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USMNT arrives in SA, schedules post-WC against Brazil, more…

The Philadelphia Independence lost 2-1 to the Washington Freedom on Sunday. The Independence gave up a 25th minute goal to  and a 34th minute penalty kick to Abby Wambach to fall into third place, two points behind the Freedom. Caroline Seger was sent off in the 87th and Lianne Sanderson scored the consolation goal for the Independence in extra time. The Independence host Sky Blue FC at John Farrell stadium at West Chester University on June 6.

Seattle Sounders GM Adrian Hanauer says he doesn’t regret making Sebastien Le Toux available to the Union in the MLS expansion draft. He would have said more, but he was late for Fredy Montero Appreciation Day at the Seattle Diving Club.

MLS launched its new “90 Minutes” ad campaign during the Jose Torres Show USA win over Turkey on Saturday. The ads show “the authenticity, integrity, inclusiveness, possibility and excellence of Major League Soccer, its players and its fans…” Thank goodness MLS is finally touting the possibility of its fans. Video of the ad is available through the link.

A profile of Jozy Altidore explores his past and asks how far he can carry the stars and stripes over the next decade. It’s a very good read despite quotes from Alexi Lalas.

Toronto FC’s Dwayne De Rosario was awarded the MLS Player of the Week award for the second time this season. De Rosario turned the game on its head when he scored two goals off the bench to down San Jose. He won his first POTW award after scoring two goals against the Philadelphia Union, both of which he celebrated extensively. While it may be too soon to definitively say which of those two goals was better – the free kick that Seitz coaxed into net or the penalty kick – it’s never too soon to tell Dwayne that you only dance when you earn it.

A few things to note when looking at these photos of the USMNT arriving in South Africa: 1) Dempsey (fresh off scoring a goal against Turkey that definitely warranted dancing) doesn’t do jackets. 2) Bob Bradley looks just as creepy in the southern hemisphere 3) Spot the manpurse in photo 1!

The US will host Brazil on August 10th, in New Meadowlands stadium. It will be the first post-World Cup friendly for both teams. The date is an official FIFA international friendly date, so there should be a good number of dejected first teamers in both squads.

The New York Times has a rundown on the best iPhone apps for following the World Cup. The ESPN app will feature live game audio for a $7.99 fee which, coincidentally, is $7.99 more than I’d pay to listen to J.P. Dellacamera and Tommy Smythe talk about anything.

The Inquirer gives the USMNT a positive send off (sort of an oxymoron in soccer lingo, no?), and hopes Landon Donovan’s big second half on Saturday suggests a leadership role for him in South Africa.

When an article is titled, “North Korean team arrives unnoticed,” I don’t expect to see a photo of the North Korean team arriving. The article also notes that the staff of the hotel must perform the “diski dance”, which is described as a “macarena-style World Cup 2010 dance,” for arriving teams.

The Potomac Soccer Wire details the final cuts for the upcoming U-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany. Two members of the 2008 U-20 WWC winning side return, including Golden Shoe and Golden Ball winner Sydney Leroux. The US opens against Ghana on July 14.

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