Short Soccer, December 10, 2012

PUBLISHED : Monday, 10 December, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 10 December, 2012, 2:44am

Dutch clubs pay tribute after death of linesman

Dutch clubs held a minute's silence and teams wore black armbands in Saturday's matches in memory of a linesman who died following an incident during a youth competition last weekend. Richard Nieuwenhuizen, 41, was attacked while officiating for the Buitenboys team in an under-17 match in Almere last Sunday and died the following day. Four teenage Nieuw-Sloten Amsterdam players have been arrested. Reuters


US women beat China in physical encounter

Carli Lloyd and Sydney Leroux each scored second-half goals to lift the United States women's team to a 2-0 victory over China in Detroit. With the win in the physical match, before a crowd of about 17,500, the Americans remained unbeaten on their post-Olympic tour. They play China again on Wednesday in Houston, and then again on December 15. AFP


Celtic confident of holding their stars

Celtic manager Neil Lennon is confident of retaining his star players beyond the January transfer window despite their exploits interesting clubs across the continent. The skills of many Celtic players have caught the eye of clubs across Europe, with Georgios Samaras the latest to be linked with a move away, to Liverpool. "It's all speculation. We have our own value of the players and I wouldn't imagine anyone wants to leave at the minute," Lennon said. "It is a good place and we are going well in all four competitions and that's fantastic. They've achieved great things already this season and hopefully there is more to come and I don't think any of them will be in a hurry to go. We looked like a Champions League team today [in beating Kilmarnock 3-1] and we are looking more like that as the season progresses." AFP