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Thursday kickoff: Defoe out six weeks, FIFA vists D.C., more

Jermain Defoe is Strechered Off England 2010/11 Switzerland V England (1-3) Group G 07/09/10 UEFA Euro2012 Qualifier Photo Robin Parker Fotosports International Photo via Newscom

England and Tottenham will be without Jermain Defoe for at least six weeks after the striker injured his ankle in England's 3-1 victory over Switzerland on Tuesday.

Defoe is off to a blazing start to the season, netting a hat trick against Bulgaria and scoring in Tottenham's Champions League qualifier versus Young Boys.

This is the latest in a string of injuries for the Three Lions, who lost Michael Dawson to a knee injury and Theo Walcott to an ankle strain over the past week. 

Here are some other stories to start your day going.

FIFA officials continue USA bid tour

FIFA's inspection of the United States' bid for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups continued yesterday in Washington D.C. A breakfast at the White House was followed by a visit to George Mason University, a proposed training site. Joining the delegation was former USMNT captain John Harkes. The tour of the nation's capital was rounded out by a visit to FedEx Field, one of the 21 possible stadiums to be used during the tournament.

The delegation then flew to Miami to inspect the Miami Beach Convention Center, a proposed site for the Finals draw. FIFA will conclude its tour today with visits to Cowboy Stadium in Dallas and Houston. 

Quakes hire stadium architect

The San Jose Earthquakes have hired an architect to design a new soccer-specific stadium near the San Jose airport. Design firm 360 Architecture, the designers of the New Meadowlands Stadium, will design stadiums for both the Earthquakes and the Oakland Athletics, who are eying a move to San Jose. Both teams are owned by Lew Wolff.


What do you think of these developments?


  1. we spent way too much money and time trying to get the Olympics…
    Remember its been only 16 years since we hosted in 94, and we had games in Chicago at the larger old Soldier field, which had more than the current 61,000 cap. Either way if there is to be a World Cup there will certainly be a few games in Chicago since its a huge city with major international influence.

  2. Based on the stadiums that are on the list Soldiers field is not big enough. I believe just about every stadium that made the cut can hold at least 75K (it might be 80K)

  3. HAHA…nice. I can see it now, “I spoke with Landon the other day, and he told me ‘Harksey, make sure this meeting goes WELL, I mean really WELL, Harksey'”

  4. I believe the San Jose airport is about only two miles from downtown San Jose. A stadium near the airport (and thus downtown) would indeed be a good idea, because of easier access (hopefully).

  5. Chicago was not on eof the cities becuase they needed to put up some money for the bid. Everyone in Chicago was burnt out from the failed Olympic bid so it was difficult politically to pony up the dough while the city was having budget difficulties.

  6. It is unfathomable…rumor has it that Chicago missed the deadline to submit, and the Bid Committee held firm on the deadline.

    But nothing is irreversible. I wouldn’t be surprised if Chicago gets “added to the mix” as things progress. 2022 is a long way off and things are bound to change in 12 years. How many new stadiums might develop in key cities prior to then? San Fran, San Diego, LA…

  7. What I still do not understand is how CHICAGO is not one of the cities to host games for the WC. This really is dumbfounds me. Ives, is there a reason? Would love to know!!!

    Anyway, Harkes tool. Wynalda rocks!!!

  8. Yeah really, talk about putting our best foot forward – the new Meadowlands in NJ, FedEx Field, the White House, Miami Beach, new Cowboys Stadium, and Reliant? Well done.

  9. I think our bid is in fine shape for 2022. We’ve yet to pull out of 2018 (it seems to be a foregone conclusion that England will get it) and I imagine we’ll parlay our withdraw from that Cup for votes for 2022.

    Cash rules everything. And we’ll rake it in.

    The only worrisome thing would be if the other region reps decide that a new country like Qatar or Australia need a look in order to spread the popularity of the game. Which is foolish IMO, as the game is plenty popular as it is.

  10. We only bring out Harkes, a guy with an iffy history? I think we can do a bit better than that with the organization we’ve had.

    FIFA are looking for glitz and glam. I think we have one of the top bids but I’m getting nervous we’re not doing enough.

    The World Cup is in “US” campaign is nice but I haven’t seen any signs of it in public, beyond my own. We need to be better unified when it comes to showcasing what we have to offer.

    Maybe we should of had a Friendly planned for earlier in the week so that they could of attended and seen first hand the passion our fans have…

  11. Every one of the venues FIFA is visiting are world-class. Very few other stadia in the world can compete with those. We’d better win our bid


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