FIFA issued a summary of its technical reports ahead of the decision of the hosts for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups
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Kick Off: FIFA issues World Cup report, GK for RBNY

There are just two weeks remaining before FIFA announces the host countries for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup. Ahead of the big news, FIFA this morning released its evaluation report for each of the bids. Read what FIFA says about the USA.

MLS Commissioner Don Garber is a member of the USA World Cup Bid Committee. On Tuesday he gave the annual State of the League address in which he discussed several issues in addition to the relaunch of the Reserve Division, the expansion of rosters and the removal of the quota on homegrown players.

There are sensitive negotiations taking place about the removal of the Canadian player quota for MLS clubs north of the border.

The Commissioner also made it clear that MLS teams live and die by their player personnel decisions, whether those involve Designated Players or not.

The first appearance by FC Dallas in an MLS Cup final conjures memories of the only other Dallas outdoor soccer team to ever win a title.

Ahead of this afternoon’s US national team match against South Africa in Cape Town (2 p.m. ET, ESPN2), here’s an introduction to one of the potential protagonists: US midfielder Mix Diskerud.

American forward Charlie Davies, who was on track to make the 2010 World Cup team, will reportedly receive an amount of restitution from the 23-year-old driver in the fatal crash of October 2009. Her name was revealed as she faces up to 13 years in prison for drunken driving.

It will be interesting to see the reception that Toronto FC O'Brian White gets from TFC fans after he turned his back on Canada to join the Jamaican national team.

Former Philadelphia Union target Robert Pirès has finally latched on with a club, signing with the EPL’s Aston Villa.

A report indicates that Chicago Fire DP Freddie Ljungberg could join a club in the EPL or stay in the US, including with the New York Cosmos.

Former MetroStars player Roberto Donadoni is back in the coaching ranks at the helm of a Serie A club.

A player who will hope to leave his mark in New York is Colombian goalkeeper Faryd Mondragón, who reports say will be joining the New York Red Bulls in the January transfer window. (GERMAN)

There looks to be a new start for the Kansas City Wizards with reports of an identity change being announced later today.

The announcements were major in Columbus where the verdicts on the futures of several big names came down, including that of veteran forward Jason Garey.

One columnist in Columbus puts Crew legend Guillermo Barros Schelotto, who will not be returning to the club, alongside all-time sports greats Jack Nicklaus and Jesse Owens.

Kei Kamara entered the annals with his “Miss of the Century” but today he concedes his spot in the all-time rankings of goal scoring blunders to the “Qatarstrophe” of a miss which cost Qatar a match in the Asian Games. (VIDEO)

It’s not just gaffes that are celebrated today. While MLS gets ready to announce its Goal of the Year, so will FIFA. Here are the 10 candidates.

In Mexico, US World Cup forward Herculez Gomez is said to be a target of Jonathan Bornstein’s new club, Tigres. (SPANISH)

Speaking of Mexican soccer, the playoffs kick off today south of the border with teams missing international talent due to the FIFA fixture date.

In addition to USA vs. South Africa, the international action today is highlighted by Brazil vs. Argentina (noon ET, ESPN2), England vs. France (3 p.m. ET, Fox Soccer Channel) and Spain vs. Portugal (4 p.m. ET, ESPN Deportes).

Lastly, they’re calling it “Marta’s Curse” after another WPS team with whom the Brazilian starred has been forced to fold.

MLSsoccer.com Must-Reads:

Chivas USA fast-track search for new head coach

Seattle Sounders planning to bring on academy products in 2011

Colorado’s Jamie Smith questionable for MLS Cup with new injury


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