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RYAN NOEL - Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Concacaf has voted, unanimously, to back the United States in its bid for either the 2018 or 2022 World Cups.

"The United States can count on the full support of CONCACAF, including [fellow FIFA executive committee members] Chuck Blazer, Rafael Salgueiro and myself," CONCACAF President Jack Warner said.

As long as we have Warner's backing, and whether we like that or not, the US is sitting nicely to get one of those two world cup years. Warner is arguably the most influential power broker in this process, which makes his support critical to a successful American bid for the cup.

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The United States soccer league landscape is about to change...again. Several teams have left the USL to form their own new league, which will bear the name of an old one.

The new "breakaway" league has dubbed themselves the new "NASL". Before all three of you NASL history buffs get worked into a lather, note that the new league will resemble the original in name only. The rebel league will operate as a "second division" league, akin to the USL.

The league will feature nine teams, including six rebel teams from the USL - the Carolina Railhawks, Atlanta Silverbacks, Miami FC, Minnesota Thunder, Montreal Impact and Vancouver Whitecaps. Tampa Bay, St. Louis, and Baltimore are also going to be part of the league, which hopes to begin play next year.

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For those worried about Eric Lichaj's untimely red card and its effect on his loan to Lincoln City - rest easy.

Lichaj's loan was extended this week, pushing the end date to January. He has impressed the Lincoln City coaching staff so far in his short time there, despite unluckily being sent off and suspended a few games ago.

The future United States National team defender returned to action yesterday, going the distance for Lincoln in his return.

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Lastly, it looks as though Frank Simek's return from injury is going well. After two consecutive league starts - a big deal for someone so plagued with injuries - Frankie spoke to a local Sheffield media outlet about being back on the field.

He told Wednesday Player: "I've started consecutive games now and I can't remember the last time I did that. Hopefully I can stay fit and keep giving my all for the team so I get picked."

Simek's Sheffield Wednesday team takes on Roy Keane's Ipswich Town this weekend, where he hopes to extend his starting streak to three.
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