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Soccer Insider: February 18, 2007 - February 24, 2007

MLS Tidbits

A few things to pass along on this late Friday night... *Chivas USA loses emerging star and 2006 rookie of the year Jonathan Bornstein for six weeks after he hurt his knee during Thursday's training session. Which means we will not see him for the USA in the March friendlies...

By Steve Goff  |  February 23, 2007; 11:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Rimando Traded to RSL (Again)

For the third time this offseason/preseason, Nick Rimando has been traded. From DCU to Salt Lake to N.Y. to....(drum roll) Salt Lake again. Nick has confirmed to me that he's heading to RSL, which lost starting keeper Scott Garlick this week to retirement (a story first reported here at the...

By Steve Goff  |  February 23, 2007; 12:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  MLS  
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CONCACAF Conflict?

Loyal reader Mike points out that, if United were to reach the Champions' Cup finals, the club would have a major scheduling conflict. The first leg is to be hosted April 17-19 by a team from the bottom half of the bracket (D.C., Olimpia, Chivas, W Connection). Problem is, the...

By Steve Goff  |  February 23, 2007; 10:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Convey Out

While Tim Howard is prospering in England (see the item below), former DCUer Bobby Convey is done for the rest of Reading's campaign. This will also likely affect his availability for the national team at Gold Cup and Copa America. I tried to link to the Reading FC dispatch on...

By Steve Goff  |  February 22, 2007; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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A Quick Tim Howard Interview

Just got off the phone with U.S. national team goalkeeper Tim Howard, who last week finalized a five-year contract with Everton after being on loan from Manchester United. (Thanks to his handlers at Wasserman Media Group for setting it up.) Here are his thoughts on... HOW THE PERMANENT MOVE TO...

By Steve Goff  |  February 22, 2007; 12:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Technical Update

For those of you confused or frustrated by a slow response when you try to submit a comment, washingtonpost.com says: "Our blog vendor has identified a hardware problem that they think is the cause of the intermittent blog slowness we've experienced for the last week or so. They expect to...

By Steve Goff  |  February 22, 2007; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Misc.  
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United-Olimpia, The Wrap-Up

Let's quickly review the good, the bad and the ugly of United's stunning 4-1 victory in Honduras...... THE GOOD -- Gomez's first goal from 25 to the upper corner. -- Gomez's second goal from 20 to the lower corner. (You think he's gaining some leverage in his contract talks with...

By Steve Goff  |  February 21, 2007; 11:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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United-Olimpia, The Match

I'll be watching from the comfort of my family room this evening, trying to put together a game story on deadline for the editions of the newspaper (what's a newspaper, anyway?). I've created this thread for y'all to contribute running commentary for those who can't watch it on FSC or...

By Steve Goff  |  February 21, 2007; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Garlick Gone?

Another twist to the Nick Rimando saga... Remember when RSL acquired him from DCU to back up Scott Garlick, then drafted Chris Seitz from Maryland, making Rimando, whom they couldn't afford anyway, essentially expendable? (As you know, they traded Rimando to N.Y. recently for future considerations.) Well, now, two sources...

By Steve Goff  |  February 21, 2007; 2:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Predictions!

Olimpia is in-season; DCU is in preseason. Olimpia is at home; DCU hasn't been home in weeks. Olimpia knows all about Emilio; Emilio knows all about Olimpia. Olimpia has to win; DCU would settle for a tie. So how does it go down in Tegucigalpa this evening? I'm taking Olimpia,...

By Steve Goff  |  February 21, 2007; 12:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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A Match Made in Heaven

Perhaps the first step in solving Italy's problems... :-)...

By Steve Goff  |  February 20, 2007; 2:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  World  
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They're Eagles and They're Screamin'

Kim Klyberg of the Screaming Eagles supporters club tells me that they will hold their DCU annual kickoff shindig this Saturday from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. at the Rosslyn Spectrum, 1611 North Kent Street, a few blocks from the Rosslyn Metro on the Blue and Orange lines. The general...

By Steve Goff  |  February 20, 2007; 9:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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USA in '18! Or Maybe '14

So the U.S. Soccer Federation is preparing to mount a serious bid to get the World Cup back in the United States in 2018, although they are also positioning themselves to host the 2014 tournament in case of Brazilian bidding problems (quite possible given their stadium and infrastructure issues). What...

By Steve Goff  |  February 19, 2007; 11:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
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Dyachenko Status

Rod Dyachenko's status for Wednesday's United match against Olimpia seemed to be in question. Yes, he was back with United and received his visa to enter Honduras. However, when CONCACAF unveiled its Champions' Cup rosters for all eight teams a week or so ago, Dyachenko wasn't on it. Fear not,...

By Steve Goff  |  February 19, 2007; 2:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Zidane Update

As promised, here's the latest... The chances of Zizou going to Chicago are now slim to none. He won't even consider an offer of less than $15 million per year. This comes from a source close to the folks who have been trying to facilitate a deal. Talks never progressed...

By Steve Goff  |  February 19, 2007; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Collective Thoughts

It's not the most exciting stuff in the world, but after reviewing the first MLS collective bargaining agreement between the players and management, here are some highlights: -- The deal went into effect on Dec. 1, 2004 and does not expire until Jan. 31, 2010, so any complaints from the...

By Steve Goff  |  February 19, 2007; 9:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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DC-KC Nothin'...and Other News

In their final Bradenton preseason match, United played a 0-0 tie with the Kansas City Wizards, leaving their record at 2-2-1 (they beat Columbus and the under-17 national team, lost to New York and Odense of Denmark, and tied the Wiz today). Today's starters: Nolly Erpen, Boswell, Namoff Olsen, Carroll,...

By Steve Goff  |  February 18, 2007; 11:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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