*USA women’s coach Pia Sundhage named 29 players to training camp in Florida, which essentially is her personnel pool before she make s final selections for the 21-player World Cup roster next month. The Americans have two friendlies against Japan before their send-off match June 5. The opponent and venue for that domestic finale will be announced soon.
*The early weather forecast for D.C. United’s visit to Toronto FC on Saturday night: temperature in the low 40s with rain likely.
*Marcus Salandy-Defour, a midfielder in United’s youth academy, was invited to U.S. under-18 national team training camp for three friendlies.
*RFK Stadium has raccoons and rats. Portland’s stadium has cats.
*Aston Villa’s James Collins, on the club’s American goalkeeper, Brad Friedel: “He is such a good professional in the way he handles himself off the pitch and he is in the gym every day still at [age] 40. I think I will retire before him the way he is going and I’m only 27! The way he looks after himself off the pitch and the way he goes about his business is great and he is just a world-class keeper. He has been doing the same thing for years and years in the Premier League.”
*Americans abroad today:
D Eric Lichaj and Leeds at Derby
F Conor Doyle and Derby vs. Leeds
F Eddie Johnson and Preston at Doncaster
D Zak Whitbread and Norwich at Watford
D Frank Simek and Carlisle at Leyton Orient
*Soccer on TV:
UEFA Champions League, Doetsk-Barcelona 2:30 p.m. Comcast SportsNet/DC, Fox Sports Net, foxsoccer.tv (tape at 5 on Fox Soccer Channel, tape at 9 of Fox Soccer Plus)
UEFA Champions League, Manchester United-Chelsea 2:30 p.m. FSC (tape at 5 on FSP)
For more details concerning Crystal Palace Baltimore’s legal issues.....
I sought comment from Crystal Palace Baltimore about the judgment against the club in Maryland District Court on Monday. A judge ruled that CPB must pay about $20,000 in unpaid wages, plus court costs, to seven coaches in its youth academy.
Pete Medd, CPB’s president and co-head coach, said in a written statement that the club is “broke. Without further investment, it will not continue. The club owes the Medd family 2+ million [dollars] and we are the largest creditors.”
Asked if the club and his family are essentially the same, he responded: ”Crystal Palace is a legal entity unto itself, of which there are multiple owners.”
The only owners I’ve ever seen listed are Pete Medd; his father Randall Medd, the club’s chairman; and co-coach Jim Cherneski.
Cherneski had a small stake in the club, I’m told, and Randall Medd was the primary financier.
“If we do not attract additional investors, we will go the way of all the past outdoor pro clubs in Maryland,” Pete Medd said. “It’s really too bad that soccer folks in Maryland cannot come together to support the game.”
To read Monday’s story about the club, its problems and the lawsuit, click here.