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16 posts from May 2010

Friday, May 14, 2010

And the winner is...

OK, we won't know that until December, but the USA World Cup bid committee is in Switzerland today to officially submit its 1,250-page proposal for the 2018 or 2022 World Cup. Miami is one of 18 cities that could potentially host matches. That number will be pared down to 12 or 14 cities IF the US is awarded a World Cup.

Speculation is that Europe will get the 2018 Cup, so the US would be competing with Japan, South Korea, Australia and Qatar for 2022.

FIFA will have site inspections this summer. The Miami World Cup bid committee is having a press conference today to announce a few "exciting'' things...will keep you posted. And remember, this Sunday begins the Miami Herald's World Cup Countdown. Don't miss it.


Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Charlie Davies...your view?

Considering what Charlie Davies went through to rehab after life-threatening injuries from a horrific car crash, should he have been given a chance to prove himself in upcoming World Cup camp? Or, do you agree with Coach Bob Bradley that tough as it is to make the decision, indications were that he was not ready so the spot went to someone more likely to make the team?

Tough choice. You make the call...What would YOU have done if you were Coach Bradley?

Weston's Bedoya 1 step from World Cup.


Tuesday, May 11, 2010

US 30-man roster named!

US Coach Bob Bradley just named his 30-man World Cup roster..must be pared down to 23 by June 1. Camp opens this weekend in Princeton, NJ...here are the 30 players...

GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Marcus Hahnemann (Wolverhampton)
DEFENDERS (9): Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover), Jay DeMerit (Watford), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew), Oguchi Onyewu (AC Milan), Heath Pearce (FC Dallas), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United)
MIDFIELDERS (12): DaMarcus Beasley (Rangers), Alejandro Bedoya (Örebro), Michael Bradley (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Benny Feilhaber (Aarhus), Stuart Holden (Bolton), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew), José Torres (Pachuca)
FORWARDS (6): Jozy Altidore (Villarreal), Edson Buddle (Los Angeles Galaxy), Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake), Herculez Gomez (Puebla), Eddie Johnson (Aris Thessaloniki)

Your girlfriends/wives think soccer is boring?


World Cup Countdown!

One month from today, I will be boarding a flight to South Africa to cover my fifth World Cup. I'll be there five weeks, and am equally elated and nervous. It is quite a daunting assignment to cover the world's biggest sporting event in a place like South Africa, where violent crime is still a serious problem (yes, yes, I know..I live in Miami!) and where the infrastructure has never been tested the way it will be with 450,000 international visitors in nine cities.

Beginning this Sunday, and every Sunday through the opener, The Miami Herald will be featuring a special World Cup Countdown package, so please look for that. There are also plans to revamp this blog so that I can share my South African adventures, photos (and maybe even video) with the soccer aficionados who come to this site.

We will also feature Watch Party listings, so you don't have to watch the matches alone. Fritz and Franz in Coral Gables, The Clevelander on South Beach, George's in the Grove, Churchills in N.Miami, Novacento on Brickell, and Playwright in Miami Beach are among the restaurants/pubs that will be showing matches.

If you are looking for cool World Cup jerseys and paraphernalia, head to Soccer Locker. 

Please pass the word to your soccer-loving friends that the Herald will be covering the World Cup BIG time. We are one of only a handful of US newspapers staffing the Cup, and I'd like our editors to see that this truly is a soccer-hungry market. If you have story ideas, suggestions, pubs that should make the list, or if you have a soccer-related business and want to place an ad with our coverage, please post on the blog or write me at mkaufman@miamiherald.com

Thanks! Michelinha (my World Cup name!)