Mid-Day Ticker: USA-Argentina friendly, England's bid in trouble and more

Mid-Day Ticker: USA-Argentina friendly, England's bid in trouble and more

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Mid-Day Ticker: USA-Argentina friendly, England's bid in trouble and more

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By AVI CREDITOR

Reports out of South America suggest that the United States could be hosting Argentina in a men's soccer friendly in Seattle this coming March.

According to the report, the prospective date of the match would be March 26, which falls during a FIFA International Break (March 26-30, 2011). The date would also likely coincide with the start of the next Major League Soccer season. The Seattle Sounders opened the 2010 season at home on March 25.

Also according to that report, Argentina has friendlies lined up on Feb. 9 against England (in Copenhagen) and March 29 against either Mexico or Costa Rica (and played either in Los Angeles or Costa Rica depending on the opponent).

The last time the United States faced Argentina, the teams played to a 0-0 draw in a friendly at the old Giants Stadium in June, 2008.

Here are a few more stories from around the soccer world:

ENGLAND'S BID "SIGNIFICANTLY HARMED"

The Sunday Times could end up costing England the chance to host the 2018 World Cup.

According to the BBC, the report by the English publication that revealed that members of FIFA's executive committee were willing to be bribed for their votes has "significantly harmed" England's bid to host the 2018 tournament.

A senior member of England's bid committee spoke to the BBC and delivered the revelation while also maintaining that the bid wasn't dead just yet but that there is an uphill battle to climb between now and the Dec. 2 announcement.

LAHM EXTENDS BAYERN CONTRACT

Philipp Lahm has added four years to his contract with Bayern Munich, securing himself a place with the German power through 2016.

Lahm, the highly touted right back and current Germany captain, was initially signed through the 2012 season.

HESKEY TEARS MENISCUS

Aston Villa forward Emile Heskey will be out for the next four weeks after tearing the meniscus in his right knee during training.

The injury requires Heskey to undergo surgery, which will put him on the shelf alongside strike partner Gabriel Agbonlahor.

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Hope the USA-Argentina match becomes a reality? Do you think England should be punished because of The Sunday Times' report? Where do you think Lahm ranks among the world's fullbacks? Think Aston Villa can overcome the losses of Agbonlahor and Heskey?

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