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Soccer Insider: January 21, 2007 - January 27, 2007

The Latest DCU Rumor

This name came up four years ago and, through my Latin sources, it has come up again as a possible DCU signing: Argentine forward Aldo Osorio Ray Hudson tried to sign him after the 2002 season. He's currently with Talleres de Cordoba. I believe he's 32 years old. Played in...

By Steve Goff  |  January 26, 2007; 2:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Lots of Q's, a Few A's

Let's go with our Best XI: 1. How do you think Donovan and Beckham will interact? Will playing with someone like Beckham finally challenge Donovan to bring his game up a notch? The announcers during Denmark game, including Arena, certainly thought that Donovan needs to prove himself in big matches....

By Steve Goff  |  January 26, 2007; 8:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  Misc.  
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Whatever happened to...

There's a bit of news about two DCU players in roster limbo this offseason -- midfielder Matias Donnet and defender David Stokes. Technical director Dave Kasper tells me that, "at this point, Donnet is not in our plans." Which is a clear sign that the club is moving closer to...

By Steve Goff  |  January 25, 2007; 3:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Taking Names

Pretty quiet on the soccer front today (so far). I do know that United is in the process of finalizing its training camp roster: veterans, drafted rookies, undrafted invitees, foreign signings (actually, just one, Luciano Emilio, for now). Camp opens Monday at RFK. Depending on the weather, they'll either train...

By Steve Goff  |  January 25, 2007; 12:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Q&A

With a lull between DCU's maniacal moves and several months (or years or decades) until the USSF decides on a full-time head coach, I figured this would be a good time to get all interactive and answer about a dozen pressing questions from the masses. (Fear not: My live online...

By Steve Goff  |  January 25, 2007; 9:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
Categories:  Q&A  
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Starring...

MLS will hold a news conference tomorrow in Denver to announce that the All-Star Game will be played at the new stadium just outside that city in mid-July. The opponent will be Glasgow Celtic. Which raises the question: If DCU pounded Celtic 4-0 last July, what will -- or what...

By Steve Goff  |  January 24, 2007; 6:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  MLS  
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USA roster unveiled

As promised, here's the U.S. training camp roster leading up to the Mexico friendly: Goalkeepers (4) - Joe Cannon (Los Angeles Galaxy), Matt Pickens (Chicago Fire), Troy Perkins (D.C. United), Matt Reis (New England Revolution) Defenders (9) - Chris Albright (Los Angeles Galaxy), Bobby Boswell (D.C. United), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas...

By Steve Goff  |  January 24, 2007; 3:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Call-ups for Mexico match

The USSF is planning to announce its training camp roster this afternoon. Don't be surprised if five DCU players are included -- Perkins, Boswell, Namoff, Carroll and Gros. Which means they would miss the first week and a half of United training camp. USA-Mexico is Feb. 7 at the new...

By Steve Goff  |  January 24, 2007; 11:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Defining Beckham

Now that the madness surrounding Beckham's signing with MLS has died down a bit, I am beginning to wonder how the general public will measure his success on the field. After all, Beckham is not a big goal scorer (like a Ronaldo, Rooney or Henry) and, to many casual sports...

By Steve Goff  |  January 24, 2007; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Beckham  
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DCU Updates

More news... Carroll has, indeed, signed on the dotted line. I'm hearing he will make at least $120,000 this season. Of course, we won't know the official numbers until the salary list leaks out in a few months. Meantime, Carroll is awaiting word from the USSF as to whether he...

By Steve Goff  |  January 23, 2007; 6:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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D.C. United News Update

A few things to pass along... *Technical director Dave Kasper tells me that the Brian Carroll negotiations are wrapping up and final documents being signed. Expect an announcement soon. *Word out of England is that Liverpool forward Robbie Fowler is interested in coming to MLS, and that D.C. United is...

By Steve Goff  |  January 23, 2007; 9:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
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Howard's End

As some of you may have seen in today's paper or on our web site, Howard University has decided to dump head coach Keith Tucker after 26 seasons. While his dismissal was inevitable after several poor seasons, Tucker's tenure will be remembered most for that 1988 squad that advanced to...

By Steve Goff  |  January 23, 2007; 8:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  College Soccer  
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What Is This??

When I first started writing regularly about soccer about 15 years ago, it sometimes took 16, 18, 20 hours from the time I found out about something newsworthy until it appeared in the next morning's paper. With the arrival of the Post's fabulous web site a few years ago, stories...

By Steve Goff  |  January 22, 2007; 8:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Misc.  
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Welcome!

Welcome to my Soccer Insider, a blog devoted to news, gossip, discussion and perhaps an occasional rant... Stay tuned for the formal launch......

By Steve Goff  |  January 22, 2007; 3:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Misc.  
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