The Crew have been enjoying their week and a half off since defeating Vancouver last Wednesday, 1-0. The team took four days off from practice, and today they went bowling instead of training.
Former Manchester United academy player Ritchie Jones, 24 years old, was linked with Columbus last week. Ritchie, a former England youth international player, instead ended up signing with Bradford City today, a team in the fourth tier of English soccer.
The Richmond Kickers, who knocked Columbus out of the U.S. Open Cup this year, have moved on to the final four of the competition. The third division side beat Sporting Kansas City 2-0 on Tuesday. Richmond will play the Chicago Fire in the semifinals on August 30th. The Seattle Sounders and FC Dallas face off in the other semifinal.
The 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup started on June 26th in Germany. The tournament’s final two were determined today. The U.S defeated France by a score of 3-1. Japan defeated Sweden, also with a 3-1 difference. The U.S. and Japan faced off at Crew Stadium in a friendly on May 14th, with the U.S. winning 2-0. The two also faced off on May 18th, with the 2-0 outcome in favor of the U.S. again. The final will be played Sunday, July 17th at Commerzbank-Arena, in Frankfurt, Germany.
Mexico won the FIFA U-17 World Cup on July 10th, beating Uruguay 2-0 in front of a packed crowd at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City. The senior Mexico national team is scheduled to play the U.S. in a friendly on August 10th in Philadelphia.