Afternoon Ticker: Carolina Challenge Cup to begin, Hiddink rejects Ivory Coast and more

Afternoon Ticker: Carolina Challenge Cup to begin, Hiddink rejects Ivory Coast and more

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Afternoon Ticker: Carolina Challenge Cup to begin, Hiddink rejects Ivory Coast and more

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TorontoFC DC United 

By FRANCO PANIZO

The 2010 Carolina Challenge Cup is set to kickoff, and for three MLS teams that means one last chance to tests their players before the (hopeful) start of the 2010 season.

Real Salt Lake, D.C. United and Toronto FC will all join host Charleston Battery for the seventh edition of the tournament, which is played in round robin format.

The tournament opens up at Blackhaud Stadium on Saturday with 2009 winner, Real Salt Lake, locking horns with D.C. United at 5pm, followed immediately by Toronto FC-Charleston Battery at 7:15.

Here are some more stories from Saturday:

Hiddink rejects Ivory Coast coaching job

Ivory Coast appeared to be the next team in line to be coached under Guus Hiddink, but the prolific manager has pulled out of the race to manage Les Elephants at the World Cup this summer. 

Hiddink wrote in his newspaper column that temporarily managing Ivory Coast could negatively impact his duty with Russia and Turkey, his current and future employers. Hiddink also wrote about Turkey's upcoming friendlies in May against Ireland, Czech Republic and the United States, and stated he doesn't want to miss those games.

Nesta to undergo surgery

AC Milan defender Alessandro Nesta has opted for surgery on his injured knee, and will go under the knife on Monday. Nesta's decision to have surgery likely ends his season with AC Milan, and could open the door for U.S. international Oguchi Onyewu, who has recovered from a knee injury of his own and is training with the club albeit separately.

Torres' Liverpool future depends on future signings

Liverpool forward Fernando Torres has revealed that he will think about his future with the club if it doesn't sign "important" players in the upcoming transfer window.

Liverpool is enduring a disappointing season, battling for a fourth-place finish in the Premier League instead of first, and Torres believes that in order to avoid a repeat showing next season, the club needs to make a splash in the transfer market. Torres said failure to do so could cause him to think about his future.

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Who do you see claiming the Carolina Challenge Cup? Surprised Hiddink turned down the Ivory Coast job? Think Onyewu will find minutes now that Nesta has opted for surgery? Where would you like to see Torres go if he were to leave Liverpool?

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