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Soccer Insider: June 24, 2007 - June 30, 2007

Weekend Free for All

With United off this weekend and the national team quiet until Monday, here is your chance over the next 48 hours to discuss anything on your mind. How will Moreno and Bolivia do in their second Copa match? Can Mexico keep rolling? Freddy and the under-20s in their opener at...

By Steve Goff  |  June 30, 2007; 7:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
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More Trade Details.....

The Vanney-Erpen deal is now official. As for salary cap implications, United will not inherit Vanney's $236,000 figure. Instead, as part of the terms of the trade, D.C. will continue to apply Erpen's number ($115,000) toward its cap and Colorado will keep Vanney's. After this season, each team will be...

By Steve Goff  |  June 29, 2007; 2:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Vanney Deal Is Done

Facundo Erpen for Greg Vanney. The deal is done. We're just awaiting the league's stamp of approval and the official announcement. Colorado was trying to arrange for Erpen to travel with the team to Chicago today for Sunday's match against the Fire. Vanney is hoping to catch a flight back...

By Steve Goff  |  June 29, 2007; 11:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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United Trade in the Works

Big news on the horizon: Apparently, United is on the brink of trading Argentine defender Facundo Erpen to Colorado for former U.S. national team defender Greg Vanney. From what I've been told, the players were told of the deal after the match. If all goes well and the trade is...

By Steve Goff  |  June 28, 2007; 11:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Matchday 12: DCU vs. Colorado

Crisis averted -- thanks to a forklift and an old red dump truck. It seems the engines that move the third-base grandstands at our beloved Estadio RFK into place on the far sideline for soccer were not working properly this afternoon, so for a while, United feared playing tonight's match...

By Steve Goff  |  June 28, 2007; 5:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Matchnight: USA-Argentina

United plays at 7 p.m. on ESPN2. The match will end at 8:50 or so. USA-Argentina kicks off at at 8:50 on Gol TV and Telefutura. Perfect! Well, for y'all watching at home. I'll be at Estadio RFK all evening, which means I am counting on you guys to run...

By Steve Goff  |  June 28, 2007; 4:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Agent Zero and DCU

You've read about Steve Nash training with the Red Bulls last summer. You've seen the Beckham-Bush cross-training video here at the Insider earlier today. Now prepare for Agent Zero, Gilbert Arenas, who has expressed interest in offseason workouts with United at RFK. Here is United's official take on things from...

By Steve Goff  |  June 28, 2007; 1:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Beckham vs. Bush (Reggie, Not W)

Futbol meets Futbol Americano.....Some crossover skills on display........

By Steve Goff  |  June 28, 2007; 9:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Mexico Shocker

Nery. Castillo. Mexico. Brazil. Golazo. Enjoy....

By Steve Goff  |  June 28, 2007; 8:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  World  
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Mediate Immediately

Dominic Mediate's wait appears to be over. D.C. United is planning to re-sign the former Maryland Terrapin and add him to the senior roster this week, a source familiar with the situation said today. After his 2006 season was derailed by a broken leg, he was waived this preseason. He...

By Steve Goff  |  June 27, 2007; 4:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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United News and Notes

*Bryan Namoff did not practice again because of a hamstring injury and will be a game-time decision tomorrow for the Colorado match. My hunch is that he will not play, further depleting United's defensive corps. "We're being cautious," Coach Tom Soehn said. "We'll see how he responds." *Josh Gros suffered...

By Steve Goff  |  June 27, 2007; 12:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Acoustic Sunrise

(A little shout out to San Francisco's KFOG) *United's Jaime Moreno shows off his footwork and helps Bolivia earn a 2-2 tie with Venezuela on the opening day at Copa America. Hard to believe he represented his country in the World Cup 13 YEARS AGO. *As first reported here yesterday...

By Steve Goff  |  June 27, 2007; 8:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Red Bulls Shake-Up?

You've probably already seen on Soccer By Ives or bigapplesoccer that the Red Bulls are trading defender Todd Dunivant to Toronto for defender Kevin Goldthwaite. The deal should be made official in the next day or two. Well, there appears to more on the way (or, on the way out)....

By Steve Goff  |  June 26, 2007; 5:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  MLS  
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Beckham, Anyone?

About two-thirds of the tickets available for the Beckham-Galaxy visit to RFK Stadium on Aug. 9 are gone -- and the general sale has yet to begin. United has sold approximately 30,000 in advance to season ticket holders, groups and partial-plan buyers, leaving 12,500 for those interested in purchasing tickets...

By Steve Goff  |  June 26, 2007; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
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Zzzzzzz

No, this is not a discussion of United's Poplar Point stadium plan. Fooled ya, didn't I? After four early-morning flights in five days, a wayward trip on a Chicago train, two lousy meals at TGI Friday's (I had no choice!), a peaceful afternoon in Park City, some bad futbol, some...

By Steve Goff  |  June 25, 2007; 12:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (78)
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DCU Move (or Moves?)

You never know what you are going to hear while sitting on the floor at Midway awaiting to board a Southwest flight back to Dulles..... It seems defender John Wilson, who has been unavailable much of the season with injuries, is on his way out. Whether he gets traded or...

By Steve Goff  |  June 25, 2007; 8:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
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USA-MEX: The Aftermath

There have been a lot of memorable USA-Mexico matches the last 15 years. From a quality standpoint, safe to say this one topped them all. Pulsating two-way soccer. Outstanding saves. Excruciating misses. Exciting atmosphere. PK controversy. Nastiness. A key substitution by Bob Bradley. A pink polo shirt for Hugo Sanchez....

By Steve Goff  |  June 24, 2007; 10:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Matchday: USA-MEX

What a morning: Half-hour delay getting out of Salt Lake, a packed Orange Line train from Midway Airport to Roosevelt stop, a 30-minute breathless walk with luggage among tens of thousands of Mexican supporters to Estadio Soldier. Gametime. USA lineup: Howard; Bornstein, Onyewu, Bocanegra, Spector; Feilhaber, Mastroeni, Beasley, Dempsey; Donovan,...

By Steve Goff  |  June 24, 2007; 2:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (82)
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The Aftermath

You knew from the very start, when Carey Talley offered a dangerous header off a corner kick in the first minute, that this was not going to unfold as smoothly as United had hoped. Still, though, the opponent was Real Salt Lake, winless, hopeless Real Salt Lake, and at some...

By Steve Goff  |  June 24, 2007; 1:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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