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Columbus Brigade Threatens Treason Over Match Location

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Reports indicate that U.S. Soccer may choose a non-Columbus site, likely Salt Lake City, to host the home qualifying match with Mexico on Feb. 11.  Fans in Columbus are not pleased. 

Fans left the following messages on Big Soccer message boards, threatening to openly root for Mexico.  One even threatened to place a pipe bomb in U.S.S.F. president Sunil Gulati’s car.

If true I hope the US lose and Bradley gets fired. He’s the worst coach the USSF has ever hired. – MFRONE

Am I being petty if I hope* the U.S. doesn’t win because they (USSF) screwed with the streak (and because I’m bitter I won’t be able to go now)? – west ham sandwich

I never thought I’d see the day I’d be rooting for Mexico, but taking this game out of the one place in the US that the Tri absolutely hate and fear is the most shortsighted decision imaginable. Where can I get a Mexico shirt cheap? … I think this falls to Jack Warner’s toadie Sunil Gulati.
 – Bill Archer

If this goes down, Mr. Gulati better check under his car for a pipe bomb anytime he goes driving somewhere. – DrunkandDisorderly

Threats and Betrayal as Some Columbus Crew Fans React to Loss of US – Mexico World Cup Match (MLS Rumors)

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Berbatov May Retire From International Football

dimitar-berbatovManchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov may retire from the Bulgarian national team, amidst criticism of his effort.

Bulgarian Football Union president Yordan Letchkov called out numerous players, including Berbatov, for a lack of effort last month.

Berbatov pulled out of Wednesday’s 6-1 friendly defeat against Serbia after 30 minutes with an injury.  A commentator on Bulgarian TV then repeated Letchkov’s allegation and questioned Berbatov’s value to the national team.

Emil Dancev, Berbatov’s agent, then called the television broadcaster at half-time angrily criticizing the comments and implying that Berbatov might refuse to play.

Bulgarian manager Plamen Markov termed Berbatov’s injury a “slight injury,” but later confirmed that Manchester United’s medical staff expected him out for a week to ten days.

The 27-year-old has 41 goals in 64 appearances for his national side.

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Former Garbage Man To Make French Debut

stevesavidanFour years ago, striker Steve Savidan was playing semiprofessional football and was supplementing his income as a garbage man.  Now, the 30-year-old should make his international debut tonight for France.

Savidan signed as a 26-year-old flameout with then third-division Valenciennes FC in 2004.  He scored 61 goals for the club over the next four seasons, spearheading back to back promotions to bring the club to Ligue 1.

The Frenchman moved to SM Caen last summer for €5 million.  He has seven goals and five assists in 14 appearances this season.

Though Savidan earned his call up, it reflects dimly on young French strikers’ not named Benzema.  Far from mere sentiment, Savidan could earn the fourth striker role behind Henry, Anelka and the aforementioned Lyon man.

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Bradley Summons Five Euro-Based Americans for National Team Duty

freddy-adu-monacoU.S. National Team coach Bob Bradley will call on five European-based players for Wednesday’s World Cup qualifier against Guatemala.

The lucky saps making the midweek trek are Freddy Adu (AS Monaco), Jozy Altidore (Villarreal), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa) and Troy Perkins (Valerenga).

The U.S. should field an experimental side, with many of the experienced European-based internationals withheld, because the match is meaningless and flying back and forth from Europe midweek is just nutty.

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Neven Subotic May Play for Serbia Rather than the United States

47Borussia Dortmund defender Neven Subotic has chosen his international destiny, which will be with Serbia rather than the United States, according to a report in the Serbian press.

According the report, Subotic will join the Serbian squad for their World Cup qualifying match against Romania on March 28.  

Subotic, 21, played at U-17 and U-20 level for the United States before being alienated from the National Team setup.  His first choice had been to play for Germany, though FIFA negated that option because he was never a German citizen.

U.S. Soccer denied the report.  It has yet to be confirmed whether they are merely in denial.

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Capello the Chip Nazi

capelloFabio Capello revealed one of his blueprints for England’s success, dietary restrictions.

The Italian manager banned both fries and ketchup from the team, stressing the benefits of a Mediterranean diet.

His regime resembles the diet imposed at Arsenal by Arsene Wenger, which limits players’ intakes of fat and sugar, emphasizing vegetables, rice and lean protein.

There has, however, been a voice of dissent from noted dietary expert Harry Redknapp.

I know the odd indulgence doesn’t hurt players from time to time…besides, what can you do? Can you follow a player home to check if his missus is giving him steak and kidney pie for tea instead of pasta?

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Mannschaft chooses Hoff, Snubs Frings

fringsGermany coach Joachim Low will ride the Hoff’s coattails for next friendly against England.

Low included two Hoffenheim players, defender Marvin Compper and midfielder Tobias Weis in his 20-man squad, both receiving their first call-up.

Michael Ballack, Philipp Lahm, Clemens Fritz, Marcell Jansen and Christian Pander will all miss the match with injuries.

Low dropped veteran midfielder Torsten Frings after their recent discord.

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