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Posted at 09:49 AM ET, 06/22/2011

Wednesday kickaround: CONCACAF Gold Cup, Clint Dempsey, Jermaine Jones, MLS, D.C. United

*After making successful lineup adjustments against Jamaica, U.S. Coach Bob Bradley weighs his options ahead of the CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinal against Panama tonight in Houston. He will be without forward Jozy Altidore, who strained his left hamstring Sunday at RFK Stadium and underwent an MRI exam Tuesday. Even the mildest of hamstring injuries require a week or two of recovery, which means Altidore is unlikely to return for Saturday’s final, should the Americans advance.

*Clint Dempsey embraces his return to Texas.

*Jermaine Jones to Roma? (Thanks to old friend Steve Amoia at worldfootballcommentaries.com for translation)

“The deal could be outlined today when Walter Sabatini has an appointment with Adam Davis, a representative of the Rogon (Sportsmanagement) organization that has represented dozens of players (among these Kevin Prince Boateng of AC Milan, Kevin Kuranyi, Rafinha, Luiz Gustavo). From a strictly economic sense, the deal costs nothing. Jones is out of contract with Schalke and the contract is also not a problem in this time during the introduction of Financial Fair Play. He is a midfielder more of quantity than quality. American nationality (but also has a German passport therefore would be deemed EU) and he already has a good experience in European soccer.”

*TV information:

USA vs. Panama 7 p.m. Fox Soccer Channel, Univision, univisionfutbol.com

Mexico vs. Honduras, 10 p.m. Univision, univisionfutbol.com

For MLS and D.C. United items.....

*MLS tonight:

Sporting Kansas City (3-6-4, 13 points) at Philadelphia Union (6-4-4, 22) 7:30 p.m. Direct Kick. Union is 4-0-3 at PPL Park, SKC is 2-0-3 in its past five league outings.

Real Salt Lake (6-3-4, 22) at Chicago Fire (2-4-9, 15) 8:30 p.m. Direct Kick. RSL is without suspended forward Jean Alexandre, Fire is 1-1-9 (yes, nine) in all competitions over 11 matches.

*Fox Soccer Channel has agreed to carry D.C. United’s friendly against Everton on July 23.

By  |  09:49 AM ET, 06/22/2011

Tags:  CONCACAF Gold Cup, U.S. national team, MLS

 
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