Wednesday Kicks: Gimpy Becks & More


*David Beckham said the ankle he twisted Tuesday should be fine by the weekend, although it appears worse than he’s letting on (sound familiar?).

*The U.S. moved up three spots to 17th in the latest (always suspect) FIFA rankings released today.

The top seven spots remained unchanged with Spain atop the pile and Croatia seventh; Mexico, BTW, moved up one spot to 23rd. Hmmm.

*UCLA goalkeeper Brian Perk got his third shutout in as many games and Chivas USA’s Jorge Flores got his first start of the tournament as the U.S.Under-20 Men’s National Team defeated El Salvador 2-0 Tuesday night to clinch a spot in the FIFA World Cup for the age bracket set for Egypt this fall.

*As I write this the U.S. women are trailing Sweden 1-0 in the Algarve Cup final. Heather Mitts is making her 100th U.S. appearance. Updated: Torrance’s Shannon Boxx equalized in second half stoppage time, but the U.S. lost on penalties.

FYI, busy day today attending to other matters, so minimal blogging.

Updated 10 a.m. – No surprise here: MLS just awarded the 2009 MLS Cup to Seattle where more than 20,000 fans have scooped up season tickets to see the Sounders.

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  • Joseph D’Hippolito

    Milanese, benvenuti a nostra mundi!

  • Ben

    FIFA rankings and coefficients are just a waste of time.

    It just protects the “Big teams” and gets them a better schedule or draw…

  • Ben

    MLS Cup 2009 to be held in Seattle

    Qwest Field on Sunday, Nov. 22 at 8:30 p.m. ET (live on ESPN).

  • Beaten

    Re: Seattle Sounders

    I wonder if Drew Carey will be giving up his luxury box at the Home Depot Center??