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By TRAVIS CLARK
The San Jose Earthquakes are using this World Cup break to add depth to its midfield, acquiring the promising Sam Cronin from Toronto FC.
The San Jose Mercury News is reporting that Cronin is being sent West in exchange for allocation money. The 23-year-old U.S. international had started just four games this season for Toronto prior to the World Cup break, and clearly wasn't a favorite of current TFC coach Preki.
His sputtering start to the 2010 came after an excellent rookie season that saw him start 26 games and earn his first cap for the USA in last summer's Gold Cup. He could get a chance to start right away, as San Jose midfielder Andre Luiz is struggling with a knee injury.
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MORE BAD NEWS FOR THE SOCCEROOS
Australia will be without another member of their first XI for Saturday's must-win clash with Ghana. Defensive midfielder Vince Grella, who only lasted a half in the 4-0 loss against Germany, has been ruled out of the matchup with the Black Stars, and facing a fitness battle to be ready for Australia's third game versus Serbia. Anything short of a win means Australia is likely to go home after the group stage.
POLICE TO ACT AS STEWARDS FOR ENTIRE CUP
The steward strike that has caused disturbances at various World Cup venues continued through this week, and with negotiations between the tournament organizers and the group of stewards going nowhere, the decision was made for the police to take over duties at four stadiums for the rest of the tournament.
Adding more bad news to the situation, another round of protests, this time in Cape Town, resulted in the police using stun grenades and rubber bullets to quell the stewards.
INTER CHASING MASCHERANO
With Rafa Benitez out the door, a number of his former Liverpool players could be following suit and making an Anfield exit of their own. Javier Mascherano is one of those rumored to leave, reportedly a target of Benitez's new club Inter Milan. The 26-year-old seems to be at least entertaining the idea of reuniting with Benitez to help the Serie A side defend its domestic and European titles.
What do you think of the trade for Cronin? Can Australia win tomorrow? What do you make of the protests? Will Mascherano play for Benitez once again?
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