By AVI CREDITOR
Sergio Batista has apparently proven his worth.
Named the interim coach after Diego Maradonas firing in the aftermath of the World Cup, Batista is set to shed that interim label and become the permanent coach for the Argentina national team.
The Associated Press is reporting that Batista could be named coach as soon as Tuesday after a successful meeting with the selection committee, which is comprised of the Argentina Football Associations first-division team owners.
Since he became the interim coach, Batista has guided the Albicelestes in three friendlies: victories over Ireland and defending World Cup champion Spain and a loss to Japan.
Here are a few more stories from around the soccer world:
U.S. WOMEN KEEP ROLLING
Abby Wambach, Lauren Cheney, Yael Averbuch and Alex Morgan each scored to lift the United States womens national team to a 4-0 victory over Costa Rica and first place in its group for CONCACAF World Cup qualifying.
The United States outscored its three group opponents 18-0 and will face either Canada or Mexico in the tournament semifinals. A victory by the United States in the semis would cement a spot in next summers FIFA Womens World Cup in Germany.
LAMPARD RETURNING, COLE OUT
This weekends Chelsea-Liverpool clash will reportedly feature the return of Frank Lampard to Carlo Ancelottis lineup.
Lampard, who has missed Chelseas last 11 matches (all competitions) after undergoing surgery for a hernia and picking up a groin injury, will provide a boost to the Blues, who dont necessarily need one after compiling a five-point lead in the Premier League after 10 matches.
Joe Cole will not be fit to face his former team, though, as he is forced to sit out for the next two weeks after picking up a hamstring injury this past weekend against Bolton.
U.S. U-20 MEN TO PLAY COLOMBIA, MEXICO
Thomas Rongens United States Under-20 team will play Colombia and Mexico in the Torneo de las Americas in Kennesaw, Ga., later this month.
The games provide a nice opportunity for the United States to face top competition ahead of next years CONCACAF World Cup qualifying and FIFA U-20 World Cup.
The United States faced Colombia at the Cuadrangular Internacional tournament back in September, falling, 2-0. Colombia will host the 2011 U-20 World Cup.
The U.S. roster for the Torneo de las Americas figures to be comprised primarily of club-based players, as the NCAA season doesnt end until Dec. 12. The matches will be played from Nov. 26-28.
LEAGUE ONE SIDE TO PLAY SANS SUBS
English League One side Milton Keynes Dons, the team of American Jemal Johnson, will reportedly play its next match without any substitutes on the bench.
Between injuries, suspensions and a virus that made its way through the locker room, the team currently has just 11 players fit for Tuesdays game against Yeovil Town.
Do you think Batista is the right man for the Argentina job? Impressed with the USWNTs results? Can you see Liverpool knocking off Chelsea this weekend? Excited to see the next generation of the United States-Mexico rivalry hit the field in a few weeks? Interested to see how the MKD match plays out?
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