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Posted at 11:16 AM ET, 05/31/2011

Tuesday kickaround: MLS coaching changes, TV ratings, U.S. camp, Freddy Adu, World Cup trophy, D.C. United diary

*Carlos de los Cobos is out as the Chicago Fire’s head coach. Teitur Thordarson is out as the Vancouver Whitecaps’ head coach. Bad day for foreign coaches, good day for ex-Fire players: Chicago technical director Frank Klopas takes over at Bridgeview while Tom Soehn, the Whitecaps’ director of soccer operations who guided D.C. United for three years, returns to the sideline at Vancouver. De los Cobos won 10 of 41 league matches over one-plus seasons, including a 1-4-6 mark this year. Thordarson was 1-5-6 in Vancouver’s MLS debut season.

*We’re awaiting the overnight ratings (large markets) for the Champions League final between Barcelona and Manchester United on Fox. Industry details are here.

*Sweden-based winger Alejandro Bedoya has been called into U.S. national team camp as a possible Gold Cup roster replacement for Benny Feilhaber, whose ankle injury is being evalated by his club, the New England Revolution. Teams have until 24 hours before their first match — the Americans face Canada next Tuesday in Detroit (8 p.m. ET, Fox Soccer Channel) — to make a roster move.

For additional news & notes.....

*Ticket sales for the USA vs. Spain friendly this Saturday at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.: 57,000 (about 10,000 remain).

*Check out Brian Straus’ feature about Freddy Adu at U.S. camp. Breaking news: Adu says he won’t use social media during his stay.

*Spain is bringing the World Cup trophy with it to Foxborough. Public viewing information is to come.

*Henry Lopez, a Guatemalan under-20 player with Washington area ties who was profiled on the Insider in April, has been called up by the Chapines to replace the injured Guillermo “Pando” Ramirez in the Gold Cup.

*Read The Post’s Box Seats blogger Jeff Maurer’s witty diary and player ratings from D.C. United’s wild victory at Portland on Sunday.

*If you haven’t picked up this month’s print edition of FourFourTwo magazine, I recommend doing so. (Jack Wilshere is on the cover.) Among the contents: top 10 drunken escapades, an Irish player with Libyan ties, a player’s view of fans, fascinating profiles of Wilshere, Neymar and Mario Balotelli, the soccer supporter-inspired uprising in Egypt, a Sepp Blatter profile, an inside look at Northern Ireland’s Euro qualifier in an empty stadium in Belgrade, an illustration of Argentina’s 25-pass sequence at the 2006 World Cup, and a two-page photo of Portland’s Timber Joey cutting a slab.

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Tags:  Freddy Adu, U.S. national team, MLS, D.C. United, Spain

 
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