With one day left until the World Cup draw, here's some news to share as we eagerly anticipate where which nations will be grouped for South Africa 2010.
Chivas USA hires new coach
In a move that was somewhat expected, Martin Vasquez was hired as the new head coach of Chivas USA on Wednesday.
Vasquez, who has played and coached in both MLS and the Mexico Primera Division, is familiar with Chivas, having served as an assistant during the club's first three years in exsistense (2005-2007). Vasquez last served as an assistant at Bayern Munich under former Germany boss Jurgen Klinsmann. Prior to that, Vasquez has had assistant stints witht he Los Angeles Galaxy in 2004 and the San Diego Spirit of the old Women's United Soccer Association from 2001-2002.
Revolution's Heaps retires
New England Revolution defender Jay Heaps retired on Wednesday after an 11-year career.
Heaps was drafte by the Miami Fusion in 1999 and played for the Fusion for two-and-a-half seasons before being traded to the Revolution in June 2001, where he would be a staple on the Revs' backline the rest of his career. Heaps also played for the US National team in the CONCACAF Gold Cup this past summer, where he made four appearences.
Women's Soccer news
Two WPS teams signed international players during the last two days. The Chicago Red Stars signed English midfielder Katie Champan while Sky Blue FC signed Finnish striker Laura Kalmari.
Champan has played for English power Arsenal Ladies since 2006 and has 72 caps for the English National team while Kalmari has played for Swedish club AIK Stockholm. Kalmari has made 111 appearences for the Finland national teams and is their all-time leading scorer.
Also, the 2011 Women's World Cup in Germany will be the last tournament to be held with only 16 teams, as FIFA announced that the field will add eight more teams, starting with te 2015 tournament.