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Posted at 10:13 AM ET, 05/12/2011

Thursday kickaround: USA vs. Spain, Gold Cup roster, Real Madrid, WPS, MLS, Scottish coach attacked, Americans abroad, soccer on TV

*Ticket sales for the U.S. national team friendly against World Cup champion Spain on June 4 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., have surpassed 50,000. The record crowd for a USSF event in New England is 57,407 for a 1998 World Cup qualifier vs. Mexico at the old Foxborough stadium.

Who will be on the U.S. roster? The same group headed to the CONCACAF Gold Cup, so in other words, a high-power list. The formal deadline to submit the Gold Cup roster is May 21, but the USSF’s public announcement could come between the 19th and 23rd, depending on injuries and other considerations.

*I’m getting word that the second match of Real Madrid’s U.S. tour has been finalized: July 20 in San Diego vs. Chivas Guadalajara. The first date was announced last week: July 16 vs. the Galaxy at the Los Angeles Coliseum. The final stop is likely to be in Philadelphia.

*The WPS fiasco continues with another comical turn involving The Team Formerly Known as the Washington Freedom.

*Toronto FC Coach Aron Winter, on MLS officiating following a puzzling penalty kick decision against his club during a 1-0 loss at FC Dallas: “Every game it looks like it’s not the players on the pitch that are playing. It is more of a referee show now. Every week it’s something different. With those things, you can never win the game. Every week it gets worse.”

*UPDATE: Marcos Mondaini, the Chivas USA player who broke Real Salt Lake star Javier Morales’ ankle with a reckless tackle from behind, has been suspended four matches and fined $1,500, MLS announced.

*Video of Celtic Manager Neil Lennon being attacked by a fan during a Scottish match at Hearts.

For Americans abroad and TV listings.....

*Americans abroad:

Wednesday

MF Sacha Kljestan 90 (assist) in Anderlecht’s 4-1 win over Gent (Belgian playoffs)

MF Alejandro Bedoya last 48 in Orebro’s 2-2 draw (3-2 PK win) over Ljungskile (Swedish cup)

D Gale Agbossoumonde 90 in Djurgarden’s 2-1 win at Lulea (Swedish cup)

MF Michael Thomas last 75 for Ljungskile

Thursday

GK Diego Restrepo and America de Cali vs. Millonarios

F Robbie Findley and Nottingham Forest vs. Swansea City

*Soccer on TV:

England playoffs, Nottingham Forest-Swansea City 2:30 p.m. ET, Fox Soccer Plus

Copa Libertadores quarterfinals, Velez Sarsfield-Libertad 7 p.m. Fox Deportes

Mexican semifinals, Chivas-Pumas 8 p.m. Telemundo

Copa Libertadores quarterfinals, Jaguares-Cerro Porteno 9:30 p.m. Fox Deportes

Mexican semifinals, Cruz Azul-Morelia 10 p.m. Azteca America

By  |  10:13 AM ET, 05/12/2011

Tags:  Real Madrid, U.S. national team, Spain, MLS, WPS

 
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