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World Cup news & notes, Brazil video

*South Africa Manager Carlos Alberto Parreira's decision to not include all-time scoring leader Benni McCarthy on the World Cup squad was front-page news in the local papers here. McCarthy's lack of form and weight issues ended his hopes of a third World Cup appearance.

In an editorial devoted to the roster move, the Pretoria News made reference to a song that includes the lyric "Benni's in the 18 area" -- a tribute to his scoring prowess in the penalty area -- but has since devolved into: "Benni's in the cafeteria." There was also a cartoon of Parreira physically kicking McCarthy off the pitch.

In its Page 1 story, the Johannesburg Star shared a fan's online message: "This man spent all his time at McDonald's and not on the pitch."

*According to this Reuters report, no one likes the World Cup ball.

At U.S. camp today, defender Jonathan Spector was asked about it. "Each ball in unique and it just takes time to get used to it," he said. "To me, it's neither good nor bad. It's a little bit lively compared to the one I am used to [in England]. ... It has a little bit more movement, particularly when you are striking the ball. It should make it interesting for goalies, but it should also make for some great shots on goal."

The U.S. team practiced with the ball during training camp at Princeton last month and will have an opportunity to test it in Saturday's friendly against Australia.

*Brazil defeated host Zimbabwe, 3-0, but goalkeeper Julio Cesar departed in the first half with an apparent back injury.

For more notes, continue reading this entry. But first, Brazil video:

*South Africans are being warned about visiting fans not accustomed to driving on the left side of the road: "I appeal to our motorists to be considerate and patient on the road and accommodate the presence of foreigners," said Collins Letsoalo, a Road Traffic Management Corporation official.

*With the Phoenix Suns eliminated from the NBA playoffs, star guard Steve Nash is on his way to South Africa to file video and written reports for CBSSports.com. Nash, who was born in Johannesburg before moving to Canada before he turned 2, is a massive soccer fan (he supports Tottenham Hotspur), has participated in exhibition events and is an investor in both Women's Professional Soccer and the MLS expansion Vancouver Whitecaps.

*The Craig Willinger Fund, which sends children and young adults with cancer to watch soccer matches around the world, has arranged for Kate Hudson, a Columbia, Md., native, to attend the U.S.-England match. Hudson, who played at River Hill High School and both the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth, was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma at age 15.

By Steve Goff  |  June 2, 2010; 1:25 PM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Africa , Brazil , South Africa , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: Benni McCarthy, Brazil, South Africa, World Cup  
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Comments

why didn't the US use the new ball in those two warm up games in order to further get accustomed to it? Is this some Nike BS thing?

In other news DCU announced that they are playing "legendary" club Portsmouth as Special Game D. We're really scraping to bottom of the barrel here.

Posted by: fedssocr | June 2, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

From Jason LaCanfora's post . . basically a brand new squad this time round, with really only three remaining starters (Donovan, Gooch, Cherundolo)

""In case you forgot, here’s our lineup from the Czech game to open Copa Mundial ’06:

USA: Keller, Onyewu, Mastroeni (Johnson 45), Pope, Cherundolo (O’Brien 45), Reyna, Beasley, Convey, Lewis, McBride (Wolff 77), Donovan.

Subs Not Used: Albright, Berhalter, Bocanegra, Ching, Conrad, Dempsey, Hahnemann, Howard, Olsen.""

Posted by: delantero | June 2, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

I like the music in the Brazil video. I think we need something like that, if only to get rid of the annoying plastic horn sound for a brief moment.

Posted by: nairbsod | June 2, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

The 3rd goal scorer needed two touches to finish. How amateurish.

US may not have used the new ball because of Nike contracts. Jus' speculatin'

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | June 2, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Damn... if only he'd been eliminated faster, he could have got his first cap for the host nation. Oh well.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | June 2, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

After looking at delantero's list for the 2006 opening match is there any doubt that U.S. Soccer continues to get better?

Posted by: scott47a | June 2, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Injury to Julio Cesar? That could be big. We all need to hold our collective breath for this game against Australia, and hope no one gets injured or re-injured.

Posted by: alan19 | June 2, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

When I visited South Africa in 2003, I was a menace on the road. Driving a stick shift, I kept digging in the pocket on the right door feeling for the shifter. It's awkward to shift with your left hand when you're not used to it. I also went in the wrong lane on a country road for a few kilometers before realizing my mistake.

Posted by: WorldCup | June 2, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

So many greats getting injured ahead of the cup: Michael Ballack, David Beckham, Michael Essien, Humberto Suazo (Chile and Zaragoza) Julio Cesar, let's include Charlie Davies on the list. Who else?

Posted by: WorldCup | June 2, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

I would like to have seen the off-the-ball run on the second goal. A good teaching moment for youngsters.

