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Soccer Insider: May 20, 2007 - May 26, 2007

The Aftermath

Seven games into D.C. United's season, I think it is safe to conclude that this club is not nearly as bad as they showed the first few weeks but not quite as good as so many observers, including myself, thought they would be. United has found a rhythm -- a...

By Steve Goff  |  May 26, 2007; 11:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Matchday 7: Houston at DCU

Just a bit warm out here at Estadio RFK. Lot 8 bustling with holiday-weekend tailgaters. Club figures 17,000 to 18,000 in attendance tonight, maybe more, depending on walk-up. No local TV. Tom Soehn, an early arrival, just finished a solitary jog around the field. STARTING LINEUP: no surprises Perkins; Namoff,...

By Steve Goff  |  May 26, 2007; 5:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Becks Is Back

England has recalled David Beckham for the first time since he hobbled off the pitch against Portugal in the 2006 World Cup quarterfinals. Back in form with Real Madrid, Beckham will play in a friendly against Brazil on Friday at Wembley and then be available against Estonia in a Euro...

By Steve Goff  |  May 26, 2007; 10:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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USA Schedule This Fall

USA at Switzerland is confirmed -- Oct. 17 at a venue to be determined. The last time they faced each other was in the 1994 World Cup when Wynalda scored on an outrageous free kick at the Silverdome. USA vs. Catalonia (yes, the region of Spain) is confirmed -- Oct....

By Steve Goff  |  May 25, 2007; 3:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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What a Guy

Greetings from Estadio RFK, where United went through a very light training session this morning. The big question: Will Guy-Roland Kpene start in place of Jaime Moreno tomorrow night against Houston? Based on training observations this week, various comments from players and coaches and simple common sense, I can almost...

By Steve Goff  |  May 25, 2007; 12:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Vacation? What Vacation?

We've got futbol this weekend. So while the rest of the nation (lower case 'n') grumbles in traffic heading to the beach, the Nation will be here discussing true patriotic matters -- like, um, the United-Dynamo match. Now what is more traditional than that? I'll be back later with news...

By Steve Goff  |  May 25, 2007; 8:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Touched by an Angel

Red Bull New York is looking awfully good with Juan Pablo Angel in the lineup. On Wednesday night he helps set up Jozy Altidore's goal in the first minute, pulls the ball down and volleys nicely in the third and uses a clever little deception deep in the box in...

By Steve Goff  |  May 24, 2007; 11:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Live From RFK.....

Some D.C. United stuff to pass along..... -- Rookie forward Guy-Roland Kpene has been upgraded to the senior roster, replacing the injured Jamil Walker. His salary goes from $12,900 to about $30,000. "He deserved it," technical director Dave Kasper said. -- Defender John Wilson is wearing a walking boot to...

By Steve Goff  |  May 24, 2007; 1:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Gold Cup Roster

U.S. Soccer has released its Gold Cup list. Click here for the details and then come on back to express comments. Looks like Tim Howard is the No. 1 keeper. As the team looks ahead to 2010, this is no surprise. Keep in mind that, because the Gold Cup and...

By Steve Goff  |  May 24, 2007; 11:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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What's Going On?

Well, I'll tell ya..... -- Gold Cup roster will be unveiled at noon. Be sure to check back here for the complete list and an opportunity to discuss the squad. -- Coming soon: Dynamo meets the POTUS. -- With Colorado's last-minute 2-1 victory over Real Salt Lake (can they win...

By Steve Goff  |  May 24, 2007; 9:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Champions Trivia

With the Champions League completed and AC Milan reigning over European soccer again, I thought it would be an appropriate time to share some tournament trivia. Did you know......(drum roll please) ...... that a former NCAA Division III soccer player was once part of a Champions League winning club? Argentina's...

By Steve Goff  |  May 23, 2007; 8:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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They Are the Champions

If you have taped the Champions League final between Milan and Liverpool and don't want to know the result, go away. Now. I'm not kidding. You've been warned. Okay, I'll give you another minute. zzzzz zzzzz zzzzz stadium? zzzzzz zzzzz huh? zzzzzzz zzzzz zzzzz As I was saying... Not exactly...

