Friday Kickoff: Toronto FC tops Philly, Liverpool up for sale and more

Friday Kickoff: Toronto FC tops Philly, Liverpool up for sale and more

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Friday Kickoff: Toronto FC tops Philly, Liverpool up for sale and more


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Toronto FC threw out a make-shift lineup for its home opener at BMO Field on Thursday night, and looked in danger of dropping points in front of a sell-out crowd, but one dumb red card and two goalkeeping blunders opened the door for TFC to score its first win of the season.

Dwayne DeRosario scored two goals, including a second-half penalty, to give Toronto a 2-1 win vs. the Philadelphia Union on Thursday night.

Philadelphia controlled the action in the first half before a Danny Califf red card left the Union a man down. DeRosario converted the ensuing free kick with a blast that Union goalkeeper Chris Seitz fumbled into his own net.

The Union responded with a beautiful goal just before halftime, but DeRosario scored the winner when he converted a penalty earned by O'Brian White after being fouled by Seitz in the penalty area.

Here are some other stories to get your Friday going:

Bradley to call more than 23 to USMNT Camp

While it had long been assumed, the U.S. men's national team has confirmed the fact that the team will bring more than 23 players to its pre-World Cup training camp next month.

World Cup participants are required to submit a 30-play preliminary roster to FIFA on May 11, meaning he could have as many as 30 players in the U.S. pre-World Cup training camp.

Hicks and Gillet set to sell Liverpool

After three tumultuous years as owners, Americans Tom Hicks and George Gillet are ready to sell Liverpool FC.

Mounting debt and a growing need to invest more into the team led the Americans to put Liverpool up for sale.

Ferguson squashes Rooney-to-Real rumors

Having already sold Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid, Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson stated emphatically that he has no intention of selling star striker Wayne Rooney to the Spanish powerhouse.

Bayern miffed by Lyon sked shift

Bayern Munich isn't happy at all that Lyon is having its Ligue 1 scheduled shifted around to give the French club more rest time during the semifinal series with the German club.

Bayern manager Louis Van Gaal spoke out on the shifting of Lyon's schedule and called for UEFA to get involved.

"UEFA has got to keep an eye on and regulate things like this," Van Gaal said. "That is no longer fair play."

What did you think of last night's TFC-Philly match? Starting to get excited about the U.S. team's World Cup run-up? Relieved to hear Hicks and Gillet are selling Liverpool?

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