*Aside from United’s pursuits, De Rosario (as well as new teammate Dejan Jakovic) is preparing for 2014 World Cup qualifiers. Canada enters the competition in CONCACAF’s second round, with group play beginning in early September and ending in mid-November. (The United States has a bye until the third round, which starts in June 2012.)
Canada will play two matches in each of the FIFA fixture windows: Sept. 2-6, Oct. 7-11 and Nov. 11-15. While the Canadian duo would miss United training sessions, the schedule doesn’t conflict directly with MLS matches, though they would probably miss the Oct. 12 game at Vancouver. The November dates would interfere only if DCU reached a conference final.
For CONCACAF’s qualifying timetable and procedures, click here.
*Native country or employer? U.S. Coach Pia Sundhage faces homeland Sweden in the Americans’ Women’s World Cup group finale today.
*The Under-17 World Cup semifinals are Thursday: Brazil vs. Uruguay (4 p.m. ET, ESPNU, Galavision, ESPN3.com) and Germany vs. host Mexico (7 p.m., ESPNU, Galavision, ESPN3.com). Details here.
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