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Mid-Day Ticker: Schelotto re-signs with Crew, Wizards set for stadium okay and more.

Guillermo Barros Schelotto 2 (ISIphotos.com)

While the American soccer community waits for word on Clint Dempsey's health, here are some news items to go over:

Schelotto officially re-signed by Columbus. The Crew made it officially today, announcing the signing of Guillermo Barros Schelotto. The real news is that he won't be counting as a Designated Player in 2010.

“It was a long process, but we’re very happy to be able to re-sign Guillermo for this season,” said Crew head coach Robert Warzycha. “He’s obviously been a very good player for this team and I’m glad we got him signed in time for the start of preseason camp."

Wizards set for stadium go-ahead. Wyandotte County has called a special Board of Commissioners meeting for tonight at 5pm CT to discuss the Kansas City Wizards' stadium development agreement The meeting is expected to include the final approval of funding for the stadium project, which would clear the way for construction to begin.

Ghana downs Burkina Faso to reach ANC quarters. Andre Ayew's 30th minute strike helped Ghana defeat Burkina Faso, 1-0, and secure its place in the African Cup of Nations quarterfinals.

46 comments
  • bodeguero

    Wait. Where’s the “and more”?

    (SBI-Got called into some interviews before I could add the “and more.” Working on that now.)

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  • Fred

    Urgh, Edu on the bench for Rangers. So much for his triumphant comeback from injury. I can’t say he deserves anything more, the way he has played since he’s been back.

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  • Chris in Belfast

    Patience, man. He’s coming off an almost six month layoff. It’s unreasonable to expect him to be at his best after that. Hopefully he gets time to get his feet back under him.

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  • Brent McD

    Great news for KC. Don’t know that city but hope it’s in a good location.

    Houston needs to follow the Wizards lead and get the Dynamo a stadium now!

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  • Charles

    Like a roller coaster for US soccer right now.

    We will see Holden next year, no he is going to England, no we will see him, no Portugal.

    Ditto for LD, no seeing him next year, he is gone, no only a loan, no an extended loan, maybe longer.

    Glad this an upswing, KC with a real stadium and a good player staying where we can see watch him.

    please get a CBA signed, that will trump all.

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  • Reid

    Wow it seems the the Crew have joined the Patriots as 2 of the only teams is all sports to pay a player based what they will do in the contract years and not what the player has done with you in the past.

    Organizations everywhere should take note.

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  • Rory

    anyone got a linke for manu-city? you know, so I can report it to proper authorities. It seems the ones at atdhe.net are already down.

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  • Rory

    on watchprem you get some guy with turkish satellite flipping through the channels! Turkish Soap Operas are sooooooo less interesting then Mexican ones.

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  • otergod

    holden to portugal is not happening, more like it cant happen.

    expect him to potentially sign the deal with bolton

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  • Jammer

    IMO, not a good location. Better locations were attempted but not paid for by the Overland Park and KC,MO governments. But it’s proven since they are selling out their 10k seat park at the same place.

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  • gerald

    You know it’s interesting before we beat england in 1950 We had one player who was injured in a car crash another who had a knee injury and the player who scored the goal was of Haitian descent. It was mentioned on FSC FF last night

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  • Brian

    interesting…

    but we have 2 players with knee injuries (and 3 if you count Kenny Cooper)

    not to mention Jones and his leg injury

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  • dbex

    Arrrrgh wtf is taking so long for the info about Dempsey to come out?! I hate spending the day hitting refresh on Twitter and SBI for news….. $#@^!!

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  • Eric B

    Remember, Kansas City isn’t necessarily like NY or DC, its city center isn’t the be-all-end-all and people there actually drive. more akin to Denver or SLC…

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  • David

    Didn’t he play a fully 90 over the weekend? Can’t iamagine he would be able to start again after coming back from such a lengthy injury.

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  • Dannyc58

    Ives,

    Will you have a NYRB update today? Don’t mean to bug you, just asking because of your Twitter updates…

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  • Al17

    Bocanegra gets the start for Rennes today against St. Etienne. No score at the half. So is he headed to les Verts and they’re just show casing him or is this nothing more than panic mode on all fronts.

    ;O)

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  • r.benjamin

    I’m laughing because I’m doing the same and figuring nothing more will come out of England today.

