FIFA has announced that goal-line technology will be available for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. You might remember Frank Lampard had a fair goal that famously wasn’t allowed against Germany in the 2010 World Cup, and similar incidences have been countless over the years.
The exact system that will be in place for the 2014 tournament is yet to be determined, but it’s expected that a few companies will compete for the opportunity.
MLS isn’t expected to have goal-line technology until 2014, at the earliest, but it seems the trend is arriving.
Let’s get to some links:
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— Fredy Montero played 90 minutes for Millonarios in Copa Libertadores action, but the Colombian side lost, 1-0, to Club Tijuana of Mexico.
— Remember the news from Tuesday that another team has a discovery claim on Javier Saviola? One report thinks it is New York.
— The Washington Post has more on the wild Chivas USA activity with thoughts from ex-Sounder James Riley. Definitely worth a read. And here are some notes from D.C. including mention of Preston Burpo (former goalkeeper for the lower-league Sounders) and Shavar Thomas (former trialist).
— Around the league, here’s the latest on the Lampard-to-MLS saga, Vancouver captain Jay DeMerit (heel) is confident he’ll be ready for the start of the season, plus the Whitecaps signed Honduran defender Johnny Leveron.
— Down in Dallas, Doug Quinn has stepped down as CEO and president following his domestic abuse arrest in November. He had been on administrative leave. Elsewhere, the team signed Brazilian midfielder/defender Michel and acquired midfielder JeVaughn Watson in a trade with Houston. Also, former star Brek Shea got more rave reviews at Stoke City.
— Over in New York, the Red Bulls signed former Real Salt Lake midfielder Jonny Steele (and gave up a supplemental draft pick to RSL for the rights). And former coach Hans Backe is telling interesting Thierry Henry stories at his new job.
— Speaking of Salt Lake, the team signed rookie forward Devon Sandoval.
— The Timbers have this video update involving Dylan Tucker-Gangnes, a Portland rookie from Bainbridge Island and the University of Washington. Houston sealed the deal with English midfielder Andrew Diver and here’s your latest update on all things Freddy Adu.
— Switching the national team news, the USMNT’s World Cup qualifier next month in Colorado has sold out.
— The U.S. U-20s weren’t super impressive in a 2-1 win over Haiti in the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship opener (essentially a qualifying tournament for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey).
— There are a lot of familiar faces on the Charleston Battery roster, including two trialists from this preseason (Jose Cuevas, Cody Ellison), a former Sounder (Amadou Sanyang) and a local product (Taylor Mueller).
— Horrible news continues in Syria.
— I won’t get to the Wednesday UEFA Champions League game until later, but here’s a roundup of Tuesday’s games.
— TheCup.us has this update after fundraising efforts for a website redesign.
— Lastly, here’s a very cool story involving Wayne Rooney.