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Early Wednesday kickaround

*Officially, Bob Bradley does not need to name his 23-man U.S. World Cup squad until June 1. Realistically, he will do it between the two friendlies next week. However, my hunch is that he will begin trimming the roster this weekend.

Who goes home? Players who began camp in tenuous situations and who are also dealing with injuries are in the greatest danger, i.e. forward Eddie Johnson and defender Chad Marshall. I would be surprised if outside back Heath Pearce lasts, though he is healthy. It's not based on anything I have seen in training; the sessions are closed until the last 15-25 minutes, when there's nothing to be uncovered. Just my sense of things.

*Read my Landon Donovan story.

*Sir Alex Ferguson, in New York to promote Manchester United's tour this summer, assesses the U.S. World Cup outlook.

*FIFA will crack down on players who stop and start in the run-up to a penalty kick.

*Want a sneak preview of the Americans' first World Cup opponent, England? Fox Soccer Channel will show Fabio Capello's team against Mexico in a friendly from Wembley live Monday at 3 p.m. ET.

*Fox (the main network, not the cable/satellite soccer outlet) will provide live coverage of the UEFA Champions League final Saturday between Bayern Munich and Inter Milan. Kickoff is at 2:45 p.m. ET. A 90-minute pregame show will begin at 1 p.m. on Fox Soccer Channel, followed by a 15-minute introduction on Fox hosted by Curt Menefee, the anchor of "Fox NFL Sunday." He will be joined by former U.S. coach Bruce Arena and the always entertaining and sometimes infuriating Eric Wynalda. Martin Tyler and Andy Gray will handle match commentary.

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By Steve Goff  |  May 19, 2010; 4:17 AM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , England , TV , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: Bob Bradley, England, FIFA, Fabio Capello, Fox Soccer Channel, Landon Donovan, Soccer, UEFA Champions League, World Cup  
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4:17 am?? Really? Shouldn't have had the espresso?

Posted by: JkR- | May 19, 2010 7:57 AM | Report abuse

Marca reporting that the Barca/Villa transfer is official.

Posted by: Reignking | May 19, 2010 8:27 AM | Report abuse

Woo Hoo, thanks for the update on the Champions League final Steve.

Posted by: DadRyan | May 19, 2010 8:30 AM | Report abuse

Goff's transitioning to S.A. time? Goff never sleeps? The WaPo red phone rang at 3 a.m., and we are fortunate Goff was there to answer. No doubt tracking down the details on the David Villa to Barca story.
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"The amended rule says: "Feinting in the run-up to take a penalty kick to confuse opponents is permitted, however feinting to kick the ball once the player has completed his run-up is now considered an infringement... and an act of unsporting behaviour for which the player must be cautioned.""

The exception pretty much swallows the rule.

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Fergie's vote of confidence in the USA is encouraging, but the real news there is that Fergie intends to give his World Cup players a month off. That means he'll give Manchester United players at the World Cup four weeks off after their national teams finish playing. That means "Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra, Nani, Park Ji-sung and Michael Carrick are likely to miss much or all of the North American tour"....including possibly the MLS All-Star game on July 28.

Unless England, takes an early exit -- I'm sure MLS won't miss the others, but they want Rooney.

Posted by: fischy | May 19, 2010 8:40 AM | Report abuse

Or, maybe Goff's commuting to Princeton these days...

Posted by: fischy | May 19, 2010 8:41 AM | Report abuse

...or was just coming home from a fraternity party.

Posted by: troy6 | May 19, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

Fergie was simply being polite. There's a big IF in his equivocal prediction.

Posted by: runningcloud | May 19, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse

. . . you mean home from a lawnparty at the eating club . . .

Great piece on Donovan.

Posted by: OWNTF | May 19, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Hey there Goff, were there any specifics about his divorce that affected his career? You alluded to the incident but did not elaborate much.

Posted by: DaninFL | May 19, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

It's refreshing to see players being open about the struggles in their career instead of blaming everything on everyone else. The caveat is that the proof must be on the field in South Africa. That photo of him scoring against Mexico was my background for years.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | May 19, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

. . . you mean home from a lawnparty at the eating club . . .

Posted by: OWNTF
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yeah, probably. I wouldn't know, being the product of a massive public school where lukewarm Milwaukee's Best was the sustenance of choice. I'm not sure how canapes and Pimms #1 Cup would have kept him up 'til 4 am, though.

Posted by: troy6 | May 19, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Suggested headline for Donovan article:

"Landon Navel-Gazing His Way To Greatness"

Yikes he was laying it on thick.

Posted by: Ron16 | May 19, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Anybody seen any actual commercials promoting the CL final on any channel OTHER than FSC?

Posted by: Juan-John1 | May 19, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Fox showing the UEFA final is a stunner!

I'm not sure if there is any truth to the fact rumor that Simon Cowell, Lisa Simpson will be providing "color" commentary or that Jack Bauer is going to be featured at halftime with a segment on just what an incredibly enormous security effort is involved with this sort of sporting event.


Just as long as Christopher Sullivan lavishing praises on players that make routine or otherwise un-extrordinary plays just because we are supposed to "celebrate" them is not around then I can dig it. That guy gets on my nerves.

