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Soccer Insider: February 25, 2007 - March 3, 2007

USA-Brazil

Freddy Adu and his U.S. mates were placed in Group D for this summer's Under-20 World Cup in Canada with South Korea, Poland and some South American team called Brazil. The first two matches will be in Montreal, the third in Ottawa. If you're looking for an easy soccer vacation...

By Steve Goff  |  March 3, 2007; 7:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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United News & Notes

Before I head down to Richmond this afternoon for the CAA basketball tournament, I wanted to pass along a few items for y'all to chew on: *Troy Perkins, who strained his right quadriceps in the second half of Thursday's match, will be reexamined when the team arrives in Florida on...

By Steve Goff  |  March 2, 2007; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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United-Olimpia In-Game

Here's your forum to comment on the match as it unfolds. I'll be tied up, but hope to chime in later. Go to it!...

By Steve Goff  |  March 1, 2007; 6:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Greetings from Estadio RFK

Oh, all kinds of strange things happening here at the ballpark a couple hours before kickoff: *Former Terp Domenic Mediate, a flank player who never fully regained form this preseason after having his leg broken last August against Los Angeles, has been waived, which clears space for another senior roster...

By Steve Goff  |  March 1, 2007; 5:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Countdown to Kickoff

Good mornin', mates! As we await United's match against Olimpia tonight at Estadio RFK, a few things to occupy your time: *No surprise, the two Mexican clubs in the Champions' Cup have advanced to the semfinals. Assuming United finishes off its series tonight, they'll play Chivas later this month. Pachuca...

By Steve Goff  |  March 1, 2007; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Quick DCU Update

On the eve of the Olimpia match, not a very eventful DCU practice, other than the appearance of Sports Bog boy Steinberg, who will entertain you with his offbeat insights on his blog this afternoon. You won't want to miss it. I'm working on my game preview, but felt I...

By Steve Goff  |  February 28, 2007; 3:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Answering Machine

Q Crappy weather and a three-point lead, five weeks before the season opener: What's your guess at the crowd at RFK Thursday night? (Is "crowd" even the right word?) A You know it's not a good sign when the DCU folks are asking me to write about tickets. So here...

By Steve Goff  |  February 28, 2007; 9:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Kansas City Update

From my friend Shahar at an Israeli newspaper, who spoke with Argentine midfielder Luciano De Bruno about the Soccer Insider reports that the K.C. Wizards are interested: "De Bruno confirms that his agents talked with [the Kansas City] club. He also has talks with teams from Greece and Turkey. According...

By Steve Goff  |  February 27, 2007; 8:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  MLS  
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Q&A? Why Not?

I'm thinkin' we should do a quick Q&A session. Deadline: Midnight Eastern time tonight. Rules: Keep em short. I'll have the answers up tomorrow morning. Okay, whatcha waiting for?...

By Steve Goff  |  February 27, 2007; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
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United News

[UPDATED: see notes toward the bottom] Greetings, just back from practice. As some of you already know, Welton Carlos Silva, a 28-year-old Brazilian forward, has joined the club for an extended tryout. He will be with the team all week and, according to United technical director Dave Kasper, likely travel...

By Steve Goff  |  February 27, 2007; 4:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Welcome to the Hall

The U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame will announce this year's inductions this afternoon in Los Angeles and it could be the first all-female class. Mia Hamm is a no-brainer. Julie Foudy seems likely. Joy Fawcett is a strong candidate. On the men's side, Joe-Max Moore and Marco Etcheverry are...

By Steve Goff  |  February 27, 2007; 10:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Women  
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The Mad Bulgarian and the AU Kid

Stoitchkov, MLS, DCU and AEG are being sued by a former AU player, who, as some of you may recall, had his leg broken in a nasty incident during a scrimmage almost four years ago. (I, and many others who witnessed it, will never forget the sound of Stoitchkov's foot...

By Steve Goff  |  February 26, 2007; 9:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
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Columbus Rumblings

The word in MLS circles is that Columbus is going to waive veteran goalkeeper Jon Busch, who suffered a serious knee injury in 2005 and played only eight games last year. That would leave them with Hesmer, Gaudette and Gruenebaum. Are they confident in that crew (no pun intended), or...

By Steve Goff  |  February 26, 2007; 5:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Adu Is Back (Um, Sort Of)

Fro, not Freddy. As we reported in the Post many months ago, Fro Adu is headed to George Mason University to play some futbol. It became official today. For those of you who haven't followed his career, Fro has been attending Georgetown Prep in Rockville/Bethesda and was made a first-team...

By Steve Goff  |  February 26, 2007; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  College Soccer  
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John Terry Incident (graphic)

It was bad, REALLY bad. He's doing okay, thankfully....

By Steve Goff  |  February 26, 2007; 3:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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United Update

Because their practice fields are covered with a thick blanket of snow and slush, United trained indoors at the Dulles Sportsplex today. They're hoping to get back on the regular fields tomorrow. On a side note, not only does Olimpia have to deal with a three-goal deficit in the series...

By Steve Goff  |  February 26, 2007; 12:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
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English League Cup Final

Wild stuff between Chelsea and Arsenal. Drogba with a pair, Terry's possible serios injury, three late reds, 11 minutes of added time!!!...

By Steve Goff  |  February 25, 2007; 12:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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