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World Cup news & notes

*In a setback to Ghana's World Cup aspirations, midfielder Michael Essien has fallen short in his comeback from a knee injury and will miss the tournament.

*The Netherlands makes final roster decisions.

*In the final FIFA rankings before the Cup, the top eight teams remain unchanged and the USA stays at No. 14. The new women's rankings will be released Friday.

*The U.S. team fortifies its, um, left flank:


By Steve Goff  |  May 27, 2010; 3:48 PM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Africa , FIFA , Netherlands , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: Michael Essien, Obama, World Cup  
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tough break for Essien/Ghana. they are in a tough group anyway with Serbia, Germany and Australia, and this won't help their chances. the US can certainly empathize with injuries not being fully healed at this point (cf. most of our back line).

but i really hope this is the year that an African (or, less likely, Concacaf) team can break through to the Semis. however, i'll settle for South Africa running roughshod over Mexico in two weeks.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | May 27, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Someone please get the Former Prez a pair of those shoes, stat.

Posted by: MMinVA | May 27, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

*The U.S. team fortifies its, um, left flank:
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Well in, Steve...

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | May 27, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

"i really hope this is the year that an African team can break through to the Semis"

it should go without saying that i mean an African team that is not Algeria.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | May 27, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

"i really hope this is the year that an African team can break through to the Semis"

it should go without saying that i mean an African team that is not Algeria.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars

****

Although, how delightful would it be if Algerian and the US advanced. There may be riots on a certain island country...

Posted by: SeanWG | May 27, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Anything can happen... although as anyone who has read "Soccernomics" knows, England has over-performed relative to their shrinking working class in the global stage for most of the last 30 years.

Posted by: alecw81 | May 27, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

i'll settle for South Africa running roughshod over Mexico in two weeks.

I think South Africa is going to be way out of their element. The number one seed didn't really help; they drew about as tough a group as possible. Unless they get some serious help from the officials, they should be a lock to be the first host to fail to advance.

Posted by: BooThisMan | May 27, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

It's cool that Biden is going to the first match and Bill Clinton just cracks me up. It makes me remember those seemingly carefree days back in the 1990's before the world started falling apart.

I'm all about England not making it out of the first round. I'm completely fine with Algeria / US in the top two.

I also would bet that both Mexico and France do not advance out of Group A. I could see France crashing out early, not being able to recover after first-day defeat against Uruguay (ala Senegal 2002).

Posted by: diego_r | May 28, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

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