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Soccer Insider: April 8, 2007 - April 14, 2007

The Aftermath

A few quick thoughts, some bonus quotes and the dreary player ratings (Here is my full game report)..... -- Show of hands: Who thinks DCU is ill-equipped to play a 3-5-2? Just wondering... -- Fred is not a flank player. Fred must play centrally. Or Fred must play as a...

By Steve Goff  |  April 14, 2007; 11:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Matchday 2: KC at DC

Greetings from Estadio RFK. Light rain was falling but dry at the moment, heavy stuff not for quite some time. Please use the comments section on this thread to post your pregame, in-game and postgame thoughts. I will create a new thread very late tonight with my own view and...

By Steve Goff  |  April 14, 2007; 4:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Read Wilbon's Column

No, it's not about soccer. It's about the 60th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball's color barrier. While Wilbon and an MLB rep lament the decline of African American participation in baseball (only 8 percent of big leaguers these days are African American), it got me thinking about how far...

By Steve Goff  |  April 14, 2007; 12:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Many Thanks...

...for viewing the Soccer Insider 153,247 times during the month of March -- beyond our wildest expectations. We are No. 3 among Post.com's nine sports blogs, significantly behind the Redskins (of course) and a few hundred short of the wonderfully entertaining Sports Bog. We more than doubled the Wizards and...

By Steve Goff  |  April 14, 2007; 11:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Misc.  
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Brazil By Itself

Following Colombia's expected withdrawal, Brazil is the only "official" bidder to host the 2014 World Cup. If, however, FIFA does not believe the Brazilians will be prepared to handle the tournament, guess who is waiting in the shadows? Three letters, first and last letters are vowels. For now, Sunil Gulati...

By Steve Goff  |  April 13, 2007; 8:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  World  
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Colleges for a Cause

Although the college season is still several months away, two of the nation's top men's programs will face each other Saturday afternoon when ACC rivals Maryland and Virginia compete in the SHUT-OUT Cancer College Classic at Maryland SoccerPlex in Montgomery County. Proceeds will benefit Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults...

By Steve Goff  |  April 13, 2007; 3:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  College Soccer  
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Kansas City Preparations

Greetings from Estadio RFK, where United is preparing for not only the Wizards Saturday night, but more awful weather. Consider: If, as expected, the heavy rain arrives tomorrow, United will have played all three home matches (Olimpia, Chivas, KC) in brutal conditions. Not to mention last weekend's cold and snow...

By Steve Goff  |  April 13, 2007; 12:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Doh!

So my trusty and very well-paid research assistant -- okay, it's actually my 10-year-old son Ryan -- was doing what he does best -- researching upcoming Simpsons episodes -- when he came upon this gem: Soccer returns to the show with a rotund special guest star from Brazil. Mark your...

By Steve Goff  |  April 12, 2007; 8:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  Misc.  
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Four for Freedom

Gearing up for its W-League opener next month, the Washington Freedom women's team has promoted four local players from its under-20 squad to the senior roster: Chante Sandiford (Owings Mills), Jill Porto (Potomac High in Va.), Katie Watson (Old Dominion) and Kerry Philbin (O'Connell High, GWU). The Freedom will play...

By Steve Goff  |  April 12, 2007; 3:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Women  
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Headgear, the Trialist and a Baby Watch

Greetings from Estadio RFK. A few things to share..... -- If Josh Gros wants to play Saturday, he has got to wear the soccer headgear, the padded contraption made famous by Alecko Eskandarian after his concussion two years ago. Gros, who suffered a concussion last Tuesday at Chivas, has been...

By Steve Goff  |  April 12, 2007; 12:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Mexican Meltdown

Two years after winning the Under-17 World Cup in Peru, Mexico has failed to qualify for the latest tournament. In CONCACAF, this is almost incomprehensible. They were beaten out by Honduras and Haiti, which had not qualified for ANY FIFA world championship since the senior World Cup 33 years ago....

