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D.C. United, Toronto, Clinton, Bedoya, Silverdome

*With Troy Perkins, Jaime Moreno and Luciano Emilio in the starting lineup, D.C. United had names worthy of a league match Monday at the RFK Stadium training grounds. Instead, the trio appeared in a reserve match against the fourth-tier Northern Virginia Royals. United won, 1-0, on Boyzzz Khumalo's goal in the 71st minute. Uruguayan defender Fabian Irigoyen, 19, began a trial with United.

*Zac Herold, a 17-year-old rookie defender for Toronto FC, is forced to retire because of a heart condition.

*Bill Clinton is named honorary chairman of the committee leading the campaign to bring the 2018 or 2022 World Cup to the United States.

"In my travels around the world - from the dirt fields of Lusaka, Zambia, to playgrounds in schools across America - I've seen the transformative power soccer has to bring people together and transform lives on and off the field."

*In his final appearance with Swedish club Orebro before reporting to U.S. training camp, midfielder Alejandro Bedoya played 90 minutes in a 2-0 victory over Trelleborg.

*The ill-conceived international tournament to be played at the decaying Pontiac Silverdome was canceled.


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By Steve Goff  |  May 17, 2010; 5:55 PM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Americans Abroad , D.C. United , MLS , U.S. men's national team , USA World Cup bid , USSF  | Tags: Alejandro Bedoya, Bill Clinton, D.C. United, Jaime Moreno, Luciano Emilio, Pontiac Silverdome, Toronto FC, Troy Perkins, World Cup  
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All of the teams had visa issues? Including Puerto Rico???? So that's why it failed?

The Football Association of Malaysia released a statement today saying it withdrew its team from the Green Soccer Bowl because "there were issues with Ghana’s and Puerto Rico’s visa application, hence their withdrawal."

Posted by: Reignking | May 17, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

--All of the teams had visa issues? Including Puerto Rico???? So that's why it failed?---

Yea I claim BS. It looks like the whole operation was set up poorly and teams backed out, even the website screams of amateur work.

Posted by: Pete803 | May 17, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

If DCU is going to use newly-reacquired players with the MLS stature of Emilio and Perkins in a reserve game match, then we should start calling it the the "Kasper Klassic."

Posted by: mightymax | May 17, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: sakibomb523 | May 17, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

That post is pretty vague, but it seems to imply that he was born in America, and spent the first 4 years of his life here.

However, it also says that he's under contract to Fenix through the 2013 season.

Posted by: alecw81 | May 17, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

alec: It is in the Yanks Abroad forum.

Posted by: Reignking | May 17, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

We OWN the Royals.

Posted by: Hoost | May 17, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Regarding Zac Herold, there's one brave man. Now he has to go out and get an education and make his way in the real world, but at least he got to live the dream for a little while. Good luck, young man.

Posted by: bdwooton | May 17, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

I like the quote from the Asst. Coach: "We are working on trying to score more goals, and it was a good performance".

I can see that the goal score machine is really ramping up.

Posted by: tcbannon | May 17, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Trade Perkins while we still get something for him...

Posted by: alan19 | May 17, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

why are we trialling another defender when we can't score goals to save our lives???

Isn't Puerto Rico a US territory? Why would anyone from there need a visa?

Posted by: fedssocr | May 17, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

So I understand that this was a reserve match, and I'm glad we won, but 1-0, on a goal scored by Boyzzz? It's concerning that Luci and Jaime couldn't put one, or three, in the net, even with service from a "reserve" midfield. Their experience and demonstrated ability (past MLS MVP/golden boot winner, current all-time MLS leading scorer), even at Jaime's age, seems like it should be enough.

Posted by: dcuIII | May 17, 2010 11:53 PM | Report abuse

We can barely beat a PDL team with what was supposed to be our big names. Vamos next year.

Posted by: BelovedCartoonMouse | May 18, 2010 8:09 AM | Report abuse

Detroit has a stadium available?

Motor City United?

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | May 18, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Self reflection in Bradenton as to how Herold's condition was not previously discovered?

Posted by: teo_68 | May 18, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

Puerto Rico canceled because the promoter refused to pay any of the traveling expenses. They weren't going to be in debt $100,000 just to please a promoter.

http://futbolboricua.blogspot.com/

Posted by: lgcarbonell | May 18, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

All of the teams had visa issues? Including Puerto Rico???? So that's why it failed?
@RK and others.

I was actually trying to go to this thing in order to support Puerto Rico. But like Igarbonell posted, PRNT supporters had been hearing that this thing was doomed for a while now.

I never pulled the trigger on my flight plans.

This tournament was pretty much dead on arrival.

Posted by: yankiboy | May 18, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

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