By Steve Goff  |  May 23, 2007; 4:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Willis Gone

United rookie midfielder Kiki Willis has left the club because of family issues and it is unclear whether he will return this season, the team confirmed this morning. He is under a developmental contract and the club could end up waiving him. United had discovered him at an indoor tryout...

By Steve Goff  |  May 23, 2007; 11:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Hey, Hey, Hey

Ives uncovers more Red Bull shenanigans , Chris Albright might be sidelined for a very long time, former Dallas coach Colin Clarke lands in Puerto Rico and DCU news and notes. For your viewing pleasure, AC Milan-Liverpool today at 2:25 p.m. on ESPN2 and Dan Steinberg's report on the D.C....

By Steve Goff  |  May 23, 2007; 7:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
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DCU Draws Chivas

For the second time this year, United will face Mexican club Chivas on the international stage, this time in the Copa Sudamericana. The first match will be played in Washington, the return leg in Guadalajara, beginning in mid-September. As you recall, United lost to the Goats in the CONCACAF Champions'...

By Steve Goff  |  May 22, 2007; 3:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
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Esky Traded

Just got off the phone with Alecko Eskandarian, who confirmed that he has been traded by Toronto to Real Salt Lake -- just three days after scoring his first goal of the season. Here is the official press release announcing Esky and a pick to RSL for Jeff Cunningham. "It's...

By Steve Goff  |  May 22, 2007; 2:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
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Rumors and News

Eskandarian to RSL and Cunningham to Los Angeles. That's what I have heard through MLS channels. Do not know any other details. Just the rumor du jour. Back with more stuff soon.......

By Steve Goff  |  May 22, 2007; 12:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Good Mornin'

A few things to gnaw on..... Henry wants the resurgent Beckham back on the troubled English national team, the Red Bulls' new stadium is a dump (literally), Greek security likes to play paintball and Crystal Palace attempts to gain a foothold in the States. I'll share my United training observations...

By Steve Goff  |  May 22, 2007; 8:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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United to Copa Sudamericana

By virtue of finishing third in the CONCACAF Champions' Cup, D.C. United has been invited to compete in the Copa Sudamericana, South America's second-tier club championship. Chivas and Pachuca of Mexico are the others. The draw will be held Tuesday in Buenos Aires. United will likely play its first game...

By Steve Goff  |  May 21, 2007; 3:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
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Gold Cup Approach

Expect the U.S. Gold Cup roster to be unveiled Wednesday or Thursday. Training camp opens Sunday at Home Depot Center. Meantime, Mexico has announced its preliminary roster for Gold Cup and Copa America. On Friday, we should hear details of a U.S. friendly this fall (not sure of the opponent...

By Steve Goff  |  May 21, 2007; 3:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Don't Mess With RFK

I am all for D.C. voting rights, but this is ridiculous. Just another reason for United to speed up its new stadium plans....

By Steve Goff  |  May 21, 2007; 10:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
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MLS Wrap

Let's start with D.C. United. Jaime Moreno tied the MLS career goal scoring mark with his late penalty kick at Toronto, but instead of joining his teammates on a flight back to Washington Sunday morning, he headed to Bolivia to join the national team for training camp. He will miss...

By Steve Goff  |  May 21, 2007; 9:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
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Y'all Come Back, Ya Hear?

New blog numbers are in: Hits on the Soccer Insider increased 47 percent in the past month to become the second most popular sports blog on washingtonpost.com behind the Redskins. The brilliant Sports Bog is a strong third. Thanks to Insider Nation, we had more hits than the Nats, NFL,...

By Steve Goff  |  May 20, 2007; 4:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
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FA Cup Flashback

If you didn't cough up the bar/restaurant cover charge or the pay-per-view fee to watch Saturday's FA Cup final, here is all you need to see: Giggs's no-goal and Drogba's winner. (FYI, the match will be shown in its entirety Tuesday night at 8 p.m. Eastern on Fox Soccer Channel.)...

By Steve Goff  |  May 20, 2007; 1:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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