ULRICHEN, Switzerland – FIFA President Sepp Blatter challenged his critics to “take a risk” and run for election against him next year.
“Don’t speak — go out and fight, then you will see,” Blatter said Saturday at his annual charity soccer tournament. “People, they say I should not be a candidate or I should not be elected — they can take the risk to be in the election.”
The FIFA leader did not identify potential rivals in the ballot scheduled in May, though he appeared to target UEFA President Michel Platini.
“In the future I won’t support Blatter anymore. I’ve told him that,” Frenchman Platini said earlier this year.
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Blatter, 78, plans to confirm he is a candidate for a fifth consecutive four-year term before the January deadline.
At Real Salt Lake 3, D.C. United 0
Chris Schuler scored twice for Salt Lake, which leads Major League Soccer’s Western Conference with 39 points from 23 matches. Sounders FC has 38 points from 20 matches.
At FC Dallas 3, Rapids 1
Matt Hedges and Michel scored in the first 11 minutes to help FC Dallas, which hasn’t lost in its last eight matches, beat Colorado.
At Timbers 2, Chivas USA 0
Diego Valeri and Rodney Wallace scored in Portland’s victory over Chivas USA.
At Union 2, Impact 1
Sebastien Le Toux, a former Sounders player, scored twice as Philadelphia beat Montreal, handing the Impact a seventh straight loss.
Toronto 3, at Crew 2
Luke Moore scored on a header in the 84th minute to give Toronto FC a victory over Columbus.