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Hello all. With the day winding down, here are some tidbits to pass along after another eventful Tuesday in the soccer world:
Edu poised for ‘Old Firm’ debut
U.S. national team midfielder Maurice Edu could be in for the mother of all debuts for Glasgow Rangers. He is in line to play in the latest installment of ‘The Old Firm’ the derby between Rangers and Celtic, at Celtic’s Parkhead on Sunday.
"When I first met (Edu) he came across as one of these boys who would not be fazed by a great deal," Rangers manager Walter Smith told the club’s website. "He seems a quite confident lad.
"If we can get him over in good time then I have no doubt that he would be involved on Sunday at some stage."
Edu was in Toronto as of Tuesday, securing the final documents to complete his $5 million transfer from Toronto FC to Rangers.
No Altidore call-up…….yet
When Spanish club Villarreal included newly-signed striker Jozy Altidore in its list of players being called up to national team duty, revealing that Altidore was joining the U.S. national team for it’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Cuba (Sept. 6) and Trinidad & Tobago (Sept. 10), the news create quite a bit of buzz among American fans eager to see Altidore back with the national team.
The only problem is the announcement wasn’t completely accurate.
Altidore has been included in a group of more than 30 candidates to called in for the U.S. team’s upcoming qualifiers, but the actual roster for those matches has yet to be chosen. U.S. Soccer must notify clubs in advance of its plans to call players in so the federation sends notification to all the clubs of all the players who may get called in.
So yes, Altidore may get the call to play in Cuba and Trinidad & Tobago, but he still hasn’t been named to the team yet. The roster won’t be finalized until Thursday at the earliest.
Pavlyuchenko set to join Tottenham
Russian striker and Euro 2008 star Roman Pavlyuchenko has revealed that he is set to move from Spartak Moscow to Tottenham Hotspur. If the deal is, in fact, done, then that would lead most to believe that Tottenham is set to unload disgruntled Bulgarian striker Dimitar Berbatov, who has been linked to Manchester United for weeks.
Spurs will be hoping Pavlyuchenko can kick-start an attack that has struggled through the season’s first two weeks with Darren Bent at lead striker.
As for Tottenham’s well-publicized pursuit of Pavlyuchenko’s Russian national team comrade Andrei Arshavin, that deal looks to be dead in the water, that is unless Zenit St. Petersburg comes down on its price for the Euro 2008 star.
What do you think of these stories? Excited at the possibility of Edu playing in ‘The Old Firm’ ? Think Tottenham can still find a way to squeeze Arshavin onto the roster? Eager to see Jozy Altidore lighting up Cuba’s defense?
Share your thoughts below.