Thursday, March 1, 2007

The China Syndrome

US Soccer is gettin' busy with China on several fronts as the Men's National Team is scheduled to play a friendly against the Chinese on June 2 in San Jose, while the fledgling Women's Soccer Initiative is attempting to leverage any buzz gained from the Women's World Cup 2008 in China into another shot at a professional women's league in the United States.

Hopefully the "friendly" won't degenerate into a full-scale brawl like the one Queens Park Rangers and the Chinese Olympic Team had a few weeks ago. Check out the YouTube video. Not Good. Speaking of China and not good, have you checked the latest financial news? Double Not Good.

You Go Girls! Mia Hamm and Julie Foudy were elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame, and fittingly will be the first all-female player class inducted to the Hall in Oneonta, NY on August 26. Congrats to Mia and Julie. Fawcett and Lilly should be next.

The Kids Are Alright: Two oddball stories came across the internet tubes, one concerning two massive Spanish clubs bidding on an 11-year-old boy and the other regarding a girl getting ejected from a youth tourney in Canada for wearing a religious head scarf.

Laureano Luduena is the young Argentine who in the past two years has reportedly scored 160 goals and Barcelona and Real Madrid are allegedly interested in purchasing the rights to this young man's soccer future. Too soon?

The 11-year-old girl was wearing a hijab, which Laval, Quebec officials deemed a no-no, despite the fact the youngster had worn it without any problems in her own Ontario-based league. Too much?

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