March 5, 2007
The US was drawn into Group D with Korea Republic, Poland, and Brazil when the draw for the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup was held on Friday.
The US will face Korea on June 30 in Montreal, they will then face Poland in Montreal on July 3 before closing out group play in July 6 in Ottawa versus Brazil.
The US defeated Korea 2-0 in the final match of group play of the 2005 tournament in the United Arab Emirates. The US has gone over a decade without playing either Poland or Brazil in this tournament.
And for Rhino fans that were hoping to go to some of the US matches, you will have some decisions to make as the Rhinos host Seattle on July 3 and the expansion Carolina RailHawks on July 6.
Did Alexi Lalas have a heart attack yesterday?
Real Madrid, and soon to be LA Galaxy, midfielder David Beckham suffered a knee injury yesterday in Real's match versus Getafe. Beckham collided with the signage surrounding the field after hitting a cross. He is to undergo further testing today to determine the extent of the injury.
Beckham has already been ruled out of Wednesday's Champion's League match on the road versus Bayern Munich.
Bornstein talks about injury
Chivas USA and USMNT defender Jonathan Bornstein talked about his knee injury and how he fared with the USMNT earlier this season with LA Soccer News.com last week.
Hopefully this injury is a mere speedbump for the 2006 MLS Rookie of the Year and one of the break out players in the USMNT pool in the Bob Bradley era.
Danny O'Rourke's journal a fun read
Former Red Bull and current Columbus Crew midfielder Danny O'Rourke is doing a journal on the Crew's website. Maybe it's just me, but I always like stuff that gives a behind the scenes view of things.
Who was Coach Calloway referring to?
On Saturday's edition of Kick This!, Rhinos head coach Laurie Calloway mentioned that the club is talking to a versatile defensive midfielder/center back/right back who's played internationally for South Africa.
I'd love to hear some guesses as to who the mystery man is. So, send me your guesses at email@example.com and we'll see who's correct. Well, if they sign him, of course!
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