*Mexico prepared for the Gold Cup with a 3-0 victory over New Zealand in front of 45,401 spectators in Denver.
*In a story that first broke on the Insider on Wednesday, Pachuca has acknowledged that American World Cup veteran DaMarcus Beasley is working out with the Mexican club in hopes of a possible move from Hanover.
*Asked about Shalrie Joseph’s last-minute decision to skip the Gold Cup, Grenada Coach Michael Adams tells the Insider: “I was told that Shalrie was withdrawing as he aggravated a groin injury and was not sure when he would play next and therefore was going to remain at the club for treatment.”
Joseph is not listed on the club’s injury report. He did say, given the Revolution’s and his personal situation, it was more important to remain with his club.
“This is obviously a devastating blow for us and does leave a very big hole to fill,” Adams said. “All we can do is wish Shalrie a speedy recovery and we’ll have to make the necessary adjustments.”
Grenada, in its second straight Gold Cup appearance, will face Jamaica, Honduras and Guatemala.
*Eric Hassli received his third red card of the season in Vancouver’s 1-1 draw at Chivas USA, the Whitecaps’ first match under new coach Tom Soehn.
*After watching video of his club’s 3-2 win at Portland on Sunday, D.C. United Coach Ben Olsen had more to say about the controversial officiating, particularly the thrice-attempted penalty kick by the Timbers.
On the first save by Bill Hamid, which was nullified because he came off his line too soon, “You can justify the call,” Olsen said. “The second one is ridiculous.”
After the match, Olsen said United benefitted from a “phantom call” that led to a go-ahead penalty in the 75th minute. After watching video, however, he said it was the right decision.
Kelley O’Hara (five caps) will replace veteran Lindsay Tarpley (knee surgery) on the U.S. Women’s World Cup roster.