Wrapping up a days worth of news, links, rumors and rampant speculation.
Lost in the mix from today's press release announcing the signings of Ryan Smith, Craig Rocastle and Igor Kostrov (but not, as I expected, Sunil Chhetri) was the news that two goalkeepers were removed from the training roster: Boris Pardo and Louis Crayton. Pardo was the back-up last year and Crayton (former with D.C. United) was on trial competing for the starting gig (but not likely to win it once Jimmy Nielsen came on). Nielsen and Eric Kronberg are the only two keepers on the official roster.
More on the big move. Pretty much everyone knew about Kostrov and Smith. I've yet to see either play in person, but I've heard good things about Smith and look forward to watching him play in the near future. But the Rocastle signing perplexes me. Here's a guy that was playing on the 5th tier of English footie (he almost literally fell off the map after a stint with Chelsea) and is pretty much described by everyone as the cousin of former England/Arsenal man David Rocastle. I'm beyond bewildered.
This is definitely going to be a different team when (or if) the Wizards take the pitch March 27. There are 13 foreign-born players on the roster and the only one that pre-dates Peter Vermes time as boss is Santiago Hirsig.
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Up next for the Wizards is a friendly against the University of Missouri-Kansas City Tuesday night at the CAB.
Wizards captain Jimmy Conrad has a bracket challenge up at his web site. If you best him, you can win a bunch of autographed stuff. [JimmyConrad.com]
And now for the news and links
David Beckham's completely torn Achilles' tendon will keep him out until at least September. Goldenballs will miss out on becoming the first Englishman to appear in four World Cups. He'll also miss nearly the entire season for the LA Galaxy. [Soccer Insider]
Liverpool squashed Championship-bound Portsmouth 4-1. [Soccerlens WITH video!]
The USA men will face Australia on June 5 in Roodepoort, South Africa. It will be their last tune-up before the World Cup. [Soccer By Ives]
Speaking of the US national team, Soccer by Ives wonders (as I did earlier) if Herculez Gomez recent form in Mexico is pushing him into the mix for the World Cup squad. I personally believe his ethic and effort would mix well with the US squad. Unfortunately, I think his goal glut is partly because of the notoriously weak defense in Mexico's top league. [Soccer by Ives]
How much damage will a possible MLS strike do? [SI.com]
The Champions League on Your TV
The final spots in the UEFA Champions League Quarterfinals will be booked this week. Here's the schedule:
- Chelsea v Inter (1-2) - live at 1:30pm Central on FSC
- Sevilla v CSKA Moscow (1-1) - delayed at 4pm Central on FSC
- Barcelona v Stuttgart (1-1) - live at 1:30pm Central on FSC
- Bordeaux v Olympiacos (1-0) - delayed at 4pm Central on FSC
And, just for fun...
Hillcrest Road put up an amusing little video of the Wizards front office staff meeting the players speed-dating style.