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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 12/ 1/2010

Wednesday kickaround: U.S. World Cup bid, Andy Najar, Americans abroad, TV listings

By Steve Goff

*Ahead of Thursday's FIFA vote in Zurich, I take a closer look at the U.S. bid to host the 2022 World Cup. As a reminder, the announcement of the 2018 and '22 sites will be shown live starting at 10 a.m. ET tomorrow on ESPN, Fox Soccer Channel, Univision, ESPN Deportes, ESPN3.com and FIFA.com. If you're in downtown Washington, the Newseum is hosting a watch party. Admission is free. D.C. United Coach Ben Olsen and goalkeeper Bill Hamid will attend.

*United's Andy Najar, the MLS rookie of the year, did not accompany an MLS Generation Adidas squad to Spain for three matches against La Liga reserve sides. And if Najar, 17, ends up training informally with a European squad this winter, it won't be until next month. United training camp opens Jan. 20.

"He realizes just what a toll this season took on him mentally and physically and he is going to take a couple more weeks of rest," agent Chris Megaloudis said. "The club, Andy and I all want him to be better in his second season, so this is necessary to ensure he is at 100 percent. All parties involved will continue having conversations and it may be that Andy heads over in January. It's possible based on how he is feeling."

*American midfielder Jermaine Jones, who was pulled at halftime of a 5-0 loss to Kaiserslautern on Saturday, has been sent to Schalke's reserve squad, which competes in the German fourth division. "I did not like the attitude," Coach Felix Magath said. Two others were also demoted.

For more on Americans abroad and the long list of TV options.....

*Americans abroad:
Tuesday
MF Jonathan Spector 90 (two goals) in West Ham's 4-0 win over Manchester United (Carling Cup)

D Frank Simek 90 in Carlisle's 3-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday (Football League Cup)

Wednesday

D Carlos Bocanegra and Saint-Etienne at Valenciennes

MF Sacha Kljestan and Anderlecht at Zenit (Europa League)
GKs Brad Friedel and Brad Guzan, D Eric Lichaj for Aston Villa at Birmingham (Carling Cup)

*Soccer on TV:
Europa League
Young Boys-Stuttgart 1 p.m. GolTV
Sampdoria-PSV Eindhoven 1 p.m. DirecTV (481)
Odense-Getafe 1 p.m. DirecTV (482)
Zenit-Anderlecht 1 p.m. DirecTV (483)
Hajduk Split-AEK Athens 1 p.m. DirecTV (484)
Kharkiv Metalist-Debrecen 1 p.m. DirecTV (485)
Atletico Madrid-Aris 3 p.m. GolTV
Manchester City-Salzburg 3 p.m. DirecTV (481)
Lech Poznan-Juventus 3 p.m. DirecTV (482)
Rosenborg-Bayer Leverkusen 3 p.m. DirecTV (483)
Sporting Lisbon-Lille 3 p.m. DirecTV (484)
Gent-Levski Sofia 3 p.m. DirecTV (485)

Other matches
France, Marseille-Rennes 1 p.m. foxsoccer.tv
Carling Cup, Birmingham-Aston Villa 2:30 p.m. Fox Soccer Plus, foxsoccer.tv
U-17 friendly, USA-South Korea 7 p.m. Fox Soccer Channel
Sudamericana, Goias-Independiente 7 p.m. Fox Deportes
Mexico promotion, Veracruz-Tijuana 10 p.m. Fox Deportes

By Steve Goff  | December 1, 2010; 5:00 AM ET
Categories:  Americans Abroad, D.C. United, FIFA, Germany, MLS, TV  | Tags:  FIFA, MLS, World Cup  
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Comments

Heading to the post office today to mail back the Spector national team jersey I purchased for BaRRD for Christmas...

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | December 1, 2010 8:30 AM | Report abuse

Alex Ferguson and Bob Bradley are idiots for passing over Spector as a center mid.

Posted by: OWNTF | December 1, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Mike Shanahan's an idiot for not starting Jonathan Spector in place of Albert Haynesworth and Donovan McNabb.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | December 1, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Either Johnathan Spector is overshadowing Gilbert Arenas, or Gil is just lunching it in order to share some of the limelight.

Posted by: WorldCup | December 1, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Speaking of TV, Fox really is slanting the news. One of the FSC announcers last night was praising a "tremendous reactionary save."

Posted by: OWNTF | December 1, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Hajduk Split? That sounds like a career ending injury for Frankie.

Posted by: benonthehill | December 1, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Jonathan Spector in MF >>> Rico Clark in MF

he really looked good in that game. not Man U's best effort, but still it was great to see him getting a chance and performing well.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | December 1, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

@Rand-al-Thor Aw, shucks. I hope you went for the free return shipping option.

The Guardian MBM coverage yesterday became a punfest. Spector "ghosting" in for the first goal. Supporters yelling "Ghoooouuul!" He's been a "phantom" up 'til now. And -- wait for it-- will he write his own autobiography?

I almost thought it was a Soccer Insider slow news day.

Posted by: BlackandRedRedDevil | December 1, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Dangit! I was going to use the ghost pun in a Soccer Insider comment. The fact that I'm too late will haunt me.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 1, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

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