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D.C. United and U.S. World Cup updates

*As we feared, D.C. United's friendly against Glasgow Rangers, scheduled for July 24 at RFK Stadium, has been canceled because of complications stemming from the proposed Old Firm match against Scottish nemesis Celtic at Boston's Fenway Park. Rangers might head to Australia instead.

*United midfielder Santino Quaranta (leg infection) was hoping to be released from Virginia Hospital Center today after spending four nights there. He is sidelined about two weeks. Midfielder Andy Najar's ankle injury is not believed to be serious but the club plans to ease him back into training. Defender Jordan Graye (hamstring) is questionable for Saturday's league match against the Colorado Rapids.

*U.S. Coach Bob Bradley will unveil his 30-man World Cup provisional roster live on ESPNews at 2 p.m. ET Tuesday. If midfielder Jose Francisco Torres is on the 30-man list -- and we certainly expect him to be -- there might be a scheduling conflict with U.S. camp and Pachuca's Mexican playoff schedule. The club has advanced to the semifinals and will play Toluca this Wednesday and Saturday. A berth in the two-game finals against Morelia or Santos Laguna would require another week in Mexico, at the same time the U.S. team is training at Princeton.

*USSF President Sunil Gulati and national team captain Carlos Bocanegra are included in the delegation that will formally submit the USA's bid to host the 2018 or 2022 World Cup. The ceremony will take place Friday at FIFA headquarters in Zurich.

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By Steve Goff  |  May 10, 2010; 4:00 PM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , D.C. United , FIFA , Mexico , Scotland , U.S. men's national team , USA World Cup bid , USSF  | Tags: Bob Bradley, Carlos Bocanegra, D.C. United, Fenway Park, Glasgow Rangers, Santino Quaranta, Soccer, World Cup  
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Nice, The USSF decided to save on postage and it there themselves.

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | May 10, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Complications with the Old Firm game at Fenway? Are there reports of hooliganism from club supporters terrorizing the streets of Boston already?

Posted by: BaltoFan | May 10, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

any update on Namoff? Will he ever play again?

Posted by: fedssocr | May 10, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

We have Bocanegra, they have Beckham. At least our guy's contract is owned by a team in Europe (yeah, that's a stretch).

Posted by: Reignking | May 10, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

good luck, Tino. my experiences in Virginia Hospital Center seemed to be guided by their lawyers far more than their doctors.

Posted by: troy6 | May 10, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

@BaltoFan Actually, not too far off the mark. Some guy writing for the Boston Globe warned of hooliganism between Rangers and Celtic and implied blame for the Ibrox Disaster on Rangers supporters. Club demanded an official apology on their website and so forth; here we are just over a week later, and the entire US tour has been cancelled. Probably not the only reason (money as well, I'd guess) but definitely contributed.

I'm just mad we won't be able to see them play at RFK now.

Posted by: VercengetorixII | May 10, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Two things:

1) I'm surprised to find the Old Firm match canceled. Seems like they'd all stand to make a lot of money over it, and fans would get a treat. Boston is a great place for it. Did it really fall apart over something the Boston Globe wrote? If so, Goff, please be careful what you write about AC Milan!

2) If Jose Francisco Torres' USMNT and Mexican league schedules conflict, I think we should yank him from his club team. He'll need that time to gel with his USMNT teammates. Clearly Pachuca hates Bob Bradley and Freddy Adu. ;-)

Posted by: WorldCup | May 10, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

I'm not the bravest person but I had no fear that the Glasgow Rangers friendly might be called off.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | May 10, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Still think Torres is going, no matter where he's training

Posted by: UnitedDemon | May 10, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Carlos Bocanegra?

We are presenting to a bunch of old white European men in suits.

You bring Pamela Anderson in a tight red bikini and you use a Baywatch theme...they won't even notice Beckham.

Posted by: Southeasterner | May 11, 2010 1:29 AM | Report abuse

Off topic the Europa League (UEFA Cup) Final on FSC, Gol or anything like that?

Posted by: 9Nine9 | May 11, 2010 8:13 AM | Report abuse

Dodged a bullet there Boston ,
both cheeks of the same ass they are as bad as each other .
Biggest cancer in World Football the sooner they both get to F... the better ,being honest Australia's not far enough away if they are going to play this FRIENDLY why not play it on Mars best place for them and there supporters .

Posted by: Jaggybunnet | May 14, 2010 1:33 AM | Report abuse

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