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Tuesday Kickoff: Bradley loses in Egypt debut, Gaven signs extension and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Former U.S. men's national team head coach Bob Bradley made his managerial debut for Egypt on Monday, and the result was not a good one.

Brazil spoiled Bradley's first game in charge of the Pharoahs, winning 2-0 in a friendly played in Doha, Qatar. Jonas Oliveira scored in each half of a game that Bradley considered a useful experience despite Egypt's lackluster performance against a Brazil side missing most of its top players.

Along with marking Bradley's debut, the friendly saw Egypt's Ahmed Hassan tie the world record for most international appearances. Hassan's second-half cameo gave him 178 caps in his career, tying him with former Saudia Arabia goalkeeper Mohammad Al Deayea.

Bradley and Egypt are scheduled to play Brazil again in another friendly in February.

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GAVEN SIGNS EXTENSION WITH COLUMBUS

Eddie Gaven will be staying with the Columbus Crew for the foreseeable future. Gaven signed a multi-year contract extension with the Crew on Monday, just weeks after his ninth season as a pro came to an end.

The 25-year-old Gaven scored five goals and had an assist during the 2011 regular season.

OWEN RULED OUT SIX WEEKS

Manchester United forward Michael Owen will miss the next six weeks as he recovers from a thigh injury.

Owen picked up the knock earlier this month when United defeated Otelul Galati, 2-0, in a Champions League match. The timetable of Owen's recovery means he will not be in uniform when United faces Crystal Palace in a Carling Cup quarterfinal match on Nov. 30.

ELIMINATED PUERTO RICO, BERMUDA WIN QUALIFIERS

The teams to reach the third round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying are already known, but the region's second-round action continued on Monday. Already eliminated, Puerto Rico and Bermuda concluded their qualification campaigns with respective victories against Saint Lucia and Barbados, while Dominican Republic and Cayman Islands played to a 1-1 draw. CONCACAF's second round of qualification finishes on Tuesday.

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What  did you think of Bradley's debut as Egypt manager? Good move by the Crew to lock up Gaven?

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  1. One of Bob’s great attributes is that he got our guys to play with so much heart and passion. I wonder if that ability to inspire is lost in translation… But we didn’t learn anything today – he was gonna lose this one either way.

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  2. Sounds like Bradley brought the long ball to Egypt. From the highlights his defense looked awful. Bradley looked pis sed after poor marking on the second goal. we all know how bradley likes a strict defense, no easy goals, good teams must earn it. i remember the egyptians lacked severely in discipline both on and off the field in confed 09. they are about to get a wake up call. i hope it works. pretty cool to see him in egyptian sweats. go egypt, goodluck bob!

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  3. Glad to see Gaven resign with the Crew. Love him not only for what he does on the field, but for how he ocnnects with the fans. After losing Hejduk and GBS last off-season, Gaven really emerged along with Chad Marshall this year as the guys we hang our hats on.

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