Friday Football: USWNT win & More

Busy today so I’ll keep this brief:

*The USWNT beat Norway 2-1 today at the Algarve Cup and plays Sweden Sunday Monday with a berth in the championship game on the line. More details here.

*Chivas USA single game tickets for the upcoming MLS season went on sale today starting at $15. Galaxy single game tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Monday; their cheapest seat is $20.

*Here’s one for Fantasy Island. David Beckham could have played for the world’s oldest club, England’s Notts County, now languishing in the lower divisions and almost penniless. Apparently Beckham is available in October. Read more here.

*Mexico has announced its roster for Wednesday’s game against New Zealand at the Rose Bowl:

goalkeepers – Luis Ernesto Michel (CD Guadalajara), Jonathan Orozco (Monterrey)

defenders – Efran Juarez (UNAM), Carlos Salcido (PSV Eindhoven), Francisco Javier Rodriguez (PSV Eindhoven), Ricardo Osorio (Stuttgart), Hector Moreno (Az Alkmaar), Rafael Mrquez (FC Barcelona)

midfielders – Gerardo Torrado (Cruz Azul), Israel Castro (UNAM), Andres Guardado (La Corua), Jonathan Dos Santos (FC Barcelona), Luis Miguel Noriega (Puebla) Braulio Luna (San Luis)

forwards – Aldo Jesus De Nigris (Monterrey), Carlos Vela (Arsenal), Javier Hernandez (CD Guadalajara), Giovanni Dos Santos (Galatasaray), Cuauhtmoc Blanco (Veracruz)

*Click to the right for complete TV listings; sadly no Landon Donovan on TV this weekend, but if you like drama don’t miss Chelsea-Manchester City at 4:30 a.m. Saturday on ESPN2 where we’ll see if Wayne Bridge and John Terry go in studs up if the two tackle each other.

*Fox Soccer Plus replaces Sentanta Monday. The channel announced Friday it has reached carriage agreements with DIRECTV, DISH Network, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon FiOS.

*Finally, wanna see even more EPL on U.S. TV? It could happen: LONDON (AP) -English Premier League channels are set to start broadcasting across the world next season when a new 24-hour service is launched, a league executive with direct knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Friday.

The league will provide a continuous international feed of programing for broadcast rights holders outside Britain to form their own Premier League channels, the executive said. He spoke on condition of anonymity because a public announcement is yet to be made.

International broadcasters are set to pay around $1.6 billion to show live Premier League matches for the three seasons starting in August 2010 – an 80 percent increase on the current TV deal.

Local networks will be able to pick and choose content from the league’s official feed, which will include news and feature shows along with classic matches. The networks will be able to include local advertising and live matches.

While it is a de facto Premier League TV channel, the continuous feed officially is being called a “content service” so that it doesn’t impede the ability of clubs, including Manchester United and MUTV, to sell their own channels around the world.

It will be run by Premier League Productions, a joint venture between the league and TWI, the sports production part of International Management Group. The Premier League is searching for a recognizable anchor to be the face of the content

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  • Joseph D’Hippolito

    So Sven talked with Becks’ agent? (Terry Byrne?) Why would Beckham want to “finish his career” with Notts County — unless that club paid him money that it didn’t have? What does playing for Notts County (or any similar English club) do for Brand Becks? Nothing. Besides, AEG would sue the FA or Notts County or 19 Entertainment if Byrne ever attempted to move his client, who, don’t forget, is under contract to MLS until 2011. This has “shenanigans” written all over it. Sven has even less familiarity with the truth than Lie-weakly.