The international friendly scheduled for October 14 between the U.S. and Catalonia has been cancelled, reports Yanks Abroad.
The cited reason: a scheduling conflict with the Spanish national team's Euro 2008 qualifier against Denmark on the 13th and a friendly the following Wednesday against Finland. This, despite the Catalan Federation's committment not to call-up any Spanish national team players. Sounds like some internal Spanish politics to me. Wonder what the media reaction is like in Barcelona? Could this be the straw that breaks the camel's back and will there be outright civil war in Espana?
Yeah, a little bit of hyperbole there. But my favorite part: "When questioned as to the timing of the vote, six weeks from the scheduled kickoff, Carretero explained it first had to be discussed by the federation directors who had not met since July due to the Spanish vacation schedule."
I can vouch that the timing is by no means unusual for Spain. You can't expect any action in August. Six weeks 'til kickoff actually strikes me as rather ahead of schedule! So, we suddenly have an open date. Who should we try to plug the gap with?