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SBI Friday Rewind: Rossi facing another knee op; Ronaldinho to play in Mexico; and more

Giuseppe Rossi of Italy

Giuseppe Rossi, the American-born forward who opted to play for Italy’s national team, continues to struggle with injury. He had surgery on Friday and is expected to miss another four to five months. He has battled injury since tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in 2011 and was left off Italy’s World Cup squad this summer amid concerns he hadn’t fully recovered from his previous surgery in January.

Meanwhile, Ronaldinho is not playing in Major League Soccer. The 34-year-old Brazilian star and Mexican club Queretaro announced Friday he would be joining the Liga MX club. (That’s the same Queretaro that claimed to sign DaMarcus Beasley before the deal fell apart and claimed to sign Camilo Sanvezzo, even though the Vancouver Whitecaps still had Camilo under contract. They later bought him from the Whitecaps.)

And the U.S. Women’s National Team drew as favorable a group as they could have hoped for when they begin World Cup qualifying next month, first in Kansas City and then Chicago. They will start in a pot with Guatemala, Trinidad & Tobago and Haiti — none of which seem equipped to provide much of a test for the USWNT.

Here is a rundown of all the stories featured on SBI Friday:

USWNT drawn with T&T, Guatemala, Haiti in CONCACAF Women’s Championship

MLS Week 26: A Look Ahead

Fire’s Pause to retire at end of season

D.C. United sign Ghanaian international Inkoom

This Weekend’s Soccer on TV

College Soccer Weekend Preview: Maryland-UMBC, New Mexico-UCLA headline Week 2

SBI College Soccer Top 25 (Sept. 5 Edition)

USL Pro Week 25: A Look Ahead

U-20 USMNT open Argentina training camp with win vs. Racing Club reserves

Friday Ticker: Rossi out 4-5 months; Sturridge withdraws from England squad; and more

Mexican side Queretaro announce the signing of Ronaldinho

Friday Kickoff: Van Gaal given more money to spend; Messi recovering; and more



    • Good question. I’m not sure. Holden’s been hurt more often by the acts of others than his body just giving out, but the injuries are significant for both guys.

      • Joe,

        “Holden’s been hurt more often by the acts of others than his body just giving out,”

        What difference does it make how a player comes up injured?
        All anyone cares about is how much time you miss through injury.
        In Stu’s time in the EPL there were a lot of midfielders who played against the same people Stu played against and did not come up as injured .as he did.
        Stu has missed an enormous amount of time through injury and by any standard can reasonably be described as injury prone.

      • You can’t call Stu injury prone! Did you see the way he was injured? De Jong broke his leg in a horrid tackle and I believe it was Evans from Man U went studs up onto Holden’s knee when both did a slide tackle and it opened up a huge gash that ruined his knee. So you’re wrong.

      • Mr. saying,

        injury-prone (ˈɪndʒərɪˌprəʊn) Definitions adjective
        “often sustaining injuries”

        Nowhere in the definition of injury prone does it say anything about HOW injuries are sustained only that they are and that the athlete misses games because of them.

        Stuey has been with Bolton since the 2009-10 season. He has played for them in 30 league games out of a possible 196.

        That means he has missed at LEAST 166 games and has played only about 15% of the time.

        Try telling another team interested in Stu that he is not injury prone.


    Go back to Italy for your surgery Rossi since it’s so great over there.

    I’m glad you’re hurt Judas.

      • I wonder if fans from Scotland post things like

        ” Hey Stu go the f++k back to Houston for your surgery and and rehab your traitorous sc++bag. Hope you suffer brain damage under anesthesia “

      • Brolo,

        Stuey was born in Scotland and lived there until he was 10 when he moved to Texas. He still holds a British passport. Yes, Stuey, the spiting image of Draco Malfoy, is a dreaded dual national. Given that are you not amazed he speaks English so well?

        Rossi moved to Parma in Italy when he was 12.
        Both could have played for the countries of their birth.

        Stu was at Sunderland when he was 20 but unfortunately got beaten up in an off the field incident. He eventually got back to training but an ankle injury in training ended his season (surprise!) and he never played for Sunderland’s first team.

        If not for the injuries Stu would be arguably one of Scotland’s best midfielders today.

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