By Steve Goff  |  April 12, 2007; 9:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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United Reserves Win

United defeated the Harrisburg (Pa.) City Islanders, 3-0, in an 80-minute match at the RFK Stadium training grounds. Trialist Nicholas Addlery scored twice and Fred had the other. Jay Nolly and Shawn Crowe split the goalkeeping. Fred played only the first half, as the playmaker. The starting backline was McTavish...

By Steve Goff  |  April 11, 2007; 7:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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They Scored How Many Goals??

Breathtaking Ronaldo/Man U and Chelsea stunner. Turn volume to 11....

By Steve Goff  |  April 11, 2007; 8:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Arrrrrrrgh, It's Stoitchkov!

In honor of old friend Hristo Stoitchkov leaving Bulgaria's national team to take over a Spanish club, we give you this highlight video. (Maybe the Bulgarians got spooked by the lawsuit filed against Stoitchkov by the former American University player in U.S. District Court!) The soundtrack is to die for....

By Steve Goff  |  April 10, 2007; 8:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Ouch!

Before I dig up the highlights from Man U's unbelievable 7-1 victory over Roma or Chelsea's last-minute 2-1 win over Valencia -- quite a day for English football, eh? -- I give you this scary incident from the Everton match on Monday. Read this story and then watch the video...

By Steve Goff  |  April 10, 2007; 7:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Some DCU Notes

*Josh Gros did some running and stretching today and said he has not had any more problems since suffering a concussion in the Chivas match last week. "I feel pretty good. The headaches have gone away," he said. "When I got hit, my vision got blurry and I got a...

By Steve Goff  |  April 10, 2007; 3:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
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Bradley to Europe

Bob Bradley will head to Europe as early as this weekend to meet with coaches from clubs with American players in order to plan for summer events. The purpose is to establish relationships and talk about the upcoming tournaments, particularly player involvement in Copa America, which stretches into some clubs'...

By Steve Goff  |  April 10, 2007; 2:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Payne's Response

D.C. United is aware of the "press release." Kevin Payne's official response: "Their assertions are absolutely false." Folks, politics at work in this grand land of ours. ($$$$$) Along those lines, at the DCU kickoff luncheon today, Victor Macfarlane said: "We have been working behind the scenes with the city...

By Steve Goff  |  April 10, 2007; 2:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Stadium Opposition

Just received this press release. Enjoy! MINISTERS ACROSS THE CITY EXPRESS OPPOSITION TO NEW SOCCER STADIUM DC UNITED LIED TO CHURCH AN YOUTH Washington, DC- The DC Black Church Initiative a coalition 800 churches is opposing the building of a new soccer stadium in Ward 8. There are four major...

By Steve Goff  |  April 10, 2007; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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American Goals Galore

Big day for the American lads in England today..... DaMarcus Beasley (36th minute) and Carlos Bocanegra (53rd) exchange goals in Manchester City's 3-1 victory over Fulham. It was Bocanegra's second goal in four days and fourth of the year for Fulham, which is winless in its last eight matches overall...

By Steve Goff  |  April 9, 2007; 3:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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New DCU Player?

D.C. United has taken an interest in Jamaican international Nicholas Addlery, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound forward who played NCAA Division 2 ball at California University (Pa.) and in the Trinidad and Tobago and Vietnamese leagues, sources tell me today. Addlery, 25, signed with the Virginia Beach Mariners this spring, but when...

By Steve Goff  |  April 9, 2007; 1:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Kevin Payne, Uncensored

For those of you who missed it, here is Kevin Payne's live online chat with washingtonpost.com today. As I hinted at in the comments section of my posting this morning, I hope to have some roster/player info later today........

By Steve Goff  |  April 9, 2007; 11:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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MLS, Week 1

Some observations: *Considering the weather conditions in much of the country, opening-day attendance was decent with an average of 16,109. The game-time temperature for matches in Colorado, Columbus and Chicago averaged 30, while the announced turnout was around 15,700. The one I am puzzled about is Houston, where 16,404 showed...

By Steve Goff  |  April 9, 2007; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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