Short Soccer, November 10, 2012

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 10 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 10 November, 2012, 3:09am

Fluminense to sell teen star Wallace to Chelsea

Fluminense coach Abel Braga says the Brazilian club have reached a deal to sell teenage right back Wallace to Chelsea. The transaction hasn't been completed yet, but Braga said the 18-year-old player will be joining the English club. Local media reported Chelsea paid about US$7 million for Wallace, who is expected to stay with Fluminense until next year's Copa Libertadores. Wallace has not been starting for Fluminense but is considered one of the team's most promising players. Braga called him "a great player". AP


French players banned for curfew offence

A group of France under-21 players picked up lengthy international bans as punishment for breaking a night-time curfew between two key European championship qualifiers last month. The guilty five are Rennes duo Yann Mvila and Chris Mavinga, Wissam Ben Yedder of Toulouse, Real Sociedad's Antoine Griezmann and Mbaye Niang, of AC Milan. Mvila picked up the longest suspension, until June 30, 2014, with the other four banned until December 31, 2013. Mvila's lawyer raised the possibility of an appeal. "He is more or less floored [by the ban] and we are all discussing an eventual appeal," Thierry Fillion said. AFP


DeLeon sinks Bulls to put DC in East final

Rookie Nick DeLeon scored in the 88th minute to give DC United a 1-0 victory over the New York Red Bulls and put them into the Eastern Conference finals of Major League Soccer's play-offs. United advanced 2-1 on aggregate after drawing 1-1 last Saturday in the opening leg of the semi-final tie. "It's unbelievable," DeLeon said after delivering the winner in a match postponed from Wednesday because of heavy snow in the New York-New Jersey area already hammered by Hurricane Sandy. United will face Houston Dynamo in the Eastern Conference final. The first leg will be on Monday morning (Hong Kong time) and the return will be on November 18 in Washington. In the Western yesterday, Mario Martinez scored with nine minutes remaining to give Seattle a 1-0 victory over Real Salt and a berth in the conference finals against reigning MLS Cup holders the Los Angeles Galaxy. Seattle advanced 1-0 on aggregate after playing Salt Lake to a goalless draw in the opening leg. AFP