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

They're No. 1

With less than six months to go before the Women's World Cup in China, the USA has returned to the top of the FIFA rankings following their Algarve Cup championship. Now we all know these rankings mean nothing, but a nice accomplishment nonetheless....

By Steve Goff  |  March 16, 2007; 3:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Women  
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Looking Ahead, Looking Back

DCU will take the weekend off and then resume training at the RFK grounds Monday for a week of workouts before heading to Guadalajara for some high-altitude fun (5,200 feet in the city, a bit higher where DCU will be based) and the second leg of the series on April...

By Steve Goff  |  March 16, 2007; 10:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Soooooo.......

What did y'all think of the match and how do you like DCU's prospects in the second leg at Estadio Jalisco? (I know some of you have added some postgame comments to the previous thread, but let's start a new conversation over here. I'll also try to answer any questions...

By Steve Goff  |  March 15, 2007; 11:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (120)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Pregame From Estadio RFK

-- Kickoff will not be until 8:20 p.m. Blame Fox Soccer Channel. (For those taping the game on TiVo or DVR, you might want to program the 10-10:30 slot as well.) -- Fred is in the media guide. He is, indeed, wearing No. 7. Still awaiting international clearance before he...

By Steve Goff  |  March 15, 2007; 5:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Fred and Brian

A quick update: Fred has arrived from Latin America and will be at RFK tonight with his representatives to watch United's match against Chivas. MLS/DCU and the Aussie officials held a conference call last night, but no resolution yet on the international transfer certificate. Just a hunch, but seems likely...

By Steve Goff  |  March 15, 2007; 11:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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USA Roster Unveiled

Here's the USA crew (13 from Europe, 11 from MLS) for the March 25 friendly against Ecuador (which is bringing 11 World Cup players) in Tampa and the March 28 match vs. Guatemala in Frisco, Tex.: Goalkeepers (3) - Brad Guzan (Chivas USA), Tim Howard (Everton FC), Kasey Keller (Borussia...

By Steve Goff  |  March 15, 2007; 11:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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The Answers

In response to your questions...... Q. Will this be the greatest year in DCU's history? A. Certainly has potential, but the 1998 team was the best ever (even though it did not win the MLS title). Q. Is Fred DC's last "big name" signing before the season starts, or are...

By Steve Goff  |  March 15, 2007; 9:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Q&A  
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Predictions and Q&A

Give me your DCU-Chivas score prediction and a SHORT single question, and I'll post the answers sometime Thursday morning. My prediction: 2-2...

By Steve Goff  |  March 14, 2007; 7:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Because You Just Can't Get Enough Fred...

Fred is on his way. A DCU rep has met him in Latin America and will accompany him to Washington. Barring last-minute complications, he should be at RFK on Thursday night (not to play, but to meet and greet his new teammates). Still awaiting the "chat" between DCU and Melbourne...

By Steve Goff  |  March 14, 2007; 1:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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USA-Denmark

The American women will face Denmark today in the final of the Algarve Cup in Portugal, a major tuneup for the Women's World Cup later this year in China. Kickoff is 12:30 p.m. (ET). I will be busy for much of the day working on my DCU-Chivas preview, but for...

By Steve Goff  |  March 14, 2007; 9:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Women  
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DCU Roster

With players coming and going, contracts in limbo, trialists in and out, here's an updated DCU roster: (Of course, we're assuming some of these guys will have their deals finalized) GOALKEEPERS Perkins, Nolly, Crowe DEFENDERS Namoff, Boswell, Erpen, Wilson DEFENDERS-MIDFIELDERS McTavish, J. Carroll, Gros MIDFIELDERS Olsen, B. Carroll, Simms, Moose,...

By Steve Goff  |  March 14, 2007; 7:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Seeing (F)red

Okay, here's what is going on, as best as I can ascertain, in the ongoing saga of Fred, DCU, MLS, Melbourne Victory and the Australian league. Fred has signed a contract with United/MLS. It is a standard, four-year deal (one year, plus three league-held option years). His base salary the...

By Steve Goff  |  March 13, 2007; 4:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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United Tidbits

A few items to pass along from RFK today: -- The club has signed Kiki Willis, a midfielder-forward from Elon who left school early, to a developmental contract. Willis had impressed the club at an indoor tryout at Dulles SportsPlex during the winter but departed training camp with toe problems....

By Steve Goff  |  March 13, 2007; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A New Stadium? Where??

Found this on my boy Ives's blog: It ain't pretty, but more progress than DCU...........

By Steve Goff  |  March 12, 2007; 5:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  MLS  
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USA to the Final

USA women defeat Sweden, 3-2, in their Algarve Cup group-play finale in Portugal and clinch a berth in the championship game against Denmark on Wednesday. (USA had to win to advance, Sweden just needed a tie to win out on goal differential). Algarve is a major tuneup for the Women's...

By Steve Goff  |  March 12, 2007; 4:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Notes From RFK

UPDATED at 2:45 pm -- see BELOW Beautiful sunny day here at the RFK training grounds. A few early items to pass along: -- Brazilian forward Welton Silva was not offered a contract and has departed. No new trialists in attendance. -- Rod Dyachenko, who has a slight knee knock,...

By Steve Goff  |  March 12, 2007; 11:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Happy Monday

Today's Agenda: -- I'll blog from United practice at RFK this afternoon and hopefully have an update on Fred's estimated date of arrival, Welton's situation, Perkins's injury status and other worthy notes. -- USA women play Sweden today in the Algarve Cup first-round finale -- MLS gossip? Hmmm... -- And...

By Steve Goff  |  March 12, 2007; 8:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Super Clasico

In honor of the remarkable 3-3 tie between La Liga rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid on Saturday, we pass along a few videos -- match highlights from Sky Sports and a couple goofy Barca Toons. After watching these clips, head to the comments section and give me your top five...

By Steve Goff  |  March 11, 2007; 10:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  World  
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