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Soccer Insider: March 4, 2007 - March 10, 2007

DCU-Motagua

Here is your DCU starting lineup vs. Honduran club Motagua at Tropical Park Stadium in Miami: Nolly --- Erpen, Boswell, Namoff --- Olsen, Carroll, Simms, Gomez, Gros --- Moreno, Emilio UPDATES: *Gros works give and go with Gomez, Gros scores from 10 yards in the 6th minute *Motagua equalizes on...

By Steve Goff  |  March 9, 2007; 8:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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U.S. Women Win Again

Okay, I lied, I said no more blog entries until tonight, but I forgot about the USA women's match in Portugal. USA 1, Finland 0 Goal: Carli Lloyd, early second half, 16-yard one-timer USA is 2-0-0 in the Algarve Cup, a major primer for the Women's Cup in September, but...

By Steve Goff  |  March 9, 2007; 1:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Women  
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Let Us Entertain You

Quiet Friday here at the Insider. Unless something urgent arises, I will not join you again until after United's friendly against Motagua (No, I'm not in Florida, but I hope to pass along some details as soon as the match ends late tonight). In the meantime, I leave you with...

By Steve Goff  |  March 9, 2007; 12:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  World  
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Rogers to Columbus

Columbus has won the MLS lottery for Robbie Rogers. Details to come... [UPDATE] As we reported here first... COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Columbus Crew won the rights to U.S. Under-20 National Team forward-midfielder Robbie Rogers Thursday afternoon in a weighted lottery conducted at Major League Soccer headquarters in New York....

By Steve Goff  |  March 8, 2007; 4:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  MLS  
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Even MORE United News (Aren't Ya Happy?)

Technical director Dave Kasper declined comment on my report that United was close to acquiring Brazilian forward-midfielder Fred. Asked if the club was still pursuing a foreign player, though, he said: "Yes." However, sources familiar with the negotiations said the Fred contract with DCU is DONE, and all that remains...

By Steve Goff  |  March 8, 2007; 3:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
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United Update

Word out of D.C. United training camp in Florida is that U.S.-Danish defender Jamil Fearrington was not offered a contract and has left camp. Brazilian forward Welton Silva is still in camp and will remain with the club through the weekend before being fully evaluated by the coaching staff....

By Steve Goff  |  March 8, 2007; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Robbie Rogers Sweepstakes

This just in: Robbie Rogers, the former Maryland star who has signed with MLS after playing in the Netherlands for half a season, will find out where he's headed at 4 p.m. today. MLS will conduct a weighted lottery involving all 13 teams. Columbus has the best odds, followed by...

By Steve Goff  |  March 8, 2007; 9:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Goal in 11 Seconds

Roy Makaay of Bayern Munich scored 11 seconds into the Champions League match against Real Madrid on Wednesday. Here is how he did it. Be patient with this clip; it takes a moment to get to the goal but the replay (from above and behind the net) provides an interesting...

By Steve Goff  |  March 8, 2007; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  World  
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Officially Improving

This little item flew under the radar when it was announced a few weeks ago but is worthy of a closer look considering the level of criticism heaped on officiating in this country. For the first time the U.S. Soccer Federation, which supplies game officials to MLS, will employ full-time...

By Steve Goff  |  March 8, 2007; 8:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  MLS  
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A Middling Soccer Brawl

The lowlights from Inter Milan-Valencia....

By Emilio Garcia-Ruiz  |  March 7, 2007; 3:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  World  
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Let Freedom Ring

Pretty quiet day on the United and MLS front (so far). How about some Washington Freedom news? You remember them, right? Won the final WUSA title with Mia Hamm and Abby Wambach before the league went under in 2003. While the league did not last, the team did. They've been...

By Steve Goff  |  March 7, 2007; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  Women  
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United Wins! (Um, Only a Scrimmage)

United defeats Florida International University, 5-3, in Sunrise, Fla. Rookie forward Guy-Roland Kpene scored twice, Jeff Carroll, Brian Carroll and Jamil Walker had one apiece. Jay Nolly and Shawn Crowe split the goalkeeping job (Perkins recovering from strained quadriceps). The teams played three 30-minute periods. Kasali Yinka Casal, who has...

By Steve Goff  |  March 6, 2007; 5:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Right Said Fred

Just for the fact that he appeared in this ridiculous commercial in Australia, Brazilian recruit Fred has got to play for D.C. United. Courtesy of spidergoose's posting at the www.bigsoccer.com message boards......

By Steve Goff  |  March 6, 2007; 3:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Good as Gold (Cup)

The defending champion American lads have been placed in Group B of the 12-team Gold Cup, the CONCACAF championship to be held in June, and will face Trinidad & Tobago, Guatemala and El Salvador. Two matches at Home Depot Center, one at Foxboro, then a likely quarterfinal at Foxboro against...

By Steve Goff  |  March 6, 2007; 3:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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DCU Player Search Alert

Here's the latest... United appears on the brink of adding another Brazilian attacker: Helbert Frederico Carreiro da Silva. Better known as: Fred. (No, not the Brazilian Fred who has starred at Lyon in France and for Brazil's national team). This Fred is a 27-year-old attacking midfielder and forward for Melbourne...

By Steve Goff  |  March 6, 2007; 12:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
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Return of a Terp

Robbie Rogers, who left Maryland after one season to play professionally in the Netherlands, signed a contract with MLS on Friday and will be assigned a team via a weighted lottery this Thursday, a source told me this morning. Toronto and D.C. wanted to sign Rogers directly -- and were...

By Steve Goff  |  March 6, 2007; 11:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Pain in Spain

Crisis averted. Beckham's knee injury isn't so bad and he should return for Real Madrid in six weeks or so. That sigh of relief you heard late last night was from LA Galaxy GM Alexi Lalas and the Anschutz suits. Lalas says when Beckham returns, he will be bubble-wrapped for...

By Steve Goff  |  March 6, 2007; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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United Mini-Update

No, I'm not with the club in Florida. Instead, I've got Mason-VCU hoops tonight in Richmond. Nonetheless, I've got some DCU tidbits to pass along... *U.S.-Danish defender Jamil Fearrington has trained the past two days with the team in Sunrise, Fla., and could see his first real action Tuesday afternoon...

By Steve Goff  |  March 5, 2007; 2:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Uh-Oh

When the MLS folks announced two months ago that British glamour boy David Beckham was coming to the States, they wished they could have brought him over right away and begun to take advantage of the marketing bonanza. Why? Because things like this could happen before the actual arrival. This...

By Steve Goff  |  March 4, 2007; 10:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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