gross hammer toes

Posted by: Reignking | March 19, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

The "vuvuzela" thing kills me. Up until the Confederations Cup, it was a plastic horn.

Posted by: DCU_Rick | March 19, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

if i may post a link to another blog (sorry, Goff. they mean nothing to me), did any one see this interview with Ryan Nelsen:

http://is.gd/aPdIF

i'm not sure how DCU/MLS fans feel about this quote:

His time in M.L.S. was beneficial. “Some of the things that I learned in the M.L.S. were what not to do – I mean that in a good way,” he said. “A lot of teams that I played on were not very organized and, as a defender, you were left in awkward positions a lot of the time. It made me a better defender and a better player by accident.”

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kind of backhanded compliment, no? some potential marketing slogans for players to come to MLS, if this strike can be averted:

"Come learn from your teammates mistakes."
"Now with 50% more awkward positions!"
"Our lack of skills is your ticket to success!"

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | March 19, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

The Australian bid may be in some trouble actually. The head of the AFL has basically said there's no chance they would allow AFL venues to be used for the World Cup...or what I think he called "a rival code". That means most of the biggest stadia in the country would be unavailable.

Posted by: fedssocr | March 19, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

When did ryan play for another team? I remember one of his 1st games against San jose, he was awful. I wonder if that is what he is talking about?

Posted by: Norteno4life | March 19, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Neither camp has issued an official update either. Maybe talks have moved into a CIA bunker in the West Virginia hills.

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Or maybe the mediator read them the riot act about public comment, and they have decided to give the process a try and so are doing what he told them to do.

Posted by: DCUSince96 | March 19, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

@dimesmakedollars:

Well, hey, why not? MLS could certainly stand to do something to try to attract more quality talent; their brilliant master strategy of poor wages and oppressive working conditions has certainly been anything but a smashing success! Sadly, though, I doubt those slogans would work out any better than the league's de facto overall slogan of "Major League Soccer: At Least It's Better than Nothing" has worked for attracting the many thousands of hardcore fans who continue to view MLS as a joke.

Posted by: WorldCitizen1 | March 19, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Ach! Sie haben nichts? Nein! Dies kann nicht!

Wo kann ich sehen Michael?

Posted by: fischy | March 19, 2010 3:53 PM
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Oh yeah, I see you that and raise you a,

Eine halbe Tasse Staubzucker
Ein Viertel Teelöffel Salz
Eine Messerspitze türkisches Haschisch
Ein halbes Pfund Butter
Ein Teelöffel Vanillenzucker
Ein halbes Pfund Mehl
Einhundertfünfzig Gramm gemahlene Nüsse
Ein wenig extra Staubzucker
... und keine Eier

In eine Schüssel geben
Butter einrühren
Gemahlene Nüsse zugeben und
Den Teig verkneten

Augenballgroße Stücke vom Teig formen
I'm Staubzucker wälzen und
Sagt die Zauberwörter
Simsalbimbamba Saladu Saladim

Auf ein gefettetes Backblech legen und
Bei zweihundert Grad für fünfzehn Minuten backen und
KEINE EIER

Bei zweihundert Grad für fünfzehn Minuten backen und
Keine Eier..

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | March 19, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Time for Goff to rent the banquet room next door to the negotiations and just put a glass up to the wall.

Old school

Posted by: scott47a | March 19, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

99 Luftballons!

Why are we posting in German again?

Have a good weekend.

99 bottles of beer on the wall...

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | March 19, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

*American midfielder Michael Bradley is starting for 12th-place Moenchengladbach at No. 13 Cologne (3:30 p.m. ET kickoff)

Bradley should do fine - I heard Cologne stinks.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | March 19, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

8 Tage bis United zuerst ins 2010 spielt!

Posted by: Curious99 | March 19, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Why are we posting in German again?
Posted by: Joel_M_Lane
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Ich weiB nicht.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | March 19, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeah, I see you that and raise you a,

Eine halbe Tasse Staubzucker
Ein Viertel Teelöffel Salz
Eine Messerspitze türkisches Haschisch
Ein halbes Pfund Butter
Ein Teelöffel Vanillenzucker
Ein halbes Pfund Mehl
Einhundertfünfzig Gramm gemahlene Nüsse
Ein wenig extra Staubzucker
... und keine Eier

In eine Schüssel geben
Butter einrühren
Gemahlene Nüsse zugeben und
Den Teig verkneten

Augenballgroße Stücke vom Teig formen
I'm Staubzucker wälzen und
Sagt die Zauberwörter
Simsalbimbamba Saladu Saladim

Auf ein gefettetes Backblech legen und
Bei zweihundert Grad für fünfzehn Minuten backen und
KEINE EIER

Bei zweihundert Grad für fünfzehn Minuten backen und
Keine Eier..

