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Injuries made Salinas “expendable,” more news

Union

This piece from the Union’s website says injuries made Shea Salinas “expendable.”

In case you missed it, after selecting him in the Expansion Draft, the Vancouver Whitecaps traded Alejandro Moreno to Chivas USA. Moreno says he’s happy to be moving back to the area where he began his MLS career.

Amobi Okugo is inspired by Juan Agudelo’s success with the USMNT. Okugo played the full 90 in Saturday’s US U-20 match against Mexico in the Torneo de las Americas.

MLSSoccer.com has a checklist of things the Union needs to take care of before the start of the 2011 season.

The bottom line in this Q & A with Peter Nowak? The Union needs to do better.

Local

Penn State lost 1–0 to No. 2 seed Maryland in the third round of the NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship.

Here’s video of the Tulpehocken Junior High goalie being chased by a turkey.

MLS

The Washington Post reports that Ben Olsen will be hired as DC United’s coach after all.

Vancouver signed three more players from their 2010 USSF D-2 squad on Friday. Reports say that the Whitecaps are keen to acquire Robbie Keane.

Everton have offered David Beckham a loan deal. Beckham says he hasn’t made any decision yet.

Freddie Ljungberg’s future may lie outside of MLS.

Are Boca Juniors considering fielding a MLS side?

WPS

Where will Marta end up in 2011 with the demise of FC Gold Pride? Not in Boston.

Former Independence general manager and director of player personnel Terry Foley, will be the GM and head coach of the Bay Area Sol, a new team slated to play in the semi-pro Women’s Premier Soccer League.

NASL

Canadian Soccer News has a podcast interview with NASL CEO Aaron Davidson. IMS calls it a “must hear interview” for anyone who is “remotely interested in the NASL or what has happened between the NASL and USL over the last three years.”

US

Soccer America tries to makes sense of the World Cup bid races: “The feeling is that the USA has the least entrenched support in a 2022 race dominated by fierce Asian political issues, so its best hope is to pick up second-choice votes as the Asian blocs fall by the wayside.”

Could the lawsuit against US Soccer that alleges racketeering, extortion and anti-competitive behavior brought by ChampionsWorld, the promotion group behind high-profile summer friendlies between 2003 and 2005, hurt the US bid to host the 2022 World Cup?

Despite being the last team to qualify, the USWNT has been seeded for the 2011 Women’s World Cup. The US tops Group C. The draw will take place today at 1:30pm.

Elsewhere

With the vote for who will host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups coming on Thursday, Sports Illustrated looks at the checkered recent history of FIFA.

Reports indicate that Oceania will have its vote on FIFA’s Executive Committee restored for Thursday’s decision. Its president, Reynald Temarii, was among those suspended as a result of the recent ethics investigation.

A ruling is expected today from a Trinidad & Tobago judge concerning the broken promises of  CONCACAF president Jack Warner to pay bonuses to the country’s 2006 World Cup squad.

The dismembered remains of Carlos Mercedes Vasquez, who played for Malacateco in Guatemala’s first-division soccer league, were found in five plastic bags on Sunday, a day after he was kidnapped. A note said Vasquez was killed for “messing with other women.”

You can watch El Clásico, the match up between Barcelona and Real Madrid, today from 2:30pm on GolTV.

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