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Beckham may face Chelsea on debut

becks.jpgDavid Beckham is likely to face some of his ex- England colleagues early in his new career in USA after Chelsea announced their participation in a pre-season tournament involving his new club Los Angeles Galaxy.

Beckham will leave his current spanish side Real Madrid for the USA this summer and one of the first teams he might face is Chelsea.

Chelsea will play LA Galaxy on July 21 as part of a four-team tournament which also includes Korean side Suwon Bluewings (owned by Chelsea’s shirt sponsors Samsung) and Tigres from Mexico.

‘We are very happy that we are going back to the USA for pre-season and we have done it every year since my arrival,’ said Chelsea’s manager Jose Mourinho. ‘The facilities are very good and the people very well organised, giving us the best conditions to prepare for this important work. ‘In previous seasons we have always won a trophy and although I am not a superstitious person this has something to do with the good preparation. ‘This season will be a little bit more special because we have a tournament with teams that we have a special relationship with, the Samsung Bluewings for obvious reasons and also LA Galaxy and the fact that David Beckham is there brings something extra to the tournament and to the game. ‘This gives me the chance to wish him big success in the US. He will be very important for US soccer and for the relationship between US soccer and European soccer. ‘We look forward to coming for the tournament and I know already that my players will enjoy again pre-season in the US and they are happy with our decision to go back.’

The competition has been named ‘The World Series of Soccer’, and it is the first venture in the strategic alliance between Chelsea and Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) – owners of LA Galaxy.

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Man held for cruelty to childeren during football match

A man was taken into custody Saturday and charged with cruelty to children after witnesses claimed they saw the man beat his child during a soccer game held at the Lake Laurie Boys and Girls Club, according to the Valdosta Police Department.

According to Cmdr. Brian Childress, the police were called to the Lake Laurie Unit Boys and Girls Club Saturday morning during a soccer game. Upon arriving, Hideki Okasa, a 46-year-old male, was arrested following the account of “multiple witnesses,” said Childress.

“Apparently, the 7-year-old son of Okasa was there, and did not want to play soccer,” according to Childress. “Observed by multiple witnesses, Mr. Okasa went onto the field, escorted his son off the field, and was slapping him in the back of the head while escorting him off the field,” he said. After leaving the soccer field, “several witnesses say he hit his son in the back of the head, knocked him down to the ground and began to kick his son in the stomach and head,” Childress said. “Okasa was placed under arrest and charged with cruelty to children/battery under the Family Violence Act,” he said.

Childress said the child was taken to South Georgia Medical Center, where he was treated and released for minor injuries, and turned over into the custody of his mother, who was not attending the game. The Department of Children and Family Services is investigating the case, he said.

In response to the incident Childress said, “We’re absolutely in no way going to tolerate this kind of conduct.”

Cruelty to children is a felony punishable by one year in prison upon conviction, according to Childress.

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Canada to play Chile in FIFA Under-20 World Cup

The United States will play Brazil, Poland and South Korea in one of six groups at this summer’s FIFA Under-20 World Cup men’s soccer tournament. Canada, Chile, Austria and Congo were grouped in Saturday’s draw for the 24-country event. As host, Canada automatically qualified and will play Chile.

Toronto, Burnaby, Victoria, Edmonton, Ottawa and Montreal will host the June 30-July 22 event, FIFA’s second-largest after the World Cup.

The draw put Spain, Uruguay, Zambia and Jordan in Group B. Portugal, New Zealand, Gambia and Mexico are in Group C.

Argentina, Czech Republic, Argentina, North Korea and Panama are in Group E. Japan, Scotland, Nigeria and Costa Rica are in Group F.

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