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Tuesday kickaround

*Who remains in contention for England's World Cup squad? We'll find out at 11 a.m. ET today, when Manager Fabio Capello selects his 30-man preliminary roster.

*Reminder: The U.S. provisional list, including the 26-28 invitees to training camp, comes out at 2 p.m. on ESPNews.

*Carlos Alberto Parreira unveils the South African group, while Ghana presents its personnel.

*Kei Kamara's harrowing journey from Sierra Leone to America and MLS.

*Another new book to add to our expansive library:
"Soccer and Philosophy: Beautiful Thoughts on the Beautiful Game" Edited by Ted Richards (Open Court). A University of Tennessee lecturer has compiled essays from international contributors on topics ranging from "Is It Rational to Support Aston Villa?" to "God Is Not a Referee."

*The second annual Couture for a Cure Runway Show on May 25, organized by Nadine Namoff, wife of D.C. United defender Bryan Namoff, will raise funds for Joe Vide, a former University of Virginia and DCU midfielder who was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease last month. United and the New York Red Bulls have also arranged to help Vide, who played two seasons for the club.

*Soccer on TV:
England, Nottingham Forest-Blackpool 2:30 p.m. ET Fox Soccer Plus
(Championship tier semifinal, second leg)
Copa Libertadores, Chivas-Libertad 9 p.m. Fox Sports Espanol

FYI: Wednesday's Europa League final featuring American Clint Dempsey for Fulham vs. Atletico Madrid is available only on DirecTV (Channel 461).


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By Steve Goff  |  May 11, 2010; 8:10 AM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Africa , Books , England , MLS , South Africa , TV  | Tags: Carlos Alberto Parreira, Copa Libertadores, FIFA, Fabio Capello, Kei Kamara, New York Red Bulls, South Africa, World Cup  
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Comments

Just got "Soccer Empire: The World Cup and the Future of France" - only on page 9, so I can't comment about the book yet.

Posted by: nairbsod | May 11, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

I can't believe the Europa League final is only on the DirecTV spill-over channel. All this soccer on TV now and channels overlook a pretty good match - arguably the most interesting final of the spring. Just another reason why GolTV sucks a$$.

Posted by: Kev29 | May 11, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

With all the back and forth yesterday on Freddy in the US squad, I can't help but wonder if he would have made Ghana's squad if he'd made some different decisions when he was younger.

Posted by: daandre3 | May 11, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Anyone know if the squad announcement will be on ESPN3 as well?

Posted by: LovetheGoffer | May 11, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

The Europa League final will also be on tape-delay on GOLTV on Thursday at 8 PM and 11 PM after DirecTV's exclusive window ends.

Join me in trying to avoid the score until then. Goff, will the Insider be save to view between Wednesday and Thursday?

Posted by: cakeguy | May 11, 2010 9:30 AM | Report abuse

"if he'd made some different decisions when he was younger."


Freddy was 8. I didn't let my 8 year olds make family policy, such as 'what country should we live in'....

Posted by: JkR- | May 11, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

England's 30-man provisional squad

Goalkeepers: Joe Hart, David James, Robert Green.

Defenders: Leighton Baines, Jamie Carragher, Ashley Cole, Michael Dawson, Rio Ferdinand, Glen Johnson, Ledley King, John Terry, Matthew Upson, Stephen Warnock.

Midfielders: Gareth Barry, Michael Carrick, Joe Cole, Steven Gerrard, Tom Huddlestone, Adam Johnson, Frank Lampard, Aaron Lennon, James Milner, Scott Parker, Theo Walcott, Shaun Wright-Phillips.

Forwards: Darren Bent, Peter Crouch, Jermain Defoe, Emile Heskey, Wayne Rooney.

Posted by: Kev29 | May 11, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Europa League final would also be available on Dish Network -- had Dish not dropped GOL some months back. I have Dish and will repay them by switching over to DirecTV when my Dish contract ends in a few months.

Posted by: runningcloud | May 11, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

I have a question for people who receive Fox Soccer and FS+ via DirecTV or cable. Do you get the HD transmissions in full-quality HD -- the kind of HD that is seen on ESPN and (sometimes) Comcast? ie. crystal-clear, wide-screen picture. Or do you get Fox like I do on Dish: a "narrow screen" format with picture quality hardly better than standard TV? Is my problem with Fox or Dish?

Posted by: runningcloud | May 11, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Those who can watch the Europe League final will not only see Clint Dempsey, but England's Manager of the Year - Roy Hodgeson!

http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2010/may/10/roy-hodgson-fulham-lma-award

COYW!!!

Posted by: harkes4ever | May 11, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

I have a question for people who receive Fox Soccer and FS+ via DirecTV or cable. Do you get the HD transmissions in full-quality HD -- the kind of HD that is seen on ESPN and (sometimes) Comcast? ie. crystal-clear, wide-screen picture. Or do you get Fox like I do on Dish: a "narrow screen" format with picture quality hardly better than standard TV? Is my problem with Fox or Dish?

Posted by: runningcloud | May 11, 2010 10:04 AM

Fox Soccer Channel HD and Fox Soccer Plus HD are not available on DirecTV or Comcast - yet. They are available on some regional cable operators (I think). So most soccer fans don't know if the HD picture is great or crappy.

Posted by: Kev29 | May 11, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, Kev29. I could not have imagined Dish being ahead of it Direct in terms of futball programming. Hopefully, when you get Fox HDs the picture will be great, not crappy like mine. Hopefully, also, one of those subscribers to the regional cables you mentioned can answer my question.

Posted by: runningcloud | May 11, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Goff, will the Insider be save to view between Wednesday and Thursday?

Posted by: cakeguy | May 11, 2010 9:30 AM
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Safe? As in you don't expect Goff or any readers to comment on the Europa League final, when Clint Dempsey will play a big role for Fulham?

Absolutely. Rest assured. It'll be perfectly safe.

Posted by: fischy | May 11, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Freddy was 8. I didn't let my 8 year olds make family policy, such as 'what country should we live in'....

Posted by: JkR- | May 11, 2010 9:34 AM

You do understand that he was eligible to play for Ghana, right? As long as he hadn't played for US in a senior competitive match, FIFA is pretty loose on international affiliation. Someone like Gabriel Agbonlahor, who has a Scottish mother, Nigerian father but has lived in England for most of his life, could have chosen to play for any of those countries.

Messi is a good example. He has lived in Spain since he was 11, yet plays for Argentina, the country of his birth.

Posted by: daandre3 | May 11, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

If you are an active Maryland soccer volunteer then this might interest you. The annual MSYSA workshop is 6/12 at the Soocerplex in Germantown. In addition to discounted Freedom tickets for their game that evening, the highlights include the viewing of the USA/England game and other World Cup games on the Freedom video board as well as big screen TV's inside. Link is below.

http://www.msysa.org/workshop%202010/index_E.html

Posted by: croftonpost | May 11, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

As a philosophy major, I'm looking forward reading that book. I'm familiar with the series but never quite felt a strong enough connection to the other topics to justify buying it. I'll probably take the plunge here. (To any other philosophy majors around - no snarky comments about pop philosophy, it's harmless and fun and probably good for you.)

Posted by: VercengetorixII | May 11, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Re: Posted by: daandre3 | May 11, 2010 10:42 AM


Yes, yes, but that's not funny...

:)

Posted by: JkR- | May 11, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

10 minutes 'till the US squad is announced...but which announcement will be more anticlimactic: Obama's nomination for the Supreme Court, or Bradley's list for the World Cup???

Posted by: BaltoFan | May 11, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

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