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Soccer Insider: February 11, 2007 - February 17, 2007

Stokes Heading Out

Defender David Stokes's attempt to earn his way back onto United's roster is over. Stokes, whose contract was not renewed following the 2006 season, will complete his tryout Sunday and won't be offered a new deal, team officials confirmed Saturday. He is expected to pursue minor league opportunities. His agent,...

By Steve Goff  |  February 17, 2007; 8:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Friedel to the Rescue

American keeper Brad Friedel made a couple of big-time saves to secure Blackburn's scoreless tie with Arsenal in the FA Cup, setting up a replay between the teams. Also, former D.C. United defender Ryan Nelsen, who recently recovered from a long-term hamstring injury, went all 90 for Rovers. Not bad...

By Steve Goff  |  February 17, 2007; 10:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  World  
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Et Tu Zizou?

Some thoughts on the possibility of Zidane coming to MLS... *Why would Zidane want to play in MLS? It's a fresh start. America is far from Europe. Anschutz has a lot of money. Materazzi does not play for Columbus. *Why would MLS want Zidane? He would be the best player...

By Steve Goff  |  February 17, 2007; 8:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  MLS  
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Hog Wild

Gotta love this team logo..... Ladies and gentlemen, YOUR USL Bermuda Hogges!...

By Steve Goff  |  February 16, 2007; 6:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Misc.  
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New Terps

Maryland has announced its freshman class. Here are the players, with some comments: *Forward Billy Cortes, Mission Viejo, Calif. -- same club team as Maurice Edu, Sasho expects "immediate impact" *Defender Sean Flatley, Virginia Beach -- left-footed central back, reminds Sasho of Kenney Bertz *Goalkeeper Thorne Holder, Trinidad & Tobago...

By Steve Goff  |  February 16, 2007; 5:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  College Soccer  
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United Tidbits

Nothing urgent, just wanted to keep y'all updated on a few matters: -- Kasali Yinka Casal is scheduled to return to England on Monday to complete visa paperwork. Obviously, he will not be available for the Olimpia opener on Wednesday. If all goes well, he'll rejoin the club late next...

By Steve Goff  |  February 16, 2007; 3:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Zidane to Chicago?

I told you exclusively here at the Insider earlier this week that talks between the Chicago Fire and French megastar Zinedine Zidane have started up again, and today a reliable source tells me that a decision could be made by Monday. Zidane is interested in restarting his tarnished career, but...

By Steve Goff  |  February 16, 2007; 9:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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United Loses Needham

Jay Needham, a rookie from SMU who was supposed to add depth to United's thin back line, has turned down United's developmental contract offer, has left training camp and will sign with Puerto Rico, a second-division team in the USL. (Yes, sadly, in some cases, you can make more money...

By Steve Goff  |  February 15, 2007; 10:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
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Perkins Deal Done

We've been monitoring the process closely at The Post and on the Soccer Insider for weeks, and now it's finally done: Goalkeeper Troy Perkins has a new contract with D.C. United. We won't know his official new salary until the complete player list is again leaked to us in a...

By Steve Goff  |  February 15, 2007; 10:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Copa Copa

The Copa America draw was held this evening in Venezuela, and it's pretty clear the U.S. squad will not have an easy path to the elimination rounds. Group A: Venezuela, Uruguay, Bolivia, Peru (no 2006 World Cup teams) Group B: Brazil, Ecuador, Chile, Mexico (three WC teams) Group C: Argentina,...

By Steve Goff  |  February 14, 2007; 8:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Howard-Everton deal

Just received the following communique from our friends at Everton: ***Everton has announced that a deal has been completed with Manchester United to make Tim Howard a permanent addition to the club's ranks. Everton has agreed an undisclosed fee with the Old Trafford outfit for the US international goalkeeper. Howard...

By Steve Goff  |  February 14, 2007; 12:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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United Falls to Red Bulls

United gave up two second-half goals and dropped a 2-1 decision to New York in a preseason match this morning in Bradenton, Fla. Jaime Moreno set up Christian Gomez in the 38th minute, but the Red Bulls pulled even in the 53rd on Altidore's goal and went ahead eight minutes...

By Steve Goff  |  February 14, 2007; 12:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Champions' Cup Begins

Okay, so maybe it's cold and windy and icy and slushy and snowy here in the mid-Atlantic today, but down in Trinidad, it's in the mid-80s with a chance of thunderstorm. Why do we care? Because the Champions' Cup, that international tournament involving D.C. United, actually got under way last...

By Steve Goff  |  February 14, 2007; 9:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Goalkeeping Issues Solved?

This just in: Jay Nolly is close to signing with United to become Troy Perkins's back-up. A source close to the negotiations said Nolly is en route to Florida to join the club and a deal should be reached in the next few days. Nolly, whose rights were acquired from...

By Steve Goff  |  February 13, 2007; 3:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Preparing for Honduras

United will play the New York Red Bulls tomorrow, then face Kansas City on Sunday morning in Bradenton. At that point, 18 players will be chosen for the travel roster to face Olimpia next Wednesday in Tegucigalpa. (The traveling party will drive from Bradenton to Miami on Sunday afternoon because...

By Steve Goff  |  February 13, 2007; 11:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Updates Updates and Updates

Just got off the phone with Dave Kasper. He says: -- On the search for another goalie, "I think something will be done this week." Seems to me the club is trying to sign a free agent or someone from the second division and, if it doesn't work out, they'll...

By Steve Goff  |  February 12, 2007; 3:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Answers

Q. Surprised that Freddy Adu wasn't called into the U23 camp? A. Not surprised. RSL wanted him in camp as soon as possible -- and as much as possible -- to begin working with his new team. Several other u-20 players were left off the u-23 roster because of MLS...

By Steve Goff  |  February 12, 2007; 3:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Q&A Time

Okay, it's been a week or two, so let's get this going again. Keep 'em SHORT, keep 'em sweet. Your deadline is 5 p.m. Monday. I'll answer as many as possible by Tuesday morning. Maybe earlier. Commence......

By Steve Goff  |  February 11, 2007; 9:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
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United Wins Easily

In its first preseason match against an MLS opponent, United defeated the Columbus Crew, 4-2, today in a 120-minute match in Bradenton, Fla. Luciano Emilio scored twice, and Jaime Moreno and Christian Gomez had one apiece. Troy Perkins played 60 minutes in goal, and Ryan McIntosh and Matt Nelson (see...

By Steve Goff  |  February 11, 2007; 12:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Goalie Prospect Arrives

United has called in Matthew Nelson from the Virginia Beach Mariners for a look. Here's his latest bio. Details of today's preseason match with Columbus coming soon...Goals galore... Also, trialist Kiki Willis is having some bad toe problems and has returned home to Ohio for treatment. Today's starting lineup: Perkins...

By Steve Goff  |  February 11, 2007; 11:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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