OT: an Insider colleague gives us an update:
http://locallanes.blogspot.com/

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | June 2, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

If you haven't seen teh video yet, Brazil is NOT the team in yellow. They are in their blue jerseys!

Posted by: Dougmacintyre | June 2, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Senor Goff,
If you get a chance, head up to Kruger National Park. It's very impressive. As mentioned before, you must enjoy a Castle too. Enjoy the games as much as we reading your blog!

p.s. That's means enjoy them a lot.

Posted by: boda-united | June 2, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Also... and maybe this came up on yesterday's SI, but Guiseppi Rossi was left off of Italy's final squad. Just goes to show he could be starting in the cup if he had suck to his NJ roots! Is it better to compete for and lose a spot on Italy's squad, or start for the Stars and Stripes? I say the latter, of course.

Posted by: WorldCup | June 2, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Are the MLS guys comfortable with the ball? I mean, doesn't MLS us a Jabulani, or do we use the cheaper version?

Benny McCarthy to MLS! I mean it could happen, right? This is the home of the Big Mac.

Posted by: Kosh2 | June 2, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

@WorldCup, I posted something about Rossi on the last thread. I still don't get how someone who was born here, and who claims to consider himself 100% American (save for soccer), thinks its ok to represent another country.

Posted by: VTUnited | June 2, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Goff tweets: Italy-Mexico on Telemundo tomorrow @ 1.

Posted by: nairbsod | June 2, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Also... and maybe this came up on yesterday's SI, but Guiseppi Rossi was left off of Italy's final squad.
_________________________________________

I hope this was meant to be facetious. The odds that news of this nature would not appear on this blog within minutes of the story breaking are microscopic. There have been dozens of comments on the Rossi news, spread across several threads, in the past 24 hours.

Posted by: universityandpark | June 2, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

yes, MLS uses the same ball, just different graphics

Posted by: fedssocr | June 2, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

I think SA dropped McCarthy because he would be too distracted by the current referee uniforms.

Posted by: EssEff | June 2, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Report that Liverpool board offer Rafa a severance deal. Hodgson among those speculated to be a target.

Question: if Hodgson were to go to LFC, how probable would it be for him to try to get Dempsey? Ok, total speculation from a US homer, but just a little food for thought for this board's soccergentsia.

Posted by: EssEff | June 2, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Seems like every new ball introduced since the white & black ones used in Pele's days have been poorly received, but eventually become the standard.

From a spectator's point of view, "unpredictability" could add a lot of fun.

The new ball will benefit England though, as it will have an excuse for its upcomming performance falling short of expectations (which are often mismatched.)

Posted by: marcool | June 2, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Seems like every new ball introduced since the white & black ones used in Pele's days have been poorly received, but eventually become the standard.

From a spectator's point of view, "unpredictability" could add a lot of fun.

The new ball will benefit England though, as it will have an excuse for its upcomming performance falling short of expectations (which are often mismatched.)

Posted by: marcool | June 2, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

"Question: if Hodgson were to go to LFC, how probable would it be for him to try to get Dempsey? Ok, total speculation from a US homer, but just a little food for thought for this board's soccergentsia."
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A great point EssEff. Hodgson's teams typically play a very tight zonal marking scheme, which he apparently drills over and over and over in training. With that in mind he'd probably be likely to try to bring some players familiar with him, rather than starting completely from scratch. Dempsey is also somewhat versatile, making him valuable. Crazy as it sounds to say this...can Liverpool even afford him? They're in so much debt, I don't know if they can even afford Luciano Emilio, and I think Dempsey's ability to change games probably makes his price far from bargain level anymore.

Anyway, we're obviously getting way ahead of ourselves I guess. Hopefully Dempsey's value goes even higher either way after this summer.

Posted by: PattersonPark76 | June 2, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Poor Goff. Just as he embarks on an extended overseas trip, DC United finally finds a location for the new stadium:

http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/05/31/dot-shot-sinkhole-in-guatemala-city/?src=mv

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | June 2, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Goffer: I recommend a trip to Botswana after the Cup. Visit the Chobi Elephant Preserve and the Okuvanga Delta. Fabulous African wildlife and amazing guides. Unlike the Kruger, they carry no weapons and presumably talk their way out of trouble with lions, leopards, etc. An amazing experience.

Posted by: b18bolo | June 2, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Is there seriously no live feed for United's play in match tonight? Nothing but full price tickets available I assume? Any radio?

Posted by: DadRyan | June 2, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

RSL's website says there is a feed. No sign of it on DCU.com... huh.
Did someone tweet about this? I'm obviously out of the twattering loop.

Posted by: DadRyan | June 2, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

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