Toronto FC falls to USL's Battery

SUN WIRE SERVICES

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Toronto FC will enter its second Major League Soccer season coming off a loss to a team not even in its league.

TFC fell 2-0 last night to the Charleston Battery of the USL in Charleston, S.C., as part of the Carolina Challenge Cup. TFC finished the four-team round-robin tournament with a record of 0-2-1.

Toronto FC begins the 2008 MLS regular season on Saturday in Columbus against the Crew.

TFC midfielder Carl Robinson has returned to Wales to attend to personal matters.

BECKS ON TRACK FOR CAP

LONDON -- David Beckham remains on course to play his 100th game for England in next week's friendly against France after he was retained in coach Fabio Capello's final squad.

Capello left off six players for the match at Stade de France on Wednesday from the provisional 30-man squad he had announced earlier.

Forwards Gabriel Agbonlahor, Jermain Defoe and Ashley Young, midfielders Shaun Wright-Phillips and Jermaine Jenas, and defender David Wheater were the players to miss out.

Jenas and Wright-Phillips both scored in Capello's first match in charge, a 2-1 friendly win over Switzerland on Feb. 6.

Goalkeeper Scott Carson and defender Matthew Upson were ruled out of the squad due to injury.

Former England international Paul Robinson was called up to replace Carson, but Upson, who missed West Ham's 1-1 draw with Everton yesterday because of a calf injury, was not replaced.

SETUBAL WINS LEAGUE CUP

LISBON -- Vitoria Setubal lifted the inaugural Portuguese League Cup by beating Sporting 3-2 on penalties after a goalless draw in the final yesterday.

Setubal goalkeeper Eduardo Carvalho made three shootout saves when the match went directly to penalties after 90 minutes at the Algarve stadium.

In-form Setubal, unbeaten in four matches against Sporting this season, had come closest to a winner when Brazilian striker Claudio Pitbull's free kick hit the post after 50 minutes.


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