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Soccer Insider: April 1, 2007 - April 7, 2007

The Opener, The Aftermath

Here is my game story: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/07/AR2007040700839.html And some bonus Insider quotes: SOEHN On the long time away from home: "Our guys have been on an emotional roller-coaster; they've had a season within spring training, from winning to losing to playing in tough environments, and it's going to be refreshing...

By Steve Goff  |  April 7, 2007; 9:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Gameday: Colorado

My initial thoughts about Dick's Sporting Goods Park: I like it, I really like it. Much like Dallas's Pizza Hut Park, it is out there in a previously desolate area, but the multi-field complex as a whole is superb and the stadium, while neither intimidating for a visiting team nor...

By Steve Goff  |  April 7, 2007; 1:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
Categories:  MLS  
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Good Mornin'.....

A dusting of snow overnight here in Denver, temps in the twenties right now with a light rain/snow mix, supposed to warm up to, er, 31. Maybe a bit of accumulation later. I'm planning to head out to the new stadium early for a sneak peek. Outdoor press box. Ugh....

By Steve Goff  |  April 7, 2007; 10:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Greetings from Denver

These are words you definitely do not want to hear on the eve of the MLS season opener: "This is your captain speaking. We're scheduled for an on-time arrival in Denver, where right now it is 23 degrees with snow and freezing rain. Thanks for flying the friendly skies." Yes,...

By Steve Goff  |  April 6, 2007; 4:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Denver Bound

I will be traveling much of the day, but hope to file some updates upon arrival in Denver later. Meantime, you can discuss Houston's wild match at Pachuca last night....

By Steve Goff  |  April 6, 2007; 6:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
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Denver, ugh

Here's the latest forecast for D.C. United's season opener Saturday in Denver. The Brazilians are going to love this. Brrrrrr.........

By Steve Goff  |  April 5, 2007; 3:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
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Don't EVER Talk to a Blogger!

Madman Eric Wynalda said some very bad words about loudmouth Jim "I Hate Soccer" Rome during an interview/conversation/discussion. Now he's had to apologize. Here's the entire Wynalda blog interview transcript....

By Steve Goff  |  April 5, 2007; 1:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
Categories:  Misc.  
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Anschutz Speaks! (Maybe)

We all know that MLS godfather Phil Anschutz does not like to speak to the media (I did shake his hand once, exchanged greetings with him, and stayed at his ranch outside Denver with D.C. United for a story, but of course never interviewed him). Well now, much to his...

By Steve Goff  |  April 5, 2007; 12:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Houston Is in Mexico

The MLS season openers are only a few days away, but the most important match will take place tonight when Houston faces Pachuca in Mexico in the second leg of their Champions' Cup semifinals. MLS already missed a wonderful opportunity to send a club to the finals (and keep alive...

By Steve Goff  |  April 5, 2007; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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Burch to DCU

The Marc Burch trade is now official. United acquired the former Maryland Terps forward from Columbus for a third-round pick in the 2008 supplemental draft. From all indications, Burch, 22, will join the club on a developmental contract, which means he will earn either $12,900 or $17,700 this season. "We...

By Steve Goff  |  April 4, 2007; 3:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Gros Out, Casal In

Josh Gros got his bell rung last night in Guadalajara and returned to Washington instead of traveling with the team to Denver today for Saturday's MLS opener. The club believes he suffered a concussion, but he'll be further evaluated this week. "It's precautionary," Coach Tom Soehn said. "He had some...

By Steve Goff  |  April 4, 2007; 10:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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DCU-Chivas Aftermath

Some quick thoughts...... -- A huge, huge missed opportunity for United. They were clearly the better club in the first half, but yielding that equalizer just before the break was a killer. As the second half began, you could sense the momentum had shifted dramatically. -- Perkins made three very...

By Steve Goff  |  April 4, 2007; 12:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
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DCU-Chivas, Part II

Please use this thread to comment on the match while it is unfolding. I'll try to contribute when I'm not writing. I'll then create a new forum after the match or tomorrow morning. And in case you haven't seen the notices at washingtonpost.com, I'll be doing a live online chat...

By Steve Goff  |  April 3, 2007; 8:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (112)
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Predictions, Predictions

What unfolds tonight at Estadio Jalisco? I'm going with 2-1, Chivas. I also have a sneaking suspicion that, one way or another, Simms ends up in the starting lineup. Meaning he'll either be paired with Olsen in defensive midfield and Carroll sits, or Olsen stays out wide, Simms and Carroll...

By Steve Goff  |  April 3, 2007; 9:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (87)
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Arena Returns

Kenny, that is. He has been hired as a full-time assistant at George Mason after serving as a volunteer assistant at Virginia last season. The opening was created when Kris Kelderman, another former D.C. United player, left GMU to serve under new Kansas City coach Curt Onalfo (UVA, DCU). So...

By Steve Goff  |  April 2, 2007; 9:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  College Soccer  
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Fred Lives!

DCU has relented: Fred's uniform will say "Fred". Kevin Payne: "While D.C. United has traditionally used proper last names on the backs of our uniforms, we have agreed to make an exception in Fred's case for two reasons. First, is the long-time tradition of Brazilian players identifying themselves, and being...

By Steve Goff  |  April 2, 2007; 3:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
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The "New" MLS

Here are some of the items MLS has announced today: Game Presentation · MLS has implemented certain standards for pre-game presentations that will occur at all MLS games. o Teams will line up alongside each other in the tunnel prior to emerging for kickoff. o As teams enter the field,...

By Steve Goff  |  April 2, 2007; 1:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (64)
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The Roster vs. Chivas

According to club officials, the following United players were sent home from Guadalajara: Crowe, Arguez, Casal, Kpene, North, Dyachenko, J. Carroll and Willis. Which means the 18-man roster for Tuesday's match is: GKs: Perkins, Nolly Ds: Namoff, Erpen, Boswell, McTavish, Wilson MFs: Fred, Olsen, B. Carroll, Gomez, Gros, Simms, Moose,...

By Steve Goff  |  April 2, 2007; 11:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Time of the Season

Commish Don Garber will discuss the upcoming season and MLS competition initiatives, such as uniformity in the appearance of the fields and theme music that was composed in Prague recently, during a conference call at 1:30 p.m. today. Other minor announcements are expected. I will provide an overview and some...

By Steve Goff  |  April 2, 2007; 9:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
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