*Sepp Blatter, renaissance man, “captain of the ship” and FIFA president for life, is calling for the entire membership, not just the executive committee, to determine future World Cup host countries.
*Busy night for Canada: In a Gold Cup tuneup, the national team faces Ecuador in Toronto and the Vancouver Whitecaps (1-5-6) play their first match under Tom Soehn at Chivas USA (3-4-4). Oh by the way, the Canucks host the Bruins in the first game of the Stanley Cup finals.
*New England Revolution star Shalrie Joseph has chosen club over country, deciding to remain with his MLS side rather than represent Grenada in the Gold Cup.
*I’m getting word that American midfielder DaMarcus Beasley has arrived in Mexico for workouts ahead of a likely move for the 2011-12 season. The educated guess is Pachuca, which employs Herculez Gomez and Jose Torres and promised sweeping roster changes after a poor Clausura campaign. Beasley, 29, has a year remaining on his contract with Bundesliga club Hanover, where he trained but rarely played this past season. Awaiting feedback from his representatives.
*Nataly Arias, a Washington area player profiled on the Insider last month, has been named to Colombia’s Women’s World Cup squad, according to her family.