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Soccer Insider: March 25, 2007 - March 31, 2007

Moreno to Venezuela?

Jaime Moreno's name has been mentioned for possible inclusion on Bolivia's Copa America roster this summer in Venezuela, despite the fact that he has not represented his country in several years. How long has Moreno been in Bolivia's player pool? Consider this: At age 20, he made the 1994 World...

By Steve Goff  |  March 31, 2007; 10:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Stadium? What Stadium?

D.C. United wants to move into a proposed new stadium at Poplar Point in 2009, but amid the drawn-out political manuevering and behind-the-scenes negotiating just to reach a deal to build on that riverside parcel in Anacostia, is it still realistic to think that the club will play its first...

By Steve Goff  |  March 30, 2007; 11:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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United News and Notes

A few things to pass along: -- DCU and Jaime Moreno have finalized a new, restructured contract. Announcement likely next week. No details available at the moment. -- United Prez Kevin Payne said he would consider allowing Fred to use "Fred" on the back of his jersey instead of the...

By Steve Goff  |  March 30, 2007; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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In Residency

With the Women's World Cup just over five months away in China, the U.S. national team's full-time residency camp will open this weekend at Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. This will serve as the Americans' base of operations through the summer, during which they will play eight home friendlies...

By Steve Goff  |  March 30, 2007; 9:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Women  
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Fred, Finally

DCU/MLS and Melbourne have reached a financial settlement involving Fred's contract and international transfer certificate. So after weeks of haggling, it can finally be said: Fred is officially a member of D.C. United and will be eligible to play in the second leg of the Chivas series Tuesday as well...

By Steve Goff  |  March 29, 2007; 3:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (114)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Bye Bye, Mariners

The Virginia Beach Mariners, who played in the top USL division, have been terminated -- gone, done, finished, wrecked by financial issues. Here's the league announcement and a news story... The players are free to go, but are any of them MLS worthy? Or will they land elsewhere in the...

By Steve Goff  |  March 29, 2007; 2:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Misc.  
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USA-Guatemala In-Game/Postgame

My thoughts will go up here, your thoughts in the comments section....... We're just a few minutes into the match and it's already clear that, unlike Sunday's wide-open affair with Ecuador, this is going to be a difficult match for the Americans to create opportunities. The Guatemalans have neither the...

By Steve Goff  |  March 28, 2007; 9:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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USA-Guatemala

Friendly. Tonight. 9 p.m. Eastern time. ESPN2. Frisco. Small crowd expected. Twenty players available for selection. Carroll, Ching, Onyewu, Bocanegra and Howard returned to their clubs after the Ecuador victory. Good test tonight for Spector, Simek, DeMerit, Cooper, Pearce. Please share your pregame thoughts here. I'll set up an in-game/postgame...

By Steve Goff  |  March 28, 2007; 1:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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DCU 3, Tecos Reserves 0

80-minute match in Guadalajara, goals by Emilio, Gomez and Casal Same starting lineup as last week, Boswell was the only DCU player to go all 80 minutes Subs: Nolly for Perkins and Moose for Gomez at the half Later, Arguez for Olsen, deRoux for Gros, Walker for Emilio, Willis for...

By Steve Goff  |  March 28, 2007; 11:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Eat Your Vegetables!

Check out this bizarre story from England. And then watch this comical, semi-related video (caution: some of the language may be inappropriate for sensitive ears). Keep an eye on the main TV host's response with about 35 seconds left in the clip....

By Steve Goff  |  March 27, 2007; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  World  
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What's New?

[UPDATES at bottom] Very quiet at the moment...... DCU/MLS still working out the Fred situation, but the club expects him to be available for the Chivas match next Tuesday. On the college front, Howard University is still without a head coach after Keith Tucker's dismissal this winter. Ex-Bison star Shaka...

By Steve Goff  |  March 27, 2007; 11:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Misc.  
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Catching Up With Ricky Schramm

After weeks of phone tag, I was finally able to touch base with Ricky Schramm, the former Georgetown standout who was drafted by D.C. United and subsequently released after a few weeks of training camp. Schramm tells me he has had two formal workouts with the third-division Richmond Kickers and...

By Steve Goff  |  March 26, 2007; 7:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Have a Slow Day

Greetings from DFW Airport, getting ready to head home after a few days of NCAA hoops in Dallas. I was actually pulling for the GW women to upset North Carolina on Sunday night, purely for selfish reasons. If the Colonials had advanced, they would have played again Tuesday night. Which,...

By Steve Goff  |  March 26, 2007; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Misc.  
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USA-Ecuador

Like all of you, I am watching on TV and do not have first-hand perspective. You don't really need me telling you what we've just seen on the field. So perhaps I'll offer some observations on ESPN's efforts as well as some light analysis. -- Dave O'Brien is a professional...

By Steve Goff  |  March 25, 2007; 12:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Zizou, Is That You?

I had planned to see the film "Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait" next month at the Smithsonian's HIrshhorn Museum, but lo and behold, while here in Dallas on a basketball assignment, my ace Steve Davis (formerly of the Dallas Morning News) alerted me to a "Zidane" viewing as part of...

By Steve Goff  |  March 25, 2007; 1:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  World  
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