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  • MVK

    correct, KC is actually covers more area than any “major” city in the US. Jackson County (KCMO) just spend millions and millions on Kauffman (Royals) and Arrowhead (Chiefs) and its not exactly a wealthy county to say the least. This will be on the KCK side (Wyandotte county) at an outdoor mall location that also has a massive NASCAR track, huge water park, Nebraska Furniture Mart and that kinda stuff. It is where they are currently playing as well so we will get to see the stadium undercontrustion from some of the seats at the CAB, which is pretty cool i think.

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  • Wizards are for 4 year olds

    Great. Maybe they’ll get a Chuck E. Cheese soon too. Furniture Marts exude quality atmosphere.

    I pray this team at least re-brands. What an embarrassment. This team is the red headed step-child of the league.

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  • fischy

    Carlos Tevez isn’tconsistent enough. He’ll never be worth the money ManCity is paying him…oops. Or, maybe not.

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  • MVK

    i agree to a certain extent (i would love a rebrand) but as far as location there really isnt much to offer here. Few people live downtown and the ones that do arent soccer fans (regardless the money isnt there and the striped shirt popped collar crowd at P&L isnt a fan base either), the OP locations are all strip malls as well. This isnt a tourist city, having things like NFM and the waterpark help make it a destination. Honestly, where else would be a better location? Lets not kid ourselves either, if this was just a Stadium issue it would not be happening, Cerner is/was the key, and medical software doesnt “exude quality atmosphere” does it?

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  • MVK

    What im saying is it is what it is, we cant even get a decent public transit system in our city, im just happy this looks like its going to get done.

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  • fischy

    CNN/SI with an early report on the toll the earthquake has taken on the Haitian sporting and soccer community:

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/soccer/01/19/haiti.deaths.ap/index.html

    The building which housed Haiti’s soccer federation and, apparently, the Olympic federation, collapsed. Several Olympic athletes killed, along with at least 30 employees/members of the soccer federation. Untold numbers still lay buried. Unknown how many soccer players may have been in the building.

    Anyone who saw the Gold Cup will recall that the Haitian team looked pretty good, and came within a minute or two of beating the USA…before Holden’s brilliant equalizer.

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  • Katatonia

    Fulham website:

    During the Blackburn Rovers fixture on Sunday 17 January, Clint Dempsey sustained moderate damage to a ligament in his right knee. Following the results of a scan, early indications are positive in that no operation is required. At this stage it is thought that the injury will not prevent him from featuring for Fulham, prior to the end of the season.

    Whilst obviously disappointed, Clint is focused on his rehabilitation and will work hard, in line with medical advice, to return at the soonest opportunity.

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  • Glass

    That works for me. Not happy about it, but if he can be in SA and at LEAST come on as a 45 or 60 minute sub that’s much better than not having him at all. Get better soon Clint!!

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  • kfly

    And they are 60 years apart! THAT’S MY FAVORITE NUMBER!!!11!!!!1!!!!!! AAHHHHHHHH WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON??!!

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  • Aaron in StL

    You can’t fault KC for taking what they can get. I think the ultimate goal is to make the games a ‘destination’ and with the right marketing they will be…and the Royals and Chiefs can help by continuing to stink it up.

    I can only imagine how different the Wizards path would have been if there was a team in St. Louis at the same time. The natural rivalry would have been great for both.

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  • Glass

    Check the Fulham website, they have that exact statement. But a little more detail would be nice, I agree.

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  • Aaron in StL

    Good stuff. From what I could read up on the internet, the PCL is a rair injury to the knee, but altogether less damning than the ACL.

    Let’s hope that’s true, and that Clint’s shut down for a month or two and hits stride after his return right around the end of May…

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  • madmax

    City 2 United 1. Tevez with both goals, one a PK. Mancini made three subs that all turned out badly, but Given saved his lunch as United attacked relentlessly for 20 minutes or more. SAF will complain about the officiating saying the PK wasn’t deserved because the shirt pull was outside the box. He wants you to forget the two fouls that followed that were in the box.

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  • Brian

    Bocanegra started and played the full 90 today for Rennes against St. Etienne. Perhaps they were just trying to showcase him to St. Etienne?

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