World Cup 2010

Afternoon Ticker: Odense BK eyeing Goodson, Gold Cup Final venue selected and more


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Clarence Goodson may become the next American Abroad to find a new club this summer, and Denmark could be his destination.

Goodson is currently being targeted by Odense BK, which is reportedly in negotiations with his current club, IK Start. Odense is looking at Goodson as a replacement for departed defender Jonas Troest.

Playing in the last year of his contract, Goodson has returned from the World Cup to score a goal in each of IK Start's last two games.

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Rose Bowl selected host of 2011 Gold Cup final

The 2011 Gold Cup final will be played at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA, CONCACAF announced

Next summer's CONCACAF championship tournament, which is scheduled to run from June 5-25, will mark the return of the Gold Cup to the Rose Bowl, which has not hosted a Gold Cup match since the 2002 final.

The winner of the 12-nation competition will qualify for the 2013 Confederations Cup in Brazil

FIFA announces no World Cup All-Star team

Soccer fans around the globe waiting for the official World Cup All-Star team to be announced need not wait anymore – because it won't be coming.

FIFA announced that it will not name an All-Star team for this summer's tournament and no reason was given. 

In previous editions of the tournament, MasterCard sponsored the All-Star team's announcement, but the company was dropped by FIFA in 2007 after settling a lawsuit.

Eduardo leaves Arsenal for Shakhtar Donetsk

Croatian forward Eduardo has transferred from Arsenal to Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk for a reported £6 million. Eduardo agreed to a four-year deal with Shakhtar.

Having returned this past season from a broken leg and dislocated ankle suffered in 2008, Eduardo struggled to find his top form.


What do you think of Goodson possibly transferring to Odense? Happy to see the Gold Cup final return to the West Coast? Why do you think FIFA won't announce a World Cup All-Star team? How do you see Eduardo faring with Shakhtar?

Share your thoughts below.

  • Jose

    I think having another country hosting the world cup would be cool and would be a real test for US to see if they can win it outside of the states. But saying that, winning this upcoming gold cup is huge for USMNT. It will give us some games in Brazil a year out from the world cup and can help narrow down the roster, etc. Winning it will also help erase the bad memories of the last Gold Cup!


  • PanchoMiguelMoralesdeConejo

    Why? the USA makes a lot more sense than any other country. Any other country you have a big home field advantage for the hosts, as soccer culture is more ingrained elsewhere.

    Here, we have a huge group of immigrants from most CONCACAF nations that make most games a good match up. Yes, Mexico will have more fans than any other country, but even the Islands have deep followings on the East Coast.

    Any other country with perhaps the exception of Canada it would be difficult to have the same ‘parity of fans’ available.


  • Biebs

    In regards to the Sal Zizzo thing, I saw this on MLSsoccer.net

    “MLS clubs can opt out of the lottery and if a team wins the lottery, it will not be eligible to participate in any other lotteries for the rest of the season. In the scenario that all MLS teams join the process, the percentage chances for winning rights to Zizzo are listed below based on each team’s record over their last 30 games:”

    Why would any team opt out of this lottery? Isn’t he a big enough talent that any team would take him?


  • MensreaJim

    Well, two reasons come to mind: 1. Cost. 2. Need.

    1. I believe MLS has already signed a deal with Sal, if not, he still would demand a realtively hefty salary. For a team near the cap–or just cheap–this would be a concern.

    2. For an attacking midfielder, this is unlikely. But if a middling GK with some NT experience came in (since Perkins is in the league, this is unlikely, but still), it is unlikely that, say, Seattle or LAG would want to enter the lottery and risk losing the chance at another player later on or be stuck paying a lot to a guy they don’t need.


  • phil

    I’ll join… but only if we can call it the “super duper world cup”. And the US hosts. And wins.

    -Sunil G.

    tee hee.


  • phil

    i KNEW some knucklehead moneybags club will show MLS the money, LD will go and fizzle instead of sizzle and we’ll all get the knives out just like his bundesliga escapades


  • Stephen

    Maybe Arsenal can afford one of our boys now that they Got that $6M payday.


  • NUFCin208

    CONCACAF should bring a gold cup game to Portland. Also, Goodsen moving from Norway to Denmark would be pointless.


  • Paul Thomas

    Well, to be fair to FIFA, “robbing South Africans blind” is kind of a cottage industry among the international business community…

    I mean, just look up their banking system if you REALLY want a howler.


  • Martha

    I think Concacaf prefers having it in a country whose team actually has a chance of being in the final.


  • DC Josh

    Why is the Gold Cup held every two years? It doesn’t make any sense to me, aside from more money. I just caught on to this BTW. College grad shmollege grad…


  • DC Josh

    Just one more year. Be patient. If Villa loan him out, they’ll never get him back.


  • NC Jeff

    I think CONCACAF awarded the Gold Cup Final to the USA to avoid the question by FIFA members “If they aren’t even being chosen by CONCACAF to host the next Gold Cup Final, where a birth to the Confed. Cup will be on the line, why are we thinking of having them host a World Cup?”

    Also, CONCACAF is having the USA host because a majority of its members said they’d rather come here than Mexico. And can you blame ’em … they do want to get back home … safely, and without having to pay a hostage ransom.


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