Posted by: yankiboy | May 19, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

or that Jack Bauer is going to be featured at halftime with a segment on just what an incredibly enormous security effort is involved with this sort of sporting event.

Posted by: yankiboy |

No, he will chime in at the 85th "Inter is running out of time!"

Posted by: Reignking | May 19, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Actually, the new rule doesn't outlaw feints during the RUN UP to the ball (i.e., the "Christiano Ronaldo"). It only outlaws feints AFTER you complete your runup.

The amended rule says: "Feinting in the run-up to take a penalty kick to confuse opponents is permitted, however feinting to kick the ball once the player has completed his run-up is now considered an infringement... and an act of unsporting behaviour for which the player must be cautioned."

Of course, completely stopping during your runup has always been illegal; it's just never enforced.

Posted by: jsm91 | May 19, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

FIFA will crack down on PKs when the kicker stops his run to the ball? What are these FIFA guys smoking...75% of PKs in the last four league seasons have not been legal and no action was taken by the refs who are consistently breaking the laws of the game. How about the abundance of cautions in WC 2006 by over-enforcing tackles, while in the last four league season, similar tackles go unpunished...FIFA should enforce the laws consistently during league play and the WC...FIFA totally delinquent and it questions FIFAs ability to have one set of rules for all competitions.

Posted by: juke2 | May 19, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Today's trivia question: How is Jack Bauer like "DC" United?

Posted by: OWNTF | May 19, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Today's trivia question: How is Jack Bauer like "DC" United?

Posted by: OWNTF | May 19, 2010 10:28 AM |

Nobody's watching this season?

Posted by: daandre3 | May 19, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

"FIFA will crack down on players who stop and start in the run-up to a penalty kick."

Finally! FIFA's going address the biggest problem in soccer!

Posted by: TCompton | May 19, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

do i want Mexico to help the US find the flaws in the England side, or do i want England to humiliate Mexico and ruin their confidence prior to June 11? SO CONFLICTED!

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | May 19, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

I am going to stop...

during this comment...

to confuse the reader.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | May 19, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Today's trivia question: How is Jack Bauer like "DC" United?

Posted by: OWNTF | May 19, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

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A: In their last season.

Posted by: OWNTF | May 19, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Martin Tyler and Andy Gray... most excellent.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | May 19, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

or that Jack Bauer is going to be featured at halftime with a segment on just what an incredibly enormous security effort is involved with this sort of sporting event.

Posted by: yankiboy |

Jack Bauer was at the Flyers game on Sunday night. Jack Bauer is the voice of the NHL on versus. The Flyers are playing the Canadiens on NBC at the same time the UCL is on Fox. My uninformed guess is Jack Bauer will be watching hockey, not soccer.

Thx,

Jay!

Posted by: jayrockers | May 19, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Barca signed David Villa...diablo

Andy Gray is pound for pound the best color analyst in all of sports. Too bad he's not going to be a part of espn/abc coverage. (Atleast i don't think he is)

John Harkes sucks as tv guy

Posted by: boricuabopper | May 19, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Actually, the new rule doesn't outlaw feints during the RUN UP to the ball (i.e., the "Christiano Ronaldo"). It only outlaws feints AFTER you complete your runup.

The amended rule says: "Feinting in the run-up to take a penalty kick to confuse opponents is permitted.....

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That's why I wrote "the exception swallows the rule". When was the last time you saw someone stop over the ball and then kick? It's almost always a feint a step or two before -- either to see which way he's leaning, or to get him off-balance.

Posted by: fischy | May 19, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

@Jay!: Maybe they will tape Jack's segment since he has a schedule conflict.

Posted by: yankiboy | May 19, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Villa to Barca is an amazing deal if your a Barca fan. Who wants Ibra though?

I love Wynalda. Is he an idiot? Yes, but he humors me. I also imagine he will tell anyone that will listen he scored a free kick goal in the 94 World Cup.

Can't wait for Andy Gray and Martin Tyler. I think Inter will beat Bayern, 2-0. Mourinno doesn't lose.

Posted by: grubbsbl | May 19, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

I knew Jack Bauer. Jack Bauer was a friend of mine.

DC United, You are no Jack Bauer.

Posted by: Ron16 | May 19, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

I'm not a fan of changing any rules on the eve of the biggest tournament...

Posted by: Reignking | May 19, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Yikes he was laying it on thick.

Posted by: Ron16

Pot calling the kettle black perhaps?

Posted by: DadRyan | May 19, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Anybody seen any actual commercials promoting the CL final on any channel OTHER than FSC?

Posted by: Juan-John1 | May 19, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

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Yes, it was on the Phoenix Fox affiliate last Sunday during Family Guy.

Posted by: Josh86 | May 19, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Yes, it was on the Phoenix Fox affiliate...

Do you watch Fox Football Fone In on the Phoenix Fox aFFiliate? Fabulous....

Posted by: JkR- | May 19, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

do i want Mexico to help the US find the flaws in the England side, or do i want England to humiliate Mexico and ruin their confidence prior to June 11? SO CONFLICTED!

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | May 19, 2010 10:43 AM

LOL!! I feel the same way.

Posted by: calito02 | May 19, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

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