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Soccer Insider: April 29, 2007 - May 5, 2007

Hello, Kansas City?

The Kansas City Wizards have won four of their first five games. They have an energetic young coach (Curt Onalfo) and a resurgent young forward (Eddie Johnson). They have arguably the finest defender in MLS (Jimmy Conrad), a vastly underrated outside back (Jose Burciaga Jr.) and one of the league's...

By Steve Goff  |  May 5, 2007; 4:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
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Quick United Update

*We already knew Amado Guevara would not play this weekend vs. United because of a red card. Well, now it appears he's not going to play against anybody in MLS anytime soon. *Fred did not practice because of a groin injury suffered Thursday night, and although he will likely be...

By Steve Goff  |  May 4, 2007; 1:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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$$$$$$$$

Okay, as promised yesterday, we've got some tasty MLS info for you. The players' salary list is out and unlike previous years when this pesky reporter had to beg and plead with his sources (players, agents, GMs) for a prized copy and a big scoop, the union has decided to...

By Steve Goff  |  May 4, 2007; 9:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
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The Aftermath

Not great, not bad. Defense, with four in the back, stood its ground and closed down space. Attack held the ball well in the first half, just couldn't connect with that final pass. Flank play still lacking. Not as many giveaways as in past weeks. Probably a good call on...

By Steve Goff  |  May 4, 2007; 12:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
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Matchday 4: New England at D.C.

Greetings from Estadio RFK. Pleasant evening...come on out, ya hear? Warning: The start of this match MIGHT be delayed because of programming running long on ESPN2. (sigh) Okay, the moment you have all been waiting for: D.C. United's starting lineup..... MORENO OUT, CARROLL OUT (McTavish is out, as well, but...

By Steve Goff  |  May 3, 2007; 5:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
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Guevara Deal: Here's What Happened

Chivas USA "agreed" to trade star midfielder Amado Guevara to Toronto FC. In other words, it was a handshake deal only. Chivas told Guevara he was being traded before finalizing the transaction -- big mistake. Guevara expressed his displeasure. Toronto asked for permission (and, surprisingly, got it) to speak to...

By Steve Goff  |  May 3, 2007; 5:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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MLS Updates

Well, it's now official: Ellinger out as RSL coach, Kreis retires and takes over. Remember where you heard it first. :-) Also, the latest on the Guevara trade: It has been agreed upon in principle and will likely be announced next week. Keep in mind Guevara is suspended for Chivas's...

By Steve Goff  |  May 3, 2007; 2:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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More to Come

Besides the possible Guevara trade and the RSL shakeup, there is even more important MLS news on the way soon. It is not as dramatic as those other two items, but newsworthy nonetheless and interesting to all fans of the league. I HOPE to pass along more info today or...

By Steve Goff  |  May 3, 2007; 12:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
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Major RSL Shakeup

Breaking news: John Ellinger is out as Real Salt Lake coach after two-plus seasons and only 15 victories, Steve Pastorino is out as the GM. I am hearing that Jason Kreis, the leading goal scorer in MLS regular season history and the 1999 league MVP, will announce his retirement to...

By Steve Goff  |  May 3, 2007; 10:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
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Euro Fluff

Package arrived yesterday from BBC America with a press release and a stack of DVDs. Yes! The fifth and final season of "Footballers Wives" is upon us! As part of the station's self-proclaimed "Wicked Wednesday" starting June 6, "Two legendary divas of television soap, Zoe Lucker and Joan Collins, face...

By Steve Goff  |  May 3, 2007; 10:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Guevara to Toronto?

As I mentioned several hours ago in my washingtonpost.com online chat, I am hearing that Honduran midfielder Amado Guevara is about to be traded by Chivas USA to struggling Toronto FC for midfielder Paulo Nagamura and a draft pick. This will reunite Guevara and Coach Mo Johnston, who, as I...

By Steve Goff  |  May 2, 2007; 4:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
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Greetings From RFK

First, and most importantly, Ben Olsen's 30th birthday is tomorrow. He wanted everyone to know. Yes, he feels old. Nice to see he's all grown up now -- got married last winter, just bought a house elsewhere in the city after living in a loft in Adams-Morgan for a few...

By Steve Goff  |  May 2, 2007; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
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Accidental Header

Kilmarnock-Aberdeen last weekend.....brilliant!...

By Steve Goff  |  May 1, 2007; 11:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Behind Closed Doors

I would love to tell you all what occurred at United practice this morning, except the club closed the session to the media, presumably to work on tactical and lineup changes. Nonetheless, here's a bit of news: Midfielder Clyde Simms, out the last two games with an ankle injury, practiced...

By Steve Goff  |  May 1, 2007; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
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Outrage at Reading!

Reading is enjoying a fantastic debut season in the Premiership, but I don't know if they'll ever be able to overcome the sending off of its mascot, Kingsley, during Monday's match against Newcastle. Soccer America magazine provides some of the details here and youtube gives us one of Kingsley's great...

By Steve Goff  |  May 1, 2007; 10:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Where Does MLS Stand?

A non-soccer U.S. sports fan asked me the other day where MLS ranks among the pro leagues around the world. Without giving it much thought, I replied, "No better than 12th best." It's an interesting question and worthy of discussion. There are several leagues that are clearly far superior to...

By Steve Goff  |  May 1, 2007; 8:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Media Matters

Lots of soccer happenings online and on the airwaves this week: On Wednesday, I will host another live online chat at washingtonpost.com. Submit your questions here. Also Wednesday, the always entertaining Eric Wynalda will be in-studio on Washington Post Live on Comcast SportsNet. The show runs from 5 p.m. until...

By Steve Goff  |  April 30, 2007; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Soehn Speaks

"We met this morning and cleared the air a little bit" before practice. "For me, sitting back, you never want to make rash decisions on the way you play the first time you watch it. So we watched it a second time and watched some other games in our league....

By Steve Goff  |  April 30, 2007; 12:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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We Love Mondays

Quiet day at the DCU training grounds. The team was out there for a little over an hour, mostly light conditioning and jogging. For the final 10-15 minutes, the players sat down and chatted in the midfield circle. They then headed indoors to the weight room for lifting/conditioning/fitness etc. (Mondays...

By Steve Goff  |  April 30, 2007; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Keller to MLS?

So Borussia Moenchengladbach is going to be relegated, tossed from the Bundesliga for a dreadful season. Why do we care? Because the club's goalkeeper is American Kasey Keller, whose contract expires this summer and who has expressed interest in the past of playing in MLS. Would Keller help a club...

By Steve Goff  |  April 30, 2007; 10:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Blatter Speaks

Sepp admits that there is a contingency plan in place in case South Africa does not make sufficient progress in preparing for the 2010 World Cup, and lists the United States and Mexico among the possible replacement hosts. He also discusses future World Cups and says North and South America...

By Steve Goff  |  April 30, 2007; 8:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Well, At Least the Reserves Won

Jamaican forward Nicholas Addlery scores twice as United wins its reserve league opener, 2-1, over Columbus. Jay Nolly went the whole way in goal. Further details at the club's Web site later today....

By Steve Goff  |  April 29, 2007; 12:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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