At last night’s Celebrity Pour event at Lucky's Pub, the Houston Dynamo continued to raise support and awareness for leukemia through the Champions of Hope campaign. Richard Mulrooney, Corey Ashe, Bobby Boswell, and Danny Cruz served as celebrity bartenders, raising almost $5,000 for the cause. Fans can still participate by buying a ticket package that includes access to a pregame party, a Dynamo beer stein, and a ticket to the Saturday match against D.C. United, with all proceeds going to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
This Saturday, goalkeeper Tally Hall will make his MLS debut for the Dynamo, filling in for Pat Onstad, who is representing Canada in its international friendly against Argentina. Speaking of Argentina, it was a busy day for national team head coach Diego Maradona. After running over a journalist's leg with his car, he then announced Argentina’s roster for the coming World Cup.
FIFA ruled that forward Joseph Ngwenya is now eligible to play for the Dynamo. Ngwenya had been in limbo for the past five weeks, when his former team, Antalyaspor, refused to provide his International Transfer Certificate. Ngwenya will be available for the Dynamo’s game on Saturday against D.C. United.
U.S. national team coach Bob Bradley hopes to whittle his roster down to 23 players after next Tuesday’s friendly against Czech Republic.
The next few months are critical for soccer in the United States, as Major League Soccer and the U.S. Soccer Federation hope to capitalize on the popularity of the World Cup.
Former President Bill Clinton has been named an Honorary Chairman for the United States’ bid to have the World Cup held in America in the year 2018 or 2012. Clinton believes that America’s growing foreign-born population is favorable for hosting a worldwide event.