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

Euro Upset

Kazakhstan stuns Serbia, 2-1, in a Euro qualifier today at Ortalyk Tsentralnyi Stadium in Almaty for their first victory in a competitive Euro match ... ever. How did you think this will go over in Belgrade? Yikes... This guy is really happy....

By Steve Goff  |  March 24, 2007; 12:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Uniformity

D.C. United is on the way to Guadalajara. The USA national team is in Tampa. I'm in Dallas for women's basketball. (stop laughing...now!) Sooooo, whatcha think of Toronto and L.A.'s new sponsored jerseys? At the moment, four of 13 clubs have shirt sponsors: New York (Red Bull energy drink), Real...

By Steve Goff  |  March 24, 2007; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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New Wembley Unveiling

[UPDATE] They're off to a crackling start! The new Wembley, which will host its first soccer match Saturday with the England and Italy under-21s facing each other, is certainly a lot different from the old Wembley. For photos and a virtual tour, check this out. Here are some facts and...

By Steve Goff  |  March 23, 2007; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Answering the Call

Okay, here are some answers to some of your questions from earlier today: Q: What's the latest on Fred? A: A compromise is near. Melbourne wants money and will probably get some. Regardless, Fred will be on United's flight to Guadalajara on Saturday. Once the deal is finalized and the...

By Steve Goff  |  March 22, 2007; 6:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Fred? Ben. Ben? Fred.

I asked Ben Olsen today about Fred -- his initial opinion of the Brazilian, how he will fit in and whether Fred's inevitable move to the starting lineup will shift Olsen back into defensive midfield. "At first look, he's a very good soccer player. He's a typical Brazilian -- very...

By Steve Goff  |  March 22, 2007; 6:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Help for Columbus?

Some of you from the Buckeye state have e-mailed me or dropped a question onto this blog about Columbus's pursuit of a Latin American midfielder. The only name I have heard is Guillermo Barros Schelotto, a 33-year-old two-way midfielder for Boca Juniors. Does he want to play in MLS? I...

By Steve Goff  |  March 22, 2007; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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(Goal)keeping It Real

I did end up getting out to RFK this afternoon. Missed practiced but had some quality chats with Soehn, Simpson and Olsen. Much of the information is for future feature stories and Chivas second-leg previews, but wanted to share some of my discussion with Simpson about Troy Perkins's progress from...

By Steve Goff  |  March 22, 2007; 2:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Hello? Is There Anybody in There? ...

Just nod if you can hear me Is there anyone at home Come on now I hear you're feeling down I can ease your pain And get you on your feet again Relax.... (Floyd, Pink -- The Wall) I apologize for the lack of information the last day or two....

By Steve Goff  |  March 22, 2007; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
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The Shalrie Watch

Depending on who you believe, the Revolution has been contacted by either two or four other MLS teams about disgruntled midfielder Shalrie Joseph. Personally, I don't think he's going anywhere, but if an offer is strong enough, perhaps he gets moved. Only 17 days until the openers! Which club needs...

By Steve Goff  |  March 21, 2007; 4:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
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DCU Non-Update and Charity Event

United will practice at Georgetown University today (approximately 10:45 until around 12:30), if you're in the area and want to get a glimpse of the ballclub. I will not attend, so no training updates today. Sorry...... In case you missed it on our Web site or in the print edition...

By Steve Goff  |  March 21, 2007; 9:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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World Cup Flashback

Just got done watching "The 2006 World Cup Film: The Grand Finale" (from NetFlix). The documentary brought back wonderful memories of four weeks in Germany last summer, but at 1 hour and 52 minutes, it needed to be cut by at least 20 minutes. There are some nice flashbacks --...

By Steve Goff  |  March 21, 2007; 12:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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New Jersey in Los Angeles?

Citibank's efforts to acquire the sponsorship rights for the Los Angeles Galaxy's jersey for an estimated $49 million over five years have come to an end without a deal, sources told me today. Maybe one of the issues was that banking rival Chase is a league sponsor? Hmmm. Whatever the...

By Steve Goff  |  March 20, 2007; 5:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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United Revisited

MORE UPDATES BELOW.... Greetings from the RFK training grounds. Much warmer than yesterday, thank you for asking. Nothing urgent to report at the moment. Some 4 v 4 drills in tight space are going on right now. No Fred contract/transfer updates. Sorry. He's practicing again (with some sharp-looking silver-and-yellow/gold boots)....

By Steve Goff  |  March 20, 2007; 11:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
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Meanwhile, in England...

A few clips to share from Monday's FA Cup quarterfinal replays........ Lampard gets attacked and Ronaldo draws a penalty. Was it the correct call? You decide. I don't have a huge problem with it, although the sneaky Portuguese star sold it pretty well. Also, at the end of the Man...

By Steve Goff  |  March 20, 2007; 9:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
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USA Preparations

A few items to pass along from U.S. men's national team training camp in Bradenton, Fla.: -- Knee injuries have sidelined midfielder Ricardo Clark (Houston) and forward Chris Rolfe (Chicago). Their replacements are a pair of Dynamo players, midfielder Brian Mullan and defender Wade Barrett. -- Defender Jay DeMerit did...

By Steve Goff  |  March 19, 2007; 4:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Ahhh, Warmth

After a frigid morning out at the training grounds (see earlier post), the Insider has relocated to the heated media holding pen deep below Estadio RFK. So y'all want to know what Fred has to say about joining DCU, right? You want to hear him talk about the move from...

By Steve Goff  |  March 19, 2007; 1:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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Fred Mania

Greetings from the bitterly cold RFK training grounds (it's always 25 degrees colder out here on the great plains of Lot 7 than the rest of the Washington metropolitan area.) The natural grass field is being resodded so United will be working out on the artificial turf for a few...

By Steve Goff  |  March 19, 2007; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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Japan In, Mexico Out

Japan earns the 15th berth in the 16-team Women's World Cup later this year by defeating Mexico in a special two-game playoff. Oceania is the only remaining berth to be decided....

By Steve Goff  |  March 18, 2007; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Revolution Revolt

Just got off the phone with Ron Waxman, NY-based agent for New England star midfielder Shalrie Joseph, who has stepped down as team captain and has requested a trade because of a contract impasse. (The story first appeared in the Boston Globe this morning.) Here's some background: Scottish club Celtic...

By Steve Goff  |  March 18, 2007; 3:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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Dubious Goal(s)

Tired of NCAA basketball, I flipped over to Fox Soccer Channel on Saturday and joined the Blackburn-West Ham match in progress. Blackburn was already up 1-0 in the second half, when West Ham, in relegation danger, came back with two goals against American Brad Friedel on the road. Argentine Carlos...

By Steve Goff  |  March 18, 2007; 9:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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