ZURICH (AP) Former France midfielder Florent Malouda has learned via Twitter that he was fired by Swiss soccer club FC Zurich.
Malouda wrote “really I didn’t know that..??” after Zurich’s announcement was posted.
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The 38-year-old Frenchman, who helped Chelsea win the Champions League title in 2012 and played in the 2006 World Cup final loss to Italy, had coached Zurich’s forwards since February.
It’s not Malouda’s first setback in Switzerland. Last year, he lost a Court of Arbitration for Sport appeal against French Guiana forfeiting a 2017 Gold Cup game because he played while ineligible.
The French Guiana soccer federation had hoped Malouda, who was born in the South American territory, could switch allegiance from France because it is not a FIFA member.
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The United States men’s national team gets its a formal chance to take a measure of vengeance against the two teams which knocked it out of the last round of World Cup qualifying.
Trinidad and Tobago, of course, is the nation whose B-teamers beat the USMNT in Couva, allowing Panama to clinch a World Cup berth via a ghost goal.
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The Yanks will also meet Guyana in the first Group D match, which will be June 18 at Allianz Field in St. Paul, Minnesota.
It’ll be T&T versus the U.S. in Cleveland four days later, before the Yanks wrap up group play with Panama in Kansas City on June 26.
That’s about the only good news, as the Yanks are in arguably the toughest group of the bunch (though they should surely advance to the knockout rounds as a top seed).
Group C is also tough, with El Salvador joining Jamaica, Honduras, and Curacao.
Group B sees Costa Rica drawn with Haiti, Nicaragua, and Bermuda.
Group A is a great draw for Mexico and Canada, who will have to get past Martinique and Cuba.
The United States women’s national team wrapped up group stage play with a 10-0 win over Puerto Rico on Monday, and Canada used Tuesday to serve notice there were two powers in CONCACAF Olympic qualifying.
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Canada clobbered last-place Guatemala on Tuesday, ringing up a 5-0 halftime lead en route to its own 10-0 final score. Duke University junior Rebecca Quinn (above) and Ohio State junior Nichelle Prince recorded hat tricks for Canada, which totaled the most goals of the group stage.
Earlier, Trinidad and Tobago rebounded from a blowout loss to Canada to end Guyana’s Olympic dreams with a 5-1 win thanks to a pair of goals from ex-Seattle Reign and Brisbane Roar striker Kennya Cordner.
Come Friday, the Canadians will get Group A runners-up Costa Rica while the USWNT stare down Trinidad and Tobago. Both matches will be on NBC Sports Live Extra.
And both will be played in Houston, as will Sunday’s championship. The latter is more for bragging rights, as the semifinal winners both make this summer’s Olympics in Rio.
Guyana looks to shock CONCACAF with a semifinal berth by holding off Trinidad and Tobago in both sides’ Group B finale of women’s Olympic qualifying today in Houston (Watch live at 6 p.m. ET online via Live Extra).
Both sides have beaten Guatemala and lost to Canada, and now pair up in Texas with a semifinal berth on the line.
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Guyana has a slight edge, as a draw would put the Lady Jags into the next round, where they’d face the United States for the right to go to the Olympics.
Trinidad and Tobago is a goal behind Guyana on goal differential, and needs a win to advance to the semis.