While Johannesburg sleeps .....
With a six-hour time difference between South Africa and the eastern U.S., I am fast asleep when the final whistle, buzzer, horn or out call sounds at American sporting events. Upon waking on this 43-degree morning in Johannesburg, I shoveled some coal into the trusty Internet machine and learned that:
*D.C. United won its third straight home game since I shifted to full-time U.S. national team coverage. Message received loud and clear, lads. After the World Cup, I'll hang out here, search Kruger National Park for the Big Five, drop a few Rand at Sun City and become better acquainted with the sharks (no, not Jack Warner).
*FIFA, take note: In what surely was the most heartbreaking and infuriating end to a bid for a perfect game in baseball history, an umpire made an undeniably bad call on a routine play with two outs in the ninth inning. What followed the game was extraordinary: Realizing his error, teary-eyed ump Jim Joyce went to the Detroit clubhouse, apologized to pitcher Armando Galarraga and then explained himself to the media. Perhaps Sepp and the Zurich crew could learn from this incident and make match officials available for comment after international games. (Don't count on it.)
*Juan Pablo Angel is a pretty good footballer: free kick, 30-plus yards, referee ready to end the match ... goal! New York Red Bulls 2, Houston Dynamo 1.
*Bobby Convey, who four years ago was preparing to start in a World Cup, is emerging as one of MLS's productive players after a forgettable return to the league last year. He earned his seventh assist -- second behind Landon Donovan among MLS leaders -- during the San Jose Earthquakes' 2-2 draw with the Columbus Crew.
In the latest dispatches from The Post's foreign service, Edward Cody explores France's World Cup chances and Les Bleus' tumultuous build-up -- on and off the pitch; and Keith Richburg looks at China's soccer shortcomings.
World Cup tuneups:
Spain-South Korea in Vienna noon ET, ESPN Deportes
Italy-Mexico in Brussels 1 p.m. Telemundo
Germany-Bosnia in Frankfurt 2:30 p.m. GolTV
June 3, 2010; 2:07 AM ET
Categories: 2010 World Cup , China , D.C. United , FIFA , France , MLS | Tags: China, D.C. United, FIFA, Johannesburg, Les Bleus, MLS, South Africa, World Cup
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