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Soccer Insider: April 15, 2007 - April 21, 2007

Gone Fishin'

I like to recharge my batteries, and shut down the engines, and get myself back to neutral. -- Jeremy Grey (Vince Vaughan), "Wedding Crashers" With D.C. United off this weekend, I am stepping away from the laptop for a few days and not planning to return until Sunday morning, at...

By Steve Goff  |  April 19, 2007; 2:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  Misc.  
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Drawing It Up for Women's World Cup

The Women's World Cup draw will be held Sunday morning (our time) in Wuhan, China. Here's what you need to know: The finalists -- USA, China, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, England, Canada, Japan, North Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Argentina, Ghana and Nigeria -- will be drawn into four four-team...

By Steve Goff  |  April 19, 2007; 11:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  Women  
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Remembering the Hokies

Many of you have asked whether D.C. United is going to do anything in memory of the Virginia Tech victims. (By the way, the Nats donning VT hats the other night at RFK was pure class.) The answer is yes. From what I am hearing, DCU is finalizing plans for...

By Steve Goff  |  April 19, 2007; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Messi Is, Um, Pretty Good

You'll want to listen to the commentary too. If that doesn't work, try this: Read about the match here. And a little bonus video......

By Steve Goff  |  April 19, 2007; 9:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  World  
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In Case You Missed It.....

...here's DaMarcus Beasley's goal against Arsenal the other day. Nothing spectacular from the Man City American midfielder, just a cool one-touch finish, but Michael Johnson's final pass was clinical....

By Steve Goff  |  April 19, 2007; 9:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Two More Teams

Two more cities/regions have been identified for inclusion in a proposed eight-team women's league, which would replace the defunct WUSA: Boston and New York/N.J. They join Washington, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Dallas and Chicago, leaving one spot to be filled. The league is hoping to launch next year. For more...

By Steve Goff  |  April 18, 2007; 4:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Women  
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Bradley-Nowak Euro Adventure

As part of his scouting of American players and meetings with Euro club officials, national team interim boss Bob Bradley watched Manchester City (Beasley) play Arsenal yesterday and will witness West Ham (Spector) face Chelsea today. He is scheduled to see 1860 Munich (Wolff, Berhalter) take on Cologne on Friday,...

By Steve Goff  |  April 18, 2007; 12:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Northern Options

Because of RFK Stadium scheduling conflicts in August, D.C. United has once again turned to Baltimore as an option to stage a SuperLiga semifinal match...if United advances that far. Their semi would be Aug. 14 or 15, when the Nationals host the Phillies. DCU officials have discussed the issue with...

By Steve Goff  |  April 18, 2007; 10:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
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Wow

Poland/Ukraine to host Euro 2012. The BBC reports......

By Steve Goff  |  April 18, 2007; 9:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  World  
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Zidane in D.C.!

The film, not the human. Just a reminder..... "Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait" will be shown Thursday evening at the Smithsonian. One night only. No charge, but it is first come, first serve. I saw it in Dallas last month and was glad to have experienced it. If you plan...

By Steve Goff  |  April 18, 2007; 8:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Misc.  
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Addition to the Soehn Roster

DCU Coach Tom Soehn and his wife Jean are the proud parents of 9-pound 3-ounce Addison, their fourth child....

By Steve Goff  |  April 17, 2007; 8:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Please, No

ESPN just put out this press release: Tommy Smyth, the leading English language analyst for ESPN International's coverage of soccer, will make his MLS Primetime Thursday debut on ESPN2 April 19 at 7 p.m. during the live telecast of the New England at Columbus match in Columbus, Ohio. Smyth, widely...

By Steve Goff  |  April 17, 2007; 7:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (82)
Categories:  MLS  
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Rise of the Empire (Maybe)

We've been making fun of the MetroStars/Red Bulls for 12 seasons now, huh? We've ridiculed their silly logos and their vacant stadium, their endless stream of head coaches, their poor personnel decisions, their losing records, their complete and total lack of presence in the vital New York market. Maybe, just...

By Steve Goff  |  April 17, 2007; 2:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
Categories:  MLS  
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Um, We've Really Gotta Talk

I will be live online to answer questions at washingtonpost.com Wednesday. Submit questions here....

By Steve Goff  |  April 17, 2007; 1:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Q&A  
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What's in a Name?

The latest edition of FIFA Magazine has a wonderful section about national team nicknames. We all know Italy is the Azzurri, Mexico is El Tri, South Africa is Bafana Bafana and Australia is the Socceroos, but some of the smallest countries provide the most colorful monikers. Here are some of...

By Steve Goff  |  April 17, 2007; 12:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  World  
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I-tal-ia?

Euro officials will announce Wednesday what country (or countries) will host the 2012 European Championship. Italy is the overwhelming favorite, but should UEFA choose non-traditional venues instead? And should Italy's domestic problems be a factor in the decision?...

By Steve Goff  |  April 17, 2007; 9:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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DCU's Defensive Effort

A few leftover quotes that did not appear in my story today about D.C. United's defensive issues..... Kevin Payne: "I definitely think what ailed us is fixable; we just can't make that many mistakes." "I think we need to make some adjustments, but basically it's the same group that won...

By Steve Goff  |  April 17, 2007; 9:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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U.S. Women Highlights

Easy victory for the Americans on Saturday at Foxborough as they continue their Women's World Cup preparations -- 5-0 over Mexico. Very nice strike by Lilly for the third goal. Take a peek here....

By Steve Goff  |  April 16, 2007; 12:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Women  
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Greetings From the Frozen Tundra

[UPDATED!] It's always a little cooler at the RFK training grounds than the rest of the metropolitan area because of the vast open area surrounding the fields. Today: unbearable. It's probably warmer on the plains of North Dakota. Or Siberia. Nonetheless, the ballclub was out there this morning for workouts....

By Steve Goff  |  April 16, 2007; 12:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Man U Rolls On

Manchester United advanced to the FA Cup final with a 4-1 victory over Watford on Saturday in a match that provided two classy finishes. The result was no surprise -- Man U is first in the Premiership, Watford last -- but Watford provided admirable resistance and was not as badly...

By Steve Goff  |  April 15, 2007; 12:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  World  
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