BY ADAM SERRANO
The Unted States World Cup Bid Committee announced that they will be dropping out of the running for the 2018 World Cup.
A move that has been long considered a formality with FIFA explicitly stating that they would like the 2018 World Cup to take place in Europe. The United States will now look to bring the World Cup to America in 2022 for the first time since 1994. The nations in the running for 2018 are England, Russia and combined bids of Belgium/Netherlands and Spain/Portugal.
With the United States now focused on the 2022 World Cup, the US is considered the front runner for the tournament especially with England subsequently dropping out of its own campaign for the 2022 World Cup to focus on a bid in 2018. The nation will face competition from four nations in the Asian confederation Australia, Qatar, Japan and South Korea. Since the US has dropped out of the running for the 2018 bid, the CONCACAF may now play king-maker of which nation may eventually win the tournament in 2018. Which may boost support for the Americans in the 2022 race.
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NESV COMPLETES TAKEOVER OF LIVERPOOL
The Reign of Tom Hicks and George Gillett has ended for Liverpool F.C.
On Friday, New England Sports Ventures, the owners of the Boston Red Sox completed their takeover of Liverpool F.C. The deal was finalized after the former owners removed a restraining order that was blocking the deal. John W. Henry will now assume duties as the head of the club and according to the BBC has a deal in place to repay the club's 237 million pound debt. With the debt repaid, it is unlikely that the club will fall into administration and face a nine-point penalty.
"We regard our role as that of stewards for the club with a primary focus on returning the club to greatness on and off the field for the long-term," said Henry to media after the order was dropped. "We are committed first and foremost to winning. We have a history of winning, and we want Liverpool supporters to know that this approach is what we intend to bring to this great club."
Liverpool fans got another boost on Friday as one of the team's talisman's Jaime Carragher agreed to a two year contract extension with the club.
WHITECAPS HOLD ISLANDERS TO DRAW, IMPACT BEAT RAILHAWKS IN USSF DIVISION 2 SEMIS
The Vancouver Whitecaps have had a wonderful road record all season and it has put them in the front position for a berth in the Division 2 final. The Whitecaps and the Islanders played a 0-0 draw in Bayamon, Puerto Rico in the first leg of the semifinals.
Vancouver will host Puerto Rico for the final leg on Sunday at Swangard Stadium. In the other semifinal, the Montreal Impact –who enter MLS in 2012 – defeated the Carolina Railhawks, 1-0 at Montreal's Saputo stadium. The Impact were victorious thanks to a goal by Leonardo Di Lorenzo off a free kick in the first half. Montreal will now travel to Cary, North Carolina to take on the Railhawks on Sunday.
BECKHAM REJECTS ENGLAND CALL-UP
The ever present David Beckham has rejected a call up from England manager Fabio Capello for a friendly against France. The friendly would take place on November 17th just days before MLS Cup which Beckham and the Galaxy hope to be playing in. The 35-year-old midfielder has been getting back to full fitness after his achillies injury that he suffered back in March and has scored a goal and an assist during his first few games. After training on Thursday, Beckham reterated that he is ready to help the club return to MLS Cup and finish the job that they were complete in last year's MLS Cup.
" You always have to think about it especially when it ended like it did. If we were successful you have that different mentality but because we didn’t win, we didn’t go all the way and win it, you have that," said Beckham "I would hope the players on the team have that determination to win it this season. We’re thinking about that more than anything."