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Mid-Day Ticker: Najar named to Honduras roster, Ronaldo fumes & more


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Andy Najar is one step closer to competing in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

According to a report out of Honduras, Najar has been named to Los Catrachos' 30-man, preliminary roster for this summer's competition.

Najar, who has struggled to see regular playing time for D.C. United after a stellar rookie season, committed his international future to Honduras at a press conference last month. He would have been eligible for both the Under-20 World Cup and the Gold Cup, but Honduras didn't qualify for the U-20 event. Instead, it appears as if he'll have the chance to crack the senior squad for the regional championship.

Here are a few more stories from around the soccer world:


Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo had a problem with the officiating of his team's UEFA Champions League semifinal with Barcelona, and he isn't hiding his feelings.

Ronaldo told Reuters, "We knew we could beat Barca, but the referee didn't let us. Once again it was the referee that didn't allow us to dictate the outcome.

"The referee in the first match (Wolfgang Stark) took away our chances of playing the final. Whoever knows anything about football knows that Barcelona get preferential treatment."

Ronaldo was a key figure in a play in Tuesday's second leg during which Madrid had a goal waved off by referee Frank de Bleeckere. He was ruled to have fouled Javier Mascherano in the build up to a would-be goal by Gonzalo Higuain that could have tilted the scales of the matchup.

"Higuain's goal was good," Ronaldo said. "(Gerard) Pique pushed me, and I landed on Mascherano. He didn't used to fall to the ground in England, but he's picked up the bad habit of doing it here like everyone else."


FIFA will reportedly vote on adopting the use of goal-line technology next July after a series of suppliers and technology manufacturers present their systems over the course of the next year.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has indicated that goal-line technology could be used at the 2014 World Cup, but FIFA has organized a thorough examination to ensure that the most-accurate and reliable system is in place if and when the use of technology is approved.


Brazilian club Santos is the first team to clinch a spot in the Copa Libertadores quarterfinals after holding Mexico's Club America to a 0-0 draw in the second leg of their knockout tie Tuesday night.

Rising Brazilian star Paulo Ganso scored the lone goal in Santos' 1-0 victory in the first leg. Santos will face either Cruzeiro or Once Caldas in the quarterfinals.


Hope to see Najar make the final roster for Honduras? What do you make of Ronaldo's comments? What's your stance on goal-line technology? How far do you see Santos going in the Copa Libertadores?

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  1. Barca represent the best and worst of football. Supreme talent and cohesion, but also supreme arrogance and cynicism. Diving and simulation are the ugliest blots on world football — uglier, even, than fouling because they are *never* punished and they affect both the outcomes of important matches and the standing of the game. Shame on Barca for using the biggest stage in the club football world to practice their play-acting. I’m tired of it.


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