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | March 19, 2010 6:04 PM

What are you baking?

Posted by: spikeman | March 19, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Was Spikeman backt, wurde ich nicht essen.

Aber, was er raucht.....

Posted by: Curious99 | March 19, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

@fedssocr
Please elaborate on "a rival code".

DCU season tickets arrived today. 15% discount at the RFK store this year, I like. Pretty smart of them if too in this, shall we say, tenuous environment, IMHO. Also, appreciated the framed autographed photo of Pontius.

How marked the contrast between how DCU & the Caps appreciate & treat their fans as compared to the Skins. And I say that as someone who was a lifelong Skins fan. Will always love them, but don't have time for them (or the NFL) anymore.

Vamos United! May the MLS season commence on time. Please, please, please, please, please!!!

Question- I know about Blatter's comments, but is their a general sentiment now that the '18 WC will indeed go to Europe?

Posted by: KireDCU | March 19, 2010 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Uh, that would be 'there' not 'their'. ;-)

Posted by: KireDCU | March 19, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Checking in from Charleston.

Weather here: Lovely. Just Gorgeous. Can't wait to get out and walk downtown tomorrow, then take in some games.

Honestly, I'm more encouraged about the talks going so deep and secretive today more than I was yesterday (or early this morning, for that matter).

Also, didgeridoo, any time, any place.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | March 19, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Maybe talks have moved into a CIA bunker in the West Virginia hills.

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Why wasn't I invited?

Posted by: jermWV | March 19, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Was Spikeman backt, wurde ich nicht essen.

Aber, was er raucht.....

Posted by: Curious99 | March 19, 2010 7:43 PM |


Sie wollen nicht wissen, was ich rauche ...

Ich bin Scherz

(ich liebe google translator)

Posted by: spikeman | March 19, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

@fedssocr
Please elaborate on "a rival code".

Australian rules football, and specifically the Australian Football League. Its teams do play in some of the largest venues in Australia -- the MCG, Docklands dome, Sydney Cricket Ground, Brisbane Cricket Ground ("The Gabba"), AAMI Stadium, Subiaco Oval, etc. etc.

(and yes, Aussie Rules really has rules, despite its chaotic appearance to the uninitiated.)

And as for you German speakers...I offer Serenade No. 13 in G, K. 525. :)

Posted by: SportzNut21 | March 19, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Re:MLS Labor talks.

Progress has been made! The first point agreed to is that nobody talks to Goff! Oh wait, that kinda sucks.

Posted by: kolbkl | March 19, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

FYI, Australian Rules venues:

Melbourne area: Melbourne Cricket Ground (100,000), Etihad (Docklands) Stadium (53,355) (these two grounds are the home for most of the Victoria-based teams)
Sydney area: ANZ Stadium (81,500); Sydney Cricket Ground (46,000)
Brisbane: Brisbane Cricket Ground (The Gabba) (42,000)
Adelaide: AAMI Stadium (51,515)
Perth: Subiaco Oval (43.500)
Geelong, VIC: Kardinia Park (28,000)

Posted by: SportzNut21 | March 19, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

MCG is owned by the Melbourne Cricket Club, so it would probably be available for soccer matches.

Posted by: mason08 | March 20, 2010 12:01 AM | Report abuse

(((( crickets ))))

Posted by: fischy | March 20, 2010 1:09 AM | Report abuse

Glad I set the alarm to watch the Aston Villa, Wolves match only to be reminded that the English haven't changed their clocks yet.

Doh!

Posted by: 9Nine9 | March 20, 2010 7:48 AM | Report abuse

Steve listed it as 8:30AM ('Merkun time). Pay attention (achtung).

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | March 20, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

ESPN is reporting a deal is close to getting done:

http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story?id=758671&sec=mls&cc=5901

"The deal was likely to be announced Saturday, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the announcement had not been made."

Posted by: csd1 | March 20, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

AP reporting a 5 year CBA is nearly reached & that there will not be a strike!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: KireDCU | March 20, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

@fischy:

Wo kann ich sehen Michael?

Nein. Nein. It's "Wo kann ich Michael sehen?"

Basic rule of German grammar: verb at the end.

Posted by: runningcloud | March 20, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

I read a book in German once. I didn't know what happened until I reached the last page, where all the verbs were. (Mark Twain, I think).

Columbia is preparing a bid for the 2026 World Cup.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | March 20, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Columbia, Maryland? woo-hoo, finals at the plex beer garden!

oh...colombia. that's not as good.

Posted by: troy6 | March 20, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

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